Friday, September 30, 2011

Things I Know

Happy Friday Know-it-alls and welcome to the Things I Know linkup! Want to tell us what you know? Easy peasy-write your own Things I Know post including a link back to me and add it below.

This week I'm living in the moment-which is actually Thursday night ;) So I'm going to tell you what I know right now.

I know

-I need to remember to put the fucking dishwasher on before I go to sleep because few things shit me more than opening the dishwasher door to get a clean cup to smell last nights dinner still stuck to everything

-I used too much garlic in tonight's dinner and we are going to stink everyone out tomorrow. Sorry world.

-that getting a new purse today wasn't as exciting as I hoped. My old one broke and now I'm forced to do the plethora of cards swap-over before bed.

-that without spellcheck you would all think I couldn't type and/or I was semi literate.

-this depressed fog I've been walking around in is seriously affecting my ability to sleep. Do. Not. Want.

-this picture of Harper is still cracking me up. She absolutely looks like she wants to eat Bok Bok. Mmmm delicious chicken
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-I'm can see the pile of washing out of the corner of my eye and I hope it knows I'm just going to leave it there unfolded for playing mind games with me.

-my kids all seem to have grown inches and learned new skills hand over fist lately. I have big kids now:( but Tannah put the TV on for everyone this morning so I could lie in :D

-that I'm stoked every week that so many of you take the time to write and join up with my lil ol linky. I'm so full of my own importance on a Friday night-seriously though. Big thanks :)



Thursday, September 29, 2011

This unschooling life

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I haven't really posted a specific "unschooling" post for a while-but then what post hasn't been about it?

Our life IS unschooling and learning happens naturally, sometimes with props and strewing and sometimes all on it's own

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I can look around my house on any given moment and find that "lessons" have been happening all over the place. I hear the questions being asked and the pretend play going on and I feel so confident that I couldn't stop them advancing on their own-even if I tried.

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Some weeks we have so much going on outside the home I wonder how I ever thought the term "homeschooling" would fit us and it makes the whole socialization fear seem laughable.

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And because learning is life it waxes and wanes and sometimes we are so busy that we all end up craving time at home and sometimes one or all of us gets bored and seeks new realms to explore. Sometimes there are so many questions that I wonder how I will ever be able to answer them all and sometimes there are still moments and lazy days on the couch.

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I wonder how to blog about unschooling when it seems like there is nothing to say. We live, learning and growing happens on it's own. We enjoy the freedom of living outside the system and we deal with the frustrations of modern life and it's separatism.

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Our life is so incredibly boring and so very interesting all at once. Just like life. And I can't think of a better way to live it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The tale of the kids cake cookbook

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The Womens Weekly Birthday Cake book was a dog eared book at my place when I was a child. My Mum made us many of the cakes featured and my brother and I studied the pages and made suggestions as to what cake to make us for our next birthday. The train? Had that. Mickey Mouse? Done. Dolly Varden? Bitch please, of course.

Eventually the book fell apart and it ended up in the bin.

Fast forward to when Tannah was a baby. This book was yet to be reprinted (you can buy it anywhere now)and I had just made the worlds most joe-kick-ass 1st birthday cakes (yes cakeS. My firstborn had three separate cakes made for separate events by yours truly)and decided I was in need of the old school cake book.

I had a conversation with my Mum who agreed that she was the cake Jedi and I was a promising Padawan who's knowledge would only be enhanced by said book.

Mum was at a market a few weeks later and found it! She found a copy if the cake book in excellent condition and bought it for a few dollars. She then rang to gloat.

It seemed that she decided that she should keep the book and I should find my own copy. The book invoked feelings of nostalgia and a desire to bake cakes for her grandchildren.

I sulked. I pouted. This amused my mother. She dangled the carrot. But she took pity because a few weeks later the book arrived-with this note taped in the front.

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You know I still haven't baked a fucking thing out of the book

Friday, September 23, 2011

Things I Know-The kids shoe shopping edition




Happy Friday Know-it-alls and welcome to the Things I Know link up! If you want to join in write your own Things I Know [ost including a link back to me and link up below-easy!

This week I know about shoe shopping with the kiddos.

Things I Know about that are-

-that Harper and Willow are almost the same size shoe as well as clothes now so maybe I should stop rolling my eyes when people ask if they are twins.

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-I feel very uncomfortable about some shoes that are made for children.

-taking all three on my own when they all needed to try stuff on was not the smartest move I have ever made

-thinking it would get done in half an hour is also laughable

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-Tannah and Willow are just as excited about the boxes as their Yo Gabba Gabba Vans.

-a shop that has a "buy three get 30% off" is speaking directly to me

-it can be a zen lesson in walking the walk after talking the talk. All of my belief in kids freedom and choice and joy was tested by a pair of platinum sandals that Tannah fell in love with. I personally thunk they are Ugly (capital intended) and despite them ticking all my boxes (easy to put on, comfortable, flexible sole, not made for a 20yo) I tried to sway her choice. It was really hard to let it go and get her the shoes that delighted her rather than the ones I thought were higher on my cool meter.

