WORDLESS WEDNESDAY…


Because I had to add some words….

Warning – Never leave bathwater unnattended, especially not when it is blue bath water. He apparently couldn’t wait for me to help him take his clothes off. “Give it a try yourself, you know how to do it, I’ll be there in a minute!” I yelled from the kitchen as I quickly cleaned the spill off the floor produced by his younger sister at the same time as exasperatingly asking his big sister for the third time to put her dishes in the sink and all while he busily piled every towel into the bath and just hopped in. Why wait?

A CONFESSION…

I have a confession to make….
I currently have 23 odd socks.

Is that excessive? I think so.
Once I got up to 44 and for the last few years, have not been able to get below 13. I honestly don’t know what happens – maybe the washing machine eats them or maybe there really is a sock heaven. I still like to hang on to them, just in case their mate shows up one day. I didn’t really have a system for hanging on to them and this only compounded the problem!

On a recent stay at our house, my mother decided to do something about it! She searched under beds on a big hunt and was very proud to find 3 missing mates, but more needed to be done. So, she made me an “odd socks bag”, which now hangs with pride on my ironing board. Domestic Bliss here we come.

But 23 are just tooooo many – it’s time for a reality check – some socks are never going to be reunited with their life partner. There are newborn baby socks in there – I need to let go! Maybe it’s time for these socks to find a new life repurposed as something else. You might see some transformed into hobby horses for a farm party (thanks Anna for suggestion) if I get the time and the kids certainly have had fun with a few sock puppets!

I interrupted writing this post to hang some washing on the line (such good winds out there today) and underneath the pegs I found a scrunched up white school sock hiding in my peg bag (the peg bag that my mother made for me & I LOVE) and I happily trotted off to my new ‘odd sock bag’ and found its’ mate. Joy.


Do you have a pile of odd socks? What do you do with them? If you don’t – please share your secret!


CHEEKY SISTERS & SOME TIME AWAY

I have returned today from a lovely 5 days down by the sea. Freeeeeezing and wet and the kids went crazy indoors, but we still managed a bit of time on the sand. Lots of well needed family time (I don’t think I’ve ever been so desperate for time away in my life) as well as some lovely catch ups with some well loved friends.

Holidays change quite a bit when you have kids. They don’t quite hold the same romance. Kids are still as demanding as always and I still did 2 loads of washing while I was there, but I shouldn’t really complain, as it is all relative. Not healthy to compare to pre-kid holidays, it’s better comparing to everyday life as it is now and in comparison, it was a lovely and refreshing break! There is another person there to share the load (he did ALL the cooking) and the odd sleep-in and I even managed to read more of the book that I have been reading for agesThe Divided Heart: Art & Motherhood. I am finding it so profound and empowering yet full of reality and honesty and I come away feeling understood and connected.


Obviously while I was away my blog carried on without me unbeknownst to me! Thanks Lou for the welcome sabotage ;-) In return, here are some photos of Lou’s little boy almost being eaten by a Hippo and a cheater that I took on my camera at the Werribee Zoo…

Now I’m off to see what you have all been up to while I’ve been away…



P.S. Thank you so much to the housecleaning fairy that visited my house while we were away. I am eternally grateful and humbled and blown away by your generosity of time and elbow grease.

THANKYOU

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of my friends and family, particularly my Mum & sisters and the girls from my church and playgroup, who all stepped up to the plate in overwhelmingly generous fashion when I needed you. I have been a bit silly and tried to be a bit of a super-mum doing it all on my own. We really are designed to live in community and I’ve had to learn that there is nothing wrong with accepting a bit of help – thank you! In the words of Gina – I am a recovering perfectionist, enjoying being just good enough.

CREATIVE KITCHEN SANITY SAVERS


Finding creativity in the every day things is, most of the time, where I have to put my creative energy these days. I feel like I’m struggling just to get the basics done at the moment, so I thought I’d share with you another “creative” sanity saver I sometimes pull out to get dinner prepared without toooooo many interruptions.

I always keep a few packets of puff pastry sheets in my freezer, so when I need them in the meal, or even when I don’t, I give a sheet to each of the kids and get out the box of cookie cutters. They go crazy cutting out shapes and then they pop them on a greased baking tray.



Sometimes we add a few currents, this time it was a dollop of strawberry jam. It becomes dessert. Might not look too appetising, but they made it, so they love it!

(As a side, there was a pizza restaurant that we frequented when we lived in Bendigo that handed out balls of pizza dough to the kids and then cooked the creations for them – great idea.)

Gives me time to make my own pastry creations…
A quick easy meal to make with leftover mince or bolognaise sauce.



I am always looking for quick, easy, non fiddly weeknight meals that can be made in a flash.
I’m not talking fish fingers and hot dogs here, but meals that can regularly come out on the dinner table.
If you have some, or you’ve blogged about some, or have a favourite website to go to for said meals, let me know!

I’m thinking of making a regular weekly post with quick and easy, kid friendly meals.
Interested?

P.S. On a Thursday, after all the cooking is done and the kids are in bed, I like to sit down and relax and pop on over to Kirsty’s place.

P.P.S. Lou is currently blogging about healthy snack ideas for kids with HEAPS of fantastic tips – she should know, as she is a dietitian in her other life!

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