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Finally, after a year of living here, there is one room in our house which looks like home rather than rental. We've organised and decorated Evie's room into a little girl's room. It does help that it was a blank slate when we moved in.

Here are some of the things we've done recently in Evie's room:
  • Evie has a cute owl decal on her door that says Evie's Room. I got it from Tiny Me when they were having a sale.

  • The other day we rearranged the furniture so that the bed blocks the view of the room from the doorway. When Evie goes into her room and pulls out every single toy she owns to play with I can't see it when I walk past. As far as I'm concerned the mess doesn't exist. I love it! We just do a big tidy and put it away at the end of the day.

  • We've hung some of the artwork we've bought for Evie over the years. She has her birth announcement in one corner (which has a limited life span so I'm glad it's finally up!) and some sweet fairy tale prints I bought from the Stillbirth Foundation.

Evie's Room
Evie's Room
Evie's Room

I know that the room wouldn't score 10 points on The Block but it makes me smile as I walk past. I'm glad that Evie has a little space to call her own.

Now we just have to turn Teddy's room into a little boy's room. He's just moved into our spare room (aka the junk room). However, as I often tell him, Evie slept for a year in the junk room at Dully so as far as I'm concerned it's a Wilson rite of passage.

jess - 7th Oct 2014, 13:47 tags: evie rhodes


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Theodore: 4 months
For comparison, Evie: 4 months.

I guess I better get Teddy's 4 month post up as we've now passed the 5 month mark. Let's forget about what I said about being on time with the monthly posts.

Here is the speech TD made to welcome Teddy at his party.

It was good of Andrew and Jess to invite us all here today to celebrate the safe arrival of Theodore and allow his extended family and his broad circle of friends to welcome him.

Theodore and Evie are lucky to have dedicated, thoughtful parents who exercise an appropriate level of indulgence. I am sure that Teddy will grow up in a loving environment - encouraged to appreciate his good fortune while having empathy for those less fortunate.

How will he be known? Teddy, Theo, TW, Teddydore? Time will tell, but his name is auspicious as Theodore means "god's gift", and names containing a double "d" indicate people with a strong family commitment.

In a welcoming speech for Evie, Andrew and Jess recognised the potential influence that close family could have on her skills and values. I would like to add to their list. Hopefully he will have: his Grandpa's friendliness and ability to find a common topic of conversation, his Grandma's positive view of the world and, above all, her resilience, his Nan's energy and thirst for travel, his Uncle Simon's sense of fun, his Uncle Ben and Auntie Janet's unfazed approach to life, his Auntie Annie's physical flexibility and dedication to and appreciation of friends, his uncle Paddy's closeness to family and his Uncle Dinga's quiet ability to encourage young people's self esteem.

We have seen his cousins grow up and can now guess the kind of influence that his peers may have. Oskie can teach him chess (and perhaps politics) and Leo will expose him to wildlife adventures. Audrey, who showers him with cuddles now, can teach how to be a "big boy". His Wilson cousins live in Brisvegas but I am sure that when they get together family bonds will be strong and immediate.

Teddy you will learn a lot from Evie. She already has Grandpa's and Simon's communication skills, Nan's desire to organise and an imagination that is boundless.

As Andrew and Jess said at Evie's welcome, it takes a village to raise a child. I am sure this village is looking forward to years of involvement with the Wilson family and seeing Theodore grow into a young man.

Please join me in wishing Theodore health, happiness and a long and prosperous life.



See Theodore's weekly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 27th Sep 2014, 16:06 tags: teddy growing_teddy


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It has just been party central around here recently. The weekend after Teddy's welcome party we went to Julian's 1st birthday party. Considering it has been raining non-stop lately we were really lucky to have beautiful sunny days for both of these parties.

