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2009 - Be the Change You Want to See!

Been ruminating on new years resolutions since Box Day (I do this every year, LOL), and there are just so many things I want to resolve to do, I've been having a hard time coming up with a cohesive theme... Finally, it occurred to me that my biggest challenge is my own frustration, this nagging frustration I have over things not changing, or not changing fast enough...

Little things...

Like the house being untidy, Dave not doing the dishes completely, the yelling that goes on around here, me not starting on that blasted novel, being frumpy and overweight, spending money on things we don't really need, and the list goes on and on... Mostly, I just dwell on these frustrations and think, "I must do something about that..." But then I don't do anything because it feels too overwhelming, too much to throw myself into fully...

By why not do something right when I think about it. Why not "Just Do It" as Nike says? Seize the Day! Carpe Dium!!!

BE THE CHANGE …

Productive days...

Ok, before I start listing all the stuff I've done in the past couple of days, I first want to show you a couple of happy snaps...
Here are my three big boys ready for afternoon tea at Nanna and Pa's - handsome fellows aren't they? They all seem to look good in black, even though Luey looks a little washed out in this photo (did he really have two top buttons undone, I didn't notice that on the day), the flash on my new camera doesn't like him...

Little Ari boy having a snooze at Nanna and Pa's with his new lullaby Elephant (VERY soft, lights up, terrible synthesized melody)...

Here's Ari in his inflatable toy ring thingy yesterday afternoon - he likes it in short intervals...

Ok, so moving right along to how productive I've been in the past couple of days...

Yesterday I:

Took down the Christmas tree and all the decorations and packed them away (including all the cards on the dining room wall)...Moved Bryn's table and chairs into the boys' room - the…

Two Months Old

Ari has reached the two months old milestone today, and already I can see so many changes in him. I have none of that mourning of infancy that so many mums feel; each day that passes becomes more enjoyable than the day that preceded it for me. As he grows and becomes more alert, interacts more with us, and is more content within his own body and it's wonderful to see!

In the past couple of weeks he's discovered his hands, focusing on them and then bringing them to his mouth. As a result of this, he now completely refuses to take the dummy, rofl! Oh well, easy come, easy go! I'm very grateful that he took it for the 7 or so weeks that he did, it was an improvement on the total rejection Luey and Bryn enacted!

In the past couple of days, he's shown that he can bring his hands to his mouth while laying down or sitting, and as a result of THAT, he is now left to his own devices during the night after the initial swaddling - that is, if he gets his hands out, I
don't …

Christmas Fun...

Ok, so the big days finally arrived!!! The boys were over the moon about their new trampoline, and even willingly lined up to take turns (the rule is, one on at a time, and luckily the warning card that came with the trampoline backs us up!)...

Bryn first!

Then Erik! See the cable in the background? When we first set up the tramp the night before, it was under that cable, until Dave realised Erik would be able to reach it if he tried - and we both agreed, he WOULD try, hehehe - so we had to rearrange the front yard to move away from the cable...


Luey's turn...


Bryn was pretty pleased with the trampoline, can you tell?


Here's our drowning Christmas tree... Please bear in mind we have four children...


Christmas dinner - these days it's a casual affair because we dress up to go to Dave's parents place, but in future we'll dress up for our own Christmas dinner... Oh, and I can't wait until next year, when Ari will be able to sit up to the table with us and we'l…

New Pram Liner...

Ari has decided he wants to be able to see more when in the pram and wants to be inclined more, which means I want him to wear his harness so he doesn't fall out of the pram (yes, I've had that happen once before, with Bryn)... In order to use the harness, I had to stop using the soft blankets I'd been laying in the seat to make it softer, and I couldn't use the lambswool that came with the pram because I suspect it gives Ari dry skin...

So, I had to order a pram liner. I was pointed in the direction of Indi Bebe on ebay, and because I was in a bit of a rush to get a new liner, I organised privately to buy one the maker had prepared for a market stall last weekend. That meant I only had three to choose from (designed for my pram), and so I went with the colourful "Traffic Jam on Blue" fabric... It wasn't going to match anything else I had, but it was bright and cheerful and went with my red pram...



Well, it arrived today, and it's lovely, BUT even b…

Taking up Jayne's tag...

The stuff in bold is the stuff on this list I've managed to do already...

