Friday, January 30, 2009
Or maybe there is and I just can't say!
Lol, just the usual here. The boys have been bouncing off the walls the past couple of days and driving me crazy! I think I'll appreciate my work days this year (maybe). I only had one day of work this week - and it was before the children returned to school - so the real test will come Monday!
Daniel dropped his water bottle on his toe last night and he was howling in pain...then it started to go black. All I could think of was Thomas' fractured toe... Luckily, the pain seemed to subside so we didn't take him to the hospital. It's still black and a little swollen. Will have to keep an eye on it.
The boys started swimming lessons again and I was hopeful of no tears, especially with Daniel who loves the water and will happily stand under the shower with water running down his face. But no such luck. It was back to the usual tears for Daniel with a helping (ie full-on screaming) of "I want my Mum" and similar 'they're torturing me' sounding screams from Thomas as he shouted "Hold me!" and "I want my Mum!" However, I shall perservere in the interests of water safety!
My eye is bothering me. It has looked bloodshot for some time and I just assumed it was a burst blood vessel, but it hasn't gone away, even with anti-bacterial drops. The Dr at the local medical centre scared me a bit with his line of questioning and said I may need a blood test if the drops didn't work (which they haven't). So today I trudged off to my "serious" doctor who is a little further away...I go to her for the "serious" stuff. Anyway, she wasn't so scary and said I may need some steroid drops if I have something or other but first we have to determine if I have that thing. So tomorrow morning I'm off for a blood test. Hopefully, the person will know what they are doing. My friend Sarah recently had a blood test and ended up with a black arm! I thought my eye dramas would be over after I had the laser surgery!
Do you want to know what's annoying? The bloody oven timer which keeps going off (like right now at 9.54pm) because Thomas decided to touch it earlier tonight! I don't know how to turn the stupid thing off!! I just keep re-setting it (not intentionally)!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
And finally, today is my cousin Cathy's 19th birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! This was the only photo I could find of her alone at her celebration last night! You look gorgeous Cathy!! But why are there lots of people dressed in leopard prints behind you?! And what is that woman directly behind you wearing (not much it seems)!? Lol funny what you notice when you really look at a photo...
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I thought I would start off this post with the photos I was too lazy to post in the last post! Here are some of my recent projects - the first couple of photos are courtesy of my sister-in-law who discovered what I already know - it's hard to take photos of this kind of stuff! No need to apologise Carmelina...photos are fine :)
Here's a Mexico and Las Vegas honeymoon album for Natasha and Peter:
Friday, January 23, 2009
People who read my blog regularly (all three of you lol) know that I sometimes fall off the blogosphere...and then I return with a rambling post that barely makes sense, where I try and fit 3 weeks into a few paragraphs. Well, here I am again. I don't have anything too earth shattering to share but the update goes like this:
My sister in-laws started a tradition last year whereby for our birthdays we go out for lunch or dinner (without husbands and kids). Brilliant idea. We recently had a very yummy lunch to celebrate Gina's birthday. Sam took the kids out so Daniel wouldn't holler and/or whimper "I want Mummy".
Anyway, the surprise part was where he took them - to a big shopping centre so that he could finish his shopping spree! And even more astonishing - he sewed a button (very well, I might add) to Thomas' shorts to stop them falling down before they left. Those shorts have been without a button for a very long time! I don't know why he didn't just go and get another pair of shorts...he actually searched for a needle, thread and button and sewed. I'm still bowled over by this!! Simply mind blowing!
We also celebrated my father in-law's 71st birthday...endless food courtesy of my mother in-law...I tried not to commit the sin of gluttony...
Hard to believe but on Monday that just passed we participated in a mass to remember the anniversary of my Nonno's passing. A year ago we were shell-shocked by the news of his sudden death in Italy and it's still hard to comprehend. It still pains me that I never got to know him. Rest in Peace Nonno.
This part might make you laugh though... I was scheduled to read the 2nd reading in the mass and of course, we were running late. Sam got stuck in traffic on the way home from work and Thomas refused to eat his dinner. Sam had to drop me off at the crossing in front of the church while he found parking. I sprinted (in glorious athletic form haha!) into the church, down the side aisle and into the pew next to my family. Literally 2 seconds later I had to go up onto the altar to read! Thankfully, my cousin read first and there was a short song between our readings which gave me a chance to regain some of my breath! Talk about cutting it fine!!
My Shopping Expedition
You may recall Sam's insistence that I go on a shopping spree (yes, great husband) - well, this time, I actually did!! So very proud of myself :) I didn't match his time record but I came home with a good haul...not everything I wanted/needed but a few things that I was in desperate need of...new jeans, a new everyday handbag (My old one was given to me by my gorgeous Godson Giuseppe and served me well - I used it until it was worn out and every zipper was broken!) and a new wallet. Didn't find much in the way of work clothes so I'll still be turning up in ancient gear there but I got some new casual stuff. Yay!! I shopped like I was on a mission. Shopping is good for the soul (not so good for the hip pocket)!
