Friday, December 17, 2010
Phoenix STILL, at 8 months old does not and never has slept through the night. He wakes about 4 or 5 times. So im running on empty, starting my day before 5 and simply 'go' because i have to. Who else will look after the kids eh!?
Anyways, today was hectic.
So far ive.. Been garage saleing at 5am to get 2/3 of the kids out of the house , Picked up for breakfast (which i got a whole bite of), cleaned my house , my kitchen, both loungerooms, 3 bedrooms , cleaned my garage, Swept and dusted, done groceries alone with all 3 kids, had yogurt tipped all over me, prepared Miss 2 's Party for tomorrow (It was her Birthday yesterday!) Blown up balloons, made party bags, prepped 20 jelly cups, made 2-3 weeks worth of home made foods for Master .8 cleaned a mammoth mess of suncream mixed with 2 year old child, then cleaned the aftermath of poop in the shower.. *sigh*
Im now sitting for 5 minutes to clear my head before sparking up the BBQ to cook dinner awaiting a tribe of people arrive at my house before heading off to the shark bar for my partner and his bands 2nd show. They will then leave, ill pop all 3 kids in the bath and shower, clean up, make bottles put them all to bed and start on the 20 cupcakes and 3 tier cake for Miss 2's cake smash. *Yawn*
(Which i have a question about.. How long does tinned whipped cream last on a cake? Should i just bake the bake tonight, let it cool over night, then cream jam and ice tomorrow? I would HATE for the cream to run! eeep!)
Anyways, Thank you... I accept "Mother of the Day".
Monday, December 6, 2010
- It can be a before or after hours job. MR 26 works every day but Thursdays and Fridays. But is only home until 4pm on Thursdays.. so I'm not left with a great deal of business availability.
- Its can be mobile or home based.
- I believe and love the product i would use. Ive had facials before and thoroughly enjoyed it!
- I can also make extra money through selling the product i would be using.
- Facials and massage helps me stay calm and relaxed.
- Its only an hour at a time work. Which could possibly mean only a few hours needed at one time.
- The initial outlay is rather expensive.
- I may not have enough spare time to successfully keep it running.
- There may not be a need or want for it in my area.
- I have to take in to account time and fuel. And weigh up the cost of the facial, whether its actually going to be worth it.
- I don't have a 'room' to have set up permanently.
- I adore photography.
- I have what i need to start taking photos
- I have the time to edit photos while I'm at home with my children.
- I don't have the perfect gear to take amazing photos.
- I don't have a great deal of 'light' time to be able to take photos in the day light. MR 26 works 5 days a week, leaves at 7.30am and is home at 6pm and works weekends.
- Photo shop annoys the heck out of me.
- I'm to self critical.
- I have everything , Plus more, to be able to rebuild my business.
- I have many ideas and self drawn patterns i can start to put together.
- My best friend bought me a brand new sewing machine!
- I can do my sewing from home, any time, day or night.
- I can sell from home or through shops and markets.
- I seem to either has lost my passion or motivation.
- My sewing room / garage is atrocious.
- I have no game plan. I never stick to one idea and complete it.
- Ive got no faith in what i do.
- i cant find my over-locker pedal..Grrr..
Sunday, December 5, 2010
He makes every feeling, worry , heart ache and fear ok.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
But, keep an eye out this year for after Christmas bargains.
I decided to put them to good use and decorate them.
Use them for not only our own tree but as small gifts for people like Master 5's teachers, Our grandparents and friends.
We bought some super cheap craft glue that can be used on Fabric, leather, paper, plastics and glass and drys clear. It cost $2.95 from the El cheapo shop. And 6 small vials of glitter, the pack for $2. We chose to use the fine glitter.
And the rest is explained in photos!
Give it a go.
So much fun!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
So this afternoon i tried it on to take some before and after shots and it actually fit! I'm sure it would look smashing on someone other then myself, but it fit! A size 10!
Now i know I'm not in 'real' size a size 10.. i think this dress has a bit of give.
I have no idea where i will wear it to.. but its the newest addition to my wardrobe.
Spaghetti bolognese sauce includes BBQ sauce, Sweet ABC soy, garlic, salt, tomato paste, Worcestershire and oyster sauce..
Lamb shanks are cooked in tomato soup, crushed tomato's, BBQ sauce, garlic, mustard, red wine and soy.
My roast spuds are covered in curry powder, french onion soup and oil
A few nights ago the main man wanted chicken and salad. 2 chicken breasts were priced at $10.05 , a small over cooked, under size, shrivelled looking Woolworth's cooked BBQ chook was $9.90 and some old looking thighs were about $6.70 for 4
So with the brains of my best friend, we decided to buy our own chook, the biggest one we could find and DIY!
I paid $11.20 for a huge chicken to feed 6 + leftovers!
She said to trust her on a lemon idea.. which turned out to be a huge hit!
