Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tree-house

It was another typical rainy weekend in Dublin and I thought to myself “What am I going to do with a rambunctious 2.7 year old to occupy her?”. I had just received something in the mail the other day which came in a big cardboard box. Bingo, I thought. I am going to make a cardboard house. Ok, I lie – Pete will do it!

Well, this is way better than spending lots of money on a plastic house in a toyshop. Seren jumped at the chance and was so excited drawing on the cardboard with chalks and crayons. She drew on flowers, butterflies, spiders and trees…

This was not any cardboard house. It was her “treehouse”. This was her little haven where she could escape and read her books or play with her little monkey. Olwyn would sit outside completely forlorn at her sister’s disappearance into this structure. Olwyn would crawl in to investigate once Seren had vacated the premises. But Olwyn did not trust her surroundings and would reverse immediately on arrival!

 We have gotten a lot of mileage out of this creation. We still have it folded up and slid under the coach. It comes out on those rainy days…

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Conversation with a two year old

Today, I was sitting down with my eldest daughter, Seren, and having a little one on one time with her. She is becoming very expressive and is communicating her thoughts verbally. She has started to master the art of story-telling. Seren starts the story with lots of gusto – “one day there was a little boy who had a scooter…”,  but it looses momentum then and and her concentration dwindles. Seren usually gets  distracted and someone like her little sister grabs her attention because the latter has a toy that Seren thinks is hers.

So there I was, asking Seren what animals she liked. We went through the usual suspects – lion, giraffe, snake etc. And this is what she said to me as if it were the most important thing she has ever said in her whole life…

“I like wriggly worms, but I don’t like mooses because they do big smelly poos and they have huge bums like this!!”(extending her arms as far as she can).

This made me grin like  the cheshire cat. What a priceless moment…

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