Category Archives: Everyday

Introducing…

Mr and Mrs Wallace!

It was a beautiful wedding in a gorgeous location with a perfect mix of traditional ceremony, Bride and Groom quirk and Pinterest touches.

It was an honour to attend it.

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Beautiful Pinterest touches

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Please excuse the bad quality of the photos. I only had my crappy camera phone.

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I’ve got a card in there somewhere

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Bombonieres made by the Mother of the Bride

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Touches of the Groom

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Lucy was late to arrive. At around the scheduled time of the ceremony, her mother came out and gave a letter to Scott. It was so cute to watch him read it.

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Lucy and her father Steve

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The beautiful Bride

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Pure Joy

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Some words on Love, written by Bob Marley, spoken by the Father of the Bride

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I love Scott’s expression in this one

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The rings/vows

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The deal is sealed with a kiss!

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Signing the paperwork

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Feel the L O V E!

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Introducing… Mr and Mrs Wallace!!!!

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Big thanks to the celebrant

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Lucy wore these same shoes under the her dress. “They were 2-for-1. What’s a girl to do?!”

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Gotta love the present table 😉

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Gorgeous place to get married

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Congratulations Lucy!!!

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Wedding Day

Not mine.

Lucy and Scott’s.

I obviously had to do something nice to my nails. This is what I ended up with:

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The flowers on the thumb and middle fingers are done with a stencil but the forefinger and pinky are freehand.

I’ll post some pics of the actual wedding later.

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Heartbreaker

Yesterday I took Felix to daycare.

As we were walking to the bus stop Felix picked a flower, as he usually does.

When we got to daycare his classmates were sitting down to eat morning tea. I whispered to Felix “go give the flower to your teacher” and he ran over to the table.

But by the time he got there his teacher had ducked back into the kitchen.

So Felix stood there, flower in hand, and scanned the faces of his classmates, all turned towards him with looks of expectation.

He turned a little to the brunette on his left, then reconsidered, turned back and handed it to the girl on his right; a little cherub faced girl with bouncy blonde ringlets.

The brunette was just a little disappointed.

Just turned 2 and already breaking hearts.

Bloody hell…

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Worst Father’s Day ever

Yesterday ws a bad day. I would rather forget it ever happened so instead of a detailed account, here is a basic summary.

Tony was horribly sick all day. Cali threw up every meal of solids within 5 minute of finishing it. Felix didn’t have a nap so he was a hurricane all day. And when the dust finally settled once everyone was in bed I did a self-check and realised I’m getting a cold. Horrible day. I yelled at Tony and didn’t even give him his cards and presents. I think I’m going to surprise him with a do-over next weekend to make up for it.

Anyway, here’s some pics from the best part of day – playing with Cali and bubbles in the sunshine. An appropriate activity for the first day of spring.

Bubble Gun

Foot and Bubbles

BW Bubbles

Fence Bubbles

Cali Bubbles

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Personal Day

Had a rough night Thursday night.

Felix started intermittently throwing up around 11pm. Tony was worried it was an after effect of the massive egg he got on his forehead a week ago but I set him ease; I had only lightly washed the bottle Felix had his milk from that night. I think that he ingested some old milk and it made his stomach reject everything in it.  I feel suitably guilty and have learnt my lesson. Especially after I changed his sheets twice, then decided to just sleep in his bed with him and help him sit up and spew in a bowl every time he had an episode. It was a long night.

We umm’d and ahh’d about sending him into daycare the next day. He wasn’t interested in breakfast but he was in good spirits and was excited to go, plus I was planning on taking Cali in to introduce her to Barb (the nursery carer) and find out what days were available to enroll her, so we decided to go.  I told his carers the whole story and even though they have a 24hr exclusion after vomiting (which I didn’t know about), they said that they were happy for him to stay and they would keep an eye on him and inform us of any changes. He was fine.

Cali seemed to like Barb and the nursery room though there weren’t any other children in there at the time. Hopefully she can start attending within the next couple of weeks. I’m REALLY looking forward to a baby-free day ,though I am a little nervous about her being away from me for the first time.  By the time Felix started daycare he had spent many hours, even overnight, away from my with his grandma. But I’ve only ever spent a few hours away from Cali at a time, mostly while she’s been sleeping, so I am a little worried about what it’ll be like for her. But Barb assured me that the parents worry far more than the children do, so as long as I keep my cool she will be fine. Barb took care of Felix for over 6 months which really helps my comfort levels. I’m sure everything will be fine.

