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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pancakes and a day at Coogee beach



This morning I made pancakes for the two little ones. Joaquin helped me! I use a Stephanie Alexander recipe. The secret is not adding the egg whites with the flour, butter, yolks but mixing them separately until they are soft peaks, adding them to the mixture at the end and then cooking them. It makes the pancakes light and fluffy.











A pancake for mummy with jam
Later we went to Coogee to play at a friend's house and the weather was quite horrible. It rained we had cheese toasted sandwiches. Later in the afternoon it was sunny. We walked down to the beach, bought some banana smoothies at MelonHead. Joaquin got upset his friend finished his smoothie before him.
Then when Joaquin was feeling happier we walked down to the beach from the shops and headed north past the statue to commiserate the people from the Eastern Suburbs who lost their lives from the Bali Bombing, towards Clovelly. The boys had fun playing in the puddles, investigating the rocks, luckily they had rain boots on. Zalia finally fell asleep in the pram. It was very windy. After we walked down to the beach and the boys played in the sand. Joaquin found a sliver spoon and a 10 cent piece. We then caught the bus home. It was a nice day considering how horrible the weather was earlier on.
Joaquin at the north side of Coogee beach playing in puddles with a friend
Joaquin and his friend

Joaquin looking out to Wedding cake island

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A day at home with the little ones

I stayed at home all day today. I really do not know what got into me, one of those days. Very tired from teaching all day MOnday and tired from staying up late on Sunday night due to effects of having coffee too late on Sunday afternoon.
Really did not do much. Fed Joaquin and Zalia breakfast, wheetbix, toast, thomas pasta and orange juice.
Had an instant coffee which overall was quite nice.
Joaquin made a cubby house out of his table and chairs and a blanket and mat in his play room.




I made chicken soup as well with some chicken carcass and organic celery, garlic, spring onion, carrot, ginger.
I had a sleep in bed with Joaquin and Zalia who were both just playing in bed. Zalia did manage 2 sleeps but they were small.
In the afternoon I finally got cabin fever and had to get out and got ready and walked to the park. I was there till 5.45pm when Jas arrived and picked us up.
It was nice hanging at the park late afternoon as other types of families are around, not those that get their children fed and in bed by 5,45pm but those that are still doing things at that time.
In the end I am glad we got out if it was just for a little while even though Joaquin said we did not get out of the house all day mummy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

organic fruit and vegetables in Sydney

Every Monday we pick up a box of fresh organic fruit and veges. It costs us $35 and we look forward to this every week.
This week for $35 we got
-2 heads of lettuce
-brocoli
-spring onion
-4 zucchini
-strawberries
-a bunch of carrots
-apples
-oranges
-5 pears
-lemons
-potatoes
-pumpkin
-a bag of mushrooms
- ginger
-parsley
Now i just have to think of yummy things to cook





Saturday, September 24, 2011

lemon cake on a wet saturday

Today it has been cool in Sydney. Not really Spring weather. So we have just stayed at home, and also ventured out for a walk to the local shops to get supplies for dinner.
We also all had a long afternoon siesta, from 1.30 to 4pm. It was wonderful and we did not feel tired even after waking up. I think we all needed it.
Then Jas got dinner ready, Ossobucco and veges with mash. Zalia and Joaquin ate everything. Zalia is very much into peas and corn and just loves nibbling the corn cob.
I was also inspired to make a cake and I made a lemon cake and followed Beth's recipe. It turned out to be so delis and I was very happy with the result.

a cup of flour

organic lemons zested and squeezed

eggs from cousins chickens

icing sugar

mix all ingredients

Zalia laughing with her daddy

Zalia helping squeeze lemons

Pour into baking dish that is lined with baking paper and greased

Finished cake
Zalia her dolly and her pram


Joaquin happy after we cleaned the play room

Joaquin and his toys



the finished lemon cake so yummy


Monday, September 19, 2011

Around the home flowers and fruit and children
















Its Tuesday again

Its Tuesday AGAIN!
The weeks go so fast.
Yesterday Monday I taught practically all day.

My day was like this:
5.15am--- Zalia got up and I breastfed her in bed practically all morning till 7.30am
7.30-8.30am--- Got everyone ready and walked to preschool. Zalia had her first food breakfast in over a week, half a wheetbix and some crumpet with butter and vegemite. Joaquin also had wheetbix and crumpet and was in a good mood.
8.45--- Dropped Joaquin at preschool.
9.10am-- Walked back home and got ready to go to Uni
9.30am--- Said goodbye to Zalia and left her with Nanny and Luca and walked to uni
9.50am--- Arrived at uni, went to get the trolley with skulls and specimens from another lab.
10.00am--- Grabbed a Coffee from Uni coffee cart
10.20am-12.00am--- Read through notes and got ready for teaching, ate some of a salad before class.
12-2pm----- Geology Lab doing palaeontology work for first year geology students
2-5pm---- First year Biology Lab doing plant dissections looking at the inner architecture of plants, roots and leaves. I was so hungry all day and did not have time to eat my lunch. :(

But beautiful weather yesterday and so inspired by spring to do things, to get fit, to be organised.
Zalia is feeling so much better and was good for the nanny yesterday. They played in the park, she ate well, had a sleep and played outside with bubbles and chalk on the cement.
Joaquin had show and tell at his preschool and took Thomas the Train and Percy his friend.
5.30pm-- Got home after Jas picked me up form Uni
5.30-6.15pm--- Breastfed Zalia again and made dinner (Vegetable soup with organic vegetables) and basmatti rice and a lettuce and avocado salad.
Then at 6.15pm we went to pick up the organic fruit and vegetable box. There was bananas, avocados, apples, lemons, beetroot, carrots, chard, celery, garlic and a few other things I can't now remember.
The kids were fed, bathed and in bed by 8.30pm. I stayed up cleaned and watched tv. I think I was asleep by 11pm.
Today was better, Joaquin got up at 8am and Zalia at 7.00am. I got up with Jas at 5.50am and the kids slept through the night and there was no one in our bed this morning. So nice to know they are in their bed sleeping.
I think I will just stay at home, clean, make dinner and just organise my life. I may have left over soup for lunch. The kids already had wheetbix, crumpets, toast and thomas the tank engine pasta for breakfast!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday 14th Sept my Day with my two

Wednesday was a beautiful hot spring day here in Sydney.
I got up Early with Jas (his alarm goes off sometime at 5am) and Zalia was up crying a bit, she has not been 100% not eating as much as before. She fell from the lounge on Saturday and hit her collarbone and may have fractured it.
Did not take her to Drs. till Monday afternoon and the dr said it may be fractured but will heal by it self and no need for an X-ray. She moved around a lot at the drs and the Dr. said she had a very determined look in her eye. Yes she has.


