Monday, 31 December 2007

The last day of the year...


Swimming is fun, except when you are 3 and the waves are more than 6 inches tall. We wanted to take the body board to the beach for the little guy to play on, but he didn't like the messy waves and we ended up at the sea pool again. We were there for a few hours, enjoying the beautiful weather that we have been having since Christmas. This is the life.

I hope your holidays are fun too.
Mon. xo

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Boxing Day Boys


We had a family lunch at our place today. After lunch all the kids had a Paddle Pop ice cream. They were just so cute sitting out on the balcony all together, faces covered in chocolate and caramel ice cream. These are the kinds of photos you want to keep forever, special moments in time. I think it's the first time they have all sat down together to get their pic taken. This ones going in a frame!
Happy Boxing Day.
Mon.xo

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Santa came!!!

This morning we started off early at home opening Luca's presents. He got quite a few things (he knew about most of them, because he had found them in the garage after we moved - we didn't hide them very well). He enjoyed ripping off the paper more than anything. From Santa he got a huge water pistol (for the water fight later in the day at my cousins house), some books, a bouncing ball that you sit on and bounce along, and a Hummer and trailer with a racing car on it. I think he likes everything.





After opening presents we got ready and went to my cousins house where all of my family are staying, about 10 minutes from here. Once again, Elise was ever so organised with 18 or so people coming for Chrissy dinner. We had the usual deliciousness of roast potatoes, roast sweet potatoes, roast pumpkin, peas, roast pork with apple sauce and gravy, roast turkey with cranberry sauce and roasted cashew crusted leg of ham. All this was topped off with yummy Christmas pudding with cream, ice cream or custard. Yep, I was full.

Luca didn't eat a single mouthful of the main meal, I don't think he likes roasted anything. Fuss bucket! He had a big helping of Christmas pudding and ice cream though. Later he had a blue and green sprinkle sandwich, but there was TOO much excitement playing with his cousins to worry about eating. He crashed out early and we had an early night as well. It was a lovely relaxing day. We had fun.

Thank you Leesy Loo and Benny.
xxooxxoo

How cute is this!


I wasn't expecting anything under the Christmas tree this year, it has been a spending frenzy with the house and all. My gorgeous 8 year old nephew Oscar made me a cute little cushion on his Mum's sewing machine. It is navy and white stripe with a light blue ribbon wrapped around it, topped off with a piece of coral he had collected from the beach. He is so sweet to think of me. Thank you Oscar, it will be treasured forever. xoxo.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

:: 'Tis The Season To Be Jolly ::


I am not sure if it is just this time of year, but the days are just flying by. I only have 5 people to buy Christmas presents for but have still managed to leave it until the last minute to go shopping. The last 2 weeks have been consumed with cleaning and unpacking. Today was meant to be a shopping day, but it has to wait until tomorrow.

The move went fine - a HUGE effort was put in by everyone and we are forever grateful. It took two full days to get everything out of the Unit, and a couple of half days to clean up after ourselves. Next time a professional mover will be used for sure, it was pretty hectic for everyone involved.

I felt weird in our new house for the first week or so, but now it all feels real. We love the location and it is surprisingly quiet living next door to a unit block. We have a few minor things to do (screens on all the windows - the Xmas beetles keep crashing around the walls, a side fence and front gate to keep the little guy in, along with the usual yard maintenance), but none of it is urgent, it can all wait until after Xmas.

I am desperate to get my art studio back together, I have a million and one ideas running around my head that want to get out. I have some time after Xmas while Nick is off work to get my act together. We will hopefully spend some time at the beach if the weather is ok, but other than that, it should be a pretty chilled week.

Until then, have a safe and happy holiday season. Hope you get all that you wish for.
Cheers, Mon. xo

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Christmas in the City

We had an early Christmas dinner this evening with my in-laws at my B-I-L's home because almost none of them will be around on Christmas Day.






After dinner we dropped by the city, on the way home, for a look at the beautiful Christmas tree lit with a million lights in Martin Place. It was about 10pm and the little guy was a bit sleepy by then, but I am happy that we saw it.
Sweet Christmas Dreams to you. Mon. xo

Thursday, 6 December 2007

ONE sleep to go!

