the paleontologist turns five

The birthday train rolls on! This past weekend, it was Boy2’s turn, and somehow, I made the mistake of blinking, and he is five. FIVE. The age of saying goodbye to our favourite weekly activities and hello to big school. Goodbye to lazy days at home and hello to the morning school rush. Goodbye to paint stained hand me downs and hello to uniforms.  

to infinity, and beyond.

It’s that time of year in the nest – birthday season! First up was Bear turning seven over the weekend. With Beetle only 11 days old, we decided against having a party this year, and instead just invited my parents around for a BBQ to mark the occassion. And for the very first time, I didn’t make a cake. I intended to. I had grand

best. idea. ever. {tiramisu inspired mocha cheesecake}

PROJECT PROGRESS: 15/20 OCCASSION: Why the heck not? BRIEF & RATIONALE: After a fabulous run-in with a decadent tiramisu flavoured gelato on holidays, I figured a cheesecake version would have to rock, right? SOURCE: A friend’s basic cheesecake recipe, then added the flavours until it tasted right. EASE OF MAKING: 7/10 due to fudging as I went. CHILD FRIENDLY? 4/10 – lots of melting, mixmastering,

tea for two :: cinnamon tea cake

PROJECT PROGRESS: 14/20 OCCASSION: I’m 8 months pregnant. I had the munchies. BRIEF & RATIONALE: I wanted to make a tiramisu inspired cheesecake, but Butterfly asked for “plain cake, I not wike cheesecake mama!”. SOURCE: AWW Sweet Old Fashioned Favourites EASE OF MAKING: 8/10 CHILD FRIENDLY? 6.5/10 – Butterfly helped me add in the dry ingredients, the rest is via beaters. Older children capable of

Little Miss Demanding

Sunday saw a little trip out to the shops for Miss Butterfly with her daddy.Which seemed like a nice idea, until she came home and asked for a pink cupcake from the cupcake shop (translation – our local bakery displays pink iced cupcakes riiigggghhhht at toddler eye level. And thus, despite the fact we generally only buy BREAD there, it is now and forever known

Pinterest Inferiority Complex.

Is this a medically recognised disorder? Because it really should be. Backing up a bit, over the long weekend, we loaded the car with children and headed south to meet up with the rest of my husband’s family (or most of), in honour of a couple of big birthdays happening this year. Plus you know, it’s nice to see everyone and give our adorable nieces

a useful gift.

We started when Bear was tiny. Every week, I’d strap our 6 month old little boy in the car, make the trip across town and spend half an hour among friends singing and clapping and playing. Then Boy2 arrived, and he attended his first music class at the ripe old age of 2 weeks. Admittedly, he slept most of the time. Butterfly was a tender

indecisive.

I’m not sure if this counts as number ten, or number ten and eleven. With quilt camp coming up (this past weekend), I planned to make a cheesecake to take with us, which, of course, required a test run. I went shopping, collected my ingredients, then stood staring at the chocolate bars and I was hit with indecision. Did I make Mars Bar, or Peppermint

today she is two.

She was in a rush, our little girl. 1 hour and 9 minutes from the first contraction, I scooped her into my arms, and held her tight as I tumbled headlong into deep consuming love for this precious soul we’d been entrusted with. She’s cute, and clever, and talkative. She toilet trained herself at 15 months, she talks in full sentences, she runs rings round

8::20 ~ chocolate pretzels

OCCASSION: Date night! BRIEF & RATIONALE: Discovered this taste sensation in Sydney for Camp K, and it was a party in my mouth. SOURCE: It’s not exactly rocket science. Melt chocolate, add pretzel. EASE OF MAKING: 9/10. Messier than expected. CHILD FRIENDLY? Hot chocolate, plus the buggers want to taste test! REALITY V COOKBOOK:6/10. Mine were messier than the commercial version. TASTE: 13/10. FINAL VERDICT: