Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Beautiful Children

 Toby Robert is my handsome 2 and a half year old who, at the moment, is SO happy to smile for the camera with his cheeky big teeth grins. He is so clever and has mastered the art of using the toilet in the last week and a half.
He loves the wiggles still, especially when his calls for "you dance with me Mumma" are heeded. I get the best cuddles during thunderstorms (which occur a lot lately in Darwin), and when i'm cooking tea. He loves to help; sweeping, doing the washing, changing Edie's nappies, washing up, if i'm doing a job he wants in!
He loves his little sister lots, sometimes a little too over enthusiastically. He loves running, jumping, and throwing. He's still figuring out his personal pronouns which results in some very interesting requests sometimes, "Me carry you, Please Mumma?"
His favourite story at the moment is a Star Wars book that makes sounds. His favourite toys are still balls and balloons, infact the 40c balloon was all he played with on Christmas day.
He loves singing, anytime, anywhere and any volume, Normally it's 'Book of Mormon Stories' but 'The grand old duke of york' has been getting a bit of a run lately.
He hates bugs, almost as much as his mum and dad, and will eat anything in a wrap. He is still my little fruit bat, eating a punnet of berries in one sitting is usual. The other day he ate three apples within an hour!
He is happy to go to Nursery with his friends and loves going to people's houses during the week (if mum is organised) because other people's toys are always so exciting.
He's a pro at using facetime, being away from family has made that a legitimate learning curve. He still likes to sleep but has pretty much grown out of his day naps, the other day I had one while he entertained himself, mumma's never grow out of day naps! He LOVES the ipad, because watching ABC kids on demand is heaps better than watching it on the t.v. he can have unlimited Peppa Pig and Hey Duggy.
He's obsessed with the airport and going on planes, this may be because for his tender years he's probably earnt more frequent flyer points then I did before I was 25! He likes to be tricky and call me Dadda and Dadda Mumma, apparently the most hilarious thing ever! He also enjoys being tricky while talking to Nan in America, she'll ask what he did today and he always replies, we went to church and then laughs his cheeky 'i'm tricking' laugh. He has great fun with Dadda, who is always the star of the show when he returns home from work, and on the weekends. He's a happy, bright and bubbly kid, except when he's unwell or tired, then he becomes the champion whinger, like seriously, better than me!
We love our little Tobert.

Edith Louise is 8 months old and is our gorgeous little delight. She always has a ready smile and giggle and loves to bop away to music! She loves food and is very insistent on when she should have it!
Edie's eyes follow her big brother and dadda everywhere! If Hayden arrives home from work and walks past with just a 'hello' instead of picking her up, she has something to say about it!
She is so wiggly and persistent at the moment, if she sees something she wants, nothing is stopping her from grabbing it. Her latest trick is to wiggle her way out of your grip and slide of the couch into a standing position, as if she's about to walk off (she can't even crawl yet) but she is so pleased with herself standing on the floor holding the edge of the couch.
She is also a real chatterbox. She is attempting 'mum mum' and 'dad dad' and 'hi' and 'hello' make an appearance every now and again. Today she said as clear as day 'Hello Dadda', Genius! (I swear she's said 'I love you' a few times before too).
Today in Relief Society the lady taking the lesson would ask questions and Edie would answer with her cute little baby talk and everyone was quite distracted.
Edie enjoys tasting everything and using her new teeth to test strength of materials through biting. She is also attempting waving, which involves palm in the air, arm up and down, SO cute!
Love you Edie-lou!










Friday, November 6, 2015

Telstra Customer Service at its best...(My best friend Sheena)

If you're bored and up for reading a long and comical conversation then this is the blog post for you!

 This conversation started with Telstra at around 10:30 am... In the previous screen i've identified myself and explained that I seem to have an issue with my data and credit being used up...(I had $96 which is now down to $6, and NO data)



Blah blah blah, a lot of me babbling about how I don't understand why it's all been used so quickly... A lot of her giving me IT advice I don't need...

100mb ? Whoopdy doo! Oh hang on she's upped the offer!

