Henri is our old soul. And he often makes us laugh with his quirky comments.
As Henri was cleaning his teeth tonight he said, "Next year I'm going to ask Santa for a little bit of his magic." So sweet. I told him I thought he already was magic.
The other day he and Will were sitting in the main street of Flinders waiting for Tom and Max. They were chatting and, as Will is won't to do, he changed the subject. Henri said, "Daddy, you're getting me sidetracked." The elderly couple sitting near them commented on what a big word that was for a 6 year old.
As they later passed the couple on their way home Will tried to get Henri to say, "Let's expedite this mission", or something along those lines. Alas, Henri didn't oblige.
Tomorrow is the day our whole family has been eagerly anticipating. We are heading down to Three Hummock Island off the coast of Tasmania.
This year we are staying there for 10 days - our longest visit yet. We have been looking forward to this since we were last there over Easter.
I have been very busy organising travel itineraries for friends who will join us. We have four groups of friends who will fly in for a few days each to stay with us. By coordinating flights we can fly from Melbourne to the island at much the same price as a discount airline fare to Tasmania.
Every three days or so a plane will come in with one group, and depart with another. Meanwhile we'll be busy in the homestead changing bedlinen and catering for our guests.
One friend has just sent a text to say she's thinking of organising an island 'Survivor style' treasure hunt with hidden immunity idols, clues and physical challenges for the adults and children to participate in. Sounds like fun. The boys will absolutely love that.
In preparation, today was a cooking marathon. I have made:
Jamie Oliver's meatballs
meringues (or 'remangs' as Henri calls them)
a topping for fruit crumble
several marinades and sauces
I don't think we'll starve.
And a first for me - I've baked a few loaves of bread this year. This is a Tuscan style breadmix that has a wonderful crunchy crust. As soon as it was out of the oven I had that end piece covered in lashings of butter. Yumm. The boys have been devouring it hot from the oven after morning sessions at Little Nippers.
Our neighbours at Flinders are keeping a very protective watch over this nest.
These Willy Wagtail babies are so sweet. Their nest is just a metre or two in front of our neighbour's front deck. I was able to get about a metre away from them to take this shot, with the mother twitting furiously at me from a nearby branch.
The nest is bursting at the seams and I suspect they are ready to flee the nest any moment now.
We set this up on the front lawn at Flinders for Adelaide and her little friend. Before long two big boys and their surf mats had found their way in. There wasn't much room for little toddlers, but that didn't deter them. Before long we were all in it together. The perfect way to spend a hot, hot afternoon (even if the pool did have a slow leak).
2011 is going to be all about family for me. Looking after my little ones. Two of the boys are starting at a new school. I want to devote more time to baking lunch box treats, keeping a tidier house, cooking a wider range of meals - generally being a better mother.
Will and I have a couple of nice getaways planned for the two of us. We will plan a family holiday as well.
I'm sure there will be time for sewing and creating, but I feel like my babies are growing up too quickly. So I'm going to slow down a little and take more time to enjoy them.
Here's hoping 2011 is a great year for you all. I have high hopes.