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Busy, busy, busy...h

This week has been such a whirlwind of activity, and not necessarily in the 3D world either...

Had Sue and Jayne over last Sunday because Sue is moving back to Perth (you just don't know how much you're going to miss someone until they're leaving!)... Was an excellent afternoon discussing all things metaphysical. I learned so much as I always do, and found myself on ebay and amazon afterwards ordering crystals and books! My Faden quartz arrived yestereday, along with a lovely seraphinite and some pyrite (which was a gift from the store, but how appropriate - I definitely need grounding!!!)...

Am waiting on the following books; "Your Magical Child", "Spiritual Astrology" and "Love is in the Earth" (which is an encyclopaedia of crystals)...

I've decided to learn to read natal charts, and as with anything, the little I've learned just this week has shown me the virtual OCEAN of stuff I still need to learn. To think that I used to laugh a…
Finally got some batteries for my camera, so I could take some photos to show just how versatile longies are! Did this sea themed longies last week, and was a little concerned about their length. They're about a 00-0 in length, and getting to be capri length on Bryn already (who is ten months old), but then it occurred to me that this winter's longies could be next summers capris and the summer after they could be shorts!

In fact, they fit my five year old (sans nappy)!

Ok, so you don't see a lot of five year olds getting around in wool knitted shorts, LOL, but still, I think I've proven my point :D...

Longies are an investment that keeping repaying itself...

Fair Dinkum Baby!

Yes! I have one of those fully fledge fair dinkum babies, like you see on silly Huggies or Kleenex ads! I swear, all the babies on those ads must be ten months old!

Today Bryn started crawling on his hands and KNEES... Now he's been mobile for about 6 weeks or so already, started out commando crawling on his belly and then a could of weeks ago he adopted, what is fondly termed, "The Audrey", crawling using one knee/foot and then folding the other leg under the bum and kind of half hopping (ok, baaaaaad description of it, but you guys know what I'm talking about, right?)...
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The day before yesterday I spotted him trying to co-ordinate this left and right knees, rather ineffectively at the time. Yesterday, he managed to co-ordinate them for "one crawl" (like one step, but on his knees) and today he is finally making it some distance without feeling the need to flummax on his belly, or fold one leg under his bum and shuffle along, hehehe!

But not only th…
The purchase of the day was this Safety 1st pedal operated gate from Target. We've had three babies, and this is the first gate we've ever had to buy!. Mainly because this is a new house, and the kitchen in the house the other two grew up in was able to be completely shut off. Our concern wasn't that Bryn might touch something hot, but that the door out to our laundry has to be left ajar so Luey can get to the toilet quickly, unfortunately, Bryn is enamoured with doors, and we're deathly afraid he'll get his fingers caught. One of the little boys from our playgroup was temporarily seperated from the tip of one of his fingers recently, after just such an encounter with a door hinge, eeeewww and ouch!

Anyway, in true Baby Bird form, Bryn has spent the last little while since the gate when up, testing it's fortitude, now that he is satisfied about it's "here to stay"ness, he's off playing happily on his mat.

The gate itself was bought because i…

Ah bloody hell!

Ok, I REALLY have not reason to complain, really, I know! BUT I weighed myself this morning and I'm STILL sitting on 84.2kg... Last week I was 84.1kg and the week before that I was 84.4kg, so I'm hovering, hovering, and it's driving me balmy! I can feel, on my clothes, that I'm still losing weight (or perhaps I'm just toning up???)... But the scales aren't reflecting those feelings... This is the hard part, I guess. As I get closer and closer to my goal, my weight loss is bound to slow and plateau, but it's hard to keep motivated when that happens... I'm so excited to lose weight, I like to see those numbers going down, but I need to be more patient, I guess... Just keep on keeping on...

First attempt at duplicate stitch...

I finished Zoe's hat yesterday, as I mentioned, what I didn't remember to say was that her hat was my second attempt. The first hat I did for Zoe was too small, and so it ended up being a Bryn hat. To distinguish between the two if ever they are worn in the same place, I stitched a B onto Bryn's hat this afternoon. It was my first attempt at duplicate stitch and I'm quite pleased with it!

