Weekly Wrap Up – Grand Final, Baby!

The South Sydney Rabbitohs face off with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final this Sunday evening. The last time these two teams played against one another in a grand final, it was 1967.

ANZ Stadium has all but sold out of tickets to this event, one that has been a very long time coming. May the best team win!

My family and I have been staunch South Sydney Rabbitohs (Rugby League) supporters for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the heart of Rabbitoh territory where people were (and still are) incredibly passionate about their team. I sat on ‘the hill’ at their home ground Redfern Oval and waved my flag and chased players for autographs. It was a part of my upbringing and I remember it fondly.

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Credit: South Sydney Rabbitohs

Why are they called the Rabbitohs I hear you ask? The story that I have heard is that in times dating back even before the Great Depression, rabbits (which were cheap because of their abundance) were skinned and sold on the streets to be eaten. The seller would cry out “Rabbitoh” to let people know he was selling rabbits.

A foundation club (established in 1908) they are the club who has won the most First Grade premierships of any other. They have been known as The Pride of the League but they have seen many tough years since their 1989 season. I was at the game with my brother in 1989 when they won the minor premiership. It was the last year they would really have success until more recently.

In the darker years, they struck financial difficulties and achieved very little success on the field. With the mess that followed the Super League War and with the foundation of the National Rugby League, it was decided that only 14 teams would make up the competition in 2000. Some teams merged and many survived. Souths were not one of those teams and they were kicked out of the league. This broke many Rabbitoh fan’s hearts, my brother’s especially.

A long legal battle proceeded. Fans, not just from Souths Sydney but other teams who supported their fight, rallied in Sydney’s streets. Upon appeal to the Federal Court in 2001, South Sydney won readmission into the league for the 2002 season.

“We’re Back” stickers donned many a car bumper in South Eastern Sydney. Rabbitoh supporters were loud and proud again but fielding a successful football side would not be immediate. We finished near the bottom of the table for some years to come. Fans faced years of ridicule but so many stayed loyal. Red and green (the team’s colours) ran through their veins.

The club was taken over by actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes a Court in 2006. This gave the club greater financial stability and they were able to attract higher profile players to the club. 2007 saw ‘the Bunnies’ make the finals. A feat that had not been achieved by the club since the game I attended in 1989.

They have had strong seasons since but none as successful as this year. Their current club membership is the most of any club in the league and growing. Dora is a Baby Bunny Member!

So, why do I love them? Firstly because they remind me of my youth and family. They remind me of where I came from, a small working class suburb in the south-east of Sydney. They remind me that big things are possible if you are prepared to fight for them and they remind me the importance of never giving up.

Bring on the game and go the mighty Rabbitohs! Are you passionate about a sports team? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Kaz’s Five in Five – Worth Casing Blog Awards

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I started blogging with Ang in May 2012. The idea came about when Ang and I were talking about starting a recipe type blog. I turned into a lot more and it has been great to work on the blog as a partnership.

2. If your wardrobe could talk what would it say about you and tell us about your favourite or most worn item

My poor wardrobe would shout ‘It’s time for a make over.’ I’d love to hire someone to come and help me shop for a whole new selection of clothes. My post baby body is a totally different shape now… There’s a lot of clothes in there that I am hoarding hanging on to for when they fit again.

I’d love to say my favourite item is a pretty dress but it’s my jeans. I feel most comfortable in a nice pair of jeans. My wedding dress is in there too which I could never bear to part with.

3. What’s your idea of the perfect date night?

A night at our favourite restaurant. As well as being a fine restaurant, it’s an oyster and beer bar. I do believe they do pairings for the beer and oysters but I’ve always been pregnant when we’ve dined there. We always have a great night there. They bake their own damper too..

4. What’s on your Worth Casing list?

We are casing a new home! We are in the midst of finalising our plans with the draftsman and while the end date is far, far away, I am already thinking about my kitchen and butler’s pantry!

One of these please
One of these please
Huh? My butler’s pantry doesn’t include a butler?! Image: deadline.com
5. If you had a theme song what would it be and why?
I was thinking “Fat Bottomed Girls” would be a good theme song but I’m going with “You’re My Best Friend

Ooh, you make me live
Whatever this world can give to me
It’s you, you’re all I see
Ooh, you make me live now honey Ooh, you make me live

You’re the best friend
That I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
You’re my best friend
Ooh, you make me live

I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy at home (happy at home)
You’re my best friend.

Ooh, you make me live
Whenever this world is cruel to me
I got you to help me forgive
Ooh, you make me live now honey
Ooh, you make me live

You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love the things
I really love the things that you do
You’re my best friend

Ooh, you make me live.

I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend
Ooh, you make me live
You, you’re my best friend.

Thanks Ann fromHelp, Stuck for nominating us for the Five In Five.

Now to nominate five blog I like to case :)

So in no particular order:

Lizzy @ The Muddle-Headed Mamma

Toni @ Finding Myself Young

Lydia @  Always Made with Love

Maria @ Mummy Goes Mad (only if you’re up to it)

Natasha @ Natasha In Oz

How do the Worth Casing Blog Awards work? From Mystery Case

  • Answer our Five in Five questions via a blog post.
  • Link back or mention the blogger that nominated you.
  • Nominate and inform five of your favourite worth casing bloggers.
  • GRAB the Worth Casing Blog Award for your blog post.
  • Head to Mystery Case and link up your Five in Five posts.