Only ONE sleep to go until it's ours!!!

Everything is close to being fully packed and we get the keys to our new house tomorrow sometime. It is all very exciting. I am quite nervous for some reason, maybe just hoping everything goes smoothly both for the settlement and for the move on Saturday.

The crazy daily tropical thunderstorms are driving me a bit mad, although, it gives me an excuse for not feeling guilty about spending a lot of time outside with the little guy. At least I am getting all the packing done. I packed Luca's room up today, and after he got back from his 3 hour outing with Gramps, he saw his room and was very sad... he even cried. Poor little thing.

The last 3 weeks have been a blur. Spending time at the beach, packing, Luca's Kindy Christmas Concert (which I will post some video of later) and just paperwork have kept me SO incredibly busy. Throw in a VERY outgoing 3 year old and there is no rest for the weary. My pregnancy is going fine. Had an ultrasound last Tuesday and have to go back next Tuesday because the baby was in a weird position to get all of the measurements that they needed. They got everything but the heart measurements. We aren't finding out the gender of the baby this time (we did with Luca), I think we need a surprise.

We spent last weekend pretty much at the beach (when it wasn't raining) and here is a pic of Luca on his friends surfboard (in the sea pool).

I am not sure when our internet is being connected at the new place, so until then, stay safe and keep smiling.

Happy Day, Mon. xo

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Creative Wednesday

After starting off the day on the phone for at least 3 hours this morning (organising moving things, oh, and chatting to friends), I felt a little guilty neglecting the little guy. So after all that was done, we decided to become a little creative. We had nothing in mind of what we were going to do, but he really likes to get into the pencil/paint/creative box and have a go at just about everything in it. Scissors are the favourite and gluing comes a close second.

I have no idea why, he just loves to stamp on himself and giggle for a few minutes. It does look pretty funny though.


So this is the extent of my creativity for a while until I set up my studio in our new house in a few weeks. I am itching to get some painting done, all the unfinished canvases are calling to me as they are packed up nice and tight. I packed ALL of my fabrics, paints and everything that goes with them last weekend and I was very sad to tape the box up. We have so many boxes around at the moment that there is no spare space to get even a little creative with big girl painting.

So here is the end product of our hour of being arty. The first one is fire - c'mon, can't you tell?

The second is of course, me smiling.

And the third is just Christmas. It started off as a Christmas list of all the things he would like, then the glue went astray and we ended up with a little collage. Delightful... I like a boy who can improvise.


After all that, we went swimming in our pool (a small plastic thing that fits quite perfectly on our balcony with 6 inches of water in it - it does the job for a 3 year old). The weather is finally nice EVERY day and I can't wait to move to our new place, and be settled in, and enjoy the summer - even with my swollen pregnant ankles.

I hope your day was as fun as ours. Mon xo

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Avalon Village Market Day

After a full Saturday morning of serious packing, we decided to drive to Avalon (15 mins north) to the Market Day they were having. There were street stalls, live music, an Art Show, and a fun carnival like atmosphere. Nick's brother had a table set up for the Coastal Environment Centre where he works, so we wanted to see him in action. Most of the stalls were clothing, jewellery and food. There was tons to look at if you were in a shopping mood, but the weather was scorching, so I just did a quick lap, once around all the stalls and bought nothing.

The carnival area was where Luca wanted to stay, so we splurged on a few rides for him, let him win a water pistol on the clowns, and eat some fairy floss (cotton candy). He was in a bit of a daze while riding the elephants, but I think he had fun.




The following pics are of the beach at Avalon. It is pretty much like all of the beaches around here - stunning and beautiful! Unfortunately the beach was closed because of the rough surf, it was quite windy, so Nick and Luca walked over to the pool and had a look around.


We had a really lovely time and were once again pretty tired after being in the sun for hours.

I hope you had a lovely Saturday like we did.
Cheers, Mon xo.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Who said packing wasn't fun???


