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Mr Fix-It takes charge of our wedding anniversary…and nailed it.

It’s been a big couple of months.

First Mr Fix-It went and turned the big 4-0. I wasn’t ready, I’m still not ready, I’ll never be ready to be married to a forty-year old. I’m still having my own personal midlife crisis about it. Which is scary because I’ve already written about how I was having a  midlife crisis last year.

THEN we went and had our 15th wedding anniversary. Seriously it seems like only last year we hit number 10 and now we’ve catapulted to 15.

Every anniversary we alternate who takes control of the celebration, we don’t do presents, we do escapes from reality outings.

When we hit number 10 it was Mr Fix-It’s turn.

Now, Mr Fix-It has come up with some gorgeous little places to eat over the years but quite frankly I’m a control freak and I wasn’t letting him take the reins with our 10 year wedding anniversary. You can read all about how that little adventure went right here.

Soooooooooo when our 15th came around it landed directly on Mr Fix-It. A little reluctantly, actually a LOT reluctantly, I gave up the reins, closed my eyes and hoped for the best.

Well this is what I got:

First we went to Cha Cha Char for lunch, in Brisbane City, on the one and only day EVER that a gunman was wandering around the main shopping mall. We weren’t so worried about the crazed gunman, the police seemed to have it under control, but the traffic snarl that made us late for our lunch date was rather annoying.

Then Mr Fix-It convinced me we were going on a half hour drive to our next destination, when in fact we drove a couple of hundred metres down the road and spent the night at the beautiful Stamford Plaza. (Note – this is not a sponsored post, but if you work at the Stamford feel free to send me a few nights free, it was fabulous!).

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Oooh la la, very romantic, no?

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There’s nothing quite like a good view.

Then on day two, Mr Fix-It had another little surprise up his sleeve. We hit the road and headed South-West. Driving through lots of farming country. I started to become a little concerned that his idea of a romantic getaway was staying in a rustic cabin, with an outside loo and mooing cows outside the window.

I had nothing to fear.

There was not an outside toilet or mooing cow in sight. But this is what I did see.

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The only sign after endless dirt roads. They are tricky at The Bunyip, they know how to keep their guests out of sight and well relaxed.

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This was our accommodation. We stayed in the right-hand side apartment. Mr Fix-It and I LOVE this type of architecture. So simple yet so effective.

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Let me show you inside.

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It was a little overcast and I forgot my camera, but you get the idea. Gorgeous leather couches, delicious wooden floorboards and accents of calming green.

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I have always dreamed of having a bedroom on a mezzanine floor with a beautiful view, and here it is. Even the shower and toilet had a view.

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I loved just sitting in bed and looking at that view, how could you be anything but calm waking up to this every day, bliss.

But our little apartment was only a little taste of The Bunyip (check out their website for some gorgeous photo’s). There was also The Great Room.

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The Great Room is a massive living space with a huge kitchen (you can self-cater if you prefer or have Rob and Marina cook for you – they produce AMAZING food…which I don’t have any photo’s of *sigh*). This room has all sorts of areas set up for relaxing and eating, a truly amazing space that you share with the other guests (although we got seriously lucky and there were no other guests, a rare occurrence), and a truly amazing view.

Between The Great Room and the apartment building is a gorgeous little pool for a summer splash. It was a bit cool and drizzly while we were at The Bunyip, but it made our time there all the more relaxing. Speaking of relaxing, Marina gives the most fabulous massage. A talented pair.

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Mr Fix-It had thought of everything. Not only did we have beautiful accommodation, fabulous hosts and to die for views, we also got to go on our own little  romantic picnic. Rob and Marina sent us on our way with a picnic basket and two esky bags FULL of food (so full of food that we literally couldn’t eat dinner that night).

With directions in hand, we headed to the Governor’s Chair, if you can overlook the signs that warn of your impending doom should you accidentally step over the unfenced edge, then the view is simply breathtaking.

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It was a bit misty with all the rain we’d been having, but you get the idea…and did you notice I’m practicing my “no tuckshop arms” pose?

Then we headed to Lake Moogerah, had a walk along the dam wall and set up our picnic of heavenly goodies.

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I think this anniversary getaway was a winner. I might just trust Mr Fix-It to organise our 20th wedding anniversary…although it does technically fall on my year.

Any romantic getaways to share?

Oopsiemumma xo

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Favourite Photo Friday – 15 years of commitment…with a gorgeous man

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Fifteen years ago today, when we were just babies, we got all dressed up in pretty outfits and committed to a lifetime of love, tears, adventure, arguments, mystery, stress and fun together.

