Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Winner of the Museum vic membership..

Is AmandaB! Congrats :D

Parenting when you wre unwell

I'm sick. I have the flu, not just a cold but the flu. Yesterday I told my husband I was going to have a "nap" and I woke up almost 5 hours later. I've been feverish, had terrible sinus pressure, a sore throat and am as weak as a kitten. I'm lucky that Luke gets carers days and he took one yesterday but her has to go back to work today and I don't have any grandparents available (my parents live in another state and Luke's work pretty much full time) so I'm on my own.

It's a situation I've been in before so I thought I'd share some tips with you for being the parent when you are sick.

-Movies. Everyone knows the babysitting powers of the TV right? Try your local library or DVD hire place for something new and exciting. Bonus points if it's a family movie that you can curl up on the couch and enjoy as well.

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-Art that is easy to clean up. My kids are massive fans of art in all its forms but it gets pretty messy. Our art cupboard has a lock so I get out the things that are easy for me to tidy up and pack away the messy stuff. Some examples of what I have out-
*whiteboard markers
*magna doodle
*stickers
*stencils
*paint brush pens
*colouring books
*plain and coloured paper
*placticine

-make a "Picky Platter" that the kids can graze off all day. Make sure water bottles are full and in an easy place that everyone can reach.

-If you are going to be on your own at dinnertime & if you can afford it, order dinner that can be delivered. Otherwise think eggs on toast and a smoothie.

-I always have a couple of toys in my secret stash for emergencies. Today I'll be pulling out a hot wheels raceway I picked up in a clearance bin about a month ago.

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-Accept that the house will be messy. I usually do a couple of quick clean ups during the day which are not going to happen for a few days. Emptying and filling the dishwasher and clearing a path is about as far as it's going to get. Luke can do the rest when he is home.

-Explain to the kids that you are sick. They might only need to be reminded that you need help and that you won't be taking them to the park if they get a heads up first. They might just surprise you with their empathy.

-Help yourself. Drink lots. Take vitamin C and any other natural immunity builders you can find. If you are not breastfeeding take cold and flu tablets to ease your symptoms. Rest as much as possible. Call your Mum and get a virtual "ooh there there" from her.


There might be more tips but my brain is all fuzzy from the cold and flu tablets. I'd like to know more tips so tell me, so what sre your tips for coping with being the parent when you are unwell?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Things I Know




Happy Friday! Welcome to the Things I Know linkup. If you want to join in write a Things I Know on your blog including a link back to this post an then add your link below-easy!

Here is what I know this week-

-seeing my Things I Know button pop up in all sorts of places in my reader makes me happy.

-that all of my iPhone angst is forgiven now I have a shiny new iPhone4 and am on a different network.

-Pinterest is the epitome of time wasting and awesomeness at the same time

-cool photo apps amuse my children
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-don't try to slow the fall of your laptop with your foot or you may just chip a bit of the bone off. Ask me how I know this. OUCH.

-the SBS's doco "Go back Where You Came From" has contained some of the most upsetting footage I have ever seen. I urge every human being to watch it and do something about the plight of asylum seekers.

-a two year old gaining toilet awareness is both exciting and frustrating-especially for Harper.

-Waking up in our family bedroom is lovely. Love being the first one awake and hearing everyone else swim up out of slumber.

-You can Flog Yo Blog over at Where's My Glow? And next Friday there is gonna be a mashup. Things I Flog? Flog Yo Things? I Know Yo Flog?

So what do you know?




When acronyms take over.

I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It sucks.

I live in a part of Australia that is well known for it's brutal winters complete with short days and bleak weather. Not helpful. By June I'm normally struggling to get through the days and finding exhaustion playing a big part in my coping skills. Last year I also had a few panic attacks thrown in for shits and giggles, I'm grateful that it hasn't gotten to that this year and hope it stays that way. Homesickness is inevitable. I'll start to pine for Queensland and my family. PMS makes it worse.

I had a moment this week where I was feeling anxious about my online life. Suddenly there were too many people, too many items unread, too many tweets unanswered and so much unwritten etiquette I was failing at. I pulled Willow out of the ballet concert because I found looking at the lists of things needed to be done and rehearsals to attend completely overwhelmed me.

But yesterday was the winter solstice. Which means the days are going to get longer again. And my brand new niece slipped into the world, born in her caul. And, while it made the homesickness so much worse, I can't help but smile.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Explore-a-saurus!

The dino roaring in my house has hit fever pitch. It really does feel like a tribe of little T-rexs are running through my house some days. So last week I took the kiddos to Scienceworks to see the new Explore-a-saurus exhibit. It was a huge hit! As with all things Scienceworks it was very hands on and easy to navigate.

