Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mid week Wonderful ~ 31-12-2014

 I'm grateful for...
Les
Kieran
Merenia
Will
Tama
Jim
Cathy 
Dave
Michelle
Clare
Caron
Bel
Mark
Ben 
Andy
Keri
Lorenda
Paula
Wendy
Carolann
My Grandma
Nana
Brace
and a whole host of others.

I'm thankful to be inspired by...
My library
A wealth of product
My family
Amazing women
The internet, sometimes.
Photos.

I'm savouring.... 
The last day of 2014.
The beautiful weather.
The last weeks of Tama full time at home.
The place that I live in- both my home and the state.
Not having school runs.

I'm loving...
All of the above

I'm looking forward to....
Being together in 2015

Thank-you
♥ 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Presently- 28-12-14

Presently....

~ looking at the photos I printed today.
~ listening to Radio Paradise.
~ relieved to be getting my Daily December up to date.
~ hoping I'm making the right choice with my word.
~ seeing signs that send me in opposite directions.
~ wondering what I have forgotten to put in my Daily December.
~ dreaming of a great year in 2015.
~ loving quiet days, no where to be.
~ thankful for holidays.
~ inspired by sorting my digital supplies... now just need scrapping time.
~ savouring sweet foods and coffee.
~ reading Hyperbole and a half.
~ swooning over the little house kits Paula gave me for Christmas.
~ going shopping tomorrow.
~enjoying the flowers WendyP gave me.
~ feeling a bit surrounded.
~ counting down the last days of the year.
~ tasting Ham.
~ ever grateful for a lovely home to live in.
~ in awe of people who have their shit together.
~ trusting I'm going to make the right decision.
~ wishing I could see the future.
~ anticipating 2015.
 ♥ 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Single Photo Saturday

Waiting for Santa to call their name.
 ♥

Friday, December 26, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas 
from us all! 


 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mid week Wonderful ~ 24-12-2014

I'm grateful that... we have the resources for a fantastic Christmas.

I'm thankful to be inspired by... December events.

I'm savouring....time spent with my family.

I'm loving... being ready.

I'm looking forward to.... tomorrow.
♥ 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Presently- 21~12~14

Presently....

~ looking out for the supermarket truck to arrive.
~ listening to something in my ceiling.
~ relieved it wasn't chewing the kids advent calendars as I first thought.
~ hoping for some sort of gift epiphany for Les.
~ seeing the house creep towards a good pre-holiday state.
~ wondering what I may have forgotten.
~ dreaming of a lack of tension.
~ inspired by being so behind in my Daily December.
~ savouring nothing
~ reading - I'm not sure, I have a pile of 'just starteds'
~ going to pick up photos later today.
~ feeling a little pissed.
~ counting my pennies.
~ tasting iced coffee.... I really should eat some breakfast.
~ trusting we'll get there in the end.
~ wishing for a holiday... the real kind where you go somewhere and stay in a hotel.
~ anticipating Christmas.
 ♥ 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Will Month 84

 

This kiddo turns seven today. Yesterday was the last day of school and so we took some cake in to share and did the traditional photo with the teacher. It's been a bit of a rough year for him, school took another turn for the serious and everybody in his world continues to have their birthday before him. His physical skills are lacking, and his impulse control isn't all that flash either- makes for a bit of trouble.
On the plus side he can be such a super lovely wonderful person when he wants to be. He's a fantastic reader and also a very confident mathematician. (Let's not talk about Italian and PE). It would appear that he is my boy in that his school report noted that he doesn't have a problem challenging authority. :-)
His favourites at seven are...
 Best friend: Robert
Toy: Lego Hero Factory
Thing to do inside: Go on the computer and watch minecraft videos or play minecraft.
Reading: Minecraft, Hero factory and minecraft books.
TV show: Hero Factory
Dinner: Schnitzel
Drink: Raspberry Fanta
Food: Ice Cream
Thing to do outside: play Hero Factory
Place to go: Scitech (I'm into science).
Subject: Science









Mrs Miller

 ♥

Flora on Friday

 ♥

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mid week Wonderful ~

I'm grateful for... randoms on the interwebs helping me collect woolworths animal cards.