My Other Resolutions
Well, having got the "shopping for me" resolution out of the way (at least for now), I guess I better report on my other new year's resolutions. It sounds like I'm doing well, but remember I pledged my resolutions a little late.
Losing weight/getting fit: half check. I've been watching what I eat and trying to exercise and since we can't avoid social functions with our huge family, I just resolve to eat less than I normally would at those events. I LOVE FOOD so no point banning all the good stuff. I do the WeightWatchers points thing and make sure I leave room for all the naughty stuff :) At last weigh-in, I had lost 2 kgs (but so had Sam...remember, we are in competition).
Heating milk on stove: Check. Haven't faltered yet.
Use dishwasher: Have been trying. Have used it about 3 times since I wrote the original post. It almost all went to buggery tonight when I discovered the ants had infiltrated the dishwasher! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... I hate ants with a deep passion! We are on a mission to seek and destroy!! That's a whole other post...
Use the good stuff: Am still wearing my diamond earrings and bracelet. Good stuff.
11pm bedtime: Ummmm...not happening much. It's 11:03pm now lol and still have to finish this post and catch up on some blog reading. On a brighter note though, the boys have still been staying in their beds and sleeping through the night!! I still love Richard Ferber!! And I hope Sarah will love him too in the not too distant future!
He's only the biggest news story in the world at the moment, so I had to mention him. News reports depict such hope and renewed enthusiasm for making needed and valuable changes in the world. Let's hope his term in office proves just as historical and memorable as his election and inauguration speech. So many shades of President John F Kennedy, but hopefully with less personal weaknesses. It's so refreshing to see a young family and particularly young children in the White House again. The next few years will be very interesting.
Poo and Wee
Whilst the world is consumed by Barack Obama, in my household it's still all about poo and wee wee. Anyone asks a question and Thomas answers cheekily with "poo" before collapsing into uncontrollable laughter. He is then joined by Daniel who adds "wee wee" and we have a circus on our hands :) They think they're the funniest people on the planet! Gotta love the unabated joy that they display (although we are trying to avoid such displays in public places).
A return to school (ie work) is looming. Trying to get everything sorted! Excited about my new class and the difference Sarah and I can make in their lives. Teachers always start the year with such hope...all this could collapse in a heap after the first day lol! Will keep you posted. Can't believe a year has flown by. It was on the eve of my return to work last year that Thomas suffered the febrile convulsion - the most terrifying moment of my life thus far. He has been okay ever since. I'm now super vigilant with fevers!
In Between Stuff
And in between all of the above, I have also completed a few scrap projects which I'm too tired to upload pictures of now...a couple of digital invitations and a couple of album covers. I have yet to complete a canvas which my friend Geni has ordered for a Christening, but will get started on that shortly.
So that's it - "the update". If you stayed awake through all of the above, then you're a true follower lol. Everyone else, if you even bothered to skip to this ending...that's okay, you're forgiven. Return next time for maybe a shorter post.
I'm off to blog hop!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Yes, I confess - I love this man...
Dr Richard Ferber is the director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at the Children's Hospital Boston and author of Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, which was updated in May.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
A GORGEOUS SUMMER HOLIDAY
I've almost settled back into reality after a wonderful break at Sanctuary Point, which is situated down the south coast from Sydney. We have always holidayed up north but we absolutely fell in love with the beaches down south. Just look at that soft white sand (top picture is the beach accessible from Plantation Point Reserve and the bottom is Hyams beach, fabled to have appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for having the whitest sand in the world) and that crystal clear water. How lucky are we to live in this country? It was heaven and just the break I needed from my mundane life. It gave me the energy boost I needed to get on with 2009!
Unfortunately, we were only down there for a few days and didn't get to tour even half of the beautiful beaches that are nestled there. We will have to explore them next time. When we weren't indulging in "beach crawls", we were relaxing at Palm Beach, part of St Georges Basin - the perfect location for small children (and even big ones)!
Upon arrival, we walked straight down there. Daniel was mesmerised by the swings in the adjoining playground and refused to put his swimmers on or go in the water! No trouble later though -we couldn't get him out of the water which was just the right temperature! We quickly settled into holiday mode and virtually lived in our swimsuits for the next few days as we were blessed with glorious Summer weather!
The boys splashed, "blew bubbles", collected shells and built sandcastles to their little hearts content!
Our first evening was spent at Plantation Reserve which in itself was beautiful. We learnt a little about the birdlife there and saw a shark egg! We enjoyed a yummy BBQ and fellow house guest, Mark, taught the boys to give a thumbs up while swinging snakes from their mouths :) Thomas also learnt the thumbs down signal and used it to hilarious effect one night when he didn't enjoy the dessert served up (it wasn't his cup of tea, but it was definitely mine)! I also have to give a mention to the strangers in the background of the picture below - they were just one of the many families that Daniel befriended on our holiday! He would just saunter up and make himself at home - and of course, everyone loved him! What is it with this family and strangers?
I know Rosie definitely took this family photo! Not the perfect one I'm always chasing but pretty damn close!! I love it!
