Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simply a Moment - September 16

I've been meaning to join in with Alexa's Simply a Moment and with her suggestion that less can be more I decided that maybe I could rustle up a few words this month.


School holidays, first day, 9:40am. I expected requests for screen time. An impromptu art show? Of course I happily agreed.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

This week's links ...

2. It's good to know stuff ... answering your kids question "Why do I need to know this?"

3. I'd got out of the habit of visiting Habit ... but go have a look ... be inspired to put together a photo and a (very) few words. 

5. Dad and mum always have a jar of homemade beetroot in the fridge over summer ... here's a recipe for pickled beetroot.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Around here ...


Oreo cupcakes, made by The Big Girl for the Year 8 social service stall, I gave a hand piping on the icing.
  The first time she's picked up the violin since before her accident.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Five of Us #8


With everything that happened last month, I ended up taking this photo at the last possible moment. We all had to cluster around The Little Girl who's stuck on the couch, in bed or in her wheelchair.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Our Month in Numbers: August

Month in Numbers is the fabulous idea of Julie at Notes on Paper. You can join in with your own numbers at her blog.

August was not the best month for us, we began the month with some major disagreements with The Exchange Student that were quite stressful, a second unplanned trip to China for the Hubby and then the broken leg by The Little Girl just topped everything off.

September is the month of our long awaited extended family trip to the Kimberley's but now The Little Girl is unable to go. Some of us will still go but we need to finalise the details of who. The leg is still an uncertain prospect with some work to be done next Friday (an operation is still not off the table but we are praying it doesn't come to that) so we can't make any decisions until at least then. So a bit more stress in September but maybe some relaxation too.

Monday, September 2, 2013

August ... that's a wrap

1. Celebrating The Exchange Student's birthday.  Done

2. I start back at uni this weekend. I've had three classes and very successfully completed my first piece of writing for assessment.

3. The Little Girl's House Athletics Carnival. The first day got washed out and was rescheduled for when The Little Girl was up at Mt Buller but because there were quite a few girls involved in the ski team they ran the 1500m early on a Wednesday morning. The Little Girl ran it and came third and was a chance for the school team if not for the broken leg.

4. School music concert - The Exchange Student plays in the concert band. A fantastic night. The main audition choir did a medley from Les Miserables which was superb. Great music all round.

5. Melbourne Vic Centre Swimming Meet for The Little Girl. Done

6. Two Club Sunday swim meets for The Boy and The Little Girl. Done. The first swim meet for The Boy and he really surprised me ... and he enjoyed it so we may keep him interested in swimming for a little longer yet. Second meet was a bust due to the broken leg.

7. The Exchange Student's school social. Done

8. The Little Girl's school music concert. No ... broken leg.

Moving forward on my list ...

9. Reserve Wolf Hall so I can borrow it again to finish it. Yes but it I needed to pick it up when I was tied up at the hospital with The Little Girl.

10. I'm falling a bit behind on my PL. This month I want to make sure I have the pages for each month planned and the regular weekly pages finished. Still need to plan the pages for March and April and complete the DITL spread for March.

11. Get a handle on this semester's subject. I'm going to need to get started on my assessments early because we'll be away in the school holidays. See above. Plus I will have extended time to work on my assessment pieces while I am at school with The Little Girl. She is not independent yet and so I will take her in for a couple of classes and stay at school while she is there. They are going to set me up to work somewhere.

12. Finally catch up on my Roman's Project. A few curve balls this month so no.

13. Make some bread from my pinterest board. No.

I also need to ...

14. Get new jeans and long sleeve T-shirts (still!!). I finally snuck out on Saturday while Hubby could be home with The Little Girl and got a pair of jeans and two tops. We have entered an early Spring so I'll be putting the long-sleeved T-shirts on hold.

15. Finish cleaning the kitchen and also Ethan's room which we are part way through and hang Ethan's sword on his wall. Got a bit further with the kitchen but not The Boy's room.

16. Attend to the vegetable garden. Weeded, now I just need to lay out the mulch.

17. Prune and tie back the fruit trees. Done.

18. Go and buy the plants we need for the garden. No, we're kind of stuck at home at the moment.