Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

It has been a big year for me, with some massive changes and decisions made. Christmas is truly a time to think and reflect on the year that has gone and those things you are grateful to have in your life, for me that is my family, my girls, my mum and dad and siblings they mean the world to me, and to be able to share Christmas with as many of those people to me, is truly a blessing and what Christmas is really about.
I do love Christmas, I beleive I get more excited then the girls, especially as I was up a good hour or so before they were Christmas morning waiting for them to get up and open their presents. I'm one of those strange people that enjoy wrapping presents, making sure that it looks just right, I'm also one of those strange people that when unwrapping doesn't like to tear the paper, and will reuse the wrapping paper.
The unwrapping portion of our morning was a whirlwind of wrapping paper and boxes, the end result was two very spoilt little girls and I did alright too. I can't help myself though, I love shopping for my girls, I even found time to make sure I spoilt myself this year. I think the highlights would have to be for the girls are the scooters, cameras (I gave Miss T my old camera and Miss M a kids tough one), Alphie for Miss T and the toy laptop for Miss M, just like Miss T said now we all have one, hehe. For me my favourites would be the Pandora charms Miss T helped me pick out, I got a panda to symbolize my 30th birthday trip to Hong Kong and a love heart with a pink gem stone for my pink loving little girl and the best present from the day was free and came from Miss M she told me she loved me for the first time, awww melt my heart.
Lunch was spent at my dad's with most of the family, the aircon, the pool, a little bit of wine and plenty of good food, seriously Lesley that salmon was to die for, so yummy. The girls and I built the gingerbread house which unfortunately was subjected to a heat slide or the biig bad wolf, could have been either one which resulted in the roof sliding off. Regardless it was still lots of fun to make and it did look awesome for the short time it remained in one piece.
It was a fantastic day, very low key, no stress, just the way I like it, now it's time to enjoy the extra few days off work and relish in the extra times with my girls.
Now here is the pictorial version of our Christmas.
Christmas baking
Letter from Santa

awake and ready to see what Santa brought her

Miss M opening her first present

Miss T opening her presents

Miss M just being her cute little self in one of her new outfits.

Miss T and Alphie = one very happy little girl

The gingerbread house before the landslide

Miss T my little poser in her new Tinkerbell dress

Merry Christmas from me and I hope 2011 brings everything that you hope and dream that it will. I know 2011 will have some even bigger changes and I'm looking forward to what that will mean for me and my little girls and how we will grow with them.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

No, I just didn't do that.


oh yes I did.

The TV is off,
the computer lid will soon be closed.
I'm showered and the PJ's on
and at the ripe old hour of 8.30 p.m.
I have put myself to bed.
Man I feel old.

Oh well here's to good night sleep,
until that alarm shrills at 5.15 a.m.
and it all starts again.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn

this little sleepy head staring into the distance is Miss T my almost 5 year old at only a couple of weeks old, isn't she cute.

Monday, December 20, 2010

More than one use for the toy icecream and basket set from Ikea


A hat with icecream ball ears.
I just love the fact that a child can look at play food and see so much more potential then a simple basket of fruit.
Oh and I think Miss M is pretty darn cute in her basket hat as well.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Uh oh, guess who went to Ikea today?

Eeeek, honestly I swear every item in my shopping cart leaped in their of it's own accord and simply begged me to take it with me, ok you don't believe that's the way it happened, well in that case it was all Miss M's fault, she made me do it, lol.

Isn't it always the way though, you go to Ikea with a set plan, a set shopping list, in my case I was after photo frames for our prints from Disneyland but I forgot to take them so had no idea what size I needed, not a good start. Needless to say I didn't buy any photo frames but I sure as heck made up for that little misdemeanour.

Our Ikea haul included a playmat for the playroom with roads on it, the entire toy food collection, I love the stuff, it's such an awesome idea and its not plastic, as do my girls, so win win for us all, as well as a big storage box to put it all in. Some more kids cutlery and bowls, seriously somebody in this house must eat the stuff it just seems to disappear. A good size stool for the kids to help me in the kitchen and some new ice cube trays. Oh and lets not forget the silver star to go on top of the Christmas tree.

Like I said it was all Miss M's fault. I can't blame Miss T she was in the kid's play room, or maybe I can, maybe if she was with me she could of helped me fend off all these goodies from jumping into my trolley.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Paris...

how I love thee.

Everywhere I turn now days I see Paris, she just seems to have moved in like an old friend, whether it be a gorgeous bed spread, a cute top with I heart Paris, photo calendar, movies like Julie and Julia, decorative gift boxes, there she is in all her splendour. I just couldn't help be swepted up in all her hype, how could you not, she is beautiful and mystic after all.

