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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Having japanese food at the Beach

On Sunday night for dinner we went to the local japanese restaurant and had some yummy japanese food. I had a wonderful soup with tempura prawns and vegetables and Jas had a combination seafood dish with rice. Joaquin ate my udon noodles and pork and vegetable dumplings and dim sims. Very nice.

card catalog find

I was very much inspired by the card catalog from Poetic home and by sheer luck came across one being sold on ebay in Sydney and got it for $AU 99.00. It is not as nice at the Poetic home one, but still nice and needs some work on it. It has 12 drawers and is circa 1910 a catalog cabinet of some sort. I can not believe it, I do not win much on ebay.
Also the one that is featured on Collier West is very nice too

More Card Catlogs (From Apartment Therapy)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Birthday shoes and Mikasa tea set

These are the new shoes I got for my birthday from Jas they were reduced to only AU $35 so that was a bargin.

I am still inspired by this beautiful Russian family shot taken in Moscow. I got this photo from Fadtony. I wish I could look so good after three children and be able to wear such high heels!

Love these shoes from Not your goddess who is so stylish and just had a little baby boy. I think the photo of the three pairs of shoes are actually here beautiful shoes. I love the grey ones!

Also a while back I went to the local op shop and thrifted a Japanese tea set, Mikasa Mediterrania. They are black and glossy, I have not used them yet for tea. They also were a bargin at AU$15 for the set.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday in the Park

Had a beautiful morning at Cenntenial Park in Sydney.
Joaquin played with other little kids at the Paddington Gate Playgrounds

Centennial Parklands is not only one of Australia's best known and loved Parklands, but one of its most historic.

It was originally a swamp and then set aside as land for the water source for Sydney. Centennial Park was reconstructed as a public park and opened in 1888. Sir Henry Parkes vision was to create a "People's Park" in which the citizens of Sydney could "take in the air" away from the Sydney town centre.

While the first set of Parklands' regulations in 1889 included: "No person shall walk of the grass...." and "No person shall engage in any game, or train for any race..." the Parklands have come a long way to becoming one of the most popularly visited and vibrant green spaces in Australia.
They have even an Argentinian Ombu tree from the Pampas growing in the park, so far from home.

It is one of the nicest parks in Sydney and we only live about 1.5 km away from it and are so lucky to have such a beautiful park closeby. There is so much to do for children and there is an online magazine published by the Centennial Parklands with the going ons in the Park.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

life is.....

We are lucky here in Australia to have so much sunlight so much sun and so much warmth throughout the whole year. Because a winter in Australia is not the same as a winter in Europe. I do not say this from experience as I have only spent 2 months in Hungry and a few hours in Austria and Holland when I was 18. I say this from what I hear from people that are Australians and then live in Europe and miss the Australian sun and climate so much.
I think this is the case for other southern latitudes such as Patagonia, I have spent many months at my parents place in winter and sure it is cold but there is light and not always snow and the food makes up for it and the spring that comes after the cold. I would love to live in a cold country and experience this, a cold northern European country. Maybe one day!

Here in Sydney, I think Autumn is not officially here yet, but it is getting cooler, even though the sun is still warm and I and Joaquin and a friend and her two dogs went to the park yesterday for a picnic. It was very warm and the grass was so green and there were beetles prancing on grass blades and children in just their nappies having a ball in the play ground. Children here all wear hats, it is compulsory really at school and in day care. I guess that is the price of living in such a warm land.

I can not sleep it is 6am and thinking of my friend. Life is a series of roads and paths and we all take the one we think are best not knowing what lies in store for us. Sometimes our instinct works well and leads us to the honey pot, other times we are faced with demons and deserts.
The better equipped we are to face these challenges the better it is for the next one.
These are just words I am typing and I really can not express all my feelings here, but I am thinking of my friend and hope things do get better.
We do have to be optimistic in this life, it is the only one we have and this world well it is the only green planet available to all organisms as far as we know. We need to be optimistic too for the earth's sake.
Let me tell is so much easier writing about thrifting and home grown tomatoes than feelings and life.

Monday, March 16, 2009

feeling sad

I am just feeling a little sad, a friend is going through so much and I do not know how to help or be there for her. It is very sad and I feel quite devastated. I will try to be there for her during this time.

Eating chocolate makes me feel better, running and being with my family who I love and appreciate so much.

I had a wonderful night for my birthday, J made me home made spinach and ricotta ravioli and I spent time with my beautiful two boys. I also got some beautiful presents for my birthday including Grown body cream and shampoo and body gel from a friend. Grown is made in Australia using natural ingredients and is organic. The good thing there is no Lauryl Sulphate, Glycols, Petrochemicals, Artificial Fragrance, Animal Derivatives, T.E.A, D.E.A, Synthetic Colours, Silicones, Parabens.
There is Organic Essential Oils, Bio Active Skincare.
I really recommend the Grown Body cream (120mL) made with Mandarin & Rosemary Leaf It is so soft and smells so beautiful and makes me feel a little better.
The Grown hand cream also has great reviews

Saturday, March 14, 2009

tomatos, beach, saturday, scales

Going for a run to beach
Playing in the park at the Beach with Joaquin
Enjoying the last throws of summer
I love my parents home grown Patagonian tomatoes, pity I am on the other side of the world and won't be able to get my hands on them!
But we are having home made pizza today, yummmm

I can't wait to get my vintage kitchen scales from ebay

I love the way these scales look from the kitchen designer blog

Thursday, March 12, 2009

not much happened today

Today has been an eventful day but I have managed not to leave the house. I have managed to do 4 washloads of washing, with one still in the washing machine ready to be put on the line and I smell of baby vomit with pie. Yes that is what we had for lunch, my little one had a whole home made mince pie and so did I and then he had 200 mls of milk before going for his afternoon sleep.

Lo and behold I should know that is a recipe for disaster.
Considering babies or toddles under the age of 2 still have small stomachs and he has a bit of a cough from being in contact with other children at day care. I should of known it was going to happen. He of the easy spew.
It all started well I told him softly after his bottle "we are going to go to sleep now in your bed" he walked voluntarily to his cot, waiting for me to put him in there. This has never happened before. After singing him Manuelita, he loves it and asks for Tuga Tuga in his broken spanish.
He stayed awake for a while in his cot and about 10 min later I walked in and saw he was asleep. But about a minute later he woke up coughing and managed to spew all over his cot.
I cleaned it up, luckily J was here working from home so I passed him Joaquin and he cleaned him up. But the truth is I felt quite nauseous cleaning his blankets and sheets. The bits of mince pie just love to stick and cohere to the bits of curdled milk throughout fabric. Well I finally cleaned what I could and chucked it all in the washing machine, I was thinking the people in the Vatican are right, What would we poor women do without washing machines?
"The washing machine and the emancipation of women: put in the powder, close the lid and relax," said the headline on the article in Osservatore Romano.

Anyway still smell of spew and that was my day. I did not manage to go to the uni or do any work, I did have an afternoon nap which was good.
I love my little son more than words.

Monday, March 9, 2009

biker boots part 2

I wanted these biker boots from country road but you can see how expensive they are!

In the end I found these at the local second hand shop on Saturday when we went for a walk with J and Joaquin. The good thing is they were only $14.
They are brown leather and soft and are quite nice and very new looking even though they are second hand and I am not too keen on buying second hand.

hair cut

Joaquin before haircut with long fringe

After haircut

Ikea family magazines very inspirational for home designs that are real homes with real people for real people

Friday, March 6, 2009

Items I thrifted

Items that I bought recently at the Second hand shop up the road.
Beautiful white dress ( i will have to have it altered as It is a tiny bit small but so beautiful, I just do not know what to do with it) If anyone has any ideas please let me know!
A red tin engine for keeping pencils that Joaquin loves to play with
2 tin plates (ones is made in Austria from email)
1 wooden russian spoon

Thursday, March 5, 2009

it is my birthday today

It's my birthday today. I really want to thank my parents for raising me and loving me so much.

Things I would love for my birthday!
Cafe made by J
A big kiss and hug by Joaquin
Going for coffee and breakfast at the beach with my friends.
A pedicure
Some country road biker boots
Have a paper finished soon or even two
Get a lot of love from my two J boys
Finish my postdoc project asap

But the funny thing is I am happy, I have two boys who love me, my parents who love me, I have started to work back at Uni two days a week teaching, I have found daycare for my son for two days a week just up the road between home and uni, I am very busy, I am going to the gym and running and am generally feeling good about myself.
Besos to everyone

Sunday, March 1, 2009

learning the alphabet

I have been very busy and last week spend all week at the university doing my research. It has been very inspiring learning and catching up and thankfully I had J's mother come and look after Joaquin while I was at uni.
This week it is back to normal. However I still go to uni as I call it, twice a week.
I am slowly getting there and doing the research I like to do, but it all takes time and I need to be inspired and learn not to get distracted.

I am also very impressed at Joaquin. He is 20 months old, not even two but has gone a long long way since he was a little new born bub in our arms.
Last week and this weekend he has been sleeping more than 2 hours in the afternoon and eating well. We think this is his growth stage. He had a good time with his nanny and she had a good time with him.
I hope he keeps on sleeping 2 hours in the afternoon for me.
He also has advanced a lot with language and learning. He picks up a lot of new words every day, he also knows Thomas train character. If we have a Thomas book and show him Duck, Gordon, Thomas, Percy, Edward he recognises them and can say their names and point to them. That is more than me, I can not do that at all.
He also surprised us yesterday by pointing to the letter S at the end of the name of Thomas and saying S. I do not know how he recognises that. He also knows A B and C. The thing i find interesting is he recognises these letters as Capital ones.
He knows how to count in spanish uno, dos tres, cuatro and then siete.

I found this information on children learning
During their first year, babies hear speech as a series of distinct, but meaningless words. By age 1, most children begin linking words to meaning. They understand the names used to label familiar objects, body parts, animals, and people. Children at this stage simplify the process of learning these labels by making three basic assumptions:

* Labels (words) refer to a whole object, not parts or qualities (Flopsy is a beloved toy, not its head or color).
* Labels refer to classes of things rather than individual items (Doggie is the word for all four-legged animals).
* Anything that has a name can only have one name (for now, Daddy is Daddy, and not a man or Jake).

As children develop their language skills, they give up these assumptions and learn new words and meanings. From this point on, children develop language skills rapidly. Here is a typical sequence:

* At about 18 months, children add new words to their vocabulary at the astounding rate of one every 2 hours.
* By age 2, most children have 1 to 2,000 words and combine two words to form simple sentences such as: "Go out." "All gone."
* Between 24 to 30 months, children speak in longer sentences.
* From 30 to 36 months, children begin following the rules for expressing tense and number and use words such as some, would, and who.

SO he should be picking up new words at a rate of one every 2 hours, Wow.
He also says WOW when he is impressed by things.
He can recognise frogs, and dinosaurs but calls a crocodile a Saur (dinosaur) and phylogenetically he is not wrong at doing that (as crocodiles are saurs).
Here is a link with good tips on how to teach the ABC to children.

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