Sunday, April 29, 2012

Family Weekend

Reading, coffee, tasty food, rain, birthday party.... It was good:)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Good Food

So, during my stay in America I'm hoping to cook some meals for Izzie and her family and for those who are graciously allowing me to stay in their home (Aaron's family).

I've been thinking of some recipes that might suit and wanted to cook something that had a bit of an Aussie feel to it. Lewy suggested a sausage sizzle.. which yes, is a great Aussie tradition, but not one I'm sure my dinner guests will appreciate!

Lewy and I then came up with one of our favourite things to cook - Sweet chilli marinated prawns cooked on the BBQ. Although that might encourage some 'shrimp on the barbie' type jokes ha!

I've decided a beautiful salad is a must.. maybe  a Barley & Honey Roast Pumpkin Salad

Maybe some of these beauties for a lunch..

or some Mushroom Burgers (drool!)

There is also one of my favourite dishes - Roasted Pumpkin with red onion and fetta pastries. That might be a good option as well.. with a side of fresh baby spinach leaves with balsamic vinegar.

The options are endless!  Must get those recipe books out again ....

Throw your ideas my way!!


Today is Anzac Day and we have enjoyed a peaceful day together, reading, watching cartoons, playing outside.. it's a beautiful day. :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Single Mother

I'm a single mum tonight.. with Lewy on his work trip to New Norcia. I must mention, that the last time Lewy went to work in New Norcia (which if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you'll know it's the only monastic town in Australia.. therefore lots of history!). So anyway, Lewy having to install 'some kind of electrical thing' drilled a hole through a book case, as per the instructions given... little did he know that he actually drilled in the exact place that had a signature in chalk at the back that was written 100 years ago! Oops! Obviously all was forgiven, as he was requested again for new work!

So back to me being a single mum for one night... I'm nailing it.. house is spotless, washing on the line (please, please don't rain.. I only have a tiny bit of washing left to do... it can rain after I've caught up!) boys are tucked up in bed sound asleep, I have done my work for my other boss, and I'm ready and waiting for The Voice to start AND if I'm still feeling on a high from rocking out my single mum status, I might even be a rebel and stay up to watch Revenge. Woah.. it's all happening over here!

It makes me giggle quietly at work, when I hear the girls talking about their all-nighters... for example, just this Saturday night gone, the girls headed out into Northbridge. As promised they sent me some photos throughout the night and some info of what they were up to. While they were heading into town to begin their party night.. I was warmly tucked up in bed, watching Poirot. Yes. Poirot. Please tell me there is someone else out there who has taken a liking to this show?! (FYI, it's about a French detective.. who solves all these cool mysteries). So anyway, the funny part is - that I was SO happy to be in bed with zero interest in being out in the cold, attending nightclubs. Those days are over for me and I'm not sad to see them go!

Ohhh but the memories are there! Ah, the fun I used to have! Lisa was often my partner in crime and without fail, we would end up in crazy situations which would result in fantastic stories that we would laugh about later on. Not withstanding, some interesting nights we had at The Lookout in Scarborough... which I might mention is no longer there?! (Is it still there? I'm pretty sure it closed down?), finishing off the evening with a kebab or chips.. and I still remind Lisa about one particular night where we were happily eating some chips to sober us up a little, when I came across a young girl who I swear was there just to haunt my dreams.. still gives me the shivers just thinking about! Lisa, I know you are grinning right now :P

In my late teens, a friend and I would head out to Subiaco every.single.Friday night and get home around 5am every Saturday. Um. How is that possible? If I tried to do that now-a-days, I'd be asleep on the alcohol spilt floor by 10pm. ha!

But it's all apart of living it up in the age appropriate way. And yes, I sure did live it up! Which is why.. when I know people are heading out to Northbridge for an all-nighter..these days I'm more than happy to stay at home watching TV :)

While people are out there partying.. I'm reading my way through one book after another. I'm on a roll. Up to the 3rd and final book in the Hunger Game Series.

