Saturday, October 16, 2010
It was a great practise for the up and coming lollipop markets and I can't wait to try out some of my christmas merchandising ideas:)
On to the girls....
Recently we decided it was time for the girls to have a toy room to house their ever growing collection of toys that seem to have spread themselves all over our house... even encroaching on the bathroom at times lol! So last weekend we had a big clean out and now have a brand spanking new, fully stocked toy room!
Both the girls love the result (it still needs a coat of paint!!) and it has really helped tidy up the house. I love having a place to throw all the toys at the end of the day and we can just shut the door on the mess if need be. Another bonus is that Delilah is playing with toys she had forgotten about due to the previous chaos!
Time for a Mackenzie update.... She is now ten months, and while entirely capable of navigating the entire house backward on her belly she is not yet crawling. She gets up on her knees and rocks back and forth and she even gets into a spider crawl with only her hands and toes touching the ground, but as Miss D brings her evertyhing she needs she has not yet found a good reason to go anywhere. No teeth yet either... but I think the top and bottom front teeth are only days away!!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Well firstly I have been sick for weeks on end, though I am finally feeling alot better I will be heading off for a blood test on Saturday morning to determine what exactly it is that I am lacking that has made my immune system plummet in function. So anything unessential (like blogging and housework!) has fallen by the way side.
I have walked the city to bay (not run it) in an excellent time of 1 hour 38 minutes, which was 435th out of 7100 people, so I was quite proud.... though very hobbled the next day lol! I managed this with my sister Tatum, who spurred me along all the while with me coughing up a lung!
I have turned 29. The last year of my 20's.... bring it on!
I have celebrated 10 years of partnership with luke (5.5 years married!). A wonderful 10 years, and oh how things have changed in that time!
I have been in a sewing frenzy getting ready for a slew of markets and making new products for Verri Charmed.
I have been getting back into the work groove:(
Mostly I have been slowing down the pace with the girls. I decided I had been pushing us to move to fast through the days and decided that if Miss D wants to pick up every rock in the garden before getting in the car, I will let her, because while time is precious, somethings are more important than others.....
Sunday, August 29, 2010
It has been a glorious weekend with a hint of spring in the air... and as usual very busy, between work for me, newborn twin cuddles (my friend Lauren just had twin boys!), shopping, dinner with friends and afashion parade, it has, as usual, disappeared! I snapped the photos above late yesterday afternoon, poor Miss D is still sporting daycare war wounds on her face, but I felt that these pics captured a little of the "two-peas-in-a-pod" relationship my girls have developed. I think Miss D is soon to have a little shadow.....
Little Miss M is crawling now.... we sort of. She gets up on all fours and stays there for a minute then scoots herself backwards into a lying position and repeats until she gets struck somewhere. It's gorgeous to watch. She's also just had another first... her first ear infection:( She's on her second lot of antibiotics now as her ear flared up one day after completing the last lot. I fear we are heading down the grommet track again.
And now to Miss D.....
I came home from work yesterday morning and was greeted by Delilah with this drawing "My fammie picture Mummy". The blue one is Delilah complete with the curly hair (I'm loving that she isolated herself and made her different to the rest of us... a unique being) The big brown one is Daddy (note the join between his eyes.... his "gasses Mummy") the one up the top is me, and the tiny one at the bottom is Kenzie. I am used to little Miss D coming up with these drawings now, but I am still amazed at the pace with which she improves, the detail in them is fantastic. I love her artistic talent, this drawing will be going in a frame:)
So now I'm sitting here on a Sunday night, facing down the barrel of another week in which time will move much too fast, measured by the milestones of my little ones... but this week Spring will be sprung and now there is the promise of warmer days and nights ahead in which to continue enjoying life:)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Mackenzie 8 months and Delilah 2 years 4 months
Mackenzie hadn't really been making sounds... she squeals alot(!) but it was only just the other day that I commented to Luke that little M seemed a bit slow in getting out her "mummummum" in fact I wasn't even going to fight over "dadadadad" being first, I was just keen for her to start on some "words"...
Well, yesterday afternoon, just as I was presenting her with lunch, I got the very first "Mmmmuummm"! I did a small happy dance, told her she was the best baby anyone could wish for, tried to get her to do it again (all the usual mum stuff) then resigned myself to the fact my little one had just taken an enormous leap and that I should not expect to hear it again soon (D first said it at 7 months, but I didn't hear it again for about 2 weeks)....
So... this morning as a prize for being the wonderful presenter of breakfast (oh how little M loves food) I was rewarded willl "Mmmmummuummummum.... Daddadad... Bahbub?", it seems she had decided to get all of her expected sounds out at once:) And now typically, despite my wishes to hear that beautiful little voice I am sad that it is all going to fast again... don't start crawling too soon Kenzie lol!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
At the moment I am waiting with baited breath to see If I am a sucessful applicant for the up and coming Lollipop Markets http://lollipopmarkets.blogspot.com/. I wasn't going to apply, because I don't think that I'm good enough, but then I decided that it was worth a shot, so telling myself the outcome didn't matter I put in my application last weekend... now a couple of days later it is evident that I do care about the outcome as I am eagerly hanging on to every Lollipop Facebook status update lol! Oh well if I'm not sucessful I already have my work cut out for me getting ready for October and November Goodwood Mum's and Bubs Markets http://www.mumsandbubsmarket.com.au/.... but still... fingers crossed!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
We have tried all the tricks to no avail and we have a strict routine because if we deviate even slightly we are up all night and it takes a week to recover. Mostly we just accept this, particularly as she has been plagued with ear infections during this time and also she is so tall (100cm at 2.3 years) that we know all those rapid growth spurts can't be comfortable, however it made me sad when I realised that we miss out on fun with her at times because we are so wound up about the thought of no sleep.
I am the kind of person who would gladly sleep 12 hours straight every night so the lack of sleep has been a huge adjustment. For the most part I just deal with it because the Joy of every other moment totally out weighs no sleep, but sometimes it all comes crashing down, and today is one of those days.
I'm writing this as little Miss D is curled up next to me asleep (!) on the couch. She is so very peaceful at the moment... I wonder what goes on in that little mind to make it all go so very wrong? All I know is I will keep on dealing with it, because she is Delilah and I wouldn't have her any other way.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sitting up by herself very happily and steadily... infact it's hard to get her to be in any other position. It makes me laugh because she still barely rolls, in fact only when she REALLY wants something.
Mackenzie is changing by the day, she is now 73cm tall and I would estimate about 9kgs. She has a fair heft to her lol! She recently started giving real little cuddles which is just so lovely and allows you to know when you've been missed or needed. She is still giving Luke a hard time on Tuesday nights when I'm at work. She goes off to bed fine and then wakes after about an hour and cries and cries... I've told Luke he might need to start wearing one of my jumpers to settle her as this is a rare occurance when I am home, but happens everytime I'm out.
Mackenzie is a true delight, she laughs at her sister, blows raspberries constantly and sits back and takes in everything around her. Love her to pieces:)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Accompanied with the declaration of "Mummy and Daddy". Yes Daddy was the boy with the cowboy hat and boots and Mummy was the girl with the eyelashes, ribboned hat and high heels... and yet again (at 2 years and 3 months) I say it's all happening too fast! P.S. Those faces that she has been drawing for months are now a constant feature in all drawing sessions and she has added pupils to the eyes!!!
Just a little added extra, little M will be 7 months on friday... she is now sitting easily on her own. She has this beautiful straight posture about her and it just makes her look sooooooo very cute (and tiny) when she is sitting up, I haven't managed a pic yet, but I will soon.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
So where are we at now with Miss M?
- Height: 68.5cm
- Weight: 8.25 Kg
Yes, she's still a chubba bubba and she is still an absolutely delightful baby. She sleeps at least 16 out of 24 hours still, though most of that is over night. She is now very close to sitting by herself for extended periods. She rolls around and blows raspberries. She laughs when her sister cries (it makes it very hard for me to keep a straight face!). She wraps her arms tightly around our necks and squeals and giggles in your ear. She eats three meals a day including meat(!) and still has six or seven feeds from me, her enthusiasm for her food has her Daddy and I absolutely enthralled. She is becoming a little person more and more everyday, which is amazing and fascinating!
I have one week left now of maternity leave which is quite sad for me, and I worry how my little Miss M is going to take her day and a half of daycare, because she is such a Mummy's girl (in typical 6 month old style she cies when I leave the room!). I guess only time will tell, but most likely, just as she does with everythng else she will take it all in her stride.
Monday, June 14, 2010
However.... for the time being at least I return to having a little more time on my hands because I don't have another market stall until November. This last week has been really very difficult. Both the girls and myself have been sick and I have been worn thin. I only have three weeks of maternity leave left so it's time to take a step back and enjoy every moment for what it is, bcause time is marching on much to fast....
