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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I'm trying to cut down our use of the car by walking more, to the shops and school, in spite of almost daily protests from the boy. Reasons like it helps us stay healthy and we're helping the environment don't cut it with him.
I also don't mind using public transport, in fact for the kids it's exciting and we live in an area where we can choose from the tram, bus or train all within walking distance. The tram is only about 50m away and it runs regularly. A couple of weeks ago we went into the city for the Dream Festival which was a free arts and music festival (thumbs up!) ... we thought why not catch the tram in ... it cost us $24 for the family and we had to scrounge around the house, car and wallets to find that money in coins because they only have coin operated ticket machines on the tram. We decided to do it anyway because the rest of the afternoon was going to be free but they don't exactly make it an attractive option.
I think most people would agree that we want to encourage public transport use so here's some easy things they could do:
Have a family ticket ... yes, public transport is cost efficient when you look at one person but when you're adding up 5 people it would be heaps cheaper for us just to drive in and pay for parking.
They are implementing a new ticket system ... please, please let it take credit/debit cards or at least notes.
Surely these two things wouldn't be that hard, and after they've addressed those they might want to look at making sure a trip that takes 15 mins in the car doesn't take 1hr by public transport because the coverage is so sparse.
That's my complaint for the day. What's the public transport like where you live?
In other business Little Girl has her school concert tonight ... excited, nervous.
Nuts4digi has some special plans for NSD on Saturday so you may want to head over there then and check it out ... you may like to drop back in here too.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
and then on Roshani's outfit "looks like the dog attacked the takeaway chicken wrapper" ... now I get that one.
... anyway back to our regular programming.
Hubby is home after 2 weeks overseas. Hugs all round.
I did a bit of a disappearing act this afternoon, I needed a bit of a break from the kids and it gives Hubby a chance to get back into the daddy space. Just waiting for the kids to settle down now so we can catch up just the two of us. It's good to have him home again.
My journal entry this week is from Friday - Ps119:32
I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
So often Christianity is portrayed as a whole heap of rule following to gain heaven which is so wrong. This verse really put in words how it is for me. I'm eagerly trying to follow God's ways, not a forced obedience but a joyful response to God's love for me, celebrating the freedom to strive towards what God has created me to be.
Friday, October 24, 2008
"Why did that lady stop, turn around and itch herself?"
He should have been supplied with a mute button or at least a volume control.
He shared some of his dreams for the future today.
"When I'm an adult I'm going to dig holes and put things in them."
Hmmm... there's nothing like a bit of ambition.
"I'm going to be a WORKER"
Well that's sounds good.
"I'm going to have a truck with a digger and dig BIG holes. It will need a trailer to put the digger on. Some trucks have one trailer, some have two and some have none. The trucks with none have like a boot to carry things but it's not like the boot on our car, it's a big boot that you can put lots of things in"
Glad he's got the future all worked out.
and some layouts:
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A while ago, I think it was last year, we went to scienceworks and they had a little show where they made bubble mixture but I couldn't remember the recipe and of course I didn't keep the take home sheet. So I consulted the source of all knowledge - the Internet, and quickly came up with the recipe. Here's The Boy with the recipe.
1/2 cup dish soap
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp sugar
and of course if you're going to get all homemade one of those tiny plastic bubble wands just won't cut it, so we made our own giant bubble wand out of a coat hanger, electrical tape and some string. Unfortunately in my enthusiasm the wand ended up too big to fit in any containers we had so we had to make a little bend in the middle. Ethan was quite impressed with his giant bubbles.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We started out fairly easily:
"Why does it rain?" (Age 4)
"Why is the road black with white lines?" (Age 5)
"How will I know how to get places when I can drive?" (Age 6)
"Who will I marry?"
Then we got a bit harder:
"If God is good and He created everything where did the devil come from?" (Age 8)
I introduced the concept of free will in my answer so of course a few days later:
"Why did God give us free will"
"What does sexy mean?" (Age 9)
and the latest about a month ago:
"What if it's all a lie, you know, G-O-D?"
I'm not sure whether she spelled God because she thinks God can't spell or she didn't want the other kids to understand.
I'm really glad she thinks about these things but often she will hit me with these questions out of the blue and at the worst time of day.
Of course they are much more interesting than The Boy's constant question:
"Why is a (whatever he happens to be looking at) called a (gives the name)."
Me:"That's just what someone decided to call it"
and "What's that man doing?"
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Boy: Wow, you can carry two bowls of soup at the same time.
My Big Girl: Of course she can - she's a mum.
