Common Chaos Chronicle

Not everyone can lay claim to the ownership of their very own MONSTER SQUAD!!!

The Daily Dirt – 28th & 29th April 2011 April 29, 2011

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I think it’s safe to say I am exhausted.

Busy May!

Whilst some might say “Why?”

and others may say “That’s to be expected”

All I can think of is……. “It’s not even May yet!!!”

May is our craziest month of the year. It is always busy and always expensive.

To top it off this year, we’re expecting some minor renovations to commence on top of the usual CHAOS!!!

So here I am, Friday afternoon, pondering just how I am going to get through all of the up and coming events.

It’s becoming very overwhelming, I can tell you that much! 

Yesterday and today have been busy days but I feel like I’ve really achieved not much at all.

This morning I went to a Learning Ladder Party. They have some fantastic books and games available if you like that kind of thing. It was a nice change from some of the other ‘underwear’ parties that are going around.

This afternoon we received the kid’s school photos back from Term 1. I’m quite happy with them, except for the boogers dripping out of Jai’s nose, the gaping hole in Aria’s gappy smile and the rather large chunk of fringe that is missing from Zafirah’s head….

Ohwell, definitely great for a laugh in years to come!




Family Pic 2011


Sanity Savers! April 16, 2011

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Welcome to my new category ‘SANITY SAVERS’.

My mind feels like this pic sometimes!!!

The idea behind this section of the blog is to provide quick posts with ideas that can help save your sanity in times of desperation and utter disbelief.

We all have these moments,

and there used to be a time that I would feel like sitting in the corner shaking to block out the menacing children, the latest massive bill, the mess in a room that looked like we had been robbed.

It’s all about things that you can do to preserve your sanity 🙂

Especially helpful during the school holidays!

So enjoy!


Surviving School Holidays! April 13, 2011

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No..... not up to mischief at all.....

Well today is officially day 3 of the Victorian School Holidays and I am still alive. A little on the ‘I stayed up too late blogging’ side but alive and awake and pondering my day.

Surviving school holidays has really become a massive priority in this house as we had a slightly extended christmas break that was 7 weeks long and i’m certain that if it had of been a day longer I would be locked up right now.

I know where I went wrong during those holidays though, and i am not about to let it happen again. It’s all in the routine and planning.

Yes thats right, even our holiday breaks must be organised to ensure quality time be well…quality and to preserve whats left of my fading sanity. 🙂




Kids thrive on routine. I have proven this thoery in my own home.

When we run to a routine the children tend to cooperate, do what we ask them to and know whats expected of them.

When we run with no routine we have nothing but CHAOS!!


Our routine is rather extensive, however it doesnt have to be complicated at all.


If your regular routine involves being up and organised for school by a certain time, you might want to relax a little on that (afterall it is holidays) but if you always make the beds before you leave the house for the day, keep it in the routine.

There is nothing worse that having to start a routine from scratch after each holiday break.



Over the Christmas break we had alot of days just sitting around at home in the same 4 walls doing not much of anything. BIG MISTAKE!!!


These holidays I am making sure that we have something to do everyday to keep us all busy!

This is where my beloved whiteboard comes in…..

My white board on Cleaning day!!! LOL


On my whiteboard, which is displayed in our hallway I have written the days down one side and the activity or plan next to them.

This way everyone in the house knows what to expect on each day.


The kids get a real kick out of reading it each morning and it keeps them from pulling out other activities when we dont have time for them or if we are heading out the door.


I have made sure I have included activities that are at home (save’s heaps of money), with friends and something special in the break aswell.

If there is something I want to surprise them with I will write something like Surprise Adventure to keep them guessing.


This weeks plan looks alot like this:


Monday – Outside Play, Afternoon DVD and House Tidy Up.


Tuesday – Surprise Library Visit (Halls Gap Wildlife Zoo) , Friends for Lunch & Monster Squad Movie Night.


Wednesday – Tidy Up Morning, Country Drive to visit some friends & Cooking.


Thurday -Mother’s Group Play Date, Afternoon DVD / Outdoor play, Walk to park (weather permitting).


Friday – Pick Up Mackenzi for her school holiday visit & play at the Fairy Playground.


Saturday – Crafts at home, (Aria to a party), Family Lunch, Twilight Local Footy Match.


Sunday – Steam Train Ride In Maldon.


If you’re struggling for ideas on things to do, contact your local Visitor Information Centre. They often know what’s on around town during the break, google activities, crafts & games and ideas to keep the children busy on the quiet days.


So hopefully the weather behaves itself and we can enjoy the rest of this week. Be flexible if things change, often things that happen on the spur of the moment leave us with wonderful memories 🙂

Happy Planning!!!



The Daily Dirt – 03/04/11 April 3, 2011

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This morning was bliss. I woke snuggled up all cosy and warm in the arms of my hubby. Something we clearly take for granted as the usual morning “hello, I love you” is the kiss good-bye I get on his way out to work. It was nice just to have that moment, even if they’re few and far between.

The peace didn’t last very long before Levi was commando crawling over me in a desperate attempt to wake Brian with a swift whack across the head. Good Morning Daddy…..

Ahhhh the chaos had begun and due to the end of daylight savings…. an hour earlier than usual.  Who needs an alarm when you can wake to the sounds of “Mum, I’m hungry”, “Mum, I want breakfast”, “Mum, can I watch TV?”, “Mum, mum, mum, mum, mum”….. Arghhhhh wait to go and ruin the moment Monster Squad….. LOL

Anyway, with great big plans of ripping up the dining room carpet this weekend, I can proudly say that we achieved nothing!!!

My Blog Journal. A place where I store all my ideas and thoughts!

I’m not sure if it was the weather or to do with moons or the fact that my children think I owe the 100% of my attention 100% of the time but no matter how hard I tried to achieve anything, I was interrupted and the task came to a screeching halt. Better luck next time I guess.

My day progressed much the same, I got some sketches done for an upcoming project and that was about it really. Jai went to a mate’s 7th birthday party, and that got me thinking I had better start planning my own kids parties very soon too.

I’ve also decided to undertake the whole Photo Of The Day concept and get snapping. I figure with the little time i have these day’s to dedicate to my scrapping, I must be missing out on preserving heaps of precious moments and memories. so this will be my brief way of documenting our lives until I rediscover that thing once know as “FREE TIME”….. 🙂

My motivation seems to be in a bit of a lull at the moment.

I think it’s always harder to get going when it’s so very cold. It must definitely be time to fire up the heater and leave it on when we’re at home. Brrrrrrr it’s been so chilly.

Well on that note I might just flick my electric blanket on, make a warm milo and get ready for bed!


The Daily Dirt!!!!

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The diary that keeps me organised!

Today I have decided to introduce a new section to my blog titled ‘The Daily Dirt’.


The purpose of this section is to allow me to give a brief rundown of my day, note anything exciting or somewhat insane that may have happened and to encourage me to keep up with my PHOTO OF THE DAY (POTD) Project.


I am also hoping it will help me remember important things when it comes to the journalling boxes in my scrapbook albums. 🙂  A daily diary Online!!


So join me each day to catch up on the chaotic craziness and awesome antics of this super busy household.


Luv Jac xoxo