Saturday, July 31, 2010

Want to go visit some place nice?

Then you should definately visit draw! pilgrim. She has this wonderful eye for colour - very bold! During the month of July she gave away a whole months worth of beautiful party printables. You should go over right now. Go on, off you go!

What are you waiting for? Go!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Have you signed up?

I finished my first book from Mamamia's bookclub and loved it! I think you should head on over and read it yourself.

I just bought her second recommendation, Allison Pearson's 'I don't know how she does it' for $5.65 from ebay! Gotta love a bargain!

What are you reading right now? I love to read and then re-read and then just to be sure, I'll read it again. I've read the following books several times each and highly recommend you do the same!

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Tully - Paullina Simons

She's come undone - Wally Lamb

Mallawindy and Henry's Daughter - Joy Dettman

The Memory Keepers Daughter ( I cant find my copy on my shelf & I cant remember the author, sorry!)

I'd love to hear any suggestions/recommendations from you.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How do you define yourself?

I haven't 'worked' for a while now. Before - I used to be a primary school teacher. A job I really loved and enjoyed. It fulfilled me like I never thought possible. I loved all those kids. I loved the creative side of it. I loved getting those little people through their first year of school and seeing how far they had come, particularly obvious when the next load of poppets would come through and didn't appear to know anything and you'd have to start all over again. One would want to go to the loo and you'd have to take the whole grade!
Darren and I had been together for a while but had only just got married when I started teaching so I was happy to wait a few years before starting our family. I have always been clucky though, and seeing some of those kids made me want for my own. It was not a smooth ride - funny periods, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies all left us feeling a little exhausted. We thought it was never going to happen, so much so we bought a new car. A lovely, bright yellow, 2 door Monaro! With no real backseat for babies! Guess what we found out the day we picked up that car?
I loved being pregnant. Loved that feeling that you could eat for the first time without sucking your tummy in! And boy did I eat. I put on about 30kg! I kept teaching until 4 weeks before my due date and was determined that I would go back to work after 12 months, certain that I would miss it so much that the idea of not going back did not even enter into my frame of reference. Then Oscar was born and everything changed! First babies are such a shock to the system! The sleep deprivation, attempts at breastfeeding, attempting to leave the house, lugging that post-pregnant weight with you. I didn't have time to miss my job, let alone think of returning to work. I was also pretty lucky in that I had a choice - I could stay at home with my baby while my husband went to work. I met other lovely new mothers, joined mother's groups, gymbaroo and mini maestros.

When Oscar was 12 months old I put him into childcare one day a week and did some relief teaching. He hated it! I loved the idea of putting my work clothes back on and having some adult conversation that didn't revolve around poo. On work days though, all I'd think about was what Oscar was doing and whether he was ok without me. It was worse on those days I'd end up with a horrid class (this didn't happen very often but once I was teaching a grade 5/6 class and one of the boys tried to sell me pot!). I kept it up though, thinking it was only 1 day a week, and relief teaching actually pays quite well. Then I got pregnant again. I stopped work once I got too big for my work clothes (no way was I spending money on materity work attire for one day a week!). Isaac was born and a little while later Matilda joined us. Needless to say, I haven't gone back to paid work since those days.
Recently, Matilda started some occasional care and I had forms to fill in. Until now, when they ask what my occupation is I have always written teacher cause that's what I thought I was. Now, I am not so sure. I haven't been in the classroom for almost 5 years (and I dont think parent helper in Oscar's class counts!) but I absolutely hate leaving that box blank or filling it with 'home duties' or 'mother'. On Matilda's form I put both (teacher and home duties) but I felt like I was lying a little bit. I am not sure how I would define myself anymore. I am proud that I am a mother to 3 little people and I feel (most days anyway!) truly lucky that I get the choice to stay home and parent them. Is this my occupation though? Am I still a teacher? Or 'just' a mother?
How do you define yourself on forms?
I do apologise for the insane, rambling length of this post but I just felt the need to get it out!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lessons I've learnt...

I'm not sure about you, but my entire life is in my wallet. I've had several heartattack moments where I've thought that I'd lost it and just about been in tears only to find it buried beneath a pile of I-dont-know-what in my handbag! The worst thing I do whilst shopping is leave it on top of the pram tucked into the shade part that you pull forward - and I'm telling you now, I will never do it again after today! As usual, I had loaded Matilda and my handbag and shopping into the car, folded the pram in half (at which point my wallet must have dropped out and landed just under my car) and popped it into the boot and drove off none the wiser. I had actually left the shopping centre carpark and driven down the street when some mad lady starts honking her horn, flashing her lights and madly waving something at me in her windscreen! You can obviously guess what it was. She'd seen me pull out of the spot, saw my wallet on the ground and, bless her cotton socks, decided to give chase in her car. Seriously, what a wonderful woman.

Have you ever lost your wallet? Found a wallet?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Point and Shoot

We spent part of the weekend at our holiday house in Venus Bay. Lovely in summer, a bit chilly, windy and wet in winter, but when the lawn needs mowing someone has to do it.... not me, clearly! The little people looooove it and are keen to get down to the beach as soon as we get there, rain, hail or shine! So, this is us.

