Friday Frenzy

Let the madness begin.  I’m off to Perth city for 48 hrs with Miss Teen and Miss Moo to find Miss Teen the ball dress of her dreams on a budget.
In amongst the many shops we will be trailing I am also on the hunt for good parks in the city to take Miss Moo to.

I have just finished packing and in my head my outfits would look like this lovely birdsnest one below but my shopping will have to wait because it’s about Miss Teen and I’m excited to share this experience with her.

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Looking forward to sharing more on The Weekend Waffle.

Just one quick share before I head off please take a look at this funny post from Have a Laugh on me it had me in stitches.

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Enjoy the moments
Jules 💜

Capturing the moments – Weekend Waffle

Selfie taken by Miss Moo before swimming lessons

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Yes it is a bold statement but one that is so true to me. I love pictures and I use notes, pictures and photos throughout my day. At one stage I will admit I even had a bad Pinterest addiction. Oh how many endless hours can be spent on Pinterest. I even remember my dear Hubby waking up in the middle of the night on one occasion and getting sprung in the midst of a mad Pinning session and feeling like Id just been caught pinching the last chocolate from my Mums large / what she thought was well hidden stash of chocolates (sorry Mum but you weren’t that good at hiding things).

If I haven’t mentioned it before my hubby is FIFO and home for one week out of three. We love to talk on the phone and try to everyday but sometimes we are both exhausted and don’t have a lot to say so we will often send each other funny quotes and I will send photos of our kids & events. Photos contain so many stories and trigger many memories.

Last month we celebrated Miss Moos second birthday by taking her to the public pools for a swim with her sisters . As Hubby was home for her birthday and rarely swims in the pool (prefers the ocean) , this was a rare event. Overcome with enthusiasm I pulled out my phone to take a photo of hubby and our three girls playing a game together. With no other people near them and it being a quiet day I didn’t  think about it .Within seconds I was firmly tapped firmly on the shoulder by a lifeguard and told I will need to stop taking photos now as this was not allowed at the centre . I apologised and sheepishly put my phone away. I did know that the facility had a no taking photos of students participating in lessons policy but I wasn’t aware that this included personal pictures.
As a teacher I am very aware of the importance of privacy when it comes to media but I started to think about the loss of capturing moments of our children and their achievements if everywhere we went had the same policy . I realise that their are some undesirables out there that we need to protect our kids from but I have a question for you.
How do you feel about the no photographs policy that Public facilitates enforce and how harshly should they be enforced when it comes to parents taking photos of their own children?
 Jules ❤
 

Date Night – Weekend Waffle

Yesterday B1 (22) and I set out on a girls shopping trip with Miss Moo. I had a mission, to find a new outfit for my date with My love last night. I always do my research first online before I head out with Miss Moo in tow as I know that there will be a two hour limit before she becomes restless.
We walked into a shopping centre full of red, pink, love hearts and sale signs.
Two kimonos, a lovely heart print tshirt, two pairs of shoes and a new necklace ( info in photo comments) oops
and i forgot to mention a new pair of peppa pig shoes for Miss Moo and two new dresses later we had a tired 2yr old who was not going to be entertained by snacks, her mini etch sketch or toys (we always pack small containers or snaplock bags of cut up fruit, rice crackers or dried fruit).
I have to mention that Miss Moo loves shoes almost just as much as me but will probably have just as much difficulty as B1, Miss Teen and myself  finding nice shoes in her size as she is already in size 8 shoes at 2yrs).
OH and I were very lucky last night that B1 volunteered to look after miss Moo while we went out.
OH and are very lucky to be able to afford to go out more often now but it wasn’t always the case.
So I wanted to share some great ideas for Date nights that range from $12 upwards that OH and I have enjoyed.
1. Sunset /Star gazing
Grab a bottle of champers, two plastic chamagne cups, a picnic rug or a couple of folding chairs and head to the beach, park, or even backyard if the sky is clear enough.
(bottle of bubbly can range from $10 and up)

