Thursday, December 1, 2016

Project 52, Weeks 46 + 47


Another two for one... Want to hear my excuse?? Writing my blog post was on my list of things to do for Thursday, and then my phone was stolen. Writing that out now makes that excuse look as lame as the dog ate my homework. I was happy to wait for a new phone to be posted out to me, but we're oh so modern here that we don't have a landline and Hubs said I couldn't be home with the kids without a phone. So an unscheduled trip to Perth put a bit of a hole in my week.

Hmm so what was I up to two weeks ago?! I had my hands x-rayed and I got my blood test results back from the doctor. My friends bullied me in to having blood tests and seeing the doctor because they worry I have some awful terminal disease making me tired and giving me bruises. Everything came back clear. I knew it would, and felt like the doctor would be a waste of time but it's nice to have friends that care. At least the doctor was able to confirm that the arthritis in my fingers is only garden variety osteoarthritis and not rheumatoid like I feared. I'm still not happy about having arthritis in my hands at 40, and even though it is visible to the naked eye seeing it on the x-ray made it somehow more real. So doing my best to cut out sugar and wheat to reduce inflammation. If you have any hot tips on reversing arthritis let me know!

We had Mia's kindy orientation. She loved it and told me the next day she isn't going to miss me :)
Then I had a planned trip to Perth for book club (we read All The Light We Can Not See). Then last week we had a trip to the local hospital to remove another "gem" from Mia's ear (the second in as many weeks)... And of course the stolen phone. In looking for silver linings I was able to buy a Christmas tree while on that unplanned trip to the city. You need a good and bushy tree for Christmas photos.

I'm going to perfect the magic book photo this year. Look at that mean and spindly tree from last year, you can see right through it!

Looks like I need to get that son of mine in my frame more often too judging my the saturation of Mia in this post.

May your electronics stay safe, or at least insured!

Mx

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Project 52, Week 45

Redeeming myself and posting early-ish this week. It's always a good week when it is finished by a visit from Grandma and the cousins. Mia is excited to finally be starting swimming lessons. We are half way through term already. I've got seedlings that I bought a week ago that I promised to not let die in their punnets but are still on the kitchen bench... and I'm a wee bit tired (exhausted and over it by 7pm) from being woken at 4.30am by hubby. We've had words and I was excited to sleep in till 5am yesterday and 5.30 this morning. It is finally hot and today it's 41'C and veeery windy.
With the heat and the wind there will be a movement ban on so there will be no harvesting today. On the weekend we were lucky enough to be able to take the cousins out to a friend's farm and go for a ride in the headers. Charlie went last year but it was my first time and Mia's and the girls. It was very interesting! We had such good rain this year but unfortunately there was also a lot of bad frosts so yields are down :( 

Much love
Mx

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Project 52, Weeks 43 + 44


Oops look at that, I got behind a week.  And I've no excuse really as the last two weekends Ian has taken the kids to Perth and I've been home alone. Catching up on house work and watching Sue Bryce (You know you've hit middle age when you get excited about staying home, cleaning house and going to bed early!) I never understood how my parents didn't care about going out and having fun and now I do. I also never understood how they weren't super pumped to wake up at 6am on Saturday mornings and watch cartoons. How times have changed haha.

I hope you're having a great week!
Mx

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Project 52, Week 42


Oh my goodness, only ten weeks till the end of the year! Summer is finally showing it's face, though it is still playing peek-a-boo. Not a lot to report just trying to catch up with life after multiple trips to Perth recently. I am aiming now for only two more trips to the city for the rest of the year. 

Since Ian is working so much I took the kids for an overnight trip to see their Aunties who were at their bush block 2 hours away putting in fire breaks. We checked out the trees they planted 3 and a half years ago to see how much they'd grown since we'd been last (over three years ago! when Mia was a baby).
Look how much they've all grown, kids and trees!
They grow up so quick!

Mx


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Project 52, Week 41

So I had a birthday ending in 0. I'm not going to complain about turning 40 but it has caused me discomfort all year thinking about it.  I feel better now that it's over. We went to Perth so Ian could take me to a fancy restaurant but by that stage of the day all I really wanted to do was put my pyjamas on and hang out in bed. Is that a part of getting older? Or just being a tired parent? Or should I just view it as Gretchen Rubin would say, as "knowing myself" and the fact that I would have enjoyed a kranski hotdog from the Freo markets and waffles from Gelare twice as much for a tiny fraction of the price? Maybe I'm just a tight arse?! Am I leaving behind fancy restaurants in my thirties? I think I am!

