Welcome to our Springtime Round of a Claw.
February was short, and half-term activities took up a lot of our energies. So, this time around, we’re offering you a two-months-for-the-price of-one edition of our milestones bulletin.
That’s not to say that February and March weren’t crammed with memorable moments. No siree.
The London leg of Team Honk Relay for Sport Relief was Austin and Gwen’s first sponsored walk, and you can read more about it here and here. Despite Austin’s poorly-boy grumbles on the way home, both he and Gwen still squeal with delight whenever I give in to their demands for me to let them watch the Honkopoly video.
The Team Honk Relay baton has just landed in John O’ Groats, the final destination on the cross-UK journey. London’s Honkopoly raised over £3,000, but altogether the national figure was an astonishing £31,000 (with a final surprise donation of £4,000 from the amazingly generous Tiger Feet Party). It feels good to have played a tiny part in such a colossal effort.
World Book Day
February and March have seen a leap in Austin’s development. He’s started to read. At our last parents’ evening, his pre-school teacher said that he would benefit from a little home practice with his phonics. And she was right: he was deeply excited about the prospect of being able to discover books for himself, and is now ALL OVER that Cat in a Hat (on a mat).
Which is lucky, as the Dr Seuss character of the same name was the one we chose for his World Book Day outfit. Recognise the top hat? Yes, it’s the Honkopoly classic, rehashed by Mum for WBD. I’m clearly becoming a pro at making cardboard and a load of masking tape look appealing, because Austin won an award for best-dressed boy in his class.
Proud beams all round…..
On St David’s Day, 1st March 2014, Austin played his first game of mini-rugby.
You saw it here first. We have high hopes for him, given that his Dad used to play semi-professionally, and I’m….well, I’m from Wales, so I ought to have rugby pulsing through my veins. But, like most team sports, the logic of the whole thing baffles me. I should probably swot up on it so I can cheer from the sidelines without embarrassing the poor lad by going on about goals and free kicks…oh, hang on, they have free kicks in rugby, too?
Ok, I’d better shut up about the whole rugby business now. Thankfully it’s D who gets to take him, not me. Austin talks about it all week, and according to D’s reports he’s already learning to give the coach a good runaround….
This year, Gwen had a double celebration of two years on this planet. We invited a few of her little friends round for a surreptitious toddler-only gathering while Austin was at pre-school, the morning before her birthday. Then, on the big day itself, we hopped on the train and went to London Zoo.
New birthday coat. New helmet (worn as an accessory rather than a safety precaution). lions, tigers and funny-looking penguins. What better to raise a huge grin on the face of this newly two-year-old?
Happy birthday, gorgeous girl.
And finally…..our first papier mache attempt. I’m sure I must have done this as a child, because I felt some kind of residual glee while I was gluing and pasting the newspaper strips onto the balloons. It was fun; even better was Austin and Gwen’s excitement at taking their ‘dinosaur eggs’ along to pre-school, to show everyone.
Austin’s egg is currently incubating in a padded cardboard box; Gwen’s is lying in all its dented glory on her bedroom floor.
I daren’t get rid of either of them, in case the Mommy T-Rex eats me.
Round of a claw (Austin’s interpretation of ’round of applause’) is my attempt to capture some highlights of Austin and Gwen’s time as youngsters. Each month I write a round-up of milestones and memorable moments. To read previous episodes, click here.
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