Monday, February 28, 2011

Toddlers & Tiaras with Tom Hanks




I have always loved Tom Hanks. Such a brilliant and charismatic actor. Loved him in Big, Splash, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, I could go on and on.


But watching this clip gave me a newfound love and respect for him. Watch above, as he shows his comical talent in a fake clip for Toddlers and Tiaras. His daughter obviously has a great sense of humour too.

2011 Best Picture Nominee Posters in LEGO Form




























And the Oscar goes to:





Posters via Old Red Jalopy


Currently - The February '11 Edition

Current Book (s): Magazines have been the flavour of this month. Good Taste, Real Living, Cosmo Pregnancy and Home Beautiful.


Current Playlist: These sweet tunes have been on rotation this month;
  • Adele - Turning Tables. This song is so beautiful, I love Adele so very much.
  • Gypsy & The Cat - The Piper's Song. Super hip cool song from this Melbourne duo. This song has been trashed on Triple J but I still love it.
  • Architecture in Helsinki - Contact High. Highly anticipating their new album. Love these guys.
  • Arcade Fire - Modern Man. Such a top song from a great album.
  • Robortom feat Au Revoir Simone - Paganini Rocks. Heard this song on Triple J recently and fell in love.
  • The Naked And Famous - Young Blood. A little commercial but cute nonetheless.
  • Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime. This song makes me want to dance. On a beach. In Spain or Greece.
  • Radiohead - High & Dry. One of my favourite Radiohead songs. 
  • John Lennon - Beautiful Boy. This one is for mu husband and my soon-to-be son. Such sweet lyrics.

Current Shame - Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Wearing PJ's till noon some days? Letting Abi watch Toy Story 3 whenever she wants. Now we BOTH know all the words.



Current Colour: Blue and Grey for baby clothes.


Current Drink: Water. Mineral water. Gaviscon. I know this is terrible, but I am enjoying a McDonald's ice coffee nearly every week, they are delicious.


Current Food: Salt n vinegar Smiths chips, Chocolate paddlepops, home made raita and tzatziki, pasta, lamb meatballs, stir fry.


Current Favourite Show: Big Love, Man vs Wild, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, The Office.



Current Wishlist: To fall asleep quickly. It's taking me AGES to get to sleep. Pregnancy insomnia!


Current Needs: Pack baby bag. Pack hospital bag. Wash baby clothes that I received at the baby shower yesterday. Get haircut. Get waxed.


Current Triumphs: We chose carpet for the new house, found a dining room table and finalised the dining chairs we want. James also cleaned out the master bedroom of the apartment and we have de-cluttered majorly. Poor Mum, her house is now full of our stuff though. Bless her.


Current Bane(s) of my Existence: Trips to the toilet. Constantly rolling around in bed trying to get comfortable.


Current Celebrity Crush: Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars.

If I saw that walking down the street, I would POUNCE!


Current Indulgence: Have recently purchased some new Peter Alexander PJs and nice things for the hospital stay.


Current #1 Blessing: James and Abi are truly my blessings. James has taken on the role of chef in the house and has BLOWN ME AWAY with his culinary skills. Last night he made tumeric rice with tandoori chicken skewers and cumin raita. It was amazing. Last week, he made lasagne and meatloaf too. I'm stoked my husband loves to cook!

Last night's meal was delish!!


Current Slang or Saying: A few hormonal meltdowns in the last few weeks. Every day I ask my husband, I wonder what baby will look like? I wonder what we will name him? Lots of wondering going on here.


Current Outfit: Birkenstock thongs, Gap maternity shirts, linen pants, jersey dresses.


Current Excitement: 38 weeks pregnant today. Holy Dooly. Baby's birthday is ALMOST here. I'm so excited. Also, the house renovations have really stepped up a notch and are in full swing. We can't wait to move to the burbs and settle as a cosy family of 4. Abi has also started to dress herself and take an interest in what she wears. Check out one of her combo's below.



Current Mood: Excited. Nervous. Happy. Content.


Current Link:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Flashback Friday.




Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole


This song makes me weep when I listen to it. I'm so excited and anxious about the birth of my little wee one, so soon. And hearing this just sets off the tears.


Happy weekend everyone,


xxx

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Purchases

Peter Alexander Wide Leg pants for the hospital


Peter Alexander Long Pants for the hospital



3 x Lovable feeding singlets for the hospital



3 x Lovable Maternity Feeding bras... Very sexy...



1 x Country Road newborn onsie for the hospital



1 x Country Road beanie for the hospital

1 x Country Road baby blanket for the hospital

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Renovation Update

Had a jam packed day today.

Woke up to cherry pickers beep beep beeping downstairs at the wharf, clipping trees at 8am. Blergh. They woke up both Abi and me. James worked from home today and was already awake.

We headed off to Prospect to sign off on the new kitchen and bathroom vanities so they are starting the cutting tomorrow.

Then we drove to Mum's house to drop off a car load of stuff from the apartment to de-clutter before baby comes. I feel better knowing I can move around the bedroom now, without tripping over Christmas presents in gift bags and boxes of Abi's old small clothes.

A quick lunch stop in the Hills, then headed to the new house to inspect the progress and make a few decisions about things. It was super hot and I always feel sorry for the boys working in the house. I know they are probably used to the heat.

