A Busy Week

It’s been a busy week for us!

We started out with picking Matt up from the airport after a work trip on Saturday night, just in time for Father’s day the next day.

Miss E and I made this cute little card for Daddy. Idea found here.

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(Daddy’s version doesn’t have the heart over the face!)

We spent our Father’s day visiting our Dad’s, having a picnic lunch, watching the footy (Australian rules football)  and then moving all the furniture in the house when I decided I wanted a change at 8:30pm on a Sunday night. Haha, he’s a super daddy and a very patient husband!

On Monday we took Miss E to the Royal Adelaide Show.

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I think we had more fun than Miss E did, but she really enjoyed seeing and patting the animals.

IMG_5181This might have been a nicer photo without my double chin. Ha!

She wasn’t too sure about the clowns, but was pretty happy with the pink fairy wand she won as a prize!

It feels like I’ve spent half my days saying ‘No’ on repeat. She may not be crawling yet, but she rolls EVERYWHERE and is in to EVERYTHING. We had a 20 minute argument about not touching the speaker here.

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As you can see in the picture above, with the cords hanging about, we’re still in the process of sorting out new homes for everything after I insisted on moving all the furniture around.

I worked Thursday, and Matt spent the day with Miss E, managing to slip in an IKEA trip to buy some shelves for our new play area.

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There’s a lot more work to be done in here, but we’ll get there eventually.

In the moments in-between, we’ve been enjoying all that Spring brings to our garden.

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The creek is greening up, and looking like a bit of a jungle.

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and our apricot tree is starting to blossom. I can’t wait to see all the flowers out.

and now it’s the weekend, and I’m looking forward to some couch time, reading a book, and finishing off the quilt I’m working on.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week too!

Abby xx

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Welcome Spring

The first week of Spring feels very much like Spring in my little part of the world. The weather’s warmed up, and we’re spending all our spare moments outside in the sunshine.

Our garden is showing signs of Spring, and I can’t wait for it all to be a mass of flowers. Though I feel sorry for Matt and his terrible hay fever, when they all appear 😦

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We’ve got our first few blossoms on the almond tree.

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and the apricot tree is showing signs of life. I’m expecting a good season out of this tree after I accidentally left the hose running on it from our rain water tanks, and gave it a good 10,000 litre soak. Oops! So now we’re waiting for a bit more rain to replenish our stocks.

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There’s flowers popping out everywhere in the creek.

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We’ve got more strawberries.

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and I’m finally able to hang washing outside, in the sun, on my brand new washing line! Now to get some lawn or pavers under that line!

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We’re spending more days out on the back lawn or in parks, on our picnic blanket, and every time I pull it out I think that I should really make a pretty one to use this Spring and Summer.

I’ve just ordered some summer hats for Miss E, so we can spend even more time out in the glorious sunshine.

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T-Rex and I are patiently waiting for our expensive stick (Maple Tree) to sprout some leaves.

I’ve bought new bathers and I’m starting to look seriously at the state of my summer wardrobe. I think that the short shorts and singlets that made up the majority of my wardrobe the last few summers may need to be retired and replaced by some more mum-appropriate outfits this spring and summer.

It won’t be long and we’ll be having BBQs’s and salads most nights, my feet will remain firmly in my havianas and I’ll have to deforest my legs! Haha!

Spring, I love you!

Abby xx

In the garden

Last weekend brought us some beautiful weather, so we spent our days out in the garden.

I ripped out everything in our veggie garden that I wasn’t having huge success with (read – almost everything) and Matt worked on adding some more retaining to the beds. It’s still a work in progress.

IMG_7360I planted seeds for climbing beans, and now I have to wait patiently for them to appear.

IMG_7355and some saltbush and banksia seeds, which I hope to plant on the creek banks 🙂

IMG_7351Our potatoes are going crazy!

IMG_7353We planted an orange tree, and now we’re on the hunt for the perfect maple tree for summer shade and autumn loveliness.

IMG_7354I stole some Elephant Ears from my parents house, and planted them down in our creek. My hope is that they will take well, and spread, without any care from me!

IMG_7358Admired some of the flowers popping up on the creek banks, and scattered some seed for summer flowers.

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IMG_7357I’ve also planted some summer flowering bulbs in the front yard. I’m still waiting for my pansies to flower, but thinking they might be a bit of a lost cause.

IMG_7361and we played in the sandpit a little.

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Abby xx

Day in the life of a SAHM

This is a long one, sorry!

Before I had children, I was one of those people who wondered what on earth Stay at Home Mums did all day. Surely with all that spare time on their hands they could be doing so much!

and then I became a Stay at Home Mum…

Someone once asked me whether I’m getting bored with all that spare time on my hands, and I laughed. When they asked me what I did all day, I couldn’t come up with a good response. Some days it just feels like you’re on the go all day, and then when you turn around at the end of the day, you can’t recall a thing you’ve done.

