Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Bits and bobs

It's been awhile, but we are still around, but just a little quiet on the blog font.  Certainly anything but quiet in the flesh, and things are starting to ramp up thanks to the festive season being well and truly here.

Baby has had some seriously possessed moments over the last few weeks, curse those nasty little teeth!  Some days he was either asleep or screaming the house down.  And the times he was asleep was only after some rigorous pacing on my part, not to mention a little help from panadol and teething gel.  Just when we start to think we are raising a banshee, another little tooth pops through, bringing back the peace and tranquility to the household.  At least until the school bus arrives.

We have banned the boys from electronics until 5pm most days.  So now as soon as they get home from school at 3, I then endure 2 hours of whining, begging, bribery, and even trickery.  It has definitely promoted their negotiating skills, if nothing else.

The boys' after school activities are starting to wind up (thank goodness!) and the notes home from school are increasing.  Excursions, parties, assemblies, info sessions, fundraisers, 2015 info and soon.. reports! 

So we've been to the Hobart Show, the beach and even got dressed up for Halloween.  Which is a huge first for my boys.  I hate the idea of Halloween in Australia.  But as they were getting older, they saw all of their friends having Halloween fun and it's gotten more difficult to fob it off.  Coder, being American, stated that if anyone should be 'allowed' to do Halloween it should be our boys.  So much to my horror (get it?) we went trick or treating.

And then I received my long awaited 6th child.  My Thermomix!   

Everything else has been a blur since...  

Ok well not really.  But it certainly has been fun to play around with, to the detriment of the laundry pile though i'm afraid.  We make our own butter now!  The poor thing has had a flogging, and the older kids can even follow the recipe prompts and make stuff.  Unfortunately there are then no prompts for how to clean up after themselves, so it is always 'fun' for me when they 'cook'.  

We leave for Broken Hill in 2 weeks and 3 days, not that any of us are counting of course.  

On a side note: I feel like I just cant -be- funny/entertaining anymore when writing, which is partially why I have hardly written any posts of late.  Also, my number one inspiration for material is growing up and giving me less writing prompts!  He is 4 now, and rarely throws himself on the floor in tantrums, he now prefers to do it when bored or just because it will really inconvenience passer bys if he lays across shop entries or aisles. 

So here's hoping (or not! what am I saying?!) Baby provides more light hearted moments (less tantrums) in the future.

Today I link up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays).

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Enjoying family time.

In September we were lucky to have my Mum, Dad, 2 Nieces and a nephew come to stay for a week.   The boys were beyond excited as we counted down the sleeps.  It's so lovely to see how close they are to their cousins.

We didn't do a whole mass of touristy things, it was nice to just be together.  We hung out at the local park and river, climbing trees, sliding down hills and digging clay out of the river.  We enjoyed time at the nearby cheese factory, and a few visits to the famous Richmond Bakery.   We had a play at the Aquatic Centre and a dinner at Hog's Breath.  

We even fit in a trip to the beach!

The rest of the time they played at home together.  There were many nerf wars, trips into the forest, bounces on the trampoline and a fair amount of lan games.  There was never anyone left out, there was always a few groups going on.

Baby was also Baptised. 

And now a whole lot of photo spam.  Sorry!

Not our cat.

Really.. not our cat.

Photo bomb!

Going for a surf, yeah!

Ok, that was freezing!  Couldn't feel his hands of feet.

Bunch of handsome fellows.

Mr Cuteness himself.

Looking very dapper.

Was not too happy about this.

Exhausted him!

Today I link up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays).

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Birthday Roundup - Slumber, Dragons and Rockets

I feel very much behind in keeping track on the blog of the major events of our year.  So here is a Birthday catchup post.

Voltorb turned 8!

Voltorb has been counting down to his birthday for, well pretty much for a whole year.  Most kids do this I know  But Voltorb has not only been counting down, but also planning certain elements of it.  Like the type of cake he wanted, and where the party would be held.  But most importantly that he was going to invite his best friends over for a sleepover and they were going to stay up all night!  Yeah!

The cake brief was for a brain.   Yes.  A brain.   Not just any brain, a green brain!

So there may have been slightly too many children on the trampoline.. technically they weren't actually jumping though.

The slumbering in full swing.  Or the lack of it.  They were adamant to stay up all night, and they were doing way too well!  Coder had to tell them at midnight that they had made it to the 'next day' so had successfully stayed up all night, just to get them to go to sleep! 

Oshawott turned 6!

Luckily we had a lovely sunny day, with just a bit of a chill from the wind, for this mass event.  We had invited almost all of the class, plus a few extras.  The brief for the cake was simple, to replicate his current favourite dragon toy.

I had planned a few activities that would occupy the guests and hopefully entertain them aswell.   Colouring competition, decorate your own party box and a dancing game.  These things filled out the time really well, and with eating, cake cutting and present opening, it was all done and dusted in the allotted time.  The kids loved the dancing game, so we ended up playing that one over and over again.  Luckily I was prepared with a heap of little gifts for the winners. 

 Cake time!

Decorated party room.

 Animal decorator station.

 The dancing game where you have to choose1 of 3 shapes to stand on when the music stops.  If you are on the one that is randomnly pulled out of a hat, you're out of the game!

Party box decorator station.

Pichu turned 4!

3 weeks later we had another Birthday to celebrate, Pichu turning 4!  He counted down the sleep until this day when he would be 'bigger!'!  We had a quiet morning at home opening presents.  He then had a party to attend, his friend from Pre-Kinder also had recently turned 4.  His party was on the same day.  So after the little friend's Mum suggested they would sing Happy Birthday to Pichu aswell I thought I would make a little cake to take along. 

His cake request was for a blue rocket ship!

They both loved the Octonauts toys. 

So good having big brothers to assembly all the presents!

Cheeky sausage.

He takes candle blowing out very seriously.

He even got to have a sit on a horse! 

And another cake for home!

Today I link up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays).

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