Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March, the month that was...

Another month been and gone, and now we’re a quarter of the way through this year already. Amazing how quickly time flies. March has been a very interesting month for us, kind of scared but excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

So this month we:

  1. I went out by myself (yes without the girls) for a girls night but not once I did twice this month. It felt very liberating to be able to go out and know the girls were OK, even if one of them was doing some vocal exercises whilst I was out J
  2. I saw a stripper J *blush*
  3. I made a skirt for Taleisha, I’m very proud of this effort, I think it looks fabulous.
  4. I started applying for jobs. Lots of jobs, I’m so over selection criteria, it was so easy when you could just drop off your resume and someone would call you back.
  5. I had a job interview!!! But didn’t get the job.
  6. Found childcare places for both girls at a child care centre down the road that has come under new management recently, thank god, it was pretty feral and I was umming ahhing about even calling them again but yay I did. Still need to drop the paperwork in though, better do that.
  7. Mackenzie’s referral arrived and we had her first appointment with the physio, fingers crossed it's nothing too serious.
  8. Picked up our professional photos, they look fantastic!!! Now I just need to get some nice ones of the girls together, will try that just before Mackenzie’s first birthday.
  9. Caught up with my little sister, she is in Perth for her birthday, it was a great whirlwind visit, the girls love her, wish she could stay she’d make a fantastic live in nanny for my girls, lol, oh and I’d love to spend more time with my sister of course.
  10. We found a church and have started to go again, we also booked in Mackenzie’s dedication ceremony. It is an awesome church, as a real youth vibe about it. The girls love it, they have a youth band and they are really good, lots of dancing and jumping.
  11. I re-enrolled in University, don’t start until May though. Nervous, excited and everything else possible.
  12. We had a wonderful visit from the beautiful Tammy, it was great to see you but sad it was under such awful circumstances, thinking of you sweetie.
  13. Clapping and rotating a new tricks on the block for Miss M.
  14. I joined the toy library, liking it so far. As is Taleisha lots of new toys to try out.
  15. Invites out for Miss M's 1st birthday and christening.

Well onto the second quarter of the year and lots of new changes. University, job hunting, maternity leave running out, Miss M turning 1!!!

Damn Lappie

My stupid arse laptop isn't working properly actually it is, the only thing it seems it can't do is open the top banner on the blogger page (or the blogger home page) which would allow me to log in to my blog. So after three or so days with trying all manner of methods to get it to work, I've turned on the old mother, and lo and behold here I ma able to log on to my blog, what a royal pain in the butt. I cna see this blog getting well and truly neglected if the only way I can update is on the big computer, it is away from everything, no tv, right at the front of the house, and really just a royal PITA to use.

Might reboot the lappie and see if that fixes the issue not that I'm totally sure what the issue is, I'm not the most tech savvy person in the world, but had to get back online so I could update about Miss M (see entry below). Off to check out this laptop issue again now that I know it isn't in fact a blogger issue, damn ;)

Milestones for Miss M

Yesterday my little girl started clapping her hands, this little milestone was celebrated with much fanfare and cheering, she thought it was great and happily continued to clap and giggle with amazement. She was really pleased with herself and as am I, the physio did raise some concern that she wasn't clapping yet, so I'm completely chuffed that she has started doing it in the week after our appointment. Something to boast about at out next one!!

We also have some movement happening, backward albeit but it is movement. she is pushing herself backwards whilst on her stomach which is definitely a good sign. Additionally she is spinning herself around, not fast but she can turn herself around when sitting on her bottom and whilst on her tummy, which is making getting to things a little bit easier when you can control your direction a bit more. Mind you it's not preventing her from getting stuck under the couch, she still needs rescuing from that clever little maneuver.

She was also last night putting her legs up on the couch and lifting her bottom off the ground, does that count as backwards pulling yourself up on things. My child truly is a unique one :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Over the Shoulder Boulder Holders

I am big, even pre kids and breast feeding I was quite large, but the kids definitely brought being big to a new dimension for me. Bra shopping was depressing, especially considering when pregnant with Taleisha there were no speciality maternity bra shops and there was only one bra I could get a triumph one, so I bought three of them and payed an exorbiant amount of money for them. They were worn to death, given they have been in rotation for the past four years, one has already found it's way to the bra gravesite, and the others will be following suit, especially considering the hooks are all basically on the outer, I need to squish them shut after every wash so the bra will stay hooked up.

With such a poor choice of bras I was overjoyed to find a bra shop that catered for big chested women when pregnant with Mackenzie, and bought a few more bras however I was definitely paying for the priveledge, with more than one close to the $100 mark each, ouch. However some 10 months later, some of those bras are no longer, think boob overflow, so I was yet again in dire need of some new bras but not willing to part with the money. Well whilst browsing the internet I came across a website called Zodee which stocked my desired over the shoulder boulder holders, and even better still they were pretty. Upon further browsing I saw that if I signed up to this site I could get some awesome member discounts, such as 50% off some bras, man I was sold, actually sold four times over. Thats about how many bras ended up in my shopping cart, whoops. Still waiting for Mr Aust Post to deliver them, but I can't wait to put them on.

