Saturday, November 29, 2008

Life gets hectic

So to those who actually read this blog but life has been hectic and I haven't had time to update or have been very slack you work out which LOL.

Life side has been busy with me studying for Cert 2 in Ambulance officer but I have passed so all ready to go and help someone. I am really enjoying it and loving helping people .

Morgan side of things everything is still going well but we are getting to the point where we need to challenge foods but haven't really got any idea how to do it or record it. So I have called for professional help. I got hold of a lovely dietician that knew all about the elimination diet and said in a few months we will come out with a list that will detail food that Morgan should avoid, foods she can have in moderation and food that are fine. I can't wait , just to give her more of a choice. It is a bit exyy but I really don't mind if it help us get to the bottom of it all. She will help us with the challenges and we have to keep a food diary and any reaction and on a scale of 1-3 , 3 being the worst and she will be able to tell what she react too instead of me shaking my head and having no idea. I am very excited to be doing this.

Knitting side of things I have been knitting but a bit slow due to being tired and a bit brain drained at the end of the day.

I made a Radiating Star Blanket which was fun to make . I made it in an 8ply from Kmart so it was really cheap to make.

I have made Shrug it , Jacki Seamless kimono and some Christmas decoration socks but no photos as yet sorry.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sorry sorry sorry I will update now

Okay where to start.

Failsafe is fantastic it has changed our life totally. We have gone from having a child who was so defiant, unhappy, mad, rude, saying horrible things to a child who seems angelic.

Don't get me wrong she is not perfect but if she is picked up for something we get a "sorry" instead of a " YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, YOU HATE ME ETC ETC ETC". You get the idea.

We have been doing it for 5 weeks now and in that time I have seen 4 occassions we have seen instant result of slip ups. The first was a cream bun which resulted in screaming and crying about bed time, 2nd was lollies ( I didn't give them to her) and she was just hyper and rude, 3rd was butter which took 4 days to come to a head cause she has it on bread, in cakes etc and the 4th was sakata rice crackers which are supposed to be failsafe but appear not to be.

Anyone thinking of giving it a try GO FOR IT. It has brought a happier child into my life cause I can tell you I was loosing my mind and I was seriously looking for a way out of thing ( not sure what that would've been ).

It isn't that hard to follow if you go armed with the shopping list. The only thing I find difficult is the F & V but I might start introducing those again to see how it goes ( I am a little scared).

I also found dinners a bit hard but brought the recipe books and just experimented and have actually done some nice meals. LOL

SO thanks to those who have given there support cause it has been greatly appreciated.

PS. I do have knitting photos to put up later.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Finally come to the Failsafe diet

M and I have been having issues for years and these last few weeks have become a nightmare. It was just getting ridiculous that I decided to take her away for two days just her and I and spent some one on one time with each other.

We did lots of shopping for clothes for her and shoes she needed.

We saw Mumma Mia which was great.

So back to M, I asked her if she wanted to try The Failsafe diet if we could find the book to follow what she says. Anyway we found the book and shopped according to the diet and we will see how we go. We have to avoid all additives and colouring and so other nasties that they put in foods. It is challenging but I am willing to give it a go

I think I stuffed up on the bread though cause I only looked for 282 not vinegar so will have to make some this week to give to her.

I really want this to work for her so she is a happier girl and I am a happier person to cause I am not having to deal with constant tantrums .

So will keep you updated.

I have been knitting but it has been so slow. I started making a pair of Jaywalkers but then realised they are too small. I have a really heigh top of my foot , not really the instep the bit directly below my leg and I have trouble getting some shoes and socks on.

Will update with piccys later this week.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Girls beds finsihed - 6hours long

I finally finished the girls bunks.

It took a bit longer due to using stain so needing to dry 8hours between coats and needing 3 coats.

I put them together yesterday and then tidied and culled the room, that took a mammoth 6hours.

The end result is great and they loved it which is the main thing but today it looks nothing like it did yesterday (very sad).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Motivation is thick and fast

I am sick of our garden looking like a shambles so I have made it my misson to get it sorted.

I hate weeding and stuff but it needs to be done and Shaun either can't be bothered or is working to do it so I guess I will have to pull some imaginary hours out of my bum and do something about it.

We did a big clean up and went to the dump the other week and got rid of some metal last week, now it is just the weeds and stuff.

It is depressing to see all the weeds but it has to be done.

