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Why we turned heads at the shops – Wordless Wednesday

We turned heads at the shops with this Spiderman get up!

My son made a few people laugh at the shops with this Spiderman get up!

I think this is one of the few times No.3 has seen ducks - such is the life of a third child who often misses the things his older siblings got to do every week :(.

I think this is one of the few times No.3 has seen ducks – such is the life of a third child who often misses the things his older siblings got to do every week :(.

Crazy selfies with my girl - trying to master the duck face!

Crazy selfies with my girl – trying to master the duck face!

Three chefs helping me make a cake - talk about a mission!

Three chefs helping me make a cake – talk about a mission!

Time to eat the batter, I think we actually only got about 12 to 15 cupcakes, the rest was eaten by the kids - they were having fun so MEH!

Time to eat the batter, I think we actually only got about 12 to 15 cupcakes, the rest was eaten by the kids – they were having fun so I didn’t care about the mess!

Umm have I got something on my face?

Umm have I got something on my face?

Licking the table clean because mum really doesn't care about table manners when it's cake making time!

Licking the table clean because mum really doesn’t care about table manners when it’s cake making time!

Just had to share this with you - it's been on my fridge for about six years, my lil' sister got it from overseas - makes me smile EVERY TIME I see it!

Just had to share this with you – it’s been on my fridge for about six years, my lil’ sister got it from overseas – makes me smile EVERY TIME I see it!

It’s Wednesday and I say NOTHING because it’s Wordless Wednesday:

Linking with three fantastic bloggers

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

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Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye

And Ai at Sakura Haruka

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Five interview questions I’ll be able to nail thanks to death stares, vomiting lunch boxes and five-year-old attitude!

Death stares, vomiting lunch boxes and some serious five-year-old attitude – this parenthood caper ain’t a picnic.

On horrific days I dream of blowing this popcorn stand for greener pastures, so I thought it wise to practice my interviewing skills.

See I wasn't joking about the death stare - seriously it's rather disturbing right? He gives Dexter a run for his money.

See I wasn’t joking about the death stare – seriously it’s rather disturbing right? He gives the Incredible Hulk a run for his money.

And here is the lunchbox vomit - putrid putrid putrid!

And here is the lunchbox vomit – putrid putrid putrid!

FIVE QUESTIONS I’LL TOTALLY BE ABLE TO NAIL DURING A JOB INTERVIEW NOW THAT I’VE HAD THREE KIDS:

1. How have you grown or changed over the past few years?

I successfully managed to gain 25kgs in nine months, and I didn’t just do it once, I did it THREE TIMES!!

My boobs grew to the size of a three-year-old’s head and my feet grew one shoe size – if that isn’t commitment to growing then I don’t know what is.

2. What are your strengths?

I am fluent in changing a swear word mid-sentence, muttering under my breath, sarcasm, white lies and telling off three children in one breath.

My ability to ignore annoying requests is also quite remarkable – especially those that involve craft, cooking and cleaning.

Here is No.3 desperately trying to find himself some food - umm - with a knife? Nah it's not a knife, truly (I hope)

Here is No.3 desperately trying to find himself some food in the dishwasher… with a knife? Nah it’s not a knife (I hope).

3. Are you a nice person?

Sure I am, especially to those who could potentially spit in my food if I moan about their crappy customer service skills.

I will also befriend and bribe buy treats for teachers and childcare workers, it can’t hurt to be a bit of a suck up!

4. What have been your achievements to date?

Oh that’s an easy one – I have totally nurtured and loved three bottles of plonk in one night, and lived to tell the tale!

Just kidding - these three souls here are my greatest achievements - notice No.3 has a crappy Magna Doodle while the others have iPads - it's because they are my favourites - just kidding, none of them are my favourite.

Just kidding, these three souls are my greatest achievements.

5. Why should we hire you?

Because I said so.

And because if I can survive having 3 kids in 3.5 years, including two boys who give Dennis the Menace a run for his money, then I deserve a psychologist for the rest of my life a shot!

Also, if you don’t I’ll probably get VERY ANGRY – and to quote David Banner: “You won’t like me when I’m angry”.

You totally can't beat old school Incredible Hulk right? Image source

You totally can’t beat old school Incredible Hulk right? Image source

How would you answer one of these questions? What has parenthood made you good at? Would you hire me?

Another crazy blog post I’m linking with Jess @ Essentially Jess

BTW – did you know I was Blogger of the Mo over at Essentially Jess for June – take a look HERE to find out if I would ride a puppy or a camel!


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A guest post from a travelling teddy – be warned – he’s got attitude!

(This is a guest post by WALT – aka West Australian Lone Traveller – who is backpacking around the country).

It’s no wonder Emily is a slice short of a sandwich most days – this sure is one crazy, noisy household!

Thank goodness I always carry earmuffs when I travel, they have been my sanity saviour since I arrived here on the Gold Coast.

And not they're not too big for me, I just have small ears

And no they’re not too big for me, I just have small ears.

Anyhow I landed safely, much to the delight of Emily – and yes she a bit ‘too friendly’ if you know what I mean – we’d only just met for goodness sake.