Try and share the social media love with all your favourite bloggers and remember to pop back here and link up your five in five blog posts. There is 6 months of advertising up for grabs for one lucky blogger.

If you’ve been nominated for a Worth Casing Award but your blog niche doesn’t allow for personal posts, you can always submit your Five in Five posts to our guest blogger lounge.

Five in Five Questions for nominees:

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
2. If your wardrobe could talk what would it say about you and tell us about your favourite or most worn item?
3. What’s your idea of the perfect date night?
4. What’s on your Worth Casing list?
5. If you had a theme song what would it be and why?

Weekly Wrap Up – This Old House

Just before hubs and I got married, we bought a house. It was labelled a ‘renovators delight,’ you know, the worst house in the street. Walking through it was cringe worthy. Cramped, boxed in rooms, shabby old carpets. The back deck was a hazard. It was rotten and overlooked a jungle of wild weeds and grass. The centerpiece was a huge camphor laurel tree that I am sure you could have seen from the moon.

this old house
One of the ‘better’ rooms – the living area.

Our offer was accepted and as excited as I was about our future plans, I wondered how I’d manage living in such a dump for as long as that took.. (princess much?).

this old house
Yes, the fridge covers the window.
this old house
Use at your own risk

We fixed it up and made it livable, conscious not to overspend as we were going to knock it down one day. We painted all the rooms, replaced the flooring and carpet and removed the wood panels (or painted over them). The projected time frame was 2 years but continued to stretch longer and longer as life happened.

We frequented display home villages whenever we could and dreamed of one day having our own designer living space.

Hot as hell in Summer and icy cold in Winter, we endured the lack of insulation, leaky roof, spiders and ants. I suffered through two hot Summers pregnant in the house. 34˚c outside and 38˚c in. A reverse cycle air conditioner in one room was my only comfort even though most cool air escaped through the cracks in the walls and floor. Not very energy efficient. Hopefully our poor neighbours never caught a glimpse of me heavily pregnant, wallowing in a kiddy pool out the back.

Four years on and despite all of that, it is our home.

– it’s where I made our wedding invitations
– we took off on our honeymoon from here
– we spent many birthdays, anniversaries here
– we’ve put up and pulled down our Christmas tree three times
– it’s the only home our babies know
– it’s well lived in and has character.

Don’t get me wrong.. when the time comes, I will be the first to swing a sledge hammer into the walls.. but it will hold some fond memories for us.

heart is

We met with a draftsman this week and have our first draft of our new home to mull over in the coming days.

What do you love and hate about your home?

 

Weekly Wrap Up Linky

Our Weekly Wrap Up Linky is open from Friday. You’re welcome to link up your favourite family friendly posts here.Feel free to post one or two direct links to blog posts about cooking, crafts, stories, trending topics, parenting, tips, competitions, reviews and your link parties. We’d love you to link back to our blog in some way. Our button code is below this post as well as buttons to share on social media. #weeklywrapup is the hash tag we use. We always aim to visit your blog to comment and follow along when you share a post. We’d love you to do the same and comment on the blog post before yours and possibly more if you have time. Thanks for stopping by. (Links may be shared – please advise if you’d prefer we didn’t share on social platforms).

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Sharing with Grace for #FYBF and Paula for #NRWBP

Sincerely, Paula
 

The Snow Queen: A good movie for family bonding with kids

I love a kids movie that I can watch and enjoy as much as Dora. Our guest, Maisie, tells us more about the DVD of the classic tale, The Snow Queen.

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People who are looking for new DVD releases and movies for kids are sure to enjoy the Snow Queen. This is a modern remake of a classic tale that the whole family are sure to love. One of the things that make this such a good movie for families is that adults are sure to member reading the story as children, while for the kids it is a fresh and vibrant tale that really puts them in the heart of the action.

The Snow Queen was recently released by BBC Home Entertainment and tells the story of an evil queen who has covered the world with snow and ice to cool human emotions. She sets out on a mission to destroy art and remove joy and happiness from the world. However, the Snow Queen discovered that the master glass-maker Vegard can create magic mirrors that reflect the soul of anyone who looks into them.

To put an end to the potential threat against her, the Snow Queen sends a polar wind to snatch Vegard and his wife Una. Before they are taken, Vegard and Una manage to hide their children Gerda and Kai. As the boy Kai and the girl Gerda grow up, the Snow Queen becomes afraid that Kai may also have the power to create a mirror that will reflect her soul and put an end to her frosty reign. She kidnaps Kai and holds him prisoner in her palace, forcing Gerda to embark on an epic journey to find her brother and break the curse of the Snow Queen.

The latest remake of the snow Queen has been created as a colourful animation that people of all ages are sure to love. It has been rated PG and features an enchanting musical score that fits perfectly with the flawless animation and interesting story. The plot of the Snow Queen is intricate enough to keep adults interested, while even very young children will be able to follow the story.

The Snow Queen stars Jessica Straus, Marianne Miller, Cindy Robinson, Doug Erholtz and Wendee Lee. This is the perfect movie for families to watch together on a rainy evening while they curl up on the sofa. The touching story and stirring musical story is sure to melt even the coldest of hearts and create a real feel good factor.

Written in collaboration with Maisie Blair.