Tuesday, March 20, 2012


When I said I liked days with the kids at home I should have been more specific


rather than a weeks worth of children with gastro/flu

Sick kids are just long days with extra dollops of whining, cuddles, snot and in this case vomit .

We got through it with the aid of:


Full moon yard-camping

The work bench.
Working with (real) tools is definitely one of my kids favourite activities

I have since blotted that week from my memory and we are all now all back to health (fingers crossed) and the bottom of the washing basket was briefly spotted on the weekend (a rare site in these parts)

In amongst it all we implemented our divide & conquer policy and moved Addie & Leo into my sewing room / junk room the spare room. While all the kids were happy to remain in the same room they have always been in, it was starting to get squishy. With Reuben mostly sleeping through at night (don't say that out loud) he has moved in with Max, unless he does wake and comes back into our bed.
The project I started before all this sickness started is now complete

:: bedhead before

see that wooden piece above the pillow
perfect for banging your head on when your only entry technique is run-and-dive!

:: bedhead after

A different room and a slightly more padded bedhead
so far so good

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

These days.....

These days I'm....

:: Bringing out the woolens and feeling grateful for the warmth it provides as summer slips away. And to be honest the fact that despite the fact they need hand washing, I rarely actually need to wash them as they seem to soak up all the dribbles and minor baby vomits.

:: Enjoying the eggs still being laid despite the changing season

:: Being reminded of this backpack stage

:: Embarking on project that seems to require every power tool we have to hand

Friday, March 2, 2012

School days

I'm missing the pace of school holidays

The slow mornings
with kids working on their own mess activity
pots of tea
the musings over breakfasts

the baby entertainers

the dress-ups

the stumbling upon kids playing their own games
(hairdressers :: with no scissors thankfully)

and the reading

The thing I miss the most though is not in any of the photos I finally downloaded from our bulging memory card. I miss the snippets throughout those days where I could do my own things. Whether it is time in the garden or a bit of sewing or my own reading. It seems counter-intuitive that these moments have decreased since school started and I'm sure it will change as we settle into a school rhythm.

I also miss the knowing what the smalls have been up to, even if I just come in at the end of it, there is usually enough mess evidence that I can see what has gone on.

These school days

Are about rushed mornings while trying not to rush anyone
Attempting to soothe pre-school anxieties that evaporate at the school gate
Wrangling cranky tired school kids from Wednesday through to Friday
Having no idea what they did at school that day ("I forgot")
Making lunches and keeping track of water bottles

Some days (Thursday afternoon around 5pm to be precise) I see the appeal of home-schooling

There is of course all the good school stuff

the excitement, the learning, the new friendships, the school community

Another benefit is not having conversations that leave you feeling like you are living with a crew of nutters. This example from before school started back....

Adelaide: (running inside wailing like a banshee) Max won't give me a jellybean

Me: Hmmmm, Max doesn't have any jellybeans

Adelaide: (through the tears) He has pretend jellybeans

Me: Hmmmm.....Max come here please ( I'm pretending I said please)

Max: What?

Me: Can you please share your jellybeans with Adelaide?

Max: No........ I don't have enough

Adelaide: (renewed crying) Awwwwwww

Me: (grrrr) Adelaide, how about you have some of your own jellybeans?

Adelaide: (going for an Oscar) Because I don't have any!!!


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