Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What a Wonderful Wednesday!!

What amazing weather we had here today!! Perfect to spend the whole, yes the WHOLE , day at home!! Apparently it reached about 36 degrees and the babies had their first day in legless rompers, sooo cute, one skinny set of pegs and one chubby bubby set! We have pulled out the pedestal fans and boy does it feel like barbeque weather!! Just the way I like it too!

And what made my day so wonderful you say?
Well all these things of course!!

Stella's Morning tea ( I just had fruit salad) yummy yummy

Ohh how precious, a BIG sleep today!! I even got an hour too!!

Play time for babies

Nothing better than the sight of Nappies drying on the line!!

Play time

She LOVES her trampoline, and hat of course, yay for Summer!

Piles of clean washing!

Beautiful cuddles
And a few of my favourite things around my home at the moment;

My new Compost bin, love it!! Beats the ice cream container of late!

Our hobby herb and vege garden, nothing major, but showing Stella where it comes from!

New bar stools from Ikea

My trivet , from Greece. LOVE it!! This time last year we were touring Europe!

There are definately more things around , but its just a piece of my day, and the things that make me smile :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nothing like I had planned!

The weekend was better infact!

This life well it's slipping right through my hands

These days turned out nothing like I had planned

Control well it's slipping right through my hands

These days turned out nothing like I had planned................
We are home from our weekend getaway to the big smoke, and boy was it a great one!
Powderfinger were......... amazing!! Nuf said!!
Nope can't stop there, they were just awesome, the best concert we have been to by far, and Noel and I have seen quite a few bands, at quite a few concerts (thanks to young and carefree days being my own boss!!) You know how on the talent shows the judges always tell the people to put meaning into a song, "feel it" well Bernard Fanning, felt it !! He breathed it, he owned it!! During the song "These Days" the lyrics above, he was teary, close to crying, he felt it! And Noel and I had our first night out alone , in a VERY long time!! Date night was fantastic, and all thanks to my amazing parents xo
Here is a pic, self portrait of course, sorry about my nostrils!! haha but we always used to take pics like this at concerts, we'd be very intoxicated of course and high on life, love and good music but much the same, only this time it was stone cold sober, rushing out the door after doing the bed/bath/dinner routine with our littlies and being waved off by my oldies!! haha oh how ironic!!

The next day however, we went for a lovely breakfast in the gorgeous South Perth, and then off to the Zoo! We were going to meet friends, but plans changed and we set off on our own!!
Stella LOVED the Zoo, actually , that is an understatement, she was so excited she skipped and ran around the paths, shrieked when she saw animals and was very hard to distract to move on!! Its such an amazing age for them, discovery at its best!!
Her favourite animals were the Elephants , Crocodiles and the Monkeys (Orangutans!!).

At this stage I feel the need to point out that we were at the Zoo for the morning until 2pmish, and yes, this is when the AFL Grandfinal was being played!! My sport freak , know all this useless trivial info, football loving husband was spending the time at the Zoo with his family, instead of watching the game!! Now that is a dedicated and special Dad and Husband!! Don't get me wrong, a few conversations were had with other men at the Zoo, but he missed it. For us. For his Daugher. Thats special. He said he figured he could always watch a replay but could never get the time back , so true, just shows nothing matters but family, and we count ourselves very lucky to have him! And what a game it was apparently!! Oh well, at least he didn't miss the actual decision as its being played again this week because of a draw!!

Our precious poppet!
Stella and Dad seeing the Zebras

We returned to Ikea to collect a few bargain bar stools that arvo, along with every other man and his dog apparently and were supposed to catch up with other friends for a late arvo meal but they were busy too, hmmm, not on a good run, oh well, early night for us, and lucky, the babies have been waking every 2 hours, BOTH OF THEM!!
Sunday, it was a morning at Whiteman Park, if you haven't been there, and you have kids, do yourselves a favour and GO!! Stella had a BALL!! We had a morning at the park, a trip on the train and a looksee at the lake and ducks. There is heaps more there to see and do, a Wildlife park which we would like to return to next time, a Automobile Museum, a Waterpark and other shops/cafes. Our only regret was that we didn't have a full day to spend there, next time, next time!!

