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Cameron has turned 10 – double figures !

Well, it’s just over two weeks since the day – but WOW – Cameron is TEN !  

We were VERY busy on Cameron’s birthday weekend – and then it SoundWave weekend to follow.

You can see Cameron’s previous blog posts : 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, and 3rd birthdays (I hadn’t done any for his 1st or 2nd – doh !).

I can still remember the day that Donna and I went off to the hospital, and we became parents – meeting our special little guy for the first time.  

We joked that Donna is due for ‘long service leave’ – after 10 years – and she’s arranged a weekend away with some other mum’s who met when Cameron was only a few weeks old (Mum’s Group)….

Anyway – this is about Cameron – aka, Cam – as he’s usually called these days.

School – Grade 4

In 2014, Cam was in grade 3, and now into grade 4 for 2015.   His brothers are in grade 2, and prep – so they’re ALL at school.  

Cameron has been enjoying his maths most of all, learning lots of calculations like long division and multiplication, and he’s constantly amazing us with his ‘in-mind’ maths skills.  

He’s also been enjoying writing, and spelling – and did great with his NAPLAN tests during grade 3.   One of the stand-out things was his ‘persuasive writing’ in which th kids had to write about “a law they wanted to change”.   Cam chose to outlaw ‘smoking’ – as it’s bad for people’s health, and would be better for them.   (!!) 

During the year, the kids had a great time with some excursions – to the Melbourne Museum, ScienceWorks and Healesville – as well as a 3-day camp at “Camp Week-Away”.    Cameron just takes it all in his stride – amazing, really.

He does have some trouble with the nasty girls at school, they call the other kids stupid, and “we all hate you” – poor Cameron doesn’t understand WHY they’re like that – and that can be upsetting.

But, he has some great buddies – and recently had a great birthday party at the TimeZone, and Laser Tag.   His best buddy is JETT – followed by MATT – and his other friends are Josh & Luke S, as well as William, Brandon, Andy – and still great friends with Sebastian.

Off to school – start of grade three (Feb 2014)

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Crazy hair day !

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With his buddies – heading off to school camp

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Ready for the athletics day – “L” for Lawson (Blue)

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Ready for a new year of school – grade FOUR (Feb 2015)

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Off to school with his brothers !    Proud !

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Sport + Activities

2014 was the year that Cameron discovered a great love of basketball, with a 5-week ‘learning’ training session, and then being placed into a team.   He was the youngest of the bunch, but had a great coach (Nick) – and started to get more confident in his ability, and gameplay – and scored a few goals during the season.

The team was getting beaten at the start, but the penny dropped, and they WON a game, and then didn’t lose again – all the way through finals, and the grand final !

(That was a tense+close game – I’ve never been so nervous watching sport !)

The next season (current ‘summer’ season), the winning team was split up, with Cam staying along with 3 of the team, and a new set of 4 player – for 8 in total.

This year, Cam has been the eldest of the bunch, and has had to “step up”, which he has done amazingly.   Also, *I* have been helping coach, and running the ‘subs’ on game day – along with my good buddy LUKE, who is Matt’s Dad.

We’ve had some close games, and a few losses, and even a draw !    Hopefully we’ll make the Grand Final this season – it will be a hard fight to win this time around.

It’s helping Cameron to have somewhere to practice – I’ve dug up a section of the backyard, and had a concrete slab poured, and Cam (& Liam) have been enjoying bouncing, and passing, and doing lay-ups.   Liam is showing great potential, hopefully he’ll be able to join up this season.

(We also took the whole family to see the NBL last weekend – what a great atmosphere !!    Melbourne United vs Sydney Kings)

Cameron has lost most of the love for footy – although we got along to see a few games with the Richmond Tigers – we’ll have to see what 2015 brings.

Hanging out with his brothers, doing AusKick

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Off to the Richmond family day – GO TIGERS !

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Ready for his FIRST game of basketball

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McDonalds after they won their first game

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PREMIERS !!

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Fun Stuff

Cameron actually made a list of all the things that he loves to do – and it’s mainly ‘video game’ related – LOL !  

MineCraft, Terraria (new addiction !), Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, Battle Block Theatre, Trials Evolution, Skylanders, Splosion Man, Rayman Legends – to name a few !

He’s also (still) loving Lego – with a new TECHNIC kit for Christmas – he spent a few days assembling, enjoying the challenge of a different type of Lego.   He wrote on a note (for this blog) that he likes to make “oun creashons”, ships, rockets, cars, boats.

He has a great knowledge of Harry Potter – amazing to hear some of the trivia and bits & pieces that he knows !   He hasn’t seen the final “M” rated movies – but will be allowed to watch them once he’s finished reading the book (Deathly Hallows).

He had some birthday money, and bought a Harry Potter poster for his bedroom wall – his choice !

As well, Cam and I went along to the “Star Wars Day” to see ANH, TESB and ROTJ.   It was a looong day – but we both loved it.

Another movie trip with his friend Matt, and Dad Luke was to see the new TMNT movie.

And we’ve recently watched some superhero movies – Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, IronMan and The Avengers.   The best one was IronMan – the kids all loved it 1– even Charlie, who is only five…    (eek !)

And Scooby Doo !

He’s been reading lots – not just Harry Potter – but even gotten into TINTIN !   And, I completed a chapter-by-chapter reading of a classic from when I was a kid – MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN (Jean George).  

His favourite book series – the 13 story tree house – and 26, 39 and 52 !

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Deep into another TINTIN book

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Star Wars Day – May The 4th !

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SubWay before the movies

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles !

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Cameron the BOX TROLL !

