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The Daily Dirt – 27/04/11 April 27, 2011

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Well it is safe to say that I survived the latest school holidays.

Aria in her dance uniform for the 1st time!

The 3 bigger kids went back to school this morning and surprisingly, the younger 2 played wonderfully together….

Brian had a Rostered Day Off from work so we spent some time researching and planning a revamp of our tired old bathroom. I think we may have almost made up our minds on the major bits and pieces, we just need to look into tiles and decorative bits now 🙂

I have made a fair dint in the mountain of laundry that I needed to catch up on, however there is still a few loads to go.

I really don’t mind doing the washing, it’s just the folding, hanging and putting away that chews up so much of my precious time.  But…. It must be done!

This afternoon Veruca and Zaf returned to their Ballet/Jazz lessons. It was awesome to see them so keen and excited to get back into it.

This term Aria will begin Jazz classes and was so happy when I picked up her shoes this afternoon.

The somewhat reluctant dancer automatically adopted the Jazz stance and insisted she give the new shoes and outfit a trial run.

She was beaming! As was I. So fantastic to see her excited about something new!!!


Happy Easter Everybunny!!! April 21, 2011

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Happy Easter!

Easter could possibly be the celebration of the year I get least excited about.

Dont get me wrong I do like it, but in comparison to say Christmas Day or Mother’s day it really doesn’t rate!

Easter really has just become a commercial excuse to down millions of chocolate eggs without guilt…

Sounds shocking but it is true.

I must admit though, I cannot let an occasion slip by without enjoying the excitement the children bring with it.

So on Sunday morning I will put aside my distaste for overloading children with excess sugars, and enjoy their excitement as they discover their Easter Bunny Treats!!!!

What I am concerned about more than anything this year is the excessive price tag that traders and companies put on their eggs.

They know our kids want them.

Easter Eggs!

They know we’re going to buy them.

Arghhh, I would much rather spend $15 on a toy for each child and give them a block of chocolate for the occasion, however I don’t think just the block would cut it!

What to do what to do…… 🙂

I will go out and buy some Easter eggs, but I will not be going overboard.

Support this cause!!!!

I’m going to put a massive focus on tomorrow’s Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal, and ask the kids to donate their piggy bank savings to the cause.

Now that is money well spent!!!

I’ve added a link here to their webpage.  Please check it out and donate if you can!

Give that they may Grow!!!!!

Wishing you all Safe and Happy Easter.

If you are travelling, stay safe on the roads, enjoy your family time and most of all…….

Have a basket load of FUN!!!!! 🙂


The Daily Dirt – 20/04/11

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It's only a small bench, but sooo much better when you can use it!!! 🙂

The list of things to do today consisted of a massive tidy-up of the house and several loads of washing.

Lets just say my hopes were fading fast by lunchtime when I realised the rain was not going to ease up.

Trying to get anything done in a house with 6 hyped up children is a challenge at the best of times but not being able to send them outside to burn off some energy just makes it an even bigger challenge.

No matter what I tried to make the tidy up ‘FUN’, I was met with grumbles and screwed up faces. I guess I was on my own….

By 2pm I had admit defeat and decided that there was no point in fighting a losing battle.

I did however rediscover my kitchen bench that had been lost under a pile of junk for the last 2 weeks.

It’s amazing how much crap can collect in one area in such a short amount of time.

It might be time to start enforcing the “If it’s on the bench, it goes in the bin” rule…..

Mmmmm Easter Cookies!

With so much bench space to work with I decided we’d make a start on our m&m’s easter cookies. YUM!


The Daily Dirt – 18th & 19th/04/11 April 20, 2011

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Monday 18th April 2011

What a disaster today was!

It all started nice and cozy when I awoke to find all 6 children snuggled in front of cartoons and treated myself to a little lay-in in bed.

By lay-in I mean I was still awake (have just had to accept that sleep-ins are a thing of the past), but all rugged up nicely in bed listening to the PEACE!!! 🙂

Now lets just say… I SHOULD”VE STAYED THERE!

It was around 9am when the kids started coming up and asking for breakfast so I crawled out of bed and  into the kitchen to discover that we had completely run out of milk!! Arghhh…. What a pain!

So expecting relatives for a visit any minute I decided that we had to quickly rush to get some milk before they arrived.

As I flung open the door and stepped down on the steps towards the car, I lost my footing on some dry slippery dirt on the step. You can only guess what happened next….. THUD!

Yep, I fell. And I fell hard.

Bye bye my favourite jeans....

As I hit the ground I managed to bounce off the gas meter and the mower that were sitting there aswell.

The shock of the fall saw me bouncing straight back up and into the house, but within a few steps back in the door I had collapsed in pain on the dining room floor.

Oh the agony!!

The kids were freaking out, but did a fantastic job of calming me down and reassuring me I’d be ok…. LOL they were so cute working together to make me feel better. 🙂

After a few minutes of sulking and shaking, I stood up to discover a rather swollen and bruised hand, sore back and shoulders, blurred vision & sore head, and an extremely sore bottom!!!

When my mum arrived to check I was ok, she kindly pointed out the back of my pants.

I had become so engulfed in pain I was completely unaware there was a rather large tear in the back of my pants….. and knickers….. and me….. OUCH!!!!

Now I don’t know what I was upset about more…. the fact that I could hardly stand up or the fact that my most comfortable and favourite jeans were on their way to jeany heaven as I sobbed…. Very Very tragic I know….

Just one of my injuries....

