you can see the colours, the size of the deck is 8 x 12m; it's 4 m off the ground at the highest point and the block is getting a bit overgrown with the recent rain. you can also see the see saw we built for theo's 3rd birthday.
we dropped the kids at my folks where they had a super time decorating biscuits and cupcakes; playing with playdoh; eating icecream; reading etc and sleeping really well with no tears at all!
we headed up to eumundi for lunch (to scope it for the following day's markets) and most of the town was shut due to a little horse race we forgot all about - sigh. we got lunch at a local bakery - very yummy thanks. we drove over to noosa and walked along the foreshore stopping at some of the shops to giggle at the high heeled crocs!!! then we finally found hastings street and went for a wander - yes the drunken, loud, hat wearing patrons rubbed in the whole horse race thing. i did get my new hat - it's a lovely grown up one - i should get some pictures before one of the kids destroys it
we stayed at a gorgeous http://www.cudgerie-noosa.com/index.shtml we had the whole place to ourselves - so we watched scrapheap challenge whilst henna-ing each other and then a game of scrabble whilst eating yummy pizza (mine was satay chicken) before some not for blogging us time. wednesday we got up and had a gorgeous breakfast of fresh fruit salad, bircher muesli and fresh baked banana muffins made by veronica (thanks so much). then we headed off to the eumundi markets where we bought a few things - it was most enjoyable - lots of lovely things to look at and the kids scored honeycomb, strawberries (theo) and a fairy dress (alex) and we each got a top. i bought a couple of bars of soap to tide me over until i hear back from my regular supplier. some avocado oil for my mum and some magic cards to put in alex's santa sack.
after the markets we drove to yandina to the http://www.buderimginger.com/gingerfactory/ where we got to be a pair of big kids and rode the train and more importantly the boat ride through the hundreds of puppets - oh my the fun we had!!!
when we got back to the kids at my folks place they were having so much fun with nana in the bus they barely said hello - my parents were fabulous but i think rather worn out by our kids - thanks nana and pa - for our break, for keeping the kids safe and happy and for agreeing to do it again "sometime" xox
ally had a disco to go to the night before halloween itself - so daddy did her makeup as a skeleton - so very very cute
the night of halloween there was a mixup and ally was off trick or treating sans costume - i quickly did her up in my zombie makeup (see previous post) and put my work wig on her - my own little mini zombie - super cute. the kids loved trick or treating - way too many lollies and some incredibly kind and generous souls in karana downs - was so proud of my alex - she has the most amazing manners and only 7 years old.
two more of my work faces - day of the dead and skeleton. i did a scarier green version of the zombie makeup which frightened a few people and made a small child cry - sigh - that made me feel particularly bad. we sold a LOT of face paint 'though. note the difference in quality of white - i didn't set the white on the skeleton with powder - so it wasn't looking as great after 8 hours as the days i did set it.
we had four very busy days when i was on for halloween - it was an amazing experience - so many people in such a small space at one time (well over 4 days) a couple of times i felt a bit overwhelmed by the crush but really after my experience as a nurse - it's not like anyone was going to die was it? and it's a lot of fun helping people decide what to wear, how to decorate etc.
i've taken a casual job at a craft/costume shop at indooroopilly called craft ideas - 2nd floor http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=199326850303
i usually work thurs evening and all day saturday, with halloween fast approaching i'm also working sundays and the week before i'm working more shifts whilst greg stays home with theo. anyhoo part of the gig is dressing up to inspire the customers - chris (my gorgeous boss) chose a wig for me to wear - i've been spending a bit of time online searching out make-up ideas - i found this tutorial http://www.youtube.com/user/SarahVictor#p/u/79/2LJoTCuVMv4 and loved it - not a bad job after watching once and doing my face several days later dontcha think? i see now i could have used more black. and i'd love to perfect the white even-ness a bit more. i'm not a make-up kinda girl - i've just bought my first lot of eyeshadow in over 10 years - lol.
