Tuesday, January 31, 2012

technology and babies.

20 months and already using an ipad. He is a little boy after my own iheart.

Welcome to 2012 friends!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

amazing mama.

Being a mama means reading books even when you are sleep deprived and have a pile of laundry to do.

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Being a mama means teaching your child about ducks and the sound they make when they talk to each other.

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Being a mama means packing lunches after bedtime and making sure there are enough fruit and veggies in his little tummy.

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Being a mama means giving your son hugs and kisses immediately when you walk in the door because he has missed you while you were away for a much needed weekend with the girls.

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Being a mama means learning all of the popular children's song and singing them even when you are out with your friends and there are no children around.

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Being a mama means giving baths and changing dirty diapers even when you don't have time to give yourself a bath... or change your own diaper!

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Being a mama means teaching your friends about what it takes to be an amazing mama like this one...

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Erin and I have been friends for nearly ten years. She has been my roommate, drinking buddy, Bachelor watching, advice giving, clothes sharing, bottled water drinking friend who has always been by my side- even now when we live millions of miles apart.

Since becoming a mama, Erin has truly taught me what it means to be completely selfless and what it looks like to put someone else before yourself no matter what the circumstances. She has shown me how to overcome obstacles and scary situations that we never thought we would have to deal with. She is loving and kind and supportive and intentional with her actions. Without knowing it she has become my role model and the type of mama I hope to be one day.

Thank you to all of the amazing mamas out there. You have no idea what an inspiration you are to us and I hope you know YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB!!!!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

let's make music.

After a crazy, fun, sleepless weekend in New York with IPPL (more to come on that later!) I headed back to Boston to spend time with Jen, Dave and Jack.

This quality time included a one hour music class on Monday morning.

Babies + music + instruments = AMAZING!

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We sang songs and learned how to play the maracas. We also learned how to share with the other kids and clean up our toys when we are done.

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We zoomed cars around the room...

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and learned how to play the drums!

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[Ahhh... so stickin' cute!]


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We played little drums...

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We played big drums...

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We clapped our hands...

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And we popped bubbles...

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We built things...

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And we danced...

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And after an hour of singing and dancing, we sang the 'goodbye song' and waved goodbye to our friends.

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I can't think of a better way to start your week than with your favourite nephew and some sweet dance moves.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

happy australia day.

Even though I am not in Australia for Australia Day this year, I thought I would still share a fun Australia Day tradition.... the annual Sam Kekovich commercial.

SO. FUNNY.

 


Yes, these are made every year and shown on TV. You've got to love the Australian humour!!


have I told you.

Have I told you how much I LOVE this little boy??

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It is only fitting that the first stop on my trip home was to see my sister and brother-in-law in Boston. Jen and Dave will have been married for 7 years in August and I think I have been begging asking them to make me an Auntie since the day they announced their engagement (enter "annoying little sister" title next to my name).

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But in May 2010 my wish came true and I became an Auntie for the very first time. Even though I live on the other side of the world, I was lucky enough to get to see my sister 9 months pregnant, feel baby Jack kick inside of her stomach, be there the day he was born AND celebrate his first birthday.  I mean, how lucky am I?!?

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All of that being said, this visit was by far the best yet. Jack is about 20 months old now and soaking up everything around him. He is walking (well, more like running) and talking and eating and using the phone... it is incredible.

Seriously though- he is obsessed with phones and ipods. It is so cute!

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I arrived in Boston late Wednesday night after Jack had gone to bed. It took just about everything in me not to run up stairs and wake him up, but my fear of an angry mom and dad with a cracky child quickly curbed by need to do this.

On Thursday morning we bundled up (it was FREEZING!) and headed out into the city to run some errands.  I love Boston and the city life. Every time I visit them I think about how fun it would be to live there in the heart of everything (enter dreaming sequence of me running around the parks and laughing at a deli counter with a glass of sparking wine in one hand...). After walking a few blocks through the train station and brownstones we arrived at Clarendon Barbers where Jack gets his hair cut.

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This little guy was born with a full head of beautiful brown hair (lucky kid!).

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[Aww- love this picture!]

This little barber shop is exactly what you would picture when you think an old school barber shop. One room with retro chairs, a red, white and blue barber pole outside, the bell that digs when you walk in the door and the smell of hot shaving cream and after shave streaming through the air. Oh- and a Thomas the train seat for the little guys :)

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Jack sat there just like a big boy while Mario... or Frank... or Eddy (sorry, I can't remember his name) cut his hair. What an angel, that nephew of mine!

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After a very successful and handsome hair cut (if-I-do-say-so-myself) we headed out to run a few more errands- one of which included applying for Jack's PASSPORT.... more to come on that one later :) For now, just know that this makes me really, really ridiculously excited.

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[Sleeping Beauty]

Seriously though.... my first day back in the USA could not have been better. I just never knew I could love someone else's child as much as I love this one. To quote ol' Marry Poppins, "He is practically perfect in every way."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

ridiculously long flights.

Well, I have officially landed on my home turf and am enjoying a nice 5 hour layover in LA at the moment (sarcasm about it being "nice"). After going through the circus that is customs (forms, lines, questioning, baggage, more lines, more questioning, rechecking baggage, going through security.... Whew! That is a lot to ask of a poor girl who just stepped off a 16 hour flight!) I grabbed a bagel and finally got a chance to brush my teeth. Which brings me to my main point- the flight.