Right... my shows are on, gotta go!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


First of all, thank you guys for your lovely messages after yesterdays post. It means more to me than you know :)

Just a quick one tonight. Not too much to report but I figured I better not break the cycle of updating every day this week :)

Watched this tonight... it's definitely worth a look....

I'm almost finished the 2nd book in the Hunger Games series, dying to get to the end... these books are fantastic.

Good night and sweet dreams xx

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Sam officially has more of a social life than I do... today he enjoyed his friend from daycare's birthday party at McDonalds. Not the best photo below, but I love it as you can see he is not taking his eyes off that cake!


I had all these other things I was going to write about on today's post... but I can't think clearly past getting my confidence knocked big time by some very unkind words said to me. Isn't it funny how when people compliment us we kinda take it for granted.. but when someone criticises you, it's the only thing you can think about.

So I won't go into details, my lips are sealed as to who and what happened, but I will say I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me. In a big way. I still feel like I'm licking my wounds hours after the event.

The unkind words, were directed straight to my character.... it hurt .. a LOT. I'm yet to process all of this, I have tears in my eyes just writing this post. Tonight I will spend some quiet time, moving on, praying, and not letting these words get the better of me.

Tomorrow.. is a new day :)

Friday, April 20, 2012


Well I finally did it. I wrote my To Do List for America. Yes I did it while I was at work.. which was naughty.. but I was in the ‘zone’ and running with my organised flow.

I blurred most of the list out.... because certain things like *buy a new bra* etc etc, don’t really need to be plastered on my blog :P
Surprise, surprise! The list wasn’t nearly as daunting as I thought it was going to be, I actually don’t have TOO much to do.. even managed to tick a few things off the list in the space of a few minutes.
So I'm feeling back in control and ready for these next few weeks to hurry up, so I can board that plane and settle in for the long flight... after I buy a new bra of course :P
In other news...Jacob seems to be doing just fine after his good night's sleep. I think a restful weekend is just the ticket for him to make sure he doesn't get too overtired, and unwell again. He's a strong little soldier. 
We had a little party at work this afternoon, to celebrate one of our team who I think is from Sri Lanka.. but don't quote me on that, I could be totally wrong... but he received his residency this week and he wanted to treat us all to a little party to celebrate the wonderful news. He is such a lovely man, so gentle and kind... it was really nice to enjoy celebrating with him. 

Our Financial Controller on the left, the party boy 'New Aussie Resident' in the middle, our Maintenance Man on the right.

I have to say, our FC (on the left), is one of the nicest men you'll ever meet. The way he views life, the way he is kind and respectful of everyone he comes into contact with, the time he gives you when you need it.... I learn so much from him. I feel very lucky to work in a place with people who have such great character. 
I'll finish with some photos I took while driving to work... 

I love driving past this stretch of land on my way to work... it's beautiful.

I also love driving through this part... it's so peaceful, with beautiful trees lining the roads..

And of course, you all know how much I love the good old 'car mirror shot'! That view right?! Isn't it stunning?

Today was a very good day...and a good finish to a VERY busy week. I'm looking forward to crawling into bed, reading for a bit and then having an early night. Bring on the weekend, a very relaxing one with my boys!

Good night my friends :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012


My Dad has come to the rescue.. and I'll be borrowing his camera for America :) Phew!

Now that I've got that good news sorted... let's get on with the post :P

It's a travel year for our family. My mum flew out to England this morning for 3 weeks with a friend, and arrives back with a week to spare before I leave. Then in July Mum and Dad are going on a 21 day cruise. Then towards the end of the year Lewy and I will be heading to Bali/Thailand.. somewhere around there for a week by ourselves! BY OURSELVES! This is the year for travel. Oh I mustn't forget, Lewy is travelling all the way to New Norcia next week for a few days work. Better get his Passport ready :P

Today I started work at 7.30am and did not stop until I looked at the clock at noticed it was almost 4pm. Today FLEW by. Extremely productive and I managed to win some brownie points with my boss by putting on my 'Mrs Efficient' cap. :P

I went to pick up my chickens from daycare, and could see straight away that my littlest chicken was not well :( Fingers crossed it's a speedy recovery and something a good nights sleep can fix. As much as I hate seeing my babies unwell, I won't say no to the beautiful cuddles they give and the chance to have them snuggle up close for comfort. It's priceless, that beautiful bond that grows even stronger.. when our children know that they can be secure in our love and comfort when they need it the most.

