Rule 1: Mum knows best
Rule 2: Don't argue with her
Rule 3: Even if you think you are right...
Thursday night I ran around tidying and sorted the kids before I left for a work lecture (cancer markers in the blood and their use in predicting tumours) I served dinner and picked up the trail of abandoned bags, lunch-boxes, hats and shoes. Friday is sports day in school and this was the last week of term so no more midweek uniform for two whole weeks! Yippeee! I put the heavy black shoes in their places on the shoe rack and got out sports shoes and put them next to the front door. I found Gareth's abandoned school trousers at the bottom of the stairs. It was sports pants the next day so formal pants went in the wash basket. By the time I ran out the front door with car keys in one hand and putting shoes on with the other I thought I had done a good job.
Fast forward to the next morning. We get up, dressed, fed and out the door without any dramas. Walking across the school playground Gareth stopped and looked distraught. "Mum, I'm in the wrong uniform" I looked at him and realised he was in his midweek clothes not sports uniform. We got back in the car and zoomed home. As we drove I looked over and started to wonder how this had happened. Weren't those the shoes I had put away last night. Weren't those the trousers that had been in the wash basket. It turns out that after I had gone out Gareth had decided I was wrong. He had swapped the shoes and retrieved the dirty trousers from the wash.
Hmmm. On the drive back to school I went through Rules 1, 2 + 3. He looked like he wanted to provide a counter argument but I gave him the look and he cleverly decided now wasn't the time. After a short silence he turned to me and said. "Someday we will look back on today and laugh Mum" Another short silence and I looked at his earnest face and we both broke out in howls of laughter.
"See Mum, Someday is today!"
Rule 1: Mum knows best
Gareth never eats his crusts. Sometimes his lunch box comes home with just one monster bite out of the fluffy centre of the sandwich and 70% of the rest untouched because it is "the crust"
returned there was a parking ticket under my windscreen wiper...?
Luckily I was able to explain it was the car park attendants who had parked me there so no $80 fine today! Phew!
Well obviously I think Francesca is pretty awesome in herself and has great taste in friends *modest cough* Part of the deal in getting to blow my own trumpet is that I have to tell you the following info... So here goes!
And then you get to choose three other people, state why YOU think they are awesome and tag them so they know about it. Hopefully they then might want to join in as well!"
Why I am awesome:
1. I think I have an adventurous spirit. I'm not afraid to try something new. Whether it is a new recipe or packing up all my possessions and moving to the other side of the world. I try to enjoy the opportunities that life throws at me and think it will make for some great stories when I am old and wrinkly and knitting in my rocking chair with grand-kids at my feet!
2. I am creative with my hands. I have made my daughters communion dress, painted murals on my kids walls, make cards for friends birthdays, built my own guitar from scratch, enjoy amature photography, built a veggie garden and watched my plants grow . I love the challenge of learning a new skill. I don't think I could ever be bored as there are always 101 things on my bucket list waiting for a chance to be done.
I was searching recipes that needed 1 cup of coconut milk that I had left over from a main meal and saw the lime drizzle idea on a different recipe and adapted it for this one.
It was originally intended for a loaf of banana bread but I made muffins and reduced the cooking time. I love sliced banana bread but muffins are great for lunch boxes.
1 ½ cups self-raising flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed banana
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup of extra coconut for tops
1/2 fresh lime juiced
1/2 cup icing sugar
1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
2. Sift flour and mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
3. In another bowl mix wet ingredients together then pour the wet ingredients into the dry
ingredients. Mix until just combined.
4. Pour into muffin trays, sprinkle with a little extra coconut and bake at 160°C for 20-25 minutes or until they turn a golden orange and spring back when prodded lightly.
5. When removed from the oven drizzle with lime juice mixed with icing sugar for a tangy zing!
It has been brought to my attention by some lovely friends that I have been a bit slack in the blog writing department! Thank you for your worry but all is good here. Sometimes life picks up the pace a little and I am learning how to balance things so I don't feel frazzled. I love my blogging but have had to turn my focus to real life over the last few weeks.
This year is the first year of High School for our middle child Rhiannon. So far it is going really well but we have quickly learnt not to assume that all our kids are carbon copies of one another. We have learnt that one way of studying may suit one child but not another. Sian has always been very independent and doesn't benefit from us hovering over her shoulder. She plans and executes her own study without much interaction from us and her grades are always really good. With Rhiannon she needs help to plan and if left to her own devices can feel overwhelmed and unable to see the wood for the trees. They have both had exams in school in the last few weeks and it has really shown how different they are in their needs and as parents we have found ourselves learning as we go. I do sometimes wish this parenting job came with a manual! Luckily the exams are over for now and the results are trickling back and are great. Each child although very different is getting results that show they worked to the best of their abilities which makes us really proud of them both.
One thing I have noticed with High School is how much of their homework is computer based. If it's not Internet based research it is needing to be handed in via a Word document or power-point presentation. When we planned this house we put a big desk in an open plan area and put a family computer on it. We thought this would be perfect for our needs and provide a safe way of watching over their Internet use. Little did we realise that we would need to juggle timeslots on it to get each nights homework done. And as for blogging time... It has slipped down the list of importance!
So my dear friends. I have many many blogs exploding in my brain and wanting to find release here so prepare yourselves for a bit of a mega catch up over the near future! And for all my fellow bloggers I have many of your posts to catch up on. Hopefully I will be back commenting on your words of wisdom soon too!
Sian was honoured to be asked to be sponsor to a lovely girl we know as she made her Confirmation this week. Usually you would need to be 16 or older to be given this responsibility but when Sian was in Yr 6 in Primary school she was "buddy" to this kindy girl for the year and they developed a strong bond. When this girl was preparing to be confirmed she was asked to choose an adult to be her sponsor. She said Sian. Being 14 Sian would not normally be allowed such a role but the Parish considered it and a week later rang me to talk it through. In the end they agreed that Sian was mature enough to be a good sponsor and role model and Sian was delighted!
We had enough left over for another serving later in the week when Gareth's friend was staying over. He tucked in to everything and didn't seem to mind the beef curry burning the lining off his mouth! For this second meal I googled how to make naan bread and managed to produce a half decent batch of cheese naans and garlic butter brushed ones too.
When you don't live around the corner from your family you really have to use whatever means you can to keep in touch. Modern technology is amazing. Instead of your nephews coming around your place and trashing the house and tearing the living room apart you can simply FaceTime them and laugh as they run around their own house, use their own sofa as a trampoline and generally leave a wake of destruction behind them!