WITL 2017 – Saturday’s Stories

I don’t know about you all but here at the Fergie house weekends are for chilling out and getting back on top of things that have been missed throughout the week.  Life isn’t what it used to be . . . its WAY better!

Saturday’s are for . . . lie ins (for me that still means rising before 7:30) Last night I had both my baby girls in with me.


Saturdays are for . . . cups of tea and good books.  Z asked me to read the Once series by Morris Gleitzman its set in the era of the Nazis and follows the story of a young Jewish boy.  I’m reading book 2 while she is reading book 4.  They are young adult books and there are a few scenes which Z doesn’t quite get but she has asked for me to explain and is enthralled at this take on history.


Saturdays are for . . . playing make believe.  The little girls are playing high schools!?! All three of our girls have vivid imaginations which I love and encourage.


Saturdays are for . . . social media checks.  Z is pumped to see a page of hers on @projectlifepages


Saturdays are for . . . Bacon and eggs!  Stu is in charge of breakfast on the weekends. Todays bacon was cooked to crispy perfection!


Saturdays are for . . . Netball.  Harper is LOVING her netball mornings.  NetSetGo is a junior development program for kids to learn netball skills before moving to weekly games.


Saturdays are for . . . chores.  Everyone pitches in so momma doesn’t lose her S***. Harper folds the towels while the other two have others jobs, I vac and Stu is down at the cricket club getting ready for tonights presentation night.


Saturdays are for . . . having footy on in the background.  Stu got tickets to today lions match through work but he couldn’t go due to the presentation night so we passed them on to one of Harper’s friends dad as he barracks for the lions also.  Stu will be spewing as they were up most of the game!  Lou and Sandra dropped of a load of books that they no longer want. These will help with my read mini album challenge this year. #readallthebooks


Saturdays are for . . . completing puzzles.  This one was a challenge but we got there.


Saturdays are for . . . 3 loads of washing until the rains came as we drove to the cricket club!  I was not a happy camper! It was torrential!


Saturdays are for . . . awards! The cricket club presentation night saw Z and her friends get a medal for their girls team and Stu got a trophy for reaching his 100 games this year. Stu was giving a gift of thanks from his junior team and winter got this snap of them all.


The girls and I stayed on at the club for dinner then head home, Stu got home about 1am.

See the rest of our week here:
Monday’s Stories
Tuesday’s Stories
Wednesday’s Stories
Thursday’s Stories
Friday’s Stories

K x

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WITL 2017 – Thursday’s Stories

Thursday has come and gone yet the stories are still fresh thankfully!

I woke on Thursday with a pounding headache and the need to stay in bed another few hours . . .My sleep the night before was extremely broken and I’m feeling it to the enth degree this morning!


I drag myself out of bed and turn on the dishwasher which hadn’t been out on the night before and boil the kettle.  While the kettle is doing its thing I stretch out my back, all that walking yesterday was in hindsight not a fab idea!


I pull out the containers ready to make the girls lunch cursing this draw as I do so, it is generally much neater then this so I make a mental note to tend to the draws over the weekend.


Max and Cinder say good morning . . . actually I think he is telling her that he thinks she would make a nice meal!


Z makes herself breakfast and I remember the saying “don’t cry over spilt milk”


Wynter writes a letter to Grandma and Granddad and asks me if I could post it to them, she then asks how the post man knows to take it to the right house which begins a conversation about how the post works. . . (yes the “letter” is on a piece cut from a porridge box)


I have to leave earlier then normal today so I’m in doing my hair at the same time the girls are brushing . . . photo curtesy of Harper.


Wish the girls a good day at school and head off to my Pilates class, I have had a shoulder injury for close to 2 years now as well as a hip injury which is going on 6mths and am now being treated by physio (who we actually grew up with her husband) and attending clinical pilates to build the strength back up.  As I’ll be going straight from pilates to work I have to do a quick change so there is lots to take with me this morning.