Before Daycare:

After Daycare:

Time to switch off the computer and read. Did I mention I'm reading the 2nd book in The Hunger Games series? (Catching Fire). These books are addictive.

It's true guys... get reading!;

"a reader lives a thousand lives before they die. those who never read live only one."

Good night and sweet dreams xxx

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Hump Day..... yep. Survived it. Another busy one, which started bright and early to head to South Perth to take the Minutes of a Board Meeting. Then onto work to plough through the paperwork. It was a good day, that flew by so quickly.

Meanwhile.. back at the ranch.. or 'Caversham Wildlife Park', Sam and Jacob chucked a sickie from Daycare and went out with Crystal and Toby for the day. They loved it! They fed kangaroos, patted a wombat, held a lucky are they?!

Some random things:

1. I thought 'The Voice' was on tonight. It was not. I was devastated.
2. The fact that I do not currently own a working camera (iPhone does NOT count), saddens me very much.
3. This made me laugh so much...
4. I'm too tired to finish this... need bed. Night night.. x

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Today was crazy busy. My desk looked like a bomb went off producing mounds of paperwork. Strangely enough, it was a good day and I managed to do a massive amount of stuff... leaving me feeling very proud of my efforts!

Oh don't worry though, my personal To Do List is still sky high.. and I'm still gladly ignoring it for now. I think I might need someone to come over, sit me down, let me tell them everything I need to do.. and ... then they go do it. Any takers? :P Working conditions are comfortable, your boss is friendly and will provide you with wine and lots of chats ... please forward your resume and you will be hired straight away. :P

Off topic.. and totally random. But 'The Voice'. Oh! I'm in love! I started watching it just so there was something on in the background while I waited for 'Revenge' to come on, while reading at the same time.. (oh yeah guys, I'm living the procrastinators dream right now!) and .. TEARS! Love it! I think I love Delta... I would have chosen her for sure. Seal... not sure, he seems nice enough. I'm too reserved for Joel Madden although he seems like a fantastic guy, and Keith Urban... yep he seems really nice too. If I was on The Voice.. I would choose (oh this is so hard! how do I choose?!)... da da da dum... Delta :) or Keith... or Joel... or Seal. Now.. to learn how to sing. :P She's my fav so far. Gives me goosebumps.

The conversation with my boss today:

Boss: "When are you going on holidays?"

Me: "My last day at work is May 17th.. I'll then be gallivanting around America.. yay!"

Boss: "Oh that's right.. are you going to Chicago?"

Me: " Umm... that's random... no.. LA, Colorado & New York"

Boss: "I want to go to Chicago, and.. Texas one day, even just to fly over it... "

Me: "Okay... right."

Boss: "Have you exchanged your money yet, and gotten your US dollars? The interest rates are going to go down, I'd say, around next week.. which means the exchange rate will go up.. so you'd better get some money now.. how much will you can use our American Express card to exchange without commission....." he continued with financial stuff I don't understand.... 

Me: (quietly having a meltdown).. "Ummmmmmm"

Boss: Discussing lots of financial things I don't understand and talking about stuff I don't know... 

Me: "Okay, great, thanks for that advice".

Needless to say, my boss used to be a Bank Manager... he lost me at .... well.... way long ago :P

Izzie. Um. Please don't leave me by myself for too long. Goodness knows what trouble I'm going to get myself in while I'm in America!

Goodnight ... and sweet dreams,

Monday, April 16, 2012


Monday... done and dusted.

