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Sneaky Peek : Speedy Boat

Watermans Dock - Hobart

Saturday in Hobart was the quintessential winter’s day.  A clear, frosty morning making way for the most beautiful still day.

No Saturday sleep-in for our household with Poppy and James up and at ‘em by 6:30am.  After mooching about at home for a while we decided to head out for breakfast, only to realise T42 didn’t open for another half-an-hour!  Like desperadoes, we went for a wander to the Salamanca Market and returned to savour a hearty breakfast.

Sullivans Cove

Jamesy Boy

Out for Breakfast

Sullivans Cove

Breakfast

My boat-loving husband has just taken his hobby to a whole new level and picked up a steal on Gumtree with this 1978 original Pride Cheetah fibreglass boat, or as Poppy calls it:

Daddy’s speedy boat!

Nick justified his purchase by admitting it was a present for James’ 1st birthday.  Mmmmmm – I’m not sure about that??

We all piled into this little beauty from the 70′s, complete with orange vinyl ‘back-to-back’ seats and took it for a spin on a beautifully calm Derwent River.  The Captain was very happy because:

A:  His daughter kept asking him to go faster

B:  His son fell into a deep slumber en route

C:  His reticent wife had a smirk on her face!

Looks like we will be water-skiing and wake-boarding this summer!

Speedy Boat

Poppy in her speedy boat

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

James - asleep

Speedy Boat

Nick and Poppy

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

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Happy 1st Birthday James

Birthday Boy

Our baby boy turned ONE yesterday!

Welcoming this tiny boy into the world a year ago after emergency surgery was one of the most emotional moments in my life and what a little champ he is!

James' First YearJames was very spoilt with balloons, cake, presents, loved ones and cuddles all day long!  Xx

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

James and Alistair

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Cake

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Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

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Silver Spoon ♥

Silver Spoon

I was quite taken aback when I opened my mail this week and discovered this fabulous book – The Silver Spoon for Children all packaged up with orange wrapping.  It was from the Jetstar Thankyou Department!

After our flight to Sydney in May I posted this photo of Poppy on Instagram with the hashtag #Jetstar.  I received a request from Jetstar to advise them of our address and 6 weeks later this book arrived with a personal note!

Jetstar

Jetstar

I was very impressed and quite astounded by their exceptional customer service … or maybe it was because they think I am an awesome Mum – ha ha!  Either way, it is a wonderful book with beautiful recipes and illustrations.  Here’s to more cooking with Poppy – Thank You Jetstar!

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon for Children

The Silver Spoon for Children

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Sneaky Peek : SKIP*HOP

Skip*Hop Panda

Skip-Hop-Straw-Bottle-Panda

Now that James is a big boy …

Jamesy Boy

… and is going to daycare (or ‘little school’ as we say at home) he now has his very own Panda backpack, lunchbox and water bottle from the Skip*Hop Zoo On-the-Go range.

It was a tough decision as there were so many choices but I just loved the look of that cheeky little Panda and those cute eyes … not to mention the bamboo zipper!  Which one would you choose?

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Skip*Hop Panda

Skip*Hop Panda

Skip*Hop Panda

Skip*Hop Panda

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The Big Sing

Festival of VoicesOh Hobart – you continue to shine so brightly in the depths of winter with yet another festival.  This time with the Festival of Voices and the Big Sing held on Friday Night.

It was a perfect evening (unlike last year) with a big moon and twinkling stars to form a winter backdrop as we crammed into Salamanca Place to witness some beautiful singing, the bonfire and a fantastic atmosphere.

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Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

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Muuto Wall Dots ♥

The Dots - Ash

I have always loved these Muuto Wall Dots designed by LARS TORNØE and look forward to the day when I can hang my coat on one (or two):

This characterful little family of hooks is a friendly addition to any wall. The Dots are proud of their round edges and will treat your clothes with the greatest care. They will also let you arrange them on your wall in the pattern you like. Being a very social set of hooks, The Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall. The only thing The Dots demand from you is that you uncover them every now and then and admire their shape and material.

Muuto Dots

Muuto tangerine dots

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Sneaky Peek : PJ Day

PJ Day

Rise and shine little Poppy – oh and you don’t need to worry about getting dressed today because it is PJ Day at care!

Hilarious.  The things you can get away with when you are three years old!

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PJ Day

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Yum : Lolly Banana Slice

Larni Davies:

I have just bought ingredients to make this Lolly Banana Slice again. I first published this recipe in November 2012 and it has been my most popular post. Yum!

Originally posted on The Poppy Files:

This slice is incredibly rich, but oh so yummy.  Anna N. gave this recipe to me last year and I don’t make it very often, as it is far too tempting to have in the house:

Lolly Banana Slice

  • 1 packet Marie biscuits – crushed
  • 1 packet lolly bananas
  • 60 g butter
  • 3/4 tin condensed milk
  • Chocolate – white or milk
Method
  • Place biscuits and chopped bananas in a bowl
  • Pour in melted butter and then condensed milk – mix well
  • Press into a tin and spread with melted chocolate (white or milk)
  • Chill and cut into small squares

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Rain : Rain : Rain

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I have nothing very exciting to post about today – just the day-to-day’s of a wet weekend at home as I look on with envy of sunny photos being uploaded to Instagram and Facebook by friends and family holidaying in Magnetic Island and Europe!!

James has been grouchy with another cold and as a result isn’t sleeping as well.  Nick was away on the boat and so I enjoyed playing Uno with Poppy, a wet walk on the beach with Maisy and spending time at home.

We are in the process of remodeling our pantry as we are getting a dishwasher (oh my) and so a trip to Bunnings to research melamine shelving was about the highlight of the weekend.  At least the children’s trolley kept Poppy entertained whilst in store.

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Maisy - Longpoint Beach

Longpoint Beach

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Two Lunch Boxes

Lunchboxes

… and so it begins, my morning routine of making up two lunch boxes for Poppy and James in a rush to get out the door for work.  I made my ‘Mumback‘ on Tuesday after a year’s maternity leave and it has been an interesting week to say the least.

I thought it would be easier the second time around but apparently not!  Tears welled in my eyes as I said goodbye to our little James and even though the pragmatic part of my brain knows he will be extremely well looked after at his childcare, I had such an overwhelming feeling of sadness and guilt.

I felt awkward in my work clothes, too dressed up and clumsy.  I felt nervous waiting for my bus and hoped I had the right money.  It felt familiar walking into my work building again, yet strangely foreign.  So much has happened since leaving last June with a big belly – we have welcomed a little boy into our family after a very stressful birth.  I have watched him grow at home surrounded by family, other mother’s, their babies and our friends.  My perspective on life has changed – we now have two children!

I received a warm welcome from my colleagues and after an exchange of pleasantries I couldn’t remember my password on my computer.  I wasn’t as quick with navigating my way around our system and had to ask for help on several occasions.

By mid afternoon I was grabbing for my breast pump and making a beeline for the first aid room!  Ah the joys of a breast-feeding, emotional mother returning to work.

I couldn’t get out the door quick enough to pick up James and the little fella didn’t even look up when I said ‘Hi’!  Hmmmmpppfff!  He had a wonderful day and loved playing with all the new toys.  When I got home I kept kissing him on the back of his soft little neck and just burst into tears.  Oh dear – I know it will get better but this has been a tough week.

To top it off his sleeping has regressed for the last three nights.  Instead of his 7pm – 7am slumber he decided to start crying at 4am for an hour or so!  ZZZzzzzzz.  X

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