After we left daycare Cali and I had a little mummy-daughter time and then did the grocery shopping. By the time we got home it was midday and we were both exhausted. I put Cali to bed then broke out a few presents I had bought myself. El-cheapo polishes, including UV, Mood and Crackle polishes, some nail art polishes and fake nails from the dollar shop. I’ve always loved nail polish but I don’t wear it often for some reason. Anyway, I decided, for some strange reason, to have a crack at some nail art for the first time.

5 hours later this is what I had:

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I’m proud of that for a first go! After painting my pinky I realised the black crackle polish didn’t work very well so I adapted and changed my design. But even tho I was pretty happy with them I instantly wanted something new. So the next day I went over to the shops, bought a bunch more, slightly better quality, nail stuff then ripped all the nails off and started again.

Ended up with this:

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Much, much happier with these ones 🙂

So I think I may have a new hobby which is so against my usual, tomboy nature that it’s quite strange. But I have so many ideas and designs I want to try! Tony has been very encouraging and the designer in him make him and awesome sounding board. We conferred for about 15 minutes before I finally decided on the design and placement of those stickers. I’m very indecisive and Tony has a knowledge of colours and aesthetics that will definitely come in handy if I keep doing this.

Maybe I’ll get so good that I can run a nail art salon in the garage!

You never know that the future may hold.

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I’m back… I think….

A long time has passed since I last posted here. And, accordingly, a lot has happened.

In February we had a baby girl. We named her Cali.

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Kisses from Mummy

She’s now 6 months old.

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Aunty NatNat and CaliBear

Felix has just turned 2 and is developing so fast it is blowing my mind.

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My little man

He really enjoyed his train themed birthday a couple of weeks ago.

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Yummy choo choo!

While the kids are thriving I have been having trouble coping with life over the past year. It’s been a crazy roller coaster and I have recently decided that it’s time to get off. That doesn’t happen with a snap of the fingers. It happens with dedication towards self improvement and a steady search for inner peace.

I’m going to start writing here more often, with honesty and openness, about my struggles with my life and myself. While my intentions are good I will most likely have trouble keeping up consistent posting, but I think that it is a vital step in improving myself so I will do my best.  I’m also trying to improve my physical health by drinking more water and eating well, as I know that mental health and physical health are indelibly linked.

So, please, bear with me while I struggle and blather.

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A Little Lost

I had a Doctor’s appointment yesterday afternoon.

I caught a bus towards the Doc’s and got off near The Hubby’s workplace; since I was about half an hour early I needed to kill a little time. After a quick chat I departed and put my headphones in as I started walking the km or so to the Doc’s. When I got there I took them off again and went to put them away in this awesome little cloth pouch I keep them in. Except it wasn’t there.

I searched again. Not there.

I pulled every item out of my purse onto the seat next to me.

Definitely not there.

Shit! I loved love that little pouch! It was a Nut-Sack (walnuts people! Jeeze, get your minds out of the gutter…) made by my amazing mum. The outside was this awesome spiral skull pattern and the inside was laminated cotton with a bright red and big white polka dots pattern. I picked the fabric and watched mum make it almost 4 years ago, and it has lived in my purse holding one thing or another ever since. The latest thing it had held and protected was my iPhone headphones and my Macro lens.

Now I was using my headphones at the time of losing my precious little nut-sack.

My macro lens, I was not.

So there I am, sitting in the Doctor’s office, waiting for my appointment when I discover all this. I sorta freak out, not so much outwardly as internally. So I txt the one person who I knew would completely understand (and would be freaking out WAY more than I did if it had happened to her) my Sister. She expressed her horror and sympathies, and assured me that I would find it when I went back, while I was waiting for my name to be called…

For an hour.

I sat and stewed for a whole hour before I got to see the doc. Half an hour after that and I’m out, walking back towards Hubby’s work, hoping and praying that I’ll find my awesome little nut-sack, whether the Lens is in it or not.

No dice. It was gone.

I sent a txt to my sister telling her I didn’t find it, then picked up the Kidlet from daycare (right next to Hubby’s work) and chatted to his workmates while he finished up. About half an hour later I checked my phone again. 6 txt’s and a picture message from my sister? The first one said ‘Oh Rhea….’. The last one was this picture and message:

‘You got one coming babe’

She obviously couldn’t do anything about the nut-sack but I guess she figured she’d lessen the blow and at least get me another Macro Lens. And this one is way cooler than my last one!!!

I am so so lucky to have such an amazing sister. She can take a little extra energy sometimes but by lord does she give it back. She is so loving and giving. I wouldn’t exchange her for anyone, or thing, else in the world.

