Monday, December 15, 2014

reverb14 catch up: day8-15

my 4 boys...aren't they charmers?

I know another mega catch up because I get so busy with the boys. hahah

Day 8's prompt:  The hectic pace of our lives can make it difficult to remain connected to the things and the people that matter the most to us. We get wrapped up in our work or our busyness and connection falls by the wayside. 

How have you created and/or sustained connections in your life this year?

I have connected with the homeschool community and also become connected with a group of lovely people whom I encountered by chance online, i probably wouldn't have ever met them in real life had i never encountered them online.  I sustained connections to the peaceful parenting groups I am in even though I took more of a lurker type role and sat back from the heated debates etc. 

Day 9's prompt: 
As you enter into the new year, what would you like to do/make/have/be more often? How will you bear witness and celebrate the tiny milestones? How will you respond on the occasions when your intentions do not come to pass?

I;d like to make myself more things for example sew/create  things for me instead of the boys. I'd love to have a whole wardrobe full of dresses and skirts I made. I'd love to have the time to sew hahaha.

I celebrate the milestones by eating yummy desserts.  If things don't go to plan, i drown my sorrows in a project or dessert. 


Day 10's prompt:  Look back at the last year and consider: how did generosity open your heart? How can you cultivate generosity in the coming year?


I donate to charity on  a regular basis one of my fave ones is oxfam.  Another way I can cultivate generosity is by helping others and showing them unconditional friendship.  When decluttering i plan to give the things i no longer need to groups that help the less fortunate rather than selling the things i am getting rid of



Day 11's prompt: What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year?


I try to do yoga after intensive tasks such as big assignments.  For creative projects I tend to sketch the idea down so i can visual see my plan in front of me.

I start the day by having a smoothie and going for a walk. 



Day 12's prompt: Write a letter from you to you... filled with forgiveness, love, and a big bear hug.

hey you,
 i know you are surprised you survived 2014. But you did. you made it in one piece. And a part of you knew you would reach this moment and would have survived.  those stressful moments  seem so small now.  

You will do great things in 2015. And this time in 2015 you will be amazed at how far you have come. 

You shouldn't question yourself as a parent ever, when the specialists tell you , you are doing a great job , they aren't saying it because they can , they mean it. listen to them.  You didn't cause the adhd, asd, add or any of it , you put the boys first and your intensive help for them has helped so much. 



from
Jess

day 13's prompt: Step one: set the timer for 5 minutes and write down as many answers as you can think of to the question: 'When and how was I brave in 2014?' Note: remember the private, intimate and small ways in which you were brave as well as the big public ways.

Step two: Choose one of more of those moments of bravery and write a letter yourself back at the beginning of 2014, letting you know how brave you are going to be that year.

Step three: Write yourself a short reminder to tuck into your wallet or post above your desk of just how brave you can and will be in 2015.


1) my bravery was things such as facing my fear of needles, dentists etc. becoming more vocal for my children and advocating for them. 

2)  hey you,
you will stand up for your self and the boys in many ways this year. Don't feel bad for voicing your concerns or saying you disagree. you know them better.

3) You are stronger than you think you are.


day 14's prompt: 
The idea of rooting down into your own personal beliefs and center of truth is an ongoing process, and many things can serve as anchors or roots as you move through life.

What rooted or anchored you in 2014?

And where do you want to put down roots in 2015?



I would love to travel in 2015 but i don't think that will happen. Currently I am anchored in the middle of a regional coastal town.  The boys various specialists  make it hard to move  without preplanning and researching various locations first.  Hubby has work commitments here he has just started driving MC trucks now.



I want to travel like a gypsy one day and not be stuck anywhere in one place.


Day 15: What are you really proud that you made happen in 2014, despite the gremlins? And what will you do anyway in 2015?

I am proud of my 4 children they amaze me everyday. Cody got 98% in the australian maths comp this year (top 3% in the whole country)  I am proud i have managed to stay sane with keeping track of everyone's appointments and commitments without going crazy.

In 2015 despite a few saying it isn't the best idea I plan to do distant education for the boys. 






tyson at his first gymnastic comp this year


the boys playing in under 11's together




I was in the kidspot voices of 2014 comp this year. I was shocked when i got that email! I still am. 






Sunday, December 7, 2014

#reverb14: Selfie

Day 7's prompt: Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2014, self-portrait or otherwise!


