Monday, February 5, 2018

sibling date

so, dougs sister arrived home on friday to stay for a month. clearly it was important that we get in some sibling time while doug had the day off on monday, so off we went to the megabarn for a day of opshopping while both the kids were at school. woo!

we had a great time and i got some awesome bargains... what could be better? ♥

Saturday, February 3, 2018

the sweetest little man ❤️

yesterday was aunty dom's birthday and i thought it was about time i taught joseph to be a little gentleman. we went into woolworths in the morning to get something and i asked him if he'd like to buy some flowers for aunty dom for her birthday. i was met with a very enthusiastic yes and he quickly got to work picking some. they were (no surprises here) the ones with the most red ones! we paid for them and set off to surprise her.

of course, she was thrilled to pieces and said it was the best birthday present ever! i don't know if she meant the flowers or the child, they are both adorable... haha. honestly though, watching him run over to her with them was the cutest thing ever! i just love him - and the bond those two have is the sweetest. happy birthday domdom! ♥

Thursday, February 1, 2018

off to school together!

can you believe it? my babies are both at school this year and went off together yesterday for the first time. madeline is a big year one and joseph is at kindy 5 days a fortnight (3 one week and 2 the following). i almost have no idea what to do with myself... but let's be honest, i can always find something to keep myself busy.


my emotional little madeline was a bit teary when i had to leave her in her class, but was thrilled to see her best friend ella was in her class, especially are finding out that 4 of her closest friends were all in the same class, and she wasn't in it. :( she settled in fine though and was all smiles when i picked her up.

joseph on the other hand, waltzed into his classroom, put all his things away as instructed and went and sat quietly on the mat with his hands folded in his lap. "bye joseph, i love you. "bye mum!" clearly nothing to worry about there... but then really what could he have to worry about? he's been watching madeline go off to school for two years now, he knows exactly what's up!

they were so cute together, they appeared in my room, shortly after 7, both fully dressed and ready to go. it was adorable! 

i can't wait to see them learn and grow this year, they both love school and are super hungry to learn, so hopefully only good things will come!

Monday, January 29, 2018

the cutest kids on the block

here's a cute snap from after church yesterday... we are just days away from school and this cute little boy is about to go to kindy. can he handle it? can i handle it? only time will tell, but we are all very excited!

Friday, January 26, 2018

visiting teaching changes 2018

we'll be having a relief society "lesson" in the new format: the council meeting, on the first sunday in february. we constantly have questions and concerns about visiting teaching and being that the format of that has also changed we thought we would use our first one to discuss it.

there will no longer be a prepared message from the ensign for you to use each month when visiting. the new idea is to simply “do what she needs.”

sister bingham, relief society general president told the church news,We want to help sisters understand how to really care for and strengthen each sister.” “The Church handbook doesn’t talk about our responsibilities to teach a lesson. It talks about how ‘visiting teachers sincerely come to know and love each sister, help her strengthen her faith and give service. Visiting teachers seek personal inspiration to know how to respond to the spiritual and temporal needs of each sister they are assigned to visit.” The changes are meant to help visiting teachers look beyond a universal prepared message and figure out what the sister they visit personally needs. “What are we supposed to do?” asked Sister Sharon Eubank, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency. “Do what she needs.”

and thanks to the internet (once again) i even found this amazing hand out to give to the sisters in the lds relief society presidencies facebook page. thank heavens for the internet! it certainly makes lesson planning easier. here's hoping it all goes well! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

school ready

it's school time in just 8 days (but who's counting, oh me for sure! my kids are squabbling and it is time...) and i am ready to go! mum came over for the day and whipped up a library bag for joseph, cars of course. 

finished an art smock for madeline...

and then made a new library bag for madeline (she's over the frozen one that poor mum made and then hand embroidered her name into last year. sigh)

i spent the day labelling pencils and books and packing everything ready to go for next week and i am pleased to report that we are done and dusted.

now to work out how i'll cope with my baby at school next year. thank goodness it's only five days a fortnight. i don't know what i'd do with myself otherwise! i'll let you know how we go! 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

fremantle (+ lapa brazilian bbq)

i have rambled in many past posts about how much i love fremantle. the ocean, the old streets... and most of all the old buildings. we went to dinner in fremantle tonight with some old friends, who are over visiting from sydney, so after we parked, my poor husband had to deal with watching me take photos of building after building as we wandered up to the restaurant.

seriously, how beautiful is this place!

we tried lapa brazilian bbq for the first time and man was i impressed! the food was so authentic and i can certainly see why, all the staff are brazilian too, so they obviously know what they are doing! it's a wide range of perfectly bbq-ed meat plus sides... and they even had my favourite drink, guarana antartica. so happy! (for those who came in late, i lived in brazil for a year, so i certainly know how it's all spoosed to taste!) plus it was all you can eat, so my meat loving husband was in heaven! seriously though, it's so worth a try, i know for sure we will definitely go back!

more photos on the way back to the car... 

maybe one day when i win lotto (haha you have to buy it to win it...) i'll get us a house here,

because fremantle is a little piece of heaven on earth ♥