Yep I'm one talented lady.
and now the second part of this post ... I think I've shared before how I keep a journal of my bible reading and the lessons I learn through that so I've decided each Sunday to pick one day's entry from the week and post it here. This week's is from Thursday:
After Rehoboam's position as king was established and he had become strong,With a position of strength/abundance and plenty comes danger because it is so easy to forget about God. I may start to get proud, and think I attained this position myself, to think that I don't need God. It becomes easy to rely on my possessions or friends or family or talents instead of relying on God - the only thing that is everlasting, that never fails. Lord God, help me to always put you in your proper place, no matter what my circumstances, the things of the world do not last, I never want to put them before you.
he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Computer: "Computer completed power on self-test. Computer now booting from operating system. No keyboard detected"
The Boy: "I'm sick of that computer talking all the time, it's really annoying"
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We went to orientation for prep next year at school today. They had music and art. In art they had to draw their pet. Here's our dog, Harry, I think he looks very cute and definately friendly.
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At tea tonight we had pumpkin soup:
The Boy: "Mum listen to this song...Pumpkin,Pumpkin, Pumpk...." exasperated grunt followed by a fist to the head.
Me: "What are you doing"
The Boy: "My head's going the wrong way"
I can really relate to that last one.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Anyone else interested?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I came across this in a post by Kathy which summed up so much of what I feel about being a parent:
parenting them, now that’s the hard part. it’s the part where i am faced with my humanity, my selfishness, my pride, my tendency to want everything to be as good as it can possibly be. but in that same breath, it’s also the place where i am faced with the magnitude of how much love resides in my heart, how much i am willing to give up for those little people’s sakes, and how deep my desire is for their well-being. parenting, a little like marriage, is the place where the sum total of all my ugliness & all my goodness somehow collide & i learn more about myself, other people, God, than i ever bargained for.Read the rest of the post here.
I think that's all for now.
Monday, October 6, 2008
My project 365 is still going strong, September 30th was Day 89. Here's my September photos:
I also did the September's portrait challenge at Photochallenge.org. My portraits: Books:
I did a fair bit of reading this month.
Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright - Great thought provoking book challenging our thoughts on what happens after death. I will probably reread, take some notes and share my thoughts later this month.
The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro - A book on personal bible reading and journaling. It is no secret that I believe personal and regular bible study is imperative in Christian growth. I found that much of what he advocates is pretty much along the lines of what I already do but he also shared how the personal bible study can be translated into a group setting. I think our church is planning on a push for people to follow a church wide bible reading plan which I think will be great. I hope they also include the kids if not I think we'll try to do it as a family, the kids can just read a shorter portion of the daily reading.
The Shack by William P Young - This book has been fairly controversial and so I thought I'd give it a read. I felt it had both good and bad points.
Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay - I found the story OK but I didn't like the lead character much and because the story was written using his "voice" I found the writing a bit irritating. His power of One books are still his best in my opinion.
I didn't do much scrapbooking this month. We were on holiday for two weeks so that took a fair amount of the month and before the holiday I had kids sick at home.
I finished this one for the sketch challenge at nuts4digi.com. House Athletics 2006, I used my daughters acrostic poem she wrote at school for the journaling.I did this page when I got home with a photo from our holiday - Moment
and I also made an invitation for My Little Girls birthday party using the Delightful collection from weeds and wildflowers.
I like to look back each month and recap what God's been teaching me. This month I found that truth, blindness and our tendency to only hear what makes us feel good - what we want to hear.
I also found that these things came up in conversation with various people over the course of the month as well. I'll just give some of the verses from this months readings.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit there own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him or knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
My Little Girl had her turned 7.
Did the training to be a mentor at a local high school.
The children's pastor at our church left in June to start a children's program at Essendon Baptist and was asked to be on the search committee as a parent. We started interviewing this month.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The Boy loved The Big Red car and the train and we all went on the raging rapids ride together - of course I was the one who got soaked.
My Big Girl got up close and personal with a lizard - she has soft spot for reptiles. These are wild ones roaming around.
We saw the tigers:
Hubby got pulled up onto stage in the Spongebob show. That's him on the left.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Back to Business Competition
Terms and Conditions
The competition will run from midnight 30th September through to midnight 21st October.
Purchase a kit/s from the Nuts4Digi store from the 1st October – 21st October and create 2 or more layouts using the kit/s. The layouts must be posted to the ‘Have It Your Way Gallery’ in the above time frame to be eligible.
Only layouts using a kit purchased from the Nuts4Digi store will be considered.
Prize winners will be drawn randomly. There is no skill involved so everyone has a chance of winning.
Prize winners will be notified by PM within 24 hours of the draw.
1st prize - $ 50 coupon to the Nuts4Digi store.
2nd prize - $ 15 coupon to the Nuts4Digi store.
3rd Prize - 2 months subscription to Club Nut
4th Prize - 2 months subscription to Club Nut IMPORTANT: While going through the checkout process in the store please note in the comments section - 1. Your Nuts4Digi forum user name and 2. The words 'Back To Business Competition' .
I've also been holding off posting my layouts for Designs by Marguerite's Whimsy kit until the store was open. This kit is so gorgeous and just plain pretty. The soft blues, greens, pinks and browns lend it to a variety of pages and the elements are to die for. Glitter, foliage and flowers, bows, frames, butterflies, sequins - enough to make an album of pages. The plain papers are all textured and the are beautiful patterned papers as well.