Saturday, November 27, 2010

Retail Therapy

I've been picking up some great bargains lately in my lunch breaks and with the introduction of Sunday shopping in Perth, hold me back! I'm all for things I can mix and match and this year for summer I intend on wearing lots of colour and dresses. I picked up the above for $9 each in the city and I can't stop wearing the dress with silver thongs and the pants with my sequined capelet and bright orange tank top.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Its quite scary that two months has passed in a blink of the eye.

That's how long it has been since I last posted.

Not good, not good at all. Sorry!

I do have an excuse. There was the house move. And work, and Liam and a million other things going on.

We are in our new house now and we just love it. It was so exciting turning the key in our very own front door for the first time. It felt like a new chapter had started for us and was one of our 'big' moments. I still have to pinch myself when I come home from work each night that this is our own home. I'm sure we probably own the doorknob at this point, but hey, its something.

My inlaws arrive this Saturday. They are staying for two months and really wanted to be here for Liam's 2nd birthday in two weeks time and Xmas. To be honest I haven't thought about it too much but I will just try and go with the flow more.

I am up to my elbows in 2nd birthday party planning. My little man is growing so much. I can hardly believe it. Where did two years go?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

All systems go...

So, after an agonising wait and several trips to the church later, we got our finance approval and we settle on our new house on the 14th October!

Such a great feeling...we have worked so hard for this and its not been easy, but it was all worth it.

Now, we are in the middle of trying to lease out the rental. We had to break the lease and nearly every night for the past two weeks we have had people through. I think Richard and I would make a good husband and wife real estate team. Liam shows everyone his toys.

There have been some young couples through expecting their first baby, so I have a soft spot for them and hope they get it. This morning we had a home open and at least 30 people came through. I filled the place with flowers and made brownies for everyone, so I hoped the extra touches worked.

All of this has been pretty stressful. I can't wait till the three of us are in our own home watching Liam play in his garden while Richard and I have a well deserved drink.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The House - Part 2

Ok, so we got the house! Squeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The catch is we got the house subject to finance approval, so now we are waiting on that. I am going to church during my lunchbreaks to pray to a higher being for finance approval. Our broker said we should be fine, but of course, Richard and I will stress ourselves out until we know we have it.

As it all happened so quickly, we forgot that we are still in a lease which doesn't end till January. After repeated phone calls to our real estate agency, we need to find a new tenant and lose a bit of money, but we still don't know for sure if we have the house with the whole finance approval thing.

Rich and I don't make it easy for ourselves do we?

I am so excited but I am trying not to get too excited. I love this house sooooo much and I took a drive up to see it yesterday and it really is so perfect. I can't wait to live there.

Keep praying for us!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

The House

Oh my, what a crazy 48 hours it has been.

Today we offered on a house and tomorrow we go to write up the offer with the agent and will possibly find out if we are successful by the time we go back to work on Monday. I have not been able to sleep properly since 1am Friday morning.

An agent who I have been keeping in contact with emailed me about the house and we went and had a private viewing. When we turned into the street, I knew. When we pulled up into the driveway, I knew. When we walked through the front door I was gone. I think we've gone through about 50 houses in the last 7 months and I have never reacted this way to a house before. I love it, I want it and I will stamp my feet and cry if we don't get it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

One big balancing act...

This has not been the best week. Last Sunday I went out with my parents and while putting Liam into his car seat I noticed he was starting to get the beginnings of conjunctivitis.

It seems that we go from one week of a slightly runny nose and some good sleep, to another week of gastro, or in this case, conjunctivitis, green snot and a constant, barking cough.

Liam's childcare centre is a lovely place and so many people tell me we are very lucky to get him in there, but I am starting to wish winter away and all these bugs he is picking up.

It makes me feel terribly guilty when I have to go to work and he is left with mum, or Richard, while we all take turns to stay at home to make him better.

This morning Liam was looking great, so we decided to chance childcare. I got a phone call just before lunch to pick him up, so now I am at home trying to get work done while he is having a nap.

Working full time is killing me, physically and emotionally. I love my job, but I feel awful leaving Liam each day. My boss has asked me if I have considered going part time and this is something I will be taking up very soon, depending on how big our mortgage will be.

Everyone at work has been so good about it, but I can feel myself get down by disappointing everyone and disappointing the most important person, Liam.

Some days I wish there was more of me to go around or more time in the day to get stuff done. Roll on this house purchase and I am crossing my fingers our mortgage is going to be manageable so I can spend a few more precious days each week having quality time with my little boy.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Single mamma

Richard left to go to Melbourne and Sydney for work on Thursday, so it is me and Liam on our own for this weekend.

Is it strange that I got more done than I usually would on a Saturday than if my husband was around? Perth doesn't have Sunday shopping (I know kill me now) so we usually go full bore getting everything done on a Saturday, as well as looking at home opens.

This morning my little man woke me up at 6.30am and we went to the Farmers Market (aka The Spud Shed), the car wash (poor Liam freaked out and had to climb in the front with me which was not ideal), vaccumed the car, nap time, cleaned the house, went grocery shopping, bought flowers for my auntie who's dog has gone missing and had afternoon tea and made a tuna bake.

Mind you, I didn't get to shower all day!

I miss my husband though. I hate him being away. I miss talking to him and I hate sleeping alone so Liam is my substitute hot water bottle.