It has been a funny ol’ 12 months, that’s for sure. Between fires, hailstorms and a global pandemic, along with all the usual craziness of life with 3 kids (and a dog), I’ve found myself with little time to sit down and blog about the goings on. Or perhaps there has been a bit of a lack of motivation on my part, too.
But in amongst the craziness, there has been a lot going on. We may not have done any travelling, but we have taken many culinary journeys with weekly themed dinners. Work has been kicking along, and despite some long hours, it has been a productive and fulfilling year. We also spent a week in the Kangaroo Valley after Christmas where, despite the drizzle, we had a ball kayaking, exploring and warming up in the heated outdoor spa (with valley views to die for!).
And the kids, boy are they growing up so fast! They all have busy sport and social calendars and are (mostly) keeping out of trouble. We are currently planning Miss J’s 6th (!!) birthday party, which made me realise that I never shared Miss M’s 3rd birthday party details from, ahem, 6 months ago.
The theme was chosen by Miss M with vigour for, at the time, she was well and truly obsessed with Dr Seuss. So with the help of Thing 1 and Thing 2 – we got to work transforming our house into a Cat in the Hat inspired party!
Blue, red and chevron were our colours and patterns, and although we set up tables inside, we were fortunate that the sun came out in what can usually be a frigid July.
We played a few party games, including pass the parcel and our very own ‘pin the hat on the cat’ (which most certainly tested my artistic abilities…)
As for the food – we had all the usual party trimmings – including (red fish blue fish) jelly cups, thing 1 and 2 cupcakes, hop on pop (corn) and truffalo fruit skewers.
The cake was rather rustic (not that I think the party girl minded) – comprised of mudcakes covered and decorated in fondant topped with a cake topper that I found online.
And, as the afternoon drew to a close, our guests left with a little Dr Suess party box and book of their own.
A great day was certainly had by all! It’s hard to believe this was 6 months ago!