July 2013

This little lovely lady brings joy to our days with a touch of sass.  Sometimes a lot of sass, but the hugs make up for it.


  • Parrot. Hazel is famous for picking a phrase and repeating it over and over, I suppose it’s her way to learn.  Recently: “chicken-man, chicken-man” as we drove past Song River, “baby girl, baby girl” as she threw paper into the toilet, and “good girl, good girl” as she did something that was not so good.
  • Key, Buttons and Toppers.  These are the things that excite Hazel the most these days.  Topper on.  Oh yeah.  Key to the DVD cabinet.  And buttons, buttons everywhere!
  • 2 > 1.  I constantly ask Hazel “how many”, just to hear her obvious answer “Twooooo”.  Well, the other day as I was divvying up the cookies, I asked her how many for momma.  Her brow furrowed, and she answered “Unnn”.  Can you guess the answer for “how many for Hazel?”
  • No more milk.  Hazel is officially weaned, which was a long drawn out process that ended in two stories and a song before naptime instead of boobies.  Now she’s a soy milk only kinda gal.
  • Jump!  This month was all about perfecting her jump, she practices from every available surface.  The best are the launches off the side of the pool: full squat, arms back, head up and GO!
  • Only Dada.  Hazel likes to remind us who can do what. Touch the stove? Only momma.  Give a powerwash bath?  Only dada.  Eat vegetables?  Only Mao (Miles).
  • Big, giant, tight hugs.  We’ve reached the age where she has moments of little resistance, where she will give me a tight tight hug and then lay her head on my chest.  These are the best moments ever.

“Three and a HALF!”  Miles will tell you if you ask his age.  No less.


  • Miles-isms.  Words that make Miles’ speech his own: “Cannot Know” if he doesn’t know, “Not my Favorite” for something he doesn’t like,”How many? So many! Like Ten-Nine-Twelve” for a lot, “You cannot believe this!” if something really really special is coming up next.
  • Growing boy.  Miles finally hit the c-note: 100cm tall (That’s 3’3″) and he’s 15.5kg (34lbs).  He’s got a long torso and small lower body to the feet, which are Stelzer-bricks.  He wears size 5T top and mostly 2T bottoms.  Swimmer?
  • Swimmer!  Miles is now comfortable in the baby pool without his floats, and will don goggles and “scuba dive” for fish (plastic animals) on the bottom of the pool.  He’s swimming, but doesn’t know it yet.
  • Chinese.  Miles has shown more interest learning Mandarin lately (probably because he wants in on the secret when Tim and I use it to hide things from him), and has an impressive vehicle vocabulary.  Crane, digger, truck, bus, cruise ship, airplane…he’s got them all down.
  • Growing up.  The last 3 months have seen a massive transformation from baby-hood into kid-dom.  Miles takes himself to the toilet, feeds himself, tidies up after himself, takes no naps, and takes really good care of his momma.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember he’s still just a little guy!  And sometimes it’s impossible to forget.
  • Fears.  There are a lot of scary things out there: leaf blowers, fogging machines (for mosquitoes), chainsaws, jack hammers and most everything that makes a lot of noise.  I don’t blame him, these things are not my favorite either.
  • Builder.  Miles spends a considerable amount of his time building, fixing, and constructing from various materials, mostly legos.  He’s doing a bit of art work, and loves painting with watercolors.  There’s just not enough hours in the day to do all the fun stuff there is to do.
  • Favorites.  Color = blue.  Food = sausage.  Vegetable = “flower vegetables”, which are some sprouting broccoli type green we get from the market. Fruit = mango, but any berry a very close second.  Vehicle = up-down (mobile crane).  Sister = open to application (but Hazel will do for now).

I think we finally found a sport everyone can enjoy, including Miles.



High Sticking!


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Water stop.

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For the Third time* since we’ve had kids, Tim and I got away for a few days alone.  This time we took a quick flight up to the island of Langkawi (another return location!).  We took full advantage of our 48 kid-free hours by staying in a gorgeous restored heritage home at Temple Tree Resort:

Eating breakfast on our patio after the sun came up (parents with early risers, you’ll appreciate the day-lit breakfast table):


No carseats would fit on our transportation for the weekend, although locals may argue a few kids could certainly squeeze on:


We hiked to a waterfall with a perfectly clear freshwater pond at it’s base.  For us islanders, cold fresh water beats the ocean any day!


And actually managed to get a photo of the two of us together! We didn’t actually take a helicopter ride, just took the pic to impress Miles.


* We are really lucky to have had competent and responsible baby-sitting from both sets of grandparents.  Thank you Grandma Linda for letting us sneak away this time and taking on a 1:2 ratio – you rocked it!

It’s rainy season here, which thankfully brings cloud cover and cooler temps.  I actually wrote this sentence the other day (to a friend in England, I’m sure she appreciated it): “The weather today is perfect!  Rainy, windy and cool.  I love it!”

Especially if they are intent on a gardening project:



Or trying to warm up after a freezing swim: