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How will history be documented in the future?

I've been thinking about this for a number of weeks now.

One of my absolute favourite books as a teenage girl was The Diary of Anne Frank, it inspired me to start writing a diary. If you watch almost any historical documentary on SBS or ABC, you'll see references to diary entries and old letters written between people. Last night Dave watched the end of a four part documentary called Warlords about Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin and Hitler and how they changed the course of the world during WW2 with this various negotiations. The most interesting, insightful parts of the documentary were the thoughts from these men recorded in their correspondence with each other and other people.

So, ok, now we have this wonderful information age where almost anything is available at the fingertips of a person with an internet connection and a modicum of reseatch prowess. It's bloody wonderful, I love it! I certainly wouldn't want to go back to the "dark ages" when you had …

Coming to the end of the holidays...

And it hasn't been as tough as I expected it would be.

For one thing, getting a new front gate has made a huge difference and I feel really good about the amount of time the boys had just mucking around in the back yard together. This summer has really seen the bond fostered between the three of them. Sure, there has been plenty of fighting, but the anger is always fleeting and they really seem to enjoy each other's company.

I reallly, really do love the feeling of having my own little tribe happening. I can't wait to add another person or two to the mix and see even more of a tribal thing happening between them. It's very cool, and so much more like how I imagined family life than how it was with just the two of them.

I got some really good advice the other day about Erik's issues with stealing. I was told he is a 5 personality, numerologically speaking, and fives tend to be exuberant, impulsive and restless (this so very much describes Erik). As teens, fives …

Catch up photos....

Ok, some of you have seen this first pic, but I couldn't resist posting it again, because he is just sooooo adorable in his floral flairs. I LOVE these pants!!! How groovy is my little dude???

Taken yesterday of my three scalliwags having built their latest cubby house (it changes every day, yesterday I think they were going for the windswept look)... Bryn is just loveing mucking around with them outside!

This is from my dad's surprise visit at the end of December. I can't get over how little he seems to change over the years, his beard just seems to get whiter, that's all...

I had to smart sharpen this next pic. All my Christmas pics are a bit dodgy, I must just have been off my game that day... Anyway, Christmas Eve dinner 2007 (note the empty chair at the end of the table which will be allocated next Christmas, even if said family member might not be big enough to sit in it!

Erik perusing his Mars Mission Lego assembly catologue, apparently plotting to assemble th…

"And the Candle?"

Mum told me a family story I hadn't heard before yesterday... She'd just received the above cartoon from my Uncle Joi (John, to you), that he'd somehow managed to source from the net. This panel was published in Iceland's nations newspaper on February 17th (I think), 1969. It depicts my grandfather (though isn't a likeness of him) and my grandmother and their six youngest kids (so not my mum)... The theatre mask (with a clown expression), hanging off the boats end (stern?, don't know, doesn't matter) is the "tell" that it's about my grandfather in particular as he was a renowned actor and makeup artist in Icelands national theatre at the time...

Why was this cartoon in the paper? Well, because my grandfather had decided to emigrate to Australia with his wife, six youngest kids, and his mother due to a lack of employment opportunities for himself. He had to support his family somehow.

HOWEVER, the Icelandic nation (at the time only 170 000 …

Feeling hormonal...

i was going to say I was feeling down, but truth be told, I'm 100% sure this is just hormones messing with me right now. I don't think I'll be exercising today. It's 41 degrees outside and even with the aircon on, the house is not feeling particularly cool. After being outside for the past two days, the boys are railing at having to be inside. I'm sick to death of this diet already, and really want to cheat on it, but I know that is simply because I'm premenstrual and this is fairly normal for me.

I think all the dairy is messing with me a bit though because I've been so moody and crampy and bloated and just generally pmsy for about three days now, and despite a touch of spotting yesterday, I have nothing to show for it... That's not really that surprising mind you, I'm only CD11 today, so at a minimum tomorrow should be the last day of this cycle, with AF showing up on Saturday, or else, Sunday or Monday. Right now though I'm hoping it'…

Summer Days...

