Dexter-ism’s # 873

Dexter likes scrambled eggs. I make point of this because Jaxon, doesn’t like ANYTHING. Dexter will try anything and if he doesn’t like it, he doesn’t like it. Jaxon on the other hand can simply hear the name of something, or look at something and swear “he doesn’t like it”

I don’t know where he could have got this particular trait from. But MY parents might have something to say about it :)

At any rate, Dexter LIKES scrambled eggs. So the other day we were having them for lunch and he was on the bench watching me crack eggs. He asked if he could do it and I don’t care what Julie Goodwin says, cooking with kids and making a mess is NOT FUN. So I told him “when you’re older”

Then he looked over at Dougie’s pill’s. Another thing he wants to do (give Dougie his daily pill) that I’m not so willing to let him do just yet.

He said to me straight faced “When I am older you will let me give Dougie his medicine right?” Yes, of course. Then he throws out that “when I am older I will be able to cook. But right now I’m a terrible cook”

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Today was the most horrible day in terms of weather. So when Dexter and I got to school to pick Jaxon up we waited in the car as long as possible to go in to the yard. It was blowing a gale and raining.

We sat there conversing. Dexter is curious about being born and asked if he was in my tummy, did he kick his way out?

I said no, the Doctor had to cut me (showed him where) and take him out and then the Doctor had to sew me back up.

He asked if it hurt and I answered, it hurt me, but not you.

Then he looked over at me and said “That’s really gross Mum”

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This is my second attempt at a portrait painting. As you can see, I have greatly improved on my technique since the one of my Dad.

I did this in late 2013 for a South African friend. It takes at least 6 months for the oil to dry, then you have to put a glaze on it to protect it from dust and that needs to dry too. Then I was finally able to send it. She received it late this year and I couldn’t put it here until she’d got it.

I’m very proud of this one.


Hide and Seek

He doesn’t eat them. He just moves them around. Only my shoes mostly. I can’t tell you how many mornings I have gone to put my shoes on only to find that one is missing. Having to ask the dog where your other shoe is when you really need it to go out is no laughing matter!



This is my first go at a portrait painting. Obviously, it’s my Dad. It’s not finished, but he has it and has framed it. I love this painting. It may not be finished and it may have it’s faults but…it is such a great likeness to him. I would like to try it again, I have learned a few more things since doing this.

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Jaxon having his MRI to see if his neck needs surgery.

The theory being that it’s possible that one side of his neck is growing while the other fused side is not. They will compare these scans to scans they took last year to find out.

20140923_151308Tim is jealous because Jaxon gets a TV at the end of his bed. There is a mirror above his head and he’s watching a movie. No such special treatment for poor old Tim.


The Park

20140824_115848 20140824_121243All of the parks that we frequent have special names. We got to one called The Eiffel Tower” because it has a big climbing thing that looks like it.

This park is called “The Blue Park” because all of the equipment is blue. But Tim and I call it “The Windy Park” because there could be not a breath of wind at home and it’s blowing a gale at this park just a few kilometers away.


For *my* birthday this year we decided to take the kids to Monster Jam. Our Saturday nights have been a treat for them lately, getting to stay up late to watch it with us. By late I mean, like a full half an hour past bed time. But they didn’t know that!

The day was awesome. Though Jaxon was a crank for the first bit of getting to see the trucks up close and personal.

See that child smiling in the photo? Yep, not mine! Some other lucky parents had a kid who was delighted to be taken to something so BIG!

20141004_120148The day improved once we got to our seats. Kids cheered up. 

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The between show of stunt bikes was far more exciting I think. The next big thing we take them to will probably have to involve those.

Pussy in a Pot

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I’d love to say that the cat is a genius and is sitting in this pot to keep warm in the sun. But in all likely hood, he’s sitting in this pot planning the mass destruction of the local sparrows.

In the last few weeks he has gone from never catching a thing, other than the odd moth, to bringing in all kinds of things. Amoung them, two pigeons, two canaries, two budgies and a starling.

The bell’s around his neck have gone from cat bell to cow bell. He’s not happy with us, but the birds say thank you…by shitting on our washing.



At bed time Jaxon get’s ten minutes to play with his lego. At some point, way past his ten minutes he will come out to show us something he has built and we will tell him it’s time to turn his light off and go to bed.

Well the last few weeks he has been coming out AFTER that point claiming that he was “sleep building” so that he could show us what he’s been making.

Good try, but GO TO SLEEP!


Jaxon’s new craze. Marbles.

Jaxon: I think I lost some of my marbles.

Me: Me too.

Jaxon: I didn’t know you had marbles?

Me: of course you didn’t.  I lost them.


On our way to drop Dexter off at day care a man stopped at the lights next to us opened his window and spat out of it.

Me: What a dirty disgusting pig!
Jaxon: Was there a pig in that car?

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Dexter is talking up a storm and I really should be recording it as it happens so I don’t forget! This is from memory…so not so much.


While I went in to the shops leaving Daddy and Dex in the car, they had a conversation about Dragons. When I got back Dexter told me “I want to be a faggot.” Um, what?? “I want to be a faggon.” Daddy?? He wants to be a dragon!