I really wanted a photo while at pilates but I’ve not been long going and didn’t want to be that person just yet!  After my walk yesterday and a session on the pro former my legs are like jelly, I actually could hardly walk after I got off it! Good help me if the kids want to play piggy during lunch time!  I zoom off to work and am thankfully for a few moments to pop on my make up.

AS I was leaving work I remembered the all important letter to grandma and granddad so quickly went to the post office for a stamp before heading home to sit for five.

I get to school just in time to see My baby girl leaving the library I call out to say Hello and capture this. . .


At home while the girls are changing for swimming I download the school photos and am so grateful to them all for their beautiful smiles.


While the girls are at swimming Z does her homework.  Today I had to set my phone up as a hotspot for the WWW so she could get the info she needed.  She is loving not having to swim anymore it was her least fave activity.


I speak to the new manager and give our notice that we will be leaving, it was a kind of spur of the moment thing, I haven’t been happy since they took over and while we sat in the foyer I was getting more and more frustrated with the lack of personality they have the old admin girl was loving and she would engage with everyone who was there. I have already got the girls on a wait list for another swim school so the break won’t be long.

We shower at swimming which makes it easier once home I captured a moment while they were both getting dry and Harper asked me if the photo is only for the album and could I please not share it anywhere else. I promised her it will only be in the album if she thinks its ok to put in.

On the way home we have to stop for petrol as the light has been on a while . . . I’m that person who will wait until the light is on to get fuel.


I let the girls put on a movie while I have a lie down, this mornings headache is back and I’m really struggling.  I jump in the shower to relive some of the tension in my neck and shoulder then lie back down again. . . .but only a moment as I know I’ll doze off.  While in the shower I think to myself that having 11 different bottles or shampoo and conditioner might be a tad over doing it!  Looking back at last years album . . .I still hate this bathroom!


I check on the girls and they are right into the movie so I chuck on some ravioli and put stir some sauce through and call that dinner, Stu can have left over pizza.  I let them all eat in front of the TV tonight.

I go and snuggle back into bed for an hour before even contemplating eating, I make two yummy poached eggs before going back to bed, I’m asleep before Stu even gets back from walking the dog!

 

Check out the rest of the week here:
Monday’s Stories
Tuesday’s Stories
Wednesday’s Stories

Til tomorrow.

K x

 

 

WITL 2017 – Wednesday’s Stories

This week is going so incredible fast, I’m still taking photos each day, sometimes lots and others not so much.  Somethings have been missed which is ok because the days are built around differing stories.

The morning started off with two monkeys in my bed and no sign of the male . . . he had taken to Z’s bed as there was no room for him with Z in ours last night.  I wake achy due to a uncomfortable sleep but glad that I don’t have to work today.


Wynter and I spring out of bed and she goes straight to Max for a cuddle, this morning he wasn’t on the couch thankfully!  She helps with load this morning, she feeds Max and helps with the making of the lunches . . . she was so SUPER that i gave her a positive.  Our rewards chart needs updating as Z reached her ten and has “spent” them already.


After Max has been put outside Cinder cautiously wanders in to the kitchen once she is told it is safe she runs to the back door teasing the boy!


I walk around and open up the house there is so much fog this morning it seems unlikely that it will clear.


Harper is all about netball at the moment, she is keen to get back to her sessions on Saturday morning after our easter break, she asks if I can help her practice her passes, I do a few then finish getting ready to take them to school.
The girls all manage to get ready early enough to walk to school. which they LOVE!


I’d arrange with Martine to go for a walk after drop off, I miss our Wednesday morning walks.  Lou joins us and asks if we could walk to the bridge . . . we went the whole way then went back for a yummy (healthy) breakfast. I’m impressed with our walk efforts for the day 11.7km!!


After breakfast I head back home, Lou offered to drive me home but its only an extra 2km home  . . . half way home i was busting for the loo after my coffee! EKK!!


I chuck on a load of washing and settle in with a book, I need to shower but will do that after Ive hang out the washing that I just put on so I snuggle up with Cinder and read a few more pages (Loving this book!)