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So thank you ugly sandals for the aha moment and the chance to let Tannah grow up a little more :)

So what do you know this week??


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kids and public spaces

I was not sure about whether I wanted to post this because I know these posts can attract a group who like to troll blogs-lets call the ch-mild flee-and I'm not up for having my kids being called crotch droppings and all that.

But I am so disappointed in parts of the general public.

Yesterday I took my kids to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform with some members of the Australian Ballet. It was a KIDS performance before anyone gets their panties in a twist-and it was fantastic! I'm so grateful that companies do special performances for children to enjoy.

On our walk back we stopped at the National gallery of Victoria to look at the kids gallery. The entrance to the gallery is a big water wall. It's pretty irresistible to touch-in fact it's inviting. So my kids touched.

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Without bothering anyone, without wetting anyone and without hurting anything.

But the LOOKS they got. Oh my. Three kids touched a tactile wall and it was like they were pissing on a war memorial and kicking mud around.

There was a hipster with his wanky beard and ironic jeans taking photos with his DSLR up the other end of the wall. I made sure we weren't in his way but he wanted to move up the wall to where we were. Remember this is a PUBLIC space. But hipsterfetus was huffing and puffing and clicking with displeasure the whole 2 minutes we were there despite me moving the kids out of his constantly changing road.

So to all the snooty types and hipster wankers who gave me and my kids stink eye yesterday while we were enjoying some kid friendly culture in public places I say a big FUCK YOU. I'm sure you are the type who also laments the youth of today and how they are forever in front of a TV screen. How you get shitty about my pram on a train but also bitch about us breeders and how we are fucking up global warming for everyone.

I respect anyone's right not to have kids-I'm absolutely pro-choice-but don't deny my children's right to exist in age appropriate public spaces. And those of you with grown kids who wouldn't have let "this happen in my day" can also remember that a lot has changed in the way of human rights since the invention of electricity.

Just because my children are not adults does not automatically mean they are going to wreck your day if they are sharing your space.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Things I Know



Happy Friday Know-it-alls! Welcome to the Things I Know linkup-if you want to join in it's easy. Simply write your own Things I Know post that includes a link back to me and then add your link below.

The Things I Know this week are-

-don't shop when you have a particularly intense case of PMS. You will regret purchases later.

-I'm stoked with the amount of people who are linking up. Keep 'em coming, I love reading them!

-that I handled not coping badly when Tannah was a baby. Pretending that all is OK when it really really isn't is not a sign of strength or capability.

-that it is such relief to be able to say "I'm not OK" and know it's not failing. I don't have to like it though.

-I jinxed myself by offering advice over at Childhood101 on Toilet awareness. TWO of my three have regressed at night and are back in night nappies.

-night nappies are a million times better than changing two wet beds a night

-I am one of those Mamas who dresses their kids in matching outfits from time to time....and I'm starting to look for something for xmas.

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You cannot deny this is adorable.

So what do you know this week?


Friday, September 9, 2011

Things I Know-The Harper Edition



Happy Friday Know-it-alls! My premature posting last week caused a scandal-it was just one tired Mama hitting the post now button instead of the schedule one. Apologies.

Want to join in? Simply write your own Things I Know post on your blog including a link back to me and add your link below-easy peasy!

This week I'm writing a post about the H-bomb-my Harper Bliss. The stories of her seem to entertain others and who doesn't like hearing about other spirited kids to make them feel like it's all normal?

The Things I Know about Harper are-

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-This is her favorite shirt. It is important that I wash it frequently so she can wear it as often as possible. She is wearing it right now.

-never choose her undies for her. Unless you want to see her fall to the floor in a crumpled heap with disappointment and disdain for your poor ability to choose underwear. Same goes for cutlery

-she loves bananas-but only the two bites in the middle.

-she will happily sit and play with the Duplo by her self for ages, making amazing constructions

-she likes to deal with the ass wiping herself. Which would be OK if she didn't smear shit all over herself every time she did it. Which would also be OK if she didn't pretend it didn't happen and just walk around the house until you notice a smell. True story-lots of the house was disinfected that day and I almost put bleach in her bath.

-never call a meal "breakfast" She HATES breakfast! Sher does like to eat food upon rising but it must be called toast/yoghurt/eggs etc

-she once had a tantrum so fierce in front of a group of teenage girls at scienceworks that I feel confident that they will remain virgins until marriage.

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-she hates wearing pants. I may release a coffee table photo book at one point called "harper-sans pants"

-she calls things she doesn't like "fsgusting". So now we all use that word. It sounds like "fucking disgusting". I like it.

-she once gave death stares to a hairdresser that unnerved her badly enough that she cut her hair crooked.

-she openly loves Luke the best-telling me so several times a day.

-she is frustrating, clever, funny,fiercely independent, exasperating, wild and amazing bundle of energy-and I love her. Just as she is.
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So what do you know this week??


