Wednesday, October 26, 2011

one small step for man...

He stands upon his feet clapping, awaiting the cheer of his crowd, the cheering urges him to try again, and then it happens!

He wobbles & steadies, and wobbles some more, placing his hands upon the ground. The chanting continues and he makes another attempt, this time success & for what seems like a mile, he walks across the room. The young crowd are totally stoked that they now have a walking brother, but Mama manages a teary smile as she looks at the eyes of Dadda.

He looks for Mama in the room and beams his beautiful smile, then rises to his feet to show me his new trick, I can see he is so proud *sigh* *tears* . At least we were all there the night he took his first steps!

Of course we knew this day would come, & it is a milestone we want to see, but when it happened, it took us to another emotion. Our baby is growing into a toddler & before long he will be proudly running from place to place exploring his new found feet. I feel sad that he is not going to be my baby baby for much longer & I am grasping at all I can hold onto as there will be no more babies for us.

I know each year brings an amazement of new found wonders that come with childhood, but this Mama will always be sad with each phase.

Sweet Dreams Little Dusty, everything you do makes me proud to be your Mama

Mama xx

Monday, October 24, 2011


Hoarding is not really something that I am into, but I have a friend over at Milk 'n' Cookies that is struggling with a Pre-schooler, who does not want top let anything go!!

I am not really a hoarder, but I do not like waste either, so  I am definitely keen on donating or selling off  items that are no longer required.

I have always told my children that once an item is no longer played with or worn, that it is then needed by someone else, eg. baby toys, clothes, goods in general. I like this way, because it teaches them about recycling!!!

I would not give away anything extremely dear to them, because like Casey says, we do not want them becoming clingy to "stuff". I do not think it is healthy either to surround yourself with material possessions...

So my suggestions to someone that is faced with this issues are these:

Craft/Art string for hanging. Any ribbon, string twine raffia, whatever takes your fancy hung across a wall, I would say the child's bedroom, so they can keep the special things close to them but can still be admired by other family and friends.  Perhaps you could explain to the child that you can have 6 (any number you choose really) special art pieces up at one time, then it is up to her to choose, so she will still feel in control! Once the previous 6 or so are removed, it will be up to the Parent to decide what occurs, I personally keep a few arty crafty items in their keepsake box for later...

Clothes that are too small, well get rid of them, or if you really cannot bare it, cut them into quilting squares and make a special quilt for her to keep, at least it is a useful item...

Toys, well we have a few, but not too many that are not age mutual.... by that I mean, I only have stuff that all the kids can play with, eg. wooden blocks, little people (still a hit with 9yo), pretend play, dress ups...... so you get the point.

My suggestion is this, remove all the items that you are wanting to get rid of into a box, when your little hoarder is preferably not home!!! If they do not mention it (the item), notice it, or look for it, then you will know that it was not really that important... then you can dispose of the box safely knowing you have not caused her any distress, so win win!! I would say that 2-3 weeks would be an OK time for her to notice, but again, its just a suggestion.

I wish all you little hoarders & Mama's of, all the best.


Friday, October 21, 2011

the dash...

Today I attended a funeral for an older man, whom was the step Grandfather to one of my besties, probably not the best way to spend a day, but must be done none the less. It was a nice service & he will be sadly missed, so farewell to Russell Colin Grant Waring...

I sat there in the Church, fighting the tears and listening to the stories of his life, all of course after acquainting myself with the lovely Margie & her darling husband John.
The funeral got me thinking!! Oh dear...
For me, after a funeral, I begin to ponder my own life & the life of those around me, you know the part called the "dash" 1976 - 3000.... The middle and the most important part.

I have never really set the world on fire, and neither do I want to, because that's not me, I would rather hide behind the daisies, than jump right out of them.

I was born, so that's the start.
I was the littlest Sister.
I am a Niece, Granddaughter, Auntie, Wife & Daughter In-law.... Some might call me other things!!
I went to school.
I have won a few ribbons & trophies at horse shows and events.
I have made some wonderful friends & acquaintances along the way.
I married the man of my dreams (sigh)
I have built a home.
I have become a Mother, so that's of importance.
I've worked.
I have danced & partied & cried & laughed & loved....
I have been naughty & nice (had to try both to see which worked for me best *tongue in cheek*)

See no setting the world on fire. But I am happy with my dash so far...
Do you ever ponder your "dash", or is it just me?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

it's a crazy kind of love...

It's been two days since my two eldest babies went back to school for the last term of the year (eeeek, that year went fast!). I have not blogged during the holidays, because like most of us Mama's, I was doing the most important role I have, being Mama!! I know at times, tempers flare and ends get slightly frayed, for both kids and parents, but I love having them home. When I look at how fast the years are flying by, I love to watch them grow. It is so nice to be the observer of such beauty, oh and of course so much sweeter as the creator!

We don't lavish our children in the monetary kind of way, we prefer simple and peaceful family activities. So for this holidays, we took long walks on several surrounding beaches, collecting shells, & driftwood and jelly fish halves (she giggles) & building palaces for our jellyfish halves of course! Darling husband was designated baby wearer, & I was the one following in the footsteps of our other children, watching them in awe! I am not so sure that these moments were quite so special to them as they were to us. But there were times that I felt emotional watching their innocence & hearing their excited questions about our world.

We made shell hangings tied to driftwood & necklaces & bracelets & all things shells...  We rode bikes, skateboards, climbed trees, slayed dragons, had picnics, watched Kangaroos feed with their Joeys, and enjoyed our time together as family...

Thanks for popping by & sticking around whilst I was being Mama!

Here is some free fun and makes a pretty night display... All you need is some washed, used tin cans & a drill, the rest is up to you, or in my case, the kids! although mine are far too young to be using a drill, they have fabulous imaginations *love*

I can visualise these outside slightly rusted, hanging from trees, or placed around the deck and looking so pretty! I have drilled some holes in the base for drainage (not too big) & near the rims to thread some wire through to hang them. Just a tip *wink*