Another busy week went by….and it got a little colder…there was lots of family fun time this week though which was nice. I have at times lately been feeling a little lost …a little unsure of my role….a little concerned i was stuck in a rut and not making a difference or ‘providing'.
Sometimes it is the unplanned family moments though that can remind me of my rhythm and purpose within the home and give me a little reminder that the job i am doing is worthwhile….even though exhausting and not at all well paid 😉
This regular weekly reflection of moments gone by is proving a good tonic for the soul…little reminders that it really wasn't ‘Groundhog Day' everyday (as sometimes it seems!) and a reminder that there are always glimpses to cherish and be grateful for even if i couldn't always feel that way at the time!! It's also good to remember the difficult days too (i know we all have them…it's just reality!)and know that i got through them ok and was able to welcome another sunrise and the start of a new day!
We had more rain this week…but the vegetable patch (and i) welcomed it as i had been too busy to water!
The driveway did become washed out again though……
We now have red mud in everything again…i really wish i could get Ruby to wear more than one pair of shoes! She will not wear anything but her little joggers and they are constantly damp and muddy at the moment! Anyone else had this problem with toddlers?
There's a university down there somewhere!
There was a 16th Birthday to celebrate….
With my worst cake ever! I may just write a post about this one…what a failure it was…..it was yummy but i'm not sure what was worse….the slip with the food colouring causing that awful pink icing, the cakes sticking to the baking paper and half being peeled off with the paper causing a lopsided sagging cake, or the ‘red velvet' looking pretty much like a normal chocolate cake! Was my first try at a red velvet cake and although quite nice in taste i don't think i will go there again…goodness, the novelty cakes made from the Women's Weekly Kids Birthday Books in her younger years were so much easier!
Beautiful girl loved it though and made me feel better about it. I still can't believe she is 16…so not going to post about that…just yet! Hanging onto Mummy denial just a little longer…it's my right!!!
We discovered a box of Miss teen's old favourite toys i could never part with and Tara was fascinted with the Mr Potato Heads….of course we had to assign certain potatoes to each twin…let's just say Tara was quite insistent about that.
I had forgotten how much fun they can have with these though…fantastic for those fine motor skills and was actually very helpful for working on Ruby's language skills…..lots of parts and items to label!
Miss Teen made a few more meals for her Food tech subject…Chicken Cashew Stirfry….
and Ratatouille (with chickpeas….we seem to add legumes to everything here!)
I made some Beef Stew & Dumplings and shared some other family favourite recipes too!
The best part of the week was spending time with Daddy and wandering out to the block which he had spent the day clearing of weeds, brush rocks and rubbish that has probably been there for at least 50 yrs!
As usual i forgot to take a before photo but this area has been awfully overgrown and dense since we moved in and has been on our list of things to do for at least 3 yrs! I think people have been throwing their rubbish over back fences for many years before we began to clear….there was a lot of junk which we will have to remove slowly to the dump by trailer.
We can now finally see from one end of the block to the other and hopfully in time will be able to mow or slash this area also. The only trouble is we can now see into a lot of very untidy backyards and fences so not the best view out our back door….but hopefully it will keep the neighbours happy and i guess it is better than all the weeds and other stuff that was there…i think!
The toddler twosome loved getting out there for a run around and it was a beautiful winter afternoon to just stomp in some mud, roll on some grass and climb on some big unearthed bush rocks….
which Tara was determined to ‘push' …her new word for the week!
The fence on the left starts a row of back fences that goes the length of this end of our property so we have a lot of neighbours to keep happy….but this is the reality of owning acreage in town!
Eventually this area will be able to be mowed and we plan to plant some nice trees…not sure what yet as this is the wallabies home turf and there are a lot of trees they like to eat…trust me!!
Ruby had a lot of fun on Dad's shoulders (her favourite spot i think!)….if you look closely you can see kookaburras in the background…they were loving all the unearthed dirt!
And they had fun picking lemons hanging over the fence which had previously been hidden by weeds and thorny bushes!
Daddy couldn't reach this one so Ruby kept trying until she got it!
The toddler twosome do love weekends spending time with Daddy…
and Big Sis….no one gets Ruby's lemon though…note she is still holding it and actually still carting it around the lounge today! What's not to love about a lemon!!
I hope you can find some happy moments from the week just past…..i know it can take a little searching some weeks but when you find them i think your soul sings a little…i know mine does anyway and i found a little bit of my lost self last week, now ….greetings to the week ahead!