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Suit kept her entertained all day! When toting her around to various destinations there was no need to remember toys as she was so facinated by her own clothing, and her determination to eat the gorgeous birdie covered yoyos lasted until her bath in the evening. The best part.... it was a true test of my sewing abilities... the embelishing held up to all the vigorous testing that Miss M had to offer! Love it! Love her:)
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Delilah will sit for ages at the kitchen table playing with play dough. We have quite a collection of it through gifts and car boot sale purchases (bargain $1 never been used sets!). She loves it... and will spend quite some time making snakes and balls as well as facial appendages ("Eyebrows for you Mummy!") as well as the less encouraged doggy poos. My only problem with the play dough is her addiction to it in an oral sense, after the tenth time of "Stop eating it Delilah!" it usually gets packed away for another day.
Mackenzie however, loves the "Jolly Jumper". She would jump for hours on end if I let her. Delilah never really got the hang of it, it was more of a jolly dangle for her, but Miss M springs from flattened feet into the air as high as she can go over and over again, squealing with delight and really it puts a smile on my face, like nothing else, to see her enjoying it so much:)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Jessie will probably be cross with me for this picture lol! I love it though, it shows intense concentration and care for what she is doing.... despite the fact I had been considering taking to Miss D's mullet with a pair of kitchen scissors:) We finished of a lovely day with a big hot bowl of Potato, Leek and bacon soup from Donna Hay Modern Classics 1 and warm banana bread from Marie Claire Kitchen.
I've been feeling a little flat today. We have been really busy lately and I haven't had a moment just to stop and sit really. Right now I have two little ones taking a very rare tandem nap and I am enjoying a few moments of quiet to myself. These moments are few and far between lately... but I probably wouldn't have it any other way:)
Monday, May 24, 2010
I was sitting in bed feeding Miss M this morning at 5.45 when the was the unmistakable sound of Miss D waking up (read: a couple of yells) followed by several loud crashes...Luke and I exchanged a look which clearly said "Oh crap here we go! Wait for the crying!", only to find she appeared at our door moments later carrying the mountain of Ted, her pillow and her blanket. Needless to say I never got back to sleep, even after Mackenzie was safely back asleep in her cot and Delilah was tucked in in between us because I couldn't stop laughing. I think she must take after me......
Friday, May 21, 2010
I was a little distracted on the computer just before dinner the other night. I was trying to get out some e-mails concerning Verri Charmed sales. Delilah was behind me on the couch scratching my back in a quite pleasant fashion with what I thought was a fork.... nope, it turned out to be a biro, she was actually doing a very detailed drawing... doh!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
"...I'm not a hero, I'm just a girl who believed in her dream."
How awesome. I must admit I have rolled my eyes several times when hearing media coverage of Jessica Watson's plight. However, it really hit me this morning just how amazing this girl really is, I can't even fathom the courage she has shown in the pursuit of her dream. As a mother I can only hope that my girls grow up believing in themselves in the same way this girl has done.... though I can probably do with out them circum-navigating the globe in a little sail boat at age 16 because I may have a heart attack!
Friday, May 14, 2010
I am so happy with the result! I hope others like them too:)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
On the menu for this evening we had home cooked pureed pears... oh so tasty lol! The result was this:
Absolutely loved it! she ate at least a tablespoon worth before getting a bit over excited and grabbing my spoon hand and shoving it a bit too far into her mouth... she was a little more subdued after that lol!
It will be interesting to see if it makes any difference to Mackenzie's sleep tonight... but it was the first night for a while that she stopped short of completely draining me of milk and then crying for more! I do love introducing my babies to new food, however it is a little bitter sweet when you are no longer your bubba's sole source of food. Oh well, I guess we've jumped head first onto that food testing rollercoaster for a second time:)
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Excellent recipe... very excellent cake:)
We shared this cake with my Mum and Luke's mum this morning, relaxing on a beautiful day in our backyard, while Miss M slept and Miss D ran around the yard finding rocks to give as presents:)
This morning began with a rendition of "Happy Birthday To You!" From Delilah. Luke had told her to come and say happy Mother's Day to me, and that was her interpretation I guess! I decided to forgo my Present for my photo shoot the previous week and a delightful 2nd Anniversary/Mother's Day dinner at Windy Point with the "Cronies" last night, so I was suprised to find a small gift waiting for me amongst Miss M's nappies when I went to change her, a Copy of "Flashdance"... yep aparently my girls have already cottoned on to my love of dance movies;)
Next came with the affore mentioned morning tea with the Mums. Then Lilah and Mackenzie had a nap and Luke and I managed a small rest ourselves. When both the girls were up we got out the pram and set off for a walk to Jetty Rd, Brighton, along the Esplanade on a mission for hot chips to take to the park. It was a beautiful walk, the day was just so mild for May and the water was so calm, there were so many families about... even some brave (read: crazy) people were swimming! Delilah and I had a great time running around the park, taking it in turns to catch one another while Luke and Miss M chilled on the grass.
