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Eight weeks down - 44 to go...

Well, it'll be the first of March tomorrow. The first of Autumn, according to the calendar, though we Pagans still have another three weeks of Summer (Yay!!!)...

Today, then, marks the end of my second month of doing things every day to increase my health and general well being. I think I've come a long way in the past 8 weeks! I've lost 7.5kg, well over a stone. Dave and I have completely revised out dinner menu! I've gotten into Crystal Healing and Angel Healing...

I still haven't implemented a regular exercise routine and I know I need to do this to continue to reap the benefits of this change of lifestyle.

So, in the great tradition of "copying as the sincerest form of flattery", I'm going to take up Leah's "1000 minutes of exercise" challenge for March. I've set up a graph through http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/index.asp to track my progress (by keeping a record of the percentage of that 1000 minutes I've done).…

Feeding the ducks

We wagged homeschooling group today (oooh-ahhhh), and went and fed the ducks at our favourite park instead... It was a bright, sunny day, so all the photos are a tad overexposed (I NEED a digital SLR, LOL!)...


Here's Dave and the boys at the lake side. We *think* the two Indian Runners you see there (the white ducks) are the same pair we used to feed when Erik was a baby, if not, then they might be the grown duckings from a few years back...Bryn slept through the duck feeding, which was a shame in a way, being that this was his first trip to this park and to see the ducks...I decided to wear Bryn today, and get in some exercise that way. It wasn't too bad. It really helps that I can wear him pn my back already

Then we took the boys over to the playground, at which time Bryn, of course, woke up, LOLOLOL!!!

He seemed quite happy enough just to sit and watch his brothers playing...

Looking at this photo, I can see I've lost weight, but hmmmm, I might rethink the light blue single…

Day Out with Mike

Dave and I took the boys into the city today, and met my brother so he could give Dave some disks of his work for publication. We took the boys to the park down by the river - Art Play, or something, it's called... I don't know about other people's kids, but well, it only took our boys about 30 minutes to get completely bored with the park and begin venturing over to the river. I'd like to think this is just because they're extremely intelligent and therefore not satisfied with a playground for too long (once they've checked everything out, they're bored with it), but truth be told I just think they're highly attracted to water!

All the same, it was good to meet with Mike. He's now officially "working for the dole", and as it turns out, it isn't a bad thing, LOL... Previously, he has worked in factory settings, in warehouses. By nature, he's an artist, so not only does he find it really difficult to adhere to the 7-4/5 days a week r…

Ah Buggar...

See how nice dinner looks on the new plates, and simple fritata and salad, but on these plates it almost looks restaurant quality (ok, well, that's a stretch, but it does look good)...

Onto other things though...

I stuffed up... We've been trying to organise a small hamper for Rach, who had her little girl a couple of weeks ago. What with one thing and another, illness and well, life, it took a little longer than we thought. One thing we needed to sort was getting my esky back from Jen's (I'd totally forgotten to get it from her after Sienna was born a year ago, and she had been meaning to give it back all this time, but well, I didn't even know she had it and so it never came up in conversation as a reminder, LOL)... Anyway, Jen dropped the esky around a couple of days ago and at the same time brought a half dozen cookies with her for me, from the batch she'd baked that morning and was meaning to bring more around for Rach when we knew for sure when we were …

Things to be happy about...

Ok, well, time to assess what I have to be happy about...

~ Today is pay-day...

I'm always happy about payday, I enjoy stocking the cupboard with food, we live from week to week, so by Wednesday night our cupboards and fridge are usually looking a bit bare...

I love paying bills, I just love knowing we don't have bills outstanding, this stems from my childhood when we were always in a lot of immediate debt and because mum worked so many hours in the day it was my job to go pay for the bills, at aged 14, it was a lot of responsibility to bear, knowing how little money we actually had, and so ever since, I've been a bit precious about paying off bills quickly...

~ I FINALLY - after 10 years of living with Dave, and nearly 8 years of marriage, bought us new crockery and cutlery - when we first moved in together we bought an el cheapo 16 piece cutlery set from Safeway, with blue plastic handles, I've longed for a "proper" set of cutlery for years, and today bought Wi…

He's a Creepin'!!!

