Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cleaning Yet Again.....

Today, as with  many days, I have the best intentions of cleaning our house.

I start with unpacking the dishwasher so I can load it with the breakfast dishes so I then have room to clean the kitchen.
I have already checked on the washing - trying to get it dry on these wet weather days is such a pain. Have about 3 more loads to wash today - forget the folding - that will simply have to wait.

Then it's on to cleaning the kids' bathroom........toothpaste all over the vanity, hair all over the vanity & floor, put toothbrushes & toothpaste back into the cupboard, hang the towels properly (instead of bunched up) so they have half a chance of drying, empty the bath toys of water so they don't grow mould inside them (and don't you dare tell me this has never happened at your house!). And that's just for starters........better clean the toilet too........

Then it's on to the lounge room to pick up the blankets the kids like to snuggle into whilst watching tv at night. Somehow all the cushions end up on the floor every day too and would you believe it- I seem to be the ONLY ONE in this household of 5 who knows how to pick them up!! A bit of Mr Sheen should do the trick for the tv cabinet in there.

Maybe I will get to sweep the floor - it desperately needs doing but Miss 2 almost 3 Megan takes off with the broom each time I try so I find it quite difficult for such a simple job to get done. The mop has to wait until Sunday as that is my next night off. I don't mop with the kids around as they find any excuse they can to need something from another room just so they can do the "towel shuffle" accross the floor. Which is fine, except that I end up with kids going everywhere & an extra 3 towels to wash.

Somewhere in there I need to play with Miss Megan, make us lunch, cook dinner (and I haven't meal planned this week so I have no idea what to cook), pick up the boys from school, organise arvo tea for them and supervise homework & homereader.

Oh, and the windows need cleaning due to all the condensation caused by warm inside vs cold outside.

And the carpets need vaccuming, and the ensuite needs cleaning and there are lots more jobs I haven't specified - you don't want to be reading forever!

After all this I think I will go to work for a break.

Do you have a particular order that you do your housework in?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Working on my BlogLook.

Tonight I have been playing around with the look of my blog page. I still consider myself new to the blogging world, with so much still to be explored! But I think I am going to have a lot of fun exploring this world.

There are certainly lots of lovely blogger friends I am meeting along the way.......lots of fascinating lives to read about.

So please bear with me whilst I change things about, make a few mistakes, & hopefully fix them! And Tina, I may be putting your phone number on speed dial! If I get stuck, I will be calling you to take you up on your offer of help - I hope there was no expiry date on it!

And if anyone finds I do anything ethically incorrect in the blogging world, please let me know (if I inadvertantly omit a link or button or something I am still learning about - please be patient!). I would hate to offend anyone unintentionally (if it's intentional, that's a different matter - lol). 

Suggestions for the look of my page are most welcome - I am not a creative person so if you know something would look better, please let me know - construction criticism is great.

Thanks ladies!

Karen xx

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Good Old Fashioned Play Time


Here I am, back again. I feel I have been so busy & tired lately that I have only just come up for air! Not that I have been doing anything mega fascinating, just the regular stuff that fills my life. Family & work. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Well, maybe......a large Lotto win would change the work situation!

Just thought I'd share a couple of pics of our simple but fun school holiday activities.

On the rainy days we built cubby houses in the lounge room using chairs, pillows & doonas. Zac's girlfriend Ceri was over for the day & it was lovely to see the two teens join in some fun that teens usually consider themselves too old for!

The kids went roller skating a couple of times (well, Liam went one time). Zac & Ceri went several times. Lucky ducks!

The pic of Zac on the grass is him rolling down the hill at Hindmarsh Park in Kiama this evening. He watched Liam & Megan do it for about 10 mins & then decided it looked like too much fun & I haven't heard him laugh from pure joy for so long.

The final pic of our 3 kids was also taken at the park this evening. It was one of those impromptu trips - my dear hubby stayed home & mopped the floor for me & got dinner cooked whilst we were out. After he had already vacuumed for me. I have a sore back so he gave me extra help today!

I love simple free play with the kids. A lot of kids these days need to be "taught" to play, they don't seem to know what to do if there is nobody or no computerised device entertaining them. We need a lot more simple play in our house.

What kind of things did you get up to with your kids these school holidays?