Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day

Here is our lovely, low key Christmas day.

Presents in the morning - with a cup of coffee lol

OMG!!11!!! Makka Pakka!

Lolly playing the drum we got from Oxfam for Snail.

Snail with her doll, nawwwww.

My Mum and Dad came round, with my little sis Julz. More presents!!

Snail thinks this one is hers!

Lolly and Nanna.

Can't resist a shot of the spelling mistake on the Mega Blocks box... lol

One of Lolly's favourite things of the day was this floor cushion that Julz had brought over for us (not a pressie, just getting rid of some stuff) - Lolly loved climbing on it, walking over it, sitting on it, and flopping on it.

She also got a very pink (!!) trike that was a hit (though I have to confess we almost forgot to give it to her lol). She already does wheelies, takes after her father.

Here is DinnerDad in his traditional xmas attire of a garish hawiian shirt, having a rest after cooking us an awesome steak xmas dinner.

Merry Christmas and happy holiday season, everyone.

The Unveiling of the Kimchi...

Kimchi (phew, stinky!).

This year, DinnerDad wanted to make a Korean banquet for xmas Eve, so decided to stink up the place by making his own Kimchi. Of the cabbage variety. Blerg!! So he heats up the cabbage and stuff, does something awful to it, and puts it in some innocent bottles that had never done him any harm. Then it has to stay out and ferment (I like to call it the fancy word for rot) for 40 hours before being refrigerated. mmmm, yummy!

He unbottled it on the 23rd so he could make Kimchi soup for xmas eve. Doesn't it look great!

It had to be wrestled into submission with scissors.


Mmmm, Dadda, can I have some!?

Here is the finished soup, it looks kind of like intestines that someone sicked up.

The soup was delicious, BTW! I don't know how it can be so yummy when containing carefully rotted cabbage, but it was... (lol, just teasing DinnerDad, you rock). We had the left over soup with noodles on xmas night for dinner, it was seriously tasty stuff. Weird.

Merry whatsits and whoosits to all!

Here is our family's Christmas story in pictures...

Nudie chasing games with Smash and Snail a few days ago (shake it, baby!).

A Christmas Humbug Lolly with traditional "Bah Humbug" hat.

Snail all ready for more Xmas shopping.

Proof Mister B made it to another Christmas (he is 17 and a half!!).

On Christmas Eve, we had my BIL and SIL over for the afternoon, and had lovely pressies and chats. I totally forgot to take photos (lol).

That night, we had our delectable Xmas Eve Korean feast - we had kimchi soup, potstickers, and sesame beef with rice. soooooo tasty!

DinnerDad and Smash and I finished wrapping all the pressies and here they are on Xmas Eve under the giantest tree evah!

Phew! I'll tackle Christmas Day in my next post. Season's greetings everyone!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pool Party!

Today, Lolly and I went to a pool party with some lovely friends for an end of year/solstice gathering.

It was a long drive for Lolly and I, but we got through it just fine (with the help of some chips and a large coffee for me). Lots of our lovely friends were there, in particular Lolly's favourite toddler pals, Damara and Darcy.

The yard and house are awesome for kids!! A huge run around area, with everything a kid could want to play with. It was meant to be a pool party, but it ended up being dark and stormy, here is the storm coming in.

Lolly and her friend, Darcy, thought this was great fun! Here they are playing in the rain... "It's raining!" and "Where's Darcy?" says Lolly.

Hello over there!

Here they are catching rain pouring off the roof.

Watching her friend.

Just gorgeous, Darcy.

I bought you some rain, Mummy.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A 9 foot Christmas Tree!

We've been busy lately, Christmas shopping and having fun with friends. Yesterday we had lots of women over for an informal seasonal party. Lots of friends came, and Lolly had great fun. In fact it was sooooooo fun that she went all day with NO NAP! Eeeeek!

Here are some shots of our life lately (as this blog has been photo poor of late).

Toddler jedis!!

Going for a walk with Mummy.

We decided to buy ourselves the world's biggest Christmas tree this year. DinnerDad really wanted one! So we went late and bought a display tree from Myer. It's missing two branches at the back, so we got a discount, and then when I went in the next day to pay and pick it up, they were having a 40% off sale on xmas stuff, so we got it for $220!! If you've ever looked at a 9 foot Christmas tree, you'll know that is an amazing price :-) So now we've got to keep it for at least 15 years to offset the carbon produced in making it (lol).

