Saturday, May 31, 2008

Test Run

Today,, my hubby's auntie came over to look after my kids for a while,, It s a test run,, to see if Braiden will be alright to be left with someone....  We never usually leave him ,, we always tag him anywhere.. He usually gets agitated if he sees me leave .. He is good in preschool.. so he is used to it already,, but its different because he will be left at home...  But after a short explanation and a brief goodbye.. my hubby and I briskly went in the car ,, he was looking at the window and doesn't know if he is gonna cry or just wave bye... We had a heavy hearts   but we have to do it because on June 5 we have to go and watch Michael Buble concert... OMG its Michael Buble!!!!! its a long waited concert so we dont wanna miss it!!!! that's why we have to make sure Braiden will not throw  tantrums..  we went out for a coffee and walk around ,, came back after 1  1/2 hours... but auntie said he was really good .. whewwwww.. that made us very happy...
Thats what we usually do with him. set him up.. and keep on reminding him about the events that we are going to do,, so that he will know what to expect...

Monday, May 26, 2008

WIGGLE Time!!!!!

We had a good weekend.. We took the kids to the city to watch THE WIGGLES concert for UNICEF.

Special guests wereJimmy Barnes, Kate Ceberano, Beccy Cole, Damien Leith,
The McClymonts, Shannon Noll, Katie Noonan, Dein Perry,
Leo Sayer, Richard Wilkins, Ross Wilson, John Paul Young

The Wiggles, who were named UNICEF AUSTRALIA GOODWILL AMBASSADORS in February this year, performed ONE SHOW ONLY at the Sydney Entertainment Centre 
all profits going to UNICEF.

Since being named Ambassadors, The Wiggles have embarked on a number of activities and events to assist in raising awareness and funds for some vital projects that UNICEF does. “UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s agency and tries to gives all children, regardless of race or religion, the best start in life.

It was a good fun.. The kids loved it , they sung and dance along ...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just playing Monkey!!!!

Hu hu hu hu..

 That is what we do,, Having FUN!!!!
This was taken at Taronga Zoo..

Braiden and I 
 Joe and Micah

Playing around and loving every bit of it!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Love at First chat!!!

Love at First Chat... yes that is where we my hubby and I started..
It was one boring afternoon,  while I was doing some research at my sisters internet cafe place it; my nephew told me to go  on a chat room  and try to meet new friends.. he taught me how to do it,, and by that time I logged in and just reading the conversation..

One guy started saying hello to me and we just started a conversation,,, We knew that there was an instant sparkle  and a deep connection between us..  It was a pleasant meeting ..  We did not exchange emails at that time,, knowing it was just a good fun meeting someone,, but the next day we met again on a different chat room,, and that's when we knew that our paths are kept on linking to each other. It was our fate to be together...

And 8 years on,, here we are happily married and still loving each other.. that is why whenever I hear stories about online dating I cant help but smile whenever there is a success story..
My hubby and I also encourage my sister Jen to try joining an online dating,, and if she is a bit wary ,, there is no problem because there is an online dating reviews which is designed to help people find their match and sort out options..  You'll never know  the Mr Right  is just lurking around the corner waiting to be match with my sis..
Good luck to her....

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Eat your Veggies......!!!!!!!

Eat your veggies!!!!! Is that what you want your kids to do.... Eat vegetables without fuss and protest...

Just like other kids ,, my Braiden and Bianca are not fond of veggies,,, Braiden is more fussy than Bianca, but he eats lettuce and raw snap beans and that's it..
So I just wish he would eat more veggies .. So when I saw Jessica Seinfield on Oprah before promoting her book Deceptively Delicious I decided to try her recipe..
the way she incorporate the veggies into the food is to either puree or mash it and add that with the other ingredients..
And one afternoon I tried this recipe for Braiden and amazingly he ate it...

Cupcake batter
Non stick cooking spray
1 cup avocado puree
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup nonfat ( skim) milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 large egg whites
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 ( 8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese ( I used Philadelphia cheese)
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cauliflower puree ( steam it first and then puree)
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

1. Pre heat the oven to 350F Coat a 12 cup muffin tray with cooking spray
2. In a large mixing bowl beat the avocado puree, sugar, milk , vanilla and vinegar till smooth. Beat in the egg whites one at a time just until incorporated.
3. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and mix till smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake till the top are lightly browned and spring back to touch 15-20 mins.Turn out onto the rack to coo before frosting.
4. For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, sugar , cauliflower puree, vanilla and salt till smooth . Spread over the cooled cupcakes.
Serve it and enjoy it!!!!!!!! It is really yummy,, you cannot even taste the cauliflower,, and the avocado..

I asked Braiden to help me put some sprinkles on top of it to make it more appealing ,, you can also add chopped chocolate on top if you wish...

I've got some more recipes that I've tried and I 'll share it with you..