I'm thankful to be inspired by... Librarians.

I'm savouring....the last two days of school... me and the holidays have a love/hate relationship.

I'm loving... ticking things off my list... it's happening slowly though.

I'm looking forward to.... Monday- seems like a lot of stuff will be sorted by then.
♥ 

Monday, December 15, 2014

This Week on the Web....

Ok.... so not much to link to this week to be honest most of my internet time (a lot of time to be honest) has been spent on Serial the podcast. I've been reading Rabia's blog and also  Susan Simpsons Blog- which provides some great commentary. And a bit of time on the Sub-reddit Serial Podcast- which is all over the place really with armchair detectives and such.

Other than that....

Teacher Tom rocked it last week..... seriously I had tears and gasps and hallelujahs abounding!

Unreasonable Fear.

A great truth about parenting

Terrifying

This is breaking my heart


I've started thinking about my One Little Word for next year and I'm hoping to answer some of these 36 prompts sometime soon.

Taking photos at Christmas? Noell shares her Holiday Photography Tips here.

7 Happiness Tools we can give our kids provides some food for though.
♥ 




Mindfully Monday

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Presently-

Presently....

~ looking at a big list of stuff to do....well actually more like think of it and looking at Serial stuff on the internet.
~ listening to Serial... what else?
~ relieved Adventure World is done.
~ hoping to get more done this week than last.
~ seeing an undecorated Christmas Tree.
~ wondering if I'll get it all done.
~ dreaming of that relaxed space between Christmas and New Year.
~ loving that the kids shopping is all done and Will's Birthday Presents are packed.
~ thankful to be spending time with Les more this week.
~ inspired by the last week of term.
~ savouring cold roast chicken rolls. 
~ reading Serial stuff on the interwebs and Next Magazine.
~ going nowhere fast.
~enjoying intelligent conversation.
~ feeling out of control and overwhelmed.
~ counting the days till Santa comes.
~ trusting things will get done
~ wishing they already were.
~ anticipating Christmas Ham.
 ♥ 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mid week Wonderful ~ 10-12-14

I'm grateful for the big kids high school I had to write a speech today for a parent evening and I realised just how good we have it.

I'm thankful to be inspired by scrapbooking December.

I'm savouring the last week and a half of term time.

I'm loving our new Christmas Tree.

I'm looking forward to the speech being done and a quiet night in.
♥ 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

This Week on the Web....

Eden's post about Foreign Aid is something that all people should understand especially politicians!

This post from Teacher Tom a few weeks ago: I Felt it Up and Down my Spine.
And this one about Safety Drills made me really laugh!

Zen Habits: Quickstart guide to Quitting a Bad Habit.

The news about sugar just seems to be getting worse and worse... this one is a biggie for me as the parent of two teens and two more to come. If the research proves right then we really need to make change- I bet big sugar is crapping itself while simultaneously funding their own 'research'.

The Stone Soup Recipes look pretty good.... check out the Salads here, perfect for summer!

Katrina Kennedy's top 10 phone photography tips are well worth a quick look through if only as a reminder.

I really hope that New Zealand doesn't go the way of he US and Australia for Kindergarten but with the current 'leadership' in education it wouldn't surprise me. This struck me in particular:

"For example, the average child cannot perceive an oblique line in a triangle until age 5 ½. This skill is a prerequisite to recognizing, understanding and writing certain letters. The key to understanding concepts such as subtraction and addition is “number conservation.” A child may be able to count five objects separately but not understand that together they make the number five. The average child does not conserve enough numbers to understand subtraction and addition until 5½ or 6.
If we teach reading, writing, subtraction and addition before children are ready, they might memorize these skills, but will they will not learn or understand them. And it will not help their achievement later on."
 It's not a matter of  'if' we teach... before children are ready- it's already happening.

