A Very Buggy Birthday

Both our little munchkins have January birthdays so this year we decided to throw them a combined “Bugs in the Garden” birthday party.

I don’t usually do huge birthday parties for the kids, but after the year we’ve had, I really wanted to do something special to celebrate getting through it all.

Here are a few pics of the day:

Party Yumminess

Party Yumminess







The birthday boy... already a hit with the ladies ;)

The birthday boy… already a hit with the ladies 😉

Sharing his cake with Mummy

Sharing his cake with Mummy


And of course, the cake ;)

And of course, the cake 😉


Of course I turned to Pinterest for inspiration, and got the ideas to make these:




IMG_7503It was a hot and sunny day, plenty of cold drinks were had, the kids had a great water-fight (led by the biggest kid of them all, my darling Hubby)

I was absolutely thrilled to see ALL of the kids playing fantastically together, ages ranging from my itty-bitty 1 year old, to a couple of gorgeous boys who started high school this year. The big ones play so well with the little ones and they all get along wonderfully. It’s really lovely to see.

A fantastic day was had by all, and my little bugs had a very happy birthday.




What a first year.

This week my not so little Squishy-Bear tuned one!


What a year it’s been, my little one.

The joys of teething, colic, poop explosions  and sleepless nights.

ok, maybe not.


But there has been some wonderful memories.


The very first gummy smile.

The first giggles. The great big chuckle I get when I blow raspberries on his tummy.

This little bundle of cuteness is 9 month old Carter, also known as Squishy-baby

 9 month old Squishy

The gorgeousness of a still-damp from the bath, powder scented baby cuddles.



The adorable kitten-y noises he makes when he’s just about to drift off to sleep.

The way his whole face lights up when he sees his big sister.

Snugglebug & Squishy

Snugglebug & Squishy

Ittyy-bitty chubby little baby fingers and toes just begging to be nibbled on.

The little half-curl of hair just above his left ear that always sticks out and makes me wonder if he’s going to have his daddy’s gorgeous curly hair.

Miss Snugglebug meeting Squishy for the first time.

Miss Snugglebug meeting Squishy for the first time.


The very first time he said “mama” and then quickly progressed to “mummy, daddy, nan-dee, pow-ee” (polly) He can’t say his sister’s name yet, but just hearing it brings a huge grin to his face.

The first time I saw my babies playing happily together.

The way that, sometimes, only Mummy cuddles can fix whatever is wrong.

A happy little Squishy

A happy little Squishy


Seeing our son snuggled up sleeping soundly in his Daddy’s arms.

Squishy baby & Daddy

Squishy baby & Daddy

A million firsts; trips to the shops, visiting people, getting to know his cousins, trying different foods, exploring, learning, tasting, seeing so many thing for the very first time. The fascination in a single blade of grass, the determination to pick up the teensiest speck of dirt between two very careful chubby fingers, the look of pure joy the first time he succeeds in doing something, the dreamy, peaceful sleeping face that I could stare at for hours.


Happy First Year, my little Squishlet, love you to bits,  mummy xxx

blank pages….

What is it about a brand new, blank calendar or diary?

It’s one of my favourite things, every christmas I treat myself to a pretty new diary and calendar and some new pens to go with it, it’s become a bit of a tradition for me.

I go through this year’s diary, reminiscing over all the important dates in our lives; birthdays, anniversaries, things to remember and carefully transferring them over to the new diary and calendar. Reminding myself of everything that’s happened over the last 12months.

The empty pages feel full of so much promise, they’re blank, these days haven’t happened yet, anything could happen.

We could go anywhere, do anything…a new year feels like a new start. 

In reality, I know most of them will be filled with shopping lists and doctor’s visits, errands to run, things to do…you know, all the boring stuff, day to day life.

But I remind myself, they will also be filled with so many firsts.

Carter’s first birthday, Scout’s 3rd, first steps, new friendships, so many new adventures for Polly, so many firsts with the new house; first meal in the new kitchen, the kid’s first night in their new bedrooms, our first night in our own bedroom away from the kids, first fire in the new fireplace, first time we invite people over to visit, first christmas….

I think I know 2014 is going to be an amazing year. Because I’m going to make sure of it 😉


Am I the only weird one who gets all excited over a new diary?


My Birthday Weekend, 2013

Well, here we are.
Home again.
Back to the shed.

It was my birthday on Thursday, so after a stressful  morning trying to get organised, we headed off to my Grandparent’s place for a yummy birthday lunch. I’m a very lucky girl, I got some gorgeous prezzies, including a pair of caramel coloured, butter soft leather boots that I’m so in love with I may never take them off!

We stayed the night there, then the next day took the kiddies over to their Dida & Vovo’s house (grandma & grandpa) where they spent the night so Kane and I could go out. ( It’s the first time I’ve left the little Squishy one overnight, and I was a little bit worried, especially as he was screaming his head off as we left. Talk about making me feel so guilty for leaving him, but two minutes later he was fine and was pretty good the whole time.)

A happy little Squishy

A happy little Squishy

Hubby & I decided to book a night in the city since we already had tickets to see our favorite band play at the Forum Theater. We got a room at the Adina hotel on Flinders st, nice and close to everything and lovely room and view.

The view from our room

The view from our room

We got there in the afternoon, checked in and went for a wander around the city and stopped in Chinatown for some yummy dumplings for lunch. Did a little spot of shopping too, ended up buying a new dress to wear. Went back to the room to have a drink and get ready for the gig.

All dolled up with my new dress & rocking my new fringe.

All dolled up with my new dress & rocking my new fringe.

For dinner we went to a Ghurkas Nepalese restaurant, had a great chicken curry, a spiced pumpkin dish, some rice and roti and, of course, a glass of bubbly, then off to the show.
The Drones were awesome, love them to bits, this is the fourth time I’ve seen them play (sixth if you count the two times I’ve seen the lead singer play solo gigs) They always play with such intensity, whether it’s a small show for a couple of hundred people or a huge one in front of thousands. The support act was King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards (yeah, try saying that three times quickly!) They weren’t exactly my cup of tea but they were still pretty cool. I’ve never been to the Forum Theater before, but it’s a really cool looking venue and great sound.

After the gig we went back to the room and chilled out, enjoying a bottle of bubbly and watching the city go by You get used to the pace and quiet in the bush, but sometimes I really miss the sound of cars in the night and seeing the city lights twinkle. It’s funny the things you miss.

The next morning we decided to go for a stroll around and find somewhere to have breakfast. When I walked past a cute little donut bar, I couldn’t resist! So we got a half dozen donuts and a coffee for me and a thickshake for Kane and went and had a picnic breakfast in the sun at Federation Square.



After that we still had a couple of hours spare so we went for a bit of walk around and found the cutest vintage clothing store, Out of the Closet, where I ended up buying a really cute dress that looks like it’s from the early 70’s and Kane bought a cool vintage corduroy jacket.

Then we went to pick up the kiddies, who had a great time while we were away and were pretty good too. In fact, Snugglebug is usually better behaved over there than she is at home. We went back to my Grandparent’s again and had dinner and stayed the night there before heading home Sunday morning.

All in all, a great weekend.

Now, back to reality…

Till next time,

Beck xoxo