Washing out to dry on this gorgeous sunny autumn day, I love love love that we now have a washing line! (I’m not so happy with the stone I got in the photo though I though Id missed that!)


A quick trip to the shops I was looking for table cloths for the presentation night at the cricket club this week but alas so I head to Coles to grab a few things to fill lunch boxes  and the black boots I wanted were on sale #bonus.


I can never resist this when it’s in store . . .I only got one block today though I was being good!


I hang another load of washing and notice the roses need a prune so I dead head all the ones I can and make a mental note to spray the bush from the aphids.


At school pick up Z decides she doesn’t want to go to gymnastics today because she wants to go and work on her homework (talk about knock me down with a feather!). I let them play a while as the weather to so darn perfect! AS we head home Z snaps a photo of me driving.


When we walk in the door she gets right on to her homework project . . . She never likes to do homework so this moment truely needs documenting!


Stu is home early tonight so that I can head out with Martine.  As he walks in the gate Wynter requests some BIG pushes on the swing.


I suggest to Stu that he and the girls go out for pizza, as I leave with Martine my people walk to the Pizza Bar.  The Pizza Bar is our go to easy dinner, it’s down the street, the pizza is the best ever and the owner is awesome.

Martine booked tickets for us to go to these inspiration talks by some people she follows on social media., the talks took place at RMIT in the city, it was such a “different” type of outing for us but so so worth it.  They were so inspiring, I felt filled with a sense of needing to do something.  One of the biggest take aways from the night were as quoted “Be More You” and “if you make a promise stick to it” and my personal fave “don’t put up with crap”.  I needed tonight so much.


After the talk we walked through the city to a Italian restaurant in Little Bourke, we were so starving by this point that I forgot to document the moment.  We ordered the most amazing pizza and chatted away the night before we made our way back to the car.


Once home I took off my make up and fell into bed.  I felt exhausted but wired! I read for a little . . . ok a lot! At 12:30am I turned out the lights desperate to sleep only to be woken at 2am from a disturbing dream! Tomorrow already is looking like a long day!


You can read up the rest of our WITL here:
Monday’s Stories
Tuesday’s Stories


Til tomorrow

K x

WITL 2017 – Tuesday’s Stories

Today I used the big camera and i’m a little hesitant about uploading the photos because man it needs a service . . . infact that could be a story for the day.

Today the girls went back to school after the easter break and I went back to work (begrudgingly) so it was back to our daily routines, our morning routine consists of me getting up before everyone else an making a start on the school lunches, I don’t like to rush in the mornings so I tend to get up between 6-6:30.  Currently on my bedside table are a pile of books/a lamp that I have had FOREVER and am desperate to replace, my glasses, a few hair ties, my big camera, some strength exercises that I really HAVE to get back into, a plate with a few bits and bobs, including painkillers as my shoulder has been achy the last few days and my gold foil print which I adore.


Wynter snuck in during the night due to a bad dream, it didn’t make for an orderly comfy night plus she freaked out when Cinder climbs on her at 5am so I ended up putting the cat out and shutting our door to get some shut eye before actually getting up.


As I opened the door to the kitchen I spied a little bobtail climbing off the couch, Max is so not allowed to sleep on the couch and he tends to “get away with it” as we don’t catch him most mornings but not today buddy!


After I’ve finished with the lunch boxes I go and wake the little girls, Harper is keen to see her friends but Wynter exclaims that today she is NOT getting out of bed!

Z draw a smily face on the condensation in our room and Cinder licked a little spot so she could see out! I also manage to drag little miss out of my bed, she is all smiles now that she has been reminded she has an excursion to the zoo later this week!


I heat the teas that we forgot about in the microwave, and while the girls are finishing up their breakfast I check my work email and my new timetable, as I’m not longer working with the preps a few hours a week I was anxious to see which student Id be with in those additional hours, I’m still with my main student which is and isn’t a blessing.