A sinking feeling...

Got to get this out there, can't talk to Dave about it...

Today, the ILs were supposed to come and visit. The boys and I haven't seen them since very early January, so they haven't seen Bryn for more than half his life. The reason being that FIL has been sick almost constantly since late February with colds and what not. So, anyway, it was decided yesterday that they would come over this afternoon to drop off their fire screen for us to borrow for Bryn and also to see the kids for the first time in ages.

We just got a call an hour ago, MIL saying they won't be coming because FIL had his worst night yet last night with wheezing and coughing and she just doesn't want to take him out in this cold weather. I totally understand this.

It has left me with a sinking feeling though. FIL was diagnosed with brochitis last week, and basically that was caused by fluid collecting around his heart and in his lungs. The fluid seemed to be some sort of aftereffect of the bowel c…

Knitty bits

Got the following link from an AB member yesterday and had a go at finger knitting with the boys. They loved it! Erik is quite good at and Luey understands how it works and can do the winding and the knitting bit, but needs me to start him off and finish off for him! So, this was also a great parenting moment for me as I got to do what I kind of always imagined being a parent would be about; that is spending some one on one time with each boy showing them how to do something new that they enjoyed and then doing it with them, and finally leaving them to do it for themself while I helped the next child - it was very cool!

http://www.kidscanmakeit.com/AC0023.htm



Erik fingerknitting...



Luey sporting two wrist bands, the one on the right was made by Erik but turned out to be too big and so needed to be doubled over to fit, the one on the left was one Luey made, taking into account that Erik's had been too big...

As for me, I'm currently working on a new hat design that will be road …

Learning new stuff

So today Erik and Luey and I had our first concerted lesson on the $3 recorders we bought from the Reject shop the other day. Erik has almost learned "Mary has a little lamb" after just one session! I'm very impressed, and Luey has completely grasped the concept of covering the holes on the recorder to make different notes, though he doesn't quite have the determination to "try, try again" for learning to play a tune fluidly.

Bryn also joined in the jamboree, on his pilano, LOL!

Today Bryn took his first hands and knees crawling movements, which is very exciting as he's been building up to this for several weeks!

The boys also learned about money manage when they found the Thomas trainings they've been coveting for a number of weeks now, at Target. Erik had so far managed to save $9.95 from his tooth money and other odds and ends, and Luey had $4.20. Taking into account that Erik will start recieving an allowance on his 7th birthday, we came to the…

Homeschooling update

Lots of things have been happening here lately, so I thought I'd better do a bit of a recap for my own benefit...

The new education act ammendments look like they'll be ratified soon and then it will be compulsory to register your homeschooling intentions. No application to homeschool is necessary at this point in time, but basically they want both parents' name and address and the full name and age of each child to be homeschooled, which means if (or perhaps it's really just a matter of when) the laws change and they start making people apply for the right to educate their children as they see fit, they'll have the details of the vast majority of home educators in Victoria...

Now, of course, we could always do what the vast majority of home educators in Queensland are doing and just not register at all. That would mean a steep fine for each child for each day they were seen to be "truant"... I mean, in all reality they cannot legally uphold this law as …

Yay! They got the loan!!!

Just got an email from Mum...

They were just told they got their homeloan, WHOO HOOO!!!!

This has been an ongoing saga for the past few months, with them having to go through a broker in their town, who seemed to be giving them the run around. Settlement day on the land was yesterday. and as off last Friday, everything was up in the air, the broker was abusing Mum over the phone for calling him too often (she'd called him 3 times in 6 weeks), and he hadn't done anything he was supposed to do. Step-dad stepped in and fired the guy and my parents decided to go directly through the state-government department, and discovered the services of a very friendly and polite gentleman in town who bent over backward to help them meet the deadline yesterday...

So, now they'll start building later this year, and hopefully by early next year they'll be in their own home.

This has been a lifelong dream of Mum's (who last came close when she bought a house in Iceland 24 years ago - a…