31 May 2006

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to me! Yesterday I celebrated my 35th birthday. "Celebrated" is used fairly loosely here. I realised I have reached a significant milestone - half my allotted span. I didn't dwell on this, but it did make me consider whether I am living my life how I would wish. Being at home with two small children also limits the celebrations - no long lunches of lobster and champagne.

However, we did have a good time. The weather was not great - heavy showers and pretty cold, so we went down to Rhodes shopping centre and spent some time playing in Ikea. I also managed my favourite lunch - Malaysian beef salad.

We returned home for nap time, and both cherubs slept. Not surprising really, since DS was up at 4.30 and DD shortly after 5. DH treated me to a sleepin while he spent quality time with the kids. After nap time, we cooked a birthday cake. I wanted a butterscotch layer cake, but DH doesn't like caramel flavourings, so I would have had to eat the ENTIRE cake myself (toddler serves aren't very large.) SO we opted for Nigella Lawson's brownies, which were delicious, although a little tricky to get cooked enough, but to still be very moist.

DH and I had Thai takeaway for dinner after the kids were in bed, while watching Survivor.

Not exciting, but nice.

I had lots of phone calls wishing me well, which was lovely.

My best friend called (of course!) but also had some bad news. She recently fought off breast cancer (it's nearly 2 years since she was diagnosed) and has not been well now for some time. They've figured out the problem - cancer cells in her stomach and intestines. Surgery is not an option, so aggressive chemotherapy will start on Thursday. This is so hard, she's a lovely, kind, sharing person with a loving DH and 3 year old daughter. And she's only 35. The doctor mentioned a 10% survival estimate.

28 May 2006

titles are hard

I keep wanting to use the same titles over and over.... this one would be the 'home again' theme. Maybe that's why people categorise their posts.

Anyway, we've been down the coast again for the weekend. We had a nice time as usual. I seem to have lost a knitting needle along the way somewhere, which is very annoying. Better go shopping again tomorrow, I suppose.

I am not feeling inspired to write tonight, being tired and cranky thanks to DD having a very unsettled night battling with her 2 year old molars - two are peeping through.

24 May 2006

life in the big city

Sunday, we went into the city for a fun day out, and to stay the night in a hotel. It actually went pretty well considering we missed nap time. We visited the Powerhouse Museum, and saw a 50 years of television exhibition there. We saw some very cool things including Humpty, Hamble and Jemima (the originals); the windows (they're actually on about 30 cm tall - shock!) (both from Playschool); Mr Squiggle; stump-cam; Blue Heelers Maggie's uniform complete with bullet marks and bloodstains; Ozzie Ostrich and Charlene's wedding dress (Neighbours.)

Shortly after this DS got his foot twisted going down an escalator and immediately could not walk on his foot. He crawled throughout the evening, but didn't seem in any actual pain. I took him to the doctor the next morning, was told it was probably just bruised, which it has turned out to be. He's walking again now as per normal.

I think that's all the highlights, except both kids went to sleep quickly and easily at their usual time, despite us only having one room.

The past few days have been spent trying to keep DS on the couch (LOTS of videos) to rest his foot, and me trying to clean getting ready for our rental inspection tomorrow. It's proved a good boost to my decluttering program.

Yesterday I got the heater out. IT's been grey, drizzly and fairly cold, so now we can our lounge room a bit warmer anyway. I rearranged the lounge room to fit the heater in, which is always fun. DH doesn't enjoy this, but I had the perfect reason - and it's not like he has to move the furniture!

19 May 2006

The power of a noo noo

I forgot to mention this lovely encounter with a noo noo.

My Dad is involved in his local community, and hence goes to lots of trivia nights. At the latest, one of the questions was "What is a noo noo?" He was able to astonish the table with his knowledge :)

Another question was "What do you do before reading a story on Playschool?" He missed this one, not being a regular enough viewer :)

I didn't mean to take a break....

... it just happened that way. By the time I was ready to post again, I'd used up my broadband allowance for the month, and was back to the dark ages. That's way too annoying, so I waited.

The big news here is that last night DS refused a nappy, and slept dry. How exciting.... and nerve wracking.... and laundry inducing :)

We've had other moments of cuteness - DS being sent to get clean knickers out of his drawer. He returned, and DD told me "NO, these ones" and sent him back. He followed her instructions, and wore her choice of knickers. Hmmm. He's going to have to develop some assertiveness, I think.

The last week has been a shocking sleeping week. The kids have been taking turns sleeping badly, which is exacerbated by waking each other up in the daytime. The drawbacks here are that I don't get to take turns for waking up, and daytime I need my naptime (no, not for sleeping ;) .)

I've barely touched my knitting, which I must change. I'm in the process of working on the heel in my first magic self-striping sock and would like to get it done before my next knitting class.

A while ago I finished my first pair of socks. They are a spiral pattern in a tube shape, with no heel. They are for my DD, but both kids had to try them.

We spent Mothers Day with DH's family, which was nice, and then the evening with my folks. I was talking to my SIL (we each have 2 kids, her DD1 is 3 months older than DS, and DD2 is 2 weeks older than my DD.) On Saturdays she goes to a scrapbooking shop and spends from 9am till 4pm scrapping and talking. Now that's a break - what a DH.

I'm considering ways I can get more 'timeout'.

And finally, some art. DD loves drawing. She spends every odd minute with her 'special drawing book', and she likes to draw circles. Sometimes they're called circles, othertimes pussycats.