This is what I bought. Lovely hey? Will make a nice change to have some pretty, sexy lingerie!!!
Now if only I had a figure like the model, then life would be peachy :)

Shopping Adventures continued, including photos from our op shop expedition

So as promised the above are some photos of the goodies we nabbed whilst op shopping earlier this week. I absolutely love hte shortalls and can't wait until next summer when I can put them on Miss Mackenzie, my little surfer girl, she is going to look so cute.
I also picked up a couple of things in Cotton On Kids yesterday for half price, score, especially as one of the items, a long sleeve tartan dress, we had only been looking at the other week and had almost bought it for full price, so was stoked to find it much cheaper. Think Miss mackenzie might wear it for her birthday, will depend on weather and if I find a nice pair of black leggings, I know Taleisha has a couple, maybe she can wear hers???
I managed to find a mirror for Mackenzie's cot yesterday as well, it took three stores to find one though and the third on ehad two styles, one was a little more high tech in the sense it had rattles and stuff on it and the other had tags, took them to the price check, high tech one 40 odd, tag one 15 dollars, well thankyou very much I'll grab the 15 dollar one. Mackenzie quite liked it, I placed her in her cot yesterday afternoon for a play, although she did have it pulled off in a matter of seconds, I've fixed that little issue now though.
We joined the local toy library, not really shopping but it enables to get us something new for the girls to play with every couple of weeks. It wasn't what I would call cheap at $80, but that is for a yearly membership to the local community centre and we can now access any service there, not just the toy library, can you hear me justifying the cost with this one. I do think we'll get our money's worth in no time. At the moment we have a shopping centre toy (it has a big till, cash register, groceries, money, credit card, shopping trolley and cash register, also piece of piss to put together), a leap star computer console thingie for the tv, yet to assemble that one, might do it in a second and a set of wooden puzzles. Thinking that just before Mackenzie's birthday we'll go in and hire a a few extra bikes, or maybe even a seasaw for the kids to play with outside. A few extras might save some arguments.
I also bought some new clothes for me off a friend online, not too sure how they'll fit but they cost next to nix, were in good condition and well it did feel good buying something for me for a change. I've of course also bought some things for the girls online from friends. got Taleisha a gorgeous OshKosh skirt and Mackenzie some new nappies, still waiting for Mr Aust Post to deliver those.
We also finally bit the bullet and got around to getting Andrew a bike, it is however on layby, we also got a trailer thingamajig to tow the girls behind us with and helmets for the three of them. My bike needs some repair, probably just some new inner tubes, but it does need some serious dewebbing first!!! Looking forward to the day we can all go on a bike ride together!!!
I think that is about it for shopping at the moment. I think I've really turned a corner with my impulse shopping (not that this post probably sounds like it) as I'm no longer abusing my credit card and I have returned to using good old layby to purchase items, I figure by doing this I'm really only getting the things that we really want and need and a true impulse grab usually goes back on the shelf.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Op Shopping Extraordinaire!!!

On the agenda today was op shopping, I've been meaning to go and have a look in the three we have locally for ages but kept postponing, so today, made sure it was on the list of things to do. Well I think overall we had a very successful morning. The three op shops we have are Good Sammys, ST Vinnies and Drup Arm Op Shop, the first two were really good, won't be wasting my time visiting the last one again, it was dirty, cramped and just plain blergh.

On my shopping list was scarves, soft and silky ones preferrably, material, patterns, clothes for the kids and Andrew wanted some new shorts. We didn't come home with any material, patterns or shorts but definitely had some awesome bargains and some great finds.

Taleisha is absolutely nuts with My Little Pony at the moment, and we nabbed two videos for a couple of dollars, although we took one back as it was not the right video in the case and we already had what was in the case on DVD, so she swapped that for a Mickey Mouse Christmas one. She also got a Hi5 video and Andrew picked up an X-files Video. The My Little Pony movie should be interesting we haven't watched it yet but it's got Danny Devito in it, so I'm definitely intrigued, might chuck it in the player tomorrow afternoon.

