23 April 2012

A Post-Weekend Post

We had a nice weekend. You know, full but not busy. The good kind. The kind of weekend that I like.

To be sure, there was a bit of drama involved. Elliot got to see a couple of ambulances up close again when my Mum needed to get up to the hospital quick-smart. (She has been having allergic reactions to her heart medication and needed some help to tweak her meds. She is back home now, resting for the week and is very thankful for your prayers and the meals she and Paul are receiving - thank you!)

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In this post I mentioned I was present-making for my sister-in-law Heidi. We had bought her the NZ Poultry magazine - she and her husband are living the dream down on the farm - so I wanted to make a little something to go along with it.

I found this tutorial and ended up with this:

 I think he's pretty cute. Might even make one for me! Maybe a smaller sized chickeny chick to sit on my bookshelf?

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The kids decided on Saturday morning, before the birthday party,  that it would be fun to be rabbits. Who am I to stop them? (Especially when I know they're using washable markers so it'll be a cinch to clean it off!)

(Elliot was putting on his grumpy face. I wish this was his real grumpy face. It would be awesome for diffusing the situation.)

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I'm getting my joy back. I lost it there for a while.

I struggled with the timing of Tristan's pregnancy. (My pregnancy with Tristan?) We knew we wanted more than two children - absolutely - but it happened sooner than I thought. And I thought I was ready, but actually I wasn't. It took me a long time to get my head around that impending baby. I struggled hard. Thankfully, since meeting him, Tristan has made it all worthwhile. He and his squishy, snuggly goodness have been very healing.

I know I still have a ways to go before I can fully unlearn and undo some of the bad habits I found myself falling into over that time, but God is working in me. I know His presence - and I want to know it more! Without a doubt, the favourite part of my day is no longer the kid's bedtime, but the time I spend sitting at the table in the morning, just me and my Bible. (And my husband across from me, of course.) The kid's bedtime is most definitely second best though. ;)

Getting my joy back? How can I not when I have these three beauties to shine in my face every day?

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I've slowly been making progress in the room. I've gotten most of the wallpaper off now, just have the wall with the window in it, 2 strips of the wall to the right of the photos below and a small piece of the wall with the door in it - all up, less than half to go.

This side of the room I did while Elliot was at kindy and I'd put Tristan to sleep in our bed - well protected from rolling of the bed with pillows and tucked in blankets! Rosie was hanging out with me and her morning tea. It was quite sweet. That wall was amazingly easy. Which made the wall I did today amazingly frustrating because it was ridiculously not easy. But I persevered - usually I give up in frustration - and got it done. Yay me!

Hopefully I can finish or nearly finish the wallpaper stripping tomorrow and move on to sanding and plastering the walls, ready for the undercoat. I'd like to get the room finished in the next couple of weeks. We have a wall-mounted heater to put up and the laziness in me can't be bothered putting it up only to have to take it down again to paint behind it! So Tristan has an oil fin heater for now and I have my motivation as the nights are getting colder and colder!

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And we also have a bit of this. Just to balance out the lovely moments, we have to have some comedic ones too.

Stay classy.

Love, Jess

20 April 2012

Today I'm...

...planning on only doing what's necessary to keep the household ticking over (wiping benches, putting away toys, folding laundry, preparing dinner, that sort of stuff) so that I can get some more exciting things done!

After I've finished helping Rosie put her puzzles away in a moment, I'm going to get started on finishing stripping the wallpaper in Tristan's room. This may not sound like a very exciting job, but I'm so looking forward to having a clean, fresh finish in there. I started stripping the wallpaper in there when it was still Rosie's room. Elliot and Rosie have been sharing for just over a year now...

One day we think it will revert back to Rosie's room and the boys can share, so for the moment I'll choose a paint colour that can go either way - neutral enough for now, but when wall hangings etc are added it will still look girly enough. My inspiration will come from the colours on the curtains I sewed many moons ago.

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...going to get some crafting done!
We have a family birthday party tomorrow so I'll be sewing a couple of presents. Yes, I know, I'm awesome at leaving things to the last minute. It's one of my greatest talents.

One present will be for this beautiful little lady, our niece, Cleo. Her birthday was last month. Normally if I forget, we just move on. But I didn't forget, I just got real busy and we didn't see her on her birthday. Plus, what I have planned is gonna be real cute!

Next will be a cool little something for my awesome sister-in-law (one of the three - they'll all awesome really!), Heidi.

She helpfully provided me with a list of a few things she'd like (so great!) so we picked one and I'm going to sew her up a little something to go with it.
I'm pretty excited! I'm going to try the whole matching-mis-matchy-ness thing.

