Wednesday, September 30
Tuesday, September 29
Monday, September 28
Isn't it funny when you decide things are going to be one way and they end up somewhere totally different? I was worried about the gallery being too 'stuffy' for a prep student but it wasn't.
Having rung in advance, we knew it was busy. Alexander was still excited about the tram ride. The lady at the sales desk looked distracted and tired. Mr P bought his ticket - no smile. I asked for an adult and a child - and she asked how old. I don't know why, but I was like, no really - he is a child he's only 5! To which she lit up in a broad smile and announced he was actually free (not the information previously collected, but I agreed with her). Then, she was chatty and explained a childrens tour/activity.
We were greeted very enthusiastically at the door of the exhibition, at about 3:45, and the doorman decided not to take our tickets - usually reserved for after 4pm, so I can actually go again for free. I told you a good mood is contagious.
The exhibition was different to what I had previously seen and really enjoyable for all of us. Certainly the highlight was the short animation collaboration between Dali and Walt Disney. It was beautifully fluid and almost hypnotic and really captured the surrealist spirit. Worth a trip.
Sunday, September 27
We also pulled out some of the craft supplies. I got these great flat pack paper trucks from the reject shop some time ago. I think there were 8 in the pack for about $5. We had a great afternoon colouring and building them, and then of course playing with our various trucks.
Friday, September 25
Thursday, September 24
Wednesday, September 23
Tuesday, September 22
Monday, September 21
Sunday, September 20
Saturday, September 19
a night out chatting, and more chatting without the now tribe of kids(6 mums have produced 16 kids!). I had a mums night out (MNO) with the girls from mothers group. A great little group of girls who I have know for almost six years, and we still meet reguarly each weekly but with the kids it is hard to have a good chat.
I remember when I was first pregnant and thinking about meeting other new mums, and being really hesitant (Robyn - is that an understatement?) about joining in on that whole thing. I assumed I wouldn't connect with any of them. Now I think it is the most important thing you can do as a new mum. The people you meet may be different but they are all struggling with the SAME STUFF. If there is an open forum where you can discuss stuff without being judged this can be the biggest help. Luckily that is what I found. A group of girls where you can sit and chat, and laugh and the hours just fly by.....
Thursday, September 17
Wednesday, September 16
I am not interested in drugs but we did take a step towards a solution - a new bed - king size. As there have often been little visitors in our bed at all hours, now there is room for us all!
Tuesday, September 15
Sunday, September 13
Saturday, September 12
Friday, September 11
Thursday, September 10
Tuesday, September 8
Monday, September 7
- of the hangers all facing the same way- ideally all matching hangers;
- the clothes all facing the same way (hanger hook facing left when looking at front of garment)
- like garments togethers - skirts, shirts, knits, suits/jackets
- garments colour coded from white to black within their section
I don't think this is weird but apparently others do - so I shouldn't tell you that I fold and colour order my undies?
Sunday, September 6
Saturday, September 5
Friday, September 4
Thursday, September 3
Wednesday, September 2
Tuesday, September 1
- using nappy wipes to clean black texta scribble from a school library book (which works)
- chasing a defiant child to get dressed
- stopping the car and putting a child on the footpath because he kept getting his arms out of the car straps and refusing to put them back in
- dealing with two screaming children in car due to other one being on footpath
- 'footpath' child having yet another episode at the Glen, where he didn't want to be in the pram. Every old lady tried to help, but it was a fight I had to win
This was all kinda normal, but it was when I was reading Naomi's and Julia's posts and was interupted but the phone. Yes, just the school principal ringing to let me know she had had a 'meeting' with Alexander, and he was in TROUBLE - more so with me than school.
Turns out the whole school thing was a bit of an overreaction and is simple playground issues that we have been trying to deal with for a while and hopefully this has given us a new strategy, but getting that kind of call from the school was all too much.
So - I have decided to make a change. Much like Naomi drawing a line in the sand, or Julia's month of gratitude, I am making this September my month of change. Every day I am going to change something - whether it be a simple clean, declutter, finishing something or like today a change to routine.
Tonight I was in control. We had a nice dinner together at the table, did readers, bath and bed. I know it sounds simple but I was sitting on the couch at 8:30 with all the kids asleep in bed, the dishes done and things relatively tidy. The twins were asleep before 7 which is amazing around here and I have tried to approach things with a happier demeanour - which seems to be working. Lets hope the times are a changing!