Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Aargh cranky mummy lately, especially when being woken at 5am by a demanding cranky little girl who so obviously needs more sleep.

I have been feeling rather stretched lately, the housework has been piling up and Lauren seems very full on, wanting me to spend a lot of time for her which I can understand but I just feel way too .. overwhelmed? Thankfully MIL is taking Lauren for the day, and hopefully for the night! Will give us both a break from each other and I can focus on Anya & housework without feeling guilty about neglecting Lauren.

Finally getting Laurens playroom tidy and the big 50Lplastic container that is filled with 'stuff', getting that sorted out, throwing out the junk and sorting the rest into where its supposed to be.

Bought a second hand hutch dresser from St Vinnies on friday, I think its from the 70s hehe it is being delivered today (I think) its going in the computer room to store all the clutter that makes this room look so messy, looking forward to being able to close doors on the mess. Was a huge $50.
Got a heap of good stuff some perfect condition clothing, a handful of book (including The Monster at the End of this Book (with Grover) love this book), the board game trouble (has some pieces missing but still playable) and an awesome strap on dressup dragons/dinosaur tail, PERFECT condition I think they retail for $30ish .. I'm sure the woman at StV miscalculated, they were having a sale but .. I got all that for $6!!!

Anya is delightful, such a smiley chatty baby :) Lauren is actually behaving pretty well, she is just too much sometimes I feel like I am being smothered.

Ok some photos:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


The ONE night I want to watch something on TV (house) bedtime goes to shite, so I am with Anya till 9 and telling Lauren to please go to bed while I am feeding/rocking Anya, and then I go in with Lauren to get her off to sleep after putting A down ... GAH!!
Please tell me that she will let Damien do the bedtime thing soon .. one day .. .before she leaves home??

An ok day, got a fair bit accomplished, its amazing what I can get done when Anya sleeps for an hour in her bouncer!

Computer room floor isnt done, well its half done, but got vacuuming & mopping done! WOOT!

Lauren has a 'catch-cold' atm (her word for it) so have been giving her lots of Vit C and also got her to drink some Olive Leaf Extract in some juice today :D So hopefully she will kick this cold quicksmart!

Ok I am determined to get the computer room floor cleaned up and also do the normal kitchen/sweep stuff.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

There goes another Tuesday

Bit of a sucky day .. think I know why I have been so short tempered lately ... pretty sure I have started my periods today OH JOY, I had a suspicion I had them at 7 weeks post partum and that it wasnt still Lochia, and my moods the last few days and well other signs point to it returning .. darnit! They returned at 7 weeks with Lauren too. HMMPH

So another late night as its so much easier to get housework done when both kids are in bed, but I also like to have some uninterrupted me time, which leaves me doing housework starting at 10.30 as I don't put Anya into bed till about 9ish!

Lauren is getting a cold *woe* Poor love, I just knew there had to be a reason she was waking more at night, although when wearing her tinkerbell singlet to bed tonight she tried to convince me that the cold was all gone! and that she wouldnt get too cold! I think by the time lights went out though she had worked out she was cold as she finally agreed to put a long sleeved top on!

Just to remind myself that I have stuff I NEED to do tomorrow

  • Tidy computer room floor
  • Mop tiles
  • Vacumn
That should do it!
My sleeping beauty

Monday, November 12, 2007

I missed sunday!!

Hmmmph! Oh well ;)

It was a day of battles and feeling like I was going against the current ALL day so I guess I didn't have the energy to remember to post!
Tonights post isn't going to be much either!

Was an OK day, not wonderful, not awful.

Leave you wtih some photos

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Just photos

I think I have blabbered on enough lately.
So a photo post today :)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Just cause I have to

I have been thinking of things to blog, and now its late and I'm tired and I'm having trouble thinking of them!

We had a big day today, out all day! Visited a friend this morning, and then my mum this afternoon.
Breaks my heart when Anya cries in the car, she was asleep the way to my friends, but on the way to mums she cried for about 8mins and then fell asleep .. :( :( :( my baby gave up, I REALLY don't know how people can do this on purpose???

She was a bit upset when we left mums (she *was* asleep and woke when I put her in the car dammit, she used to transfer wonderfully ... not so much anymore it would seem) thankfully she calmed and went back to sleep, waking when we got home and getting herself really upset in the 2min it took me to get her out of the car, poor love was SO tired, she didn't nap very well today.
Hoping we have a good nights sleep. (don't we always hope this??)

Mum gave me a bag of 'stuff' that she found when cleaning up that she thought I or Lauren might like, haven't been through it yet. Things to remember her by, or that Lauren liked when she went over. *sigh* Am trying really hard not to think about what its going to be like when Mum has moved, and just flow with it, take each day as it comes. Not borrow trouble.

Gah this afternoon I really felt like I was swimming upstream, why must some evenings/nights be easy and relaxed, and others be a battle! It was a calm battle, but SO frustrating, Lauren was so tired but just did not want to stop doing stuff! I tried to be patient (and mostly succeeded) but I must have sounded so whiney.

Ok for someone who had nothing to say I sure say a lot, got some photos at mums I will have to get off her when she gets back, if she doesn't get them off her camera before she goes (she is flying to NZ on Sunday to look a houses)

Bedtime now, first something to eat, and then summon the energy from somewhere to do the dishes/cleanup kitchen & sweep!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Asleep before 7!

