Thursday, August 11, 2011

In the wars

Miss Nikita is having a sick day today.

Last night after dinner she started complaining of a sore throat. Then at 2am she woke me up because of it. I gave her some soluble kids panadol - she only drank half because her throat was so sore. Then she proceeded to burp up pretty much all she'd swallowed. I gave her a cepacol which has a numbing agent & antibacterials as well & then she came & 'slept' with me. Not sure how much sleep either of us got though.

Anyway I hoped she would be better by this morning, got her ready for school & she was quite upset. She thought she'd be crying for most of the day & was worried about making her friends sick.

I have to say that I feel so torn between my responsibilities. I'm supposed to be at work today. I've got things I should be doing. I can't do them from home as our Microsoft Office is too old & it'll cost us over $500 to upgrade.

But at the end of the day, I know that if I was a SAHM, I'd have no hesitation in keeping her home from school today. So maybe it's the right decision.

Yesterday at ice skating, she was complaining of a sore shin. I thought she was just being a bit of a drama queen, & she only had about 5 mins of her lesson left. I was shocked when I took her skate off to find this on her shin. Her stocking had rolled down & was rubbing underneath the front of her boot. Poor baby.

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Processing the Treasure Boxes

All the creations the kids bring home from school get put into a Treasure Box under their beds. At the end of each semester they give them to me to sort through & decide what to chuck & what to keep. Whatever gets kept is glued into a scrapbook & kept in their Big Box of Treasures in the shed.

It's a big job for me. Made worse by my procrastination (hi!!!! :-D). And sometimes it's very difficult to decide what's trash & what's treasure.

This is Nikita's box getting emptied. She's much more prolific with her production. Maybe that's an age thing though. I'm sure I won't always have this pleasure, so enjoy it while I can!!
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Sunday, August 07, 2011


Will have to see if this works. I've downloaded a new app that will allow me to post from my iPhone.

I recently happened to revisit my much neglected blog & wished that I hadn't let it go. Then I found this app (blogpress) so will see if this & the fact that I can easily upload photos on the run gets me back to posting more frequently!!

Look forward to lots of 'huh???' moments as Apple helps me along with autocorrect. LOL

Welcome back to any of my old readers!!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Medical Emergency!!

Today saw the return to school & kindy for Sasha & Nikita. However, yesterday (Monday) Nikita still had her dance lesson in the morning. David had a training course to attend, so he took the car & Sasha, Nikita & I planned to walk to dancing as the weather has finally turned spring-like.

So anyway, David headed off nice & early, and Sasha, Nikita & I were making good progress to being ready with plenty of time to walk to dancing. We were down to our last 10 minutes where I was doing up their hair. I did Sasha's hair & then asked Nikita to come & stand in front of me. And she didn't, and she wouldn't. We have ongoing issues where she just doesn't do what she's told, for whatever ingenious excuse she manages to come up with. It gets REALLY irritating, I can tell you.

Anyway, as I turned to her in exasperation, and again told her to get OFF THE COUCH and COME & STAND IN FRONT OF ME!!!! I noticed her eyes welling up with tears, and a bit of a blocked up, choked up look on her face. With little more clue than having seen her playing with a craft puppet (that she'd made a day earlier) about half an hour ago, I asked her "did you put one of those eyes up your nose?". She nodded - it was one of those jiggly, boggly craft eyes. I have no idea how I knew what she'd done. I have even less idea WHY she'd do it.

But anyway, it was up there, so far gone you couldn't even see it. I got Sasha to get her some tissues & went about blocking the other nostril & trying to get her to blow it out. We tried this for about 5 minutes. Still no sign of it apart from a bit of blood, and a whole lotta tears & distress from Nikita.

So I hummed & haaa-ed in my head about the best possible solution. The walk to the doctor's surgery (right across the road from dancing) was a good 20 minutes, probably even more with a craft eye stuck up your right nostril. I didn't really think the exercise was a good option as it may have caused it to get sucked further in.

In the end I rang a friend (thanks Sam!!) to see if she could help out with a lift to the Doctor's, which she could. She had to get someone to come & look after her kids as we wouldn't all fit in the car. In the meantime I rang the Doctor's surgery to see if they would be happy to have a go at retrieving it - they put me on hold to talk to the doctor.

Whilst I was on hold, Nikita started sneezing and sneezing and sneezing. I thought this is our chance, and blocked her other nostril again & got her to BLOW!!!! and out popped the eye. The receptionist came back on the phone & I told her it was okay, it was out. Then I rang Sam back. Did Nikita's hair & walked to dancing. We were only a couple of minutes late.

Once again I'm thankful that, thus far in life, I'm pretty level-headed when it comes to emergencies. There's been numerous relatively severe choking incidents with the girls. And this is not the first time one of the girls has stuck something up their nose. The last memorable time was on the freeway & I think it was a bead that time.

But, really, I just don't understand... ...WHY?????

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tooth Fairy

On Tuesday, 18 August, at nearly 6 yrs 2mths old Sasha first baby tooth wobbled its last wobble. It's been a loooong time coming as that tooth got wobbly almost 2 months ago - just a few short days after her birthday in fact.

Since her birthday she has had one adult molar erupt & one of her adult incisors at the bottom is coming through behind her loosest baby tooth. Two more of her incisors are loose & one of them is probably on it's last week.

She was very brave with it coming out. During the weeks it was getting looser, there were a few tears when she'd bite something funny & get hurt. But on the night it finally came out, she came out of her room. I was a bit cranky (as I tend to be when they get up after bedtime) & asked her why she was up. She needed a tissue & showed me one with blood on it. I thought she must have been picking her face again. But no, she'd been fiddling with her loose tooth & hooked it underneath from the back. So it was really loose now. I told her to just pull it out, but she wasn't ready to do that. So I told her to go back to bed & maybe it would come out in the morning. So she headed off to her bedroom. Next thing I hear "Oh my gosh!" in a loud, excited whisper & she came down with her tiny little toothy peg in her hand & a big, gappy grin on her face.

The Tooth Fairy came that night & dutifully left $2 in a swirl of fairy dust (glitter), so an early morning ensued.

I can't believe we're up to this already. It seems like such a short time ago that she was just a little toddler who had just learnt to walk in her cute sneakers with lights on them. I remember her oooh-ing and aaah-ing as she turned in circles trying to look at the lights on the sides of her shoes. So cute!! And yet, I can hardly remember life before her - it seemed to happen to someone else.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tech Support - The Response

Dear Desperate:

First keep in mind; Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Try entering the command


and download Tears 6.2 to install Guilt 3.0. If all works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

But remember, overuse can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1. Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will create Snoring Loudly.wav files.

Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-Law 1.0 or reinstall another Boyfriend program. These are not supported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have a limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider additional software to improve memory and
performance. I personally recommend Hot Food 3.0 and Lingerie 6.9.

Good Luck,
Joyce at Tech Support

Tech Support

Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a slowdown in the overall performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications that had operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, but installed undesirable programs such as AFL 5.0 and Cricket 3.0. And now Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and House Cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?


Wednesday, July 22, 2009


David headed offshore this morning at 5.00am or some such time. The girls got into bed with me after waving him off at the front door - this is becoming something of a tradition.

After I got out the shower a bit later on, I was greeted with an excited Nikita who had found a love note from Daddy. Sasha couldn't find one (I think she hadn't vacated her bedroom in time for him to hide one), so she was a bit down in the mouth.

Nikita, being the amazing sharing kind person she is suggested that they change the letter to add Sasha's name. ♥♥♥ How sweet!!

This is what I found on my desk....

Now the grammar isn't fantastic, but the thought behind it is. It made me smile this morning.