13 January 2011

Going private

Hello to anone who reads this little blog. I've decided to take a little break from this bloggety blog.

I have another blog, a private blog which I've been writing in since about 2004. I will continue to write in the private blog, so if you'd like an invitation to this private one, please let me know via email or comment. My email address is blythestar at hotmail dot com.

See you on the other side...

11 January 2011

Disney Live

M and I sallied forth to attend Disney Live on Saturday. We had a lovely time, no tears, minimal freak out about the wicked step-mother and the Beast (thanks, You Tube). Silly Mummy read the ticket incorrectly so we lined up at the wrong gate and subsequently missed a few minutes of the show and had to stumble about in the dark, but M handled it well. I was proud of her.


10 January 2011

Breath in, slow down


I managed to get to the gym and do a Pump class at 5.30am this morning. Considering I was psyched for an Attack class, I think I did OK! I seriously had a moment of "should I just leave?" when I saw everyone setting up for Pump. Pathetic, right? But I did it, albeit with not much weight. I've had at least three weeks off and I didn't want to kill myself. I want to be able to get up and do Attack tomorrow morning!

Work is OK. The guilt just about kills me. It requires a huge amount of organisation, meal planning, pre-cooking bulk meals, loads of ironing, setting clothes out, prepping for the morning... I often forget to get down and enjoy moments with the kids, I feel so swept up in the organised choas that is getting through the day.

I have to remember that. I have to sit down with them and breathe them in. Slow down a little, smell the flowers, right?

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8 January 2011

Clean up


Recently I have been having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Goold old insomnia. If one of the kids wakes me for any reason, I've been struggling fall back to sleep. Some nights I have actually just come and sat at the computer, trying to get random stuff out of my head.

I've figured out that on all of those nights, I enjoyed a few drinks after dinner. Coincidence or not, it feels like alcohol is a factor in these sleepless nights.

My body is felling jubbly and uncomfortable. Adding together drinks, eating out at least once a day for two weeks and my gym membership on hold for those two weeks, I'm feeling pretty jelly-like.

Time for a drought, I think. Time to detoxify my system. Time to energise and exercise. I know I said it just a few days ago, but seriously, this is it. I need to be kind to myself! I need to somehow fit the exercise in to this life, busy as it may be.

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6 January 2011

Project Life

I just did it... I ordered a Project Life kit! I've always had an interest in scrapbooking but I've only ever attempted a couple of pages. I love the idea of documenting our family life, and so this will help me do just that.

You can read about Project Life here. I chose the Amber kit.







Listed on the site are some extremely good reasons to try this project out. Here we go....

5. Save time. Save stress.


The organization and design that is Project Life is already figured out for you. Different from traditional scrapbooking, there is no stress about where to place photos, which papers to use, techniques to incorporate, products to coordinate. The work is done. You just add your photos and journaling.


4. No more guilt.

Gone are the days that you feel bad about not doing something with your pictures or your kids' pictures. Now you can actually get those pictures off the computer and into a format that can be enjoyed. Project Life makes photo-displaying story-telling fun and easy.

3. Improve your skills.

Knowing that your pictures and memories are going to be preserved and enjoyed in Project Life, you will naturally improve your photography and writing skills.

2. Incredible value.

Nowhere else can you find this kind of value for everything that you get. The scrapbooking kit is full of beautifully coordinated products that would cost so much more if purchased as individual components. The digital book is also a great value, as you don't need any software or special tools.


1. It's therapeutic.

Whether you add a picture on a daily basis or simply highlight a few favorite shots per month, you will likely find yourself more tuned into to your surroundings, priorities, habits, and blessings.

I cannot wait to receive it. I'm looking forwarding to being creative and enjoying this process of documenting our days.

5 January 2011

Bowl please


This last few days, our girl has been quite a handful. Always an ultra-emotional soul, she completely freaked out on the first morning back at kindy. She became so upset in such a short amount of time that she threw up. She then worked herself in to a state at home that night after dinner, threw up again and then asked for a bowl as soon as we arrived at kindy this morning.

It is so difficult to know how to handle this situation. Is she truly sick? Is it purely an emotional reaction to stress? Is she seeking attention?

For now, we will get a medical check up and try to deal with the situation calmly and without fuss.

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I heart books


I adore books and reading. I learnt to love books from a very young age and I devoured Enid Blyton's books, Trixie Belden, and then Sweet Valley High. I moved on to the classics in high school, flirted with sci-fi and chick lit. I'll read almost anything, to be honest. I currently go to the local library at least once a week. I pore over the book shop catalogues and magazine book reviews, then I go online at my trusty old library and put a hold on any interesting books I find. I read too fast to buy books, it just isn't worth it. I read about five books a week in a good week. Mmm, books. I even love their scent, fresh new book. Love them!

3 January 2011

Back on the wagon


I must get back on the wagon. Over these holidays, we've indulged and blissed out on good food and lots of it. I've over-indulged in alcohol. I've certainly under-indulged on exercise.

And who am I kidding? I fell off the wagon long before the festive season began. I'm so far behind the wagon that I can't even see it in the distance.

I have to start treating my body well again. Tomorrow. Seriously, tomorrow. It's too late tonight, and the chocolate brownie I had is still lingering on my tastebuds.

Good, clean food. Exercise. Lots of water.

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point & shoot {beach babies}



After our holiday was washed out, literally, we headed home early and played at home instead. A stay-cation. After another few days of torrential rain, the sun came out and we headed to the beach. Finally! We've had some beautiful days together, just the four of us. We've been covered in sunscreen (not enough) and sand (always too much, I hate sand!). We've had relaxing afternoon sleeps and eaten out at least once a day. Ahh, summer holiday. I love these days!