riley the schoolkid

today, my baby started pre school.  technically pre school is only starting here in September but he got space to go now.

we all travelled to school this morning.  riley was so excited but i think he sensed that mommy and daddy are a bit sad (that he is growing up so quickly) and also that big changes are ahead.

before this big day we had quite a few settling in days at the nursery.  and he was perfectly fine on those days, no tears, just super excited to play with his friends.  i think that is why it was so hard for us when we dropped him off to see how he then has a complete meltdown.  it was horrible leaving him there crying like that.  i wish i could just turn around, scoop him up in my arms and never let go.  but i know this is going to be good for not just him but for me too.  school, other children and the whole setting of school is what he needs right now.  i know this will get easier for both of us.... i hope.

my baby's 3rd birthday!

it's just insane to think that my little man Riley turned 3! how is this even happening! and so quickly!

at age 3:  riley's favourite colour is still purple; if he wants to get your attention, he will either put his face right in front of yours or turn your head towards him; he is actually great at sharing for his age EXCEPT for droewors (he DOESN'T share that with anyone); loves his 'fwiends' especially girl friends; his favourite book is: "the three little piggies" which he has memorised.  singing (mainly making up his own songs), diggers, oupa's car, trains, making a mess and anything with water.  he'll come up and hug and kiss me and his dad spontaneously throughout the day, i am not complaining about this one.  i love listening to you talk, especially when you are telling stories.  he call his dad: "MY dad" where i am just "mamma".  he is just the best.

a few photos from his big day ...

when he woke up his first words was: "Oooh wow, mamma look at all these balloons!".  we blew up about a 100 balloons for his room, last year we filled his tent with balloons and the year before his cot. 

we had cake for breakfast, your birthday is only once a year! he loved blowing out the candles and got a bit shy when we sang him the birthday song.

every year i make him a little crown for his birthday.  (see photos on the bottom for 1 and 2).

after opening up all his presents we decided to go for a little walk and boat trip to kingston.  we decided to have a relaxing day since he had a little 'party' with friends at Peppa Pig's World the sunday before his birthday (photo's will follow).

here is a few photos of the walk & boat trip...

he was so tired afterwards that his daddy had to carry him around, isn't it the cutest ....


here is a photo of 1 year old, 2 year old & 3 year old.

happy 3rd birthday my love!!!

ps. riley's first birthday HERE and HERE, his cake smashing HERE and HERE, day he was born HERE and his second birthday HERE and HERE.

my little photographer

every time riley sees the camera, he asks to take photos.

here is just a few of the one's that i found on the camera and love it:

that little face...  

not sure why he took a photo of the carpet but i like it.

love this shoe photo (superman shoes), wayne bought him these when he was only a baby and he can only fit in them now. 

most of the photos are blurry since he doesn't really understand that he should keep the camera still and i also think that the camera is a bit heavy too.

always nice to see things out of someone else's perspective so i can't wait to see more photos from this little mister.

this little 2.7 year old

i can't believe that this little man has been part of our lives for the last 2 years and 7 months.

here are a few of the things he says that makes everyday full of laughter and joy:

* he thinks hiccups are the coolest thing ever, and constantly 'make' himself start hiccupping
* the other day we came home from a long day out and about, he walked into the house and told me to come and sit on the sofa:  "sit mamma, lay back on sofa".
* he doesn't say no, he says 'naaaaaa'
* he likes saying 'depossible' (impossible) when he can't get something right
* when he sees something that he likes, he always says: "look mamma, it's beautiful"
* when he enjoys his food, he will clearly say that it is 'delishiosh' (delicious)
* he loves putting lip balm on his lips and calls it 'lippe' (afrikaans for lips)
* he is getting so good at constructing sentences and the things he says is just to funny
* his favourite game on daddy's iPad is Mickey Mouse 'kakums' (clubhouse)
* he says 'i love you stukkend' when i say 'i love you stukke, stukke' (that is like saying love you loads and loads and 'stukkend' means broken)
* these last couple of evenings riley uses his 'riley piepie' (potty) and then jumps up and yell, arms in the air, "i did it, i did it!!!".  we are not potty training him yet, but he successfully uses the potty every night before he gets into the bath.

{photo: our monthly tradition, a milkshake}

a few facts:
♥  weight: 13.2kg
♥  height: 95cm
♥  favourite colour:  purple
♥  favourite toy: elmo (for night time sleeping), drakie (dragon - for day time napping)
♥  favourite food: 'cucummer'  (cucumber)
♥  he still loves dinosaurs and spiderman
♥  favourite drink: water but loves his monthly milkshake
♥  favourite program:  still Curious George & now also Peppa Pig (and the surprise eggs videos on YouTube)

♥ this little man xxx

little date with daddy

we try (if wayne's work permit) that riley go on a special day out with daddy about once a month.  saturday wayne took riley to a soft play area and lunch in kingston.

riley had such a wonderful time that he couldn't keep his eyes open anymore by 4pm and he had a quick power nap (that we struggle to wake him up from).

i know he can't wait for the next little 'date' with daddy.

london aquarium

a couple of weeks ago we went to the london aquarium and it was an awesome day out!

we went years ago and was a bit disappointed but apparently they had a refurbishment a few months ago and now it was so much better, & the best thing was that Riley LOVED it!

the london eye at sunset.

mr riley at the entrance of the aquarium & walking with his dad

little man on the train and for some reason there was a wax Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in the ticket hall of the aquarium.

 the crocodile was the little man's favourite and i think we sat outside his tank for more than half an hour

 what we loved about the aquarium was that everything was so perfectly done; with statues and clever decorations in the tanks and also the seating space they had on the front of every tank.  perfect for little ones.

 what you can't see in the photos is that there is actually a light right on top of the turtles.  the top turtle really wanted to be close to the heat of that light.  it was so funny and riley was still telling us about this days later.

 the sand eels was so adorable and i still think the seahorses are a bit creepy.

 such a beautiful view!

we had a great time at the aquarium and we will definitely go back again, it is highly recommended!

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