2. Romantic dinner in
Send the kids to rellies or friends house for the night or put them to bed early. Set the table with candles and best tableware. Cook a lovely meal, put on some lovely background music and enjoy.
( cost = the meal, returning the favour for friends so they can have their own date night in or a big day tiring the kids out)
3. Movie /Pizza night in
Rent a movie, make your own pizza or use coupons and order one, put kids to bed early, snuggle up and enjoy.
4. Music /Theatre night
suprise your loved ones with favourite tickets to a concert or theatre show. ( babysiter required)
5. River /boat cruise
If you are lucky enough to live near water or close enough to travel to water. I suggest you to take a cruise with your loved one.
There are also train entertainment nights (murder mystery) and dinner rides.
Note :These also make great presents for loved ones ( vouchers or tickets). OH parents have enjoyed a few of these as christmas presents and I find experience gifts are much better than material gifts.

I did go over my three ideas,  thoughts and rules quota for this post sorry and these are still only a few ideas.
There are so many more.
OH and my favourite is number 1 and we try and make it a tradition every time when OH is home to grab a bottle of bubbly jump in the 4wd and head to the beach to watch the sunset.
Last night we enjoyed a valentines cruise on the lovely Echo Abrolhos

My challenge to you all this week is to please share some great ideas for Date nights. You can share on here 

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Friday sharing

Today I am taking my hat off and sending out a giant Hi five to all the Mums who balance full time work with parenting children at home.
Please note Stay at home parents you do a great job and I have done both. It is a personal choice but for me and what I do its part of who I am.
It maybe me getting older ( remember only i Can admit this) ,  or its become a tougher gig but I have to say I am tired this week.  When I say tired,  I’m not just talking about the I need a nap tired I’m referring to the someone take the reigns for a while I need some downtime.  In saying this I only go to paid work 4 days a week and I love what I do but I made the big choice last year that four days paid work is a good balance of happy wife /mum /teacher.
Whinge over. 
So how do you make sure that life includes things to look forward to?  Some of my fellow bloggers have shared inspirational thoughts,  ideas and experiences this week on their blogs. 
Beginning with my lovely friend from The Little Farmhouse Pantry
Jo has been busy sharing her lovely photos of Tasmania. Let me also just say that this talented lady makes the most amazing jams along with many other talents and I encourage you to please take a look at her page.
So many people over the holidays shared their pics of visits to waterparks, movies and iceskating.  Please don’t get me wrong I’m all for a good water park but it was refreshing to see Teapots and Tractors recent post about the Perth Mint. I will definitely be heading their on my next visit to Perth.  A FIFO wife
shared something close to my heart and I’m sure many others on her page.  Bringing to attention Ripple Kindness project.  Please check out the link at the end of article and get onboard with Random acts of kindness week.
A beautiful collation of photos of Mums including themselves in pictures was made into a wonderful short movie by Maxabella loves This made me shed a few tears and I rearly recommend that you watch it.  It certainly made me think about not always being the picture taker and making sure I’m #inthepicture

I’m off to put my feet up and appreciate that my lovely OH is home to take over the reigns for a while.
Don’t forget tomorrow is a day to share the love and remember,  it’s not about how much you spend its about embracing the moments and sharing them.

Jules 💜

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Weekend Waffle – Public Behaviour