I know the thought of sitting on an airplane, squashed in a tiny, economy sized seat for 16 straight hours can sound intimidating to most people. What do you do in that tiny space for over half a day?? The good news is I have some tips that might just ease your fears. My ridiculously-long-flight card has been filling up rather quickly since moving overseas and over time I have really perfected my "in flight schedule" if you will.


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The first and most important thing to do is make sure you pick a quality airline. When you are stuck somewhere for 16 hours it is worth the extra $100 to fly with a good company (Max and I have learned this the hard way!). My top picks for this particular flight would have to be Qantas or Air New Zealand.

If you are anything like me, once you find your seat you sit there for the next 20 minutes hoping that empty seat next to you stays empty or is at least occupied by someone who actually fits in only their seat and not half of yours as well. After the whole seating fiasco is finished and you have resigned to the fact that no matter how often you fly you will never get to be the lucky person who ends up with an entire row of seats to yourself (okay, maybe that is just me) you begin your in-flight schedule.

1. Quickly scan through the list of movies available for the flight. Make a mental list of the ones you really want to see and another list of the ones you kind of want to see (you'll see why later).

2. Start your first pick movie right away... Even before takeoff if you can.

3. About half way through the movie they will serve a meal. Make sure you use the bathroom BEFORE the meal. Even though it will only take you 3 minutes to eat your food, the trays will sit in front of you for at least 45 minutes, making it impossible to move or get up from your seat. Plus, no one else knows this trick so the bathroom lines are always crazy long right after everyone eats.

4. About half way through your meal take 1-2 sleeping pills. This step is vital and well worth it if you want to avoid jet lag when you get to your destination.

5. Right as your food tray is taken away, your first movie will end and the sleeping pills will kick in. With a full tummy and heavy eye lids, make your self as comfortable as you can and put on a movie that is on your "I kind of want to see that" movie list. Why you ask? Because if you pick a movie you really want to see, you will force yourself to stay awake for the whole thing which will really disrupt your entire schedule (trust me one this one).

6. 7 minutes in to the movie you will fall asleep for a few hours; waking up every now and then to readjust because your butt will go numb or you will have to use the bathroom.

7. If you happen to wake up before the next meal time (on these long flights they are usually served 3 hours before landing) then throw on a few episodes of Modern Family or something. No movies at this time because again it will distract your mind from sleeping. Short 30 minutes shows allow for entertainment until you pass out again.

8. The cabin lights will be turned on again just before they serve the next meal. USE THE BATHROOM then.

9. Start a new movie from your must see movie list and eat your meal.

10. Your last movie will end 30 minutes before landing, giving you enough time to fill out your customs paperwork and listen to a few songs on the iPod before coming to a landing at your destination happy and rested!

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If you follow this plan exactly I can guarantee a relaxed and peaceful 16 hour flight :) Of course this plan does require your own in-flight entertainment unit (little tv in the head rest in front of you) which brings me back to my original point of picking a good airline to start.

Well there you have it friends. See- a really long flight is not so scary after all!

Now I am off again for a 6 hour flight to Boston to see my very favorite nephew :)



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

lately.

What have we been up to lately??

1. Max had a little sun spot taken out of his ear... 4 stitches but cancer free!

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2. I struggled with packing for a winter trip in the middle of summer.

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I leave tomorrow and I am still not even close to packed, sigh.

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3. We attended our friend's Ryan and Ciara's beach wedding at Bribie Island.

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It was beautiful!

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4. Oh and if you haven't noticed, my countdown (look to the right side of your screen) is down to HOURS... can you believe it?!?!




Monday, January 16, 2012

summer cleaning.

A few weekends ago Max decided it was time for a spring clean... only it is summer- not spring. We had been talking about reorganising the shed for months but decided the new year was the perfect time to actually start.


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You see, the shed is like Max's second home. It houses all of this greatest things and most prized possessions like tools and nails and paint and grease filled tubes. You know, all that kind of weird boy stuff.

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But the best part about the shed is the fact that he made room for me in there too! If you didn't know already, I love making stuff. Some times cool interesting stuff and sometime useless crap. But even the useless crap that I make involves a lot of stuff. Messy stuff that doesn't belong inside- hence the little corner Max has reserved for me in the shed. The little corner that houses all of my most prized possessions like glue and beads and ribbon. You know, all that weird girl stuff.

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And while I really wanted nothing to do with the summer shed clean, I thought I better help because in actual fact, some of the crap in there belonged to be too.

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I was in charge of my little corner as well as moving all of the wheeled "things" out of the shed so that we could give the floor a really good sweep- look at all the things I found!

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It was like the 12 days of Christmas.... (sing this next part to the chorus of 12 days of Christmas)

Four Huffy sliders
Three Z50s
Two long boards
One BMX
And a GIAAANNTTT Red Dirrrrrt Bikkkkkeeee.


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Wow, we have a lot of junk in our shed (and by WE I mean Max and Byron of course. All of my girly junk is cool).

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[Erin, this is for you. I only rode this in the safety of the four shed walls as to not injure myself before heading to Boston to see you!]


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It doesn't really look like much, but Max did end up getting rid of a lot of stuff which he will no doubt now replace with more stuff.

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And if you were wondering, my little (very girly) workbench still has a home in the new organised shed. I can now be found on the left side wall instead of the right :)

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