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I am a grown up

I was in the kitchen today making crumpets for the kids. Rachel had a little friend from swimming come around for a play date and I was being the good Mommy and making snacks for them. It suddenly hit me how I am all grown up and doing the Mommy thing. I know I have been doing it for almost 7 years but sometimes we don’t stop and think where we are in life, I am 34 and of course an adult but it still feels odd. My mind wondered to my own mom and how she always seemed to have it together. She always seemed like a adult, she was in control and had it all together. I guess it is just because I always knew her as an adult.

Life is funny because it was later today that I saw my mom had pinned a quote By Margaret Atwood on her Pinterest board and it said “I believe that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise” So maybe she feels like me at time, not quite sure how you landed up being 34 or almost 60.

Do you feel your age?

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Caleb

Caleb

My middle boy, he was my baby for so long and for me at times it is hard to see him as anything else. I used to call him small fry before Titus was born. Yme and Rachel thought this should change to medium fry but I guess I have to acknowledge how much he has grown up too. I was the middle child so I guess I feel a certain affinity

Picures by Catherine

Caleb

It is amazing how different children are. Caleb is nowhere near as keen on letters, reading or drawing as Rachel but he will spend hours building stuff out of Lego and Zoobs. He loves books and usually goes to bed with at least one or 2 in his bed. He loves being read to, he just does not show the same desire as she did to learn the letters at this age. I like that homeschooling gives us the chance to go at his pace and let him discover things as we go along.

He is a sensitive boy and I was worried about how the baby would affect his life but he has coped really well. He was totally indifferent to this baby person in the beginning and would almost ignore him, now he asks to help and has even offered to hold the baby. He is happy to help and will fetch things for me.

Caleb loves Lego, building things, cars and transport things and cooking. He loves to help me make the evening meal. His favorite is to help me bake, especially on the off chance I will give him the bowl to lick.

Caleb

Caleb

Caleb

Caleb

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This too will pass

I think those few words have to be the motto of almost every mother. Often no doubt said through gritted teeth as we battle the latest parenting challenge. This post is written Titus moaning in arms, we have spent the last hour trying to read to the older kids. We have given up, they are watching TV. He has cried, fussed, moaned, burped, wee’ed, chewed at his hands, moaned more, cried etc. He just had wind and sore gums. Both of which we can cope with, he is a baby, they cry sometimes. What is hard is juggling this with very little sleep and trying to do things with the other 2. We are doing pirate week and have great plans. It is frustrating seeing how little we get done. I feel like I should be able to do more. I know the key is being more organized and printing stuff and planning lessons at night. But between baby, Earth Babies, writing, knitting and just wanting to spend time with Yme. Time is in short supply. But I am sure if I did get more of a plan at night it would work better. When I am tired I am grumpy, it is not even all Titus’s fault. I often work during the time when he sleeps better. And so I was grumpy today. Rachel and Caleb fight a lot at the moment and I was less than happy with them. This in the picture Rachel drew of me first, then she added Titus

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Rachel

I want to do a blog post about each of the Pinklets to update how they are and what they are up to so Rachel is up first.
Rachel

She is 6 soon to be 7 which seems totally impossible. I love this photo that Catherine took of her. Rachel has always been a chatty exuberant child. She loves to talk and ask loads and loads of questions. It really keeps you on your toes. She is enjoying writing now and loves to write me sweet little letters. They are often mis-spelled but just so special. I correct her only if she asks. Just the spontaneity of starting to initiate writing on her own is good and I don’t want her to worry too much about spelling. That will happen with time as we learn more words during school time.

She is learning to knit and although tends to get bored quickly she is trying to do a rainbow scarf. It should be finished for Christmas time as I think she wants to give it as a gift. She loves crafts and doing things with her hands. Drawing is one of her favourite things to do.

She has been an amazing help with Titus and is a great big sister. I am not sure I would have survived without her. She watches him and brings me stuff and helps with Caleb when he will let her.

A few more pictures of Rachel also taken by Catherine

Rachel has a double crown and it makes keeping her hair flat and going in one direction next to impossible.
Rachel

Cheeky Monkey

Rachel and Indhya
Rachel and Indhya

My special,wonderful, full of life and at time challenging, daughter – I love you!

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sleeping baby

weekend

I love weekends. I love having Yme around for 2 whole days and just being able to not worry about coping on my own for 48 hours. He is such an amazing hands on dad it is great.