Dexter: Burp

Daddy: What do you say?

Dexter: Iron Man.

Daddy: Dexter, what do you say?

Dexter: Pardon me Iron Man.


Dexter ‘meowed’ at me then licked my forehead.  Um….


Dougie has chewed the bottoms off of both of Woody’s feet (Toy Story)

Dexter just came to us and showed us, saying “Look, no snake in his boots”


Me, draping our fitted sheet over two chairs under the heater vent to dry.

Dexter says ‘Why you making cubby house?’ And I reply ‘Its not really a cubby house. Our sheets need to dry’

Dexter replies ‘Well, its a perfect cubby house too’ and hops under.

He’s been busy moving all of his bedding and toys into his cubby house for half an hour. I expect he’ll want to sleep there.


I will TRY to put them up as they happen!

Got the Fishing Bug!

Since camping, we’ve taken up fishing.

I mean, I’ve always loved fishing. But now Tim and Jaxon have caught their first fish…it’s on!

The boys quickly lose interest. But they occupy themselves doing boy things while we fish.

We haven’t had much luck. In fact, we have only caught one fish! One fish! Then it simply got too cold and windy to keep going. So until summer comes again, no more fishing.

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Remember the bad start?

Well we had a bad ending too!

It was so wet at our camping spot that the ground was all slippery and dangerous.

My Dad got his friend to tow the trailer out of the park thinking that we wouldn’t be able to do it on the mud slide roads. The mudslide roads were fun. Slipping and sliding all over the place. Watching Kangaroo’s jumping off in to the bush as we approached.

We got out in one piece. The trouble happened when we stopped about 15 KM’s from where we got our flat tyre. It was a road side stop that if a tree hadn’t of fallen over the road, we would have just driven around and out again.

But no. We had a tree.

So we did a U-turn and got bogged!! In very deep mud. Right in front of a great big bull ants nest (biggest bull ants I’ve ever seen) so neither of us could stand at the front of the car and push to help get us out.

We were incredibly lucky that across the park there was a lone grey nomad who kindly unhitched his own caravan and came to the rescue. Otherwise who knows how long we would have been stuck there!

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Rain, Rain!

Once it started raining all hope was lost.

The first day we went in to town and did all of our washing. We bought the boys rain jackets to try and keep them dry.

By the second day, though it wasn’t too miserable, we just couldn’t keep dry and we ran out of dry socks REALLY fast!

The boys had fun being able to run and jump in the puddles as we took down the camp site and said a sad fair well to a camping trip that could have been longer if we were better prepared.

Gumboots, a gazebo and more socks are on top of our list for our next camping trip!

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Dougie’s Camping Experience

There is probably no need to say it, but Dougie had a blast camping.

All those new smell’s to smell. All those new smells to roll in. And our Dad’s dog to play with.

Within the first few hours though we noticed he was covered in burrs. Hundreds of them. His beautiful tail had to be snipped off and he had an impromptu hair cut with the scissors within the first day. I was very upset about the tail :(

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Camping, off to a bad start!

Easter Holidays! Yay! Off to go camping on the Murray with my Dad. What could be better?? Nothing. Nothing at all could be better.

Although, not getting a flat tyre on the way would have been nice!

Not only did we get a flat tyre but we were towing the trailer. AND, the boot where the spare tyre sat was filled to the brim with a whole heap of HEAVY stuff. Like our gas fridge. Tim had to empty it out in order to change the flat.

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Old school

The boys sharing a room just isn’t going to plan.

We had thought that after some amount of time the excitement would die down and sleep would only take half an hour or so to find.

But this is THREE HOURS after bed time.

Time to change them BACK to being in their OWN bed rooms.


Kite’s, the new in thing!

Grandpa also got the kids kite’s for Christmas. It took a few days of nagging and waiting for wind but we finally got them up.

Did you know, that a box kite that get’s let go on a very windy day can go a very long way all on it’s own??

Well, we do now! Dexter’s simply ended up over the fence in the back ground. But when Jaxon did it, the thing nearly went over the school with no sign of dropping. If Daddy hadn’t jumped on the string at the very last minute, we may have lost it!

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Boats and Spiders

Grandpa gave the boys a boat each for Christmas. So we went down to the local dam and gave them a whirl.

Well, one of the boats got stuck in some weedy stuff. So I suggested Tim go and get a log to pull it out.

The log he got to do this with was very large. The end he decided to put in the water was the heavy end. I innocently told him it would be easier to put the lighter end in when I noticed there was a MASSIVE spider on the end of the log.

This thing was huge!! And it was NOT happy with me!

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Mum’s Birthday

It just so happened that my birthday fell on the day our Victorian Groodles decided to have a meet up. So the kids got to go to the dog beach at Ocean grove.

Jaxon’s never seen the ocean like this. He has seen a tide out, and he has seen tiny little lap waves. He’s played on muddy beaches.  But he has never seen the ocean alive like this.

I think he may have loved it!

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Because Tim and I were unable to be there for the night that Mum had her 60th Birthday on a harbor cruise we were lucky enough to be given free tickets to the cruise ourselves. So Mum and James looked after the boys while we went out and had a lovely time on the boat…KID FREE! Magic!