Sunday, June 26, 2016

Project 52, Week 24


I've got until tonight until the week 25 is over, so I'm counting this as not late!! haha. A good week it was with Pirate Day at school, a double rainbow and a luncheon with the CWA ladies.

Much love
Mx

Friday, June 17, 2016

Project 52, Week 23


Week 23 contains two weekends as it's the change-over week to my new Monday to Sunday week numbering system. One weekend we had friends visiting over the Western Australia Day long weekend and the other we had nothing on and so got to painting the last side of the house! Finally!! Charlie had his first school social at the local hall and I'm cross that one of the older kids said over the PA during musical bobs that jumping is not dancing :( ..... 5 year olds do not need rules about dancing!!

We also had the pest guy come and treat the house for the white ants we found weeks ago and Charlie had a hearing test that showed he has hearing loss from fluid buildup behind his eardrums. We're hoping that once the fluid is gone his hearing is restored. Passport photos were taken against the wall in the dining area, so hard to take a nice picture when you aren't allowed to smile :/ I'm wondering if my application will be rejected on the grounds that I had my head tilted to side, because my eyes are at totally different heights on my face! If facial symmetry is supposed to equal beauty there went my modelling career haha.

And that is me caught up until Monday :)

Mx

Friday, June 10, 2016

Project 52 Catch Up, Weeks 20-22.




hmm.... this isn't even a total catch up as we are already in week 24! I'm going to change my week numbering system I think so it starts at the beginning of the week on Mondays and brings me in to line with the way the week of the year calendars calculate what week we're in and see if that helps me get back in to the swing of posting

Well, we are well and truly in to winter now and the wind this week has been bitterly cold. There is exciting developmental milestones being hit by both the wee ones. Mia is drawing people with heads and Charlie has just started reading at Pre Primary. Charlie also had his first school social tonight.

Ian and I have been watching the 30 Days of Genius series on CreativeLive and have been inspired to start having cold showers! One of the interviewees talked about the benefits of ice baths and I quite like my minute and half blast of freezing cold water at the end of my shower. I love CreativeLive and have bought quite a few of their photography classes but they have all sorts of courses on different subjects and the best part is you can watch for free while they do the initial broadcast, it's awesome.

I hope you're enjoying your month and keeping all your balls in the air unlike myself!

Mx




Monday, May 16, 2016

Project 52, Week 19


Must not have been a big week last week...i've gone back and checked the calendar and nothing... We had a delicious Mexican night on the Friday and then Mother's Day on Sunday, and that's as much as I've got to report this week. Unless I want to resort to talking about the weather, which has warmed up and is just lovely, no fire necessary!

Mx

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Project 52, Week 18


I am getting this post done tonight as a Mother's Day gift to my Mum.

My best friend and her partner came for an overnight visit with their little guy, highlight of the week. Lowlight was finding white ants in the front door sill. I hope they haven't gotten too far, we need to cut inspection holes in the floor before we can find out :( and then of course there are the toxic chemicals to follow :(:(

It has gotten cold enough here for the fire now and it is keeping us toasty warm in the house. I so appreciate living in a house where I can be comfortable after living in an old and cold one for three years while our babies were small.

That rose up there is the first off my Mother's Love rosebush, my Mother's Day present to myself that I bought early.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day xx
Mx

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Project 52, Week 17



This is why I shouldn't fall behind... I can't even remember what happened two weeks ago! Err... On my last day sans kids I really  hit my stride, woke up at 8, massage at 9, fasted, so didn't have to worry about food, and spent the afternoon weeding and planting veggies... pretty much an ace day. Then it was only one sleep till seeing my babies and having my brows done finally. Also an ace day. Then home again for the start of term two, and late in the week we had two seperate lots of surprise overnight guests on the same night. Wonderful! Luckily I had chicken in the fridge and tried this new recipe, it was delicious (and I'm not usually a big fan of chicken). Hubby wants Chicken Breasts with Mushroom and Onion Dijon Sauce on high rotation now.

Photo mojo still nowhere to be found... have started fasting and love it, for now doing the full moon and the new moon, but thinking about picking two days a week as well. I think it's called the five and two... anyway, not having to think about food is just awesome (who would have thought fasting would be so fun?!) and another bonus is I'm much more conscious of drinking water on those days. I think a lot of the times I eat I'm actually thirsty not hungry.

Have you tried fasting? Did you love it or find it hard? Are you planting veggies? Are you in possession of your mojo or is it on holidays like mine?!

Much love
Mx

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Project 52, Week 16


We had our last days in Albany, and Ian and I started watching an extremely interesting docu-series on Youtube called The Truth About Cancer. After watching The Gerson Miracle and Dying To Have Known I've said if anyone in my family was diagnosed with Cancer I would be shipping them off to the Gerson Clinic in Mexico. After watching this new series I'm amazed at how many natural treatments there are! That work!!  I've gone ahead and ordered Essiac Tea, and Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils. Just as preventatives. My Mum and her Mum both have had breast cancer and now my husband can stop worrying that I will get it. I am so grateful that my Mum declined the chemo and radiation therapies after her lumpectomy.

