Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"I proclaim the 20th of May Eliza Doolittle Day!"

Are you all preparing for yet another celebration day in your families?
Perhaps not!
However we are awaiting our next one which comes tomorrow just a couple of days before our next couple of birthdays.

As a family we love musicals and as such have watched 'My Fair Lady' and naturally we need to do just what it says in the song "Just you wait Henry Higgins " - "Next week on the twentieth of May
I proclaim 'Liza Doolittle Day!"

So here are some new ideas for celebrating 'Liza Doolittle Day  that can be added to our old ones from some years ago 
In a more time period look at the movie we are going to be doing-

Watch Edwardian farm for a look at farm life in this era. This is a great show we have enjoyed it so much in the past
Edwardian Manor House - similar to above but in a huge manor showing the differences in the class system ( a few adult references)
Children's Fashions 
Colouring page of fashions and another and more
Edwardian Script to practise
Paper Doll ideas to buy

We are also hoping to talk in 'cockney' all day- well lets be realistic for part of the day at least :)
Here is a you tube on how to do an accent and another
For the fun of it here is some rhyming slang as well
A couple of free on line colouring pics 
Happy Celebrating !!
Blessings to you and your homes,
 
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh Sunday how I love thee......

 
Those wonderful Sundays when you actually do feel refreshed from the weeks activities by having a relaxing day doing those things that allow you both mental, physical and spiritual refreshment. Those Sundays are to be treasured and remembered.

I know this is the goal for my Sundays often but as with much of life and our responsibilities and cares  this does not happen as much as I would desire and yet how often we really do need this.

Yesterday was one of those rare days that was relaxing and refreshing though as I write it out I am sure there was nothing of great interest,except to  my own personal refreshment.
Stephen and I attended  Mass- just the two of us as I had taken the children the night before due to a car space problem.
After Mass we had coffee together and just talked together then off we went  to do  some exciting grocery shopping together.
Sounds like a hot date right?

When we got home we sat outside under a tree and ate wonderful homemade pizza, sipped coffee and watched the children have bike ride races and again just really chat together.
After this the children begged for a game together and so we played an easy one for mummy :)

The simple pleasures like playing hide and seek with the children are times that really bring me peace in my heart. I have no idea how I missed him, I was the seeker, as I walked right under that tree and I always look up cause it's his favourite type of hiding place :)
As evening fell we needed some fire wood so my love chopped some while I did one of my favourite winter chores and gathered kindling ready for the morning for if we needed it.
While we wandered around putting toys and things away we, well Rogan actually, discovered a hiding place that the hens had been laying eggs in, one of his unused Rabbit hutches.

As I reflect upon this day I recognise again that the joy of life is lived in the every day moments of everyday ordinary activities that we have the opportunities to build special memories with if we only take the time.
Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all my mother friends all over the world.
I pray your day brings much love and care from those who honour you in this most wonderful vocation.
“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.” J.R, Miller
There seems to be a few 'camps' in regards to how we are told to regard this day of Mothers Day.
Some say that it is too commercialised and they  want no part of it. That it just is a day where too much money is spent, that is all about the buying of affection to make up for other times of no love and attention.
Still others say and the 'camp' which I belong to is we should honour mothers for all they do through out the year.
I mean really in a general sense nearly all mothers devote more than they are ever asked to in regards to their children.
Mothers go without rather than see a child go without, and who else can you rely on to tell your innermost secrets and heartaches too knowing that mother will always do her best to protect, encourage and nurture her child.
A mother loves always and unconditionally even when circumstances make this difficult but still a mothers love is abiding and unfailing.

So why is is we seem to think a day to honour and glorify the vocation of motherhood is simply a boost to the commercial sector and not worthy of praise in it's own right?
Remember that as we allow our children to praise us and give glory to us in the small and varied ways we live our lives as mothers we are privileged to help them understand the honour of servant hood.

Through our daily lives we can show our children how to do this in so many ways and on Mothers Day we allow them the same honour of showing appreciation and love for those gifts of service in a real and tangible way.

These can vary in so many ways as our family circles are all different.
But one thing is for sure we can be thankful for any of the gifts of service our children return for us with a willing and humble heart.

By this they will learn about giving and receiving and the beauty of each gift and then they can go forth and share with others the gifts learnt from the heart of a Mother.

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Anzac Day 2015

Saturday dawned a cloudy and overcast day with every chance it would continue to rain as it had during the night.