I've actually come to that point now, where I've got so many things to organise.. it's made me stand still like a deer caught in the headlights. :P Seriously. Instead of working through my To Do List.. I now just curl up on the couch and read and pretend like I have nothing to do. What will happen is that 1 week before I leave for America, I'll have a complete spaz out and run around like a nutter trying getting everything done....until I fall in a stressed out heap and Lewy calmly picks me up and tells me it's not that bad and to put things into perspective :P  Until then... I'll bury my head in the sand :P

So healthy it's disgusting right?! Ha! Cruskits with cream cheese, tuna and roma tomatoes.. with a delish side of snow peas.

 Right better go... I have a book to read :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Popcorn and Mary Poppins

Sometimes you don't know quite what you need until it's happening right in front of you. Lisa and Isaac came over for a spontaneous Sunday morning visit, and while the kids played, Lisa and I caught up over a coffee.

Poor Lisa... before I knew it I was unloading all my emotions and stresses felt from the week. It felt so good to share it with a friend and for it to be met with total understanding. It was a lovely, loud, busy catch up, with toys spread out throughout the lounge room... perfect :)

Then after lunch, Sam and I had a special movie date complete with popcorn and Mary Poppins.


The boys just came in with my suitcase, telling me they were off to America. (My suitcase and carry on bag have now been named 'the America bags') I'm pretty sure they are hatching a plan to take Marley on the trip too... :P

If you have noticed Sam's haircut ... well, there is a story to that. Sam always goes to the hairdressers with Nanna.. and yesterday was no different. Off they went, and in the salon at the same time were a family with 5 boys... it seems that Sam must have gotten confused with one of the boys, and given the same short shave! Apparently the poor hairdresser, upon realising that this is not the usual length that Sam gets, looked quite worried about the consequences. I assured Sharon that it was just hair and it will grow back :) Sam thinks it's pretty cool so that's all that matters!

I must mention how beautifully subtle Lisa is though... after we settled in with our coffee in hand, she casually mentions "oh Sam's had a haircut?" ... and then "is it always that short?"... love it.. she's so sweet when it's clear she has noticed that we have made our child look like he's just been released from prison :P

I've been informed that Sam and Jacob have returned from America. "Oh wow! How was your trip?"... "Not too bad"... "What was the best part of your holiday?"..... "Having lunch.. but I couldn't find any grapes". Interesting. Izzie..for future reference, are grapes readily available in America? I must remember to inform Sam where he can purchase them from next time :P

Almost time to start the working week again, time for my brain to kick back into gear :P

Saturday, April 14, 2012


It's Saturday night, 7:08pm and Golden Girls is on the TV in the bedroom. I can't bring myself to watch 'Real Housewives of Beverley Hills' or 'Jersey Shore'.. my brain cells disappear faster than I can revive them .. :P

Today was gorgeous. The weather was stunning. My boys were happy. In the morning, while the boys were running around like nutters, and Lewy and I were sitting on the couch with our coffee... I picked up 'Bloom' and couldn't put it down. Finally I made myself put it away and promised myself that once I cleaned the house, Jacob would go down for a nap, Sam would be out on a special trip with Nanna and I could sit down and read.

I finished the book and loved every single word. The book is no longer at my house, I've already let someone borrow it... and I know they will love it as much as I did. Val.. Lisa.. you are next on my "lend to list". And finally, I'll pack it in my suitcase and it will travel to America, where I will leave it in the hands of Izzie :)

Lewy made a special meal tonight, fish and chips. We're not talking regular fish and chips.. oh no. He went to a seafood store, picked out the best fish he could find. Researched the best beer batter recipe, and served up a mouth watering meal.

I must admit, after the happenings of the week, I made sure today that I let my mind breathe. I let it relax and unwind and not analyse things too much. I just focussed on enjoying being with my family (and reading of course :P). Although I wouldn't be me, if I didn't have a few moments towards the evening where I let my mind run... I stood in the bathroom, contemplating my life's journey. Looked in the mirror and said "Is this what you expected of me God? and I'm doing you proud?" amongst other things :P (I tend to have long drawn out conversations with God... I often think He needs to grab a cuppa when I start going :P)

Today was good. I hope yours was too :)