The girls are just about ready for their day and as I’m doing their hair, Stu sends through a message  with a photo of his morning commute with the comment “for WITL”.


The girls are all ready an they are allowed to play or watch TV while I get sorted, they opt for playing with their dolls house, I took a few photos on my big camera of this but will upload these tomorrow to my Mac.


We get to school with a few minutes for them all to find friends before the bell, I catch up with a few of the mums I’ve made friends with before heading back home to tidy up from breakfast / make beds etc, I start at 10 with gives me just enough time to sort out anything I dont get time for in the mornings, if I’m really good I get it all done before school drop off anda manage a coffee before work . . .today is NOT one of those days.


I park in my usual spot at work, I don’t park in the staff car park as I tend to get locked in and would prefer to juts leave without the hassle of finding the key getting out and returning said keys to the office.   I arrived with 15 minutes to put lunch in the fridge and chat to the new aide who is now working with the preps I looked after last term, I’m glad I had a chance to see her this morning she seems really lovely and was grateful I could pass on info about the two preppies.

My work day was pretty stock standard, the first hours the 1/2s had reading then it was out to yard supervisions with my student, he had a good day, I was worried it might be a tricky transition after holidays. PE and math went by without incident which is always good.

After I finished work I met up with Martine and Lou for a walk before getting the kids, its not ideal to walk in jeans but man it felt good to get out and active in the sunshine!


So thankful to not have any activities after school today so it was straight home, their was packages galore today, Harper’s netball kits and the much needed pet food the girlies all munched on a muffin from yesterday then played on the tramp.


While I was out with them I made a mental note to tend to the garden beds and veggie patch.  I’ve decided not to plant winter veggies this year as we will be away during August/September.


Back inside and Z noticed that Wynter has stepped  in dog poo! GROSS! I clean her and the floor up then get to the home readers.


I make a start on dinner only to find the zucchini for our slice was all mouldy, I’m throughly annoyed as it was only brought yesterday! I send through a msg for Stu to stop for chips instead.

I jump in the shower while to girls do homework/writing practice then we get on to some chores . . . Wynter sets the table and the big girls do a quick tidy up.


Harper is thrilled to be having lamb chop[s for dinner . . . we haven’t had them in ages and they are her absolute fave!


After dinner Stu takes Max for a walk to the cricket club as he has a meeting about this weekends presentation night and the girls have some chocolate for dessert, Z snaps this photo of me snapping photos of Cinder.


At Bed time Z tucks in the girls for me and tells Wynter a story.


Zahlia and I watch some TV while Stu is still out, we head to bed at the same time. I feel the need to read and unwind from the first day back at work. Z and Cinder both join me in bed. Before long we are all snoozing.


Stu got home about 10 and slept in Zs bed as there was no room in ours he said.

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Til tomorrow.

K x

WITL 2017 – Monday’s Stories

As I lay in bed this morning I reflected on the week ahead, lots of crafty ladies on the FB page have mentioned how they will document a different week as it’s not a normal week for whatever reason and while I have done that in the past (2015) as we were on a family holiday that week I also this it’s important to document the set week regardless as yes its not normal but really what is a normal week!

Last night I worked on our 2016 photos which I had printed and noticed that I (stupidly) hadn’t printed half of Saturday and Sunday (whaaaat!!) so I was pretty annoyed with myself but as I looked over what I’d done I realised how different this week will look for us.  The time of year isn’t too different yet our lives have changed so much in a short amount of time!

Yes this week is not the norm for us, we are starting the week off with Easter Monday, the girls last day of school holidays before they head back tomorrow, Stu isn’t at work today so it will be a crazy busy day getting ready for the return to “normal”  This year see’s all three girls at school, the inclusion of a new pet and me working . . . and finishing it off with the girls going to mum and dad’s for the start of next week as they have the first two days off from school and we have to work and have our wedding anniversary.  none of that is our “norm” but its look at life for this stage of were we are at.

