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Happy Easter Everybunny!!! April 21, 2011

Filed under: Easter — commonchaoschronicle @ 11:04 pm
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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!

http://www.goodfridayappeal.com.au/

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!!!!! 🙂



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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 – 17/04/11 April 18, 2011

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We woke sunday morning to brilliant sunshine. A perfect day for a ride on a Steam Train.

VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY her we come!!!

I had packed our picnic bag the evening before, so all we had to do was get out of bed, get organised and jump in the car by 9am. EASY!

Waiting at the station.

Here it comes! TOOT TOOT!

All Aboard!

Are you ready?

Levi was loving it!!!!

Arrived at Maldon Station!

The Boys up a tree in Maldon.

The Girls in a Tree!

An old train the kids could climb on!

Mackenzi in the play train!

The corridor inside of our carriage! The kids thought we were on Harry Potter's Train!

Brian & Jac aboard the train!

Dr Doolittle at her best! She was hanging out the train window and caught a ladybug. Veruca was more excited about the bug than the train!!! LOL

Harry & Hermione on the train....

"What do you mean it's time to get off???"

Special Mention - The working train DOG!!! Not sure what he did but how awesome was he patrolling the platform!!! Hahahaha

So that was our Steam Train Family Adventure!

If you think it sounds like a bit of fun, Google… VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY for more information or give them a call on

Telephone: (03) 5470 6658 🙂

 

Sanity Savers! April 16, 2011

Filed under: Introducing..... — commonchaoschronicle @ 11:41 am
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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!

 

The Daily Dirt – 15/04/11 April 15, 2011

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Our Facebook Page!

Firstly tonight I want to thank all my new ‘Likers’ on the Common Chaos Chronicle Facebook Page.

It’s fantastic to see so many of you sharing the blog on.

It inspires me to write more and reassure’s me that I’m writing in the right direction when I can see the numbers of fans slowly but surely rising.

If you havent stopped by the Facebook page yet, check it out and remember to like the actual page!

This blog started as a means for me to clear my head of daily thoughts, collate my organising ideas, keep a record of crafts, record my work around the house and to keep me organised and up to date with basically everything in our lives.

Something I have been meaning to do for a lot of years now. With the encouragement of friends and family, I started to write and I am loving every minute of it.

Not only am I falling to sleep straight away each night with a clear mind, (good-bye tossing and turning for hours on end), it’s very uplifting to hear from people who have tried my ideas, used my meals plans and been inspired to create. 

I would never have imagined that people would want to read my life story in a blog, let alone subscribe to it.

So I thank-you. You readers really make my day…. everyday lately 🙂

Lounge Lizards In Action....

Today was a biggie…..

We were all up early in preparation to meet up with my step-daughter Mackenzi and bring her home for the week.

The children were so filled with excitement that they almost bowled Mack over as soon as they saw her, and the rest of our day has pretty much followed suit.

It must be hard on them to only see her during school holiday breaks, they miss her beyond belief and I am now going to try to organise a regular weekly Skype video call for her and the kids to catch up with each other.

Perhaps this can become another ritual in our house just like our movie night.

In desperation of some kind of calm, we put on a dvd for the kids to watch late this afternoon while dinner warmed up. It was very short-lived but it did buy me close to half an hour of quite before they were bouncing off the walls again. I can definitely feel a few outdoor adventures coming on!!!! 🙂

Also this evening I have been busy designing invitations for the twins 7th birthday parties that are coming up in May. I love fiddling around with stuff like this.

I guess it’s just another extension on my scrapbooking.  Now I just have to print them out and laminate them and they’re done! Yey!

Arias Invite

Jais Invite

So on that note, I’m off to crank up the laminator…. one of my favourite devices from our office…..Ahhhh……

Stay tuned for more CHAOS tomorrow!!! 🙂

 

Marriage Matters & Other Scary Stuff :-) April 12, 2011

Filed under: Date Night! — commonchaoschronicle @ 9:11 am
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Please be aware that before you read on any further I am not trained as a relationship therapist, counsellor or anything of the sort.

This blog post comes from my heart.

Ahhh Chaos at it's best!

Relationships are hard work. Anyone that tells you different is pulling your leg, telling a fib, or just completely unaware of life around them.

I am no stranger to the ups and downs that life can throw at us in our relationships but I am a true believer in trying to fix things before giving up.

Recently I have noticed several friends unhappy in their situations.

Some, unable to find the love of their life and some, stuck in a rut. Others at their wit’s end with their partner and with their children.

Nothing out of the ordinary, very common things to be honest, we’ve all been there to some extent.

So what to do??? I’m not sure what the right answer is, as the right answer differs from person to person but I believe there are some very important steps to take before you pull the pin or give up entirely.

I think for those desperate to find love, you need to:

1. Appreciate yourself for who you are. It will never work if you’re faking it.

2. Open your horizons a little. Mr Perfect doesn’t exist but Mr Almost Perfect could be the one!

3. Don’t spend every waking moment in search of the future Mrs……, Soon as you stop searching she will be there 🙂

Day at the pool last summer!

