Well over a month ago, I bought this box of lego from my favourite local op shop, one day when I had Zoe under one arm, and a small bag of shopping in the other. It was the first thing I saw when I walked into the shop. All I thought at the time was "Oooo, lego, you can never have too much lego. And wow, 10 bucks only. Bargain" So yoink, I put the big box under my one arm. The kind man at the oppy sticky taped the box up for me, so no bits would fall out, and I carefully walked out to the car with Zoe on one hip, and the box of lego on the other.
I went home, put it down in a corner, and promptly forgot about it. Then Chris, Abbey and I all got sick. Then we realised that it was Richie's birthday, and we weren't very organised on the present front. Maybe he would like the box of lego? It is Star Wars lego, and he already has lots of that, so I am sure he will love it. OK, lets package it up and post over to England.
When I opened the box to package it up, I then realised how much lego was really in this set. It was huge. 985 pieces of huge.
Then I found out how much it would cost to post to England (just the lego, not the box it comes in) and I almost fainted. A small fortune.
This lego looked so new, they must still be making this one. OK, lovely inter-web, I am sure we can find the same thing on an English website, and get it shipped to him locally and cheaper than the price of the postage from Australia?
Wrong. It is not longer made. It is legovintage 2004. This box of lego is now a collectors item.
So, what to do with a collectible box of lego? We will probably sell it. I will then donate some of the money from its sale to the local op shop. At the end of the day, our local op shops are here to raise money and support people in need.
And Richie, we are very sorry we are so unorganised with your birthday present this year. A different lego-like birthday present will be with you soon.
Love from Auntie Cat and Uncle Sid, Abbey and Zoe xox
I borrowed this beautiful book from the library, and made this cute circular pincushion for my spot loving sister in law Stepf.
The fabric is from Japan, and so lovely and soft - thank you to Jacqui from Mee a Bee for sending me some of her fabric scraps when I ordered Abbey a gorgeous custom made kinder bag earlier in the year.
The book is beautiful, but I am glad I did not buy it, as there was a fault with the enclosed pattern, but luckily I sussed it out.
My little brother suggested we make him a MUCH bigger one, so he can use it as a bean bag. Imagine how much fabric I would need for that!
I am doing my best to enjoy Zoe starting solids, but she has her own ideas about it all. She refuses to eat anything off a spoon. She will happily chew on a spoon. Just don't try to feed her from a spoon.
She is more than happy to feed herself. Actually, she loves feeding herself. And the bigger it is, the more she seems to enjoy it. So she is now eating vegemite sandwiches, chunky steamed vegetables, mini sausage rolls and her favourite is to munch on a chicken drumstick or wing. Last week, a chicken drumstick kept her happily amused for over 40 minutes (yay! I got dinner made on time that day)
The down side of this is the mess. Everywhere. So only bibs with long sleeves will do. I only had two bibs like these. So I ordered one off this wonderful website and I surprised myself and made one this weekend, and completely finished it too.
Four years ago today, it was supposed to be my last day of work before Maternity leave started. But you had other ideas. Instead, I was waking daddy up at 4-something-am saying my waters had broken. We were having a baby. One month early. No hospital bag packed. Luckily, we did not panic. We packed some bags, and by the time your daddy was driving me to the hospital, contractions had started.
At 1:47pm you arrived after a quick birth of under 6 hours. There was a room full of doctors and nurses when you were born, they were all concerned for your heath as you were a month early. Daddy and Nanny G were there to help too, I needed them. After a quick cuddle, you and daddy were whisked away to the Special Care Nursery, where you lived for the first 15 days of your life.
Since your birth, we have learnt to let you do many things, all in "Abbey-time".
You bring us so much joy and make us laugh every day. We are so proud of you, the way you have grown into such a polite, sweet and thoughtful little girl. We love your energy and enthusiasm and wonder at all things new.
I love you with all my heart, darling girl. Happy 4th Birthday.
My name is Catherine but most people call me Cat.
I love to sew, craft, bake, take photos, practice yoga and eat yummy food - not all at the same time though.
I am from Australia and live in Hong Kong with my Shropshire boy and our two girlie-whirlies - they keep me busy in between baking, sewing and crafting.