Well I left Z in bed, as she is not really crying just making noises and I had breakfast with Jas. I am feeling quite rotten with myself and it is that time of month that makes me so. Well the day before that time of the month. After breakfast Jas left in a hurry as he slept in past his alarm clock, well he was in with Zalia settling her when she woke up at 5am and then did not here his alarm go off. I did here it but turned it off and went back to sleep (naughty me).
In the end I got Z in bed with us (as Joaquin comes into our bed quite early at around 4am) and then I gave her a breastfed and knew she had done a poo in her nappy, It was a monstrous one and got everywhere so after her feed I changed her and put her pjs (onsies from Coles at $2) and her sleep sack to soak and dressed her and gave her a bottle and she laid in bed with Joaquin while he was on the iPad. I got breakfast ready for Joaquin. Joaquin ended up having 2 wheebix, 3 crumpets with honey, 1 toast with vegemite, a glass of milk and a small cup of apple juice. All before 10am. Zalia had breakfast for the first time in days (half a wheetbix and baby porridge with honey and milk). She was stealing Joaquin's wheetbix so I knew she was hungry. The last few days she has been off food, maybe the pain in her clavicle (collarbone).
Anyway I left home finally at 10.30 after 3 load of washing, heaps of breakfast preparing and speaking to my parents on the phone and I made lunch to take with us sandwiches, biscuits and left over pumpkin risotto for me. I ended up washing my sheets too as I had changed Zalia on our bed and believe me it was a mess.
We walked to the park in Randwick, met a mum and her 4 year old from Joaquin's mums group (Joaquin's best friend). I had a nice day talking to my friends, met a new lady with 2 kids who knows my other friend from soccer. She does hypnotising and told me she can make a tape for me to lose weight. I think it is a good idea to maybe try?
Well the kids had a good time in the playground, Zalia walked but did not attempt to go down the slide with her sore arm. I met a lady and her two kids from Colombia. Zalia played with her little girl. I met a lady who I had met before who is in her 60s and looks after a little boy called Sebastian. She remember Zalia and said she is petite but has grown a lot taller and said she has the most beautiful smile. Oh that makes my heart melt. Little Zazu.
Anyway Zalia loves her brother's friend and always annoys him and goes up to him to try to cuddle or tickle him. She is very cute. I spoke to my friend about her trying for another but it was not happening. It must be hard. She has given up hope a bit I think.

Then at around 2pm Zalia fell asleep, I rocked her a bit while I sat on the swing and then put her in the pram, the boys had their biscuits and we left at 2.30 and I walked to the library with Joaquin and Z sleeping. However on the way an ambulance went past and woke her up. She was very cranky. We went to the toy store, i bought a present for a three year old who's birthday party is on Sunday and then went to the library. I also bought some water colour paints for Joaquin to use at home that are not messy and have a great range of colours.

Zalia was still quite upset. and then went to the library to return books and get more out but could not find my card as per usual. Then i bought banana smoothies for them both. Then I bought some spinach for 0.99cents and then walked home. On the way stopped by Joaquin's friends house. We went inside then I agreed to take his friend home for a play. We only live a street away. At home everyone played, Zalia was ok, I swept and put laundry away. They painted outside. Zalia was getting clingy and upset and I breastfed her and then Jas arrived home and the mum of the little boy. We talked and I tried to get Zalia to sleep but did not happen. Jas got ready to go for a run and left. In end Jas came back from running, Zalia was happy again but did not really want a bottle of milk and I got dinner ready. Joaquin's friend and mum left and I made Dinner (red organic lentils, spinach Indian style and basmatti rice with friend onions and fetta cheese on top- a mixed recipe from Stephanie Alexander and Cooking 101 a similar recipe something like this) and the kids had sausages from Scone Butcher and pasta. The lentils were so yummy and I really enjoyed them, so did Jas. Zalia had some pasta and just sat there feeding herself with a fork, very civilised. Joaquin had 2 sausages and two pieces of bread. Then I cleaned up and washed up and Jas got the kids to bed. It was 9pm when we finished and then Jas had a magnum ice-cream and tea and I made the bed and got into bed and surfed the web a bit. Now sleep time. Good night.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

2am awake

It's 2am blogging from iPhone. Zalia has been waking up crying and hard for her to get back to sleep. She has a bit of a cold, stuffed up nose and today fell of the lounge ( I was at table using laptop and Jas was with her on lounge but did not see her) and fell face first with a thud on wooden floors. Her face is ok and head but she may have tried using arms to stop herself and they may be bruised. She has not been herself and I am slightly worried. She cried a lot did not sleep much wanted breastfeed and bottle feed. She was ok later in afternoon walking around and playing but still clingy and nit her usual happy little self. Poor munchnut. She is asleep now in cot, I lay in bed with Joaquin (who is asleep) next to her in joaquin's small ikea bed! I hope she has a deeper sleep this really upsets me and affects us all. Oh zalia also said "dinosaur train" on Sat night!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

children's playroom

Here are some photos I took a while back when it was colder.
i have fixed up the room a bit since then so will post them.