Last yeah I made one of these little felt Xmas critters each for Koby, Charlee and Noah. Last night I made four more for Trent’s kids to hang on the Xmas tree. Now they have one each.
Considering the fact that it is how I make my living, sometimes I really suck in the role of family photographer. But then again often it’s nice to just spend the day being rather than doing. And that’s what I did on Sunday.
This photo of Charlee above is the only one I took all day while we were at Gumbyah Park. For those not familiar, that is a really outdated and rather pathetic attempt at a “theme park” located in the south east of Melbourne. Sure, 20 years ago it may have been a real hoot but today it’s all just a bit “meh”.
But that being said, we did have a good day out with my three kids, trent, myself and my family (mum, dad, brother, sister, sister in law and her parents). Unfortunately Trent’s kids couldn’t come because they went away with their mum, but there wasn’t a lot for younger kids to do really so maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing.
Koby had a ball, he was old enough to go on everything (which only consisted of a slow mini car ride, a slightly faster but still pretty slow go kart ride, and a slightly faster toboggan which was his favourite). Charlee didn’t want to do any of the above but she did ride a pony (after standing in line for 35 min), had her face painted and played mini golf.
Noah was miserable the whole day (I now of course know he was unwell) so didn’t do anything, and we all got rather sunburnt.
Sorry, i probably sound really negative lol. It was a good day, good company can make the worst place bearable, I just found it surprising that this place has managed to remain open for so long. I doubt we will be rushing back.
The most fun the kids had was on the way out when we came across a cool swing that had 6 seats in a circle and it went around like a merry-go-round. All five of us hopped on it at once and it was great. We couldn’t get them back off it again, we could have saved ourselves the almost $100 entry fee and just spun around on that thing all day for nothing lol.
Well the end of year laziness has well and truly set in for me. There is so much I need to do that it’s just becoming overwhelming… And so I don’t do it.
It seems stupid I know, but that’s just what my brain does, it freaks out about the size of the to do list but instead of motivating me to get on top of it I sabotage myself by covering my own ears and closing my eyes while chanting “la la la la la la laaaaa” very loudly just hoping it all goes away.
Just a few things on my list at the moment,
- wrap up see be art work for the year. I try and avoid working through December but due to a few rescheduled sessions I still have a fair bit to do. Shooting a few more sessions, ordering, editing, catching up on MYOB and tax stuff as well as organizing and planing for next year.
- finish editing last weeks wedding
- study and write up my exam cheat sheet for next weeks final Stats exam. (insert scream here)
- work out all the study materials for the UNI subjects starting up in a few weeks and read week one materials.
- clean out ALL the wardrobes in the house to sort out old clothes and toys we don’t need to make room for new things at Xmas.
- plan Xmas (Xmas lunch at our house, need to work out what we need and delegate who needs to bring what.
- mow the lawn (note to self, hand ball that particular chore over to Trent)
- organize Charlees birthday party (aprox 4 weeks away).
- make a gingerbread house with the kids… As promised.. Several years in a row but never actually achieved. But it WILL be done this year
- Begin Xmas shopping for family. (thankfully the kids are all organized… All seven of them. Yep bonus ten points for us)
- clean up and declutter the house.
- find four more dining chairs.
- wash the couch covers (they are seriously yuck)
- get Noah’s 18 month immunisations done (has to wait yet another week because he is sick again)
- put up the Xmas tree
I’m sure there is more stuff I’m forgetting as well.
the most important thing right now however is to just sit and enjoy the peace.
I just got back from the doctors with Noah again. It looks like he has bronchiolitis again, either that or it’s just a nasty head cold that has aggravated his asthma symptoms. The doctor (who sees him every time he gets like this) is pretty convinced that he will end up developing full blown asthma in the next few years. He is SO wheezy. Ever breath rattles and squeaks and last night he was really struggling for breath in between coughing.
Anyway, not much can be done, he is back on antibiotics and also something to help open his airways a bit. I got about 3 hours sleep last night in between dealing with Noah coughing and Koby deciding to have a anxiety attack. (whole other story there, it has been going on for a few months now but I’m noticing the more tired he is the worse it is so he has agreed to start going to bed 30 min earlier to see if it helps).