Another for the parents reading: Teaching Empathy- I think maybe we are doing not too bad on this one- I'm not sure the message is getting through though. I did the quiz... but I felt like it was a bit preachy.

In a similar vein Five Tips to help raise kind kids. Kind is the One Little Word we've chosen for our family next year- so I was keen to bookmark this one.

Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamott - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/11/24/travel-light/#sthash.lg2CE9Bp.dpu

Love this video from Jimmy Fallon of Daniel Radcliffe Rapping!



 Via Carolann: This post with photos representing 100cal of various foods is cool.
This one at The Atlantic is similar.

This post about letting things go from Glennon because I want to remember this:


"Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamot"
 
I also liked what she said here:

"When we let something go that’s been weighing us down, we can feel the relief in our bones. We feel our shoulders unfurl and our lungs expand. We take a deep breath and lift our faces to the clouds. We feel stronger, braver, free-er"
Having just finished up two BIG photobook projects, got past a rental inspection and 90% done on my Christmas cards I totally got that feeling and it was quite a surpise as I didn't realise how wound-up I was feeling basically since before I got sick in the middle of October when I had so much to do! I feel so good now- and much more able to enjoy my life and feel like I can 'do stuff'.


How cool is this Infographic of Fruit..... who knew there were so many! And how they are classified.

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals - See more at: http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/kids-whose-time-less-structured-are-better-able-meet-their-own-goals#sthash.I9F58vFh.dpuf

Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamott - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/11/24/travel-light/#sthash.lg2CE9Bp.dpuf
Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamott - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/11/24/travel-light/#sthash.lg2CE9Bp.dpuf
Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meettheir own goals- No surprises there!
Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals - See more at: http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/kids-whose-time-less-structured-are-better-able-meet-their-own-goals#sthash.I9F58vFh.dpuf
Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamott - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/11/24/travel-light/#sthash.lg2CE9Bp.dpuf

Why you should be walking like a happy person and chatting to strangers on public transport. The article included the little gem below..... I totally could have told them that. :-)

Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamott - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/11/24/travel-light/#sthash.lg2CE9Bp.dpuf
"Talking to your local barista also can be uplifting. Dr. Dunn, of University of British Columbia, and colleagues randomly assigned about 60 people to one of two conditions at Starbucks. One group was told to be as efficient as possible with the barista and avoid unnecessary conversation. The other group was told to have a genuine connection, be it a smile, eye contact or brief conversation. Those making a social connection reported a more positive mood, greater sense of belonging and more satisfaction with their Starbucks experience. The study was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science."

Nepo spent decades mentally rehashing hurtful memories, reliving times his father had hurt him. One day Nepo realized that he was spending all of his time preparing for a trial that was never going to happen. It was as if he thought that one day, he would have his moment. He would sit down with his father and a judge and be able to plead his case. He needed to have his case thoroughly prepared so he could win. And it stunned and freed him to accept the fact that there would be no trial. He was wasting his time. He let it go. “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.” -St. Anne Lamott - See more at: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/11/24/travel-light/#sthash.lg2CE9Bp.dpuf

Mindfully Monday



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Presently- 7-12-14

Presently....

~ looking out for Will to arrive home- he's had a sleepover and movie with Robert.
~ listening to Kieran's game and Tama's TV show.
~ relieved to have a quiet day at home.
~ hoping that I haven't got another ear infection.
~ seeing some progress on my Daily December album.
~ wondering if I have enough presents for Les.
~ dreaming of free time.
~ loving Will's Birthday stuff.... he's going to be so happy!
~ thankful for Kieran helping me with Will's present.
~ inspired by Christmas.
~ reading Next Magazine.
~ going to stay home and get stuff done tomorrow! 
~enjoying Taylor Swift.
~ feeling tired.
~ counting the number of things we have to do in the next few weeks.
~ trusting everything will get done for Christmas.
~ wishing it was already Christmas.
~ anticipating putting up the tree.
 ♥ 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Round-up~ November 2014

Enjoying....L- Homeland, Goodwife.
G- Goodwife, Dr Who, Survivor, The Code, Party Tricks.
K- Survivor. NFL, Game of Thrones
M- Canterwood Crest, Lemony Snicket.
W- Lego Hero Factory
T- Play School, Ben and Holly, Mister Maker.


