Thursday, 26 July 2012

I could get used to this!!!!!

Today marks 1 whole week as an unemployed Mama!!!!

I must say, I am LOVING being able to drop the kids to school and do reading in Ethan's reception class. I finally feel like a real mama. I have been wanting this for sooooooo long.

I have also been enjoying things like:

* Coffee with friends

* Window Shopping with the bestie!!! (But only on her friday off)
*Trashie day time TV


* Washing clothes and not wasting what time I have with my kids doing housework!!

* Lunch with my Godfather!!!

*Taking my Baba out during the week to help her with the bits of pieces she needs to do and to just get her out of the house.

*I went to assembly at Tate and Ethan's school for the second time EVER!

*Did the food shopping on a Thursday during the day!

*Picking the kids up from school and having all the afternoon routine finished by 4.30pm and taking them to thier sports trainings

I am still looking for a job as we need the money at the moment.

Tonight I am off to dinner for the farewell of the 2 other girls that got made redundant as well. Then tomorrow I am going to assembly at Damon's school and cleaning the house! Jonesy is sceptical but will be very excited when he comes home to a sparkling house tomorrow.
I am looking forward to more of this but also findng some work to fill in the rest of my time or talking Jonesy into another baby.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Friday Favourites - Things I like to do with the kids.

Now that I am a stay at home mum while I look for another job I have more time to spend with the boys, which is fabbo!!

Here are some of the things we enjoy doing around home.

The Local Park
This is always a big hit with the boys. It is also fenced in and has an area of grass, and a shelter with some table and chairs, so once they have had enough of the equipment they can kick the footy or soccer ball around and Mum can sit at the table and read or plan blog posts.

I know this doesn't sound like something that the kids would be all that interested in but when I suggest it they get very excited about it.
We normally head down to the Little Athletics Oval that is at the end of our street. It has a long jump pit, a 400 metre running track and in the middle of the oval an 80 metre sprint track. (All on the grass)
Tate, Damon and I normally run laps while Ethan plays in the sand. Ethan will run with us for maybe a lap but get bored and prefers to play in the sand.
It's awesome for burning some of the extra energy these boys seem to have and they enjoy it as much as I do. Win for everyone really.

Bike/Scooter Riding
There is a smallish riding track not far from home so when we have some time we load the trailer up with the kids bikes or scooters and head there. They LOVE it. There is all sorts of ramps and big and small half pipes. I sit and cringe but they seem t know what they are doing.

Mt Lofty
The kids and I enjoy going up to Mt Lofty there is lots to see and lots of space for Kite flying and football/soccer ball kicking. The boys love wandering through all the tracks and finding things they haven't seen before. The fresh air and exercise is just a bonus really.

Movie Night
One of our favourite ways to spend a saturday night at our house is a movie night. The boys get to take turns picking the movies that we watch and it always involves popcorn.

What thinkgs do you enjoy doing with your kids???

Next week's Friday Favourites: Damon's Favourite Singers

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Redundant - Really??

I was recently made redundant and I have my last day coming up on Wednesday.

I am excited and scared at the same time. It's forcing me to change things up but that means looking for work and heading out of my comfort zone for a while.

I will however enjoy being at home with the kids and being able to do all of school mum things that I have been longing to do since Ethan started school in January.

But I know that we really need for both of us to be working so as much as I will so enjoy this time I have a feeling that I am going to also be kinda stressed, which I think my husband is hoping will end up in an imaculate house. He shouldn't hold his breathe though!

I am hoping that I get more of a chance to do some blogging and get my little blog going a bit more and do some of the things I leant at Blogopolis.

So for now I'm off to search for another job. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

366 Photo a day Photography challenge - UMMM

I have completely dropped the ball with this challenge. I got the flu at the beginning of June and haven't really been ok since, it really knocked me on my butt.

That coupled with every spare moment I have spent looking for a new job as I was recently made redundant and I have no time!

So I am giving up the photography challenge for this year and I am going to start a fresh in 2013. When hopefully it has all settled down for us.

I am very sad about it but there is more important things I need to concentrate on at the moment!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Children & Grief

When my Dido died I thought I knew how each of my boys would handle it.

Tate is like me, he keeps everything bottled up inside not really showing much emotion until it all gets too much and he looses it completely.

Damon lets it out as he feels it, doesn't hide it and finds it easy to talk about things and gets frustrated with Tate and I when we don't.

Ethan on the other hand is a little bit of both boys.

Each of the boys have had thier moments in the last few months and are each still dealing with their grief and I am doing me best to help and support them in anyway I can.

Ethan said the sweetest thing a few weeks ago and I am finding that he has the most questions about it all still. He believes that Dido is in heaven with Tiger (our dog) and Aunty Kerry (my sister) and that Dido is in charge of the rain. So when it rains and he doesn't want it to, he looks up and says "OH come on Dido".

I will often find the boys talking about Dido, which normally ends up with one or all of us in tears. 

Ethan asked me the other when his heart will stop hurting, which just broke my heart.

It is getting easier and I think the more we talk and about Dido and remember him the less our hearts will hurt. At least I hope so anyway!