Now in between the fifty thousand other things I’ve been doing, I finished off a little collection of felt Xmas trees. The beginnings of my Xmas decorations for the year. I think they are quite cute and add a little festiveness to the house.
In hindsight I think I should have added something inside them to help weigh them down a little. They don’t really sit that well on their own, but then again if I had added a few rocks or something it would hurt a lot more when Noah clocks you over the head with them.
Sorry, i seem to be neglecting my blog a little bit lately. It’s a combination of having fifty thousand things to do and none of them being particularly blog-worthy so i don’t bother coming in and reporting on them. Here is a quick run down of a few things that have been going on.
I re-arranged the boys bedroom (again) the other day to make room for a bigger tv for koby to play his play station on, i am really hoping that in the next few months Noah will be ready to move into a big bed so i can buy some bunks and ditch the cot. This will free up heaps more space for them, but in the mean time it all has to squish in. I had to move Kobys bed over and unfortunately it took Noah…oh… 30 seconds to realize he could now switch on the light..and off again..and on…and off…on…off..on off on of on of on off…you get the point. He is at such an adorable age though and still obsessed with cars. That’s all he ever plays with, cars and the broom. In other exciting news, he has finally managed to cut through his four eye teeth, so he now has a full mouth of toothy pegs. Hurrah! I finally got Charlee’s hair cut, she was beginning to resemble cousin it from The Adams Family. She didn’t loose a lot of length (im not quite ready to let go of her gorgeous blonde locks) but she can actually see now which is always a good thing.
The kids found a baby bird in our front yard a few days ago, i thought it was dead but when i picked it up to bury it it moved so instead we wrapped it up in some tissues to keep it warm and comfortable. I knew it wouldn’t make it through the night and i explained this to the kids, but at least bringing it in from the cold meant it wasn’t going to shiver to death outside…or be eaten by the cat. Yuck. Anyway, he had died by the morning so we tucked him up and buried him in the garden.
We also brought ourselves a bigger dining table. On Saturday and Sunday night there is nine of us here for dinner now (Trent + me + 7 children = lots of bodies) so my tiny little four person dining table just wasn’t going to cut it. I found this beauty on Ebay, it folds down to seat six or extends to seat 10 comfortably (12 if you squish everyone in). I was a little worried that it would take up way too much room in my little house and that we would have to keep opening it up and closing it down. But it actually fits quite well. I’m happy to just leave it extended permanently. It didn’t come with chairs though so we need to keep an eye out for a few extras over the next week or so.
Trent is quite an archery buff so last night he took us all down to his local club. Koby has been wanting to go for weeks so he was really excited. The kids both had a go and they loved it. They both did really well, better than i was expecting for a first go. Especially Koby, he seems to have a real knack for it, he even got several right in the middle of the target. He now wants his own bow and he wants to go back all the time. He wants to get good enough so he can go bow hunting with Trent…i’m not too impressed with that idea but anything that gets him off and away from the bloody computer games he is obsessed with can’t be a bad thing. Right?
I am starting to get into Christmas mode. I have put a few things on layby for the kids and i’m starting to think about decorations and logistics of how christmas will work this year. Divided families makes thing difficult. I am hosting christmas for my family at my house this year, which was going to happen on xmas eve but Luke is now having his family lunch on Christmas eve which means the kids have to go with him to Geelong, so now my family is being bumped to xmas day. Which i was hoping to avoid because at this stage we will have all 7 kids with us on xmas eve and also xmas day (um….yikes). See…lots of things to think about and plan.
I also want to make a whole heap of new felt xmas decorations. I purchased this book last year but i got it way too close to xmas to do much, this time i am going to be more prepared. Charlee has already made herself this cute little gingerbread man. I cut it out and she did all the stitching together (except the face and buttons). That’s the great thing about felt, kids can make things with it so easily because there is no hemming or fussing around with raw edges. You just cut and sew.
Well that’s about it for now. I am flying out to Sydney on Thursday to photograph a gorgeous friends wedding on the 11/11/11. I will pop back in when i get home to tell you all about it. Until then xo