Sunday, January 13, 2013

Summer Days

Summer has landed and with it my husby's birthday and his new accessory... a Hobie Cat kayak.  

He's been banging on since we've moved here to get a kayak - and the man seriously does the work of three men in a day and usually with a kid in tow.  If there is ever a more worthy person to have a bit of joy from this thing - it is Nic. 
The maiden voyage was made on a windy Thusday evening at Shallow Inlet.  I nearly needed to put a lid on Baxter to keep from him bubbling over and spilling out of his skin.  

He's a thoughtful little man - reading their favourite book at the moment to his little brother to wake him from a sleep...

The eyelashes on him are ahhmazing.

The kiddos are so happy to be together most of the time.  It's funny how the dynamics change now with four...

a cool evening strapped to mama.  
wondering why she wasn't tucked up in her warm bed!

Gretta loves it.

...sheer terror...
might take the blondie a bit longer to get used to this thing.
he was in about 12 inches of water here.
Had friends around for birthday roast lamb lastnight - Edie May is gorgeous - Monty was lending a hand to push along on the Deere

And in a stroke of genius as we (the 6 adults) had laid all of the tucker out on the table, Nic suggested that we just eat and leave the kids to play.  
It was SO peaceful! 6 adults having a dignified dinner while the smalls that are so demanding at a table played outside.  We then chucked the leftover meat and veg and bits onto a couple of plates and they had a picnic on the trampoline.  Must remember this one again!

Our sweet Savvy (3 1/2 months) is rolling a bit and definitely in a good paddock.  She's been waking a few times in the night which has thrown me for a loop as she had been sleeping thru at 6 weeks! I think it may have to do with these summer evenings that we are staying out so late.

Facebook has been hogging all of my quick snaps that I take on the phone, but hopefully next week when my new phone arrives I will work out how to blog from it and then I can ignore Facebook instead of my blog! 

In the meantime - here's a few lately...

the makings of Nic's cake - Layered Guinness Cake with Lemon Filling topped with cream = YUM.  This is traditional birthday cake Lepage...

This was me lastnight 15 minutes before guests arrived for dinner.  Couldn't bear to take myself away from the babe to get ready...

Savvy and I at the Red Hill Market last weekend...

Gretta's latest masterpiece -- those are decorations on my legs - not hair.

The Baileys soaked Guinness Cake Trifle for Christmas.

The hideously hot night we had - this alarm clock was left on Baxter's bed and I found it as I was putting him to bed - look at the temp in the lower right hand corner.  Had to put him on my bed rather than COOK him.

Graffiti Alley in Melbs with the big kids...

Sleepy babe after an afternoon at the beach...

Hope your summer days are lovely like ours.


Ainsley said...

What a gorgeous update on your family! Your husband looks like a bit of a "super Dad". I think it might come with big families ;)

Mom said...

SMILING!! Beautiful pictures! Nic looks like he positively loves his kayak. It's funny how cool he is with Monty screaming his head off. Poor little guy! And the idea of eating in peace was a wonderful one! The kids were happy and so were you and I'm sure they loved their picnic on the trampoline. Savannah is so very cute and reminds me of her mommy xxoo
PS It is too hair!!

Fiona said...

Lovely to hear from you Amy and wonderful to see how your Summer is unfolding. We're enduring scorching days and unfortunately no rain ... here's hoing the Big Wet's on its way. Happy New Year to your beautiful family.

lesley said...

Monty's expression in the kayak is priceless! Nic's new toy looks like a keeper :)

Mom said...

Just went through these again today and enjoyed them all over again. Wonderful!
Bronwyn, Nic really deserves this toy. He is a wonderful guy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
Great photos. Yes I agree with your Mom Nic is loving his kayak, the beach is definitely a favourite place to be along with you & the kids, how accommodating is Savannah a real beach baby!, beautiful & growing very fast.
Love Bronwyn x

Anonymous said...

Awesome pics Amy!
Nic looks super chuffed with his kayak!
Good to see the boys enjoying Roadworks we just got it out from the library for the 10th time ha ha!! There is a 2nd book Demolition will send a copy over..
Love that dinner time idea bloody brilliant must remember that one!
Hi to all
Love Em xoxo

Jane @ Shady Baker said...

Your summer days looks seriously good Amy! Love that kayak, so much fun for everyone x