For those stuck in a rut:

1. Define your rut? Is it mundane boring repetitive things that have you losing interest?

2. Try a different approach. Try something new.

3. Be aware that if you’re feeling like you’re stuck, your partner is probably feeling much the same. Talk about it!!!!

 

For those at your wit’s end:

1. Ask yourself WHY?

There could be a million reasons as to why you’re feeling this way, but usually I find there are a few major ones that stick out. Write them down. It’s often easier to see things clearly when they’re on paper in front of you.

NOTE: Be sure to include the PROS in a list besides your CONS. For the 3 or 4 things driving you nuts there could be 100 things you love…..

2. Be honest with yourself.

From my experience, day-to-day relationship problems are very rarely one-sided. Theres always 2 sides to every story and since men and women are programmed so differently, what seems perfectly obvious to us women may not even rate a thought with our men….

What I am saying is, Ask yourself what you could do better. We always focus a lot on improving our partners, but try seeing the situation from their point of view. It can open your eyes up to a lot of things that you hadn’t seen in the past.

3. Communication.

I know that it’s not always easy to talk to someone seriously and if you live with a busy person it’s often hard to find the quality time uninterrupted to have a decent conversation. A wise lady once advised me to schedule in a time to have a talk. The theory behind her thinking was that

* If it’s booked in they can’t get out of it

* It give’s them a little warning that you aren’t just going to talk about the weather

* It give’s you time to organise the children, get your thoughts together etc…

So ask your partner? What is a good time to have a chat?

4. Make some plans together.

Life today is busy. We all are. There is always a job to do wether it be work, house, family, friends the list goes on. It’s easy to get lost in the mayhem and chaos and forget about each other. It’s so important to allow yourself time as a couple and enjoy each other’s company like you did when you first got together.

Plan a “date night” every so often. A “lunch date” if that’s the only peace from the children you get. Make it special. A fantastic idea is to plan a regular time that you can share together wether it be weekly, fortnightly, monthly…. and take turns in planning it. You might be pleasantly surprised…..

Go to the movies???

5. Are the children taking their toll?

Now doesnt that sound horrible? But I have heard of it happening.

Couples putting all their focus on the children and growing so far apart from each other in the process, or couples that do nothing with their children then blame each other for the way the children behave.

This is why I love “Family Movie Night” in our house. It gives us time together as a family, even if we are staring at a screen, we’re all together and the kids have now come to expect it every Tuesday night.

The key I guess is balance.

If you’re whole life revolves around your children but your relationship is failing, the balance is out of whack.

If you spend your whole life working and you spend minimal time with your children and spouse then the balance is out of whack.

Trial and error. See what works for your family. If a couple of night once a month is all you can fit in. It’s still totally worth it. If  half a day or 30mins is all you have spare for the children then it’s definitely a start.

6. Who do you surround yourself with?

I think one of the most important things in adult life is to have a fantastic support system. I feel totally blessed with the friends that I have made over recent years, but I have not always been this lucky.

I am a firm believer in our friends and family having a massive influence on our way of looking at things.

If you surround yourself with miserable, negative people, eventually you will become much the same. It’s very difficult to stay positive when all you are hearing day in and day out is the woes of other people’s problems.

Take a break from the misery. Afterall your own relationship and family come first. If you have a positive friend or family member plan some lunches or coffee breaks with them. Call them up. We don’t call our friends enough these days. 🙂

Positivity and happiness come to those who are positive and happy – remember that!!!

Positive Friends are the key!

7. When all else fails……

You still don’t have to give up in an instant. There are many services out there, some free, that provide relationship counsellors. All it takes is a quick trip to the doctor for a referral or alternatively, google whats available in your area.

Seem a little daunting? Maybe, but it most certainly can help 🙂

At the end of the day, if you feel as though you really have tried everything then at least you have tried.

There would be nothing worse than looking back years later and realising you didn’t give it your best shot.

Happy Relationships Everyone!!!

 

 

 

Monday Motivation #4 April 11, 2011

Filed under: Getting Organised... — commonchaoschronicle @ 8:05 am
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Well, I must admit it.

I have totally failed in last weeks Monday Motivation Task.

Outdoor Fun... beats Inside Chaos!

Last week I planned to demolish a massive pile of eBay items that are clogging up an entire corner of our dining room.

Lets just say it didn’t happen. In fact, after cleaning out 2 more wardrobes, it’s safe to say that the pile has grown even bigger…. 😦

Selling on eBay is a little hobby of mine, something I do when I want some extra cash to spend, usually on the children’s clothes.

I sell their unwanted clothes, things that don’t fit anymore or things they don’t like and then purchase them their new bits and pieces.

It’s win/win really.

But I have been a combination of super busy and totally slack and things  just havent been listed. TISK TISK…..

I am facing 3 full on months of birthdays, parties and celebrations so the extra cash could come in handy. Big time. So here’s what I am going to do…..

* Spend one afternoon this week photographing all the items and getting them ready to list.

* Schedule 3 items per evening to all start on the one future date. Not so daunting listing 3 items at a time as opposed to listing 63…..

* Buy some plastic tubs and create an organised selling system so the massive pile up of items can be contained 🙂

eBay, eBay, eBay.... 🙂

 

So wish me luck. It is the school holidays and I will most definitely be much busier than normal.

 

Lets hope the weather gives me a few decent days and the Monster Squad can spend some time playing outside… 🙂