Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Term 3

Seeing 'TED' at Gold Class at Macquarie Centre.
School is back and so is the juggling act that is my life at the moment.

Picking up kids and dropping them off, feeding them, making sure that there's food in the house and clean clothes in the wardrobes, thinking about turning 40, planning lessons, presentations to peers, microphone duty, remembering what day library is and when to send Isabella to school with sneakers, putting money in her banking book, encouraging Hamish to walk, spending quality time with the kids and my beloved, having 'me' time, sewing, crafting, taking the older two to the orthodontist, organising Josh's birthday party, helping Sammy learn about skincare and grooming, watching Josh grow taller, surfing the internet, thinking about turning 40, doing yoga and chanting 'om' without laughing, being a taxi service to the kids, encouraging Isabella to do the singing class that I've paid for, going on date-night and not talking about the kids, cuddling Hamish, going to 'Zumba' class and feeling like I'm twenty again, seeing family, reading a story to Hamish without him tearing the pages, making sure we've been to the dentist twice a year, organising school resources at home, making a weekly dinner menu, eating together as a family, listening to Isabella read, thinking about turning 40, updating home and class blogs, Edmodo and school websites, reading school reports, paying for after school activities, cleaning Hamish's teeth when he stops biting on the toothbrush.

Well that birthday is coming up! I'm almost counting down the days, but trying NOT to think about turning 40. Does it mean that I'm finally a grownup? Do those little wrinkles already give the game away? What about the four kids and the husband? Do they all point to being a grownup too? Sometimes I'm not too sure! Luckily it's just a number and an excuse to spend money on me!!

So what do I want with this next decade...


let me see....

I do know exactly what I want with the next decade, but you'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Photo a day for July

I'm going to try and follow along with a photo a day - July from fatmumslim. I'm a little late starting, so forgive me, but hopefully I'll be able to catch up and keep going for the rest of the month.

So since it is the third here are the photos I can find on my phone from the past couple of days.

1. Self portrait: Hamish has been sick and finally fell asleep on me. Poor little thing was so worn out. Me too!
Self portrait#photoadayjuly
2. Here I am busy: The school holidays...
School assemblies#photoadayjuly

3. Best part of my day:...a chance for sewing, crafting, reading, surfing the web...after the kids are in bed!!
Best part of the day#photoadayjuly

School Holidays have begun

I can't believe that so much time has passed so quickly since I last posted...
A new fringe on my gorgeous daughter.

Brotherly love. Awww!

A trip to the beach.

How can Josh's foot be so much bigger than mine?

Eating at one of Isabella's school assemblies.

Isabella with a reading award.

Hamish with his Dad. Gorgeous boys!

My Dad, Mum and sister with Sammy.

Some of the boy cousins. Missing Henry.

All the cousins and Hamish with his cake. Happy Birthday!

A play day with Liam.

So what have I been doing and what has been happening here...

I've been back at work 10 weeks and have not only survived but have really enjoyed myself in the process of remembering students names, routines, breaks and retraining my bladder to only go during recess and lunch! We decided to get an au pair instead of sending Hamish to day care or family day care as I was only going back to work three days and for us it seemed like a better idea for Hamish while he is so young. He got to stay in his own familiar surroundings, get one on one attention and stay away from sick snotty children. The older children give him enough germs to build up his immunity to bugs. We found a lovely young girl (23) from Canada using a website called Au-pair World who has now been living with us for 10 weeks. Sarah has settled into our home and is well loved by Hamish. (phew!) We've gotten into a routine that works for us and everyone seems happy. We finally got her a wardrobe and some hangers. (I kept forgetting to buy these. Whoops!)  I've finally weaned Hamish from his last feed (the night time one)  as of a week ago and of course he's just got a nasty cold. I've spent the last two weeks coming to terms with both weaning him and deciding that we're done with babies! A big step for us and a bit of a mourning period for me. No more babies growing inside my body, no more kicks, no more new baby smell, no more breast-feeding. BUT hopefully sooner rather than later, no more sleepless nights, eventually no more nappies, getting my body back, getting more time to spend together, watching the kids growing up and experiencing new things as parents of teenagers. So because I've now got my body back I've decided to join the local gym (where a friend goes already) and have done my first yoga and zumba class with a girlfriend and have had a lot of fun and quite a lot of laughs. Sore muscles this week! I've been drinking too much coffee because I can! No worry about eating the wrong sort of foods anymore and making Hamish get a sore belly or keeping him awake.

Hamish has now got a new bedtime routine that goes along with weaning him. I managed to feed him for 14 months. The same amount of time as I breast-fed Sammy. Josh got 12 months and Isabella the shortest with 11 months. It's getting easier each day to put him to bed as he gets used to the new bedtime cues. First he plays while I cook dinner. We eat dinner together and then he gets a bath and dressed in his pyjamas and his sleep sack, has warm milk, teeth are cleaned, wave goodnight to everyone and get lots of kisses, a story and then lights out. I lay him in his cot and pat him gently until he's almost asleep and then creep out. Tonight he lay down straight away without trying to get up and cried twice, I wiggled my hand gently against his back for a minute and he was asleep. Poor little boy was very tired tonight.

So far these holidays we've been to Cockatoo Island and saw art words from the Biennale which were amazing. The kids loved these and many of them were interactive. We also went to the drive-in and saw Brave. We ate over buttered popcorn, white chocolate, drank hot chocolate from a thermos and then drove home. The older two then got picked up by their dad for his engagement party. They'll stay there until the end of the week.

We got a call during the last week of term from one of Josh's teachers to tell us how well he'd done in his class. He got 100% for all his assessments for the year so far and is first in his year. We were and are so proud of him and let him choose a place to have a meal. He chose Ribs and Rumps and had a whole rack of ribs and then had room for dessert! He's a growing, eating machine at the moment!

Sammy turned 13 and enjoyed her 'Pamper' Party with some close friends. I think everyone had a wonderful time and felt really spoilt. Sammy and her friends had a chocolate fountain and went through 6 punnets of strawberries and 4 bananas, not to mention the cucumber sandwiches (high tea sandwiches - a big hit!) lollies, pop corn, mini cakes and cans of diet coke and champagne flutes (blue plastic ones) full of juice. They had nails painted, a pedicure and foot massage and a face mask. Kim (Sammy's step-mum) curled the girls hair while they were waiting.

Next week Sammy is getting braces and is so excited about it finally arriving. Her teeth are so overlapped and it will be good for her to have straight teeth that are easier to keep clean.

I will try and get this poor neglected blog up and happening again. I really do enjoy keeping a diary of my day to day goings on and it's a great way for me to keep all our families excursions, goings on, and just day to day life in one place.