Tuesday, July 31, 2012

food festival

Recently they had an international food festival at school.  The hall was filled with trestle tables laden with delicious things from every country imaginable. Now that I'm working and couldn't be there to help #2 choose safe food it actually ended up being quite stressful.  At one point it was looking like the allergy kids (those without parents who could help) were going to be left in their classrooms while all of their classmates feasted and partied in the hall.  I felt so sad for him that I cried a few tears when I got home that day.

So we packed him not one, but two, special lunch boxes of foods from different countries.  The boys made the flags and I organised the food.  He had Japanese edamame and nori, Greek olives, Chinese dumplings, Italian bread sticks, American jelly beans, Turkish delight, Dutch windmill biscuits and Australian lamingtons.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

things I'm loving...

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something you can be thankful for... no matter how simple it is. 

I'm loving the Woody and Buzz Pez dispensers I bought myself yesterday. I have quite a a toy story toy collection (which I had many years before we had the kids).  They know that they're mummy's toys and sometimes I let them play with them if they're very lucky ;o).
 Loving the nature window sill that has developed to replace our nature table.

 Loving Mr Men cookies... even though I burnt the first batch.  I hate burnt baking.
  Poor Mr Fussy wasn't too impressed either.

Loving other mummies that carry decent first aid stuff.  I carry adrenaline, anti histamine, arnica spray and ventolin but I think plasters might be a good idea!!  #2 had a bad skinned knee yesterday morning on the way to soccer.  After twenty minutes of near hysterical sobbing (that even a lolly pop didn't cure) I had to bring him home for pamol and some reading time.  Also loving the other mummy that brought big brother home for me when the soccer was over.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

what are they called?

#2 spent ages making this house as a gift for me.  It sat in the hall on display for a while (which created the "window") and then I photographed it so that he could push out all of the pegs. As a girl I loved playing with my Nana and Grandpa's set of these when we visited for Sunday tea.  Maybe I should hold onto them for our grand kids to play with one day.  Do you know what they're called?


Saturday, July 21, 2012


We visited Cosset after his Starship ENT appointment.  There were no free tables so we sat outside.

I had a chai latte and some locally made Turkish delight.

He snuggled the hot water bottle that was warming the outside bench and waited for his cake.  He'd been so brave for his blood tests that I told him he could have what ever he wanted.

We sat under a blanket together and chatted and watched the cars go by in the rain.

He took some photos... in the bathroom.
I love that they have a basket of rolled flannels for hand towels.

Friday, July 20, 2012


 Interviewing a striking nurse for his homework this week.  
His question... "Why do you want people to toot  at you?"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

icy treats

Berry ice cream.  Blend frozen bananas and berries till creamy.  Eat.

Multi coloured rocket pops were trickier than expected.  You can't poke a stick through already frozen pureed fruit... oops.  It worked out okay in the end once we defrosted and then refroze them.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

low key birthday

 One friend for cake, a DVD and pizza.

 Some jelly and a few lollies too.

 Thank goodness the cake with butter in it was just fine.

 No allergic reaction at all.

Friday, July 13, 2012

girls' night

When the boys went to the Blues game on Saturday night, NanaRobyn, Miss M and I had a girls' night.  Apparently girls' nights involve cleaning (!!), dancing and nail polish.

I only have red or black so she chose red.

I also put every possible hair clip in for her.

She told me that Lady Gaga's Poker Face is her favourite song so we found it (YouTube is so great) and she impressed us with her singing and dancing.  Such a sweetie.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

visitors from down south

We had three lovely visitors here for #1's birthday last weekend.

NanaRobyn and Grandpa flew up and they brought with them Miss M, the kids' almost four year old cousin.  She was so excited to be coming that she'd had her bag packed for weeks.  She slept on camping mattresses jammed in between the boys' beds.  Luckily she's pretty small.

She was there to help open presents on the birthday morning.

Although I don't think she quite got the jokes about being him given Colin's dictionary (it was from Dianne and Colin).  He's quite excited to have his own dictionary that he can use in class, and has already informed us that it doesn't contain the word "fart"!  No doubt there are a few other words they've omitted too.

NanaR brought up her Ipad and they were all reasonably good at sharing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

boot camp

I started boot camp at the gym last week.  As I lay panting on the gymnasium floor this morning I felt like I'd come full circle.  It's the same gym that my wee boys did preschool gym circuits in, the one where we had the cool pirate party (bang on 4 years ago) and the one where I've accompanied them on various kindy trips and to friend's birthday parties.
I've been feeling like I need a bit of a shove in the fitness department and saw that they had a boot camp happening so I nervously signed up.  Apparently if I want to join the police I need to do that run in 11min and 30seconds.  Ha!  Luckily I'm not planning a career change.  I was pretty happy with the fact that I could actually run for that long without stopping.  Eating more veggies too which is always good.  I've never been much of a salad fan but am trying out having lots of stuff prepared in the fridge to make it easy.  I've been doing lots of sprouting too.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


 Today this almost eight year old baked his own birthday cake.

We used butter for the first time ever (will be crossing fingers on Friday for no reaction) 

Because he can't have uncooked dairy #2 stayed out of the way while we baked.

 I promised that we'd make some pavlovas after seeing the kids do it on Junior Master Chef.

The cake turned out very flat.  It's just a family party at home so we don't mind.

The pavlovas were also a bit of a disappointment. Any pavlova pros have tips?

Here's the cake.  He chose the pink princess decorations at the supermarket on Monday and decided he wanted matching pink icing too.  Yummy!  To be honest I would have expected requests for a Star Wars cake... this one was so easy.  We're going to celebrate on Friday with takeaway pizzas and Yogi Bear on DVD.