A Weekend Away (with my Mum)

I have so so so many posts to catch you up on but this is the first on my list for  two reasons really.  Firstly because I have a great Mum (note:  we drive each other crazy at times but I love her to bits!!) and secondly because it involves my all time favorite musical Mary Poppins! Oh and maybe a third because there was an indulgent chocolate high tea involved!  Oh and a forth….. shopping without small children!

You know I can’t even remember when this was so I will just say a few months back Mum and I said “cheerio” to our husbands and to my little one and headed into the big smoke (Brisbane hahaha). We booked into the Stamford Plaza…..


 put on our fancy clothes……..

and headed out to see Mary Poppin’s at the Lyric Theatre (for the second time).  Here is a preview of the show…….

Absolutely SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC!!!  It took by breath away again.  We had great seats in the third row!! We could even see the orchestra…..



I find the Mary Poppins story magical.  I love the wonderful childhood memories.  I love the notion that ‘anything can happen if you let it’ and I seriously adore the song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!! I am also a bit taken with Matt Lee’s character Bert.  I loved sharing it with my Mum as well xo.

The show is no longer on in Brisbane.  It has moved to Perth.  I am hoping that Andrew needs to travel to Perth on business soon so I can tag along with the hidden agenda to go to the theatre again!!  It really is that good!!! I did purchase the CD of the show.  Andrew has been in all kinds of pain when he gets into my car.  His not a fan of Mary Poppins music.  But Ben and I love sing and dance along to Mary in the car…. love ya Ben xoxo. Ben took the Mary Poppins CD to Kindy for show and tell.  His teacher played  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for the children to listen to.  Apparently Ben was getting upset with the children for not singing along.  You know cose everyone (especially 4 & 5 year olds) know the words to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious……… don’t they???  Bless him xoxo

After the show Mum and I headed back to the hotel for some room service and sleep.  We had a big day  to look forward to.  Apparently I snored and Mum didn’t get much sleep……. I don’t think so.  I think it was Mum waking herself up with her own snoring (hahahhahhaha!).  Anywho…… we both were a little tired the next morning.


But this did not stop us from shopping (well it might of slowed us down a little).  We shopped and had the most wonderful afternoon tea.  If you are local we totally recommend the indulgent chocolate high tea at the Stamford…..YUMMO!


Thanks Mum for a great weekend.  It was ……..


(except for the snoring xoxoxo) Love you Mum xoxo

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Mummy’s Day

I was particularly spoilt this year.  My beautiful husband and little man definitely looked after me.  There was an extra early gift in a little green box with white ribbon. It sparkled! There was also a large gift that came in the mail the week before the special day.


And in YELLOW!!!  Hello LOVELY KitchenAid!!!  I know there is an unwritten rule that kitchen appliances are a big NO-NO for Mothers Day, Birthdays and Christmas….. but surely this is an exception?

Another lovely surprise came from Ben on Mother’s Day morning.  His hand made gift from Pre-Prep.  A portrait of me and  reasons why he loves me.  And just to share…… he loves me because I make pancakes, play Hide and Seek,  Trouble and  Lego!  Love you right back little guy!   I LOVE IT!!!


I also got breakfast in bed.  Ben insisted on having breakfast in bed with me.  That was interesting.   I am so glad he was sitting on Daddy’s side…… crumbs everywhere!!!  My breakfast was two slices of raisin toast (on a plastic Lightning McQueen plate) and a cup of my pretend coffee.  I felt like a queen!

After breaky it was off to Grasshopper Soccer with my boys.  It was Ben’s first day with his uniform and I didn’t want to miss that.  He was so excited.  He told me he was going to sleep in it every night.  He loves it.  I think he loves the uniform more than the soccer but I am sure that will change.


After soccer if was off to Bon Laneway.  The best coffee in Ipswich or hot chocolate as I don’t drink coffee (gasp….. I know.  I’m a freak!!). Yummmm!!!


In all seriousness, I thought I would struggle with Mothers Day this year.  But that was not the case.   I have had a  bit of a rough time of it in the last year.  Nothing earth shattering…… well maybe not for others but it did rock my world and not in a good way.   Mummy’s day could have been a time for me to sit and wallow about what could have been but instead I chose to be present in the life I have.  I chose  to celebrate being a Mum to my little man, to count my many blessings and to move forward!

A belated Happy Mothers Day to all of the beautiful Mums xo

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Oh yeah….. I have been a absent in the blogging world for a while but I think it is time for a return……….


It was a Lego fifth birthday party to remember!!!  I didn’t know it was possible to have so much fun at a fifth birthday party.  I had attempted to keep it simple this year………. me keep it simple…… who was I kidding!! Ben was surrounded by his family and friends.

He had the best day EVER!!

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Thank you to everyone who helped make Ben’s day so magical.  We are continually overwhelmed by how awesome our family and friends are  xoxo.

I didn’t quite get a picture of everyone – thank you to all for sending me their photos and  instagram pics xo

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A 1st and a 50th

There has been much celebrate in the Lattimore family of late.  Baby Grace (our niece) turned one and Jude and George (Andrew’s parents) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Gracie celebrated her special day with  family and friends. It was a spectacular party at home.  Ben loved loved LOVED the water bomb game!!  The weather was glorious  after the days of rain we had had previous.  It was a pretty special day!

Happy First Birthday Beautiful Girl xoxo

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Jude and George celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  What an achievement!

IMG_5141.JPGIt was so lovely to have all the family there – all the boys, their wives and the six grandchildren.


IMG_5036.JPGThis photo is missing Gracie.  We did try and get a shot with the six kids but …… here it is!  I’ll say no more!!!


Congratulations Jude and George (or should we say Nanny and Grandad) xoxo

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The Visit – The Man Himself!

Andrew and I not so long ago completed a ten week cooking class at the Ministry of Food Ipswich.  We fell in love with the simple whole food approach to cooking. It wasn’t that we were terrible eaters but I knew there is always room for improvement.   Our food habits are forever influences by Louise and Danella our Food Trainers.  I’m not sure the girls  realise that their voices are forever in my head.  So when we heard the MAN HIMSELF was coming to town……… the excitement started to build (well not sure about Andrew but I was pretty pumped!).

It was Jamie Oliver fever in Ipswich yesterday. A welcome fit for royalty – roads closed, police, security, cameras, media, politicians,  and celebrities.  Andrew and I were fortunate enough to snaffle tickets to see Jamie cook.

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I was interested to see if he really was as genuine and passionate in his food message as he is on TV.  The answer is YES…… this chap is 100% the real deal.  He oozed enthusiasm.  I felt a little like a giggling school girl.  I really couldn’t believe I was seeing the man himself.  Seems a little silly I know but he is …….. gosh dang pretty amazing.  He did seem a little tired ……..maybe it was our hot humid weather or that he had stepped off a plane from Korea.  But none the less he put on a good show and spread his message of simple, good, healthy, fresh, whole food cooking.

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The girls and guys at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Ipswich did a exceptional job.  Hats off to you all.

Oh I nearly forgot …….. What did he cook I hear you say?  Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Guacamole and Salsa.  They are on our menu this week!

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