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9th Feb, 2009

Paddock

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I have spent the evening avoiding the news. The total devastation the fires has caused is just overwhelming. We live on the other side of the country and so besides a monetary donation, there is not much else we can do to help. Watching the families on the news is heart-breaking. The loss of life, the loss of personal effects and family history just cruel. Living in the country, bush fires especially scare me. We smell smoke, we phone the local firies for a report. My thoughts go out to those who are there and for those who have family and friends there.

4th Feb, 2009

Paddock

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I went to school this morning as a parent instead of a employee and spoke to the Primary Deputy Principal about Erin.
Jase and I are thinking that she may have some sort of learning disability. I am not sure what, perhaps some sort of perception recall. It is hard to think of your kid as having problems but I would like to know sooner than later and so the school will hopefully get some testing done and assessments on her.
She is fine with her speech and her vocabulary is actually quite good. She spoke clearly and fluently early but has a real difficulty with recall of certain things. For example she can tell us the entire plot of a movie no trouble but cannot remember a single characters name, even of she has watched the movie 10 times over. She still has difficulty differentiating between Campbell and Liam (her brothers). The little boy who she is with everyday at the Nanny and who is a close friend of ours son, she will call "little man" instead of Eamonn and has to be really pushed to get the name right.
She also lacks spatial awareness. She cannot judge distance and falls over and drops things although her eye tests are fine. In terms of intellect she generally appears fine but then although she can recite the alphabet without problem and count to 50, she cannot recognise what is a number or a letter and cannot tell me on paper what any of the letters or numbers are. She used to be able to tell me some of these but it is like her recall has all gone. On her Nintendo she knows which button is "A" but then when I draw and "A" and ask her what letter it is, she has no idea. She will guess and come up with a mixture of letters and numbers. She cannot write or spell her name, and will not even attempt it.
Maybe I am comparing too much with other kids her same age. Maybe I am comparing her to Morgan too much as well, who was so eager to learn and will sit and read books cover to cover now.
But still. I guess time will tell.

23rd Jan, 2009

Paddock

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We have just got back home from another 5 days in Perth. This time we stayed with my Mum. Basically we took the boys back to their mum and stayed on because we needed a break from the heat where we live. Cabin fever had set in from the 2 weeks of over 40 weather. It was so nice to be at Mum's. Usually Jase wants to come home after a day or 2 but he was loving not having to live with the air con on and sitting outside in the afternoons with a beer in the sea breeze. Mum lives 100 metres from the beach so the weather was just perfect. We even had to put long sleeved shirts on one night!!
Another bonus was Mum had nothing on the whole time we were there and looked after the girls while we went shopping, went to the movies, went out to dinner and lunches. Very nice indeed. And for the girls as they got to go to the beach, indoor playgrounds, the pools and got to eat whatever they wanted.
We are heading back again on Sunday as not only is it going to be 42 again here but Monday morning early we need to be in Rockingham for an Australia Day award ceremony. Campbell has been nominated for a Citizenship award by the Town of Kwinana. He is nervous, we are proud.
While we were away our freezer blew up. Thank goodness it was the ice-cream and ice cube freezer so apart from a sour milk smell we did not lose anything but some ice creams on sticks and a vienetta! We now need to go shopping in Perth for a new freezer though.
And in other news...I am scouring the net for good deals on holidays. I am thinking of maybe taking all the kids to the Gold Coast and the QLD islands for 10 days in March/April while we are on long service leave still. Hmmmm, choices!!

