Azzan and I have some pretty deep and meaningful conversations these days.
He hs been pondering about what things are real and what is not.
He was asking me about some of the movies they watch.
One series is ‘Superbook’ – an animation with two children and a robot who travel in time and end up in the middle of Bible stories. He was trying to figure out what exactly was true and what wasn’t. I was explaining that they were a bit like Adventures in Odyssey stories – where they characters are made up but the actual story is true – so you can get an understanding about living in those times.
Then he asked if Compassion and Mercy were true.
I said yes they are and and did he know what they meant.
He told me that –
Compassion is what you have for others who deserve it and Mercy is what you give to people who don’t deserve it. Because you have to give them a second chance.
For a 5yr old he had it pretty sussed I thought!
At dinner last night he got a bit sad and told me that he had never had a cheeseburger
(Rather random I thought, but still most important to him at the time)
So his two biggest bros gave him a run down on what was in a hamburger and how wonderful and greasy and fattening they were. Anson told him he would take him to Maccas some time and buy him one. And then there was a general discussion on whether they were better from Maccas or Burger King. According to Seb Burger King wins hands down on value for money – I personally don’t believe a word of it – can’t bear them-!!
So after all of this Azzan quietly said to me – ‘Now I know it’s yucky I don’t want one’ That’s my boy-!!
Tonight at the table he wanted to know who would look after me when I got very old like Granny (Sorry Mum )
I said that he would, of course. He gave me a big grin and a hug and appeared very pleased at the thought.
He is a lot better today. Buit he decided he did not want to get dressed this morning so he stayed in his pyjamas all day and was very pleased that he had tonight. When the girls were sent to get ready for bed – he already was
Nathan asked me yesterday if he could make his own birthday cake.
I told him that it would give me no end of pleasure to allow him that small favour
Shannie said ‘But birthday cakes are sposed to be a surprise.’
Nathan replied ‘Well, it will be to you.’
His 12th birthday is on Tuesday but we are celebrating it tomorrow – 2 days early because The Tyler family can join us and make more of a party and also the 3 youngest and I will be leaving very early Tuesday for our trip away.
So, he has now requested that he make all his dinner. He is planning the menu and has the meat out of the freezer tonight and is making very loud noises about cooking all day tomorrow – so we should be in for a feast tomorrow night.
Shannie gets a Scooby Doo magazine which features a different country each month. She loves making the recipes. They are interesting but simple with ingrediants we usually have on hand. Today it was nachos. They were scrummy dumptious. I even had to try these.
I never know what photos I am going to find on my camera at night. Today Shannie asked if she could take a photo of one of her birds. When I loaded the pictures tonight there were 43!! So here are some of her chickens
and the kittens
Cute wee bundles aren’t they.
They are pretty intelligent.
They have been following Cat or Shannie into the toilet and then do their business in the corner – eeeuch!
Shannie thought this was hilarious when it first happened.
Cat didn’t, so has shifted their basket out of the wash house regions to give them the idea of going else where.
Hercules the goat is getting rather adventurous. It still sleeps inside at night because it is way too cold outside. Tonight Cat brought it in and it had a lot of fun chasing Azzan and trying to eat his pyjamas,
It really is finding it’s goat legs – it straight away tries to climb the high peaks (the big cushions and chairs) and nibbles anything. It decided to investigate Shannie’s art workings – not at all worried that it was standing on the library books.
It was pretty good at keeping just in front of Azzan. Nathan had felt sorry for it being out in the cold wind so he constructed this warm coat for it out of one of Tim’s old woollen socks. Very effective
Cat was helping me make salad so tried to convince it that parsley and broccoli were more tasty than Azzan.
Tim has been busy mustering today – he was really whacked when he came in tonight. Anson is still working on his fence but still had plenty of energy to play rugby on Cat’s lawn. She gets rather annoyed – with all those very large male bodies hooning around up there on a damp lawn they very quickly turn it into a bog and her garden gets demolished. But they are typical bulls in a china shop – deaf-!!
Seb is making progress in his goal to gain as many NZQA credits that he can so when he applies for the Navy he has plenty under his belt. He has now got way over the requirement for English so that is a huge boost for him cuz English is not his strong subject and he has really had to work hard at it.
We did a small amount of school work this morning. Did a fact sheet about snakes and some basics. Eare arrived this arvo and bought in some ink cartridges for my printer so I can now get some more pics printed for the children to complete this part of their India unit. We will carry on with the history and religion once we get home again – they will be much more indepth than the animal studies.
I had a chat with Jesika today – she was very happy to know that she and Frances have finally got a flat to move into soon. And it is the very one they wanted Azzan and Shannie filled her up with all the local goss. The children really miss the older girls. Azzan often asks when Sunni is coming home He has an amazingly retentative wee mind. Sunni is the one he has seen the least of him being the youngest and her living away from home for the past 10 years – he still asks about her and talks about her as much as the others. It is very exciting because Sunni and Ryan are coming home for 3 days just after Christmas – it will be so good to see them. Vancouver is such a long way away. And Bri is coming home in January for several weeks too – cool We have to wait till April for Jesika to come home.
The update on that is this – Shannie, Granny and I are flying to Melbourne on Easter Sunday next year to stay a week with Jesika. Then we all travel to Adelaide and take the train (2.5 days) across the Nullabor to Perth. Then have a week in Perth with my two bros and then we all fly home on 16th April. Jesika is coming home then for 2-3 weeks holiday. Shannie is so excited. She keeps coming and asking me how long is it now?
I can see the next 5 months will fly for me but drag for her – she is very excited to be going to a zoo and also the anticipation of sleeping on a train