He's officially "creeping" to get to stuff!!! He spies something and reaches for it, but can't quite reach, so why simultaneously voicing his frustration, he puts his head down and drags his bum up in the air, pushing off with his toes and then lifting his head... Millimetre by millimetre he gets closer until his grasps the object of his desire...As you can see, it's pretty frustrating for him, but he just keeping plugging at it, and as you can also see from the bits of paper around him, he slowly but SURELY always manages to reach his goal!!!
Bryn has beaten his brothers in the creeping stakes by 3 and 2 months respectively!!! I keep forgetting this but he is only 6 months and 1 week old (he seems so much older because of his size)...

Darn good effort there, little man!!!

Feeling Better (TMI alert)

Well, I'm feeling a lot lighter in mood today and better able to cope with everything, and this leaves me wondering if perhaps I'm not starting to cycle again, menstrually... I've noticed a dramatic increase in creamy cm today, so maybe I just finished a non-bleeding period???

LOL, welcome to my blog, ROFL!

I've spent most of today, so far, looking at recipes on
http://www.allrecipes.com ... We did our usual Safeway homeshop last night and were flabberghasted to find out total had blown out to over $190!!! Just a few weeks ago it was only around the $150 mark... It seems the more fresh, unprocessed stuff we've bought, the more the total has risen. It is soooo unfair, and it make me mad that families who try to do right by their kids will be penalised for doing so...

Anyway, we reviewed our list and discovered that 1kg of skinless chicken breasts (for our only two meat based meals) cost us $19!!! That's right... Now, checking this out on the site this morning, I re…

I'm having some sort of crisis...

Ok, I realise my posts have been all over the place lately...

I feel like I'm having some sort of crisis of confidence or something. I'm seriously considering enrolling the kids in school. I've been playing this over and over in my mind the last few days. I LOVE the whole concept of homeschooling. I believe it can work! I believe the whole school system is completely useless, in fact, and in many, many cases dangerous and detrimental to children - but especially children with parents who aren't aware of the dangers of schools, lol... I really want the freedom homeschooling and particularly unschooling would afford my boys... I see them thriving on that freedom...

All that said, I;m feeling very useless at this time, as a parent, rather than as a homeschooler. I feel this way often, but just recently I've been aware of this situation stretching out ahead of me for years to come... Can I really do this in the long term? I mean, yesterday, and so far today, I&…

Ah, F@ck Yas All!!! (rant alert)

Boy I'm in a shitty mood today...

I don't know what has come over me, but I'm feeling incredibly taken advantage of... Like everywhere I turn, I'm being taken for granted... I think everyone has days like this, though... Right now, I want to send the kids to school because they seem to be hell-bent on NOT helping me with anything around the house, stealing food, waking the baby as soon as he goes to sleep, or distracting him while he is feeding, just being plain inconsiderate!!!

Meanwhile, I'm feeling like all the work I do for AP is totally useless because AP is misrepresented everywhere!!! If people aren't saying we molly-coddle our kids and let them grow up only thinking of their own needs, then they're saying AP is very liberal in that it is all about doing whatever suits your family - which while true to some extent, just ain't so... Some people's idea of doing what works includes tying their child down to his bed... Or implement Controlled…

Vain and Bi-polar...

Yes, I think I'm both those things today...

I'm feeling, and looking rather depleted today, which after my last two posts will make me seem a little emotionally unstable...

Went to the Sustainable Living Festival this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, and it was interesting and fun. I think, mostly, the fun for me lay in getting out of the house with friends, more than anything else. I bought a copy of "Parenting for a Peaceful World" by Robin Grille, and had him sign my copy as well, which was fab (especially because, for some reason, unbeknowns to me, I hadn't realised Robin Grille was a guy, and it's great to see a male role model for my children - I mean besides Dave, LOL)...

Anyway, woke up this morning feeling a little flat. I'm naturally introverted, so that's probably all it is, worn out from gasbagging all weekend.

Also felt very restless. I'm thinking of setting up as a freelance editor, but don't feel my editing background is strong en…

Blessed Day!!!

