Well we decided to spend the gift voucher on a little herb garden. I got a rectangle pot, some soil and seedlings. I got rosemary, basil, chives and parsley. I put it all together this afternoon.
Hopefully it will all grow into a big crop that we can use when we need to. I am very proud of how my garden is growing. After all the planting I did last year it is really starting to fill out and everything is growing nicely. I have finally gotten most of the weeds under control in the garden beds as well.
The flowers are all starting to come out as well which is lovely, especially on a gorgeous sunny day like today. I let the boys have a bit of a run around in the yard together. Hopefully that means they will both have a sleep later.
After spending most of the morning fluffing around online and attempting to tidy the house i decided to be a little more constructive with my time and got out my paints instead. This is the result, i am only semi happy with them, i still seem to be a little too precious with my brush strokes. I want to have a more “painterly” style but it is really hard to let go of detail. Anyway, every painting i do i feel i get better.
in other news, i am loving this song by Florence & the Machine. I’ve been a fan of hers for ages and every new song she releases just get better and better.
Tuesdays are out kid free nights, so tonight we are off to Bunnings. I know, how exciting huh LOL…but the prospect of browsing the aisles with no children is divine, i also have a gift voucher to spend which makes it even more fun. The only thing better than shopping is shopping with someone else’s money. I have no idea what i want to get either. I kind of want to get some pretty pots to put flowers in, but i was also thinking of getting some stuff to set up a vege patch…but it’s the wrong time of year for that. Or i could get a bird bath…i’ve always wanted one of them. Or i could come home with something completly unexpected…who knows.
Well I am officially “30-something” instead of just thirty. My birthday was on Friday and passed fairly uneventfully. It was a nice day though, starting with getting breakfast brought to me in bed by my beautiful and thoughtful children (even if the littlest one stole a piece of my toast). I then called in on mum and dad to pick up my prezzies. I then spent a lovely morning with my craft group girls knitting up a storm, eating cake and smooching brand new babies (this is Gus, his twin Fred was being smooched by someone else and no I am not clucky… I’m not I’m not I’m not)
That night I was treated like a queen and served a delicious home made chicken Parma made by my man. He slaved away in the kitchen preparing and cooking it all for us after being at work all day. It was delicious, the best parmigiana I’ve had in ages.
(Sorry for the dodgy iPhone photo but it’s quite hard to fit us all in at once lol)
I don’t feel any different and I’m yet to notice any new wrinkles or gray hairs appearing so I’m happy with that.
SO much has changed in my life since turning 30, it’s amazing how things can move in such a different direction to where you think you’re going. And while there are heaps of challenges and frustrations that I’m dealing with at the moment I am so much happier than I have been in a long time and I feel a lot more in control of what happens in my life. A lot of that has to do with Trent (the happiness part, not just the challenges lol) and I am so thankful that he found me when he did. He is fantastic at keeping me grounded when I get carried away as well as calming me down when things get too stressful.
Anyway, Koby turns ten tomorrow, but I will write about that then. For now I’m relaxing on the couch in an empty house relishing in the peace and quiet after a very long and noisy weekend. I think Trigger is thankful for the silence as well. However short lived it may be.
I painted a new oil painting this afternoon while Noah was having a rare nap. I love Hydrangeas and I’ve been wanting to put some in my garden but i can’t seem to find any at any of my local nurseries. If anyone in my area happens to know of where i can get some please let me know. This was painted from a picture in a magazine (quite a small picture actually which made it a challenge lol). It is 10×12″ on canvas board, and up for sale on ETSY.
I can’t believe how wintery it is today. I ventured outside for half an hour this afternoon to do a bit of gardening (pulling up pesky weeds and planting a few more seedlings) and i froze. The wind was absolutely icy. And just because everyone else is talking about it i may as well too…we had an earthquake in Melbourne last night! It was so strange, we don’t get them very often down here and it was the biggest one i had ever felt. I had just gotten into the shower ( it was about 9pm) when i heard this really loud rumbling sound. I could hear it clearly over the water, it sounded like a big truck was pulling into the driveway, which i thought was quite odd at that time of night. And then the shower screen started rattling. It went on for about 30 seconds, when it stopped Trent came into the bathroom and i said “what the hell was that?” to which he answered …”um..i think it was a earthquake”. The kids both felt it as well which freaked them out a little but not too much. Apparently it was 5.5 on the Richter scale which is the biggest one we have had in ages.
We took all the kids out for a BBQ lunch at maroondah reservoir/dam today. It was a lovely sunny day which is too nice to spend at home listening to seven children fight and whinge at each other. At least outside the sound travels lol.
I recently brought a Ergo carrier off a friend to carry Noah with because I was sick of having to push the pram or carry him around in my arms whenever we went out. Today was the first test run and I’m really happy with it. We walked around the reserve and up to the dam which took about 30-40 min (mostly uphill) and I found it really comfy. He is only 11kg so he really isn’t heavy at all.
Because of all the rain we have had recently the dam was overflowing which created a huge waterfall which the kids loved. However, because some of the bridges were being repaired we couldn’t get very close to it. We then walked back and let them play at the park for a while.
It was Triggers first family outing as well, he loved it but I think we wore him out. He slept the whole way home in the car and has been asleep since we got home lol. Poor little pup.
I have been really struggling lately with keeping my patience when all the kids are together. It is a real challenge a lot of the time. There are a lot of attitude and respect problems with some of them and it really does my head in. I also get so frustrated at all the squabbling that goes on between the two groups of kids. Mine verses his.
Koby and Charlee get equally as frustrated with the bad attitudes and tantrums that Trent’s kids constantly throw, but there is very little I can do about it because they are not my kids. All I can do is try and lead by example and teach koby and charlee to be tolerant and to not aggravate the problem by constantly bossing them around and talking back.
That on top of repeated stealing incidents, talking back and almost constant lying it has been a huge test of patience, good will, good parenting and a whole lot of big deep breaths and hiding away in my bedroom (which is where I currently am) over the past few months. But I just keep telling myself that as long as we teach them the right way to act together and towards Trent and I while they are with us (despite the fact it all gets wiped away the moment they go home to their mother) then eventually as they grow older it will get easier to deal with. It will won’t it?
Anyway, that’s enough whining and venting for one post. Here are some photos I took on my phone today.