So today, I’ve decided to record what I actually do all day.

It’s definitely not a jam packed day, and I do get some down time, I just don’t always get to choose when that is, or how that is.

My Ordinary Tuesday:

6:15am – Matt gets up for work.

6:30am – I get up, thinking that I’ll be able to have breakfast with Matt before Miss E wakes up, and maybe even sneak in a shower! No luck, she wakes up. I go to her and discover an explosion… I call Matt in for back up. He takes the clothes and puts them in a bucket to soak, and I deal with the baby. Nice start to the morning!

6:50am – Miss E and Matt play while I tidy up and prepare her bottle. I feed her and put her down to play, while I have a cup of coffee and read some blog posts.

7:20am – Matt leaves for work, Miss E and I play with the sensory basket. I watch her as she sorts the items into ‘things that make noise when you shake them’ and ‘things that don’t make noise when you shake them’. I take photos and videos, and send text messages to Mum and Matt declaring her a genius.

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8:00am – Feed Miss E her breakfast and then set her up to play in her highchair while I bag up the frozen puree I made yesterday.

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8:30am – Naptime! As soon as she’s asleep I eat my breakfast, have a shower, fold some laundry, unload and load the dishwasher, tidy the kitchen and just as I start doing the dishes, she wakes up.

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9:45am – Plonk Miss E in her highchair again while I finish the dishes and make some more puree.

10:15am – Read a book together, play together for a few minutes, then leave her with a bowl full of plastic coins to play with while I try to hunt down an email and sort out some work related stuff.

10:45am – Make myself a cup of coffee, grab some meat out for dinner (I’m a bit of meat bargain hunter) and sit down to finish the sewing I started last night. Stop and start my coffee sipping and sewing a million times to sit her up after she’s fallen over or help her get the toy she’s thrown out of her reach.

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11:00am – Feed Miss E her bottle, then reheat my coffee and try to finish my sewing. Give up on the coffee and sewing after having to do a nappy change, realising the nappy bin is full, as is the dirty clothes hamper, which I empty. Put a load of washing in, and deal with this mornings soaking clothes. After putting the load of laundry on, I walk through the kitchen and find three dirty bibs that should have been in the same load. Sterilise some bottles while I’m in the kitchen.

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11:30am – Miss E, Penny and I all have cabin fever. It’s a nice day outside so we go tend to the veggie garden, talk to the neighbours chooks, sit on the stairs in the creek a little while, listening to the kookaburras and watching Penny explore. Then Miss E has a swing while I water my seedlings.

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IMG_3950(wearing Matt’s thongs because my gardening shoes seem to have gone wandering. I suspect Penny may have played a role in their disappearance)

12:00pm – I prepare Miss E’s lunch, all whilst singing a song about how I’m preparing lunch, to the tune of Mary had a little lamb, to try and stop her grizzling. This is only the third time she’s tried chicken, and she hates the texture. She spits most of it out, then gags on it. I give up and give her pear and apple instead. She plays in the lounge while I clean pumpkin, carrot and chicken off of everything within a 2 metre radius.

12:15pm – I give Miss E a catalogue to play with / rip up while I eat my lunch (last nights leftovers). This amuses her for about five minutes, and then she decides she’d rather pick dog hair off the carpet and eat it. I rethink my previous genius statement and try not to take it to heart that she’d prefer eat dog hair to my cooking.

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12:30pm – I put Miss E down for a nap, and quickly vacuum the dog hair off of the carpet before she goes to sleep. I start writing this post before I forget everything, or lose the piece of paper I’ve been writing stuff down on.

1:15pm – She wakes up crying. I get her up, and try to get her playing, but she’s grumpy and clingy.

1:45pm – I put her back in her cot in hopes she’ll sleep some more. Success! Back to blogging.

2:15pm – I go to grab the laundry basket that’s still in our room and catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. So glamorous in my ugh boots, daggy clothes, and covered in baby food. Go and hang out  the washing.

daggy mum2:30pm – Try get this sewing finished!

3:00pm – Finished sewing. Waste some time on social media & unload dishwasher.

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3:30pm – Afternoon snack (ham and cheese toasted sandwich. Culinary Genius). The second my food is ready, Miss E wakes up. Give her a bottle and then play.

4:00pm – Put away her washing and sort through what fits and what doesn’t (I swear I have to do this every couple of weeks. She grows so quick!) A bit of play time, then a coffee for me while she plays happily by herself. Yay!

5:00pm – Matt gets home and we have some family time before I feed Miss E her dinner and he starts cooking our dinner. After Miss E’s had her dinner, I give her a bath while Matt finishes cooking dinner.

6:00pm – We eat dinner and I clean up the kitchen while Matt gives Miss E her bottle. He then explains how the internal combustion engine in her toy truck works.

