A new project I’ve picked up for at least the Summer 14/15 season is coaching Lizzie’s MLBC Lakers U10 Girls Basketball team! My nephew Andrew was coaching but had to give it up due to other commitments.
It’s going to be an interesting challenge but the club has been a great support with a coaching evening and handbook and lots of affirmation and offers of help.
Beccy has also offered to be my Assistant Coach, but not sure how she will go, as it might be that her training is the same time.
I’ll keep you updated with the team’s progress.
Lizzie had her 9th Birthday on the weekend as a Minecraft party where yours truly was crazy enough to setup 8 computers (plus a server and my laptop) on the dining room table so Lizzie, Beccy and her friends could all play Minecraft together on a dedicated server.
We had lots of Minecraft themed foods, with raspberry licorice as TNT, red, blue, green, yellow, brown and orange M&Ms as redstone, diamonds, slime balls, gold nuggets, coal and carrots respectively. There was also cookies, chicken (nuggets), torches (chips), sticks (fries) and of course the cake:
We even had one of the other dads join in for “5 minutes” when he came to pick his son up.
There is a collection of further photos below.
One further addition was some signage around the house. We had the sign on the front door, as well as signs on the girl’s bedroom doors. in keeping with the warning, I setup iPods in each of the girls rooms, plugged into a dock/speakers, playing Skeleton and Zombie sound effects through the respective web pages. The Zombie’s worked much better, they just have better sound effects.
Lizzie said today that we should check what the picture was today on google, because it’s daddy’s birthday and they have special pictures on special days. It was really cute, and it turns out she was right, it was the 25th anniversary of the Bucky ball, a particular Molecule named after Richard Buckminster Fuller
Lizzie just loves books, despite being only nearly three, she is constantly picking up books and just flicking through the pages. She seems to prefer thicker books over the thinner ones, and I’ve already had to take a couple of bibles off her as the pages are so thin they tend to tear easily.
She was sitting up on the couch the other day, and I asked her what she was reading. She said “A rainbow book”
For those who cant see it clearly, the book is none other than the Oxford Paperback Dictionary. She wouldn’t put it down either, until she had found something to use as a chapter (Bookmark).
Another (related) favourite is the “rhetasaurus” aka Roget’s Thesaurus
Lizzie has what I term OCT: Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies. It’s not OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as it is not really causing a problem, but she definitely has tendencies that way.
She will often line up her toys in straight lines and sort things by height and colour where other kids would just bunch them up together.
A case in point: a few days ago, Bern found her opening the zip of the bean bag, and when She reminded her that she wasn’t to do that she said “but I thought the beans needed to be sorted”
Of course, I’m totally the same, and so is my mother… 🙂
Driving through Lilydale yesterday, Lizzie piped up and said:
“Look Mummy, it’s Hungry Macs”
maybe she knows something we don’t about merger talks between McDonalds & Hungry Jacks (Burger King).
Bern has had a nasty bout of conjunctivitis recently, and it’s been rather warm, and therefore bright, so Bern has been wearing here sunglasses more than usual. This morning Liz told mummy to “Put her cold glasses on” and it was a few seconds before Bern twigged that Liz meant her normal, prescription glasses. Cold is opposite to sun, so if one pair were sun glasses, the other must be cold glasses.
A conversation I had with Liz at 7:30 this morning.
Liz: Where’s Mummy
Liz: Where, at Tennis?
Me: No at the gym.
Liz: Oh getting littler.
How cute is that!