Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Tooth Fairy

A happy boy ... he found ra-ra sitting in a pram in the shed.  It had been missing for a few weeks.

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Walking to school today The Boy asked me if the tooth fairy was real. I paused for a second and then decided honesty was the best policy and said no. He wanted to know what happens. I explained how mummy and daddy put the money out.

The Boy: So it's your pocket money?

Me: Yes.

The Boy: Why do you do it?

Me: Uumm, tradition? To make losing your teeth exciting and fun.

The Boy: Where do you keep my teeth?

Me: I throw them down the sink.

The Boy: That's mean, you should have asked me if you could do that.

Me: Well I couldn't, the tooth fairy was supposed to have taken them.


I asked him to keep it our secret and not tell the other kids (his sisters or his classmates)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Photo comp, yummy dinner and a cleaning man ... this week's P365

He got to play with bubblegum as long as he agreed to pose for me.

Day 290 - Bubblegum



Reject from the photo shoot for brief #3 in the photo competition.

Day 291 - Experiment



OK I posed her in the garden to set up a shot, but what a gorgeous day.

Day 292 - Reading



into a black hole ... not quite but this week I felt like I was sinking under the huge pile of ironing.

Day 293 - Falling



My boy was very taken with this man in fact he thought it was "awesome"

Day 294 - Cleaning Man



Family dinner at Jaques Raymond ... eagerly anticipated and we weren't disappointed.

Day 295 - Sharing



A little table decoration picked by my girl.

Day 296 - Rose

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What have I been up to?

There hasn't been much posting here lately, I haven't done much scrapping either.  So what have I been up to?  You can see a lot of what I've been up to represented by my P365.  I've also been ...

Acquainting myself with my iPhone.  I'm enjoying the hipstamatic app.

My creation


I have to admit I've probably also sunk a few hours in playing Bejewelled and Strategy.

We celebrated Little Girl's birthday and I made a Super Epic Rainbow Cake and iced it with this.

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I've been reading a bit:


  • A well-written reminder that Christians do not look forward to an escape from the material. A common misunderstanding these days.
  • I've finished four books.
  • Little Girl and I finished reading Heidi together. She immediately took it to school to lend to her best friend so I think I can count that a success.


I've been cooking and have 3 more recipes to share as part of my 52 recipes series.

I've also been thinking a bit about how much of our family life I should write about on here. Big Girl is 11 now and I don't want to cause her embarrassment. She said I was mean for videoing her dance from her school concert and then doubly mean for showing the grandparents so I think you can understand how blogging could cause issues with her. I've decided the best course will be to get her permission to publish anything that specifically concerns her in the future.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mail, sea monkeys, swimming ... this week's P365

A letter in the mail from the boy.

Day 284 - In the Mail



SeaMonkeys ... second time around.

Day 285 - Sea Monkeys



Killing time in the car while the boy has his piano lesson.

Day 286 - Waiting



Her first day of squad.

Day 287 - Swimming Squad



Hoping the ceiling doesn't fall in before we knock the house down

Day 288 - Leak



My sister comes every second week for dinner on Sundays.

Day 289 - sunday night

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beer Braised Beef With Onions

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From HERE.  As you can see I substituted veges for the butter soaked bread.

It was good and easy but I probably won't be making it again and I'm not even sure why ... maybe I just wasn't feeling like a great hunking bit of meat that night. It was fab on toast for lunch the next day though.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Camp, diving, tooth ... this week's P365

I put them in late. Hoping I get some beans.

Day 277 - Broad Beans



He lost his second tooth at breakfast time.

Day 278 - Lost Tooth



Off on her first camp.

Day 279 - Camp



She finally got her wish and started diving lessons this term.

Day 280 - diving



She got home from camp today, then we were out at Snowsports Presentation night to receive their medals.

Day 281 - Medals



Relaxing in the garden enjoying a book and the beautiful spring weather.

Day 282 - Spring



He leaves tonight for China.

Day 283 - Packing

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

I haven't forgotten about my 52 recipes.  Here's one and I've got a couple more on the way. These bars are really easy because the base and the topping are the same mix. The kids helped me make these and we followed the recipe except we used strawberry jam instead of raspberry jam. I used the food processor to do the mixing ... mainly because I'm lazy. I would recommend microwaving the jam as she suggested. We didn't and the base lifted up in one section as I was spreading the jam. It didn't seem to cause a problem with the finished product though so if it happens to you don't worry too much.

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The verdict: An easy recipe and Little Girl and The Boy loved them. Big Girl didn't but she doesn't like oats.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Replay, birthday ... this week's P365

Big day for the birthday girl, pancake cake, lunch and shopping with Grandma and Grandad then her pick for dinner.

Day 270 - 9 Today



Late afternoon walk down to the beach.

Day 271 - Frontbeach



Came home from Pt Lonsdale and the other kids could finally give the presents they brought for her.

Day 271 - More Presents



A sore neck ... a sure sign of stress.

Day 272  - Heatpack



She's taken to hiding in various corners with her word search when she gets upset.

Day 273 - Hiding



Finally a result, and in our favour. Meanwhile I missed it taking the others to Sean W. Smith and then Dinner Tonite.


Day 273 - Go Pies



Pool games, diving boards and tarzan rope done ... food done ... now time for cake.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Back again with not last week's P365

Did you miss me?  With school holidays we've been busy with lots of different activities, including footy final, birthdays and holidays at the beach.  I could bore you with the details but I'll let my P365 do the talking.


The kids offering money all ready to go but we forgot to take it. It'll have to wait until next week.

Day 263 - Offering



Trying to dry her mass of hair in front of the fire.

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Cousins and second cousins enjoying a break and eating some cake.

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Lots of bike riding, a walk on the beach, then back home to catch some lizards.

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Hubby arrived down at Pt Lonsdale tonight with a surprise for me.

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We couldn't believe after everything it ended up a draw and they would have to go back next week.

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We took the opportunity to celebrate this week's 3 birthdays in one hit while we were all together.

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Be back tomorrow with last week's P365.