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'Nuff said! Time to get cracking!
See you on the other side, hopefully with a blog post to follow up.
(You know me, every time I promise a blog post about something it doesn't usually happen...)

Have a great day!

Love, Jess

19 April 2012

Wardrobe... Thursday?

I know it's Thursday, but better late than never, right?

I wasn't going to join in this week because it's been a bit hectic round these parts lately! But you know what? I really enjoy the little community we have going with you Wardrobe Wednesday folks, and I missed you too much! *share the love*

This morning we went to the Hamilton Rose Gardens (lovely, lovely place - a must-see in Hamilton) to meet up with my aunt, uncle and cousins who are visiting from Perth. I went for comfort, with an attempt at style. I've decided there is pretty much nothing good about these pants for me, so I'll be passing those on...

Ha ha, are you loving my awesome model pose?

Shrug: House of G
Tunic: Warehouse
Pants: From a friend
Shoes: Gifted from a friend (a different one!)/thrifted
Necklace: a super cute owl from Felt seller Lisajhoney

Then this afternoon, after the younger two were in bed and Master E had been dropped off at kindy, and I decided I would do Wardrobe Wednesday. Wardrobe Thursday. Whatevs.
So, children are sorted and I decided to participate and I thought about some inspiration.

You know what inspires me?

My new blog friends. Yes, you.

People like Nin, for starting this process and making me think about my style. Not to mention the fact that she is an amazing seamstress with a fabulous wardrobe with never-ending style.

People like Miriam who sews the most AMAZING dresses for her super svelte self. This woman is a stunner! AND she's had babies! Inspiration!

People like Dee who has pretty recently welcomed baby #5 (Sawyer, a gorgeous wee man with many squishy chins and much general cuteness) and still manages to school-at-home her other children and look stylish and trendy while she does it - and breastfeeds!

People like Talia who should be a model. (Talia's not a new blog friend, she's actually a real life one, but she still inspires me!) I'm still trying to figure out where in your house that blank wall is...?

As well as all the others who participate in WW, you have all inspired me to be more deliberate in my clothing choice, to put an outfit together rather than just get dressed, and, after rediscovering my legs, to try to dress with an emphasis on the good assets while I work on the not-so-good ones. So I tried a few combinations:

Not so sure about the colour combo here, but I've seen worse. I wanted to try the belted, no leggings look, so I raided my husband's side of the wardrobe for a belt (must buy one of my own!). I think one that's NOT black would be better for me, but I think I like this look. I'll keep working on it.

Dress: Warehouse
Belt: Husband's
Necklace: Lovisa - one of my favs, but it broke during my (obviously too vigorous!) shoot!
Shoes: Gifted from a friend (a different one!)/thrifted

I settled on this outfit today. 

 Again, the belt is not ideal. I am liking the feminine silhouette (Oh yeah, I spelt that right first time!) I have achieved with this outfit. I'm not a huge fan of sleeveless right now, but again, could be worse. Must get that belt...

Top: Millers
Belt: Husband's
Skirt: Handmade by my Mum!
Shoes: Farmers

PS: This is the blank-est wall we have!

So that's me this week! I'm also inspired to try my hand at sewing for myself so I'll try and get that done before the end of the month. I figure my triple post-baby body is so unique that I should attempt to make something that will fit me well in all the right places, rather than getting depressed about how nothing fits anymore! I'll keep you posted.

Joining in with these beautiful ladies
Wardrobe Wednesday at SailorSpy.co.nz

13 April 2012

We're going on a holiday!

We're all pretty excited at our house today - we have a family reunion this weekend!

Weeda family unite!

We'll be picking up Elliot from kindy at 12pm, grabbing a special lunch from the bakery and heading out to the beach to make more memories like this:

 Ah, the days when trackpants and t-shirts were considered fashion...
Me and Casey

 So stinkin' cute! Libby and Stephanie get ready for a slide.
This was during my bad hair, curl denial phase...
L-R Libby, me, Stephanie

 This little stunner (my cousin, Libby!) is now a gorgeous young woman in her first year of medical school in Perth!

 This is me and Opa at the Hamilton Lake 20+ years ago.
(That makes me feel a wee bit old!)

 Casey, me and Sarah at our cousin Miriam's wedding. Early 2000's, I think?

 Quality bath time at Oma and Opa's photo. No family is complete without one.
L-R Sarah, me, Daniel, Caleb

In this space I nearly put a photo from 'that' photo shoot in Paeroa. But I just couldn't do it. What were we thinking? Remember that one Casey, Tash and Sarah?

 Again with the cuteness! A trip to the Wellington Botanical Gardens.
L-R Me, Casey, Casey's dimples, Sarah, Sam, Sam's grin, Tash

 Pretty sure this was after a trip to Waingaro Hot Pools, a staple of our family trips!
L-R Tim, Casey, Sarah, me, Matt, Natasha
My goodness we look so young!

