31 December 2010

Goodbye, 2010


Well, that went super fast!

I can't say I'm all that sad to say goodbye to 2010. Nothing too terrible happened but struggling with unemployment and associated financial worries were very draining. The kids have blossomed and grown and that is the most positive part of this year and our life.

I'll try to write a post later on with a few of things I'm hoping 2011 will bring. Two huge events are on the horizon, our trip to Israel and Malaysia and buying our own home. I also wish for 2011 to bring health, fitness and joy to our lives. And to yours.

Happy new year. May it be full of possibilities.

B xx

29 December 2010

Cookies for Santa

Actually, they were cookies for the kids' amazing carers at Kindy. The idea and recipe comes from Bakerella and I have seen it on quite a few blogs since then. This lovely blog, Make it Do put the Christmas twist on it.

My effort (assisted by the young lady) was quite dodgy but it was fun! The girls at Kindy loved them, and I think that is the most important feature. Not that I stuffed up the layering on my first one and put soft, fluffy white sugar in on top of the chocolate chips instead of firm, sticky brown sugar.


26 December 2010

brow beaten


On Christmas Eve, both Itay and I finished work early. I picked the kids up and we hung out at home. When Itay arrived home I dashed off to have my eyelashes and eyebrows tinted. The receptionist misheard me so I ended up with a brow wax as well, which was fine. I have very pale eyelashes and brows and sometimes a wax is a good thing!

I have a "thing" about my eyebrows being too dark. My features are quite fair and I feel that I look very odd if my eyebrows are too dark. I always ask the beautician to basically wipe the dye on and off my brows, just one shade darker than they already are. Sometimes, they leave it on too long and I end up looking like Madonna in her Vogue era. Arrggh! This time was one of those times. I can hardly stand looking in the mirror, I feel that I look so weird, and Itay echoed my sentiments!

I think it will be a long time before I do a brow tint again. Oops! Luckily I take 99.99% of the photos in our little family so there will be no evidence.

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24 December 2010

We're all going on a summer holiday

What happened to QLD, beautiful one day, perfect the next? Please go away, rain!

Wishing you a lovely festive season....


21 December 2010

Button girl


Some of you may remember M's button fetish... She has this button glued to her bed head and she touches it to soothe herself to sleep. It all began when she started playing with the screws in her cot.
This is the girl, having a rare afternoon sleep after a trip up to Bris-vegas on the weekend. Princess ring still on her finger, finger on the button. Well, close to the button!

20 December 2010

Bed head baby


Just look at my Chomp. Moments after waking up. He's ridiulously comical and tussled. He's so chomp, I could eat him up.

19 December 2010

Catch up


Life has been busy and crazy since full time work began. What's been happening?

I bought a pair of killer heels and decorated a black mask to wear to my new work's awards dinner. I sat with my training group and we had an OK time. Kind of awkward when you're the newbies!

The kids seem to be adjusting well to the new routine. M is a whingy whiner crying crier but I am not sure if that is just an extension of her normal.

I've managed to get to the gym a couple of times.

We're not really doing Christmas. The kids received their major presents for Hannukah, a pink frilly sparkly big girl bike for M and a train table for O. He mainly uses it as a diving board though.

Off to Hervey Bay on the 25th. We're really hoping the weather decides to improve!

12 December 2010

The exercise issue


I'm struggling to find time and motivation for exercise at the moment. My hours at work at 8am – 4pm while in training, and although this sounds like loads of spare time, it isn’t working out that way.


We’re up at about 5-5.30am with O, M is up at about 6.30am. I have to leave at about 7.20am to get them to kindy and be at work on time. Then work until 4pm, pick the kids up and in to the evening mayhem. I breast feed O at about 7pm and M is in bed at around 8pm.

The times I could fit exercise in: Morning. I would need to get in and do the 45 minute RPM class at 5.30am, allowing me to be home by about 6.25am. I could try to stretch it and do another class (Pump, Attack) at 5.30am, getting me home by about 6.45am. This would be cutting it fine and a bit of stress for Itay. Only problem is, I really don’t love RPM.

Evenings: I could do some classes at 7.15pm or 7.45pm. We need to prepare for the next work day after the kids are in bed, so this would stretch all that out.