Aw, I'm sitting here all bursting with happiness, to the point of feeling a bit teary!!!

Everything today has just been so wonderful...

~ Dave and I had that convo I wrote about earlier that set my mind at ease about our "new frontier"

~ Jen came for an impromptu visit (dropping of the car seat, thanks!)

~ My "Best of Savage Garden" arrived in the mail (listening to it now, it contains the song I consider to be "Erik and My Song" - I Knew I Loved You)

~ I paid off all our current bills (always a weight of my shoulders)

~ I bought two skirts and a cardigan for winter ALL SIZE 18!!!

~ I went out with Bryn in the sling and got soooo many compliment, how beautiful s/he was (he was wearing the pink/orange tie-dyed singy from Leah, LOL), and content he looked in the Maya pouch, etc...

~ I had a Bacio and waffle cone icecream :)...

~ And last, but so very not least, I read that Leah has decided (finally!) to tcc, and for some reason that just feels so RIGHT and GOOD …

The beginning...

Dave and I have spent part of today discussing how things might be once he finishes up at work (just three weeks from now)...

It was a really good talk. I can see he has formulated some fairly good ideas about what he wants to do. He is going to get his lisence, which will be excellent. Also, he wants to go and see a life coach (I seeded this idea over a year ago, but he has recently started reviving the idea all on his own, which is excellent!), he wants to go and check one out and see if they can offer him what he's looking for, anyway...

I brought up the idea of get me a laptop (not totally unselfish, LOL), and a wireless router. The idea being that we make up a timetable, let's say 9am-2pm 5 days a week (not Mondays or Wednesdays), Dave will disappear into the study, not to be disturbed, so he can work uninterrupted on his "work", while I watch the kids in the rest of the house, with my laptop, so I can still do my stuff. He would have to learn to tune out the…

Homeschooling thoughts...

LOL, well, I published this post without even typing out my thoughts... That's pretty symptomatic of where my mind is at the moment - all over the place!

Just read this article:
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=4152 on On Line Opinion, about the outcomes for homeschoolers in situations where the parents were able to homeschool as they saw fit, even if the representatives of the relevant Education Department felt the parents were neglecting their children's education... It's an inspiring article, all the kids sound as though they've done really well both academically and socially. And the parents don't read like they spent hours a day drilling their kids, in fact, they sound like us in their approach - at least what is intimated...

I also went to
http://www.homeoflearning.com (an Australian forum for homeschooling support and resources), and they have a new shop open, with some cool stuff in it, like these baseball shirts: http://www.cafepress.com/home…

Redundancy day....

Ooooh, I'm sitting here, all in a jitter!

The sun is shining outside, and it feels like the sun is about to break through thick, heavy black clouds in here, too!

I'm waiting for the phone to ring, and for Dave's voice on the other end saying he has been offered his redundancy!!!

It's all a bit scary, really... I'm mean, we're about to be rich and broke in one fell swoop! The redundancy will be nice, but at the same time, Dave will be out of a job, for God knows how long - he's 47 in April... It'll mean no more Swinburne, no more media office, no more student politics, that'll be nice... It might also mean trying to live off $600 a week, when our rent is $260, LOL!

It'll mean money to pay of the credit card, and finally be debt free... It'll also mean virtually no spending money...

It'll mean money for Dave to get lesson's so he can finally get a liscence... It'll also mean, no more taxis, we won't be able afford them...

I'…

Uni, Writing, Change...

My little treehugger... I keep feeling the need to go back to Uni and do some sort of writing course... I had fun writing up that little poem the other day, only took me a couple of minutes... I was talking to mum (who trying to do a Masters in Writing part-time, while working as a tutor, assessor and lecturer 4 days a week, crazy lady that she is!)... She said I should just start writing something, anything... I don't think she meant a blog, mind you... She suggested writing *the* children's novel I would have loved to have read as a kid. Not a bad idea. Maybe I should do that? I don't know, I feel like I need a deadline hanging over me in order to be motivated. It's this feeling of not really knowing what my life's work is yet. There is a part of me that would love to be recognised for doing achieving something outstanding (There! I've said it!), but I can't think of anything outstanding to do, and besides I'm not good at self-promoting, I'…

My Erik...

