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:

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Party Yumminess

 

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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:


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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.

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OMG, where have the last two weeks disappeared to?

This year is flying by at a seriously alarming rate.

I had several blog posts planned, but of course, life got in the way.

So…just what have I been up to?

Well, there was a few days of really gorgeous spring weather here in Victoria, so I spent them outside in the garden doing some pruning and weeding and starting to build a little yard out front of the shed. I wanted to make a little play yard so the kids have an enclosed space to play in, because our main yard is pretty big and includes the building site and lots of other kid-un-friendly stuff, and Miss Scout is a bit of an adventurer and if I take my eyes off her, for even a second, she’s very likely to nick off down to the building site or up the paddock to visit the goats! Also, we have a new four-legged family member joining us soon…

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Can’t wait to go pick up our gorgeous fluffy girl, only a few more weeks 🙂

There’s also been a few more trips to the dentist (exciting I know, but I’m now making up for too many years of avoiding the dentist. There’s a whole lot of work that needs doing now before it gets any worse! Including finishing off the seemingly never-ending root canal that’s been going on for months!)

Kane has been making some good progress on the house, and we’ve also had a bricklayer making the fireplace, a renderer doing some of the outside walls, Kane’s dad doing some internal walls, and my uncle coming up the help with an assortment of odd jobs that we just haven’t had time to get to.

The house is starting to look really awesome.

Our new fireplace

Our new fireplace

I’m starting to get really excited now, it’s finally (after 3 1/2 years!) starting to feel real.

After so many set backs and dramas there was plenty of times I just thought “we’re never going to be able to do this” Now that we’ve come this far, the end is not quite in sight yet, but I’m feeling a lot more confident that we will actually be living in this house one day, that’s not just some far off dream but that it really will happen.

And then add to that some christmas shopping, running around picking up building materials, a bit of a “down” patch last week, and just general day-to-day stuff and somehow it’s been two weeks since I last stopped by this blog…

Oops.

Anyway, I made it back here eventually 😉

Do you find “life” getting in the way of things you wanted to do? How do you manage your time? 

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Making Stuff…

 

It’s #listmania time again, List 16 is all about making stuff, or more specifically things I want to make.

The perfect excuse for me to spend a few hours playing  um, I mean researching on Pinterest.

Can I just say now, how much I love Pinterest? I mean really, really love it.

I’m the kind of person who always has at least half a dozen projects on-the-go.

This means I don’t always finish things, or it might take me a year or two to get back to something, and sometimes by the time I get back to something, I don’t always remember what I was doing!

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This is why I love Pinterest so much, there’s so many things to remember, especially when building a house, there’s no way I’m going to remember the exact shade of paint I fell in love with a year ago when it’s actually time to paint, or what website had the handy tutorial for upcyling an old cabinet into something cool for a kids room. But on Pinterest, I can organise everything so that I’ll be able to find exactly what I’m looking for.

Ok, so now, some things I want to make:

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Awesome Recycled Chest of Drawers

Pinned this one from vertaustin.blogspot.com

I have an old set of drawers that were in my room when I was a kid, and they’ve definitely seen better days. I love this idea for prettying them up to put in one of the kid’s rooms.

Cooking :

OMG, there are so many things I’d love to learn to cook, I have hundreds of recipes pinned. Like this one for Pumpkin Donuts.

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Not exactly healthy but how yummy do they look? Pinned from annies-eats.net

Sewing:

yeah, this one might be a bit of wishful thinking. I haven’t even learned how to thread my sewing machine yet and I have 196 pins of things I’d like to make! Maybe one day I’ll be able to make something like this:

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Super Cool Wings for Kids!

 

There are seriously hundreds of pins I could share with you today, it took me ages to decide on these ones, so if you want to see more, come stalk me on Pinterest, you’ll find me as Beck@mamaupthemountain and feel free to leave me your username in the comments or on FB so I can come follow you too 🙂

Lastly I’m going to share with something that actually will get made soon, a crochet granny square blanket I’ve started making for Miss Snuggle’s new big-girl  bed. The bed should be delivered by mid-June, so hopefully I’ll get the blanket finished by then too.