Paris is now at the top of my dream list and all things falling into alignment I would love to be able to spend Winter 2012 with my girls in Paris.

Snow, Paris, Christmas, I'm in love.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My little Gymnast


I am so proud of my big girl, just before we went away in November I enrolled Miss T into Gymnastic classes. The moment she stepped onto the floor she loved it. Five weeks later she entered into her first badge test for level 1, I wasn't expecting her to pass but knew she would have a lot of fun having a go.

Well I was right about that, she had a blast but she did surprise me with a couple of her results. She successfully passed on the floor and the beam. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her on the beam, she was amazing, she did it all by herself without falling off and compared to two days before at training when her coach had to hold her hand the entire time she was on the beam. She only missed passing on the bars by one skill the rest she did really well, the vault was a balls up but much better than training, I think she has got the knack of the board and it won't be long before she's got that one under control as well. So we didn't get out badge but OMG she wasn't far off it.

You're a STAR baby girl. Mummy is so very proud of you!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hong Kong with the kids, what Magic

I've been back from Hong Kong for about 3 weeks now, but I still think about our trip daily. It was truly a magical experience with my girls and the perfect celebration for my 30th, I couldn't have asked for anything more.
The hotels we stayed in were all gorgeous, the metro was extremely cheap and easy to use and the food was great. We jam packed a heap in but I don't think I would change a thing, well except for an extra day or two at teh Disney Hollywood Hotel so we could actually explore the grounds and the nature park near by.
There is no way I could write anything that could come close to truly describing what we saw and experienced, so I'm going to leave it up to the pictures.

Jumbo Kingdom

Giant Budha


Grand Casino, Macau

Ocean Park

Avenue of Stars

Disneyland

Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC

We had an amazing time, the girls can't stop talking about it, I can't stop thinking about it and the photos are constantly out, would highly recommend a trip to Hong Kong for the family to anyone. You will not be disappointed.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

C25K - Week 1 Workout 1


Monday saw the start of my C25K challenge, although it almost ended as quickly as it started, when I tried to ignore the alarm that was wailing at 4.45am in the morning and found myself already flinging the excuses around - "it's too cold" "it's dark" "I'm too tired, I'll start tomorrow" - after 10 minutes of internal battle I finally dragged myself out of bed and peeling on my running gear, realising the only person I'm letting down is myself and I'd only feel awful later on in the morning when I couldn't even get my motivated enough to make it past day one.


So I loaded up the podcast, slipped the house key into my bra and off I went, actually what does one do with their house key when they don't have pockets. I was a little worried about it falling out but seriously it was tucked nice and securely underneath the bra and crop top combination. Goodness gracious it was cold and dark, seriously only crazy people must be up this early exercising.


It started with a warm up walk, then there was the first set, felt ok, that minute seemed to go forever though, I survived. The second one felt comfortable, as did the next couple, felt I was hitting my stride and not as unfit as I thought I was, then there was the 5th and 6th and I had the feeling I was running up hill, actually up Mount Everest and not the little park land at the end of my street. Once I knew I was on the homeward stretch, the last two felt smooth and as if I could run forever.


I was so proud of myself for one getting out of bed and not giving into myself and 2 actually completing the first workout. I was an eager beaver and was reeved up to go for a walk again thhis morning, even though the program said to have a rest day, well I gave in this morning and had my rest day but my running gear is all set up on the end of my bed. No excuses tomorrow, cold and dark, no worries, I'll be out there, it warm up soon enough. Just remind me of this tomorrow when the alarm goes off again at 4.45am.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book challenge, done.

37 book challenge for 2010 has well and truly been accompolished, I can't believe I've gotten through it already, I may even make it to the 50 mark by the end of the year at the rate I'm going.

1. Lonely Planet travel guide Bali & Lombok
2. Handle with care, Jodi Picoult
3. Time traveller's wife, Audrey Niffenegger
4. Ten thousand sorrows, Elizabeth Kim
5. Strange Angels, Lili St Crow
6. The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow
7. Don't Tell, Karen Rose
8. Travellers' Tales Hong Kong, James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger
9. Love, death, washing up etc, Joe Bennett
10. The book of love, Phillipa Fioretti
11. Lonely Planet travel guide Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang
12. Lonely Planet travel guide Hong Kong & Macau city guide
13. I can see you, Karen Rose
14. The short second life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer (Ebook)
15. Foop, Chris Genoa -the crappiest book ever to be written!!!
16. Have you seen her?, Karen Rose
17. Midnight Sun (ebook - partial draft), Stephanie Meyer
18. Tomorrow, when the war began, John Marsden (reread)
19. The Buddha of Surburbia, Hanif Kureishi
20. Becoming Scarlett, Ciera Geraghty
21. The dead of the night, John Marsden
22. Third day the frost, John Marsden
23. Send me a lover, Carol Mason
24. Darkness be my friend, John Marsden
25. Burning for revenge, john Marsden
26. The night is for hunting, John Marsden
27. The other side of dawn, John Marsden
28. Kiss of evil, Richard Montanari
29. The velvet rooms, Sam North
30. The girl with the dragon tattoo, steig larsson
31. The girl who played with fire, steig larsson
32. Silent scream, Lynda La Plante
33. Sins, Penny Jordan
34. The girl who kicked over the hornets nest, steig larsson
35. Worst Case, James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
36. Love in mid air, Kim Wright
37. Little bird, camilla way
38. Atlas of unknowns, Tania James

