Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sisters: A Series {Part Two}

See, this is why she rocks. 

This is why, when I decided to permantly mark myself with ink I did it for and about her.  I would say that there are not many times in one's life when you have a man at your feet, literally.  And your foot is dripping with sweat, literally.  And you get asked out!  But that was me.  Being in a somewhat embarrasing situation, because I wanted my mark to represent something that meant the most to me - our bond.

That is also why my third child shares her name.

Vanessa responded to my post about her in the way that only she can. 

I opened your blog and scrolled through the pictures,
Whilst swelling with pride in the joy we are sisters.
I start reading the words of both humour & heart,
and know I adore you more than a flaming Graham fart.
'We' may know how we feel...yet it's hard to express it in word,
Things that go without saying, yet go better when heard.
Through the era of vikings you've gone where people feared.
You've inspired many, said things when better shared.
Now we're growing up I don't have to pay you to wear your clothes.
You constantly inspire me & if not heard, I hope it shows...
that even if I spit in your eye or punch you in the ear,
I forever trust, love you and miss not having you near.
If curtains fill with crust & the horse rears and makes you sad...
May it always bring you comfort.. You're the best sister I've ever had.
xxxxx Whoop whoop next sunday baby xxx

This is one reason why she rocks.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sisters: A Series {Part One}

As well as my brothers, I have been truly blessed to have a sister. 

We are 16 months apart and she is my oldest friend. 

Vanessa and I have been through a lot as sisters.  Growing up with three older brothers can certainly make for an interesting start to life for two young girls.

We've been best friends through our childhood.  Forever playing, making up our own songs and games.  We've endured the bitterness and separation that the teenage years caused.  We've shared heartbreaks, laughter (with and at eachother), memories, secrets, tissues in cups of milo, wet flannels put in beds, dishwashing liquid put in sandwiches, gum spat in hair.  Oh how these things make me smile.

Without my sister, I would not be who I am today.  She's pulled me in line when I've needed it.  She's showed me how to be compassionate and open minded.  She is one of the most generous people I know.  So generous with her time, her many talents and her great big heart.  And as far as Aunties go, there is no one better.  I am so proud to call her my sister, and so proud that she is an Aunty to my children.

Not a day goes by when I don't miss her.  Her birthday is nearing and she is celebrating by coming to spend some time with us.  I am so excited, and so so grateful that she will be here.  I cannot wait to see her with my family, to see how excited the children are that she is here, and to watch them just be together.  They will be knocking on her door at 7am, and will be wanting her to read them their bedtime stories.  They will relish every minute, and I know she will too.

Much like when Reon was here, we will have little agenda.  There will be the usual weekly routine of Kinder, dancing and a library visit.  But the rest of the time will be dotted with play, chatter, time in the garden, maybe a lunch date here and the obligatory op shop visit or four.

I cannot wait!  13 More Sleeps!

Friday, October 26, 2012

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Linking Up with SouleMama

Up and Down

On Sunday I showed her how to climb the ladder by herself.

On Tuesday she was Up and Down, countless times.  Clapping herself once she had slid down and running back around to the ladder.  Yelling at the top of her lungs when she was at the top, telling everyone to look at her.  She was loving it and did not stop.

On Thursday she slipped from the top of the ladder and caused herself another mouth injury.  The third time this same tooth has been banged up.  I will be amazed if she gets through the next few years with this tooth intact.

  On Friday she was back up the ladder and down the slide like nothing had happened. 

I love the resilience of these Littles.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Snap It {Fresh}

I was hit with a small dose of karma a couple of weeks ago. 

I had raced into the supermarket to pick up a few things, and when I got out I realised that I had left some garlic in the trolley and had not paid for it.  I thought for about, oh, 2.5 seconds, whether to go back in and pay for it.  But then thought of the amount of times I'd either left something there, or even worse, paid for something and it had been off/rotten/mouldy.  So I left with my stolen unpaid for bulb of garlic.

Later that day, as I was preparing dinner, I discovered that, what do you know!?  Half of the garlic is mouldy! 
My first thought:  I'm glad I didn't pay for it!
Second thought:  What should I expect when the only choice of garlic I have to buy comes from either China or Argentina?
Third Thought:  I despise having to buy produce from supermarkets!  Despise it!  It's not the first time I've said it, but I hope it will soon be the last!

We are done with buying eggs, and having finally gotten around to planting our vege garden a couple of weekends ago, we will hopefully be done with buying some vege's.  Our fruit tree's are a few years off fruiting, that's if they do not get water logged.  But the plum tree will be seeing us right come Christmas time.

It feels so good to know that we are and will be able to eat fresh and healthy from right outside our back door, literally.  And it feels even better to know that we are showing our children how to do this.

But while our little vege patch is growing, we will delve into the abundance of fresh and locally produced fruit and vegetables, that has now become my weekly delivery.  Bless small businesses that want to make a difference!

Have you been given a dose of karma lately?

