Monday, May 25, 2015

discovery day...

We headed over to the Uni at the weekend, to check out the new Early Start Discovery centre. Oh my goodness, so freaking excited this has been opened here, it was amaaaazing!

Finally got to push the shopping trolley - life's ambition ticked off hahahaha

Dress the kiddos in play clothes because there are awesome messy crafts to be had!

Some of the installations were clearly geared for older kids - my 3 year old niece adored the Cave (complete with torches and little animals) and the Shipyard.

Lovely outdoor area (totally fenced - winning!) with water play tables and pumps, even a sunscreen station!

Free fruit for the kiddos and half price coffee at the cafe for parents - two big thumbs up.

It's not cheap, at $15/person including children. We ended up buying an annual pass for $90 for E and I, and they deducted the cost of our tickets from the membership which we thought was fantastic.

We will absolutely head back again next weekend. Will be a real winner on a rainy winters day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

this week...

Another week gone, in a flash it seems. We are hurtling towards our New Zealand holiday, and E's second birthday. Whilst watching your baby grow up is bittersweet, I am for the most part excited to see what the future holds.

Kept E home from daycare on Tuesday with a virus - at one point she started climbing the walls and insisting on "walk! walk!" So I bundled her into quarantine (aka her push bike) and took her out for a bit. Lifesaver. Happy to report she has made a complete recovery.

Had a spectacular start to the morning on Friday when V accidentally took my keys to work along with his own, leaving E and I essentially locked in our unit. I called our  wonderful real estate agent who brought the spare keys out, but unfortunately the electronic swipe they had wasn't working - meaning a trek down several flights of stairs plus calling on a neighbour (bless our lovely neighbours!) to let us out of the garage. Damn security buildings!

Picture me lugging one baby plus bag and baggage, in the rain - it wasn't funny at the time so much, but I can laugh now.

Subsequently, a minor cheer-up session was in order...

One very sheepish husband arrived home bearing these beauties - all is forgiven. It made for a good story! haha

Weekend mornings these days involve blissful sleep ins (bless this child's heart!), then many many stories in bed - Mirabelle the French bulldog is a favourite here!

V and the kiddo are out swimming so I am taking the opportunity to down a hot coffee and do some pointe prep work - pipedream perhaps, but we all need those in our lives.

Happy Saturday!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

in the middle, somewhat elevated...

Happy Sunday, lovely readers! It's been a distinctly up-and-down week. Such is life I suppose.

A few hours at the hairdresser on Friday, and I am noticeably blonder, a real strawberry blonde, which I am thrilled with (not too dramatic to scare the beejebus out of the kiddo either, winner.) The idea is to progressively return to my natural shade of dark blonde - it's been fun being a redhead these past 7 years or so, but I'm up for a change, and a return to my roots (pardon the pun!)

Saturday morning we headed into our local Aldi (side note - I have to shop there more often!) to take advantage of their snow gear sale for E. She is now all kitted out for our New Zealand snow holiday! (Couch fans, you will note that the offending piece of furniture is not featured in this shot, so you'll just have to use your imagination I'm afraid.)

After the Aldi madness, we headed to the Fete at my old school, with my sister and niece. These two seriously just make me melt - wanting to murder each other half the time, but just so in love. Aren't cousins the best? 

The kiddo picked out a succulent in an eggshell from the plant stall. Also, a plastic gingerbread man toy (from Shrek we think), as she is obsessed with the Gingerbread Man story lately, so that was a real find. (Huh I have progressed from depressing balcony photos to even more depressing next door fence shots! hahahaha)

V has taken E for a swim (after letting me have a sleep-in while he made pancakes no less!), so I am currently enjoying a hot coffee and some meal planning.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you all!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

mothers day and other ramblings...

My second Mother's Day was so lovely. My parents are in Japan so I had to defer celebrating my own mum sadly, for the first time ever that I can recall.

Kicked off with the whole family in bed - cuddles and a cup of tea for me (two actually, E brought me one from her tin tea set, bless!)

