Feeding Time at the Zoo

As all of you with children will understand, dinner time can be a messy affair.  Thankfully Ella & Charlie are pretty good but Ruby & Poppy are yet to master any form of table manners.  Poppy likes to throw food, cups, plates onto the floor whereas Ruby has developed a desire to put her plate on her head (which wouldn’t be so bad if it was empty!!).  Here they are in action tonight:


Ella & Charlie



Feeding Time at the Zoo

Charlie Still Falls asleep whenever/wherever it hits him!

Its been a while since I posted a picture of Charlie’s sleeping antics but believe me it still happens and often in the most unlikely places.  Yesterday afternoon he fell asleep while Alan was putting his jacket on him to go to the park.  He was absolutely out of it and I only wish I had taken a picture because he looked enormous in the pram next to Poppy.  Needless to say he missed all the action in the park and woke up just as we were coming home.

This afternoon Auntie Mhairi & Uncle Harry had taken them out for ice cream and when they got back Charlie & Harry were watching the cars movie, well at least Harry was watching it as next thing they noticed was the snoring noise.  Here he is:


Charlie Still Falls asleep whenever/wherever it hits him!

Fun at the Museum

Today was a public holiday for the Queens Birthday – yes I realise this is ironic for all my friends back home given that you don’t get a holiday for such an ‘occasion’ but all the same it was great for us to spend the day with Daddy.  We went into Melbourne Museum where we met Amanda with Olivia & Sophie.  The kids all love it and always find new things to look at as well as remembering their favourites.  Today Charlie was really into the Dinosaurs and insects where he took great delight in showing me all the spiders.  Ella enjoyed visiting the Melbourne area complete with old houses and trams to climb aboard.  There is also a fantastic outside play space which they all enjoyed.

All set to go (with mummy having some trouble embracing their ability to dress themselves!!!)


Ruby Escaping

Mummy & Ella reading

Cheeky Charlie

Ella playing in the mirrors

Poppy re-arranging some sealife

Puzzle Time

Sophie & Charlie looking a bit worried in the sleep simulator

Giant Lego – what more could a boy ask for?

Sophie, Ella & Olivia playing outside

Daddy & Poppy


Fun at the Museum

Mum’s (Half) Day Off

Alan was my saviour yesterday – for some reason I was feeling extremely tired this week so Alan let me have a long lie on Saturday morning….it’s been a while since the last one!!  He had all the kids up, fed, dressed and out the door by 8:45.  I know I should have stayed in bed longer but I got up when I heard the door close.  It was strange to have my breakfast in uninterrupted peace – a cup of tea that is still hot when you actually drink it, cereal that hasn’t gone soggy by the time you deal with someone’s issue.  I then rushed around doing some jobs that have been on the to do list for a while and prepared the dinner.  To my surprise Alan had taken all of them to the Aquarium – a first for Ruby & Poppy.  I say surprise because Melbourne Aquarium is not the easiest place to negotiate with a pram plus 4 kids running around.  Impressive but I hope he realises the precedent is set!

Posing by the Penguins

We’ve escaped from the pram!

Listening intently at the rockpools

Charlie, Ella, Ruby & Poppy

When they came home they were very excited (Ella & Charlie) and very tired (Ruby & Poppy).  Later in the afternoon I met up with Paula in the city to go baby shopping for our friend back home, it was so much fun to buy beautiful baby clothes with someone else’s money.  I’m glad she trusts us and will keep my fingers crossed she likes them.  Shopping was followed by a well earned glass of wine where we completely lost track of time until Alan called to see what time he should put the dinner in the oven – ooops!


Mum’s (Half) Day Off

A Weekend of Birthdays

Sunday was a busy day of birthday parties – I took Ella to Zoe’s 5th party and Alan took Charlie and his best buddy Jake to Liam’s 4th party.  Thankfully Auntie Mhairi was on hand to look after Ruby & Poppy.

Happy 5th Birthday Zoe

Zoe had the gymbus come to her party which is essentially a double-decker bus kitted out as an indoor play centre.  The kids can roll, slide, jump and climb their way around the bus.

The birthday girl in action


Cake time

Happy 4th Birthday Liam

Liam had his party in a local playcentre – Bonkers

Charlie with Jake on the left and Baillie on the right

The birthday boy on his throne!

