Nine

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I'm partial (as Faux Fuchsia would say) to a red letter day. Yesterday was one of those...a wedding anniversary for Bert and myself celebrating nine years of wedded bliss, or something. We had a lovely day - managed to sneak out together for lunch as both girls were at School and then for dinner I … [Read more...]

Best Kids movies: Non animated for ages 4 and up

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We try and roll a family movie night once a week at our place. This is something that the girls just adore - we have dinner early, get bathed and into pj's early and then pack down on the couch to watch a movie all together. It means staying up later than usual, sometimes there is popcorn involved. … [Read more...]

Making a tree change: The weigh up

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Last week when we were cleaning out the garage, I sorted through an un-opened box from the day we moved in down here almost 4 years ago now.  There were a few sheets of paper, along with the real estate sheet with the the for sale details of our home. On the bits of paper were both Rob's and my … [Read more...]

Online resources for kids aged 4-10

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It was the start of the School holidays that Daisy asked me if she could go online and 'learn something'. I must say I panicked a little - to this point the extent of her time online was to do Reading Eggs and Mathletics as part of her School learning and I had no idea where else to send her. So of … [Read more...]

The list

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Whether Mercury is in retrograde or some such shit, I have tackled the new year with a sense of gusto and immediacy and have crossed off some long-held items on THE LIST. Now being a reasonably organised person, I have a number of lists that I deal with on any given day. I have the diary that has … [Read more...]

Connected

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Apologies to anyone who now has that shitty Barbie movie song in their head. Or does now at least... It's always an interesting exercise for me checking which old posts people read over the course of a night when I check into my blog in the morning. Without exception, How to make a Peppa Pig cake … [Read more...]

Seven

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We have a seven year old daughter. Somehow we have all managed to fumble our way through the milestones and years and now have this big kid. This girl internet, this girl. She made me a Mum. She makes my heart burst with pride. She can do ALL THESE THINGS. She is funny, and creative and smart. … [Read more...]

Summer hols: The recap episode

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We're home from the very last bit of our summer School holidays. I'm feeling tired. And happy. And a little reflective. We are now coming into the stage of having big School kids, with the year punctuated with holidays just as I remember my own years were not that long ago (except it actually is). … [Read more...]

Great Expectations

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I'm someone who suffers from the odd case of over expectations. I'm quite bad at it, I suspect I have been this way for most of my life - disappointed by a Birthday or Christmas along the way, definitely with men through the years…demanding that they know what I MUST be thinking at any given time … [Read more...]

How to make a photo book in iPhoto

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Yesterday I started on my annual photo book. I started doing these on my Mac 3 years ago now - we had a family Christmas away with all of my family and as I was official photographer I decided to make each family a book of photos from the week away. Everyone adored and cherished these and my girls … [Read more...]

The sleep shuffle

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My husband gave me the kindest compliment this morning in ages. It wasn't about how I look, or what I'd cooked or made, but it was about how I handled myself in the middle of the night. You see, we are currently sleep training our 4-year-old for the, oh I don't know, 678th time. And I generally do … [Read more...]

Postcard

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Golly GOSH is it ever good to be on holidays. To forget what the day of the week is, to only think of time in meals and what you need to get to make them happen. To swim for hours at a time. To have a nap in the hot afternoons. To see kids happy. To see kids with OTHER adults to hang out with. To … [Read more...]

Christmas 2013: how it went down

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And so we are done with another Christmas. Ours was pretty much perfect - time with people that we love. A continual moving feast over a few days. Champagne flowing, ham consumed and (mostly) happy children. While the sun hasn't been shining as much as we'd like, that's the perfect excuse to stay … [Read more...]

It’s Christmas time in the city

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Yesterday afternoon I hot footed it up the highway to head into the city for the night. I had an extra spring in my step: I was seeing my Brother who lives in Melbourne who I hadn't seen in months, and of course my little sis who I hasn't seen since, oh, Sunday. But the real thing that had me … [Read more...]

Oh Christmas Tree

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There is nothing I love more to do as a family than the day we get to put the Christmas decorations up. It's just a beautiful thing - doing the same things again - remembering what happens, what decorations go where, unrolling the advent calendar, getting the tree, putting up the wreaths on the … [Read more...]

Around the grounds: Green & blue

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The sun is hot and shining and it feels like the beginning of summer. You can smell the heady jasmine dripping in flowers and scent on the verandah. The garden is getting greener before your eyes with all this rain, the soil is dark and hot, the air humid. The washing is drying crisply in the sun, … [Read more...]

On comfort

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On Saturday Rob and I spent the latter part of the day on 'no speakies'. It was over a stupid thing - I got cranky at him, then he in turn got cranky at me and then I was cranky at him being cranky at me! I mean HOW DARE HE! I eventually decided to be indignant, because we had no plans and were home … [Read more...]

From the archives: Night terror

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This morning I got a sleep in. Rare as hen's teeth for a happily early riser like myself who is up with the girls each morning. But a couple of days ago I put in a request and this morning I got to hear little people wake and trot off with Rob as the bedroom door was closed behind them and I got a … [Read more...]

Harvest

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This morning I let the chooks out and checked to see if they had laid yet. Like I have every day for the past 8 weeks or so. This morning? Pay day! Eggs! We quickly cooked them up for breakfast and went and thanked the ladies for their hard work. This afternoon the girls went and pulled some … [Read more...]

From the archives: Homemade Advent calendar

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Yesterday I had an email from an old friend who was looking to whip up a home made Advent Calendar and remembered this post that was originally posted on the blog in November 2010. Thought it may give some inspiration for those that way inclined (the sewing and the crafty kind that is). For those of … [Read more...]