Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night...

Goofy has just opened up door number 3 on the advent calender! How did it get to be 3 days till Christmas!?!

With a long list of things to get done before Christmas/camping I thought it was wisest if I sign off blogging till 2011. I plan to come back next year with a new dedication. So far I have enjoyed entering blogland but have found finding the time to fully get my hands dirty hard so next year 'let's get muddy' as Dirtgirl would say!

Besides a peek into the garden of blogland there are been many other new adventures this year. JJ bounced into our lives bringing great joy, U2 opened his new business, MiniMe started (and ended) Prep and Goofy found her voice (and it is quite loud and usually cheeky!).

In a lot of ways I feel like I was just getting through 2010 so I am looking forward to venturing out more in 2011.

Thank you for checking in to Dancing in the Rain this year and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Made it Mondays.....Aliens..

We have fairies, princesses, bumble bees, chefs, ballerinas but no alien dress ups.

So when we were invited to an alien dress up party I saw it as an opportunity to expand our dress up collection and to try out a pattern I have had sitting on my sewing table.

The above it the result - Alien fairies.

The girls each made their own fairy wings by using glitter glue to stick on lots of colourful googly eyes. I did put a matching band of netting at the bottom but they both complained of it being itchy so they ended up remaining upturned.

I did make an alien hat too as I have been wanting to try that out too but the neither of the girls wanted to wear it! Oh well, I had fun making it!

I wonder how often they will come out of the dress up box!?!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Make sure you stop by....

Maxabella loves... is having a great give away this week.
So go and check it out and you never know, you may be the lucky winner!!
It is well worth the journy to Maxabellaland even if you are not!
While you are travelling you may like to check out Posie Patchwork too.
Another worthwhile journey to make would be to And then there were four.
The last is what encouraged me to put on my blogging shoes and see where the road took me.
Happy travels!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Are you having another?

JJ is 9 months old and the third girl in our brood. It is amazing how often I am now being asked if we are going to have another baby. I dont know if it is because there is no male heir to carry on the family surname (not that it is uncommon) that makes people think that we will keep going until a boy is born or if it is that more people are having more than 2/3 children or if it is mainly people with no children asking me if I will be producing a football/netball team.

Growing up I had in my head that I would have 2 or 3 children. For many a Christmas I asked my mother for another sibling. This is not because I thought I had been ripped off in the sibling department and wanted a replacement but a compliment to my brother as I thought he was pretty cool and wanted another one. Although it probably did co-incide with when he wouldn't let me put him in dresses anymore!

There have been a few brief seconds when I look at the gorgeous smiling face of JJ and think it would be nice to do it again, but they are very brief and I am enjoying knowing that this is my last time. I don't think I have the physical or mental energy for more children. I want to be able to spend time with each of them, be able to listen to their woes, not worry about finances, take them on adventures, let them try different activities and not feel stretched in a million directions. For me that means stopping at three.

I know there are mothers out there who can and do manage with more and those who set there limit at one or two and others who had that decision taken from them for numerous reasons. So I am grateful for what I have.

How many children do you have? Are you having another or two or three.....? How did you come to that decision? Did you change your mind later?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The smell of Christmas....

The scouts were selling Christmas trees on Saturday were we take the girls for swimming lessons.

They have never had a real tree so I took them over to smell the trees.

I love the smell of Christmas trees. It takes me back to Christmas time as a child. I use to love coming home in December and scent of the tree hitting you as you walked in the door. It was the sensual reminder that Christmas and all its magic was just around the corner.

We picked a few little branches off the ground on Saturday and I have them in a vase and occasionally the perfume radiates.

Maybe next year we don't think about the mess and the cost of a real tree and invest in the smell of Christmas.

What smells remind you of Christmas? Do you go real or fake with your tree?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dear Baby...

Dear Baby,

The weekend just past would have been quite different had you made it out into the world. We would have been celebrating your first birthday.

After deciding that we would like a third child and watching the months go by until two blue lines appeared there was excitement that you had arrived. Although I never felt quite right, somehow I think I knew you wouldn't be around for long.

