That Mr FGB made it home in time for work so that he could look after Goose who was not feeling well at all, so that the rest of us could go to the rainbow party for our 2 year old friend Eliza! Would have been a little bit stuck on my own…

Yes, I am more than OK with my little boy wearing pink (we raided Goose’s old clothes – he even has pink and rainbow undies on as well as the socks which are hard to see in the photo). When you have two sisters you just can’t get away from it. Note to self – don’t pose your kids for photos using props from the garden just prior to leaving for a party as the dirt does come off on clothes (although nothing a bit of spit and polish couldn’t fix!)

We’re all packed with our rainbow chairs in the boot and our rainbow playdough for one of the party activities.

Goose even made a rainbow garland and rainbow necklace for the birthday girl and decorated the paper with Frog’s help and how could we resist a little book on Noah’s Ark. It was the very first rainbow after all!

I’ll be back with more photos of the rainbow party later this week!

Speaking of parties, if you have posted about birthday parties on your blog – I’d love for you to link them up here and share them with us all!

If you are feeling grateful like me, then head on over here and share the love!


- for that extra hour this morning…
(although somehow the kids didn’t know to sleep for that extra hour…)
which means I can allow a small piece of time for a well overdue blogpost!

Maybe that illusion of extra time will give us time to do something with these quinces that I picked during the week.

What are you grateful for?
What would you do with a bucketful of quinces?


…for joy found in small moments.

…for weekends away as a family

where sand mermaids never go out of fashion,

and walks on bush tracks bring welcome sweet treats

and the classic game from my childhood – ‘Pooh Sticks’.

…for joy in the everyday things that make up my life.

I’ve written this quote before on this blog, but its still profound.

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)

What are you grateful for today?

* These events happened last weekend, but as I was busy having these moments, I did not have a chance to blog about them until this week.


- Dappled sunlight and home made healthy icypoles. Put in any combination of pureed fruit or yoghurt and you can give them to your children any time of day and give them seconds and even thirds with no guilt at all.*

- The sweet and strong waft of mint as I brush past the overgrown & ever expanding plants on the way to the clothesline every day. Every….single….day…multiple…times do I tread that well worn path to the clothesline.

- Mr FBG being home for two whole actual weekends in a row and today makes the third ….. heaven…. and something we haven’t had for longer than I can remember. Not sure if he feels quite the same, as he spent the whole day last Saturday pruning the trees around our yard that were suffering from years of neglect … I’m grateful that things are finally starting to get ‘done’ around here!
What are you grateful for?

* a few people have asked me about these recently – you just buy the moulds at your local supermarket. You can get fancy and do rainbow stripes with multiple fruits or lazy and pour in ready made fruit juice. The BEST is pureed mango..mmmmm.


* for teamwork – now that Mr FGB is around a lot more, I’m really appreciating the value of being a team in this parenting gig. You can do so much more when you are not spread quite so thinly.

* for breathing – I feel like I can breathe slowly again. Exhale. Not feeling quite so restricted. I’m still living a very busy life, but it feels like a rather dreamy, surreal & blissful existence at the moment – I’m waiting for the bubble to burst – is that sad?

* for hindsight – though it’s never fun while you’re in the thick of it, when looking back over tough times you can see how they have moulded and shaped you into who you have become and help you to appreciate the good times all the more!

* for the gorgeous handmade heartshaped crocheted garland giveaway that I won from the talented Lioness Lady – I’m loving the splash of color it brings – thanks so much!

What are you grateful for this Saturday?


- for some color amongst the chaos.

- for that little bit of hope that perhaps things may be different for a while…

Monday marks the beginning of big changes in Mr FGB’s work environment. We’ve been waiting for this for the last 6 months. Coming off the back of working 21 days straight, I have all my fingers crossed that this will be just what we need.

- For the splashes of color and moments of laughter and contentedness in amongst the overwhelming busyness that threatens to pull me under so very often.

- for such a kind and giving husband who, among many other things, miraculously managed to take the afternoon off work (unheard of!) on Monday to look after 3 kids while their Mum couldn’t get out of bed due to a very bad case of gastro – thanks Frog!

- for friends and family who “understand” and who help me stay afloat. Thanks.

- and for Maxabella who each week makes me look at the world in a glass half full kind of way.


One of the things that sold me this house is the fruit trees in the back yard.

We have finally been able to pick the much anticipated blood plums that have almost broken the branches they are so heavily laden with fruit. We had a blood plum tree in our yard when I was growing up and I have fond memories.

