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A letter to my sons, Christian and Connor, for their 2nd birthday…..

Dear Christian and Connor,

As I promised last year, I am continuing the tradition of writing you a letter for your birthdays. Twelve months ago, I was a new Dad wondering what lay ahead for both of you. Well, with another 12 months that has passed, you have both taught me much. You are now both walking, talking and showing true independence in your own right.

To Christian,

You have shown a fascination for letters, numbers, a bit of rough play and an explosion of languages. Counting busses on the way to day care and asking for ‘one more pwease’ when it comes to bedtime nursery rhymes with a finger held in the air has us smiling from ear to ear. How could we refuse?

You also acquired glasses for the first time and try wearing them, but looking over the top of the rim is not a good look for someone so young! 😉
Knowing your Alphabet, backwards, forwards or in any order through your own creative play has us amazed. Counting to twenty shows us you have a great love of numbers and letters and you would be happy to watch theses all day if you could.

Here are some things about you…..things you like, don’t like and things that you do:

1] Ripping up the Alphabet mat and getting Connor and I to help you put it back together.

2] Any clip with letters and numbers.

3] Daddy’s magic blanket act when going down to sleep, with a few tickles thrown in for good measure.

4] You love your veggies, chips, bread and gravy. You will eat just about anything, so long as your spoon can reach your mouth. lol

5] Sunday mornings on the back deck, sitting with Connor on our big table asking to share my ‘Cuppa Tea’ with him. This is a highlight of my week and yours.

6] The app, Hooked on Phonics, is one you ask for all the time. TTTTTTT, BBBBB, OOOOO and the letter A & S are your favourites. Watch the video we have of you both doing this. You will soon understand why we love you guys.

7] ‘Go go Daddy, Cumma Cumma where eva are…busses’ is all I hear on the way to daycare…very cute. 😀

8] Every time you wake up, you jump up and start saying,’Hi Connor’ while Connor tries to wake up but only grins at you with a groggy smile.

9] You love shaking hands, high fives and tens and bump when greeting people.

10] You love day care and all the teachers there…Andrew, Lanie, Helen, Jacqui, Prittle. You never pass up on an opportunity to receive a stamp for being a good lad as well and especially using your manners.

11] You have an affinity with Yiayia, you love her to bits and always look forward to going to her place to visit and seeing Papou as well.

12] You love going to the park as well and have a had time convincing you to leave with always ‘one more’ slide or ‘my turn’ at something in the playground.

13] The Magic ABC Song comes on and you always run to Mum for cuddle time. This is your special time to hug mum and lay with her just before you go to bed.

14] Whenever you see me lay down of the floor, you drop everything and run over to tackle me and roll around laughing all the while. You are way to ticklish for you own good.

15] You need a haircut…we just haven’t got around to it yet.

16] Your nicknames are Christo & Mr Christian.

17] You have a beautiful disposition, so long as you have a midday rest, you sleep through the night and have the occasional dream. You hate being covered at night and always throw your blankets off.

18] You love playing with your cousins, Anastasia, Kostas, Bailey, Charlotte and Zoe.

19] You are afraid of just one thing….the big vacuum cleaner…it sucks, I know.

20] You are funny when trying to imitate a plane! You make a clawing action and make a sound that is a cross between a wild tiger and a plane. O_0 A future Tiger airways pilot perhaps? 😉

21] You love ‘Acey’ (the air conditioner in your room, his friend Robbie the cleaning robot. You treat Robbie like a pet dog….haha.

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To Connor,

You are the cheekiest, little monkey, and you play it as one of your strengths with great effect. You help Christian count busses on the way to day care and the rest of the time you are the quiet charmer. You never walk anywhere! You have to run and you’re good at it too. lol
You have acquired your second pair of glasses and your doing an awesome job of wearing them,….except when you take them off at the most inopportune times, like when we are driving through the Clem 7 tunnel.
You are the creative play expert. You love cooking things for us to taste test, then you settle up to a yummy meal of invisible food only to finish and put the dishes in the sink. Yep, Master Chef look out!
Our little engineer who loves to build and stack blocks higher than yourself, always brings us delight when you stand back and say ‘Yay!’ When you have achieved what you set out to do.

Here are some things about you…..things you like, don’t like and things that you do:

1] Peek a boo and hide n seek come easily to you as a game. Going all ‘pretending to be shy’ is very cute and works well on the ladies. 😉

2] Any blocks within reach are always stacked up nice and high until your demolition brother arrives on the scene!

3] Daddy’s magic blanket act when going down to sleep and hugging your best friend Scout when you go to bed. Saying goodnight to every decal, stuffed animal, ‘Acey’ (air conditioner), Christian, Mum and I always makes you smile.

4] You are the ‘neat’ eater and will always choose meat over your veggies, except when Yiayia makes it.

5] Sunday mornings on the back deck, sitting with Christian on our big table asking to share my ‘Cuppy’ with him. This is a highlight of my week and yours.

6] The app, Hooked on Phonics, is one you ask for all the time. TTTTTTT, BBBBB, OOOOO and the letter A & S are your favourites. Watch the video we have of you both doing this. You will soon understand why we love you guys.

7] ‘Frogging’ and ‘Giddy Up’ in your highchair has always made us smile.

8] Whether you’re sitting on the bus, out for dinner at a restaurant or walking down the street, you always say ‘Helooooo’ to everyone and wave, even to people who don’t acknowledge you, you just persist and wave in their face until they do. Haha!

9] You love Dean the indigenous elder who comes to daycare, you are just fascinated with his Didgeridoo.

10] You love day care and all the teachers there…Andrew, Lanie, Helen, Jacqui, Prittle. You never pass up on an opportunity to receive a stamp for being a good lad as well and especially using your manners.

11] You have an affinity with Kostas, your cousin, you follow him around and always look forward to going to see him.

12] You love going to the park as well and have a had time convincing you to leave.

13] At day care you always run off to do some cooking and the toy microwave is your favourite …right after Mr Snail.

14] Whenever you see me lay down of the floor, you drop everything and run over to tackle me and roll around laughing all the while. You are way to ticklish for you own good.

15] You need a haircut…we just haven’t got around to it yet.

16] Your nicknames are Froggy & Mr Connor.

17] You have a beautiful disposition, so long as you have a midday rest, you sleep through the night and have the occasional dream that makes the monitor go off at night. When you’re not well, you end up on the lounge laying on Mum as you try to go back to sleep. P.s You snore!

18] You have a fascination with Robbie the robot vacuum cleaner. You always ask ‘Robbie’ no matter where you are or what time of day.

19] You are afraid of three things….the big and little vacuum cleaner and Robbie. Oh and you’re not quite sure about the dark either.

20] You are funny when you imitate Fire Engines and Ambulance sirens! Wooooowooooo!

21] You have one dimple on your right cheek and use it all the time when you try to get your own way.

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So,……you have turned two and you are no longer babies. You are little boys now and watching you grow has brought many smiles and laughter along the way. We hope the next twelve months leaves us with even more memories that we can treasure and reflect upon.

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For as much as you share the same birthday, you are definitely two very individual people, so many things the same, yet so many things that are different. You are both well mannered and say ‘OK’ as you nod you head when you understand what we say. You are both cute beyond belief and we cannot wait to share with you the joys that are yet to come…

Lots of Love from your Mum n Dad……xoxoxoxo

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