Only 6 weeks. Enough time to start thinking about summer with a newborn baby. To wonder if you were a girl or a boy, what you would look like, how you would fit into our family, to glance at baby clothes in the shops again...

But it wasn't to be. You will always remain a lovely potential.

Love always,


Monday, December 13, 2010

Made it Monday.....grilled zucchini and halloumi salad

After a big day out yesterday we were looking for a simple dinner. We have been getting a lot of zucchini in our fruit and veg box the last couple of weeks and so I was looking for a way to incorporate them and U2 and I both like halloumi so when I stumbled across this recipe it seemed perfect!

Grilled Zucchini and Halloumi

And it was great, very tasty, simple and quick to prepare.

An excellent summer's sunday night dinner!

Thanks Closet cooking!

I am planning on trying his red pepper pesto tonight!

Friday, December 10, 2010

We are going on a wombat hunt...

A friend very kindly invited Goofy and I to join them on a trip to the zoo this week.

On the way I asked Goofy what animal she wanted to see.


Anything else?


The warm summer sun had comatosed the lions and they lay sprawled out in the shade at the back of their enclosure.

Our friends had to leave and we had a spare half an hour before I had to leave to get MiniMe so Goofy and I went on a wombat hunt.

We followed the path which promised wombats at its end. Goofy politely told me that her legs were tired of running. She hopped in the toddler seat and I pushed her up and up the hills. Hot. Kangaroos were spotted. Surely we were close if we were seeing Australian animals?

I looked at the map and I could not for the life of me figure out where the wombats were in relation to us. Sore legs.

'Sorry Goofy we will have to go home and see the wombats another day'

I turn around and the sun sparkles off a purple sign - Platypus and Wombat!

As our eyes adjust to the darkness of the cave all I can see if rocks, dirt, scrubs. No wombat. The platypus is doing some beautiful gliding and diving.

We leave. Goofy request one more check before we go. Back into the cave. The rock at the front moves, scratches itself in its sleepy state!

The wombat!!

Two seconds later Goofy is ready to go home.

We are not going on a wombat hunt again!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Meet my babysitter...

"I feel so bad I have just had little Johnny in front of the TV so I can get XYZ done..."

Why is it that we feel bad about letting our children watch TV? If it appropriate for their age and is not all they do all day everyday then I don't see the harm. I say this as my two eldest are watching ABC for kids while JJ is sleeping. We are going out to carols tonight and we all need a little quiet time and JJ needs some uninterrupted sleep. Is someone looking for some justification?! In general they will watch up to two hours a day if we are home all day. That sounds a lot when I write it but the quiet it brings does not seem that long!!

I read a book that asked would you trust your children with a babysitter who dressed inappropriately, swore at them, told them not to listen to their parents, to desire many a material thing, who modelled bad relationships etc. When you think about it many TV programs and advertisements are doing just this. Somehow I don't think they were talking about ABC for kids TV! I think they were more referring to letting your children watch 'adult' TV shows but it did serve to make me think about what shows I put on for my children and what things my 'babysitter' might be teaching them.

I like what Playschool has to teach them and the other day they were watching a show where they were thinking about what to do when you feel angry in a way that I hadn't thought to express. Bindi the jungle girl has been popular the last few weeks and MiniMe has been telling me different wildlife facts. Bindi can came and babysit anytime!

What is your stance on children and TV? How much do you allow your children to watch a day? Any babysitters that are not invited back?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2011 here we come...

This week I purchased our 2011 calender. We have started getting some appointments/invites for the new year and I feared loosing all the bits of paper I was writing them on. So I am excited to have found this one at Kikki K.

Looking around Kikki K it is a shame we have become a paperless society in some ways, I have always loved new stationary and Kikki K had some beautiful stuff. Be warned though they don't return items. I bought the biggest calender and then when I got home it didnt fit the calender space so I changed it for the smaller one and they wouldn't refund me the $5. You could think returning it within 2 days would be ok. So now I have a credit voucher which is a bit annoying. Anyway...

My 2010 calender has been less than satisfactory. Besides having a very cute picture of a fairy in the garden drawn by MiniMe at the top it has been a bit annoying so I am very excited about my new calender.