And how ironic, we bumped into friends on the train, from Geraldton of course, typical, but it was great for a chat and catch up!
So there you have the weekend that was nothing like we had planned but fantastic all the same. We don't get to spend anything longer than 1 day as a family, so just doing that and we would have been happy!
When we arrived home last night, it was dinner/bath/bed for the kiddies and us too! Nothing better than sleeping in your bed, regardless of the good time you have had!
Today was a busy home one, we finally put up the photowall I have wanted for the past few years!! We have been holding off as we have been always doing the house up for sale, however, we have since decided to stay in our house, and make it ours. Fall in love with it and make it our home. And I can't wait!! The brain is going into overdrive with endless possibilites and ideas!! Stay tuned !
Did anyone do the Thankful List? I couldn't stop thinking of others afterwards too! Hmmm its a great way to think though!
On a finishing note , I just wanted to thank anyone who is reading this. Thankyou for taking the time out of your busy lives to share in mine, thanks for caring, thanks for commenting, thanks for mentioning it on Facebook. I know alot of you haven't clicked the "follow" button , ( I know setting up a Google Account is a PIA, but its good to follow and manage other blogs) but quite a few have mentioned they read on my Facebook page, and I feel very honoured!! If there is any questions or you want me to show you something or see something in my home/life etc , all you have to do is ask. I am not a superwoman by any means, just a simple Mum, wife, worker, that enjoys creating and redoing things, like I have said, it makes the mundane parts of my life, all worth it!! Please share yours, I'd love to see them!
Off to bed, clean sheets tonight, oh how I love clean sheet night!! Whats better is, clean sheets, freshly shaved legs and clean pyjamas, OMG!!
The simple things ....

Friday, September 24, 2010

one sleep

Now... I think I have been very well behaved in the matter, but the time has come...... 1 more sleep to go. One more sleep until we see Powderfinger, Live. In. Concert!! And I can not wait!! We have seen them before , yes, but this time is different. This is the last time we will see them, EVER! Not to mention seeing Jet, their supporting act, what a supporting act !!! Whats even more exciting is the fact we are going on a date. Just hubby, and me! I can not wait! The first time in a VERY long time, we are goin out alone. SOLO, just us!! Friday night = Date night!! Yeeeehhhaaa!
Now that I have done my little rant, onto some good stuff.
Here is what I created last night;

And it on the couch with the others;

And the burp cloth winners goodies. Meagan, I hope you like them!!

Now as you have gathered, we are off to Perth in the wee hours of the morning, and I feel like a kid before Christmas. I get to see my good friend Jess , she has started a blog too, check it out HERE, and I get to go to my favourite shops (Ikea, Kikki K, Cotton on Kids Big W (sad I know) Freedom, and hopefully Domayne!), we are going for a trip to the Zoo (Stella is uber excited) and more importantly, we get to spend time together, as a family, for longer than one day.
Needless to say I will be MIA for a few days, but back with more goodies, piccies and projects, so stay tuned. Happy Weekend peeps!
BTW- Make sure you check out my super talented sister at Bread N Butter Factory's new BLOG

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

sunshine and smiles

We enjoyed the whole day at home today, and I love it, there is simply nothing better than hanging out in your trackies, playing in the sunshine and enjoying our little people!!

Stella and I had a great play (and photo session) in the glorious sunshine today, it was gorgeous to sit in the sun and soak up the rays, I just love Spring and Summer.

She would have to be the cheekiest gorgeous little thing around..... Today she was playing with my hair and took out my lacky and bobby pins, and before she did she said "I take your clips out, they hurting you , they unconfotble" (aka Uncomfortable!) Classic!! Here , a snippet of our fun in the sun;

Today I was busy sewing (catching up on orders) when I could, playing games, swinging a swing, making Pizza's with Stella for lunch (supervising that she didn't eat all the olives before they made it to the pizza's) and having a kip with a very sunsettled little man on my chest (off to Paed tomorrow , thankfully) whilst the girls were sleeping , couldnt have asked for a better day really!
I did however start a new small project, will post pics tomorrow, just something to add to Stella's room and am gathering supplies for the next big project.