And that’s exactly what we got. It’s not all fun and games, and some days I have to remind myself that Mr Fix-It’s life insurance will not buy me a dad for my kids…though it would pay for a nanny and a cleaner…mmmmm.

I organised our 10-year extravaganza, so today landed directly in Mr Fix-It’s lap. He’s kept it all about mystery, relaxation and fun.

I have no idea where we’re going or what we’re doing and quite frankly the suspense is killing me. All I know is we’re going away for three nights, kid free, and it’s not too far from home.

Or at least I hope it’s not on a plane because in typical Oopsiemumma style,  I am sick (I spent our honeymoon drugged to the eyeballs on over-the-counter medication in Hawaii) and a flight might make my head explode.

I’m placing bets on a night in Brisbane city followed by two nights at the Gold Coast.

Place your bets below!

Oopsiemumma xo

Mr Fix-Its birthday bash – the big four-ooooooh

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Mr Fix-It recently turned 40.

He coped…I didn’t.

I have vivid recollections of watching my step-dad have a 40th surprise birthday party and thinking “Gee he’s getting soooooo old”.

So when Mr Fix-It’s 40th suddenly landed on my lap, he seemed quite okay with it, while I rocked in a corner in denial that I could be married to someone so ancient (apologies to all my over 40 readers who have just taken me off their Christmas card list).

In order to deal with this pending doomsday birthday I threw myself into birthday preparation mode wholeheartedly.

In fact, so riddled with insanity was I that I decided to cater for it myself, because I’m such an awesome chef, never leave things in the oven until they’re black, have never set off the smoke alarm and am always in complete control while in the kitchen. My name is also Pinocchio.

But with the help of some inspiring friends who came up with a “Big Kids” party theme, and after roping in my mum and mother-in-law to do a bit of cooking, I managed to pull it off without too many hiccups and can even say I really enjoyed it and felt totally calm (might have helped that my gorgeous sister-in-law, parents and good deal of friends were only too happy to help me in the kitchen).

I’ve had a few requests for a rundown of what I did so here it is:

  • First you order a jumping castle and add a magician to entertain the adults kids. Note: I’m not sure who had more fun on the jumping castle and there were a lot of adults peeping around the corner into the kids magic show. 
  • Then you PANIC for a few weeks, write lists of things to do that you then lose or screw up and throw out and write another list of things to do…so it feels like you’re actually doing something and NOT panicking.
  • Then you reassure the birthday boy 20 million times that it WILL BE FUN…or so help me.
  • Then you PANIC that it WON’T BE FUN and everyone will be talking about your horrendously boring party for the rest of their lives.
  • Finally you pull yourself together, realise you chose a big kids party theme because it’s easy and you start to get your cook on.

Here’s what I did for the birthday menu (I was catering for 33 adults, and 17 children – not all made it in the end so I had a few leftovers which was kind of nice for the week after). Apologies to my non-Aussie readers if you have no idea what these food items are. I promise they’re all edible:

Nibblies:

  • A bowl of  “old style” lollies.
  • A few bowls of chips that we used to eat as kids eg. Burger Rings, Cheese and Bacon Balls, Cheezels (that I saw more than a few adults walking around with on their fingers!)
  • I made a pesto dip, sundried tomato dip and hummus dip and served with rice crackers, jatz and vegie sticks (that no-one touched…because there were Cheezels on offer).
  • Fairy bread – YUM!

Main Meal – finger food:

  • Cheerios (small frankfurts) with mini rolls.
  • Homemade sausage rolls
  • Homemade mini quiches served cold (in one case still frozen..oops).
  • Party pies
  • Meatballs and yoghurt mint dip- 2kg’s that I forgot to get out and serve.
  • Four pizzas that I didn’t serve because everyone was getting quite full.
  • 5 Baguette’s cut up into smaller serves and served with either ham or salami and lettuce, cheese and tomato.
  • Zucchini slice made by my mother-in-law.
  • Pasta with tomato, bacon and a delicious dressing served in cups with forks.

Dessert

  • Fairy cupcakes made by my mum
  • Frog in a Pond – jelly in a cup with a chocolate frog
  • And of course the cake, every child’s dream, a jelly pool (that could have done with a bit of chlorine).

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I’m happy to post up or email out recipes if there are any that you’d like.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not having a 40th birthday party, because I’m never ever, like ever, turning 40. I’ll be 36 forever, it has a nice ring don’t you think?

Oopsiemumma xo

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