Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I guess that is what happens when work absolutely, completely takes over your life so you barely feel like you can even breathe and since this blog is pretty much a work free zone and there has been nothing but work - not much to report haha.
My no stress motto for 2008 has been well and truely out the window for the last few months and there have been many days with the sense of an impending heart attack, so a few days at Fingal is on the cards when I get back home.
I've left my beautiful kiddies three times in the last two months, which is no fun. Luckily they have been much better on this trip, Maia was not happy with me being away for almost three weeks, but I just found out that Patrick has bitten another child at school twice in the last week, so they are concerned about him. I will be majorly working on getting some stability into their lives when I get back (plus some for my own life would be nice lol) and hopefully things can settle down a bit. They have been through a bit in the last six months and I am feeling a huge amount of mummy guilt from being away so much :(
Anyway, no real purpose for this post other than to not neglect the blog for any longer and I have another hour to kill at Heathrow before I get on my plane to come home. I have lots of pics to catch up on, my awesome birthday cake creation for Patrick's birthday, some very very very beautiful nappies to show off and maybe a couple of other bits and pieces - I will do it soon, this blog is a lovely escape from work and an escape is desperately needed!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Yep that is Maia, asleep on the toilet floor!!!! Poor thing I just had to get these pics in before she was moved.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thank god it was just a photo just for a visa application and not for an actual passport so I don't have the horror of seeing it for the next 10 years! I am sure the staff at the chinese embassy will have a good laugh today...
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Being a lazy arse and because it was freezing I snuggling in bed with Maia til 8am, which wasn't a good start, because by the time we dragged ourselves out of bed Patrick was bored, as he had been up for an hour and a half watching telly (the no tv challenge is out the window).
I had to go to Newy to do a few things, but all my morning jobs get ready to take stuff to newy jobs were a total mission and some didn't end up getting done, I was running too late to drop into see the girls at the cloth swap which was a bit of a bummer and forgot to take stuff with me arrgghh. Plus because we were late we had to drop and run at Leah's instead of having a play, so the kiddy boredom increased.
A nice surprise was bumping into Vanessa, Logan, Fletcher and Elliana at Kotara, so we had a quick lunch with them (was very impressed at Patrick's insistence to have healthy food instead of 'skanky M' - my subliminal messages must be having an affect :p) and the boys had a 5 second play - it is soooo cute watching Patrick and Logan play - they lurve each other. Not so much fun was Maia's first poo accident of the day, as I didn't have spare clothes, wipes etc with me, but I got it cleaned up OK.
After driving around for an hour doing various work drop off's/pick ups, next stop was spotlight, I should have know that was a disaster waiting to happen - two bored kids, placated with bribery choccy, which started sending them crazy the second we walked through the doors.
I managed to get what I needed and was just about to walk up to the counter when I smelt more suspicous loggy smell. Maia had done her second poo accident for the day, so I took her off to the feral spotlight toilets for a clean up urrggg. I shouldn't be cranky, she has been getting so much better with the toilet learning, she never wears nappies in the day before (although I might go back to training pants after yesterday).
OK, so clean up sorted and I was heading downstairs and remembered that they had a sale on plain duvet covers and I need one for Patrick's bed to save me taking his back and forth to Brad's, so against my better judgement decided to take the time to get one. Only prob was that while Patrick and I were choosing, Maia disappeared. It only took a milisecond, and she was gone! I was completely panicing - couldn't find her anywhere and was starting to get that OMG someone has taken her, sick to the stomach feeling. Just when I was about to completely freak out, I heard her squeal, one of the spotlight chicks had found her hiding in a rack of clothing. Phew crisis averted, back to buying the duvet cover.
As I was standing at the counter, I got a whiff of that loggy smell again and would you believe it, she had done another nugget, which is why she had been hiding in the clothing rack - she wanted a bit of privacy rofl. The chick at the counter and I were laughing about it when we made a horrifying discovery, some of the nugget had fallen on the floor cos Maia's pants were falling down as she didn't have undies on, and Maia had squished in into the floor with her shoes and there was a 10m trail of poo footprints down one of the aisles!
About then I wanted the floor to open up, I was SOOOO embarassed, plus I realised that Maia had poo squished all down her legs, all over her pants and shoes/socks and I had no clean clothes with me, no wipes etc, so it was back to the skanky spotlight toilet to attempt to clean it all up with soggy toilet paper, whilst the poor cleaner was called to clean up the poo mess all over the floor. As you can imagine I made a hasty exit and enjoyed a lovely smelling 45 minute trip back home. Blah!