Sam also had a ball fishing, off the boat and off the beach. Under the watchful eye of master fisherman, John, he managed to catch this beauty! I really wanted to see the Banjo shark he reeled in, but being boys, they didn't think to take a photo! They only took this one when they returned home. Rosie also went out on the boat fishing and the boys got to stand in it - lol that was enough for them! John and Natalie served up a succulent fish feast on our last night there - we ate until we were stuffed full!
And here are the previously mentioned John and Natalie, our WONDERFUL hosts! We stayed at their house and we couldn't have asked for better tour guides! They shared their extensive knowledge of the area, pointing out everything from sea creatures to the kangaroos that frequent the front yard (unfortunately we only saw the kangaroos from afar because they are scared away by holiday makers' dogs during peak periods).
John and Natalie were only too willing to take us on a personal tour of some of their favourite beaches and even showed us the sights of Husskinson, where we indulged in ice-creams and experienced a Thomas tantrum when he insisted on carrying my huge tote bag (I loved it too). Our funniest adventure though was "The Night Walk" to the end of the street and back....hahahahaha I hope those suitcases only held clothes (walk participants will know what is meant by this)!
John and Natalie did scare the living crap out of us with their ghost stories...seems they have many friends on the "other side", including "Roger" who died in and perhaps frequents the house we were staying in!! I had trouble going to sleep on our last night there lol, as did Rosie who feared we had channelled him with all our late-night discussion!
But in all seriousness, a big huge thank you to John and Natalie for being so kind and generous and for making us feel so welcome! They have adult children but were still very understanding of our toddlers and their fascination with sliding doors, blinds, tissue boxes etc etc. They made our stay at Sanctuary Point very memorable!
P.S. It's times like this I'm glad I blog. A great way for me to remember our holiday but also something the boys can look back on one day and hopefully enjoy as well.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Did you sing it in tune to the song?
Everytime I say the word "holiday" I have a little chuckle! The kids are coming with us...so don't know how much of a "holiday" it will be! I'll probably just be saying all the usual stuff (see last post "7 Things I Always Say") but in someone else's house and in front of a different audience!
My sister is coming with us, and then heading off on her own holiday. Wish she was our nanny...hehehe. Hmmm...wouldn't that be nice...someone to chase the kids whilst we lay about doing nothing! Not going to happen.
But hopefully we'll all have a splendid time anyway! See you all in a few days...I'll be having blog/internet/facebook withdrawals so please comment heaps, write heaps, do heaps so I have lots of interesting stuff to read when I get back :)
Sunday, January 04, 2009
About a month ago I was tagged by Caitlin, so here (finally) is my probably less than thrilling response ;)
7 Things to do before I die
* update my children's photo albums
* put all my photos into albums and label them
* complete a photography course
* win one of those really big Lotto draws!
* complete my RE course (a necessity rather than a desire)
* build a home to grow old in with my husband and children
* meet my great grandchildren :)
7 Things I do now
* spend too much time on my computer
* procrastinate (I stole that one from Caitlin)
* teach (I'm a teacher and I still love my career change)
* scrap (as in scrapbooking, but not enough for myself)
* take millions of photos (want to learn to do it properly, photography would be my dream job)
* eat (one of my great passions in life)
* avoid exercise (not a good thing)
7 Things I can't do
* speak another language fluently (I speak an Italian dialect)
* cook for a hundred people spontaneously
* sing in tune (oh, how I wish...)
* play a musical instrument (acoustic guitar, piano, saxophone)
* take photos without resorting to automatic camera settings
* dance like no one is watching
* keep up with my filing, ironing, housework etc etc
7 Things I find attractive in the opposite sex
* sense of humour
* kindness and empathy
* shared goals
* spontaneity (to a degree)
* contagious laugh
* cute smile, nice eyes, broad shoulders (had to resort to the physical lol)
7 Things I say most often
* Get down!
* Stop running!
* Stop that now!
* Don't hit him!
* Close the door!
* Sit properly!
(this category was way too easy! I do say nice things as well, but I ran out of *'s)
7 Celebrities I most admire
Like Caitlin, this one has me a little stumped...I'm going to try and think of some, in no particular order...this is a bit lame but I'll go for...
* couples like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Michael J Fox and Tracey Pollan, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward...who have beaten the Hollywood relationship odds and stayed together. Some of these people also do a lot for charity and their communities, proving that celebrity can be used for good!
* I already thought of 8, but I'll add Catherine Zeta Jones for fulfilling my husband's fantasies (lol he wishes!)
7 Favourite foods
* Potatoes (in any and every form)
* seafood (cooked)
* any type of stew served on boiled rice
(this category was a bit unfair...I'm a lover of food and could have easily named 100 favourite dishes!)
Okie dokie, I just realised it's nearly 2am so I'm not passing this on to anyone! My husband has run off with wife number 3 (my brother in-law and he's due back tomorrow) and my boys are fast asleep on my bed so here I sit wide awake after getting through a mountain of ironing... what to do now? Sleep? They say sleep is for the weak...