2012 – An Annus ‘Abulous


Grace of With Some Grace is celebrating the final Flog Your Blog Friday of the year by asking us to give a month by month break down of 2012. Mumabulous is going to bend the rules as I am nothing if not a rebel without a clue.  More to the point, as I creep deeper into my 40s my memory isn’t what it used to be. The years events (such that they were) have  merged into a blur. Instead of  a chronological list of the year’s highlights and lowlights, I’m providing an annual summary for each of the members of Team Abulous.


Mumabulous continued to perform her duties as common domestic serf to the two royal princesses P1 & P2 as well as His Majesty King Dadabulous. In between stints of domestic drudgery she multi-tasked as CFO of the grocery budget, house hold executive assistant and event co-ordinator. Despite regularly demonstrating an advanced level of awesomeness she was sidelined from the paid work force. Ironically she declined a paid writing job with a personal finance website as the hourly rate was appalling but ended up publishing for sweet f&%k all on the interwebs. This is a decision that still attracts ridicule from Dadabulous.

Her obsession with blogging led to her quitting the gym, eating more chocolate, drinking more coffee and imbibing more wine. This in turn led to a three kilo weight gain. In the course of the year she has gone from fab to flab.


Dadabulous turned in a solid business performance in 2012 despite the relentless headwinds of a stratospheric Aussie dollar and a global recession. (Oops I momentarily slipped into stockbroking mode). Diversification was the key to success with Dadabulous sticking his fingers up some new niches.

On the home front he got creative in the bedroom. His erections were stellar as you can see from the following photos.

P1's butterfly bed.

P1’s butterfly bed.

P2's castle bed.

P2’s castle bed.

Mum and Dadabulous' very normal bed.

Mum and Dadabulous’ very normal bed.

Well what were you expecting, you smutty people?  Dadabulous built these three beds from scratch in the man cave/garage throughout the course of the year. The work has earned him the admiration of kids and the resentment of Dad’s throughout the local area. By contrast here is my feeble attempt at castle construction.

Cake fail.

Cake fail.

Dadabulous didn’t have much leisure time between software development and carpentry but he did manage to watch the TV series Misfits, Archer and Danger 5.  He also racked up quite a debt in leave passes with his boy’s gaming days.


P1 started the year a little kid not quite ready for school. Now she’s quite the young lady and school better be ready for her. She’s got an appetite for learning and is sure to kick school’s butt. Lord knows the school concert won’t be the same after she gets her mits on it.

With yours truly as activities co-ordinator, P1 has been a mini socialite attending movies, theater, ballet lessons, art workshops, play dates and birthday parties. She’s still a diva and fashionista but she’s showing signs of becoming a reasonable person. Perhaps our awesomeness as parents is rubbing off.

P1 puts on a show.

P1 puts on a show.


Dadabulous often asks the rhetorical question – “who’s in charge here?”. It goes without saying that its P2. She’s outgrown toddlerhood and is on the fast track towards becoming a fully fledged kid. She started daycare at the beginning of the year and has really pulled the wool over the teachers’ eyes. They tell me she’s lovely and they would love to have 10 just like her.  It seems that she’s saving all her cheekiness for me.

She’s blasting through her milestones, picking up language etc. This only makes her more talented at being cheeky. I’m not Mummy anymore, I’m “Piggy pants”. The word “poo” is frequently worked into in popular songs (and its her not me doing it). “Baa baa black sheep have you done a poo?” is a favorite. If ever there is any mischief in the house it is always “Mr No-one”s” fault. If I ask, for example, “who scribbled on the wall?”, I will be reliably informed that “Mr No-one did it”.  I thought they didn’t develop the ability to bull shit until age four! She’s a very advanced child, bullshitting at a school age level. A career in marketing or politics awaits.

P2 is cheekiness personified.

P2 is cheekiness personified.

It’s been a year of small things but how much excitement do you need? We loved life in Chez ‘Abulous in 2012. 2013 – we’re ready for you.

Thanks to everyone who has tolerated my ramblings on Mumabulous this year.

Wishing a joyful and relaxing Christmas to all of you.



33 thoughts on “2012 – An Annus ‘Abulous

  1. Haha! Love it Mumabulous. I wish you a merry Poo-mas and a happy Poo Year!

  2. Awesome wrap up. It had everything a fairy tale needed – princesses, castles, magical characters such as Mr No One and, of course, Piggy Pants.

