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Let’s Try This Again

No. of times up during the night: 0! Bubs slept through the night. Yay! And although boy wonder snuck into our bed, I was too tired to notice until the morning.

Rise and shine: 6.30am

Chocolate consumed: Lots of Maltesers, a glass of chocolate milk, a hot chocolate

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu: Beef casserole and mashed potatoes

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime: 10.15pm

I fell off the wagon a bit over the school holidays. But now boy wonder is back at school and we’re settling back into our regular routine, I’ve decided it’s time to really get serious about getting organised.

After looking at some different blogs on organisation I’ve come to the realisation I don’t just want to do this to placate my husband (and my impossibly tidy mother in law), I want a house I can have some pride in and that is functional in a way that reduces my time spent cleaning it. I’ve never really minded mess and clutter, but I’m at a stage where I feel like I can’t invite people into my home without feeling some embarrassment. I want to be able to have people into my house without feeling embarrassed.

One of my biggest stumbling blocks has always been feeling overwhelmed by it all. I look at the clutter and feel so overwhelmed I don’t know where to begin, so I put it in the ‘I’ll deal with it later’ box.

I’m going to try something new; I’ve decided to just take it a little bit at a time. It might take me a long time to finally be where I want to be, but maybe it won’t feel so overwhelming.

Today I…

Spent far too much time on the computer catching up on emails and Facebook and uploading photos from our family holiday. Made a start on decluttering my pantry.

(I’m changing the way I present my day. I’ll be keeping it much more brief and instead focus on my journey to organisation.)

Wish me luck!

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Just quickly

The past week and a half is has been so busy/stressful/exhausting it’s no wonder I haven’t had time to blog! I’ve had sick kids, a sick hubby, sick me, an emergency hospital trip in the middle of the night, cleaning up spew, starting on our taxes, school holidays… Needless to say housework is falling even more behind than usual. I DID manage to complete Day 3 of the 31 Days to an Organised Home by doing my 3 baskets, however rather than organising the laundry I decided to organise the mass of paperwork and other things cluttering my kitchen bench. I can’t even remember the last time I looked through all that stuff. I’ve put the rest of the Organisation program on hold for the moment though until I’m well again, the taxes are done and holidays are over.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Special Treat

I love this ecard that has been circulating on Facebook. So true.

I took the princess to her first ever live show today. We had one of those ‘everything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ mornings: My car got sideswiped, the princess tripped over in the mud and we had to change her whole outfit, we couldn’t get a park nearby and had to walk several blocks in the rain. But we got there in the end and she had a ball.

No. of times up during the night: 1 x taking child back to bed, 1 x taking child to the toilet, 2 x feeding bubs

Rise and shine: 7.30am

Chocolate consumed: 1 funsize pack of Maltesers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 hot chocolate, 1 choc-iced donut

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.45pm

My bedtime: 10.00pm

Today I…

Made Milos. Drank cuppa (+ 5 minutes computer). Made kids’ breakfasts. Fed bubs. Ate breakfast. Got kids dressed and bags packed. School drop off. Dropped bubs at my sister’s and gave her a feed. Changed the princess’s clothes. Took the princess to children’s stage show. Got lunch from McDonald’s. Had lunch at my sister’s. Changed and fed bubs. Drove home. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher. Did some tidying. School pick up. Did dishes. Wiped benches. Cleaned the bathroom. Tidied the lounge room and dining room. Fed dogs. Started dinner preparations. Changed and fed bubs. Went to parent/teacher interview. Cooked dinner. Chatted with mum. Dished up & ate dinner & fed bubs dinner. Got kids ready for bed. Cleaned up an ‘accident’ in the bathroom. Put kids to bed. Fed bubs. Computer time (20 minutes). Put away leftovers. Cut kindling for fire. Attempted to light fire (failed). Cuppa & computer. Blog. Bed.

