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Audrey came to our house for a sleepover this weekend. Evie was super excited about Audrey's visit. All last week she talked about how Audrey was coming over and how Audrey was going to sleep in her room (not going to happen... Audrey slept in our spare room).

Of course the reality of the visit was a little bit different. Evie delighted a little bit too much in tormenting Audrey. They played nicely together most of the time but we did have to step in to separate them on occasion. By the end of the visit Andrew and I were wondering how the parents of twins coped (actually, we've seen the Veitch family at work. They have awesome mediation skills. Send them to the Middle East!)
Audrey and Evie
Cleaning teeth
Ready for bed
In the morning

The next morning Nan and TD came over and we took the girls out to brunch. Evie and Audrey had such a fun time playing in the rain and jumping in puddles. The girls' pants and socks were soaking by the end of the morning. Evie's gumboots are still wet through.
Audrey and Evie Evie and Audrey
Evie Audrey



jess - 18th Nov 2013, 16:55 tags: nablopomo nablopomo13 evie audrey


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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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Well, that was a bit of a blogging hiatus. Apparently I lost my blogging mojo in the move and had to dig through all those boxes to find it. I had better get back into the swing of things. November is coming up, which means NaBloPoMo, which means blogging everyday. I'm woefully out of practice.

A month ago or so we had Audrey's christening. It was held on one of those perfect winter days. Blue skies, sunshine and I'm sure the temperature was in the mid 20s.

Audrey wasn't a fan of the christening part of the day but she did love the after party. Actually all the kids had a ball at the party. The green area outside The Station looked like a school playground at recess time. The kids had a ball playing chasings and climbing trees. The boys even went for a swim in the harbour at the end of the day.
Audrey's Christening Audrey's Christening

Audrey's Christening
Audrey's Christening
Audrey's Christening
Audrey's Christening


More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 9th Oct 2013, 21:27 tags: audrey christening


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Audrey's birthday party was a typical Daley affair. A bit chaotic. Audrey is a third child so the Bells know lots and lots of kids. And there were lots and lots of kids at Audrey's birthday party. Audrey had a lovely time though. She thinks she's one of the big kids and is happy to muckle in.
Audrey's 2nd Birthday

It was pretty much impossible to get a photo of Audrey at cake time because she was surrounded by excited children. We sang Happy Birthday and then the swarm followed Annie as she headed into the kitchen to cut the cake.
Audrey's 2nd Birthday
Audrey's 2nd Birthday

Annie got a friend to make a Peppa Pig cake for Audrey. Isn't it impressive! I need to learn how to get those smooth edges. I think there might be a Peppa Pig cake in my future. I better improve my skills before I attempt it. Either that or wait until this cake has faded in my memory.
Audrey's 2nd Birthday

I offered to make jelly cups for the party. They were very easy to make but a bit labour intensive. I had to wait for each layer to set before I could add the next. They also were a bit difficult to transport as well.

Evie was my helper when I made the jelly cups. She loves to "help" in the kitchen at the moment. She stands on a chair and is in charge of stirring or turning the KitchenAid on and off. For the jelly she put the jelly crystals in the bowl and would stir after I added water (We were super careful though as boiling water is involved).

I think the layered look is very effective. It was a big hit with the kids. Especially Evie who told me she wanted some jelly every time I opened the fridge at home..."I want to EAT IT Mummy!".

Audrey's 2nd Birthday

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 3rd Jul 2013, 08:34 tags: birthdays audrey


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I owe you a proper Evie post. I was so good at documenting Evie's first year. I really like to look back over the photos and posts. It's amazing to see how much my little girl has grown.

Since then I've been really slack. I want to do an 18-month post and update you with all of Evie's latest tricks. Unfortunately, I can't muster the energy to think this evening. I've had a few more days of teaching work this week and I'm exhausted. It's nice to actually be using what I've learned from my studies but it's tiring! I also haven't figured out how to manage the whole working / looking after a toddler / running a household thing. When I work our house falls apart. I really admire all the families who have both parents working. I don't know how you do it all.

So instead of a proper Evie post I'll leave you with this photo of Audrey and Evie. Annie has been looking after Evie sometimes while I work so I owed her big on babysitting hours. On Tuesday, I had both the girls for half a day. I took them to the park for a bit and then for morning tea at Bitton. In this photo they are showing me how well they jump which is why Evie looks huge compared to Audrey (Evie is standing on her toes).
Day330:Audrey and Evie

On Tuesday, I totally paid back at least a full day's worth of babysitting to Annie. There was an incident but it's not something you write about on websites unless you want to get submitted to STFUParents. Suffice to say Audrey required a bath in the middle of the day and I had to wipe myself down with several wet wipes.

Evie's 18-month post is coming soon. I promise!

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

jess - 29th Nov 2012, 23:13 tags: nablopomo nablopomo12 evie kids audrey p366 photography


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