So, here it is being put up by DinnerDad, Smash and Lolly.


Nearly done (we need more tinsel, clearly).

Friday, December 18, 2009

Climate Change sites

I got some great links for climate change today, and thought I would share them - register at each site for updates. Both do some amazing work! is aiming to reduce Co2 in the atmosphere to 350 ppm. Here is there nifty short animation:

The other site is AVAAZ - which has a number of amazing campaigns for justice in the world.

And of course, don't forget Get Up!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Time Alone...

I'm enjoying some time without the lovely Lolly here this morning! As much as I love the bundle, it sure is nice to sit on the computer, drink coffee, and eat some chocolate by myself in the house!!!

We've been busy lately, we had a lovely week with friends, went to the museum, went to Rocks Riverside Park and played in the water - Snail loved it, Lolly was a little scared of all the people trying to escape the heat - we've done some Christmas shopping, it's been a full week. Snail is on holidays as well now, though they are both off to their mother's this week, we've got lots planned for the week before Christmas, and DinnerDad is on holidays! *woot!*

I'll be back to post some photos once Duplicate Annihilator finishes sorting the *48,000* photos that apparently I have now after moving back to the laptop *shock*. It's been running for days! And you can't use iPhoto while it works *sigh*

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Memo to more in blog!

I have been slack of the arse lately and not been updating here, which is a shame as Lolly has been through a lot of stages lately, both delightful and otherwise (lol).

Here is my commitment to posting more here :-)

And in other news, my cousin got engaged this morning, awwww. Congrats to you, C! And here's hoping we catch up in the new year!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Toddler Talkin'

Lolly is in a communication explosion phase at the moment, it's just amazing! Yesterday, she learnt "alright" in the afternoon, then "fingers" and "arm" after dinner, and "blanket" at bedtime! I read Pinky McKay saying that a bright toddler can learn a new word every 90 minutes between 18 and 20 months. That's truly amazing. Watching Lolly's world become verbal, and her able to SAY what she wants is just a wonderful experience. I'm really enjoying it, her face as she masters new words is just priceless.

Today she learnt "ham" and "frog" (one of these was for lunch LOL).

It's interesting times with a toddler!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lolly at 18 months [!!!!]

On Lolly at 18 months.

Lolly has many words, now. She has short sentences, the most impressive of which is "Pippi, where's the ball?" She has a serious regard for the dog waiting for an answer, "come on Pippi, where's that ball?"

Here are some more of her words:
Didda [Dadda]
"Mr B" [Bajak]
"meow" [cat]
puss puss
nom nom [food]
goog goog [drink]
"there you are"
mo mo [motorbike]
room room [car]
away [outside/over there]
guck guck [duck]
oh no!
"cracker" [biscuit]
one, two!
'nana [banana]

She is starting sentences, two or three words together, like "where's Didda?" "where's Snail?" or "Pippi, ball?" Her favourite word to use now is "where". "Where ball?" She says this in her sleep!! So cute. The other night she was fast asleep, and stuck both her feet in the air, saying "shoes, one two!"

She is sleeping by herself for naps and early at night now (!!!). I take her into our room and booba her to sleep, then get up. Wow, it is so different to my in-arms sleeper! I'm still getting used to it, to be honest. I wander around not knowing what to do with myself. But I do like having some time to my own thoughts. About two weeks ago I asked her one night, "you let me know when you're tired and want to go to bed," and she walked straight into the bedroom, climbed on the matress, and said "booba!" And off to sleep she went! Couldn't believe it, it was so sweet. We normally just booba to sleep in the lounge room while I read or computer it up. So it was pretty amazing. She has done that every night since. She seems to like the peace and quiet. It is so lovely to see her awareness of her tiredness, and that she has control over what to do about it. We have always done child-led sleep, there is no point trying to get a baby to sleep who isn't interested! So this is the natural consequence. So nice.

She is a delightful bundle, her favourite things are drawing with crayons, her chalkboard, stickers (I peel 'em off and she sticks them on things), bath time, going outside for walks, and playing with the ball, her Magnadoodle, and a new interest in blocks. She loves cuddles, and hurls herself at me from across the room for cuddles and kisses. She also loves dancing, which usually requires me to hold both her hands as she leans back and boogies.

