Sunday, July 29, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Inside The Bambini Household :: Mr Bambini’s Epic Fail Saturday

We like a bit of drama round these parts and l thought let’s have a sneak peek into one of our manic days at the Bambini house. It’s not that riveting but at least you get to hear all about Mr Bambini’s “disaster day!!”

4am :: Mr 2 decides he wants cuddles and milk so I’m up and down for the next 2.5 hours. He wants to be in his bed then our bed, back to his bed then back into our bed. Mr Bambini admits defeat  by 6.45am and gets up with both boys leaving me to sleep in til 8am. Although it’s not solid sleep, l drift in and out as the kids run up and down the hallway, proceed to argue over the Ipad and demand breakfast. Mr 3 is allowed to have “technology time” for 1 hour a day, although he has no concept of what 1 hour really is yet and we only give him around 30 minutes. Although an hour sounds impressive and lengthy to a 3 year old and it’s good to set up that time limit at an early age.

8am :: Get up. Kids happily eating breakfast and hubby ironing shirt for the races, we’re heading to Flemington today (**drone** not in the mood yet!) The kitchen is an absolute mess from the previous night’s dinner and Chinese take-away containers, scattered beer bottles,  plates and god knows what else are all strewn over the bench tops. Choose to ignore until showered.

8.05am :: Jump in shower then overcome with the smell of bleach. (**drone!!!) Mr Bambini must have got all domestic this morning and bleached the roof in the bathroom – we have a crappy mould problem, yuck! Enjoying the peace until Mr 2 swings open the door and the 2 children proceed to run in an out of the bathroom. Then l hear the sound of the glass laundry door being kicked. Jump out of shower all wet and fly into the laundry to find Mr 3 administering Kung-Fu to the all glass door. Yell at him then return to the bathroom to dry myself. Throw hair up. No time for make-up this morning.

8.20am :: Get back in PJ’s and do the dishes. Make Chai Tea. Switch off that dreaded talk back garden show and turn it over to the MyMP. (Daggy but true!) Mr Bambini offers me the left over Chinese for breakfast (NO WAY!) and proceeds to warm it up and demolish it. (I think l just vomited in my mouth while writing that!) Rock out to one of my all-time fave songs and finish dishes.

8.45am :: Dress. Remove stubby top from the mouth of Mr 2. (“Not a fun thing to chew on sweet-heart”) Mr Bambini tells me I’m pretty (He knows I’m grumpy!) Finish the last of the banana bread and head out the door to soccer class with Mr 2 in tow.

9am :: Arrive at Soccer with all the other blurry eyed parents. Proceed to run around with 20 other 2 year olds like a crazy women and half way through the class Mr Bambini calls to inform me he has locked himself out of the house. What wonderful news!
Epic fail score for the morning Me :: 0 Mr Bambini :: 1

9.45am Finish class and call Mr Bambini. He has retreated to Small Block Cafe and is waiting for me to come home. I get him to order me a coffee while also telling him how absent minded he is. Mr 3 has now missed out on attending his karate class but is compensated with gingerbread and strawberry milk.

10am :: Home. Mr 2 down for nap. Mr 3 watches ABC2. Mr Bambini can’t find our VCR member passes for the races then realises his left them at his sister’s house. She just happens to be holidaying in France with her new boyfriend.
Epic fail score for the morning Me :: 0 Mr Bambini :: 2

10.15am :: Mr Bambini drives down to Fitzroy to break into sister’s house with his Mum to look for VRC passes. On the way he calls his sister in France to ask them where his passes are. It’s 2am in France. Sister not impressed. I dress for the races and we manage to get out of the house with kids and passes by 11.30am. I think l’ve scrubbed up all right. Mr Bambini makes fun of my neck scarf.

11.40am :: Drop kids off. Proceed to races. I have a grand day and have a collect on every race except one. Mr Bambini has no wins and proceeds to get wasted with friends.

5pm:: Mr Bambini swaggers down to the car park then realises he’s lost his NEW Country Road woollen scarf and members pass.
Epic fails  score for the day Me :: 0 Mr Bambini :: 3.