  3. Interesting point – my writing has also lead to no exercise (something had to give) so am hoping next year, when the wee girl goes 3 days to preschool. that extra day won’t be devoted to writing but some exercise…hopefully!

  4. WOW, my daughter just saw the castle bed and wants one – such a talented man you have their. My kids are also using the poo and fart words and bum a lot more, quite funny really – but straight from Kindy I reckon. Wishing you another happy/busy 2013 and I look forward to following your adventures more closely now I’m hooked on the blogging world! Emily

  5. Definitely stellar erections 🙂 Have a fantastic Christmas. Rachel xx

  6. Gah, writing or roller derby, sometimes I’ve had to make the choice too – next year I’m planning to do both, along with returning to work full-time …yep, I’m sure that will work … um, it’s good to know I’m not the only one, they are FABULOUS beds and yes it is SO exciting when your little children start to grow up a little bit more and show some signs they may be quite reasonable bigger children 🙂

  7. Cake fail, my bottom!! I think you did an excellent job!
    And boy, how talented is Dadabulous! Those beds are amazing!! Some very, ahem, stellar erections indeed!
    Have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  8. i can’t believe those beds! that cake looks fabulous-merry christmas

  9. Is that a slide I see beside P2’s castle bed? Wow!
    Stellar erections, or what? And sticking fingers up new niches always brings business success. I’m sure of it 🙂 Merry Christmas fabulous Mumabulous! x

  10. Great re-cap 🙂
    I just showed Mr. Mandie those amazing beds with the statement, “see what some men can do?”
    Ahhh, a low blow maybe, but the truth – it hurts!!

  11. Excellent post, loved the run down. And can I just say, those beds! The most awesome kids beds ever! Your husband is a legend!

    I hope you have a fabulous Christmas an New Year. Can’t wait to read more next year!

  12. The beds are amazing as is the cake! I’ve loved reading your blog, well worth the weight gain I reckon! Have a great Christmas xx

  13. Those beds are amazing! Sounds like something my hubster would do – or should I say used to do – for our kids. They are now 18 & 16 so a bit past this stage 😉

  14. That cake is a castle mansion! If there is such a thing.

    I want a castle bed, what lucky little girls. Their Daddy did a great job!

  15. And a very merry Christmas to you! I love your blog and look forward to more of the princesses antics in 2013! They are just like my two. Have a good one!

  16. Check out those beds brilliant! I want the butterfly one (for me) though I am not sure husband would go for it!

  17. Oh love, the hilarity, you’re killing me!
    I love your combination of intelligence and smut, it’s dead sexy…
    *creepy silence*
    Ahem. Well done Dadabulous on the beds! Wowsers. Start selling those puppies on eBay, there’s another niche to stick those fingers in to!
    Merry Christmas Chez Abulous! May your festive season be full of more ups than downs xx

  18. This is the second time I’ve shown your beds to my husband. Got a “fat chance” reply. Hmm, a few more subliminal messages required maybe 🙂
    Merry Christmas, and looking forward to 2013.

  19. WOW that cake is no FAIL. It’s awesome and it’s HUGE! As for the beds, LUCKY KIDS! they are amazing.

  20. I agree the cake is no fail. It looks great! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  21. You have probably got way too many followers for this, but what the hell I am tagging you anyway for a blogger/acknowledgement Liebster award thingumy 🙂


    Merry Christmas, see you in the soup!

  22. I know I’m supposed to be praising you and your blogging right now, but I seriously can’t get past Dadabulous’ ability to make those beds whilst still holding down a day job! I like your comment about turning down the paid work. I did a similar thing…then blogged for free…then took up appallingly paid writing work once again. If nothing else a year of blogging has helped me drop my standards! It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you this year. May 2013 bring many more (hopefully paid!) words to the world from Mumabulous. xx

  23. Merry christmas! May 2013 bring more fabulous erections and more fab marketing ploys from P2! have an awesome christmas in the chez abuolous household, SO looking forward to hearing all about it in 2013 🙂

  24. I’m so impressed by those beds! Wish my husband was as handy. I’m also trying to see what went wrong with the castle cake – looks perfect to me!

  25. I don’t always leave a comment but I love reading your posts! They are hilarious and I love your writing. Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year!

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