Sunday, March 31, 2013

13/52


"A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby:: Lining up for the sack race at her school athletics.  It appears we have a little sprinter on our hands, however she did a "Bradbury" in the sack race.  The girl winning fell over a metre from the line as Ruby breezed past her.
Jenson:: Making birthday cards for the birthday girl.  Pretty proud of himself for writing her name by himself. (mind the post breakfast vegemite face)
Mila:: Playing her favourite game of the moment.  Sitting on the end of the couch with Mum or Dad and throwing the ball.

Catherine's images of her girls had me smiling last week.

Playing along with Jodi's 52 project.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

NATURE IN THE HOME


One indoor plant  in our home that has actually managed to thrive, rather than fail.

See more nature in homes over at Lou's

Monday, March 25, 2013

IN THESE SMALL HOURS


:: Easter crafting on sick days home from school
:: More bountiful harvest's
:: "Memi kaka"
:: A standard weekend lunch around these parts
:: Photobombed
:: My boys
:: Studying a cricket we captured

Not much happened around these parts last week with sickness being in the house and all.  I'm happy to say that, apart from the odd cough, everyone is better, and well enough to run around in the dirt outside, enjoying this beautiful Autumn weather.  Although the kids are tiring more quicker than usual, which has meant meltdowns and early bedtimes.

We had a mammoth weekend around the outside of the house, which meant little time for picture taking, bar a few progress shots.  We had 12 cubic metres of roadbase delivered and have started to move that.  Have you ever moved roadbase?  We've done our fair share of shoveling and moving topsoil and mulch, but roadbase!  If this doesn't get me some sexy shoulders nothing will!

I've finally settled on a name for my series of weekly stills that I link up with Emily at the Beetle Shack.  I wanted to name the series something that represented what all of these moments captured mean to me, as snippets of a very normal week, that I would like to look back on someday and smile at their wonder.  When I thought about that, I also thought of a song by Rob Thomas, Little Wonders

Our lives are made
In these small hours 
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate 
Time falls away,
But these small hours
These small hours 
Still remain

With everything else that moves around us, the chaos, the routine, the school drop offs, the laundry, these moments are how I want to remember our time together.  Our lives truly are made, in these small hours.

As always, linking up with Em at The Beetle Shack

Sunday, March 24, 2013

12/52

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  Unwell, in bed.  Three days off school this week with a flu that hit her for six
Jenson:: Fifteen socks in his draw, but none of them make a pair
Mila:: painting and drawing totally captivates her

I loved the light and colour in Fritha's capture of little Wilf, not to mention he little OT's poking out the bottom of the blanket.

Joining with Jodi's 52 project

Friday, March 22, 2013

WHITE BLOOMS


Simple white blooms in a simple white jug.

This makes me happy.

Joining in with Lou's Nature In The Home series.

Monday, March 18, 2013

THE WEEK THAT WAS


:: Mila, in a nutshell
:: Dinner for one
:: Ran out of petrol
:: Big beads, small beads
:: Firewood drying
:: Running in the fireplace for the very first time
:: Watching the rain
:: Busy bees
:: The famous Speigel Tent.  Two weeks in a row in the city (we were just across the road last week), and the kids have loved it.
:: Listening to our favourite music of the moment, Holly Throsby.  This is Ruby's favourite song.  he say's it makes her sad, as it makes her want to be with her grade six Buddies at school, and it makes her miss them.

*Thanks again to Jody, we loved our afternoon with Holly.

Joining Em's Weekly Stills.  And you NEED to check out her little Pippi's, Big Girl Room

Sunday, March 17, 2013

11/52

"A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  Making shapes with warm breath against a cold a rainy window
Jenson::  Mezmerised by Holly Throsby
Mila::  Having fun with her reflection

Tahnee's image of Ruby was one of my favourites last week.  Stunning

As always Joining Jodi's 52 project

Friday, March 15, 2013

THE ONE WHERE I TALK ABOUT FOOD


I'm going to precede this post by saying that it has taken me a very long time to write.  Literally, months.

