Friday, 28 February 2014

A Few Home Truths....

I think it's time for a few home truths my dear children....

You know when we are at the shops and you want to buy something hideous or something expensive and I say 'maybe next time' or 'perhaps for your birthday' well that probably isn't going to happen....I am just going to hope that you forget...

You know when it is a really hot day and thankfully it is ice block day at school....chances are I will forget to give you money those days....sorry...I'll call that one character building.

You know how you gave me the note saying it will be mufti day...well I I did read it, briefly, then filed it along with the other 100 notes I have to act chances are you will be dropped off in full school uniform instead of casual clothes....what can I least you'll stand out in the crowd.

You know when I say 'your friend can sleep over when your room is tidy' ...sorry to say that the chances of that sleepover ever eventuating are well....unlikely!!

I love how you get so excited about school library day...your face beams when you change your book for another one....well it will when we eventually find that lost one and you are allowed to borrow again...until then sweetie, sorry!

I know that you asked ever so nicely if you could go to the movies with that sweet boy from youth group....but chances are that that will never happen if your father has anything to say about it!!

It is indeed wonderful how all of your friends have iPhones,  iPods,  iPads ...but you my dear are blessed with 4 sisters!

I don't know any other way of explaining it...3 bedrooms divided by 7 people doesn't go....therefore the chances of you having your own bedroom this century.....less than zero!  Yes I know it is sooooo unfair.... apparently that's what I'm here for...dishing out unfair!

What can I say...the truth hurts!!  But hey, we love you !!!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Going Once....Going Twice

I think I may have actually squealed with excitement when a few weeks ago I noticed that  Tin Monkey auctions were holding a 'pop up' auction close enough to home that we could actually go along and check it out!!

I love all things vintage, rustic, antique, kitsch, retro....!!  Thankfully hubby has similar tastes and interests so was keen to go as well.

So on Saturday we went along to the viewing of the items and it was like I was in heaven! We spent a good hour browsing with the girls and I  loved it all and came home with a long, long list of items that I adored.

Thankfully I awoke on Sunday morning with a bit more rationale and was able to choose my favourite few items from the list that I hoped to win at auction and off we went.....

The place was buzzing with atmosphere when we arrived.  This was the first auction that I had ever attended so I was in awe of the pace, the banter, the entertainment value and thoroughly enjoyed the whole event....even if the vintage trestle table and vintage metal chairs went for more money than I could ever have imagined!!

Thankfully we didn't leave empty handed and were lucky enough to win an ex-NSW railway luggage shelf that hubby and I had wanted and also a 1954 brass and copper fire extinguisher that was a spur of the moment bid!  We also came away with a box full of rare vintage magic tricks just for fun with the girls!

So a great day was was fast paced, it was mesmerising and it was entertaining.  Looking forward to my next auction experience....and purchase!!  Think I'm hooked !!!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Best Laid Plans....

Last night miss 5 laid out everything that she needed for school today.....and I mean everything....socks, undies, school uniform, hat ,lunch box, cooler bag, water bottle and even her library book and library bag....absolutely everything...totally adorable.

I should have known then that we would have a totally crap morning!!!!!!

Today we had tantrums, yelling ,tears, more yelling....and basically that was just me !!! 

Miss 5 has always been a the rest of the world she appears as a sweet and adorable angelic child.   And don't get me wrong....that she is....but she can also be the most difficult little person to deal with....though she reserves this for me!!

Some days it can start from the time that she gets up....every little thing throughout the day...wrong cup, not those shoes, doesn't want hair up - upon arrival at destination - wants hair up, wanted crusts left on sandwich, will only drink apple juice today because we  have orange, orange and mango, apple and blackcurrant, multi vitamin - but no none of these will suffice.

Then there's when we have to go out....wants to put own seatbelt on, left something in the house, wants to wear blue shorts but doesn't own blue shorts, wants everything she sees at the shops, won't go in pram but also won't walk....

Then there is when I need to leave the house without her...heaven forbid....when she was younger she would stand at the door  and cry til I got back, she has progressed through various stages since then....with the current one being that she has to wave to me from the front verandah....with 5 kisses, 5 high fives, 5 hugs...then 1 extra kiss, 1 extra high five, 1 extra hug...followed by promises that I will call's no wonder that I stopped even leaving the house for a time there!

By the end of the day....which is generally later than every other 5 year olds day by the time I go through the particular rituals that she decides upon.....I am one drained mummy.  Add to that 4 other children with their own requests and demands...and one sweet hubby who is too scared at the end of the day to make any requested or demands!!!!!!

The scariest thing is every now and then I get little flash backs to when I was young and I think I see a little bit of myself in there sometimes....I bet my mum is up there in heaven looking down on me thinking......payback!!!!!!!