Tuesday, November 18, 2014

an ice cream dress

icecream dress 

A simple shirred dress for Ms. M made with a metre of lisette fabric. Originally destined to be part of her five year old birthday presents it didn’t make the deadline. It was then all but forgotten. Now finished it was never intended to be for her sixth birthday until when trying it on as I measured the shoulder straps she suggested it would be a lovely birthday present. “I am sure I can forget all about it” she said with a pleading tone. Too easy. I’m so thrilled that Ms. M loves it so much that she wants it to be a part of her birthday gifts for this year. Absolutely chuffed actually.

virtù - wrapping the ice cream dress

It’s now wrapped in brown paper and tired up with string pink ribbon waiting (in the back of the cupboard) to become one of her favourite things.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


ode - passed out on the couchace - climbing mountainsmae - getting used to her new glassesebe - striking the ball a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – passed out on the couch – it is hard working being a “big boy”. You’re thriving my dear sweet boy. You’re well and truly toilet trained and now in this past week you’ve given up all your “memes” to the dummy fairy. The pure delight and pride you experienced when you found a new pony in the fairy tree. So cute as you took “Grassy” everywhere with you, brushing his mane with the little pink brush.

ace – you’re climbing mountains! You were so thrilled with yourself to have climbed to the top of these rock all by yourself. You’re taking steps all on your own now, just three or four at a time. Crawling is still the fastest, and preferred, means of getting around. It won’t be for much longer.

mae - “I can see!” You were so excited to get your new glasses. You can’t wait to show your classmates. You’ve been practising getting used to them over this past weekend. It will get easier.

ebe – dreams of playing for Australia have been sown. For the first time this week you have started to really enjoy watching the cricket on the tele. Such intense concentration. So many questions. You’re loving playing of a Friday night.



Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


ebe - icecreammae - icecream loverode - worlds slowest icecream eaterace - exploring with your trolley a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ebe – not altogether deserving of an ice cream today, and you knew it. I didn’t want you to miss out though. You went straight back to your room afterwards. I appreciated that you cleaned your room. Boy lets be clear – I love you all the time… some of your behaviours not so much.

mae – you nearly jumped out of your skin with excitement when I came rushing out asking if you wanted an ice cream when we heard the ice cream truck in our street. Your brothers couldn’t finish theirs without help – you my ice cream guru had no such problems.

ode – as we ran up the road barefooted to the ice cream truck you de-toured onto the verge and got a foot full of prickles. Not even ice cream could cheer you up straight away. Sat you on the wheelie bin and pulled out all the prickles but you still couldn’t eat your ice cream until you had a band-aid. Little one, you are the slowest ice cream eater I have ever known. You burst into tears when you accidentally got ice cream on your face and ended up eating the ice cream from your cone with a plastic spoon.

ace – we have had so many lovely days in the garden this past week, you walking behind your little blue trolley. You’re full of joy. It’s infectious. We’re all so proud of you.



Joining in with Jodi.

Monday, November 3, 2014

little steps

virtù - spring daysvirtù - centred square

Little steps are being taken around these parts. Our youngest has been standing on his own and living an increasingly vertical life as he pushes his beloved blue trolley around the house and garden.

I’ve been taking little steps too. Little steps towards finishing grander projects.


Sunday, November 2, 2014


mae - penny for your thoughtsode - checking out his reflection in the lensace - playing with waterebe - climbing a tree

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


mae – a penny for your thoughts? Beautiful girl you’re putting the pieces together and working it all out. You’re a strong and courageous person. Remember you don’t need a Prince to rescue you, there is nothing you cannot do for yourself.

ode – checking out the camera lens you were so enchanted to see your own reflection. Geez you’re a cutie pie (most of the time) We’ve been having such a lovely time out in the garden.

ace – you funny little boy! It’s hard being left out while all the others splash in the pool, but you sure did make the most of the tub of water I gave you to play with. You had me laughing when you decided to climb in. Too adorable for words. You sure do live up to your initials.

ebe – we went to the park and, predictably, you immediately climbed the “wobbly” tree. I let you ride your scooter home on your own since M and I weren’t ready to leave. You were surprised, but up to the challenge. You promised me that you’d be extra careful crossing the roads. My stomach ached with worry while you were gone, but seeing the proud look on your face on our return made it all worth it.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

just a minute … in october

I accidentally disappeared from this space for the month of October. It wasn’t intentional. There was lots to blog about but that’s just it – there was so much happening and I was so busy there was no time to blog. There were renovations, the death of the washing machine and two weeks of school holidays.

