Friday, November 25, 2011

Hatching Australorp Chicks!

This past week we enjoyed... hubby having two days off work. Mostly it was spent hanging out at home and getting some jobs done. I wasn't feeling well and so doing an outing with all 3 kids wasn't very appealing. But one thing we did do which hopefully will be a regular summer thing, was pack up dinner (crumbed fish, a couple of salads and bread) and head down to a local park. This one was literally a 2 minute drive from our house. So nice to get out doors, have a picnic and let the kids run around until everyone is tired before going home.

This week I was waiting for... the chickens to hatch. And they did! Six little Australorp chicks with one looking like a Blue Australorp. They are so cute and so little! The mother hen is very protective of them so we are waiting until they are a bit bigger to have holds. The kids have been pretty good at keeping their distance so far. One thing was interesting was after the chicks had hatched there were 4 eggs that hadn't. Even though the mother hen needed to look after the new chicks she was still sitting waiting for the other eggs to hatch. I went in and removed them from her. It made me think about how there was a new season for her- raising the chicks and yet she was still focused on the old season- sitting on the eggs. Hmm!

This week the weather was hot enough for... water play! Even I was tempted to get wet seeing it has been so hot. Dhiraj just loves the water and splashing away. Now that the weather is getting warmer, the days are more like winter days. A lot of time spent inside especially between 10am and 4pm when the UV index is the highest (the chance of getting sun burnt is the greatest). Might have to think of some new activities so we don't all drive each other crazy this summer!

This week I've been re-reading... Beautiful in God's Eyes The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Elizabeth George.   Food for my soul and spirit!

Celebrated... several nights of not getting up to any kids. Haven't had so much uninterrupted sleep since before No 2 was born. Annoying that I still feel so tired though!

Keeping... on top of the washing. I have been doing a load a day and it's working well. I haven't had the usual 5 loads of washing waiting to hang, fold and put away.

In the kitchen... ran out of our usual quick and easy breakfast foods, cereal and oats for porridge much to the disappointment of the kids.  So have had to be a little bit creative.  Today we had apple pikelets with banana jam on them.  Yummy!

Encouraged by... listening to the journey of a strong, godly woman who has become the full time carer for her recently disabled husband. Though she didn't go into detail about the hard stuff they have faced during this last year she did talk about how her relationship with God has been her strength. This past year has been a very difficult one for me personally too and so encouraging to be reminded that God is close to us in the midst of difficulty. I also realised that giving thanks in all circumstances is a matter of faith more than anything. Me having faith (declaring and acting on) that God is good and He will come through for me- always!

Confused by... what I am meant to do to increase our family finances in the coming year.  Look for part time work or do something from home?

This week I was surprised with... fresh flowers from hubby.  Appreciated at the end of a long, tiring day with grizzly (usually means they are tired) kids.  Someone appreciates me! :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Parents Arise

This week I've been reading... a new book called Parents Arise by Janine Targett.  I found it a very encouraging read.  Full of stories of God working in her family as she taught her children God's word through song.  It's given me some ideas for a few things I might try with my kids in 2012.  One thing she described that I liked was how each year they would go away to their holiday cottage on the coast of Tasmania  (Tasmania is beautiful!) and read and research and plan for new things she wanted to implement in their family that coming year.  That is so me- I love reading and learning and planning.  Just need the scenic Tassie cottage!

Also have been re-reading in brief spurts 1-2-3 Magic Effective Discipline for Children 2-12.  So far it's one of the best discipline strategies I've read about that fits in with my parenting values and beliefs.  I have taken the DVDs out from our local library too with the intention of watching them with hubby.  Not sure if that will happen now.  By the evening I want to do anything but think about parenting and kids.

I am looking forward to...  3 more sleeps!!  We have a broody hen sitting on 12 lovely eggs.  I am totally excited about them hatching and finding out how many chicks there will be and what breed.  We had two different types of eggs put under her.  The one and only time I attempted to breed our own chickens I ended up with one beautiful black Australorp, a rooster of course.  Hopefully will be successful this time!

This week I've been working on routines...  I have been perusing the Fly Lady website very closely this week.  I would see myself as a fairly clean and organised person yet staying on top of things with a 5 person household feels like an impossible task at the moment.  For me that means not getting to the end of the day with toys strewn from one end of the house to the other, dishwasher needing to be unloaded, the sink filled with dirty dishes, dinner still needing to be cooked and 3 loads of washing to be sorted and put away.   Ok I am not there yet but what I have started with is working out a morning routine.  As I have a lot to do in the morning it has been trial and error this week working out what I can get done and what leads to more chaos and rushing around.  So far I have been broken the morning tasks into separate areas like kitchen (10 mins), bedroom (10mins), outside (5 mins), get kids ready (still working on a time for that).  I feel like I am making progress.  There has been a whole lot less to do at the end of the day but I still have a way to go.  Especially, organising the kids to get out the house by a certain time.

This week I've cooked...quick and easy meals. Corn and fish soup, chick pea curry and flat bread, homemade pizzas, family favourite dal and rice, yummy chicken curry and rice.  The last one was to show hubby we do eat meat sometimes and how much more you appreciate it when it's not every night. :)

Sleep... recognising that getting to bed a bit earlier would be helpful.  Still hasn't happened yet!

Exercise....  8 minutes on the exercise bike with a break at 5 minutes to re-settle the baby.  Ok I am very unfit. But any start is a start I reckon!  :)  Can't get over how improved my mood is after doing some exercise.

This week I've started a new project... I got inspired when visiting the local craft store without kids.  With kids I am so focused on getting what I came for and leaving that I don't get to browse.  What was I thinking???  Ok I don't really sew but I bought some cute material to make two nighties for Kalyani and sleep shorts for me.  Check out this online tutorial.

Stumped by... how quickly my desk gets messy.

Successes...  Shaan for the most part is no longer waking up at night and trying to come and sleep in our bed. What a breakthrough!  Though it came after many nights of getting up and putting him back to bed again and again.  Just when he was about to break me, he stopped waking up.  So good!  Now I only get up to Dhiraj about once at night.

Thinking about blogging or not...  I love to write though I am not as keen about disciplined writing and I love to blog.  However I am trying to work out whether blogging is something that enriches my life in this crazy, busy season of parenting  and managing a home with 3 young kids and limited help!  Or whether blogging is something that adds to the chaos and stress.  Probably it's  both.  I am realising though that I have been neglecting some key health issues in my life in spending time and energy on blogging.  Really I need to take a more long term perspective.  But it's hard giving up activities I am interested in for the sake of not being busy all the time.  Will see how it all works out!  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011