Saturday, July 24th, sometime between 3 and 4 I guess - collecting shells and climbing up sandbanks. In the middle picture you can see Oscar has almost made it to the top while Isaac needed daddy to give him a little shove to start him off at the bottom!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I found this in this months Notebook magazine. You can also go straight to the source here! Some random awesome things from our house:
  1. Waking up early on a school morning and managing to get everything dressed, packed and ready with time to spare... meaning I have time to straighten my hair and wear makeup!
  2. Getting fishy lip kisses from the small people.
  3. Finding chocolate in the back of the pantry that you had forgotten that you'd hidden there...
  4. Finding it after everyone else has gone to bed so that you don't have to share it!
  5. Fresh new magazines... especially recipe ones! Currently loving Donna Hay's kid's magazine.
  6. Winning netball, especially as I was the goal shooter which is not normally my position.
  7. Cooking one meal for everyone... and finding that everyone eats it!

What is going on at your house that you think is 'awesome'?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Babushka OCD

I have a confession to make - I have Babushka OCD! I see them everywhere and I must have them! Now! My baby girls room is a sea of Russian Dolls - mobiles, bed linen, hair clips, clothes, books, dolls, bags and more. We had a babushka themed first birthday party for her and you'd think I'd kinda be over it by now, seeing as the entire world has cottoned on to their cuteness, but I am still obsessed. Just look a these lovely things for your kitchen by Fred and Friends.

And to clearly show you how bad my OCD is, I will endeavour to take some pictures of her bedroom and pop them on here for your perusal.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

At my house....

Joining in with Lou's blog this week as well... Quite the little joiner, aren't we! (Is that a movie line - maybe from 'Heathers' with Winona Ryder? Can anyone cofirm or deny?)

We have been very industrious in the kitchen today making 'chop chop' biscuits on a stick....

and being a super organised, super mum (cue manic laughter!!!) I have already organised and prepared the small peoples dinner. Porcipines on mash! Remember those: mince with rice sticking out so they look like porcipines with a tin of tomato soup dumped on top. All the little people in this house tend to eat them and ask for more so it's frequently on the menu here.

ps. for any interested parties, the 'chop chop' biscuits are out of the box (Betty Crocker baby!) and and dont forget to soak your sticks before cooking if your turing them into lolly pops like me. And my mince porcipine recipe is simply: 500grams mince, 1/2 cup rice, grated onion, salt and pepper. Mix together well and roll into small balls. Pop into a casserole dish and pour over a tin of tomato soup and a tin of water. Cover and cook for an hour or so. Careful, they are super hot when they come out!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Point and Shoot

My big boy participating in the half time Auskick game on Saturday, July 17th @ 3.20pm.
Obviously, he's the one doing the kicking!

Go here if you want to join in with FatMumSlim's point and shoot.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Twi hard as I might, it still happened...

I really did try to avoid it. I read the books a while ago, skimmed them actually and didn't really think much of them at all. Too teenage angsty for me thanks, slight Mills & Boon tendency too, although with a whole lot less sex! My sister made me watch the first movie too and I really just wanted to giggle my way through it. Team Edward, Team Jacob... I was on Team Who Cares! I needed something to read the other day and grabbed it off the bookshelf to flick through... and, well, I dont really know how it happened but I got sucked in. I actually read all of it in one day (dont ask me how I managed it as I have those 3 small people who seem to follow me everywhere)! Then Darren's shirts needed ironing (and there were A LOT of them) and I stuck it in the dvd player purely to avoid having to watch Days of our Lives, and I got sucked in a little bit more. I ordered the second movie on Foxtel and managed to read book number 2 in 2 days and if Glee hadn't been on tv tonight I would have finished number 3 as well. I'm off to see the movie tomorrow night with some other truly obsessed women and I cant wait! I found out today as I was googling (yes, I even went to the dedicated fan website) that they are turning book number 4 into two movies, just to stretch us out a little more. Oh, what a tease! Anyone else want to join me in this obsession? Please, dont leave me out here on my own!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2 things for today...

I loved Pip's 2 things the other day, particularly the notebook one - I feel my notes are never worthy and rather than ruin my beautiful notebooks I tend to use scraps of paper instead. I have all my notebooks lined up on my bookshelf.... unused!
My two things:
  1. I mostly ignored my children today.... so I could finish one of those jolly Twilight books!
  2. When my husband came home and I told him I was having a fat day, he told me not to worry, it was just my winter coat!!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Point and Shoot

Does it still count if you actually forgot to take a picture over the weekend, so snuck one in at the park today? Hmm, I hope so!
Monday, July 5th @ 11.30
Remember how free it feels to dangle upside down in the sunshine with a friend? I do. I tried to relive it today to show these two I wasn't too old. All I ended up with is a head full of tan bark and two giggly six year olds!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Things I dood....

So says Mr 3 anyway!

We are in the middle weekend of school holidays here and surprisingly we are still sane! I think one needs a plan to survive two weeks of three small people with nary a break to breathe - or even visit the loo on your own! We've visited friends and been visited by friends, been to birthday parties, scooted round the block screaming about cranky legs when we approach the hills and made potato heads at shopping centres. Papreplate dinosaurs have also been particulary present this week. We've only visited one park though (thanks cold, rainy Melbourne weather)! And yesterday I took the boys to Toy Story 3. Have you seen it yet? Oscar and Isaac love, love, loved it. (And truthfully so did their mummy.) Ken totally steals the show in the movie!

Got any good school holiday ideas you'd like to share?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday Fun

Hmm, what to do with two busy boys on a rainy, cold, Melbourne school holidays day?
(Toy Story 3 cardboard cubby house available from Big W toysale right now for about $35)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Incy wincy spider....

...has apparently climbed up the waterspout and into my kitchen! Ick, ick and double ick! It is trapped at the moment between the window and the flyscreen but whose to say it wont crawl down the bottom, edge through the gap and come and crawl on me!!! Where are the manly men spider killers when you need them??? Solutions please????