Easter Maps

Easter Maps

I think I am in the Easter Bunny’s bad books today.  Let me explain. Each year the Easter Bunny leaves a map of our house with the places marked to where he has hidden the eggs, money, and this year… Lego. Easy enough really. Make the map once, and reuse it each year. Here is last year’s map.   The problem was that last week I decided to rearrange the furniture, and I don’t think Continue Reading

Autumn Beach Fun

Autumn Beach Fun

The weather is turning a bit chilly here in Melbourne, but we are still getting some beautiful Autumn days. We try to make the most of the sunshine, and there is no better place to enjoy some fresh air than the beach. The water is cold this time of year, but it amazes me how much cold kids can withstand when they are having fun. I’m too old and complainy for cold water, so I Continue Reading

Make your Own Birthday Cakes

Make your Own Birthday Cakes

IrishDoom counted down the days to his big day, and last Friday couldn’t come quickly enough. Now, on a normal school morning getting out of bed is a slow process. He often lies in bed for a few minutes waking up, taking his time to greet the day. Sometimes he needs a shake to get up, and always complains that THIS time in the morning is too early, and unnatural. Funnily, last Friday he was Continue Reading

I’m Glad I Bought those Pee Pads!

I’m Glad I Bought those Pee Pads!

Ferrets are naturally clean-ish animals. They like to do their potty business in the same places, and if they can’t find that place, and they won’t look too hard, they back into a corner. So when the girls are having a run around the house, the easy thing to do is put something in each corner for easy clean up if they poop. I got pee pads for this exact job. Major fail! The girls Continue Reading

Days Until My Birthday

Days Until My Birthday

It’s IrishDoom’s 11th birthday on Friday. This calendar has been hanging in his room for over a week. Do you think he’s excited about his birthday? Notice that each day to be ticked off has part of a parcel drawn. A new piece is sketched for each day until the full gift is revealed on his birthday. Can you see that little green corner exposed on the larger gift? I think he’s had a sneaky Continue Reading

Man at Work

Man at Work

We are updating our cubby. Plans are afoot, and dreams are being dreamt.  Have a look at tinyhouse. It’s a site that tcmullinax, a reader, shared with us. It’s dedicated to tiny houses much like our cubby, that people live in full time. Some of the house are not much bigger than my en-suite! I couldn’t do it. I love my space. But the boys are now dreaming about a cubby house they can live in. Continue Reading

The Cubby

The Cubby

A few years ago Grandad was out from Ireland for a visit. Not the type to sit around while here, he got himself a project. The boys asked for a cubby, and he got to building.   They didn’t want an ordinary cubby, but a luxury two-story delight. He built it to their plans, including some small cut outs so they could fire their water guns out at passers-by. I learned very quickly not to Continue Reading

Learn to Code: Python

Learn to Code: Python

Python is the programming language which really inspired IrishCyborg to delve deeper into programming. After starting with JavaScript we encouraged him to look at other languages to study. There were two books which we used;  Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners, and Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming. The latter was preferred over the former but both have been good resources. One of the big draws with Python is that it has a Continue Reading

They Are Growing Up So Fast

They Are Growing Up So Fast

My grandmother was forever telling me to enjoy the moment. “Enjoy today, tomorrow comes too fast”,  and “Life speeds up as you get older, don’t wish your life away” she would say. I didn’t believe her, and still wished for Christmases, birthdays, and holidays. Now I know she was right, as she always was. Life with my boys is going at lightening speed. One day my youngest is not much more than a baby feeding Continue Reading

St Patrick’s Day with the Natives.

St Patrick’s Day with the Natives.

When you are Irish living abroad, St Patrick’s Day has extra special meaning. It’s a time to celebrate your heritage, be proud of your country of origin, but also to be thankful of your new life. Australia has been wonderful to us, and we decided to spend St Patrick’s Day with some natives at Ballarat Wildlife Park.   The park has over eighty free roaming Kangaroo Island Kangaroos. These are the perfect kangaroo for an Continue Reading

The Big Day

The Big Day

Like many first time parents the day came and went that our first little bundle of joy was meant to greet the world. Day after day passed. I gave up hope. This kid was never coming out. Then seven days past his due date, he gave signs of arrival. Off we went to the hospital, along with The Bag that had been packed for an eternity.   IrishDev was doing great.  He drove to the Continue Reading

Rafael’s Birthday Wish

Rafael’s Birthday Wish

Meet Rafael. Rafael was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in July ’08. Stage IV means that the original tumor has spread to distant lymph nodes or other parts of the body. Rafael was stable until 2013, but unfortunately his cancer has progressed. He is undergoing chemo at the moment. Rafael will be turning ten on March 25th, and celebrating with his mum, Natasha, his dad, Domingoes, and his big sister, Gabriela. For his tenth birthday Rafael has asked Continue Reading

Toilet Roll Monsters

Toilet Roll Monsters

I showed you a couple of weeks ago the reindeer that my boys have been making with toilet rolls. This was not their toilet roll first love. I have asked my younger two IrishKing, aged 9, and IrishDoom, aged 10, to share with you how they primarily use toilet rolls. The following is written by them. You can use toilet rolls for many different purposes, like for example you know .. the obvious…. holding toilet Continue Reading

Learn to Code: JavaScript

Learn to Code: JavaScript

Khan Academy was where our children first started their journey to learning programming. They started here and progressed to Codecademy. I’ve included both resources in this single post because they use the same computer language: JavaScript. Both resources employ a technique called responsive programming environment where you can literally type code into your browser and have it do something for you. You may not have heard of JavaScript previously, but chances are that you run some Continue Reading

My husband is a Wimp!

My husband is a Wimp!

We were expecting our first child I bought every book on Amazon about pregnancy and child-birth, and read them from cover to cover. I’d lie on the couch, ordering Mars Bars and Diet Coke for dinner. You see, I had acquired a slave during pregnancy, and boy did I take advantage of him. IrishDev pandered to my every whim. Well, nearly every whim. There was one thing I could not get him to do, read Continue Reading

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