So there you have it, that my friends is why there was very limited blogging done on monday…. I simply couldn’t sit down!!!! 😦

Those of you that know me well will be having a fair chuckle to yourselves as you are well aware of my “Most clumsy person ever” title and my ability to fall over thin air, and for those of you that don’t know me personally, you have just been warned.

This will surely be the beginning of many fits of laughter you may have at my regular misfortunes….. I am rather good at it.

Tuesday 19th April 2011

On the mend from my death-defying dive into the dirt yesterday,  I got the children up and organised early as we had a few things on today.

I for one had an appointment out-of-town, so I had organised day care for Levi and sent Jai, Aria & Zafirah to Vacation Care.

That left me with Veruca and Mackenzi to juggle which was totally easy in comparison to having the full tribe with me. I didn’t know myself!!!

Knowing that my appointment would take an hour or so, I asked my mum to come along with us to watch the girls whilst I was in doing my thing.

They had a great time in the op-shop, at the playground and chatting to locals that mum knew.

Aria holds up some of my Op-Shop Bargains!!!

After my appointment I decided to do away with the afternoon plans of housework and cleaning and swapped them for a day of op-shopping.

I couldn’t help but lap up the excitement that was booming out of the girls that had just purchased some of their favourite books for only cents…..

So off we went to discover some bargains at very discounted prices.

And that we did.

We came home with bag loads of stuff and big smiles all round. 🙂

An unexpected day out but definitely worth it!


The Daily Dirt – 11/04/11 April 12, 2011

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I’m running a day late on the Dirt as I totally got sidetracked last night…


Yesterday was the first proper day of school holidays and I held little hope in maintaining sanity and getting through the day. To my surprise the kids played fairly well all day, inside and outside and didn’t even really destroy the place. AMAZING!!


I was quite impressed when I popped my head out the back window to see they had used and old piece of MDF wood and the chalk to create a shop sign and entrance near the cubby house. They were even playing in it nicely and taking turns…. WOW!


Now that I have said that though we all know what today will be like….. argh….. LOL 🙂


So while the kiddies played so well yesterday I got stuck into rediscovering my dining room.


I achieved a whole lot more than I expected to, with consideration to the fact that I had all 5 children at home. I purchased an extra

A sneak Peek of things to come....

storage tub for my eBay mountain of stuff and will begin sorting it later on today. Gosh I will be so glad when it is all gone.



I spent my evening working on a design for the blog. Time consuming and confusing but it’s underway.


Not bad for someone who is most certainly NOT a graphic artist, or a computer whizz….


Massive thanks to my friends and family that are helping me along the way 🙂


Our biggest Monster!!! April 7, 2011

Baby Aria, Brian, Mackenzi & Baby Jai

For those of you that pay real close attention, on my very first post I introduced myself as a mother of 5 + 1.

You all know that I have 5 kiddies of my own, but I am also Step-Mummy to my very awesome step-daughter, Mackenzi Paula.

Mackenzi was born in February 2001 at the Wodonga Hospital in Northern Victoria. My husband Brian welcomed his first child with open arms before having to return to work in another state.

Mackenzi's Kinder Photo

I first met Miss Mack when Brian and I became a couple during 2003.

She was such a vibrant and confident toddler, constantly wooing us with new and exciting things. To be perfectly honest, nothing has changed.

is headstrong and isn’t afraid to talk up and tell us what she wants or needs. She oozes confidence and enjoys

Mack 'n' Me

taking the lead in many different scenarios.

She has a great influence over our other children, teaching them new things and always giving them support and care when they need it.

It has been a long and sometimes tough road developing a strong bond with Mackenzi.

The distance between our families has made a hard job even harder but I am proud to say that we have come through the battle, guns blazing and Mackenzi and I have a fantastic relationship today.

Mackenzi & Brian

When we buddy up we love to spend our time scrapbooking. A craft I introduced to an eager Mack at a younger age, that she still enjoys today.

We also enjoy discussing the finer points of the music industry,  me stirring her up about Justin Bieber and her stirring me up about Daniel Johns (silverchair). It’s always good for a laugh. 🙂

Macks 10th Birthday!

Even though Mack is a million miles away (well approx 500kms) she is very much a part of our daily lives.

We love it when she visits, we miss her like mad when she’s away.





The Daily Dirt – 06/04/11 April 6, 2011

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Veruca and I playing with the iPhone4!


Wednesdays are always busy in our house.

I spend just over 2 hours in Jai’s classroom helping out with their reading and discoveries program, which I totally enjoy. I love watching the kids faces light up when they create something new, read a new word or just want to explain their projects to me.

Ohhhh to be in Grade 1 again!!! Hahahahaha 🙂

Jai decided for his discoveries project he would make a snow globe. So far so good, and if we turn it over next week and everything works the way it’s supposed to I will create a “How To…” craft sheet to share.

I can see it being a fantastic project for the coming easter holiday break.

After I had finished at the school I had to do some banking, hang out some washing and prepare lunch for brian as he didn’t take any to work with him.

After lunch it was time to get Veruca ready in her Ballet uniform, take her to her class, pick up the school kids, had some extras over for a quick play, take Zafirah to her ballet lesson & pick her up again, cook dinner, dishes etc etc…..

And there went my day, right before my eyes….again….. 🙂 I swear the days are going faster and faster.

Some great news for today though is that Aria got into jazz dance classes starting next term. Lets just say she’s a little pumped about it all. I’m certain I heard the words “I can’t wait till term 2” about a thousand times over dinner….

Ahhhh I love seeing them this happy. Makes all the miserable parenting moments worthwhile 🙂