Clothes wise the girls did extremely well, I think I spent $20 if I was lucky and came home with 3 pairs of pants, 2 jumper, 3 jackets, 1 skirt, 1 pair of overalls, 1 pair of shortalls and a couple of tshirts. An absolute bargain I reckon, especially when included in that bundle there were labels such as Sprout, Sticks and Stones, Marks and Spencer, Country Road, Guess Jeans and Pumpkin Patch. I'll have to take some photos of our haul and share them. Mind you a few of the finds are for boys but with a couple of pregnant friends and some friends already with little boys, if and when number 3 comes along and it's not a bluey, we've definitely got places that they can go, just to good a buy not to take up :)

I also grabbed a gorgeous silky scarf, it was probably one of the most expensive items of the day at $3.50 but it is gorgeous and the girls love playing with it. They had a couple more there, so I'm going to head back and grab some more and maybe actually look in the clothing racks for me. Might even go for a bit of drive and see if I can find anymore op shops around the traps. I love bargain shopping :)

Also made a couple more bottle toys for Mackenzie, she's had one for ages now that I just threw some wood chip into when we were at the park one day as I had no other toys for her and she's loved it ever since. So today a made up two more, but threw some rice in which I had coloured yellow and green with some food dye. They sound great and she loves them, especially the yellow one. Also keeping on the productive side, I made a batch of scrumptious banana muffins today also, had to do something with my very over ripe bananas, only problem is that my hips and buttocks are likely to suffer greatly!!! :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Miss M's Update

Mackenzie is 10 and a half months and too cute for words.

I love this little person to pieces, she has the cheekiest smile, the cutest little giggle and the most gorgeous mop of hair. She is quite tolerant but definitely has a little temper on her. She feeds herself and loved the sausage curry tonight, although I do believe she preferred the pumpkin and potato to the actual sausage. She is absolutely besotted with her big sister, well except for when she is snatching toys off her.

She's not talking too much, from what I can decipher she says Mum and Dad and I'm pretty sure she has something for Taleisha but I can't for the life of me make it out. She also waves her hand, it's very queen like, she just bends the top of her hand, so is folding her fingers up and down. It's very cute.

The last couple of days she's started to move around a little bit more, she can whilst sitting now rotate herself around and is starting to do this on the floor. However that's about where the movement ends, well excluding the rolling which she does everywhere and is constantly getting stuck under the couch and under the table. This leads me to today's appointment, Mackenzie's specialist appointment with the Paedatric Physiotherapist.

The day didnt start to well when little miss slept in, so had to be bundled into the car without a feed. She handled that fine but as soon as we got into the room, you could see that she was getting apprehensive, the room was bright and inviting enough but I think she sensed that something was going to happen. As soon as she was striped to her nappy the tears basically started, that was the first of the protest, the protest that was practically one hour long, she did not appreciate a second of that appointment. Nor was she prepared to demonstrate what she could do, pmsl she refused to roll or do basically anything for that matter, except demonstrate her total lack of interest in placing her feet on the floor.

This led us onto the floor where we needed to test Mackenzie's abilities, which showed that she can place weight on her feet but shows a real displeasure in doing so. She also has a tendancy to hold her arms and chest back and on top of that she's not pulling up when you hold her hands. So it may be a few sensory delays on her part which may take a bit of work and daily exercises, or torture I'm sure Mackenzie thinks. So I've been given a few instructions on what to do with her, one is when she wants to be picked up, to grab her hands and get her to pull herself up, so basically make her work for what she wants. As well as placing her on my knees on the floor and having her knees and feet at right angles so there bent and when she leans forward she's placing pressure on them. Also to have toys she can attempt to pull onto, so we bought a discovery table thing today and also looking at hiring another exerciser toy the physio recommended, can't justify buying that one just yet, will depend on the hire quote though. When carrying her I need to ensure her legs are together and hold her under her bottom, so she's got to control her top half. she has really good control when that is concerned but it is to develop her muscles further, she also suggested we carry her on her stomach as it stimulates the crawling position and encourages the right muscle development. On top of that she suggested I put her cot toys up so she needs to work or pull herself up to get at them, I was hoping to buy one of the mirror cot toys as she is fascinated with mirrors but I couldn't find one anywhere. When she's laying down and whinging to get up, I've got to hold her at the waist and grab one hand and show her how to use the other arm to push herself to sitting. Ummm what else, this is all other the place but I'm just righting it down as I recall it. I think that was basically everything we went over today, my poor little chicken.

It was a very long morning for Mackenzie, so much so that she fell asleep in the car on the way home, she was absolutely exhausted I think physically and emotionally. Not too sure what we're dealing with yet but the physio did say that Mackenzie showed a very passive personality which could be the basis for a lot of the issues she's showing. Will have to put what she's said in practice and see if there is any improvement over the coming weeks.

Well that's it in a nut shell. My little honey bunny, a bundle of cuddles and kisses. :wub: xxooxx

Monday, March 23, 2009

Been Quiet

I have noted that the blogger world of late including myself has gotten eerily quiet. I know for myself my reason is that I have been trying to apply for a myriad of jobs and as such have been pulling my hair out writing statements against selection criteria, oh gawd how I hate that part. Oh and my other little issue, I've become addicted to a little facebook game called bejewelled and I'm actively trying to get my top spot back, grrrr Krys :) Oh and yes I've been spending time with the girls, lol.

