Sunday, December 7, 2008

rainben

Ben's kindy are having a rainbow bridge celebration this week as part of the children's journey towards prep in just a few months..
The children dress in all the colours of the rainbow, we bring colourful food to share and the rest is a bit of a surprise !

I have had this fabric sitting around for years waiting for the right project, so here are the pants he will be wearing for the celebration...

And so will I was at it, I thought I'd whip up something for Arki.. I have been enjoying sewing lately, I had planned knitted Christmas gifts but might need to rethink.. :-)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

a day at the bay


We were going to go away this weekend for three days camping, but looking at the weather forecast of more storms and lots of rain, we decided to cancel as nothing kills a camping trip more than wet beds and bored whinging children/teenagers who are stuck inside a tent..






We decided top do day trips instead. Friday we drove down to Byron for a swim and a picnic. We walked around Bangalow and left when the rain came, so we were happy with our decision to cancel the camping.
This beady eyed boy will not take off his next years school hat ! He was amazed to see an old time red phone booth at Bangalow.



Also stopped into Natures Child and spent a small fortune on Chrissy presents for the boys.

We have been to the beach each morning, I must admit to not really bothering to beach much over the last few years, with small children it is a bit of an epic, but the boys absolutely loved digging trenches, finding treasures, and of course running in the water.

I think it is worth the effort, I always feel calmer after some sand between my toes and once you get into a bit of a rhythm the whole getting organised and out the door thing is not too bad.









Wednesday, November 26, 2008

spring harvest








We have had a LOT of rain here in SE QLD ( 2 inches last night alone ) in the last few weeks which is so great for the garden and the boys mud puddle.



We have just started picking these lovely beans. The tomato plants are still producing fruit but are not looking too healthy, I think they are water logged!



There is something very satisfying about growing food and the boys really enjoy being involved in the planting, watering, picking, cooking and eating. Ben is quite the gardener..he asked for a flower garden so we planted some marigolds, petunias and fairy fountains.





Monday, November 24, 2008

a new skirt for me

Well despite the, er..monkey on my back I somehow managed to create this skirt! My sweet buddy Sally showed me how to make wrap around skirts when she last visited QLD in September. I guess it has taken awhile to get around to it but now I am thinking a trip to spotlight is imminent.
Then I thought it needed something to really make it mine. So weird flowers it is! The camera flash seems to have changed the colours, the above photo is the right one.




Productivity


It has felt a little like a sweat shop here in the last few days :-)


I decided to make a little bag for Ben's friend for her birthday this week, I love making girly things..

I have been blessed with my three wonderful boys but still sometimes I think how lovely a little girl would be.

woolie mail


I had a lovely surprise when my soaker club package arrived sooner than I expected. I can't wait to knit this up into a snugly soaker and I am going to have a crack at embellishing because it came with some cute mini skeins and sea creature graphs.
Notice my chubby handed yarn thief who took great delight in snaffling the yarn every time I stood up to take the photo :-)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy as pigs in...

It was a very hot sticky day today so this afternoon we decided some water plat was in order, we have this cool water table...or so I think.





Well that lasted about five minutes, then the water was emptied onto the dirt patch and then a world of fun was had!




I must admit to being pretty tempted to stand in the cool squishy stuff myself, but then I needed to walk through the house to run the bath :-)
The one issue I have with the mud puddle is that it is right by the back door for all to walk through not in a far away corner..





Monday, November 3, 2008

mmm..green

My new favourite colour is green..so this means I must dye everything in sight, and dress the boys accordingly , well the boys that will let me anyway!

This is 200g's of Treliske organic lambs wool that I was able to snap up cheaply from buy for baby.

I haven't decided exactly what it will become, either longies or a jumper for next year, but now I am super keen on finishing the other projects I've got on three different sets of needles, so I can get started with this yummy yarn.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Advocacy

I never thought I would ever be going around hasseling politicians but I have started something now!
I was feeling somewhat inspired by the midwives conference I recently attended as a consumer rep, and also the governments current review of maternity services so I decided to contact my local member..actually I emailed him from his website more as an experiment to see weather he would bother getting back to a nobody with an issue that given the fact he is male probably not all that interested in.
Well he emailed back alomost immediately telling me his 'people' would contact me..

SO off I trot armed with the review as well as ideas I think would go some way to getting women more options and better outcomes as they face anti-natal care, birth and post-natal care.
Also thought I'd mention the fact that us in South East Queensland are getting fluoride, recycled water and de-salinated water by the end of the year weather we like it or not!

Here where my mission comes unstuck a tad.. He is the 'Federal' member not the 'state' member and as such is uber reluctant to start meddling in state government issues like water and health care..he did however invite me to write a letter about why medicare should fund independent midwives and he would read it to the health minister during Parliament! But he doubted that it would do much good..I beg to differ, if enough of us write letters and bug politicians they will be forced to start making changes..

Where to now?.. I have an appointment to do it all over again with the state member this coming week.

..getting off soap box now :-)

Friday, October 17, 2008

I am woman..!