We have been packing for a while this morning, and it is not the most fun thing, but when Luca starts doing cute things like this, it makes it a little more bearable. Only 4 weeks till we move - yay!
Still more packing to do before I call it quits for the day.
Mon xo

Monday, 12 November 2007

:: Happy Birthday Campbell and Brody ::

Yesterday was cousin Campbell (3) and cousin Brody's (1) birthdays. The weather was beautiful, we were expecting the worst after a full week of rain the week before. The kids had so much fun with toys, games and water pistols. They ranged in age from 1 to 14 years, and all played really well together. They had so much fun each having a turn at whacking the piñata to see who could smash it to bits. They all scurried around when it finally burst to see what was inside. Here is Luca having his turn before the big kids made it burst.

My cousin Elise is pretty handy in the kitchen, she made the cake below. I think it's pretty damn good - eat your heart out Martha Stewart.

A really good day was had by everyone, we were so exhausted that Luca was asleep by 7pm and we were not long after that.

Happy Monday to you. Mon xo

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Banana Bread MMM mm......


We decided that, because it was raining and we had too many bananas, we would make some yummy banana bread. Here is the end product after cutting a slice for Luca who wanted some so desperately the minute it finished cooking. It is super yummy and probably won't last more than 2 days.
Hope you are having something yummy too.
Mon xo

Monday, 5 November 2007

Packing the Boxes


It is the worst fun in the world! I really don't like packing to move. I am SO excited that we are moving to our new house, but the packing part of it is such a pain in the a*s. I feel like we have packed so much, but Noooo, we haven't even made a dent! The one good thing is that I am finding lots of goodies that have been put away since Luca was born, and he became "the demolisher". Hopefully I can get a lot of them back out when we move into our new place, or maybe not with a new little one on the way. I guess I will just have to pack them up again when 'it' gets to the reaching/pulling/smashing stage. OK, so what's a few more years in hiding for most of it.

I wish I had something nice and fun to write about, but the weather has been gloomy, and cold (what is with that, isn't it Summer next month??) We have only been swimming at the beach once in the last month. Hopefully it gets warmer soon. One nice thing is that a few whales have been passing by lately. I always manage to catch a glimpse of them when they come up for their last breath before they go under for a while. They are such beautiful animals. I love being able to see them from here. Our new house has the same view, so hopefully we will be able to see them from there as well.

This photo is pretty much zoomed in as far as my camera can zoom. They were out about 2km, so I couldn't see them too well. It was a mother and her calf frolicking in the sea. It is lovely to watch no matter how far away they are.

Have a lovely day,
Mon xo.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

:: HAPPY HALLOWEEN ::



BOO!!!
This was the extent of our Halloween today.
Hope yours was fun and full of candy.
Mon

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

A House, A Baby and A Party

We have just had the most crazy wonderful last few weeks. One of the reasons that I haven't been writing in my blog is because I have been dealing with tiredness and morning sickness. Yep, that's right, I am going to have a baby - in May. Eleven weeks into it and we have bought a house, which we are so excited about, and Nick has celebrated his 40th Birthday. We told the whole family about our 'baby news' on the weekend at Nick's Birthday BBQ. Everyone is really happy for us, it's wonderful. So, Baby No.2 is in production... finally! We are extremely excited about it as is Luca. He is always talking into my belly button to it - so cute!

We were lucky to find a house that we love and don't have to do any major reno's to. All of the renovations have been done, we just have a few little things to do to make it kid safe. Our closing date is in mid-December, so we will be in before Christmas if all goes to plan. Yay!

So many things happening in such a short period of time. We have been renting this apartment since we moved back from NY 4 1/2 years ago, so it is time to make things a little more permanent. I think my family are relieved that we aren't moving away again any time soon. Luca just loves seeing all his relo's.

They were all here on the weekend to celebrate Nick's 40th with us. It is always so nice to see everyone. Luca was a little over excited about the whole day, and was playing up a little bit, but had so much fun with his cousins and didn't want them to leave. He was asleep by 6.45pm (his bed time is usually 8.30pm) so I was thrilled after a long tiring day.

Other than that, nothing more exciting, except for a nice 33C degree day. I love Summer!

