Friday, July 27, 2007
Now that Vince is back at work I'm trying to bring a little structure and routine into our lives.. I had a chat with some mates (Narissa and Danielle - cheers girls) and got their experiences and routines... As it turns out I gave it a go (quite leniently as Vance is quite young still - but stuck to the main priniciples) and hey presto it's working a treat.. Last night we got home from the foreshore, bathed Vance and put him down at 7pm, woke him for a feed at 10:30pm and then he slept through 'til 4:30am and went back down 'til 6:30am.. That's pretty sweet!! Now that we have a kind of routine we don't have to rock Vance to sleep at all - he just nods himself off!! Nice...
It's a long weekend here in Darwin (Show Weekend). As we won't be going to the show, we're just gonna hang out and do some gardening and stuff.. On Sunday we're going out to Berry Springs for Renee's birthday!! Yay - it'll be Vances first birthday party and first trip to Berry Springs!! Obviously we'll post some pics after the event!
For now - get a giggle from this little beauty!!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Van asleep in our bed...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Wild Man Ant playing with fire...
Monday, July 09, 2007
Here are some happy snaps...
Vince and Vance - the front carrier was a hit! Unfortuntely you cant see a lot of Vance as we had to cover him up in the sun.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Anyway, as a major part of the celebrations anyone can go and buy their own fireworks and then set them off on the night (the ACT and us are the only places in Australia where can you still do this). It's a lot of fun, especially if you've never done it before, and it brings out the child in a lot of people (the alcohol probably helps too).
The foreshore near our place is a great spot to do it and you're surrounded by fireworks from all sides. It resembles a warzone with loud explosions, flares, and smoke drifting through the trees (think of Apocolypse Now). I heard on the news this morning that a guy lost an eye after standing over his crackers after he'd lit them - some people just have no idea. We seem to attract all the morons too when we're down there - a bunch of guys were next to us and ended up throwing exploding crackers at each other. Rockets and sparks were flying in all directions - not the best place to take a baby (or any young kids for that matter). But Jodi was carrying Vance in the baby carrier and maintained a safe distance throughout the night. He actually slept through most of it!
Below are a selection of images from the night (all taken with longer shutter speeds - between 4 and 20 seconds...)
Taken from Ant & Renee's balcony. They live across the road from the foreshore. You can see the lights from cars in the foreground - running the gauntlet!
A Ladybird going up (look closely and you can actually see the spiral it made as it took off) with Ant, Renee, Owen and his girls observing.
Two Ladybirds going up with another cracker exploding off to the right.
In the thick of the action. As you may well imagine, the firefighters are on high alert and really hate this night...
Taken looking up in to the sky.
The night before was a full moon (actually a blue moon) and I tried to capture all the smoke going across the moon through the trees, but had the long exposure on. Still turned out an interesting picture...
I took this video in the thick of the action. I panned 360 degrees so you can see fireworks coming from all sides... Picture quality doesn't really do it justice, but if you turn the sound up you'll get the idea of what its like in the middle of it all!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
We mostly just hung out around the unit, walked down the foreshore, went to the markets, and lunch and dinner at the Trailer Boat Club. Just a nice quiet time - after all, when you have a baby you can't exactly go crazy or anything! Anyway nice to see Mum again, and for her to see her first grandchild!
Mum waking up with Vance.
Mum and Vance relaxing before lunch.