Monday, 14 April 2014

Project Memphis - 20 weeks

Project Memphis is definitely well under way!

Here is our 20 week photo, our 5th in the series!  I can't believe he is 20 weeks already!
At the moment we are keeping the photos in a cheap little photo album, but once this project is complete I think I'd like to make a really nice photo book out of it!

This is getting harder to do as he is going through a stage where e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g goes in to his mouth!  So he tried to eat the photo.  At least 4 times ;)

20 weeks old <3 

Memphis at 20 weeks old

- 4.9kg
- 59cm
- Size: 0000 for seperates 000 for full suits
- worked out how to bounce himself in the bouncer
- giggles
- smiles
- coos
- "chats"
- "calls out"
- ticklish
- chewing hands/fingers a lot
- pulls toys to mouth
- enjoys play mat time
- pushes himself up during tummy time
- loves nappy being off
- has rolled tummy to back 5 times
- rolling from back to tummy all the time
- 3-4 hourly day feeds / sleeps 8/9pmpm - 4/5am
- showing signs of reflux

Feel free to enjoy a couple of adorable out-takes ;)  This isn't as cute and easy as it seems (ok ok... it is as cute hehe)

My beautiful happy boy!
Customary tongue-poking... it's genetic, I'm telling ya!
Scrunch up (and eventually try to eat!)
HAHA!! I moved it!  I'm funnnnnnny!!!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A balcony garden (55)

#55 - Start a garden

I never said anything about ensuring it lived?!  Hahah.  Summer killed it but we did get a garden started and we enjoyed cherry tomatoes, lots of fresh herbs in our food, strawberries and some pretty flowers!

Because we rent we can really only function with a balcony garden - it works well enough :)

Zavian harvests some cherry tomatoes
Basil - easily one of my favourites
Freshly picked strawberries
One each!  Check how dry the yard is!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Photo storage (4)

#7 - Organise loose photographs into one place

Nothing makes you clean out a room like having a baby.  My "office" had become the official dumping ground from hell... oh my god... cleaning it stunk of effort.  And whilst pregnant?!  Ugh!  But, we had to.  Lexi moved in to the office and Memphis got her old room (though he still sleeps in our room!)
This mass clean up called for me to do something about the random photos I have laying around.  Packets of prints that have never come out of the packets, school photos, santa photos, theme park photos, this that and the next thing.
Easy fix, I wasn't going for fancy - I was going for efficient.  A long plastic tub on wheels, that rolls under Lexi's bed?  Done.  $12 well spent.  And when it's full (ok so the not-to-distant future) I will get another that stacks on top.  Winning.

And no - this doesn't need a picture haha.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Easy scrolls!

I won't lie - I'm a fan of anything easy.
And things that don't require a million hours of kneading, rising, kneading some more...

440g Self Raising Flour
375g of greek or natural yoghurt (I use greek)

Mix it up, give it a bit of a knead to form a dough.  Wa-la.  Simple, easy, ready to use.  Dough you don't have to proove.

I use this for pizza bases and scrolls.  Top/fill as you please.  For scrolls, roll it out and top, roll in to a tube, slice, and pop together fairly close.  Bake at 180C until they are lovely and golden.

Ham, cheese, pineapple on a tomato base
Vegemite and cheese works a treat, too

Cinnamon!  Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon (to taste)
Top with icing (icing sugar, vanilla, smidge of water)

Please donate!

As I scrolled through my 101 in 1001 list today I realised I had for number 81 - Donate to an important charity or cause.  Oh my gosh, I thought... can so get that done!  I'd forgotten this goal until today.

In May this will be ticked off with the help of my four year old.  With us helping her to help out The Heart Foundation.  (Because she can't use social media and we will of course be digging deep to help her out).

My generous little preppie
Alexis is the main one behind this - people are generously donating to her for her participation in Jump Rope for Heart.  She's been fundraising since the beginning of March and and has raised almost $2,000.  Today it stands at $305 in cash donations, $1,540 in online donations.

She caught the attention of the folks behind Jump Rope who sent her page to a PR lady with The Heart Foundation who rang and had a chat.  They're pretty impressed by the drive of a 4 year old to raise money.  They sent an email to our local news paper who came to report on a nice community story.  Because a community is getting behind her and helping her out.  (Widely spread community!)  She'll be in next weeks issue!  Very exciting!   A photographer and reporter came out yesterday and whilst she wasn't exactly forthcoming in answering a single questions (let's face it, she is 4!), she was able to tell him that she is doing this for people with "sore hearts and broken hearts".  

