Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bed Bingo

There is a little bit of 'bed bingo' going on at our place at the moment. I'm not sure where the name came from, but when ever Tommy is away for more than three nights (three kids, three nights) we always say "bed bingo!!" which means the children can all have a turn of sleeping with me. We put names in a hat and decide the order that way.

Poppy was first up this time, she tried her very best to stay up until I came to bed, but just couldn't do it after a busy weekend. She has always slept with her hands above her head, and had a good old sleep talk about five times through the night. In the morning I love hearing about her dreams, and she had a giggle when I told her about her sleep talking.

Alexis was next, and it didn't take her long to whip Poppy's pillow off Tommy's side and put her own in place, she also put her slippers under the bed, dressing gown on the end of the bed, and brought in a bunch of stuffed animals and their accessories. Through the night she would find my hand and hold it, and in the morning she softly stroke my face until I woke (I wonder what woke me!). When it was time to get up, she didn't want to leave.

Rory and his sidekick 'woof woof' were last, everything he did it was because 'woof woof' said so, "I think Woof Woof needs to do a wee, I'll go check", "Woof woof would like a bed time story"...
He woke through the night and was excited to see I had come to bed, he cuddled me all night and wouldn't let go. Very sweet.

There are six more nights until Tommy comes home, but as we will be going away we won't play another round of bed bingo. I did enjoy my little sleeping buddies, but it will be nice to have the bed to myself tonight.

The bed will be full again at about 5.30 in the morning though, as that's when my little visitors start to trickle in for a morning cuddle. Woof woof and all.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Strawberry Picking

This morning we headed out to Longford to visit my Dad, pick some strawberries, and have a play at the park. 
We've been picking Strawberries at Longford Berries for years, the photo below is from 2013 when the twins we're 2.

It was a lot easier today, a lot cleaner too, no muddy toddlers to take home. I didn't even need a bucket, I just let the kids do all the work for me! 

We picked two kilos and will be back a few more times before Christmas to get some more berries for jams and other Christmas cooking. It was a bit early this morning for one of their ice creams, but they are so good we'll be back for one of those too.

The strawberries are so sweet, it's hard not to pop a few in your mouth, Rory was obsessed with the 'cute little ones', even though we kept telling him to get the big juicy red ones.

This afternoon the kids have been jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath, and just enjoying the start of the warmer weather.

The perfect end to the week. 

Hopefully it won't be so long between blog posts next time.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Liffey Falls

I can't believe we are in the term three holidays already, this year is flying by. We are a busy little family, and our calendar is always full.
It was nice to head out for a drive to Liffey Falls last weekend, even though we missed Tommy as he was working.

We did the easy 1km walk, with lots of stops on the way, where there are beautiful platforms to look at the falls from all angles. 

When we got to the bottom of the falls, we played on the river beds, climbing the fallen logs and skipping rocks.

It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.

Hopefully I'm back to share some more of whats been happening around here soon. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Week

 This week is book week, and most schools in our area have a day where you can dress up as a character from your favorite book.

This year Alexis went as 'Little Red Riding Rood', Rory went as 'The Grumpy Bear' and Poppy went as the Ladybug from "What The Lady Bug Heard Again"

 Poppy was a little hesitant about dressing up she didn't want her outfit to be 'baby-ish' but loved it when we put it all together, and was so excited when I said she could wear a bit of red lippy.

Alexis has a rhyming story of Little Red Riding Hood that she loves, and decided that most the other girls would go as princesses so she wanted to be different, and as Poppy was aloud to wear lippy, she insisted she needed to as well.

I thought I would be able to convince Rory to go as the Lumber Jack from Little Red Riding Hood, (because who doesn't love twins that match!), but he had his heart set on The Grumpy Bear (the same as last years costume), because he said it was 'warm and cosy', fair enough.

They had assemblies where they showed the rest of the school their costumes, and went to their 'buddy' class rooms to share the fun.

What a fun week to get children reading and sharing their favorite books!

Happy Book Week! xx

Monday, August 21, 2017


I love the saying "As Sunday well spent brings a week of content", this is so true for me, a Sunday spent with no particular plans but to spend time with family is the best kind of Sunday.

Yesterday Tommy had to work so the children and I took the short drive (30 mins) to Gravelly Beach, because I had seen that there was a pretty amazing park that I knew the children would love.  

It was the most gorgeous Winters day, but the air was very chilly, and we had to move around a lot to keep warm, the park was great, lots of things to play on for my three, who are growing out of the smaller park equipment, and need a bit more than slides and a swing.

We had morning tea, and walked down by the water, there was also a skate park, and they were all disappointed they didn't bring their skateboards and scooters. Next time.


There were a few jetty's to wander on, and watch people coming and going in their boats.

We then drove around the corner to the small fish and chip shop, and even though it was freezing, they all had an ice cream, and ate it on the bench with the most gorgeous view.

We followed the windy road around the beautiful old shacks and homes and found a tyre swing opposite an old shack, the children couldn't resist a play and could have stayed all day.

We came home just as Tommy was finishing work, and I popped a roast pork in the oven and started organising uniforms and lunches for the week.

I would say our Sunday was very well spent. The only way it could have been better is if Tommy could have come, but there is always next week.

Happy Monday! xx