IMG_3390Ok, well that’s it for today, good luck with whatever you’re making this week.

Till next time,

Beck xoxo

Listmania 9: Favourite Places

Hooking up with Home Life Simplified again for #listmania.
This weeks prompt was to write about your favourite places around your home.
I found this to be a bit of a challenge because we’re living in the shed while we build and there’s really nothing I like about the shed. So I decided to write about my future favourite places in the new house.

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My Library.
This is the mezzanine level above our new lounge room. This is going to be my hideaway. It’s going to have bookshelves for my many, many boxes of books, a cozy armchair to sit and read in and a nice lamp and coffee table. I can’t wait to have my own chill out space and I’ve always wanted to have a home for all my books.

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My Wardrobe
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I am super excited about this. I have a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos. (Not that I get much opportunity to wear all my pretty heels up here on the mountain!) And I’ve always wanted to have the space to display them properly. My wardrobe is going to be bigger that the bedrooms in some of the houses I’ve lived in. I can’t wait to unpack my clothes, I haven’t seen them for so long it’s going to be like having a whole new wardrobe.

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Fireplace.
This pile of bricks is one day going to be a huge open fireplace in our lounge room.
Is there anything more relaxing than sitting in front of a crackling fire with a nice glass of wine when the kids are asleep…?

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Bathroom.

After 3+ years of a combined bathroom/laundry/toilet with a teeny tiny shower and no privacy, I absolutely can’t wait to have a proper bathroom, with a lock on the door!
As soon as I’m finished unpacking the first thing I’m going to do is have a long, hot bubble bath.

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The View.
This is the view from our bedroom upstairs. There’s going to be a little balcony to sit and watch the sun set behind those trees and when it’s dark you can see the city lights
twinkling in the distance.

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Pergola.

This pile of rubble is one day going to be a nice outdoor entertaining area. I can’t wait to be having friends over for a bbq here. It’s so hard to have people over when everything’s so cramped and crowded here in the shed.

All of this seems like an impossible amount of luxury, but I see it as my reward for spending the last 3+ years living in a shed. When we finally move into the house it’s going to feel like a palace! This is what I try to focus on when I get frustrated at living in the shed.

Well, I’d better go and do some work now or it’ll never get finished,
Till next time,
Beck xoxo

What I miss most.

What I miss most about living in a real house – or things you don’t appreciate till you don’t have them.

1. Doors. All kinds of doors. I miss having a proper front door. I miss having doors to rooms. I would especially love a bedroom door, with all four of us sharing a room, privacy is something I can’t even remember anymore.

2. Storage. Cupboards. Places to put things away. I miss having proper kitchen cabinets and pantry. Storage in the bathroom and laundry. Being able to put things away and not have everything out where you can see it. Wardrobes. Being able to actually find the clothes I’m looking for without having to pull everything out.

3. Appliances. I miss my oven, and microwave, and washing machine, and hair dryer, and ( I never thought I’d say this) vacuum cleaner. I can still use these (except the microwave) when the generator’s running, but it’s a serious pain in the a** to not just be able to do a load of washing whenever you think of it, I have to wait till Kane’s got time to get the generator going then I run around like mad trying to do everything at once. Hopefully I’ll have a microwave again when we get a bigger inverter, because it’s really frustrating to not be able to quickly heat up leftovers or sterilize baby bottles or even just to zap the cup of coffee I made an hour ago and haven’t had time to drink yet. It takes so much longer doing everything on the stove and makes more dishes too, and really, who needs MORE dishes to do?

4. A clean floor. Living in the shed with the four of us and the dog, it is impossible to keep things as clean as I’d like. Everything gets so dirty and dusty. I’m constantly telling Kane and Snugglebug to leave their dirty shoes outside, and don’t even get me started on the dog coming in and out a hundred times a day with dirty paws! Drives me crazy. I get tempted to lock them all out after I’ve mopped just so the floor stays clean for longer than 30 seconds!

