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Nothing unusual to report from last night's trivia outing. Nan and TD babysat Evie for us. We came second. Move along everybody.

And as per usual here is your chance at this month's questions. You know the rules:
  1. Who was Patricia Arquette's first husband?

  2. Who was the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year from 2005 - 2008?

  3. What is the collective noun for a group of cheetahs?

  4. Harare is the capital of which country?

  5. True or False: ruby is the birth stone for the month of July?

  6. Which band covered Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" in 2001?

  7. Phillumeny is the hobby of collecting what; calendars, matchboxes or coasters?

jess - 25th Nov 2011, 22:08 tags: trivia badgers sydneyrowers nablopomo nablopomo11

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During our trip to Normandy we visited Monet's house and garden in Giverny which have been preserved as a museum. It was in this garden that Monet painted his famous series of paintings, Water Lilies.
Monet's house

We visited on a warm summer's day and it was lovely walking through Monet's beautiful garden. Of course, the place is packed with tourists clamouring to get a photo of themselves on the Water Lily bridge (I can't complain too loudly; I wanted a photo there too). So sometimes you have to close your eyes and block out all the noise to imagine the tranquility that Monet would have experienced while he was painting there.
Monet's Garden

Even though it is quite crowded it's still worth the trip. The flowers in the garden are beautiful and it's special to be able to visit the setting for such an iconic series of paintings.

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

Our visit to Monet's Garden was part of our trip to Normady and Champagne. We visited France in August 2009 to celebrate Jess's birthday with camembert, croissants and bubbles. Other entries from this trip include: Mont St Michel.

jess - 24th Nov 2011, 23:07 tags: travel pensieve france giverny monet j-bday-09 nablopomo nablopomo11


Evie is 6 months old (on the 15th. I'm late again). We have some exciting new skills.
Evie: 6 months

A couple of weeks ago Evie was rolling from her back to her front. I say was because it's no longer happening. One afternoon Evie decided that she was going to master this skill. It was quite amusing to watch because she would be on her side and then roll almost all the way on to her tummy, then freak out and flip back on to her back. She did this a few times then she finally made it all the from her back to her front. There was much cheering from Mummy. She rolled 3 times that afternoon. But since then... nothing! It's like she's moved on already. Rolling... been there done that.

Evie is also sitting pretty much by herself. I'm always nearby though just in case she falls over. When she's sitting Evie sometimes reaches for things with her mouth rather than her hands. When she can't reach a toy with her hands, she leans forward with her mouth open and slowly face plants. Sometimes I yell "timmmmmmmmmmmbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer" as she falls. Isn't Mummy mean.

Evie has a new favourite toy - Sophie the Giraffe. Sophie is an iconic rubber teething toy; all the coolest babies have one. I wasn't going to buy Evie a Sophie because I think they are kind of expensive. Auntie Annie was horrified that I was depriving Evie of such a great toy so she bought one as a present. Evie loves Sophie (and Auntie Annie very much). We wrote Evie's name on her giraffe so it won't get mixed up with all the other Sophies out there.
Evie and Sophie the Giraffe

jess - 23rd Nov 2011, 22:37 tags: evie kids growing_evie nablopomo nablopomo11

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The other night Andrew was out having fun with Simon, Tara and Ricky and I was at home looking after Evie. But because Evie goes to sleep at 6:30pm, looking after her this evening just involved me sitting on the couch in my PJs watching Better Homes and Gardens. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself.

But then I realised, Evie goes to sleep and doesn't wake until 2am for her next feed. There was really nothing stopping me from having a night out of my own. I emailed my Mothers' Group straight away and suggested that we have a night out.

And tonight was that night out. A group of us headed out to dinner at La Casa where we ate yummy food, had a few of glasses of wine and chatted (and not just about babies!). It was awesome.

Because it was my first night out in a while I actually made an effort to dress up a little bit. I straightened my hair (for only the 2nd time since Evie was born), I put on makeup and I even wore high heels. I got Andrew to take a photo as evidence.
Jess Jess

jess - 22nd Nov 2011, 23:29 tags: jess nablopomo nablopomo11


Today Evie partook in a very important Wilson tradition. A visit to the Pancake Kitchen. Andrew has always loved pancakes and when he was little a meal at the Pancake Kitchen was a treat. So every time we are in Ballarat we always fit in a visit (Andrew suggested that we skip it this time round, but I wanted pancakes so I made sure it happened).

Before brunch we stopped in to say goodbye to Jane and Leo.
Jane, Evie, Jess and Leo

Mmm, pancakes.
mmm pancakes

Evie didn't understand just how exciting a visit to the Pancake Kitchen is. She had a nap.
Sleeping Evie

This is the fam.
The fam

One last photo of Evie and GeeGee.
Evie and GeeGee

Evie on the plane ride home. She is more interested in trying to eat the seatbelt.
Andrew and Evie

jess - 21st Nov 2011, 21:36 tags: evie ballarat kids travel nablopomo nablopomo11

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