Ah hoy me hearties!

Continued from My Baby Turned 3 ....

It started with a box from a newly purchased air conditioning unit - donated to me by a very sweet gentleman who will remain nameless :o). And he offered to turn it into an authentic sailing ship, complete with head sail, main sail, and crows nest. With anchor and port holes and cannons to boot! WOW! This is going to be amazing I thought. So, I accepted his kind offer and we set out to build the ship!

And I built the treasure chest from a large box and some cardboard which I curved over the top to make the lid. I painted it mission brown. Unfortunately I didn't get a snap of the chest .... It seriously was the best and largest treasure chest full of money - coins and notes - and jewellery and stash's of all sorts! It had real brass latches and a key lock, it had wear and tear as if it had been stored in the depths of an old pirate ship, hidden away underneath the galley, stashed under the boxes of rum!

Thometimes it'th worth the wait!

It has been wobbling for weeks now, maybe even months. The tiniest of movement declared that tooth a "wobbly one". From that moment on, it reserves the right to maintain a constant commentary of .... which foods make it wobble more, which foods make it tickle, how she must eat a certain food so that it won't disturb the wobbly tooth, when the anticipated fall-out date will be, who else in her class has a wobbly tooth, how many teeth each class member has lost to date - and that tally changes daily, how old her teacher was when she lost her first teeth, that Ms. Campbell is allergic to bananas (relevance ?) and a myriad of questions about the specificity of when and under what circumstances it will fall out!  

Despite what Daddy told her - and he knows best cause he's a Dentist - it didn't fall out "by Christmas". How could he be wrong, because "he knows ALL about teeth Mum". That led us into discussions about how nature just happens in it's…

Bring on School 2015!

Ok Ok, I shouldn't be so eager for school to start back. I mean, lets face it, its been weeks of endless summer fun, friendships, swimming pools and mangos that I had been hangin' out for all of term 4! Yes, thats right, it was the long awaited family time with sleep-overs, sleep-ins and Pyjama days.

No it wasn't loads and loads of soaking wet towels and clothes covered in mango slop and chocolate cake to wash. It wasn't a house full of discarded new toys only one week old given as Christmas presents without a place to store them. And it certainly wasn't endless repetition of sweeping sand from the floorboards, food crumbs off the lounge and rabbit poo off the floors because I allowed my kids "just this once" to break all of the usual rules that are set for the school term. They're just boring and stupid anyway ....  "No eating on the lounge", "No rabbits inside" and "No TV until your toys are picked up off the floor"!


A day in the life of a working Mum ...

So, I return home after a day of filming in the most sublime home I have ever entered! Limewashed 1800mm floor boards (so i'm told by the zen massage therapist Mum, Amy), natural-light flooded lounge room, dining, kitchen, deck and pool area (gulp), over sized neutral coloured low set lounges perfectly placed on a sisal rug and fronting a superb glass and wood coffee table, boasting home style magazines and fresh gardenia's ... oh, my favourite flower! A family home to Mum, Dad and 3 boys - 18mths, 3 and 5!! Yep, she must be busy!

My baby girl turned 3!

My baby turned 3! Yes, my baby .... my last baby... the last baby I will ever have... turned 3! And this baby is the boy I never had! She loves rocks, and dirt and puddles, and mud and pirates and scary crocodiles and spiders. In fact, if you ask her what her favourite animals are, she'll tell you "spiders and cockroaches!" Yes, this girl dashes to the cockroach cupboard in the kiddy farm section of Taronga Zoo before she even thinks about visiting the rare snow leopard, gorillas or even the cute new baby elephants! Pushing the light button on those cupboards to reveal hundreds of cockroaches scampering around the bottom of a sink or red back spiders hiding in discreet places commonly found in the average family home is a thrill that nothing compares to! And she doesn't like dolls! Or prams, or princesses. Oh, let me take that back... she does like to play with dolls occasionally, if swinging them around by their arm or hair and hurling them across the back y…

A Visit to the Optometrist

One of the things I love about being a Mum is sharing a first experience with my kids. And today it was a visit to the Optometrist. It's something they have both been begging to do because one of their favourite little programs, Charlie and Lola, shows Lola going to the Optician (UK based program). And Lola has to wear glasses! Lucky Lola!

And I have noticed my youngest has been squinting and blinking whenever she is front of a screen, which is exactly what I did when I was young and I eventually was given glasses at 6 yrs of age. So, I thought perhaps there is "an issue" in our family, so I took both girls along.

They were so excited, so our compliance with the set tasks were at 100%. Chins in the right position, eyes open when they were meant to. Although it was a bit hard when Emily the Optician approached my little ones eye with a big light and told her to look at me on the other side of the room. How can you NOT look at the light coming at you, like a crocodile bei…

Behind the Scenes - Nutrimetics Shoot

I went for a casting and got booked for a job. It was a still photography shoot for +Nutrimetics, to feature on their sales collateral - brochures, pamphlets, catalogues, training DVD etc....

Not sure if you are familiar with how a casting works, but basically your agent phones you and says a client is keen to see you for a, well, casting! ha ha. That means there is a job happening and they are trying to find the people to make it happen. And if you've been booked for a casting it means that they have seen your portfolio and think that you've got what it takes to represent their brand, or have the look they want to show a particular style etc... So I guess if you've made it to the casting, you've in a way been shortlisted for the job. It's one step closer anyway.

It's important to get as much detail from your agent about the job as possible so that when you attend the casting you actually look like their brief! Of course, the first thing you need to know is th…