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the simple things in a child’s life

Found this in my drafts so slightly out of date whack but here it is never the less!!!

We had a jam packed family weekend as my brother and nephew were over from Perth for a football game and we caught up with them at my nephew’s game as well as breakfast the next morning. The little man was so excited to see both of them he kept calling out to both during the game which was very sweet.

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cousins


breakfast with Buzz as well

breakfast with Buzz as well

When we returned home from breakfast I decided there was no TV on and he was not happy about this so I suggested making a cubby over the dining table. He said no but I still went and got a sheet from the linen press and took it out to him. He decided it was going to be over the couches instead and I had to make sure there were two doors and a window! He isn’t demanding at all is he???

So I swished the sheet over the couches, placed his little table and chairs under there and he went and got some toys to entertain himself. Best hour and a half of my life as he was so engrossed I got to read the paper and some of my book uninterrupted!!! Yay for me!!

cubby

cubby


checking out his goodies

checking out his goodies


some of said goodies

some of said goodies

I will be storing this idea away in the old memory bank and pulling it out again as the little man thought it was great!

flying mand with goggles

flying mand with goggles

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Shower cleaner

I have just started giving the little man showers and there is a bonus – he cleans the shower for me!! How lucky am I to have a someone other than myself to clean the shower from now on.

How long it lasts will be the million dollar question!! But I am going to milk it for as long as I can as I know soon enough he won’t do anything for me.

Plus he’s a pretty cute one at that!

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Spiralling all over the place

This is what my life feels like

This is what my life feels like

I have been off the air waves recently as life seems to have gotten the better of me.

First off I can’t get the little man into a kinder for next year and it is compulsory in Australia for all 4 year olds to attend or they can’t start school!!! They system in my local council is ridiculous and very frustrating to say the least. He is in a day care that is running a kinder program but the ages are 3-5 year olds so not sure how successful this will be or how he will cope with it I do not know….

I seem to have nominated the two most popular kinder’s in my area without knowing and have gone through three rounds of offers and received nada, nil, nothing, ZILCH!!! I am more annoyed for the little man as he won’t have the continuity and think it is appalling that a kinder has more 3 year old spots than it does 4 year old and therefore kids miss out. Is it just me that finds this part the most absurd???

I want to whinge and whine to the council and the kinder but it will probably only black ball me and my son so is there any point? I want to fight for all the other parents that may be subjected to the same treatment in the future but do I have the energy and strength to do so??

Why is it so difficult to get your child into kinder when they have attended 3 year old and are meant to be at an advantage for having done so?

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To add to the above issue I have been summoned to go to mediation with the little man’s dad and really can’t be bothered. Not the right attitude I know but he is in such a great routine and space why rock the boat? His dad has had so much time with him from such a young age and I think he forgets that he is only 3 (nearly 4) and what you are currently receiving is fantastic as most fathers don’t get what he has until this age bracket.

The other reason I can’t be bothered is I know he is going to ask for more time and I don’t really believe he wants it he just doesn’t want to pay child support. He currently gets an additional 8 Thursdays a year to spend time with our son but has he ever taken them all?? NO! The first year he took 3, last year he took 4 and so far this year only 2. If you want more time with your son why aren’t you utilising what the courts have recommended??

He has broken the court orders twice by keeping him overnight when he was not meant to and various other things that fall outside the court orders. I know he doesn’t have the money to go to court so going to say at mediation for nothing to change so we will end back up in court! I can’t afford it either but prefer to have a legally binding court document, not that he cares, with regards to the best interests of my little man.

Well that is my life at the moment if it isn’t one thing it is another and sometimes I wonder what I did in a previous life to have to live through what I am now. I don’t think I have ever done anything bad to have deserved this karma that seems to be playing in my life, except maybe going out with my ex!!!

When will this bubble burst and I will be left with a beautiful open colourful life with my boy??

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Kick to Kick

It was a bitterly cold day on Sunday with the sun shining but no warmth in it at all. To get out of the house and to turn the TV off I decided we were going to go to the park no matter what. We ended up going to the digger park – a park near us that children or mums leave their old Tonka trucks in the sand pit for all the neighbourhood kids to enjoy and keep on loving them.