It has a column for each member of the family, one for birthdays and space to write notes at the bottom.

With MiniMe starting school and Goofy at preschool I feel like my calender is going to become a crucial part of my daily routine.

I feel like I have one tool in my belt for 2011 now...what else do I need?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiny Tots Tuesday....JJ

I started this blog when JJ was only a few months old and so it was hard to come up with a suitable blog name for her. She hadn't really been around long enough to think of what would capture her.

JollyJumper largely came about because when I was writing her introduction she was outside contentedly in the Jolly Jumper. JollyJumper is a bit long to write so I have recently taken to shortening it to JJ here in blog world.

So a few months on would I change the name I gave her (as if choosing her real name wasn't hard enough!)?

I could have gone for

  • EarlyRiser - she has a bond with the sun in that they like getting up at the same time
  • Cheeky - there is a definite cheeky sparkle in her eyes
  • BlueEyes - we have got the trifecta of eye colours in our girls.
  • Dymples - goes with a gorges smile
  • Smiley - she greets us with a smile you just cant help but reciprocate
  • LuckyLast - no more babies (in our plans anyway!)
  • Bugalugs - not sure why but she gets called this a bit
  • Boombaladas - she has a great set of thighs that you cant wrap your fingers around, very sqeezable
  • Heffalump - she is by far our biggest baby
  • MiniU2 - some say she looks alot like U2
  • Mummy's Girl - she likes to have me in her eye line at all times
  • Blondie - all our girls have very different hair colours and she looks to be a bit of a strawberry blonde
  • Bubbie - she will always be the baby in the family!

In the end I think jolly describes her very well. She is a lovely jolly baby. 

U2 and I both liked the idea of having a child with a middle name starting with J so that they could have a two letter nickname so JJ satisfies that desire. And she still loves to jump.

So JJ it remains.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Made it Monday...check out..

I have stumbled across a problem in my Made it Monday posts. All the things I have been making recently are Christmas presents for friends and family, most of whom do check out this blog occasionally! So in order to keep the surprise for Christmas I will have to defer posting until gifts are given!

However, I thought I would mention a great sewing blog that I have been following.

ikatbags has lots of great sewing tips. Recently she has done on series on how to make different types of pockets. Excellent stuff and has saved me a trip to the shops! One project I am working on needed a little something extra so I was going to buy some buttons to add to it but I got inspired by ikatbags to attempt a pocket instead. Will let you know how it goes!

So check out ikatbag...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Blue skies...

The rain has held out today and it has been a lovely sunny days with blue skies.

My brother and his family came round for a play this morning which was great. Always great spending time with them.

MiniMe wrote a surfboard book for my brother as he enjoys a paddle. Goofy planned to share her spray bottle with her cousin. I love is when they are thoughtful.

We then went to MiniMe's new school for a picnic only to find that this weeks wet weather had meant that they had cancelled it yesterday. Apparently we should have called to see if it was one. I saw the blue skies and didn't think twice. It was nice to meet a few other mums anyway as we have a picnic anyway!

Hopefully the blue skies continue for the weekend.

What have you been doing with the clearer skies?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Seeing the forest....

Some of you may have noticed that I have been trying to work on a theme for each day of the week for my blog. As I am partial to a bit of alliteration in my head we have...

  • Made it Monday for crafty things that I have made or want to make!
  • Tiny Tots Tuesday to reflect on my three lovely ladies - two were born on a Tuesday so that works quite well!
  • Whatever Wednesday for random observations
  • Think it through Thursday to encourage me to think a bit deeper
  • Frivolous Fridays to have a bit of fun.

I might not stick to these rigidly but at least it gives me a framework and then if you don't like a reading about crafty things then I can save you the trouble of stopping by on a Monday, for example!

So today I am thoughtful. I had my last bible study of the year where we looked at the Bible (next week is a social brunch). We looked at Psalm 73 which starts with Aspah almost angry at God as those who are wicked are the ones that are prospering. Often it can seem that doing the right thing gets you no where. The people who lie, cheat and steel seem to get further in life and are even sometime praised for it. In the psalm Aspah takes a step back and looks at the bigger picture. These wicked may prosper now but in the light of eternity their time in the spotlight will be short and they will then be judged by God. Sometimes it is hard to see the forest for the trees.

