Sunday, July 22, 2012

Home is where your rump rests.

Aaaaaand we're back! Here's another couple of photos from the last of the trip:

Oh how the boy loves a good box.

Henry and I went to the zoo with Mum and Dad and Anna, and Anna was in charge of my camera, so some pics actually got taken!

There was a lot of stuff at the zoo that Henry found just as exciting as the animals: other kids, trees, the pool in the elephant tank.

He did get pretty up close and personal with a lion, though.

And my Dad got up close and personal with this guy:

See, we were in the Australian animal area, and Henry dropped his dummy into the Tasmanian Devil enclosure. 'Oh no,' we said, 'I hope the animal doesn't eat it and get sick'. We made some jokes about how I was the smallest and should probably be the one to jump in and get it.
'Ha ha, yes, good one' I said.
I started reading out the sign on the enclosure to Anna. 'A Tasmanian Devil has the jaw strength of a dog four times its siz--- JESUS DAD NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?'

Ladies and gentlemen, my dad had jumped into the cage. We couldn't see the Tasmanian Devil at the time, although I'm not sure if it retreated before or after Dad jumped in there with it. The fence was about waist height on our side, but the enclosure was sunk down, so although it was easy to get in, it wasn't quite as easy to get out. Luckily Anna was there to help pull him out, and no one else seemed to notice that anything had happened, despite my continued and unhelpful shrieking.

Anyway, the moral of the story is, you can get away with jumping into an animal enclosure at Perth zoo, but you probably shouldn't. Also, my Dad is kind of a badass.

The rest of the zoo visit was uneventful by comparison, Henry looked at some giraffes and birds and elephants, and then we left and had some lunch, then headed home.

Henry and his new friend, Log.

What else did we do in our last week? We caught up with some more family and friends, did a bit of shopping, and I picked up a stomach bug which I then shared with everyone. I got sick on Friday night, had recovered (mostly) by Saturday, and was relieved that Henry didn't seem to have it.

Right up until he got sick on Sunday night. It wasn't too serious, he was still drinking and seemed okay between vomits, but it was still a pretty terrible evening.
We then had to cancel some plans for last visits to avoid getting anyone else sick, including Maja and Olivia, and Ross' Nonna and Nonno. Booo.

The flights home were as easy as such a trip can be, Henry was an absolute champion all the way. We had a day in London as we couldn't get a connecting flight to Iceland, but we spent the whole time napping on and off in the hotel room.
The trip to Iceland was fine (I laugh in the face of a three hour flight!), except we had to wait a while at the airport while they misplaced all the prams that had been on the plane.
It was a bit rough because we felt like we were nearly home, but still had the drive north to look forward to. It was all fine in the end, got home late Friday night and managed to get a pretty good nights' sleep (except Ross, who woke up at 4am despite being totally sleep deprived).

We've just spent the weekend pottering and trying to work our way through some piles of laundry. Normally I would procrastinate about doing that, but Ross is on holiday so he's been really pro-active, and it feels pretty nice to have it all mostly done. It feels great to be home.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Hello, we've been doing some things, do you want to see?

We've been doing quite a bit of shopping around various places, I have officially bought too many things, and don't know how we'll manage to pack everything for the trip home. I went to Ikea with Mum and Dad the other day, we bought a table which Henry helped build:

We've been letting the dude have lots of naps in the car, he just falls asleep straight away and life is easy. But we don't always drive far enough for him to have a long sleep, so someone ends up sitting in the car in the driveway, drinking a cup of tea, reading a book...

... Or joining him in a nap.

I went and did some long-awaited admin this morning: changed my name on my driver's license and bank account, and set up an account for Henry. It was all pretty straightforward, I really should have done it as soon as we got here. Oh well, never mind, it's done now.

We had a bit of a panic last night, we've reached the 'oh my gosh there's only a week left of the trip and there's so much stuff we were meant to do, PLANS ARE HARD!' stage of the holiday. It always happens, luckily we already did most of the stuff we meant to, now we're just doing as much catching up as we can. We're going to the zoo tomorrow, which should be amazing and fun, as long as the weather's good.

I'll leave you with the dude as he is right now... As soon as he's up, we're going to trek into town and show him off a bit!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Ah, the photo post, finally! Unfortunately I did not become super bold photographer lady overnight, so here's some of the photos I did actually get around to taking!

First day here, hi Amma and Afi! And ooh, look, what are those tall green things just outside the window?

Haircut! by Nonno, who has the most amazing reflexes - every time Henry tried to grab the scissors, they were magically just out of reach. Skillz.

And then Henry helped his Afi clean the ute.

Not at all a comprehensive list of things we've been doing... Let me see if I can fill in some blanks:

Oh my gosh you guys, No Lights No Lycra was totally fun and bizarre and like nothing else I've ever done. We got there are there were some theatre-student type people doing stretches, which weirded me out a bit. Turns out it's kind of an exercise thing (hence the 'No Lycra'), an opportunity to move in whatever way you'd like for an hour and a half.
So I danced like a fool for most of the session, and Kristinn managed to put some quiet songs in the playlist, so there was a little bit of time for resting. I still managed to bruise my heel stomping too enthusiastically, and I had some pretty strained muscles the next day, but overall: WIN.

Um um um. Okay, let's quickly summarise about a week and a half of fun filled activities: getting a sneak peek at my friend Gillian's manuscript (it's awesome, and now I'm hanging out for the rest of it); eating shakshuka with some lovely ladies at an organic vegetarian restaurant here in the hills (it was pretty tasty, but not as good as the one I remember from Riki Blakes in North Perth); and general shopping and foods and friends and family.

Yesterday Ross made sausages at his Nonna's house. Since Henry is still so little, Ross told me to just bring him later on, after all the messy work was done - just in time for dinner!

The biggest no-no - Henry tries to yank down everyone's hard work

Mum and Dad came with me so we could all do some car shuffling, and they stayed for a bit of a chat. Also, Nonna made them eat some cold meats and cakes - she is a master at getting people to eat something.

Big family dinner post sausages - lots of pasta, some of the sausage meat cooked up and bread to soak it all up. Soo good.

Today we're having a Jonsson family do, should be lots of fun!