why does it always rain just as you drop the kids off at school or kindy? Once they are inside, the sun comes out, but it starts to rain again when it is time to go home. Even when I was going to school I remember that it would be fine and clear, until the bell rang to go out.
So we started the day in a way I wasn't expecting. Rain and sickness. Mr A is sick with a bug, so I spent the morning juggling the sick bowl with him whilst putting on my happy face for Miss M's first big day for kindy. Poor little man stayed in the car while I dropped her in to begin the day. It's days like this I wish I had a parent just around the corner.
So now I feel rather sad that she has stepped out into the big world on her own. I have no hesitations about how she will feel and fit in. I just realise now that for the first time ever, she no longer has her brother or me holding her hand to do things. Infact what has hit me the most is knowing that she and Mr A will start to do things separately from now on. They are so close in everything they do.
Now if you are thinking there is going to be a post tomorrow about art or craft..WRONG! Pending sickness, it is Mr A's big day tomorrow so there will be the obligatory happy snap of my other child with an oversized bag on his back.
Carrot, Craisins, Cinnamon
Just to prove to myself that I can successfully bake something once in awhile. I made a carrot slice. I adapted the recipe from ABC delicious magazine Feb08. I'm not a fan of carrot cake, nor any cake for that matter, but because this is thin, I found it a really good snack.
3/4 cup (165g) raw sugar
175ml sunflower oil ( I used vegtable oil because that is what I had)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 large carrot grated
100g or craisns...the recipe said raisins, but my children don't really like them. (just incase you don't know, craisin are dried cranberries)
grated zest of 1 large orange
1 tsp bicarb of soda
175 g self raising flour
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup (55g) icing sugar (to ice, optional) I didn't ice it because I wanted this for school lunch boxes.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line the base and sides of a 28cm x 18cm slice pan.
Use a wooden spoon to mix the sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl, then stir in the carrot, craisins and zest. Sift the flour, soda and spices. Stir to just combine then pour into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly. Turn onto a wire rack and cool completely.
If you are adding icing or sifted icing sugar now is the time to drizzle it on. leave for about 10 minutes before slicing into finger bars.
We are relaxing and enjoying a long weekend here at home. Just us, hanging out and getting ready for a really big week of new journeys. On Tuesday Miss M starts her first day at kindy and then on Wednesday Mr A starts his very first day of school. I somehow feel more anxious about Miss M starting kindy than Mr A starting school. Probably because she is the youngest, and like all milestones, crawling, walking etc, I don't want them to happen just yet.
Maybe it is also because Mr A hasn't worn his uniform fully yet. Maybe it is because he himself doesn't seem to be excited and yet he doesn't seem to be scared or worried. I think he has inherited his father's nonchalant outlook on life. Maybe it is because I am confident that he will be just fine and enjoy going.
So I spent this morning making him a cushion cover as part of his school list requirements...well having one, not necessarily making one.
Meanwhile, there is carrot cake to be made...Oh yes I am attempting to bake a little more now that I will have more lunch boxes to fill. Laundry and building that website is in order too!
I'm picking up the kids today, so I quickly made a gift for mum last night to say thanks. I saw something similar to these necklaces in Threads and More and decided that I should get out my crochet hook and knitting spool and make one, or two as it seems, myself. I thought the circular beads would be good for her to hang her reading glasses from.
For my dad? Why are they so hard to buy/make for? I think some chocolates or cashew nuts will be fine.
For all those die hard Police and Sting fans, the concert was fantastic. I was even tragic enough to buy an overly priced t-shirt!
do you ever write a post, then read it, and then delete it because it just seems too long winded? I started typing all this info about how I want to decorate with curtains, then thought to myself, "who really cares?"
So I'll just include some pics with a few basic words.
Firstly, I want to replace the blinds in our room with curtains. I'm thinking of this sample here. Bottom left. The rest of the shots are just elements from the room. I'm
boring conservative when it comes to colour in my sleeping space.
Secondly I need to add new window dressings to Miss M's room, because the blinds just aren't working very well. It is so hard to choose..I'm not good when it comes to deciding on a big scale. Maybe the dotted one? I made the new cushion with the black flower, just have to sew it up and found the stripy sheets on sale for 50% off! Bargain.
And now for something completely different...... this is where Mr N and I'll be tonight. My first concert in over a year!!!
A little break at my parent's house this weekend. Ooops we forgot to bring the kids home with us. They both received belated Christmas presents and you can see here Miss M is going to spend the entire time she is there in her new ballet dress. She'll dance to anything in any style and loved wearing my mum's belly dance belt. Even dancing for the dog in her gumboots was fun. And even watching an Irish wolfhound pee is always an amazing experience to watch if you are 3....you just have to be prepared to stand there for awhile, and stand well back!
There has been a lot of this here.
Not a lot of this.
I think I did this about a year ago, but I'm sure you've forgotten all the nonsense about me.
I never know what to write so I thought I would follow Carolyn's theme.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I had pet rabbits as a child, they always died. Once our dog, Aragorn ate one. After my mother discovered his ears in the backyard, she told me that it had run away to live with the Easter Bunny. I was happy with that answer until I found out years later what really happened.
2. I want to plant hydrangeas in my garden. I really like the blue and white ones the best.
3. I just got a new car. I don't how to work the radio and discovered the other day at the grocery store that I can't reach the boot when it is up. I'm a little on the short side...or perhaps the car is a little on the tall side.
4. As a child I loved to read Anne of Greengables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Heidi by Johanna Spyri. But mostly I loved looking at the illustrations and then drawing them myself.
5. I don't often wear lipstick. If I put some on when I go out, I hardly ever reapply it, I'm lazy like that.
6. I would love to be a professional textile designer
7. I desperately want to go to Japan
Now I have decided to tag some people..not 7!
Emma from Little Hazy Jane
Rachel from Buttons Magee
Mette from Mette's Pottery
I would tag more, but it seems as though I have to go and play some Monopoly Junior!!