Monday, November 5, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

letting it go

let it go 

Thinking I had escaped this dreaded flu was a little premature, it was just to hit me last. And after a few bad days, I am up and about. I was thinking as I am going about my daily routine how weary and behind I feel and how hang-on what makes me think I can jump back on to normal life so soon. How about slowing to fully recover? My mind has cleared quicker than my body has and expects me to not only get on with normal but catch-up on everything that didn't get done whilst i was laid up. After feeling overwhelmed last night I let myself of the hook and happened to read this post this morning, and decided to let-it-go.
Go slowly and be gentle with this body of mine.
Things will gradually pick up into that familiar rhythm but for now the kids may have to rummage through washing baskets to find their clean clothes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

endless gifts

home because of sickness the oldest and youngest (obviously excluding the twins here) enjoy the sun and some rare quality time together

these two babies- unplanned but so part of his plan
crunchy leaves

the sun setting her alight with glowing glory

candles make everything more lovely even feeding hour at the zoo

friends who make great coffee

her drawings: LOVE< LOVE

the boy with the guitar

moments in the sun when they all are busy with their own important thing

her important thing is squeezing love into her baby sister. there is so much love.

Monday, August 13, 2012

monday inspiration

FALLING UPWARD
In order to construct our life’s container we all need some help from “the perennial tradition” that has held up over time. We cannot each start at zero, entirely on our own. Life is far too short, and there are plenty of mistakes we do not need to make—and some that we need to make. We are parts of social and family ecosystems that are rightly structured to keep us from falling, but also, more importantly, to show us how to fall and also how to learn from that very falling. 

We are not helping our children by always preventing them from what might be necessary falling, because we learn how to recover from falling by falling! It is precisely by falling off the bike many times that you eventually learn what the balance feels like. Those who have never allowed themselves to fall are actually off balance, while not realizing it at all. That is why they are so hard to live with. Please think about that for a while.

Adapted from Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, p. 28


God’s grace is sufficient for the journey!

Friday, August 10, 2012

babies update

these babies are on the move and they are fast
there is the cutest chatter and lots of funny antics
they are engaging with eachother in laughter and talk
they sit up easily now and wave their little arms about in excitement
they love books, bathtime, the dogs, when we clap or sing to them and the sight of their bottle
they are now eating finger food like frozen berries, fetta, banana
they are our little joy babies



Sunday, August 5, 2012

weekending

native mulberry tree


lemons

oranges
every looks better when the grass has been mowed.


soon spring will bring vivid life back to this beauty
we finally got the rest of our fruit trees planted this weekend. well, we as in matt and the kids. in the afternoon i went for a little walk to see all the hard work. as i came back to the house the sky had very quickly changed color and a bitter cold wind swept in. such a wintry scene. so good to get some jobs taken off the to do list.

Friday, August 3, 2012

[a moment to remember]

i discovered this when i uploaded my photos....someone has been playing with mama's camera. a tall and gorgeous young girl playing with her shadow.

Monday, July 30, 2012

30th july 2012, 6.03am

i wake up with the warm breath of Isabella on my face and automatically reach out to feel her forehead, her cheek. fever gone. she has had high temps and been in and out of sleep the last couple of days so she won't be going to school today. i hear the babies chatting so slip out of bed and heat up their bottles, bump into Jett who offers to make me a cup of tea. it's freezing this morning so i take the babies their bottles and go back into bed. i lay there thinking i really need to get up and get the lunches made, feed the babies breakfast and get them dressed for the day which takes longer than i ever allow for so i roll out of bed again trying not to stir Bella and go to the babies who greet me with huge smiles and wiggles.
after changing them i bring them out to the kitchen and place them in their highchairs with a few toys while i start on the lunches. Zach makes his way to the kitchen already dressed for the day and gets himself muesli, yogurt [which he calls sour yogurt] and frozen berries. he tells me his legs are so cold they are dieing so i tell him to have breaky in the babies room [the warmest room in the house thanks to the oil heater]. Jett tells me he is so full he can't finish his breakfast- it looks like he has had none, i tell him he shouldn't of put so much in his bowl and that he will have to eat it. he finishes of most of it. he has already done his jobs so he goes back upstairs to get dressed for school. i make myself a dandelion tea as Jett forgot to make me one and i warm up fruit for the babies. i turn the TV on to hear the update on the Olympics.
Zach comes out and is about to when i remind him to do his jobs which this week is dishwasher, he groans and complies. i give the babies a rice biscuit and grab my clothes for the day and get changed in the babies room. Bella is still asleep and jasmine hasn't made a peep, she has had the flu for more than a week and just now recovering but won't be going to school today either, which makes it much quicker for getting lunches done as their is tow instead of four. i made two wraps last night form our leftover steak so all i have to do is add in some fruit, an energy ball and a boiled egg. i finish feeding babies and wonder if the boys have enough food for lunch - i add some crackers and more fruit.
i call to Jasi to come downstairs as i need to talk to her before leaving. she has been home sick for a week and is much better but i'm giving her a few extra days at home to gain her strength back. i give her the kitchen to clean up, have breakfast, vit c, manuka honey, do jobs and get dressed for the day, all to be done by the time i get back.
Bella is up and getting dressed. she has dark circles under her eyes but is cheery so I'm hopeful she take a turn for the better today. the babies are done so i clean them up and take them to their play area in the lounge while i finish off in the kitchen, making bottles and another tea. Jett yells out do i know where his jumper and sports socks are and i find his jumper in the laundry basket and tell him to look in the sock basket for his socks. he races down stairs to brush his teeth, grabs his things and goes back upstairs. Zach has gone upstairs to play with his Lego and i ask him if he has brushed his teeth i hear more groans and clicking of Lego. Jett comes down after a kerfuffle with Zach and gets his bag ready and says goodbye whilst leaning in for a kiss, i kiss him and tell him he doesn't need to leave for another 15minutes. i suggest he grabs his book and reads for a bit which he does. the babies are a bit whiny so i spend the next 10 minutes changing their nappies again and giving then the last of their bottles that they had left over. i call out its time to go and don't here anything. i call Zach specifically and he answers reluctantly but soon appears.  he is still in his slippers and hasn't brushed his teeth but this doesn't take him too long. Jett gets up, gives me another goodbye kiss, kisses both babies and Bella and heads out the door to catch the bus at the top of the driveway. i get babies in the car and turn the car on to warm it up. Bella is next to hop in the car and then comes Zach. i kiss Jasi and tell her I'll be back soon.
in the car Bella, Zach and i play i spy all the way to school and the babies sleep.

as far as mornings go around here this one went pretty smoothly.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

in the kitchen

I am :
making chicken stock and chicken soup
soaking oats for porridge in the mornings and using the leftovers for porridge pancakes.
soaking buckwheat muesli mix which i couldn't believe the kids actually ate but buckwheat is too strong a taste for me so i think ill keep it as an add in for muffins
baking with brown rice flour- experimented with some cacao brownies =
making scones with Isabella
trying to plan a seasonal menu plan that I can re-use
coming up with all sorts of baby food combinations
scouring blogs and websites for allergy-free recipes
being very inspired by this site
stocking the freezer with muffins, pikelets, power balls and more for school lunches
very much enjoying the extra time I'm spending in this space preparing good, wholesome food for my big and little ones and so thankful I finally have the energy to work and improve this hugely important area of our families life.


figs, yum!



bella loves making scones

green juice for mama

o so yum sugar-free chocolate bark

baby food ready to go in freezer

chicken soup on its way

a family favourite- baked apples

a leftovers dinner

candles make everything nicer even the crazy dinner hour