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I want to wear a helmet ….. Like my mummy.

DSCN0867We finally made it to the Easter encampment for some well earned time off.  Mummy packed up her mummy chest, and off she went to fire arrows at people in the woods, leaving two small children behind with their dad for a while to fend for themselves. Combat archery is great fun, highly recommend it, and I hadn’t done any since before my first pregnancy. One of the things people tell you is that our children will want to do everything mummy and daddy do. And its just so true, never been more graphically illustrated than here, “Helmet on…gloves on…” she said, dressing up like mum is fun “again…helmet on again”.

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This time of year is always considered the time for families to “Go camping”, as the warmer weather becomes temperate, and is in advance of the winter season, it seems like this is what all Australians seem to do. It will be interesting to see what our new adventures in Medieval Reenactment will entail, and how we will be able to adjust to working physically in the heat. My husband has met with a group in Perth, who train weekly, but earlier in the morning. One little girl very excited to be going camping again, and somewhat sad to have to say goodbye after just one solid day of fun. One very tired mummy who hopes to use her sweet gifted mummy chest for many years to come.

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Easter also brought family gatherings and feasting, chocolate eating, and the well developed traditional “googy egg” for Sunday morning. Flea bombings also ensued due to an aging cat and a dry season, expecting drier weather and sandier soil over the west. Easter Monday was a craft day, making bunnies and having a pajama day.

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There were a plethora of pom poms around the house today.

Eat the strawberries, and keep on walking.

IMG_4405[1]Most days we go outside my daughter scopes the herb garden hoping to spot a little strawberry, eating them whether they are ripe or not. She hadn’t done this in a little while, as we had been away from home a bit. I found 6 or 7 lovely little wild strawberries, very small and super sweet.

 

The decision: Eat the strawberries or share them. Usually i’d tell her and show her, and share the harvest. Not this day, its time that I enjoy the fruit too!! How often do you eat the fruit, honestly I don’t do this enough.

Mums have to look after themselves too. MIMG_4498[1]ake sure we get our rest when we are feeling down and a bit under the weather, like having a pajama day for everyone and watching the twirly-woo’s. Making a paper headband costume to wear too. Kids can be hard on you and wear you down, no one else will look after you if you don’t.

Kids also spill oily pesto on comfortable suede mummy shoes. grrrr. Solution, spend some time and some cornflour and make those shoes look like new again. Don’t just let them sit there with a stain making you feel disappointed. It really worked well and they cleaned up a treat. Do something for yourself today and walk tall.

 

40 years of life, what will change in the next 40?

DSCN0566Yes, this is “a cake” Nothing fancy or handcrafted, just picked up from the bakery and brought home for a little BBQ for my husbands 40th Birthday.

He was very happy to be spending this weekend, and the rest of his birthday weekends in the future at the School of the Soldier, an American Civil War event. Great people sharing their love of living history together and having fun bringing battles and struggles of setting up a camp to life. The quilt I made him a while back was used to help the remote southerner’s camp to feel more homely.

 

We are thinking that we wont be able to do quite as much of the living history as we used to now that we are heading over to the west coast, and had a little shop to sell off some excess equipment, things that he had anticipated using for years to come. With the changes, we will have to focus more keenly on the Medieval era kit, and develop new friendships with the people from WA.

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The camaraderie that is experienced on the field is no less in the campsite, with many of the soldiers and the women assisting me with the kids when they were really struggling with the humidity. Having no naps to speak of made for two very tired irritable children, and a mum with dehydration and heatstroke from trying to get them to nap in the tent. Hydro-lite was administered to me and we headed home early, with a long trip home in the car. I knew it would be hard, with two kids and no mod-cons, but the chance to give the kids this experience was well worth the effort.

Still feeling unwell as I write this post, grateful to a husband who caringly looks after his family and gets us all home safe. How will our family enjoy simple times together for the next 40 years? With determination, lots of preparation and with intentional plans to make our own memories together.

Family and support, enjoying the here and now.

My husband spent the weekend in Bunbury, one day at the new workplace, and another looking at houses with a real estate agent. We stayed in Melbourne with my parents, to give me company and support while he was away sorting things out.

There were a few places that fit the brief, and as I thought, some homes that looked fine in photos were really quite tired and worn (floors and walls & other not photographed messy bits). It seems we may need to spend a little more to get a home that is in better condition and this will be very important, as he will not have much time for doing work around the house with the new job.

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Feeding the Ducks with Nan
Really noticed that my daughter had developed a fair bit over the last month and is becoming a real little toddler. It was lovely to see the relationship between her and her Nan and Pop blossoming, and the love that they share. Very delightful to see my Dad taking my son on the swing, and riding him around on the little trike. Both very happy to play together in the sand building sandcastles. Dad (also an engineer prior to his retirement), engineered a little cover for him from a teatowel to stop him eating the sand. Trips to the park and feeding the ducks, memories being made for the children, bonds being formed before their big move away from the family.

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Pop’s Little Ray of Sunshine
My brothers came home for dinner with their families one night, and we had much to celebrate with my sister in laws; one pregnant and the other asked my brother to marry her (it was on the leap year day). Just as we are getting to see one another more, and the kids are all becoming familiar with one another, we will be separated.

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Immense enjoyment and appreciation of the shower now that its back in use.
There is currently a lot of support for us with our children, as both of our parents regularly travel to Ballarat to help me take my daughter to swimming lessons. Lately they have also been helping to get the house up to scratch to sell, painting the laundry, and building and tiling the shower recess, if not, its just he day to day, getting kids to bed and making lunch.

It was great just to live in the here and now, forgetting that there was a storm of activity ahead in the blueprint, and enjoy time with my family. How life and relationships will change with distance, only time can tell, but the weekend highlighted for me just how important family support can be.

Introducing the Kids

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Learning Together, Laughing Together
I have two very special children, very loved and cared for. We had been awaiting their arrival for some time, and a great deal of science (IVF & non IVF) and planning went into them coming into this world. Our eldest, 23 months old was our first and she loves to get involved in what everyone is doing, loves horses, reading and singing and music. Our second born son is 6 months old, and is just delightful. He has a wicked smile that really makes people take notice, and an adorable giggle. He seems to have a sense of humor and likes to play and sleep and eat. Just a textbook perfect little lad, we couldn’t have asked for two more perfect children had we had the completed request form. (I suspect that all parents say this about their kids, but we have had so many people comment on them). My aim in Engineering this Life, is to make it the best life I can for them without going overboard and forgetting my own life in the process.

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Building the Mechanics to Crawl
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Our happy little boy
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Just having fun at home
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Loves to play outside
Wiggly Worms:   I have been working on stimulating variety of activities for the children, being a full time Domestic Engineer, its really a big part of my vocation, and today we made “wiggly worms” out of fruit packing boxes. We were going to paint them, (and perhaps add googly eyes) but the heat outside kept us indoors, using felt tip pens to decorate the worms. I still do most of the drawing, but new skills today included stenciling on a brown paper bag and using markers instead of crayons, pens and pencils. You cant do this sort of thing everyday, its just not manageable, but its good to do something new at least once a week to keep everyone entertained,

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