Friday, October 31, 2014

just a minute … in october

I accidentally disappeared from this space for the month of October. It wasn’t intentional. There was lots to blog about but that’s just it – there was so much happening and I was so busy there was no time to blog. There were renovations, the death of the washing machine and two weeks of school holidays.

Listening… to lots of music on my iPod in the kitchen. The weather, especially over this past week, has been glorious. I dug out the speakers from a drawer and have them on the window sill. I’m bopping away as I cook and clean or just chillaxing with a cuppa outside in the sunshine. So good for my overall mood. This past week I rediscovered Just Because I’m A Woman – an compilation album of Dolly Parton covers.

Watching… not so much this past month. Footy is over for the year so that means the tv is on a lot less. Have been watching Party Tricks of a Monday night which I’m really enjoying. Dave finished watching Breaking Bad, I had to stop watching after the first couple of seasons because it just got to dark for me. At the end of every episode Dave would come retell the story for me. I enjoyed listening to him very much, it was endearing.

net set go

Playing… Hay Day! I’m not one for playing computer games, but when E. started playing this game on his iPod I thought it prudent to check it out myself to make sure it was safe. Oops. Seems I got a little addicted to it myself. Little Ace didn’t help much with his sleepless nights and only napping during the day if held – it has been somewhat comforting to play a mindless game in the wee hours of the morning. Ms. M started playing netball this month, not actual games but she is participating in the program Net Set Go which teaches netball skills.

Knitting… Crisis people!!! Somehow – and I really can’t understand how – Dave managed to bend one of my knitpro 5mm needles. This has put an abrupt halt on the cardi I’d been knitting for myself. Still haven’t gotten around to ordering some new ones. Really want to get my head around knitting with DPNs because there are a few small projects I’d like to do but this skill is required. So there you have it – a goal for November.

Crocheting…  started crocheting some squares for the long forgotten white blanket. Only a handful but something is better than nothing right?

Sewing…  just trying to finish projects. Not getting anywhere very fast. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the half finished projects and my inability to carve out a block of time to just get it finished. Frustration overload.

Teaching… a knitting and a crochet workshop for Craftbound.

Reading…  Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant: True Tales and Gossip from the Galleyit was certainly a good read. Not full of hot gossip as suggested by the title – but an interesting perspective on travel and working for one of Australia’s largest companies.

Renovating…  in the month of October we employed painters to finish painting the outside of the house (because we finally conceeded finishing the job was just too big for us) and had the main-bathroom surfaced sprayed – thus transforming the apricot tiles into white. We also had the bathroom floor re-tiled. There has been subsequent chaos and disruption to our daily routines, not at all helped by our washing machine breaking down and us being without it for more than half the month.

School holidaying…  since painters and other tradespeople were at our place I was on a mission to get the kids out of the house as much as possible.

vac swimming

The two school-kids had vacswim lessons every weekday of the holidays (and the two younger kiddos and I splashed in the paddling pool as we waited). This was a bit of mission getting everyone there and back and getting bathers and towels and snacks and so forth ready. Tricky too with tired little ones who perhaps would much rather been napping than splashing! Nonetheless we did it. In hindsight it was worth it, glad we did it even though some mornings I thought it was going to break me.

at the parklego scultures

Of an afternoon we attended a lego scupture workshop and two Science Alive workshops (SO brilliant) all hosted by our local library and there were outings to local parks too.

twighlight at the zoo

In the evening we went to the drive in to see Planes: Fire and Rescue in the first week and in the second we watched a screening of The Jungle Book (one of E’s favourite stories) at the Perth Zoo. So lovely to see the animals at twighlight (especially the Rhinos who were running around in their pen and sizing each other up)before we sat on the lawns with an epic picnic (made by moi) for dinner. I had been worried that little Ace wouldn’t cope with the late night flick but he just lapped it all up, at one point sitting between his eldest brother and sister looking super chuffed to be one of the big kids.

awesomemagic chicken tickets

As part of the Awesome Festival the two big kids and I saw The Magic Chicken at the State Theatre Centre. It was the first mime performance they’ve seen and I was quite amused when they leant in to ask me “when are they going to talk” early on in the performance. Clearly a bit worried about it all at the beginning by the end of the performance they were in stitches laughing and absolutely loving it.

shes got a ticket to rideshow bound on the traindriving the dodgem car on his owngoodtimes riding at the show camel rides

Again leaving the two babes with their father (to attend a birthday party) the big kids and I trekked off to the Royal Perth Show. Another epic and fabulous day filled with rides, performances, and displays. E. for the very first time drove a dodgem car solo – a massive rite of passage for him. Both E. and M. declared the camel ride as their absolute favourite ride (which made the very overpriced walk around a paddock a little more palatable for me). We stayed on to watch the fire works before riding the over packed train home. Good times indeed. Watching the kiddos watching the peeps full of merry was pretty amusing. They were a bit gobsmacked to say the least.

adventuringjumping in muddy puddles

There was also a family day trip out to Toodyay. We ate lunch at an awesome country bakery that had a corner full of kids toys (win!), jumped in muddy puddles, rode the miniature railway and visited the world’s oldest (and first) Emu farm. It was  such a great day. It was quite rainy but the sun always shone whenever we needed to get out the car. So serendipitous. Made the day even more special. We all felt so lucky.