Needless to say we had a noisy afternoon in the house after the high sugar intake!  Ella & Charlie both had great fun with their friends.


A Weekend of Birthdays

It’s Been a While….

Yes it has been a while since I posted on my blog…..I can’t imagine what I’ve been doing!  I’ll give you a rundown of what’s been going on but first I must point out that its 6:49pm here and ALL the kids are asleep.  There’s a lot to be said for kinder, fresh air and swimming  lessons in one day!

Back at the start of May we finally got around to putting Ruby & Poppy back into the third bedroom which had been set up for Grandma & Grandad who left in January!  I know what you’re thinking but weekends just always seemed to be busy and we never got around to dismantling the bed and moving the cots in.  They’re now settled in their new room and have (I think) taken to sleeping through the night.

Poppy getting in the way when the cots were being moved

Ella happy to have her room back!

On Sunday 2nd May we drove to Belgrave to watch Mhairi run in the Great Train Race where runners race against the Puffing Billy train.  It was a fun morning and she ran an excellent time of 1:15:27 on a course which can only be described as ‘uphill’.  My friend Joules was also running so we caught up with her husband Damien and their kids Gemma & Joshua as we watched the runners coming in.

Well Done Maz!

Necessary Train Shot…


The next picture is a random dressing up one of buzz lightyear and a fairy crossed with the Loch Ness Monster and they’re the opposite way around to what you’d expect (unless you’re Auntie Jill).

Happy 5th Birthday Kyle and Happy 2nd Birthday Aidan!  I took Ella and Charlie to their party at daydreamers play centre on the 15th.  They had such fun, Charlie attached at the hip to his best buddy Jake and Ella happily playing with Cameron, Kyle and all their friends.

Birthday Boy Kyle

Birthday Boy Aidan

Ella & Charlie

Best Mates Charlie & Jake

The weekend of the 15th was also when our brush with gastro started.  Poppy and Ruby both got sick on the Saturday hence they couldn’t go to the birthday party.  Continued vomitting and their inability to keep water down saw us in the Children’s Hospital with them on the Sunday to get some fluid into them and some anti-nausea medication.  It did the trick and we got home later that night.  Thanks to Roberta who had Ella overnight and Danielle who had Charlie.  I’m sure Charlie thinks of her as his second ‘mummy’ these days and think sleepovers there are just part of his normal routine.  She’s a great friend!  So Ruby &  Poppy took a couple more days to be well again then Ella came down with it on the Wednesday and Charlie plus Poppy for the second time on the Thursday.  Disgusting is a good word and I’ll spare you any more than that but suffice to say by 3pm on Thurs I called Alan and pleaded that he come home early which he did.  I felt so bad for them but it had to run its course which it did with them finally on the mend by the the Sunday.  Ill kids look so miserable:

We lost a week but hopefully now they’ve all had it that will be our lot with gastro for a while.

Last weekend Alan took Ella & Charlie to Adelaide to visit Bryan, Fiona & Rachel.  They had a great time and Ella has been very grumpy since she got back telling me “I do love you mummy but I’d rather be in Adelaide”.  She obviously enjoyed her time with Rachel playing with all the bigger girls.  It was nice for me to have some time with just Ruby & Poppy.  I took them to the playground on Friday afternoon and had a fun evening/bathtime with them.  On Saturday morning Auntie Mhairi & I took them to Scienceworks.  I’m glad there were 2 of us because the little monkeys kept running off.

Poppy getting very involved….

And Ruby’s turn

Cheeky Monkeys

Row Row Row Your Boat…

Ruby won the race…

They were exhausted after all their running around and fell asleep on the drive home.  We stopped at the Market to do some shopping and to grab some sushi for lunch.

As if that wasn’t enough we took them to get their first shoes in the afternoon so we now have Ruby red shoes and Poppy purple shoes – don’t laugh, we need something to tell them apart!!

Sunday morning was a lot more relaxed chatting to both sets of grandparents on skype and going to Cowderoy’s Dairy for breakfast then a play in the park.  For the first time in a while I slept when Ruby & Poppy went to bed and we all headed to the airport to pick up the rest of the gang.

Talk again soon I promise!!


It’s Been a While….