will add more pics as i try more looks - i've got some fun liquid latex to play with, plus glow in the dark face cream, scar skin and more
mid last week a juvenile butcher bird turned up on our deck
when i walked outside he wasn't frightened at all, and followed me
so i got him a couple of small pieces of meat - he took them from my hand
over the next 2 days he was managing to get scraps of food from 3 family members - this started to concern us a bit as we don't want a wild animal dependent upon us for food. yesterday he flew into the house and sat on a chair before i shooed him away. this morning he tapped on the sliding door until someone answered (my husband - lol) and then chatted away for at least 2 hours before my 3yo son insisted on giving him a treat - so now we've decided he will get one treat (about 1/2 teaspoon) per day - he's just too cheeky
sometimes trying to encourage empathy in others will not succeed - that's ok, i'll still try when i can
to teach my son as he grows that it is not necessary to overpower a woman to be a man - shaking a woman's hand need not require you to crush it so much it hurts 3 hours later when she goes home and cries to her husband - thank goodness i was blessed with a husband who has taught me what to do next time that happens to me
and by giving my kids two racist grandfathers - i must increase my resolve to teach my children there is good and bad in all, and to take each person at face value (not religion, race, sex, class, fame, wealth etc) we are all capable of doing great deeds and making bad choices. and we can live beyond all of them.
go to above link (it's only for another 6 or so weeks) and see my kids with orion at the koala sanctuary
we had membership there for 2 year
s - theo and i would visit every 2 weeks or so - he got to know the farmers (particularly alan and geoff) and the shearers (terry and daniel); amy from the farm nursery
we had such fun on our last visit (our membership has now expired and we're going to do the train museum this year) - i finally went out front to catch the barn owl 'scuse the blurry pic - hubby on camera duty
the nursery koalas were very active; we got to see lots of babies climbing and cuddling
as were 2 tasmanian devils - laying in there tunnel
i took some footage of barak the platypus - you can watch the live feed from the koala sanctuary here http://www.koala.net/index.php
the scrub turkey's had some massive nest piles ready to attract a female for breeding
daisy the golden possum was showing off her bottom
theo said hello to all the parrots/birds by name - he learnt what each breed was so quickly
and for pure bragging - a pic of my beloved husband feeding a kangaroo
gotta go now - the tho-man is about to get out of his highchair from lunch so must turn off and pack away the computer
hope to put a few more posts up real soon - lots happening at chateau rich-kids
sorry my first post in almost 3months was an ebay promo
i stuffed up my listing so wanted to let the bidders see my actual hammock
wow it's been frantic here
not enough minutes as they say
especially when one really tries to pay attention to each one as they happen yk?
so the school hols are almost over - so fast again
today was fairly quiet - a trip to the toy library - theo's really into puzzles now and is advancing much quicker than i'm willing to buy more of (especially as the wood ones are so much better for little hands) so we hire them - he's up to 20 piece odd shaped ones and will attempt up to 30 piece jigsaws with some help.
he became quite addicted to toy story 2 - prepping him for our drive in excursion to see 3, now loves buzz and woody, more than (i think) captain mack
that and snotting his sister - sigh - so now we have found the trouble with raising a polite, patient, empathetic and someone woosy girl - he will bite, hairpull, hit and pinch just to hear the cool sounds she makes - sigh. of course she does help create the situation by insisting he play a game he doesn't want too. but yk what - i reckon about 95% of the time they get on so well and she's an amazing big sister.
yesterday we went to the abbey museum's medievil kids fun day - the kids got to make some fabulous stuff - shields, a princess hat, sword, mask, and ally and i did some lucet braiding - it looks a lot like french knitting when it comes off the tool - but is only a 2 prong tool unlike a french knitting bee
afterwards i had my flying experience thanks to phil from choir - www.comegliding.com.au - i made some paperplate shamrock props for a song we did so phil gifted me a flight as a lovely thankyou. we flew out over bribie island - i took some pics of my folks place, the coastline, bribie bridge and glasshouse mountains. turning off the engine - i must say made me hold my breath but no the plane didn't dip - not til later when phil did it on purpose - made me feel extremely sick so he didn't do any more of the fancy turns - lol
i'll put a few pics up - note the one in the air with the propellor off!!
and come back soon with pics from around our little piece of paradise