I’m making excuses. It all feels so hard.

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11 December 2010

Tippy toes

I recently had my first ever spa pedicure and I was talked in to a manicure at the same time. I enjoyed the spa pedicure experience to a certain degree, and I love the colour on my toes. I’ll definitely be doing that again! I often have my eyelashes and eyebrows tinted as they’re so pale however that is about the extent of my beauty salon experience! Oh, I’ve had a couple of facials, always as gifts.
I may just be a convert to the spa pedicure now!


10 December 2010

No more teachers, no more school...

For this study period, anyway. I decided to withdraw from my study for this period while we settle in to our new family routine. Commencing full time work, kids in care five days, Christmas break... All of that combined with study (maths!) would just send me around the twist.


So, a break. I'm feeling a little tiny puff of fresh air in the evenings, I used to be bogged down in study every night and now I can actually talk to Itay. I might even find time for something a little creative!

9 December 2010

Party schmarty

Itay has his work Christmas party next week and my new job has offered us tickets to the formal masquerade party they are having next Friday night.


No dress. No heels. No mask. Should I go anyway? I suppose so.


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8 December 2010

Goggle Head Girl

I had to buy M a new pair of goggles a few days ago and here she is, watching Play School in her goggles. Too grown up, too gorgeous.


Ooh, something exciting happening on Play School!


Too good to miss. Isn't she divine? I'm slightly biased, I know!


We're taking the pink princess to a Disney Princess show in January, hopefully she will enjoy it!

7 December 2010

It's summer time!


Seriously, you would not know it at the moment, but it is. I read Chantelle's post over at Fat Mum Slim and she inspired me write a list of the things I love about summer. Just so I can pretend it feels summery up here on the Gold Coast. It's been raining for weeks here and although it's quite steamy, we haven't had beach weather for a long few weeks!

So, a few things I love about summer...

swimming at the beach
bowls of summer fruit with yoghurt
smells of salt, sunscreen and frangipanis
sleeping with no cover
BBQs
 beach dresses and thongs
my kids running around in just undies or a nappy
sharing a cold drink in the afternoons
gelato or sorbets in the sun
breakfast at the beach

We also have a little summer break to look forward to now! Both Itay and I have the week off between Christmas Day and New Year, and we have a beautiful friend who has offered us her empty apartment in Hervey Bay during that time. Divine! I'm so thrilled, it feels perfect.

Planting the seeds

M has been asking about growing some plants for ever. I bought a bag of potting mix a while ago and I had been meaning to buy some seeds and use it all as an activity for M to enjoy. I finally got around to buying a couple of bags of flower seeds, and we set to it. I re-used the pots from some plants I'd successfully murdered in previous times.


M loved pouring the potting mix in, adding the slow release fertiliser and planting the seeds. She waited patiently for them to sprout, and a week after we planted them, the first little seedling were pushing their way through. How exciting!

A great activity. Next time I'll buy some vegetable seeds as she is very keen to grow some vegies.




And a few weeks later, this what we have:


I'll let you know if and when they flower!

6 December 2010

Two days in...


I've completed my first two days at work and so far we are doing OK. The actual job and envirnment is something extremely new to me and one I am not sure I'll enjoy. However, I'll do it, as it needs to be done.

The first morning M had a melt down of massive proportions over her kindy clothes. Nothing was pink enough, twirly enough or princess enough. It was huge, took up a great deal of time and left us all a little shattered, all before 7am. It also meant I left both kids in tears as I dropped them at kindy, which is never a very good feeling.

I learned my lesson and now she and I are planning her clothes the night before. It feels ridiculous but I guess we do what we have to do to get through the morning and out the door on time.

2 December 2010

Devastated

Last day with my kids. Work starts tomorrow. I know we will all be OK, but every time I think about it I feel tears pricking my eyes.

I should be writing lists and getting organised. Instead I am just sucking them in, playing and being silly. Off to the pool to meet up with my mothers group for the last time.

1 December 2010

Happy Hannukah

Tonight is the first night of Hannukah, also known as the Festival of Lights in the Jewish religion. There are eight nights and tonight we light the first candle on the Hanukiah (special candelabra). We're also off to the Hannukah Fair which is held every year in Surfers Paradise.


