Tuesday, 3 September 2013

List 33 - best and worst of winter

We wrote about the best and worst of summer earlier in the year so now it’s winter’s turn.

The best things about winter:
·Rainy days make good excuses to stay home and watch movies and read books
·  Get to wear my awesome knee high boots!
·  Get to snuggle up under my quilt at bedtime
·  Cuddles with the kids are nicer than when it’s stinking hot
·  Eating hot food – there is nothing like a nice warm lasagne or hot soup on a cold day (and you can hide the extra kilos under those thick jackets)

The worst things about winter:
·  The cold (obviously) – needing to wear thick jackets everywhere
·  School drop-offs/pick-ups in the rain
·  The dark - often leaving home for work in the dark, leaving work to go home in the dark (it’s just dark more often)
· Feeling lazy – less motivation to get up, exercise and eat well
· Mud – often gets trampled through the house

Linking up with Deb at Listmania.

Sunday, 18 August 2013


 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Hunter: As part of his sharing Hunter had to show a photo of him at a playground - we met up with my sister and her kids at the school near their house. Hunter enjoyed climbing!

Savannah: Having cuddles on the couch with baby Anne. We had been to the markets and got a new dress for baby Anne.

Linking up with Che and Fidel

Friday, 16 August 2013

List 31 - topics brainstorm

This week Deb has asked us to come up with 5 or more topic ideas for future Listmania's. So here we go:

  • Musicals we have seen (or would like to have seen)
  • Sports/activities we did as a kid
  • Current hobbies
  • Something to do with jewellery - what do we own? Pieces that make you feel special/have sentimental value
  • Photograph of our typical look - what types of clothing do we usually wear (weekday/weekend)
  • We did what we like about Summer (or Winter depending on where we are from) - given it's now the opposite season a follow up of what we like about Winter would be great!  

Linking up with Deb at Listmania.

    Monday, 12 August 2013

    List 30 - Favourite board games

    I always enjoy a rainy day staying inside playing board games. Favourites from my past include:
    The Game of Life – I didn’t own this game so always wanted to play it when we visited friends who had it!
    The Babysitters Club – I loved this as I loved the series – but others weren’t so keen to play with me as I knew the books so well it was hard for me not to win!
    Canasta (card game) - spent many nights playing this one with my Mum and Grandparents when visiting them

    Games I play with the kids (6 and 4 years old )
    Hungry Hungry Hippos
    Connect 4 (but usually Savannah likes to just take turns putting the coloured circles in – no connecting 4!)
    Monopoly (with Hunter)
    I look forward to playing more board games with them – I might introduce family games nights!

    Linking up with Deb at Listmania.

    Sunday, 11 August 2013


     "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

    Hunter: After attempting many sports which just haven't been "his thing", Hunter has started in Scouts. He is in the Joeys. In his 5th week he had his Investiture Ceremony. We now have a uniform and badges to sew on.

    Savannah: She is big enough to make her own breakfast and choose her own clothes!
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    Friday, 9 August 2013


    "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

    Hunter: Even though he is nearly 7 it's still fun to make a mess with dinner!

    Savannah: Pretending to listen to music with Hunter's headphones!

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    Monday, 5 August 2013

    List 29 - Songs that tell a story

    I have a few songs in my past that meant something to me!

    Queen - We are the Champions - this one we would belt out in the car - my Mum, my sister and myself on the way to netball matches - and definitely for finals! Got us pumped!!

    Tiffany – I saw him standing there  – I loved this one when I was in school – I remember my Gramps made me a tape of the album (Tiffany) for my birthday (and I’ve now gone to google to find out more and are remembering all the cool songs she sang that appealed to me at 10 – I think we are alone now and Could’ve been) – He had somehow copied it to the tape and made the cassette cover for me. I didn’t realise it was a Beetles song at the time so was a bit confused to the mention of the Beetles – but I loved the tape he did for me.

    Toni Pearen - In your room   – I loved Toni Pearen in E-Street so was of course in love with her song. This was the first song I bought on CD. I used to come home from school and play it over and over and over!  

    There was a song which got me through the loss of our baby- and I can't for the life of me remember which one it was. I know it made me cry but also made me feel better. I've narrowed it down to either Angel - by Sarah McLaughlan or Fly by Celine Dion. Both beautiful songs!

    Bryan Adams - Summer of 69 – Hubby and I really loved Bryan Adams and Summer of 69 was our favourite. We went to a few of his concerts and he has such great songs. We didn’t think Summer of 69 was suitable for our bridal waltz so we had I’ll Always Be Right There by Bryan Adams instead.  Such great words!

    (This was the only clip I could find that wasn't a cover - not sure who the people are)

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    Friday, 2 August 2013

    List 28 - list of lists

    I make lots of list but often use them when I need them for specific reasons....a list of my lists include:

    • Menu plan
    • Shopping list
    • To do list – may be things to do that day – may be more general
    • Work lists - I have lots of lists and schedules at work for my tasks
    • Presents – I have many lists for presents – often one for the nieces and nephews indicating what I have bought the and one for each of my kids outlining what I have bought them or ideas for what to get them, then closer to Christmas I add in a list for all presents I have to buy including parents, Father in law etc
    • I have a daily chores chart on the fridge – but we haven’t been following it lately :(
    • I keep a list of books I want to read on goodreads (but also have over 500 books in my kindle – so generally just grab one that takes my fancy at the time)
    • We are about to start planning our holiday so I will start a list of things to do - then I will also need a list of things to pack!
    Are you a list keeper?

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     "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

    Hunter: Who says the fairy dress ups are for Savannah only?

    Savannah: Playing on the ride at Harbour Town.

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    Monday, 22 July 2013

    List 27 - favourite names

    When I was growing up I was going to have a boy called Logan (based on the boy in the Babysitters Club books) and girls called Ashleigh and Jordan. Of course as I got older and pregnant and actually started needing a name my mind changed.

    When pregnant with Hunter I liked:
    Boys names
    Will (but not William)
    Drew (but not Andrew)
    Girls names

    We ended up deciding on Lainee Paige if he was a girl. Lainee named after my husband's Mum who passed away just before we got married. Her name was Elaine - which I didn't like. But I was reading a book when pregnant with a girl named Elaine who was called Lainey for short. I decided I liked it and suggested it to hubby - but rather than the traditional spelling I decided on rearranging the letters of Elaine to get Lainee. It just takes 1 letter change - the E from the front moves to the back!
    When pregnant with Savannah
    She was going to be Ryder if she was a boy. We found out she was a girl so started concentrating on girls names. Our previously picked Lainee I changed my mind on a bit but still wanted to include it based on the significance of it. We decided to use it as a nickname. Other names I liked were:
    Willow (hubby thought this one was too hippy!)

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    Sunday, 21 July 2013


    I struggled with choosing photos this week - we 4 days in Sydney (I had 2 days for work and the family came along for a little holiday) so have lots of photos! I've gone with 2 each!

      "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

    Hunter: First photo - Taronga Zoo - Hunter kept climbing on the statues and asking me to take his photo!
    Second photo - Hunter bought monkey at the Zoo and took him everywhere. He asked me to take his photo on our last day at breakfast.

    Savannah: First photo - on the ferry to the zoo - excited about being on the ferry and what we will see at the zoo
    Second photo - Madam Tussand's wax museum - I asked Savannah to stand next to Nelson Mandela and was surprised when she held his hand. The woman who worked there was surprised too - she said most kids were scared!

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