Saturday, 23 August 2008

busy busy!

Go get a cup of tea.. this is a monster post with lots of piccies!!!

Hi Everyone!!!
We've had a nice and busy week! On monday Liberty and I went to meet up with Mother's Group. I love meeting up with all the mummies each week! Its such a great group, all the mum's are so nice and supportive and the babies are all so cute!!
Then on Tuesday Liberty and I drove the 2 hour drive up to Katoomba to visit My Parents, brother and Sian. It was freezing up there, with very fresh air! Liberty was spoilet with cuddles from everyone!!!
With my mum
with my dad
meeting her 'brother' Ruby the cat! Who's still bigger than her!! haha

We also went over to John and Siany's house who have done more amazing decorating in their house! Their place looks awesome!!

John, Sian & Me holding LibertySiany and Liberty
More kodak moments - look at the cool artwork photos they've put up on their wall!!
On wednesday Matty came up and my mum and dad paid for us to get some photos done of our little family (thanks mum) I've only got the proofs and im not sure if im allowed to put them on my blog, so i'll just put up a couple! (ssshhhhh! hehe) Not sure which one we will choose out of the dozen we got!
Matty then went back home and I decided to stay up for a couple more nights! It was fun hanging out with the family! Liberty slept well at night after being worn out by all the attention she recieved during the day times!

Here we are giving her a bath in the kitchen sink (!)
Uncle John John getting Libby ready for her bath!Here is Liberty chilling with her Grand mamy again! As my mum is off to Switzerland to visit her parents and relatives for 5 weeks, she will definately miss Libby! She's 12 weeks old now and doing new and exciting things every day!! Mum will definatly notice a big difference when she gets back!Mum, John, Siany and I did a mini photo shoot of liberty one afternoon too.. here are some of the piccies...We had a lovely and relaxing time up the mountain! And played lots of Rummikin(?) a great game Siany introduced us to!
Thats it for now!!
Xx Jess

attack of the teddy bears (part 2)

to see part one click HERE

at 6 weeks old...
at 8 weeks old...
at 12 weeks old...

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Lots of parties this weekend!!!

This weekend (well saturday really) was nice and busy!! Liberty and I went to celebrate Jade's 2nd birthday with her at her birthday party! She looked so cute in her fairy dress, and was happy giving Liberty lots of cuddles! so cute!!
Then in the evening, we went to Leea's 30th birthday party. The dress up theme was 70s movie characters. I had no idea who to go as so i called my brother. Him and Sian put together an entire outfit for me (thanks guys!) I was Magenta from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I havent even seen the movie - hehe!
Leea went as Princess Leea! And Bec went as Frenchie from Grease! It was a great night! Liberty just went to sleep in the spare room! Lots of action for her in one day!!!
How was your weekend??
Xx Jess

Saturday, 16 August 2008

TWO already!!!

*Happy 2nd Birthday little Jade!!*
We wish you all the best for the year ahead!!
Love Jess, Matt & Libby

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The love of a family...

I was sent this poem via a forward in my email from my friend Bec the other day, and I sware every time I read it I get teary. My family is the most important thing in the world to me!! My Daughter, Matty, My Mum and Dad, My Brother, Siany and all my Grand Parents, Cousins, InLaws, Great Aunts etc etc... And this poem just proves how important and special family are!!

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
'Oh, excuse me please,' was my reply.

He said, 'Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you.'

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
'Move out of the way,' I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

'While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.'

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
'Wake up, little one, wake up,' I said.

'Are these the flowers you picked for me?'
He smiled, 'I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.'

I said, 'Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way.'

He said, 'Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway.'

I said, 'Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.'

Sunday, 10 August 2008

another arrival...

Whilst we were holidaying in Perth last week, Matty got a text message from his friend who announced that they are the proud parents of a baby GIRL who has two big brothers!!! *Congratulations* to the happy family!!
So... I thought i'd better get baking....


The finished product:
Products used:
  • 15 Huggies Nappies
  • 1 baby size 00 body suit
  • feeding bowl
  • spoon
  • fork
  • nail scissors
  • nail clippers
  • 1 dummy

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Splish Splash

Battle of the Choirs...

I love the tv show "battle of the choirs".. This was my favourite choir... they didnt win, but I just thought they were great! Here is the first song they sang... very Aussie! And love the choreography!!


Thursday, 7 August 2008

Our holiday in Perth!!

