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Do you mind?

Could she be really getting to that age already? She asks to sit on there but she doesn’t do anything. It’s all about exposure just now and getting her used to the potty and not afraid of it. No rush. summer is coming and everything will happen all in good time 🙂 I just wanted to share how cute the little poppet is 😀



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Two weeks ago I was involved in a little accident. I was driving through a green light at an intersection when a car turned into my car. I had the girls in the car with me, we are all ok but the car was towed away.

We have been two weeks without a car now and they are saying it will be another three weeks for repairs to be completed. Having no car is a pain but also a blessing.

It is a pain when you need to go grocery shopping, but thankfully I am blessed with amazing friends like Dannii who come and pick me up and take me shopping to all the good cheap shops 😉
It’s a pain when your baby has a birthday and you can’t get to the shops without her to but her a present, but thankfully I have an intelligent and giving husband who suggested I take a Taxi. I’d never been in a Taxi before. Can you believe it, 31 years old and never caught a Taxi 🙂 It was great to be able to go to Kmart (Thank God for 24hr Kmart) and shop for a while on my own. It did cost me almost $25 just to go up the road and back but it was worth it. I felt so much better after choosing her a little something for her special day.
Having no car is a pain when you need to go anywhere further then you can walk or in a direction that the train doesn’t go. Thankfully I have a push bike and a bike trailer the girls can ride in so we could use that when we really needed too.

It’s a blessing to have no car when you really think about it. We were able to spend more time at home. More time together baking in the kitchen (I so love baking). More time exercising to go places. I have been hard saying that I find exercise difficult because it has no purpose for me (besides exercising). When I was younger, I exercised a lot, just in normal daily tasks… walking to the bus stop, walking around the cows, walking down to see Dad working down the paddock, visiting my cousins etc. Now exercise is usually only done because I need to exercise so it was a blessing to exercise for a purpose again 🙂 I haven’t felt the pressure to be places when I really needed to be at home.

On Thursday we picked up a hire car. We would have picked one up sooner but our Insurance company told us we could hire one for $15 a day for up to 10 days. We couldn’t really afford to hire one for longer then that and were planning a family holiday. We didn’t want to hire one too soon and be left with no car when the holiday time came up. After hearing from the repair place about the time frame for repairs, we rang our Insurance company back to speak about the hire car again. Two weeks with no car was manageable, but 5 weeks was asking a little too much. It turns out (that they forgot to mention … so glad I spoke to a different person this time) that the Insurance company of the other car involved has to pay for our hire car anyhow! Why didn’t they say that in the first place when we asked!?!

(Other Car involved… they came out a little worse then us).

Anyhow, frustrating as it is… we now have a hire car so are mobile again 😀

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My baby turns 2!

Can you believe it? I can’t but at the same time it feels like she has been part of this family my whole life! I can’t imagine life without her ever being in it.

So yes, Zoe turned 2 yesterday. She is growing so fast. She is saying a few more words now and is saying a few more clearly. She still LOVES her blanket and sleeps with it always. She loves to pat it with one hand while she sucks on the thumb on her left hand. She is developing such a fine little personality. I love it when she blabs away in her own little language then laughs big open mouth laughs like she has shared the best joke. So cute.

So here are a few pics from her special day –

She opened her pressies in our bed in the morning.

She spent the day riding her new trike and running around in her new flashing runners (which I think just may have been her favourite present).

We headed to a local park in the late afternoon to enjoy a casual dinner of hot chips with some family and friends and of course, the cake.

It was a lovely day and a lovely celebration for such a lovely little girl.


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Toddler Fashion

I wrote this post as a guest blog post for my mate Kym a couple of months ago but due to computer issues, she was never actually able to publish it…so, instead of let all my hard blogging work go to waste ;), I thought I may as well post it on my own blog 😀 –

Hi my name is Jodi and I am wife to Shannon and mother to two adorable girls (Matilda – 3 & Zoe – 1). I’m not sure that I’m much of an expert on fashion. I grew up in the country and fashion is never a priority where I’m from.

Most of the time I’m a fashion disaster! lol.

Then God blessed me with two girls. Hmm… and the fun begins…


A chance to make up for a childhood spent in jeans and a flannelette shirt (which I can still be caught in on the odd occasion ;D ).

Welcome to a world of twirly dresses and skirts (which my daughter insists on wearing most days of the week)

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and a whole new world of fashion disasters while the learning process takes place.


