Tuesday, April 29, 2008

29.04.08

And then there were three:


Sleeping sacks for Amy!


And thats enough for this winter, I think. They were really easy to make. I just cut out the general shape (no pattern used), pillowcased the outside and lining together and then turned it out then sewed up the seams (so they turned out like french seams) and did a bit of top-stitching. It really was quite simple.



And some, mmmm, afternoon baking. Banana muffins. I find that the bananas I buy always go over ripe so quickly! Here is the recipe:




  • 3 bananas




  • 2 1/2 cups self raising flour




  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar




  • 1 cup of mik




  • 1 egg




  • 2 tablespoons of margarine/butter




  • 1 teaspoon vanilla




  • 1 tablespoon of honey




Combine milk, egg, butter, vanilla and bananas and blend together. Place flour and sugar into milk mix. Mix well. Poor into greased muffin tray. Bake for 20 mins in fan forced 180'C oven. Makes 12 large muffins. So yum!



And I had one of these moments when I went to Woolworths.



That's right. We have progressed. How do I feel? A little sad actually. I have loved having a baby in the house. Especially one that sleeps so well! LOL! ;)


And here is the big girl herself. 6 months. Half a year. Already!



Not a great 6 months pic, I will try and get another one, but she has been so grumpy lately! At least she sleeps well, I guess.


Thanks for stopping by! :D

Sunday, April 27, 2008

27.04.08

Content.


Yep. That's me this morning. I woke early, 5.55am, although usually I am still at work at that time. Luke also woke up and we snuggled in bed for a while before hopping up and having some breakky and allowing Steve to have a sleep in. Amy woke up and unlike the previous week, she was happy. No screaming or crying. Bliss. Hopefully this means she is on the mend and her cold is going away! I can only hope. The poor baby has been so unhappy. Luke wanted to watch a movie on TV and I didn't feel like watching Piglets Big Movie, so I thought I would hop on the computer and catch up on some blogs and stuff. 2 cups of tea later and I am feeling very serene and happy. Might have to go and make another cuppa though. Mmmmm. I have been a little addicted to tea of late. It's yummy and I found a teabag that I love - Dilmah Extra Strength. Because you all needed to know that, right? I am just rambling now.


Last thursday the kids and I made some Anzac Biscuits. They were so yummy and we polished them off very quickly. Oops. But we really enjoyed making them. Luke is right into helping out in the kitchen at the moment. He is so cute. We went to the shops yesterday and were looking at the toys and he wanted some kitchen toys! LOL! Here is a photo of the little cooks before we started:


 


And here is a photo of the end result:



Mmmmm. I can still imagine the smell of the house when baking biscuits.


I was a little dissapointed this year as I would love to go into Sydney to watch the march and give my support and thanks, the problem this year was I was still at work at 9.50am friday morning! Not to worry. When I was little I was in the Air League. Every year we would participate in the march. I loved it. It was great to see all the old diggers and the bands were a great part of the march too. I was in the Air League band. I originally played the triangle (HEY! NO LAUGHING! Someone has to do it!) and then I progressed onto the cymbols (HEY! NO laughing at that either!). LOL! Let me reiterate, I was LITTLE! Hopefully next year I will get to go to the march.


My sister, BIL and their gorgeous bub came over last night for dinner. Afterwards we mucked around playing Buzz on the playstation. It is so funny when after a couple of drinks your coordination and reflexes go! LOL! I had so much fun, I haven't laughed so much in ages! Thanks for the complany guys! :)


I read an email this morning from Mel, and I just can't help but share, although I am sure it is doing the email rounds!


For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.  As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others. ~Audrey Hepburn


I love it. So powerful. And with that, dear reader, I bid you adieu. :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

23.04.08

To say I am going crazy these school holidays is an understatement! I had so much stuff planned to do, but of course, all of it was outdoor stuff! Grrr! I had planned trips to Sydney Olympic Park to do a Clue Trail, Bicentennial Park to go on a Spider Spinout tour, trips to the park to play, bikeriding trips, just general blow some steam off and have some fun outdoors stuff. So of course it has rained everyday and the kids have had colds. These school holidays have not been totally enjoyable. Right now I am breathing a sigh of relief as Amy is asleep. She is such a happy content baby, but right now, whenever she is awake, she is crying! The poor darling has a cold too. Oh well. I guess it leaves stuff for us to do next school holidays.


Here is something I am loving at the moment though. Kate and Luke will push Amy to wherever they are playing so she can be part of the action too. It is so cute when you look down the hall and see this.



And here is just a cute photo of Amy I took of her in her walker.



And while I don't like to think about it, Amy is getting bigger and older. She is almost 6 months old. Here is a photo of her trying out the bath seat for the first time. The verdict: well, she liked the fact that she could splash her hands in the water but wasn't too happy that she couldn't really get in there with a good kick around. But overall, I think it was two thumbs up.



And one last photo from monday. I spent a great day with two highly talented, but special friends, Lusi and Mel. These two girls are so super talented and for those who dont recognise Mel, she is a designer for Stamp-It and released her first paper line, Flourish, last year. You would probably know of her stuff but probably don't know the sweet, not very huggable (LOL - private joke from KiwiScraps 07) person behind the designs. I had a fantastic day and now I am inspired to get back into dabbling in scrapping again, maybe even trying out some digi stuff. ;) Oh, yeah, and that's Amy on my lap. See how big she is?



Well, I have some other news, we bought a new TV. Steve rang me up and we discussed it. Our discussions are always the same when it comes to purchasing things.


Steve: I was at Bing Lee today and they have this TV on special.


Beth: Oh ok, did you want to get it?


Steve: Can we?


Beth: (mentally doing sums in head and maybe checking bank balance) Yeah, we should be good.