Tannah took a while to warm up because there was quite a bit of dinosaur noise-she finally came around after trying out some roaring of her own.
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There were bones to look at and touch
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Big robotic dinosaurs to get up close to
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And pipes to make dinosaur sounds out of
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And that's not even half of what we did! Apart from the noise factor (which you might want to consider if you have a child who is sensitive to noisy places) we had a great time. Tannah is already asking to go back-which is likely because we are members of the Melbourne Museum and we go to both the Museum and Scienceworks very regularly.

And I have a Museums Victoria membership to give away!

It includes entry to Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum and the Immigration Museum. All of the other benefits of what a Museums Victoria membership has to offer is HERE.

This is such a great prize Melbournites!

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me that you would like to win and the winner will be chosen by random number generator next Monday.

Good luck!




Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lazy Sunday

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I have done pretty much nothing today. Luke had some work on and Willow was a little unwell so we canceled plans and have just hung around the house and done not much at all.

There has been a lot of computer time (I'm on Pinterest now against warnings that it was addictive!) and DVD's watched. Dress ups and naps.

It can be easy to think that we have wasted a day. But I think that we are all busy resting and recuperating and touching base.

Necessary and important work.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Things I Know



Happy Friday! Welcome to the Things I Know linkup. If you want to join in write a Things I Know on your blog including a link back to this post an then add your link below-easy!

Here is what I know this week-

-there are no rules for blogging and being a part of the social media community. The world will not stop turning if I put my family first and detach myself from my iPhone for large periods of the day.

-frustrated toddler is frustrated

-every time the phone rings I think it's my brother telling me that my niece has been born. Any day!!

-a wheat free and preservative/colour free diet really makes a difference to Willow and Harper. We are almost a week meltdown free and there is sleep happening!

-there is only so much of the game "Mum I'm a dinosaur, listen to me roar ROAAARRRRRR" I can handle

-Even six year olds can get star struck by their favorite entertainer
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-great friends put up with your intoxicated singstar performances and don't put it on the internet. Best friends do all that and then listen to your drunken rambling on the car ride home

-Croque Monsieurs fix hangovers

-The Safety Dance in the catchiest song of all time-boo to you Reservoir Dad.

You're welcome.




Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sing it!

I was driving along today and listening to Alanis Morisette's classic Jagged Little Pill album when "Hand In My Pocket" came on. You ever have that moment when you are sure the song was written just for you at that moment?? Well I had one of those. So I listened to it again. And again. By this time I was singing right along and probably making the other drivers laugh their asses off.

Here are the lyrics-
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I'm broke but I'm happy
I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah

I'm high but I'm grounded
I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful, baby

And what it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine, fine, fine
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five

I feel drunk but I'm sober
I'm young and I'm underpaid
I'm tired but I'm working, yeah

I care but I'm restless
I'm here but I'm really gone
I'm wrong and I'm sorry, baby

And what it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be quite alright
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette

And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign

I'm free but I'm focused
I'm green but I'm wise
I'm hard but I'm friendly, baby

I'm sad but I'm laughing
I'm brave but I'm chicken shit
I'm sick but I'm pretty, baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing a piano

And what it all comes down to my dear friends, yeah
Is that everything is just fine fine fine
'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab
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I must say the line "I'm free but I'm focused, I'm green but I'm wise" especially resonates with me :)

Is there a particular song that resonates for you right now?




Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

You ever wonder what a bedroom would look like if three kids all wanted to share a bedroom with their parents but each wanted their own bed? Wonder no longer...

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I'm playing along with My Little Drummer Boys for Aussie wordless Wednesday. Why not come and join in too?

Monday, June 13, 2011

judgement

It has been pretty cold here of late. Cold enough that leaving the house requires a coat and maybe even a warm hat and boots.

Except Willow absolutely hates wearing jumpers and jackets.

We were off to run some errands in our town which required some walking around out main street and it was about 5 degreesC. Before we left I got everyone all rugged up and when it came to Willow I told her how cold it was outside and offered her jacket. She said she wasn't cold. I opened the front door and asked her to test the outside air where there was no central heating to luxuriate in. She did and still refused.

I respect her right to choose no jumper. It's her body. I don't always feel zen about it but I try.

I packed the jacket and a warm hat for if she decided she needed it. We got to the shops and the wind chill factor was brutal but Willow didn't seem bothered. I put the jacket & hat in the pram and off we went.

As we walked towards an older woman I noticed that she was staring in disbelief that there was a child out in that cold without a jumper. She flashed me the FILTHIEST of looks and tut tutted me. I pretended I didn't see her and called out "Willow-do you want your jacket yet?" Waving the jacket at her. Willow refused and went back to skipping along.

