Whirlwind week

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Hi everyone!
Wow what a week it has been. I am stuffed. Cannot wait for the week of Christmas to New Year, when Joel is off work and we are down relaxing by the Ocean! I haven't been able to blog as much as I would like because we have Joel's parents staying here with us from the USA, and his Aunty flies in to join us for Christmas this afternoon as well, which is very exciting, and it is her first visit to the land of Aus. On top of that, Ezra has decided that he likes waking up a lot at night, and then getting up with the sun rise at about 4.45am. So, as you may guess I am feeling pretty pooped. Excuses, Excuses I know, I should be more organised! But I can't be perfect you know!

I'm sure I'm the same as everyone else running around for last minute Christmas gifts, for people you forgot about or ideas that didn't 'come to you' for someone until just yesterday. I have two Turkeys to cook for Christmas Eve, we are making Pecan pies and Green Bean casserole, very American I know. On Christmas day it will be BBQ prawns (ie. Chuck another shrimp on the barbie!) plus an array of other meats. Hmmm, can't wait.

Only a few more days to go, and a few more things to do.
Come on we can make it through and then enjoy a fabulous time with family and friends.

This is as old pre-baby Christmas picture, because of course, this year, I just did not get time.
Angus dog is claiming to be a "good dog" with his stocking again this year. In fact, he is the only one in the house with a Christmas stocking, that doesn't really make sense.

I love my New Mums group!

Friday, December 16, 2011
I feel really blessed right now to have such a wonderful 'New Mums' group. When Ezra was 8 weeks old we headed off to our new Mum's group, a five week program run by the local Child Health Nurse. We all turned up a little bit disheveled and tired, still trying to figure out these new babies, but it was OK, because we were all in the same boat.

After the five weeks, we decided to keep meeting, we head down to the beach once a week and just hang out. There are about 16 of us, and it is so encouraging to hang out with other Mums who are in the exact same position. Another benefit as well is that many of them live within walking distance of my house, so we can just stroll down to the local cafe for a quick coffee or tea together between nap times.  Many have fly in fly out partners so the group is such a good way for them to have an outlet and a bit of sanity in their week.
I really love my group, I still am getting to know they other Mums, but I just feel like it is such a positive and important thing for me. I look forward to going and catching up, and seeing the massive changes in each baby on a weekly basis. We discuss parenting ideas, and ask for help dealing with certain problems, and just get to know one another. It is always nice to know your not alone, and that you have a great support group around you.  I think this is one Government initiative that is so positive, it makes many Mums feel that sense of community, I feel like I can walk around my suburb and bump into people I know along my travels.

I have no pictures of my group, but above is the beautiful location where we get together, it is so relaxing! I also added this awesome picture of Ez in his Camo outfit I just got for him. It may be a little too much.. but its soooo cute!


Colour help needed!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
When we renovated our kitchen earlier this year I had to find a place for my lovely retro kitchenette. It found a home in our dining room. Our dining room is a lot darker than the kitchen and I just don't like the way the kitchenette looks. I think it is time to paint it. Spruce it up a bit, but I am undecided about a colour, I need some ideas..
I'm thinking something light and bright, I would love to know what you think?
Then I can fill the top with fun bright retro plates and it will add something wonderful to the dining room!

Excuse the messy dining room. ha..
And me in the reflection.. Hiii

My Baby's Nursery (Finally)

Sunday, December 11, 2011
As promised, I have finally almost finished Ezra's nursery, so here are the pictures.

A few more things I want to do: Get  those puppy dog tail hooks from Ikea. I have some wall art I bought from Etsy coming to add, and I need some dark curtains to cover the windows so he stops waking up so early now that the sun is up a lot earlier! Also, I really want to paint the little side table a glossy bright fire engine red!!
I really do love his little room, and I hope that he loves it too!
I kinda went a little crazy with taking photos so I just thought I would add them all!!

I'm the Mum of a What?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A 4 month old...
Can you believe it, because I am having a hard time.
The last four months have gone by so fast, I no longer have a little baby who is content to just be cradled in my arms. Oh no, he loves to wriggle and squirm and stand up and throw himself around. I have a big whopping almost 7kg baby. 
 I love those big blue eyes, and his easy smile! He loves to smile and laugh at everyone, he isn't picky yet. I love that when I go to get him out of bed in the morning he squeals with delight and does a funny little wiggle, it makes getting up on those mornings where the bags are hanging wayyy under my eyes a whole lot easier. He is very desperate to get moving, whenever he is on the floor he is trying so hard to get somewhere, I'm not sure where but wherever it is I know soon enough I'll be run off my feet following him there.

It doesn't seem like that long ago that we were wondering what this lil man would look like, and taking bets on his hair colour. The last 17 weeks have flown by, but it has been such a wonderful journey. I cannot complain, because he is just a lovely boy, with a very sweet nature and loves to have fun. He rarely cries, and is pretty content just going with the flow. He makes my new job title as stay at home Mum a delight!
He had his first taste of real food, and he gobbled it all down. I didn't really think he would do any different, he has always been a very good eater (drinker).

My lil man is growing up, I need to remember to cherish every moment, because he will be running around before I know it.

Red Dog: The movie!

Thursday, December 1, 2011
I finally watched the movie Red Dog last night.

I have an older post about reading the book and being desperate to watch the movie, but when it was out in the cinema I was heavily pregnant and just could not handle sitting in a cinema seat for that long.

The book is really comprised of short stories rather than being a novel. It is a true story about Red Dog, a common dog for the people in the north west of Australia.

What is funny about the movie is that people are wearing company logo shirts of the same company my Dad used to work for at that time, my Dad actually spent a lot of time up north, and says that he remembers seeing Red Dog around. It is a really Aussie movie, and extremely well done. As for all dog movies it is a tad sad. The soundtrack is great! I absolutely loved it, and could watch it again and again.

So if you are on the hunt for a good movie to watch, and you want something a bit different, hopefully you can get a hold of this around the globe. Plus, you get a bit of an idea what the north west mining lifestyle in Australia was like in the 70's.

Definitely one of the best movies I have watched for a long time!