Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Relocated blog

Hi all who read my blog just letting you know in case you missed it earlier I am now blogging over here at my new blog. Come and join me and follow along, I would love to see your face again.

Jess xx

Monday, October 31, 2011

I have moved

Hello dear neglected followers. I have decided to move my blog to here. I would love it if you would come and follow me over there. I am working on how to improve my lacking blogging that seems to have taken over lately.

Come say hi and encourage me to get back into the swing of things. I promise there is lots of exciting things up and coming in our lives and I will need some friends to share it with :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Something Red: Weekly wind-up

Today I am joining in with Stacey over at kendylsplace with her prompt for something red. Read more about her weekly photo challenge here.

I love this picture of the boys with Quacks red blankie. Quack likes to get it out and enforce snuggle time with Squeak. Who for this picture was quite happy, second shot was not so much!I have tried to play around a little bit with Picasa. I still only know the real basics so this is what you get!

I got a feeling.....

I have been feeling a little crafty lately but am trying to work out when and where to fit it in. My head is spinning with ideas and project that I want to make/create. I went fabric shopping the other day and came away with some bargins and the ideas are rolling around in my head non-stop. SO what's the hold up? Where do I find the space to get my craft on? I am in desperate need of my own space/corner/hideaway to craft in and I am stumped if I can think of how this is achievable in our little dwellings. So I will continue to mull over how to render this.

But in the mean time I have found some delight in couch sat crafts such as this little bunny amigurumi

We shall call her Milly. I need smaller saftey eyes but haven't been able to find any locally. I have an idea for her to be joined by some other little pals - I am currently working on a chick who shall be dubbed Rodger - and to make a mobile out of them for my sister Sha Sha who is due to have a little bubba in 6 weeks.

I am also throwing myself in the deep end with this embroidery project I stumbled across the other day. I fell in love with the idea and the fabrics on this blog post and am joining in the AugustStitchalong with this fat Quat I picked up at spotlight the other day. The idea is to stitch the fabric with your own personal take and cottons to make something more wonderful out of already great fabric.

I shall continue on my quest for craft domination while sitting at my pink couch and musing over ideas for where I can find my own little space in our house. I would love to know any ideas of where you find room or optimise space so that your craft creations can come to life, without having to lug everything out of cupboards, boxes, bag etc and then the task of putting it all away again :(

Friday, August 5, 2011

Things I'm loving

Linking in with PaisleyJade - button2

This is my first proper linky but I'm sure I will figure it all out. What a great way to start the day with things I can be thankful for!

Loving my new breadmaker - even the kids are eating more bread than I can keep up with. Worth the time and investment.

Loving home made bread that makes the house smell amazing.
Loving the NZ bread book by Simon and Alison Holst (as recommend to buy from a friend) and that I can make cinnamon swirls this fab with it!

Loving my new second-hand mountain buggy that I got given - So much easier for walking!

Loving this little guys development - He is happy to sit and amuse himself while the other two aren't here. He is at a really enjoyable age and loves the camera.

Loving that my washing is more up-to-date than ever - thanks to my new 7.5kg washing machine. Just wish I could find a way for it to put itself away!

And lastly loving that it's Friday - My sis Mo arrives on the bus today from Palmerston North for the weekend and to get her new van we picked up for her Wednesday night.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

A week in the life: Thursday and Friday

Here is Thursday and Friday of last week in my A week in the life record. If you have no idea what I am talking about check out here.

Thursday 28th July 2011 - (2nd week school holidays - Home in New Plymouth)

Mid morning - The kids are still eating breakfast and I'm still in my P.j.'s on my computer. The house is a tip and I have no energy or motivation to do anything about it. I hate coming home from holidays and coming back to the reality of running a household. My Dad also turned up at 10am and we were still lazing around - a little embarrassing!

Sponge - Quack loves learning. It's the school holidays but you still find him doing maths, writing stories, reading and soaking up all the information he can get his hands on. Seriously this child has a memory like a computer! He is very smart and we are very proud of him.

Wanted/Not wanted - Brotherly cuddles. Quack loves to get out a blankie and cuddle up with Squeak. Squeak isn't always so happy about it.

Afternoon playtime - Quack and Jaybug always play well together when they feel like it. Here they are busy car racing and wrestling on the rug. They are at an age where one minute they love each other, next they want to do their own thing. But as all play fights end........

Tears - As always someone ends up crying! It was actually both of them but when I got my camera out and told them I was going to take photo's of them crying for my blog they actually found it quite funny and the tears soon stopped.

Silly Antics - There is nothing better than a silly distraction to stop tears. Apparently the threat of posting photo's of these two crying becomes this silly behaviour!

Thursday Afternoon Shopping - As if my return home wasn't daunting enough, my washing machine had been broken for three weeks! Thank goodness for holidays and being away for almost two of those weeks. But needless to say, the return home is hard enough without mountains of dirty washing that can't be washed. After a bit of a melt down the Hubby and my Father came shopping with me for a new washing machine - 7.5kg, our old one was a 5kg!. I also managed to get a bread machine thrown into the deal.  I really enjoyed using Mum's bread machine while away.

Friday 29th July 2011 - (2nd week school holidays - Home in New Plymouth)

Cheerful Morning - Much better start than yesterday. Dishes done and breakfast at the dining table - says it all to a Mum with kids!

Helen this is what you need - I can make you one?
Barren Backyard - This is currently what our backyard looks like due to landscaping. It has been like this since Easter and I am starting to get a little frustrated with it. Dirt in the house, dirt for the kids to play in/on, dirt to look at.......

Our Mountain - The view of Mount Egmont from our backyard.

Boys Love Dirt - I hate dirt with a passion. I hate how it feels on my skin. I hate the way get get under my fingernails. I hate how it gets stomped into the carpet. But yet my boys still love it. I must say I'm glad my hate of dirt hasn't affected them enjoying normal boy stuff.

Chores and Cleaning up - Washing hung and time to head to the zoo to meet our coffee mums and kids. But first the kids need to clean all that dirt off before getting in the car. Outside tap and some shoe stomping does the trick.

Zoo Outing - We are truly blessed with our local Brooklands Zoo. Not only does it have monkeys, meerkats, otters, a free-flight bird aviary and lots more, but it has this amazing playground in the zoo grounds. Two big draw cards are that the zoo is free and that it has one entry/exit - meaning you can pretty much let your kids go for it while you sit and watch the whole area with one keen eye on the exit in case your little dear decides to choose a new family to go home with. This is a few of the shots I got while the kids played. I also have some great pics of all the kids we went with but am respecting them and there parents and not using them on my blog.

Afternoon Sunshine - With some sun finally showing its smiling face the kids made good use of it. One of Quacks friends came over for the afternoon and they enjoyed an afternoon outside with a tent fulled with toys.

Bathtime - Easy peasy. All three kidlets are still happy to all jump in the bath or shower together which makes the end of the day a little simpler. The only down side is sometimes the amount of fun they have which equals lots of water EVERYWHERE!

That's our Thursday and Friday. Hope to post the last three days of my week tomorrow. As for now it is 10.45pm and WAY passed my bedy byes time. Night all.