Friday I was not feeling so well and seemed to have a 24hr tummy bug, spent most of the day in bed with yummy cramps, less than normal consistancy bowel movements ( I actully spent 10 minustes thinking of what to call diarrhea that was not hectic but sort of well okay I will just stop no one wants the details) and nausea. We were going to Yme’s mom that evening and staying over as I had something on in Durbanville the next day.

I did what I could to get the older 2 to try pack their things but I was really not feeling grand bazaars. Yme came home from a long day at work, packed all the stuff for me, himself, baby Titus, Rachel and Caleb, packed the car with the 500 extra things that you need for one night out with 3 kids. He was just great.

I went to bed soon after getting to his mom and he made sure that he kept the baby with him sleeping on his chest while he watched TV so I could get as much uninterrupted sleep as possible. The worst part about being sick when breast feeding is all the medication that you can’t take. I wanted to try buscopan for the cramps but it can drop milk supply and as we have had issues before I thought I was not going to risk it.

Saturday I felt so so much better that I was able to go to my knitting tweetup. Yes I am 34 and excited about meeting a group of ladies to sit and knit, yes I know we sound like we are 70 or 80 but I am told movie stars knit now a days and I love it. Thanks to Tania for letting us use her house. I am hoping we can have more such tweetups soon. More than knitting it is about meeting up and chatting and supporting other women.

Caleb came with me but Annatjie and Yme looked after Rachel and Titus. So handsfree time to knit was very much appreciated. I made most of a banana and a hat and an apple. I was very chuffed. Caleb loved being with me alone for a change and was so delighted about going on a playdate.

I am so grateful for my time off from holding a baby. I do feel bad though as last weekend I was learning to spin ( wool) and next weekend I have a birthday high tea at Mount Nelson and again I will need Yme to watch Titus and the others but he has so kindly said he would – I love this man!

Saturday afternoon I played Viva Pinata a lot, it was my first time and I had watched Jacques, Annatjie and Rachel play before but this was my first time. I was very addictive and good we do not have an x-box at home.T-man has started solids ( yes at 4 month, but that is another post) and I wanted to share this cute picture of him and a finger biscuit.

sleeping baby

Sunday was a slow start and the F1 this afternoon. Quite an eventful race. Would have been better if the Red Bull boys won but it was a good race for a beginner like me to watch as it was not too boring. Chatted to both my sisters on skype tonight – I miss them.

so what were you up to?

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The Money Book – Cash in a Flash

Cash in a Flash

This is the money book I was talking about. Somehow I was just drawn to the book. The 3 principles or recipe for being ready to make money are quite different from what you expect. You do, at times, begin to wonder what all the self introspection is about and when does the part about making money happen. They use the movie Karate Kid to illustrate. The little Chinese man Mr Miyagi makes Daniel wax cars, paint fences and all sorts of other manual labour. He gets cross he want to fight the bully. Little does he know that training his muscles are all part of the process.

As I mentioned in a previous post, after you have looked at yourself you write down what you have available to you right now, what can you use right now that could help you make money. Solutions often come from problems.

I was trying to figure out how to draw in Gimp and make a image of what I drew the other night so that you could read it. But I am challenged at these type of programs and I could not get it to do what I wanted. I have a very very low tolerance to frustration so I gave up.

I am just going to write what I did under each Topic and would love to know if anything I am not seeing jumps out at you. I have to write 3 things under each of these heading

Mind Cache brain

1) Knowledge
– Nursing degree specializing in Palliative care, special interest in Midwifery and childbirth
– Natural Parenting
– Teaching

2)Skills
– Writing, I have been told I write well, i love doing it butt seems so strange as someone struggling with dyslexia all my life to
– creating stuff
– Ideas, I love having loads of ideas (the Geek must be so tired of me saying “I have this idea”)

3) Confidence
– Empathy with people
– Writing
– Teaching

4) Failures and Fears
– Maths
– Organizing and planning
– Non completer finisher

5) Problems
– Focus
– Time
– Money

Heart Cache

1)Passion
– Helping others
– My family
– Environment

2) Desires
– Off the grid eco friendly house
– Uplift women in need
– Eco wedding

3) Talents
– Making things ( knitting, crafting, baking)
– Writing
– seeing peoples stories

4) Wisdom
– Be true to yourself
– You need a team
– You never know until you are in that situation

5) Connection ( people you know who are successful)
I am not going to fill these in on line

So does anything jump out at you?
What would your list look like?

