The Big Girls Room

We moved Tali into Moos room yesterday for a number of reasons, one being that it worked really well when we were away (until they got sick) so we thought we might try it at home. This also gives us room in the “spare room” to be able to have our double bed up and running for any visitors that may drop by for an over night stay, not to mention a room for #3 to live in at some stage.
Moo was confused, because at first she thought that it meant Tali sleeping in her “big girls bed” with her – but once I showed her where Tali would sleep, she was very exicted and called it “the big girls room”…

5 steps to get the best deal on gadgets at Officeworks

The recommended retail price for an Asus EEE PC ultraportable laptop is $479 (June 2008). I just bought one from Officeworks for $303, and here’s how:
Do you know that Officeworks claim to offer the lowest prices?
Do you know that if you can find someone else offering a lower price for a stocked item, then Officeworks will beat that price by 5%?
Do you know that this deal applies to online prices as well?
With this information, I present to you a step-by-step guide to getting the cheapest price on your gadget of choice:
1. Go to an Officeworks store and confirm they stock the item
2. Go online to and find the retailer that offers the absolute cheapest price.
In my case, I found a website called which offered the Asus EEE laptop for $319 (plus delivery).
3. Take this information back into the Officeworks store and present the website to employee
4.They will then confirm that not only will they match that price, but they will beat it by 5%.
In my case, that meant $319 x 5% = an additional saving of $15.95 i.e. total cost $303.05 PLUS I saved having to pay shipping costs!
5. Purchase your heavily discounted item. Well done – be content that you have got yourself a real good deal.
Note: even bargain basement sites like Catch of the Day have only gone as low as $319.95 plus $14.95 postage for GREEN Asus EEE machines. And they only offer limited numbers of the product for a 24hr period.

Let me be honest with you…

This morning we were trying to get a very tired Tali back to sleep, so Maisie had a breakfast time that started with Cade, had me in the middle and then finished off with Cade. When Cade went back for the last “shift” he asked Maisie:
Cade- “How was your weetbix – did you eat it all up?”
Moo – “Maisie silly breakfast”
C – “You were silly with your breakfast?”
M – “Yes. Put hands in”
C – “You put your hand in your weetbix?”
M – “Yes. Mummy wipe hands”
C – “Mummy had to wipe your hands?”
M – “Yes”
Cade called out to me and asked if Maisie had been “silly” with her breakfast, to which I replied yes… and then I noted how we only have a limited time of our children being so honest with us!

Family Holiday 08

We are still in recovery from our 10 days away, but we did have a great time!
We spent the long weekend at PY Winter Camp where we had a great time catching up with friends and family and we even fitted a bit of study convening in as well. We were all sleeping in the same room which we were expecting to be interesting, and it turned out to be better than what we thought. The first night we put the monitor on and left the room and a few seconds later the girls were giggling and “BAA”ing to each other, which had Cade and I in laughing fits outside the room. It was so funny to hear them interacting like that to each other in the dark.
On Monday afternoon we drove a short distance down to Austinmer, where we stayed at an apartment over looking the ocean. It was nice to see the sea again! We settled quickly into our “holiday” mode and tried to relax (as much as you can with two kids in the rainy coast weather).
We went down and had dinner with Mad & Jon & Sam & Ben, which Maisie thought was just fantastic. We spent some time at a couple of different parks, down at the beach and also made the drive over to Symbio Wildlife Park. On Thursday it was Maisies birthday, but she had become quite sick, so she spent most of the day moping around and in bed. When we asked her what she would like to have for her birthday dinner she said “Bacon”…
On the Friday we headed into the big city smoke of Sydney where we had lunch in the Royal Botanic Gardens with some of Cades old work friends. Maisie had a lovely time chasing the birds around in the bushes and finding bits of rubbish to give to me. Tali got some good crawling practice in. We then headed south to visit the Gillman household for dinner that night and a quick catch up with some friends.
Saturday we had planned to picnic it up, but the weather had other ideas, so we met up at our old Church Manse with some friends who we have not seen since we moved – which felt like much longer than what it has been. We then went and spent the night with Aunty Nat and Naa in Leichhardt before making a quick dash back to Wagga first thing on Sunday morning due to Maisie (and then Tali) getting sicker over night. The girls slept the whole way home only waking for our stops at Goulburn and The Tuckerbox.
It was a long week and we are all glad to be home in our own beds!
Cade & Girls
Lisa & Girls
Feeding the wildlife grass out of a bag (that cost $2!!)
Maisie wakes up on her 2nd Birthday
Happy Birthday to Maisie
Fun in the sand at Austi Beach
Exploring the sand and the sea

Review: Paintball Albury Wodonga

is fun…
In an unexpected answer to an unasked prayer, I ended up a bus to play paintball in Table Top on Sunday with a bunch of other radio competition winners (read: a mostly expenses paid trip).
I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while, and the experience didn’t disappoint. In my head I was picturing large clunky guns shooting big clumps of paint, but in reality, the guns are lightweight and the paintballs are small marble-size ‘bullets’ that make all the authentic ‘ping’ ‘whoosh’ noises that I expect real flying bullets make.
Paintballing would certainly be more fun playing with a bunch of friends (e.g. bucks party), or at least with people who’s names you knew. It made it difficult to strategise and communicate with each other on the battlefield when we didn’t know each other.
200 paintballs was included for free as part of the deal, but 200 paintballs is not nearly enough! In a striking parallel to real warfare, the team with the most resources (read: most money to buy the most ammunition) usually wins. I managed to scrape through 3hrs of fun with only 300 paintballs, but that was only by being ‘sniper-like’ and playing a gun-less medic for one round (which was actually really fun). Extra balls cost $22 p/100 and are available throughout the games. Some of the other players spent up to $200 on extra balls (discounts are available for bulk buying). Most players bought at least 200-300 extra balls. So with this in mind, buying a 500 ammo deal up front is probably the best way to go.
The guns don’t shoot 100% accurate, but that becomes part of the fun – learning to work with the random arc of the paintballs.
There are 7 or 8 different courses to play through, each suited to a some kind of scenario e.g. capture the flag, defend the POW, stalk the fortress etc.
The balls can sting and I walked away with 3 or 4 small bruisey welts. Some of the other guys ended up dotted all over with little red rings. I am glad I didn’t see the need to invest $5 in a crotch guard, but at least one of the guys was glad he did when he ended up with 3 bullseye gobs of paint splattered across his groin.
The little Round Hill Hotel in Morven proved a great spot to drop in for an ale on the way back to Wagga. And it was only then, much too late, did people slowly get to know each other a little better.

dont you hate it when…

you get all excited about buying a new bed for Maisie, get the bank accounts all ready to be able to buy the new bed, get the kids ready and excited about going in the car (whilst they are in the perfect shopping moods), pack the bag full of morning tea and drink bottles, get your wallet ready, put your sunnies on your head ready to walk out the door only to find that your keys are no where to be found in the house and you can only assume that the are locked in the car – with Cade an hour out of town with the other set of keys, not returning until this afternoon when all the shops will be closed again..
ahhhhhh. there go my plans for the day. does anyone feel like coming over here for lunch?