So what's your reason for being quiet?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is my little sister's birthday, she is 17. And for the first time since she was a toddler I got to see her on her birthday. It was fantastic. My stepdad and Kimberley drove down to Perth, needed to get some km's up on the lease car, so a quick road trip down to the city (we're talking 1600km one way :) ) with a shopping day included, there is going to be some sore credit cards tomorrow :)

Anyway we called into where they were staying, gave my sister her birthday present, undies, she loves all those undies with the funky prints, so I gave her a weeks worth :) Oh and she's going to hate me even more for putting that on here. Hahaha. Got to give her a big hug and the girls got to have lots of cuddles and play time with their favourite Aunty, actually wait a minute, she's their only Aunty :)

Oh and the cream of the crop a gave her her birthday cupcakes, my margaritta cupcakes, they were so yum, she's lucky she got any at all, Andrew and I tasted them yesterday and really had to restrain ourselves to only have one, hmmm hmmm hmmm.

Happy Birthday Kimberley, hope it is a memorable one!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Back to school

Today I bit the bullet and did something I've been toying with for ages. I re enrolled into university. I can't really believe I did it and that I'm now going to have a HECS debt, I avoided this little beauty first time round by paying upfront but we can't afford that this time round.

I'll be studying at home through Open Universities Australia, and I will only be doing one subject a semester to start with to see how I go. It has been at least 6 years since I was in a serious study environment, so I plan to warm up slowly to this one. I've enrolled for the remainder of the year with one subject per semester, I figure if I cope with the first couple alright, then I might up it to two subjects per semester. We'll have to wait and see how I go.

So what am I studying I hear you ask, well I'm going to do my Bachelor in Business Studies with the aim to Major in Management and either do it as a Double Major or Minor in Tourism. I'm quite excited about my Major and Minor options, but I need to get through the core subjects first. So in saying that, first cab off the rank for me is Introduction to Management. I do have a bit of time up my sleeve though, as first semester has only just started, so I won't be hitting the books until May and speaking of books I'm off to hunt for a cheaper copy of the required text books, any suggestions for a good place to start?

Well that is the plan thus far, I'm extremely excited and looking forward to becoming reskilled :) but nervous at the same time, this is a big step and a major change!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Not me

Well I got my first rejection letter today, I was half expecting it, I knew I interviewed well but my lack of relevant experience was completely evident. i'm a little disappointed but not at the same time. Not etting the job takes a bit of pressure off us trying to organise childcare and reworking Andrew's roster so he had days off during the week to care for the kids, and then there was all the paperwork I would've needed to submit to my current job for secondary employment, considering I'm still on long service leave.

I rang the recruitment centre to get some feedback on my application and it did come down to my lack of experience, there were for more qualified people available. Which leads me to wonder why on earth would they bother calling me in for interview, they knew my job history from my resume, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I think I'm going to get a lot of knock backs before I actually get a job because my work experience has been so job specific. I just wish employers look pass that, I wouldn't apply for the job if I didn't think I could do it and would be good at it!!!

Oh well I can try again for this position in 6 months time, in the mean time I'm back on the hunt, the very frustrating hunt, especially considering I'm not too sure I even want to go back to work but know we need me to, until we get our finances sorted I need to be employed, grrrr.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Professional Photos

Today the girls and I were finally able to go and pick up our professional photos we had done back in January. It was great to see the photos again and I'm really happy with the way they turned out, even if Miss M was a little sullen in some of them.
We got them done at Pixi Photos (at Maddington) and we will definitely be going back to get some more before Mackenzie's birthday, I really want a nice one of the two girls together, so that will be the priority next time. (and if we time it right might be able to get some with Nanna and their aunty and uncle).
Now I apologise for the quality but it's a photo of a photo, a couple were too big for the scanner and I got lazy on the rest. Looking forward to getting them framed and giving a few of them away to the grandparents.
A nice arty farty one, the sepia colouring looks much nicer IRL.
The family shot, we all look quite decent, what a surprise :)
Who's looking at you, kid? love the look

Enough already

Sisterly love, sisterly hugs or strangulation :) it was sadly the nicest one of the two of them

Love this next lot, Mackenzie actually smiles :)

These next two are my favourites

This one being my absolute favourite!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Interview Debrief

Last night I thought things were going to get off to an extremely rough start, Taleisha was in and out of bed up until about 8.45 pm and then started screaming about 11pm, not long after her father got home, eek, here we go I'm going to be up all night to the kids when I need a good sleep for my interview. I sent Andrew in to sort out Taleisha and after a quick hug she was back off to sleep. Everyone back into bed and then at about 11.45pm, Mackenzie starts, oh god, please don't let this be a shocker. Gave her a feed, I wasn't going to waste time trying to rock, pat her back to sleep tonight as I needed my sleep. After her feed she went straight back to sleep and that's the last I heard of them until my alarm went off at 6am. That isn't to say I slept soundly, was a little bit restless with the nervous energy I was experiencing but over all it was a decents night sleep.