3rd Jan, 2009

Paddock

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We went our holiday. It was great. Every morning we got to walk down the flight of stairs to the Marina and take the girls fishing then go for a walk around the beach before stopping on the Coffee Deck for coffee/milkshakes and then heading "home" to veg before venturing out again. The weather was perfect, not too hot (unlike the last few days back home) and our bedroom overlooked the harbour so we had a sea breeze all night. Every morning we would wake up to the sounds of water and smell fo fresh sea air. *sigh* I miss it. My Mum looked after the girls on and off but was good not to intrude on us at all. We were only 50 metres away from her lifestyle village. Mum and her boyfriend came around for Christmas dinner but apart from laying the table and making 3 salads (crunchy noodle, greek and warm garlic potato) I had little else to do. They brought around stuffed chicken breasts, smoked salmon, crab and prawn platter and a massive baked ham and we got to sit around and have a proper dinner as the kids were happy to eat and play and then come back and pick some more. I did end up having to drive them home (Mum cannot walk far still fro all the cancer operations on her foot) because they drank too much but ended up going for a walk with Jase as Campbell was still awake to watch the younger kids and had his mobile phone with him. This having a teenager is not all bad!
The rest of the week was spent on the beach, fishing, shopping and lazing around the gorgeous house. We contemplated buying the place as it is on the market and friends from Jurien wanted to go in half with us but decided we needed to give it more thought as we do not plan to move to Perth, just want a holiday house we can let out. We have already booked a different place for next Christmas - just up the road in the same suburb but a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom place with a pool in the back for the kids. Then I won't need to race off to the beach every few hours. I do need to give Erin some more swimming lessons before then though as she is way too confident and thinks she can swim but tires quickly and her breathing is not mastered yet. Both girls would live in the water if they could.
Only downside of the holiday was getting sick on the last 2 days. I could feel it coming on but was determined not to let it get to me....I was beaten. It was only strep throat and an ear infection but man did I feel sick. Saturday I was burning up and shivering and could barely swallow. I took painkillers and relaxed in the massive bath but still felt shit. Sunday morning I could not get the pain killers down my throat and was shaky and feverish. We left the place and only got 500 metres before I was vomiting. The whole way home I just dozed on and off and threw up the water I kept trying to drink. I felt crap enough to even see a Dr - not my style really. He was sympathetic "Wow, that throat infection is really impressive. Can I just have one more look?" Hmmmmm. But he did give me double dose of penicillin then and there and then prescribed some kick ass drugs. All is good now.
And so we returned home. Returned to a week of sweltering weather - over 40 degrees celcius each day. Morgan has swimming lessons every day and so all the kids come with me and we stay at the pool for a few hours. Someone asked me where Erin and Morgan get their dark colouring from the other day....um, that would be the sun. Erin is in the pool constantly at home and as much as I try and keep rashies on her, she ends up naked (covered in suncream). Both of the girls eyebrows are turning white fro being sun kissed. Oh let me count the ways I HATE summer.
Campbell is arguing everything. He doesn't seem to be able to help himself. And he is arrogant about it which is really shitful. He says things and then denies saying them and when you pick him up on it he will twist it all and then get shitty when he sees he is wrong. I don't want to get into it with him but then I also do not want him to go through life with this attitude of self righteousness and thinking he can just say "whatever" when he is picked up on his wrongs. Gorgeous kid and so helpful but shit, his attitude is making me grit my teeth.

Yeah that was longer than I intended. Need to upload some holiday pics but photobucket is pissing me off lately.
beach erin

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Erin: Mum the boys are eating camels. Can I have one too please?
Me: With or without the humps?
Erin: They have humps as well?
Me: *sigh* Yes you can have a caramel icecream as well.

30th Nov, 2008

Paddock

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I am getting my ass whipped by Jodi in Wordscraper. There will be no catching her now.
I should be doing the timetables for next term but am lacking motivation.
The girls have been in and out of the pool all day and used every towel again. I am thinking of hiding all but two towels on weekends.
There are also puddles all over the house where Erin insists on running in and telling us about hornets and ladybugs near the pool.
Morgan starts in term school swimming lessons this week. Add to that swimming club training 3 days this week. I am going to have one tired kiddo come Friday night.
The boys went home today. It is too quiet without them.
*sigh* Back to timetabling I guess.
Vegemite

Okay, so it is the closest thing to food icon I have....

Oooooh I just cooked dinner using half of our vegetable garden! Well that might be an exaggeration but anyway, it turned out yummy!

I cooked up a Spaghetti Squash (first time I have ever had that) and scooped it out to make the noodles.
I cut up red capsicum, tomatoes, silverbeet and some spring onions from the garden and then added garlic, olives and an extra crushed tomatoes tin.
Sauteed up all except the squash and then served it on top of the warmed squash with crumbled feta on top.
Even Erin ate it!

Yay for home grown veggies. We need to be creative in our recipes because our vegetable patch is spwaling all over the yard right now. Apparently Jase and some ladies from owrk are going to start the barter system up in trading vegetables - we have excess silverbeet, spaghetti squash and broccoli right now. It will be good to get something new.

23rd Nov, 2008

Paddock

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Finally...

I did it. I survived interview AND got my job.

I am ecstatic.

18th Nov, 2008

jumping sheep

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Sending LOVE and HUGS and the BIGGEST, SLOPPIEST Birthday wishes evah to serenityone.

Hope it is an AWESOME day for an AWESOME person.

xx

1st Nov, 2008

Listen to yourself

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Sometimes I find myself irrational. Okay a lot. Right now I am looking at pictures of hairstyles and come across a nice hair style...on Penelope Cruz. Now comes my irrationality. A) I barely know anything about the woman and she just pisses me off whenever I see her b) now the nice hairstyle looks totally shit because I do not like her.

Yep, not even hormonal, just plain old irrational.

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