Admittedly, I've been very busy and enjoying life as much as I can, but that's no excuse! Monika was 1 on the 20th of September. She is now walking lots! She got a Little Touch Leap Pad and lots of books as her main present, a nice new skirt and butterfly top, and she and all her siblings had a wonderful day. Despite the rain and wind we had a lovely day, a play at Hungry Jacks where she was doted on by her Nan and Pop. The presents she gave her siblings were well recieved as captured by the camera above.
Below is pictures after the event. They enjoyed a community based Circus Feista at the newly built Brighton Civic Centre at Bridgewater. Not only did they get to see preformances, they got to do craft, get face painted, try out some fun "circus" type activities and feed on copious amounts of fruit kebabs, cake and other deliously healthy fare. Here they sport their puppets and their face paintings for the camera. This happened on Tuesday the 23rd of September. They were also reaquainted with their Aunty Michelle and her two children, J aged 4 and E is aged 11 months. They've come to visit from far off Perth-istan. They had a ball with them. Nan was also there to watch and help watch over the many grandchildren that were sprouting out of the nooks of everywhere.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monika is still taking steps and talking quite a bit, unfortunately at her check up today (I forgot they dropped the 12 month check up in the blue book but I'm so glad I got her checked out). Turns out she's actually dropped off her growth and weight (?) and shes closer to 70%ile as opposed to 90-97%. It appears to be due to the fact she's only been interested in breast milk for the last 6 months, the last two weeks have seen an increase in what she'll eat, but it's obviously not enough. So he wondered if I would give her liquid vitamins and try and force her to eat. I can only try, but she's healthy and walking now, and her milestones are better than average so is it all panic for nothing?
Last night Labyrinth stayed at her friends house and made a pizza and puff pastry treat, they played well. So the boys had a bit of a boys night in and didn't have to do any chores for last night and today. They enjoyed a picnic tea, a new DVD - Eragon, and then did some modelling with their father and some lovely spray art which I'll add in another post later with other art.
We're back to doing animals, to the children's wishes. They are doing quite well. Learningpage.com if interested. *Free*
Well, that's it for now, there isn't any more, (lots happening for me - but for some other time), Q.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Also had a very positive day as I am now getting help to be a carer and I had a counselling session today *). Fingers are firmly crossed I might be able to get help in paying for my training in Kindermusik! I might be able to get an income and support our family. YAY. Lots of positive happy things today, including a happy Andrew, the newest box set of Dexter which we are both enjoying, and of course young Monika is walking. Stuff the cliche I LOVE SPRING! Sing it from the roof tops!!!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
2. Melt the butter.
3. Put 3/4 C each of SR Flour and Plain Flour in a separate bowl.
4. Mix vigirously into the butter mixture 1 Cup of soft brown sugar until it becomes caramel syrup like.
5. Break eggs into a cup to check they are OK then mix it into the caramel like mixture. It should look like the second picture below:
6. And eventually look just like this (lots of whipping!):
7. Mix the wet into the dry ingredients gradually.
8. It will eventually look like this:
9. Add in your choc chips. Mixed in they will look like the second pic below.
10. Roll them into small balls and squash onto the grease-proof paper as shown:
11. The last and most important step. Bake in a pre heated oven (180*C) for 8 - 12 minutes, the warmer the day the less time. You'll figure it out by trial and error. The trick is to grab them out just before they start going golden brown, still soft but still hard enough to hold their shape when you take them off the tray. Cool, but not too long before trying... they'll melt in your mouth.
The finished product should look like these! See how they are still quite pale? That does make them very yummy. But if you prefer a harder buscuit allow them to cook longer so they are golden brown on the bottoms.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Raven's Dinosaur Egg with dino stamping all over it:We also did more reading lessons today, and did our weekly chores (the ones that only get done once a week like vacuuming !!) Other than that I've been enjoying some time doing a personal essay for Uni (yes I am, really). As we 'speak' Andrew is doing modelling with the boys, Labyrinth is surfing the internet and Monika is demanding a feed, so until next time, Q.