We have just finished of the day with a hot bowl of Tomato and Basil soup, my own soon-not-to-be-so-secret-recipe:
- 2Kg Tomatoes diced
- 2L Vegetable stock
- 4 Red onions diced
- 1 cup Red lentils
- 2Tbs Butter
- 2Tsp minced garlic
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add onions and garlic, cook till transparent. Add lentils and tomato and cook for a minute. Add stock and basil to taste. Bring to boil and then simmer until the tomato is tender. Blend until smooth. Serve with fresh basil leaves and cream to taste. Makes heaps!
Very tasty if I do say so myself and Delilah LOVED it!
It has been a really nice day, though I can't believe that it is already my third Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Right now... Mackenzie loves "flying". I hold her up above my head and she giggles.
Right now... Delilah is attached to her Ted, pillow, cot blanket and the quilt Tatum made for her 2nd birthday. When she gets up in the morning, at rest time and bedtime she MUST have "po, Ted, banket and big banket".
Right now.... Miss M loves to make eyes at her Daddy. She will stare at Luke until he looks at her and then she will grin and turn her head coyly to the side.
Right now... my girls adore one another, their Daddy and myself.
Right now... is a good place to be:)
Monday, May 3, 2010
This morning she wanted to play with her puzzles, but I told her she had to pick up her tea set and put it away first, thinking that I would have to do it for her.... but no, as soon as the words left my mouth she was running around collecting up the tea set and putting it away... amazing.
This afternoon we were reading stories... Mackenzie had gotten a bit sick of this so I had put her down on the floor to roll around... she was making quite a bit of noise, so Delilah grabbed her own precious Ted and wedged him in next to Mackenzie saying "Here Kenzie, play with Ted".
While Mackenzie was having a nap earlier Delilah and I spent about 45mins in the backyard. She found a frisby and made me stand back so she could throw it to me ("no Mummy, get back!"), I watched at my allocated distance for about 10mins while she tried to throw it, yelling "Oops!" everytime she threw it and it landed in a less than desired spot (read: everytime she threw it!).
She also spent a little bit of time looking at the books by herself while I was feeding Miss M. She had "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and was turning the pages saying things like "Friday, five Oranges" and " Monday, apples!" She made me giggle when she turned to the last page and yelled "A Caterpillar!". Lol as anyone who has ever read the book will know that on the last page the caterpillar has turned into a butterfly!
Delilah's language skills increase every day it absolutely amazes me. I can't believe I created these little Beings... and now watching them develope and grow constantly blows my mind.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
- Height 67.5cm
- Weight 7.6kgs
- Head 41cm
Yep she's tall and well feed! It's funny how proud you feel when your baby has excellent weight gains, you know that you are getting at least one thing right! lol!
Mackenzie is a quiet little thing. She sits back and observes everything, and she is still a very sleepy little bubba. We have to get her hearing tested again which I have mixed feelings about. On one hand I'm not worried at all as it is obvious she is not profoundly deaf and therefore any hearing issues would be minor in comparison. On the other hand she is my baby and I don't want her to experience any difficulties in life.
My poor little bubba is sporting a number of scratches at the moment from a attack which involved a little to much love from a boy in my mother's group. Miss M cried for about 10 secs after being clobbered and then got over it... yet we are still hearing about Lilah's "finger ouchie" that resulted from a fall at the same time! I love how different my two girls are and it will be interesting to see how that pans out as they get older!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Me : "Look what I've made for you Baby! What is it?"
Delilah: "A cat! Neeeiow!.... I eat him Mummy!"
Next was the unvailing of "The Big Special Present":
I made her some headbands as part of her birthday present. I will take some photos to upload soon:)
Next it was time for this:
We finished off the Party with a lazy sit around with the cronies which was the perfect down time for me (I was knackered!), followed by a mammoth afternoon nap from Miss D and an early dinner at Gringos Mexican Restraunt ( a good old favourite).
It was a lovely day and I know Delilah really enjoyed herself, and I am now wondering just what this next year has in store for the Verri family.
I will finish up with this photo of Mackenzie:
And mention that I am embarking on a new scary project, which I will reveal in time:)