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

This is my entry for Wordless Wednesday


Found this Phone booth at the Dooralong Valley resort Australia... It is so cute that I have to take a picture of it.. But one thing that I did not do ,, is to try go inside and find out if the phone is really working... Just too afraid to go in ,, there might be some snakes... or worst a kangaroo..... he he he.....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Family that eats ice cream together.....

Yes.... The family that eats ice cream together stays together.......

This was taken at Wollongong with the light house on the background..

Just one of our weekend outing ... Take the kids for a drive,,, enjoy the scenery and eat Ice cream during the summer season last March...
It was a really humid day and by eating ice cream kept us cool......

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Birth of My Boy Braiden....

The Birth of my Precious boy Braiden Joseph 

It was a a scheduled birth meaning they already scheduled my Ceasarean section operation ,, It was on March 19, 2005..

It was a very tense moment for my husband and I because we dont know what to expect,, my 1st operation here in Australia,, although I've been seeing my midwife every now and then for checkups and antenatal care ,, we were still apprehensive about it..

Arrived the hospital and was admitted immediately. After doing all the usual preparation talks and signing of papers I was wheeled in the Operating Room.. IV fluids inserted.. then the most dreaded Epidural.
After that I was looking around for my husband because he was allowed inside with me in the OR,, with a worried face he came in,, quite hesitant to be there,, He is afraid of blood  ,, he get nervous when he  see such a big operattion,, but he was brave enough to be there with me..
And came along the most precious boy... When we first saw him ,, we just said that he is such a beautiful boy.
We knew right form the start that he will be such a precious bundle of joy
His birthweight       3240 Grams
Length                            50 Cm
Head                               34 Cm

Sharing with my birth pic .. I have to take take a pic of my scrapbook page ..

This is my first entry to the Pinoy Parenting Blog carnival hosted by blogger Joey MD
Thank you.

Friday, May 9, 2008

I've got a new look!!!!

Yes my Blogs' got a new look... Do you like it...??

My sister
JenL made this header for me .. Thanks sis....
It looks clean and easy to read... and that is what I want so that the readers wont have a hard time navigating their way here...
Since my blog is turning 3 months.. Yippee I know it will open more doors of opportunities for me.. So keep on visiting my site and see what's the latest..
Thanks you friends and blog hoppers ,, I owe it to all of you because if no one reads my blog then there will be no more inspiration for me to write...
Please check my other Blog
Aussietalks it has new fresh look too....

This was my old look.....

Thursday, May 8, 2008

My To Do List Update

An update on my to do list…

I’ve done with some of the list so far and I’m really tired,, because some of them took me how many hours to do.. 
I started one day cleaning up the oven and doing fixing my laundry room.. The oven,,, wow ,, it sparkles now.. I really used my elbow grease to clean it and the laundry I have to wash everything and keep it tidy..

I finished fixing the backyard,, pruned the plants and got rid of the weeds.. its like a jungle my friends… I felt good after clearing it out…

Started organizing the kids wardrobe first,, so summer clothes are kept away and winter are hanged and folded. Done some shopping too!!!

Finished ironing 2 basket load of clothes ,, whew………

Cleaned my car inside and out….,, put a cover for the backseat .. its spotless now.. although thit rained for a little bit the next day….. GRRRRRR……… I just cleaned the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I even waxed it……….

And the usual everyday things to do ,,, and mostly keep my hubby happy ,, cooked dinner everyday of the week… made sure dinner is ready when hubby comes home…

That is why my hubby was so impressed and asked me if I’m ok…
But the following day I was sick!!!!!!!!!!! And I still got a sore throat and a cough!!!! 

So my hubby was so appreciative of my efforts that he came home early yesterday and gave me flowers … very nice love…. And told my kids that Mommy has been good.. and he took Braiden for a bike ride and left me home so I can have a little rest while Bianca is sleeping… What a good hubby you are my dear Joe

It's good to have a list because it made me focus on the things that I need to do..
But also my work is never ending.. because there are more things to do... especially my kids who love to make a mess...
well see you later got to do some more chores........ :)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My To Do List

I was tagged by my sis JenL..
I hope I can do the list this week

1. I started fixing the backyard the other day,, taking out some weeds and pruning some plants,, haven't finish yet , so I hope I can accomplish it this week..

2. Finish organizing our wardrobes.. place the summer clothes in a space bag and bring the outgrown clothes to charity. It's getting cold here now so I have to make space for our bulky winter clothes...  then go for some more winter shopping!!!!! 

3.Start writing an invitation letter and mail to to my college friend,, she wants to travel here in Australia..

4. Clean my car and sew a cover for the backseat,, I've got a leather seats and I have to put a cover at the back because the kids are making so much mess.. they take home too much sand in their shoes and clothes from the sand pit in preschool and it all end up on the car seat...

5. Start organizing the garage .. when sis jen was here we started fixing my garage.. folks.. its not a garage anymore ,, it is a junk place where I put all my stuff.... so have to purge unnecessary things ... PURGE PURGE PURGE..... just thinking of it ..... this one is hard so I ''ll just start what ever I can....