Friday, August 26, 2011

The Wait Is Over

Today is moving day. After a very long process, which included deciding whether to build, buy, or extend, we decided to build. The house we originally wanted was put to a halt after the design phase when the discovery we were expecting Little M put a spanner in the works. Back to the drawing board! Another year later and eight months after construction began, we are moving in!
Thankfully my Mum and Sister are here to help as it would have been a nightmare trying to do it with the Kids about!
Super excited, but hasn't yet sunk in.
Right, better start help packing up.
Next time I chat I'll be in a new postcode.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Reserved For Dad

Along with cutting nails, there are a couple of things in this home that are reserved for Dad.

Anyone order some couch wrestling?

What better way to zap some energy from some wet weather, stir crazy, house bound pre-schoolers.

Oh, and no I don't cut my kids nails - never have, not sure if i ever will.

Sorry about the not so good photos, still learning how to drive my camera.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I heard this today...

Instantly, I Loved it.

What's your latest song on repeat?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Dyson Came In Handy Today

So, I grab my bag to head out today.  Mad rush as always, trying to get out the door with The Littles before items of clothing are removed, or some other activity that invariably adds another 10 minutes (I'm working to a schedule children!).
I put my hand in my bag to make sure what should be there is there, but instead feel something that should not.  Something that now resembles muesli, and that once was a muesli bar, which got shoved in my bag when only the chocolate chips were eaten from the top.
 This was not even a quarter of it! 

Yep, the Dyson handheld did come in handy.  Will keep that trick up my sleeve.
It wasn't so helpful however, when i turned around to see the items i had removed from my bag in order to give it a good clean, had now been put to use.


At LEAST 10 minutes late now.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I Want This Man...

...To photograph my family.

He is one talented individual, and I want to be one of the families in front of the lens, as seen here, or here, or (my favourite so far) here. His work is so real, so raw, so romantic and so emotive.  I LOVE it.

You must check out his blog.

Tim, I look forward to meeting you one day.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

One Man's Trash...

This morning we ventured to the local Trash and Treasure market, and I managed to pick up a couple of treasures.

This proud soldier was crying out to be part of the Little Vikings new bedroom.

And how lucky was I to find some of these lying amongst a whole lot of grey. 

They're in great nick too.  The vendor tried to tell me they were brand new.  I don't know how old he thought I was; obviously too young to recognise them as a household staple back in the day.

What did you get up to for the weekend?  I hope it was a good one.

Monday, August 8, 2011

These Eyes

These days it's not often Little M and I get a chance to feed in a bit of peace, enjoying the moments and bonding quietly together.  No, there is often cuddles and kisses (and being squashed) by the other Littles trying to share Mummy, or Mummy trying to diffuse (mainly unsuccessfully) some sibling rivalry.  (Thank goodness at least one of the feedtimes coincides with Play School.)

So it's these eyes that do the bonding.  These eyes that magically block out the world and still Mummy's heart.  These eyes that make me so grateful and honoured that I am your Mummy.  These eyes that say more than any words could.  These pure, beautiful, calming eyes.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saturday Morning Baking

It was a perfect morning for baking scones this morning. 

I have a very easy and yummy scone recipe that's always a winner, and one that the Littles can get involved in as well.  The recipe actually came from the first season of MasterChef.  Here it is:

Date and Lemon Scones
150ml Milk
150ml Cream
1 Egg
3C Self Raising Flour
2 Tbls Caster Sugar
1C Chopped Dates
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
Cream and Jam to serve
  • Preheat over to 200C.  Line large flat oven tray with baking paper.
  • Whisk milk, cream and egg together until well combined.
  • Combine flour, sugar, dates and lemon rind in large bowl
  • Add milk mixture and stir gently to a soft dough, add a bit more milk if necessary.
  • Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough comes together.
  • Press dough out to 2cm thick.  Cut scones and place onto tray, flat side up.  Repeat using remaining dough.
  • Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden.
I find that I have to bake mine for twice as long, but that's because I have an archaic gas oven that drops its temperature by about 50 degrees every time the oven door opens, and it only cooks what ever is at the front of the oven.  But we get there in the end, and it just gives me something to whinge about :-)

Just in time for Morning Tea.  Washed down with a latte or babycino, age depending.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Waiting… Impatiently…

So, we’re building our house.  Heading for a tree change, making our way out of suburbia and into a small country town not far from the outskirts of Melbourne (more on that later).
Construction began at the end of January this year.  We were so excited by the speed of how things were coming along – until we got to lock up and then the fixings stage.  They have 90% of our money now and for the last 3 months they’ve been dragging their arses.  Since Easter they have basically managed to paint and carpet, and in the last 4 weeks have managed to put the garage door and the front door handle on.  Good on ya boys!
I’m getting sick of having the same conversation with hubby everynight while we wash the dishes – it’s starting to get boring.
Anyway – here’s the door that has taken them 4 weeks to put on:

Righto, it’s Friday night, so I’m going to grab a beer and (attempt to) watch some footy with hubby.  It’s of the oval field, bouncing ball variety (go figure).  I’ll most likely have some reading material with me, as I smile and nod while hubby talks to me about the game thinking I’m interested.
Happy Weekend

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ice Cream

If you know my family then you know we like our ice cream.  Being from New Zealand, I grew up on some pretty good ice creams, but not a lot compares to the ice cream taste sensation that is Ben and Jerry’s.  I was introduced to Ben and Jerry’s when living in London and not even a 4°C day in Paris could stop hubby (then BF) and I from enjoying a scoop of their Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
So, imagine my excitement when about a year ago I heard that Ben and Jerry’s was going to be available in Australia – YES!  BUT Imagine my disappointment, when I found out it was going to cost about $12 for a pint tub!  Not really affordable on our weekly budget.  I think Ben and Jerry themselves would be insulted by these prices.
Anyway, a very dear friend, who knows me too well, recently gifted me with this….
So on my wish list now is this…
That’s the Ice Cream Bowl attachment to go with this…
So I can make this…..

Yes, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, will be the first recipe I try!
Mmmm Mmmmmmm!!
What’s your favourite Icecream?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Good Start

My In-Laws left for Croatia on Sunday.  They have gone for 12 weeks.  I'm sort of packing myself because my fabulous Mother-In-Law is pretty much the only help we have in terms of the kids.  She would generally have Ruby and Jenson for 2 days during the week, giving me a bit or respite, as well as the time to spend one-on-one with Mila, and to get some of the domestic stuff done.  She's also very obliging during the weekend (often with the smallest amount of notice) if we want to get something done without the kids (or we just need a bit of peace!).
So we're on our own for the next wee while, and so far, so good.  The weather has been fantastic, which has meant lots of outside play.  It's so good to be able to get outside for long periods.

I'm sure we'll survive, but with 3 under 4 it sure is nice to have someone who is always there are willing to help.  We are a very lucky family indeed to have her.
And on a better note - only 22 more sleeps until I get to see my own beautiful Mum and Sister - LOVE!