We’ve been doing such a random assortment of things lately, and I’ve had a huge urge to de-clutter, clean and even (gasp) start packing for our upcoming move. I have also wanted to get out of the house and into the sun, visit all our friends and tire my babies out, and drink endless cups of tea with crochet. So I have. Semester doesn’t start until next week (I’m teaching an 8am class, fml), and it’s been all quiet on the freelance front, so I’ve had a little break. It’s been fun.
We have started ballet (a mummy and me class, I die!) and I have gone from a Tonka-Truck, Lego-Loving, He-Man Mum straight to the aisles of tulle and pink at Target. I have officially become a Dance Mom. I don’t know where it came from, but I can’t stop. I never thought I would be into frills and frou frou, but here we are! Frou frouing with dinosaurs and skateboards, but frou frouing nonetheless.
We have also been indulging in more playdates, and I get a real kick out of watching my babes interact with other babes. It’s fun to see them learning to share and take turns and generally be cute with their “friens”. Not that they really can at this age, but occasionally we can drink our coffees hot before someone has stuck a Barbie up someone else’s nose, or run over their fingers on a trike. Playdates are happy chaos at my friend Courtney‘s house – we have five kids between us and they’re all UNDER THREE. It’s fun to have a partner in crime.
It has been so warm here this winter, and afternoon sunshine is almost mandatory to play in. We go out nearly every day and I try not to actually panic that this is our last Queensland winter and we are going to a place far, far away… much closer to the south pole and therefore EFFING FREEZING AND I’M SO NOT PREPARED OH MY GOD.
In an effort to stem the panic, I have also been reading a lot more. Ok, that’s a lie, I read constantly, panicked or not. I have stumbled across the funnest little get-together on instagram run by a couple of bookish gals. #book_chat has a weekly theme (with prizes!) where you can take a picture of a book that fits the theme and have a little… well… chat about it! Last week’s theme was “classic”, so I decided to go a little left of center with a book I consider a classic. I figured everyone else would take care of the usual!
There’s even a bookchat bookswap instameet this Saturday in Brisbane hosted by Megan Morton and Julie Gibbs, which is part of The School Roadshow. It’s at Toby Scott Studio in Clayfield and I’ll be taking Pepper, and a favourite book to swap. This is hard for me, as I clutch my books to me like a bibliohoarder, never parting with that which makes me happy. But it’s a good cause, they’re raising money for the Indigenous Literary Foundation. If you’re around, you should join me! 4.30 to 6.30. Yay!
And beginning to plan this kid’s birthday who will be ONE in September. What. The. Hell. Happened. I swear I had her yesterday, no lie. She is actually the royal baby! I just had to keep it quiet.
Time off has also given me permission to sit on eBay and buy nostalgic things I want to play with that I never had as a kid. So my babes are now the proud owners of every Rainbow Brite episode, and 15 1983 My Little Ponies that they’re not allowed to touch because the ponies are in such good condition. MAYBE I’ll let them play. Maybe.
We also trotted around Brisbane as my brother in law and his fiancee moved into their new house. Karlee is an expert cupcake maker (check her out here and here) and no lie, I ate this cupcake for breakfast. I nearly had two but that would be pushing the friendship.
We have also been just laying around. Sometimes reading, sometimes watching movies, any excuse to pile everyone on my lap and squeeze them hard. I’m surprised Peps laid as still as she did for this photo, usually she’s halfway up the walls now that she’s crawling and pulling up on the furniture. She was trying to steal Abby’s dummy so I gave her one to chew on. She had no idea what to do with it, but it kept her occupied for a few minutes trying to figure it out! Long enough for my ovaries to burst, anyway.
And always, with the time away from the internet, there’s time in the kitchen, churning out wonder after wonder (heh). I can’t wait to show you the ebook I’m working on, anyone with little kids to feed is going to love it! I’m so excited. I’m also hungry.
So that’s where I’ve been, folks. What have you been up to? Anything exciting? Throw a link in the comments if you’re so inclined, I have plenty of time to come and visit!