Currently reading The Songs of the humpback whale by Jodi Picoult

33 Sleeps!!!

I know I have been absent but I'm here now and extremely excited.

In 33 sleeps time, the girls and I will be on our way to Hong Kong for my 30th birthday trip. Miss T and I made a count down calendar with all sorts of wonderful on Hong Kong related images on it, and she loves it.
I've pulled out the suit cases and I am seriously restraining myself from packing now already, it's a little early to start packing, isn't it??? I won't tell you about the new shorts and tshirt, toiletry items and activity cases for the girls that are already in there then :)

Looking forward to picking up my tickets and having them in my hot little hands, I don't think there will be any containing of the excitement after that.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Red velvet splendour

I am a bit of a cooking show fan and of late have really gotten hooked on Ace of cakes (check it out on foxtel if you've not heard of it, these guys turn a slab of cake into some amazing things).

I digress, whilst watching these shows I kept hearing them mention this cake called red velvet, the only thing I knew about it was that it was red, very red. So I consulted my trusty recipe source, aka Google and came across this recipe.

Even though it had a list of ingredients a mile long, I decided to give it a go, minus quite a bit of the colouring it was calling for. I'm so glad I did the cakes turned out fantastic. The red in the centre when you cut it was striking. I took one of the cakes to work, less cake on my hips that way, and the look on everyones face when the cake was cut into was priceless. They all seemes to love it too. Most importantly my little food critics loved it to bits.
Especially the best job of all, licking the bowl, red cake mixture and all.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Snapshot Saturday: The School Photo

Well almost school photo, daycare does the class photo thing too and this is my girls class photo. I think they look pretty darn cute :)
They both love daycare, so it's great to have little photo memento memories of the time they have spent there.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hong Kong Disneyland Dreaming

One of the things I am looking forward to the most when we visit Hong Kong in November is experiencing Disneyland with my girls. I've never been to Disneyland before, fullstop. The prospect of going as me so excited, I feel like a child with those anticipation butterflies in your tummy and the feeling of almost bursting at the seams.

We have been feeding our excitement with reading and researching as much as we can on Hong Kong Disneyland, looking at photos, talking about what we will see and do and realising that every time we watch a Disney movie that we will see the castle or that character in person soon.

There is one thing that is fueling how excitement more than anything else, whilst playing on the Disneyland website I wandered into the experience section and hello, there are videos. My girls and I have wathced those videos a thousand times over, we never tire of it. The music, the scenes, the atmosphere, everything about them makes me want to be there already.

I love seeing my girls eyes light up when they watch them, and even more so this makes me dream of the looks on their faces when we are able to experience Disneyland for ourselves and create our own memories of our visit.

Bookworm

There is only one positive to having to catch the train to and from work everyday the hour each way, that is the new found time that I can bury my head deep inside a book, and so far I'm lapping that time up completely. This is my list so far, pretty much on a book a week at the moment. May need to start paying a few more visits to the library.

37 book challenge for 2010
1. Handle with care, Jodi Picoult
2. Time traveller's wife, Audrey Niffenegger
3. Ten thousand sorrows, Elizabeth Kim
4. Strange Angels, Lili St Crow
5. The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow
6. Don't Tell, Karen Rose
7. Travellers' Tales Hong Kong, James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger & Sean O'Reilly

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pizza-tastic

Last night we channelled our inner Italian and made pizza from scratch, dough and all. It was great fun, and the kids were able to get involved as well. I can honestly say after making our own pizza bases, I will never ever be buying them ready made from the store again. They were simple to do and they tasted so good, they came out tasting so fresh and creamy. Considering what went into them and how little time they took to make, I couldn't even justify the cost of buying them from the store anymore either. Here is a photo of hubby and my big girl having fun together kneading the dough for their pizzas.

I chopped up some vegetables (mushroom and capsicum) and grated cheese and zucchini together, additionally we bought some pepperoni and bacon bits (hubby and the big girl are meat-a-holics) and then it was help yourself to whatever ingredients you wanted. This little creation below is mine, which was with-the-lot (minus the bacon bits), it tasted divine!!!
Taleisha was pretty happy with her little mini pizza too, she went with the meat option and cheese and zucchini mix.
I think we will definitely be adding this little number to one of our frequent eats, it was quick and easy to make and tasty to boot.

