Hub to work, kids to kindy, Ryu to nap and me to sorting out nengajo (finally putting them in their little folder) infront of the Olympics - mens skating free program. The Japan blokes team were great - they did everything they could have. The young underdog landed his 四回転 - quadrupple axil / toe loop ?? Oda's boot lace broke half way through but after a short break he kept going - to loud cheers from the crowds. And, Takahashi - well he got the bronze. It was good all round. And to top it off Granny K and I watched it in here together - all friendly like.
Today Shou and Marina had their kindy photos so Shou wanted to wear his super cool tomica top and Marina her skirt - well I suggested it and she fully went with it. I swear this past month she has got all girly girly. Loving it.
And just so he doesn't feel left out - Ryu and his new party trick...
Yippy Yi Fuckin Yay - life gets that little bit easier. My baby can feed himself. Hasn't quite figured out that he needs to tip the bastard to get the last half out but I figure if I don't help him it wont be long before he does! Notice the bouncer falling apart underneath. This bouncer has done the distance man. Got it from Jo who used it for her two kids. I gave it back after Shou and it got used by someone else and then I claimed it again. Old school bouncers - better than any flashing, singing, swaying piece of modern bouncy technology you can get now. Anybody want it in a few months?
So a very lazy day - during which Granny K suggested that perhaps I would have better luck getting Shou down to bed if I let him run round outside for half an hour when he got home. Good suggestion. Afterall, three year olds are like dogs - they need their one or two hours of running round time per day.
I think she was really only 'suggesting' but I took it on board and went and picked the kids up early and promptly delivered Marina to Granny K who was already looking after Ryu, and took Shou for a 1.5km walk. Took us about half an hour cause he kept jumping into random paddies and claiming that there was a digger in this here paddy however many moons ago and how it was building that wall or digging this drain. He was also pushing popo-chan in her pushchair the whole way!!
Someone we met along the way commented on how Shou was out with one Marina's toy's. What they didn't realise was that the pushchair was really a super duper jet fire pushchair. It had blinkers of course and if you pushed this here screw 'button' then a jet fire stream would come shooting out the back (and occassionaly from popopchan's ass) - at which time Shou would run full speed ahead. All in all a very manly pushchair.
Got home, the kids got bathed and fed - nikujaga-don and yoghurt and mikan and then I got a phonecall from a friend in the city two hours away.
I'm outside your house. Rightio. Fuckin excellent. Actually in terms of timing if she had rung an hour earlier I would have been in the bath and an hour later putting Shou to bed. The kids were all still up but just about to go down. She came in and had a wee play and then I took Marina to bed - not a peep. My princess. Thought I'd try and put Ryu down - and what do you know, not a peep. My wee little I-can-feed-myself man. No way Shou was going down at seven though so he stayed up while we had a coffee.
Friend can talk the hind legs off a donkey and that she did - while Shou re-fashioned popo-chan's fringe and put string through all the dining room chairs and every toy he could find that had a hole or doors or whatever. Very elaborate labrynth of string, wood and plastic.
Friend left and Shou went down pretty easily. Half eight and I am 'home alone' so to speak. Hub arrives just after nine which is well early for a Friday night these days. He has work all day tomorrow and Sunday. He brought home a few brewskies and shucream this evening so me thinks me is trying to liquor me up and take advantage of me. (and of course make sure I don't start any good eating regimes (god forbid 'diets') today)
So I guess I should be a good obliging wife and go get liquored and taken advantage of :)