Sunday, April 4

Rejoice - Christ Has Risen! Happy Easter Everyone!

Happy Easter!

We've had a busy and fun-filled Easter so far... Good Friday, we spent the day rearranging the bedrooms to start setting up for the nursery... The old guest bedroom is now the guest bedroom/study and the study is going to be the nursery. Basically, the guest bedroom/study is all setup... and now it's just a matter of tidying up random things (and I mean really random things!), putting together the cot (Phi - just a heads up - you're going to be helping Phan when you come up... :)) and Phan putting up the curtain rails in the nursery.... it's coming together slowly... We went to the 3pm mass on Friday... I didn't let Beth nap at home (she'd woken up late and I didn't think there was much chance she would nap before we left)... but what ended happening was about 10 minutes after mass started, she fell asleep in Phan's arms... and stayed that way for almost the entire duration of the 80 minute service! Poor Phan got a dead arm from having to support her heavy head!

Saturday, we did a daytrip to Seaworld to make use of our annual passes which expire in a couple of months... Beth had the most fun she'd ever had at Seaworld... From the moment she woke up and we told her where we were going, she was *sooooo* excited and chatted away about seeing dolphins, sea lions, penguins, pelicans and "friendly sharks" (her words!)... She's really reached that age of getting excited about stuff now, so to see her reaction to all the different marine life and describing all the things she saw was such a beautiful breath of fresh air... When you ask her about the best part of the day she says "Riding the blue truck with Daddy" which was a ride at the kiddies Sesame Street section she went on with Phan, followed by "Riding the merry-go-round with Mummy"... And then her other favourite part was "The Sesame Street Concert"... Ah, she's come so far... I still remember the first time we ever went to Seaworld when she was about 18 months and she totally freaked out and cried at the crowds and the larger-than-life Sesame Street Characters!!! She also totally loved watching all the other shows (dolphin and sealion) and burnt a heap of energy running around in the waterspouts...

Here's a video snippet of our girl playing in the waterspouts (apologies for the size - it's 114MB)... I remember her about 10 months ago being quite hesitant around the waterspouts at Legoland and San Diego Seaworld... but now she's a completely different child around them... so carefree and joyous!

Oh, now that Beth is now 3 we also had to buy her a ticket... there's a deal going on for QLD residents through that you can get a pass to 3 worlds (Seaworld, Movieworld and Wet'n'Wild) for about $50, which gives you unlimited access to any 3 of those worlds until the end of June.. And seeing as that is basically the cost of a ticket to Seaworld alone... so we signed up for that for Beth... we had to get her special "QLD VIP" card made up at the end of the day... she was tired and a bit cranky, but she actually took a really photogenic photo on the id card... *AND* she got perked up and got all happy when she saw it was her very own personalised card... I told her the card meant that we could use it to come back again some time... And then 15 minutes later as I was putting her into her carseat and she was analysing her card some more, she said to me "The card means we can come back again tomorrow..."... LOL... She had so much fun she wanted to come back again straight away! Phan and I had a huge chuckle, we were exhausted from the day and couldn't imagine coming back again 2 days in a row!

Our major achievement of the weekend has been getting rid of the dummy! We had been talking about giving the Easter Bunny her "tee-tee" (what we call the dummy) and her bottle for a couple of weeks now... I said if she gave the Easter Bunny her tee-tee, he would leave her some chocolate and maybe even a toy... So last night, early in the night, we put out the easter basket and put her dummy and her bottle in it... She was really good about it... We thought we were going to have a hiccup when later in the night she said "I want the tee-tee in my bed", but I just reinforced, if we left it for the Easter Bunny he would leave her something... we wrote him a message asking him to take the dummy and to leave her a toy... :)

Phan put her to bed... and at one point as she was putting her toys in her bed she started to say "I want... I want..." and I thought she was going to ask for it, but I think she remembered what we had said and stopped herself.

The night went pretty smoothly... she woke up a little upset at 11:30pm (but I think that was due to overtiredness from our big day... she does this even when has a dummy), only took a couple of minutes to calm her down, take her to the toilet and get her give Jemima, Dr Dougal & Flower Bear a big cuddle and she was back asleep... Then I got awoken at 3:30am by her crying and I thought "Oh no, this is it, she's going to ask for it"... but no... What had happened was she had rolled and fallen out of bed and was lying face down on the foam mattress I have next to her bed ... poor thing... it was quite funny... so another toilet stop and I bundled her back into bed and she was back to sleep... She called out for me at 7:15am this morning... I was sure she was going to ask to go out and see what the Easter Bunny had brought... but no... she asked me to lie in bed with her and cuddle... and 10 seconds later and fallen back asleep again and didn't wake up 'til 8am! I was itching for her to wake up and see what the Easter Bunny had brought her... :) When she finally did get up and walked out to see what was in her Easter Basket, she was *SOOOOOOO* excited... The first thing she went for was the purple chocolate cadbury easter bunny we had got her... she had eye-ed that in a catalogue a couple of weeks ago and had mentioned it a few times, so we knew she would love it... she was ripping the foil of him the minute she held him! I had to make her stop and look at her other stuff... then she found some of the little eggs that were also in her basket... and lastly, she went through all the new toys she got... She got a brand new white bunny (Fluffy the Rabbit), a plastic chopboard with a cut-able watermelon and banana (it was like $3 at kmart) and she already has a corn and carrot version that she won at Emily's bday party a couple of months ago), a fairy book with magnets (we've had this book for ages and had forgotten about it, and we discovered it on Friday while we were rearranging the bedroom and study, so I thought we'd throw it into the presents) and lastly a new stainless steel butterfly water bottle for her to use at kindy (just something practical, but pretty... :))... The Easter Bunny spoilt our girl a bit today, but I think she deserved it after doing so well without her dummy! I think she thinks the Easter Bunny is better than Santa too... LOL...

After all that, we had to get ourselves moving and ready for mass at 9am... I asked Beth if she would like some breakfast and she says "Yes please... I'd like some chocolate... " ... LOL... so she got to eat the ears of her chocolate bunny for breakfast, followed by some vegemite toast... And then off we went to mass ... Beth insisted on bringing her new friend Fluffy along with us and she spent most of mass talking to him, cuddling him, brushing his fur with her hands, putting headbands on him and even dancing with him... so cute. We also bumped into Vicky and Claire towards the end of mass... The girls were so excited to see each other... Claire had a little pink ballerina bunny with her and girls were showing each other their bunnies and then playing together and chasing each other...

And the rest of today has just been laid back... after the busy last couple of days, it's nice to just relax and take it easy... Beth has been pigging out on chocolate (it's only one day of the year and she is soooo excited about her chocolate... After about her 5th egg though, I made her stop and said we had to save some for tonight)... and we had a nice afternoon nap (sans dummy with no problems at all... although she chattered non-stop to herself for about 15 minutes before falling asleep)

So here's a few happy snaps I took this morning of our girl really enjoying Easter this year...

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