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited The Great Barrier Reef.
5. Stood under the stars in the outback, the real outback – think Uluru.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to the Gold Coast’s theme parks – anyone, you take your pick.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sung a solo.
11. Bungee jumped, jumped out of plane, been paragliding or hang-gliding, hot air ballooning – you get the idea, you’ve been hundreds of metres about earth in a seemingly flimsy contraption.
12. Visited Melbourne.(lol not hard, I live here!)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Had a child. Raised a child. Worked with children.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Been to the Snowy Mountains.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Visited the Brett Whitely studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.
21. Had a pi…

Dad's visit...

It was a lovely warm day today, so we started the day hanging out in the front yard before Dad came to visit...


Here's what I see from my fave pozzie on the front porch... Imagine the smell of lavender on the warm breeze and you're there!


The dynamic duo enjoy a peaceful moment! (can I just take a moment to point out the chapter book on the table there, it's Luey's and it's the first Harry Potter book, and he's reading it all by himself BECAUSE HE WANTS TO!!! I'm so proud, I could burst, but of course, I can't bring too much attention to it with him or he might become all self-conscious!)


Buddha boy playing in the front yard while the rest of us are "being boring"...


Tiny having a micronap!


And then Dad turned up and we all hung out some more, and chatted about all sorts of stuff until he headed home just after the boys went to bed. Got a couple of photos with him and the boys (look at how he's holding Ari, rofl, he's such a natural...)…

Mike's visit...

Michael came for a pre-Christmas visit today. He needed to pick up Chrissy presents for himself and my parents, as well as pick up his travel itinerary for his trip to Adelaide tomorrow, and to have lunch with us, etc...

We had a good long chat about tattoos seeing as he's now started a new career as a tattooist (has never done this before in his entire life, but is an artist, so is good with the drawing/design aspect of it all)...

He showed me his new tatts (first ever, he's never been interested in having tattoos before, but I guess you can't work in the industry and NOT actually have your own ink done, hehehe)...

Here's one his boss did for him...

Three Runic symbols which basically stand for "Genuine Creative Energy"... This is only the first part of a bigger design that will take about four sittings to complete, and then he'll have a matching one on his other arm.


And here's his first attempt of doing his own ink - it's a bit wobbly, and he said…

Joyful, Joyful!

If you could see me now!

Sitting here in my pjs, crooning my little heart out!

This is actually why I LOVE Christmas... The legimate opportunity to sing Gospel. I LOOOOOVE singing Gospel. I miss my Choir days, seriously. It is a little known fact that I actually have quite a good voice. I'm not so great on my own when other people are in earshot because of my nervous throat (totally tightens up, rofl), but in a Choir... That's another story altogether, I'm great in a choir and have had the honour of being especially requested to come sing in a choir because they needed a "good soprano" to fill out the sound, aahhh, that was a proud moment...

So, I love Christmas because at Christmas I don't feel silly singing all my fave gospel hits. I swear, in a previous life I was a Gospel singer, I feel so at home with that genre of music.

Meanwhile, poor Dave, he really doesn't appreciate Christmas Carols or Gospel music, so has had to go hide in the study, rofl..…

Finally!

Got a call late this afternoon from Target to tell me my order of an 8ft trampoline for the boys had fainlly arrived (hey, I ordered it in August for crying out loud!)... Unfortunately, even though the girly girl reckoned it could fit into a hatch back with the back seats laid down, she told me it was heavy enough to require two men to deliver it to my house, so that is going to cost me $60... I asked if they wouldn't forego the cost of delivery seeing as they'd made me wait FOUR MONTHS for the product to arrive in store... Hmmmmm, NO, that wasn't possible... Oh well, the boys will be very excited to get this particular present for Christmas, they have NO IDEA it's coming!!!

Little things that annoy me...

I'm sitting here with a phone to one ear because I cancelled my Visa card with the Nstional Bank a month ago - cut up my card and was assured the account was now fully closed - at today I received a STATEMENT on my cancelled card telling me I'd accrued $2 interest on the card. In other words, the credit card that was $1000 in credit before being CANCELLED, is now $1002 in credit... Nice to know, except that I DON'T WANT A CREDIT CARD, and I told the rather insistant chappy on the phone that a month ago, grrrrr....

The other annoying thing is that a garden seat I ordered through Deals Direct arrived today and when I went to construct it, I discovered that one of the bolt holes wasn't properly punched through the metal (so the bolt can't go through the hole)... Great, so now I have to organise to return the seat before it can be replaced (I'm telling you, that had better not cost me anything). That's not even the annoying bit. The annoying bit was that I …

Just a little bit of self-control...

