Archive | May 2011

OK, so I forgot the vegetables…

I forgot to cook the veggies!

We are very low on food at the moment. Sorry, that’s not entirely true, we have food, just not much to make dinner with. So, I went to the supermarket today to get some chicken & frozen veggies so we could have apricot chicken for tea.

I fully intended to cook the vegetables, really, I did… I put the apricot chicken in the oven & the rice in the rice cooker, and went off to do some other jobs, then inspiration hit & I started writing an article.

The chicken cooked well, the rice cooker cooked the rice, and the vegetables were still in the freezer. It wasn’t until half way through serving I realised I forgot to cook the vegetables!

Half tempted to forget about them, I stopped serving then quickly put the vegetables on to cook.

The boys ate their dinner and then I served them vegetables, covered with apricot sauce and extra rice!

So, they did get their vegetables… eventually! Much to the disappointment of 2 little boys, especially as there’s nothing for dessert…


TV on demand – on the Internet!

New way to watch TV...

I was going to write this post last night, but I was too tired!

Yesterday, Mr N was home sick, his gorgeous Aunty came to look after him, and he had a great day. Later in the afternoon, he was given some time to play on the computer. Instead of his normal games, he discovered that he could watch TV on through the ABC3 website.

Mr N has been reading the “Deltora Quest” series of books, and was excited to find the TV series on ABC3. When Mr Z got home, the two of them sat on the laptop and watch the whole series together.

They had a wonderful afternoon bonding over this show, and enjoying something they don’t normally get to do. Mr N had finished all his homework, so this was his reward.

Watching TV over the Internet is not the sort of the thing the boys normally do, but it’s definitely something I will remember over this cold, wet winter. The boys had a lovely time, and there are plenty more shows on the ABC3 website that they love that they can watch, especially when there is nothing else on TV.

This has also made a great reward for getting homework done. And another advantage – they can watch on the Internet with the headphones on, so I don’t have to listen too! There is only so much kids TV a Mum can handle…

Day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

Wow! We’ve got to day 30. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a bit through the musical challenge.

So now, it’s my favourite song at this time last year. Are they kidding? I’m a Mum, I can barely remember my favourite song this time last week! Just kidding, though I really can’t remember what my favourite song was this time last year.

One song I know I loved last year is Toby Mac Lose My Soul.

Day 29 – a song from your childhood

I was trying to choose – should I do a kids song, or something a bit older. The first tape (yes, tape) I bought was Madonna, Like a Prayer, when I was in grade 6, so I’ve chosen the title song for this day. Excuse the line down the middle of the video, the official song had embedding disabled.

No koalas in our house!

We don't own any koalas...

We have a lovely lady from the Czech Republic staying with us for a couple of days. Last time she was in Australia, she stayed in Adelaide and a Koala was on the tree right outside her room – a lovely treat for an overseas visitor.

I was setting up her room yesterday and was thinking of putting an Australian animal on her bed as a way to make the room welcoming. While I was vacuuming the room, I suddenly realised we have a decided lack of cute Australian animals in this house!

We have a number of soft lizards that Mr Z adores (they are starting to fall apart, I don’t think they were designed to be as loved as they are). Since Mr Z sleeps with them every night, I didn’t think they would work. We also have some wombats as I loved them when I was a teenager & people gave them to me as gifts.

Other than that – we don’t have any Australian animals as soft toys! We have teddy bears and dogs and lizards and a monkey and I think there’s some others, but no koalas or kangaroos.

Now, I’m not overly fond of koalas or kangaroos, which may explain the lack of them in this house (the reasons can be the subject of another post), but it surprised me when I thought about it.

So, all you Aussie Mums out there, am I alone, or do your kids have a lack of stuffed Aussie animals. And for those not in Australia, do your kids have the animals tourists look for, or not? Please tell me I’m not alone.

Day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

This is a very hard one – I don’t think there is a song that makes me feel guilty… at least not that I can think of.

As someone who has been through divorce, this is a hard song to listen to, maybe it will meet the criteria. It’s Don’t Give Up by Sanctus Real.

Present Box

Do you have a present box?

If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll give you notices from school at the last minute, if at all. And this includes party invitations.

No matter how many times I remind them to give me notices after school, something is always forgotten. So, it’s not unusual for me to receive a party invitation a day or two before a party!

Generally, this isn’t an issue, as far as attending goes. The issue is more to do with presents. The thought of running down to the local shopping centre with two, usually, tired, cranky boys on a Friday afternoon is not my idea of fun. Coupled with them wanting one of the gifts we buy for themselves, can make for a trying time.

When I was a child, my Mum had a present box full of goodies ready for birthday parties. I have continued this, though I have a drawer instead of a box. I pick up books and toys cheaply at the supermarket, on special, keep full size sample goodies, and other treats I pick up along the way.

This was a lot easier when the kids were little. I would pick up great kids books at book sales and they would make great gifts. Now the kids are older, I keep my eye out for Lego sets and things like that. Toy sales are great for this.

I also pick up items whenever I have some spare cash at the end of the week, this way I am ready for a party when the invitation comes. I also have a mix of boys and girls goodies. Even though I only have boys, they have been known to be invited to girls parties.

As well as gifts, I also have a supply of birthday cards and wrapping paper (though currently my supply is low & I only have Christmas paper!). This means I’m fully prepared for an unexpected birthday party.

The other advantage of having a fully stocked present box is on the hip pocket. You can buy things on advance on special or even at markets or Facebook garage sales and then you don’t have to buy something at full price just because you have to have a present for the next day. It is also an advantage if you like to buy things online as you don’t have to worry about it not arriving in time for a birthday.

My kids also love choosing something from the present drawer for their birthday – they even put their requests in for items from the box to go in their birthday or Christmas presents!