Sunday, February 28, 2010

a bit of a revamp...

I've gone and changed it again. New header, changed the color scheme. Something a bit different. :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

almost time...

Lately I have been thinking of starting to potty-train Cy. I have had many different opinions from lots of different people on the subject but I have decided it can't hurt to start now. I've heard that reward charts and positive reinforcement help so I made him this chart.

His latest favorite is Yo Gabba Gabba so I found a cartoon pic online and made a cartoon of Cyrus to put with them. I'm going to print it out , laminate it and put it on the wall. :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

a hard days play...

This is the end result of Cy's IDWPORBOWTIJWSBING mode. He'd been playing, watching TV, and generally running amok all morning. He refused to take a nap, so I gave him a rusk and a bottle, put little-foot on and went out to do the dishes. A check every 5 mins, showed signs of him slowing down (but still not settling in for a nap) and then the last time I checked, this is how I found him...books and toys strewn all over the place, passed out hanging over the back of his couch. Too cute.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I've been reading up on the stories from the life of Buddha. And I came across this peice of the story and it made me smile. I think it shows great compassion, kindness & gratitude.

"The sixth week after enlightenment, the Buddha walked to another tree. A big storm came, with big dark clouds, wind and rain. Mucalinda, who is a great royal Naga, a celestial being in the form of a huge snake, came from his celestial world and wrapped his body around the Buddha. Mucalinda coiled his body around the Buddha’s body seven times, and spread the great hoods with his five heads over the Buddha to protect him, thinking, “Let the Buddha not feel any cold, heat, insects, wind, sun or creeping things on his body.” After he protected Buddha from the storm, the sun came out, and Mucalinda unwrapped his coils from the Buddha and changed his form into a brahmin boy, standing in reverence before the Buddha. Thankful for his protection in the storm, Buddha taught him some Dharma, saying “Being alone is happiness for a person who is contented, who has learned and understood the Dharma. Friendliness to everyone in the world is happiness for a person who does not harm any living beings. Detachment from the world is happiness for a person who does not have desires. But to stop thinking about ‘I’ is the greatest happiness of all.”

Saturday, February 20, 2010

all by myself...

Well...for the past 2 weeks I have been a mum & just a mum. Every morning (which starts at about 11-11.30am lately) when Cy wakes up, I have the morning ritual of getting a bottle ready, putting on little-foot, and doing a quick clean before he is ready to play. Then we play together & read books until lunch (which for Cy is about 3pm!) And then we make lots of mess because he is learning to feed himself. But it is rewarding and fun.

Until he is tired. And then over tired. And then super over tired (I-don't-wanna-play-or-read-books-or-watch-TV-I-just-wanna-sleep-but-I'm-not-gonna mode). Then all hell breaks loose and my sweet little angel becomes a toy-throwing, angry, tired little devil. And this is when he ends up hurting himself. The other day he was in IDWPORBOWTIJWSBING mode, and he grabbed his box of legos, tipped them all over the ground and stomped on them. This is when he fell. He slipped on a lego and went eye-first into the corner of a cabinet. I was terrified. All that went through my head was 'brain damage' & 'blindness'. Luckily it didn't end up bad, he is fine but has a mark on his face. :(

But this is becoming an every day occurrence. Nothing I can do can put him to sleep during the day. He seems to wait for hubby to come home and then settles in for a nap. I have tried everything and each time I have come back to the same conclusion....bubble-wrapped baby. xP

Friday, February 19, 2010


Some important events have happened in history on this day....

19 Feb. 1878 - The phonograph is patented by Thomas Edison.

19 Feb. 1884 - The Enigma tornado outbreak occurs across America.

19 Feb. 1942 - Nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack Darwin.

19 Feb. 1985 - William J. Schroeder is the first artificial heart transplant patient to leave hospital.

19 Feb. 1986 - The soviet Union launches it's Mir spacecraft, remaining in orbit for 15 years.

19 Feb. 2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of mars using its thermal emmision imaging system.

19 Feb. 2003 - Two teenagers in a rural town in Australia meet, and something amazing begins.


Monday, February 15, 2010

best band ever...

Doesn't express how much I love Tool. And Maynard's voice is the most awesome, intoxicating sound I've ever heard.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

the dangers of late night tv...

Just as I was drifting off to sleep at about 2 o'clock this morning I witnessed one of the most amazing products to ever have been invented, so brilliant I had to own it. At least that's what I thought in my delirious tiredness. But I did remember the name....Miche. It must have danced around in the back of my thoughts all night because it was one of the first things I thought of when I turned on my computer this morning.

