Aug 10, 2008

Oh Canada, Our Home our Native Land...

Ya. It is going to smell like Canada up in hurr for a long, long time. I left the kids {Gabe} alone for 5 minutes {okay, probably more like 20-25, yeah, I was 'internetting'} and came back to see my new and improved sofa. Laine said they were 'making turnups potions'. Yes, that is my Butter Flavored Maple Syrup that I schlepped over in my suitcase because the syrup here is 'shocking' to say it in true Aussie fashion. It is now plastered all over my living room. Don't forget to notice to the left where it is dripping down the edge and side of the couch like Niagra Falls onto the carpet.


Look at that face! Could you just die!?

I haven't had a mess that rivals what my sister's kids could do. But now I proudly post this, I think we may have finally won, or at least we are a competitor to take seriously.

This was all while Ben was out of town this weekend. I was also busy scurrying to finish putting together the house. As in, finally finish half-started projects, finish unpacking, painting, decluttering. It was partially for Ben, partially for me, mostly to just have it overwith, and had a smidge to do with the fact that today our first houseguests arrive to Casa de Riley!

David and Kendree Brough arrive sometime this afternoon. If I can manage to take a few shots of the immaculate and mostly finished house before they get here I will post them soon. I am so excited to see faces from home. They will be doing some stuff on their own, but we are going to do the zoo and some other fun stuff this week so that will be fun. Anyone else ready to book tickets yet?!

Okay, and in closing, I had to take some pics of the winter flora and fauna, so enjoy a little journey through some of the things we love most about living here:

Really pretty birds that come around once in a while

My two little Kookaburra buddies. They are so cute!

Look at those blossoms! In the middle of winter! This is the view of the tree from our backyard

A plant that just started blossoming a few weeks ago. We have several more of these plants throughout our yard and about 10 of them with hot pink flowers line our driveway

Some plants in the backyard that I love. You will see many featured as garnishes in my photos on Hot Garlic

16 comments:

Gaengy said...

Hi! I am so sorry, but I am laughing so hyterically tears are nearly rolling down my cheeks. Oh my gosh what a mess! I would not even know where to begin to clean this up! Your poor couch, and boo hoo the loss of your Mrs. Bs syrup! So good of you to capture this memeory on film...love the guilty face on Gabey! Love love love the photos of the birds and flowers. So glad you can be so upbeat about the whole thing...PS I dont know what Nicole would say, but I think your kids win!

frugalisfab said...

Yeah, I think you win, finally. Although I must say I almost had the identical thing happen with honey this week. I made bread and was enjoying the nice warm crust with some honey. This is a gallon size jar of honey, mind you. Jaxton was ready to get out of his high chair, so I turned around and was cleaning up. I got distracted and started doing something else and then Hallie started screaming. HAYDEN HAS HONEY! MOM HELP, HELP, HELP. Hayden had the lid off and was just getting ready to pour it into her tea set. If it were not for Hallie we would be having the same experience.

Good luck cleaning that up. How DO you get syrup out of micro-suede?

Hannah AKA Buster! said...

Oh what a mess! But how can you get mad at that face?? It might just be me but that boy would get away with murder if he was my child! You know I am a sucker for the puppy dog face!

Rachel H. said...

TOTALLY HILARIOUS! :) We have had a syrup mess or two (or 10) in this house and that is NOT fun to clean up...and mine wasn't even on a sofa!

Wow...did you get it out? I say you convince your hubby you can't and then you get to go buy new furniture...jk! Wouldn't happen here, but you never know!

Hope you enjoy your visitors! You live where I have always dreamed of going--am completely jealous.

Jeanine said...

How sad!!! I am sure it will clean up nicely though...there has to be a way right? I love that picture...and am glad you had the camera handy.

Carl and Mel said...

Oh Nat, that is horrible. Are those new couches? So sorry, but so glad you took pictures! Sometimes when your the maddest is when it is the funniest later. Gabe looks so cute though!!! The birds are beautiful. I still want to see photos of your house. I love to see the difference in America homes vs. there.

Kari said...

Nat, I LOVE your yard! And the birds are beautiful. I am very excited to see pictures of your house, but in person would be much better! (I wish!)

I think if I found my child in that sort of mess but looking like Gabe did with that adorable face I would be really confused...could you really get upset?!

Stacey Lau said...

Oh no! Anything but maple syrup. I hate the smell of maple syrup. This is why I am the mean mom that tries to avoid waffles and pancakes in the morning.

The yard looks so lovely.

Kate Gildea said...

Ok, I dont care who you are that is hilarious. And how coudl you even be mad at him...impossible. Love the turnip juice.

Shauna said...

oh my gosh, i cant look at that picture of gabe covered in that syrup mixture without my heartbreaking a little bit. He couldnt be cuter, or more naughty. Love that in a little boy.

Gaengy said...

Gabe looks like Francis Buxton in Peewees adventure. "he couldnt have done it, just look at him" This would be fun at our house to see if Mom has the same reaction. Dad out

Karmann and Ryan said...

His face says it all!! I love it!! I am so tempted to book tickets!!

Gaengy said...

Dad loved the picture so much it is now the screen saver on the new computer...its a huge screen so we can really see those little naughty eyes!

Munchkins and Music said...

Oh no! Well, hopefully it cleaned up okay! Funny boy!

Sals said...

oh....I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry for you!!! ok so I laughed first....then I started to cry thinking about the clean up! Oh and I love Laine's word choices...:) will talk to you soon

JLR said...

At least maple syrup has a nice aroma?? We'd love to book tickets to see you before we leave Asia, but I don't know if it's in the cards for this year. Have fun with your friends!

 
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