Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Here he is!!

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It's a boy!

SIL gave birth in the very early hours of this morning (almost yesterday in fact!) to a healthy baby boy.

8lb 2oz
50.5 cm

I will update with photos when I have them.

Monday, June 25, 2007

New socks

Here is a picture of current BQ progress - not much to report this week but it is still getting there...

And here are my new socks!! After a week of freezing toes I went out and bought some! Mind you, I think I should have gone to Safeway instead of Target - there was very little there. And I don't think it was because they had run out either... I wish country stores were better stocked!

Anyway, these socks have some wool and angora in them and I am looking forward to wearing my new luxury item!!

And here is the reason why I have not been stitching so much - I have been trying to teach myself to knit! (Well, start agian anywya - my Nanna did teach me!) I have decided that I want to knit myself a pair of socks - I just have to wait for the needles now as the local place didn't have them in stock. I think that knitting socks is just one of those things that you need to say that you have done then you never need to do again... rather like roasting a chicken with all the trimmings...and smocking. Mind you - I may like knitting socks, and if I continue to be unable to find a cardigan I like I may have to bite the bullet and knit one of those too.

Oh, just a note - SIL is in labour so will let you all know if I am an aunt or an uncle in the near future... :)

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Discussion while getting ready for bed...

TG: They [pyjamas] are a bit short, aren't they?
Mum : yes, we might need to buy you some more
TG: yes, we might need to go to the shop... to Target and buy some more...we will go to Target to buy me pyjamas...

What the???

And how did she know????

As I type, it is 2.2 degrees C outside - no wonder the cat is tying himself in knots to get in front of the heater!

Oh, and here is a picture of what I served up for dinner tonight. It was very yummy.

And here is a picture of the child that refused it...

I just love this jumper - it may not go with her Dorothy top but it is lovely and warm!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Creative Process...

Here are a few photos of the Girlie's afternoon scrapping. We very nearly had ALL the stickers we bought this morning on her LO but luckily I conviced her to save some for next time.

The Girle says..."uuttejuttttttuufnnnnjjjffffffffffffffffffk" which I think means "we had fun..."

Of course, it might not mean anything at all.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007


Here are some photos I took tonight of TG doing her own buttons. She wanted to do it all herself tonight and I must admit she did a great job!

There are also a couple of extra photos - one of both of us that I took and one of my NEW STASH!!! Can't wait to do those bookmarks.... :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A day at home

It is still very wet and windy and cold (so the rain is freezing AND horizontal!) so today we stayed at home. Mostly.

We had some friends come over to play this morning (and the Mummy of said friends) while I went off for my "lady's check up". The Girlie had a lovely time even though my friends had some difficulty with my DVD player. Oh well... they don't always have to watch TV! They had fun anyway.

We did briefly go to the shops to get groceries and TG had a great time counting the vegies - now she just has to learn to eat them! She was pretty good for a grocery shop - I think that all this holding in her number 2s and also climbing in to bed with me at odd hours of the night (and proceeding to chatter all about the day's activities! *sigh*) might be tiring her out a bit. I am loathe to put her back to bed as it seems obvious she needs a bit of extra security at the moment. Thankfully it is not every night.

We also went to meet the emergency day carer this afternoon and TG behaved herself impeccably. She remembered the kids she met (and especially the cat!) and knows that she will be going there on Friday (and that Mummy will be coming back after work! LOL) and seems okay about it. Let's hoe that she is okay about it on Friday morning.

She didn't eat her tea tonight but at least she didn't make a big thing of it. Although now that that is not a big thing any more she is having a good go at making bedtime difficult. Luckily she is so tired that she drifts off very quickly.

I have a tidy lounge room and both the washing up and the folding are up to date - so I am going to bed a happy woman.... LOL

Monday, June 18, 2007

Still cold...

In fact - last night I forgot to turn the heater off and I didn't even notice!! Normally it would cut in and out - waking me up - or I would get too hot. But no! So cold it must have been...

The Girlie was sick this morning - poor thing. Who knows why. I thought that perhaps she had caught whatever the other little girl at daycare had last week but, as she was bouncy and happy and not sick again, it would seem not.

I am also thinking that her behaviour generally has been much better the last few days - hopefully that means my new no-nonsense approach is helping. Bedtime is a bit difficult now - I mean when they say they have to go you can't say no, can you? There's nothing I can really tighten in the routine so I am hoping that it will work itself out.

Here is a progress pic of BQ - I was going to put it up last night but I was so very tired after those over-one violets that I went straight to bed. Well, after the very interesting episode of CSI: Miami (in which I finished the next two bands!) and the even more interesting (and perhaps more educational!) documentary on Moorish Spain! (Am I still allowed to call it that? or is that non-PC nowadays. I tend to live in the Middle Ages a bit so if someone could tell me the proper term it would be much appreciated...:) )Of course, it was by then 11 pm - so well and truly past my bedtime.

