Archive for October, 2011

Trickle treats

October 31, 2011

Finally, it's officially Halloween! Witches hat in one hand, my bee lunch bag in the other I head off to my office for a day of Halloween fun and trickle treating.

I took a bucket of fruit pots as my trickle treat but fortunately Mum carried that for me because it was really heavy.

I arrive to my office as a scary witch!

but soon retire my boots and hat.

Instead I don a ballet skirt and heart gumboots and I turn into a friendly, dancing witch.

which I think worked well for me because I came home with a bucket full of candy. Mum said that will come in handy tonight so we don't have any tricks played on us by the trick or treaters.

Wait a minute. Tricks? What tricks? I thought we were collecting "trickle treats" all day


Cancelled plans and my brother’s Halloween costume goes unused

October 30, 2011

After feeling pretty good most of yesterday I was sick again this morning.  Our plans of going to the Halloween Bash at the Children’s Museum were cancelled and instead we stayed home and got Mum and Papi’s sheets, Lucy and my PJs all through the wash for the second time this weekend.  It also means my baby brother doesn’t get to wear his Halloween costume!  Maybe he should wear it tomorrow anyway?

My baby brother to be dressed up as a jack-o-lantern!

I’ve been puking

October 29, 2011

Yesterday everyone at my office started puking.  I came home the shade of my grey cardigan.  I puked on the front steps.  Puked over Lucy.  Puked over Mum.  Puked on the floor.  Went through three changes of clothes and three sets of towels.  Puked over Prince (who was standing in for Lucy by then) and finally fell asleep in Mum’s arms.

Kiwi spent the day helping me to recover.

Today was a quiet day inside.  Kiwi, my New Zealand lamb, kept me company reading books and watching Dora whilst all the towels and clothes, my sheets and PJs and Lucy and Prince went through the washing machine.  That poor machine had a big day!

Hello Halloween!

October 28, 2011

Halloween in the US is a BIG deal.  I love it!  Cafes sell pumpkin spiced latte and pumpkin pie, shops are decorated with pumpkins and hay barrels, and the houses, well, they are all dressed up too!  Here are some of our favourites around the neighbourhood.


October 27, 2011

Abuela sent me these really cool shoes all the way from New Zealand.  They are black with bright coloured polka dots.

My new favourite shoes. They don't quite outrank my boots... but they come pretty close!

Anyway, I have even more exciting news than that!  Today Papi was pulling out old bags from the spare room closet looking for a replacement computer bag and I found this bag that matches the colours in the shoes perfectly!  Then I realised that my polka dot hat looks fab with the polka dots on the shoes.  And Lucy, well, she goes with everything.

Mum says maybe I should be her fashion consultant. I wonder how much she pays?

My passion for shoes did get me in a little bit of trouble tonight.  We were out at potluck and when we got home we got a phone call from our hosts because the other guests couldn’t find their shoes.  I forgot to tell them that I had neatly put them all ‘away’ in the bookshelf.

Our neighbour’s secret

October 26, 2011

A favourite pastime of mine is to go hunting for Meow at the back of our house when I get home from the office.  I didn’t find Meow today, but I did find our neighbour Jim in the garden and discovered he has a secret pastime…

If you listen carefully you can hear me sing along!

Parents magazine give me the thumbs up!

October 25, 2011

Exciting news!  My blog is featured in the November issue of Parents magazine in an article about babies and toddlers online, “From Gaga to Google.”  They recommend my blog if “Aussie accents and Down-Under-style spelling tickle your fancy” and commented on this post and this post.

The other two featured blogs are: Coles First Blog and Tiny Sartorialist.  They are both also worth checking out.

PS.  If you want to read the article and don’t have as keen eyesight as me then click on it to make it bigger!

How to create a party atmosphere in your living room

October 24, 2011

We couldn’t just leave the celebrating to everyone in New Zealand, we had to celebrate here!

Well done All Blacks!

October 23, 2011

Thank goodness we could see the game on cable tv here in the US. What a game!

Up and up to Pittock Mansion

October 22, 2011

We joined an urban hiking group but this weekend’s hike was fully booked so we decided to do our own urban hike.

I played the critical role of Papi's personal iPod... except I only know about a dozen songs.

We started on the flats of the North West district and were soon climbing some of the city’s longest staircases going up and up the Westover Heights and Kings Heights hills.

The hike gains 800 feet over the 2.5 mile (4 km) climb.

The streets were lined with old mansions that were so big, if we lived there I could have had a different bedroom for each night of the week.

The turn around point was Pittock Mansion, a restored French Renaissance Revival Chateau which is open to the public.  We’ve been there before.

Mum had packed some fruit and nuts, Larabars and water for a morning tea picnic in the Pittock Mansion grounds. I ran around whilst Mum sat down.

Papi and I check out the walking map in the "Walk There! 50 treks in and around Portland and Vancouver" book.

The “Walk There!” guide is downloadable online.