Tuesday, 22 April 2014

saturday adventure

We've lived in our house for almost seven years. It's conveniently located around the block from the kids' school, down the road from a major supermarket, and in the middle of two main roads in and out of town. We're also fifteen minutes from the beach.

For most of that seven years, we've had young babies and struggled to keep our heads above water..

But we've both reached a point where enough is enough.

No more excuses.

It doesn't cost lots of money to head to the beach.

It doesn't cost lots of time to whip up a quiche and have breakfast at the park.

But it does cost us our excuses.

It costs a little bit of planning and thoughtfulness.

{and sometimes it costs us a tired baby}

Every Saturday, we're planning to do something - a trip to the park, a visit to the markets, a swim at the lagoon, something that doesn't cost lots of money, and gets us out of the house for an hour or two.

You can follow along on instagram, and use the hashtag #saturdayadventure if you'd like to play along

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT

Monday, 21 April 2014

hello monday

hello, bake-to-school baking (and back to school!)

hello, heat and sunshine (in the middle of April!)

hello, book club reading (Notes from a Blue Bike  |  The Creative Habit  |  Burial Rites)

hello, photo editing and printing (time to get 2014 photos into the album)

hello, Monday, a new start every week (and much less overwhelm than last week!)

Friday, 18 April 2014

book review | fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I haven't read eleanor&park yet, so I was surprised when a review of fangirl had me running to amazon to buy it (it didn't hurt that I'd just finished reading 11.22.63 by Stephen king for book club, so I was looking for something else to read)

And it probably helped that the review was from my big girl, who has been writing a bit of fiction herself (although I confess to not having read any of it yet, a little hesitant to investigate and see how truly grown up my girl has become without me)

But back to fangirl - I really enjoyed it, finishing it in two days. I totally got the Cather & Wren reference the second I saw it, after all, that's my name, and it was interesting to watch the characters unfold over their first year at college.

I must confess, I was really happy that there weren't any heavy teen-love-scenes, although there is a bit of kissing, and plenty of confusion and teen-angst.

As I read books these days, I'm always thinking about whether I would let the kids read them - Chloe has always been a big reader, and Natalie is heading the same way, so I'm paying attention to the popular books, and as I finish good books I make a mental note to remember it. I would definitely let my teens read fangirl (and in this instance, my teen reccomended it to me)

Have you read any good young adult books lately?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

us right now

he doesn't have a job {long story}

he left to "fill in" a run for his previous employer

he had an interview yesterday for a job, and was short-listed

he is looking forward to Easter at home with the family

she loves food

she crawls around the house calling for dad when he's not here

she has no interest in toys, but the plastics cupboard is awesome

she loves her siblings, except when they're rough

he is a cheeky fella

he loves daycare, and is excited to see his friends each day

he watches too much YouTube

he loves playing minecraft with his brother and sister

she has moved up to cub scouts, and loves it

she still cries if mum takes her to school

she is way too cheeky at times

she misses dad

he is organising a scout camp as his leadership project

he is learning to embroider (particularly long stitch) for a school project

he has almost finished primary school

he loves to build things with lego
she is struggling with overwhelm these school holidays

she is looking forward to some Easter baking tomorrow

she is hoping he gets a job that keeps him home more

she is missing her big girl

she takes my breath away

in her words
I am looking forward to finishing school. No matter how daunting this feels I actually can't wait because there will be so many other prospects there for me to try. It'll be wonderful.
If I had $100 dollars to spend I would buy books.
My favourite cake is red velvet, caramel mudcake, anything sweet really.

she is missed by everyone

Monday, 14 April 2014

hello monday

hello, second week of school holidays, Easter is in view

hello, beaches, we're finally starting to explore our neighbourhood (after 8 years)

hello, scrapbooking, I'm inspired by this layout by Karen Grunberg

hello, Monday, you're already starting to overwhelm me
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