A memorable week this one as it also held the first time that I had a multiple night break from my babies. The two of them returned to Perth with Grandma for a three night stay without me! We can do these sorts of things now that I'm not breast feeding!! It was a restorative break and I caught up on some sleep and organising. Very satisfying. Also quiet and strange.

I've lost my photo mojo and need to force myself to keep taking photos till it returns. Only photos on three days this week and possibly the next. But I will triumph! I think of Meg Ryan in a phone box in Paris whenever I say that courtesy of the film French Kiss.

Much love
Mx

Monday, April 25, 2016

Project 52, Week 15


So I'm behind again, but I shan't combine weeks as this is considered "cheating" by my Mother! It has been school holidays for the last two weeks, and we took the camper trailer to Albany for a wet week of relaxing. The sun did show itself though and we certainly enjoyed ourselves and the time spent together. I will post my catch up week soon! Week two of the school holidays has been wonderful too :)

Much love
Mx

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Project 52, Week 14


The worst thing that happened to me this week is I got a tear in my well worn and well loved favourite jeans, sob. As devastating as that is if that is really the worst thing then I have a lot to be grateful for! First world problems. Ian did not have one day off. I had another go at getting up with Ian at 5am, I did much better this time around and enjoyed having the time to do some yoga practice before the kids woke up. It's hard going to bed earlier though when your book club book starts picking up speed.  I've also enjoyed typing out a bunch of affirmations I've had written out for years and laminating them (laminating is so much fun in and of itself!) and sticking them to the wall opposite the toilet. I am relaxed and centered. I have plenty of time for everything!

I hope you had a wonderful week, we are certainly looking forward to spending some time together as  a family over the school holidays.

Mx

Friday, April 1, 2016

Project 52, Week 13

Nanny Ann and I played with our cameras, I got to test out a couple of lenses that I'm considering for my birthday. And of course there was Easter. Too wet for an egg hunt, I think it the most it has ever rained in the five years we have been here. There was still too much chocolate and the associated tears...

Lowlight, I dropped my phone in the toilet, which one of the kids had left wee in! I snatched it out as fast as I could after a nano second of contemplating the wee. Seems to be working fine after leaving it in rice overnight. And highlight of the week, I got my floors clean!! Well having Nanny Ann here was really the highlight but getting my floors clean just makes me ridiculously happy, I just wish they would stay that way!

Hope you're having a wonderful week! I'm feeling a wee bit organised!!
Mx

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Project 52, Week 12


The kids have been pretty well spoilt with visits from both Nanna and Nanny Ann this week and the local show at the larger town next to us. Mia and I went to CWA and then our favourite day of the month, Craft (where I am slowly but surely hand quilting a baby quilt for a friend). There was also the swim club windup and tennis closing day. Ian and I even went out without the kids to a quiz night since Nanna was available to babysit.

The weather has finally turned too. 

Happy Easter xx

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Project 52, Week 11


Slack on the photo taking this week, only 3 days!

Had my first weekend to Perth for the year. So proud of myself for sticking to my resolution of not making so many trips this year. We went for a family reunion and my Dad's birthday. We also met friends for a picnic breakfast at the beach who also happened to have their birthday on Saturday. I have wanted to make it to the Sculptures by the Beach at Cottesloe for a few years and I finally made it, though I don't think any of my pictures do it justice. Next time I will have to be more dedicated and be there for sunrise and the pretty light.

It was off to Beverley during the week for Great Grand Poppa Will's funeral. A beautiful goodbye.

Sculpture by the Sea 2016-8
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-7
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-6
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-5
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-4
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-3
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-2
Sculpture by the Sea 2016-1

I hope you had good week!
Mx

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Project 52, Week 10


Another weekend full of cousins and Grandma which is always a delight, with sparkler fun if they're lucky. Unfortunately we got the phone call on Sunday morning that sadly but expectedly Ian's Grandfather passed away. Then it was a short week for school with the labour day long weekend and a staff development day.

I actually enjoyed Charlie's electronics ban and not having the idiot box on all the time. Ah the serenity! The little man has taken his ban very well and I'm happy to see he does still know how to play without a screen. We will be starting back with the iPad with some new rules and limitations, but I would just love to continue with a blanket ban. I don't think he'd take that quite so well however.

And I've been a little sad, I think I've worked out part of the reason. I'm turning 40 this year which I'm not thrilled about, though I'm happy to have another birthday as the alternative is not life. Anyway, in an effort to save money I have stopped a couple of beauty treatments/maintenance and I think unfortunately it has been false economy in a way, because as much I believe beauty is only skin deep and not who I really am etc. etc. it makes me a little sad when I look in the mirror and don't like what I see.  Now if only I could be bothered to put makeup on maybe it would be ok, but that means being organised and washing it off at night! I have made contact with a BAI brow artist and just taking that first step has made me happy.