I will get some piccys for you soon and then do some after shots unless I loose motivation before hand.

Busy as a beaver ...

This week I am really motivated.

We got the kids beds on Monday so I decided it was my task to paint them and assemble them this week.

I got Flynns finished within 1.5days and cause the paint was a washed out effect it took next to no time to dry so his bed was done yesterday. I was just so desperate to get it finished I didn't wait for help I just did it myself.

I love the end result and so does he. His comment "Awesome mummy, look my big bed".

He loves it no end.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The adventures of teddy

Neve came home today with the gorgeous little teddy I questioned where it came from as you do.

She told me she gets to keep him till Friday and we have to write in his diary about his encounters while he is with us. The start of the story has to be "dear diary today I ......." and you write it as you are the teddy

The other kids who have had him wrote a story and had pictures from Birthday parties, sleepover etc.

We decided we would take him to our favourite coffee shop and them she could write a story about him being there.

I thought it was a great idea for the kids to do something on there own. She had the story written in about 5mins and the whole thing done with 1/2hour.

New camera again

After I broke my good camera we brought a cheap one from ebay but it really didn't do what I would've liked.

We cased in our Flybuys and got a good new one so took a few photos.

Sock completed Yeah

Finished the second sock which took only 2 days after taking over a week for one sock.

Very thick and comfy and now it is too hot for them LOL

Friday, August 29, 2008

Love stripe socks just lazy

I love the look of stripy socks and started to do them using Bendigo classic for the main blue and some hand dyed knittery . But OMG weaving in the ends is a killer so I just did 1/2 strip and a contrast toe. I think it looks pretty good. Almost took me a week to do one sock which is a record cause usually I can knock them of pretty quickly but I have had such a full on week that is has been challenging to get anything done. The other one is on the needles right as we speak.

During the week was Neve's 7th birthday. Where has those years gone. She wanted cupcakes which is so easy . They looked and tasted great.

What does this face say?????

Cheeky comes to mind or just gorgeous. Do you agree?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Well they need somewhere to sleep

For the last 12months Flynn and Morgan have been sharing a room which isn't ideal but it has worked so far.

Morgan and Neve hadn't been able to share a room cause they drove me nuts about who is to clean up and any other stuff they think up.

So it is time that Flynn has his own room cause he is the only boy. We have a small house and can't afford a huge mortgage so we are staying here a bit longer.

We decided to get them bunks but due to a low roof and a ceiling fan it is a no go for normal bunks.

We have ordered these for the girls and why we were at it ordered Flynn a new bed too with trundle which solves our other issue of needing a spare bed.

How to spend $1700 in a few minutes but at least they will have great new beds. Can;t wait until they are made.

One good thing is that they are Australian made with Australia products.

Come inside it's Playschool

Yesterday a group of mums and kids drove to Gawler to see Playschool Live.

It was great fun, bringing back allsorts of memories and some of them weren't playschool related.

Alex Papps was the Playschool person as well as Angela.

My sister and I had a huge crush on him when he was in The Henderson Kids playing Vinnie and then on to Home and Away as Frank.

I was just about having heart palpations remembering how my room used to be plastered with posters of him.

So to totally embarass myself I asked if he could sign a picture I happened to find in my bag that Flynn has drew to give to my sister. I said to him "my sister who is 36 had a major crush on you 20years ago could you sign this for her".. He asked her name and wrote "to Jo love Alec" She didn't believe me when I told her . LOL The things we do to get back at our sisters.

We had a great time watching them but apparently I sing really bad cause Flynn kept putting his hand up to me saying "stop not you signing". Don't you just love kids to tell you you suck at signing.

I personnally didn't think I was that bad LOL

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Knit , knit , knit.

Just few things off the needles.

I have made this vest for a swap and having finally finished it. I couldn't decide what to do with the edging because I can't crochet but came up with a ruffled look which I think doesn't look too bad really. What do you think? The pattern is Mara

Neve kindly modeled it for me so I could take photos.

I started making these socks for someone else as a gift but I liked them so they went on my feet instead. HA HA HA.

The are a simple Moda Vera sock wool from Spotlight in the pattern that was on the ball band. I lost the ball band but someone of Rav came to the rescue and helped me out.

I kissed a girl.......

Well actually no , but I was kissed by one on Friday night, very strange. Great night though

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sweet Berry Capris

Dyed up some The knittery wool up myself and just wasn;t sure how it would knit up.