Well that was fun...
Les and Merenia had a day at the field for F3B. Will had Italian Day at school with Pizza and Gelato. Robert came over to play. Tama had his Kindy Orientation session and met his new teacher Lucy. Kieran and Nadya went to the Year 11 Dinner Dance. Summer Hockey. Family Fun Day! Robert over to play again! Will, Kieran and I attended the final match of India Vs. Australia. Will got to be a mascot for the Indian Team. He met Tyler Lovell and had his new T-shirt signed. We had a super awesome electrical storm come right over our house. I went to Toodyay to visit the Christmas store. Merenia went to Maddy's to do their science project. Les took the kids for bike riding practice to the Ray Owen. We had two days of cool electrical storms. I had 3 days in Brisbane and the sunshine coast- saw my grandma. Met Des and Jill. Had six frappaccinos. Les took Will to the school Disco. Les took the boys to Ikea for lunch and they brought cats. Merenia took the train to Joondalup and went to the new Hunger Games Movie with Lujca.

Yum, yum, yum...
Kieran had Passionfruit Cheesecake for his birthday.

For you...For me?
Some token Birthday presents for Kieran as the real deal didn't arrive until the 21st I pretty much completed all our Christmas shopping and Will's Birthday as well- including a few items we got in NZ and had sent to Glenys to bring with her.  Got Will and me some new clothes. Brought some plants for the garden. I brought the boys back pressies from Brisbane- Will got a cup from Starbucks and Tama got a little toy plane.

Bugger!
Kieran got quite bad Tonsillitis at the same time as his exams.Tama flooded the kids bathroom and soaked 9 clean and folded towels in the process. All of us except Les got blood tests done.

Hooray!
Did a bit of spring cleaning and got rid of some stuff. We chopped down the dead tree in the backyard and also cleared some branches to let the light in on the Fig Tree. Kieran got a Prudence award at the Australian Maths Prizegiving at Perth Modern. Got the front garden looking good. I got the week in the life and the photobook for my Dad finished. Pam stopped by for a visit.

Etc...
Kieran had Exams this month and finished up school for the year. I did the Week in the Life photos and documentation. Will saw Leanne and the Physio. Woolworths started another set of animal cards... sigh. The kids had a Pupil free day at school. I made a photobook of Ruby and Calendars for the Grannys. We had a rental inspection and passed. We got rid of all the weeds and branches from the backyard- Les did 4 runs on free dumping day. Kieran and I spent a bunch of time sorting Lego Heroes. Got all my Christmas cards done and ready to send back to NZ.

Seen and Heard...

Tama on the subject of his blood test: "I wasn't brave Mum I was too busy being scared."
Tama: "Mum I love you. You're the best Mum that I NEVER had"

Will "This is the best way to eat hot chips. At the stadium watching the game."

Me to Kieran on the subject of Will being hyper at the Hockey Match: "Well it's a pretty big deal you know it's his first game and with everything he'd be pretty excited"
Will: "I'm bored."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mid week Wonderful ~

I'm grateful for the weekend I spent with my Grandma.

I'm thankful to be inspired by amazing trees and sights in Queensland.

I'm savouring the memory of Christmas Cookie Frappuccino.

I'm loving that I'm feeling a bit organised for December.

I'm looking forward to an interesting week with my Sister-in-law visiting.
♥ 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014