I'm not sure exactly why it's taken so long, I think maybe because I knew it was going to be hard for me to put it down concisely, and I really didn't know where to start.

So, I guess I'll just start from the beginning.  Let's talk about food.

Last year was one of the worst years for me when it came to my health - physically and mentally.  As well as picking up every little niggly cold that the kids caught, I was hit with one of the worst flu's I have ever had.  Ruby and I were the only one's to get it, which really showed me how my immune system was struggling.  I was constantly lethargic, my emotional and mental state were being affected, I felt slow and heavy.

I knew things had to change, and primarily with my lifestyle.  Midway through the year I had a stupid harebrained idea to do a five day juice fast.  It wasn't an impulsive thing, I'm not an impulsive person.  Johnny and I talked about it for weeks, perhaps even months. It wasn't for weight loss reasons, for me it was more about getting more vegetables and fruit into our diets. I planned the week ahead, and we started one Monday morning.  I learned by about 10am, that this sort of fast is NOT designed for a Stay-at-Home-Mother with three children under five at home, nor for a mother who has just started her period!  Like I said - stupid!  When Johnny got home I think I burst into tears, and by 8:30 I was enjoying (inhaling!) peanut butter on toast.   I know my body, and I know it does not do well when I eliminate food groups  (Coffee is a food group, isn't it?).

So, on our merry way we went, continuing to eat as per the status quo.  Still feeling lethargic, antsy and just not quite right.

I started to get frustrated with myself.  I knew how, when and what to eat, I used to do it so well all the time.  Becoming a mother changed so much more than I ever thought it would.  I'd completely forgotten how to nourish myself properly.  Instead of eating healthy, nutritious and regular meals. I'd skip meals because I was too busy, or just finish the kids meals, or I'd sit down to meal that would then get eaten by the kids.  I'm sure this sounds so familiar to many mothers, yes?

Around October last year, I thought enough is enough.  I needed to relearn how, when and what to eat.  I'd been hearing and seeing a little bit about clean eating, so I looked into that a bit.  I didn't want a diet.  I wanted a lifestyle that my family and I could live without feeling deprived.  But more importantly without compromising our health, like so many of the ingredients that are listed on packets these days do.  Not to say that we were eating badly before, it just could have been better, more nutritious.

I went to the library and borrowed some of Michelle Bridges books for inspiration.  I looked at her menu plans and her meals and started with that.  We found them fresh, wholesome and relatively quick and simple meals.  The very first day I noticed an increase in my energy levels, and no sugar cravings.  In fact, the less sugar I ate, the better I felt.  I then found Dani's blog, Fitness, Food and Style and was inspired even more.
We ate regular meals, increased our fruit and vegetable intake, cut out everything and anything processed, and therefore ate very little sugar.  We actually felt like we were eating more than we normally did.  We still have our Friday pizza nights, and I just tweak a few things here and there, like simply omitting sugar from pancakes.  I would sometimes, and still do, indulge in some chocolate and wine in the evenings, but I feel so much better, and I'm perfectly OK with that.

This, again, was not about weight loss for me, but I was pretty excited when after 4 weeks I had found out I had lost nearly 5 kilos, with practically no exercise.  This NEVER happens to me.  I'm only 5 foot 2, I wasn't carrying a lot of extra weight.  I have calorie counted and exercised for hours at a time before and never lost that amount of weight.  It just proves to me what eating crap and sugar does to you, and when you stop how quickly the body can react.

Changes have been and will continue to be made in our home, as I re-educate myself on foods.  I am quickly realising I am on the very tip of an iceberg - think organic, ethical, local, raw, the list goes on. There is so much more to learn, and I wish I could talk to my Grand Parents about some things.  

But more than anything I have realised just how important it is for me to teach our children how to eat properly to nourish their bodies.  I feel so guilty about what I have been feeding our children in the past.  Foods that can ultimately be very harmful to them.  Some of which the manufacturers have quite successfully convinced us of being healthy, and others out of pure convenience.  It has been a harder transition for them. They have resisted to some of the alternatives, and taking Jenson with me to the supermarket is a bit hard at the moment, but I'm slowly moving them on to healthier options.  It is also a great blessing that we are able to grow some of our own food here, which is a big start.