Here is how our Monday looked :

Miss Cinder woke me up at 5:37am! So too early for a day when we don’t have to get up until later . . .but it gave me a chance to mentally prepare for the week ahead, she misses us like crazy when we go away and while I’m grateful for Martine and the girls to visit its  not ideal leaving her for whole days on her own,  when we return she certainly lets us know how unimpressed with us she is!


About 6:30 I get out of bed to have a shower in peace before the troops wake, I’m feeling like I have loads to do today but all I really want to do is snuggle on the couch and read my latest book.

I put Max out and make tea for stu and I though I know it will be cold by the time he drinks it as he is exhausted and will more then likely feel back asleep.


As I sit and drink my tea (Earl grey is now my tea of choice) I check the time of on the clock in the front room and remember I have to change the batteries and lo and behold I brought batteries yesterday for the girls lanterns and have extras.


I have breakfast and begin typing up a blog post, Z is up and has made herself a cup of tea and is playing with her new watercolour pencils.


The little girls have woken and we get some breakfast into them and get ready to leave to go to the movies as a family, I’ve already managed to do one load of washing and would like to do atleast 3 today so I have less this week.


Once at the shopping centre Stu grabs coffees for us and I get the girls popcorn and water, we are seeing Boss Baby and we throughly enjoyed it, lots of laugh out loud moments!

When we get home Stu puts away his golf clubs from our weekend away while I get another load of washing sorted.  Stu heads to the supermarket to get groceries for the week and I bake two batches of muffins (chic chips and Raspberry and dark choc) these go in the freezer for school/work lunch boxes over the next few weeks.


I make the girls their lunch (sandwiches all round, except for myself,  I have left overs from last night) after lunch Wynter asked if she can draw some pictures like the art man. (Art for Kids Hub on YouTube) This has been their go to activity over the last 2 weeks of the school holidays.


As I wait on Stu with the groceries I give the fridge a good clean, along with my little helper!  Between Stu returning with the food shopping there is lots of lazying around, reading/netflix and some sorting for tomorrow.


Stu and Z prep dinner while the little girls play with some monsters that Wynter made.


Stu is the master of Roast in our house, tonights was Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding it was pretty amazing!


I love that while I was giving Z a hug (she had asked me to feel how cosy her new PJs were) Stu thought to grab the camera and capture the moment!


While I clean up from dinner he gets the girlies ready for bed, Z reads him a current fave story book while the little girls tidy their there was so much giggling I HAD to grab my camera!


Stu walks Max, the girls are all in bed, Z is still reading while Cinder gives her snuggles and I multi task typing this post and laminating some work for Wynter’s teacher.


Z calls out to me “Mum is week in the life only day?” “No babes all week, why?” “I think I’m kinda liking it!”

Til Tomorrow

K x

My Goals for “Week in the Life – 2017”

Week in the Life 2017 is coming up super soon and i’ve been reflecting back on what has worked for me vs what has not and how I want to approach this new album.

2016’s WITL is **cough cough** still a work in progress, with that playing on my mind I looked at why it’s not yet done while my other WITL albums are.  I had made a start on Twenty-Sixteens album but I just wasn’t “FEELING IT” I needed to work out why that was and how could I change it!  Oh man was it simple  . . . I hated the cover page I’d started with, I had taken some patterned paper and adhered to number chip board pieces to it to read 2016 but the paper was just WRONG! It was the same colour palette as the kit, it felt dirty and weird and wrong, so I ditched it swapped out the title for the photo and quote I’d used for my “reason why” and instantly it felt GOOOOD . . . in-fact I now love it!  that simple thing had held me back for almost a whole year, so NOT cool!  To make the whole process super easy and take all the guess work out of getting the photos and stories in the album, I re-visited Ali’s blog posts and used her format with the page protectors and even some of the embellishment placements to get it done super fast.  I’m now super HAPPY with it (even though I don’t have all the photos as my printer died) I know that it will be complete for the start of 2017!

