Not that long ago I joined a group of crafters who are a very talented and gorgeous bunch of chicks. They are all lovely to hang out with and I have lots of fun catching up with them once a fortnight. Although initially I felt a little intimidated by the talent they all have for their chosen craft (as I am a wannabe, and not really good at anything crafty) I have found that they have inspired me to do things more creatively in general. As I started planning for Christmas, I have been thinking, "what can I make for....." or "how can I wrap these". Instead of just going to the shop and buying presents and patterned wrapping paper, I am willing to give myself a go at doing it myself. This is not something I really would have attempted in the past. And I am really enjoying it.
OK, so I know I have been slack. My Mum, blogging friends, old friends in Melbourne and anyone else who I see tells me I "really should update" my blog. I realise I have been slack, and I apologise wholeheartedly. Just to let you all know what has been holding me up - it's this little thing called Thaw. My, how I would like to swear as I write this, but I am just not that rude. OK, so maybe I would if this was verbal, but I just can't bear to write it. This issue was a.. well... hard one. We left lots of things to the last minute, and consequently had a rough couple of weeks leading up to the print deadline. There were temper tantrums from the adults instead of the children, there was lots of wine consumed, and a lot of late nights and restless sleeps. But in the end we got it done, and came out the other end with a magazine. And I think it looks pretty good, just quietly. I promise I will post more regularly now.
I have been watching this classic mini-series with Laney and as a mum I think I even appreciate the little red-headed girl even more than I did when I was a little girl myself. She is feisty and sticks up for herself, is honest, imaginative and clever. I just love it. The characters are just so good, and I love the idea of having many "kindred spirits" come into your life.
OK, so I also had a thing for Gilbert.
I have been taking photos lately, so that I can show you all what I have been doing, without having to write much. I much prefer saying it with pictures. (Thanks to Pete for some of the family shots.)
Man, it is hard to be disciplined when you go down to the beach for a break. The beer and fish 'n' chips were calling to me. I was very well behaved considering the temptations around me, and have still managed to maintain the 4 kilo weightloss that I have achieved so far on this new regime. But I certainly didn't lose any weight while we were down there.
Had a wonderful time playing in the sand with the girls in Apollo Bay, where we stayed for just two nights. Just what the doctor ordered for all of us. We couldn't get the smile off Helena's face. (Not that you would want to really.)
Am getting around as much as possible by foot and by my fabulous old Malvern Star. (Love my new basket. It fits quite a bit in there.) Let's hope the weight keeps coming off.
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine as much as me.
What a glorious day it is outside. I have just been for a walk, by myself, to do some errands, and felt an extra spring in my step as I enjoyed the sunshine! Laney and I have our new Summer dresses on - Laney's cost a whole $1, at the church fete this weekend.
On the weekend we had another wonderful time. One of the things we did was go to a friend, Sarah's, birthday party at Plaster Funhouse, which is now a feature in the garden. And we rearranged all the books on the bookshelves since we had purchased a lot more lately. Fun, fun fun.
Oh and the diet is going well so far. Not feeling so hungry all the time like I was in the beginning.
The view out the kitchen window this afternoon. So nice! All we need now is the grapes to grow
over the pergola, and a long table and chairs for underneath. I'm commissioning my dad to make
them from recycled timber.
I am embarking on a health regime!
OK, so I have to put this out there, much like the Magda Szubanski's and Julia Morris' of the world, because once you announce it to people, you have to stick to it, so that you don't look like a big loser. Well, actually a Biggest Loser is probably what I want to look like, but then you get the picture.
I don't want to lose a HEAP of weight, but just get more healthy, and fit. When I had my first bub, I lost all the (10 kg) weight that I put on, in a matter of 6 weeks (miraculously), so I just went to town when I was pregnant the second time. Big mistake! Tia is already 1, and I have still only lost 10 of the enormous 18 kgs that I put on with her pregnancy.
So here it is. I am going to do it. You just watch me. I have to. (I really want to buy new clothes, and refuse to buy them for my current size!)
Could totally see myself wearing something like this, this Summer. How pretty is it!?
What a week I've had. It's just been filled with good stuff, and I really have enjoyed it. Thursday last week was craft night, and it was at my place this time. What a fun night we all had. Rohan decided to join us all, and he almost became a new member - thankfully I reminded him that he couldn't join, because I need him to stay at home on craft nights and look after the girls. Phew! Was great to see all the girls, and talk about craft, babies, crocheted penises and all the usual stuff.
Friday night - friends, wine, fun.
Saturday - walk and lunch at the pub with my beautiful girls in the sunshine, while Ro photographed a wedding.
Sunday - Just the four of us. Walk to cafe for brekky. Drive to Daylesford for market. Drive to Hepburn for lunch/picnic/wine/play/ on the grass at Lavendula.
How much fun!
Laney is obsessing about her upcoming birthday and Christmas, and marking things she wants in catalogues with a "x"