So alarm off at 6am, whilst in shower, Miss Taleisha hops in, well that saves dragging her out of bed in 15 minutes time, so drag Andrew out of bed and he hops in with Taleisha whilst I pull on my pre planned ensemble, not overly happy with the look but Andrew assures me I look OK, given I have nothing else to wear I leave the top on even if I'm feeling frumpy. Get the girls dressed and fed and then everyone is in the car by 7am. GPS says we'll be there by 7.35am, heaps early with plenty of time to spare for my 8.30am interview. Well by the time we got on the Kwinana Freeway we were moving at snails pace and the estimated arrival time just kept getting pushed back further and further, eek I might even be late, not good. Andrew then in his inability to follow the GPS direction takes the wrong turn off, not we need to back track and get onto the freeway, not cool, this is going to take forever. In my pannicked state I checked my phone for the interviewers number and it was private so I couldn't even ring to let them know. Thankfully this was not the case, and it only took a few extra minutes and a few extra grey hairs, thanks darls.

We made it to the building at 8.15am, perfect 15 minutes to spare. Next time I'm catching the bloody train, traffic was ridiculous!!! Handed over my resume and a copy of my passport, then read the brochure about being employed with this company, all sounds good. There were three other girls that would be interviewed at the same time as me in the group interview. I've never had one of those before, I had plenty of panel interviews in my previous job but never a group so that was a new experience and quite interesting to watch the dynamics. The interviewer was very charasmatic and I was pretty much immediately at ease in her presence although still somewhat nervous. I'm never very good at selling myself and find that the English language as a habit of escaping me when I need it the most.

Well first part of the interview was too watch a video on the company and it's global structure, pretty harmless intro, then there was a little test, not on the video but more general knowledge on what the company sells and what you would recommend in different situations, my brain had a little holiday at this stage, I could see the answers but couldn't tihnk of the names, if I was a better drawer I would have answered the questions with illustrations. The four of us had a bit of a giggle about this.

Next the interviewer popped in and covered the core competencies and we were each asked differing questions to cover these. I think I did alright in this part. My experience wasn't at all job related or sales for that matter but I believe I was able to answer them sufficiently to cover the competency. It was interesting to hear the backgrounds of the other girls but it made me realise I was up against girls with experience, one was in wholesale travel, one was manager of a fast food chain and the other in sales but no idea what industry. I know at one stage the interviewer asked one of the girls a question that she didn't think she had an example for, I piped in (couldn't keep my bloody big mouth shut) about differentthings in her workplace she could use as an example, don't know if that will be a tick or a cross in the box for me.

Afterwards we had a quick one and one with the interviewer, however she didn't require any extra information from me as I'd already had an informal phone interview with her that covered all her questions. I asked her a couple of questions from the video and told her about a bit more of my experience and my brief foray in sales that I had forgotten all about, probably as I made no money, I spent my profits on items from the company :) Once that was finished it was all over, red rover, I'll find out in about three days if I go through to the next round or not.

I don't know how I'll go, I think I handled the interview really well but think my lack of experience will be my drawback. Andrew is concerned about the base salary, as it is low as the main portion of the wage is made on commission. I told him we can only give it a try, if it doesn't work then we can look elsewhere but that said I need to get the job first. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Big Day!!!

Tomorrow is the big day, my first job interview that I've had to undergo in over 8 years, I'm so nervous. It is first thing in the morning, 8.30, we'll have to be up at the sparrow farts hour to get there on time. To assist this I have the girls clothes all set out, so there will be no messing around in the morning, my outift is sorted, I think!!!

I've been out of the loop so long, I've really got no idea what to expect. The notes in my email say I only need to take my resume and passport, nothing else, I feel like I should be taking more than that, it doesn't seem enough. I don't know if I should be prepping myself with possible questions, but therein lies the problem, I have no idea what they're going to ask, eeeek I hate job hunting already and I've only just started.

Ok time to start thinking positively, I will knock their socks off, I rock and I better go wash my hair soon, so I don't actually look like the sleep deprived oily rag of a person that I feel tomorrow :)

Well wish me luck, I could soon be an employed member of society again!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Childcare Angst

Ok so I have a job interview lined up this week and well the thought occurs to me that I really need to organise childcare for my girls. The job that I've got an interview for is fulltime, I don't really want to work fulltime but I really like the job, so to do the job I've got to grin and bear the hours that come along with it. I guess if I get the job and probation is over I could always apply for a reduction in hours.

So the childcare angst starts, ring the local family day care association, no spots, I ring ABC learning centre and there is a centre that has two spots available, it's not our closest but not out of the way, they want $514 a week for the girls, eeeek, check out nannies, they look like they're going to end up costing us more. Ring another private childcare centre and they are marginally cheaper than ABC at $500 a week for both girls and just down the road from home. There's one more centre I want to ring but am under no illusion they are going to be any cheaper just want a couple of options.

