As your all aware by now, I have been caring for my niece and nephew since July. With two extra children in the house as you can imagine things have taken a little time to come together. We've had to get used to each others personalities and have had to share our hearts and our home. My niece and nephew have had to get used to the rules, routine and structured lifestyle we have here. And while there have been no major issues I find them all craving my attention and affection constantly and show it in different ways.
During the day Justine, my 3yo niece, never leaves my side. She has to be beside me or on me. She is never far from the door when I have a shower and I find myself having to constantly entertain her just as I did with Nevaeh when she was her age.
Hiram whom is 8yo loves hugs and is always looking to wow me. He wants to constantly impress me with his paper planes and homework books, with eating all of his dinner and showing me tricks on the trampoline. He loves hearing how amazing and wonderful he is. Which he is..
Jiedyn, my eldest son is getting used to sharing his room. Jie has never had to share his room and has always been precious with his belongings. He takes pride in his things and is very responsible with his possessions. Lately he has been waking up in the middle of the night for a hot chocolate with me and some one-on-one attention.
And while Nevaeh has been spending extra time with her father, she loves nothing more than staying awake long after the other kids go to sleep just to get back up and "chat" with me. She has always loved talking about sweet nothings but since having my niece and nephew here it has magnified her want to simply chat with her mummy. Out of all the kids she seems to be taking the change in our lifestyle the hardest. She doesn't like having to share her Mummy.
So with all that being said I thought we needed something fun to do together.
The girls had their eye on The Wizard of Oz posters which are plastered all over town and well I knew in my heart that they just couldn't miss it.
Since the first week Justine came to me she would forever point at the TV and say "gah gah gah" in a sort of tune. And for a week and a half I had no idea what she was trying to tell me. One day she said it while sitting in front of the heater and I asked Hiram what she was talking about. He said "Oh, she wants to watch The Wizard of Oz". (well dah Aunty!) When the kids went to school and after we had breakfast and a play with the train tracks I put the video on in Jie's room. She was glued just as I was when I was younger. But one thing was for sure.. She was Oz crazy!
Last Saturday night there was a real buss in the air as we all dressed up to head to the theatre with the tickets we pre-purchased the week before. Nevaeh who was meant to be spending the weekend with her father came home for dinner before the girls and I dressed up. We put on earrings and make-up and did our hair perfectly. The boys.. well they just waited for us.
Here we are before we left home..
Once we got there we recognized a few familiar faces. We stood by the door ready to go inside. We took our own drinks and treats and were soon ushered to our seats in row M. Justine took the isle seat, I sat next to her and never sat by my side worrying about the wicked witch. Jie was beside her and Hiram sat at the end. The boys giggled the whole way through and whispered about things as the night went by. But it was the girls that ruined my make up. Their bright eyes, wonder and amazement shone brighter than the lights on the roof. I became overwhelmed with emotion twice, not letting them see of course, but twice tears ran down my cheeks as I watched them both. I just couldn't contain it. Every little girls dream is to go to the theatre, it was my dream too once and here were two beautiful girls completely soaking up everything the performance had to offer. I dream come true for them both..
On the way home it was raining, but no-one noticed. The boys were chatting about their favorite parts and the girls were either side of me wanting me to skip with them. We all sung the Munchkinland song and the boys had this song stuck in their head for days..
Except they pronounce it OREO as in the biscuits..
It was such a joyful night in which each of us enjoyed in different ways.
But most of all it bought the fun out in us all..
A night I'll treasure forever!