I hope you enjoyed last weekends extra day!

Mx

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Project 52, Week 9

Ian was away for a night doing a mercy dash to the chiropractor for his back, and then worked the weekend to make up for it. We had another Saturday night without power from a thunderstorm. I am pleased with myself for not doing what I did last time that exact thing happened. I still have not had an alcoholic beverage since that incident. Pain is a powerful motivator!

I'm worried about wasting time getting sidetracked by a FarmVille/Nemo's Reef game on the iPad, this one Charlie wanted, it is all about dragons..... thankfully we deleted that game and I don't have to use any self restraint in keeping myself away from it. It's the only way it works for me.
Ian was away again for meetings in Perth and a review of his sleep apnea at the Sleep Centre. Yep, he still needs it. We were hoping his weight loss would have improved things. It has helped with the frequency and ferocity of his snoring though but he doesn't snore using the CPAP.

But the major event for me this week was having to decide how to handle our five year old punching me. We try and stay away from punishments and rewards but I was so upset by the event. Not just the fact that my boy hit me but then all the worries and fears that I'm doing a terrible parenting job and raising an arsehole. So upsetting I made myself sick. Anyway, we are on a total electronics ban for a week.

I think I need to reread some of my parenting books.

Mx

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Project 52, Week 8


Well this weekend is almost over and I'm trying to remember last weekend for week 8. We had a trailer load of wood bought up from the city and I got a new wood box made out of an old ute tray. CWA started again for the year. I picked my Mother's Day present up from the nursery at the hardware store, I ordered myself a Mother's Love rose bush. I didn't want it till closer to Mother's Day, but they ordered it and it came. I also picked up another blueberry bush and that pretty you see up there, an echinacea/coneflower. One of my goals for the year is to really make some headway with the garden/lack of garden here...
And..... it was Photoshop Week all week on CreativeLIVE so I've spent a bit of time watching that....

Anyway, I hope you had a good week and the week coming is good too.

Mx

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Project 52, Week 7


Just an ordinary week. We had a new couple to town over for dinner, we played tennis, Pa came for a night, I stopped being so sad but then felt a bit directionless, I sewed the top of a dolls quilt, we had a heat wave so I was diligent with getting up and watering the garden, we ignored valentines day, we searched and destroyed calthrop (the weed with diabolical prickels).

Whatever your week entailed I hope it was good!

Mx


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Project 52, Weeks 5 and 6




Week 5 was tough!!  It was the first week of school. This is only my second year having a child at school and I get really sad. I was expecting to feel sad so I don't know why I was surprised by actually being sad. I was probably hoping that knowing I was going to feel sad would help me be less sad. Nope. Oh and more summer rain, and first day of school was freezing trying to get photos before class.

Week 6 was easier. We had a wonderful weekend with my Mum and niece visiting. Gosh my kids get excited about their cousins. Well they are precious really, they only have 2 and they aren't getting any more. Unfortunately hubs was in bed all weekend with headcold/dizzyness which he hasn't managed to fully shake a week later. At least it forced him to have a couple of days off.

I hope your back to school has gone well if you are in that stage of life. And I suppose happy Valentines for tomorrow. I'm pretty sure we have exactly zero romantic plans for the day... I would love to go out for breakfast if we had that option here in our town.

Mx

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Project 52, Week 4



Week 4::

We've had very un-summery weather here for January this week, I wouldn't quite say it's been cold but certainly rainy or overcast. It is the last week of school holidays and our wee man starts back Monday, five days a week. I've been anxious about missing him but it has settled down somewhat. Next week when Charlie is in school my plan is to do what I wanted to do in January... get organised and go through a bunch of stuff. I figured that the school holidays with the kids underfoot asking for something every five minutes was not the best time to rip stuff out of the shed and the cupboards!

Hubby working too much, needs to recharge by having at least one day off! That's him top left taking a 3D scan of the side of the house, in hopes of designing and building a deck before my big 4 0 in October.

I'm not sad about the rainy, cooler, overcast weather we've had and I hope you've enjoyed whatever type of weather you've had wherever you are.

Mx

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Project 52, Week 3



Week 3::

A wonderful weekend was had celebrating our littlest turning 3. The kids were so excited to have their two cousins here plus Grandma and Aunties Tori and Claudie. There was a lot of party food and a lot of Wii was played. We also enjoyed quite a bit of summer rain this week which means playing in muddy puddles. And I can't forget that hubby hung a vanity in the kids bathroom with only a slight bit of nagging, we've only been in a year and half!

Have a wonderful week!

Mx

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Minimalists New Podcast

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I've loved The Minimalists since I was on my minimalism kick and read Everything That Remains. I was so happy to find out recently they are now doing a podcast!

I love listening to podcasts as I drive the 100km round trip to do the weekly grocery shop, and this one reminds me that my life is easier to manage when I have less stuff. Excess stuff can get in the way of what's really important.

As the minimalists say at the end of their podcast "love people and use things, because the opposite never works".

Mx