And he comes home with a TV. Easy.


Well, I better go, I have some housework to do and maybe a bit of crafting followed by cooking dinner, then going to bed at 5pmish to wake up at 9pm to get ready to go to work. All in a days work..... *rolls eyes*


And I shall depart with a quote I found today that I have always lived by:


Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your work with excellence.  ~Author Unknown

Thursday, April 17, 2008

16.04.08

Crafting Goodness



I posted a while ago that I joined a pretty cool site, Ravelry. It is for yarn crafters. I love looking at the things people make, but one thing that I have to realise is that I am too impatient for yarn crafts. I want results. Now. That being said, I do have 3 yarn projects on the go, a cardigan for Amy, a shrug for me and a scarf for Kate for school.


So I came across this really cool little monkey and since the pattern was free, I thought I would give it a go. A few things, no, he doesn't have a tail, I have made it but I want to put a pipe cleaner into it so it will be bendable (I had already sewn the arms and legs on when this was suggested to me.) and I would have used a smaller hook. I used a 4mm but since reading up on amigurumi you actually use a smaller hook, so I would use a 3mm hook next time. Although I cannot find my 3mm hook and Spotlight is out of them, what the? I know. I said that too.


I have been busy sewing also. I have made Amy 2 sleeping bags and I bought some more material yesterday to make her another one. Since Amy started sleeping in these, she has been sleeping so well and not waking up! Bliss! (Not that I am home of a night to benefit from it! LOL!)



With the left over flannelette I am going to make some bibs as presents. I was planning on starting on those today.


Yesterday I also bought some bright funky fabric to make a start on a quilted blanket for Amy. I am really excited and looking forward to starting this! I have a picture in my minds eye about what I want it to look like, but I guess with most creations, it usually never turns out how you envisaged it in the first place! Keep your eyes peeled for WIP pics!



The kids and I made some playdoh aswell. They really enjoyed helping with the colouring. I found an easy peasy recipe at Kinder Planet. It also has links to other things to make. We are also going to make the clay and do a paper mache and I was thinking that the Melted Crayon Peels sounded like fun too. I was also thinking that I would like to make a Mel Goodsell cubby house these holidays also, but I am not sure if I will have the time. I love Mel's stuff, pure eye-candy!


Well, thats about all the crafty goodness I have at the moment, oh except I have a blog I found and she has the nicest stuff! Her colour schemes are just gorgeous! Happy crafting! :D

Monday, April 14, 2008

14.04.08

Leo Buscaglia : The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.


I read this on Lusi's blog last week and felt moved by it. It is so true.


Anyway, I just wanted to share that.


Now I am off to make some playdoh for the kids. I found a recipe at Kinder Planet, along with a bunch of other stuff to make these school holidays. While the kids are playing, I am going to get some housework done, although I would prefer to be doing something crafty myself! :)

Monday, April 7, 2008

07.04.08

Has it really been over 2 months since I updated this thing? I think I need to pay more attention to my blog and use it in the way it should be used. That is, to look back on and remember things because time moves so fast it is easy to forget the little things.

Speaking of time. I need some. Does anyone have any spare they could lend me? My days are full of stuff and my nights are full of work. I originally sat down and wrote myself out a timetable. It didn't last long because I was so caught up in doing 'stuff' I forgot about me and I really needed some me time. The day I almost cried because I hadn't sat down all day was it for me. The day my timetable got turfed and well, the housework has been getting less and less each day. It is all about balance but right now I have not managed to get that right. I will. Eventually.

So, whats happened in the last 2 months? Stuff. Just same old everyday stuff. Good stuff. Fun stuff. Just stuff.

Kate finally lost her first tooth - on her 7th birthday. Yeah, I didn't think they were ever going to come out either! LOL! The Tooth Fairy, thinking it was a special occassion to have a first tooth fall out on a birthday decided to be generous and leave $10 (because it was all the Tooth Fairy had). But alas, I was told that the Tooth Fairy was supposed to leave coins. Can't win sometimes.....

Kate was elected onto the SRC for her class. She was so excited and is so proud to wear her badge. I was proud of her too, it is not easy starting at a new school.



Luke is going well. He has started speech therapy. That is going good (besides costing me an arm and a leg) but it will be worth it in the end when I can understand him. He started preschool in February and hasn't looked back since!



Amy is getting so big! She is 5 months old now. She is such a cutie! She has a really annoying habit of rolling onto her stomach and then screaming the house down as she doesn't like to be on her tummy. She does it many times during the day, the silly sausage! But yeah, she is growing up way too fast!



Steve has a new hobby. Fish. We got a fish tank and now he has become a little addicted to fish. It keeps him happy and the kids are enjoying going to fish shops and pet shops looking at stuff. It's a thing we all enjoy together and together time is what we really focus on. So much so that we have instituted Family Fun Sundays. We have decided to do something as a family, like going somewhere, every sunday. We all put ideas forward and we choose something we want to do. We went fishing one week. To the park another week. Just being together and enjoying ourselves is really important to us as a family.



And me? Well, I got a new job at work. I will be now starting at 10pm and working through until 6.30am or so. I will have to change my sleeping pattern but it's all good as I wont be losing out on any of the little sleep I actually do get. Oh and I am a little excited as I have been called to do jury duty tomorrow, although I hope I am not needed as it is too hard to organise kids etc.

I have a few tutes I am trying to prepare, sewing wise, so hopefully I can get them ready int he next week. I am enjoying crafting. I have only scrapbooked one page so far this year. I like the page and it is special to me and I will not tell anyone the meaning behind it because I dont want to jinx the specialness of it.



Well, thats about it really. Just stuff. Thanks for stopping by! :)