For Mother’s Day this year, I got a trip to the after hours doctors, then five hours in A&E at the hospital – because Cameron developed a strange swollen ankle/foot, with no obvious cause.
We weren’t sure if he had only sprained it, but the doctors were concerned it was a tissue infection, or worse, a bone infection. So Cameron was admitted to be treated.
He had x-rays, an MRI (which he needed to have general anesthetic for so he didn’t move), a tissue/fluid sample taken, and 6-hourly intravenous antibiotics. Poor fella – he did not like the IV line or the bandages and splint protecting it, saying “Too big!”. At least he loved the hospital desserts.
We spent three nights in hospital. Luckily he had TV, his lions, clowns and lots of play equipment to keep him busy. By the last day he wanted to spend most of the time in the playground outside – despite not being able to walk on his feet.
We’re still not really sure what happened, but fortunately it wasn’t anything too serious. Cameron is running around and back to his usual active self. (Except he has an ear infection and conjunctivitis now…)
We are very fortunate that this was nothing in comparison to what some other families are facing.
So, to all the brave kids, and their parents – I salute you!
Happy Birthday my little man.
You’re a silly little goose, a dare-devil, a performer, Mr Athletic, a cheeky monkey, a very determined little soul.
You love you big sister. She’s your idol. You copy her – everything she does and says.
You’re a parrot. You have been talking so much. You can count to fifteen, say ‘Please’ and ‘Nank you’. You can ask to be excused from the table with “May I be excuse me please?”
You are so smart. You are great at shape-sorting and can name the hard shapes like hexagon and trapezoid. You can recite your alphabet (close enough). You love singing, even if it comes out “Murray had a little lamb”. Boys can have lambs. Boys can also demand hair ties and sometimes a fairy is better than a pirate. As long as it’s a loud stompy fairy.
After all the havoc, you still love a cuddle. Not any cuddle – it has to be a ‘big cuddle’ that involves heaving you off the ground and squeezing you close. You may be tough-and-rumble, but you’re mummy’s boy at heart.
What a tiring but lovely two years it’s been my son. Love you lots.
…is a little country who has just given the OK to same-sex marriage.
I am so happy for those who now can marry the ones they love and be acknowledged in the same way as all marriages.
Yay for New Zealand!
Mum doesn’t like to drink tea as she says it keeps her awake (I’ve tried to explain what decaf means and how she can have those if she wants).
Today after doing her shopping, she says “They were giving these away. I’ve had one – it’s yum.” while handing me a Red Bull. Lol. Oh mum.
A bacon and egg pie, with onion, cheese and baked-in tomato sauce – best ever? I have to say so myself.
The recipe is pretty flexible – just use more or less to fit the pie dish. If you’re using a rectangle dish, just cut the pastry and arrange to fit – you don’t have to do anything special except push the pieces together to close the gaps.
- 1 small onion
- 6 large rashers bacon (or however much you want really)
- 8 eggs
- 1 sheet short crust pastry
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- tomato sauce, or worcestershire sauce or both!
- grated cheese
- Optional: frozen peas and corn, or shredded spinach etc.
- Preheat oven to 185°C.
- If you are using frozen bought pastry, leave these out to defrost in the meantime.
- Finely chop onions.
- Cut rind off the bacon and chop roughly. Put aside.
- Fry some fatty bits of bacon with the onions until onions are softened. Cool.
- Spray a lasagne dish or deep pie dish with oil and line the bottom with the short crust pastry. It doesn’t have to go up the sides.
- Sprinkle on the onions and the rest of the bacon. (Sprinkle over vegies if you’re using them.)
- Crack over the eggs and break the yolks a little.
- Swirl on some tomato sauce and sprinkle on cheese.
- Top with puff pastry.
- Prick the top with a fork and brush with a bit of milk.
- Bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown.
If you have young children, you will understand. *Yawn.*
I’ve drawn a number at random and the winner is…
You’ll have your own unicorn shirt to wear shortly (or however long it takes for cafepress to deliver it to your country).
Thanks to all those who have entered and supported my design.
You can still purchase my designs from the eggshell green cafepress shop (and don’t forget to check for special offers on the main cafepress site).
Amidst my recuperation from foot surgery, I decided I had to make something cute for the kids’ Easter egg hunt this year.
Here’s the idea I came up with for bunny Easter baskets / treat boxes, using the cardboard noodle boxes that I already had.
Instructions are as follows:
- Cut ears into the front flap of the box.
- Cut off the other three flaps and save.
- Cut feet from one flap. I kept both feet on a single piece.
- Cut a face from another flap.
- For extra detail cut out a nose and ear inners. I used pink coloured card for ease.
- Using a hot glue gun, attach the nose to the face, the ear inners to the ears, and then attach the face and feet to the box.
- Draw on eyes, mouth, paws, whiskers etc.
- Attach a pompom tail.
- Give to squealing children to fill with chocolate (or the other way around).
That’s all I had time for. The Easter egg hunt was a bit of a rush with random eggs hidden amongst our forever-mess that is our house (the garden was the worse option, let’s say…). Hope your hunts are better organised. Happy Easter!
(And don’t forget to enter my unicorn Rainbow Shuffle t-shirt giveaway before end of Sunday 31 March 2013.)