Later I thought about how much I felt like I had to prove to this random stranger that I was a "good" mother! That her judgment of me mattered when I knew exactly how the lead up to a 3 year old out in a long sleeve T-shirt in the freezing cold had happened. I knew that the jacket was in the pram and Willow knew it was too.


Why, as mothers, do we seem to feel the need to prove ourselves to other people?


I know I have had moments where, rather that just being with my child in the throws of a meltdown, I have worried more about what other people are thinking of us and put my need to be seen as a "good" mother first. I know when my kids have done things that might not be considered compliant I have felt embarrassed because I worry about how I will be viewed rather than just trusting that my kids are doing the best they can. I have felt the sting of being judged as "too soft" or having "sooky kids" for not forcing them to be independent before they are ready or for taking their fears or hurts seriously.

And the list goes on..

For using dummies, for getting a scan, for birthing at home, for tandem feeding, for not breastfeeding long enough, for using a pram, for using a sling, for co-sleeping, for not having bedtime, for not having unlimited food choices, for unschooling.....and on and on and on...

Luke and I feel comfortable with the decisions we have made around raising our girls. We know the back-story and process that goes into how we parent-and we don't owe an explanation or a seal of approval to anyone. The only people who's opinion should matter is that of our children.

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Thing is there will always be someone who thinks you are doing the wrong thing. Always someone willing to pass judgment on your parenting. Always someone quick to form an opinion without knowing the full story. You have no power over other people's thoughts.

But you do have the power to be true to yourself and your children.


I'm joining in with Owlet for unschool Monday

Winner of the We Love Colors tights

Is Tat! Congratulations. I've contacted you via email and can't wait to hear which tights you pick.

If it wasn't you don't despair-remember free shipping for orders over $30 to Australia and NZ.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I'm on the birthday party ride again....

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Willow is soon to turn four.

I get moments of feeling guilty about her middle child status. Tannah is at the age where she likes to be the boss and Harper takes up a lot of time being Harper. This leaves my sweet, agreeable and sensitive girl as the one who seems to make the most compromises. I know I'm doing my best and all that but I decided that I wanted to have a day just for her. A day where she could invite who she wanted to and make choices that suit her-with no compromises.

Of course when I put it to Willow she was delighted and immediately invited about 20 people. This ruled out our place. We have held a couple of previous parties at the local neighborhood house and they only charge $70 for use of the facilities for the day. It's great because it has an indoor and an outdoor area-including a playground and sandpit-and it's fenced! We have also found that asking for a plate of food in lieu of a present works really well. Of course the birthday child still gets presents from their nearest and dearest but it is much less overwhelming at this age to have a few special presents and a fun party. Asking for guests to bring a plate also eliminates needing to cater for a lot of different food preferences if that is an issue for you (it is for us!).

At first Willow suggested a Tangled party but I just wasn't sure if I would be able to pull it off with so many kids! A few days later, as I was madly searching the internet for Tangled party ideas, she came to me and said she would like it if all of the kids who wanted to would dress up and we could play a few games. YES. We can absolutely do that.

So now it's on to the invites, and the cake (thinking Tangled tower?? or chameleon??) and more planning, getting invites out and RSVP's and all that jazz. And did I mention this party is the weekend after Blogopolis?

But it will be so worth it for my little pixie.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Things I Know



Ha ha! I'm getting in early before all of you super quick Friday morning Know-it-alls have your post pumped out before me. You know who you are. Also Luke is on the super late shift tonight and my chances of getting near a computer before 10am are slim to none.

Happy Friday! Welcome to the Things I Know linkup. If you want to join in write a Things I Know on your blog including a link back to this post an then add your link below-easy!

Here is what I know this week-

-parents of children the same ages as yours understand completely when a playdate is ended abruptly because of a cranky toddler

-I love attending blogger events! Thanks to Brand meets Blog for organizing and inviting me to the Melbourne Museum-the girls and I had a great day.

-people will give you dirty looks when your 3 year old refuses to wear a jumper outside on a 4 degree day.

-be careful what you say around your kids or every time you brake a little hard in the car your 2 year old will say "shit" because she thinks that is what always comes next.

-poo, bum, fart and wee. If you are three years old you are laughing your ass off right now. I'm here all week, try the fish.

-If you have no relevant photos for this weeks post you might just pop in a cute one from the archive-I can't believe this baby is about to turn FOUR. My heart.
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-it can be easy to dwell on the negatives sometimes and forget how lovely your kids really are.