It’s amazing how much more I get cleaned and tidied when I’m expecting company! Perhaps I should get my mum to come babysit more often, my house might be in a cleaner state on a more permanent basis.

P.S. According to his teacher, boy wonder is doing fantastic at school–proud mummy moment. My house may not always be clean, but it’s good to know I’m doing something right. 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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After the Quake

After experiencing my first ever earthquake last night, my internet went out and I didn’t get a chance to blog. We’re all ok, it was like having a train pass by our house; nothing was damaged and the children didn’t even wake). Let’s just say my day revolved around grocery shopping, farm paperwork and adding two extra children to my household for a few hours after school. My HIGHLIGHT of the day was when all the planets aligned and I got to have an unrushed, uninterrupted shower (bubs actually napped for a decent amount of time while boy wonder was at school and the princess at 3yo kinder).

Today was less busy.

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding baby

Rise and shine: 6.30am

Chocolate consumed: A funsize of Maltesers, 2 choc orange mini muffins, 1 hot chocolate, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars Bar

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime:  9.30

Today I…

Fed bubs. Made Milos. Took photos of sunrise (see photo above). Changed bubs. Drank milo (+ 20 min computer time). Made kids’ breakfasts. Made boy wonder’s lunch. Ate breakfast. Packed boy wonder’s bag and laid out his clothes. Got dressed/brushed teeth & hair. Unpacked & repacked dishwasher. Washed remaining dishes. Made bacon & eggs for hubby, worker and the princess. Fed bubs. Swept floors & porch. Put away yesterday’s shopping. Had morning tea (+ 10 minutes computer time). Tried to get bubs to sleep. Sorted clothes (we got a heap of clothes dropped off for the princess from a friend whose daughter had outgrown them). Made lunch. Ate lunch (+ 20 minutes computer time). Took rubbish to bin (and cleaned up rubbish dog had pulled out from the bag I’d left by the door). Picked tomatoes with the princess. Had outside play with the kids. Fed bubs. Sorted more clothes. Took kids outside again and had a chat with SIL. Did school pick up. Loaded washing machine. Afternoon tea while feeding bubs. Made red nose pictures! Rocked bubs to sleep. Put away clothes and sorted out dress up box. Rocked/walked with screaming bubs. Tried feeding bubs. Resumed rocking/walking with screaming bubs. Cooked dinner. Unloaded and reloaded dryer. Dished up dinner. Ate dinner while feeding bubs dinner. Got kids ready for bed. Changed & fed bubs. Put bubs to bed. Blogged.

A Good Cause

Even though the red nose pictures I did today were a bit of fun, it was also for a good cause as part of Red Nose Day and raising money for SIDs. Every red nose picture made attracts a $1 donation from Harvey Norman.

http://www.rednoseme.com/

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Donning my Accountant Hat

Pay day today–not for me, for our workers, so I had to don my accountant hat. Thankfully it’s only a once a fortnight job.

No. of times up during the night: 1 x feeding baby (Nice! Though she was up before the sun this morning)

Rise and shine: 6.30am

Chocolate consumed: Half a bag of Maltesers, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 hot chocolate, 2 teaspoons dry Milo

