I forget what time Zoe woke up, but I'm sure it was earlier than I would have
I've been wanting to do some baking for a while to get away from Zoe snacking
on store-bought processed snacks, so I thought I'd have a crack at making some
"40 second cookies" using a combination of macadamia nuts and almonds. I also
tried milling some whole wheat into flour, but I didn't do it up front, I did
it after I already had the nuts in the bowl. Long story short, it was a total
fail. The dough came out too moist, and the wheat didn't mill down completely,
so when I baked them they all just ran together into a large tray-sized slab of
cookie. I cut out a few "cookies" with a scone cutter after they'd baked, and
Zoe liked them anyway.
I had a few packets of water beads that I'd acquired recently, and we had a few
errands to run. I got Zoe to put a few of the water beads in some water before
we did the baking, and then headed out. After we got back from running our
errands, they'd started swelling up, but not to their full size.
We got ready for TumbleTastics early for a change, and Zoe scootered down to
TumbleTastics with a good 15 minutes to spare. It was nice to not be in a mad
rush for once.
After TumbleTastics we came back home, and had some lunch, and the water beads
had swollen up to their full capacity. Zoe had a bit of a play around with
The big highlight of the day was our local Councillor, Shayne Sutton, had her
Hocus Pocus Halloween in the Park event, which started at 3pm. Sarah had bought
an Incredibles costume for Zoe, which she was very excited about. She'd managed
to break the elastic strap at Kindergarten on Wednesday, so after lunch I did a
bit of a repair job on it.
Zoe was dying to wear her costume, and I needed to grab a few things from the
supermarket for dinner, so I let her wear her costume to the supermarket. She
thought that was pretty awesome.
After we got back from the supermarket, we headed down to the park, a little
bit early, so Zoe had a play in the playground.
Once things kicked off in earnest, we did the rounds, picked up candy from all
the stations, and went on the various rides. It was a good free outing. I do
like Shayne Sutton's family activities. She spends her allotted funds well.
I never got into Halloween in a really big way when we lived in the US. I'd
carve a pumpkin every year, for the novelty value, but after Zoe was born, I
realised how much fun Halloween was for kids. One of the things I miss from the
US are all the traditional holidays. Halloween is getting quite big in
Australia, but it's just not the same in mid-spring, which lately seems to be
becoming an extended summer.
Sarah met us at the park to pick up Zoe, so I left them to it, and headed home
to start dinner.