Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Part II: Hanging around Brisbane

As news spread like wildfire regarding the incident with the toddler in China I must admit I am trying very hard to apply Dumbar's number here. Either that or I torture myself for months (if not years) with images regurgitating in my mind. All I can say is that I am so thankful for what we have, and to all our family and friends I want to thank you for being the wonderful and caring people you are. It is you that makes the world a better place. xx

The majority of our five days in Brisbane was spent hanging around - just as we had planned.

The kids did a lot of toy-mess making.

They love the water table so much. The table had been emptied, and Kien asked me for a cup of water (I thought it was for him to drink). I gave it to him. The water ended up in on the water table.

Climbing through/in/out of the Barbie kitchen - and sometimes getting stuck in the process.

Feeding each other homemade biscuits.

Besides Jessica, whom Kien still mentioned today and wanted to watch video clips of her, his new found "best friend" was Tess.

There were moments when the children didn't quite see eye to eye - mainly due to typical toddler behaviour coming from a boy. See this here rocking horse in the picture below? Let me tell you a little tale...

Sarah was on it. Kien wanted it badly. BADLY. He behaved like it was the end of the world. I enticed him to playing on a ride-on car instead, but do you think he wanted to do that? So after much commotion and refusal for anything else other than the rocking horse, Sarah, being the sweet girl she is got off the horse to play on the ride-on car. Guess what? Yip, I don't even have to say it. It happened TWICE in a row. Same scenario played out all over again. The boy just wants to have his cake and eat it too. He learnt pretty quickly (or maybe not) that he couldn't have his own way all the time.

Sunday markets

We were out the door by 8am to get to the markets and back in time for Kien to have a nap, which is BNE time was around 9:30am. It was sunny (and hot), and we all had our glasses on.

One worn wonky, the other upside-down.

Kien was hot and bothered, and boy can you tell.

Sarah, however was a cool as a cucumber.

He perked up again after he was able to get out of the stroller while we sat down for a coffee. It turns out that in Brisbane they make a large flat white the same as a latte with no foam. It surprised me when I ordered my latte and the barista said "so you want a flat white then" and I said "no, a latte is different to a flat white because it has more milk and I want my latte with no foam", and she looked at me funny. Yes, embarrassingly I told the coffee lady how to make a coffee. It wasn't until I questioned Justine and Bianca that they told me the small bit of trivia.

We got home and Kien went straight into the cot. 2 hour naps are the best. Peace and quiet.


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