I rang mum and tried to (very unsuccessfully) convince her to send my 16 year old sister down to be my live in nanny, we'd pay her a small amount for free bpard, ammenities etc, she's not at school, is currently working at a childcare centre and studying to obtain her certificates, sounded like a perfect solution to me. Mum just laughed, pooey t you, I'll kidnap her when she comes to stay for her birthday in a couple of weekends time. I know my sister woudn't complain about that one :)

Why does childcare have to be so bloody expensive, $1000 a fortnight is a ludicrous amount of money to pay. We can't afford for me to stay home but by the looks of things we're not going to be able to afford childcare if I do go to work, as I imagine my entire pay will be eaten up in childcare fees. It's just so bloody ridiculous, oh and the ABC lady added you'll be able to apply to get a 50% rebate every 3 months, which is all well and good but I need to come up with the 100% to start with. Once we got past the first few months it would be easy enough as we could just keep using the rebate to go straight back on the fees but up until then it would be pretty bloody tight, actually I would dare say we'd be in negatives.

Another thing, wouldn't it be nice to get a bit of a discount with every subsequent child like you do with schools (well some schools), it would just make things marginally easier. It's so depressing thinking that the dollars are coming in and going straight back out again.

Well we should toddle off and have a look at the centre down the orad and put the girl's names down, would hate to think we waited and missed out on a spot altogether.

Monday, March 9, 2009

No thanks, I like Dora the way she is

Well today I heard that Mattel have decided that Dora needs a makeover, apparently her shorts and adventurous lifestyle is no longer the way to go. She is going to be replaced with a much thinner version with longer legs, long flowing hair and skirts, who girls can now play with by restyling her hair, changing her clothes etc. Apparently this is obviously the only style toy our girls can play with, what a joke.

Why does she have to be changed at all, well obviously she's not raking in enough money with the preschooler audience and they are trying to tap into the tween market. Don't tweenies have enough, do they seriously need to throw another doll pretty much like all the others into the mix. Sadly the silhouettes of the doll are looking scarily like a Bratz doll, no thank you, my girl will not be having a Bratz and nor will she be getting this Dora, we'll be sticking to plain old fashion Dora, even if it means we'll be having to buy second hand from now on in.

I am not alone in this and have added my name to a petition that will be forwarded to Mattel, if you feel the same please add your name to the petition, here is the link

Feeling overwhelmed

I'm feeling quite lost at the moment, there is so much I want and need to do, I just don't know where to start, or if I should be doing any of it at all.

How do you decide what is important, how do you choose one item over another.

I don't think I'm stressed, just quite aimless, well I have lots of aims and goals, too many probably, I just don't know how to prioritise which one I want more and then there is the cost involved with achieving some of them.

I want to work abroad but then we'll need to have all our debts paid off before we could look at relocating as well as the fact that Andrew would have needed to finish uni and his post grad (at least 2 and a half years) before we could even think of going, which I'm ok with. It just seems to achieve something there is so many little things in the way. I'm thinking that the best way to get rid of our debt is to get a personal loan and consolidate everything, but then that will be at least 5 years, which would add another 2 and a half years onto any move we could make. It just seems the more and more I think about things, the more I find that needs doing and then the logistics just seem to get to hard.

I need to write my five year plan down on paper, I need to write my goals on paper, I need to put everything down in front of me, so I can see it all and work out what means the most to me.

Then there is the thoughts that I need to get back into the workforce, but what do I do, where should I be looking at jobs, should I be looking to get back into the force even if the idea of shift work and the like is exactly not what I want to do but I know I can do the job and I do enjoy the work.

Thinking about it all is seriously doing my head in. Argh!!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Just for mum

Last night I went out for the first time ever by myself, leaving the girls behind with their daddy. It was fantastic to be able to do something for myself, even if it meant pumping like crazy the week before so I'd have enough EBM for a bottle feed for Mackenzie.

I went out to the Royal Hotel in East Perth, it was a gorgeous area, can't imagine I'll be affording one of the dock side appartments anytime soon but definitely very pretty and lovely views. Hotel was really nice, albeit very loud inside (read old married woman symdrome here) but thanks to some great snapping skills of one of the girls we managed to nab a table outside miraculously with enough chairs for everyone. We talked for ages, drank (softies for me, I am still breast feeding after all), ate some good food and generally had a good laugh.

The girls on the other hand performed as I would have expected, Taleisha was fine, turned her playroom upside down and around again, I swear that girl doesn't have a neat bone in her body. Mackenzie let her father she was not at all happy about the fact that her mother had upped and left her for the night, leaving her with her dad and no boobie. She wasn't impressed with the bottle either, she took a couple of sucks and then refused anymore. She exercised her lungs to their full capacity. She did eventually settle down and drift off to sleep for her daddy though. At least her father expected this from her as he was prewarned, and the fact that I would be out of reach due to my tendency to not her the mobile. :) They all survived, which is the main thing.