I am so proud of her.

Please donate if you can, or share her link to help her to reach (and hopefully bypass) her goal.  What an amazing cause.  The Heart Foundation is a cause close to our heart - our son Memphis was born with a hole in his heart and this has been the driving force behind our family rallying together to help Lexi raise this money.

Please click:  Lexi's Jump Rope donation page

Memphis and Lexi

Canvas of my own (2)

#2 - Print an image of mine to canvas

I take a lot of photos.
My kids can barely move without me shoving a camera in their face.  Yet, we have (had!) only one canvas in the house.  An image of Ty and I with the older two taken by someone else.
I have never actually printed an image of my own to canvas.

We don't have a lot of room for large canvas, the one we have in the lounge is huge, and well, we couldn't go much bigger!  We also rent so if I have to resort to using 3M hooks (which are shit in the heat I might add), I'd rather just have something lightweight - so small.

Using 123Cheese Photobooks, I ordered my first canvas - a happy, colourful picture of Memphis.  Smiling away in a bucket (he WAS meant to be asleep!)
I printed a 30x40cm canvas and I am really happy with it!  My new aim, by Christmas, is to have another canvas printed, slightly larger, of all three kids.  That is, if they let me get a decent photo (famous last words!!!!)

Smiley boy in his bedroom!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Australia Zoo (51)

51 - Take the kids to a zoo they haven't been to.

Oh my gosh we did this in JANUARY!  I am really rubbish at keeping this updated aren't I!!!  I have a few I really need to get crossed off of the list as they are complete (for instance my Penguin encounter... OVER A YEAR AGO.... ok I'll do that this week - I say now :P)

I love going to the zoo.  Have since a child.  My fondest zoo memories was a camp when I was 10 in New Zealand where our class went to see The Lion King (wow... that movie has been out 27 years!) and then we went to Wellington Zoo where we spent the night in a giant hall!  I still remember the sounds of lions roaring as we were all trying (pretending?) to nod off to sleep.

My three - chillin' with the Irwin's

Australia Zoo is on the Sushine Coast and conveniently located up the road from Ty's Godfathers house.  We headed up to visit rellies and chucked in a visit for our little family of 5.
We loved it!  Alexis and Zavian are at an age where that sort of experience is awesome to them.  They enjoyed seeing crocodiles and alligators, camels, tigers, koalas, kangaroos and a variety of other animals.  Both of them (and us!) enjoyed the hands on experiences with keepers who walked around with a variety of creatures.  Zavian was able to somewhat conquer his fear of scaley things!  He patted a snake, and hesitantly stood beside a baby alligator!
Lexi enjoyed every animal that she was able to touch but was particularly thrilled by being able to hand feed kangaroos and pose for photos with them!
Memphis even got to have a photo laying on a snake!!!

The only thing I was sad about was the fact there were no elephants.  Years ago I went and actually hand fed an elephant - amazing.  The three they had were the oldest in captivity in Australia.  Last year two of the three passed, so they moved the remaining elephant to her private land where she roams her final months/years without being in the public eye.  As much as I wanted to have a picture of Memphis and an elephant, I must say I am glad she is where she is.

Lexi says Hello to a blue tongue lizard
Having a rest on a tortoise
What else do you go for!?
Lexi was so excited to pat a koala!
She was also more excited about this than she looks!
Meeting a baby alligator is serious business!
My fave pic of the day!
The kids get to pat a sake and ask questions about him
Turtle spotting
Tasmanian Devil wearing it's cranky pants!
The baby animal patting zoo was a great hands on experience
My beautiful boy
Bird show in the Crocoseum
And a croc show!  Naturally!
Posing with famous Steve Irwin - Crocodile Hunter
This camel had a thing for Ty's beard (someone has to!)
She also really liked Memphis and gave him a kiss!!!
I adored the Africa section
Giraffes!  My fave!

Croc surfing, anyone?
It was a bit much for the wee-fella!
What an AWESOME job! 
Some sprinklers to cool us down on a cool day!
Kangaroo area was very much enjoyed by these two (the boys were asleep :( boo!)

Customary roo shot!
A quick ride to put a smile on his face!
Don't eat my baby!
Or my toddler!

Posing with Bindi!
My beautiful girl enjoyed her day!
**at some point I will scan in our photo of Memphis with the snake, and a photo of the whole family holding a python!