You know how you like the colour but somehow you just can't imagine how it will look as something.

Decided to do some capris cause I am sure we will have some sun one day. BRRRRRRR it has been cold here.

So I am pleased with how it looks , so tiny, squishy and gorgeous berry colours.

I did a fancy girly hem ( total loss on what it is called) and I think they look pretty summery.

A hat for a friend

I overheard a friend saying yesterday that she could find a hat with ear flaps that she liked. SO I thought I would be sneaky and knit here one.

Started last night and completed today.

Just a basic Ear Flap Hat that you can either do plan, fair isle or stripes or whatever you fancy. I love the wool. It was Monsoon designs in Dragon fly, so soft and I really wanted to keep the yarn for myself but no the kindness in me gave it away.

The hat has no tassels but that is how she wanted it , just to keep her ears warm when walking in this freezing cold weather.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Small change = Big change

Not sure if you have noticed my small change counter on the side.

Back in Mid July I decided to see how much change I accumulate in a week/month. I started by adding my small change into a tin, you know one of those $$$$ tins that can't be opened. Otherwise if it wasn't an unopenable on I am sure I wouldn've borrowed from it already.

I have just been putting coins in there and the odd $$$. A friend owed me $$ for a few things but I hadn't missed the $$ so thought "if it is in my purse I will spend it, if I put it in my tin it is there for ever until I open it".

It is so surprising how many coins to can accumulate .

So my tally stands today at $177. This is without much effort at all and I have no idea what I will be spending it on when I decide to open it up.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Come fly a kite with me.........

Sorry no photos forgot camera as usual.

We went for a kite flying day at a nearby town, well as nearby as 1hour away is.

Neve was short listed in a colouring competition so we were going to get her award. The kids had made kites at school and we could take them with us but we weren't really sure what for.

Anyway Morgan entered her kite and then all the kids had to fly there kites. They called everyone up for the announcement of the kite making competition . There were 5 winners and the prize was $200 each.

Well guess who won Morgan, $200 just for her. SHe was so stoked and so proud and we all were.

The day was good there were kites everywhere. Mermaids, sharks, orca's, little ones, big ones.

When we got there Flynn was asleep and when he woke up we had to sit in the car for about 1hour cause he was scared of the SHARK. I kept saying "want to get out the car", "NO SHARK OUT THERE". So cute but so annoying to spend the time in the car.

Well thanks for reading

Thursday, July 31, 2008

3 soakers for a super little girl

These were for a custom which are now on their way to their new home.

They are all 10ply or thicker so great for night time.

The lollypop stripe one is from some lindon merino I got , nice and thick and feels so great. Tough wool if there is such a word.

The purple one is Malabrigo shade Cuarzo which is just to die for soft, but will pill alot , but really something has got to give if it is super soft as it is.

The purple and blue on is some 10ply New zealand wool I got and had a play with dying. I think it looks great.

Hope the receipient like them all.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Beautiful thankyou gift

I received a fantastic thankyou gift in the post last week from the ever gorgeous Michelle.

I got a great book about doing 2 socks at once, an ever so cute sock blocker key chain ( which I have wanted for ever) and some to die for sock wool from Monster knits. Not sure how she worked out green is my favourite colour but she did a fantastic job of selecting my so unexpected gift.

Thankyou from the bottom of my heart. It was so unexpected and it will be enjoyed for years to come.

Travelling wool buddies

A good friend of mine just travelled from mid SA to Noosa but via blue mountains and such.

I asked her if she stops at any wool shops just grab me anything. I rang her one day just to see where they were and said "your not going to Nundle by any chance are you" , she screamed "I am on my way there now".

Besides the tone of wool she brought for herself she brought me this bag of goodies, even asking the lady for a bag with NUNDLE on it so I could have my own special bag.

Recent wooly mail

I was going to write Fluffy mail but that doesn't come to our house anymore. LOL

I have a few purchases lately that i haven't blogged about , so don't think they they have all been in the last week or so.

These gorgeous bags came from and Etsy store , so cute , sweet and functional. I also love the Sunny boy bags she does but they seem to go super fast so will have to keep my eye out for those. Great to hide all those little projects in that seem to end up at the bottom of my knitting bag.

My knitting bag is disgusting, so unorganised. I try to keep most things in it cause I don't want to have to keep getting up when I am knitting cause i forgot something LAZY I think is what you call it.