Happy Day to you. Mon xo

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Helmet Head


Little L had fun at Gramps' house today. He decided to put this 49ers helmet on and I couldn't resist taking a pic of his huge helmet head. Too cute!
M. xo

Thursday, 11 October 2007

::40::40::40::40::

Happy Birthday to my lovely husband Nicholas. He turned 40 years old today, I can't believe how much time flies. We went to dinner this evening at Stella Blu, it's always a favorite for us when we can't decide where to go. It is nice and close to home, and has really lovely food. I am absolutely hooked on Bruschetta at the moment, so we had that as a Starter. I haven't had it for such a long time, and they made it really delicious tonight, I just wanted to keep eating it.

For the Main I had Galletto Ripieno con Castagne e Mascarpone, Marsala e Fagioli Borlotti
(Pan roasted organic chicken with a chestnut & mascapone stuffing, wrapped
with pancetta finished with a marsala wine sauce & borlotti beans).

Nick had Rotolato di Vitello Ripieno con Salsicce, Pecorino e Basilico
(Roasted veal loin rolled & filled with Italian sausage meat,
Pecorino cheese, onions & basil served with crushed baby peas & shallots).

I would have taken photos, but I forgot. I think it was the bliss of not having a high maintenance child running around like a chook with it's head cut off. We just wanted to sit and relax. After dinner we had Creme Caramel for dessert and the lovely waiter came out singing "Happy Birthday" waving a sparkler in his hand. A couple of Hot Chocolates later and our night was complete. It was SO nice to go out and do something as an adult. Nick is ALWAYS going out for lunches and dinners with work, so he is a little bit spoilt and a bit of a food critic. Not me though, I enjoy every minute of a nice dinner out.

Sleep time now...
zzzzzz. Mon xo

Monday, 8 October 2007

Saturday, 6 October 2007

A New House????? Maybe!

A few pics from around here...
Sunrise

Cinema

Pelican

Shell

Portuguese Man of War (Blue Bottle)

Pole and Chain near the pool


It seems that the last 2 weeks has been consumed with trying to buy a particular house. We found a property that we really like. We have been getting all the necessary inspections, filling in the appropriate paperwork and trying to secure the place before it is snatched away by someone else. Talk about a stressful time, my stomach has been turning in knots for 2 weeks straight, put together with this on going cough I have, and I am ready for a break/holiday. Too bad there are none on the horizon. I think that Christmas time will be the closest break coming up.

Summer is definitely upon us. We have had quite a few days in the 30's this week, one of them, we stayed inside with the aircon on. Too hot to go to the park, or anywhere else.

My creativity has been put on hold, although I do think about it EVERY day. I am starting to Spring clean, I think it is the thought of moving into a fully renovated place with nothing major to do that is making me want to start packing, as well as get rid of a lot of things that have accumulated in this apartment over the last 5 years. The new place has a massive garage, so the thought of a garage sale has crossed my mind a few times lately as well.

I must get back to it while Little L has gone to the park with N. I guess the break will come eventually.

This is a really great video on You Tube if you want to see. It is the "Day in the Life of a Mom Song" sung to the William Tell Overture. Hilarious!!

Happy Saturday... Mon xo

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

I am still here...

Yes, we're alive!! It seems an unpredicted blog hiatus has snuck right up on me (anything over a week is a long time in blog land). There are a zillion and one excuses I could rattle off, but when we really get right down to it, I needed to focus on my sweet boy a little more. I'll find it, that balance of feeling like I'm a good wife/mum AND fulfilling my passions and creative energy. I know I will! I just have to fumble around a little more...trying things here and there....schedules, no schedules...clean house, messy house...late nights, early mornings. Maybe no sleep at all?!! Yes, I think that one might work!

Speaking of the sweet boy, he turned 3 a few weekends ago (9/9). All of our family came along, and we had a really yummy BBQ lunch and a super duper customized birthday cake. As I said before, he is really into cars, trucks, tractors etc, so I made him a construction cake.



In regards to my painting... I have been a little side tracked since our return from our holiday. I haven't felt like doing anything creative at all. I have looked at my small fabric stash a few times, trying to think of what to make, but haven't made anything. I still have quite a few canvases drawn up with no paint on them yet, maybe this week will be the week to start again. We will hopefully all be over our awful colds and back to normal again. The weather goes from hot to cold to hot to cold, so fast these days, no wonder everyone I know has had a cold lately.