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The decades roll on

I saw somewhere that it was recently the 20 year anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

WTF??!! TWENTY years!! But I remember hearing that song for the first time like it was yesterday. It was on Video Hits on a Saturday morning and I was totally hooked with the first listen. I became a huge huge Nirvana fan and was soon a grunge queen who lived in band shirts, op-shopped pants & cardigans & converse.

That song influenced my entire teen years. It shaped my musical taste and style. But it doesn't feel like it was twenty fricken years ago.

And 10 years ago I was a 22 year old pharmacy assistant who had just survived her first Melbourne winter and was enjoying a half day off-and then I turned on the TV and saw the tragedy that the world had woken up to.

Planes had been flown into the World Trade Centers twin towersand they were collapsing. I watched, weeping in absolute horror but was unable to move as they showed that footage again and again of the second plane slamming into the south tower. I remember saying aloud to no one "oh my god is that a PERSON" as I watched a man in a business suit dive out a window to his death, live on TV to the world.
Every time I see or hear about 9/11 I think of that man and how so many people saw what terror and desperation does to a human being. And I've always hoped that none of his family ever saw their father/brother/husband/friend/son in his final leap.
The feeling of being so very far from my Mum and Dad and feeling very small and scared does not feel like it was 10 years ago.

Every so often I will catch my reflection in the mirror and I am reminded that I'm not 20 anymore. Sometimes I have to fill in a form with my age and I think "really? 32? I still feel like I'm 20". Sometimes it feels so surprising to me that I have 3 kids and I have been married for almost 7 years. These are things that grown ups and responsible people do-surely that isnt' me-is it?

It's not that I'm worried about getting older and growing up but I still feel like my age does not match how I feel-and if those last 20 years have flown by so very quickly, what of the next 20?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lamb and spinach curry

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I'm having a love affair with my cast iron pot. Anything that can be cooked in it is being trialled with some awesome success-and this recipe in particular is a winner.

You need-

750g (or thereabouts) of diced lamb. I get mine either pre diced or I dice it myself off the bone from the top part of the leg. I know you buy grass fed local lamb right?
2 onions, diced
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1/2 a jar of pataks korma paste
1 tin of tomatoes
1 cup of water
1 cup of greek style yoghurt
1 bunch of english spinach leaves
you can fancy up and garnish with fresh coriander if you want to impress

basmati rice to serve
We always eat it with Kate's naan bread

Heat oven to 150 degrees
Heat a bit of oil in the pot (use a big pot!) on the cooktop and brown the lamb and onion.
Add the garlic and cook for a minute and then add the korma paste and cook for another minute or so
add the tomatoes, water and yoghurt and stir to combine. Keep on the flame until it's bubbling
put the lid on and pop in the oven and cook it for about 3 hours stirring about once an hour
(this is where I make the naan bread so it has time to rise)

*note* you could do this on the cooktop in a regular pot. You would keep the temperature very low and cook for at least an hour and stir more frequently. You could also do this in the slow cooker.

Take it out of the oven and stir in the spinach and leave it for about 10 minutes with the lid on but out of the oven to wilt.

Voila! It serves 4-6 depending on serving size.

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Eat it up and make sure there is enough left for hubby to take to work for smoko the next day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Saying YES

I saw THIS great post over at Hobo Mama recently and was reminded of my own YES project that I undertook almost a year ago.

It is something I need reminding of.

I can be so easy to fall back into the habits of worry about mess and not wanting to leave twitter etc to help set up a cubby. I have found myself falling into the old trap of feeling bossed around rather than seeing myself as helping.

I'm forgetting to see and feel the joy that comes with watching my girls grow and learn and am only seeing the mess or inconvenience.

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So I've decided to find my YES again. I'm making an effort to reconnect with my girls and find the joy. Why don't you join me?

I'm joining in with Owlet for Unschool Monday


Sunday, September 4, 2011

The winner of the Dan Murphys voucher is...

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Super Sarah!

Congrats and I'll get it out to you in the post ASAP

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Things I Know

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the Things I Know linkup!

Want to join in? Write your own Things I Know post on your blog, including a link back to this post, and add it to the linky below. Easy peasy bosom squeezy.

This week I know-

-I know I was slack last week and didn't read all of the posts you linked up last week. Apologies Know-it-alls but my parents were here and we were busy busy busy.

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Photo of Willow by Little Red Photography

-I've been super busy over the last 2 weeks and I'm looking forward to some down time. Except I don't know when that will actually happen.

-a loaf of bread and a tub of peanut butter will do as a days worth of snacks to take to the park when you haven't been shopping

-maccas actually does fix hangovers

-there is something so contradictory about making a milo with organic raw milk

-I am shit at jogging but still pretty ace at swimming

-mucking around on twitter does not unpack the dishwasher

-watching my firstborn being so socially confident is heartwarming. Especially as it took her 2 years to even leave my lap.

So what do you know this week?




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