Post-school holidaying… the little ones and I have been trying to get our rhythm back! Made a little trip to the Fire Station Museum which was sweet – nice to go out at a slower and easier pace with out those big kids.  Also visited the local Laundromat more times than we would have liked.

little witchlittle devil

Halloweening…  our kiddos were dead keen to celebrate Halloween. Dave and I find the business of Halloween a bit tricky (pun intended). At one level we see it as such an American tradition and as such are very reluctant to participate because we don’t see it as part of our own Australian culture. We both have concerns about the Americanisation of so many cultures around the world.  The flip side of that is that we appreciate cultures change over time and that our children have no appreciation for or interest in such academic concerns. The bottom line is that neither of us feel comfortable taking the children ‘trick or treating’. We were very much relieved when the school hosted a Halloween Spooky Disco, the children were able to get dressed up and participate without us taking to the streets. We only had one set of trick or treaters knock on our door (we were completely unprepared but managed to findsome freddo frogs at the back of the fridge) but we noticed that there were lots and lots out and about on some of the busier roads. Probably landing on a Friday night made it bigger than other years? Social media probably has a role to play too?  Regardless our children loved being dressed up and so next year, when Halloween is on a Saturday night, we’ve resigned ourselves to stocking up on treats and maybe, possibly, perhaps taking the kids out door knocking. What are your thoughts on Halloween?


Was October a buzz for you too?

Sunday, October 26, 2014


ode - little firemanace - love love love driving your carmae - vacuuming your bedebe - thoughtful

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – my little fireman! Such a “big” boy now. Learning so much everyday. We had a fabulous time together exploring the fire service museum in the city.

ace – you’ve discovered the toy car. Your entire face lights up as your siblings push you around the yard. Best time ever.

mae – vacuuming your bed? Maybe taking your shoes off outside isn’t such a ridiculous idea after all.

ebe – my thinker, my science lover, my non-stop creative child. You’re a marvel.



Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


ebe - making star wars dessertsode - in tearsace - loves to captain the boat in the sandpitmae - smiling in the background

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ebe – it was such a thrill watching you make your special Yoda dessert with your younger brother, you sure were chuffed with your efforts. According to your siblings it tasted delicious.

ode – sometimes life is rough and things just don’t go your way. We’re all here to give you hugs and kisses and act all silly to try to cheer you up.

ace – you’ll crawl a mile to reach the boat in the sandpit at school pick-up time.

mae – there in the background smiling. You’re a treasure.



  Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


ode - smelling the jellyebe - vacswim mae - dohace - into everything

a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ode – my sweet sweet child you can be *so* cute (and a bit horrid too!). Of late you’ve been using your sense of smell to discover the world. “Smell it Mama” you say. “Delicious” “Lovely” “Mmmmm” you advise. In this capture you’re totally absorbed in the experience of smelling the freshly made jelly.

ebe – boy it is hard to express just how proud of you I am with your efforts at vacswim. You really did try your heart out. Can’t believe a child of mine is big enough to be mixing it up in the big pool. It’s your winning attitude that counts.

mae – it is so sweet to watch you and your older brother play card games together. Snap and Uno seem to be the current faves. You are a gracious loser and a kind winner.

ace – you are into EVERYTHING!


              Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


ace - loving his first birthdayebe - pensiveode - choo choomae - on the ferris wheel  a portrait of my children, once a week in 2014


ace – loving your first birthday, loving your food, loving life – baby boy you have the best giggle going around, it’s infectious. Your big brother made you a Star Wars shirt for your birthday, he’s hoping that you too will be a big fan and watch the movies over and over and over with him.

ebe – your mind never stops. Always thinking, always creating, always imagining. Your mind is beautiful.

ode – “choo choo!”  You sure are absorbing and enjoying everything that life is throwing at you. Three sure is an awesome age, so much to be excited about. So much to relish. Spending time with you and seeing the world through your eyes is pure joy. Thanks buddy for sharing.

mae – life goes round like a ferris wheel Ms. M.  Sure there are lows, but it is brilliant up there at the top and hey – the going round and round and round bit is pretty cool too don’t you think. Love being on the ride with you gorgeous girl.



Joining in with Jodi.