This weekend it rained, and rained, and rained, and just for fun, it rained some more, right into Monday too.

Saturday we went into the city to get our new glasses, run errands and pop to the market. By the afternoon the rain has started so after a abortive attempt to get a coffee (all the cafes in our township close early) we went to the local wine bar (toddler in tow) and ordered coffee and a fluffy. Hilarious but surprisingly decent drinks!

Madam doesn’t do at all well with staying in for extended periods of time. I envy people who can just hang out at home with their kids, we can’t, at least, not in winter. May be its to do with our little home, which although perfectly formed really is ‘little’ (85 sqM) or perhaps with all the living out and about because of earthquake repairs etc Moo is just used to being out and about, Im not sure.
I have a plan (haha I have lots, but hopefully this one will come to fruition) to turn our front sleepout into a craft and play room, a space outside our own space. Somewhere to head out to and play, create and invent. It has solely been used as a ‘spare room’ and store room but its a lovely little space with great light that I think could really provide a whole new environment for us to retreat to, and in summer will be a lovely place to get out of the really fierce sun. We are changing out the double bed for a single to create more space, have put a desk in and I’m working on a few other bits in there too. It will be great to have somewhere I can leave the sewing machine out, and Moo will have room for her teepee, a kitchen and permanent craft space.

Sunday was torrential (sorry, more weather talk) so we headed into the city again – but to a different side and took Moose to the Airforce museum. It might seem a odd choice for a 2.5yr old girl, but was actually rather inspired as a choice. Lots of room, big interesting looking planes and the launch of Googles ‘Loon for All’ project. Hubby was the mastermind behind it and he was spot on.

I had never heard of the Loon for All, but its an amazing concept, atmospheric balloons which provide internet over specific areas.

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Everyone there was lovely, it was busy but not crazy and Moo had a wonderful time running about charming everyone. After the earthquakes we have had here its a project that I really do think is exciting and inspirational. The fear and panic after the smaller but more damaging Feb 22nd quake in Christchurch were made worse by infrastructure issues and projects like this could have really helped. Not to mention the uses around the world, in war zones, crisis and developing countries.

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I also made Moo a duvet cover to go with her new ‘big girl bed’ that arrived this week. I got some beautiful Ikea fabric and cut out the floral mid section on one of our old covers and replaced it with the new fabric. To cover up my awful seaming (I didn’t leave enough allowance for the selvage so the writing showed) I stitched ribbon down the seams. It’s pretty rough but Im rather proud of how it looks!
Ikea is one shop I really do miss. NZ seriously need to get that sorted!

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Joining in with Soulemama in a moment I want to savour and cherish

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June 16, 2013 This Moment

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Some images from the last week
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  • pony time – she loving having Q right outside the door
  • chilling out – so many stripes, after gymnastics
  • frosty morning – cold but oh so beautiful
  • teddy bear tea party
  • swing time – evening de-stress
  • new laptop yumminess
  • hot chocolate for all
  • warm fire, running gear – Im trying to run 3x  week, slowly getting back into shape

Slowly getting to grips with the photo grid app. I really want to try the Disney Storytime app that Kelle raves about on Enjoying the Small Things It looks awesome.

June 13, 2013 Homelife

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We are settling into winter well, slowly creating new rhythms and routines. It appears that the Oxford Farmers market is setting in to be a favourite (good weather) sunday outing.

Today it was sunny and cool so we headed off, bought veggies, wandered through the stalls and playground. It was lovely to have the morning together, moo was on great form and we were able to simply relax and enjoy family time. We live in such a great place its wonderful to be able to really enjoy it and savour the small things that make living here so special.

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A quick stop off at the river on the way home completed a great morning. Moo drew ‘horses’ in the sand and threw stones into the water – or at least she threw stones and they flew in a variety of directions, not always towards the water!

 

Children’s parties are like metaphors for your entire life.

Whether you organise with military precision, casually throw together something amazing, throw something together (and doesnt everyone know it) or simply tell everyone to turn up at a venue and arrive late toting a store bought cake. None is better or worse, more or less ‘correct’. But boy isnt there pressure to succeed – more, I’m sure, than there was when my mum was arranging parties for my birthdays.

Due to illness we had to cancel Moose’s second birthday party, instead we did a morning outing to the wildlife park. Hubby and Moo ran about in glee, I walked behind doubled over in pain with a fake smile muttering ‘no, no, I’m fine, fresh air is helping’ – I’m not entirely sure what that metaphor says about me?