She nearly has me giving up and gone here, i'm contemplating what I will need more (Data or credit) when I decide I better double check how much of my calls and text bonus I have left...

I love this she goes away for hours to check my account and I have to wait...I go for 2 min to shove some food at my two year old to keep him quiet and I get a 'hurry up' message! 
Plus who the hell is Shane??
Ok now she's telling me i've used all my calls and texts as well, something smells fishy!




Der Collette, use the drop down menu to go between accounts...

Now she's really trying to get rid of me she's pushing that offer at me pretty fast! Here is what I can now see on my screen...


Please picture me, babe in arms, two year old clawing at me, with my calculator quickly trying to add up data usage from the 20th...needless to say, I got it wrong (Hey I missed one entry) I add up 1180mb when it's actually closer to 1380mb... Either way it's my understanding that I get 1.5gb of data sooo I'm ON TO SOMETHING!

HaHa not my finest hour but she's really desperate to get me offline now... she's upping the offer!... Please note the repetitive nature of the next part of the conversation... 

First time she said 'it did not' (Which I take to mean it did not change) Second time she says 'It is the same' (which I take to mean that it is the same) WHERE am I going wrong??
...meanwhile I go back into my phone to find the text I get from Telstra each month...

SWEET! It wasn't a 700mb bonus it was a 1GB bonus!! i'm WAY under (even with my wrong calculation) and i'm going for it! 
I get so excited I start IM stuttering...

and then she shoots me down... huh??

Ok now the blood pressure is going up...

NOW she's trying to tell me my credit is gone because of calls and texts? I have the flippin' history in FRONT OF ME!!

ooop there it is, I used her name...getting serious now! (Plus i'm double 'pleasing' so I must be REALLY serious)
This is getting good now...

Does she NOT have a calculator? Now she's only going to give back my credit and no data, even though I STILL haven't used my monthly allowance? PLUS she suggests I spend that credit to get a data top up (Which i'm pretty sure you can't do unless you're overseas...have they changed that too Sheena? huh? huh?)...Ooh hang on..I think she's finally going to get a calculator...

HAHA please bear with me, oh my, what have I been doing?? (btw it's now fast approaching 12:30. and my kids are feral so you know where you can put that smiley face)


Oh Happy day! you've given me what I deserve because it was TELSTRA'S issue! AND I get to keep you as my personal consultant...could this day get any better?? I don't think so... 


Two hours of my time, where I have to do Telstra's job for them, spend ages explaining myself and then bargaining with them to fix THEIR fault!

Despite asking her twice to email me a copy of the conversation she didn't...hence the screen shots. 
And that lovely little promised email with a link directly back to her came, only problem is it's linking me back to Mary Grace, wait what? isn't your name Sheena? or is it Shane?

I would like to say I was credited the $81 (which IS what I asked for, not actually what they owe me, no what they owe is more like $90) 
I also randomly now have 2.88GB of Data!! WOOT - for some reason I got 2gb + 400mb +500mb Looks like I can turn my cellular data back on now! YES back to googling 'best Chinese restaurant near Darwin hospital' on my way home.
And yes i've whinged about them wasting their time and then spent another hour blogging about it but hey, the kids are in bed now, and how selfish would I be to keep this to myself?!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Darwin 2015

Some things we have done include...the Adelaide River Cruises Jumping croc tour...
 This is Dominator a 50 year old male...





 We've seen many a HUGE road train...
 (Took the whole green arrow to get through the lights)
 Explored our back yard...
 Walked up and down and up and down, the steps of our stilt house...



 Fed the fish at Dr's Gully...



 Watched the sunset whist eating tea at the sailing club...





 Had family visit...



 Been to the Darwin military museum and the Aviation museum..

 That's a BIG B52 bomber...
 Spitfire?...

 20c a go...
 More ipad...
 Trip to Litchfield, this time with the whole family....












It's been a good time so far! Now the weather is really getting sticky we'll see if we can survive 'till our Christmas trip to Tassie in December!