I have only one question: Mum, do you have any scraps of those fabrics left?!

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5 Reasons why I think my son is a puppy

 

Exhibit A

1. He chews on EVERYTHING.

Books, clothes, plants, hand rails, the pram straps, absolutely everything.

If he likes it, he chews on it. If he doesn’t like it, he chews on it. If it’s sparkly, he chews on it. If it makes noise, he chews on it. If it’s soft, he chews on it. If it’s hard, he chews on it. I have never seen him hold something in his hand for longer than 10-20 seconds without putting it in his mouth. I’ve watched him scrape the paint off those metal tins that Extra Mints come in. But his favourite things to chew on, by far, are shoes and anything that squeaks.

 

2. He loves getting air blown in his face.

He giggles, closes his eyes and pulls away, then immediately comes back for more. It’s like he can’t breathe while I’m doing it and it gives him this adrenalin hit that he LOVES.

 

3. While he can walk on two legs, he prefers to get around on all fours.

He is capable of walking upright ‘like a human’, I have witnessed it, but he will usually forgo the extra effort to just crawl instead.

 

4. He has mastered the art of ‘Sit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Roll Over’, but needs to work a little on ‘Stay’.

This is about the same level of obedience that I have received from dogs I have owned through-out my life. And, as in all other cases, the likelihood of a correct response to a command is always greatly improved by the presence of treats and rewards.

 

5. He chases the cats.

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Yay for Sunshine!

Finally!!

It’s been rainy, English weather since I got back from Brisbane a week ago. Between that and some post-holidayitis I have found it hard to get back into the swing of things at home. I’ve mostly been very lazy, doing only the bare minimum when it comes to housework.

But this morning I can feel, and see, a change.

I’ve already cleaned unfucked the kitty litter tray, the floors – inside and out, the kitchen and done two loads of washing, and it’s only 11am!

Go me 🙂

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Some time away

Last weekend I traveled to Brisbane with the X-Man to spend a bit of time with an old friend and help celebrate her birthday. We haven’t seen each other in almost 3 years and that time was only a quick visit. We have both since had children (second for her, first for me) so it was really great to spend a few days catching up and discussing new topics.

On Friday we took the kidlets into the city on the train to visit the Museum.

And had lots of fun clowning around.

While we were there I was VERY surprised by the arrival of my beautiful sister. She, Tui, and my friend, Niki, had been organizing for months. Apparently everyone knew except for me. It was great. I never get surprises and I really cherished this one. I had such limited time in Brisbane and, already spread very thin, had no time to visit Tui on the Gold Coast. But instead she came to me!

After walking around Southbank in the rain we went home and prepared for a party! That night there was many laughs and drinks with friends, old and new, around a backyard fire.

Niki, Tui and I were the last ones standing. We only went to bed because it was 5am and we thought we should maybe get an hour or so of sleep before the kids woke up (party poopers).

On Saturday morning Tui and I went to lunch with some of my new in-laws. I must say I married into an awesome family. I have spent limited time with them but the love I feel for them is not limited at all.

And what an eclectic bunch! Everything from bikies to lawyers, it’s fantastic. So funny, kind, giving, smart, wise, thoughtful (for they are all different qualities), open and happy! I am so lucky to have so many amazing people not only in my life but in X-Man’s life too. His gonna have one hectic family tree 🙂

That night we went to The Albion Comedy Club. I’ve never seen comedy live before and let me tell you… it was Freakin Awesome! Great comedians, good atmosphere, nice food, the whole package. We didn’t have enough money for the $30 steaks, though they looked fantastic, so instead we got the cheese platter for two which easily fed all 4 of us (Niki’s other half was with us too) with cheese to spare. Parking was a b*!ch though, just a heads up.

Sunday it was time to come home. Hubby and MIL met me at the airport. We took advantage of being in ‘the big smoke’ and went to the movies and saw Men In Black 3 (4 stars) while MIL watched the X-Man at a cousins house.

It was so great to spend some time with a close friend who is also a mum. I have a couple close female friends in my town but neither of them have kids. They both LOVE X-Man and are very involved and interested in him, but it’s still not quite the same. They haven’t ‘been there, done that’ which is incredibly comforting to hear sometimes. Also, spending some time with some older kidlets was very beneficial to me. It showed me some situations and methods I hadn’t contemplated yet.

So all in all the trip was an eye-opening, laughter-enducing success.

But I won’t be doing it again anytime soon.

Especially after the mess I came home too…..

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