'Lucy Oliver' (as i like to call her now..aka-Jamie Oliver's new wifey) Sat a full lemon in boiling water (After spilling the water over her hand! OUCH!) then rolled it to soften it, then popped it straight up my chooks rear.
She said the boiling fastened the cooking time, so it didn't have to heat itself while inside the chicken, and the rolling helped release the juices.
I then covered the chicken in some oil, sprinkled a little curry powder then thickly coated it in chicken soup powder. I would usually just use curry powder or french onion soup packets, but i had non, so we went with chicken flavoured chicken! Makes sense right?
And Holy moly! IT WAS DELISH!!
The chicken had this soft juicey hint of lemon through it with this amazing hard crunchy skin.
I must admit... This will be a 'once a week' meal.
Uncooked whole chicken- to feed 6 $11.20
Hes still yet to crack a tooth, but seems to have no problem at all with chowing down on some chicken or a Vegemite sandwich.
A few nights ago i was a bit lazy with defrosting his food, so i cracked open a jar of beef and veg and mixed it with some farax and it was the worst idea ever. Poor Master .7 ended up with a 2 day belly ache and that's the only thing i could put it down to! So its back to homemade.
The main veggies and fruit we seem to use are Potato, sweet potato, zucchini, apples, pears and broccoli. And ive got to the stage where i can get away with mashing, instead of pureeing. Some times ive got to give the spuds a bit of an extra kick. But he seems to be find with small lumps.
Yesterday i thought to use the water with the apple juice that i just stued the apples in to cook the sweet potato. Worked a treat! Gave the spuds a bit of a sweet taste.
What other recipes do you have for kids? At approximately at the 8-9 month eating stage. Weve started adding some of what ever meats were eating in to his bowl like lamb, chicken or fish. He seems to be enjoying it.
Would love to hear your child's fave recipes!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Recently, Ok.. so maby a little longer then recently, there has been a huge lack of happiness in my life. The happiness that makes you laugh at TV ads. That makes you not worry about the kids toys scattered from the front door to the back, because the only reason for that.. is because your children have had fun. The happiness that makes you feel complete. Ive not had that for a while now.
My day starts at 5am. Whether its the kids waking up or panic attacks setting in. 5am its get up and go time.
Our day starts with Sighs, grunts, yelling, crying, tantrums, fights, battles with food and space. Rolling eyes, shaking heads, different opinions and slamming doors. Thats all before 8am.. and usually its not the kids.
So where is 'Up from here' How do we change this.. I cant make the kids sleep in longer, i cant make them leave the house, i cant make them be quiet.. how do WE accept our life? Is it even acceptable? How do we learn to not sweat the small stuff? How do we know whats small enough to let slide..
I feel like, as crazy as it sounds.. my mouth has actually taken on a different shape. Like the corners of my mouth actually slope down, making me constantly look sad! (I know.. i sound like a nut bag.. but at the moment, im ok with that)
You know how on facebook you have friends of friends then friends of those, but you dont know them.. but there photos are private so you have a bit of a stalk.. (Another nut bag moment) Well, i usually have a sticky and see what life is like over there way.
This morning i came across a family who just looked content. Happy with life. Gorgeous photos on the wall of their house, Having a great time at there sons birthday, kicking back with family and friends , clean and organised home, no clutter, no mess, just simple necessities.... the list goes on.
These people, i dont even know.. with there happiness made me smile. But its not MY happiness.
Some days, like today i would be more then happy to throw away everything i own that i thought made us happy, just to feel happy again. Get rid of all our useless toys , computers, gadgets and consoles, bikes and scooters, go carts and trade it all in for a pen and paper and the ability to sit and write how we feel towards each other. (If only the kids could write)
I feel like i have way to my 'stuff' in my life. Starting with my house. To much stuff! Useless stuff. To many lounges, toys, cabinets, shelves, chairs, clothes, pillows! So much STUFF!
Our house is lined with things, along our walls we have lounges, followed by tables, and desks and shelves and cabinets..ect I feel like im suffocating in furniture!
We have no structure. No routine, no set way to do things. I know life isnt suppose to be straight down the line, but when our day starts with Facebook and emails, not breakfast and cuddle.. some thing is defiantly not right.
When our day ends with TV, computer , xbox and no knowledge on how the day has been in the other person's shoes.. then were on a down hill battle.
Our day goes something along these lines.
( And i should probably add, this is the worst way of living ever! I appreciate the emails and messages with differant routine ideas, the following is just to note how wrong we have it.)
5amWake up time.
Check emails, facebook, ebay.. what ever other useless pathetic time wasting Internet stuff that needs to be done. This should NOT be our priority.. we shouldnt even LOOK at the computer let alone log on before feeding the kids! Its become such a dirty habit and i HATE facebook for it!
Get Baby a bottle
Crack it cause he wont drink.
6.00am 2 other kids are up, arguments start between everyone either because were tired, trying to wake up, hungry..ect
6.30am House starts to get in to a bit of turmoil. Kids are cranky, just woken up and wants space.