Basically it's a basic black bag with these powerful magnets in the lining that allows you to change the outer shell of the bag, and therefore have a new style, by simply taking one shell off and putting another on. Like all infomercials, words like 'trendy' and 'convenient' and 'stylish' were being thrown around in dangerous volumes. Along with many 'oh and doesn't she look like she's ready for anything?'. But even all this didn't put me off, I was just sitting there the whole time thinking 'oh wow, that IS so convenient' and 'oooh that DOES look nice'. So I went to the website this morning and one of the first things that came into my mind was..... "Ooooooh, They have a TOTE Miche Bag too!!!!"
Sigh...Part of me is laughing at myself for being so sucked in, part of me is telling myself not to be stupid and buy pointless things for expensive prices....but a little girly voice in my head is screaming...'GIVE ME THAT BAG!!!'

Sunday, February 07, 2010

best baby books...

These are some of the best childrens books I've come across yet. They are great stories, they are meaningful and have morals, they are educational, and best of all they are fun to read. So I just had to list a couple, If or when you have kids, definitely buy these books. :)

wonderful life...

This is the story of Snutt. He is an Ift who travels the universe searching for amazing new things. On his travels he finds a wonderful planet with lots of cool and crazy creatures like euphoric florifors & sticky-footed flewimols. But he is so far from home that he gets lonely. Then he finds another explorer, a Waft. Then they discover all the wonderful things together. It is an awesome book that has gorgeous illustrations and is just a bit different to the traditional childrens books.


This is a 'Scanimation' book. It is so cool. There's a circle in the middle of each page and as you turn the page the picture in the circle moves like a weird little movie. I'm not quite sure how it works exactly but it is sure to keep kids amazed for ages. Cy isn't quite old enough to fully appreciate it yet, but he is still very impressed each time you turn to a new page.

the owl and the pussycat...

Such a classic. It's the same old rhyme with some lovely drawings. Cy loves how the words rhyme and when they repeat. And there's just so much in the illustrations to keep him amused, each page has it's own cool border and the pictures are just beautiful.

gymboree play & music books...

This is a great little set of books that are so simple but offer so much stimulation for little minds. Each book contains colors/ shapes etc in English and also in french, German, Italian & Spanish. I've been reading these to Cy and each time we read it I read a different language, and he's pretty amazed when we go back through the book and all of a sudden it's words have changed. He loves the basic and bright drawings too.

kisses for daddy...

This one is just adorable. Baby bear is grumbly and doesn't want to kiss his mum and dad goodnight and go to bed. While he's getting ready for bed his dad tries to get cuddly clingy koala kisses, snappy watery crocodile kisses, stripy growly tiger kisses, and baby bear won't have any of it. Just as daddy bear is turning out the light and shutting the door baby bear calls him back and gives him a big bear kiss. Awww. It's really cool because the illustrations are pretty and in each picture the animal (koala, crocodile, tiger etc) are hidden somewhere. Cy loves it, and giggles every time you try to give him kisses and again when baby bear says no.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

what is the world coming to...

The naming of a 7 year old as girl drum corps queen in Rio's Carnival. Now most people would see this as a little worrying. But not the little girl's father.

"Any man who looks at a seven-year-old child and feels any sort of excitement should go see a doctor," he said.

But that is not a great defense, it's pretty crap actually. And it's not just the fact that he is putting her in a very sexual role that is usually played by scantily clad grown women. (See above photos) but also, she is going to have to samba through the streets in the summer heat for 80 minutes.

"She has the aptitude to be a drum corps queen - you'll see it tonight. She has a seriousness inside of her when she is on the stage."

Okay... but even if she does have the aptitude to play the part, don't you think you should maybe wait a while? Possibly till she's at least a teen? And even then...

Hopefully somebody comes to their senses and stops this soon, but then what? The poor little girl has been promised this role (that I don't think she properly understands), has been training for weeks and is obviously having lots of fun dancing, and would be heart-broken if it was taken away. I don't think whoever organized this has really thought it all through properly. It was a bit of a stupid decision to make.


Bonds Babytails. These little pants are so super sweet and adorable that they are now among my all time favorite baby clothes. They cover up your average disposable nappies, and add a little bit of attitude on those hot days when bub wants to be clothes free. And not only are they cute but they are useful too, take it from a mum who's got a toddler in the midst of a nakey phase. It hampers his ability to get to those little velcro tabs. Perfect. :)

Friday, February 05, 2010

awwww yeah...

We have broadband again! Only half an hour ago I was on the net waiting several minutes to load 1 news story on ninemsn, all the while wondering if someone was trying to call me on the phone. Now I can have hotmail, twitter, blogger, facebook & chuck in some ravelry into the mix as well, while I talk away on the phone. :D And what timing!...Bub has just gone down for a nap. Ahhhh. :)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

so lovely...

I watched the movie for the first time the other day and it is now one of my all time favorites. One of those movies to watch when you just want to put your feet up, have a cup of tea and relax.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

sweet & simple...

I absolutely adore these rustic silver necklaces from Madison Reece Designs. They are so simple that it is something that I could wear everyday, but so sweet & meaningful that they would still be really special. Loving them. Look them up on Etsy and you can love them too! :)