And it's almost there again now - so more from me tomorrow!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I did it!

Yes, I ate porridge. And it wasn't too bad with a lot less sugar on it than I normally would use!!!

Went to the chemist today to get some stuff for the Girlie - why do kids always try to strangle you with your scarf when you are talking seriously with someone????


And why is it that people who have been able to stay home with their children say "You don't have children to put them in daycare"????? As if I don't *know* that!!!!

We had chops and vegies tonight. Well, I did. And they were very yummy. What a pity the girlie missed out on such a nice meal...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mean Mummy

Today I have signed up for the Mean Mummy Army - yet again!!!! I spent 1/2 hour on teh phone to the Maternal Child Health Nurse helpline trying to make sense of meal time techniques. ARGH! So, that is it. The Girlie will now eat what I eat - or not at all. There will be no custard afterwards. And no toast during the week. Just porridge. And no cordial after dinner - just water. Hopefully this will not just help her be more healthy - it might also help the other end... :p

Of course, that means that I will have to eat porridge in the morning too - bleugh!! And I might even have to eat some fruit for snacks! Shock, Horror!!!!

I just hope it's worth it.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Some things I learnt today...

...and possibly already knew...
  • 6.45 am is apparently a perfectly reasonable time to get up and demand cuddles from Mum.
  • Toast is far more desirable than porridge.
  • The world stops for Play School.
  • Chocolate Chip muffins are yummy, especially when served warm with cream.
  • Warm latte will become cold latte - very quickly.
  • Slippers are unavailable for purchase on a Public Holiday.
  • 3 year olds like to tip blocks on the floor at every available opportunity.
  • 3 year olds need their own cutting mat.
  • You can never have too much glue or too many stickers.
  • Bed does not equal sleep.
  • No sleep = bad afternoon. But everything still stops for Play School...
  • Silly toddler + no sleep + sewing box + turned back for 30 seconds = cut beaded scissor fob.
  • = CORNER TIME!!!!!!!!
  • 3 year olds do not like to pack up the play dough.
  • 3 year olds like bubbles.
  • Bedtime can be stretched only so far before it gets absurd.
  • Work may come as a blessed relief.... :)

What kid of bra are you???

Seems they'll let you blog anything these days...lol

As seen on Stuff with Thing - a fellow stitcher's blog

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Your perfect guy is strong, determined, and handsome
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

BQ update

Here are a couple of pics of BQ. I haven't doen much this week - that over-one stitching is a bit of a killer! I've put in a close up so you non-stitchers out there can get the idea of what I mean.


Saturday, June 09, 2007


Just thought I would pop in and let you all know what I've been up to the last few days.

I have been home sick with this horrible cold virus that keeps coming back so have been reading a fair bit. I have only 1 1/2 books to go and I will have finished all the books on the Older Readers list. This will be a first for me - even though it really should be part of my job! LOL...

Also managed to get 4 episode of Stargate Atlantis season 3 watched - such great sci fi...and the lovely gentlemen actors are starting to dress even better....

I went shopping today with some friends - we went to a scrap shop and I didn't buy anything! So, you see, my stash diet is holding. (It helps that I have a couple of vouchers in reserve that I am going to use this week perhaps... :P) I did, however, buy a copy of Love Struck by Melanie La'Brooy - I now have all three of her books and it looks like I will be laughing all the way through this one too.

Just finished watching Ocean's Eleven (the 2001 "remake" of the 1960's vehicle for Frank Sinatra) It's one of those films that I watch every time it comes on television - even if I already own it on DVD! (For the record, I don't own a copy of Ocean's Eleven - hint hint to any family members out there...). I just love that sort of film that keeps you guessing all the way through (well, keeps me guessing, anyway!) And some of the actors in it help out with that too.... I have always said that Sneakers, while an excellent film, is one that my mother would watch even if all the actors stood still for the duration of the movie... :)

Looking forward to an extra day this weekend - it's always nice to have a relaxing day at home.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Welcome to winter!!!!!!!

The rain is great - but do we have to have the cold too?????

Well, to brighten up your day, here is a progress pic of Barnabee - I am up to some "over one" stitching so don't expect miracles next week!

I am also expecting a parcel (ordered WELL before my stash diet...lol) of a few long-awaited goodies so that may slow down my progress as well. More on that later this week.

I have managed to get through 3 of the 6 CBCA shortlisted Older Readers titles in the past few weeks, and hopefully I may even get the Younger Readers ones read as well.

And on a final note... how does a person (albeit a small one) fit into an even smaller esky???

LIKE THIS!!!!!!!