We are back from our first ever family holiday!! We went to Perth WA for 8 days! Matty was going over for a kayaking race (which i went and watched him race last year!) so we thought we'd go for extra long and make a holiday as well as racing!!
I was a tad nervous in taking Liberty on the plane. I was scared that she wouldn't like it, especially that when you fly virgin, you dont get given one of those baby cot thingys, the baby has to sit on your lap the whole time!
The flight to Perth took approx 6 hours thanks to a very strong head wind! Liberty was perfect on the flight! She ate, slept, pooped and then did that all over again! We were so lucky!!!

When we arrived in Perth, it was wet and cold! Matt's friend was so kind and let us stay at his place and also gave us a car to use for the week! So kind!!!! Liberty has started sleeping through the night, she slept 9 hours and I woke up in AGONY! Yep, I had mastitis again! So the begining of the holiday wasnt good with me sick and waiting for the antibiotics to work again, I wasnt well for the first couple of days.
We ended up hiring a baby car seat, a stroller (a Jeep Liberty!!!!) and a porta cot from Perth Baby Hire, for a great cheap price!! - thanks for letting me know about this Shell!! - If anyone with a young child or baby is thinking of visiting Perth, leave your stuff at home and hire from here! They were great and the products they hired us were in awesome condition!!
On the friday we started our drive up to Northam so Matt could drop off his kayak for the weekend's race. It was still raining which was good news for matt's race! The more water, the faster the race and the bigger the rapids!!! So we decided to stop and visit some of the rapids Matt would be kayaking down on the weekend...
Matty & Liberty walking down to one of the rapids
Found it!!! Ahhh! Looks scary! (Emu Falls)
Me walking to another one of the rapids! Love this Jeep stroller, it goes anywhere!!
The water was flowing very fast!!
and another of the rapids! I dont think Liberty wants her Daddy to do the race looking at these scary rapids
Liberty and I walking along one of the tracks!
So, the race started on the Saturday! We only JUST made it to the race before the start! We didnt time manage the fact that we have a 2 and 1/2 month old! lol! At least we got there! Liberty and I watched Matty take off at the start, and then walked the long walk back to the car. Liberty wanted a feed so I was sitting in the car feeding her..... all of a sudden.... Matt comes running up!! What the?!! He broke his paddle on the first rapid only 100 meters into the race - sh*t! So he took his spare paddle and off he went (about 15minutes behind now).
I drove down to one of the rapids and waited for Matt to paddle past! I unfortunately couldnt get a photo of him taking the rapid as they are very popular and crowded with people, and with a big stroller I wasnt able to stand too close on the bank near the rapid! But I got one of him in the flat water...
I needed to be like this man, to get a good shot of the rapids!!!
The Avon Descent race will be shown on Channel 10 during the day sometime on August 16, 2008.
These following photos were taken after day one of racing...
On day two, we managed our time a lot better!! And off Matty went! A few hours into the race I got a phone call.... Matty had fallen out of his kayak on one of the rapids. He grabbed his boat, then let go of it to get his paddle... then went to get the boat, but it was too late... the current had got hold of it! He found it wrapped around a tree in the water, split in half (so much for the brand new $15oo kayak!!). Luckily Matt was okay and thats the most important part!!! However, he was (and still is) very disappointed not to have finished the race.
We stayed in this lovely little town - Toodyay - on the friday and saturday night!
This was taken from the car.. the yellow is a field of flowers - Beautiful!!

After the weekend... we were so lucky to have beautiful weather!! It was even warming up a little!! On wednesday it was 20 degrees!!! yay!
So, on monday we decided to take a trip down to Freemantle and had a walk around there. I love all the old buildings, and history of Freemantle

We also went back to stay at Matt's friends apartment! He actually left for NZ over the weekend so we had his house to ourselves, it was so nice of him to let us stay!! Its in the nicest location! About 20 minutes drive out of the Perth CBD in Scarborough right on the beach!!!Look at the view from his apartment!!!

It was so nice to watch the sunset each evening from the loungeroom!!!

Look at the sunset this day... it looks like the Aboriginal Flag!

On Tuesday we went to visit a little surburb of Perth called Guildford, it was so so pretty there! (no photos though) and we also went into Perth to visit this thingy... It the Perth Bell Tower..

We had a greta holiday together!!! And Liberty was an angel on the flight home too!! We are very lucky!! She is now chatting and smiling all the time, very cute and entertaining for us!
Today we took her in to have her immunisations, poor little thing, she's been very grizzly this afternoon, and is sleeping a fair bit, so im able to blog inbetween loads of washing!!!

One more piccie of Liberty...

Xx Jess