Itay has bought loads of suvganot (doughnuts!) for him and the kids, and also sevivon, which are little spinning tops. The kids are also receiving major gifts on Hannukah this year, rather than Christmas. So for M, that means a new pink bike with a doll seat on the back and a Tinkerbelle helmet. For O, that means a three wheel scooter.

Happy Hannukah!


O, discovering the joy that is the sevivon, jam filled kosher doughnuts.

30 November 2010

The Chomp at 18 months

This is O's new funny face - ask him to smile for the camera and this is what you get!



My little guy is now 18 months old. Time flies when you're being cute, huh?
  • He's still a tiny chomp, weighing about 9.8kg.
  • He's wearing sizes 00, 0 and 1.
  • He loves to walk and run. he's actually becoming quite a good little runner, it seems to be quite easy for him.
  • Climbing, the new cool activity. Climbing anything and everything. He can now climb on to the dining table via the chairs. He has fallen off the kid table a few times and off the lounge numerous times. He doesn't seem to learn, just climbs back up, falls back down.
  • He doesn't have any real words. A worry. He sort of says hello, Aba (Dad in Hebrew) and Mama. I know he has the second child/big sister who talks over him/bilingual thing against him but he really should have more words by now. He has a hearing test booked in a couple of weeks.
  • Even though he doesn't talk, he is loud! He chatters away, bangs and crashes and makes his prescence known. He also sits quietly in his room, reading books.
  • He still sucks his thumb.
  • We breastfeed in the morning and just before bed. His feeds are quite short now, and I feel he'll stop them some time soon. I love breastfeeding him and I will be so sad when we stop.
  • His hair is so long and golden, his little soft curls are divine. He is blonder than M is.
  • His blue, blue eyes continue to astound people, they are so pale and yet so vivid.
  • His dimples are scrumptious, he smiles so often and his laugh is infectious. He is generally a happy little soul!
  • He throws food and he does it with purpose. He makes sure you are watching and then he throws with all his might. We had plates flying across the room, cous cous landing everywhere. I bought a strong suction bowl, so no more flying plates, however now he just grabs handfuls of food and flings it to the floor.
  • He's a funny, boyish little thing. He adores balls, kicking, throwing, banging, cars, wheels, being outside, tickles, laughing and running.
  • Delicious little Chomp.

29 November 2010

End of an era


My days as a stay at home mum will end on Friday this week. I finally got a job, not one that I particularly want and a full time job at that... But it is a job and that is what we need.

I should feel happy, as we will no longer be sliding backwards financially. Instead, I feel devastated. My baby boy is still so little. No more trips to the library with my girl, no more wandering to the book shop or for sushi at lunch with them. No more mothers group catch ups each week, which M and I have been attending for four years. The end.

The beginning of even more guilt. I hate this feeling.

27 November 2010

4.30

4.30am is just too early. We've been woken at this time for a few weeks now by O, who is eager to begin his day. Us, not so much. It's exhausting. A different kind of tiredness, when you know there is no such thing any more as "sleep when the baby sleeps". Not when the four year does not stop asking questions, needing Mum mum mum for every tiny tiny little thing and then the little one gets sick, so not only does he start the day at 4.30am, he wakes every hour or so through the night. Whinger, right? I

Anyway, we have two birthday parties to attend today. Lots of fairies, pink and sugar.... Maybe the sugar will keep me going!

26 November 2010

Multi lingual

Yesterday, M taught me the sign language for several animals. She then sang me a Christmas carol in Japanese and translated some Hebrew for me. Next she cried because she thinks Barbie movies are scary.

מעיין

22 November 2010

Ten things

Ille des Pins, New Caledonia, 2004

Kelly asked what little things make me happy? I'm not feeling on top of the world lately, so this is a little challenging. Also good for the soul, I need a little reminder!

1. Good quality sleep
2. Breastfeeding my baby boy
3. Reading a good book in a quiet spot on the beach
4. Taking photographs
5. Watching my children laugh together
6. Playing and swimming as a family on the beach
7. Eating interesting, delicious food
8. The smells of summer
9. Books
10. A bowl of summer fruit and yoghurt

18 November 2010

Country girl

I caught the train up to Brisbane for an interview on Tuesday. I felt like an anxious country girl, turning and swirling about at Central Station, asking the hurried, suited workers for directions. I miss the city... Not necessarily Brisbane, because it is quite foreign to me. But Sydney, I miss you. I miss your food, culture, bustling activity and your beauty.

