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Easter Breakfast

Only said once a year in our house (and for the first time this year):

“Today is the ONLY day of the year you are allowed to have chocolate BEFORE breakfast!!”

Seconds later Jai and Aidan find all the hidden eggs, including ‘the legendary golden egg‘. Jai’s words and we have no idea what he’s talking about.

Merry Chocolate Ea(as)t(er)ing everyone!

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Aidan the Primate

2yo Aidan: “I WANT BA NA NA!

Me: (Gets one) “Ok… here banana!”

Aidan: “No, not that one!”

20mins later.

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas Aidan: “I like NA NA!

Me: (Gets same one) “Ok…  banana!”

Aidan: “Not that one!”

Sigh. An hour later

Aidan: “May I have banana!” Some tears.

Me: (Gets SAME one) “Ok… this banana?!”

Aidan: “Mmmmm… ok.” Peels himself, returns to smash toys into each other.

Being a Dad isn’t too hard.

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Toy Story IV

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean In the beginning Jai had a fascination for Octonauts. So we acquired every plastic figurine, ‘Gup‘, and related underwater construction.

Then he discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. For a while we had almost every available aluminium train in the series, most which magnetically connect end to end. That included a boat on a carriage and the fat-controller in his car, both non-magnetic!

A year ago Paw Patrol was spotted on ABC iView. Thanks to his grandmother every character is a stuffed toy in Jai’s bed AND she created a large Paw Patrol patterned pillow case. It is still his favourite and carries him off to dreams of firefighting dogs each night.

Dinosaur Bones ABC4Kids have a new show which has captured Jai’s vivid imagination.

Andy’s Historic Adventures.

It is fun to watch him make dinosaur bones out of duplo, a tall T-Rex with his teepee, and a Time Machine with a milk-crate and training-clock. I have also created Andy’s techno-tablet using plastic lid and stick-on velcro!

The only suffering we have to endure is involuntary coercion to be Museum staff!

To date there have been no AHA franchise toys and books added into toy collection. Whew.

I only hope our boys can part with all these toys when the the day comes. There’s only so much toys a house can hold and a parent can endure!

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Jai’s Time Travel Adventure 

Jai has a new favourite kids program:

Andy's Prehistoric Adventures: Complete Series 1 Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.
Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, then brings back something for the museum he works within.

So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine‘. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.

Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet.

I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going!

Epilogue:

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain.

But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.

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Forest of Nightmares 

I don’t usually post photos here. But Jai drew his concept of a forest this morning – and I was immediately hit with an idea for a conservationist advertisement:

“When the current generation thinks this is a forest, we must be doing something wrong. 

Help stop excessive delogging. Help replant trees around the world. 

Ensure your kids have fresh air and somewhere to live.”