However we put on warm clothing and rushed out the door to get a good spot to see the parade down main street.
We parked a fair way away and scurried over to a good spot.
Amazingly we were even in position early and had to even wait for the parade to start- not our usual form :)
While waiting for us to finish getting everyone ready Rogan made a batch of Anzac cookies for the family and later on Vellvin made a THM
The recipe we have used for years is this one
Anzac Cookies-
Ingredients:
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup plain four
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp of Bicarb Soda (Baking Soda for non Aussies)
2 Tablespoons of boiling water
Method:
1. Mix oats, sugar, coconut and flour together
2. Melt syrup and butter together
3. Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup
4. Add to dry ingredients
5. Place tablespoon of mixture on greased baking tray

6. Bake in slow oven 150-160 degrees C for 15 to 20 mins
The Trim Healthy Mama version I shared here
Finally the parade started and it was wonderful to see such support from people.
I think there were over 15000 people actually watching the parade and that I think is a great show of support.
It started of with the older veterans in old vehicles and
was followed by a small contingent of the Light Horse
We had an Arial fly over but I missed capturing it all on camera :(
However we did have the practice maneuvers over our house the past couple of weeks
Then  we had a continual stream of military file past
All this followed by a helicopter fly over

We then walked up to where the ceremony was but couldn't get very close to hear all of it.

We have spent quite a long time on  learning both on Friday and today about ANZAC and I hope to share the resources with you soon.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them."

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Anzac Cookies - Trim Healthy Mama version

THM ANZAC COOKIES~ E style
Ingredients:
11/2 cup of rolled oats
1 cup baking blend * see notes below
3 tsp of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of xylitol and a slightly rounded 1/4 tsp of molasses
1 tbs of egg whites
1/2 cup non fat Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp of Bicarb Soda (Baking Soda for non Aussies)
2 Tablespoons of boiling water
Optional extra- caramel or butterscotch essence or flavouring (as could be a bit bland for some)
Method:
1. Mix oats, baking blend, xylitol, and coconut  together
2. mix non fat yogurt and egg whites  together
3. Mix soda with boiling water and add to yogurt and egg whites
4. Add to dry ingredients
5. Place tablespoon of mixture on greased baking tray, flattening to how round you wnat them. They won't spread dueing cooking
6. Bake in slow oven 150-160 degrees C for 15 to 20 mins

You can have up to one third of the recipe which for us was 3 cookies

*Baking Blend-
2/3 cup old fashion oats (ground up in blender)
Mix with1/3 cup oat fiber or Physillium husk
Blessings to you and your homes,
 
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Friday Nature Study

After my Summertime reading and while I was planning for this year of learning, I was determined we would have a regular, hopefully weekly Field Trip to one of the many areas around our local community.
I also wanted to incorporate more Nature Study into our daily lives with closer observations of our own backyard with both the wild animals and our domestic ones as well as the flora that we have growing here.

One of the best ways I have found in having a little 'nature lesson' in our day is to read from A Bush Calender - by Amy Mack at our Table Time Reading that we do while having breakfast.
From a small daily reading and the list of blooming flowers and birds arriving and leaving each month, we then consult our other field guides for visual confirmation of what we have been reading.

I must admit that the children really have enjoyed this little bit of a 'nudge' and have been observing more than usual as well as asking more questions- which is very exciting in my opinion.
So on Friday we made another trip to the Wagga Botanical Gardens and Zoo  to observe and record in our Nature Journals.
We decided before we left that we would look at the Chinese Garden and we would all chose the same  animal to draw.
There were quite a few Japonica Camellia, Camellia, Azalea  and Reticulata   as well as some bamboo and others we didn't know.
I just love these beautiful variations of pink blossoms
Once we actually reached the center of the Chinese Garden we sat down to a light picnic lunch .
Consisting of the left over Dragon Bread from the celebration of St George the previous day
Those of us following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle ate before we came however.
After lunch it was on to the drawing side of things.
I loved how Rogan was helping Arwen with her drawing
She is recovering quite well from her broken arm, that post is still in drafts :), but still isn't using it very much.
Everyone chose a different flower or tree to draw and started on them right away.
Don't you love the same stance on these two children?
A very proud Arwen with her flower drawing
I turned around and found this perfect photo opportunity
Hey mummy look at me!!!
The children loved the little pond and they found a small frog hiding in a hole of that large rock.
Of course I'm sure we weren't supposed to pick any flowers but Moran always needs flowers in her hair and then I am usually gifted some too.
After the flower garden we went around to the Zoo section and decided to draw one of the goats that are in the enclosure
Did I mention that I was drawing too.
I wanted to be able to be an example of participating in the love and appreciation of nature.
Truly I am not gifted in this area at all and so find it difficult to do this.
But isn't that what we are asking of the children when we ask them to do something and learn from the experience?
Just lately I have been impressed with how long Arwen has been sticking with her drawing she has been absolutely loving her  Art for Kids lessons and is choosing to stick with a hard project much longer than I though she would.
She did this with drawing her goat as well.
All the other kids had finished and run off but she stayed with it till she was satisfied.
As we were leaving these geese were right in our path and I just adore geese.
I can't wait to add them to our poultry flock.
As we got back in the van (without going to the playground nearby, which was a  miracle in itself) Corbyn showed me his collections of feathers and flowers with great delight.

I think we really need to keep this up as it was a great way to spend a few hours and the time sped by.
I couldn't believe how long we had been out doing our Nature Study.

Blessings to you and your homes,
 

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