22 February 2013

Jobs galore

Why oh why am I so unmotivated today? I have so much that needs to be done and yet the desire to do them is severely lacking. Maybe if I blitz some jobs for half an hour then it will be lunch time and nap time - for me too today! Growing a baby is hard work - and I'll feel better all round.

What do you do when there's lots to be done but not enough energy?

21 February 2013

Grumpy Children = Bedtime

Tristan and I enjoyed our morning at Mainly Music today. I've just joined the Team so, while I've been going for what I think must be nearly 3 years now, I'm still getting the hang of how to be a team member and what I need to do without feeling awkward - my default setting.

The big kids finished Montessori at 12pm today. I always know it's going to be a good afternoon when the first thing they say whine is "Mummy, I'm thirsty!" and, "Mummy, take my bag! It's too heavy!" and, "Mummy, I'm putting on my jandals, DON'T LEAVE!" and, "Mummy, I'm NOT tired." This leads Mummy to take a deep breath, put on my cheerful voice and declare, "After lunch we will ALL be having a rest! Yay!" This in turn leads to mixed reactions from the children, mostly of the negative variety.

It's so strange (nb: not at all actually) how even after the most vehement, "But Mummy! I'm NOT tired!" they proceed to lay quietly in their beds, with droopy eyes and sheets pulled up to their chins while I sing to them and pray for a good rest. I bet if I popped my head in to their room in 5 minutes they would both be fast asleep.

Aaaah, just the way Mummy likes it.

13 February 2013

A Moment of Peace

Yesterday I found the perfect remedy for the feelings of being overwhelmed and under-prepared that have been floating around my brain lately. I put those down to hormones and lack of sleep - self-inflicted, silly me. My wonderful remedy was to grab a chair, put it in the shade on the lawn outside and watch my beauties playing. The peace of sitting still, seeing the kids pottering about and particularly the vastness of the beautiful blue sky above me were just the mood alteration that I needed.

(Rosie is developing her crazy photo faces nicely...)

Sure, my house still looked like this:

But that's been today's job, so I'm making progress. It was nice to sit beside my (poor, under-watered, but rewarding me so well with a lovely bounty) tomatoes and just chill for a little while. Long enough to be refreshed, short enough to not cut into dinner-making time.

Tonight I'm going to roast some of my delicious tomatoes and use them in our pasta sauce. It makes an otherwise normal meal taste AMAZING.

Right now? I'm going to seek out that poo-y smell emanating from somewhere that my pregnancy-induced super-sensitive nose is detecting... You just never know what you're going to get in my line of work.

11 February 2013

Toilet paper

Toilet paper.

A bigger deal than you might think?


In our household we try to do things for as little cost as possible. That includes buying cheap toilet paper. Budget, Kiwi, whatever's on special. When I go to someone else's house I always notice the type of loo roll they have. I feel very luxurious if they have thick, soft expensive paper!

But. But, my friends!

At the supermarket recently I stood looking at the toilet paper selection and thought to myself, 'I always feel so ripped off using the el cheapo paper, when the nice stuff is only a few dollars more! Why not splash out and indulge - in such a small way! - and feel luxurious ALL THE TIME?' I know, I'm a rebel aren't I? So daring.

So I did. And I'm not going back!

What about you? Do you buy the cheap stuff, or do you think your bottom deserves better?

04 February 2013

And then there were 4...

Friends, we have exciting news!

Another precious little person will be joining our family this year! At the moment, he or she is busy growing and developing - hard and important work! - to be ready for his or her arrival date in August.

Elliot in particular is very excited and is often talking about "your baby growing in your tummy, Mummy" - no matter how many times I tell him it's OUR baby! Rosie is adamant that it's a "girl baby," so we'll have to see about that... And of course Tristan has no idea. :)

It's been a very interesting time, as we are beginning to let the news out wider and wider amongst our circles of friends and family. A lot of our friends and family have become excited with us. However, despite the joy in my voice as I share the lovely announcement, a surprising number of people's reactions have been, "Oh no!" Whatever the reason, and I think it is from genuine love and concern for my emotional well-being, I find it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Certainly it is deflating.

Nonetheless, we are very content and looking forward to meeting this lovely little gift in 6 months time! You can be sure that as soon as I get a more pronounced 'bump' - rather than the exxagerated-food-baby stage I'm in right now - I will join back in with Wardrobe Wednesday, maternity style!