Tooth Fairy

August 4th, 2012 by Trent

Here is a quick summary of what has been happening in July:

Monday 2 July 2012 – School holidays a memorable day because Liam lost his first tooth!!!! He went to the Museum with Aunty Keren and Demi – had a wobbly tooth and after eating his sandwich he tooth (bottom front) was missing – he actually swallowed it!!

Liam got $2 from the tooth fairy that night, a letter the next day and the night after “scratch” from ice age – appeared on his bed!

He has just turned 5 yrs old and is the first boy in his class to loose a tooth! Very young!

School holidays – disney on ice, movies, messy spot, craft workshops, bowling, movies and plaster master.

Last weekend Trent took the kids to the art gallery and they went on a jet cat to circular quay. The all loved it! $2.50 public transport all day on Sunday and free entry to gallery – very good too!

Liam is basically not having day sleep on the weekends now (I guess we have done well) so we often do things with him while Demi sleeps. It also makes it that sometime we are relaxed now about it and let Demi not have a sleep either if our day works out that it will be too late to get home in time.

The kids have watched the 2012 London Olympics on the TV – saw the opening ceremony with Mr Bean and Mary Poppins perform and some sports – Liam loves the diving especially. They are learning flags, and countries at school too which has been great and soon mum will help out at an excursion to vaucluse house.

Demi’s favourite words are: awesome, what the heck, mann(sotuh afs), i need to tell you soemthing (copied Liam and drives us mad), ive got a great idea! She is back to stuttering again but it has been checked and it age appropriate.

Demi also had her first parent/teacher interview and they said she is going wonderfully! She got a new pair of “party” shoes that light up when you tape them for her good report card – well done!

We are trying hard to be good role models for the kids and healthy eating is a big issue. Liam and Demi try hard to eat their vegies etc and when they do they ask us to always “feel their muscles”.

Liam started Karate and we are proud of him going without any friends in the class. He loves wearing his outfit and it goes well with his current obsession of Ninjago (ninja lego). He says the word Ninjago 50 times a day and is driving us all mad. He is really into all his lego now. He has a big police station, cars, helicopters and ninjago spinners and helicopter.

Liam and Demi are huge lovers of craft, drawing, writing etc. (both are left handed too!) Liam writes a lot and he loves to write/spell short sentences and very happily asks us how to spell words that he can write down in made up books and pictures/cards. Liam is actually one of the BEST drawers in his case, the level of detail and love for drawing is amazing – his teachers are very impressed and proud of him.

He has also tried to type on the keyboard into a google search when looking for things to print. He gets very proud of himself when he discovers he can type an animals name and search for it and lots of pictures come up!

His Occupational Therapist also is so happy with is progress that she has said he can not stop seeing her weekly now!!!

Oma recently painted a surprise painting of the kids professional school photo – amazing resemblance!(see below)

I have been at full time work (Waverley Council) as a Communications Officer for nearly 5 months already and it is going very well, new staff turn arounds but all for the better, new boss, temp colleague and recruiting 2 new people. Enjoying the very busy and great variety – struggle sometimes with kids sick and school holidays etc

We have booked a farm stay holiday for 2 nights in October with the Watsons and Taubmans – very exciting!

Both kids are swimming very well – really happy with their progress.

FYI – I cant ever get sick of hearing things like – you are the best mummy in the whole world and can I please have a cuddle.

Demi’s very animated personality is gorgeous and she comes out with and does very cute things!!! Although Liam and Demi can fight all the time, they LOVE each other so much – beautiful to see. Demi’s teachers say she always looks out for Liam in the playground and has such a love respect for her big brother.

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Oma’s Paintings

October 19th, 2009 by Trent

Liam and Demi’s rooms are decorated with Oma’s wonderful paintings. The other night Oma showcased 14 of her paintings at the Montefiore home.

Read the official press release and enjoy the pics below:

15 October 2009

Media Release

Montefiore Resident Artist showcases her talents in exhibition

Montefiore Hunters Hill campus held a very special exhibition last night for one their Residents Marion Havin.

Guests sipped champagne and enjoyed looking at her excellent paintings. Marion has 14 paintings on display at Montefiore Home Hunters Hill. She has nurtured her artistic talent since she came to live at Montefiore four years ago and staff members at the Monte were delighted to be able to assist in showcasing her talent.

Looking at her amazing artworks it is hard to believe she was not an artist before she came to the Monte.

The Artist Statement (on the wall of the exhibition) reads:

“I never thought I could paint until I came here. I have been at the Montefiore home for four years and this exhibition shows the paintings I have done during this time. As you can see I enjoy painting and I come to the art group as much as I possibly can. Painting takes me to another place.”

Marion is part of an art group which meets several times a week at Montefiore to develop their talents and have fun and enjoyment working on art.

Hunters Hill Art Therapist Lea Dalgleish works with the art group, which is consists of numerous Residents at the Home.

“The Art Group is a space where people from all over the Home come together in the one group,” says Lea, a fully qualified Art Therapist and practising artist, who runs the group three mornings a week. “It gives Residents the opportunity to engage in meaningful, productive activity together with others of a like mind.”

Her daughter Simone was amongst the family members attending and clearly proud of her mother’s achievements.
“Marion has also had lots of joy decorating for her grandchildren’s room with her paintings,” she said. “She has created 8 fun colourful paintings that brighten up Demi and Liam’s rooms.
One of the most talked about paintings was her grandson’s portrait that she did of him at 9 months of age and she plans to paint her granddaughter’s portrait in a few months time too.”

Montefiore has also created unique gift cards from photographs of her paintings and of other Residents. These artworks can be viewed at the Montefiore Annual fete on November 1st at the Hunters Hill campus.

The Art Group is just one of many activities at the Montefiore Home which supports or person centred care model and enhances quality of life for our Residents.



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When Gadgets go too far

May 25th, 2007 by Trent

Most of you know that I love gadgets and am unashamedly always on the lookout for the next cool thing. This geek factor has been in overdrive now that our baby is on the way. I have purchased the latest baby monitor and I am getting ready to rig up the babies room with a networked video camera so I can watch from the office.

So when I saw the pic below I had a window into what happens when you take it too far.

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Now are they Hicks or Hix

May 21st, 2007 by Trent

Google can be the greatest information source of our time, but it can also be one of the funniest sometimes when you don’t know exactly what your looking for.

There are some great examples like typing “miserable failure” and landing on the home page of George W. Bush. One of the latest doing the rounds is for getting directions on Google Maps from New York to London with one instruction saying “Swim across the English Chanel”.

My personal favourite was last week when I wanted to get some more information on what “Braxton Hicks” contractions were and how to spot them in the weeks leading up to labour. I accidentally typed Hix instead of Hicks and ended up on something very different! Click here to have a look.

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April 23rd, 2007 by Trent

We finally got around to removing some of the junk trees and palms in the back garden. The tree cutters were around today and although it was raining heavily they got through a lot and there is so much more light in the garden now.

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