I need to work on controlling my impulses - this is a life long issue for me, I'll admit that much...

So, this morning I've been working on opening a new savings account. Thanks to Mr Rudd's economy boosting payment to low income parents and pensioners, we're in a position to finally have some savings. Yeah, yeah, I know that's not what he told us to do with the money, but my understanding is that whatever we do with the money will help to boost the economy, so it doesn't really make any difference what we do with it, as long as we don't just set it alight...

We have spent some of it. We're all getting some very nice Christmas presents this year, that we might not otherwise have afforded ourselves, so we have succumb to the consumerist mentally a little bit...

However, now that the money is (rapidly) dwindling down to the amount I'd previously decided to stick into a savings account for us, I'm feeling anxious to get that money "put away&qu…

It's been a great birthday!

First of, Ari let me sleep last night, woot!

I got to sleep in until about 8am (like WOW, man!)...

Then I was given some lovely pressies from Dave and the boys; a CD with the popular hits from the year I was born, some lavender/lime/lemon grass bath salts, a 700ml bottle of Baileys (YUM!!!), and a GORGEOUS set of SILK pyjamas (oooh la la!)...

Then after hanging out at home this morning, we went to the local shopping centre (so I could pick up Dave's Christmas present which was on hold) and the bus came pretty much on time.

When I went to pick up Dave present, I asked if the shop price matched because I'd seen the same item in another shop for $10 less... So, this shop matched that price, whoo hoo!

Then we went to the food court for lunch and even though the food court was packed, we happened upon a family leaving a table right in front of us - with 5 seats!!!

Then we went to JB Hi Fi and I found my Christmas present, a fantastic Nikon automatic camera with 8mp and ISO 2000 for unde…

Nostradamus would be turning 505 years old...

On the 14th of December - had he drank from the fountain of youth, that is...

I've always kind of been a bit thrilled that I share my birthday with that crazy old prophet... I'm sure that is why I decided NOT to be born on my EDD - November 22nd (though sharing a birthday with George Eliot wouldn't have been the end of the world, either)...

So, as I'm turning 37, I look back and wonder how I measure up to my own expectations of myself, at this point in my life...

Hmmmm, I've been married for 10 years - always wanted to "be married", ever since I was very little. Thought that was something pretty special, it meant I was loved and cherished (at least in my ideal world, it did)... So far, that is living up to my expectation - so that a PLUS...

I have four fantastic kids. I mean, they're REALLY FANTASTIC!!! Gosh, but Dave and I can't believe we managed to make such handsome little boys (yk, being that we're not exactly oil paintings ourselves)...…

Starting a new cycle of change...

So, if you look at my profile pic, you can see what I looked like when I got up this morning, and the picture above is what I look like now... Obviously, I've had my hair lightened. Organised for Dave to wander around the local shopping mall with Bryn and Ari (sleeping in the pram - I made sure he was well and truly fed before my appointment)... Took two hours and I'm really happy with it...

Not so happy with my wandering left eye though, and geez Louise my teeth look bad - but I can't do much about those things, so I have to focus on the changes I can make to make myself feel a little less like someone's matronly aunt and a little more like the young 37 year old mum I'll be in 48 hours time...

So, have played with my hair, and my next goal is to lose the excess weight - so keep an eye out in my link for my weightloss blog's reappearance in the next couple of weeks! Back in 2006, I embarked on a personal health plan that I dubbed "50 weeks of fabulous&qu…

Trying to Catch Up...

Ok, I've barely had time to scratch myself since coming home, but thought I'd better get these photos up before even more photos fill my camera and the workl0ad expands to intolerable proportions...

So, the trip to the Barossa (to visit my parents) was fabulously relaxing, and honestly I could have stayed for another week, but all good things must come to an end...

Here's Ari saying hello to Amma Yja (aka my mum) on our first morning there...


A study of concentration...


And then it was, "Hello, Grandpa Lester!"...


As my parents had missed so many firsts already, we saved Ari's first bath for this weekend! He loved it!!!


Having snuggles with Amma, while she sings "horrible Icelandic nursery rhymes" (about bad, bad men who live in the mountains and steal sheep)... Put him to sleep every time!


Grandpa Lester building a pergola in the back yard...


The pergola is nearly finished! We spent most of our time outside sitting here, it was very peaceful!


Having a c…