I know, I’ll get to have all these things again soon (please??) and I’ll appreciate them so much more because of this. In the meantime I’ll just fantasize about having a lovely clean house (what is wrong with me? I think it’s because I hate cleaning so much that I can’t wait till I can do less of it!) So the next time you switch on an appliance or complain about having to put things away, just think of me over here, going a little bit crazy over not being able to.

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The kitchen in our old house. I miss it so much!

Ok, enough complaining, got to tough it out for a little bit longer. Big thanks to everyone who helped cheer me up after my whinge the other day too. I promise the next post will be a happier one 🙂

Till next time.
Beck xoxo

Getting Organised…

A few weeks ago, I had a go at The Organised Housewife’s ’20 Days to Clean & Organise Your Home’ challenge. (I don’t know how to attach a link here, but go check out her blog and facebook page, she’s awesome.)

Now, anyone who’s ever been to my house (or shed) knows that I am really not the tidiest person. (I can almost hear Kane laughing now) I have  a lot of stuff and have trouble keeping things neat, so when I heard about this challenge I thought it was a really great idea.

I didn”t manage to finish it, but I was happy to try to keep up. I got about 2/3 of the way through before I had to give up. I really loved having each day’s list of jobs emailed to me and focusing on a different room each day.

What made it more than a little difficult (apart from the toddler determined to mess things up as soon as I tried to tidy them!) was that our shed is basically two big rooms,  a combined kitchen/ dining/ playroom/ lounge/ study/ storage area and a bedroom/ Snugglebug’s room/ lounge/ storage area with a corner blocked off as a bathroom/ laundry/ toilet. It can be a little tricky to work out where one ‘room’ stops and the next one starts.

In trying to clean and organise each room, I found myself getting more and more frustrated at the lack of space and the amount of stuff crammed into every available corner. It’s impossible to squash a whole houseful of stuff into a space, keep it organised, be able to find things and live in it too. I hate never being able to find anything but I don’t have any room to move things to try to fix it.

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My “Kitchen”

So what I’ve decided to do is to re-do the challenge,  but do it when the house is finished and use it as a guide to help me have a huge clean out and de-clutter as I move things over into the new house. I think living in this chaos might have cured me permanently of my untidiness, because it’s driving me mental and I just can’t wait to get started and get organised!

At least I’ve picked up a few good habits from doing the challenge, I now make the beds as soon as we’re all up in the morning. It’s amazing how much better such a simple thing can make you feel. I’m still working on getting the dishes done and the kitchen tidied up every night so I don’t have to get up and deal with it in the morning. I’ll get there… one day!

Till next time,

Beck xxx

November 20th, 2012

So, that brings us pretty much up to speed. I’m still pregnant, about 6 weeks to go, feels like my belly’s getting bigger by the day! Really looking forward to getting this baby out! I think it’ll be great for Snugglebug to have a little playmate too.

The house is still progressing, slowly but we’re getting there.

I have to say, I’m really proud of myself for sticking it out for this long, and now that the end is almost in sight, I feel like I can finally start to relax just a little bit. We still have a lot to do, it may still take awhile, but it will happen one day.

It’s starting to look like a real house!

We’ve been through some wild weather, huge arguments and some of my very darkest days have been in this shed but in the last 2 1/2 years there has also been some of my happiest ever moments and greatest achievements. Our marriage, the birth of our daughter, learning how to do things I never thought I would do, working at building our house, and just hanging out as a family, watching Snugglebug grow.

I never thought I’d say this,  but I wouldn’t change a thing.

All the tears and stress have been worth it and it’s really brought Kane and I closer than ever, I’m sure that if we can survive the last few years we can survive anything. I don’t think I’d appreciate things quite so much if we hadn’t had so much stress along the way.

There’s still a hell of a lot of work to do here and I have absolutely no doubt there’ll be more dramas along the way too, but I’m also excited to see what happens next.

Till next time,

Beck xxx