So my plan for 2017 WITL will be pretty similar to 2016, I have  put all my pages in, my daily cards which I think I’ll record something different each day that we are – loving/eating/thankful for/hoping/watching/reading etc I’ve even put in some of the embellishments where I think they my go but I can move them around if need be.


My biggest goal will to be intentional throughout the week, I will intentionally take a family photo, vertical format shots to enlarge, still life shots to place behind the daily transparencies  (which are sold out).  I will make notes each day about how I am feeling, I will include the voices of the girls and Stu.

I have intentionally blocked out time 3 weeks after the set week to work on my album, I’ve chosen a Wednesday to work on it as the girls are all at school and I don’t work so I can sit un interrupted to get it done.  BUT I know that it won’t be completely done that day so I’ve also set a date that I would like to have the WHOLE album complete, for that I’ve picked the end of May.

I’m feeling really good about my prep for this new album and being in this positive mind frame is making me feel better about other things #winning

Til next time!

K xx

WITH 2016 – Sunday

Whoo hoo we made it!

The week has been good, but tough! I’ve been emotional, I’ve been thinking about the future and wondering how to move forward from where I’m at right now in my life!

Anyways, Sunday! Sunday is our laze around the house day, getting things done, playing games, watching movies, reading books and today was no different.

I started the morning off with a scroll through FB and insta (you can find me @thefergiestory), I follow a page called “crime by the book”, I love a crime drama, it’s by far my favourite type of read. “Crime buy the Book” reviews books and sometimes there is one that I just have to note down to read, today it was “The Trap” I have plenty of books on my must read list!  

I then got up and made a start on the shopping list and menu plan for the week ahead, the husband will be away for half the week which makes planning dinner tricky as the little girls aren’t overly adventurous with food so it’s plenty of boring food while he is gone, and boy am I craving some of our fave go to dinners!


Miss 9 woke up feeling ok no more vomit thankfully she did however have some allergy reactions from being in the gardens yesterday! She is allergic to grasses so being in a garden all day ain’t ideal especially when mum forgets to pack her allergy medication when she goes to a sleep over. 


Being out yesterday meant I’d forgotten to wash the girls uniforms so that was my first task this morning. 


While I did housework the little girls did some crafts and the big girl read book3 of Harry Potter. 



The cooler months mean the slow cooker gets a work out. Today it’s lamb shanks with the tomatoe and herb base. 


More chores, miss 9 dusted the tv unit while I vac’d. 


She is much calmer at collecting spiders then me. I hate the dang things! They walk funny!


I cleared out the summer clothes last week and today I need to make a list of what the big girl needs going into winter. The girls all share a wardrobe because this house has little storage inside. 


After yesterday’s shoe shop I went through all the shoes to ensure they fit, any that didn’t have gone into the back of the car for the second hand store.


After a lunch of chip sandwiches I went to  the supermarket to pick up the stuff we need for the week ahead. 


I shop at Coles mainly because they have a great bakery section at our local store though the store layout drives me mental! 


I put the groceries away because when the hubs does he doesn’t put things back where I do and I end up fustrated when doing meals! 


The girls where playing nicely and hubs was walking the dog so I took some time out to read a few chapters of HP4. 


The smell of this amazing meat has wafted through the house all day and man it was good. The lamb just fell off the bone it was great! 


After dinner the girls were playing fairies, the hubs cleaned up and I worked on an assignment until I didn’t! Our Mac is playing up loads lately and keeps freezing/not responding etc so I turned it off. 


Bed time for Miss 4. Bedtime routines included PJs teeth and two books. Her bedtime is 7pm and the other two get an extra half hr each. 


Her fave show is the voice, I let her stay til the end tonight. 


This kid has the most wicked laugh I ever did hear! 


I’m ending my week with some “Orange is the new black” and a cuppa in bed.

What a week! Thanks for following along with me. I’m so thankful for this project. Life is different to last year yet still the same. 

I’m thinking there will be next to no photos for this coming week! This week I took over 600!! 
Til next time 

K x