This week I am going to try and see the forest.

 'All he believes are his eyes, And his eyes, they just tell him lies.' Bob Dylan

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Woohoo Wednesday!

Finally our internet speed is back to normal . We had reached our data allowance a couple of weeks ago and I have been battling with a snails pace internet connection so it great that today is the 1st December and we are back to normal. Woohoo!

I think I may be finished my Christmas shopping. Woohoo!

I spent a lovely day with a very dear friend on Monday. Woohoo!

I have had very kind Dads (U2 and BIL) take the kids to school the last two mornings so I haven't had to take everyone in and out of the car in the rain. Woohoo!

JJ looks like she might attempt crawling soon which will save my aching arms. Woohoo!

The countdown to Christmas is on.  Woohoo!
(An aside - We started our Advent calender this morning. do you start at 1 or 24?)

Anything making you go woohoo?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tiny tots Tuesday ... My room?

We have just done a reshuffle of the girls sleeping arrangements.

Goofy now has her own room and MiniMe and JJ are together. Goofy and MiniMe were taking a long time to go to sleep as they were up to shenanigans and then Goofy was waking up MiniMe in the morning.

This morning they managed to stay in their own rooms quietly till 7am which was a breakthrough.

However, it has got me thinking as to how important it is to have your own space as a child. MiniMe now sleeps in one room and has her clothes in another. I have taken to calling the rooms the 'purple room' and the 'cubby house room' (JJ cot is under the one side of the top bunk creating a cubby house) so that she still feels like she has some ownership as she plays in her old room. I like the idea that everything is shared.

However I speak as a person who has never shared a room. Have you shared a room? What did you like/dislike? Any tips for young players?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Made it Monday .... Mickey cushion covers...

This year at Prep MiniMe's class have taken turns taking Mickey Mouse home for the night. So all things Mickey are quite popular in the Prep room.

As a thank you to MiniMe's teacher and her assistants MiniMe and I made these slip on cushion covers for the book corner. Once you have finished your work you can go and sit with Mickey in the book corner so we thought this would be a nice addition.

I have been waiting for the right project to use this fabric on. It was my old fitted bed sheet from when I was a child.

Hope the teacher likes them - we are still new to the teacher gift thing! My Mum was a teacher so I think I have a good idea of what not to get!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fun Friday...

It was sweltering in the warehouse this morning but it didn't phase my two little gymnasts! They hung and swung and jumped with gusto. It took Goofy a little while to warm up to the place but she soon was beaming. 

I took the girls to try out gymnastics today. Goofy has been wanting to go to lessons ever since we went with a friend to the YMCA and my Dad is going to give her some lessons for Christmas so I am trying out the different options around us. Todays was pretty good. It was a bit more that just organised games, it looked like they were learning some basic techniques.

We then headed to the shops where I got them a Slurpee to cool those pink cheeks. We did some Christmas shopping - the girls chose their present for U2. Then to coles for some groceries where they on the whole took turns pushing the child size trolley.

The girls have just been painting - unfortunately Goofy went in for some body art!

So far it has been a fun Friday!

I am off to the physio which is kind of nice this afternoon - I get to lie down for 45 minutes. Then a quick Latina meal as I am going to a Jane Austen movie night at a friends house tonight.

More fun Friday ahead! What has your Friday been like?

Thursday, November 25, 2010


The floor of the training room was divided into four squares. The introverts were to move to one square, the extraverts to another and those who were a mix to the other two.

The trainer told myself and my work college to move to the square that best described us. An extrovert was described as someone who liked being around people and an introvert as someone who likes being by themselves. I thought, 'I like being around other people' so I started to move towards the extrovert box.

A loud cry swept across the room, the extroverts in particular yelled , "What are you doing? You are the definition of an introvert" (If they new the definition surely they would have known then that drawing such public attention to the mistake of an introvert was one of an introverts worse nightmares!)