See what I mean? Talk about being over enthusiastic to see me.

See what I mean? Talk about being over enthusiastic to see me.

Her kids are adorable, except when they are trying to feed me popcorn. Can’t they see that I have no mouth opening?

I sure was a hit with the kids - they thought I was beary nice!

I sure was a hit with the kids though – they thought I was beary nice!

My arrival was timely because No.2 had to visit the hospital, get an X-ray, a blood test and so I was there to hold his hand, well not literally of course because I’m a stuffed toy (dir).

Sure was a noisy waiting room, and that Emily sure took lots of photos, rather embarrassing if you ask me!

Sure was a noisy waiting room, and that Emily sure took lots of photos, rather embarrassing if you ask me!

I meet some new friends, like a pink chipmunk who copied everything I said and an annoying lizard who kept licking my ear – talk about a family with personal space issues.

See what I mean, he's practically nibbling my ear!

See what I mean, he’s practically nibbling my ear – UGH GROSS!

Like every good traveller I offered to do a few odd jobs around the home to earn my keep.

I was secretly hoping Emily would say: “No, don’t worry, sit back and relax” instead she handed me a wrench and said: “See you in a few hours”.

What a mole – seriously.

This toy house needed some serious work done, I mean I know Emily is busy but come on folks, talk about SLACK maintenance

This toy house needed some serious work done, I mean I know life is busy but COME ON FOLKS, talk about slack maintenance.

This wasn't my idea, I DETEST hanging out washing, it's my arms you see, they're just not made for it.

This wasn’t my idea, I DETEST hanging out washing, it’s my arms you see, they’re just not made for it.

But it wasn’t all bad, I was lavished with love, slept in the bed with each of the kids on alternative nights.

I even snuck out to Surfers Paradise to go clubbing when everyone was asleep!

This is me the day after my big night on the town, talk about the dry horrors!

This is me the day after my big night on the town, talk about the dry horrors!

So just a few more days left before I leave (or until Emily gets her shit together) and I’ll be on my way.

If you want to read about my adventures head over to Jacana blog – this is where I’m from, the lovely Susan rescued me from a thrift shop and sent me on a journey around Australia with a backpack and a travel journal.

Where will I be next ? I’m pretty sure I overheard someone saying something about NSW!

See you next week @ Jacana for Totally Thursday

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(P.S If you don’t already ‘follow’ Emily’s blog – go on – and if you do, tell her WALT send you).

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Looking back in time to those years BC – before kids!

Here’s a collection of some of my favourite photos of our honeymoon in Vanuatu.

While we drank lots of cocktails by the pool, we also visited numerous islands, swam with turtles and even saw an active volcano.

One of the highlights was flying to Pentecost Island to witness land diving – a rite of passage for many locals.

We actually got stranded there overnight because the landing strip, a grass paddock, was too muddy for the teeny tiny plane to land!

But we found the other airstrip by the light of the moon, meet local villagers and slept on concrete pillars until the plane arrived the next morning – it was truly fantastic 🙂

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Showing some of my “Favourite Photos” with The Lounge – hosted by Tegan @ Musings of the Misguided

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The past five years in birthday cakes – Wordless Wednesday

I have no idea why I choose the most time-consuming cake to make for my first-born! But I did it all by myself - kinda proud of it I have to say

I have no idea why I choose the most time-consuming cake to make for my first born! I painted the white horses, tied ribbons around them, and used tweezers to put every single cachous on. And don’t even get me started on the royal icing – but I did it all by myself – kinda proud of it I must say.

Next was my daughter's 2nd birthday cake :)

Next was my daughter’s 2nd birthday cake :).

Following closely by my son's first birthday dinosaur!!! Complete with Hersey kisses for spikes - YUMMO

Following closely by my son’s first birthday dinosaur!!! Complete with Hersey kisses for spikes – YUMMO.

ANOTHER butterfly for my girl's 3rd birthday, made the night before, I had a toddler, was pregnant with No.3 and it was quick and easy!

ANOTHER butterfly for my girl’s 3rd birthday, made the night before, I had a toddler, was pregnant with No.3 and it was quick and easy!

My boy's second birthday party - another easy peasy one as I had 3-month-old and a 3.5 year old - Kids loved it so who cares!

My boy’s second birthday party – another easy peasy one as I was pretty busy with a 3-month-old and a 3.5-year-old at the time – kids loved it so who cares!

A princess cake for my daughter's 4th birthday!

A princess cake for my daughter’s 4th birthday!

This is her face as she saw it coming towards her!!

This is her face as she saw it coming towards her!!

A cupcake stack for my youngest boy's 1st birthday! Was kinda fun making the flowers and trying to get the right colour with mum helping me :)

A cupcake stack for my youngest boy’s 1st birthday! Was kinda fun making the flowers and trying to get the right colour with mum helping me :).

Just three months later my middle boy celebrated his 3rd birthday with this easy dino cake!

Just three months later my middle boy celebrated his 3rd birthday with this easy dino cake!

A simple numeral for my girl's 5th birthday - lots of greedy hands watching to grab a slice!

A simple numeral for my girl’s 5th birthday – lots of greedy hands watching to grab a slice!

