Monday, December 19, 2011

This Moment...

{this moment} - A weekday ritual. A single set of photo's - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember ~ SouleMama

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Mama xx

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mama's Top Ten School Holiday boredom busters revealed...

As the kids keep reminding me, there is only 13 more days until the end of School before Summer break.... Arrgggghhh!! Well to make sure that we don't get all cabin fevered and bored, I have been researching some activities that we could possibly do to help keep my sanity the boredom away!
Of course I turned to my trusty old friend Pinterest, to see what wonderful ideas other Mama's and Papa's have to help me out, and here are my findings of a few things that I think my 9, 7 & 4yo will enjoy!! No, I haven't misplaced the baby, but I will assume he will only eat anything given to him....

1. Homemade Chalk ~ Cannot wait to give this one ago, my kids love drawing with chalk, so I am sure this will be a hit.

Sidewalk Chalk (Homemade)

2. Tent ~ I just could not resist this, I have made a tee-pee for my little ones 1st Birthday & he adores it, actually so do the older kiddies, but this looks fabulous, and good way to keep him out of the sun. I think the bigger kids will also love this idea. I can already hear the questioning about sleeping outside on a hot night!! And why not??

Outside Tent for play

3. Branch Weaving ~ Isn't this just beautiful?? When I saw this, I knew it would definitely be added to the holiday list. We have loads of gum trees around, so branches will not be an issue, and most of us have that last little bit of wool left over on the ball that needs using. It also could take some time, so an activity that you could do bit by bit, in the car, camping, or just for some good old fashioned stress relief ! Good Lord, I may just need to weave up a few myself!!

Pinned Image

4. Rock Painting ~ Sweet little rock friends, I think that the kids could end up with a heap of these, you could do different animals and faces, but aren't these birds a gorgeous idea?

Owl rocks. Too CUTE

5. Homemade Facepaint ~ No explanation necessary!!

Homemade facepaint

6. Chalk Spray ~ Interesting, will let you know about this after we have given it a try!

Chalk spray!

7. Stick Painting ~ Cool, again no explanation necessary!

stick art

8. Silly Putty ~ How fabulous does this look, and I am sure the kids will love having this stuff around the house!

 Homemade silly putty!  FUN!!!

9. Marshmallow Building ~ Hmmm looks cool, but I am concerned for the safety of the Marshmallows!! Knowing my kids, they may eat the project before it begins!

Marshmallow kids craft

10. Colored Glue Suncatchers ~ Could be fun, again will let you know how I go!

Pinned Image

So there are my first 10 top picks to keep the kids entertained on the not so Summery Melbourne Days!! I would love to hear from you, if you make any of the above activities with your kiddies, or if you have any other fantastic ideas to keep the kids occupied!!
I will be popping back for some sanity updates and sharing our time with you...

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

With the big 'C' word looming, the kids are at fever pitch & Mama is slightly panicked about the gifts that still require much more thought, the gifts that need to be purchased & of course then there is the gifts that still need making!!!

So much to do, so much to do!

Again I hit the Net for some homemade inspiration and found  these wonderful ideas...

Classic Cocoa

Peppermint Stick Cocoa

Four Jars

If you head on over to Bakerella who is responsible for the adorable Cowgirl Cookies, you can also download the PDF label!! But be warned, you may lose hours just she has some fabulous recipes!! OK maybe you should give yourself the whole day... I think I have a serious crush!!!!

Aren't they a beauty? You could grab any of your favourite Cookie or Slice recipes, make up some lovely labels and layer them into jars. I think that it looks fabulous, and I know that I love receiving homemade with love gifts, & I am sure your family, friends, neighbours or Teachers would too! Click the link to see the recipe's and to get you started, then once you have made a few, you probably wont be able to stop!! Cookies are also very easy to manipulate, so by swapping choc bits for selected colored M & M's you could create your own Cristmassy ones!

Here are some other gorgeous ideas that I could not resist sharing!

White Chocolate-Toffee Crunch Caramel Apples Recipe


Feel free to pop back with your link for others to share, after all everyone could do with some inspiration at times!

You may want to make sure you are keeping all those empty jars, you never know when you may need them, you could just cover the lid with fabric, or some gorgeous printable!

Happy Baking & Gift Making!
Oh and don't forget to make some to leave out for Santa *insert Mama smirk here*


Driftwood ~ Oh how I love thee...

Thanks to Pinterest I have put together some images of Driftwood that make my heart beat a little faster... I love it, and there are some fabulous decorating ideas for your home too! Enjoy

light pendant



wire basket


Pinned Image

room divide




so adorable


Mama xx

Monday, November 28, 2011

Just in case you were concerned for their safety...

I may have been having a bit of a rough time of late because of my little Fuckers  Darlings.... But just to reassure those of you concerned for their safety, I can advise that no children were harmed in the making of my previous post. They were all fed, bathed and put to bed safely!!

Unfortunately for me there was no chocolate in the house, god knows I even looked under the beds!!! Meaning of course that I could not attempt the entire block in one go!! But for now, that can remain my challenge on the list of things to do before my earth side departure!!