2014: Alistair & I




2013: Charlie, Alistair & I

2012: Charlie & I


2011: Charlie & I

2010: Charlie & I

Saturday, December 6, 2014

#reverb14- day 1 to 6 ..catch up

So i have been slack a bit so here is day 1-6 of reverb14 all in one post. 






Day 1;s prompt: Today, I invite you to take a quiet moment to consider: what can you say right now with certainty?

With certainty i can say we will be homeschooling all of the older 3 boys next year. 2015 will be a crazy hectic life changing year. 




Day 2: 
What unfinished projects from 2014 am you willing to release now? (Regret not required.)

I have a weighted blanket, a worry eater and a few dresses half done in my sewing pile i really should finish them.




Day 3: It’s all too easy to put off loving where we are until everything is perfect. What can you love about where you are now?
I have 4 boys whom love and care about me unconditionally. Life isn't perfect and doesn't go to plan. And that is the beauty of life.  you need to enjoy the small things because one day the small things will be what you miss most.



Day 4: We are all lightning rods, conduits for that which the Universe wants born into this world. What energies did you channel this year?
I think i channeled the energy to speak up more so this year. I became an advocate for my children and for others. 



day5: what is the sound of your own voice?
I have no idea, some say i sound like a child or younger than they think I am .

look how much they have grown in a year !










day6: Despite our usually sunny dispositions and dedication to the practice of “assuming positive intent,” we all occasionally find ourselves having to deal with an incredibly unpleasant individual.

While I’m sure you always handle it with the tact and finesse for which you’ve become so well known, I’m going to ask you to step outside yourself for just a moment.

Think back to such a situation: if the gloves were off, how you really would have liked to have dealt with them
?
I think i would have remained more mindful  and supportive.  Being mindful of where that person is coming from and what they are dealing with would have not allowed the situation to blow up as it did. 
 










Saturday, August 9, 2014

Life so far...

Over the past week or so I have been busy getting a big pile of printables from a blog called Life Over C's.
We are looking at becoming a full time Home Educating family, or at least Home educating Tyson.  We have face two suspensions this week for him from school.    It has been no big shock that he has been happier at home and much calmer.

We have been using Study Ladder as well as mathletics, & reading eggs.  

Cody loves using study ladder, he is currently working on year 7 maths on it. The great thing about study ladder is it doesn't tell the child what  grade/year level they are working on, they just know the parent set that task.  Tyson is working at his level in maths and english, charlie is slowly working on his skills too.

Wednesday Tyson was home and did a day at home of learning, he thrived and his thirst for learning was amazing. he loved it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My first Guest Blog post: Breast feeding post

I wrote my first Guest blog post over at  Milk & Love
Here it is :

Four Babies, Four Different Breastfeeding Experiences
My story, starts with my first born. I didn't breastfeed him. How does this relate to breastfeeding you ask? Well he was in SCN, he had meningitis, jaundice, an infection as well as feeding issues. He was there until 2 weeks old (he was a 41 weeker). I didn't produce milk. He ended up being formula fed. He went on to develop eczema, allergies and reflux, requiring specialist formulas (a dairy and soy free one to be exact), eventually he developed asthma.
When I was pregnant with my second son, I read about the health benefits of breastfeeding and how it could lower the risk of allergies, eczema and asthma. I wanted to avoid those things as much as possible for my second son after seeing how it affected my first born. My second son was born at 40 weeks & 2 days. He didn't latch properly, the midwives showed me how to hold him and still he wouldn’t latch. One midwife suggested he may have tongue tie, but a paediatrician ruled that out. I was taught how to express milk and syringe fed him until he was approx 2 weeks old, yes every feed was done this way. I was very tired but determined to breastfeed.
My second son at around 5 weeks old was diagnosed with reflux, this stayed with him until he was a year old. I also had mild PND after his birth. He required medications and would constantly feed to comfort his pain, it felt like he was always attached to the breast. At around 10.5 months old he weaned on to a soy formula.
My third son, he had no reflux or feeding issues. He breastfed until 19.5 months old, I discovered people often find nursing a child older then 1 year old, strange. Some even can be down right rude about it. I had one relative say to my son who was 12 months old at the time “You don't want that dirty boob do you? You want milk from a cup like a big boy”. He didn't require a special type of formula or milk when he weaned. He had no intolerances or allergies nor did he ever get eczema or asthma.
My fourth son is currently 23 months old and is still breastfed, he was a 37 weeker and my first c section. No signs of weaning just yet. Each of my children have a great bond with me regardless of how they were fed. No one ever told me how hard those initial weeks of breastfeeding a child can be, things like painful let down were never talked about. No one talks about the emotional roller coaster of weaning either. Breastfeeding can be hard. Don't beat yourself up if you throw in the towel or need some help. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Philanthropy


