16 July 2012

point + shoot: weekend la la

This photo was taken last weekend. We revelled in it and enjoyed it. This weekend, we stayed in, organised, got stuff done. Stuff.

It was my turn to take the kids to a birthday party at one of those play cafes on Saturday. I can't begin to tell you how much I detest these places. I always, always leave with a headache. It didn't help that O asked me to stop the car half way there because he didn't feel so good. He was quiet and flushed for most of the party and stuck to me like glue. It was lovely chatting to a few other mums from school, they're a good bunch and it's usually informative. One mum told me she thought M was a really good kid, always inclusive, affectionate and very polite. Man, I am glad she's like that in public, because turn each of those around and that is her with us at home.

O was bright and cheerful by the time we finally left the party, so we headed to the library so I could pick up a book I had on hold. Happy happy fun times, as it was a new library for them and they thought the ship boat shaped bookshelves were cool and crazy. So they climbed on them. Anyway.

We headed home, I dropped the kdis off with Itay. He'd been madly tackling the crap hole that is our garage. The dumping ground. We have my dad's ute at the moment so he had taken a load to the tip (think old surfboards, cot mattresses and study chairs) and cooked up a few meals.

I took a deep breath and braved the Apple store. Holy fuckoly that place is manic. But I got what I needed, and that is a replacement phone which actually works. Side note - phone insurance is a big fat waste of money. Don't do it.

Next up, kids hair cuts. Both Itay and I fronted up for this, as usually we need muscle power and extra back up to hold him down. This time, "Di-dago" (Diego) transfixed him and he sat still for the whole time. Success! And he can now see!

Sunday - we cleaned. Organised more shit. The kids painted, watched TV, painted some more, we cooked, more cleaning and then we hit the shops for some stuff. I told you it was a stuff kind of weekend. Stuff that we have needed forever but always forget. Like a fire extinguisher. Door mats. Towel hangers. A mop. New indoor plants. A new ironing board cover. Sigh. It's all so mundane, I can't help but be a little bit thrilled.

We waded through puddles to get to the park on the way home. And that's it - the end.

How was your weekend? Did you do stuff, achieve stuff, buy stuff, or just relax?

Joining in with point+shoot over at sunny+scout.

10 July 2012

So I'm a little bit older

I'm on the downward run to 40 these days, and just recently I celebrated yet another year. I like the sound of 38 much better than 37, for some reason, even though it brings me ever closer to 40. My birthday was very quiet, I kept it on the very quiet side at my new job and that was really very fine with me!

I received beautiful blush pink roses and chocolate cake from my very excited little ones and more more cruisy man. And as a belated present, I also received a much-lusted after lens, the nifty fifty. Photos below taken with my new lens, and one solitary rose remains of my birthday roses.

These photos are not perfect by any means, but it has ben fun getting used to a prime lens and I am loving the fine detail and the bokeh.

9 July 2012

What's for dinner?

Last week, we ate:

Nonya chicken curry w/ rice
Salmon patties w/ corn on the cob and salad
Panko crumbed fish and chips w/ salad
Meatballs w/ pasta
Lentil, barley and lamb soup w/ crusty bread
Satay chicken w/ peanut sauce and rice

This week, we are eating:

Balinese roasted chicken, roast potatoes and garlic w/steamed vegetables
Fish cakes and wontons
Potato kafta w/corn and cous cous
Shish kabab w/salad
Thai prawns w/ salad and garlic bread
Steak and salad

What are you eating this week? Do you meal plan? Much as I loathe the actual thinking of meals, we couldn't survive without it.

6 July 2012

An ice cream day

Taking three sick days soon after beginning a new job isn't really a fabulous start, so taking my planned annual leave to look after the kids over the school holidays didn't feel great. Either way, I felt guilty. I did it anyway, just one day. Not enough for the kids and my mother guilt, too much for my new job guilt. I did let go and immerse myself in the day, embraced my time with my little people.

We all slept in and I didn't get out of bed until 8am. Serious, serious bliss. Both kids have been sleeping quite late and I've been getting up for work very early, so this was pure heaven. We lounged about in our PJs and even greeted a tradie, still in PJs. We drank "pretend tea like Mummy has" from our cups. We did one load of washing and some dinner preparation, but really, we just had a very relaxed morning. Ahh. Just lovely.

I gave the kids ice cream for lunch. This was their heaven. Ice cream, in the back yard, standing in the sunny patches on a winter sunshiney day.

Being with my kids for a whole day, just being with them, made me miss my days at home with them. It made me miss my job as a stay at home mum. I hope this little moments, these little memories, will stay with them as it does with me.

2 July 2012

Winter sunshine

Winter sunshine. I think I say it every year, but this is one very good reason to actually try to love where we live. When the good old GC turns on winter, it reallly turns it on. On Sunday, we wore tshirts and skirts or shorts. We delighted in a picnic by the beach and then we headed off for a walk around the headland. We sweated. We paddled in the water. O actually stripped down and wandered about in his little black underpants. It was, dare I say it, a little bit hot. It was delicious.

We crunched in the shells. We cried in fear when our gumboots got wet. Oh, that was actually just M.

We soaked in the Sunday sun.

What did you get up to this weekend?  I hope your Sunday was as sunny as ours.