She is very keen on her brother and sister, and she and Snail play together around the house. She loves to follow Snail and steal whatever Snail is doing! Poor Snail ;) She finds Smash to be hilarious and is always happy to see him after school.

She's been walking for a couple of months now, and is very confident, not quite running yet, but she gets up a good pace! She doesn't do stairs, she holds up her arms for me to pick her up. Whenever there is mysterious terrain (rocks, grass, new footpath, etc) she stops and holds up her hand for me to hold so she can keep going. She walks all the way down the ramp now, she holds the bottom rail if she needs help with the slope.

She loves shoes, and often plays with them and carries one around with her. She likes to take them on and off, and says "shoes, one, two".

Her favourite TV is In the Night Garden, Play School, and she likes Blues Clues as it is Snail's favourite. We don't watch much else with her, she asks sometimes for TV by pointing, or pointing at her palm like the start of In the Night Garden. She'll sit and watch for a while sometimes, but does other things as well, like drawing or her felt board, or just general baby wandering and business around the house, coming back to sit and watch, leaning against the couch.

She's an interested eater, she tries lots of things, and eats more at each sitting now in the past couple of weeks. She loves corn thins, wholegrain rice crackers, grapes, strawberries, meat of all kinds (she's real carnivore, and will eat meat in preference to her other choices!), pickles (!) and olives. She likes chips too :)

So that's a portrait of Lolly at 18 months, and here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago, a lot dark, but just too cute (playing basketball with the family).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Carnival of Feminist Parenting

The Fourth Carnival is up at Mother's for Women's Lib. Thanks heaps to Anji for all the work that goes into these. It's some great reading.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A belated Happy 17th Birthday to Bajak

This fabulous ode to one of our lovely dogs was written by his Aunty Liz.

Bajak was 17 at the start of June this year, I know, amazing hey. Here is a pic of the old boy from a few days ago, still goin' but goin' pretty slowly.

And here is an Ode to Bajak,


Ode on a Dog

What a creature is a dog
A beast disgusting as he is wise
A dog is a paradox (or a 'paradogs')
His breath, when a puppy, is as sweet as his tiny paws
Give him seventeen years, and it's hard to tell from which end
the fumes emanate!
He loves unconditionally
and, alas, uncritically!
A much anticipated deposit in the kitty litter,
or a freshly loaded nappy,
is as sweet
to him
as a roast stolen from the kitchen bench.
Likewise, the pong-and-chew of a sneaker
is as covetous
to him
as the Nike label was to his master.
Conveniently deaf
he is threatened with a one way ticket to the pound
for yet another filthy misdemeanour.
He tries your patience for this squillionth time
and then regards you
eye to eye -
Mano a Doggo -
as only a dog can...
reads your heart with all the insight of a Lama
the precision of a lexographer.
He is a genius comedian
a furry confessor.
Protecting his charge
saw him charged!
Dangerous Dog!
He's a wolf in dog's clothing.
A family dog.
Everyone's dog,
and every one's own dog -
A furry brother
and a best friend.
A Good Dog
A Bad Dog
An Old Dog...
The Dog.

Happy birthday, Bajak.

Lizzie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and Gabi. xxxxxxxxx

Here he is, Electric Dog - Powered Down

We love you, old boy!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A video about Snail, by Smash

Smash made a slideshow for a school project about a special person, and he chose Snail as his person. This is a really lovely 'video' about Snail and why she is special to her brother.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Memory Lane with Pictures

We've been busy with everyday things lately, playgroup, meetings, out and about with friends and grandparents. Last weekend we went to my primary school's 75th anniversary! It was a big fete with lots of memorabilia. Was lovely to see the old place.

Lolly was a little overwhelmed with the noise and people. We saw my old classrooms, (here is my 6/7 classroom!) and met my grade 6/7 teacher!

Julz and I had fun. Here is a photo they had there of me doing the maypole!! I think this was 1984?

Here's a belated shot of Lolly at the Centerpoint tower in Sydney, admiring the view.

Here she is playing basketball after DinnerDad wrote "Lolly Grub" on our driveway with out new water sprayer :)

And finally (drum roll, please) here is the new addition to our family, DinnerDad's new "mo mo" - a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. DinnerDad instructs me to tell you that it is 170 Horsepower at the rear wheel. Which is more power than our family SUV has (apparently). Anyhoo, here is a picture of it in all it's glory: