Saturday, April 30, 2011

Today im Grateful for..

I thought it was time to spread my wings, i would love some more interaction on my blog
(any tips would be fabulous)
So what better way to do that then to join in with Maxabella Loves for the very first time mind you
and blog what i am grateful for this Saturday :)


which is odd for me.
Normally cooking is a chore not something i enjoy,
but recently with all the stress i've been under and all the hurt im going through,
Cooking just lets me forget about it for a little while.
I have to forget it all while im cooking, i have to concentrate, i have to follow recipes
there is no room for anything else.
I am in my own little bubble.

Not only is it a distraction for me it makes me happy that my family are eating something healthy,
something new some nights.
That i get appreciation when they taste a scrummy dinner.
I love that it brings us together at the dinner table to create special family momments & converstation
but especially when Master J helps mummy make "cookies" or "cake"

I love how it make me feel like a real 50's "housewife"
(weird i know)
 even though i whinge that im not JUST a housewife
I love feeling like one when i cook.

I am also grateful for all the fresh meats and fruit and vegies i have access too,
paying an arm & a leg for yummy fresh produce is worth it... most nights ;)

Such a lovely idea you can play along at Maxabella Loves 
its nice to appreciate the small things
which somedays i will even admit is a darn hard thing to do
but afterall we are only human.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BOIIIING The Clock Struck Feral O'clock...

image from here

Feral O'clock...
It's that time of the evening around about 4:30/5:00pm
where all hell breaks loose!
Babies are crying for their dinner,
toddlers are throwing tantrums because they cant have a bikkie before dinner,
I had surround sound crying it was awesome :|
Mummys on the phone trying to organise a sleep over for the little cousin (because shes had crap holidays), trying to calm children, cook dinner (because i wasnt prepared), heat baby food, teach toddler he has to wait for dinner, txting gorgeous friends,
All the while thinking where the F*CK is Hubby!

Then its silence daddy walks through the door which entertains toddler, baby is having his face fed and mummy is looking at Hubby giving him the 
you have NO idea that our house sounded like a zoo 15 minutes ago
EVEN if he had brought me home flowers!

Now its blissfully quiet toddler and baby are asleep, daddy is at training and mummy is,
blogging, facebooking, tweeting and watching Bethenny Ever After.
Preparing myself to do it all again tomorrow but adding my 9yo cousin to the mix
Wish me luck!

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2011 ~ The Best Easter so far..

My little familys Easter has been amazing this year.
I dont know why but something just felt so right!

We had decorated a small corner of the lounge room where the coffee table is
Muchily inspired by Jade of Super Organiser Mum

Master J's footprint bunny face ~ left, Easter wreath ~ middle, Lil C's footprint bunny face ~ right
Master J's bunny with a carrott ~ bottom

Coffee table display eggs in left jar, Easter finger puppets in right jar, baby chicks in middle jar
selection of Easter & Bunny books in basket

We ate Hot X Buns, we relaxed and we played with the boys.
Easter Sunday... Bunny Day was such an amazing day
Both the boys woke up early so we snuggled them up into our bed while we waited for Lil C to finish his morning bottle, and then the fun begun!

Master J found the Easter Bunnys footprints

master J jumping the way the bunny did

All the way to "The Stash" for him and Lil C

Blankets from Leroy & Lola Kids Stuffed owl from Owls 'n' Stuff Easter cards from Sonni Lou Designs

After the excitment of the Bunny Mr S cooked us up some Hot X Buns for brekkie
annnnnd unwillingly (how could i say no)
We let master J have some chocolate before his breakfst
while Lil C enjoyed his new blankie.

my smiley boy

Now i was totally against Master J having chocolate this year, apart from one small egg from the Easter Bunny so we decided to do an Easter Car Hunt instead.
I brought 6 hot wheels cars and hid them around the back yard.
Master J loved it!!

We then decided a family lunch at the Seaford Hotel was on the cards.
It was delicious! Master J had a ball playing outside on the playground and eating his "chippies"
and mummy got to enjoy a cosom slushie!
first drink since NYE!
Once we had filled our bellies and tired out the Master
we headed up to Oakbank for the rest of the day.
Oakbank is where SA's Easter racing carnival is held
and Mr S and his family camp up there every year on the Oakbank Hillside and get all dressed up for the Easter Saturday & Easter Monday Race Days.
We headed up on sunday just to relax, let Master J run wild and get all dirty and enjoy the fresh air!
Isnt that whats being a kid all about?