Breakfast out at Dagwoods, pancake perfection! Amazed we snagged a table as apparently the entire rest of the world but us had thought to book ahead oops. All up, a really lovely morning with my two favourite people.

Hasn't it just been the best soup weather lately? Chicken and vegetable is a winner with the kiddo (roast pumpkin and garlic was also, mmm almost had to fight me for that one haha)

Behold, the world's sexiest, flashiest second-hand leather couch! (for all the diehard couch fanatics hahahhahaha) And the reason we will NOT be investing in any leather furnishings in our new place. 

It's so exciting to think about our own place being almost finished. We are being very sensible; we have most of the furniture items we would need, and most in good condition, but we will be picking out a new dining table/chairs and couch. Sadly all furniture choices are dictated by the rigours of kiddo and cats :-/ Such is life, I would rather them and boring furniture than the other way around! Any recommendations for good places to shop?

How spectacular is the sky right now? Definitely about to see one heck of a storm (yay!) Better rush and get the washing off the line (not so yay).

Here's to bunkering down to weather the cold. Soup?

Friday, May 8, 2015

winter is coming...

Ahahahaha, seriously though how good is this season of GoT? (And also the lovely cool weather). We have been revelling in ugg boots and soup and snuggly days spent rugged up indoors.

Have been living in this Witchery coatigan lately, so warm and cosy! 

Library day is always such a hit with this one - she was actually bouncing with excitement in this photo, bless, truly my daughter. Such a fantastic rainy day activity.

Ballet class this Friday morning, and discussing the possibility of starting pointe prep work, ridiculously excited! Post-class sustenance with my lovely girlfriend J.

Currently obsessed with Dr Bronner's jasmine and sandalwood soap, absolutely delicious, we all use it!

We have made the most of this sunshiney morning by heading out to the park, not to mention getting as much laundry done as possible (pardon me for the lack of ugly balcony photos haha). A lamb shoulder in the slow cooker and a hot cup of coffee while the kiddo sleeps, and I'm in heaven.

We have to head out to visit the inlaws this afternoon (blergh) - not to seeing them, which is nice, but it's a 45min return trip for us, which is not. I seem to recall always travelling out to everyone else when they had their kids, apparently they all have spectacularly short memories as it's not being reciprocated now that we have joined the parenting club LOL oh well.

Here's wishing you all a wonderful weekend

Sunday, April 26, 2015

pancake monday...

This morning, we woke up early and craving pancakes. Well, I was craving pancakes, and E thinks it's a pretty ace word to say, so all the signs pointed to us mixing up a batch for breakfast...

I use the recipe my mum always used (still does!) - one egg, one cup SR flour, 3/4 cup of milk.

Cooked in butter of course...

Coffee for mumma, milk for the bug...

Anything that this one eats before strawberries, you know she is enjoying.

Current obsessions - socks, the alphabet and jigsaw puzzles. She scares me a little bit, the way she can recognise some letters (S is shoes!), and can get most of them in the correct order.

The gorgeous weather was calling us, so we headed out for a few hours to the botanic gardens, to feed the ducks and play at the park (my sincere apologies for the depressing balcony view haha.)

So much fun at the gardens, enjoying some autumn sunshine. My little explorer (although she did get us lost in the maze heh.)

Totally not her bucket and spade. The toy I brought, she wasn't interested in, naturally. Luckily there's a fairly good barter system in operation at our local parks - what one kid wants, another will be over. Hence E sniped some kid's sand toys, while another one ran off with her ball. Win/win.

Popped this bad boy in the slow cooker before we left the house this morning. I use the lovely Merowyn's Crazy Delicious Lamb Shoulder recipe, check it out you won't regret it!

Currently enjoying some quiet time while the small human has a nap, hoping for a relaxing afternoon (my bet is more jigsaws will be involved.) 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

today is a day for...

Coffee and cousin shenanigans at the beach...

Roshes and stripes and the comfiest, most worn-in pair of ripped denim jeans...

Loads of washing while the wind picks up, and before the rain hits...

Half a lamb shoulder slow cooking away...

Pots of fresh coffee while the kiddo sleeps.

Happy Sunday