Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Everything I wanted and a whole lot more {Unwanted Advice, and a few insults to boot}

I've had it with the people who think they have the right to weigh in on every aspect of someone else's life. My Life. 
Apparently, how often i clean my house, to the food i feed my children, and even  the fact that i have the number of children i have, is everybodys business, and nobody hesitates to have an opionion about it! -

I've been called a messy housekeeper {yes, well with 4 little tornadoes running around my feet, i think i do a mighty fine job to keep the clothes washed, and the kitchen tidy) 

Apparently my daughter wears old daggy pajamas and needs new ones (depsite the fact that she literally has +10 pairs of winter pjs all in decent condition....and last time i checked, she wasnt making any midnight appearances on a catwalk)

My husband takes sick day that he doesn't need (because everyone else knows how he's feeling!)

My son eats too much and i need to watch how much hes eating ( Um, children can self moderate their food intake better than most adults...its always healthy, and he's a growing boy!)

My daughter stutters because she doesn't get enough attention (not at all because shes rushing to get her words out because shes so darn excited)

I'm too young to have 4 kids (Last time i checked, a 12yr old can have a not really a valid point on the physical front, and as for "ready" or not.....thats my decision not yours!)

I shouldn't let me kids eat morning tea in the lounge room (Well if i have to vacuum afterwards, then that's the price i pay to have them actually eat, and for me to clean up the kitchen!)

I need to do this, I shouldnt do that, I do this wrong, I'm not doing that.....


So thankyou, all you well meaning strangers and relatives.
Thankyou for your expertise on me and my family.

Please dont be offended (or do!) when I tell you to keep it to yourself!

You're not "trying to help". If you were, you'd be encouraging me, and supporting me.
Not tearing me to shreds.

{Free} Bumper Holiday Fun Week


Holidays means 5 days a week at home with all 4 kids. I don't know about you, but in this household, that calls for some serious 'fun' planning, to keep everyone sane! With the age range of almost 5 down to just one, entertaining all the kids can be a struggle. This week, we've manage to find activities that for the most part, included all 4 kids. I am endeavouring to make the most of all the free holiday activities available to us here in Brisbane, and i thought i'd share them with you!

On Monday, we were in Toowoomba, but still manage to make it down to the shopping centre to see The Lorax stage show. This consisted of two female dancers, in what was apparently a school yard class, taught by The Lorax. All in all, it was pretty much an environmental plug, with some dance music in between. "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" (yep, catchy!) While i was a little disappointed with the show, the girls loved it!It runs all week at 10.30am daily, and a meet and greet at 11.30am. If you happen to be in Toowoomba, you could stop by to check it out!

On Tuesday, we had a home day...a very wet outside home day. So we got out the paints and collage and made a picture together. It started as a sunny picture, with flowers and rainbows...but the girls added some rain, and some 'splats'. I was surprised by how well they worked together, and the lack of fighting that ensued! Parker happily entertained himself with his sisters dolls, until it was his sleep time, but hopefully, next time, he can join in too!

Wednesday, and another wet day! We chose to go along to Toowong Village today, and join in with their ABC activity village. The girls were able to pick a pre-printed canvas picture to colour in with textas, and they had Mister Maker running on a TV. There were also books to read, which was more appealing to Zoey than actually colouring!
We extended our outing by stopping for morning tea, and then popping in to Kmart to browse the toys, all ready for the toy sale to start tomorrow! I must say, i think this was the most enjoyable activity of the day for both me and the kids!

Thursday, we had a few odd jobs to do out, which coincided nicely with our outing to catch 'Wide Eyed Stories' at the Mount Ommaney Library. The show, which included puppets, was loved by all four of the kids, and was quite interactive. The girls love the little rhyme type clapping song, and the stories that they performed were great.

Tomorrow marks the end of our bumper holiday week, with a trip to check out "Wild Thing" at the Ipswich museum on Friday! The 'Wild Thing' Party runs all this week, 9am-12 noon, and its free! The Wild Thing playful experience, however, is at the museum until the 7 Oct.

 If anyone knows of activites going on next week, we'd love to hear about it, but i think we'll be taking a lower key approach to entertainment in the second week of the holidays!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

{Photo - A - Day Challenge} - Morning & Water

Today I went for a jog. Its the first time that i have gone running since i had the kids ( which if you know me, is as many years!)