I hope you aren't having as much existential angst about your next birthday as I had! Here's to the best decade yet :)

Mx

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Project 52, Week 40

Week 40 was a busy second week of school holidays mostly spent in Perth going to appointments. We also fit in park time so there was fun to be had too. We checked out the new Robot Park at Piara Waters, the kids enjoyed it but there was a holiday day care group there and it was very busy. 

One of our appointments was to get Charlie's hearing re-tested and I'm happy we got good news. One ear is back in the normal hearing range and the other ear is improved from his first test. So all heading in the right direction there.

I saw a recommended Kineisiologist and that was pretty amazing. I did much less crying than I expected despite the self worth discoveries (or lack thereof which was really no surprise). Why do so many of us struggle with this even without abusive or traumatic childhoods? I am looking forward to healing my next layer of emotional baggage as I step in to my forties. My thirties were much better than my twenties and I'm full of hope that my forties will be the best yet :)

We're back in to the school term now and we've just had our first warm day. Summer I'm glad to see you. 

Mx

Monday, October 3, 2016

Project 52, Week 39

First week of school holidays, yay! We have enjoyed the relaxed mornings of not getting off to school. And we had a most excellent visit from my Brother and his family. We went op-shopping and antiquing, we had archery in the back yard, and we binge watched Stranger Things on Netflix over two nights! So much fun. I haven't watched tv in so long, and at first I bought my own screen to the couch to watch Sue Bryce on but I got totally sucked in to Stranger Things and I'm glad I did. It was fun (and addictive) spending couch time with my brother and his family, holding hands with my nieces in the scary parts. Now we have something to look forward to when season 2 is released next year!

The kids caught the train back to Perth with Grandma and my brother's family so I've had a little holiday at home with a kid free weekend. I got a sleep in this morning which was delicious! And I've sorted through the photos of Mia's first year for her baby book (Still have to sort her second year and put it together, but progress!).

I hope you're have a fun week.

Mx

Monday, September 26, 2016

Project 52, Week 38


The last week of term 3! Mia came down with the vomit bug that has been going around town and Charlie made it to Friday night before also succumbing. Luckily Ian and I have managed to avoid it. I am still congratulating us on our immune systems though as the kids got over it pretty quickly and Charlie still went off on the boys camping weekend on Saturday for the long weekend. 
Mia and I were meant to have a girls weekend in Perth but we thought we'd keep our germs at home and not spread the love! By Sunday though we were glad there was an open garden day in town and we walked around and checked out some lovely gardens. We are still on the Monday of the long weekend and expecting the boys home today, I am appreciating the blue sky and am going to get out and do some gardening myself.
Mx

Monday, September 19, 2016

Project 52, Week 37

Another weekend in Perth. Ian and I both enjoyed ourselves at his 20yr high school reunion and we celebrated the first birthday of my best friend's son. The first year of the firstborn is the hardest I think! I finished his quilt in time for his party too. The kids got to spend the night at Aunty Tori and Aunty Claudie's house where they always get spoiled.

Watched "I Am Not Your Guru" and "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" loved them both. I Am Not Your Guru is on Netflix if you have it. We've not had it long and the kids are both loving Power Rangers....

Mx

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

In Love with Sue Bryce


I have been watching Sue Bryce on CreativeLive and I love her! Specifically I've been watching 28 Days of Portrait Photography. Sue is amazingly generous with her knowledge, and funny, and super entertaining, I could watch her all day. In fact that's one of the reasons I stayed back at the Villa on our girls weekend, so I could watch Sue by the pool!

Portraiture is definitely the genre of photography that I'm most enamoured with. It means so much to me to have photos of my kids and our families and I find it such a gift to give photos to people of their loved ones or photos of themselves that they love.

Sue has a  natural light studio and uses big polystyrene boards (poly boards) and foam core sheets that are white one side, black the other, taped together (v-flats) as backgrounds and reflectors. In this video with Sue Bryce, Tiffany Angeles shows how you can pick up the poly boards from the local hardware store in the US. They are a little harder to find here in Australia and not as cheap unfortunately. If you are looking for these in Perth I have sourced both from Foam Sales in Booragoon. I will be picking mine up in a couple of weeks :). The poly boards are $70 (2400 x 1200 x 75mm) and the black/white foam core sheets are $85 (2430 x 1210 x 10mm). It will be fun driving 3 hours home with them on the trailer!