Yup Lauren was!!
She hasn't been asleep before 7pm in MONTHS, I just put Anya into bed too (8.38pm) so ahh its nice :)
MIL was over today pulling lots of weeds, Lauren helped her, so very cute, MIL bought her some kiddy sized gardening gloves which Lauren thought were just so awesome. I am starting to accept MIL doing the gardening as a good thing, Damien & I are both useless gardeners, never weed etc etc, I used to get a bit .. antsy about MIL doing it, like it made us look bad (which I guess it does but there are more important things I like to focus my attention on rather than the garden.) so now I just accept it as help, and thank her for it.
I do know that she doesn't expect me to do it, rather that she wants Damien to step up and do it, which is just not going to happen, she finds it hard to accept that Damien is just not interested in gardening, FIL has always helped around the house, helped with the upkeep and the gardens & lawns, but hasn't passed it down to his sons, I think maybe if they had been more involved with it all at a young age it may have been better, but don't know if Damien is going to change any time soon.

Didn't really have a list of things to do today (apart from the MM (Motivated Moms) one) but I got a few things done that were annoying me so I just did them, tidied the plastics cupboard, seriously .. how do I lose lids??? and tidied and wiped down the top of the fridge, I had an empty baking paper box up there ... ??? Hoping to mop before I go to bed so it can dry over night, so before bed I just have the usual things to do, do dishes, load dishwasher/put on, wipe down benches, sweep tiles and tonight mop. Might give the bathroom sinks a wipe down as well, its one of the daily MM jobs and it really does help and feels nice to have a clean sink daily. (ETA: WOOT all done :) Heading to bed for sleepy byes now (10pm))

Ok enough rambling, some recent photos :)
These two are from today and crack me up .. poor Anya hehe

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Another night away

Lauren spent her second night away from us last night :) Staying with my MIL again, she had her first night away same time last week and went fine (cant't remember if I blogged about it ..)
I didn't hear anything so I'm assuming she went just as fine last night :)
Was nice to not have to be getting her off to bed last night, or being woken at 4.30 am by her, but I still miss her :) BUT it is nice to enjoy Anya cuddles guilt free, without having to divide my time btwn the two :) I think we both get a lot out of it, Lauren is always keen to go, not so keen to come home! I keep telling myself its because she is well bonded & attached to me .. right?

Can't believe the change in weather, Anya was in a wondersuit last night! Brrrr (well brrr for us in qld ;)) but this rain is gorgeous, keeps the temperature nice and cool, prefer it over hot and muggy!

SO I didn't really do much off my list yesterday, but I did accomplish a lot, thanks to Rach I am using these MotivatedMoms daily checklists, I am finding them very helpful. basically it has a list of daily tasks, and then it has a weekly list, each day of the week has different tasks and its spread over a year, so things like clean front of dishwasher, clean microwave, mop floors, etc.

I find it really good to be able to break things down like that, rather than going "i have to mop floors, vacumn, the rooms need tidying, gosh need to do the loos, and the laundry and and and" so even if the entire house isnt spotless I know that I have achieved *something*.

I think I have come to accept that I am not going to totally get on top of the house, it is never going to be completely in order all the time, but as long as I check off as many things from the list that I can, and add my own things to attempt to do, making sure that the dishes are done and dishwasher stacked,kitchen bench cleared and wiped down, tiles swept each night before I go to bed, I will feel much better. It sucks waking up to a messy kitchen.

So without further ado, my list for today (adding the things I didnt do yesterday and the things off my MotivatedMoms list)

  • Tidy up surfaces in computer room
  • Tidy up surfaces in Laurens room
  • Clean bath and showersJust gave quick once over with elcheapo bathroom cleaning mitt
  • Clean bathroom mirrorsDitto the above

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Another day another ..something

Woke up to rain this morning, glorious rain.
BUT that means I have to drive damien to the train station as he can't cycle to work when its like this, too dangerous. Fingers crossed Anya is ok about that.

Today's to-do

  • Tidy up surfaces in computer room
  • Tidy up surfaces in Laurens room
  • Clean microwave
  • Grocery shopping
Will pick up some cheap weekly dvds as its 'cheap tuesday' FORGOT!

Have just taken D to train station, Anya started to get upset on way home but thankfully took the dummy! WOOT so was calm the rest of the trip.

Oh and my mum is moving back to NZ in a couple of months, maybe less :( :( :( :(
Mum and I are very close, it just breaks my heart that she is leaving, I am going to miss her sooooooo much. I am also so so sad for my girls, they are going to miss out on really knowing her, as Lauren wont remember all this time she has spent with her and well Anya is a baby and hasnt seen her much. So going from seeing her once or twice a fortnight to once or twice a year :( I keep getting myself all upset when I think about it. The main reason she is going is to get away from the heat and her rhumatoid arthrits (which is giving her a lot of pain at the moment) goes awaty when she is in NZ, so its about quality of life and i can understand that, but it hurts :(

Monday, November 05, 2007


Well I got it all done, albeit by 11.30pm.
I just don't get a solid block of time during the day to be able to do big clean up jobs.
But I was determined to not go to bed till I had tidied up the floor in here, folded nappies and washed dishes, tidied kitchen. And its all done, its 11.26pm and I am heading to bed :)

Feeling good that I won't wake up to a messy kitchen/computer room. The lounge needs a quick pick up but thats not too hard :)

So .. blogging

I seem to be very slack at it, maybe its just that my life is so mundane that I don't want to bore you all with the details!? or maybe mylife is so super busy and exciting and full of wonder and joy that I simply don't get the time to blog? Nah its the former.

But inspired by the http://nablopomo.ning.com/ thingy, but not going to actually join it thought I would try blogging every day, maybe not awe inspiring stuff, but stuff maybe a photo or two.

I have a wriggly anya on my lap atm so I won't be blogging for long. Maybe I will come back later and do another post.

Oooh I know a housework list *lol* Thats exciting! ;)

To Do Today
  • Fold & put away 3 baskets of clean laundry *groan*
  • Clean up kitchen, reload dishwasher, wash handwashing dishes
  • Tidy up computer room floor