We are still house hunting every weekend, we are on the lookout for the perfect place. We need more space and a yard for Luca to play in without having to go to the park every 5 seconds. Hopefully we will find it soon, I need more space to let the creative juices flow.

Until next time...
Mon xo

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

BULA Fiji



If you click on the pic above, the whole thing will open bigger in a new window for you to have a peek into our holiday.

I don't feel like being on the computer today, I just thought I should write a quick post about our wonderful relaxing time in Fiji. We pretty much just chilled the whole time, swimming, reading, walking, catching frogs, and spending quality time together - just the 3 of us. We had so much fun and really didn't want to come home so soon. We had such lovely hot weather, about 35C degrees each day, and funnily enough, it rained some days when we needed to be out of the sun, or we were inside having a nap. We stayed at the Sheraton Denarau Villas, on the recommendation of our friends, which was perfect with an almost 3 year old. We had the use of the Sheraton and Westin on either side of us as well. We rode the Bula Bus a thousand times, and visited Nadi town and Port Denarau. We have even decided that we will go again next year, maybe mix it up a bit and go to one of the outer islands, as well as staying again where we stayed this time.

Enough time spent on the computer, I have 3 paintings to do by this weekend, so I had better get cracking.

I hope your life is as fun as mine... Mon xo

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Sewing Machine Conquered!

I transfered out of sewing elective in High School in the second week. It was all way to confusing for me, I hated the thought of cutting up the beautiful fabric. It was fine to me to keep it on the roll and just look at it, the pattern and the texture were more beautiful than anything I could ever make. I really didn't like the thought of cutting it up to make a skirt (our first assignment), mostly because I wasn't really into skirts, and secondly, the skirt pattern I had was way too daggy (ugly). Sewing with the machine was hugely daunting to me as well. The machine actually petrified me. The accelerator seemed like it would do a lot of damage, and with me behind the wheel, who knows what disasters would have eventuated if I had of stayed in that class.

I instead opted for Wheel Thrown Pottery as 2nd elective - Art was my 1st. Pottery was SO much fun, the teacher was awesome, and it was held in a large old weather board classroom, with a veranda out the front, down the back of all the other classrooms. It was far enough away for all the kilns to be fire safe. I have so many good memories of that class, I made some pretty cool things as well.

It seems like the sewing thing is working for me now though. I am enjoying creating things that are a lot different to what I would normally do. When we lived in New Jersey for a few years, I made all the roman blinds for our house, which turned out ok. I hadn't even thought about sewing until my sister pointed me in the direction of the Belle fabrics by Amy Butler. From then, I have had a little bit of a crush on fabric. I also really like the designs of Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, Joel Dewberry, Prints Charming and Denyse Schmidt to name but a few.

I have now been able to conquer my first non-quilt pattern. We are going to Fiji in a couple of days for a nice getaway and I have made the Nappy Bag by Amy Butler, using a couple of the blue Lotus fabrics. I even lined it, used interfacing, and made pockets. It is a perfect tropical island beach bag - ready for our holiday.




I will catch you when we return!
Happy Days, Mon xo.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

A Big Box of Chocolate (Lollipops)

Wow, it has been a week since I last posted here. I have not been painting, I have been spending more time with Luca. My time has not been completely all about the little guy though. I have made a new quilt, I finished the top today. It took me 4 days to do. I worked on it while Luca had his daily nap. Next, it is off to my sisters house to get quilted on her big quilting machine.



The fabric is the ever popular Chocolate Lollipop by Anna Maria Horner, and I made the pattern up as I went along, it's pretty basic, but good for a beginner like me. I had 3 Charm Packs (29 Fabrics in each pack, each fabric 5inches square), another lot I bought off Ebay of 36 6.5inch squares, and a few mixed full yards as well. It is a little chaotic, but I like it. It will go well in my "white room". With this mixture of warm, then cold, then warm weather, the fabric colors make me just want Spring to hurry up. As you can see below, even the little fella likes the bright colors.


Although, he did ask me if the quilt was for his bedroom. When I said "no", he said "good, it's got too much pink"! How's that for a kid who knows what he likes and doesn't like. I think he is quite happy with his room just the way it is.

Time to cook dinner.
Happy Day. Mon. xo