It is that time of the year again, right after hubby's birthday, when I can totally focus on MY birthday! Yes, father's day is just around the corner and so is my brother's birthday and my soon to be niece's birthday (excitement!!!) but let's focus on the more important issue of MY birthday. Every year there is a theme, last year was Gingham Style, the year before was Nautical that was before I started blogging but you can read about my past birthday parties. This year's theme is (drumroll please.... ok seriously, there's no need for drumroll seeing as you've probably read the title to this post)
I have, for so long, wanted to go to a sing-along screening but for some reason I have never been to one. So I'm bringing it to my house, I will put it on the the massive TV and whether my family want to or not they are singing AND dancing along. I remember forcing my favourite little girl, my step-niece, to do the So Long Farewell, Auf Weidersein, Goodbye song and dance with me, she was seven at the time, she's 13 now.
I can totes (all the kids are saying that these days) see us doing the Do-re-mi or the Sound of Music on my front yard.
Here are some inspirations for dressing up. Sorry for the lack of photo credits, I saved these photos on my computer a while ago.
*Sigh* Who doesn't want to be Sixteen Going on Seventeen in this dress?
I love Liesl's outfits.
If my sister-in-law wasn't heavily pregnant I'd commission her to make matching outfits for us all as she's quite crafty with the needle pulling thread. I'm laughing at my own puns.
If I can't find anything I can always resort to a nightgown!
Or a Lonely Goatherd
*Swoon* This has got to be one of the most romantic scenes of all times.
I can't wait! I still don't know how I will dress up. I wish I knew how to sew so I can dress up in Liesl's purple dress. My brother is already thinking outside the box and said that he'll come as a brown paper package tied up with string. LOL. So long as nobody dresses up as a Nazi, it's cool.
I don't even know what food to serve either but there will be crisp apple strudels and schnitzel with noodles.
As far as kitchen misadventures go this one is an epic failure of Titanic proportions. Bubby and I were supposed to bake a chocolate car cake for hubby's birthday. I've talked it up for days and he was excited to make an Uncle Topolino cake for daddy.
This is Uncle Topolino for those of you who have never seen Cars 2 or don't have a boy.
Now you're probably wondering how can you possibly get a ready-mix cake wrong, right? Well, lets start from the very beginning, the very best place to start. (Sound of Music fan much?) First we begin with cake mix, water, oil and eggs. Mix with an electric mixer for a few minutes, pour in a cake tin and pop in a pre-heated oven. Check, check, check.
We then left it to do it's thing and that's when things went wrong.
The silicone cake mould collapsed and the cake mix spilled. Luckily, I decided to check how it was going after about 5 minutes. I was able to somewhat salvage it.
Not looking promising.
The rest of the cake.
The important thing is Bubby still think it looks like Uncle Topolino.
If Uncle Topolino fell into a ditch. A ditch the size of a canyon.
Yesterday morning looked like a very nice day to go for a walk. 'Looked like' being the operative words. While it was a very sunny day it's also quite windy and chilly. Nevertheless, Chububby and I headed to Centennial Park in the morning after dropping off Bubby at daycare for a nice walk.
Spotted a black swan. I've danced the part of the Black Swan before but I've never seen a real one until now.
Nice spot for a picnic, if it wasn't freezing cold.
Not the park but I can't wait to take him on an excursion to the park so he can ride his 'motorbike' and his trike. Someone is getting a scooter for Christmas, oh and a helmet and leather gear. Bubby is not the most coordinated kid in the world. He tried to chase a turkey and tripped on his second step got up and tripped again. He is very articulate though, just as well as he'll never be a sports star.
Getting out and about with two kids is a bit of a challenge. One of those challenges is how to push a pram with one hand, hold Bubby's hand with the other and keep my bag on my shoulder. (Yes, the important stuff. You should have guessed from the title of the post that this is going to be trivial.) My temporary solution is to use this wristlet:
The problem with it is that it fits my phone and keys and very little else. My purse is bigger than the wristlet itself, so it's still not that practical.
I thought a cross body bag will solve my dilemma. Here are the contenders in the order that I tried them not preference:
I think the strap is a bit long and I don't think it's adjustable.
I like it converts to a shoulder bag for a dressier look. An early favourite.
A bit too casual for my liking but it's a good size and on sale for $79 marked down from $198. I nearly bought it there and then.
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs
I love the bow.
It looks so sweet. I'm just not sure that lambskin can withstand everyday wear.
Quilted lambskin with chain strap.
I look like a bag lady, a high end bag lady.
It looks very much like Chanel and if I was going to go for this look it might as well be Chanel. That will never happen as I can't justify spending that much on a handbag. Maybe if I win lotto, in which case I should probably buy a ticket.
This one is also quite nice. I like the flap and the strap is adjustable.
It's a bit on the small side though as once my purse is in it there's not much room.
6. MICHAEL Michael Kors
I've liked this bag for a while now but in bright blue. It's just a bit too big and heavy.
LV Favorite PM. I like the strap options but I wished it came in the Damier as I'm not really a fan of the LV signature pattern. Also a tad exxy.
I think this is by far my favourite. I love the shape and the size. It's small enough not to be cumbersome but big enough to fit all essentials (purse, keys, phone, lip balm) plus room for a little extra (tissues, lip gloss, pen, small notebook, toy cars). It's leather and durable for everyday errands and also dressy enough for going out. not that I ever do. I only saw it in yellow, tan, orange and magenta and I kept going back to the bright magenta. I could only find a a picture in deep wine. I wished I took a photo but I just quickly ducked in to the store en route to picking up Bubby from daycare in the spare 5 minutes I had. I'm sure I'll be back to try it again. These things need to be considered very carefully.
While my birthday is coming up in a couple of months whether or not I'll actually get a bag is another thing. My laptop just died along with all my work files and photos (I guess laptops don't survive from being dropped from the kitchen bench and landing face down when they're turned on). But hey, wishing is free, right?