My mum always made AMAZING birthday cakes for us kids and I want to try to continue that tradition on – even if it kills me!!!

You can do anything you put your mind to I reckon!

Another WW link up with…

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

My Little Drummer Boys

Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye

And Ai at Sakura Haruka


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A Tale of Two Sickies

Being sick ain’t the best of times.

In fact it’s the worst of times, especially the clean up.

I know you’ll forgive me for this very non-amusing post :(.

But after having sick kids for three weeks, and then catching the hurling bug this weekend – I have nothing left to give.

I told you I haven't been feeling myself!

I told you I haven’t been feeling myself!

I've just been a little - well - spaced out!

I’ve just been a little – well – spaced out!

Gastro hit our shores recently and I have always remained immune, until recently…

I was TOO cocky and posted this IG pic after how I was ready for sick kids - little did I know I would be sharing a spew bowl with my boy just 2 hours later :(

I was TOO cocky and stupidly posted this IG pic stating I was prepared for whatever the night would bring. Sadly two hours later the husband was holding this exact bowl and my boy and I were taking turns “talking” to it 😦 .

Looking a little worse for the wear - but how about my marshmallow dressing gown - HAWT or WHAT?

The day after – looking a little worse for the wear – but how about my marshmallow dressing gown – HAWT or WHAT?

The aftermath - NOICE!

The clean up – NOICE!

It just wouldn’t be a post from me without some non-bullet points:

1. The stomach cramps I had for about four hours felt like 3-5cm contraction pains or those HORRIBLE after-birth pains when the uterus is contracting. Remember them?

Men ask your wives to demonstrate the excruciating pain I’m talking about – maybe via a Chinese burn – go on Matt @ Dad Down Under and Kev @ the illiterate infant – I know you can handle it!

2. Having a husband who will clean-up spew, hold a bowl for you to hurl in and take over all household duties the next day – IS THE BEST.

3. It’s much more ‘fun’ being sick when you’re hungover, in fact often you don’t even remember doing it (not that I know from experience mum, people have just told me ;)).

Have I totally grossed you out? Do you remember those after-birth pains? Who cleans up your hurly burly?

A crappy IBOT post that I’m linking with Jess @ Essentially Jess


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Things you’ll NEVER hear me say – and a heartfelt thanks!

Every once in a while someone utters something that totally floors you!

Whether it’s your child loudly telling a random person that: “My mum sometimes has an itchy bum you know, just like me!”

Or hearing those three magic words from your husband/partner… “I’ll cook tonight!”.

I was searching for an image relating to children and worms and mums and this came up - quite funny me thinks!

I was searching for an image relating to children and worms and mums and this came up – quite funny me thinks!

In this vein, I thought I’d share a few things you will NEVER hear me say – and if you do – you have permission to shoot me on the spot.

I can’t wait to do Dry July again.
Seriously, I hate to sound like an old soak, even if the shoes fits, but I did this last year and it was soul-destroying. Seriously what mother, or person for that matter, can cope without ONE DROP of alcohol for 31 days?

So a big kudos to all those doing it, including Pip @ bub sweat and tears and Tegan @ Musings of the Misguided – may the force be with you and I’m glad I don’t have to live with you this month ;).

Aww go on, let’s have another child.
Seriously three is my dash, I’m already suffering from industrial deafness from the amount of screeching, crying and fighting that happens with my lot! Sorry what did you say?

Seriously these kids can pack some decibels! Image source

Seriously my kids can pack some decibels! Image source

Sure I’m fine with the fact you like to spell definitely with an ‘a’ eg definately.

Seriously people – I see it a lot in posts, FB updates and I cringe every time, and don’t even get me started on your and you’re.

No it’s okay, you don’t need to come and look after the kids for me.
When I just had one child I was hesitant to hand her over to my beloved and trusted mum. Nowadays I’ve got the car started and am sitting in it ready to leave as soon as she pulls up the driveway! In fact I don’t think I’ve refused an offer of help recently – you should seriously try it!

I'd even give The Road Runner a run for its money when it comes to leaving the house as soon as reinforcements arrive!  Image source

I even give The Road Runner a run for its (not sure if a boy or girl) money when it comes to leaving the house as soon as reinforcements arrive!
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What is something that you are likely to NEVER say? Or what are words you would be shocked to hear come out of your partner’s lips?

I’d also like to take this chance to say a heartfelt thanks so all of you who gave me advice, encouragement, support and compassion on my post about my middle boy earlier this week!

Nearly 50 amazing people took time out to comment and I wish I had time to thank you all in person!

You’ll be happy to know I’ve started a list of ways to help my precious, sensitive soul became a more confident, happy boy.

I took him out of daycare so he could go to the movie with his sister, she's on school holidays, so couldn't take just him - he had a ball though and laughed A LOT :) :)

I took him out of daycare this week so he could go to the movie with his sister, she’s on school holidays, so couldn’t take just him – he had a ball though and laughed A LOT 🙂 🙂

This blogging community is quite something you know – and I’m glad I stumbled upon it!

Flogging with the lovely Grace @ With Some Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday!