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Playing catch-ups…

1 Dec

At the start of 2013 I made the decision to stop blogging. It was never meant to be forever but at that stage, and the many months that followed, I made the decision to spend what little spare time I had doing other things. During those many months we announced our second pregnancy, I started a new job 3 days per week but then had to cut down to 2 when I got sick for weeks and weeks with chest and sinus infections, Angus started daycare (which we call preschool) 2 days per week, we went on holidays to Noosaville for 2 weeks in March and Hobart for 1 week in July, we renovated the backyard, and most significantly, we welcomed our dear Wesley Morrison Carrick into our family in late August.

And that’s just the very abridged version. Phew.

So why the return to Carrickature now?

Well, it’s largely mother-guilt. Angus had so many posts about him and records kept. Classic first child. Wesley, on the other hand, is at risk of having nothing written about his growth and development aside from observations made on the fly.

I want to be intentional in recording those precious early days. This is, in essence, his baby book, as it was for Angus. In fact, at the end of 2012, shortly after his first birthday, I collated the various “Angus: month by month” posts and made a hard-copy book using the free Kikki K software. Something for him to hold and to be passed around at family gatherings. By first writing those observations here I can also share them with family and friends who we see too seldom.

It’s also a place to record and share other random things in life; things I’ve made, particularly tasty recipes I want to share, observations, and so on. It’s not meant to be a retrospective deep and meaningful stream of consciousness blog because that’s not me.

So here we are, back on the interweb and keen to try again. It may work, it may not. Again, if anything is going to be put in the too-hard basket it will be this blog. Life with two small boys is wonderful but it’s also immensely time-consuming! But I’ll give it a go and would be more than happy for you to come along for the ride.





Fun at the park

28 Nov




Library fun

11 Aug

They have fun toys at our local library


They also have lots of books on low shelves, perfect for pulling off


And finally, here is my child filing himself. I don’t think he’s following the Dewey Decimal System.


15 May

We had the arborist and his merry men visit today to do some work on our trees. We had three removed and one pruned of dead wood. Whilst it’s always sad to see trees removed (especially in the inner city), these were all causing major issues like knocking down the neighbour’s fence, growing into power lines, and digging up our laundry. Now they’re gone we can start planning the Jamie Durie Balinese-inspired outdoor room that Myles has always wanted. Ha.

Oh and I was a just a wee bit disappointed that no one actually yelled out “tiiiimmberrr” as the large branches came down.










Mother’s Day

14 May

I had a lovely first Mother’s Day. It started well with Angus sleeping from 6:30pm to 6:20am with no overnight feed! We then went out for breakfast at Luxe followed by a walk in the sun down to church. Lunch consisted of more pastry goodness, this time from Black Star. We pottered around the house in the afternoon, Angus tried out his new high chair, and finished the day with soup and toast as we channel surfed between Masterchef, The Block, Swamp People and a Compass special on hospital chaplaincy (we like to mix it up).





We’ve moved in!

30 Dec

It was wonderful to be able to spend Christmas in our new home. The removalists came on the 20th and we have been making good progress unpacking stuff since then. Photos of the house to come!



Chief Moving Day Babysitter aka Grandpa

There will be a slight delay…

22 Dec

…in updating the blog because the camera battery has gone flat and I don’t know where I packed the charger!


Type in "unpacking boxes" into Google Images and this comes up. In no way (AT ALL) does this image reflect the state of "unpacking boxes" in our new house. Look at her! I mean, honestly! Look at her! When I get the camera working I might take a photo of my frazzled self with my frazzled baby in our frazzled house and see if Google wants it. Search for it under "real life".