A challenge was set by one of the great blogs I follow Mama Loves Papa to write ourselves a thankful list , a list of 10 things that we are thankful everyday for. Not something we stop and do very often, and I was so keen to participate, we all need a wakeup call every now and then!
Here are my 10;

1) Noel... he is the most amazing husband and best friend anyone could ask for, and I love that we are sharing this journey of life together
2) My body (def not the way it looks!!) but that I was able to create and carry 3 amazing children ,and even 2 at once!! Something many take for granted!
3) My babies of course, 1 beautiful little girl, and 2 gorgeous little cherubs, we are very lucky!
4) My Mum (my Dad is pretty cool too) but she is not only my Mum and the best one at that, but she is one of my best friends. I would be lost without her!! xo
5) Our amazing house, I am constantly rearranging, remodelling, redoing things, to make it our home, but we are very lucky to live in such a beauiful house and area
6) Bedtime of the said children, the peace is priceless and I love the time with hubby!
7) Friends and family; we have some precious people in our lives and are so very grateful
8) My imagination; it never ceases to amaze my husband and me for that matter
9) My career; I am constantly inspired by my profession of hairdressing, and LOVE it!
10) Life.. it is a gift in itself, and it needs to appreciated in all its worth.

There you have it, have you ever made one yourself? Do it, and I'd love to see them, email me or post a link.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

mirror mirror, on the wall....

Remember this, from this post, well , look at it now, in all its glory, perched on my wall, waiting to greet people as they walk through the door!

I must say, I am chuffed with it, and surprisingly , so is Noel. He made comment,( a rarity) and its amazing the way it lightens up the whole area, reflecting light. I do think though, that I would like to get some distressing or aging paint/ink and rub over the details a bit more !

Not forgetting another small part of my day yesterday, making yummy scrummy food for our babies. I love making food for them, and very rarely use prepackaged or jar products, not that I am against them for others but I love making fresh food for our children, and knowing they are getting nutritious meals.

And boy do they love it too!!

Enjoy your Tuesday, lovely sunny weather here today! Magic as my Mum would say!

Monday, September 20, 2010

a room fit for a princess

Stella's room has been one of those ever evolving projects, to which I am always adding to, taking away, and trying to make it just "right".

We have had a rather large milestone occur in the past few days (and nights more like it) where her side gard rail has been taken away, Goodbye!!
At first the idea was prompted by me, to which she said yes, then later on in the night wanted it back up, however the next night , she was definate, "no cot, a big girl bed!!"  So in less than 12 months , she has basically toilet trained herself, and gone into a big girl bed (both at 18months) and now really IS a big girl, and she couldn't be happier and we couldn't be prouder!! Not that there is a competition with milestones and kids, however , it is a happy thought knowing other kids her age are still in nappies full time, let alone being nappy free , day AND night!!
Ok, enough of the braggin ( a mothers right of course!!) and onto her room.
She went for a trip out to my sisters farm last night with my parents, a spontaneous decision by her grandparents but one she just loved ( and was exhausted so much so she slept in !! shock horror!!)
So, I had a bit of spare time on my hands, twins are a down sight easier without a toddler aswell!
And this is what I created, a gorgeous bunting for her room. I have wanted to make one for ages and never got around to it, and now I love it!! Simply made with ribbon, not binding, and cut around the edge with pinking shears (mine are from Ikea) . I am thinking of making some for the next Baby and Kids market, think they'll be a hit!!

We also cleaned out her cupboard and drawers (boy does she grow out of clothes fast!!) and I found this;

A gorgeous princess curtain hoop, and just for now , we attached it to the ceiling with a plastic stick on hook , and its doing the job so far, but now we know she loves it, cos she could have quite easily have hated it too!, we will hang it by a proper hook.
These are a few of my other favourite things in her room;


Motivational cards for kids, I read them to her when she gets dressed in the morning!!

Drawers full of goodies, handpainted and bought for a song, but needs a makeover!!

And not forgetting the clip holder she got for her birthday from her Aunty Kristy at Bread N Butter Factory, very full now, but this was Kristy's first protype and we feel privaledge to be the owners!! Check out my sisters new gorgeous blog HERE.

This is the footstool/ seat that I recovered and painted yesterday, I have another to do , so will post pics of the process, I purchased these of the Buy and Sell facebook sight for $5 for a pair!! We sit on it each night and read books before lights out.

And this piece of gorgeous artwork from Ollie Rose needs to be hung;


So there you have it, a room fit for a princess, and ever growing with her precious soul!  Lots of other ideas , but its all a matter of time.

I have just the twins home today, so hoping to achieve a few things, however , I don't like my chances, that cough I was talking about, well its actually Bronchiolitis, and both babies have it. I took them up to After hours care at the hospital Saturday night, and we narrowly escaped a hospital stay, but they do seem to be getting better. Poor little poppets!! I hate winter, bring on Summer! (famous last words!!)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

finishing fun

Oh what a glorious day!! I LOOOOOOVVVEEE Sundays!! Its our only day as a family as I work Saturdays and I just love it. I love the simple things, pikelets for brekky, fun in the sun on the trampoline, trips to Bunnings, however today I loved being able to finish a few projects I have on the go!
My hubby actually said this morning "I just wish you would finish one thing before starting another!!"
Now where would the fun be in that? I just have way too many ideas running around in my poor little head!!
Soooo, here is just a snippet of today. I also made Stella a gorgeous bunting for her room and made over a stool from her room, but pics in the morning as I didn't finish them til late and the light was icky! We also planted new herbs in the vege pathc (and harvested the smallest carrots I have possibly ever seen!) planted a few new plants in the garden and rearranged our toy room and chucked some junk out!

Man folk hard at work!!

This is the stool half way through its journey!

Remember this;

Well this is it now; it is going to hang in our bedroom as it matched our new quilt well I think!

Sorry for the brightness, it was such a glorious day today, but very sunny, but the material backing is a red /maroon stripe and I am still trying to decide whether to distress the frame or now? Any suggestions?

And this got a makeover today too!! Hopefully it gets put up in its new found glory tomorrow!! Can't wait to share!

And leaving you with this , the sweetest thing EVER!! Who needs a nanny when you have a big sister that is more than willing to help!?

She loves them to bits, sometimes too much!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

one of those....

days here today. You know the ones? 3 kiddies sick with coughs, a sensitive 2 year old and 2 babies. Life was grand today, but tomorrow is a new day. And Saturday, Dads Day at our house. A day where I say "seeya" at 7:30am when its full on with 3 kiddies (like he does 5 days a week) and go and be a big girl for a day. Talk, laugh, snip, foil, EAT!! But... I do miss my beautiful babies and look forward to feed time and home time!!

But for now, a reminder, hell I need it today;

Jewellery wearing,
Sultana eating,
skirt loving,
molar teething,
sensitive crying,
big questioning,
ball throwing,
kangaroo jumping,
banana liking,
pro painting,
tantrum throwing,
patience testing,
sweet smiling,
koala hugging,
hand holding
butterfly kissing
gorgeous big Stella Star.

We love you to bits gorgeous girl, but oh what a testing 2 year old!! Nothing abnormal, just 2 years old, and its a hard life!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

a challenge

Rightio, I am trying a few different things out for my blog lately, with plenty more ideas floating aroung in my head that are yet to come!
I have been an avid reader of Becky Higgins blog for quite a while now, and infact have 2 of her amazing Baby Scrapbooking kits sitting in my "Den" (aka the cave by hubby) , that I got shipped out from the US because they were that great and I can't wait to use them, hmmm add that to my ever growing list of "To Do's".
Anyhoooo she set a challenge a few weeks back and I have just got inspired to do it, too late for her entry competition but never too late for some creative photography, I just wish the light was better!
The mini challenge was to put your camera down on a surface in your home, and just capture everyday life. Its always good to stretch the imagination and you never know , you may end up with that perfect "shot" and it'll be all worth it!!
Here is Becky's example pic ;

And here is my challenge photo;

After I had been getting out and admiring my Upmarket purchases!!
And just for fun, an image that is so common in our home, yet never photographed on this angle. 2 beautiful heads,of our 2 beautiful babies, enjoying playing and talking together!!

So why not take on the challenge? Go on, its liberating to do something different, and please, leave a comment with a link to your blog or picture, so I can see just a snippet of your everyday life too!! Look forward to seeing some gorgeous captures!