Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Sunny Sunday Walk

First weekend of the school holidays in NSW and the weather has been perfect.  My crazy kids even went for a swim - trust me, the water was freezing but kids being kids don't seem to notice that stuff.

Master 11 was staying at his friends house so I took the 2 year old tornado and Master 7 for a drive while hubby got some more painting done around the house.

We ended up at the Wisteria Gardens next to Parramatta Park.  The gardens were just beautiful.  We managed to avoid the odd ride that seemed to have been oddly set up at the entrance, not sure if was the end of a fair or just a randomly thrown together last minute fete, but regardless I reminded the boys we were there for a walk, not to spend money.



The 2 year old tornado slept through the entire walk but Master 7 delighted in all the flowers.  Poor thing couldn't quite understand why I wouldn't let him pick them.



There was Wisteria, obviously considering we were at the Wisteria Gardens, blossom trees, covered walk-ways, flower beds and lots of paths to follow.  Master 7 was heard to say "wow mum, I wish I could stay under this canopy all day and all night".  So cute.


Another favourite was seeing the tree with "thousands and thousands of bats in it".  I'm not sure that there were thousands but there were sure a lot of bats (or flying foxes - I'm never sure really).

It was a great way to spend a couple of hours, and for us, most importantly when it comes to school holidays, a FREE way to spend a couple of hours.




How did you spend your Sunday?  Would love for you to share.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Kids Can Be Nice

Another day, another round of cricket.  This time cricket training for Master 7 year old.

His older brother of course did what he does best - whinge about how bored his is.  He seems to forget all the hours and hours his little brother has waited around for him while he has had cricket matches, cricket training, AFL matches, AFL training, Band performance, Band practice, Band tutorials.... and on and on the list goes.

As mother of the year I decided to sit on my behind and play on my iPad and give Master 11 year old the job of watching his 2 year old brother so I could do productive things like play on Facebook.

In the middle of the oval was a group of maybe 5 or 6 boys all playing touch footy together.  One of the older boys sauntered up to Master 11 and asked him if he wanted to join in.  You should have seen his face light up, it sure beat having to play with the 2 year old tornado.  Of course it also meant the end of my fun on Facebook, but that's okay.


I don't really know what it was about that moment, but I was really touched.  As a seriously shy child growing up I was so scared of groups of other children who I didn't know.  I would never have dreamed of joining in games with them.  It actually makes me think that I was probably too busy being worried about everything around me to just enjoy being a kid.

I loved seeing my eldest son run to join in the middle of their game like he'd known them all his life, and it was equally wonderful to see a group of other kids make him feel welcome.

Sometimes we are so busy being negative about "kids these days" that we forget to see the good things they do.

Would love you to share your great kid stories with us.

Amanda

Monday, 17 September 2012

So sorry I’ve been MIA the last few weeks – life has been one giant blur of stress!!!!

As you may know we bought a house a few months ago – woo hoo!!!  That’s where the joy ended for a little while though. 



Then came the scarey time to sell our house.  Looking back, it wasn’t that bad really compared to what some people go through.  At the time though, I just wanted a giant hole in the earth to swallow me up.

As all mums out there would know, trying to keep a house clean and tidy with kids around is almost impossible.  Trying to keep the house looking like a showroom with 3 feral boys is just plain torture.
Then comes the fun part.  You know how it is, someone is coming, the house is a mess, so just pick everything up and throw it in a cupboard.  The trouble was I was doing that every second day for 4 weeks and I have absolutely no idea where I have hidden everything.  I did find a jar of pasta sauce in the blanket box the other day – hmmmmm.

Before we moved in we tried “fixing-up” the new house.  Painting inside and new carpets.  Doesn’t sound like much but when the quotes to paint are just plain stupid and your husband is a perfectionist when it comes to renovating, it seriously takes FOREVER!!!  I know I shouldn’t complain, he’s doing the entire house by himself, but that’s beside the point.  I want it finished.........now!!!!

The biggest disaster of the entire move was Foxtel. As many of you know, I love my trash TV.  The trashier the better.  So to be faced with the prospect of losing hours and hours of recorded trash - well that was something I just couldn't bare to think about.   A quick phone call to Foxtel however confirmed that all would be okay.  The IQ box could safely move over with all my beloved shows - I wouldn't have to hole up somewhere for a month to watch 4 straight weeks of TV.  Yeah well, that worked didn't it....NOT.  I lost everything.  Argh - now I have no idea what's going on with Puberty Blues.  Is it even still on?  Thanks Foxtel.

In the meantime we are living in a complete whirl-wind of chaos that I am desperately trying to tread water through while telling myself it will all be worth it in the end.

Anyone else going through this at the moment?  How are you coping?

Amanda

Friday, 14 September 2012

We Have A New Blog

We have a new blog and we just LOVE it!!!!

I love writing, I love updating our blog, I love updating everyone on the crazy goings-on around here - but I'm not so good at all that technical stuff behind the scenes, so it was time to ask for some help.

Thanks to the lovely Katrina from The Media Maid, we have a fabulous looking blog that we think looks just fab.

You probably already know Katrina.  Her blog katrinaleechambers is a favourite among many, and she is also a Kidspot Top Blogger.

The fabulous Katrina Chambers

So now I have no excuse.  We are all moved in to the new house.  I have my own office space now (it's full of cardboard boxes at the moment though), and now I have a beautiful looking blog.  It's time to get writing again.

What do you think of our new look?  Do you love it as much as we do?

Amanda