Archive for April, 2019

3 Little Ninja Beasts

April 29, 2019

1 mile. 10 obstacles. Thats what 3 little beasts took on this past weekend. Keane, Cullen and their good friend Bryson ran their first “Ninja Obstacle Course”. To say I was proud of each of them would be an understatement. All 3 of them took this course on with such determination and grit. At no point, even when things got hard and they were starting to get tired, did any of them complain or want to quit. They were in beast mode from start to finish. It was amazing watching the competitive side of their personalities emerge. I have a feeling there may be more of these Ninja Challenges in our future.

Competitor wrist bands have been picked up and these boys are excited to run the “Ninja Challenge”.

Passing the time before the race.

A little pre-race monkey bar warm up.

Of course there’s always time for the group shots.

3 little ninja beasts.

And all the fun of trying to capture a family photo.

Ninja’s to the start line.

Keane in the centre wearing orange. Bryson is on the right wearing white.

Cullen in the blue with the grey hat.

They’re off.

Bryson racing towards the first obstacle.

And he’s over the wall.

Right behind him, Keane is clear of the wall.

Cullen and Daddy approaching the first obstacle.

With a little boast from Daddy, Cullen is clear.

Keane powers on.

Bryson still going strong.

Under the spider web.

Cullen inches his way up the tall wall.

Made it!

Keane racing towards the spider web.

Here comes Cullen.

This part of the race the kids had to pick up these wooden logs and carry them a 150m around the car park.

Amazing work by Bryson.

Go Keane Go!!

On to the balance beam.

There were so many of these upper body monkey bar things throughout the course. My arms ached just watching them.

Cullen had his own special technique for handling the monkey bars. He brought Daddy support.

The final obstacle. Ninja wall.

And Keane is up.

Down the other side.

And across the finish line. Wahoooo!!

A victory high-5 from Bryson’s mom.

Here comes Cullen over the Ninja wall.

Down the other side,

And a little fist pump to finish.

Getting his winners bag.

Keane wearing his medal proudly.

3 amazing competitors. Well done boys!

After all that, they still found the energy to hang around and play afterwards.

The Final Hunt

April 24, 2019

The last of the posts on Easter, promise. This was Easter Sunday morning and the Easter Bunny showed up. Dropping small eggs full of tiny surprises all over the garden. Straight after breakfast and the boys were out, buckets in hand again, ready to hunt and gather whatever eggs they could find.

The divide and conquer approach. Cullen went one way, Keane a different way.

This bunny dropped eggs all over the place.

He or she bunny, even left a giant egg with a bigger surprise for each of the boys.

Still more eggs to be found.

The harder to reach eggs, a job for the big brother.

We believe we have found them all.

Time to open each and every one.

Cullen got an egg bomb. An explosive device, with tiny eggs inside.

Keane gets the bomb ready.

Its on the ground and we are all keeping a safe distance.

Boom! The moment it explodes. A video would have captured it better.

Wow! Bonus Easter gift. A shark for Cullen and a dragon for Keane.

Back to the business of opening more eggs.

Happy Easter!

April 22, 2019

Chocolate consumed in abundance. Lots of egg related activities with friends. This Easter weekend has me beat. Not the kids though. All of the chocolate guaranteed them a constant supply of fuel, so they never seemed to run out of energy. Never! As a result I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking in this post. Cos early to bed is where its at for me this evening.

As the weekend approached, the boys got together with our good friend Bryson, for an egg dying project.

Egg dying is a big part of Easter here in the US. I don’t really know why and no one seemed to be able to explain it. It just something they’ve always done. So we did it. We hard boiled 3 dozen eggs and then got to dying.

Bryosn’s feelings about his egg turning pink, instead of red.

Keane’s new favorite color is green.

Cullen’s favorite color is still blue.

A rainbow collection of fabulously dyed eggs.

After school on Friday, we had an egg hunt for the boys and some of their school besties. We also welcomed some tiny new members to the friends crew.

And they’re off!! Cullen was not hanging about.

Hot on his heels, the rest of the hunting pack.

Little Hudson doing his best to keep up.

Bringing up the rear, the 1 year old twins.

This little fella wandered off the beaten track and had to be redirected.

The big kids are hunting machines.

And the youngest of all the hunters was more interested in getting a little shut eye.

Comparing quantities. Everyone always wants more than everyone else.

Henry is chuffed with his gathering.

A curious little peak into a fellow hunters basket.

Keane is double fisting baskets. Not really. He’s been ordered to keep an eye on Cullen’s, so he (Cullen) can pee.

Now the counting and opening of each egg begins.

Post counting and a sugar rush in full effect, its time to play.

When an Easter Egg hunt looks more like a kids version of The Hunger Games. Today the boys participated in the first of who knows how many Easter Egg hunts we’ll partake in over the weekend. And high levels of sugar consumption, guarantees high levels of energy to ensure we have adequate endurance for all of it. Wish us luck.

On your marks! Get set! Hunt! The 2019 Easter Egg Hunger Games are officially open. (Plenty more photos will be along shortly).

The not so easy part of renewing your child’s passport? The PASSPORT PHOTOS! Staying still, looking directly into the camera, no laughing, smile, but not silly smile, can be a major challenge for most kids. Not to mention time. If you take too long to get the photo, then forget it, you’ve lost any chance of cooperation.

Cullen’s passport is currently up for renewal, here’s how his passport capturing photos went.