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Mum’s on Strike, so the kids win.

With things till a little muddy in terms of the arrangements and timing of our move, I’ve decided to go on strike for the last two days. That means only doing what is required to look after the kids and not much else. I have really had enough of not knowing whats going on, so that’s whats happening; on strike until further notice.

Keep clear of mum, and be good, she needs some time to decompress.

Prior to me going on strike I had been really keen, getting things ready and packing up the house, boxes, cleaning and painting the windowsills, inside and out. Enjoying the house starting to look great, and even had a Mothers Day pampering; a huge morning tea with hand massage, crafting, and doing my nails. I even scored some towels to do up the house for when it goes on the market.

Windows with new locks (Ta, Dad) and a coat of paint.
Windows with new locks (Ta, Dad) and a coat of paint.
New hotel quality towels...free!
New hotel quality towels…free!









So we had an easy dinner last night, no cook chicken and chips, as we returned from the park after a long day and a very long walk to the park. Left the house and all the disasters behind and jumped ship. I even had a half hour nap while the kids were sound asleep. (No-one is sleeping today). On our walk we saw a little white ladder aside a tree. At the park my daughter practiced her ladder climbing, and set up a little train station with bark tickets, asked everyone for “tickets please”. On the way home there were twelve kids in the street, all having a go climbing up the little ladder to get into the tree. It is great to see the tides turning and the helicopter parents nowhere in sight.

To the park... diggin' trains.
To the park… diggin’ trains.
Checking out the bridges.
Checking out the bridges.









The kids have been having a ball, toys are everywhere, inside, outside, making a huge mess. They were so cute playing “dress ups” with my clean washing so I just let them do it. (Until my son cried out he had had enough of the towel over his face). There isn’t a single room in the house that could be called clean or tidy. They both just loved that I spent the morning getting out the train set to play, and this morning my son decided it would be great to plough his way through like a crawling Godzilla, and pull apart the tracks, upending a logging car to eat the tree trunks. Little miss 2 was very unimpressed with his efforts. We might need to rebuild the tracks this afternoon. Lets see if mummy can find the energy before cooking tea, we have people coming over tonight for reenactment craft, so hopefully they can find their way to the lounge-room without stepping in anything hideous.

So excited and proud of her trains, "Go grumpy diesel!!"
So excited and proud of her trains, “Go grumpy diesel!!”
Baby Godzilla
Baby Godzilla!

Its Autumn, leaves will fall and we will play.


So it’s clearly Autumn, and I am beginning to wonder if we will be in town for this Winter. We have slowed down a lot over the past month, with school holidays and Easter, and have spent time enjoying the weather, and some outdoor time.


We got a sandpit for the kids to play in, as you cant just wait around, life goes on and the kids are still growing and developing. Our daughter is wrapped to have a sandpit at home to play, and today we went out to spend some time frolicking and generally relaxing in the autumn leaves.

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I will miss the quiet tree lines street we live in, and the vibrant colors that are a big part of autumn in Ballarat. We made a lovely mobile from the autumn nature collection. Really trying to enjoy the simple life. I have sold some more reenactment gear from the 95th Rifles group too this week on Facebook, and i’m looking forward to reinvesting that into some new equipment soon. My son is really stepping up from a baby to a little boy, getting teeth and starting to get more mobile, rolling around like crazy. We also made some cute stick puppets (thanks Playschool)! which I am sure will get some use soon. Old birthday cards and chopsticks, and some stickers did the trick.IMG_0416


Its Autumn, and the Barrel is loaded.

The Biscuit Barrel that is….I’m generally not much into baking, but this month has been different. While we continue to wait for advancement on the move, I have decided to take the more reIMG_5097laxed approach to our plans and to do some things with the kids. This month saw my daughter turning two, and really developing in her language skills. The change in weather and autumn leaves falling makes me wonder if we will still be here come wintertime, and I’ve already had to raid the shed to unpack some boxes of kids clothes as they continue to grow with the seasons.

Toddlers are fussy little beasts, and I couldn’t tempt her with these treats, or cookie dough, or even her own rainbow birthday cherry cake. But the chili beans “jumping beans” was fantastic, and even used up a tin of beans from the pantry and a jar of peri-peri marinade in the fridge. Pancakes which often are a bit of a favorite remained uneaten, even with the inclusion of this funny little fella. (She has been unwell and teething). The pantry stock has declined, and there will be very little food in the house to deal with when we move. My son has been loving trying new foods.

Tasty chilli beans with fresh yellow capsicum from the garden.
Banana pancakes, monkeying around.
Number 2, Rainbow Cake. Easy to make, just a ring tin cake.

We have been able to offload a wide range of reenactment gear over the last few weeks, and will be doing a good trade off with a  friend later this week, so will hope to pick up some “Viking gear” which we will use in our new group. Birthday time has brought in new toys and more new fun to be had at home. so its been great just to spend some time playing with Playdoh and diggers and going to the park, and out for nature walks. I hope to make a  mobile out of our nature collections, and to roast the chestnuts we have collected on the chilly days. Even did some shopping from home online, there are just things that need to be replaced, we cant just wait until we move, especially with the basics. No-one wants to brush teeth with an old brush or to wear thin and holey undergarments, so we need some new supplies. This cool weather is requiring the logistics of wardrobe changes, coats and gumboots for jumping in muddy puddles.
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