philanthropy

noun
  1. the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

I have been teaching the boys about Philanthropy, over the past month.  In the past month we have donated 3 garbage bags filled with winter clothing to a Refuge Camp in  Namibia.  I have also started   making up little packs for a friend who teaches in a very remote school in the NT for her students who do not have very much (some have no school bags or even shoes).
If anyone would like more details on  how to send items to the school in NT, Australia. Email me or (inbox me on facebook) I will pass on the details.   The children will love anything really, loom bands, stickers, board games, bouncy balls, anything that entertains and amuses kids.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Serendip Sanctuary


Today our adventures took us to Serendip Sanctuary.


 The boys enjoyed visiting this place. We even found a sleeping possum in one of the look outs in the wet lands section of the Sanctuary.  I told the boy to be extra quiet so, they didn't wake the possum & scare it.  Charlie's theory was the possum must be like Alistair when he gets woken up, Alistair gets grumpy.

The quiet walk around the sanctuary was peaceful. We visited just before noon & there were not many visitors.  A we left a few large groups were arriving. Afterwards, we stopped for fish & chips for lunch.
Allan said he should have packed the football in the car, the boys didn't seem to notice or mind the lack of a football.

I whipped up 2 batches of  chocolate zucchini mini muffins tonight to pop in the freezer for lunchboxes.  Click here for the recipe: 
It is really  yummy!
The boys give them the thumbs up.

Other happenings this weekend have been:

Me learning how to use a sander. I am slowly upcycling an old dining table, we got from freecycle  5 or 6 years ago. It is going to be a craft table for the boys. Allan cut the legs down to child height a few weeks ago. now it is just the sanding to be done  and then staining or painting.


I have also decluttered the cupboard that has a gazzilion plastic plates, bowls, cups etc in it. I am convinced those things breed overnight.  The boys each have a colour each now.  We picked up some funky polka dot sets from kmart.

Cody chose purple, Charlie chose blue , Tyson chose red. That left Green for Alistair.  I just have to get some matching cups  and  some drink bottles  and a nice rectangle basket to tore the cups & drink bottles in and my cupboard will be awesome.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The week that was in photos

We recreated a photo taken a year ago and then compared
the two photos to show the boys how much they have grown.


Tyson made some Macarons (recipe for an easy version here)

Alistair and I went to playgroup.

We also visited the library and Ali  read everyone his story books

Life with 4 boys is busy .

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Moved House

cody enjoying birthday cake
The 4 boys on their trampoline.
We moved over the Anzac day weekend. The boys are settling in well to the new house. They love having their own bedrooms & a play room.   Slowly, I am unpacking and getting rooms organized.  I only got the internet connected yesterday so I haven't had a chance to post  until now.



We also celebrated Cody's 9th birthday on Anzac Day.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day 9: Yearning




Today's one word prompt is:

Yearning

Yearning to me, is a sign of goals not yet reached. Or a sign of being not satisfied with current situations and you haven't yet figured out goals to change what you do not like.  Yearning, isn't a bad thing. it can be a yearning for knowledge, a yearning for career progression, yearning for romance etc. Whatever, floats your boat really.

I would love to build a house like the duggar's home on a big plot of land, with a big veggie garden. That is my yearning. I also yearn for knowledge. 

The older 3 boys went back to school today after having school holidays, and I miss the noise, the fights over the remote, the chaos. It is too quiet. it is too calm.  I yearn for chaos and noise. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 8: Wild


Today's one word prompt is:

Wild

What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?


 So a few days ago I touched on, the search of Muchness.  Part of finding your Muchness, I think is embracing that wild side , that weird freaky side.    Wild to me, is that inner freak , that  side that goes against trends in fashion, that doesn't care what others think.
 If you think you have lost that inner sparkle, check out How to get your sparkle back. 
Photo of me in the 1990's.


A photo of me when I was in preschool.(1990)



People always seem to remember me, I am never sure if it is a good thing or not. I guess it just means, there is something about me, that stands out even after decades of not seeing me.

Photo of me with a friend
in 2003.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter

We spent Easter at home. The boys had a sleep in ( I know I am shocked too haha) and they had breakfast then had some easter eggs. Then we did the yearly egg hunt. 

 Then we spent Easter Monday, finishing off our packing to move house and we also spent some time playing football at a local football oval.