5.30pm :: Collect children and go home to eat dinner which is Nona’s homemade pizza. (BLESS!  You looked after my kids all day and made us dinner!) Mr Bambini passes out on the couch while l pop Mr 2 to bed.

6.30pm :: Mr 3 and l decide to watch a family movie while Mr Bambini snores loudly on the couch. We eat Mamee snacks and Babybel Cheese from the Bloggers Brunch. Mr 3 jumps on Mr Bambini a bit :: no response.

8.00pm:: Pop Mr 3 to bed.  Mr Bambini still passed out on the couch. Throw a crochet blanket over him and leave the TV on softly. I retreat to the bedroom to read blogs on the Ipad.

9pm:: Sleepy time for me!

11.30pm:: Mr Bambini wakes from his beer infused sleep and comes to bed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mini Review :: Nuts About Coffee :: Blackburn

This tiny coffee shop opposite the Blackburn train station is a great place to grab a quick coffee and sweet treat with the kids. There isn’t much room for prams in the little space, but the entire front window is given over to toys, cushions and the biggest teddy bear you have ever seen!

The organic Fairtrade coffee (and babycinos of course) come with a complimentary piece of a honey/nut/seed slice, which is chewy and delicious. There are a few other sweet treats, like muffins, biscuits and slices, but no other real menu. You can, however, pick up bags of various dried fruits, nuts, lollies and snacks at very reasonable prices.

Being more a store, rather than café, there are no toilets or changing facilities either.

We visited on a cold and wet autumn morning and the place was super busy with families, walkers with dogs and those enjoying a relaxing coffee while reading the paper. Definitely worth a visit if you happen to be heading out East for a drive.

The Cheeky Deets!

80 South Parade Blackburn

Mon-Fri 7.30am-7.30pm, weekends 8.30am-3pm


For the Wees Ones
Babycinos :: Healthy Eats :: Toys :: Books

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Brave 35 Years Young

It was my birthday  a few Sunday's ago. I was 35. I was especially excited about my birthday this year as the date coincided with the launch of Disney / Pixar “Brave” into cinemas – well the preview for invited guests anyway. Pretty much it was a match made in heaven, my birthday, a trip to the cinema and spending time with my boys. What more could one want really, because as you get older the birthday’s just seem to blend into each other but l know I’ll remember this one. 

My kids have a slight obsession with Disney DVD’s at our place and l only have myself to blame really. You see a favourite childhood memory of mine is watching Disney Videos on a cold winter’s day.  Videos – yes videos, a device my kids will never encounter. I got so much enjoyment as a child from watching films. Still do. So if there is one thing l’d like to pass onto my wee ones is the joy and escapism of film.

Mr 3 was VERY excited about going to the movies to see Brave. Mr Bambini – not so much. You see Mr Bambini had a hang-over from the previous night’s man-cave festivities. He had no one else to blame but himself and l wasn’t going to let him ruin my day moaning about his sore head, so l still dragged him along. The constant playing of bags pipes for about an hour was the best touch this mamma could have asked for. Take that! I told him to take it easy before l left him to his own devices at the pub. I have no sympathy for self-inflicted drinking head aches and he wasn’t going to ruin all the plans l had made for the day.
Mr 3 and I LOVED the movie, there were some bears, who were little scary (in true Disney tradition), along with an old creepy witch, some cute little red heads and a shite load of arrows and tartan garments. Here’s a little tid-bit….HERE

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, Brave follows the story of Merida, a young fiery red head teenager who struggles with finding herself, with creating her own destiny. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. It’s a story of courage and above all true bravery.

Put Brave on you school holiday to-do-list. It’s a little bit of Disney magic for the whole family, even the hung-over ones too! Melbourne session times HERE peeps!

Birthday City Eats....
We had morning coffee HERE which has a small kids menu
We had lunch HERE which serves fresh dumplings suitable for wee ones
We got our afternoon tea from Cup Cake Central – a lovely box for $12 filled with cup cake goodness


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