Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday in my City #3 - Climbing Mountains

We are joining in with Unknown Mami and Sunday in our City again and this time we are actually showing you what we did today.

Milla had soccer and it was an away game, far far away, out in the country.
Milla is #23
The best part of going all the way to the country for soccer is that we had a chance to catch up with grandma for lunch and then we went hiking.  Mum goes hiking out here all the time and today was the first chance that we had to climb Mt Macedon with her and some of her trekking friends.  It was a great walk, about 7km all up, we hope we can go hiking together again soon.

Family adventures are fun :-)
Now I know we complained that we had to go all the way out to the country for our adventures, but really it was only an hours drive away from where we live and we had great fun.  It is great exploring the countryside but we always love coming back home to Melbourne!

Magical Melbourne from CityLink
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Another ANZAC Tradition

I know that there are lots of different traditions that help us to remember the sacrifice that the ANZACs made for all of us.  Today I learnt of a different tradition that is associated with the ANZACs, it is called 2 Up.  Now you would think that since I spent my early morning hanging out at the RSL that would be the place to learn all about 2 Up but it wasn't.

Guess where I learnt all about 2 Up?  At ice hockey.  Now I know you are probably thinking that I am way too young to gamble, but don't worry, we were playing 2 Up as a fun game, not gambling.  See instead of coins, we used hockey pucks.  Everyone had to guess if they were going to land as both heads (both hands in the air), both tails (hands on bums) or one of each.

I generally bet 'odds' - one head and one tail

The pucks were balanced on the end of a hockey stick by Liam (he's the teacher) and then tossed high into the air.  There was no money to win but if you didn't guess right, you had to skate to the other end of the rink and back before you could play again.

Come in Spinner!
It was a pretty simple game and it was easy to see just how much fun everyone could have when the only equipment, other than what we were wearing, was 2 hockey pucks!
Love AJ Pickle

Dawn Service

I could say we were up bright and early this morning but it wasn't really bright, it was still dark, it was cold and it was raining.  I was still tired but I got up anyway, I had something important to do; I was going to the Flemington/Kensington RSL to march in the parade and be there for the dawn service.

Even though it was cold and wet, there were still hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to the diggers who gave their lives to keep our beautiful country free.

A very cold and wet cub pack paying their respects

Most people don't think that 8 year olds know much but I can tell you that all of the hard work of service men and women all around the world keeps us all safe.

Thank you ANZACs,
Love Princess George

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dear Children - All about Laundry...

Dear Children,

As one of the Laundry Masters in the House of Relish, I have noticed that there is a correlation between the cleanliness of your bedrooms and the amount of clothes that are in the wash.  Somehow the clothes that are removed from the floor-drobes end up in the washing basket, irrespective of whether they are clean or not.  This means that the Laundry Masters of the House spend way too much time tackling the washing rather than spending time doing something that is remotely enjoyable.  Oh and the more clothes that end up in the wash, the more clothes that you have to put away, neatly in your wardrobe and not toss onto the floor!

Oh and as we are talking laundry, I have noticed that there is a disparity in the number of clothes that are washed each week.  Some members of the family have many more items of clothing in the wash.  That leads me to a conversation that may or may not have taken place

     Parent:  Oh no, you have a hole in your shorts!
     Child:  Yeah I know, I had to wear undies to school today!

My mum, your Nanna Pat always said, make sure you always have clean undies on.  Me?  I am just happy that you wear undies occasionally!
Love your mama, xo

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday in my City #2 - Working Hard?

We are joining in with Unknown Mami and Sunday in our City again but instead of showing what we did  today, because we didn't do anything cool, we will show you where mum was today.  She forgot to take photos today but she was there on Friday and took a few photos  to rub in how much fun she was having show us where she was 'working'.

Not only did she get to spend the day at the beach...

She got to ride a horse, through the bush and along the beach!

