Oh the Joy!!!

I finally got to the new ‘Ipswich Antique Center‘ this morning.  Oh the JOY!!!  Room after room filled with treasures – from butter churns, wooden fireman ladders, cuckoo clocks to old milk cans and beautiful furniture.  I only made one purchase this morning as I am on a money saving mission……. but next time I don’t know if I can be that strong!!


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My First ‘Mummy’ Homework!!!

I can’t believe how excited I am….. I got my first ‘Mummy’ homework from Ben’s Pre-Prep!!!  It was a two page spread about ‘Our Family’ for Ben to share with his classmates and then go in his folio.   Ohhhh it was so much fun!!!!  {Don’t worry I know how ridiculous I sound – I just can’t help it!!}.     I adapted the ‘About Us’ that we use for the blog and added it to the first page and the second page is family photos – Ben’s favorites.  I included Ben, Andrew, myself, all the cousins, both sets of grandparents, pets and scarecrow.  Sorry Aunty’s and Uncle’s I didn’t have photos of you all….. beware at our next  get  together!!!  The  homework  also  said  that  all  family  special       events/holidays/memories can be added during the year.  So we can add a page about our new cousin when she arrives….YAY and other family from Melbourne or overseas we might see!  Oh and yes I just had to add bunting…. as I can’t get enough of it lately and it always makes me smile!

So here it is……. I think it captures our family.



My publishing skills are a little rusty….. I haven’t done anything really since Ben was born.  I used Publisher in the Virtual Box…… which is just crazy as I am sure Mac has something fabulous I could have used.  I also used ‘Picnik‘ a cute online photo editing program to put the curves on the photos {Shauna from ‘The Reed Life‘ suggested it… THANKS}.  But there has to be an easier way to do that as well.  I also need to acquire a few more skills…. like being able to select just the bunting and not the background.  I am interested in all suggestions for editing programs for the Mac….please.

With my first ‘Mummy’ homework finished.  I will share with you another of my  Pre-Prep Parent delights……I LOVE RECEIVING SCHOOL NEWLETTERS…….I really do!!!!

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I am going to link up with ‘Life Made Lovely Monday’…. ENJOY!!


Meet Spud

Ben suggested we needed a scarecrow……what a great idea!  So here he is – Spud the newest family member on the Lattimore Acre.  He is spectacular – not only because of his incredibly handsome appearance  but he has managed to keep those pecking birds away, even the scrub turkey.   He also stayed standing this week through a crazy storm!  Thanks Spud!!


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I am going to link up with ‘Life Made Lovely Monday’, we think Spud is lovely and I do plan on blogging how we made him.


My First Web Widget!!

For those of you who may not talk in nerd speak (like myself), a web widget is a software widget for the web. It’s a small application that can be installed and executed within a web page by an end user.  I had to google this after talking to my brother-in-law!! Here is my first attempt at using one.  Andrew did help me a little….. thanks honey xo.


Isn’t it cute?  I found this on another blog and knew I just had to have it once I found out how to use it.  It is a MiniPod by MixPod.  You can find mine on the right hand side of my blog….. found it?  Just use it like you would an MP3 player.  Also if you click on the name of the song it plays the film clip from Utube.   I just love it.

So yes…. before you begin making fun of my song selection I shall explain my choices:

Caught in the Crowd  by  Kate Mille-Heidke – Just cose I love it!

You and I by Ingrid Michealson – My new favourite song.  I found it on another blog.  I can’t stop playing it.

Three Little Birds by  Elizabeth Mitchell – It’s so cute and makes me smile.  I found it on another blog.

Catch my Disease by Ben Lee – Great Australian Music…. I love Ben Lee!! And I used to play this to Ben when he was little. He used to stand himself up on the side of his cot and bob up and down.

Scar – Missy Higgins – My all time favorite Missy song.  More great Australian Music.

Lovely Love My Family (from Yo Gabba Gabba) -by The Roots – What Mum hasn’t danced around the room with their little ones to this.  Andrew thinks I have gone mad!!

My Happiness by Powderfinger – Andrew’s choice….. extraordinary Australian Music!!

Star Wars Theme Song – Ben’s choice……. what can I say…… it’s his favourite everything!!!!

So there you have it my first Web Widget!!  I am a techno extraordinaire….lol!!  I just need to work out how to center it in the column.  I would love to hear what your favourite song is and why….. leave a comment.  I might just add it to my play list xoxo.

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The World of Blogging

Recently I have discovered a whole new world of blogging.  A world full of ‘thirty-something’ mothers making the ordinary……..extraordinary.  I love it!!  My favourite blogs at the moment are:

Blessed Little Nest – Tempe Arizona USA

Li’l Magoolie – Christchurch NZ

Paisley Jade – Whangarei NZ

The Reed Life – somewhere in the USA

Some of these blogs do link ups…. which is fabulous.  It allows you to link a story  on your blog to story on someone elses blog.   It is a’ virtual’ get together.   For example I got this wonderful recipe off Heather’s blog – Blessed Little Nest from someone who linked up to it.  I am making these Peanut Butter and Jam Heart Cookies this afternoon.  Will let you know how they went….. xo

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Top of the Mornin to Ya!!

What a wonderful start to the day….. spinning tops at breakfast!  We ate our breakfast this morning while playing spinning tops.   Lots of laughs, giggles and woohoos!!  A wonderful way to put a beautiful smile on your face  xo.





Oh I know that toys at the table can be a no no for some.   But in our busy lives today the table at meal times is sometimes the only time of the day we all sit and enjoy each other.  Life is to short…… lets enjoy it!!!

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I am going to link up with Blessed Little Nest again for ‘Life Made Lovely Monday‘ even though it is Thursday!!