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Lovely brother

Cam and Liam often clash, and I think Cam gets annoyed with his little brother sometimes – but Charlie seems to be the neutral party – and not often that Cam and Charlie are fighting (except when Charlie gets too rough).

For the most part, they play together very well – more than not.

One night when Donna and I were out to dinner, and had her father babysit (Grandpa).   They watched a movie, then stayed up watching the footy with him – when we got home, Grandpa was passed out asleep on the couch.  

It turns out that he’d dozed off, and the kids didn’t want to wake him – and put themselves to bed – led & organised by Cameron.  Grandpa had woken up to the lights all out – and the kids gone (to bed) – LOL !

In the morning, Cam told us that he’d sorted his brothers out – to get into PJ’s – and then made sure that everyone did their teeth – and – he even read a story to Charlie…!   

It’s little stories like this that give me a ‘glow’ in my heart, that we’re raising a lovely little boy – with maturity, responsibility and consideration for others.

Cool dudes at the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

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With his brothers at Christmas (2014)

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Christmas Day at Auntie Kath’s

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Playing Cluedo with Liam

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Hanging out with Dad – and yep, fingers up – LOL !

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Comparing EYE colours – Cam & I are very similar

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Out to YumCha with the family

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Flying a kite – such simple pleasures

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We lay on the grass, chatted and stared up at the kite – for over 1/2 an hour

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Cameron hurt his ankle at “Jump Factory” (outing for Liam’s 7th birthday) – he didn’t want his brothers to see that he was injured, he didn’t want to worry them or spoil it for them.   I said “sorry you’re missing out !” but he replied “it’s OK, at least I have some music to listen to…”     (aawww – and a brave smile too !)

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Riding bikes

It makes me very happy to go riding with the lads – we’re starting to go for longer rides – and Cameron is keen to try out trails at Lysterfield…

It won’t be long till we’re off to an MTB race together, or AroundTheBay – and he’ll beat me !   

Avoca – Geronimo swing dropper

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Riding the park trails at our local (Llewellyn)

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Our happy lad is growing up

I love to chat to Cameron on the phone, when ringing to say I’ll be coming home – I get a “hey, hello Dad-dad-daddy’o” – and once drove in the driveway to hear a “yo, what’up Dad !”    LOL !

We have a great friendship – and enjoy lots of laughs – and he’s still OK with hugs and holding hands – although I’m wondering how long THAT will last.

He’s growing up fast – not just the fact that he’s now TEN – but he reminded me that it’s only 6 years till I have to teach him how to drive !

I’m sure there are a lot of other things to learn in the years ahead – we’ve had one “birds & the bees” chat – he looked kinda terrified, hoping that the stories he’d heard in the schoolyard were NOT true !    We’ll help him with any questions along the way, of course – he hasn’t asked again since…

And – the age old question of “Santa” too – he wondered the other day why Santa wouldn’t bring presents to poor people – either it’s really “Mum & Dad” who are Santa – or he’s kinda mean…     (wow – amazing thought process – very empathic)

He has a grown up soul, that’s for sure – without losing his boyish ways.   

One of his big accomplishments for the year was to be allowed to run down to the shop to buy a loaf of bread – he was so excited to be allowed to go !

The next trip, he rode his scooter – and has even ridden his bike once or twice.   He likes that we’re letting him go – good test of self + responsibility.   (It was a nervous 8 minutes the first time he went !)

Back from the shops with a loaf of bread

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Other family fun

We had a great camping trip to the Big4 Bellarine, with another family – Cameron & the other kids were running, riding, jumping and swimming all day.   He woke the next day, and said that he remembers closing his eyes, and then it was morning – slept like a log !

We had two trips to Avoca – once for a two-night quick visit (Queens Birthday) – and we’d enjoyed it so much that we went for a whole week in September school holidays.

Cam and the lads helped me build a bike track, which they christened as the “Geronimo Swing Dropper” – and rode bikes up+ back, and up+down – and then finished the day with a campfire, and toasted marshmallows.   Nice !

Family fun on the beach – near the Big4 Bellarine

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Patting a goat at the Collingwood children’s farm

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Crazy fun

Yep – Cameron loves to have fun !   

Here’s just a FEW of the crazy pics I found of him – he’s a character – and always making us laugh – and himself too !

Watch out for “CORNETTO MAN !!”

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Harry Potter – and a crazy CAM…

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EVERY birthday party with cousins, Cameron gets the newspaper from the pass-the-parcel, and stuffs it in his t-shirt…    No-one ever told him about it – but it’s become his thing – LOL !

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Zombie !

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Face painted as another creature of the undead (I think !)

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After washing off the face paint – an impersonation of Ozzy Osbourne (?)

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Grim reaper dress-up for Halloween

There’s a recurring theme to these photos – LOL !

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He does a damn GOOD scary face !

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At the basketball – clapped out

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After a slurpee at 7-11 – blue tongue lizard

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Dance Party for New Years Eve

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And yep – sparklers to welcome 2015

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HOWZAT !!

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Happy 10th Birthday !

Welcome to double-figures buddy !

Run outta fingers – what will he do for ELEVEN ??

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With his new MIAMI HEAT cap – and a KANO computer !

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Happy Birthday from your brothers too…!

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Scored BIG on the cashola for his birthday !    (look how HAPPY he is too !)

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We love you matey – thanks for being such an awesome little guy – with incredible ideas, thoughts, dreams, goal and plans – love from Mum & Dad.    X

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  1. […] can see Cameron’s previous blog posts : 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, and3rd birthdays (not for his 1st or 2nd – doh […]

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