It has taken me ages to get this post together and out, it’s amazing how much longer everything takes with two tiny children now instead of one, I never knew I had it so good.
Dad made it safely home the other week and we raged on without him just with slightly less raging.
Since Mom had made some delicious apple sauce for us I decided to make apple sauce pancakes with them over the weekend. I used a recipe I found on Pinterest and had Andrew give them a try. His response of, ‘oh yea, no that’s terrible’ was enough for me to empty the lot into the bin and pack everyone up for a more pleasant, and easy to clean up from, breakfast at Common Ground.
Breakfast was followed by a play date at Fadden Pines with Thayer and Ava, enough activity to exhaust Ev into taking a nap, my goal every day I’m home with her.
Monday was ANZAC Day and while Andrew toyed with the idea of going to the dawn service it was a bit too much bundling the kids up for that this year.
Instead we met Paul and Judy out at the Cotter Dam for a picnic lunch and walk through the trees, an idea many other Canberrans had for such a nice sunny day.
Wednesday we met Cath and her boys Ruben and Levi at the Arboretum playground where they all alternated between playing full out and raiding our bags for snacks. The little kid areas was closed for construction but that didn’t phase Ev as she shot straight up one of the huge ladders right over my head to go down a bigger slide. I was have taken a photo but I was on edge each time shed scamper up terrified she’d fall, the child has no fear.
The kids had a blast and Ev and Ruben left with leaves sticking out of their ear, as Cath said, ‘it’s nice to have a friend as strange as you’.
After a relatively quiet week yesterday we kicked things along with a haircut for Ev followed by a tea party that afternoon with her own fancy porcelain tea cup.
Andrew and I took advantage of Mom’s presence and went out for date night. We were quickly turned away from one bar because I forgot to bring my id with me and Andrew gave me ‘tips’ such as ‘just act natural’ and ‘they can smell fear’ as we entered the second one where the bouncers were logical and didn’t try and card us. We started with a rousing game of pool, which I won thanks to all the times we used to play with the Morris boys growing up and my dad’s voice in my head discussing angles and trajectories.
Pool was followed by dinner at The Hamlet where we chowed down on a selection off the Soul Cartel menu. If you haven’t tried it I’d recommend the pulled pork Po boy, which is saying a lot because this is the first pulled pork in Australia I’d recommend besides my own.
We finished off the evening with dessert at San Churros and rolling out way home. A lovely end to a short week and great start to our busy weekend ahead. More after the break…