Lil C snug as a bug watching the camp fire

ANZAC Day/Easter Monday was Race Day! WOOHOOO
we packed up the car
cant believe the amount of stuff we had to take!
and left early to beat the traffic.
We got all dressed and pretty up there,
saved master J getting all dirty in his new clothes

the boys outfits

And made our way to the race track.
It was an awesome day.
Mr S & I put some bets on and even won most of our money back
Master J was so well behaved and even got into cheering with everyone else as the horsies ran by

 Lil C just loved watching everything that was going on.
just taking it all in

Once the day was over we stayed at the campsite for a few hours before heading home.
We all collapsed into bed exceopt for Mr S who decided he wasnt too tired to go fishing
Insert Grrrrr *here

Overall it was just the most amazing Easter.
So relaxed, so much joy.
Master J was so much more aware of Easter which just made things so much more exciting.
he bonded with his Nana (Mr S mum) soooo much more,
it was beautiful to see them together and hear him calling out all the time "nana nana"
Raceday was fabulous! so much fun

Master J playing planes

mummy & Lil C

Stealing a kiss & a photo

Going out to lunch with my little family NEEDS to be a regular occurence!
I can only hope that next year once Lil C is about 18 months old
it will be even better again.

I hope you all had an amazing Easter too
i know for me and my family the extra time off was just perfect!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Meal Planning Tuesday - Back on the Lappy

YAYYYYY my meal planning is back on the computer woot woot

So this week contains 2 meals we were meant to have last week
but because we were busy at Oakbank
(post to come about our Easter)
We never made them.

Wednesday - Teriyaki Beef stirfry with hokkien noodles
Thursday - Chicken & Chargrilled vegie burgers
Friday - Beef Souvlaki wraps
Saturday - Roasted stuffed potatos
Sunday - Family "something" roast night
Balsamic vingegar chicken with roast vegies
Monday - Vegie Quesallidas (roast pumpkin, baby spinach & fetta) Ham & Cheese Quesallidas
(Thankyou miss A for the recipes)
Tuesday - Morroccan Chicken Risotto (the cheats way) & Garlic bread

Cant wait for this weeks meals im hunry just typing this lol
Whats on the menu at your house this week?

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Im BAAAAACCCKKKK.. did you miss me?

Yes im here, im back WOOHOO
i had to take a forced disappearing act as my laptop hard drive decicded it didnt want to be friends anymore!
Its ok i replaced its arse with a new one ;)

So lots has happened in my absence
My little life is taing twists & turns every day
its one hell of a ride somedays!

Il start with my super exciting news =D
no im not pregnant again haha
An awesome new womans forum/website is opening in June called
It's going to have loads of info, bloggers and real life stories & recipes.
Well the lovely Jen put the callout for people to write some posts on differnt subjects
MOI has been asked to write several posts for them
SOOOO excitied!

My little business TeeLee Blue is plodding along nicely
I'l be having a market night as soon as i can get some spare time to create.

Moving on to Mr S my lovely partner!
He was given a 7 wk job on the back dock at work and they are that happy with the arrangment he is doing it indefiantly AND they gave him more hours!
Things are looking up for him
its great to see him enjoying what hes doing now!

Master J,
well where do i start!
Hes turning into such a little man!

He'll be 3 in June & we are planning his birthday with the help from the gorgeous Lil of
His talking is coming along in leaps and bounds.
hes now stringing 3 words sometimes even 4 & 5 words together.
The speech therapy is working wonders! It just what he needed.

He is also doing swimming lessons, without mummy :)
It took awhile for him to warm to the idea of being in there alone with his instructor and 2 other kids
but now he loves putting his Muscles (floaties) on and kicking and splashing.

Lil C,
My little Owlet bless him is now 7 months old
(where does the time go)
He's still smiling ALL the time even when hes crying you can get him smiling lol
Eating 3 meals a day, has dropped his afternoon bottle on his own and is loving sucking on watermelon and salad stuff.
The biggest news for my little man is hes trying to CRAWL
yep on his knees, bunny hopping and rocking back and forth.

Its so exciting for me to watch because Master J never did any of this build up to crawling.

So thats a little update on my family.
Il be sharing more as i blog.
I have so many ideas for posts and just not enough time
so il take it one day as it comes and see where it takes me.
There will defaintly be
more Camera Play, more meal planning, and loads more on my crazy life
ups & downs included!

On that note 
I hope you all have a fantastic Easter!
We are off to the Oakbank Races on Monday & cant wait!!
We are all getting dressed up, mummy in a dress and daddy and boys in shirts and dressy pants.
Hopefully i can get some rather cute pics of us all together.. well maybe just the kids.

Travel Safe and eat lots of chocolate and Hot X Buns

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