Wednesday, February 29, 2012

happy leap day!

happy leap day!
i would love to report that something amazingly magical happened today - but alas, it did not. so, instead i am going to bore you with some random information about leap day. (aka a factual rant)

leap day is february 29, which is an extra day added during a leap year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a normal year. ever since leap years were first introduced over 2000 years ago with the transition from the roman calendar to the julian calendar in 45 bce, leap day has been associated with age-old leap day traditions and folklore.

according to an old irish legend, or possibly history, st bridget struck a deal with st patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. this is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

in some places, leap day has been known as “bachelors’ day” for the same reason. a man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on leap day. in many european countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on february 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. the intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. during the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

according to the guinness book of records, the only verified example of a family producing three consecutive generations born on february 29 is that of the keogh family. peter anthony was born in ireland on February 29, 1940, while his son peter eric was born on the leap day in the united kingdom in 1964. his daughter, bethany wealth, was, in turn, born in the uk on february 29, 1996. impressive. 

a norwegian family named henriksen from andenes holds the official record of number of children born on february 29. mrs. karin henriksen gave birth to 3 children on consecutive february 29; her daughter heidi in 1960 and her sons olav and leif-martin in 1964 and 1968 respectively.

for more random leap facts - take a look here!

there was also a few celebrities listed that are born on leap day - i only knew who two of them are, so for your information...
1972 – antonio sabàto jr, italian-born actor
1976 – ja rule, american rapper and actor

happy birthday to you both - many happy returns for your 10th and 9th birthdays respectively :)

last but not least, we almost had a leap birthday in our family - jared david was born on february 27th in a leap year - but unfortunately he was ready and couldn't wait two more days, regardless of how much my brother begged donna to hold on. so on that note, i'm out - but all the best to anyone who proposed to their boyfriend today - hope that worked out well for you! :) i'll try to write something a little more interesting 4 years from now. x

Sunday, February 26, 2012

wmaiws 1

here we are again, another sunday. another opportunity to show off my outfit haha.
introducing edition 1 of wmaiws
(what maddie and i wore sunday)

today's outfit consisted of:
dress: cue (from an op - but probably at full price the most expensive dress i own!)
black undertee (
red stilletos (heavenly daze - op)
silver tiffany link bracelet (awesome fake from an online store)
pearl and crystal bracelet (gift from the mother-in-law)
silver bow earrings (another opp find)
silver diamante bridal set (goldmark)

and the amazingly cute miss madeline, what a doll!

blue and white satin party dress (target - from grandma and poppa k)
white onesie underneath as always (bonds)
white rufflebum nappy cover (k-mart)
white satin tie up booties (gsi)
headband (handmade by aunty p)

Friday, February 24, 2012

ahhh york

okay - if you've just tuned in to my blog - i am op-sessed. yes op-shop obsessed. so much so that it's frightening, but in my husbands opinion it's great. i mean seriously... how many girls have heaps of clothing, and i mean heaps and don't have cranky husbands? me!!! i do!!! i have heaps of clothing, and don't have a cranky husband. why? op-shops my friends.

i must tell you - the one in york - the salvation army jumble sale, is by far the bestest. i went today with mum and it was their 50c day - end of the month sale - everything was 50c :) the only thing better than op-shopping, is op-shopping when there's a sale on!! true story.

so... i got 30 things for $15. if you can top that - hit me up and tell me where the bargains are!! cause i've not seen a better deal yet.

afterwards madeline and i went to the pharmacy so she could meet my friend keryn from school. keryn and i were in the same form room at nshs 13 years ago and have kept in touch... and i know she's been dying to meet my little ranga - they could be twins! haha. it's been far too long - i'll have to try to get to york more often.

we heart perth!

miss maddie and i went for a little scenic tour of perth last week, after meeting uncle mark and aunty jamie-lee for lunch. one of the last funerals i did before maddie was born was for a 22 year old girl in st. georges cathedral. it was such an amazing funeral - the place was completely packed out, i would say there was more than 800 people there, and i watched... trying so hard not to cry as the father walked his daughter down the aisle, only instead of her being in a wedding dress, she was in a coffin. i can honestly say it was one of the saddest funerals i have ever been to, it just broke my heart. 


