Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A break away...

...what a great way to spend a weekend!!
We went to the beach for a couple of days over the Easter weekend and stayed at the beach house with some family and friends.  I'm sure I've mentioned many times about the great childhood memories I have from holidays with my family at the beach house.  When I say my family I don't just mean my Mum and my brother I mean FAMILY!!  My Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins...lots of us all in one house, beds head to head around the sleep out.  The best of times!!  Ah, sweet memories.
So this weekend the three of us went down with our friends the Williams's and the Bruckner's and my Grandparents and Aunt Jenny and Uncle Michael.  It makes me feel so happy to have Jack spend time with other kids like that.  I'm sure it was a different experience for him as well being around other kids for that amount of time.
So we did some swimming...


We hung out at the beach...


We played in the sand...


We hunted for yabbies (thanks Jason)...


We saw the sunrise (thanks kids :P)


We swam some more...


We baked some brownies...


We at some fantastic waffles (thanks David)


The kids rode scooters and bikes...


The big kids rode bikes...


We goofed around...


We ate fresh coconut...


And we wore out sunscreen...


Jack got so sick of me telling him to put on more sunscreen.  He told me he couldn't wear five layers of sunscreen.  He didn't get burned though, lucky he listened to his Mum.
It is sooooo relaxing down there.  The fresh sea breeze, the sound of the ocean, the wind rustling the coconut leaves, the sand between your toes, the cool water splashing over your feet, the laughter of the kids, ahh bliss.  



Life is good!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Second toothy peg gone...

Jack has had a wiggly tooth for weeks now and it fell out yesterday at school when he was having lunch and he swallowed it!!  He was a  bit puzzled when I asked how the tooth fairy was going to get the tooth.  We left her/he a note.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I am now the mother of a 6 year old!!

So my beautiful little guy turned 6 on Sunday.  Sometimes it feels like time just flies by.  A big 6 year old already!! and some days with a  big attitude to match but he is just awesome, a truly gorgeous little hunk of human.  He was pretty excited about this birthday now that he knows all that a birthday brings and can understand the countdown to a birthday.  
He had a little bit of a sleep in on Sunday but as soon as he woke up he remembered that it was his birthday and wanted to open his gifts.  It was a whole family affair, Jack, Owen & I and Kitti and Bella all sitting around on the floor of his room to see what he got.  O & I got two kisses for the 2 things that he liked the most which were some Lego and a Wii game.


He and Owen then headed off to one of his school friends parties for the morning while I finished up the prep for his Spongebob Pool Party.


I love this smile, so adorable and so joyful.

Speaking of adorable, how cute is little Sofie's swimming costume.  I want one!!

We had all sorts of yummy food but I really loved the way these turned out, Krabby Patty Cupcakes.  I had seen them on Flickr while I was researching cake ideas.  They are vanilla cupcakes with a brownie disc for the patty and some icing to represent the lettuce, mustard and tomato sauce.  The others are just chocolate cupcakes with bright blue buttercream.


To go with the Spongebob theme I had yellow cups with cute little cocktail straws and seahorse swizzle sticks which I got from a local wholesale place that were pretty economical and added a little extra to the decor.  I bought a couple of inflatable palm trees and had Jack's Spongebob toys leaned against them and a few posters printed off the net and yellow & blue balloons for decorations and with the help of JG made some "jellyfish" from pink balloons and streamers.  It looked nice and festive.  I wish I had a little more time to add some streamers and things but as normal I bit off a little more than I could chew.


For games we had Pass the Parcel, a treasure hunt, a shark pinata, Pin the Square Pants on Spongebob and a Krabby Patty Relay Race which was great.  For the relay the kids had to race up and back the patio carrying a split bun on a spatula held in one hand that had an oven mit on.  They did really well.  There are so many great free printable things around on the internet and some great bargains on eBay as well.  I bought some little Spongebob badges on eBay for little prizes and to go in the loot bags.

Here's Jack posing happily in front of his gift stash...

I was so glad that so many of our family and friends could come along to celebrate and grateful to have so many generations together too.  I was also thankful for the help both getting ready and packing up as well, great family and friends are such a blessing.

Everyone gathered around the cake... 


All the kids wanted to eat the pineapple part but I had actually iced some shaped Styrofoam on top of a slab cake so they had to settle for a pineapple leaf and a slice of cake.


Jack had a great day, I was very pleased that he enjoyed himself so much.  I was left a little frazzled by the end of the afternoon but that's nothing new, time management is not one of my strong points, lol.

In other news...

The school Disco was on Friday night.  It was Bob the Builder/Construction themed so I whipped Jack up some paint splattered painters overalls from and old sheet.  Note to self: ensure fabric is strong enough to withstand crazy dancing.  LOL!!  Luckily I had told Jack to wear shorts under the overalls because although I had triple stitched the crotch he managed to split his pants by the end of the night.  He is a wild crazy dancer, it actually looks just like this photo...


And then today was the school sports carnival.  Owen and I are both sunburnt, Jack is fine however.  He must have listened when told to re-apply sunscreen.

He did really well this year.  He came third in his sprint race.


Here is Jack and his friend Mitchell showing off their winners ribbons.

 The kids get to do everything which is great so they did a few ball games and then the long jump...
 and the high jump...

It's a long day but great to see the kids getting out there and giving everything a go.  The younger grades are so cute to watch.
Well I'd better go and put some more cream on my sunburn.  Ciao :)