Oh what fun, it is to play, poo cleaning up games today ;)
PS this post is dedicated to Vanessa who has been checking my blog daily for updates - I didn't realise it had been nearly two weeks! I'll try and be more regular ;)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
At long last, my little sis has sent me lots of photos of my nephew Jack who is growing up sooooo fast! I can't wait until I meet him in September, I get to go on a giant trip and on of the stops is to his naming ceremony, yay!!!! There are lots of pics (sorry if you're on dial up), including some of him in his fluffy stash and some of his very proud and beautiful big sister too. He looks so much like Patrick did when he was a baby, I can't wait for cuddles :D
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The kids had a brilliant time too, they LOVED playing with Logan, Toby and Fletcher and I loved all the lovely cuddles with princess Elliana :) Patrick was gutted that we didn't climb to the top of Mt Tomaree though, we got half way up and Maia wanted to be carried and I didn't have the ERGO, plus it was raining, so I abandoned the idea. I did go by myself the next day though and how pretty is the view from the top! No wonder I feel so relaxed there, it really is like you are away from the world, even though it's only an hour away.
I didn't have any problems being bored for the two days on my own, plenty of trashy mags, wine, long leisurely walks, chats with ness and yummy food kept me quite contented. I didn't end up having internet access, which was probably a good thing, as it meant I couldn't do work even if I wanted to, so it was a truely relaxing work free break, yay!
I didn't end up taking my sewing machine in the end, so didn't get too many things finished, I did get started on a scarf for Patrick, hopefully I can finish that before the end of winter ;) and I finally finished up maia's black cat softie, which I'll put a pic up of later. Don't think I will be getting into the softie game any time soon haha
I am still waiting for the situation with Brad to hit me, at first I thought it would be after he moved out, then I thought it would be when I got to fingal, then perhaps it would hit me when I was on my own, but I am still feeling rather numb about it all. Not sure whether I am just a cold hearted biatch, or whether it's been over for such a long time already without us realising that I've been sub-conciously processing the feelings of us splitting for months now, or what is going on. Brad thinks it is because we have never really deeply connected, and whether I ever was truly in love with him, which is a bit sad considering we have spent the last 11 years together. Maybe it will hit me later when I least expect it, but I managed to drink a whole bottle of wine to myself one night while I was away, and I although I felt very reflective and managed to write 7 pages of thoughts and feelings about the situation in my journal, I wasn't crying myself to sleep or anything like that. Who knows what is going on.....
anyway hi ho hi ho, it's off to work I go xx
Monday, July 7, 2008
I've been meaning to put pics of this up for a while. A basketweave headband is the perfect way to tame a wild boy's hair ROFL. Patrick's teacher was concerned about his long hair getting in his eyes, but there was NO WAY Patrick was going to have a hair cut and I didn't want to force him, so suggested if he didn't want it cut, then he would have to wear a hairband instead. He thought that was a brilliant idea and chose hot pink wool from my wooly stash LOL. I was going to say no, cos a bright pink hairband on a boy with long hair is just a little too girly - even for me, but hey, who am I to tell him that he can't wear a pink hairband just because he's a boy! Lucky his friends at school think it is pretty cool too, so he hasn't copped any flack or anything, plus his teacher reckons she noticed a BIG difference in his behaviour and attention with his hair out of his eyes, so I'm happy with that :) Today he was a bit hairband obsessed and had two in - me thinks his hair is getting a bit tooooo long, but Patrick disagrees ;)
This pattern is sooo easy, I found it on ravelry, somewhere else I have been MIA from for a little while :( http://carissaknits.blogspot.com/2007/06/basketweave-headband.html is the link. It is the perfect way to finish up little odds and ends of wool left over from other projects. I must admit, when I was making one of these, I felt like the biggest nana in the whole world, I was knitting on the way to the foo fighters ROFL. I never thought I would have considered Dave Grohl knitting music, but hey, this is funky knitting! I'm embracing my inner nana and proud of it :D
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Maia was sitting on the toilet the other day (yes it finally looks like the toilet training is a go-er yee bloody ha!) She did her thing, then jumped off, looking in the toilet and with utter delight turned to me and went "look mummy!!!!! it's a swimming nugget!" maybe it's one of those had to be there things, but it is still making me chuckle now - my immature side coming out rofl
The other funny moment was Patrick telling me that honey is actually the logs from bees but we are really lucky that their logs taste so sweet and yummy. He then proceeded to tell me how wonderful the world would be if we could scoop our logs out of the toilet and eat them if they tasted like honey - eeeeewwwwww! His mind cracks me up sometimes.