6:45pm – I head to my parents place to pick something up for Matt, while Matt stays at home and puts Miss E to bed. Stop by McDonalds for a McFlurry on the way home. It’s every bit as bad as I should have known it would be.

7:45pm – Home again, and parked my butt on the couch.

8:30pm – Miss E wakes up, and I give her the ‘dream feed’ early. Then back to the couch.

9:15pm – Writing the last of this blog post, re-reading it and scheduling it for the morning.

9:30pm – Blog post all sorted for tomorrow. Miss E’s still unsettled and Matt’s attending to her. He’ll be off to bed soon and I’m hoping she’ll settle enough that I can too!

Abby xx

June Roundup

How on earth are we already half way through this year! Slow down already!

It’s most definitely winter here now.

My lounge room is constantly full of fold up washing lines, as nothing dries outside and I can’t bring myself to use the expensive dryer.

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We’ve had our first few pickings from our veggie garden

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and we’ve had some good rain that’s got our creek flowing

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and we survived our first bout of baby illness, with Miss E and I both getting Hand, Foot and Mouth whilst Matt was away.

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I’ve been reading

Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall

&

The Gift of Sleep by Elizabeth Sloane & Mia Freedman

Get the feeling we’re not getting much sleep? I’m not entirely sold on everything either of them have to say, but I’m finding some of their suggestions helpful, and I’m now loosely following some of their routines. I like to read widely, then develop my own strategies with a little from Column A, a little from Column B and a little from Column I’ll-just-make-this-up-as-I’m-going. Both books offer an approach for teaching your baby, toddler or child how to self settle at night. They also give routines to follow around nap times, feeds etc, which is the part I’ve found most helpful. If you’re fairly open minded and you’ve got a little one keeping you up at night, they’re worth a read.

I’ve also been listening to audiobooks as mentioned here. I’m reliving my childhood, listening to The Secret Garden and now A Little Princess, both by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I enjoy the stories as much as I enjoy recalling reading them for the first time as a kid. I love a little escapism every now and then.

I’ve been watching

I really don’t watch much TV. I find it far too passive and get bored easily. But, I will always make an exception for Offspring! I’ve loved this show since it first graced our screens, and I never miss an episode. At the moment I’m finding it a little exhausting with all the crying it’s making me do, but I don’t mind. I love Nina’s style and her clumsiness. I love the non-stop awkwardness and the way I’ve fallen in love with all the characters. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, it may be because it’s an Australian drama series. If you’re outside of Australia, and can get your hands on it, I’d thoroughly recommend it!

I’ve been making

The crocheted blanket continues! I’m nearing halfway now, and I’ve reached the point where I just want it finished so that I can move on to some of the fifty million other craft projects I’ve mentally started. I really need to just stay away from pinterest… and Instagram… and all the blogs I follow… Far too easily inspired/distracted!

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I’ve also made the crocheted face washers mentioned here

and I made a new cover for our boomerang pillow for Miss E

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It’s nothing special, I just used some cheap end of bolt fabric because anything was going to be better than the old faded black pillowcase that was on it before. I tried my hand at crocheting the edge. I’m not thrilled with the results, but I gave it a go, and it’s serving it’s purpose!boomerang pillow crochet

June hasn’t been very busy, but it was long and challenging. Looking forward to a happy and healthy July!

Abby xx

Our Backyard: Before and Now

Today I thought I would share my backyard with you.

We bought this house nearly two years ago, almost entirely because of the backyard. It certainly didn’t look anything special, but we could see potential.

This is what our yard looked like on the day we got our keys.

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Not perfect by any means, nowhere near finished, but much better already!

Things that have happened in these photos

  • many trees pulled out
  • old side fence and retaining removed
  • New side fence and retaining put in.
  • ground levelled
  • aviaries removed
  • tank stand put in
  • sand pit in and path carved out but yet to be laid

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This area, directly behind the house was filled with rain tanks and aviaries, which we soon removed.

and now it looks like this –

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Aviaries and tanks gone, and the old tank stand is soon to become part of our new pizza oven!

Our favourite part of our backyard, and the reason for buying this house, is the creek. This part of our yard has had a little tidy up, but has had no major changes other than Matt building stairs from the top to bottom.

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IMG_2760Unfortunately when we did a lot of earth moving, we lost most of these flowers.

This is our creek more recently, after some heavy rain.

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Every time we have heavy rain, we head down to have a look. It’s so exciting to see it in flow.

At the beginning of Autumn I planted a variety of bulbs up both sides of the creek. Some are just starting to shoot up, and I can’t wait for Spring to hurry along so I can see them all in flower.

We still have a huge amount of work ahead of us in this backyard to make it our own, and we’ll probably never finish, but we’ll have a lot of fun trying!

Abby xx