It felt good!
Good to get up when the world is still sleeping
Good to have time to myself
Good to feel the cool on my face and heat burning in my muscles.


And I plan to do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

Monday, January 16, 2012

{Photo - A - Day Challenge} - Happiness

Look at those faces! 

{Photo - A - Day Challenge} - Something I'm Reading

Does the fact that there is no book in sight, and that i'm reading a wine bottle give you a glimpse at the stress level of my life at the moment:?

{Photo - A - Day Challenge} - In My bag

This is one of two bags i often use. The other has the nappies etc :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Where I sleep

I easily could have taken a photo of anywhere for today! 
The couch, the floor, the shower (yes i'm a tired old mum!) 

This is where i prefer to sleep

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Childhood

My Grandmother gave me this cot, and the porcelain baby doll that goes in it, before i was even born. 
The dolly is up, awaiting a trip to the dolly hospital to repair the damage caused by being carried around by a not so gentle or graceful little girl.

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Daily Routine

We're in the middle of moving at the moment, so pretty much all routine has gone out the window.
Along the way, however, it seems I've created a new daily routine - of packing boxes!

Its one i'll be swapping for unpacking by next week, but for now, it seems the only constant in our lives is the 'constantly growing' piles of boxes!

Monday, January 9, 2012

{Photo a Day Challenge] - My Sky

My Sky

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Favourite

My favourite thing to do is the whole world is read! 
I wish i had more time to do it.

Two of my favourite books by one of my most loved authors.

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Makes Me Smile

This is a Honeydew Melon, growing in my garden!
I almost ripped out the plant when it didn't seem to be fruiting, and look pretty much dead. 
Then one day, i came out to check my tomatoes and capsicum, and look what i found! 

This makes me smile! 
I could impose too many metaphors on this wonderful melon, but i think i will just let it be. 
My Honeydew - making me smile!

Friday, January 6, 2012

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Something I Wore

I wish that my photo today might have looked something like this ....

Can you imagine hanging washing and changing nappies wearing this?!
 Sadly, no! Maybe that's exactly what my day yesterday needed, but instead what i wore looks more like this .....

Yep, no amount of photo edit makes it look any flashier! 

In case you missed it, I'm joining Fat Mum Slim in her Photo-a-Day challenge for the month of January. Pop over to her facebook page to check out her photos and find more people playing along! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Letterbox

Hopefully, it won't be too long before this is repalced, but it is the last thing on the list of renovations!
Still, i love our little letterbox. Its brought me lots of wonderful parcels of late!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Post

Just a quick note to say, I'm guest posting over at Handmade Kids today. 
Pop over to learn how to make a fabric bunting with my easy tutorial! 

{Photo a Day Challenge] - Something I adore

I may have gotten a little carried away with this one! 

I adore...

My Boy

My Cuddle Monster

My Rat Bag

My Clever Cookie

{Photo A Day Challenge} - Breakfast

There is no making A cuppa in this house!
I love that my little people love 'cuppas'! Though i fear  my middle daughters 'cuppa' addiction might stay with her into adulthood!

This is my morning coffee. My breakfast!

Monday, January 2, 2012

{Photo a Day Challenge] - YOU

Ok, so Me, really!
Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim is so full of great ideas lately (Social Media Secret Santa was her brain child also!) Her most recent idea was the 'Photo a Day' Challenge for the month of January.  I've decided to join her in this challenge, and Day 1 was particularly scary! I hate havign photos taken of myself - HATE IT! But my sister had her camera pointed in my direction for alot of yesterday, so in the end, i DID have a photo to post for yesterday, and here it is!

So this is me on 1st Jan 2012, having had barely any sleep the night before. We had welcomed in the new year with some close friends, enjoying my birthday dinner and games of cards. I'm still carrying a bit of 'baby fat' leftover from Mr P's pregnancy some 6.5months ago, which i hope to lose in the new year.
Chewing on my baby boys scrumptious cheek!

I also hope 2012 is a year of more conquering of fears (such as having my photo taken - i don't look half as bad as i always assume i will!) and stretching myself - getting out of my comfort zone!

Here's to 2012! 
May you kinder to the world, and those i love than 2011 was!