Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just Now

Watching: Broadchurch
Eating: early grapes
Feeling: pretty tired after a week back at work
Enjoying: the coolness of early evening

Searching: for fun literacy resources for Yr 1 & 2's.  Got tips?  Hit me!
Listening to: The Foofighters.  Don't hate me
Wishing: the flies would just go away now, please
Realising: that summer will go away at the same time

Reading: 'I Am Not Esther' by Fleur Beale
Preparing: a post filled with YA lit. favourites, I read some great titles last year
Waiting: for a new batch of babies, arrivals imminent
Loving: country life and small communities

The weekend is here, and though I will spend most of it working, I'm planning to sneak in some family adventures, beginning with a little anti-oil-drilling protest down at the waterfront tomorrow.  Got any exciting plans?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Normal life

This has been a busy summer, for sure.  I actually don't think we've ever had one quite like it.  It's unsumuppable. 

Summer may be far from over, but we are returning to regular schedule now and I almost feel relieved.  I think.  I'm still like... what... just happened...

I have no idea what to expect from twenty fifteen but I'm getting the impression we are going to be kept on our toes.  Which is why coffee was invented, anyway.  So there's that.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cat Party

I'm quietly celebrating the fact that we are done with kid birthdays for the next few months.  I love them, but I also love being very, very lazy, and the two are not compatible.  Garland is winning in the quirk party theme stakes (which is 100% my doing), and celebrated turning three with a cat theme party!!!  If he's gonna keep on eating the cat biscuits, this is what's gon' happen.

I totally let myself off the hook and only invited direct family.  There were three little peops which was the perfectest number, I get pretty overwhelmed by the swarms.  It also meant that grown-ups were required to participate in party games which made for much fun!  Cats vs. Mice tug of war, Find the Mice treasure hunt (mini Milky Way bars wrapped in foil), and a competition to see who was fastest to lick a saucer full of milk clean.  It also took no convincing to get everyone's faces painted, and everyone looks cute with a cat face.

Even though we kept it super small, we of course had to whip up some themed treats.  Cat biscuits (home-made crackers), strawberry mice (with red liquorice tails), cat meat (chocolate dairy food), and cat-face pizzas (using this cat cookie cutter via Pop Roc Parties).  Milk was an obvious choice for drinks, and I decorated the cake with an unglamorous tinfoil/cardboard fish skeleton.  

We borrowed the much pinned 'adopt a kitten' idea for favours, and my ma lovingly hand-knitted these cuties for three of her moko.  Too cute.  They went home in take-out noodle containers purchased from Pop Roc Parties - they kinda look like cat travel boxes, right?

Decorations-wise - this perfect number three balloon from Pop Roc Parties pretty much covered it.  We hung some balls of yarn to add a little colour, served food in a couple of (brand new) cat bowls and recycled the cake flags from Eleanor's Mermaid Party. My sis painted cat faces on some black balloons, and boom!  Party decos done!

I'm never as excited about party-throwing, this side of summer, but even though we kept it small I think we managed a pretty special day for this kid.  Love ya, lil bud.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Just Now

I made a few changes to this blog layout.  You have no idea how painful it is for me to do that stuff, ug.  There's still tweaking that needs to be done, so forgive me the flaws.  It's not my forte.  

Otherwise I'm...

Enjoying: afternoon sun in summer. 
Wondering: if I will ever locate my running shoes again.  I mean, they're neon pink, how do you lose a pair of neon pink shoes?  
Loving: finding one of my to-be-reads in an opshop for less than a dollar

Learning: about adapting - particularly in regards to children and stages. There's always a new one.  Adapting is our tool of survival, huh.
Recovering: from baby-shower and 3rd birthday organising duties. 
Reading: 'Quintana of Charyn' - Melina Marchetta.  Not enjoying it as much as the first two, but still - addicted.

Drinking: T2 Roiboos and Fancy Fruit - sent by a bestie who has the best taste in gifts
 Anticipating: diving into the stack of new books on my nightstand - huzzah! (Amongst them, 'Cress', 'Into the Still Blue' and 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane').
Feeling: Nervous about starting back at work.  Eeeeeeek.

See you soon with a party post :-)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A scene from our camping week.  These guys were our neighbours and a source of constant entertainment.  Super beaut.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Blooms

Yesterday my sister, my ma and I threw a baby shower for littlest sister.  It was beautiful, low-key day, and everything, even the unexpected rain shower, felt just perfect.

Co-organising was lovely.  I didn't have to think about the food once, which was so great!  And the food itself was also great!  The decorating we kept simple and vintage, with a floral theme.  We used these very pretty floral straws from Pop Roc parties, and were sent these ridiculously beautiful Stormy Boutique paper cups too (this is a geek admission, but I thought they were too pretty to waste - yep, these babies are getting recycled).

I also used these blue mason jars for decor - along with a recycled pom-poms, vintage sheets and some of Ma's garden blooms.  Like I said, relaxed - which meant we got to focus our energy on looking after the FOUR pregnant guests in attendance.  

Rosa ummed and ahhhed about games, and eventually decided they would be fun.  So I did a quick google search and found a couple that sounded okay.  They all turned out to be super fun!  Our icebreaker game was simple.  Upon arrival, I handed out safety pins to every guest.  From that moment on, no one was allowed to say the word 'baby', which turned out to be way harder than anticipated.  Any slip-up resulted in losing your pin to whoever overheard - and the prize was claimed by the guest who'd collected the most pins.  Easy, silly, fun.

For the next game, I gave guests about 10 seconds to memorise around 13-14 baby & mama items, before they jotted down as many as they remembered.  The nicest thing about this game was that we ended up with a hamper of goodies to gift to the baby mama.  Some items less exciting than others :-P

I adapted our final game a little.  Initially we were supposed to play a match celeb babes with their parents type game, but it turned out simpler just to give each guest a cutout of a celeb/celeb couple, arrange all the babies face up in the centre of the circle of guests, and then have everyone find their baby.  It was actually really fun!  I had a secret fear that it would flop, but it was pretty hilarious in the end.    

Towards the end we set these four mamas up in comfy chairs and offered foot baths, massages, face masks and manicures.  This was SUCH a nice part of the day, and will be repeated at every future baby shower for sure.  

We finished the afternoon with an ice-cream bar, cups of tea and present opening.  So after allllll that, it's probably not surprising that the last guest rocked home five hours after start time.  Tha best.