Friday, October 31
Thursday, October 30
Tuesday, October 28
Monday, October 27
Also while I was out, I went into the Salvos which is across the road. I was looking for doilies for a project, but stumbled onto this jacket which is a really good fit. I cant show you because the photo I took with the flash in the bathroom mirror only highlights how dirty the mirror is!!! So, off I go to clean the mirror!!
Sunday, October 26
Saturday, October 25
So late to bed with tummies full of sugar does not make for a nice boy in the morning - just times that by three! We weren't out late, but when we got home, we sat up to unwind, so I wasn't the best mum either. On top of this, we run our own small business, so there was a BAS statement to do and even the computer was having a bad day.
After completing it, and the twins having a sleep we were all a little happier. We even found a use for these beads. I gave them a coat of Mod Podge (avail in Aust at Riot) and they came up all glossy. While they would make a good gift in the matching wrapping paper - I am having these - they look great with denim! and moreover, Alexander actually made them.
Thursday, October 23
This is some work Alexander did at kinder - and all of a sudden his work is much clearer and much more deliberate. He is also bringing a lot more work home, which is pleasing - not from just a product point of view - but that he is learning to concentrate, block out other kids and complete fine motor skill tasks. Great work little man!
Wednesday, October 22
And the final product - multi coloured beads and some great wrapping paper for whatever these become.
Tuesday, October 21
Monday, October 20
Sunday, October 19
Saturday, October 18
We went to a kids wear outlet, Ticklish in Coburg somewhere (I was on a bus!!) which was good, as too was the Diana Ferrari outlet but there were 90 busses of women out doing the outlets so you can begin to imagine the day. Couple this with one of our hottest days, a new to the job bus driver (who got lost along Sydney Road at lunchtime and then stuck in back streets) and worst of all NO AIRCONDITIONING.
Yes, no airconditioning. A new bus on a hot day so the windows didn't open and there was no moving air in this bus. That certainly made 11 hours of shoping unbearable. It was not amusing when at the last stop the bus driver met someone from the same company who showed him how to work the AC!!
So apart from that, the only shop I could recommend is Dirt Cheap Books - which actually has a great range of junior readers ($5), cookbooks and fantastic art coffee table books. Worth a trip.
Wednesday, October 15
Oh - and this is the card (sitting on envelope) that I made for his mum's birthday. Unfortunately there were a couple of spelling mistakes (6 in fact) but as I started at the bottom, when they occurred I kinda thought - cest la vie!!
Tuesday, October 14
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested fordiabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloredlead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks some of us took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a Ute on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Red Rooster. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't openon the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Fruit Tingles and some fire crackers to blow up frogs and lizards with. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugarin it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were backwhen the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and cubbyhouses and played in creek beds with matchbox cars. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape or DVD movies,no surround sound, nomobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet orInternet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents. Only girls had pierced ears! We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter time.......noreally! We were given BB guns and sling shots for our 10th birthdays. We drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered innuclear fallout from the atomic testing at Maralinga in 1956.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet! Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps and bully's always ruled the playground at school. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. Theyactually sided with the law!
Our parents got marriedbeforethey had children and didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora'and 'Blade'..... This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers andinventors ever! The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
Monday, October 13
Sunday, October 12
Print one still with wet shaving cream (foam)
Print one once the shaving cream had dried
Saturday, October 11
Wednesday, October 8
Tuesday, October 7
The crafty bug has hit us today, and after a bit of talke about birds and picking up some string at the $2 shop- we were making a bird and cage. This is fairly simple to do. Blow up balloon and smear with vaseline. Soak string in PVA glue (we watered ours down a bit to help it soak in). Then begin wrapping the string around balloon - we started by tying the end of the string to the balloon, and leaving enough string to tie it up to dry. When we were finished we sprinkled a bit of glitter on it - another idea is to roll the glued string in sand for a more authentic look.
We decided we needed a bird inside - I had planned a simple one from some scrapbooking paper, but as we had some DAS (airdrying clay) lying around, we used that. Obviously these bits are now hanging out to dry, but our plan is to pop the balloon and then hang a decorated bird up inside.
Monday, October 6
Speaking of in sync I just had to share this picture of Spencer and Benji - they put themselves next to each other like this, enjoying some soup. Note the stencil shirts.
Sunday, October 5
Saturday, October 4
Impromptu stuff is always so much fun and so natural. We had a great time - it broke up our day and they even cooked us lunch. Talk about getting looked after!! So from what was looking like a very trying day was quickly turned around with boys playing out in the sunshine and me enjoying a glass of wine with friends - thank you very much!
Friday, October 3
This morning I missed a call as we were getting readdy for swimming, and I rang back the local number to be shocked to find it was the doctor calling me! Of course, now I was on hold for what seemed like forever!!! I was pleased to learn it was nothing life threatening (which is what was going through my head while on hold) but that I had really, really really low iron. Now yesterday when I asked him to check it, he sort of did so under sufference, but now it is a different story. He asked if I was tired - well yes. No really tired - well yes, isn't every mum? So now I have a series of iron injections and hopefully these will perk me up a bit. Is there a world where people are less tired that this??????