November Project Smile

Time is a funny thing. The first week and a half of November seemed to drag on and on and on, now suddenly it’s December, Christmas is just around the corner and 2011 is quickly advancing on us.

November has been a big month for our family. It’s been busy, exciting, exhausting and full of smiles. Here are some of my happy moments;

* Having an extra week to get ready for bub meant we had everything we needed for his arrival

* Seeing my first ever whale, watching the amazing display as the baby whale played in the ocean

* My Mum winning Oprah tickets and having me down as her guest! It seemed like it couldn’t be possible, things like this don’t happen to me!! So exciting!

* The arrival of my baby boy, he is so completely beautiful and perfect <3

 * That newborn smell. It’s simply delicious
* My mum being here to get up to the girls in the morning, or settle Jasper when I was exhausted
* Kahlei’s reaction to me feeding Jasper. Every time she sees him attached to me she looks shocked, puckers her lips and says “No! Baby!” and then tries to push me away from him. It cracks me up every single time
* How excited both girls are to hug, kiss and hold Jasper

* The special bond Ellie and Jasper already have. She lies down with him on his mat and they look at each other for ages. She talks to him and pats him and asks him how he got so tiny and he just looks at her so lovingly

Visit Alicia’s blog to see what made other’s smile. 

Now that we’re into the last month of 2010, I thought it would be the perfect time to tackle another of my 101 in 1001 projects. Number 85 on my list is; Write 5 things I am grateful for everyday for a month and with wakeful nights, toddler tantrums, 3 year old attitude and the general craziness December brings, I thought this would be the perfect month to focus on what I am grateful for on a daily basis. It might just keep me sane!
So, today, the first day of December I am grateful for:
1. Jasper sleeping longer and settling better at night
2. Our clothes horse; otherwise we wouldn’t be able to get any clothes dry in this rain!
3. Chocolate
4. James cooking dinner
5. Bed time 🙂

What are you grateful for today?



  1. Beautiful post. Congrats on the new little one. What beautiful pics and moments. And what a lucky girl you are to be able to go see Oprah. I love the 101 in 1001 idea. I just started a bucket list and this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing and joining the smile crusade.

  2. Beautiful grateful post.
    Jasper is gorgeus, I love his name.
    My Sister in law won Oprah tickets but she didn't put my name down 🙁 she put her friend.
    You are very fortunate.

    I should update my 101 list too , thanks for reminding me.
    🙂 yes bedtime rocks well after the zzzzzzzzzz'z begin.

  3. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. What a treasure that photo is. It lingers in my mind's eye. Perfection.

  5. Well right now I'm grateful I read that post! Beautiful!

    Isn't it the most amazing thing seeing your children become older siblings? I have 2 children and I was blown away but how loving my little boy has always been to his little sister.

  6. Beautiful post. Jasper is perfect and so happy to hear the girls are setteling so well in their "new roles".

    Hope you are feeling well.

  7. Wow! What a month November was.

    I have just popped in via Maxabellas and had to say that your background image [which thankfully stayed open on my page for ages waiting for the rest of your page to load] gave me a total 'Oh Wow!' reaction.

    It sounds like lightning really has struck several times and you have been gifted with lots of wonderful treasures this month.

    Hugs to you,

    Felicity x

  8. What a cute photo that bottom one is! He's just got the cutest little newborn 'old man' face. He looks like a wise one.

    Why were you 'well enough' to leave hospital? Your chosen words have made me think that something was wrong after the birth. Is everything okay? x

  9. @alicia – I love the 101 in 1001, I'm a list person and I love that you can track your progress at Day Zero 🙂 Thank you for creating this smile crusade!
    @Trish – I would have been so cut if Mum didn't take me! I have loved Oprah forever and it's always been on my list of things to do (but ironicly not my 101 in 1001) to go to America and see her show.
    @Felicity – Sorry my page took so long to load! Thank you for your kind words.
    @Maxabella – I agree that he has the cutest old man face, but I might be a tad bias 😉 I was 'well enough' to leave as I had a traumatic c-section and had much more pain and difficulty recovering than with the girls. It's part of the reason I've ended up back in hospital recently, I believe.

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