Monday, January 27, 2014

The Monday Snapshot...

Over the weekend we celebrated Australia Day! A day to enjoy all the things we love about being Australian and living in Australia. One of those things are the wonderful beaches we have in our backyards. 

This year we went down to one of the more remote beaches, away from the crowds. We had a BBQ lunch with lamb sausages, koala cupcakes and I made a Mi.lo cheesecake! Yum yum!

After lunch the bigger kids (and adults) went down to the beach and played some cricket, while the babies had a bit of a sleep. 

Hope you all had a great weekend! This is part of PAILs Monday Snapshot. If you would like to learn more about PAIL, click on the PAIL button on my sidebar. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Eleven months...

Dear Patchy

ELEVEN MONTHS!!! Holy guacamoley!!! How are you eleven months already?!?!?! Plans for your first birthday have been in the works for ages and the invites went out a couple of weeks ago. It's a Very Hung.ry Cater.pillar theme and I'm really excited about the whole day. All our families should be coming into town and we are going to have an afternoon tea at our favourite park. 

This month we had your first Christmas, which was a lovely day. We had breakfast at our place and all of your Dad's family came over to open presents and have breakfast. Your Dad and I were up early to get everything ready but you and James slept until 6:30am! Santa brought you a couple of little presents and a new cubby house! You love to stand at the kitchen and play with hot plates and look out the windows. We spent the majority of the day at home just the four of us. We went over to your Uncle's house for an early dinner before heading home again. It was a lovely casual day in the heat!

This month you have started to crawl on your hands and knees, which makes you a lot quicker. You are continuing to get into everything including drawers, cupboards and anything else that is the right height. 

On Christmas we noticed your two front teeth have come through, again without much fuss. Your second bottom tooth is kind of half out, half still in for now. You love using your teeth to pull apart fruit or bread but watch out if you have your fingers anywhere near your mouth because you're likely to get bitten!

You have started daycare this week and like most things in your life, you are handling it so well. We are so lucky. You love playing with all the new toys and other babies. On your second day the carers had a photo of you and James talking to each other through the back glass door of the babies room. It was so sweet to see you interacting with one enother, outside of our home. 

Trying to get your monthly photos has become quite a challenge, you never sit (or lay) still!

Happy eleven months little man! Only one more month until we can celebrate your first birthday!!!

Love Mumma 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Who needs it?...

One of my first areas of the Who needs it challenge was to clean out our dining room cupboard. We live in a small house and don't have a study, basement, attic or any real place to store anything. So this cupboard is the one place where we can store things inside the house.



I can't believe how many boxes for old phones and even our W.ii was saved in this cupboard. What was left over was all our board games, appliances that don't fit in our kitchen, car DVD, BBQ tray, first-aid kits, electrical cords and a box I've filled with the boys birthday cards and drawings. 

Even though I kept most of the things in the cupboard (I still filled a rubbish bag full of crap), I feel so much better for cleaning it out and finishing the task. I had been putting it off for so long because I didn't know what I wanted to do with the things stored in there. I even managed to clean out one of my kitchen cupboards that I had been meaning to so I could keep my recipe books somewhere! Sorry I didn't take a before photo, just imagine a cupboard filled with stubby coolers. 

If you want to get involved with the Who Needs It, visit Veggie Sausages!

The Monday Snapshot...

Today was the first day of full-time daycare for the boys. I go back to work next week. I totally forgot to get a photo of them before I dropped them off, so I tried to get one after we got home. As you can see, I wasn't very successful!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Who needs it...?

Part of my plans for 2014, were to spruce up our house and get organised (and stay organised). Since posting my commitments, SRB from Veggie Sausages has started an awesome incentive for us all to start de-cluttering our lives, and start getting our space back. Who needs it? We probably all have an area (or several) in our lives that needs a clean out and reorganise. This is the place to start. 
My list of areas to clean out are as follows:

Dining room cupboard
Linen cupboard
Kitchen cupboards
Bathroom cupboard
Under the bed
Kids cupboards
To start off I want to get the dining room cupboard and kids cupboards cleaned out before I head back to work (28 January). This is the dining room cupboard as it stands today:

There is a heap of old applicances, board games and boxes sitting in there waiting for me to clean them out. Hopefully I'll be able to reclaim some of this space back.
It's hard to work out where to start since a lot of the rooms need to be done at the same time. Like, some of the appliances from this cupboard, could go into the kitchen cupboards once they are cleaned out but I need to clean the kitchen cupboards out first. Oh well, if at least we can start then I can work out those minor details later. The key step is to start with an area and finish it. One bite of the elephant at a time!

If you would like to join the crusade to clean out, please following this link to head over to Veggie Sausages!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mum's say the darndest things...

Usually it's the funny things that kids say that makes us laugh. But I've found myself saying stupid things to my kids lately to either explain something (I can't be the only one who forgets word she wants while talking) or just trying to stop the madness sometimes. 

"James stop being so entertaining, I'm trying to change your brother" 

Babies rolling on change mats just get worse when you add an entertaining toddler. 

Or I make up songs about how cute they are. I sing this to the tune of Copacabana by Barry Manilow. 

You are a small guy
But you so cute and so soft
Oh the Patch
He is cutest
Cute as a button 
And just so delicious
He's the cutest 
Little guy around
So soft and cute

Does anyone else do this to keep themselves entertained or is it just me?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ten months...

Dear Patchy

We finally have a tooth and it looks like the second one is just under your gums ready to push through too. You handled the teething business pretty well and I'm not sure if we've just been blessed with good tethers or there is something to the Amber braclets you and James wear.

In a few days you will have your first Christmas. We've had the tree and other Christmas decorations up now since the beginning of the month and you (and James) love to watch the lights and dance along to the singing Christmas dog your Grandparents brought. I love this time of the year and now with you and James sharing in our traditions, it just makes it all that much sweeter. 

Patrick, you continue to commando crawl and pull yourself up on things. We've even had to lower your cot to the lowest setting since you had started standing up and playing with the window blinds!

You continue to be a terrific eater and will give anything a go. It's great to be able to try new foods with you as you get older. At the moment you love banana, apple, weet-bix, Vegemite toast, most mashed up veggies, yogurt, and even stone fruit! You also love to munch on chicken drumsticks and lamb cutlets! 

We were having trouble with your daytime sleeps last month. You would go down okay but would only sleep for half an hour. By the end of the day you were so tired and really cranky. So I looked at your daytime routine and tinkered a bit with your nap times in the hope this would lengthen the amount of time you were sleeping for. After a couple of weeks it seems like we have figured it out, at least for the time being! You usually wake up around 6am (or a bit later, if I'm lucky), your first nap is around 9:30 (after a book and bottle) and you are  pretty tired by this stage. You sleep until 10:30. Then your second nap is after lunch, more books and another bottle and then sleep at 1pm. For this nap you are usually not really that tired but you will just talk to yourself for around ten-fifteen minutes before failing asleep until 3pm. During this nap, James also has his sleep, which means Mumma gets a whole hour to herself (if she's lucky) to have lunch, start dinner, clean up and sometimes even do a bit of reading. You have dinner by 5:15pm (any later and you are getting too tired to sit for dinner) and you and your brother are in bed by 7pm. 

Keep going strong little man, looking forward to your first Christmas!

Love always
Your Mumma xxxooo