Erik was born at 42 weeks gestation. The last three months of the pregnancy were tough. For some reason (possibly because he seemed so big to everyone, including me), I believed he would come early... When he didn't come around 37 weeks gestation, I was mildly disappointed. When he didn't come by 40 weeks, I was very disappointed. By 41 weeks, I was starting to go crazy. Three days later I was BEGGING with tears streaming down my face, for an induction. The OB and midwives weren't interested, they laughed and joked about scheduling an induction for the following Monday (it was a Thursday), because there were no slots before then, and how he would probably arrive over the weekend without the induction. I knew he wouldn't, and I was NOT happy. I bet them I'd be there on Monday night, and I secretly wish ill on the young midwife who was so cheerful about him coming in his own time, probably well before Monday night...

I was never more frustrated to be right... On Mond…

He is Bryn!!!

Bryn has had this HUGE developmental leap this past week, all these new things he is doing and showing us...

He learned to sit about a week agoHe started clapping yesterdayHe started playing the "wait and look and laugh" game (he stares at me and stares at me until I look at him and then he bursts into giggles, like it's the biggest joke)...His new favourite joke is to suck on his fingers, then offer them to me (try and put them in my mouth) and when I pull away, he cracks up laughing...Today he rolled from his tummy to his backHe LOVES music! Last night I watch part of the Grammy's and he was buzzing with excitement. Then again tonight, he's nearly asleep and then Rock Whiz came on and suddenly he's kicking his legs and clapping his hands and giggling with the boob in his mouth!!!Today was also the first time I noticed him respond to his name (Bryn, not Brynjar), so now he knows the he is Bryn!!!He hardly slept at all today! He didn't sleep at all betw…

The Good Life!

Today has been a great day in the scheme of things! The boys and I took the bus to the Shopping Centre and bought some yogurt tubs for them, as well as apples, lettuce (to the replace the rotten ones that came to us through homeshop, we were refunded the money, but no even the slighest hint of an apology), onions, which I forgot to buy in the big shop, and self raising flour and tinned green apples for an attempt at baking muffins.

While at the shops, I took the opportunity to weigh myself. I've lost another 300g, which isn't as much as previous weeks (despite not indulging in crap), but is still a loss, and I can really feel it in my clothes. I think the time has come to add in some exercise though...

Got home, I had lunch, and then the boys had their yogurts, and then we got stuck into baking...
Each boy took it in turn to add something to the mix, be it 1/2 a cup of flour at a time (to make up two cups), or eggs, or milk...

Then they stirred the mix (they're VERY good at st…

Food, Glorious Food!

It has been my total focus this past 24 hours... But not for the reasons you think...

No, I'm not having major cravings and planning on storming Maccas any time soon... I'm trying to figure out if I'm starving my boys - and it seems the answer is unanimously, YES! Well, at least according to them it is... Admittedly, they're probably eating the same quantity of food they were eating two years ago, and well, they are two years older now... So, after a family meeting last night, we agreed to up their food alotment and they agreed not to filch from the fridge anymore...

I feel pretty awful actually, about it all, like I should have already picked up on this ages ago, and I've somehow neglected their needs...

I also feel awful because I know our food bill is about to go up, which in the light of Dave's upcoming redundancy, is not a good thing...

I have to become more ingenius, make the money stretch further... That's a tall order for someone who is really onl…

Well, well, well...

If I was ever in doubt, I'm not now...

Remember that tv cabinet I was going to bid on... Well, today I had a bit of antsy feeling about it as it was coming up to the final hours of bidding and the bids were nearly up to my limit of $200... I decided to consult the cards, my angel cards this time... At first I couldn't get a clear answer, I pull two cards, and each seemed to be telling me not to grieve the cycle I'd just come to the end of (don't know what that is about, must be something in my subconscious I'm not aware of)... So, I tried to still my mind to the question I was asking, "Should I go ahead and bid on this cabinet", I said I wanted a REALLY clear, sledgehammer reply, and I drew Bridgette, with the message, "Caution is warranted, look deeper into this situation before proceeding further"... I can tell you, I wasn't terribly happy to get that card, and I wanted to ignore it, but the thought kept coming back to me that if I hav…

Various Updates...