Sorry if you're eating, I'm in a weird mood today ;)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Of course I sent over lots of presents and he has an enviable stash of fluffy nappies, one of the presents was extra special, some softies made with help from Patrick (and a teeny bit of Maia help too).
It was my first go at making softies which is why they look a little bit dodgy lol. They are from a pattern in the Ottobre magazine - winter 08 I think, and I used some of my plentiful pile of minkee scraps to make them.
Hopefully Jack loves them :)
Friday, July 4, 2008
Megsie made a super special Maia pint AND a pint softie!! It came just in time for Maia's 3rd birthday and as you can imagine she is in LOVE with it. 'Fairy Maia' goes everywhere with Maia, and for the first few days she did not want to take her fairy maia dress off, and even went back to wearing bibs so she didn't spill anything on her precious dress, awwwww. Megsie has managed to get a perfect Maia likeness don't you think? Maia always asks for 'fairy maia' hair now instead of pigtails, it is her current favourite hairstyle, she even lets me brush it to get it up!
Thank you so so much Megsie, you are amazing and I am in total awe of your talent and sooooooooo lucky you wanted to trade with me, I'm not much of a hyena, so don't think I would ever have much chance of getting one of these most popular softies in the whole world.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Patrick and Maia had blast camping though, rain was no deterrent to kiddie fun. Rain just meant lots of puddles which meant mud pies galore! Not quite so much fun when we ran out of dry/clean clothes though, so we only stayed two days instead of three.
I was very impressed with myself though, I took the kids early on Friday cos Brad was working and I managed to get the whole campsite, inc tent set up by myself, yeah girl power lol. The pirate campground was a cheesy as to be expected, but the kids had fun and that's the main thing.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Maia's was just strips of tulle cut about 20-25 inches long, differing lengths, cos I thought 20 inches was too short, but only found that out after I started making it lol. Patrick's was done a little differently, as I didn't want it to look so much like a tutu - he was a pixie ;). I cut the tulle for his into petal shapes and it was much longer, so not as puffy - much more manly - well as manly as a petal skirt can be ;)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
He decided he wanted to run his own company selling stuff, since that is what I do. He asked me what I thought he should do and I told him if he wanted to run his own business then he should do something he loves. Well I love making cards he said, so he made his playroom into the 'card factory' and I helped him set up his very own etsy store - have a look, it's SO cute! He is very excited that he is the boss of his very own company hehehe.
I'm so proud of him, all of the cards have been completely his own - the ideas and pictures, choice of colour of the paper, card and envelope, the only thing I have helped him with was the cutting of the paper and the cardboard so it was nice and even, plus gluing the paper on the front so it is square. Other than that, it's all his creativity :) He has sold two so far, plus a few to us, so it won't be long at all before he has his lovely orange bike!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Given this is the last week of the month, I am going to make MUCH more of an effort this week, I really want to crack the $50, but the pantry is already low, so not sure we can make it til Sunday. Off to menu plan now, so hopefully I can make it work!
I got my 4.5 and 5cm circs last week and I just had to find out how they would go, so started on Elliana's longies. They are SO pretty, I am just loving how the berry fushia colourway is knitting up :D I've gotta pull finger with these though, so teeny elliana doesn't grow out of them before I have finished! I have grafted the crotch today, so should be able to finish the second leg in the next few days and have them sent off by the end of the week - that is the plan anyway ;)
The days have started chilling, so I also thought pulling finger on some winter woolies for Patrick and Maia is a good idea. I've started with this zoomy vest for Patrick - I already had the pattern book from last year as it was recommended for quick knits, then a few weeks ago found the actual zoomy yarn for $1 a ball at Big W, so figured why not. So far it is knitting up soooooo quick - I love it, a few hours worth of knitting and I am 2/3 through the back piece, just the front and the hood to go then sew it up - hopefully I will be finished in a couple of weeks. Patrick is very excited that I am knitting something for him too :)