The baby was awake at 5.50am ummmmm AM!!!!! yes 5.50AMMMMMMMM, not really any better, but after feeding him I let him loose in the house!!

My darling husband, whom I will be keeping at this stage, returned from 12 hours night shift & closed our bedroom door to leave Sleeping Beauty get some much needed rest!! The poor bloke was probably fearing for his own safety at this point, and to be honest I don't blame him.... GOD LOVE HIM though, he is very afraid thoughtful... Love you!!

Darling husband then got the kids ready for School, they wanted a lunch order & offered up their own money to fund it!!! Did you just read that??? They offered up their own money to fund it!! Probably be asked to reimburse them later this arvo.....

So with the baby & Kinder boy & School kids all taken care of, he set them up to play in Kinder boys bedroom & fell fast asleep in the bed.... There he lay snoring his head off, poor bugger just worked 12 hours, so we will give him some rest now...

Sleeping Beauty awakes to silence.... Wooooo she gets her wish, only to be told upon entering the room "I am hungry"!!!! I responded calmly, "that's no good, did you eat breakfast?" "yes Mum, but I want something that I haven't had before" "Ummm what would that be?" "A music bar", again I responded calmly, "your not having a muesli bar it's still breakfast food time"...... Oh dear God, and the argument continued....... Is it groundhog day?????????

Later that morning, Darling Husband is awoken by the soft tickle of a texta!!!!! The wall had also received a soft tickle, the toy box, the door & the carpet!!!!!!!!! Looks like someone forgot to shut the door after all and Mama will need to attend!! I walked into the laundry to get a towel and some water....Oh how fabulously FUCKED wonderful, the washing machine hose is leaking water, the cupboard is full of water and so is the floor!! Of course I am curious to see just how much water may be in that cupboard & with the door slightly ajar, I was greeted by the Hick's very own Niagara!! How lucky, our own waterfall..... I decide to turn off water, throw some towels at said water and walk straight back out of the room, shutting the door behind me!! What else is there to do?? I proceed to the kitchen to grab a coffee and then tell you all how wonderfully my day is going... Thank You for your concern!

Kinder boy is still asking for the Music bar, and Mama is pretending she cannot hear a thing!

Apologies to the China man I must have mowed down in a hurry to somewhere, I swear I did not even see the black cat crossing my path, perhaps it was when I was walking under the ladder to clean up the broken mirror!!!!

May tomorrow be pleasantly fantastic for all Mama's & Papa's for that matter!!

Mama xx

Sunday, November 27, 2011

From here to insanity...

I will warn you in advance, that this post may appear random and possibly like I am teetering on the edge of God only knows what!! It may contain frequent course language & an I don't give a shit attitude. I will be writing from over here in the doldrums, but please don't ask me if I am OK, because I will almost certainly cry at you, on you, or any other two word sentence, ending in you...

I know that being a  Mother is meant to be magical & the most amazing thing I will ever experience in my life, but for the last 24 hours, I am wishing magic would just take them to the park for ohhhhhh let me see, a week!!!! Yes I love my children & they are my everything, but....... (oh good lord strap on your seat belts cos' I am off....) And there will be exclamation marks!!!!!!

I would like to wake up to silence in my own good time, 6am is not my own good time!!! I do not want to hear the baby crying, or the older kids yelling and fighting over nothing!! I actually don't even care who started it first, because it takes two to tango, and quite possibly you are actually a gay la-la!!!!

I have not a care that you are hungry and you would like me to cook you pancakes, make your own food, it's about time you learnt!! You are never be too young to try.....

"What's that", oh you've done a poo!!! Well that's fucken brilliant!! The kid has done a poo, let's all celebrate!! You see that white stuff called paper..... Well wipe your own bum, because I already know how!! *insert poker face tongue hanging out here* Oh and if you are too lazy to wash your hands and you get sick, well don't say I didn't warn you!!

Did you know that 1/2 litre of milk into a bowl of ummmm 60gm of cereal is excessive!!! "What's that again", Ohhhhh you have managed to spill it on the floor (1 millionth time this year but who's counting dickhead!!) Oh never mind, you now have about the right ratio in your bowl... and besides you love to clean, I can tell by the state of your room!!

Your bowl does not magically bring itself to the sink, just like you do not magically disappear to the park for a week!

It really is not that hard to get dressed when you have a School uniform hanging in your wardrobe just waiting to be put on your body, but somehow an hour goes by and I can still see your bum!!!! One sock is not a pair, so put the other one on your fucking foot before I ram it down your throat!!! Yes you need jocks, and turning your socks inside out because they are your favourite is not acceptable hygiene!!!

I understand the baby is crying, what's frickin new, he needs me!!!

Close the toilet door, babies and toilets DO NOT MIX, neither do bathrooms, laundries, pantries or rubbish bins!!! If you do not want "the stupid baby" in your room, YOU close the door, "you stupid kid!!!!"

Throwing yourself at my feet in a tantrum makes me think twice about stepping on you, it does not make me feel sorry for you...

I do not want to play the DS, it is annoying, and one would have thought, that the amount of time you spend on it, you would know how to charge it, get onto Mario Kart & find the right track!!!!!!!