Listening… to lots of music on my iPod in the kitchen. The weather, especially over this past week, has been glorious. I dug out the speakers from a drawer and have them on the window sill. I’m bopping away as I cook and clean or just chillaxing with a cuppa outside in the sunshine. So good for my overall mood. This past week I rediscovered Just Because I’m A Woman – an compilation album of Dolly Parton covers.

Watching… not so much this past month. Footy is over for the year so that means the tv is on a lot less. Have been watching Party Tricks of a Monday night which I’m really enjoying. Dave finished watching Breaking Bad, I had to stop watching after the first couple of seasons because it just got to dark for me. At the end of every episode Dave would come retell the story for me. I enjoyed listening to him very much, it was endearing.

net set go

Playing… Hay Day! I’m not one for playing computer games, but when E. started playing this game on his iPod I thought it prudent to check it out myself to make sure it was safe. Oops. Seems I got a little addicted to it myself. Little Ace didn’t help much with his sleepless nights and only napping during the day if held – it has been somewhat comforting to play a mindless game in the wee hours of the morning. Ms. M started playing netball this month, not actual games but she is participating in the program Net Set Go which teaches netball skills.

Knitting… Crisis people!!! Somehow – and I really can’t understand how – Dave managed to bend one of my knitpro 5mm needles. This has put an abrupt halt on the cardi I’d been knitting for myself. Still haven’t gotten around to ordering some new ones. Really want to get my head around knitting with DPNs because there are a few small projects I’d like to do but this skill is required. So there you have it – a goal for November.

Crocheting…  started crocheting some squares for the long forgotten white blanket. Only a handful but something is better than nothing right?

Sewing…  just trying to finish projects. Not getting anywhere very fast. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the half finished projects and my inability to carve out a block of time to just get it finished. Frustration overload.

Teaching… a knitting and a crochet workshop for Craftbound.

Reading…  Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant: True Tales and Gossip from the Galleyit was certainly a good read. Not full of hot gossip as suggested by the title – but an interesting perspective on travel and working for one of Australia’s largest companies.

Renovating…  in the month of October we employed painters to finish painting the outside of the house (because we finally conceeded finishing the job was just too big for us) and had the main-bathroom surfaced sprayed – thus transforming the apricot tiles into white. We also had the bathroom floor re-tiled. There has been subsequent chaos and disruption to our daily routines, not at all helped by our washing machine breaking down and us being without it for more than half the month.

School holidaying…  since painters and other tradespeople were at our place I was on a mission to get the kids out of the house as much as possible.

vac swimming

The two school-kids had vacswim lessons every weekday of the holidays (and the two younger kiddos and I splashed in the paddling pool as we waited). This was a bit of mission getting everyone there and back and getting bathers and towels and snacks and so forth ready. Tricky too with tired little ones who perhaps would much rather been napping than splashing! Nonetheless we did it. In hindsight it was worth it, glad we did it even though some mornings I thought it was going to break me.

at the parklego scultures

Of an afternoon we attended a lego scupture workshop and two Science Alive workshops (SO brilliant) all hosted by our local library and there were outings to local parks too.

twighlight at the zoo

In the evening we went to the drive in to see Planes: Fire and Rescue in the first week and in the second we watched a screening of The Jungle Book (one of E’s favourite stories) at the Perth Zoo. So lovely to see the animals at twighlight (especially the Rhinos who were running around in their pen and sizing each other up)before we sat on the lawns with an epic picnic (made by moi) for dinner. I had been worried that little Ace wouldn’t cope with the late night flick but he just lapped it all up, at one point sitting between his eldest brother and sister looking super chuffed to be one of the big kids.

awesomemagic chicken tickets

As part of the Awesome Festival the two big kids and I saw The Magic Chicken at the State Theatre Centre. It was the first mime performance they’ve seen and I was quite amused when they leant in to ask me “when are they going to talk” early on in the performance. Clearly a bit worried about it all at the beginning by the end of the performance they were in stitches laughing and absolutely loving it.

shes got a ticket to rideshow bound on the traindriving the dodgem car on his owngoodtimes riding at the show camel rides

Again leaving the two babes with their father (to attend a birthday party) the big kids and I trekked off to the Royal Perth Show. Another epic and fabulous day filled with rides, performances, and displays. E. for the very first time drove a dodgem car solo – a massive rite of passage for him. Both E. and M. declared the camel ride as their absolute favourite ride (which made the very overpriced walk around a paddock a little more palatable for me). We stayed on to watch the fire works before riding the over packed train home. Good times indeed. Watching the kiddos watching the peeps full of merry was pretty amusing. They were a bit gobsmacked to say the least.

adventuringjumping in muddy puddles

There was also a family day trip out to Toodyay. We ate lunch at an awesome country bakery that had a corner full of kids toys (win!), jumped in muddy puddles, rode the miniature railway and visited the world’s oldest (and first) Emu farm. It was  such a great day. It was quite rainy but the sun always shone whenever we needed to get out the car. So serendipitous. Made the day even more special. We all felt so lucky.

Post-school holidaying… the little ones and I have been trying to get our rhythm back! Made a little trip to the Fire Station Museum which was sweet – nice to go out at a slower and easier pace with out those big kids.  Also visited the local Laundromat more times than we would have liked.

little witchlittle devil

Halloweening…  our kiddos were dead keen to celebrate Halloween. Dave and I find the business of Halloween a bit tricky (pun intended). At one level we see it as such an American tradition and as such are very reluctant to participate because we don’t see it as part of our own Australian culture. We both have concerns about the Americanisation of so many cultures around the world.  The flip side of that is that we appreciate cultures change over time and that our children have no appreciation for or interest in such academic concerns. The bottom line is that neither of us feel comfortable taking the children ‘trick or treating’. We were very much relieved when the school hosted a Halloween Spooky Disco, the children were able to get dressed up and participate without us taking to the streets. We only had one set of trick or treaters knock on our door (we were completely unprepared but managed to findsome freddo frogs at the back of the fridge) but we noticed that there were lots and lots out and about on some of the busier roads. Probably landing on a Friday night made it bigger than other years? Social media probably has a role to play too?  Regardless our children loved being dressed up and so next year, when Halloween is on a Saturday night, we’ve resigned ourselves to stocking up on treats and maybe, possibly, perhaps taking the kids out door knocking. What are your thoughts on Halloween?


Was October a buzz for you too?

Sunday, October 26, 2014


ode - little firemanace - love love love driving your carmae - vacuuming your bedebe - thoughtful

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – my little fireman! Such a “big” boy now. Learning so much everyday. We had a fabulous time together exploring the fire service museum in the city.

ace – you’ve discovered the toy car. Your entire face lights up as your siblings push you around the yard. Best time ever.

mae – vacuuming your bed? Maybe taking your shoes off outside isn’t such a ridiculous idea after all.

ebe – my thinker, my science lover, my non-stop creative child. You’re a marvel.



Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


ebe - making star wars dessertsode - in tearsace - loves to captain the boat in the sandpitmae - smiling in the background

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ebe – it was such a thrill watching you make your special Yoda dessert with your younger brother, you sure were chuffed with your efforts. According to your siblings it tasted delicious.

ode – sometimes life is rough and things just don’t go your way. We’re all here to give you hugs and kisses and act all silly to try to cheer you up.

ace – you’ll crawl a mile to reach the boat in the sandpit at school pick-up time.

mae – there in the background smiling. You’re a treasure.



  Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


ode - smelling the jellyebe - vacswim mae - dohace - into everything

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – my sweet sweet child you can be *so* cute (and a bit horrid too!). Of late you’ve been using your sense of smell to discover the world. “Smell it Mama” you say. “Delicious” “Lovely” “Mmmmm” you advise. In this capture you’re totally absorbed in the experience of smelling the freshly made jelly.

ebe – boy it is hard to express just how proud of you I am with your efforts at vacswim. You really did try your heart out. Can’t believe a child of mine is big enough to be mixing it up in the big pool. It’s your winning attitude that counts.

mae – it is so sweet to watch you and your older brother play card games together. Snap and Uno seem to be the current faves. You are a gracious loser and a kind winner.

ace – you are into EVERYTHING!


              Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


ace - loving his first birthdayebe - pensiveode - choo choomae - on the ferris wheel  a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ace – loving your first birthday, loving your food, loving life – baby boy you have the best giggle going around, it’s infectious. Your big brother made you a Star Wars shirt for your birthday, he’s hoping that you too will be a big fan and watch the movies over and over and over with him.

ebe – your mind never stops. Always thinking, always creating, always imagining. Your mind is beautiful.

ode – “choo choo!”  You sure are absorbing and enjoying everything that life is throwing at you. Three sure is an awesome age, so much to be excited about. So much to relish. Spending time with you and seeing the world through your eyes is pure joy. Thanks buddy for sharing.

mae – life goes round like a ferris wheel Ms. M.  Sure there are lows, but it is brilliant up there at the top and hey – the going round and round and round bit is pretty cool too don’t you think. Love being on the ride with you gorgeous girl.



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Monday, September 29, 2014

one year on

virtù - ace one year on

hey there little fella!

It’s been a year now since I’ve known you on the outside. Fastest year of my life. Getting to know you has been totally awesome, pure delight. You sure have been teaching me loads, mostly that I don’t know as much as I thought I did. It’s a good lesson to have. My fourth babe you may be, but this inaugural  year of ours has been full of firsts and new experiences.

Celebrating your first birthday is a happy occasion, but I have to confess to crying bucket loads of tears too.  Your birth wasn’t an easy one my dear baby boy and remembering it on this anniversary fuels the hurts. We are both so lucky to be alive.

I can still remember waking up after the surgery not knowing what had happened to me or to you. I remember the angst while I waited to meet you, and then finally being wheeled down to the ICU to meet you. I remember all the tubes, the beeping noises and the sound of the oxygen being feed to you through tubes. I remember being all on my own for what felt like eternity as I waited to see you again. I remember FINALLY being allowed to hold you and taking you to my breast even though I’d been told not to. Apparently you would cry and cry and cry in the ICU, but I never knew you to cry – you were always calm and content in my arms. A year on and that still holds true. You love me like no other, and it is such an honour for me to be your rock, your security and your comfort.

Today you opened lots of gifts, well you sat there and tried to open them anyways – you had lots of keen helpers. You didn’t seem to mind and you were well aware that the day was all about you. You lapped up the attention wearing a smile from ear to ear. You received lots of bath toys – because you love your bath – and to help you celebrate all three of your siblings jumped into the bath with you to play.

Later we took you to the park and played with your new yellow ball. You got three balls in total, because you love playing with balls so much. They always make you happy. Being outside always makes you happy too. You’re a real outdoors person so to say you were in your element at the park with your new ball is an understatement. You had your first lolly – a milk bottle – there too. You seemed well impressed with it.

After the park we took you to a public swimming pool with a water slide. The original plan had been to take the family to The Maze with lots of outdoor waterslides, picnic fun and farmyard animals… but since today was a bit cold and showery we settled for an indoor pool. Don’t worry we’ll take you to The Maze soon. You seemed well impressed with the pool and little baby slides and toys. Your siblings were well chuffed too.

Then it was home for cake and opening some more gifts.

You were well knackered by the end of the day.

I haven’t quite finished making all your gifts yet. I did manage to finish a knitted elephant that I started making for you at the beginning of the year, but the eye-spy quilt and the giraffe softie still have a bit of finishing off. You’re not the best sleeper by dear boy. You tend to wake a lot through the night and don’t always nap during the day. Makes it a bit tricky to find the time to make things. Not to worry. They’ll be finished soon, and be stuffed full of my love for you.

Dear dear dear boy. I love you with all my heart and soul and am so thankful to have shared this wonderful year with you. You’re tops.

Happy 1st Birthday.

virtù - ace's first birthday