Sadly the weekend is nearly over once again. For us here in our house it means it’s nearly time for OH / Dad to come home (3 more sleeps!!). Great moments to share for me are ; The lovely long overdue (roughly 10 years ) catch up I had today with a beautiful friend and hearing Miss Moo cry out “Mummy where are you ?” Usually it’s a scream out of “Mum do you know where…..?” from Miss Teen. So I know my Nan will either be laughing with us or be giving me a discerning look from up above but I just had to share my thoughts and I hope to hear yours . Farting, burping , nose picking in public and I’m sure there are more but these are the most common behaviours . What is acceptable in public? I really am finding my line between my expectations as a Parent and a Teacher are often the same. Yes I know we all Fart (I can hear my OH and boys giggling at this word as I type it), but should it be acknowledged with an excuse me , pardon or at least a sorry especially in a confined space. Let me give you an example a friend shared this morning . During exercise class the lady on the bike in front of her Farted loudly and just kept going on with her exercise not even saying anything to the said friend after class. Should she have said something ? My thoughts are maybe not during the class but a quiet “Sorry about that during class”, would have nice. Nose picking (use a tissue), Burping (pardon/ excuse me) and Farting (for goodness sakes hold it in , go where no one else will be inflicted or last resort (acknowledge it ).

So I ask you what’s not acceptable/ acceptable; public behaviour?

Jules x

Flying the nest

Ive found myself contemplating lately how different it is to be at two different ends of the parenting spectrum.  With some of our children flying the nest and one just a chick.
It gets easier after the first leaves,  people told.me, but It didn’t for me and I’m not sure it will get easier.  I do however think I am more in tune with my emotions as I’ve got older and how not to become an emotional wreck.
There also becomes another element of being a parent where you children move back home again. ( it won’t happen you say ;-).
Let me give you some tips that i have found useful.
1. Never say never about your child moving back home.
( things change and parenting is for life)
2.  Set clear expectations of how jobs will be divided.
3. Keep guidelines simple and to 3 ( Ours are:
– If you arent going to be home for tea      let people know
– Clean up after yourself
– If you can’t do your job then swap with someone in the house.
Why three rules your thinking?
I find three is just the right amount to remember and put in place without being too overbearing.
Most of all, try not to fall into the trap of developing a mindset that your child is home to stay.  Keeping your usual routine while enjoying the moments you spend with your adult child will soften greaving process that occurred initially when your child first flew the nest.

Enjoy the moments.

Jules 🌸

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Our baby is growning up.

So the time has finally come . I know it isn’t the first time we have done this but it is still tears at the heart strings just as much . Today we changed Miss Moos cot into her first bed. Although it was great to see her so excited , it also means that she is growing up and time is passing by way too fast . I also became a little teary the other day when B1 (our eldest ) and I were buying clothes for Miss Moo in the girls section instead of the baby clothes section. Hubby and I have been doing this parenting gig for nearly 23 years , which should make us pros by now. One thing we have learnt after all these years is each child is different and now we are older parents we really have learnt to not to stress the small things. Miss Moo hasn’t been our best sleeper and big confession , she often spends half the night sleeping in our bed. We are hoping that her transition from cot to bed will mean more sleep for us all and morning cuddles in our bed with her. I will let you know tomorrow. Happy Australia day everyone . I hope you have enjoyed time with family and friends . I  also have included a link to an article about transitioning toddlers from cot to bed. http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/moving_to_a_big_bed.html

Jules 😀

Date night

Last night hubby and I managed to take off for a few hours by ourselves to try out one of the local restaurants.
Trying to squeeze in the many to do things on the lists, family catchups ( family if you are reading this we love you)  and the many things that seem to only happen on Hubbys Rnr don’t often leave much time for Date night.
I must admit that my enthusiasm for getting dressed up was lacking until my recent waredrobe revamp. Lots of culling has occurred over the holidays and a injection of colour. 
I really must thank Nikki from Styling You for her wonderful outfit ideas that she shares on her blog and recommend her book Unlock your style.  Especially if you are in a waredrobe rut like I was.

Hubby and I had a great evening and can tick it off our wish list that we have created together over the last few weeks.
Each day we have each added a wish to a text list and now have a great list of wonderful things to do this break.
Tomorrow morning we will be off early for hubby to go  fishing while
the rest of us enjoy the beach before it gets too hot. 
Do you and your partner have date night and when / where was the last time you got dressed up to go out somewhere special? 

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Loving the colours in this top from mojo beach http://www.mojobeach.com.au/