Now surely this can't reconsidered work!
I guess since she was at work on a day that was really still part of her holidays, and again today on the weekend, it is only fair that she get to do something fun.  So there you have it, Sunday in our City, well kinda near our city.  Hopefully mum will take us horse riding along the beach some time too!

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AJ at the Ice

Now it is pretty obvious that I LOVE ice hockey and that I go to see my favourite team - the Melbourne Ice play whenever I can.  
Today, not only did I get to see Ice play, I got to do an Atoms training session between periods of the game.

It was awesome training in front of so many people.  
Hopefully one day I will be playing a real game of championship hockey in front of a huge crowd.

Love AJ Pickle

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Parents Can Be Tricky Folks

Now I don't know about anyone else's parents but I just need to let you know that my parents are pretty darn tricky.  I know Milla thinks that mum and dad are pretty tricky, she tells people about when we were tricked into going shopping when we were in Niagara.

The latest thing I have worked out that they trick us in to doing is eating all of our dinner.  Now realistically we do eat lots of healthy food but every now and then we like to complain that we don't like our food or that we just aren't hungry.  We are never told to sit down and eat all our dinner, we are barely ever bribed with the possibility of dessert but somehow we eat pretty much everything, including the healthy stuff that kids aren't supposed to like.

When I think about it, I can work out just how we have been tricked into being good eaters...  The first mistake I made was when I was just a little kid in prep and my teacher told me that our taste buds regenerate in about a week.  Now in parent-speak, that just means that food that we really didn't like last week was when we had last weeks taste buds, with new taste buds this week perhaps we will like it so we have to try the food we don't like - again.  Now it isn't like we can just nibble at the edge of the food and say 'See, I still don't like it'.  In our house trying food is 6 real spoonfuls and that is almost a full serving.  I guess I have worked out that it is just easier to eat most of the food and only complain when I really don't like something, like ripe pears.  It seems to be a fairly decent compromise, I still get curry and stuff that I like most of the time and there are still plenty of chances to eat out when no-one wants to cook.

Now it seems that there is a new trick in play.  Take last weekend for example, no-one wanted to cook dinner so out we went.  There are heaps of great places around here to go and this time we went to a restaurant we hadn't visited before and ordered way too much food.  Next thing I know, mum is asking me if I wanted to see if I could eat the longest noodle in the bowl?  Now I am never going to say no to a challenge that sounds like fun so this is what happened...

Of course Milla didn't want to miss out on the action so she was fed some noodles too!

Before you know it, we had pretty much eaten the entire bowl of noodles!

How is that  for tricky parenting - getting us to eat the rest of our noodles without complaining and having fun at the same time?  The noodles were pretty awesome too :-)
Love AJ Pickle

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sundays in my City #1 - Stressing Nanna

Once upon a time, mum used to take part in a photo meme where she got to show some of the fun stuff that we did over the weekend.  Things changed and mum stopped playing along.  We miss photos of our fun being shared with Unknown Mami and everyone else who played along with Sundays in my City so we have decided to join in.

We have spent all week hanging out with Nan and Pop but since the holidays are almost over we had to come back to Melbourne.  We were up bright and early to catch the train home and spent a few hours hanging out with nan, Aunty Sharn and Billy before Nan caught the train all the way home again.

It has been ages since we have been to this park, it is so much fun.

My favourite part of playing in this park is finding all the different places I can climb to freak Nan out!

Climbing on public art is cool, even Milla joined in for the fun!

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Love AJ Pickle

Sunday, April 08, 2012


I'm still not sure if the Easter Bunny is real or not so last night, as mum was tucking me in and saying good night, I asked if she thought the Easter Bunny would leave some footprints for us again.

Whoever the Easter Bunny is, they did leave footprints all over the dining table!  AJ pointed out that they weren't real rabbit footprints but I don't care, they look pretty cool and they also come with about a bazillion Easter eggs that I keep finding in the strangest of places!

I hope you have a wonderful chocolatey Easter too,
Love Princess George

PS - do you like the place name cards that I made for everyone for our special Easter feast last night?