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Thursday, November 3, 2011

First Day - New School

When we took this picture it was Oliver’s first day at the new school and Oliver had his game face on. For the first few weeks he was not particularly happy. Lots of new people to meet, homework, expectations were an awful lot to take in. Now as I write this in November, I can happily report Oliver is having a great time. He has two best friends, Max and Ozzie, has suffered his first crush with Ava and is very happy with his teacher Mrs Harris!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy 6th Birthday Oliver

This was a great party! Once we got over the dog almost eating the birthday cake - it was all good! The reptile show was a huge hot with the kids and the adults alike and it was a good easy crowd. Nice to start to host things in the new house too -it’s a great place for entertaining! June was a good month, although you can feel all the kids starting to unravel in readiness for the summer vacation. Concentration starts to drift, attention spans get shorter. Ah - let the summer begin!

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Friday, December 24, 2010


Oliver as usual, in his underwear, my kid’s preferred mode of attire. This was taken at a firends Christmas Even dinner - the Feast of the Seven Fishes that we were fortunate enough to attend this year. God was that grub good! Kids had fun too!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


My two favorite shots of the year.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Oliver!

I have to say, I always have a blast at my kid’s birthday parties. Every time we have one, there is that fleeting moment when I think to myself - we should throw parties more often! Then I spend the next four days recovering and I reconsider.

This one was no exception though. I dillied and dallied over whether to have an “entertainer” and in the end - well - through a mix of procrastination and stubborn pigheadedness, I decided against it. I thought this time I’m going to keep it simple and not overly stress about it all. Miracle of miracles it worked!

So no entertainer, but good old fashioned egg and spoon, potato sack and three legged races. I have to say the highlight of the afternoon was the three legged race by the adults, where Jennifer and I kicked ass!

Oliver (thank heavens) is a real trooper at these events. He is usually just so chuffed to have all his friends in one place that he is the best version of himself. At this party I would say he was a bit overwhelmed. Now he is turning five you get the feeling when the grown ups ask a question “how do you feel to be five Oliver?” they actually expect some kind of decent answer. More’s the pity. He still just looks warily confused before answering “OK”. Pretty typical for this age group - at least amongst the boys.

So a good time was had by all. For his birthday itself, I gave in and he finally got a Transformer. He’s impressed by the idea of it rather than the actuality of it I suspect. He likes to go up to it, grab it and say in a bellowing voice “Optimus Prime!” - but then it kind of gets put down and forgotten about. Not like the Lego, which I have spent the last five days putting together. I swear his favorite thing to play with right now, really in all honesty, are the bugs he finds in the backyard.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Big day - Oliver learns to whistle!

Couldn’t get over this tonight at the dinner table, Oliver looks at me and starts to whistle! Wow. I think I was like 12 when I learnt to do that!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kids Art

Sometimes the things you wonder about with your kids - what they are “getting” and “not getting” and at what age, is simply a matter of what they are developmentally ready for. I used to wonder when Oliver would “get” drawing - when he would move from just experimenting with colors to actually putting together an image with some intention around it. Suddenly, age 4 and a half we are here.
Here’s a selection of art projects from the Kydd house…

Oliver's Self-portrait

Lola's Sparkles

Oliver Self Portrait - with glasses

T for Turtle by Lola

Spontaneous gift for Mama by Oliver

Lola - Learning to write her name

Robot by Oliver

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Feeding Pelicans

I’m not going to speak too much to these, except to thank our lovely friends Chip and Rachel for including us. Chip and Rachel have a Christmas Eve tradition called the Feast of the Five Fishes, which is pretty much what it says. Anyway, suffice to say they ended up with an excess of anchovies that they had bought from the bait shop for this extravaganza. So we joined them, with Meme and Loring, to feed the remaining anchovies to the birds and pelicans.

I was a magical night, the light was perfect. It was a truly memorable way to enjoy the run up to the holidays! You can check out all the pictures from that day on Flickr.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

It’s a whole new look

So Last Monday Oliver went to the Eye Dr… I don’t know quite what I expected - I think to go in, have a chat and then come out with all my fears allayed… It was not the case - we were in there for over two hours to be told at the end of it that Oliver has Accomadative Estropia. This means he has far-sighted and so his eyes strain hard to compensate and correct his vision. In doing so, one eye drifts inward when he is tired or concentrating very hard. By the end of our appointment, my son had glasses.

So a few things - first relief that we found the issue, we are getting it corrected. The good news is too, he will probably grow out of them… But of course - there is also some sadness. My perfect boy looks different now. It’s something to get used to….

I was so worried we would have to battle him to wear them but he has been a complete trooper. Puts them on every day, no drama. But aye aye aye - he looks so grown up!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Kickin it old school

It’s always hard when my kids get their haircut, they seem to get another five years older with each snip of the scissors. I have mixed feelings about Oliver - sometimes it looks great shory, but I miss those curls!

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