So here is the Wikipedia definition of an introvert

Introversion is "the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life".[3] Introverts are people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction.[4] Introverts tend to be more reserved and less outspoken in large groups. They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, music, drawing, tinkering, playing video games, watching movies and plays, and using computers, along with some more reserved outdoor activities such as fishing. In fact, social networking sites have been a thriving home for introverts in the 21st century, where introverts are free from the formalities of social conduct and may become more comfortable blogging about personal feelings they would not otherwise disclose. The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, engineer, composer, and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends. Trust is usually an issue of significance: a virtue of utmost importance to an introvert choosing a worthy companion. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate, especially observed in developing children and adolescents.[5] Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement. They are more analytical before speaking.[6]
Introversion is not the same as shyness or the social outcast. Introverts choose solitary over social activities by preference, whereas shy people (who may be extraverts at heart) avoid social encounters out of fear[7] and whereas the social outcast faces solitude, but not by choice.

Turns out I am pretty much the definition of an introvert. I think my younger self thought that an introvert was boring, they stayed at home in their room and they didn't like people and people didn't like them. Extroverts were the fun people that everyone liked, that seemed like the better box to be in.

But now I understand that we are all just different and we need all different personalities for the world to work. I worked with a guy who was great at seeing the big picture but not so great at the processes to get there, I am the opposite so we were a great team. We got good stuff done.

It is interested that Wikipedia mentions that blogging is a popular introvert activity! So here's to the introverts ouy there and their blogs!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cute bottom baby...

I started using cloth nappies just before Goofy turned one. I had a friend who had been using them and they didn't look too hard or too much extra work. We had also just decided that there would definitely be a third child so I saw the cost benefit as well.

We went for Many Macs that can be used from birth till toilet training and you just need to buy the appropriate size covers. I have found the Motherease Air-flow the best.
As Goofy got older and not as tolerant to lying down for nappy changes we got some Baby Beehinds all in one large nappies (no covers needed) that she continued to wear at night until she was out of nappies (fortunately our girls have been quick to get out of night nappies - MiniMe was out of them at night before she was toilet trained in the day!)

When JJ was a few weeks old I headed out to the baby expo and bought a few all in one nappies. Some pretty ones, more for me than anything else. They just look cute! The ones pictured are the ones I got from Bambooty. As a child who struggles in the bowel department she has been the perfect baby for cloth nappies (one poo a week for her first few months of life!).

So I save a bit of money on nappies, I am helping the environment and JJ has a cute bottom!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tiny Tots Tuesday..You make me feel like dancing...

MiniMe has got me tapping my feet this week.

She was in her first dance concert on the weekend and it gave me such a good laugh. She wasnt scared one bit by the crowd (her words) and the best bit was getting to eat food with her friends downstairs after her 3 minutes of fame were over. She jumped high and enthusiastically, looking gorgeous in her dalmatian costume. Pure joy to watch her up there having fun!

Yesterday she tried to surprise me by hanging out the washing. Unfortunately the washing wasnt finished (just soaking so the machine was still) so she dragged the washing basket full of hot wet clothes to the line, stood on a bucket and started hauling the clothes on. You cant get cross when the motive was so good! Plus she helped put the wet washing back in the machine.

She then continued to try and be helpful at the shops by getting me a trolley and getting the Weetbix while I stood in the line to pay.

Thank you MiniMe!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Made it Monday.... Candy dress

I discovered a size 3 dress pattern when clearing out a recently found box of Mum's things and decided to give it a go. There are not going to be that many times were I am in need of a size 3 girls pattern so I figure better hop to it! MIL had also given me some fabric.

This little candy stripe dress was the result.

I think it is cute - Goofy does not agree with me so much at the moment!

I can see many of these in different fabrics in my future and the future of my friends with little girls. You have been warned my friends so speak now if it is not to your liking (too late for one friend!)!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Third daughter...

What do you get an 8 month old girl who has two older sisters for Christmas? She really does not need anything. She doesn't have any hobbies (well none that require equipment). She has an abundance of clothes. But I want to get her something!