Her first birthday was nice but half our friends got the date wrong or couldn’t come, so it ended up being a couple of friends and 2 toddlers, not what I had planned but actually rather fun and decidedly stress free. Now that metaphor I have deciphered – it was a 100% reflection on my lack of organisation and overly relaxed attitude, fine for a 1yr old – not going to cut it when she wants a proper party.

I”m hoping that this year my more organised approach might result in a relaxed but fun part for Moo. Much like the party we attended today for her buddy R. It was a great party, organised, well catered, homemade accents, with loads of activities and neat little touches. It was a party definitely organised by someone with their life together. Jealous.com! Seriously the bar has really been raised in our toddler social circles, there is a benchmark to be achieved.

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We are pretty laid back people, we roll with most things. Earthquakes, house rebuilds, living in motels (for 5 months, with a ill baby) and flying internationally to visit my terminally ill mum on a few days notice. They all culminated to make me stop worrying about every little thing, sometimes its about each moment, not the one that came before or the one to follow.  Perhaps I am now to laid back, after years of being to stressed and wound tight, medicated and anxious I am now almost the reverse, I have given up writing lists. I usually forget to read/pack/take them with me anyway. I shop by wandering up and down the aisles and only forget a couple of things each week. I try to see a bigger picture.
I wonder what the picture will look like for Moo’s 3rd birthday?

June 8, 2013 Homelife

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{This moment } – A Friday Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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June 7, 2013 This Moment

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A few little images from our weekend.

Hubby at the start of his half marathon, he come in on his target time sub 1.35 (1.34.44) but rolled his ankle at 19km so looked pretty grim coming over the finish line! Said it was good though, rather windy and warmer than anticipated.

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Nim and I had a great breakfast while waiting for him to come in, she was brilliant and behaved so well, despite it being long and a bit of a tedious morning for a toddler. Unfortunately the weekend was a bit dull for her as due to collecting the race registrations on the Saturday so both day we had to drive to town.

We picked up friends at the airport on Saturday morning and did town jobs like eye tests (I needed new glasses) and sushi lunch (Moose’s favourite) before coming home and having a relaxed afternoon. She loved having new people to chat with and entertain and lots of our friends had family running on sunday so we saw quite a few of her little buddies at the race.

In other events

Cats taking over table tents, evening biking, painting and baking. Lots of indoor play and activities as the weather turned cold and wet towards the end of the weekend

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In other news – Ive signed up for a 10km trail run  in September … I must be mad!

For a few reasons Moose has been challenging us in the last week or so. I have really tried to make this week about quality time and focusing on her and better communication from both of us. Its been good, and we’ve had a lot of lovely moments together, slowing down, just enjoying.

Slowly I feel like we are moving away from being at logger heads and towards enjoying each others company.

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It was a great way to reconnect and enjoy some time and the beautiful last dregs of autumn as winter pushes in on us, bringing the snow scented winds that bite at fingers and noses. The mountains looked sugar topped. While we hunker down away from rain and wind they are liberally coated with powdery snow. The water running down is icy cold, even the dog avoids paddling!

Feathers litter the ground form duck season, the only colour is the hardy gorse and the sky. Its beautiful and hard and tires Moose in minutes when she’s out in it. The river plain was inhospitable so we departed for the playground and then a fluffy at the bakery.

{This moment } – A Friday Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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June 1, 2013 This Moment

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First up, a very over due photo drop, mostly from this week

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She has been challenging the past couple of day while hubby has been away. She always been spirited and strong in her own mind but I’ve had a lot of direct ignoring and ‘no’ ing to every request. I know its just age and development but its so frustrating as I know she’s usually helpful and want to co-operate. It’s also really hard as its so rare and unusual I find myself at a loss with how to deal with her. I hate to threaten meaningless actions such as ‘sit properly or i’ll take dolly away’ as I know shes simply to young to really understad what that means, but hell its hard to know how to respond, and ignoring it only gets me so far. We aim to be relaxed parents and allow her freedom to explore actions and consequences, but simply ignoring advice or defying safety instructions we draw a line at.

Some days I realise that parenting is more about how I behave and react than how my child is acting. It is about being consistent, fair and firm. Moose responds best to solid immovable boundaries,  and very little interference within them. Recently, in a ill-advised attempt to be ‘fun’ and ‘relaxed’ I have let some of those slip, become fluid. Now its kicking my ass. Strident but loving mama is back.

May 31, 2013 Homelife

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