Friday, January 08, 2010

Fun at the beach



Dom heads out into the ocean.



Splashing your feet around is fun.



Walking back out with Dad after a long time in the waves.



Dom adores getting splashed by foamy waves and doesn't even seem to object to the large amounts of salt water he ends up swallowing. Jumping up and down and squealing with delight in the water as waves approach is tiring though. So is watching and holding him. Matt tried an experimental protective plastic bag for the camera but I'm not sure if we got a good pic of him lunging into an oncoming wave. Maybe next time.



Wrapped up warm to head home.



He didn't even kick the towel off on the way back. Tired legs or glad of the extra warm layer?

He did look rather like Salieri to my eye as though he was prepared to absolve onlookers as he passed by.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

More Christchurch Holiday snaps











Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gingerbread

Before we went down south for our Christmas holiday, I made a batch of gingerbread. It is almost as fun to bake as it is to eat. Dominic is a fan of gingerbread (especially if it has mini M&Ms stuck on it) and so were his cousins as it turns out.

Conclusion: gingerbread is very popular with kids. Good to know if you're a witch wanting to build a house to entice small children, not such good news if you're a gingerbread man or woman, wishing to pursue a career in early childhood education.



Plate of finished cookies. The cars and dinosaurs were done by me with cookie cutters. The Santa head and UFO were sculpted freehand by Matt.



Delicious Christmas trees. Gingerbread + icing + green sugar crystals + mini M&Ms = yummy.



The Santa head before it went into the oven. I like the fact that it reminds me of Captain Caveman (if he ever dressed up as Santa).

Sadly, he was too delicious to survive long out of the oven and did not make it to see Christmas day.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!

We had a beautiful day at the zoo. Matt has put up some of the photos (we took a lot - the animals were cute and frolicksome as was the Dom). Here are some more pics:



Checking out the Canadian Geese with his dad.



One of the giraffes gives itself a head rub.



The Wild African Dogs were interested in us...



...but left disappointed when they discovered it was only an apple that Dom was chewing on.



Lemurs know how to sunbathe with maximum basking.



Dom enjoys the playground area outside 'The Nest'.



Someone was offended when we made too many 'a dingo stole my baby' jokes.



Dom's favourite today was the Serval. While the servals have tended to nap through most of our previous visits, today this one was doing laps around the cage. Dom was giggling away as he watched the awesome serval on the move. It is a very graceful and beautiful big kitty when it is roaming around.



Despite the surprised expression on the Sun bear's face, it didn't actually sit down on a pine cone, just next to one.



The other Sun bear shows of its manicurificent claws.



The Red Panda was attempting to bust out when we arrived.



'Almost there...'



Then the Red Panda realized we were watching and abandoned its escape plan... for now at least.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dino-muffins!

Woo-hoo! My new dinosaur muffin tin worked out. We now have dino-shaped muffins (which more than meet Dominic's approval). I can now say Dominic ate a T-Rex for lunch!



Banana Choc Chip Dino-muffins!



Om nom nom. T-Rex. Delicious.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Scrooge vs Grinch vs Grouch

While I'm probably more at the bouncing around singing jingle bells than the 'bah humbug' end of the attitude towards Christmas spectrum, I do love my anti-Christmas characters. There's nothing more charming than a mean, cynical grump who just can't stand the noise and excitement of all the Merry Christmasing going on around them. Let's face it, we've all had moments in the supermarket or shop when they've played Mariah Carey singing 'All I want for Christmas' one too many times and we're tempted stuff fruitcake into the stereo just for some peace and quiet.

So it's time for a Christmas poll about who is the greatest Christmas-hating character of all time.

The contenders:

Ebenezer 'Even the vegetables don't like him' Scrooge



The 'cuddly as a cactus' Grinch



Oscar 'I hate Christmas' the Grouch



Please comment with your vote!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Birthday vegetables!

Dominic is two years old today! Where has the time gone?

Ah well, rather than descend into a stream of clucky drivel about how my baby is all grown up, I shall get on with posting some birthday pics.

Dominic, like most sophisicated young gentlemen, likes a vegetable or two. What better way to commemorate the day of his birthday than with celebratory veges?



Just what every wee lad dreams of for his birthday, to be sure - a potato to call their own.



The birthday version of Mr Potatohead. You pull the candles in and out of your potato. Hours of fun (well, minutes anyway).



He was overcome with glee at the presentation of his majestic birthday radish (like a good little fraggle).



Alas, the noble carrot did not survive long into the photo shoot.

If only I'd had the forethought to buy a turnip for the occasion. Maybe next year...