The little man went straight to the sandpit and the trucks and played quite happily for a while with me sitting on the edge saying “get off your knees as your pants are soaking through.” As I said bitterly cold day and it had rained the night prior so the sandpit was very damp. He couldn’t have cared less and chose to ignore my words of love!!

After he had had his fun with the trucks he found a football so we decided it was time to play kick to kick. I haven’t played footy with him for a bit and I was quite surprised at how good and coordinated he was. He kicked the ball nearly every time with a few fresh air kicks here and there and he was even able to do a little run up and then kick the ball on the run. I was so impressed and keep praising his skills telling him how good he was. Every now and then I got a “great kick mum” from him as well.

It still amazes me at how quick they grow and the skills develop whilst you blink your eye or have a sleep. I think he could be quite sporty which is great as I love that side of him and I may have to look at some more sport groups to keep him occupied and out in the fresh air.

rolling around with the ball

rolling around with the ball

kicking time

kicking time

what a kick!

what a kick!

mum having a go

mum having a go

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kindergarten

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Before having the little man I never realised how hard it was going to be to get him into kinder in the council I reside in!!! I struggled this year with 3 year old and finally we were accepted into the one that is about 300m from our front door! YAY for me!!! We scooter on a Wednesday and ride the bike on Friday’s; we love to mix things up in our house.

I have found out, being a member of the committee has its perks, that there are not enough spots for 4 year old kinder next year if all current 3 year olds accept and there are four repeating 4 year old kinder next year as well. I am starting to be quite concerned that he is going to have to go to a new kinder and make new friends again and we are not going to get the preference that we want.

The funny thing is the group we are in all residing in the same street or one that is two streets away from the kinder. One of the criteria through the council is that you have to live within 2km of the kinder yet none of us were accepted in the first or second round offers. How does the council see that as fair and reasonable? It is a balls up if you ask me and there was uproar last year so imagine there will be another this year if we are all not accepted yet live closer than most who attend.

All I want for the little man is to have a settled life for his kinder years as I have had to, unfortunately, swap his child care each year which I have not liked but had no other option. He has made some lovely friends at kinder and the mum’s are not bad either! Mind you his current child care could be closing at the end of this year so that could mean two massive changes next year before school.

Ahhh my life never runs smoothly that is for sure. Keep your fingers crossed for us everyone as I need all the help I can get on this front.

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Toolman crack

The little man came into my bedroom the other morning looking like this!

toolman crack

toolman crack

He said it was where all workmen kept their tools and grandpa did it to. Not sure about grandpa doing it exactly this way, he tends to put things in his back pockets not in his actual clothes.

The things that come out of their mouths are priceless and make you smile for the rest of the day and laugh every time you see the photo.

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Leek and pumpkin barley risotto

I was intending to make this for both the little man and I tonight for dinner but took longer than the recipe said so the little man had a pre packaged pasta – bad mummy!

A different take on risotto and I must admit I LOVE pearl barley so found it quite tasty.

I would definitely make it again and maybe add some new ingredients to it as well. Hope if you make it you enjoy it too. I will be serving up the leftovers to the little man tomorrow night!!

500g butternut pumpkin peeled, seeded and diced
2 Tbsp oil
1 leek trimmed, rinsed and sliced
2 rashes of bacon trimmed and chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
200g button mushrooms sliced or halved (depends on your fancy)
1.5 cups pearl barley
5 cups veggie stock (I only had chicken)
1/3 cup chopped parsley

Preheat oven 200C

In baking dish toss pumpkin in half the oil, season and bake for 20-25 minutes until tender.

Heat remaining oil in large heavy based saucepan, sautée leek, bacon and garlic 2-3 minutes until leek is tender. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes stirring until golden.

Stir in barley to coat in oil. Pour in stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.

Remove lid and simmer a further 10-15 minutes (I found closer to 20+ minutes), until barley is tender and liquid is completely absorbed. Season to taste.

Stir through pumpkin, sprinkle the parsley on top.

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