See more freshness with Sarah

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Boob Eggs" For Lunch

He asked for Boob Eggs for lunch.

I still don't know how he came up with this name.  But he clearly loves his Boob Eggs.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sharing is Caring: A Must for your Medicine Cabinet

A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram about how unwell my family had been this winter.  Constant colds, runny noses, coughs, the flu, a bout of gastro.  This winter has been endless and unrelenting.  I wondered if it was just my family being unhealthy, or was it just a bad winter.  It turns out that many families have been in the same boat.  Sickness that just does the rounds, gets better, then seems to reenter the house a few days later.

I wrote the post after a very unsettled night of coughing children.  It seems we have had the vaporiser on constantly for the past few months, but it just didn't cut it that night.  The horrible coughs that for one ended up with vomiting.

One Insta friend commented that they had used Essence of Thyme for coughing and that it had been a "HUGE success".  I was not about to question, I was at the health store the very next day.

As we drove the 45 minutes home, the coughing started again.  I put a few drop on Ruby's toy she was cuddling, which then made the whole car smell like chicken stuffing (It does have quite a strong smell), but the cough seemed to settle.  That night I put a little under her pillow and there was no coughing at all!  I have since used it also with Mila, and although the cough has started, it has settled, and has not been kept her, or us up at night.

So from now, this essential oil will be a constant in our medicine cabinet, right along side the Eucalyptus and Lavender.

Here's hoping for restful sleeps for everyone!

Happy snaps from the weekend

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What I've learned about hosting a 5th Birthday Party


Last Sunday we celebrate Ruby's fifth birthday.  The weeks of planning had come to an end, and I can safely say that, as much as I love it, there will not be another party of this kind until Jenson turns 5.

As far as the kids parties have gone, I do really enjoy planning how the party runs, the food, but most of all the cake and the decorations.  Like my lovely friend Tahnee, I seem to have a severe aversion to have store bought options of anything, instead opting to handmake the majority of things. 

With a slightly different list of invitees to Mila's first birthday, how the day ran also had to be a bit different.  I haven't been to a fifth birthday party for a very, very long time, so when I thought about starting to plan the party, I needed a little bit of help.

Me ol' mate Martha came through with some pearls, as did Kidspot, but I also learned a lot myself, that I didn't read anywhere. 

Here is what I learned about hosting a fifth birthday party

1. First and foremost, start on the right foot by ensuring the time on the invitation is correct.  In particular, if you are hosting a party at the beginning of October, or April, check to see whether the party date falls on the start of Day Light Savings.  That way you will not have to check in with all invitees to change the time!!

2. If you plan on making all of the decorations and all of the food yourself, start a good time in advance.  There is always going to be a rush and a few late nights leading up to the party, this is inevitable, but it could just mean that you have a spare minutes before everyone arrives to do relish in your handiwork and perhaps take a few photos.  Which leads me to my next point.

3. Try to make time before everyone arrives to get some photo's of the table, decorations, food etc.  Sounds like a no-brainer, yeah?  Not for me!  This is especially the case if you have beautifully decorated cake, that you have spent, oh you know, a few hours on, complete with a "5" covered in fairy sprinkles which is standing upright on the cake.  Take photo's before you have a tap on the shoulder by your husband saying "Bad news, your number 5 is broken".

4. Starting with a quiet activity was great.  I had set up a table with some cookies, snack bags filled with different coloured icing, and bowls with smarties, sprinkles and mini marshmallows.  As everyone arrived they could decorate their cookies, which then got put aside to dry and they then took them home.  Of course I didn't get any photo's of them doing this activity, just the end result!

5. A few party games are good, but not too many.  Two to three is probably plenty, and then just let them play.  Even if you have nothing specific set up for them to play, they will, and do most definitely find things to play.  This will give you time to either set something else up, food etc, or time for a cuppa and a quick mingle with the parents.  I always find it really hard, and I feel like I'm being rude when you can only have a really quick chat with guests before having to do something else.  So if there is time for the kids just to play, this would be the ideal time to mingle.

6.  Outside play would be ideal, however, would not have been great due to the wet and cold.

6. Things take a bit longer than you may expect them too.  I had a loose timeline of what I thought the party may run to, and each activity, whether it be the games, lunch, gifts etc, took longer than I would have anticipated.  This meant that we didn't get to play all of the games in the party time slot.  So although there were some guests who had to leave right on the time I had the party finish on the invitation, they missed out on some of the games.  I was not going to worry about some games, but Ruby knew what we had planned and would ask for the next part.

7. I've found that this is still an age where it takes some children a while to warm up to things.  There may be some that don't want to participate in all of the games, so see if there is something they would like to help you with instead to keep them participated.  If not, then that is fine too.

8. Don't forget to put out the fruit. DON'T FORGET TO PUT OUT THE FRUIT!!!

All in all, we had a lovely day celebrating Ruby's birthday.  Ruby had such a magical time with all of the friends that she wanted to be there.  I truly hope that we have created for her a wonderful memory of her fifth birthday.