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Reuben is awesome (an extra special tip)

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This week I tricked the world into letting me talk about my nephew Reuben.

Read it over here at Lip Magazine.

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Chloe is Awesome

I think Chloe might be heir to the Pink Nails legacy

Chloe is awesome

Chloe is awesome2

Chloe is awesome3

Zoo day

I spent sunny Sunday at the zoo celebrating Ryan’s 2nd birthday. The conversation might have led bystanders to believe that we were actually a gathering of the local Poo Appreciation Society – except that every other kid in the place was talking about poo too. Miles suggested that the giraffe was due for a nappy change.

Sorry, I have no idea what kind of bird this is

Sorry, I have no idea what kind of bird this is

An echidna

An echidna

Birthday cake

Birthday cake

Birthday presents

Birthday presents

My brilliant sitting career

On Saturday, Chloe came over and we hung out for the day while her older sisters did “big kid” stuff…Lame-o. I took Chloe on a MASSIVE walk for a three-year-old – all the way to the supermarket. I was able to gauge whether I had exhausted her too much with the playground test. If we walked past a playground and she made a run for the slide, then I knew she still had a few hundred metres left in her. In fact, the only time we passed a playground without playing on it, we were so close to home that I convinced her that lunch and a rest were just around the corner.

We went to the supermarket to buy ingredients for….BLUE CAKES!

Smile!

Smile!

I mentioned to Chloe that we were a great cooking team, and she cried, “Team Work!” and showed me how to press our thumbs together which signifies team work. Obvs.

Go team!

Go team!

After babysitting on Saturday, today I’ve begun house/cat sitting at Lara’s house.

A sunny disposition

A sunny disposition

My home office for the week

My home office for the week

My raison detre

My raison detre

In other news, I got a new phone today and it has a full alphabet of keys. Jeeeeealous…? I now have the gadgetry to match my super professional heart and soul. In fact, my gadget inventory is getting kind of out of hand. I have:

  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Ipod
  • Audio recorder
  • External hard drive (the extremely cute WD Passport) x2
  • All associated accessories such as chargers, spare batteries, tripod and cables
  • Various thumb drives, quantity dependent on how many I can find on a given day
  • And now the fancy phone to replace my old piece of junk.

All of these things are independently compact (apart from my dinosaur computer), but put all these tiny objects together and it’s getting a little heavy to carry around with me – which I do most days because you never know what you’re going to need. The problem is, buying one item that serves the purpose of two or more of these things FEELS.LIKE.EVIL. Replace a decent camera with a stupid little thing in a phone…uh, no. A phone with a few gb to play music as a replacement for an 80gb Ipod. Impossible! Now that I know the joy of carrying my entire music collection around with me I couldn’t possibly go back a small sample of a few hundred songs.

In the wise words of Greg, “THAT’S A BANANA!”

Port Fairy

I got back from Bangkok just in time to join everyone on a holiday down at the beach. It’s the middle of winter here so this was more of a “look at the beach from the vantage point of a wood fire” kind of beach holiday.

The Beach House

We stayed in a great house just outside of Port Fairy, called Bluestone Bay. It comes highly recommended by the people at Where Is Sarah? It was huge, warm, had a great kitchen and totally comfy couches. But the best bit was the view:

beachview

View from the house

View of the house

View of the house

View out the back

View out the back

Braving the cold to get some pics

Braving the cold to get some pics

Play time

Play time

The weather was lovely for most of the trip. After a few days of mild, sunny weather there was a bit of rain. Which obvs means….

Puddles!

Puddles!

Reuben loves muddles (mud + puddles)

Reuben loves muddles (mud + puddles)

It's a COW!

It's a COW!

Chloe and the very hungry caterpillar

Chloe and the very hungry caterpillar

Seriously fuzzy caterpillar

Seriously fuzzy caterpillar

Venturing further afield

One day we decided to go for a walk to the lighthouse, then we realised that the lighthouse was a few kms further than any kid was interested in. But we went for a wander anyway. The weather was great and the kids were happy to go climbing on mildly dangerous rocks along the coastline.

What better use for a rock at the beach

What better use for a rock at the beach

Strike a pose

Strike a pose

I wanna throw the rock into the ocean Sar...

I wanna throw the rock into the ocean Sar...

But then it got cold…

And then it got cold...

Abby realising that she's over it

Wait for me Mum!

Wait for me Mum!

Muuuuuum!!

Muuuuuum!!

After a week of taking turns to babysit the twins inside the house (a great way to ensure an afternoon nap by the fire), Jess decided it was their turn to go for a walk along the beach.

Twins go for a walk

Twins go for a walk

Eventually it was time to leave Bluestone Bay.

Before we go home...we have to make at least one freezing sandcastle

Before we go home...we have to make at least one sandcastle

The others headed back to Melbourne to resume work/school/regular life, while MJ and I headed in the opposite direction for another few days, but I’ll save those photos for tomorrow.