Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - homemade cookies & tea please...

Wordless Wednesday (she says laughing, I am never wordless!), So I will be showing you rather than telling you what we have been up to... nom nom nom & besides, I am off to enjoy the sunshine, ummmm sunshine, has it gone already? I best just do the dishes...
















































Mama xx

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Off the Cuff...

Just like most other Sunday evenings, I was bathing bubba & Tully, when some giggling rounded the corner of the bathroom. To my surprise & disbelief (oh crap was the initial instinct) Claye & Lillie came to proudly show me that Claye had been caught & was now in cuffs!!!! Cuffs..... um yes Cuffs (explain that one to your Mother!) So he shows me his hands all smiling and happy, for now...

If you were suspecting that things were about to change, you would have assumed correct. I said, "Mate, are they from Dad's drawer?" (I will explain later, so stop your mind racing) At this point he looked a tad worried at the fact that he may have been getting into things (literally) that perhaps did not concern him. It was then that I continued, " we do not have a key for those, so how did you intend to get them off?" As I suspected, silence!

OK, so the happy boy turned to worried boy, & then teary boy, & then panicked,worried, teary boy!!! I too was a tad worried at this point, but a naked, wet Dusty & Tully had to be tended to first....

Lillie was trying to calm her brother, because he had gone into full fledged panic mode!! But every time he pulled on the cuffs, they grew tighter, so there was no hope that they were coming off over his hands.

Then I started on the mission of attempting to poke all small key shaped objects into the keyhole.... Nup, nothing was budging those shiny metal cuffs. It's really not like on 'Home & Away' folks, you can't just wiggle a hairpin in them and ta da they open. I tried and tried...

Did I mention that my husband was on night shift??? Arghhhhh what to do, what to do?

Begin plan A;
I call my husbands work, because he will know, of course he will know, oh goodness he had better know!!
So I ask to speak with said husband, only to be told that he was out in the yard and would be back in later.....hmmmmm later, did I have until later????? I quite calmly informed his supervisor, that I had a small situation at home, and required his call as soon as he could possibly make it.

Oh dear, he has been in cuffs for about 1 hour now... so as you can imagine, he is not a happy camper, so I needed a plan B;
I call upon a neighbour, & luckily a very close friend, to see if her darling husband had any tools that perhaps would free my boy of his slight mishap. He obliges and will be round in about 15... Phew, another adult to ease the stress & hopefully remove said cuffs!!!

Plan A calls back, "Is everything OK?", well darling husband everything would be OK, if Claye had not locked himself into a set of handcuffs found in your top drawer (he giggles) (stop it!!! I will explain later)... Then Plan B knocks on the front door with 2 excited kids in toe & a large set of bolt cutters.... Ohhhh how I love that set of bolt cutters!

I explain to darling husband that help has possibly arrived & that I will speak soon.

So the cuffs were fairly tight & I could tell that Mr bolt cutters was nervous being so close to boys veins!!!! I was feeling a tad the same to be honest... but once one hand was free, we knew that the chaos was almost over!!

So I guess you have all conjured up some raunchy story about the said cuffs & I don't blame you, because I know that I would be doing the same... but really honestly truthfully, they were left over from my hens night as a bit of a gag, and every time we have moved house we mention that we should throw them away & "where are the keys".... But I guess there will be no more need for that now... So believe or not believe, I will leave that up to you (she smirks).

So with the situation averted & all my babies fast asleep, I think I'll make a hard earned cuppa, probably need a stiff drink!! but a cuppa will be suffice... Should make for an interesting conversation at darling husband's work tonight, not to mention man with bolt cutters household!! Bet Mrs bolt cutter is still giggling...



The culprit that made Sunday evening a little chaotic, pic taken after Mr Bolt cutter had his way with them!...



GGrrrrrrrrrr Baby!

Mama xx



Thursday, September 15, 2011

'Dusty Elroy' 15th September 2010...

Firstly, a Happy 1st Birthday to the sweetest 1yo we know...
One year ago today, we were deliriously celebrating the arrival of our darling 3rd son. He came into the world contented and healthy & for that we feel very blessed! He was born with a small amount of light brown hair & blue eyes, chubby arms and legs and the sweetest cheeks and toes just made for kissing. He stayed with Mama for at least 72 hours only separating to take the odd, well actually the frequent nature call. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time when a baby is born, so heartfelt & nurturing for both. I would have to say that this is probably the only time that I truly like feeling so very needed.

He is named 'Dusty Elroy', he weighed 9lb 4oz & was 56cm in length, not that all the details other than his name really mean that much, but hey, now you have all the goss. I am sure you will agree that he was such a splendid looking bubs and still is...



Doesn't it just take you back to the most amazing time in a parents life? I know it sure does for me, and I think about the birth of all my babies, and it really is something you will never forget. I can recall each & every moment, well maybe not when I was slightly delirious with exhaustion, but I would have to say 99%.

Today we will celebrate the last of our babies 1st Birthdays, with some fun & lovin', we will eat, play, love, laugh & enjoy the time we have together. (It's not always so joyous), but for today, we will be celebrating the good times...

Enjoy our visual delights from our day so far...




Tee Pee made by Mama with Love... Will tell you all about that later.












I am off to play!!
Peace & Love
MHxx












Monday, September 12, 2011

the buds of spring at home...

Our Garden, or lack there of is only new. We started with a blank canvas about 5 months ago when we moved into our first ever brand new home. We have been planning and thinking and planning on how we will lay out the landscape to feature all the thing we desire for our growing little family.