Ads or no Ads – that is the question

Money Money Money it is on all of our minds. Times are tight and up to now I have resisted covering my blog in ads but I feel I would like to add some revenue making ability to it. Who has gone this route and what did you do and does it make any money? If you read blogs what do you hate with ads and what feels okay? I really want to tread carefully here.

What I thought of so far and would love to hear your thoughts:

A sponsors section in which I could offer small banner click through ads to relevant companies. Like if I blog about crafts or supplies etc there maybe some of the suppliers that would like a banner. Or kids products etc.

Affiliated links with a place like Kalahari where if I blog about a book, like the money one then I put the click through link and maybe a small Kalahari button. It would not be in every post and I would try not to make it seem like I was pushing books just to add links.

I see bid or buy and some others offer money making things too. Have you used them? or see them and what do you think?

So the final touches are still being added but I hope you like it and now you can find me in one place HERE. It is strange days could go by without me blogging before and now I could write about 10 posts a day. I have so much to say and share. Don’t worry I will try not blog 10 a day 😉

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Pie

The New Look

PieI have not been actively blogging for a while. Life got busy and things seemed to fracture off into so many small piece that I never seemed to have time for anything let along blogging and I landed up with blogs all over the place. I had Pink Hair Girl and then started the Pinklets blog so that my ex would not have to read what they were doing in the middle of my stuff. It was in hope that he would engage and comment, which he does infrequently. I then started Pinky and the Geek for our baby journey and it was the right thing for the time but now when I want to blog about the kids including Titus I never know where to do it. On Pinklets? Here? on Pinky and the Geek so then I landed up not doing it at all. The the knitting idea started and again a new blog but what if I wanted to blog about a craft that was not knitting would that come here and then knitting there? All too confusing.

But I am one person, a bit like a pie with lots of parts but all making up one pie. So I decided to put the pie together. I needed a new theme to facilitate having all these parts in one place and it still needs some work. But a huge thank you to the Geek for helping me find a theme and put it all together into the wee hours of last night. I have added the shop of knitting stuff (not quite finished but still) at the top. Pinklets and Pinky and the Geek are linked pages at the top. Pinky and the Geek will stay like that. That story is finished for me. I need to get the Geek to write his birth experience to finally close the story but I would like to leave the link there so people who find this or are interested can read the story.

The Pinklets blog I actually want to import into here and add the posts and comments. I am just a little nervous as I am not sure if I add it here will it mess with the post numbering or structure on Pink Hair Girl? Anyone done this? Merged 2 blogs both with posts?

Now when I want to talk about one of the kids I can just do it here and not worry if it should be on this blog or that blog and then just never do it.

Hope you like the new theme, please add and comment or suggestions as to how I could change or make things better.

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Painted Alphabet stone

Alphabet Stones

Painted Alphabet stone

I got the idea from Pinterest and decided to make our own. We live at the beach after all. I don’t need too much persuading to go to the beach, it really does good things to my soul. Sand under your feet. Kids running free and the sounds and smells just press all the release and relax buttons in my brain. I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am grateful.

But back to alphabet stones.  So I lovingly collected enough flat ones of the right size and then set about painting them. A spray of varnish afterwards and I think they came out quite well.

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Pick your battles

This is something that I have used with the kids and have to tell myself over and over but it applies to relationships too.

I am The Amber Necklace Lady. After all they are one of Earth Babies top seller. Clients often ask me if they work and I am honest about my experience. We never had them when I had Rachel and she had no problem teething. Caleb had one on 24/7 from a few months old and he had no problem teething. So I tell them I am not sure if the necklace helped or if they just had it easy. I do tell them I have plenty of clients that swear by them and they report a big improvement in teething symptoms.

This time it was Titus’s turn, the only problem was that Yme is dead set against them. He is a scientific man and says they are hocus pocus and he does not want his boy wearing one. He was not trying to be difficult it just really is something he does not like.

I was gutted, to me they look so lovely and always get comments which is good for business. For a few days we had a little passive aggressive war where I would put it on during the day, when Yme was at work, and then he would take it off at night.

Finally I thought, this means more to him than it does to me, I can let this one go. So no amber for T man, but he has a dad who loves him so much a necklace does not matter.

(Murphy’s Law he is a terrible teether)