although we have done many funerals at st. georges, it was the first one i've ever been to. the chapel is so gorgeous - and i was dying to see how it looked when no one was inside - and i finally got my chance. it is so peaceful and beautiful - and maddie and i loved our few minutes in there. 

the beautiful altar area

their gorgeous lecturn (reminded me so much of fawkes the phoenix from harry potter!!)

the pipe organ, set above the foyer font, in a loft - almost gives the mormon tabernacle one a run for it's money!

and gorgeous london court. mum used to take me here as a little girl and we'd watch the moving clock strike. such a gorgeous place with lovely memories.

i can honestly say, there's no where i'd rather live... i'm so very lucky.
i ♥ perth!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

six years

i can't believe six years have passed since
doug and i were married.
so i just thought i'd share my favourite picture from the wedding... i dreamed for so long of having this picture and then finally got to have it, thanks to our beautiful photographer mimi. (who just happened to be my young women's leader back in the day!!) for my birthday a few years ago, doug had it done up huge on a canvas for me, it's my favourite thing in the whole world and probably the first thing I would save if the house was on fire (heaven forbid...)

no woman is ever disappointed when a pandora bag shows up - (unless of course you're crazy) so imagine my delight when he surprised me when he got home today with the most beautiful pair of earrings from the pandora store. and i really was suprised. way surprised. i had absolutely no idea i was getting something!! so just to add to the reasons i love him...
not that i need another one!

i have the tree of life necklace that i got as a gift from my work when i left - plus it's my favourite charm on my bracelet... what can i say - i'm a tree hugging hippie after all...

pandora freebie with my earrings! super cute!

six years down, eternity to go! it's a very long time, and i can't think of someone i'd rather spend it with

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

kings park moonlight cinema

saturday doug, maddie and i went to the moonlight cinema in kings park with tickets that jen and mat gave us for christmas to see tintin. dad used to tell isaac and i tintin stories all the time before bed... full of hidden treasure, snowy the wonder dog (who had his voice box removed and then had woof woof tattooed under his paw to ensure he could still communicate) and albanian spies. always albanian spies. so who better to take along... mum and dad. :)

i love the moonlight cinema, you rock up at 6:30 and find somewhere to laze about with your picnic blanket and chairs, eat your picnic and then lay back while the movie plays. it was a great night, we settled maddie and then popped her in her bugaboo sleeping bag, inside her little mosquito tent. she is so well behaved, you can take the kid anywhere!!
so cozy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

adorable ♥

fresh from the bath...
seriously, could this kid get any cuter??
i just can't get enough of her!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

wmws 1

at the request of aunty niques -
here is the first (and possibly only) edition of what
maddie wore sunday.
hilarious. well. here goes.

dress - target (nanna found in the opshop)
bonds cotton onesie (mum found in the opshop $1 - white onesies are the best - i put them under nearly everything the poor baby wears. teaching her modesty at a young age haha. plus i hate it when you can see a kids nappy. not a fan. cover it up mums!)
shoes - from the opp of course - another nanna find
pink flower socks (one of the many beautiful gifts from my bestie jen and her mum, they bought me a basket full of amazing handy things, and i have used everything!!
headband - ebay you pick 10 colours for $5ish
(you will find them here!!)
bow - on a hat that my friend sandra gave
maddie when she was born

such a cutie. i love her all dressed up!
and niques - there you have it!

happy hookers (& chocolate slice!)

my friend pippa is the shiz when it comes to crocheting. like really... the shiz. i swear she barely even has to look at what she is doing, and everything she makes always comes out perfect. every time. she's my beautiful friend that made maddie's star shaped blanket that i love, and which maddie still sleeps under each and every night. adorbs.

my grandma was an avid "hooker" (haha i love it!) and made all of us granchildren a blanket - and yes - of course i still have mine. i couldn't ever part with anything sentimental. you all should know that by now. i kind of feel like i got ripped off though, she died just six weeks before my seventh birthday :( and so i never got to learn the craft - although my oldest cousin dion told me the other day that grandma taught her, so at least one of us has it!

anyway - to the point of this post - pippa has finally decided to share this talent with a bunch of her girlfriends - and i was one of the lucky chosen ones. on monday last week (yes i am well aware that this post has been a long time coming...) we went to pippa's house for "crochet club" - or the happy hookers as pip and i are now affectionately calling it... where pip taught us some of her moves. okay - so the orange "thing" (granny square - yes i know...) above - pip started off for me and then showed me how to continue it, but i am pretty sure with a little more practice (and by little, i mean years and years... har har harrr) i might one day be able to complete a blanket.

