About Caroline

Caroline Brown is a 40 year-old engineer, mathematician and mum of two boys aged three and six months.

Beaching and Blogging

I’ve been very salck with blogging recently, something I hope to change! The boys and family life keep me busy, and returning to work just over a month ago has required many changes in routine. The boys are well, and Lyndon has slipped easily into the child care routine, illnesses aside.

The boys enjoying their personal watercraft

The boys enjoying their personal watercraft

A glorious evening at the beach yesterday was the highlight of the weekend, with both boys turning into real water lovers! All those swimming lessons seem to be doing some good!

Fish and chips on the beach rounded out the adventure, something we’ll certainly do again.

Swaying with Dogs

Swaying with Dogs

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A visit by cousins

For the past few days we have had my cousin Anna, her husband Sacha and their 3 month old daughter Pippa from Melbourne staying with us while they look for a place to live in Adelaide. Sacha has landed a great job here and starts in just over a month. It was wonderful to have them stay and to get to know Sacha and Pippa. Lyndon and Pippa enjoyed getting tangled up together, and Tallis loved Pippa, referring to her as ‘my baby Pippa’. I very much look forward to them moving here and getting to spend a lot more time with them.

The first Big party!

We threw our first big kid’s party today. It was a 3rd birthday party for Tallis, his previous parties being small, low-key, family and very close friends’ affairs. We held it in a park close to our place, and hired a jumping castle for the day which was a huge success!

The big hit for the day was definitely the jumping castle!

The day also allowed us to meet some of Tallis’s childcare friends’ parents, for longer than a quick ‘Hi’ in the corridor at pick up time.The organisation was a bit daunting, and I can understand why people avoid ‘big’ parties, as they are a lot of work, but the squeals of delight from the kids as they barrelled down the slide in the jumping castle made it all worth it. I’m very glad that we won’t be doing it every week, but it was a lot of fun and I think everyone had a great day. Several kids and their parents were still there chatting away nearly an hour after the party had ‘ended’, so I think they had a good time!

The most fabulous cake, made by the equally fabulous Ruth.

Our great friend Ruth made the most fabulous cake I’ve ever seen, and Tallis’s eyes lit up as soon as he saw it. It was adorned with lollies, which Tallis beamingly feasted on after the cake was cut, and today, I just pretended not to notice.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the helpfulness and flexibility of the Tea Tree Gully Council, and very impressed with the service, professionalism and friendliness of Jump First Jumping Castles, and especially Tracy who was just marvellous as the castle supervisor. If anyone in the Adelaide area is thinking of getting a jumping castle for a party or function, I highly recommend them!

Tallis had a thoroughly wonderful day. And that diminishes the organisational pain to complete insignificance.

Mummy Solo

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks, as Steve has been away interstate, Lyndon was quite sick with gastro that required a quick trip to hospital, birthday parties and some pretty frustrating rebellious behaviour from Tallis both at home and at child care. My list of projects to complete while Steve was away, written with gusto shortly after he got into the airport taxi, became a beacon of wistful dreams never to be realised. I console myself knowing that at least I managed to keep the kids fed, generally clean and reasonably happy, without losing all of my sanity in the process. I really must turn at least some of my attention to Tallis’s 3rd birthday party that will take place in just over a week. Praying to the weather gods.. there’s no more powerful calling to the rain gods than someone saying “party in the park!”

Koalas and other circus animals

A surprise visitor brightened up our lazy Sunday morning, in the form of a koala in one of the wattle trees in the back yard. Steve and I were very excited, Tallis less so not really understanding what all the fuss was about. We’re not really sure how it got into the yard, and are a bit concerned about how it will get out. To be safe, we rang the Wildlife Rescue people who said not to worry about it as long as it was able to climb (which it clearly was) and that it would rest during the day and toddle off in the night. I hope it does, not that I want to get rid of it, but so that it doesn’t go too long without eating.

The visitor that made themselves quite comfy in one of our wattle trees for the day.

Several of the neighbours and their kids came to have a look, so the morning was quite busy with unexpected visitors!

In the afternoon we went on a family outing to see a charity screening of Madagascar 3. The screening was for SA Dog Rescue and we were very happy to support such a wonderful organisation. We all very much enjoyed the film, except probably Lyndon, who apart from one screaming session spent the time glued to the big screen or fast asleep. Much popcorn was enjoyed by all, and a quick and easy Maccas dinner rounded off a fun but unhealthy day!