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We call him Teddy, if you ask Jess, or Theo, if you ask Andrew. Evie is not sure what to make of it all. We think she was most excited about having a sleepover at Nan and TD's house.

Theodore arrived on the 17th April at 12:43 pm after a mad dash to the hospital down Victoria Road. He was born on his due date. Fancy that! A punctual Wilson boy. He weighed in at 3.5 kg and was 50 cm long. Jess is extremely pleased that she never has to give birth again (hooray!).

Andrew and Jess are enjoying spending some quality bonding time with their son in hospital.
Theodore Samuel Bede



jess - 18th Apr 2014, 06:48 tags: teddy kids new_bubba


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Well, February has passed without a FuShMuSh update. I thought I'd do a bit of a recap so the month isn't totally forgotten. Evie had lots of Daddy Daughter dates with Andrew this month.

Andrew took her for a haircut.
February

Andrew and Evie went for lots of bike rides to Bicentennial park.
February

Andrew and Evie also flew to Ballarat to attend Tara and Rikky's wedding and visit with the family.
February
February

We ate heart-shaped pancakes to mark Valentine's Day.
February

Andrew and I had a lovely weekend away in Leura while Evie spent some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa. Andrew asked me what I wanted to do with my CFW and I replied "eat, sleep and read". I think we fulfilled the brief admirably. So much so when we got to the end of the weekend we realised we had only taken photos of food. We snapped a couple of selfies on Leura's main street to correct that error.
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February February February

February

Our baby girl turned into a big girl in February. She has said goodbye to her cot and has moved into a big girl bed. We've had a few exciting bed times since then as she is now no longer confined to her bed. It also means Andrew and I have a new walking, talking alarm clock in the morning. Evie gets up, comes into our bedroom says "Good morning Mummy and Daddy!" and then starts talking a million miles an hour about whatever is on her mind. This morning we didn't even get a good morning we just got "Mummy, Daddy... when it is my birthday you need to buy me a present... a very big present". At least our alarm clock gets up at a reasonable hour. So far 7am has been our earliest wake up call. Let's hope it continues that way.
February February February


jess - 22nd Mar 2014, 09:33 tags: evie


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We were lucky enough to be able to book Copa this year for our NYE week away. This year we were joined by the TinCranes and Stuarts. I must have had photo fatigue by this stage because I don't seem to have many photos from our week.

We did capture our traditional New Year's Eve dress ups. The adults used to dress up too but now we have children for that kind of thing (isn't that why you have kids?). This year's theme was Under the Sea.

I dressed Evie up as a mermaid. I had been busy with Christmas sewing so my grand plans of hand making a costume for Evie went out the window. I ended up just buying a pretty top and green skirt from Kmart. She completed the outfit with some mermaid dress up jewellery she got for Christmas. (Which included a wand. I'm not sure why mermaids need wands). Unlike last year, Evie loved dressing up this year. She's really getting into dress ups at home.
Evie and Elliot

Sue dressed Zoe up as a starfish. I think Zoe was our most reluctant participant this year. She's the right age for it.
Zoe

Clare went to the most effort and had a few options for Elliot. He ended up choosing to dress up as a wave. Julian was dressed as sushi, a prawn nigiri. Clare even made her own costume and dressed up as seaweed. Well, she did until Evie commandeered it.
Evie, Elliot and Zoe

Here is a photo of all the kiddies together (and Sue and Clare). Photoshop may have been involved.
Group photo

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 25th Jan 2014, 22:38 tags: evie nye13 nye


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Well, Christmas is well and truly gone so I don't think I can post in detail about Christmas Day anymore. This year was a Daley year so we were all at Copa with the full complement of Daleys (plus a few extras). Mum and Dad rented a second house for the week so we weren't all squished into one place.

We had another overcast, rainy Christmas day this year (joining 2009 and 2012). I don't mind the rain because it's easier to spend the day in the kitchen when everyone else isn't at the beach.

Evie was super excited on Christmas morning to discover that Santa had delivered her an orange scooter. She was also pretty enthusiastic with the present opening. I think she will be all over the presents next year.
Scooter Evie Evie
Audrey and Evie
Evie and Audrey

I started a couple of new Christmas traditions this year. The kiddies were able to unwrap a couple of presents on Christmas Eve. They all got brand new pyjamas to wear to bed on Christmas eve.
Christmas pyjamas Christmas pyjamas
Christmas pyjamas

We also unwrapped a new Christmas book to read before bedtime. We read How Santa Got his Job by Stephen Krensky and S. D. Schindler. A sweet story about the different jobs Santa tried to do before he realised his true calling.
Christmas Eve story

And we continued our tradition of taking a family photo on Christmas Day. Here is this year's effort (and links to 2012 and 2011 for comparison).
Family photo


More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 22nd Jan 2014, 22:03 tags: christmas christmas13 evie christmas_day


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I doubled up on gingerbread fun this year. I was in Brisvegas for the yearly church hosted gingerbread evening so I decided to host my own. I invited all the ladies who I thought would be interested and was a little bit surprised when they all said yes. I knew there was a good reason we bought a 12-seater dining room table.

As events go it was pretty easy to host. Coles had kits on sale so I stocked up on those for the girls. Everyone bought a packet of lollies with them and voila we had the makings for gingerbread houses and trains. I picked the train to decorate this year but will definitely go with a house in the future. There is more surface area on a house to cover with lollies!
Gingerbread house decorating
Gingerbread house decorating
Group photo

Coles were also selling a gingerbread village house kit containing five little houses. I grabbed one of those for the kids to decorate at Copa. Audrey and Evie decorated in the morning and Oscar and Leo in the afternoon.

I was really surprised at how engaged the girls were in the task. Most of the lollies even went on the house instead of in their mouths. I did laugh when Evie covered the roof of her house with freckles and then promptly picked each one off and shoved them in her mouth. I didn't mind; eating lollies is part of gingerbread house fun.
Evie and Audrey
Evie
Audrey

This year the boys could be left up to their own devices. For the first time ever even Leo was more interested in decorating his house than eating lollies.
Leo and Oscar

The mini village was the perfect size for the kids. The biggest problem I find with gingerbread houses is finding an occasion to eat them. The kids had a great time smashing and eating their houses on Christmas Day afternoon.

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 12th Jan 2014, 16:55 tags: gingerbread_house christmas christmas13 evie


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