 Some party or other at our house
L-R Sarah, Tim, me

 This one was taken at Oma and Opa's 50th wedding anniversary party.
Here are every single one of our cousins. Now 6 of us are married and there are 11 second cousins (great-grandchildren) - instead of just the one on Oma's lap!

A family road trip. Mum told me where it was recently and I've forgotten again...
L-R Me, Casey, Natasha

So many memories! We have had some awesome extended family times over the years!

I must get back to packing - we're leaving in an hour and I'm not even close!
I've made sure to pack multiple spare sets of batteries for the camera because I want to capture this weekend for sure.

Happy weekend everyone!

Love, Jess

11 April 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Inspired by #2

Well, I was sitting here in these
 My awesome track pants and an equally pill-y top...

But after reading through the earlier WW posts for today and having some of what I call "Pinterest time out" (= put the kids to bed and browse Pinterest instead of doing housework), I was inspired!

Because we're having an at-home day today, I decided I would get out a dress and glam it up a bit, put some heels on and be a bit ridiculous. I even put on a REAL bra! (Pffft, saggy maternity bras are not my friend.) However, I forgot the lippy. Oh well!

Here are the pins I was browsing.
 Photo sources

Please don't raise your expectations too high now!
I am not - and doubt I will ever be! - the size of the girls in these pictures (which is fine - my husband wouldn't recognise me!) and I am infinitely less glamorous!

I grabbed one of the dresses I own that I can still wear and decided to be a bit daring!

 Ha ha, I tried to do a close-up of the shoes - my trusty red stilettos who have never been worn out of the house but who I love still - but my legs weren't coming to the party. You can only hide so much right? ;)

Headscarf to tame my crazy hair.

Love the print of this dress!

And the sleeves - love the way they flow.

Dress: Glassons
Singlet: Glassons
Headscarf: thrifted
Shoes: No 1 Shoe Warehouse (so long ago it was still in the old DEKA building in the middle of town!)
I won't even mention the various shapewear I poured myself into in a vain attempt to look more flattering...

I usually wear this dress with leggings and a cardigan. I think one of my next purchases needs to be a belt because I think that would top off the outfit.

So, a bit of a crazy Wardrobe Wednesday for me this week!
Promise I'll be a bit more realistic next week! 

Linking up here
Wardrobe Wednesday at SailorSpy.co.nz
Go check out these gorgeous women and their blogs!

PS: Update from last week - turned out to be a blocked duct, not a full-blown infection, and I felt much better the next day and all good the day after. :)

PPS: Husband just read my post and decided that by my post's title, I am inspired by poos. And last week I was inspired by wees. Yes, he really is a grown up man, not a little boy. (Sometimes I wonder...) I am assuming you realise that I mean this is number 2 of the posts with the theme of Inspired By...

04 April 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Inspired By #1

Well, I must be honest: I am feeling pretty sorry for myself today. I had a very late night on Monday (I can't cope with this as well as I used to! Something about having three young children...), not enough rest yesterday or sleep last night and now I think I'm in for my THIRD bout of mastitis (the last one being only 2 weeks ago)! Blergh.

Onwards and upwards!

I've missed Wardrobe Wednesday these last few weeks - though I have been checking out all your lovely blogs and WW posts, ladies! (Apologies for my lack of comments.)

So here we are, back again!

This month's theme is Inspired By so my inspiration today comes from the infinity scarf concept. I like to wear scarves as a bit of a colour pop with my outfits - more a winter time thing, but we're getting closer to cooler weather now, sometimes! I usually kind of wrap the scarf loosely around my neck but it always ends up falling down or moving around or whatever whatever.

So this morning, I took out my sewing machine and sewed my newest - and most loved right now! - scarf into a loop! And voila!

Also wanted to take a pick of my new hair cut!
Was trying to go for the neutral-look-at-the-camera face expression, but I think I just look sad or bored. Oops.

Many thanks to my 3 year old (4 in June!) Elliot for taking most of my pictures today!
 You see they are not all spot on, but a wonderful effort!
Above we have a feature on Rosie in her favourite green shorts. Cutie pie.

Also, he must be channeling his Mummy's previous WW posts because this is how he told me to pose - with no direction from me! Love it.
Forgot to add where my clothes are from, glamorous as they are.  ;)
Shrug: House of G (or, Glassons)
Scarf: Rokula
Tunic: Warehouse
Leggings: Postie
Shoes: Thrifted

Linking up here
 Wardrobe Wednesday at SailorSpy.co.nz

Must go pick up the crying baby and instruct him that he should still be sleeping because Mummy needs to rest.
We'll see how well that goes.