I know your hungry, whats new??????

"A drink" I here you say, well there is the bloody tap!!!

Dirty clothes look great in the laundry, not all over your room!

Yes there are days I breath a sigh of relief when you exit the car to School...

Yes there are days I breath a sigh of relief when you exit the car to Kinder...

No!! Grunting is not human speak, and I have no idea what you want when you do it, in fact it irritates me!!

Just in case you were deluded..... I DO NOT LOVE cleaning up your mess, washing clothes, vacuuming, washing dishes, packing & unpacking the dishwasher & all the things I do to make our home a tidy, hygienic space!

No, I am not keeping a logbook & attempting to get my licence again, so driving you here, there and everywhere is of no benefit to me!!

Oh, "I don't care", is that right???, well how about you just shove off then!!!!!

Clothing, Schooling, Toys, Dancing, Basketball, Swimming Lessons etc etc etc are not free! That tree out the back is called a Gum tree not money tree!

If it ain't broke, I will not be fixing it & definitely not replacing it, so stop asking!!

When I have slaved over the stove, and serve you up a deliciously nutritious meal, only to have you say, without even trying a mouthful mind you, "that's disgusting!!!", I expect you to the the whole fucking lot!!!! Well the next time you make something for me that you are proud of, I might just try saying "well that's just crap!!" "Is that the best your small hands could do???", "never mind there is always next time in art!" "Oh look, you got some spelling mistakes, "well who's a dumb dumb"..... Yeah don't think you would like that my friend!!

Yes I love it when you go to sleep, because it's quiet...

And just for the record, I do eat chocolate & sweets (may even attempt the whole block tonight) when you go to bed!! Ha ha there I said it, so now you know!!

Yes I love my children, they are my everything, my consuming passion it seems!
Swearing is not for you to do, it is my prerogative only, do as I say, not as I do!!

ummmm derrrrrrrrr....

Cheers to motherhood!! and I am only Cheersing so that I have a valid excuse to raise a very full glass, of something very strong!

Oh and just one more for the record..... just because I give one child something, does not mean that I love them more, and should not evoke an enormous uproar!! If I gave him poo, you would fight over that I am certain!!

Have you ever stopped and pondered? Well I guess it's a given that you haven't stopped, because if your a parent, there is no stopping!! But when we recently built our home, my darling husband asked me what my perfect room would consist of.. I proceeded, white!! I would have white walls, white sofa, white furniture & there would be complete silence... He laughed "Geeze Rob, you just described a padded cell!!!"

So I have decided to resign from my current position in the house as Mama, I have tried it, and have decided that I am just not cut out for the job!! Anyone interested? No please, don't rush....

Well here's to my unemployment or retirement & insanity!!

Please feel free to leave a comment or tell me how your day is??? I may or may not give a shit!!

Hick xx

Friday, November 18, 2011

the hometown advantage...

I guess with 4 active little ones, we really do get to spend copious hours breathing in fresh air & feeling the sand between our toes, and other places too, how does it even get in there??? But that aside, we would average a trip to the beach at least once a week. The older kids love to peruse the shore when its too cold to swim, so say about -1 degree, because really as you would know, it is never too cold to swim when your a kid right? I can even remember being this way myself, way back when...

We, well the kiddies mainly, gather up shells, build sand castles, have running races, the resident ballerina is always strutting some moves and then there is the watching of the enormous ships coming into the bay on there way to the docks, the kids are always so curious as to what may be inside. They talk about how fabulous it would be if a shipping container fell off and we got to keep all the cool things inside, some want motorbikes, cars, toys, bikes, a horse (good lord I hope he can swim!!), and the list goes on and on....

And when the temperature is above -1 degree of course they are frolicking and surfing and snorkeling & generally having a blast!! Even bubs is curious about what lies beneath the sea these days and is always keen to get his toes wet! Our days are pretty much spent like this...

He has this face, because he just tried eating that shell in hand, verdict, hard and salty!!

Maybe he will give this scrumptious looking sand a go!!

Ahh now that's the life...

My sweet little guy *love*

OK, so were am I headed with all this? Well just last night as an after school cool down and to wear the kids out, we went down to our lovely local beach, or no. 7's as the kids call it. We generally take the same spot, because there is never a huge crowd there.
But this night, there was another lovely Mama and her sweet Missy 6, but almost 7, that's very important the almost 7....
The kids were playing and having a blast, and I started to chat to Missy 6 almost 7's Mama, only to actually find out that her sweet girl had never ever been to a beach before, never swum in the ocean, never felt the sand, or built a sand castle!!!

I was shocked and astounded, but oh so very grateful for the life we have. I am pretty sure that all of my children have experienced the beach withing the first few weeks of life, maybe not the ocean, but they have at least felt the sand, and smelt the saltey water drifting in with the sea breeze.

Missy 6 almost 7 was thrilled to be at the beach, and was lovin' hanging with the Hick gang, and certainly was a confident sweet thing for her virgin voyage to the beach!

Thankful, yes, Grateful, yes, and oh so very lucky to be living this life, and I do believe we have the hometown advantage!

What is your hometown advantage?

Mama xx