Thanks girls for a lovely night, I definitely needed to do something just for me, it was long overdue, maybe next time I might be able to have a glass of wine or two. Now next weekend I'm leaving the girls behind again, out to a mummy's dinner, should be a fun night, well for me, Andrew might not agree with that sentement.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Senseless, how can people be so cruel.

Tonight we watched Bondi Vet and I was disgusted by the stupidity of some bloody person who decided to approach the gorgeous Jackie and undo her lead, which resulted in her running off and being hit by a car. Unfortunately the story doesn't get any better, the drop kick that hit her with the car didn't stop, leaving her for dead. Thankfully some good samaritans brought her into the clinic. However the poor thing was so badly injured that her owner decided to put her out of her pain and suffering.

That poor little puppy, she was only 14 months old, and her poor owner who had to say goodbye to his little companion. I can't fathom why the idiot undid the leash (it's on security footage) and took off with it. what purpose did it serve, what could they possibly have gained from it.

I hope the culprits are caught and brought before the court to pay for their callous, stupid and heartless behaviour.

R.I.P. Jackie, may you now be free of pain running in the daisy field in the clouds in the sky.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Living the expat lifestyle

One of my life goals has always been to live and work overseas, and somedays I think now that we have the kids that the opportunity has well and truly passed us by, but then there are the days, like today that I think yeah we can still do this.

Andrew is a nurse and there are constantly jobs in the USA, Canada, England and even the Middle East advertised, so as long as he met all the criteria (we haven't looked into it yet) I'm sure he'd pick up a job reasonably easy. I've been having a bit of look on the internet and a lot of the Visas seem to allow the spouse and children to come along under the same Visa requirements, which would simplify things for me if we did it that way, as I wouldn't need to have a job lined up, and I saw on the US E3 Visa, that I would be able to work under Andrew's Visa. Well that's what it looked like it said to me :)

I don't know if I'd be quite willing to follow him to the Middle East, but any of the other options and I'd be there in a heart beat.

I know it really isn't probably as romantic a lifestyle as I envision or dream it to be, it's just something I've always had my heart set on and I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the dream. Andrew and I have talked about it and he seems keen enough, I just wonder when the day ever comes that we put this plan into action if he'd still be as keen. I would love to think this good be something to consider for a five year plan, even in a couple of years, give ourselves plenty of time to save and research it.
At the moment the thought is quite overwhelming, with what we'd need to take, what we'd need to put into stroage, how much it would cost, where we'd go, where we'd live but even though all the unkowns make it seem daunting, I'm not put off in the slightest, it is an adventure and I would love to jump in and give it a go. Maybe Andrew and I should seriously start to consider this move and put a plan of attack into action, something to work towards!!! At least with our rental now, we're not tied down with a house, one small little benefit to renting ;)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Seven by me

I was tagged by the wonderful Liss - take up the challenge yourself!

The Rules:
1. List these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
3. Tell 7 unspectacular quirks about you.
4. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
5.Link the person who tagged you.
6.Leave a comment for each blogger.
7. Leave a photo of yourself

7 Facts About Me.
1. I'm a double Scorpio, I was born under the scorpio moon
2. I've never broken a bone (*touch wood*)
3. I'm the eldest child in my family
4. I have small feet
5. My boobs require their own postcode :) I'm a G/H cup
6. My hair colour is natural, I've never dyed my hair
7. I am covered head to toe in freckles

7 Unspectacular Quirks About Me.
1. I feel shaving is a chore and only do so when necessary.
2. I collect magnets, whenever we travel I need to buy a new one.
3. I hate the feeling of wet hair on my back.
4. I have been continually breastfeeding since the 13th February 2006, 3 years, 2 weeks, 4 days and counting.
5. I have an aversion to slimy food, it makes me gag.
6. I can touch my nose with my tongue.
7. I don't wear makeup

Tag 7 People.
1. Dumb-Butt
2. Rael's Ramblings
3. The Fab Four
4. The Bare Nettsessities
5. This Girls Confessions
6. Crazy Beautiful
7. Wife.Mummy.Me

This is a photo taken last month, by me, of me and my two gorgeous girls, although you can only just make out Miss Moo guzzling away down the bottom and Miss T is helping mummy feed her little sister :)

What is that noise?


It's 1pm in the afternoon and both girls are asleep, shock horror, I don't know what to do with myself and the house is so eeriely quiet without a three year old running around and ransacking it.

Oh I do like this, pity it won't last for long!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Poooeey Stinky Stinky

Tonight when taleisha came up to me I got a real wiff of her breath and OMG it stunk. I'd never noticed it before so I think it's definitely only come up today but it's foul.

