The long weekend is over which always leaves me wondering what day it is for the rest of the week ahead … which means I’m bound to forget something or miss an appointment at some point!
However, living life a day behind does have its good points, particularly when I realise that we’re actually one day closer to the next weekend than I thought!
My absolute favourite part about long weekends is not having to get up for the school run on Monday morning. It’s like a little taster for the school holidays that are now only a few weeks away, and while the winter can make it a little tricky weather-wise to head outdoors, there’s still plenty of fun to be had and there’s nothing better than a pyjama day at home I say!
Today I’m continuing my new blog series – Living Loving Making Baking. I hope to prepare a monthly post giving an update on what I have been up to lately, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, yummy baking recipes I have come across and so on.
Now I would love to tell you tales of having a fabulous long weekend away on holiday with the family, but in all honesty we spent the three days at home.
Saturday morning I dropped Miss 12 off at a birthday party then took the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with Miss 7 – I can’t remember the last time we did that! We headed to the nearby shopping centre for yummy morning tea followed by a bit of retail therapy … I’ve been introducing the concept of window shopping to my girls, although a few little things still managed to come home with us!
Sunday I spent some time in the garden, pruning back my rose bushes as well as some other trees and doing a general tidy up of the front and backyards while the kids played and the dog ran around happy to see us outside again (it’s not so frequent now that the weather has cooled down).
Then on Monday I spent much of the day baking with my girls, as well as getting on top of my usual household chores because I know if I don’t it would pile up for today.
Through all of this, I totally forgot to write a post for today’s Living Loving Making Baking series so I quickly pulled this one together today!
So here’s what else has been happening in my world lately:
Loving – Time spent with my little Miss 2. She’s full of energy and lots of work at the moment but I adore the one-on-one time I get to spend with her during the day. She’s growing up so fast! The other week I took a look at one of our local kindergartens. This is a whole new world for me as my older girls completed kinder through their long day care centre as I was working at the time. Miss 2 is eligible to start kinder next year as she turns 3 in March which is before the end of April cut off, but we’ve weighed up the pros and cons and decided to wait another year and start her in 2019. Paperwork is all in!
Reading – I’m currently reading The Five Love Languages after listening to a podcast about this topic and ways to keep your marriage strong. I believe that you can always work on your relationships to make them even better. The book offers some fairly commonsense, straight forward advice by outlining the five main ways that we generally express love for one another – words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Although the book is aimed at couples, I think a lot of what is mentioned could also be helpful in other relationships, whether it be with friends or other family members.
This morning I also popped into the library to pick up a few books I had put on hold and were ready to collect. This includes The Art of Frugal Hedonism: a guide to spending less while enjoying everything as well as 9 ways to a Resilient Child by Justin Coulson. For Miss 7, I also borrowed the first book in Sally Rippin’s latest series Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster and for Miss 12 the The Hunger Games, which is a bit of a try before we buy the full series as I’d like the read these too.
Watching – I watched the final episode of the 12th season of Supernatural last night – I can’t believe it is already over! I don’t think it’s back until October, so I’m wondering what am I going to watch now? Luckily I think Game of Thrones returns soon. I have also been enjoying Masterchef the past week or so. Miss 7 and Miss 12 really love watching it, so I’ve been catching a few episodes here and there. The dishes produced are amazing, but oh the pressure!
Baking – As I mentioned earlier, I spent a bit of my time in the kitchen baking over the long weekend. I made lemon slice (Miss 7s favourite) and then my girls asked to make cinnamon donuts as well as vanilla cupcakes. They did a great job in baking their own treats, the more practice the more confidence they gain … the clean up needs a little bit more effort, but we’re working on that!
Making – I haven’t been crocheting or sewing a great deal of late. I have a lot of projects I wish to start but just never seem to get around to it. That crochet throw blanket of mine still hasn’t started, and now my mind is also wondering if I should hang on to all of the baby/toddler clothes as Miss 2 outgrows them so I can create a scrappy quilt one day using some of the fabric … not that I have ever sewn a quilt or have any idea of where to start!
I have been enjoying making some handmade cards for friend and family birthdays though. I picked up some simple card making supplies from Kmart a couple of months back and it has come in very handy for whenever we need a card for any given celebration.
Discovering – A whole new side of dancing. While Miss 12 daughter has been dancing since she was 2, this year she was successful in getting into her dance academy’s competition troupe for the first time. It does take her commitment to dancing to a whole new level and I have been working out the logistics of getting her to all of the competitions over the next few months, with the first starting in the July school holidays. While I don’t like to over schedule my family’s commitments, it’s a very exciting time for her and I’m proud and happy she has found something she truly enjoys and puts her heart and soul into.
Hope you all have a lovely week ahead!
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