it was great fun though - and i can't wait for the next one!!

anyway - my contribution to the crochet club is here:

chocolate slice
250g butter
1 cup caster sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups desiccated coconut (i used shredded - it was fine!)
2 cups cornflakes
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

preheat oven to 180 deg celcius
grease a 20x30cm baking tin
melt butter in a saucepan (make sure it's big - there's a lot of stuff going in here!)
take off heat and stir in sugar and cocoa
when sugar is dissolved, stir in coconut and cornflakes
stir in flour, baking powder and vanilla
stir well until completely mixed
press all firmly into a tin and then bake for 20mins
when cool ice with chocolate icing
(1 cup icing sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon butter, add water and mix until smooth)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

caramel popcorn - an oldie but a goodie

when i was little, mum used to make caramel popcorn on the odd occasion. my brothers and i loved it (and i still do...). i used to think she was so clever making caramel out of honey - i still think she's very clever, only now i know how to do it too! and the best bit - the recipe is on the back of the "popping corn" brand packet
even if you don't have the packet - here's how it's done...
you will need:
1/2 cup corn kernels popped into corn (i use a popper - but i am sure you could use unflavoured microwave popcorn if you wanted to!)
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup white sugar
125g butter
1/2 cup peanuts (these are optional - i never use them)

pop your popcorn and set aside after removing any unpopped kernels
stir honey, sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat until sugar is disolved, and then boil uncovered for 4-5 minutes (keep an eye on it!! make sure it keeps a golden colour - if it starts to go brown it's burning and won't taste any good!!)
remove from heat (mix peanuts through if you want them - here!) and then pour over popped corn, be sure to stir it whilst pouring (use two people if you can - one to stir and one to pour) and coat it as evenly as you can. spread over larged greased trays to cool and then break into pieces. store in airtight containers.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

seven months!

she's seven months old! where on earth has the time gone? unbelievable.
she is now rocking back and forward on her hands and knees and sometimes making a little bridge on her feet and hands, pushing up like crazy - as of a week ago... and two days ago crawled (not well... but crawling nonetheless) towards the toy that i kept putting just out of her reach, both legs at once and both hands at once, but hasn't quite gotten the hang of moving them in sync just yet.
she also makes mmmmm and daaaadaadad noises, but not really mum and dad yet...
she's eating rice cereal mixed with breast milk and as of this week apple from a baby food tin (keeps screwing up her face like it's sour) and mashed banana in her cereal today.
eyes still haven't set, but i am 99% sure that they are going to be brown, hair - red. definitely red. smiles non-stop and loves people. i am so glad she's come to us and made our little family complete ♥

Friday, February 10, 2012

first day!

fix your own damn power!

doug started his new job with western power on monday - he is training in jandakot for the next 6 weeks (meaning i have no car and am forced to keep myself busy... we'll see how i go) we are very excited for the possibilities it's opening up for our little family and i am so proud of him for being chosen from such a big group of people. he'll be an apprentice linesworker for the next 4 years, based at the depot in balcatta.

just kidding, i'll do it with a smile! :)

and seeing as i am training to be the best mama i can be... here is doug's "first day at school photo!"

Sunday, February 5, 2012

wiws 2

sunday is here again - and today i wore...
ruffle neck blouse - portmans (in my case gsi)
skirt - chain reaction (vinnies!)
peep toe wedges - target (gsi)

pearl earrings - forever new
resin and pearl ring - kul kul (hay st subiaco)
check out kul kul - it's a red store close to the subi hotel, they have really different jewellery and homewares, and a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces... i love it! don't tell the boss but i used to sneak across the street sometimes for a peek when i did the banking! ;)

til next time... x

Friday, February 3, 2012

yes please!!!

oh my goshhhhhh

yes please!!

if only i had a spare $50000 laying around. this glittering piece of wonder would be on my finger. better go and buy that lotto ticket now.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ready to go!

last week, miss madeline and i received our passports, ready for our trip overseas in may! i was so excited that I had to go and buy all three of us these gorgeous passport holders from wild lily empire's online store. (it takes every ounce of self control I possess to not buy everything they have!) we are very excited for maddie to meet the rest of the family-
can't wait! :D