Monday, November 7, 2016


  He prepared her birthday breakfast without any help - a combo of 2 types of cereal, milk, yoghurt and banana. And he helped to make and decorate her cupcakes (as she promptly removed and tasted the decorations).


On her actual birthday she had a visit from her auntie, an evening celebration at our regular family/friend dinner (the dress-up theme was 'undies on heads', her current favourite fashion statement) and even had a friend sleep over (since she and he now share a room, their friend slept on a mattress between them - a hilariously chatty night)! She also celebrated with playgroup friends during the week. That's a lot of cake!
The green legs happened a few days later - the day we let her nap in his bed (where it's easy to access crayons and markers) instead of her cot. Whoopsie.

I realised I hadn't blogged this momentous event yet, only a few weeks late. My little 2-year-old is such a treasure. Cheeky, sweet, creative, brave, hilarious and affectionate.

wooyung holiday



With school starting next year - requiring that family holidays be confined to school holidays - we wanted to book in a little trip before this year ends. But we're on a budget... Luckily some friends offered us a very budget option! Wooyung caravan park is very low-key and very close to lots of gorgeous, quiet beaches and excellent towns.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

what can you spot in the bush?

 On the drive, he spotted lots of cows, horses, sheep, tractors, farms, windmills, mountains, creeks, a horse statue, a clock statue and a man statue. While there, he spotted animal tracks (cow, calf, kangaroo, wild dog, human) and different animal poos. With all the talk about animal poo it became apparent that our friends didn't know about the little mole book ("The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of His Business") - luckily we had our little book (we have a couple of copies - the sound edition is hilarious) in the car. We even had our stuffed toy Little Mole along for the trip. 
He also spotted our friends' drawing table as soon as we arrived and settled in for much of the day.


 She saw horses wearing blankets, funny mountains, lots of cows on hills and is also sure she spotted a giraffe statue in Boonah. She spotted the little paddle pool as soon as we arrived. She spotted flowers and cow poo on our bush stroll and wanted to know the name of each animal that had made footprints. Actual given name, not just animal type. She managed a total of 3 hours in the car without nappies or crankiness. And she let me convince her to adapt her initial outfit of choice for our day in the bush. 

Our good friend invited us out for a day trip to their bush 'shed' about half an hour past Boonah. It was the most delightful day! We met other friends in Boonah at the Story Tree Cafe (spent an hour or so playing there - such a lovely place to stop) then drove in convoy out to the shed. Lots of dirt roads to make the corollacoaster feel tough, lots of shade, serenity, cups of tea and views to make me feel like I had a good getaway, and lots of fun for kiddies. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Having fun trying some of the experiments in his "My Body" science book. This was about touch/feeling and was pretty fun! I hid different objects in the hanging socks, and he (and she, of course) had to feel them and guess what was inside. They then enjoyed putting a selection of objects in there for Daddy to guess when he got home. 
(The bib is not related to the experiment - he put her bib on when we were cooking, instead of getting his apron.)

She's experimenting with potties and undies this week. Potty going well (although, like her brother, it turns out she's a camel and can go 4 hours without needing the pot, which means a lot less opportunities for learning each day); undies are exclusively head-wear at the moment. 


We have beautiful new sparkly stone benches in our beautiful new sparkly kitchen and wanted to see what foods to be careful of (staining). We salvaged an off-cut from the skip bin and put tea, coffee, wine, port, turmeric, food colouring, curry powder, avocado, blackberry, vanilla essence and permanent marker on - left it all there for over a week. When I wiped it with a damp cloth, all but the permanent marker (and possibly a tiny bit of turmeric yellow - depending on the light) came off pretty easily. So, phew, we don't have to be too careful.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

collecting leaves


  Obsession is the appropriate word here. He'll clutch his handful of beautiful leaf-treasures (with his one useful hand) for the duration of an outing (for multiple outings each day), chasing down coveted additions on the footpath with a sense of urgency, faster than he'd ordinarily prefer to move. They are all unique, beautiful and appreciated.

Before leaves, it was rocks.

Of course, she wants to do whatever he's doing.

When each outing finishes, I become the appointed custodian of the leaf-treasures and currently have them stored in bags, pockets, pram, car and multiple make-shift treasure chests in and outside the house. I'm not sure what happens next.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Lately, when he writes/draws letters, stories, recipes, activity pages, survival kits, etc., he also folds elaborate envelopes to house them. He can even fold with just his one usable arm!

After 'helping' me hang/remove/fold countless loads of laundry, she has moved slightly  closer to the point of actual helpfulness. It is now (finally) not a completely ridiculous idea to do the folding with her company/help. Yippee!

Went to see Ben Folds play with 'Y Music' at QPAC on Thursday night. I love being part of an audience singing 3 part harmonies!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

self-expression through the arts

(transcription below)



Transcription of Poem 
(He wrote the whole thing himself, while quietly sipping a babyccino at a cafe the morning after his hospital experience.)

The Hospital Poem
If you are sick and you are ick you go to the hospital,
The hospital, the hospital, oh yes you do.
Ohhh, yes you do, do do do, oh yes you do.

Hospitals are really good because they help us get better and also there is a Child Hospital and that Child Hospital helps childs.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

house-sitting and share-housing

House-Sitting (for a month) means...

...playing with someone else's toys...

...exploring someone else's yard...

...sleeping in someone else's cot..:

...messing up someone else's table...

...feeling comfortable doing our normal activities in someone else's space...
...frequent visits to the op shop around the corner (here they are modeling their beads - the day's purchase)...

...using some someone else's space for my projects...

Share-housing (for a couple of weeks) means...

...having a big brother and sister and lots of shared meals (this was a 'chip-nic' in the park)... 

...dress-ups and trampolines and performances...

...after-school pick-ups... 

...having live-in babysitters - so we could head to our place, once the kids were in bed, and get a couple of hours' painting done each night...