MiniMe and Goofy are giving her a hooded beach towel so she can match them at future swimming outings.

I am thinking some wall art stickers so that I can make her room more hers. Currently it is as it was when it was vacated by Goofy.

It is a minefield though. I have just started and I am bamboozled! I stumbled across the above one (giggle smile designs) which it cute but not sure it would work in her room (wall wise).

Has anyone got a good places to check out?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Future son in law?

One of my good friends had her third baby today. After two beautiful daughters they now have a son.

He may be 8 months younger than JJ but you never know...

I made this cushion for his room. It has little pockets to put his treasures in.

I am looking forward to meeting him soon and seeing the man he becomes.

Welcome little man!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Birthday present due tomorrow ...

Tomorrow is Pa's (father in law's) birthday and we are still tossing around present ideas.

What is the best present you have given your father/father in law?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

If our Barbies could talk....

MiniMe was playing with her Barbies and I was suprised to hear that they were talking with American accents.

This got me wondering what accent Barbie would have if she could in fact talk.

And what would she say?

Occasionally my inability to throw things out pays off and the decision to keep all my childhood Barbies, their clothes, car, pool, fridge, kitchen, bed, bean bag, cutlery.... (you get the idea, I had a big Barbie collection!) is one such occasion. Had I had three boys it would have been a different story but with three girls I am feeling quite pleased with myself!

Anyway, the point of that digression is that these Barbies are the secret keepers of my little girl hopes and dreams. They are how I worked through what sort of adult, wife, mother I wanted to be. I have clear memories of sitting on my bedroom floor helping Barbie get ready for her first dance, assisting her make dinner in the kitchen for her family,  riding around in her car with her friends, feeling excited for her as she had her first kiss with Ken....

I dont remember my Barbies ever having career goals, I dont remember my Barbie desiring to live in a huge house, I dont remember my Barbie travelling the world. I remember that my Barbie had lots of friends and family around and that she had fun doing things for them and with them. She also liked to change clothes a lot from the plethora she had to choose from (Mum made clothes for my Barbies too).
So I wonder what she would say if she could meet the adult me? Would she be surprised by what met her? Or would she just see a bigger version of the little girl she played with?

What would your Barbie say?

Monday, November 15, 2010

This weekend was brought to you by the letter M...

Morning sunshine started the weekend. Not sure where spring went but summer was sure here on the weekend.

Magnum Temptation at the beach. I love me a bit of chocolate and ice cream so the new Magnum is a real winner with me!

MiniMe Masterchefing and making Mince cannelloni for dinner. It is great watching her getting into cooking and very sweet that she wants to get on Junior Masterchef so that she can win me a mix master!

Misery Me when I hurt my back on Sunday morning but thankful that U2 vacuumed and mopped for me. It is making me take things a bit easier which while frustrating is probably a good thing.

Merci for weekends!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Afternoon fun....

This is what is keeping my girls entertained this afternoon.

A 50c spray bottle filled with water.

Endless fun.

Loving the warmer weather.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A busy week....

This year I have keep our weekly commitments to a minimum. MiniMe has prep 3 days a week, dancing one afternoon and I go to bible study once a week in the morning. We don't really do much outside of this either. So this week when we have had something on everyday it has been a shock to the system. Needless to say I am feeling a little tired (getting home after mid night on a school night didn't help!).

When MiniMe was a baby I was out almost everyday. Visiting friends, spending three hours at westfield.... Is it just that I am getting older that I don't have the stamina for it anymore? Is it laziness, getting our the door just seems harder? Is it a symptom of having three children? Do subsequent children miss out from less outings?

This may be something I need to ponder next week from the comfort of home....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Everybody knows, Leonard

I knew the deep husky low tones of Everybody knows from the caner advertisements.

I knew of the song Hallelujah sung by many an artist.

I was told that both of these songs had Leonard Cohen as their creator and singer.

With this vast knowledge of Leonard Cohen I headed off to his Songs of love and hate world tour with my father and brother and a friend last night.

I am at a loss at where to start.

I went to a concert that wasn't the Wiggles or Playschool!