Instead, we're living in suburbia, in a big glitzy coastal tourist town. We've been here about six years and we still don't feel like we belong here.

15 November 2010

point & shoot {weekend la la}

We had a beautiful, quiet weekend here... Swimming lessons, a drive to Fingal Head, getting bogged in the sand (not a highlight, I'll admit), naps, dinner with friends, a couple of drinks, more beach and quite a bit of sorting, tidying, mowing and weeding.


This photo makes me laugh. The small orange faced boy is totally cracking himself up, he thought he was so hilarious. The girl was just being her usual princess self. Funny kids!


The very beautiful Fingal Head. Actually this is a photo of Cook Island, just off Fingal Head.


A beach scene, found all over Australia.


The little guy loves iceblocks, unlike his sister, who will not even try them.

Joining in with Point & Shoot over at Fat Mum Slim.

14 November 2010

Cook along

On Friday night, we joined in with the Masterchef Cook along. M was bursting with excitement. We prepared our ingredients (damn roasted hazlenuts!) and our utensils. We were ready to go... and then they cooked two courses before the began the cook along. Anti-climax for us all!

By the time the cook along started, M was quite tired and had lost her enthusiasm a little. But off we went, and we created! It went quite well and our puddings looked and tasted delicious. M was so tired by the time we plated up that after one bite, she declared it was time for bed. The poor little thing!

It also meant that Itay and I were still washing and cleaning up at about 9.30pm. Not so fun... But it was fun on the whole and M enjoyed the process.

12 November 2010

That's a no.

No job.

Up in the air we fly

We've booked and paid for our flights. We're heading to Israel via a few days in Kuala Lumpur then Amman, and a short holiday on a beach (yet to be decided) in Malaysia on the way back. Lots to do before then, including the difficult task of getting passport photo taken of the small boy. Has anyone spent any time in Malaysia?


ps. The interview went well, I should hear today. The job is not exactly right for our family, it is a LOT of hours and very intense. I just wanted an easy part time job... And this is the exact opposite, however I this is the first real chance I've had in over six months. So we'll see.

10 November 2010

Wish me luck

I have a job interview tomorrow... Please send out cyber luck to me, we need this job. Although it breaks my heart to be considering a full time role, we need this job.

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5 November 2010

Spicy


We're a little obsessed with spices in our house. Well, in our pantry. We have lots. Loads. Seriously, maybe too many. Here are some spices I added to our cous cous yesterday.  Ground cumin, fennel and coriander, plus a bay leaf. I also added some chilli. Yum oh yum... I sauteed the red onion, added the spices and chilli, some sugar, red wine vinegar then cous cous and stock. Delicious!

It's from an old  Jamie Oliver recipe, as you can see by the well-loved recipe book. I always think a dirty cook book signifies a loved cook book!

4 November 2010

glitter goodness

The girly girl has been asking for some glitter for a little while now. We've only had glitter glue until this point! So we bought some today and here is one of her lovely creations...

3 November 2010

Letters of old

I love letters. I should say, I loved letters, because I don't receive any these days, nor do I send them. I used to adore writing letters. Much of the first year of my relationship with Itay was through letters. We have kept them all. I also kept letters from friends during high school and my travels after school. My darling mum saved all the letters and momentos I sent during that time too.

I have a couple of boxes full of letters, poems, sentimental knick knacks and pieces of "I have no idea why I kept this" to sort through. Some of them are hilarious, some make me cringe in embarrassment. Some I have no memory of at all and others are just beautiful.

Bags full of memories.



This bundle includes my travel diary from my year in the UK, along with tickets to Buckingham Palace, movie tickets, letters and postcards. I was 18 when I travelled to the UK, in fact, I spent my 19th birthday at an outdoor concert, watching The Cure in Finsbury Park, London.


This letter is from a dear friend who I am still very close with. The letter goes on to say that she has been grounded for a year... A whole year, due to something that went down. I ahve absolutely no memory as to what it was! Her parents are very rational, open minded people so I really cannot think what it might be. I have to call her tonight! I would have been 16 at the time.