She brushes her teeth herself under our supervision and she's really good but tonight I made sure I did them first and then let her brush them, so they were in fact brushed twice. However even after that her breath still stunk. So I checked her nose, for some reason I remember watching some medico show and a kid had a pea stuck up his nose or it could have even beed a small toy but that had caused his breath to stink, but besides some dried up snot (charming) I couldn't see anything.

I consulted Dr Google (as you do, and on a side note the google letters are in Dr Seuss characters, too cool) and it said this:

Healthy children (and adults, too!) do sometimes have bad breath. If the smell disappears after brushing his teeth or rinsing his mouth, it's normal. Also, keep in mind that what seems like bad breath to you may not be offensive to others.

That said, normal bacteria living in the mouth and interacting with leftover food particles could cause true breath odour in a healthy child. The food particles could be between the teeth, at the gum line, on the tongue, or on the surface of the tonsils at the back of your child's throat.

Bacteria that react to saliva also can cause bad breath, especially if left undisturbed in the mouth for a period of time. This is one reason we all have "morning breath". After a long night's sleep, the reaction between the substances in our mouth has caused an odour, which remains until we brush or rinse it away. Eating and drinking can help cleanse the offending substances from the mouth, so it may help to give your toddler more frequent drinks of water and snacks such as fruit and sugar-free rusks or crackers.

If your son sucks his thumb, uses a pacifier, or sucks or chews on a blanket, this may be why he has bad breath. The object may have an odour from repeated exposure to saliva and oral bacteria. It also may have other residue on it, such as old food. Make sure he washes his hands frequently with soap if he's a thumb-sucker. If he uses a dummy, sterilise it frequently, either by running it through the dishwasher or dropping it in boiling water. Likewise, wash "security blankets" or "cuddlies" frequently. Of course, you can also encourage him to stop the sucking habit, but this is easier said than done.

Poor dental hygiene with tartar build-up, gingivitis, or a dental abscess could also cause bad breath. Your toddler may be intimidated by a trip to the dentist so it may be easier to ask your doctor to inspect his teeth and gums.

The first thing the doctor will probably check is your toddler's nose, to see whether your child has a foreign body, such as a piece of food or small toy, lodged in one of his nostrils. The only symptom may be breath odour or persistent nasal discharge. A sinus infection or respiratory infection such as bronchiolitis can also cause bad breath.

Less commonly, an infection of the back of the throat can also cause foul-smelling breath. The odour may be caused by inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) or of the tonsils (tonsilitis). Even if the tonsils aren't inflamed, they may have food and debris trapped in their many crevices. Your child's doctor can check for this debris, which is usually white, during a throat exam. If this is the problem, it will resolve itself once the debris is removed.

Lastly, some children with gastroesophageal reflux, or regurgitation of their food, have a foul breath odour. However, if this were the culprit, your toddler would almost certainly be experiencing other symptoms, such as discomfort after eating.

She doesn't suck her thumb, she drinks plenty of water, she doesn't have any sigh of any other illness. So I'm not too sure what to think of it, maybe my nose is just being super sensitive and it really isn't that bad. Hubby didn't seem to think too much of it when I told her to go breath on him, so he could smell her breath.

Not too sure what to do, maybe I should take her to the doctors to get checked out, it's a reason to find ourselves a local doctor at the very least and a don't want to be known as the mum to the smelly kid, so really want to work out what is causing the problem.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fabulous Fettuccine

I have the world's most fussiest eater however last night I found a miracle recipe which she surprisingly ate pretty much all of, SUCCESS!!! I was one very elated mummy. What is this recipe I here you asking, well it comes from the cookbook "Best of Kid's Cooking" (thanks for this one Nett, it's getting well used.) and it is super quick and simple to make. I varied it a bit to suuit my needs in the fact I needed to hide the zucchini to get her to eat it. So here is the recipe.

Fabulous Fettuccine

serves 4

375g fettuccine
4 rashers of bacon
220g can mushrooms in butter sauce
130g can creamed corn
2 medium zucchini
1/2 cup cream
3 spring onions (chopped) - I omitted these
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Boil a big pot of hot water. Carefully add fettuccine.
Boil for 10 minutes, drain well.
Chop bacon, fry gently.
Stir in mushrooms and corn.
Slice zucchini into rounds. (I sliced one and grated the other, hence the hidden zucchini as it formed part of the sauce)
Add to pan with cream, bring to boil and then simmer for 5 minutes over low heat.
Add spring onions and parmesan cheese, stir.
Add pasta to pan and mix well.
Serve immediately.

Hope it works wonders for all the other fussy eaters out there too!!!

The model and her skirt

Well as promised here is my little model and her skirt that mummy made. She loves it, which makes me very happy.
Her daddy commented on it this morning and said what a lovely dress, she quickly chastised him and said it's not a dress it's a skirt Dad. Yeah come on Dad get your act together ;)
As her shirt so clearly states "too fabulous for words" indeed!!