I have never been to Acer arena so that in itself was an experience - it is massive! I also learnt probably best to bring your own snacks - $7 for a chocolate!

The support act was fantastic. Clare Bowditch. Beautiful voice and a little quirky. I was even more impressed when I learnt she had twins, she seemed to be embracing life.

Then on skipped Leonard.

He does have an amazing low voice and a beautiful way with words. He recited a poem at one point, silence beside his deep voice, a thousand kisses deep.

There were some amazing musicians too. One guy seemed to be able to play anything, especially wind instruments. Great guitar soloists.

Three encores. I never get encores, one maybe but three!? Some people left after the first one. After four hours I guess they assumed the concert was over!!

It has made me realise that music is a good thing to have in our lives. It just adds something.

I had a great night out, thanks Dad.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Art by Goofy...

You may have noticed that I have changed the photo of my lovely ladies to a drawing done by MiniMe. She loves drawing at the moment.

Goofy also seems to love getting out a pen and paper. I am not sure if this is because it is MiniMe's new favourite pass time or because she likes it too. She does seem to have a bit of a talent for it, well I think anyway! MiniMe couldn't draw like this at three years old but then she didn't have anyone showing how to do it so who knows. I am glad they both have a found a quiet activity they both enjoy!

Anyway, I thought I would include some of Goofy's latest artworks.

Mummy being chased by scary monsters

Goofy and her sisters. She has the orange hair!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I think she's got it, I think she's got it!

By George, I think she's got it. I could dance a jig with Higgins!

I think JollyJumper may have finally dropped the late night feed and has figured out how to settle herself (unwrapped) at night. It is a breakthrough. 7pm to 6:30am for the first time last night. Well done JollyJumper!!

She did wake a couple of time last night but got herself back to sleep quick smart. She did get a dose of panadol at 3:30am but considering she had a temperature yesterday and is struggling to breath through her a nose I will gladly allow her that. Especially as she went straight back to sleep after it was administered.

The thought of being able to choose my own bed time is very novel! Although maybe I am getting ahead of myself and I should hold off the jigging till last night has been repeated a few more times?!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Photo help...

Dear Bloggers,

I would value your assistance. I have been spending much time searching for good websites that have photos to use in blogs. Most of the ones I find have very small photos when I add them in. Is that just because I am cheap and don't want to pay for photos or is there somewhere else I could be looking? Or is it something to do with the way I save them?

Thank you,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rain, blogging and peppermint tea...

Tonight there is silence but for the gentle constant sound of the rain.

I have my ritual end of day peppermint tea next to me and I am reading some blogs.

All three elements are working together to create some peace after a somewhat average start to the day.

I was a bit behind the eight ball when I got up a bit too late (lovely U2 let me have a bit a sleep in). Finally got in the car after numerous trips upstairs for forgotten items, get to SIL's house and see DJ not in his school uniform - it's french dress up day (how did I miss this one)! SIL thankfully minds Goofy. Goofy has mad woman hair as she thinks running away from me with the hair brush is a great game, toothpaste all over her mouth to add to the look. Back home to get french clothes for MiniMe (bonjour Paris t-shirt quickly found with red Paris beret). Get to school and have forgot the reader, homework bag and library bag. Notice missing button from my jumper. Drive forgotten work document to U2 at work. Then off to bible study. 9:30am.

The day did improve from here. Lovely morning with five lovely ladies who are such a great safety blanket. Briefly got to speak to a friend who answering machine I had been getting well acquainted with. Spot of tidying and then SIL (also goes by Sink Fairy!) and Aunt were over for afternoon tea.

And now here I am at the end of my peppermint tea.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Something old..

The girls discovered these this week.

My mother kept some of our toys and this one I had been saving till they were a little older but somehow they unearthed them. I cant even remember were I had buried them!

They are very cute and it lovely to see that some things never loose their appeal to little girls!

I wonder if they will make it to my granddaughters!?!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Red head..

Yesterday Goofy was very excited. She meet another little girl her age with hair the same colour.

