Saturday, December 29, 2012

Oh so very tired....

But I just can't seem to sleep! This is the 4th night in a row where I've gone to bed tired but to restless to sleep.

Anyone have a spare magic wand to wave around?

I thought I had done everything right to ensure I would crash when I went to bed, no napping, no caffine and I even went to the gym at 4pm (not to close to bed time so that I would be suitably worn out but not too energised lol).

Argh and now I'm sitting with a hot milo, but on the computer which is bad (apparently) but who minds when I'm probably going to be up til 3m like the last few nights.

I hate being this tired as it really affects the motivation for pretty much everything, and I start getting forgetful, like forgetting to visit people! Yikes!

Well surely I can't keep it up to much longer and will hopefully start sleeping normal hours again!

The only thing good about this is that I'm ultra prepared to attend to the babies when they wake up!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

More of Christmas 2012

The tree survived the kids this year :)

Yes I have matching stockings (I even bought a couple extras just in case) lol

Our yummy Christmas feast

My family enjoying our Christmas lunch

Handmade goodies decorated the table this year

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our Family Christmas Photo 2012

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours :)

(Silas 6, Jaidon 16, Braith 1, Livia 12, Kaydence 3, Aliya 8, Danion 8mths and Callum 13)

Some of Christmas 2012

The cookie that survived the food processor intact!

Callum and Jaidon figuring out the right size of the snow drops

Aliya concentrating on creating the perfect ripple cake :)

Livia waking up Kaydence it took several goes to convince her that Santa had delivered the presents :)

And so the present unwrapping begins

Danion's very 1st Christmas

The end of a successful Christmas day for Braith, especially when a truck feels comfy enough to sleep on!

My fat cat Tonka in the perfect post Christmas pose

The Year that was 2012

I truely believed that 2012 was going to be THE YEAR, the best year ever.

WHY? Because 12 is my favorite number :) Pretty corny hey?

While 2012 threw me a few curve balls, it has been a year of learning, growing, tears, sadness, strength, madness, change and a lot of growing up.

I realized that I am more vulnerable then I thought, but have more hopes and dreams for the future then I could ever imagine.

 *We started our jounery as a homeschooling family. I will spare you the rose tinted version, and just let you know that it hasn't been the wonderful new adventure I thought it would be. At time its was pretty shit. But then there have been the good times and those little moments that made it worth while, and we're committing to another year, so it can't have been shit all the time :) lol. While I had intended to go it 'alone' and register with the HEU, I was finding it hard to find some social outlets for my bigger kidlets. So after a midyear crisis I registered with a distance ed school who are very supportive of homeschooling families. And while it hasn't ironed out all our homeschooling issues it sure has helped us form a supportive base for our homeschooling jounery.

*We welcomed a new addition into the family, Danion (my 7th child) in April. This little guy was not on my to do list for this year, but I'm sure glad he chose to be :) I went into labor 2 weeks before the scheduled c/s date which threw any plans of preparation out the window. I had a hard and painful recovery, as I had adhesions which required repairing and of course my 5th c/s to recover from. Luckily Danion was a great baby from the get go and he fitted in just right :) A great sleeper, feeder and all round happy go lucky baby :)

*Now with 3 children under 3 and also having the older children to homeschool, life felt hard. I could manage, just, keeping it all together but life was hard. I was always on the go, the little guys were bored and getting into things while I was helping the older kids with their schoolwork. It was after going to an art gallery excursion and ending up in tears because my little guys were, you know, being little kids and touching things, and having 2 babies having a crying fit together that I needed to get help. Not because I couldn't cope, but because I couldn't do it all, all the time. So I decided to get a in home day care lady, Miss D. The kids adore her and they have a the best of me as well as keeping busy with Miss D.

*In the 2nd half of the year, we were struck down with illness, tonsillitis of all things. I fell sick first which is strange as I usually feel sick after caring for everyone else. I thought that I had just a sore throat/flu thing, but after being really sick for 4 days and loosing a few kgs because I couldn't eat or drink I knew I was sicker then I have ever been. Then everyone else started getting it, it would take a week for them to get better then the next one would get sick. Poor Callum and Livia had it twice!! It took a month and a half for everyone to finally get over it. We also had Silas go to hospital to have dental surgery as his back molars decayed and broke apart, my only child with teeth problems, I felt like a horrible mum :( Then Aliya was admitted to hospital for a kidney infection, Braith was admitted to hospital for a week as he had gingivostomatitis. And then Livia was admitted to hospital with appendicitis. And thankfully it wasn't something more serious for my little guys. We have recovered. And apart from the odd kid with a tummy bug we have come out the other side.

*After our run of illnesses I decided to commence study in an area of interest that I had been wanting to study since my teen years, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. Yes I am crazy lol. But as I am studying via online distance ed, it has been flexible and manageable. I am also able to VET fee the course so its not a financial burden on the family :)

*I also joined a gym :) I really feel my best when I'm more active, I have more energy and feel calmer if I'm working out regularly. I've been aiming to go every other day for 1hr and I have been feeling great. I also have a goal of loosing 10kgs in the next few months, but I'll be doing it by clean eating and regular exercise.

*I made a effort to maintain family and friendships this year, I can be a bit of a hermit but have really come out of my 'shell' so to speak and I'm glad I did. Just the little acts of picking up the phone, replying to messages, and just making an effort to say hey, has really maintained and strengthen the few but valuable friendships I have. I traveled a few times to meet up with family this year and had family stay with us :) Not as much as I would have liked but more then the previous year.

*I became a single mother to 7 children. It wasn't a shock, it was something that had been on the cards for awhile. I was hoping that perhaps marriage would happen, but Mike and I have some hurdles to get over first. He moved out but lives close by which has helped the kids adjust quite well. We have had a very civil separation and still see each other nearly everyday which I guess is weird for some but it is working for us. I'm not sure where things will go from here. We were together for nearly 14 years, nearly half of my life.

So there you have it, so much more had happened in 2012 but atm these are the most pivotal events that come to my mind at present.

I'm hoping for a blessed and adventurous 2013 :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Quote of the Moment


Life has been busy! Its been months between posts and I thought I should start blogging again as I love flicking through my old posts, reminiscing on those little moments that get swept away with time.....

This is my coffee cup, and I've been trying to practice those wise little words.

I'll be back to update my humble little blog soon, I promise :)