Wednesday, June 27, 2012


WHOA am I actually writing something here? Yes, yes I am. As I have said previously, I feel like I blog for my mum, and seeing as she's right here, I lack a bit of motivation.

Anyway. Perth is great. We've done heaps of catching up with various people, but haven't taken very many photos... Shall try to rectify that in the future, but in the meantime you'll have to imagine me doing awesome stuff all over the place.

Henry had a joint birthday party with his Nonno Nick (Ross' Dad) on Saturday night at the Vines hotel. It was pretty fancy and nice, and fun except for the parts where Henry was teething and a bit cranky and tired. Poor wee man.
He didn't even get to the party until 8pm - it started at 6.30, but I just told everyone he was making a dramatic late entrance for maximum effect. In reality, he was napping in a stroller just outside the door, but when I told people that, they looked at me like I'd murdered him just for the hell of it. I guess letting babies sleep in unattended* prams is not an okay thing here - always good to be reminded of cultural differences.

* There were a pile of kids running up and down in the hallways, but I don't think that counts as supervision...

Kristinn was officially photographing the party, and I think he got a tonne of good shots, now he's just trying to edit them down to the best ones. He made this awesome gif from a set of sibling photos that he tried to take. Best thing.

After the party we stayed in an apartment nearby for a couple of nights, which was pretty convenient.
 We went to visit Ross' aunt Donna in Chidlow, which was a nice little road trip on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately Henry's teeth were really hurting him, so he basically cried on and off for most of the day. We had to cut the visit a bit short, which was a bummer, but we weren't really very good company anyway...

Sunday night was terrible, Henry had a scary fever that was pretty hard to shake. He woke up at midnight boiling hot and crying, so we just sat quietly and tried to make him comfortable. He got really shivery and trembly for a while, and was too weak to stand up properly. Ugh, it was the opposite of fun.
Luckily the fever broke around 5am, so we had a good couple of hours sleep in the morning. Still no sign of the tooth that was most likely causing all the pain, but surely it's on its way.

What else have we been doing? Oh, all of the things! I went to the movies with my brother and sister and saw Cabin in the Woods, and thought it was pretty awesome and interesting. We ate delicious tacos and then churros. So good.

I have bought so many clothes and shoes and toothbrushes and a mini-hairdryer - this is the first time I've owned a hairdryer in my life. I am theoretically a grown up, but sometimes I'm not quite sure.

We visited my cousin Maja and her husband Jason and saw their adorable squishy little Olivia, they are all happy and gorgeous as always.

I have caught up with quite a few lovely friends and family, all of whom are wonderful and fun.

Tonight Ross is playing a show with his brother (at the Rosemount at 8pm, if you want to head down!), and my brother is DJing at No Lights No Lycra, so Mum gets to babysit again tonight! Everybody wins!

I promise I'll try to update more regularly, and I'll also do my best to make photos happen!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Birthday boy!

Yesterday was Henry's first birthday, I am still finding it hard to believe that he's a whole year old.

From this...

To this! in just one easy terrifying awesome year.

We didn't have a massive party or anything, just a bit of a family dinner.  And of course, we took the opportunity to wear party hats and play with balloons.

Nina does not like her party hat.

I made a cake in 'hospital green' - I was going for blue, but the butter icing was pretty yellow to begin with - oops. I think I'm better at cooking than baking, I prefer a bit of improvisation*.

So while my lasagna was totally delicious, praise for the cake probably peaked at 'edible'. Ah well, never mind, I'll get in some practice before next year. And it looks okay on a photo, right?

* Okay, okay, I just can't be bothered getting all the 'exact' ingredients for anything, so I substitue and approximate, which I believe is a no-no in baking. I remember reading once that cooking is an art, but baking is a science**.

**Which is weird because if you'd asked me, I would say that I'm better at science than art. Oh well.

Oh man, and I must share the super ultra mega cutest story from last night: When it was time for bed, Ross asked Henry if he'd like to go upstairs and have a bath. Henry started to head for the stairs, but before he left the room, he turned around and waved to everyone, completely unprompted. Okay, maybe you had to be there, but I basically died of cute. What a dude.


What else? It is now less than a week until we leave! We're going to do some mega washing today, then hopefully finish the main packing by tomorrow. The plan is to pack really light and do a tonne of shopping in Australia, which definitely takes the pressure off. Forgot to pack any socks? Buy some new ones, they're cheaper anyway!

While we've been over here, our Australian accounts have been quietly collecting royalties and tax returns, so we've got a bit of spending money. Most of Ross' is earmarked for records, mine will probably go on clothes and lollies.

I am twitchy with excitement (or is that the third cup of coffee?), so much so that I think I need to go and do ALL the packing. Right now!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sunshine and countdowns!

Guys, it is totally summer here! I know, I know, I just can't seem to shut up about it - it is still strange for me to look forward to summer this much, and to be so excited about the novelty of sunshine.

Henry and I went out into the backyard yesterday and worked on our tans:

Ah, just kidding, no tans here - I am super paranoid about sunburn these days. Luckily we got three sunhats in a bag of clothes from my cousin the other day, although I did have to attach some string to this one so that Henry would stop taking it off.

Not 100% successful, but it slowed him down at least.

Whoa, do you know how fast time goes? In one week, Henry will be one year old. In just under two weeks, we head south to Reykjavik, and then a couple of days after that, we'll be in AUSTRALIA. Seriously, people, I'm so excited about life right now.

Amma and Sigga have gone on their trip to Germany and up (down?) the Rhine. Sounds like they'll have an awesome time, and in the meantime I'm feeding Amma's cat and watering her garden. She asked me to go round and pat the cat once in a while, but she bit me the first day, so we just exchange polite nods instead.

By the way, I have a pseudo excuse for not taking many photos - every time I try, I get this series: 

how to animate a gif

'Oooh, what's that you've got there? Hey, you have a camera! Gimme!'