Health report

Well, I'm still trundling along. Not suffering with any major cravings, which is great. Every now and then I might feel a tinge of something, but then I just resolve to move on, and it usually goes away. Did have pizza for dinner the night before last, but didn't order Coke. Was at a low ebb physically, tired, and so when I realised we didn't have all the ingredients in the house for the quicker of the two meals left before delivery day (today), I decided to opt for order-in because I couldn't face organising Dave to cook something that (on his schedule) might take more than an hour (because he does everything sequentially, instead of concurrently, argh!)...

The pants I bought to replace the pants that were falling off me a few weeks ago, are now starting to fall off me, LOL... Wore them yesterday and spent all day hitching them up. It's great, really, but one of the annoying side effects of losing weight... Luckily I have a few skirts with elast…

Big Day!

Bryn has had a huge day!

We ment Amanda and Laurent at our local ABA meeting this morning. Seems like a nice bunch of women, there was a little girl there born the day after Bryn, by the name of Tabitha Stevens (love that name! And yes, that is the name of the little girl in Bewitched, first and last, LOL, apparently it started out as a joke - boy will that family be shocked if she's a rainbow child and suddenly starts manifesting!!!), pretty little thing with red hair (redder than Luey's) and porcelain skin, looking at her equally red head mum, she's detined to be gorgeous, LOL!

I feel somewhat twitish going to an ABA meeting 6.5 years after I started breastfeeding and with no "issues" to ask advice about... However, who knows, maybe I still have stuff to learn that I don't know about, and maybe I can be of some help to someone else, if only to say, yeah, btdt, it's normal!

Dave swapped out today with Friday at work, so he could be home with the boys (who w…

The World of Upright!

The World of Upright by Sif Dal
Oh, I LOVE the world of Upright,
there's so much that I can do!
Like pick up blocks, and rattles,
and stripey Monkey's, too!

This "sitting upright" caper
makes me bounce and laugh and smile.
I wish I'd done this long ago
I can see a mile!

Oh I LOVE this world of Upright,
this new perspective's grand!
I know I'll love it even more
when I learn to stand!!!

To Do Today...

Ok, this seems to work for others so, I'm going to try and do it myself... See if I can't get a few things done today...

Tidy studyTidy bedroomDo at least 3 loads of washing did 4!Tidy lounge/diningTake boxes out to the garageGet dinner ready so Dave can put boxes in the garage when he comes home instead of doing dinnerFinish off dishes that Dave started this morning (why can that man NEVER finish a job???)

Get on your dancin' shoes...

Some of you may know I've been looking for dance classes for Erik for almost two years now, but they were never close enough, or didn't offer the kind of dance he seemed interested in (if you could even call it an interest)... Well, just by chance today I found a place close by that offers tap dance classes for children!

I had been discussing with a friend the various gymnastics classes in this area, as her daughter was already doing gymnastics and her son was also interested. She had checked out a place just down the street from us, but found them to be rather unreliable when it came to returning calls. Then one day she found that her local YMCA offered gymnastics classes, and so I also checked out their site today, and lo and behold, they also offer a wide range of other programs including various dance classes such as tap dance! (they also do trampolining, but I'm not going to tell Erik about that *just* yet (though I did trampolining when I was ten and it was great f…

Moments of enlightenment...

Someone once said that the definition of stupidity is repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome...

I think this is the lesson of the year for me. In so many facets of my life I can see I've done just this, kept pushing on with old behaviours hoping the outcomes would change because changing my behaviour would mean letting go of something that felt good to me...

The two most obvious aspects of my life in which I do this are my physical wellbeing, and my parenting.

I have long struggled with my weight and fitness, and basically because I wanted to believe there was a shortcut to losing weight and that you could achieve fitness without using your body much... Silly, I lnow, and like most people in my position, I know exactly how to lose weight and gain fitness, I just want things to be magically different for me!

But G0d or Mother Nature or whoever you like just did not design the human body to sit around eating while the world passes them by...

Same with p…