-it's nice to get an award! Thanks to Our Tiny Dancer for giving me one :)

-I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone at the Nuffnang Blogopolis next month-and I'm especially grateful to Eco Toys for sponsoring me to go!


So what do you know??





KLA's in the everyday

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I thought I'd start a regular post to share how we have covered one of the KLA'a over the week without using curriculum. The 8 Key Learning Areas are English, maths, science, technology, health and physical education, the arts, studies of society and the environment (SOSE) and language other than English (LOTE).


We have been doing a fair bit of cooking in the last week. I must admit that cooking with the kids is not my favorite. Politically incorrect though it may be, I find having three kids under my feet yelling MY TURN is not always conducive to a fun time. We have been trialling the idea of a certain days being "your day" here-meaning on a set day it is set child's turn to pick the movie & music in the car and also your turn to cook in the kitchen with Mum. We are having a bit of success at this point, I'll keep you updated.

Back to cooking!

Cooking ticks a lot of KLA boxes. English, maths, science, the arts at the very least. We are all keen viewers of the television show Masterchef which has sparked Tannah's interest to get into the kitchen and get creating. Being a child who likes things to be "just so" she is not keen to do any experimental cooking yet but she does love to follow a recipe. All of the weighing and measuring is done with great care, there is a lot of reading and hypothesizing what would happen if we added more or less of an ingredient as well as the all important "plating up" (yes, far too much Masterchef).

And then there are beaters to be licked or scones to be eaten warm or even desserts to share with friends.

And there sure are some good life lessons that sometimes things don't go to plan and you might just end up with a big mess. Epic home made pasta fail.
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Note-I am not going to do the weekly KLA Thursday meme every week but would still love to see your posts about how the KLA's happen in your day to day life.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I hate you, stupid book

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Why do I hate this book?

It's a well written, entertaining and fun book. It's from a series my children adore both in print and on screen.

But this cover artwork has wrecked my life.

We borrowed it from the library about a month ago. It came home. We read it. I tucked the kids in bed. Willow rolled over and saw the artwork in the dim room and FREAKED OUT. No, really-it scared her so much she was shaking and crying. And now she won't sleep in with Tannah. Or with the light off unless she is sleeping up my bum crack. The days of her rolling over and drifting off without 10 calls for a glass of water and various other stalling techniques are over. She is now scared of the dark, and even the not well lit.

We're helping her overcome her fear. We are talking about how to feel safe and why pictures can be scary. We have nightlights. She is now a (semi) permanent fixture back in our room. But it's taking time. I remember how I felt about the phone ringing after seeing "The Ring"-it was a process back to rationality.

I know it is not the fault of the book. Or the artist. It is a 3 year old with a wonderful imagination that ran away with her.

But I need to blame something. So I'm cursing that stupid book.

Monday, June 6, 2011

We Love Colors tights giveaway!

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Thanks to the lovely Tiff from My Three Ring Circus for the picture

If you went to the Aussie Bloggers Conference back in March you probably saw me dancing and dancing and dancing in these. I sure had a lot of questions about where I got my awesome rainbow tights from! So I thought it might be great if a reader got to choose a pair of their own fantastic We Love Colors tights-and they agreed!

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To coincide with their current offer of free-yes FREE- shipping to all orders over $30 to Australia and New Zealand I have one pair of tights to give away. And here is the best bit. You get to choose the style! Rad fatty like me? Well they do plus sizes too. Woooooo!! So go and check out their range HERE and remember you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to get the latest info.

So if you want to enter leave a comment telling me if you have an awesome party outfit or accessory that you have been remembered by.

Important stuff you need to know
-competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only
-the winner will be decided by random number generator in one week 12/6/11
-to be eligible to win you need to leave a comment answering the above question and I must be able to contact you so make sure I have an email address.
-the prize is for one pair of tights in the colour and size of your choosing including postage from the USA
-The winners email will be forwarded directly to We Love Colors and they will contact you about which item you would like and where to send it.


I'm excited about who is going to win! Enter away....

Friday, June 3, 2011

Things I Know



Happy Friday everyone!! Here is what I know this week

-sometimes the sun shines and the weather is lovely in Melbourne. No, really.

-Mister Maker is about to become banned in our house.

-I should never had tried these, because now I want them all the time!
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-Twitter knows everything

-after our awesome roadtrip I have the itchiest feet!

-you can go Flog yo blog over at Where's My Glow?
FYBF


So what do you know?

Join in and add your link below. Feel free to grab the button to go with your post or pop in on your side bar!




Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Mama is feeling like it was only yesterday she posed for photos with her "blue steel"
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And now she's all grown up posing
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Time sure does fly....

Joining in with My Little Drummer Boys for Aussie Wordless Wednesday
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