Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday

On Tuesday night I realised that I didn't really have anything 'extra' to do the next day, no doctors, dentists or speech therapy appointments, no pre-kinder or care for the twins, no play dates or playgroups. 
Now there is always plenty I can do around home, and I have a list as long as my arm of jobs I need to do in town but I thought I would make the most of this opportunity and take the twins on a little adventure.

Next year they start Kinder and from then on our time together becomes less and less.

We started at an old railway yard in our city, looking at the old trains, taking photos, exploring a new boardwalk and climbing on the sculptures.




I then told my delighted two that we were going to head off on the free bus to do a loop of town, they couldn't contain their excitement and took in the whole experience with a smile on their faces.


After the loop around town we then went to the local museum, and checked out the dinosaurs and other animals and then to the interactive section.  




It was amazing to see how much they enjoyed the exhibits, as I had taken them to the museum a few months ago and their interest level then was non existent. 


I will be sure to make more time for more little adventures like this before the year is out, perhaps next time we will get off the free bus and have a picnic in the park before hopping back on.

Do you spend time enjoying the city you are in?

Happy Thursday. xx

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sunday


A Sunday morning spent gathering wood for the winter months. 

Cutting, splitting, stacking and cleaning up the limbs into piles for bonfires in a few weeks.




My three wandered the paddocks, exploring and finding little pieces of nature to fill their basket.



Morning tea was a welcome rest from the heavy work.



Back home with a ute and trailer full of wood to unload and stack, three tired children and a roast to put on.



The best kind of Sundays I know. 

xx



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Portraits

As I'm not doing the "52" project this year, I thought I would have a little catch up, so here is a portrait of my three.

Alexis: 
3 years 6 months.
Likes: 
Dancing, singing, drawing, day care, pre-kinder, lego, sausages, mango, bananas.
Dislikes: 
Potato, the dark, having her hair brushed, bedtime, cheese.

Rory: 
3 years 6 months.
Likes: 
Cars, motorbikes, dancing, lego, jumping on the trampoline, bike riding, books, potato, bananas.
Dislikes: 
Avocado, jumpers, sitting in the pram, sitting still.

Poppy: 
6 years 5 months.
Likes: 
Camping, motorbikes, swimming, lego, drawing, craft, writing, learning to read.
Dislikes: 
Going to bed, the twins destroying her lego, having her hair up, wearing trousers or tights, sweet potato, bananas.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Haircut

Rory has been overdue for a haircut for some time. Getting to the hairdresses is a bit of a struggle, and as Alexis doesn't need a haircut, it's impossible to take them together without her getting upset because she wants a haircut too. 

So on the weekend I watched a few youtube videos on how to cut boys hair, got the clippers out and gave it a whirl (Rory wears a hat most of the time anyway so if it's really bad, no one would know.)



I was happy with how it turned out which was lucky because Rory liked that I had cut his hair so much that he didn't want to wear his hat for the rest of the weekend.

I would recommend giving it a go at home, it's easy, convenient and free!

Happy Tuesday. x

(You can find boy's hair cutting tutorials here)


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5k

Hello!... Yes I know, shock horror, a blog post! 

I know I have been missing in action for a few weeks, but hopefully I get out of my blogging 'funk' and be more consistent again soon.

Any hoo... I thought I would start with the 5k I ran on the weekend.
 I had made bit of a new years resolution to myself that I would enter the Women's 5k run for Cancer, which was held on Sunday in our town, I had run it once before, a few years ago and was hoping to beat my time and also increase my fitness in the process.


Getting out for a run wasn't the easiest task with Tom often working away and the three children as the twins are getting too big to enjoy being pushed in the pram. So I slugged it away on the treadmill every morning, with the occasional run outdoors. I chucked on my headphones, pumped up the music and enjoyed 30 minutes running and singing.


Every few days I could feel myself getting stronger, and as time went on I wasn't counting down how many minutes I had before I could stop, instead I found myself trying to sneak in an extra 10 or 15 minutes before the children starting looking for me.

 I printed off an 8 week '5k running plan for beginners', wrote it up on a calendar and stuck it next to the treadmill, it was so rewarding to slash a big cross on every day I had completed my run. I also downloaded the Nike+ app which is great for tracking your runs.

There were a few things I had to work around, like a some camping trips where I had to find time for a dusty/sandy run, or a few nights where I had been up with the twins for hours and was exhausted. Even then I still found ways to get my run in and always felt better for it.

On Sunday I was a little nervous but hoping to run under 45 minutes, my best time at home was 47 minutes and I was relying on the hype of the race to get me under 45. 


And I smashed it! I ran 41.01 which I was so proud of look forward to knocking it down even more next year.

The Women's 5k, is such a fun morning, with all the women cheering  and encouraging each other along the way. 

My next goal? Well I have been looking into a 5k Mud Run which is coming up next month, I will have to decide soon if I'm going to enter as I will need to start training again, as for now? I'm happy waddling around with sore legs for a few days. 

Hopefully you'll see me again soon...

Holli x


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Slow cooker beef korma

We love curry nights around here, we all enjoy some spice in our life and after a bit of perfecting they are very easy to whip up in the slow cooker, making for an easy Friday night or weekend dinner.

Here is my extremely easy Beef Korma recipe.

What you'll need:

1kg casserole beef
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp korma curry paste
2½ cups beef stock
400 ml can coconut milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
cinnamon stick



What to do:

I throw all of the above in the slow cooker and set for 5 hours, or longer if I'm leaving the house for the day. A minimum of 5 hours seems to make the meat juice and tender.


For the easiest nann (or 'flatbread') recipe check out Jamie's ripper here.

We serve with yoghurt and if the spice isn't to your liking a few chopped chillies or perhaps some diced cucumber to cool it down.

I also dice my beef and freeze ahead and even pop it in the slow cooker frozen.

Enjoy. x

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Australia Day Weekend

With Poppy back at school yesterday (Grade 1!!) and Tommy home from work, I had a chance to go over some photos from our Australia day long weekend. 

And what an amazing weekend it was, with a bunch of friends we were off on the Friday afternoon in our four wheel drives and heading to some dunes about an hour away for a lovely getaway.


Camping, beaching, quad bike riding, four wheel driving, dune climbing, marshmallow cooking, exploring and more.




With lots of other little children it always makes for a more relaxing (seems crazy I know) time as everyone is in the same frame of mind watching all the children and they all play so lovely together. Plus when they are all tucked up in bed of a night everyone appreciates a glass of wine around the fire more than ever! 








We had almost perfect weather, with only one night being a bit windy and rainy but it soon cleared up and was followed by a scorcher of a day (Tasmania for you!)

The children loved climbing the dunes which was fantastic for a good nights sleep and riding down them on the sand boards was so much fun.




We always love decorating our 1970's pop up camper with flags or whatever to have a bit of a festive feel and as it's usually Poppy who decides what the decorations are, she loves the feeling of being involved in the setting up process.

Overall we had a fantastic weekend and can not wait to do it a few more times before the summer is over!!

What did you do for the long weekend?

Holli x