7am showers for 2 bigger kids and breakfast. clean kitchen
In the mean time still checking facebook *Rolls eyes*
7.30am dressed and cleaning up the breakfast mess . Dad leaves for work.
8am lunches are getting packed, extra breakfast being sorted, im rushing around attempting to shower with 3 kids in the lounge room. Coffee is officially cold,
8.30am dressed, bags packed, piling in to car for school run.
9.30am Morning tea and time to bath the baby,
10am Dinner in the slow cooker (on a good day) , kids to bed , sweep floors and pack away all toys.
10.30 Put a load of washing on, pack away all the toys from this mornings trashing of the house. Take the rubbish out, gather all the dirty clothes.
11am kids are up, lunch time, hang washing out. Entertain kids so Miss 2 doesn't break any more plates.. like the 2 she broke this morning.
1pm witching hour x 2 kids under 2.
Miss 2 screams and yells for no reason. Mr . 7 wants to be held all afternoon and cracks it if i even turn away from him.
2pm i sit and sob. Nothing else to do but cry.
2.30pm pile the kids back in the car and head to pick Mr 5 up,
3pm pick up time.
3.30 afternoon tea and nap time for baby. Take the kids out the front so he can sleep without the squeals and fighting.
4.30 Baby is up and time to prep dinner.
5pm Kids eat
5.30pm Kids in the shower
6pm Dad gets home and we try to keep to ourselves to allow him to unwind...
6.30 Nap time for baby and bed time for miss 2
7pm for Mr 5
8pm dinner time for mr .7
9pm bed time for mum.
During all this time and though out the day there is still arguing, and bitterness..
By the end of the night im exhausted , not just physically, but mentally.
Ive not spent any one on one time with master 5, who at the moment needs it the most. So last night i made a point of sitting with him, watching Tom and Jerry, untill he begged to go to beg.
Weve done no home work, no reading, i dont know how his day has been, i dont know how any ones day has been aside from my own!
Ive not left the house, for fear of not being about to finish the house work. Ive not spoken to anyone aside from a small comment on a facebook status to promote the fact im still alive. Ive sat down for no longer then about 15 minutes to re-energise for the next round. And as much as i know 'this is the way life is' i want to know how to enjoy it.
How do families of 7, 9 , 15, 18! Cope!
Its sad, Well for me anyway.
As a young teen, i never had 'boyfriends' i was very much one of the boys myself. I never had that 'dream of a family' feel to me.. i was content having a bundle of friends and just living life. I never craved a boyfriend or attention. I was just me. But now, after giving birth, Seeing my children roll, crawl, stand, walk, talk, laugh, play, jump, meet there siblings, grow to be best friends, play together, fight , make up and fall asleep on my lap. Though all the stress tear and sleep deprivation. If i had it my way, i would be pregnant again, yesterday.
But emotionally.. i dont think i have the support to do it. And thats what hurts.
5 and i were solo until he was 2 when the main man joined our team. Within a few months we were expecting. I went though every single emotion there was.
And ill be honest. I was happy, shocked, worried, guilty, sad, nervous, and sick (A mix of worry and horrendous all day 7 month dehydrating sickness). Miss 2, was a shock pregnancy. Wanted, but unexpected.
When we decided Master .7 would be a good idea it made me wonder why we should stop there? I loved my role as a mum. It was stressful at times, but seeing how far i had come with Master 5, from being this nonstop crying, non sleeping, refulxy, colicy, clingy baby to this 3 year old boy who had a heart of gold. Proved to me that life wouldn't always be a bumpy road.
I enjoyed my pregnancy with Master .7 aside from alot of pain, because i had a bit of freedom up my sleeve. Master 5 had started prep 5 days a week and Miss 3 was in daycare 3 days. I enjoyed finding myself again. Like i did when it was just me and 5 .
You lose yourself when your a mum. Your constantly trying to prove to others what you do is tough! Its not like yous looking after someone kids and at 5.15pm you can give them back and go out for dinner. As above, my day starts at 5am and finishes at 9pm. And then im on call.
Whether i get an hour lunch break, or nothing at all.. Im still working. I still have people to care for.
So, it brings me back to my question.. what brings you happiness?
How do i turn the stress of my day in to the highlight of my day?
How do we set a routine so we both have alone time, with not a single sound from anyone, but also have time together?
How do others have a happy lifestyle.. And why cant i find it..
Im screaming for help.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
If she will looks back when shes sewing her own clothes and toys and think, So,That's how it started.
But, Today i have realised there is no such this as child proofing my house for Miss 2. She will find away to trash, grab, throw and destroy everything in sight.
This mornings mishap...
My Sunday best..
Not happy about the fact her brother called her a 'Tiny little lier'
Ive tried so so hard to child proof my home. To surround her with lush toys, exciting books and 24/7 attention.. but i sit down to eat my crackers and cheese and WOLA this is what i get.