Saturday, January 31, 2009

Count Rudey

Jack has gone another day without the dummy and he is talking a lot more. Since he has turned two, he has been naked nearly everyday. I'm so glad the blog is private because I never would have posted these cute videos before.

Friday, January 30, 2009

A New Chapter Begins

I went back to work full time this week for the first time since Jack was born. I have some mixed feelings about this but overall the week went remarkably well, better than I could have hoped. Jack spent 3 days this week with his Nanna and Pop and everyday he came home with some new words and a story to tell about 'chooks','brown dog buddy' and the 'fire truck.' Today he went the whole day without his dummy which he hasn't done since he was born.

Every afternoon after work the whole family jumped in the pool, we had home cooking for afternoon tea and we cooled off after the 37 c days. Last night we were even treated to a bbq for dinner.

After much deliberation I know we have made a good choice for our future.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Little Aussies

We had snags on the barbie at John and Jule's place to celebrate being Aussie's today.

Grace and Bethany are always adorable and Jack took control of the water fight early in the game.

We had homemade pav and lamingtons. We drank beer and ate Stu's famous chicken wings. It was a beautiful way to end the summer holidays.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jack's painting

This is what we did this afternoon when we should have been folding and putting washing away :)

Jack Duncan - The Pre School Chef

Jack made lamingtons for our Australia Day celebrations tomorrow. He put all of the coconut on the cakes after I had iced them. In the video below he makes the last lamington on his own.

And the finished product looks just like a bought one.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Something for the girls

Last night we put the kids to bed (left the dads at home) and drank champagne and sang along with Delta for 3 hours.

Just wanted to let you know - WE HAD THE BEST TIME EVER!

Jack did help me to get ready.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Banana Cake

Jack and I did some cooking for Dad today. Here is the recipe.

Add 2 bananas.

Add 2 tbs of golden syrup and 3/4 cup of sugar.

Do some cheesy mixing.

Add 1 cup flour and 1 egg and cook for 40mins.


Here is the original recipe.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Since the beginning of the school holidays Jack has been wearing undies around the house for parts of the day. Every half hour we would go the the toilet and nothing would happen and every now and then we would clean up a puddle and say 'oh well, next time we'll do it on the toilet.'

As soon as everyone left the party today Jack stripped off and put some undies on and he played with his new toys while Stu and I cooked dinner. He came inside and said 'wet' and passed me his undies. I took the undies and told him they were dry so I asked him if he wanted to go to the toilet and he nodded. Off we skipped to the toilet AND THEN HE DID A WEE!

We were so excited and he said, 'wee like Kai.' He had seen Kai do a wee on the toilet during his party. We raced around and found him a chocolate and we cheered and called Nan R to celebrate.

Birthday Party

Jack has had the best day today. 5 of his best friends and his family and our friends all came to play for an afternoon party. We spent hours baking and setting up chairs and shopping but it was all worth it. It was a perfect sunny day and not a cloud in the sky. We are lucky it was only 29C today because it has been up to 37C this week.

The kids enjoyed The Night Garden cake and not one of them noticed the lumpy parts of the icing which caused me so much stress. They all took a character home. When Jack saw his cake yesterday he said 'TWO' and we later caught him testing the flavour. (There was some patch work to be done.)

Jack loved showing off his new train table and cubby. His friends bought such wonderful gifts, he spent half the time opening a present here and there. His Grandpa came all the way from China yesterday and had some stories to tell and Robyn came from Melbourne to stop by with her lovely girls.

If I close my eyes - I wish this could last forever.

Jack turns TWO

Dad stayed up until 2am building this train table. It's bigger than we thought it was!

Jack was SO excited about this kitchen too. He skipped from the trains to the kitchen and back again.

We had Jack's favourite breakfast, french toast and he cheered for the trains.
He is excited about his party. He keeps reminding us he's 'TWO!'

Friday, January 16, 2009

He's going to be TWO!

I loved making this invitation.... now to get onto that cake!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Be Jealous

We had the most wonderful time in Durras this week.

We met some of the locals....

...who chased Jack's mum. SCARY!

Jack rode his motor bike and we went on the ferris wheel at the carnival.

Jack made us cups of tea.

We spent a day at the beach.

Stu ate oysters and prawns and Jack's mum - she read a book on the beach.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fish Bed Part 3

For the first week, Jack fell out of the fish bed every other night. Now that he has got that sorted he has had night terrors for the past two nights. I just pull up the mattress beside the bed until he goes back to sleep. He is enjoying the freedom of being able to get himself up after his naps but tonight he didn't want to go to bed at 8 o'clock so he laid beside his door until.... he fell asleep at 8.15.

I remember those days when I went to bed at 12 and slept in until 10.30 on a Saturday. How our lives have changed!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The 4th Christmas

T & K came to visit Royalla today for Christmas. Jack was quick to discover they were heaps of fun and he immediately started to follow them everywhere they went.

When they wandered off he called them to come back, 'GIRLS!!!'

Molly won some cuddles with her Great Nan while the crazy kids turned blue in the freezing cold pool.

And Molly got this jumping castle for Christmas which the cousins and Jack had a good time on.