Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 24 - Wild things

One of the nicest (and unexpected) discoveries I've made since having a third child is that the older 2 enjoy skiving off to play on their own, giving me more one-on-one time with Leo than I anticipated. Of course much of their play results in some fairly crazy messes, like the current trend of stripping their beds to build a mountain with the bedding and then diving into it. They close the door to their room and we all pretend they are playing something that does not involve covering every inch of the floor. Below is Max's bed (stripped of course) and piled high with some stories for "Dad to read later" [note the empty shelves where they normally reside].

I've weighed it all up and for the most part I prefer the time I get to 'myself' more than keeping the place clean. I'm also glad that for now at least they can play together for such long periods of time (an hour at the most...if they have been well fed & watered). They usually emerge bearing some game that needs to be set up in the lounge because "there's no room left in there".
Occasionally I go in and find them just laying about reading a book, or playing intently with something, like yesterday I discovered Max tinkering in the toy house. When I asked him what it was he had created he replied "a jungle had grown up in Max's room, just like in the book".

Love that :: and the fact that Max is a mustache-toting Lego sheriff.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 21 - A Giveaway!

Only 10 days to go until the end of Blogtoberfest.

Despite not managing a post everyday I've enjoyed the process of documenting on a more regular basis. There are so many things I could post about everyday, but to tell the truth I wouldn't really want to (nor would I have the time/energy). Blogtoberfest (and blogging in general) has made me realise how nice it is to take some time out to record the more simple happenings throughout my days at home with three little ones. Because it all sort of fades away as they grow.......for me anyway.

So to celebrate I'm having a giveaway! I've not collected everything together so no pictures of the actual giveaway is a collection of goodies from the fabric stash.... you can see you would really be helping me out! As it is a blogtoberfest giveaway, some of the goodness will have a continental feel and it will include fabric, trim and some vintage patterns (most probably childrens clothing).

So just leave a comment and I'll pick a winnner after the 31st October.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 20 - Mornings

In the hope of fending of another cold that looms on the horizon we are doing a fair bit of juicing at the moment......

Monday, October 19, 2009

Day 19 - Thank goodness for previous efforts

These are the times I'm grateful for having made the
effort when the fruit was plentiful.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 17 - The inevitable baby legs post

How is it that those chicken legs disappear so very quickly third time around?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 16 - You feeling sick yet?

This is a question I get asked daily at the moment. Since I'm no longer any good for tummy checkups by the 'midwives' I'm now being approached by 'student doctors' (we've had some visiting to learn about families).

They come bearing all manner of scary-looking tools and wacky treatment options

It's the glint in her eyes that you have to be on the look out for......

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 15 - Creative Space

It is all a bit of a mish-mash here at the moment; Max is at 'school', Addie is tinkering in her room, the vacuum is running (it keeps Leo asleep!), the house is 1/8 vacuumed, the trip to Spotlight has been postponed due to the car battery being flat (thanks to Adelaide's obsession with the reading lights in the car & me forgetting to check) and on the table waiting for a bit of stitching is a whole pile of mending! I've promised myself to do it all before I start sewing Max's new backpack

Can you guess who picked the fabric (an old curtain)?

The pattern is from here.

More crafty types over here.

And you must go here for Gina's great tutorial (she's a star that gal!)

Day 15 - Did I mention it's been sunny?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 14 - Opps!

5 days......opps!

what can I say, the sun has been shining....

Friday, October 9, 2009

Day 9 - Blogtoberrest

I know it looks like a Claytons-post.

That's because it is.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Day 8 - Creating with my boy

It doesn't happen that often, but somehow today Max & I managed to squeeze in a bit of one-on-one time making something he really wanted. This little sewing project was only recently added to the list after my parents arrived with a handmade wooden stove. The mitt was made using this pattern and some of this fabric (from ink&spindle).

I got to eat some yummy pizza's (Tupperware lids) for the rest of the evening!

Zillions more creative spaces over here.......

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Day 7 - The bearded girl

I'm blaming having my Dad around for Addie's latest drawing adventures...... Apparently it's a beard (not so sure what the forehead bit is though)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Day 6 - Op hop - PART I

The weather has delayed my parents trip to Maatsuyker Island (they will be there for the next 4 months as the caretakers) so Mum & I ( and the the smallest smalls) did an op-shop-hop yesterday......thriftiness runs in the family!

Here is some of the goodness we bought home...I'll save some for another post (that way I may actually make it through blogtoberfest). Some teak bowls...I love these and am rapidly gaining quite a collection;

this threading game (it is like a wedge of Swiss cheese);

And for one of my favourite, favourite, favourite ever thrifted games;

honestly I would have bought it for the box alone.

But fortunatley most of the pieces were still in it....although only one person(perhaps the little princess?). I'm thinking of ordering some little wooden people from Etsy to add build up a cast.

You use the wooden sticks underneath the stage floor to move things around (they are magnetized), I'm not sure who had the most fun!

Thank goodness for op shops on rainy days!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Day 5 - Our front door

Karin came up with this weeks eye spy theme - My font door (hosted of course by the amazingly productive Cindy).

I was pleased that there was not the usual pile of boots at the front door when I went out to take this photo (they are all out the back door!) Our door is in-keeping with the rest of our 60's built house, a ridged glass door with glass panels on the sides. We added the ghastly screen door, mostly to keep the kids in & the flies out in summer, and to deter half-hearted thieves (if you really tried you would get in).

The typewriter is for leaving messages but in reality is usually filled with messages from the smalls, stuff like;


My favourite part about entering our house is the recently installed 'sunny boy' which gives the reading of how much solar power our roof panels are feeding into the grid, unfortunately there has not been much of late but the days are getting longer and the rain seems to be slowing.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Day 4 - play, play, play

We are outnumbered,

they have taken over the house

& now they are colonising the backyard

The play precinct is all ready for summer!

Down tools:

First load:
Blogtoberfest: A post a day during October, thanks to Tinniegirl.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Day 3 - Park Life

Spotted in St David's Park recently:

Friday, October 2, 2009

Day 2 - Sticky business

Another batch of cumquat marmalade, made from the meager offerings from our tree plus the collected fruit of our favourite 'public' tree (well the bit that overhangs the fence is public).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blogtoberfest............Open for business

While it feels like madness to even attempt it, I've signed up for Blogtoberfest, an attempt to post daily during October.....eeek.

I predict many posts containing only pictures of baby legs!

Anyhow on with the job...

Between showers of rain my parents + the eager apprentices (and Tim on the weekend) managed to [re]construct this solid little cubby house......

Fully insulated and lined, ready to withstand the extremes of Tasmanian weather (and it doesn't leak...this has been thoroughly tested). I foresee many nights also spent camping out in the cubby over summer.

Now open for business...........

There are of course several things to be finished (like every house); repainting, more windows to be installed, mailbox to be added and a roof on the deck.

The jacuzzi is still very much a work in progress.....


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