It's a gorgeous 30 degree day out there today, and just like yesterday, the boys have been outside all day long. Our front and back yards are not seperated and we have a huge high fence and since Christmas Eve a sturdy lockable from gate, so it's safe for Bryn to just be out there running amok with them. As well as this, both the front and back yards have fantastic shade trees, so it's not too hot even on a 30 degree day.



I feel like this is the first summer since we moved here that the boys can really use the yard properly, in previous years I couldn't trust the old gate not to just blow open, or come open under a little boyish pressure...



Bryn is totally adoring the big days playing with his brothers in the yard. Last night he went to bed at 7pm, woke briefly for a drink of water at 10.30pm, and then finally came into bed with us at 6.40am this morning, that's the longest he's slept in forever I think, and all of it in his own bed. LOL, so we've found out j…

Feeling lost in the parenting world...

I'm at my wits end this morning, and have absolutely no idea what to do next.

Last night I discovered that Luey had punched holes in the lid of a milo tin when he could prize it open, to get at the milo.

This morning, I woke up to Erik having eaten two icypoles, and having made himself a milo as well.

I'm sure quite a few of you are wondering what the hell my dispair is about, LOL. It's just food. I know this, I'm not completely insane (though I feel like I'm bordering on it). This morning I've seriously considered just letting the boys have free reign on the food in the house. Just let them eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Not try to control it at all.

The very thought of that stirs deep fear in my stomach. As it is they, Erik especially, but recently Luey has broken his personal vow of abstainence as well - probably because he feels like he's missing out - steal food every single day. Not because we don't share what we have with them, or…

A couple of tales from Bryn...

Well, the boys have been on holidays for three weeks now, and with the excitement of Christmas all over, we're settling in to a bit of normalcy - I think. Dave is back at work at least three days a week (a colleague really wants him there full time to help her out, but we have other plans, LOL)...

So, yesterday the boys were basically just mucking around at home, doing at lot of loud scampering around the house. The big boys went outside to play for a bit which was nice, too - they get a bit cabin feverish if inside for too long - and luckily the little turd boy next door, left them alone (touch wood THAT continues, this boy thinks it a fun to try and pee on the boys these days...).

So, anyway, Bryn can't really go out with them unless I'm there, the last time we tried it without adult passive supervision, he fell headlong into a lovely CACTUS we have growing up the side of our house (apparently the owner's *clever* idea for deterring burgulars, hmmmmmm)...

So, they were …

The kindness of the Universe...

Ok, so I've had a little gripe recently about being sans modem, and then being sans laptop, and then yesterday I was told that if the problem with my computer is not hardware, or if it is hardware but of the maintainence sort (like too much dust build up in the fans), it'll cost me $98 per hour to have the computer fixed. Not only that but if I ask them to estimate how long/how much the repair will cost and then I opt NOT to have them repair it, it'll STILL cost me a flat fee of $98 (just for the quote)...

Well, hmmm, I would rather spend that money on a set top box for our antiquate television, and some funky new season stretchy stripeys from BONDS for Bryn (saw the colours yesterday and they are DIVINE, not like the gross turquoise and red and brown from last Winter)....

But, I'm constantly being reminded (literally everywhere I turn) to look for the silver lining to remain positive so as to attract like.

Well, today the Universe has shown me a couple of kindnesses and…

Welcome to the FANTASTIC New Year of 2008

Well, I'm truly BOUYANT today, and here's why...

I did my usual end of year ritual, wrote in my annual metaphysics workbook about the coming year and my wishes for that year, asking the Gods and Spirits for guidance and wisdom and so on. At the end of the ritual, I did what I call a response reading, just to see what the Universe thought of my dreams for the coming year. I used my Messages from Your Angels deck because that was the first one that came to hand in the dark of my room.

I usually shuffle and draw one card, if any cards fall from the deck while I'm shuffling, I read those first, as I view them as the Universe bringing my attention to something important. Mostly cards don't fall from the deck, though.

Last night a card did fall from the deck, so without looking at it I put it aside, kept shuffling till it felt right to draw a card, divided the deck in half and drew from the top of the bottom half of cards.

When I looked at the cards, I had never drawn either car…