Do you have boxes of memories like this?

2 November 2010

Lucky me!


A little while ago, I read that one of my new favourite magazines was closing. Lovely Notebook magazine's is no more, and the last issue is currently on the stands. Wynona over at Ivy Designs had a little giveaway of the magazine and I was lucky enough to receive one! Wynona also included one of her gorgeous hair clips, which my daughter had hidden away before I even opened the rest of the package!

Thank you so much for both the magazine and hair clip. We appreciate it so much!

1 November 2010

point & shoot {kids}



Beach babe...


Baby and seagull... pure amazement!

 

Sibling love. Too sweet.

27 October 2010

Life as we know it

I recently watched the movie Life As We Know It. It was a nice bit of fluff, a sweet movie but also extremely sad and as the mother of two young children, quite thought provoking. Without ruining the story for you (this bit is in the movie trailer) the parents of a baby girl pass away in an accident. The parents have left the care of their daughter to their best friends (who are actually frenemies in the movie).

It got me thinking... Itay and I talked about this a while ago but we never actually made any decisions. Do you have someone that is named as the carer or guardian for your child if you should pass away? How did you decide?

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The tiny one

Too many stripes, Mum!


My little guys is exactly that, little. He's growing very slowly but isn't really on the "charts". At just over 9kg at 17 months, he's a little tiny boy.

A few days ago we attended a long awaited dietician appointment. There were no surprises. I know he eats well, a healthy and varied diet witha  mix of textures, tastes and colours. He enjoys most food we offer him and he eats quite a bit. The only additions the dietician recommended were just adding a bit more fat to his diet, such as grating cheese on his food, adding cream to certain foods, all the things adults would do to lose weight.

Next up is a long awaited appointment with a pediatrician. I wonder what he'll say.

I'm also going to ask about O's speech, which is not really happening. He certainly understands us and he does loads of babbling and speech-like sounds. He has little conversations with himself and he can say "Aba" (daddy) when prompted, and sometimes Mummy. He does have certain sounds for certain things or events or people. However he's not really making much progress. I'm trying not to worry, and maybe he is just doing the normal second child, boy, bilingual thus slower to speak thing. M was so different, she was speaking in short sentences by 17 months, although I know comparing doens't help at all. It does make me worry though, and so I shall ask.

26 October 2010

What they do to me

On yet another day cooped up inside, I let M loose with a box of old make up. This particular tiny tub of silver glitter is quite probably vintage. I've had it since I was a child and I have no idea how I got it. There's not much left of it after M did this to me!


It's a bit blurry, but you get the idea! She also used an old brown eyeliner all over my forehead, whcih I didn't catch, but it made me look like I had some weird growth in my hair. You can also see a little of it on my chest. It was a fun clean up...!


High tea

A couple of weeks ago I went to a high tea in a posh hotel with some girlfriends. La di dah! It was just so lovely to dress up and escape for a couple of hours. Here's what we devoured...



See that little dark chocolate ganash tart peaking out on the bottom tier? It was, seriously, the best sweet delight that I have ever eaten. So, so divine.

25 October 2010

Coloured rice

I came across a quick, fun craft activity in blogland the other day, and as we were pretty much trapped in the house for much of last week, I thought M and I would try it out.

It's so easy, and while I thought the preparation would be messy, it is actually pretty much mess free as long as you supervise!

You need:

Rice, any kind
Ziplock bags
Food colouring
Hand sanitiser, make sure it has alcohol in it

Pour some rice in a bag. Squirt in a bit of the sanitiser. Add a few drops of food colouring. Carefully zip up the bag. Shake and squish the rice so it becomes coated in the sanitiser and food colouring. Pour in to a bowl to dry. (I lined the bowls with paper towel as I wasn't sure if it would stain, but it didn't seem to.) Now make a few more colours!

The colour dries quite quickly. I then set it up outside for M to pour, spoon, funnel, mix and play with. O had a few attempts at overturning every single container so we had to pack up and wait until he was asleep. M loved this activity and it was so easy to do. She can also use the rice to glue on to pictures now too.

Fun, easy activity!