It’s moments like these that I breathe in deeply. Backyard in the summer eating your very own fruit – priceless.

I thought the kids would find the skin a little bitter, so I peeled the first one and they didn’t like it – I think they may have got stuck on the word ‘blood’ – but then after they tried one with the skin on, they wouldn’t stop. Go figure.

I’m sure Frog consumed about 6 or 7 in the space of about 10 minutes.

Our nectarine tree, on the other hand, that last year was our most fruitful, is pretty dismal this year. Most of them have rotted and shrivelled on the tree. Any ideas anyone? Too much water?

Our peach tree, as per usual, has very little fruit and the cockatoos, bats, possums and rosellas have made mince meat of it anyway. We might get one or two if we are lucky when they ripen fully. Must get around to getting some netting…maybe next year…

For more grateful moments head over to Maxabella land.

Addition - Just to keep this blog ‘real’ and to let you know that life is not always so ‘peachy’ (pardon the pun) here ar FGB headquarters – literally ten minutes after publishing this touchy feely little post, Frog emptied the entire contents of her stomach all over herself and the bedsheets. She has kept this up approximately every 10 minutes since then. I am now sitting up with her (and a pile of towels) on my lap feeling not so grateful for those fruit trees after all and wishing we hadn’t made her eat her whole dinner so she could get icecream….


…for Grannys, for 100% healthy ice-cream and for creative expression!

We are at Granny’s again this weekend.
Weren’t you just at Granny’s last weekend you ask? Well, yes.
Last weekend we had a big family weekend here, this time it is just myself and the kids. We are here because the father of the house is working all weekend and I just wasn’t up for another single parent weekend. Not sure if I’d be coping without her at the moment.
Thanks Granny… again.

Granny makes the best ice-creams. She puts frozen fruit through her juicer and makes these colorful, healthy and pure fruit creations. They are always a hit! These ones contained nothing but mango, strawberry, pineapple and banana. Blueberries and raspberries taste delicious too.

Goose’s creative expression through the fashion of the skirt/skirt look makes me smile. When dressing this morning, she experimented with the look of a skirt as a top. She liked the look. We were only going to Granny’s after all. When packing her own bags for Granny’s house, she decided that she didn’t need to pack any tops at all. Apparently tomorrow, she’ll be wearing jeans on the bottom and, you guessed it, a skirt on the top.

What are you grateful for?
Check out what others are grateful for every Saturday over at Maxabella land.

P.S. If you are interested in making some of these, Granny uses this kind of single gear cold-pressed juicer to make her ice-cream.


This Saturday I’m so very, very grateful for my very talented and very generous little sister who did some fun drawings of a frog, a goose and a bear and made them into a blog header for me. It’s only taken me six months of blogging to finally have a proper header!!

She also drew me my very own picture for my regular EASY PEASY DINNER WINNER linky, so if you link in on the occasional Tuesday, feel free to add this picture to your sidebar and link it back here.

I’m quite excited about the new look and I’m very grateful for her time as I know it is precious.
Thank you Clare!!!

I’m also grateful for my sister Lou and my husband for taking 5 kids out for baby cinos in the rain giving me some time to blog and for my wonderful mother for putting up with a house full of mad children for an extended weekend (while still trying to keep the house spotless for potential buyers…).

I’m grateful for all of the rain that is so needed here in Victoria, but I am also grateful that we decided to stay at Mum’s house and not go camping as originally planned!

I’d also like to add that I’m very grateful that one can still win a whole game of 5 handed 500 without ever actually winning a trick! All the glory, without necessarily having the skill ;)

What are you grateful for?

P.S. I’m so very grateful for the wonderful community of bloggers that I’ve come to know in the last 6 months, that I’m having a giveaway! Check out the details

AT MY HOUSE… {stopping to smell the snails}

At my house I often find myself having tea parties and stopping to look at the small things when I should be doing a whole lot of other much more important things…..

… or should I?

I have a china tea set that was mine when I was a little girl. I have been saving it, still in it’s polystyrene packaging, for my children to be old enough to be extra careful with it. This weekend, while completely overhauling the children’s bedrooms with new bunk beds and the rearranging and finding of homes for a multitude of things, I took these down from the high shelf and as I did so, a plate dropped and smashed. After all these years of keeping it on a high shelf, away from the little ones, it was me, the extra careful adult, who broke it. I think there may just be a simple lesson in that…

I am constantly reminded of the things in my life that I really should be grateful for and to stop worrying about those unimportant things that I convince myself are important.

What lessons are you learning at your house?

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