Here are some photos of the new house, it's really coming along and although I have distanced myself from the renovation, because it was getting WAY too stressful, I was super excited when I left the house today. I can't wait to see the final project and then move in!


This is the spare room. It's quite small but looks better after a clean out.



Spare room wardrobe. Not sure if we will keep this current set-up or buy something from Ikea to replace it.



New bath in the main bathroom. Waterproofing finished too which is what you see. The colour of the walls will change.



Waterproofing finished where the vanity will go in the main bathroom.



This will be the nursery. Lots of work still to do.



This is my HUGE butler's pantry. Currently where I am standing will be a long island bench in the kitchen. All my appliances will be in the pantry with lots of shelves and bench space.



The double shower in the master ensuite. We will have a rainshower head above as well as a hand held shower too. I love double showers!



Waterproofing finished in the master ensuite. We will have a double built in vanity here with a new window too.



This small bedroom next to the master ensuite will now become the walk in robe. Not much work done on this room yet.



This is the 1st thing you see when you walk into the house. This is the formal living area but we aren't sure what we will do with this room. I'd like a stand-alone fireplace here eventually. And possibly bi-fold doors which will lead outside.



This is the view from the front door. Formal living on the right, and the main part of the house in the middle. It looks much smaller in photos. The room is quite long and open.



This is another spare room which I will use as my study. Yes, my own study. James has a seperate studio located at the side of the house.



Here is Abigail's playroom. I'm standing in the middle of the room, so you can imagine how big the full room is. That end doorway leads into a large sized storage room.


Abi's room with her ensuite in the background.



Taken from inside the storage room at the end of the house. Nice big windows to let the light in =  no mouldy anything!!



New back fence which had to be replaced. It had a huge hole in it and we could literally see into our neighbours yard. The garden needs ALOT of work.



View from Abi and Jnr's playroom into the yard. The pool is a lovely shade of green because the pool pump broke years ago and the old owner never bothered to fix it. So god knows how long it's been since the pool was cleaned. We are draining the pool, doing a full acid wash and also buying a new pump!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Flashback - July 2008

I'm feeling very maternal today and looking at photos of when Abigail was born. I can't believe in a few weeks, I will have another newborn again.

I'm a little nervous about giving birth in Australia. Abigail was born in Singapore and my birth experience over there was fantastic. The level of care, the amount of attention, support and advice I received was outstanding.

I have heard horror stories of maternity wards, cravy midwives and lazy Obgyns but I know I am in good hands. My Obgyn is very qualified and respected. I feel very confident in his hands.



Here I am, in Abigail's nursery, the night before she was born. I loved that blue tee. I wore it everywhere in the last few weeks of my pregnancy and the local Singaporeans loved it too.




Here is Abigail, 3 days old. I look a mess of course, I forgot how little she was.



This is Abigail and I on discharge of the hospital. On my left was one of my favourite midwives who cared for me. On the right is the Head Lactaction Consultant who was fantastic. She was firm but supportive and understanding. The language barrier wasn't much of an issue, the hospital I gave birth in catered for locals but mostly expats.



Lotus Flower vs Single Ladies

I am a huge Radiohead fan. And on Saturday their new album, The King of Limbs, was released worldwide. I eagerly waited for my 1st listen and while I'm not 100% in love with the new sound, the 1st single is interesting.


Of course, nowadays so many people have so much time on their hands that hilarious videos get made overnight such as this.


Check out Thom Yorke dancing in his new film clip Lotus Flower, dubbed over Single Ladies by Beyonce. Yes, it's silly. But I'm pregnant and bored. And it doesn't take much to make me laugh at the moment.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Story Time!

Here are Abigail's current favourite books. We are big fans of Dr Seuss in our house!

The Bears Holiday is a tale about Baby Bear learning all the important things about going on a holiday to the beach. Papa Bear teaches Baby Bear some safety rules on and off the land. Abi's favourite part is when they go underwater to explore and encounter a grumpy whale.


This is a fantastic book to read. The illustrations are fantastic and the story has a great blend of rhythm and repetition. The story is quite wacky but Abi seems to love it even more with every read. Highly recommend this book.



We have been reading this book for a few months now. Only recently has Abigail really understood that there is a real baby in my belly. She knows this story word for word. Her favourite part is when they talk to the baby through the imaginary "tummy telephone". Abi has now insisted we do this with my belly and we often talk to the baby throughout the day, telling him all about life outside the womb. My favourite part is when the little boy in the story is impatient and wants to meet his little brother but the Daddy insists that "the door is closed rather tight". Haha, what a way to put it, Mummy's cervix is CLOSED!


Wanted: Be@rbricks







I have quite a few Be@rbrick figurines and would love to add these cool guys to my collection. Abi would love them just as much as me, I'm sure.

Flashback Friday.



Fleetwood Mac - Landslide


I was fortunate enough to see Fleetwood Mac live in Sydney in 2009. Stevie Nicks is a living legend. She is amazingly talented. I cried when they sang this song, one of my favourite FM songs, Landslide.


Happy Friday everyone,


xxx

Monday, February 14, 2011

Song of the day




My favourite song from a great Australia film, Somersault.


Im lucky enough to have seen Decoder Ring play live a few times and they are spectacular.


I love the town of Jindabyne. I have visited this town every year for nearly my whole life. It's the last town before some of the biggest skifields of NSW. The film was confronting and intense. The soundtrack was brilliant, every song had its place in the movie.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

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