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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas feel

Here are some photos I have taken recently on my phone.

Zalia reindeer head gear at Nanny and Poppys home

Christmas bus to Bondi Junction

More christmas bus to Bondi Junction

Zalia asleep before I leave to BJ for last minute things

Sleeping baby girl

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Today I was feeling very blah!
I try not to eat too much but i end up eating more. Seriously what crazy person does this so close to the silly season. Well in the silly season?
I managed to compensate with a walk to Coogee with a large pram and two kids, baby bag, lunch for 3, 3 drink bottles, one milk bottle, rain coats, rain cover for pram, hand bag. I went to visit a friend and her child and left my children there and ran to the beach (coincidentally they live 5 houses from Coogee) and ran towards Maroubra and then back down to Coogee then up towards Clovelly then back approx 5 km in 35 min a bit slow but who cares.
Then i walked back to friends house, hang out with other mums and kids, ate my lunch (red lentils, basmatti rice and organic snake beans). It truly was delish. Also snacked on some gingerbread house (naughty naught), had my nearly 20 month old daughter sleep on my lap, fed my children linch, decided at about 3pm to get out of the house. We cleaned up toys and went to beach. Joaquin wanted to play by waves. Zalia too scared to touch  sand. In the end Joaquin and his friend played on sand and then the beach. Zalia woke up at about 4p, and we went down to beach and Joaquin played for a long time with his friend in the waves. We watched and at 5.30pm Dad came to pick us up at the beach and we walked to shop to buy fish for dinner. When we got home i had a quick shower, got carrots ready and potato and went appointment at hair salon I had wax and nails done. Felt so goo. good night

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

organic fruit and vege box

More organic fruit and vege goodness! and Organic maple syrup from Canada still have not opened the bottle.

Monday, December 12, 2011


Today is the 13th of December 2011.
What have I done today:

1) Cleaned the house in the morning for a little while
2) Kids slept in till 8am, yehaaa-grandma but Z was up at 4am and did not get back to 5am in my bed, bf and finally getting to sleep.
3) Had a play date at our house with Joaquin's friends
4) house looked like a bomb hit it with toys everywhere
5) Ate muesli for breakfast and yoghurt
6) two hours later ate some toast with brie, tomato, avocado and spanish onion
7) my 19 month old Z loves Brie but not Australian Gold @ $3.99, no the good stuff Jindi brie that costs $7 a pop.
8) 11.00am-->Left the house as it is and headed for the park
9)11.20am--> met another mum and Joaquin's friend at park
10) 2.30pm-->played for about 2 hours
11)2.40pm--> came home, saw the house in a mess tried to clean up
12) 3.00pm-->ate more toast at 3pm and fed kids left over pasta and home made tomato sauce for a late lunch. Had tv on and watched play school and bf Z a few times
(mind you they had eaten already, breakfast, banana, biscuits, toast, cupcakes)
13) 4.50pm--> Cleaned the house and by 4.50pm had Joaquin ready for swimming and myself too
14) 5.10pm -- out the door for swimming
15) 5.30--> Joaquin swimming class and payed for his term next year, contemplating classes for Zalia
16) 6.00-- finally got in the pool, swam only 30 laps as I was late in
17) 6.35pm out of the pool in car
18) 6.45pm dropped of at randwick, hit Coles, bought more brie, bread, cheese for tomorrow's christmas playmate party at friends house
19) 7.00--> walked home stopped by the new Hungarian cake shop bought small slices of cake for $14
20) Jas made dinner yummy oven baked lamb chops (with home made breadcrumbs) with organic potato mash, steamed carrots, peas, and a yummy salad with avocado, feta, spanish onions, cucumber, tomato (all organic).
21) Joaquin ate all his dinner and got 20 smarties, Zalia ate most but does not like smarties
22) 8.45-9.15pm Jas put kids to bed, I cleaned, washed clothes hanged clothes on line, got clothes off line due to rain and mopped floors
23) 9.45pm Finally relaxed with camomile tea and cake
24) 10.00pm bed and lights out

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Opp shop finds

Today I hit the op shops (opportunity shops):
Here is my loot ( I spent $115 total):
1) some clothes for me (more than 6 pieces including witchery striped jumper and maxamara bolero jumper)
2) some clothes for Zalia (blue and white stripes Zara dress and bottoms sailor style), country road blouse for Zalia
3) some board games for christmas and play dough hairdresser game
4) coffee jug and egg cup

Blue top shop top ($8.00), white singlet ($7.00), black dress ($12.00), black gypsie top ($8.00)

Details of dress

Blue WISH top/dress ($15.00) and white Zara shirt for the beach ($7.00)

Hello Kitty tin for Zalia ($1.50) 

Jug ($8.00) like my mother has and spotty black/white egg cup ($1.50)

Friday, December 9, 2011

baby clothes Zalia

Yesterday I bought some clothes for Zalia and Joaquin at the consignment store. It was half price sale. So i think I did well.
Here are some of Zalia's clothes:

red and white flowers Bebe dress (half price; $9.00)

Pure baby pyjamas pink half price ($7.50)

New oshkosh b"gosh skirt $15
plum sister red pants half price ($2.50)

Country road top new $19.50, jacaudi paris white tutu skirt half price $9.00

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

at home

 At home, on the bed, clothes need to be put away, Joaquin in triceratops outfit, Zalia on bed playing.  There has been nothing much to do, the weather has been grey and raining and COLD For december in Sydney.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas tree

We put up the christmas tree and lights last weekend.

Zalia loves taking the baubles from the tree. I do not really like the over the top look. Just a few lights and a small tree.
I also would like to introduce some hanukah traditions, being somewhat jewish and all.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

my son the triceratops

We bought this triceratops costume at the Australian museum after a little accident and no suitable clothes were available!

today at home

Breastfeeding 19 month old baby

Yes this is me still breastfeeding Zalia.
She is 19 months.
She breastfeeds as many times as she wants. Even though this can be annoying and gets tiring.
If she sees me sitting on the lounge or chair she wants a breastfeed. She gets so upset when i say no!
It is a bit tiring for me, but does not feed through night, though.
She sleeps from 8.30pm to 6.30-7.00am.
She sometimes falls asleep breastfeeding.
She does not like cows milk bottles but loves brie cheese.
Will try to breastfeed till she is 2 years old.
But am trying to wean.
There are  5 other mums from my mum's group with 19month olds also still breastfeeding.
She has just fallen asleep as i type with one hand!

Monday, November 21, 2011

messy kitchen and mini banana muffins

Today is Tuesday. I can not believe November has gone so quickly.
We have done so much, there have been some nice some days and grey and wet the others.

Joaquin has been sick with temperature all weekend. It got to 40.1 degrees C on Sunday right after I took him to the hospital to see what was wrong.  It is just a virus. He just has had panadol every 4-6 hours and fluids. He has a sore throat but there is no infection, just swollen glands. However the doctors are cautious  at the hospital and have to write a letter so we can go home. The letter states everything they think that is wrong with the patient and what the outcome is. This is new at the children's hospital. I think it is because of all the stuff ups they have had in other hospitals and unnecessary fatal outcomes, sending patients home when they needed more care.

Anyway so we are home today.
This is what my kitchen looks like. I still have to put all our organic fruit and veges away and decide what to do for lunch and dinner.

These are the mini banana muffins that Joaquin and Zalia helped me make. I also managed to make 12 larger muffins they are still in the oven and are ready.

I think I want to make this recipe, It has kale (tick), pumpkin (do not have), almonds (tick), quinoa (tick), cabbage (tick). Something healthy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Saturday at Clovelly Beach

Today it was really hot and such a beautiful day.
We ended up going to the beach before lunch down to Clovelly.
We all had a little swim, the tide was coming up at 12am and so just after lunch the water was clear.
Thankfully we had the little sun-shade tent that my parents had bought for us last year when they came to visit from Bunnings.
For lunch I bought Z and J a toastie with ham and cheese and some fries from the cafe at the south end of Clovelly, Jas and I did not eat lunch just picked at the chips as we had a big breakfast, eggs, mushrooms and bacon.

Then we went and played at the little park by the beach. Zalia just wanted to walk up and down the stairs and was oblivious to the little magpie that was sunning itself on the grass nearby.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cracked screen macbook Air

My computer, my lovely new macbook air is down for the count (has a cracked screen and I do not really know how it got there- woke up last Saturday morning (12th November) after using it in bed and found the crack on the bottom of the right hand of the screen). I took it to the Apple shop in Bondi Junction on Tuesday 15th November and it is still there and worst of all, the apple care warranty does not cover cracks in the screen so it will cost approx $500 clams to fix it. So much money so much money...
Thanks Apple for not covering cracked screens in your apple care warranty. Why did I pay an extra $300 for apple care? WHo knows!

SO really I can not work or blog! rally

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Not much has happened

Have not done much blogging or writing lately. ME BAD.
Today, however we had a playmate with Joaquin's friend and mum and little 11 month old brother who came to visit. It was stinking hot. Zalia had a little sleep. She was clumsy yesterday fell twice out of bed (once after coughing and waking up from a sleep on my bed). Joaquin said "Don't put her near the edge of the bed mummy as that is why she fell", a second time she fell while putting Joaquin's tshirt on her head and mucking around on my bed and I was staying very close to her putting laundry away but did not see her do it, just heard her cry for one second, and thirdly while walking down the corridor yesterday she slipped and hurt her leg.
I made a quick dash to the library to get some books and drop of books. Zalia came with me, it was very hot, I was very rushed I left Joaquin at his friends place and ended up buying Zalia a banana smoothie to calm her down. She was so upset in the pram she banged her head on the side. She also has been scratching on her legs due to the heat but I got a very good anti-chafting cream that seems to work.
So it is Thursday, another week has flown past. I do not seem to do much but hang out with the kids, cook do some cleaning, finish a few papers here and there. Tomorrow I will go to the uni and do some work and make phone calls etc.
Last night after dinner (pasta with smoked salmon, baby spinach wilted in oil, zucchini fried with oil and garlic, and cauliflower fritters (from Stephanie Alexander) we we went to sit outside waiting for the storm.
Here are some photos:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday 1st of November 2011

Today stayed at home. We were away in the Upper Hunter for the weekend to visit Jas's family.
The weather was lovely, Joaquin and Zalia hung out with their cousins, Joaquin went on the motorbike and even wants to ride it himself. We had some yummy dinners full of veges (many different types) and meat.
Today I stayed at home with the kiddies, we walked to the post office and picked up a parcel from ebay. I got a country road blouse and also a top/dress size 2 for Zalia in the mail.

Zalia's new top

new apple container

my new country road blouse (vintage)

We also stopped by the new cafe close by and I had a coffee and Joaquin and Zalia some home made small croissants. Joaquin also went for the horse with the yellow jockey in the Melbourne Cup and it came first. Zalia picked a horse that came third!
In the afternoon Joaquin went to the uni pool for his swim lesson and I had a swim. I swam 30 laps not the usual 40 laps (1km) as I am not feeling 100%.