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 7.25pm 9.00pm

My bedtime: 10.00pm

Today I…

Fed bubs. Played with bubs. Cuppa and computer (15min). Made cuppas for hubby, boy wonder & the princess. Made breakfast. Ate breakfast. Got kids dressed and ready. Got together donation items for charity drive. Dropped off boy wonder and donation items at school. Played dress ups with the princess. Loaded washing machine. Unstacked & restacked dishwasher. Wiped benches and stove. Fed and changed bubs. Did banking online. Did pays for workers. Checked email & Facebook (20min). Tummy time for bubs. Sorted and folded washing. Made lunch. Ate lunch while cruising the internet (40min). Changed and fed bubs. Posted on writing blog. Rocked bubs to sleep. Made lunch for hubby & worker. Worked on writing. Folded & put away clothes. Rocked bubs back to sleep. Loaded dryer. Dropped off boy wonder’s show and tell (and stayed to watch). Played with the princess in school playground until school finished. Organised afternoon tea. Fed bubs. Stoked fire. Fed pets. Got washing off the line. Cleaned out boy wonder’s school bag. Read newsletter. Marked dates on calendar. Spent time with bubs and the princess. Loaded dishwasher. Cleaned frying pan. Prepared & cooked dinner. Changed bubs. Ate half dinner while feeding bubs farax & half while breastfeeding. Put bubs to bed. Got other kids ready for bed. Read press release for new book coming out soon. Facebook. Blog. Reheated dinner for hubby & looked after him as he’s coming down with the ‘flu. Fed bubs & put her back to bed again. Made cuppa for hubby. Stoked fire. Cruised internet.

I think I got a little distracted by the internet a few times today–one of the pitfalls of working on the computer is it can be all too easy to get distracted on there once the work is done.

What are your biggest distractions? How do you stop yourself from getting distracted?

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Testing 1, 2, 3

Here goes nothing…

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding baby, 2 x children climbing in bed, numerous times being elbowed/kicked/squooshed between children in the bed.

Rise and shine: 7.30am (Boy wonder was up earlier, but hubby was in making a coffee, so made boy wonder a Milo and switched on cartoons for him. Awesome!)

Chocolate consumed: Half a bag of Maltesers, 1 funsize Snickers, 1 funsize Mars bar, 1 hot chocolate

Toilet timeouts: 0

All kids in bed by: 8.15pm

My bedtime: 9.45pm

Today I…

Got up. Made Milos. Made breakfast for children. Got 5 minutes to drink my cuppa and check Facebook. Changed bubs’ nappy. Made boy wonder’s lunch for school. Had 10 minutes for breakfast (checked emails & Facebook). Fed bubs. Got kids dressed. Loaded dryer. Loaded washing machine. Unloaded & reloaded dishwasher (last 4 with bubs in my arms). Unpacked and put away last of shopping I didn’t get unpacked yesterday. Rock bubs to sleep. Make cuppas for hubby & worker. Stoke fire. Rock bubs back to sleep again. Make up hamper for my dad’s birthday. Wipe down all benches, table & stove. Sweep all floors. Unload & reload dryer. Reload washing machine. Morning tea while checking critique group & doing critiques (with one break to help the princess on the toilet). Feed bubs while doing farm paperwork. Change bubs. Make lunch. Stoke fire. Eat lunch (15 minutes). Floor time with bubs. Unload & reload dryer. Sort out spare room. Feed bubs. Facebook & internet time wasting (40 minutes). School pick up. Set up new blog (45 minutes). Continue sorting spare room. Feed dogs. Stoke fire. Clean out boy wonder’s school bag. Do a floor pick up.Defrost meat for dinner. Feed bubs while reading over info from editor on book release. Work on words with boy wonder. Load dishwasher. Prepare & cook dinner. Eat half dinner while feeding bubs her dinner, eat other half while trying to calm screaming bubs. Change bubs. Feed bubs. Get kids into PJs, organise hot water bottles and put kids to bed. Feed, walk with & rock bubs until she finally goes to sleep. Put bubs to bed. Blog. Play Facebook games. Cook hubby’s dinner. Go to bed.

So… what do you think? Do I do too much? Not enough? Am I wasting too much time in my day that could be better spent? I know there were two blocks of time there where I spent a bit too much time on the internet.

Do you have any tips or advice for getting more done? Help!

Kid Funny of the Day:

The princess is on the toilet calling out to me desperately, “Muuuuum! Muuuuum! Cooooome heeeere! Muuuuum!” I rush in and ask her what’s wrong. She looks up at me calmly from the toilet and says, “I picking my boogers.” Which she then demonstrates.

 

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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