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Basketball Coaching

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.

MLBC Lakers, Live it, Love it, Lakers

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Minecraft Party

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.

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The Cake (Closeup)

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:

They had a ball, though there was some griefing at times, and the noise was a bit overwhelming for the aspi’s at some points.

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.

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The Navman Book

It is a sign of the times when Lizzie sees that the Melways has moved from it’s normal spot in the pocket behind the front seat, and asks where the “Navman Book” has gone.

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Lizzie Loves Books

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

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Lizzie loves order

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… 🙂

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Fast Food Confusion

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).

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Cold Glasses

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.

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From the mouthes of babes

A conversation I had with Liz at 7:30 this morning.
Liz: Where’s Mummy
Me: Out
Liz: Where, at Tennis?
Me: No at the gym.
Liz: Oh getting littler.

How cute is that!

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Liz is getting her 2 year old molars, so it’s been time to drag out the good old Bonjela. Lizzie is a bit confused with the name though, and keeps calling it John-Bella, which is so cute.

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