Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I have learnt something... Yes it is true
Kids like to whine.
well maybe just mine?
We went to a zoo. I wasn't going to go. Walking in the boiling hot sun, shading the baby, and having to feed her like I was an exhibit in the zoo.. no thanks.. and I thought I would save The MR $30 by me not coming along. Turns out a family ticket was cheaper than a Dad and 3 kids ticket. So I went along, as it would cost the same if I went or not... so even if I did up hiding somewhere with Miss N.. no loss
Later that day at home Miss A says
"Mum aren't you glad you came. Wasn't the zoo great. You would have missed out on all of that!"
Ummm was she at the same zoo I was?
I do believe about 5 mins in she said she was hungry. We said no food until lunch - after we have looked at everything. And then she proceeded to whinge THE ENTIRE TIME about how hungry she was.
Miss G doesn't like walking. (though when it doesn't matter, she loves to run away from me) but because you HAVE to walk at a zoo, she didn't want to. So we listened to her whinge the entire time about wanting to be on daddy's shoulders and hopping on and off the pram.
"yeah, I'm so glad I didn't miss any of that"
We also went overseas. Yeah its been a few years since my last oveseas trip :D This island is like 2km from the main land though. Didn't take long to get there.
I was so excited when I saw the man open shop who hired out kayaks, boats and water bikes.
I haven't been on a water bike since I was about 12. He was very reasonably priced so I told the girls to convince The Mr that we must go on.
And go on we did. The girls loved it.. and loved to whine on the beach while waiting for their go. They whined the entire half hour we had to wait for our turn. They whined while watching their sisters have a turn. They whined when our time was up and we had to give the bike back. They whined because they also wanted to go on kyaks.
Being one of four girls and getting your views heard must be so hard.
But why must they take it out on me?
They will remember what wonderous times they had, yet they probably won't rememeber the whining.
So neither will I
Hopefully they won't remember their mother whining about their whining
We had fantastic holidays how about you?
After writing this I came across this post at another of my fave blogs. How true! She put it all so much more eloquently than I could. Go there and read it. Mind the Gap of motherhood :)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wearing of fake flag tattoo
Made lamingtons (from scratch thanks to Grandma)
Made this patriotic drink
I am thankful to be an Australian. To live in this beautiful country. Of Freedom and Plenty.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The Back to School Dinner went so well.
The girls were very behaved whilst we went shopping for all the food.
Miss A had a lovely chat with the chap in the florist where she purchased the fresh flowers from. She told him all about what the flowers were for. He was so kind and wrapped them up so beautifully for her. He even had a dog /bed/setup in there at the side of the pay counter! Dog got much love from the girls. They couldn't believe that there is a florist dog!
Table was set hours before dinner. I even let them use the Crystal glasses.
(I may have held my breath a few times, but glasses are still intact!)
Dresses were put on. Pearls were necessary apparently. Makeup applied.
Chosen Menu was:
Camembert with plum paste and crackers
Meat Pie and Wedges
Chosen Theme was Choose The Right.
We spoke about how this could be applied at school. We talked of many situations.
Lastly for Family Home Evening each of the girls received A Fathers Blessing. (click - scroll down, second last entry.)
It was lovely. The most wonderful thing to see a Father bless each of his children. Even the baby had one. Thoughts of strength, friendship, love, understanding, ability, safety, and blessings were shared to them.
We are officially ready to start school
I think The Mr liked coming home from work to a wife in an evening dress and pearls. Now that doesn't happen often enough!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I have had this idea from Nie Nie in my ideas file for like 2 years. And this year I am doing it!
A back to school dinner.
We have begun preparations. Crowns are made, theme chosen, colours chosen (green and silver) seating decorations done. Now just to work on the menu.
We will be having ours monday night.
Just thought I'd give you a heads up.... you know if you wanted to do the same thing.
Basically a bit of an excuse to get out the fancy glasses, jazz up the table, eat their favourite food, wear a crown and maybe model their school uniforms.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It can be bad for ones esteem to read other creative/crafty/montessori/homeschooling/tree hugging hippy type blogs. I have decreased the amount I read - but it's too addictive, Like I don't want to miss out on all the awesome ideas (that will probably never get used, just compiled :S) And I would rather envy those type of people than movie stars, celebrities etc anyway.
I feel like I haven't done a proper craft with my kids since Miss N was born. (Christmas excluded) and sadly I think they might be happy. Happy that hours of TV and computer are part of their lives.
I feel like a failure. One of my favourite kids ideas blogs Chasing Cheerios often makes me sad. Her two girls are the same age as my two youngest. Hers seem like geniuses compared to my kids. All those montessori games are paying off.! I was so happy when she did a post this week about 'things I don't do well'. I felt like a hero - I excel greatly in some areas she does not.
This blog world is a revolving circle though, because people have said the same about me. They feel guilt over my blog! Guilt over ME? Don't do it!! When someone says to me that they love my blog and what a wonderful, relaxed, organised, crafty mum I am... I think... NOOOOOOOO It is soooo far from the truth. (But keep up the praise cause I secretly love it)
Hopefully I blog enough about lifes difficulties and not just life's pinnacles
'Cause blog life is fake
Well I hope all those copious amounts of perfect people blogs are fake
Those Fakey Mc Fakes
otherwise.... The truth is I really just am a lost cause.
