Sunday, July 31, 2011

Introducing Daddy, and strange birthday parties.

Hayley and Donnie, friends of ours who live up the road, got married yesterday.  Donnie is full-time stay-at-home dad for their daughter Emma, who is a year younger than Ember.  They invited us over to a post-wedding brunch BBQ today (which was quite funny as all the family etc looked somewhat hungover and very much looking forward to their bacon rolls!)

Ember is often a bit reticent with new people, especially when there are lots all at once.  However, something about Donnie's mum (who Ember had never met before) must have struck a chord as Em immediately put up her arms for a cuddle and a funny conversation:

Em: I got a cat at home, name's Pocoyo. We got a puppy in our car. Name's 'Basco.  This is my daddy, Simon. He's a good driver and he does painting.

With that she hopped down and didn't say a word to anyone else the rest of the time.  She was being a bit silly/grumpy though, so we decided to head off.  Em got really upset and I finally realised that due to a couple of conversations she'd had prior to the BBQ, she had thought that this was her birthday party, and she didn't want to leave!  Poor Em, goodness knows what she thought, she must have been wondering why none of her friends were at her party, and why no-one was singing to her! I think I managed to convince her that her party was not for a couple of weeks...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


We go to the library most Saturday mornings and Ember has become great friends with one of the librarians, Chanel.  Last Saturday Chanel was away and Ember was most perturbed, asking the 'replacement' librarian "Where's 'Nel?"  This Saturday when we got to the library Chanel was back...

Em: 'Nel! You come back!  Where you go?
Chanel: I was in Auckland watching my daughter and some other people do dancing.
Em: Yes, and now you back with your people.
Chanel: "Back with my people"... I like that!

Tonight, after dropping off all the carpool people at their respective destinations:
Em:  Bye Jo! (pause) It's just you and me.
Me: Yep, it's just you and me kiddo.
Em: No Kaiya, no Jo, no Jon.  We picked them all off.

I'd like to assure you that I have not shot any of my carpool people; I just dropped them off!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Catch up

Yes, I know it's been a while, and several people have bullied me for an update now.  I have been *somewhat* busy ok?!!

Anyway, some snippets for your enjoyment:

Early one morning:
Me: What would you like for breakfast Ember? Porridge?
Em: No, porridge makes me [something Spanish sounding]
Me: Makes you what?
Em: It make me into Dora.

Early another morning, having a 'just-got-out-of-bed' snuggle on the couch.
Em: Listen!
Me: What?
Em: Thunder's coming!
Me: I can't hear it.  I hope there's no thunder.
Em: Yes, it's coming. Thunder's in my ears.  It listens to me.

At Amber and Nick's house.  Everyone is out on the deck apart from Em, who is in the computer room trying to close the deck door.
Me: Ember don't shut the door please.
Em: Yes, I shut it (getting hysterical). I got to shut it.
Me: No, leave it open, Amber wants it open.
Em: (totally hysterical) No Mummy, the tigers are coming, they going to come in!
Me: There aren't any tigers here. Shea's scared them all away.
Em: No, they coming, the tigers are coming in I got to close it.
Millie (one of the twins) tries to go in the door.
Em: (actually shrieking now) No babies, you can't come in, the tigers, NO!