I still remember how to do this!

edited candlesHey there people!  You thought I’d gone for a nice trip to the moon, didn’t you?  Wrong!  I’ve been here all along.  I was going to give all sorts of reasons for not blogging lately, but then I thought I’ll just let you know some of what I’ve been doing instead of blogging, and then you’ll get the run down on what I’ve been up to and I’ll kind of be making my excuses at the same time. Ha!

  • homeschooling — we’re loving Sonlight, reading together and seeing how much amazing progress is being made when we spend a couple of concentrated hours on learning in the mornings.  We’ve just started term three, and I think we’re actually getting the hang of it now, yay!  It’s gone pretty well all year, but I felt especially refreshed after our recent two weeks off, which we spent here at home, and we’ve been back at school for a fortnight now and I reckon this has been our best couple of weeks yet.  I got a few activities sorted for the boys during the holidays, and it has made a massive difference making sure they are focussed in the mornings, while I’m busy helping Amelia.
  • making pasta from scratch — yummy and fun, but it takes a little time!  We love pasta here, but I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable about feeding the family all this white pasta from the pantry, but some of the family are reluctant to switch to wholemeal so I feel better about making my own here at home.  Even though it still has way too much white flour in it, at least it has the added benefit of free range eggs too.
  • knitting — I’ve made a vest for each of the boys and have loved creating and actually finishing some projects.  I’m keen to knit one for Amelia now, nothing like a vest to keep the core warm on these chilly days!
  • jogging — still keeping up with the plan I set at the beginning of the year.  I was getting up at six and heading out but as the weather got colder I was finding it harder and harder to get out of bed and actually started to DREAD the alarm going off because I had to go out into the cold. It made so much sense when Sam said “why don’t you go at seven?” And then I wished I had thought of that.  It has made all the difference.  Still cold, I have come home with icicles in my hair on more than one occasion, but all in all a lot better.  I felt like a local when last week our garbage man commented that I was running alone and that I didn’t have a trail of neighbourhood dogs keeping me company! (Yes, this town still has men running along behind the truck manually lifting the bins onto the back, welcome to hicksville my friends.)
  • cooking and cleaning for church — after an eighteen month long maternity break we’re back on the roster at church this year.  It only comes up once a month, and this is our weekend, but I find it a very busy week when we’re on, and that once per month seems to rock around very quickly!  We’re glad to be doing our bit though.
  • reading blogs — it’s so much easier to sit down and read a post than to write one.  I’ve discovered a couple of style blogs recently which have inspired me to make the most of my current wardrobe and to get more creative, and also tips on what to look for when shopping to ensure that new purchases are going to coordinate with current items. So much common sense, more ideas I wish I’d thought of, but inspiring to read!  It has also come at a good time, as I have been recreating my style and trying to realise that yes my body has changed since becoming a mum, and that’s not all bad, but to dress to suit my figure as it is now, not try to squeeze into clothes that once looked good on me, and then wonder why I feel frumpy…(And while I’m here on the topic of blogs I’ll apologise to my friends for a lack of comments on your blogs recently, I got myself all muddled and confused when google reader stopped and I lost all my fave blogs for a while, but I’m hoping I’ve got it all sorted again now.)

Well, that’s a little from our life lately.  What have YOU been up to?


9 thoughts on “I still remember how to do this!

  1. Abbie says:

    Loved reading this Andrea, and catching up on your news of late! Sounds like busy but fun times!

    Love the photo also – so pretty!

    Love to you xx

  2. Catherine says:

    I felt like we sat down and had a cuppa together. Lovely to hear it all at the same time, not in little bits. Go the garbage man. At least he’s keeping warm.

  3. Catherine says:

    Beautiful photo also!!

  4. Danielle says:

    This made me so happy that mentally I am clapping my hands together like a demented seal. Also I loved the Hicksville reference.

  5. Meaghan says:

    Sounds like you’ve been a busy mum! I’m so in awe of you that you jog at all, let alone in winter.
    Loved catching up on your life! x

  6. Hooray! Such a lovely post. Great to hear of all the wonderful happenings in your lives. So busy and productive and happy sounding 😀 So proud of your jogging! Bless you xoxox

  7. Carla says:

    Loved reading this post! (I read it last week, but have only just had a chance to come back and comment.) It gives me hope that one day I might be able to accomplish more in a day than just having a shower and doing the washing! xo

  8. I haven’t been reading or writing blog posts lately (but I hope that is about to change!) so it was very exciting when I just by chance opened up your blog and found this (not so new) post! So nice to read your update 🙂 I can’t wait to homeschool with Sonlight!! I also hope that once I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding anymore I can take up jogging again too…or any kind of regular exercise for that matter, 😛 Go you!! Wow, even the Bingara garbage men don’t have to run alongside the truck – – moving forward!! Style blogs sound fun! Care to share some?

  9. Danielle says:

    Officially eight weeks since you last posted. I think it’s time for a BLUPDATEEEEEE.

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