We used the Big Pizza recipe from here to make our pizzas. We've also got a couple of other recipes from this site on the meal plan for this fortnight, so hoping they're all as successful as this one.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hair today, gone tomorrow

I am a hairdresser's nightmare.
I do enjoy getting my hair cut, I just never seem to get around to it. My hair is dead straight, I don't dye it; I prety much have zero maintenance, hence I can never part with the money, nearly 30 bucks on a regular basis for someone to just give me a trim.
I can tell you to the day, possibly even to the hour the last time I had had my hair cut. It was the 9th of May 2008, I was 40w 1d pregnant and well over due a haircut and a baby. Given I didn't have a lot of say when baby was coming (which was thankfully only 1 more day away) I went and got my hair chopped off.

So 2 years and 6 days later I find myself seated at the hairdressers for another hack. My hair had pretty much made it's way back down to my butt and I was purely and simply over it. The hair dresser seemed a little hesitant in taking too it with vigour I suggested she should, had to check to make sure I was okay with the amount I was advising her to cut off. Can't say I blame her, the amount of hair left on the floor after she finished could have fitted out at least three wigs.

The before shot
The After shotThe real reason I finally made it to the hairdresser, Taleisha, her ends were really wispy and needed tiding up. We only took about an inch off the bottom and you can barely notice it. Her hair however feels so much the better for it. She also thought she was pretty special, especially when she got her own special cape with dogs on it. She didn't even make a peep when the hair dresser combed out her hair, knots and all, was extremely miffed, I swear anyone would think the world is ending when I brush her hair.

I would like to promise that I won't let it go two years between cuts again, but i don't like my chances with keeping that promise, so I'm not even going to go there. I'm just going to enjoy the sensation of feeling 10 tons lighter after having half my hair hacked off.

another book down

I'm definitely working at a pretty steady pace with this book challenge.

The latest addition to my list is the Power of the Dog by Don Winslow, can I just say this little book (which at 500 plus pages isn't that little) is definitely not for the feint hearted. Plenty of blood, guts, sex, murder, drugs, corruption the works. It had me cringing at times, trying to read as fast as I could to get through some parts, couldn't believe what I was reading, thought it was going to give me nightmares, like I said definitely not for the feint hearted. Overall though the book was good.

37 book challenge for 2010
1. Handle with care, Jodi Picoult
2. Time traveller's wife, Audrey Niffenegger
3. Ten thousand sorrows, Elizabeth Kim
4. Strange Angels, Lili St Crow
5. The Power of the Dog, Don Winslow

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday Mackenzie

It amazes me how fast the years go and how quickly you grow from my baby girl into the beautiful little girl you are before me. Happy Birthday Mackenzie, two years today you came into my life and I have been blessed that you chose me as your mummy ever since.

Yesterday we had a small celebration for Mackenzie. First things first, the presents, note our classy wrapping paper.
Finally unwrapped and out of the box, a mega tonka truck, she was mighty impressed.
Giggling crazily after setting her new elephant toy off, this thing is the coolest, think I might need to get myself one too. It's called a Zambi elephant and you pat it's back and the trunk goes up and makes sound and it blows kisses. Every time Mackenzie touches it she is in giggles.
One of my favourite shots of the two of us. Mummy and her birthday girl.
And the family shot.
The birthday cake, I was quite pleased with the way it turned out and it tasted pretty damn yummy too. I made a banana and white chocolate mudcake with cream cheese icing, yum yum.

Singing Happy Birthday!!!

Cutting the cake.


Little cars, these little things were the cutest and super easy, fun size mars bars, smarties, tiny teddy and some chocolate icing, and voila you have a little car. Too cute and the kids loved them.

Mackenzie in her birthday party dress.

Enjoying some sherbert cones, thanks to her Uncle John.

Last breast feed as a one year old and posing for a photo at the same time. She is saying "cheese" whilst still trying to stay attached.

Exhausted after a big day celebrating and her last photo as a one year old.

Today I sent her to daycare with the left over honey joys and chocolate crackles, much better at daycare for the kiddies then sitting in my fridge been eaten by me. I'm sure the kids loved them. When I got home from work I quickly whipped up a mini cake with some of the offcuts from her actual birthday cake, leftover icing and decorations. She got a cute little butterfly on top made out of marshmallows and smarties.
Singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles tonight.And cutting the cake.

Wishing you all the happiness in the world, my dearest little girl, may you continue to bring joy and laughter to our lives. Happy birthday princess, love Mum xxx