Monday 2nd March 2015

I had a headache all day today, which did kind of spoil a nice day a bit. The weather was lovely, all the children went happily off to school (well, happily enough) and I didn’t really have any pressing responsibilities, so it was a bit of a let down to feel kind of shabby.

I watched the movie Annabelle in the morning. It wasn’t as scary as I was bracing myself for! I liked it though, it was mostly scary enough to be fun to watch, and since I watched it in the morning I’ve had all day to let the creep factor dissipate before I have to turn off any lights.

Of course knitting goes along with movie watching, and I finished tree sweater #3! I sewed it on to the tree after school, and it all met with the children’s approval. I’m glad about that, because I was a little taken aback at how bright and out there it actually looks once it was on the tree! I might do some crocheted flowers and sew them on to it at some point in the future, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’m glad I’m finished that particular tree sweater anyway, because I knitted it with 4mm needles and that’s a hell of a lot of stitches to cover that much tree. I’m going up to 6mm for the next one.

I spoke with the mum of Jericho’s friend from school about him coming over for a play after school on Friday. That’s fine with her, so Jericho was really excited about that when I told him. I hope it helps.

Tomorrow is the primary school swimming carnival. I’m kind of dreading it, what with Emma being all emo about doing anything with it and just having to sit there in the sun and all that. Although I’ll probably get roped into helping if I’m there early, that will help it move the day along more quickly.

Jericho listened to Soren’s reading after school and signed his book. It was so sweet and brotherly!

The new tree sweater. It’s next to the tree with the variegated yarn, and each colour stripe has a different stitch pattern. And just in case anyone cares, the tree is 37 inches around, so that’s how much I had to knit, lol.

Sunday 1st March 2015

After some really heavy rain last night, today turned out to be a lovely sunny day. Just right for a weekend- the kids were able to go out and play, which I’m sure is good for their energy levels. No one really wanted to do anything of any great importance. Although now that cricket is finished we’ll have a few weekends before we have to start in with the football, so I might try and organise us to do a few family things in that time.

I was pretty lazy today. (I know, hold back your shock). Washing and dishes, and chatting online. I’ve done a little bit of writing too though, which is nice- I haven’t really been doing anything with that so far this year, so it would be good to get back into it.

Sometimes Jericho and Soren are so good to each other that it’s beautiful. It’s funny, because they are definitely each other’s best friend and worst enemies. They like a lot of the same things, so I’m definitely hopeful that they will eventually settle more on the ‘friendship’ side of things. Today, while Jericho was away at the supermarket with Troy, Soren drew a picture of a person and wrote ‘the J-man’ across the top and then sticky taped it to their bedroom door for Jericho to find. It was such a nice thing, and Jericho was so touched by it! He said thank you to Soren multiple times and patted him on his head and then said to me, “It was so sweet of him to do that!”

I hope I get my new lens delivered soon. It’s so frustrating, at the moment I either have to take macro shots or stand a million miles away from what I want to take a picture of! Considering I’m trundling along trying to take a photo a day this is very unhelpful.

Project 365-2015: Day 059

Project 365-2015: Day 059 – Fluffy Little Houseguest.
Luna’s second best dog friend from school is having a sleepover tonight. His name is Murphy, and since his humans have gone away for the weekend we were happy to offer him a bed! He’s a toy poodle so he’s smaller than Luna – really just a tiny bundle of fluff. It’s so sweet and funny to watch them playing together!
Although he’s got a bit more pep than Luna, the laziest dog in the world…she’s going to be exhausted by the time he goes home.

Saturday 28 February 2015

The kids were crazy today. Jericho especially was just out of his tree. I have no idea what triggered this behaviour today, but it was quite disturbing.

Nicholai had his last cricket game today. It was meant to be a two-day game, but half of Nicholai’s team is going to be away next week so they agreed to just play it all today. Nicholai went out for a duck and his team lost by 109 runs, so it was rather an ignominious end to the season. He wasn’t too disheartened though; he’s had a good time playing this season even though there wasn’t a lot of success with it. I will always admire that about Nicholai, that he doesn’t let himself get too discouraged. He’ll be miserable over a result, but he’s always willing to get up and try again.

Yesterday he even went in his school swimming carnival. Voluntarily! He went in four events and came dead last in three of them and 4th (out of 8) in the other one. I was so pleased that he’d given it a go!

The friendship trouble at school is definitely causing Jericho a bit of unhappiness. Now that the subject has been broached he’s been a bit more open about it. It’s such a hard one though! No one is ever mean to him or refuses to let him play with them. No one dislikes him- he’s actually quite popular in the classroom. It’s just that he doesn’t want to play sports and the other boys too. I asked about playing with the girls and he said they’re always pretending that they’re ponies, so that doesn’t excite him either.

It’s one of the negative aspects of being at a small school, that you only have a limited pool of possible friends. Unfortunately Jericho is in a cohort of boys who like sport. We’ve talked about other things he might be able to do during lunch or play by himself, which might work for him. He can keep on being friends with the child he’s been hanging around with the most. Troy said they can practise with the footy at home if Jericho wants, and maybe if he was more confident with that he might want to join in the with the football boys.

We have a small, furry houseguest tonight. Murphy, the poodle puppy that belongs to one of the other teachers at the school, has come to stay for the night. He’s just a tiny little puffball, it’s been quite funny watching him run around. He and Luna have been a bit crazy together, which was hilarious to watch. He’s a good dog though, after the initial Luna-and-Murphy madness of racing and wrestling all around the house he’s settled down quite nicely. He’s not as lazy as Luna so he didn’t sleep all afternoon like she likes to, but he seems quite happy to play with the kids and bark at Pedro. I don’t think I’d constantly want two dogs in the house, but he’s well behaved enough that I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes if Jody asked me to look after him again.

Apart from cricket and crazy dogs today was pretty relaxing. We watched the Avengers this afternoon and I did some knitting – I was pretending it was winter because the sky outside was quite grey but it was a bit hard to pull off as the heat increased!