We were waiting (45mins!) in the doctors waiting room when in came another girl with the same shade of red hair and the same length. Had it had a bit of a curl to it they could have had the same wig on.

Goofy showed such delight at seeing someone like her.

It made me wonder what goes on in her little mind. Many strangers stop and comment on her curly red hair and mostly she hides her head in my leg. Her response yesterday made me think that maybe she does realise there is something a little unique about her. (Not that red hair is particularly uncommon but it is a bit more unusual.)

I wonder what role her red locks will play in her life? Will they just be part of the backdrop that she never thinks about, the jewel she proudly displays or the thing she tries to hide?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Questions from the check out person...

When I was pregnant with MiniMe I had numerous check out people ask "How old are you?". They seemed to imply that I was too young to be becoming a mother.

When MiniMe was about 9 months old I was asked "Is this your first child?". She then went on to tell me that this deduction was made as MiniMe looked very anxious because I was an anxious first time mother.

When Goofy was a few months old I was asked "Is this your first child?". They there was much surprise when I mentioned I already had a two year old as I looked too young to have two children (so they said).

When I was pregnant with JollyJumper I was asked "Is this your first child?". Again, much surprise when I told them this was in fact number three, surely I was too young they said.

In the last month I have been shopping at Coles without children, "Would you like the school vouchers?" Suddenly I look old enough not only to have children but school age children!!

In my mind I have only just left high school but the reality is now hitting me, that was much more than a decade ago. I am not as young as I think I am.

Every now and again I look in the car rear view mirror and am surprised that I am the mother of three children. I sometimes feel that while I wasn't looking someone snuck up on me and filled my empty back seat with car seats!

Not that I would change were I am right now or who I am with, just sometimes I am surprised that I am here and so are they. A pleasant surprise!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Family Distances...

10 240km is a long way. When I was 8 weeks old my parents left their country of birth and moved to Australia. They knew no one.

As a child this fact was just part of our family story and I didnt think too much about it. As a mother I have recently been giving it more thought. Two weeks before MiniMe was born we moved 9.5km down the road to be 0.8km from Aunt, 0.8km from SIL, 1.7km from Mum and 5.6km from MIL. Help was (and still is) always at hand.

I think back to when MiniMe was 8 weeks old and what it would have been like not to have my family and friends around. To pack up my life while recovering from child birth and move away from my support network. To enter motherhood for the first time is daunting. To move to a new country is daunting. My mother did both simultaneously.

They moved by choice. They moved for me and their children to come. I am very grateful to have been brought up in this country. Very grateful for the childhood they gave us.

The only thing I feel I missed out on was knowing my extended family. I have another 4 aunts and lots of cousins who mainly all still live close to each other overseas. The few times we visited when I was younger I was amazed at how I seemed to be related to so many people. Every time I met someone my Granny managed to find some familial relation.

This is why I feel so blessed that our girls are surrounded by their grandparents and cousins. I love the extra input they put into their lives and seeing the great relationships they already have with them. And I love seeing the delight they can give someone else. I use to come back from work and Mum would give me a run down on everything 6 month old MiniMe had done that day as if MiniMe had performed swan lake at the opera house. Delight.

Swings and treats from Gramps are a great hit.

Mardi is close at hand with a brush to keep their hair in line (something I am at a lose with). Goofy asked the other day when Mardi was coming over to do our ironing as the the basket was getting quite full! She looks after us all very well in many different ways.

Things that are broken are left for Pa because 'he can fix anything'.

SIL and BIL will be able to teach our girls things that are not our strong points but are theirs which I am thankful for. They have children the same age as ours (within a few weeks mostly) and they are our children's best buddies. There is many an imaginary phone conversation with them as they play pretend.

The A-team (my brother and his wife) will also have much to teach our girls and give them valuable insight into what it means to be full time ministers of the gospel. I hope our girls will also learn how to look after their younger cousins, however many there end up being!!

My Aunt and Uncle are two of the most generous people I know. We have had to buy very little for our girls thanks mainly to them. I am glad they moved here too as they are great people too.

One day soon I am sure my two cousins will be babysitters!

As U2 likes to say - 'I love us!".