Anyway, I just wanted to tell the world how much I love Sue Bryce, I think she's awesome and I couldn't keep it to myself! I even love watching her when she isn't talking about photography, I bought her CreativeLive with Tiffany Angeles "Make More Money and Discover Your Worth" as well, and her keynote for the 28 Days class where she addresses fear is brilliant. I would encourage anyone to watch it, if you're in to photography or not (watch it here for free on youtube).


Sue has recently launched Sue Bryce Education and if I ever start charging people I will be signing up! I know it would be much more valuable than the $35/month she is charging (a little more in AUD). I might have to start my own portrait business just so I can justify signing up. Then I could write off the new Canon 5D mkIV that's just been released too!!

I suppose that is enough gushing about Sue for now, but there is literally nothing on TV that I would rather watch, and I really am loving her that much.

I hope you all have something to watch that you love as much as I love watching Sue!

Mx


Monday, September 12, 2016

Project 52, Week 36


A busy week preparing for a sixth birthday. I am pleased to say the birthday boy felt suitably spoiled and loved his requested present of a Mario costume even though the "large" size is very small on him. 
eBay was my saviour in finding on theme gifts for our Mario Bros obsessed kidlet. And you know what I love about shopping?... Not much, it's such a pain. So eBay was fabulous. I didn't find exactly what I was after but I found enough and I didn't have to leave home.

Mx


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Project 52, Week 35

We had our first sports carnival this week, I'm not sure how I feel about them, it was fine, though Charlie said "I didn't learn anything" and that he was bored. I love that face of determination in the photo above of the flag race. We ended the week with Father's day and a lovely walk around our favourite local rock. We checked on the tadpoles and they were still there with plenty of water and there were heaps of beautiful wild flowers. 

Right now I am taking a quick break from getting the house tidy for a birthday party to eat yoghurt and blog. We had beautiful spring weather yesterday and the day before and I'm disappointed it didn't hang around for today. The noise level in the house with all those kids inside is going to be a little crazy, especially since we only have hard surfaces and the noise bounces around so much! One day when the kids are older we will graduate to having rugs.  

Anyway, I have a cake to finish icing and salads to make for the extended party dinner.

Mx


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Project 52, Week 34

A short week for me as I didn't arrive home until tuesday after arriving back to Perth from Bali. Then it was off again for our third weekend away in a row. This time off to Albany to pick up the Mr's surprise birthday present which he guessed (he always does!). A compound bow, which he is very happy with as you can see from his smiling face above. We also stopped off in Dumbleyung to look at the Bluebird Shelter which Ian played a part in designing and did the drafting for.

We were lucky with the weather and the kids got a couple of solid hours at the park just off the beach.
We missed some miserable weather at home and it is still very dreary and cold. I just pulled Mia out a  warm "play" bath and when I dressed her she said she wanted to put her nightmare on. She has been wearing her first nightie the last couple of nights and hasn't quite got the name down yet.

Mx

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Project 52, Week 33


There's not too much to say about last week except that it was ended with a weekend away with three of my best girlfriends from high school. A trip we had planned for over a year. We are all turning 40 in the coming months and this is our combined birthday gift to ourselves. I love these girls and I'm blessed to have them as friends. So much fun to be able to talk our faces off with out having to pause to wipe a nose, face or bum! No cooking, no clean up, no whining!! It was lovely. 

Mx

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Project 52, Week 32

The grey grey days of winter! I think I need some light therapy!! At least some projects are getting done. I sanded back that table in the top left picture over two years ago in preparation for painting with chalkboard paint.... then I got the first coat on months ago.... finally it is ready for use before my children are too old to use it. And a special hand quilted baby quilt is trimmed with the binding machined on just waiting for the hand finishing.

We ended the week with a fun trip to Perth for Charlie to play in a half time game at the Dockers vs Adelaide game on Sunday. He enjoyed his boy-time with Dad, and I think he enjoyed the football but I wouldn't really know because I took the opportunity to go on a photowalk in Fremantle :)

Much love
Mx

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Project 52, Week 31

A week at home without anything on. Lovely. Except I suppose that I have been feeling off. Not sick, but probably fighting something. I'm proud of myself for coming home from school drop off and taking myself off to bed on Wednesday when I just felt tired and sad. I think that is one of my signs that I'm not quiet well, even if I don't have any other symptoms. I slept all day until school pick up time (I think I got up once for Mia, and we had a nice little sleep together too). I'm glad to be feeling myself again, if not still a little tired. It is worrisome to me when I feel sad for reasons I can't fathom. It felt good to take care of myself by allowing myself to go back to bed and not push myself. I did the same on Friday.

Buffy is working out so well. Mia has stopped calling out a hundred times after she is put to bed now that Buffy sleeps in with her. And she has not cried for me to come in to her in the middle of the night since we've had her either. Winning! We don't have a mobile dog wash out here so looks like I'll be buying dog shampoo and washing her myself in the kids bath. I think she smells fine, but hubby says otherwise, I think it was because she came in wet from the grass. I will get on to it as I don't want to give the "cat man" any demerits against dogs...

I have been doing a lot more vacuuming with all the extra hair and sand. Which is a good thing. I'm searching for the perfect vacuum cleaner now. I want bagless (or reusable bags) and cordless (or a backpack style like the office cleaners wear!). I might end up being one of those people that vacuums every day... no, probably not... but maybe, with the right vacuum cleaner... that is awesome and convenient... Any suggestions? Do you love your vacuum cleaner??

Mx

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Project 52, Week 30

We got a dog! A large dog!! We weren't planning on getting a dog but my Aunt wanted to rehome her beautiful Buffy so she could live with a family and have kids to play with. It is all going well, even my husband who is a self confessed cat guy loves her. I love that she is a settled older dog and doesn't require any training.

Mia and I started the week off in Perth so the boys were at home bach-ing it for the first time. I know there were consecutive nights of scrambled eggs for dinner.

We had a lovely visit from Pa and we enjoyed Charlie's first Auskick game in preparation for playing in one of the little half-time games at the AFL next weekend. It was so fun watching him I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. Mostly because I was laughing at the chaos and mayhem, it was funny. I didn't anticipate getting in to sports photography but an interest has been lit now!

And I got spoiled with an early birthday present. A new lens! I'm very happy with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Series lens that arrived on my doorstep on Thursday last. Squee!!! It is doing wonders for tracking down that missing photo mojo :) Thanks Mum xx

Mx

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Project 52, Week 29

Back to school, back to the regular schedule. And it seems the end of my New Year's Resolution of more weekends at home. We did pretty well for the first half of the year and now the calendar has a too much orange highlighter on it. All stuff we can't and don't want to say no too of course. I'm especially looking forward to three nights away in Bali next month with three girlfriends from high school. We are all turning 40 before the end of the year and all of our babies are old enough now to be left for a couple of nights. I wouldn't want to miss that for an extra weekend at home.

My broccoli is heading. It's my first time growing it so hopefully it will succeed. We had a full moon, which reminds me, I haven't fasted for a month or two. I need to mark the calendar or it doesn't happen. We had our bookclub catch up for Ready Player One. I enjoyed that selection, if you lived through the 80's I think you would too. And final photo was a breakfast date with our friend Ravi before we headed off to see Mister Maker live on stage.

Much love
Margret x

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Project 52, Week 28



The second week of the school holidays blew by in a flash. Ian and I enjoyed our last day before we got the wee ones back from Grandma, though I was unusually anxious about getting them back. I'm not sure if it was because I "left" them this time instead of Grandma taking them away like last time (the first time!). Then five minutes after they got home the fighting and carry-on started and I took my rose coloured glasses off and I cursed all the time wasted on worry when I could have been luxuriating in the peace and quiet! 

I need some help for my mother heart, how do you keep the worry to a helpful level? I was booked in to get some professional help around this issue while we were in the city but unfortunately the therapist was unable to make the appointment. I guess all mothers have a deep rooted fear of losing their children. Part of that fear is that I just don't know who I would be without them anymore. Gosh, getting deep. Therapy! I'll let you know how I go.

We checked in on the tadpoles that we had found a few weeks before at a local rock to check on progress (still no legs).  We caught up with friends in town. We caught up on some couch time and Wii playing. We enjoyed being together.

I know we still have many cold days ahead of us but I feel like we've turned that corner out of deep winter. But maybe that is just a couple of not freezing days talking!

Much love
Margret

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Project 52, Weeks 25-27




We've been busy with the end of term, and this last week, school holidays. Right now the kids are staying a couple of nights at Grandma's and have spent the last two nights at my Sister's. I caught the train home from the city and have spent the last two solid days working on our family photobook.  Seriously, how can selecting and arranging one years worth of photos take so long?! Next year will be different! I have a feeling I said that last year :/

Mx