As you have read, the list was, and still is long, but we are working to the time we have spare, & of course to a budget...

We have a few trees & shrubs planted already to try to get some greenery around us & to help with the general layout. It's trickier than you may think.

One of my most favourite trees that we have already planted is the Forest Pansy or Cercis canadensis. It is stunning against all the green of the gum trees & bushland that surrounds us, and I have been eagerly watching it's growth as the months have past and I would love to show you it's beauty so far...

If you like what you see, check out more about it here or over at this wonderful blog I just stumbled upon.

These images are of one of ours, we have 2 planted as feature plants beside some steps up to the higher side of the garden.












Aren't you just loving it??? I think it is my current favourite to date.
Watch this space & I will keep you updated with it's visual beauty!

Grab yourself a cuppa *smile*
MHxx

It's Party Time...

Just yesterday, our family celebrated a huge milestone, being that our baby is turning 1 in a few days!! We laughed, ate, loved, laughed & ate!! We may have even had a few sherbets to celebrate too!! The preparation was big & the day a huge success. I am happy sad that our bubba is turning one, but like all good Mama's, I will continue to love & nurture him & his growth into the world of being a toddler *sniff sniff*.


The Big Top/Circus Cake in the makingbaking!
(huh hmmm this was my first ever attempt at a big girls cake with Fondant Icing *smile* you may giggle, I sure did!)



First to make the star toppers...



Cake prepared earlier getting a coating with some yummy Chocolate Butter Cream Icing...



A' La Cake, totally not what I had intended, but hey it's made with cups full of Lovin' by Mama...



The Big Top/Circus Table is set!


 
and some more visual delights & moments captured... xx












And the boy will have his cake...


And eat it too!







 
The spoils...






Fun fun fun...











Thank you for sharing this very special occasion with us, a fabulous time was had by all...

Mama xx







Friday, September 9, 2011

what's one more...

I am going to write this now, because I never ever thought that I would feel this way after birthing, loving, nurturing (occasionally ranting & raving too) four, hang on "FOUR", that's better, children! So I have "FOUR" adorable children, what?, well they are right at this minute, because they are all fast asleep...

Anyway, you see our baby is turning one! I am almost sad that he is turning one, and I know I should be celebrating his journey so far, but I would like him to stay my gorgeous little bubba forever... Snugly in my arms or perched on my hip, as heavy as he gets, I love the time you get to share with your babes at this tender innocent age. I have loved it with all my children.

I have always been told by older Mama's, how fast it goes and to enjoy those tender early years, & I can honestly say I have! If there was ever a piece of advice that I have taken on board, it's been that... So thank you for your pearls of wisdom!

Those that know me personally know that we were quite content with three children, but were blessed ( I can say that now as a survivor!) with darling no. 4! WE LOVE HIM UNDENIABLY TO THE MOON & BACK & BACK AGAIN!!!!!!!!!
Just had to let you know, because it can seem that a surprise pregnancy can look as though that child was unwanted, but that is certainly not the case! I was shocked & possibly suffering from some denial at first when finding out of his pending arrival, but we fast become attached to our bubba growing in my belly *love*.

I guess my initial fear was just like any Mama's;

How will I cope?

What if I am no good at juggling 4 little ones lives?

Will I ever sleep again?

Will I be able to spread my arms & lovin' around them all, & darling husband?

How will darling husband cope with "FOUR" (ba ha ha ha... thought he would never have children - *fail*)?

Will my hair ever be washed again?

I think you can see where we were at during the walk down this road. Probably like the story of many expectant parents...

So where are we now? Well, darling husband, is happy and contented with his larger than expected brood, and so is Mama. BUT.... here it comes... Well the other day, I saw a newborn!!!!! ARRRGGGGHHHH I was smitten, I had this undeniable urge to be there again.. we have 4, so what's 5? Well there will be no No. 5 from me, but it made me realise that I will probably be eternally clucky and in love with that new baby phase. It also made me want to slow down the spinning of this universe, so that I can enjoy my babies, each & every minute & moment with them all... I have been guilty of being impatient, cranky & all the things that come with being Mama, but I try my best to be the best!

Today from here on in... I am going to take longer deep breathes when I feel uptight or frustrated at the goings on around me & try to make all of our moments & minutes my 'best'... I do not want to miss a minute with our darling children, they are almost 9 & 7yrs and 4 & 1yr, in 6 more sleeps...

For now, I will suppress the urge to have more babies, because I have so many special things to cherish with & about the "FOUR" we are so very blessed to have!

I am off to watch them sleep...

Mama xx

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

green with envy...

As you know, I am eagerly awaiting some grass!!!! Not the illegal stuff, but the lush green grass that you lay on, run on, play on...

If you have been following our world over the last few weeks, you will see that we have laid the seed and are checking it's growth rate with extreme anticipation (understatement!!).

Today the seed has been down for 3 weeks & 2 days, and it is definitely growing. It's patchy but I am sure that it will thicken up over time. So without further ado, here is some visual delight... oh and a recap, so you can of course see how far we have come!!

From humble beginnings...

1 week 4 days

came the little things...

1 week 6 days

Greeeeeeeeeen!!!

3 weeks 2 days

Did I mention that the neighbours have just laid some fresh new luscious turf?? Hmmmm whilst they are out, I may just run over and roll in it. Ohhh yes I have green grass envy, but I will wait, ours is clearly growing quite fast. Be patient Mama, be patient!

Mwah
MHxx