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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!!!


The Daily Dirt – 21/04/11 April 21, 2011

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My day began much the same as most Thursdays do in this house.

Wake, Breakfast, Get dressed, Teeth, etc….

Once we were ready for the day we gave the house a quick tidy up before our visitors arrived.

Earlier in the week I had organised with a friend to bring her 3 children over for a play.

Not only would it help regain some sanity, it would fill in the day and keep the Easter Bunny excitement at bay….. Or so we thought…. Hahahahhaha!!!!

I popped some party pies, sausage rolls & nuggets in the oven for lunch and we let the kids run wild while they heated up.

Mackenzi and Aria having a great time!

After lunch I asked the kids to head outside while we set up an easter egg and chocolate hunt for them!

While the actual hunt only lasted a few minutes, it was well worth it so see the joy and excitement on their little faces.

The downside??? Several hyped up sugar filled kids!!!

So after approximately 2 hours of  chaos, I picked Brian up from work and quietly mentioned to Zafirah that Dad had seen something fluffy in the backyard….

Like a shot she was off and within no time the whole group of kids were hunting what is commonly referred to as ‘The Easter Bunny’!!


They were out there searching every nook and cranny of our backyard, even setting up rabbit traps with boxes and lettuce leaves.

All from a few little words I said in a vain effort to grab a second’s peace….. Bloody Golden!!! Hahahaha.


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 – 16/04/11 April 16, 2011

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Snuggling with Boots this morning!

This will have to be the quickest Daily Dirt to date. 🙂


I will give you a rundown of my day in dot points!


* Wake, get kids organised and take Aria up the street to buy a present for her friend whose party she was attending.


* Drop Aria off at the party (nothing like being organised is there!!! LOL).


* Come home, juggle fighting Monster Squad.


* Make up a batch of Chicken & Vegie pies.


* Go to the shop to buy food for our picnic tomorrow.


* Prepare food for dinner.


* Supervise children making their own mini pizza’s for dinner.


* Quick tidy up and put washing on while dinner is cooking.


* Eat dinner.


* Take the Monster Squad to the local Footy.

Levi & Aria sitting on the car waiting for the footy to start.


* Run around in 40 different directions after them all.


* Bring them home all tired and worn out.


* Shower the kids and put them to bed.


* Prepare rolls and fruit bags for tomorrows picnic.


* Wash the mountain of dishes left on the sink.


* Complete The Daily Dirt Blog Post.


Well that’s where I am up to now. Soon as I finish this I will be headed straight for the shower then to bed!


I’m certainly tired!


So goodnight for now, another big day ahead for us tomorrow! 🙂

Sad but true.... Zaf in her Adelaide gear!!! Hahaha

Mackenzi enjoying the footy!


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!!! 🙂


The Daily Dirt – 14/04/11 April 14, 2011

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Look what I found curled up next to me this morning!!!!


Well in typical fashion upon leaving for work Brian must have woken the little monster again because when I rolled over this is what i saw……..

A snuggly little Levi 🙂

As nice as it is to wake up with his cuddles, every part of me was wishing it wasn’t really 6.30am and he was really tricking and going straight back to sleep…… Bahahahha! NO CHANCE!

Nevermind, I was awake now!

So began my day. Day 4 of the School Holidays.

This morning was pretty chaotic. The kids are hyped up as they get to see their big sister tomorrow and no amount of shooshing was going to curb their excitement at the breakfast table.

I soldiered on through the crazy behaviour and managed to organise the tribe into clothes, pack Levi’s bag and deliver him to day-care by 9.30am.

We made a quick stop back at home to grab some jackets (it was quite chilly this morning), and headed up to the local park for our Mum’s Group catch up. I had a fantastic time catching up with the ladies while the children ran mad. It’s always nice to speak with mums that know exactly what you’re dealing with everyday 🙂

Thank-you MUM’S GROUP 🙂

Before we knew it, it was lunch time so we headed on home only to find a sick and whingy husband/father there. He had come home from work with a belly ache….. Lets all cross our fingers and hope he just ate something bad….. xxxxxx

So while he was home, he gave me some much-needed help on my secret project…. 🙂

I left him to it this afternoon, and headed to the shops to fill our cupboards and freezer full of food for the week. Surprisingly, I seemed to spend much less this week and I can’t work out why…….

Gosh I hope I havent forgotten to buy anything major. As far as I know all I need to get later in the week is fresh shaved ham……

Not to worry it’s a win for me and means that I will be able to afford the hair-dye colours for my sister-in-law to do my hair. YEY! (it’s been awhile)…

Zafirah - Very proud of her cooking efforts!


With the help of my ever so persistent chef Zafirah, I prepared tomorrow night’s Pasta Bake tonight as we will be out during the day. I guess that means I don’t have to cook tomorrow!

WOOHOO! I love being one step ahead. It can’t get anymore simple than shoving it in the oven and letting it heat up. 🙂


I also had the pleasure of some special visitors this evening, a lovely lady and her daughter that I havent been able to catch up with in ages.

We had a great gas-bag over a cuppa and I loved finally meeting their gorgeous little puppy 🙂 Super Cute!

The children all went straight to sleep tonight – just proves that the fresh air at he park did them the world of good. We may have to frequent the park more often….Much much more often!!!!

And that brings me to now.

Tired and ready for bed!

Night night, don’t let the bed bugs bite 🙂




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

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Well people, today was awesome!!!!

As those of you that follow the blog would know my day once again started backwards (as I usually blog at night), with me sitting snug in bed with my laptop and a cuppa, churning out blog posts before 9am….. Hmmmmm I like it.

Do the kids really need to go to school so early??? hahaha kidding, but it is nice not to get up and rush about like a headless chook once in a while. 🙂

Greg with a Dingo.

Once we were up and motivated (I mean dressed & decent) we headed to the town library for a special show they were hosting. I had kept it a surprise from the kids to

1. Curb the crazy hypo excitement,

2. cos everyone loves surprises!!!


The Halls Gap Wildlife Zoo were putting on a FREE presentation of some of their animals for the children to see. Well I couldn’t argue with that…..

Interesting and educational with the added bonus of not costing a cent! Ahhh Thank-you Halls Gap Wildlife Zoo you filled in what could have been a long and dreary morning!!!

The Olive Snake.... Arghh I was so scared!!!


We returned home after our excursion to the library minus one child – impromptu playdate – but with an extra tribe of kids to play with mine!!! Surprisingly for 7 children in the house, it looked pretty decent when we left to get our tea!

So while the kids were at play, my crafty buddy and I sat staring at the computer screen trying to decipher a jibberish type language that would allow us to master Adobe Illustrator. Ha! What a joke. We did learn a few bits and pieces though and came up with a fantastic piece of artwork in the process.

Super happy dance! I just hope it all works out in the end! 🙂

Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and get organised to go and pick up Brian from work and take the kids to McDonald’s. A promised I had made 2 weeks ago.

That’s right, I even got to have a day off cooking!!! Awesome!

Being our Family Movie Night, and school holidays, the video shop had nothing exciting to offer so we all sat down and watched our copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I thought the giant spiders would have had the MonsterSquad squirming and running up the hallway but they were so intent on seeing the whole movie through. I did get a few tight squeezes on my arm in other parts though!!!!

It was a nice way to end a great day.

Lets hope tomorrow will be just as easy-going!!!