Julian's party was at Leichhardt Family Day Care Centre. It is a great facility because it's totally set up for kids with toys, a sandpit and even children's toilets. It also has a park next door which was fenced off from the road. The kids had a great time at the party.
Julian's 1st Birthday
Julian's 1st Birthday

Clare and Brendan had requested no gifts so I volunteered to make Julian's birthday cake in lieu of a present (and because I like baking). Clare had picked a "first year around the sun" theme for the party. She sent through a picture of what she wanted, I said "ok" and 72 cupcakes, 1 cake, 1.25 kg of butter and 2.5 kg of icing sugar later we had a sun cupcake cake. There were three different kinds (and colours) of cupcakes; gluten free, cookies and cream, and banana flavoured.

I should really learn how to do marshmallow icing for the orange / red cakes I make. Buttercream is such a pain to colour and I never can get it to go red. I ended up with lemon, peach and what I called blood orange colours for the cupcakes. (Evie insisted on calling the blood orange cupcake a pink cupcake. It wasn't pink!) The last time I tried to make red buttercream I think I used almost a tablespoon of red colouring and it still turned out pinkish. I knew to give up early on a darker colour this time because lots of food colouring ruins the taste of the buttercream.
Julian's 1st Birthday

Happy Birthday Julian!
Julian's 1st Birthday
Julian's 1st Birthday

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 6th Sep 2014, 16:48 tags: kids birthdays julian


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Well, I think we welcomed Teddy in style. We had a jumping castle, a face painter and a really big caaaaaaaaake. Teddy isn't really into any of these things yet but we know so many kids now! We had to keep them entertained somehow. The party was a bit crazy but I think everyone had a good time. I think Teddy may have been a bit overwhelmed at times. At the end of the day he just buried his face in Andrew's chest and went to sleep. We'll have to train him up to be a true party goer (like his sister now is).
Teddy's Welcome Party

I picked Possum Magic as the theme for Teddy's welcome party. If you're not familiar with the story, it's about a baby possum called Hush who is invisible. He and his Grandma travel around Australia trying to find the right foods to eat to make Hush visible again. As I was reading the book to Evie one evening I had a flash of inspiration. It would make the perfect children's party theme as all the catering is already worked out for you. I'm into things where I don't have to think very hard at the moment.

I was very lucky and lots of people volunteered to help out with the catering. Mum and Dad organised the bulk of the food and then Sue, Emily, Carolyn and Clare also volunteered their help with items from the book. In the end I just had to worry about the cake (and some GF / dairy free / taste free cupcakes). The last thing Hush the possum eats in the book is a lamington so I knew I wanted to make a giant lamington cake. I made a three layer cake with a strawberry jam and buttercream filling separating each layer. I covered the cake in dark chocolate ganache and shredded coconut. It wasn't hard to make but boy was it messy! I had coconut from one end of the kitchen to the other.
Teddy's Welcome Party

I almost achieved pinterest perfection as I made little signs for the food items from the book and a cute little bunting cake topper for the cake. Apparently I have too much time on my hands (Unfortunately the reality is I just chose to do cute food signs and cake toppers instead of housework :D So much more fun in my book).
Teddy's Welcome Party
Teddy's Welcome Party

We were still new hands at this parenting thing at Evie's welcome party so we didn't manage to take any photos of the day. I've always regretted that so I made sure to get the camera out at Teddy's party. We even managed to get a family photo! Yay us!
Teddy's Welcome Party

Leanne Courtney from Fun Faces 4 Kids did the face painting on the day. She did such a fantastic job! Highly recommended if you're looking for a face painter for your next do.

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 5th Sep 2014, 16:33 tags: teddy


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I'm so glad we've been taking monthly photos of Evie and Teddy together. I understand that Teddy is growing but it wasn't until we sat him on Evie's lap this morning that I understood just how huge he is now. Also, I know I'm totally biased, but how cute are the photos from this month! You all just have to nod and agree now.
August: Evie + Teddy

August: Evie + Teddy August: Evie + Teddy

Here are the photos starting from the beginning:
May: Evie and Teddy June: Evie and Teddy
July: Evie and Teddy August: Evie + Teddy

See Evie and Teddy's monthly photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 26th Aug 2014, 19:57 tags: kids evie teddy


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