Pretty ballerinas

My original post for today seems to have disappeared?!

We are at ballet this morning – have started at a new school with some kindy friends.


So much fun!

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The mummy mafia but not as you know it

Love Bug’s kindy friends have brought me a new group of friends too. They are girls I really like and make the whole community spirit feel alive for me. Some of our kids will go to big school together next year, some will go to another school nearby.

We have started hanging out together in the kindy front garden at pick up on Thursdays and Fridays. It started with a couple of the kids climbing the trees in the garden and grew from there. Love Bug campaigns parents as soon as they arrive for their kids to play in the trees before we all head home.

Lots of conversations happen in the garden about kindy, school, family, life, mumma stuff, girlie stuff. Great conversations. Funny conversations. Supportive conversations.

There are often snacks and there are sometimes drinks. Yesterday we chatted over a glass of champagne for my birthday and snacked on tasty morsels made and brought by the mummas while our monkeys swung in trees. The mummy mafia, but not as you know it.

For me, our particular mummy mafia is the one of the highlights of being a mumma who belongs to a fabulous community.

mummy mafia

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Best birthday pressie ever

It’s my birthday today. Love Bug made such a big deal of it this morning and we had pressies on my bed. Gifts from my critters and friends near and far and birthday cake for breakfast {with thanks to grandma}. Lots of happy cheering and cuggles – what a fabulous start to the day!


My early birthday present came yesterday though, in the form of a call from our vet: Bella’s tumor is benign. It’s large and in her liver so they’re going to repeat all of the tests in another 12 weeks to make sure it hasn’t grown. The tumor itself isn’t an issue as it is, but if it grows it will have an impact on other things. All together now hip, hip, hooray!

Would you like to do something for me on my birthday? {Is it cheeky to ask for a birthday present? Oh well!} Please share this post about Miles – he’s still in need of a new home and his family only have a couple of weeks to find one for him.

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When did you get so tall?

Love Bug has just had her immunisations and health check which all Australian kids have when they turn 4. They nurse and doctor ask a lot of questions of the parent to ascertain if the child is where they need to be and is equipped to head into the school preparation program at daycare {wait, what?}.

They do a standard medical: eyesight, hearing, height, weight, etc. Love Bug is healthy and everything works as it should. She’s still still on the lower quadrant of the height and weight chart, but on the same trajectory she’s been on since she was about 18 months: petite says the doctor.

You can see this when she’s with other kids her age, but when it’s just her she looks so much bigger some days. Like today.

When did you get so tall?

when did you get so tall

Maybe she’s sleeping with her feet in fertiliser?

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In an instant

Love Bug’s Fairy God Mother got totally into the spirit over the weekend – simultaneously thrilling and terrifying Fairy God Daughter’s friends at her kindy birthday celebration – well, her outfit did at least. Isn’t it spectacular?

FGM and FGD - 25 January 2014

A few hours later FGM was at home, sitting up in bed reading. Her husband and dogs were downstairs. There was a crack and in the next moment a tree had pierced the roof and snapped the bed in half.

FGM Karli must have had her own FGM looking over her, because she is okay. She is battered and bruised and shocked, but she is alive. With no major damage to her {their home is another story entirely}. Had she been laying down, or had her husband been in bed with her, things would have been different.

In an instant. In an instant their home had become a war zone. In an instant her husband thought he’d lost his wife. In an instant the roof came crashing in on the bed. In an instant the tree which pierced the roof directly above her head somehow only managed to really damage her foot.

Thank DOG, heaven, guardian angels or whatever it was that kept her safe. Thank them all and thank them over and over. Thank goodness FGM’s husband is a strong man who was in the room in seconds pulling away the rubble covering her and guiding her to safety. Thankfully we live in a country where we have fabulous emergency services who were at their home quickly to ensure they were safe.

We love you Karli and are so incredibly glad you are okay. You’re way too important to us for you to be anywhere but walking the earth with us. Even if you are wearing wings! x

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Give a mate a hand on Australia Day

Mateship is a value Australians hold dear. Lots of dogs will be out with their families today, probably sharing a little more from the BBQ than they usually would – because it would be un-Australian not to share with your best mate.

give a mate a hand on australia day

If you happen to see a mate who looks like he’s lost. Or someone brings a new mate along to your Australia Day celebrations, ask about the dog. If you are driving somewhere and see a dog that looks like it may be lost, hurt or frightened, please take five minutes out of your day to stop and make sure the dog is okay.

Do you recognise me?

Wilson is a rescue dog who went missing from his new home in Annandale in Sydney just before Christmas, after a break-in at his new home. He’s a kelpie x cattle dog with a dash of german shepherd too – the quintessential little Aussie mate. You can read more about him here.

If you see a dog you think might be him, please call the Wilson hotline {this number is manned 24/7} on +61 456 074 700.

Only then can you throw another shrimp on the barbie … or if you’re anything like us, a vegetarian sausage. Happy Australia Day!

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Silent Sunday {uh-mazing cake!}

Aunty Shannon outdid herself. Truly.

Check out this uh-mazing cake!


Love Bug is a very happy four year old, with an awesome Aunty!

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