I want to keep things simple.  There are so many thoughts, theories, messages and propaganda out there, and I'm easily overwhelmed.  I've found a few blogs that have started me off and have been helpful and inspiring.
Gourmet Girlfriend
The Wholefood Mama
Fitness, Food and Style
Typically Red

 Help me, if you can. I would love to know where you go for whole food inspiration.  I have a feeling I am about to embark on a life changing journey.


NATURE IN THE HOME


Pictured Top: Callistemon Pink Alma
Pictured Bottom: Grevillea Robyn Gordon

In the last few months Johnny and I have started to see the rewards of our hard work with our landscaping.  After a slow, and in some cases false start, we've seen many of our native plants thriving with growth and flowers.  Being able to bring into the home some of the wonderful bright reds and pinks that we are witnessing in the garden is more than a bonus.

The native flora that Australia has to offer is simply beautiful.

Joining in with Lou at Little Green Shed and her Nature In The Home Series.

On another note, I just want to express my heartfelt thanks to whoever it was that nominated my blog for the Kidspot Voices of 2013.  I feel extremely grateful, truly humbled, and (if I'm completely honest) a little silly to have my name among some of the most amazing and talented bloggers in this country.  Although I don't feel worthy, I am truly, truly grateful.  So THANK YOU!! xx

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MARIMEKKO LOVE

I'm a little bit in love with a lot of Marimekko.

So much so that I've dedicated my March Love spot over there in my side bar to some of my current Marimekko wish dream list.  (Nobody noticed that I didn't update for February?  Good!)  Take a look through, my birthday is in July (insert winky eye, smiley face).

I have left out something though.  I really, really want to get this fabric to hang in Mila's room as her 2nd birthday present.  I love how fun and bright it is, and I love the little story behind it.  I may have a hard time convincing Johnny though.
Karkuteillä ("at large") is an inventive design originally created in 2008 by artist Maija Louekari. The delightful image depicts a colorful trio of animals who have escaped the zoo for a shopping trip in the city, returning to their natural habitat in sleek new boots.

Are you a Marimekko fan?

Monday, March 11, 2013

THE WEEK THAT WAS


:: Before and After.  Freshly harvested tomato's and my first ever Tomato Relish
:: Freshly knitted goods, to be put away for an upcoming birthday.  Bonnet from here
:: Trying to keep cool in this sweltering Autumn weather
:: Even Octonauts need to keep cool
:: A favourite puzzle
:: Face painting at Moomba
:: Looking on in wonder at the acrobats
:: The very first fair ride for this excited poppet
:: Family
:: See, it really is Autumn (as we cover under shade in the 35 degree weather)
:: Keeping cool with a slurpee
:: A much needed, and very special afternoon spent with new friends, listening to the sweet sounds of Sarah Humphreys
:: Celebrating a first year
:: The Birthday Boy

I've missed the last couple of weeks of my weekly stills.  Things have got on top of me a bit.  It's good to be back this week, with Em and her crew.

10/52

 "A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  Delighting in throwing Autumn leaves
Jenson::  It's all about the icing on these first birthday cupcakes
Mila:: Seeing her own reflection after having her face painted for the first time.

The sweet smile and the smoochy cheeks of Elizabeth were one of my favourites from 9/52


Sunday, March 3, 2013

9/52

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  It astounds me how much she eats when she gets home from school.  This was one of four pancakes, which followed a banana, grapes and a decent piece of zucchini slice.  Afterwards she whispered to me "Mum, I've got a secret to tell you.  It looks like I'm having a baby"
Jenson::  Not an uncommon sight.  Asleep on the floor in clinging to his current favourite posession.
Mila::  Copying her big sister.  So cheeky

As always joining Jodi's 52 project.

It's been suggested that we link to one of our favourite portraits from the previous week.  I think this is a great suggestion, and this week I'm sending you over to Ronnie's to have a look at her gorgeous portrait of her beautiful boys.