Saturday, April 18, 2015

April moon day 15

Day 15 Prompt:














I wish I could be a better friend better person.
Better sister.
Connect more with others.

But at the same time, I see why some people fine it hard to connect with me. What their barriers are. I am hoping to help them overcome their barriers so they can connect more.

I wish to travel the world , see new things, see new places. Meet new people. If i had my way I would be a Nomad and travel the world forever , never stopping, just living out of a suitcase,




I wish everyone could be happy.

Friday, April 17, 2015

April moon Day 12-14

Day 12 Prompt:

The best part of my day is bed time. I get to wind down and catch up on tv
shows I watch when the boys are in bed. And then I get to go to bed relaxed.

I love watching Sunsets. So when I am at a beachside place, that becomes the best part of my day.





Day 13 Prompt:



  Sometimes I wonder If I will ever make my parents proud. They never came to any award ceremonies or any of my performances when I was a teen.

I continue my studies now , whilst juggling  being a mum of 4 boys and homeschooling one of them.

Sometimes, I wonder If i will ever make it to Europe and do the bucket list I came up with , years ago while mucking around with my now deceased brother, Aaron.

         

Day 14 Prompt:

I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, clean water and my children are healthy and happy.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Moon Day 10 &11

Day 10 Prompt:

I feel the urge to cook or bake a zillion things. I enjoy baking the most.  Today I am baking banana oat muffins, double choc zucchini muffins, anzac biscuits & vegetable slice.  That is all for school lunches. Cody & Charlie start back at school today.

I have started using a lunch box planner to make sure , their lunches are balanced. I got the free Lunch box planner from here.

Today, they took:
1/2 an orange cut into wedges
1/4 cup of red grapes
a small piece of vegetable slice
                                                      2 anzac biscuits
                                                       Celery & Cucumber sticks
                                                       Yoghurt pouch
                                                      Ham & cheese sandwich





Day 11 Prompt:

There is a few things.  I do not often talk about  things that upset me. I guess I just learnt to guard myself as a child. When  I was a foster kid.

Other things I try not to talk about are things I know will upset someone I am talking too.

I just like to not have those overly deep conversations, I get uncomfy with it.




I also won the April moon giveaway from Kat McNally's website. I had no idea there was a give away happening but gosh I feel lucky now.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April Moon day 9 & muffins

Day 9 Prompt:

"You will need a blood test" or "This will only sting a tiny bit". I have this dread when it comes to needles. I dislike them, I can't watch them go in.

I also hate when people will be late. I dislike lateness.

I also get tense when I have to go see the dentist... dentists and needles are two things I am not fond of hahha

I don't like being the one who has to give speeches or some type of presentation.  I get stage fright to a degree.


Double Choc Zucchini Muffins
Recipe adapted from one found at Taste Of the Home
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups Self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar or stevia
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated  zucchini
  • 1/4 cup  chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Directions

In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa,  sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

 Combine the egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.

 Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. 

Fold in zucchini & chocolate chips .

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

 Bake at 180°C  for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done

These freeze pretty well too. 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Mon Day 6-8

Bit of a catch up. I recently had some twin nephews join the family so i have been very busy :)

Day 6 prompt:
my brother Aaron and my hubby Allan
in 2006 or 2007
I think of my brother Aaron. I think of how he didn't make it to 18. I think of how he didn't get to become a legal adult.  I think things are not as bad as they seem. I think he would be proud of me. I think of him smiling down on me , saying you did good.

Some days I miss Aaron. I think about all the stuff he has missed. And other days I do not think about it.  The pain of living with someone who commits suicide never ends.


Aaron committed suicide a few weeks shy of his 18th birthday in 2007 for the readers who do not know the back story.

Day 7 prompt:


 That would be my four sons. I live for them I breathe for them. They are my everything. Without them i feel like a part of me is missing. I am not used to be childless even when i duck down to the shops kid free , it feels odd to me and i am not used to it.
For 10 years I have spent my days and nights living and breathing the Early intervention journey and the special needs journey. I spend my nights  thinking about reports and specialists etc.  I think about the best ways to advocate for my boys.

My boys make me smile they make me laugh I love them. I would not change them. I am blessed to be their mum . They have taught me so much about being a mum, about who I am as a person, about the world and about how the world sees them.

Day 8 Prompt:


 I seem to have a lot of cook books. I own almost every Jamie Oliver cook book ever made. I don't know why i own so many but i do. I don't want to get rid of them because Tyson ( my 8 yr old) loves to read them and choose recipes to cook or bake  from the cook book , and he finds it easier tan surfing the internet.

I would love to one day get a signed copy of a jamie oliver cook book for Tyson he wants to one day be a chef just like Jamie Oliver.

I also have a lot of fabric because i buy it, and i make grand plans of  making all these awesome things. But the reality is I have hardly any time to sew. I have approx 20 meters of fabric sitting uncut at the moment in a box hahaha , I think I need some form of intervention...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Moon Day 5


Day 5 Prompt:




Chloe with 3 of her 4 boys.
 I am inspired by so many people some I know in real life, others  are famous people I most likely will never meet.

There is one person who does have a bit of influence / inspiration and they probably have no idea (unless they read this which they probably will).

We do not always get along, nor see eye to eye on things.  But I follow her blog, her blog is full of lots of inspiration for lunchbox ideas.

How do I know her? She is my sister Chloe.  (a bit about her family can be found here)
Chloe is 3 years younger than me, she has 4 boys like I do. She has done the homeschool thing, the early intervention journey, the more than 1 kid in nappies at the same time. Lots of similarities we have.

The thing with Chloe is, she was a Domestic Violence Survivor, she also has been through the journey f having a child with special needs,  she has been down the road of mental health. She is passionate about making sure others know its ok to say you aren't okay and to ask for help.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April Moon day 1-4 catch up

I am taking part in the April Moon challenge again. I have been doing it for a few years now, I enjoy it. You can find info on it here

Day 1:
Prompt:
For me Ciao , represents the start and end of things.  I am starting  a New course this month. (Diploma In Education Support). I am halfway through my Diploma of Early childhood Education & care , so it's almost coming to an end.

I have started trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit.  Just to learn more about people & life, about myself.

Many years ago I realised a chapter in my life had ended when I watched friends move away, but I realised that ending gave me the freedom to explore other areas that I was passionate about and meet other people.  When one door closes another one opens.







Day 2
Prompt:

                                                         This reminds me of my garden  and all the plans i have for my garden. I want to grow lovely colourful flowers and lots of veggies.  But I am not a green thumb so keeping the plants alive will be a challenge in itself haha.

10 years ago, I had my first son. I was almost 19 years old. Knowing now, that he has a form of Autism called Aspergers, i would tell my 10 years ago self to be kind to myself, to look after myself.  To cherish all the moments i have with my little brother because he wont be there forever.


Day 3
Prompt:

I have literally birthed 4 sons. But I also have given life to this blog.












Day 4
Prompt:
Having 4  boys I don't feel fully relaxed very often , if at all...  I would say i haven't relaxed in about 10 years. I do yoga though but i don't fully 100% relax with yoga.










And because Readers love to see my boys :
Cody will be 10 on Anzac day, Tyson is now  8 & a half years old, Alistair will be 3 in July, and Charlie will be 7 in September. They grow up so fast!