And As a special gift to all my wonderful readers
The Oft Quoted ..... "Lucky Holly" ...... is opening her blog up to you
(I feel like oprah offering up her favourite things)
A once in a lifetime opportunity to read "Lucky Holly" (whose blog is private)
And click through to my favourite labels of hers at the bottom of the page: Cheaper than therapy, mama thoughts, tongue firmly in cheek, taste it.
'Cause she is definately the real deal. Not fake at all.
and neither am I
... well only half the time
*click here to go directly to Lucky Holly
Monday, January 18, 2010
Last night I was trying to get to The MR's work. He has a series of secrets ways to go that avoid roads/time consuming lights etc. In my dream I was caught up in elevators, different buildings trying to take the short cuts to get to him.
Basically in these dreams I do the same thing over and over and there is always something preventing me accomplishing what it is I am trying to do, or stopping me getting where I want to go.
Other times the dreams have been
I was at school and could not find my school bag. So I look and look and look
I was at my parents, in my sisters wardrobe trying to find something to wear. I pushed hanger after hanger, not finding what it was that I needed. None of the pieces matched. So I just stood in the cupboard flipping through the hangers
Sometimes I even wake up tired from these dreams!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
I want to refine :
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This time last year I had morning sickness. Terrible morning sickness and pretty much missed out on the delight that is Christmas and my Birthday.
How can one commemorate the milestone that is 30 while feeling like death warmed up? So I didn't. I lazed on the couch and my family took me out for some wonderful Thai food.
And. That. Was. It.
Well I decided that this year, I was ready to admit it, ready to sink comfortably into saying
*phew, I said it*
Even though my body might be ageing.. I think my mind got left behind, for I am yet to Mature!
I accomplished a few things in my 20's.
I got married
I finished my degree
Had 4 kids
Went Overseas for the first time
Moved 5 times
So what shall I accomplish in my 30's?
Of course I would be remiss if I didn't mention the MR. We kinda share birthdays. The fact that he has also been with me, my entire 20's makes it even more special. I actually don't mind sharing birthdays with him. (I hope he doesnt mind either) We share everything else, it feels kinda special to have our birthdays together too.
We went shopping and to Vapiano for dinner, walked home in the twilight from the city, to an house devoid of the big girls (THANKS GRANDMA!) I was up early the next day with Miss N, but went back to bed and slept till 10am !! Unheard of!! That hasn't happened in 10 years either.
And to end the day I sat around on the deck eating chocolate pretending to comiserate with friends that I am now in my 30's... we ate and laughed till midnight.
And thats when the last minute of my 20's ended, and I was now officially
In my 30's.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I can survive (barely) taking 4 children rollerskating all on my own
Having a large family means breaking many rules - when your with one kid surely the others are getting up to mischief - we got in trouble for both the carrying of children whilst wearing skates - a big no no apparently (I felt like telling the 16 year old boy you deal with a three year old having a melt down who really needed to be picked up) and whilst I was skating with a six year old who was begging me to skate along with her the three year old repeatedly broke the rules of climbing up on the rink edge - another big no no - we were given death stares by the 16 year old worker repeatedly
The hire skates are the exact same ones from when I used to skate 16 years ago... eeewwwww
My girls were the ONLY ones in the entire place who thought wearing skirts while skating was a good idea - maybe they are closet 'roller dolls'
Those pristine 'white boot' skates and speed skates behind the glass display still make swoon - who wants the ugly brown 'hire skates'?
Basically I am just glad I lived through this experience and that I didn't end up on my rear with a broken hip/leg/arm/knee/insert body part here.
Next time I'm leaving the kids at home.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I desperately want to cut it off, but it's almost reached the bottom of my shoulder blades.....
I desperately want long hair so I can toss it left and right too....
oh the dilemma's
A nice short cut for my birthday?
Or to save my babies life ~ which ever reason.
My hair has been falling out in clumpfulls with this baby (happens every time, but seems worse this time - she will have to be the last or I'll have no hair left... not to mention all the hair I'm gonna be pulling out as they grow older ;)
And every hour of every day I am picking hair off her. From between her fingers, between the fat folds of her chubby legs, from her nappy - what the? and most annoyingly from tightly wound around her neck! Decapitation by your mothers hair is not a good way to die!
I seem to cut my hair short every two years. Some times it coincides with having a baby, sometimes it just happens to be my birthday (a good way to spend that birthday cash from mum and nanna - the only time I have cash to spoil myself) and sometimes cause I have JUST HAD ENOUGH...
Ok... one more year.. I'll give it one more year.. because I got this far didn't I ~ seems to be a recurring theme in my life.. I get bored and give up!!
Long Hair it is - anyone got hot curlers?
'Cause I need some bounce so I can throw around this long hair I'm gonna have.
While I am at it (growing hair.. takes work you know...) I might join This Facebook Hair Protest for peace. Lucky Holly bought this issue to my attention. This is a group for those who wish to peacefully protest the war in Iraq by simply growing out your hair until the war is declared over
might as well focus this hair energy somewhere -
and as all the best models know - the answer is always