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This is the view from our terrace. Rows and rows of apartments. The crane in the background is helping build the latest tower of apartments for our area. Our area is definitely high density living.

It doesn't feel crowded though. We don't hear our neighbours very often so living in our apartment feels just like living in a house. We've got a bike path to Bicentennial Park and the river right next to us. We've got a few parks and green spaces within walking distance from our house.
Photo: Skyline

jess - 6th Nov 2013, 20:43 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 photography

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Melbourne / Sydney: Friday lunch time
Project5213 Week 34

"Yes, I'm one of those mums. One of the mums who puts money in the little rides at the shopping centres.

I never used to be. It used to be enough for Evie to have a little play on the ride. That's when she didn't know what they could do. Then one day, someone put some money in to make a ride go. Now she always asks me "
Mummy, can you put some money in please?" And I give in.

I do use the possibility of a ride as a reward (read: bribery). We always do it at the end of a shopping visit. I can stall her wanting to play on every single ride at the centre by mentioning that we'll have a go on one at the end. She can have a go on one if she sits nicely in the trolley and doesn't whinge.

I tell myself that I'm teaching her delayed gratification. But really, I do it because she enjoys it. I feel like $2 isn't much to spend when she gets such joy out of the experience. Look at that happy smile in the photo above.

Check out Tash's day at jouljet.

Today, I'm linking with Essentially Jess's I Blog On Tuesdays (IBOT).

jess - 5th Nov 2013, 20:35 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 evie project52 project5213


It's TD's birthday today. Happy Birthday TD!

There was a little gathering yesterday at the Granger's house in Austi to celebrate. We managed to fit TD's birthday photo in between a couple of games of bocce. There was a high level difficulty for this photo as we had to clean chocolate off the girls' faces, Oscar and Leo were being... well, Oscar and Leo and we were being yelled at by Max to get off the bocce green.

I may have had a little bit of help from my friend photoshop to get a photo where mostly everyone is smiling. (Audrey isn't smiling in photos at the moment.)
Happy Birthday TD

Here are the photos from previous years because it's fun to watch the kiddies grow.
Day309: Happy Birthday TD
TD and the Grandkids

jess - 4th Nov 2013, 20:16 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 birthdays td

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We spent the October long weekend in Goulburn with Grandma and Grandpa.

Andrew captured this lovely series of photos of Evie helping Grandma out in the garden. It's Grandma's favourite place to be. Evie and Grandma planted an avocado seed, did some weeding and watering and rooted around in the compost heap to uncover worms. Evie had a ball.

It's good that Grandma is passing on her green thumb to Evie. Andrew and I aren't the best at keeping green things alive.

Planting an avocado seed
Planting an avocado seed
Gardening with Grandma

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 3rd Nov 2013, 10:37 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 evie

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Evie the butterfly and Audrey the pussycat.
Photo: Fun

Evie had a wonderful time today at Erko Berzerko - the fete held by Oscar and Leo's public school. She had her face painted, got a balloon, watched Leo do his hip hop dance and ate half a scone, a caramel bite, a Portuguese tart, a handful of fairy floss and all the icing off a cupcake (all after lunch too!). She's inherited my sweet tooth.

She loves her butterfly face painting. She keeps running off to her bedroom to check it out in the mirror. I'm a bit worried about the what reaction will be when we have to wash it off at bath time. We've been workshopping that scenario quite a bit this afternoon. I'll let you know how it goes.

jess - 2nd Nov 2013, 19:02 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 evie audrey

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