At almost 35 i have wondered when grey hair would appear, well it's here and I love it! Just a couple so far at the side and I really do have to search around for a bit, but I think it is an outward sign of my maturity ( yeah go on..laugh it up!).
My dear old granny ever since I can remember had that lovely white hair as opposed to the not so nice gun metal grey of my not so dear old mother...
Can't promise a photo of though :-)

Friday, September 26, 2008

homemade pressie

This is for a friend who has been feeling a little out of sorts lately. I had some strawberry's about to expire so made a couple of pots of jam...I love making jam! The effort is well worth the sticky, sweet reward at the end.


Speaking of strawberry's....we found a couple of red ones in our patch this morning. They are the little sweet variety not the big chunky type that are in the supermarkets.
The boys love to check it each day and discover a new flower and check the progress of the ripening berry's.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

wild vegies..


This vegetable patch was bare until we fertilised it with nice fresh chook poo and compost for the bin.
The will to live is strong!
We think the big leaved viney plant is watermelon, but it could be pumpkin? We also have tomatoes, silverbeet and brocoli.
I am sure anyone who knows a little about gardening could identify it easily but I look forward to the mystery plant revealing itself :-)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

the birthday gnome







Firstly at the end of July, our darling little boy Arki turned one..he has brought us all so much joy and it had been a pleasure watching him grow and become the adventurous, happy fellow with a cheeky grin, that he is. He is nicely determined and stands his ground against other children when they try to take toys away from him :-) A handy skill when Ben is your big brother!



Then our biggest boy Jake turned 15! Now this really is starting to make me feel OLD! He chose to invite a mere 6 mates over for a sleepover, they mainly just ate, ate, ate and played games on Jake's new X-box 360. I really enjoy Jake, he is lots of fun and growing into a fine young man I must say...

Then after all the birthday's that were not all about him..finally it was Ben's turn!

Turning 5 has been fantastic..Ben announced a few days before his birthday that he would move into his own room once he was 5, (I thought ..yeah right) so on the birthday we made the bed up and prepared the room. That night off he went to his room for the usually bedtime storey and straight to sleep! He has been sleeping there ever since, well apart from the night when pulled out a big nasty tick ( yes..yuck! ) from his back..but that was so I could keep a close eye on him.

Ben is really looking forward to going off the prep next year and has some great little buddies who will be joining him. I love to see the excitement in his face when he talks about it.

Here he is enjoying birthday morning and his new fire station, fire truck and fire men.


The day was even more special because it was play group day so here we are, Ben dressed in the super special birthday crown and cape.




Saturday, August 16, 2008

A winter's day



Even the chicken's are enjoying the beautiful sunny weather..

Another day at home on helpline today.

A nice ending to a week that has been upset tummies and a tired grumpy mama.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Update..

Well it has been a very long time hasn't it?!
Life has been a little crazy really. I have had to rethink the commitments I currently have and scale back so that I can meet my need to spend as much time with the boys as I can and remain really 'present' with them.
This seems especially important now as Ben spends 2 days a week at kindy getting to know many of his little class mates for next year at prep.
It is birthday season in our household at the moment, starting with our little Arki who turned one a few weeks ago..next comes Jake's 15th birthday, followed 10 days later by Ben's 5th birthday.
Today I am on helpline for ABA. It has nearly been a year since I qualified as a counsellor and I am enjoying the learning, the connection with other mothers and the sense of contribution it brings.
It is always great to be 'forced' to stay home all day, if it 's quiet ( like now ) It gives me the opportunity to do the things I otherwise wouldn't get to do if we decided to spend the day out. I always do helpline on weekends when Geoff is around so he gets to spend daddy time with the boys and it free's me up for phone calls or whatever I am doing :-)
till next time...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Head Dress


Ah.. finally Blogger will allow me to upload photo's.
The smaller hat is one I made for Arki, I should add that my intention was to make a stripy one but Ben came along and had a better idea..so blobs it was! Turned out rather well except for the minor issue that it is in fact too small for it's intended owner sooo, it will find a new home with one of the babies around us waiting to come earthside.
The other hat we made for a little friends 3rd birthday, however this hat was too large! it is in Ben's dress ups now and we made another for the gift.
I love felting so much and the 'mistakes' are fine for me, what the old saying? 'We learn from our mistakes not our successes'.
How true.
I can't wait to find the time to make some more..

Sunday, April 6, 2008

new starts

I have decided my knitting blog is not getting enough attention and I really want to blog more about life stuff, so here it is a new blog.
My DH picked up a super cheap lap top for me this week so it's really easy for me now to sit back all comfy in the couch and use the 'puter, it feels bit decadent and I like it.

Ok..this is where I'm at; life right now feels like it's going twice as fast as it should.The boys keep me so busy, Jake is doing the normal teenage thing..grunting, hibernating and wanting to be driven all over the coast,but he is a also a fantastic human and I am proud to call him mine.Ben is always the live wire, he enjoys his one day a week at day care and is growing up so fast.. Arki is a busy little fellow, just 8 months and not only crawling with great efficiency but now cruising the furniture as well.
I have many crafty projects running around in my head wait to come out ( more inspiration was found by visiting the craft fair over the weekend!).
But I have managed over the course of the day to felt a little hat for our baby, (who's first tooth appeared on Saturday). Once I needle felt some additions to the hat I will post a pic.

Now that I have taken the plunge here, I will be back to blog more soon.