There are a few key things that my 3 year old has learnt early on and a LOT that she is still yet to learn.


1). A girl has a right to change her mind right?

Haha, well my 3 year old has that down to a tee. We have had days when she has changed her outfit 6 times! Off she’d run to her bedroom only to emerge 5 minutes later with some other ‘twirlier’ skirt or something in ‘my favourite colour blue’. To walk into her room on one of these days is to walk into the after affects of a bomb blast. Clothes strawn everywhere & drawers hanging open. Mum is NOT impressed with the extra work that results from these days. However I guess children have to learn and we all know that they learn best from experiencing it for themselves.


2). Shoes make an outfit.
Matilda can NEVER get this part right. Gumboots with dresses, sandals with socks, open toed high heels with tights. Hmmm… a LOT still to be learnt in this area (and 3 year olds are persistent and can’t be convinced to change their mind no matter how hard we try…oh and some battles just aren’t worth fighting too ;D).

(Hmm…skirts & boots…looks like she’s a farm girl like me ;D.)
Matilda wears dress- hand made by Clair Bremner, Grey striped long sleeved top – handed down from friends, tights – handed down from friends, Boots – handed down from friends, hat – handed down from friends.

(not bad…until we get to the shoes lol).
Matilda wears ‘Scooter baby’ top & shorts – handed down from friends, Hat- mine 😉 , pink sandals (thanks sis).

(gorgeous skirt, cute singlet & … crocs).
Matilda wears Petiskirt – hand made by me ;), winged singlet- cotton on kids, crocs- handed down from friends.

Mostly she just wants to spend most of her days like this-

Matilda wears – not much! 😀

Happy, footloose & fancy free… naked as a jaybird. Matilda is always the first child to remove her shoes at Playgroup and is often caught naked at home uttering the words ‘I don’t like my clothes Mummy’.

Having girls is a whirlpool of fun. I haven’t even touched on the endless supply of hair clips, pretty glittery nail polish, adventures in Mums makeup bag discovering mascara, lipstick and all things pretty.


Life sure is fun with girls around 😀


Jodi Batten writes from her home in Melbourne where she loves to sew for her family & home, scrapbook their memories and stamp boutique style necklaces for her business Tildys.

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Gone fishing…

I did a bit of this recently… I miss it. So fun! I caught 2. One was way too small and back it went.

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Have you ever wondered?

What people will say about you when you aren’t around? What people will say about you when you are no longer alive? What you will be remembered for?

I know it seems a funny thing to think about but as I was watching Carols in the Domain tonight in my peacefully quiet lounge room with both girls asleep in bed and hubby at Macca’s studying for his interview on Monday, I started to think about Christmas and all the things I love about it. It made me think about how important spending Christmas with my family is and how much I respect and love my mother.

I couldn’t think of anything not to like about her. I couldn’t think of single person who didn’t like her. I couldn’t think of a single bad word I had ever heard spoken about her. It made me want to be like her. To be respected like her, loved like her, cherished like her and admired like her.

* She is never too busy to help someone.
* Never has too little food to feed an extra person.
* Hardly ever turns away a child who wants to spend the night.
* Always has home baked goods in the house and time for a cuppa to share them with you over.
* She has a quiet endearing sense of humour that is totally loveable.
* She is forgiving, compassionate and kind.
* She has an attitude of servanthood.
* She is submissive and respectful.
* She is helpful & hard working.
* She is playful.
* She is creative.
* She is an excellent cook.
* She is a Godly woman.
* She is beautiful.

I know I have friends and that there are people that like me, but I also know that there would have been times when even my closest friends have seen things and noted things in me that aren’t admirable. When people have said unkind words about me. Wouldn’t it be nice to live a life when people can stop and think about you and not fault anything you’ve done or do. When people can see past your faults (because even though I can’t see any in my Mother… she is human so there are bound to be some… somewhere) and be so blinded by the goodness in you that they can’t see your sinfulness but can only see your Christlike goodness. I long to be like that.


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New header

I decided it was time for a new header. One that included Zoe too. So I used a template from Shabby blogs and made up this one…

and then I realised that it wont fit 😦 It’s the wrong shape 😦

Oh well… now I know you can’t use blogger header templates for wordpress. Back to the drawing board.

It is gorgeous though…Don’t you think?


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