Tuesday, February 28, 2006

another moment

Thanks everyone, for your help yesterday. I felt a lot better and more confident to have you all behind me :). Isn't this virtual world wonderful? It was like you were all here, looking over his cot with me! And I now have a great shopping list for useful stuff to pick up the next time we're up at the chemist. (Yeah, Katie, I forgot that Britta is a nurse, so she gave a full run-down about what to do. Nochmal, danke Britta!)

Well, I think he is on the mend. I propped his mattress up last night and did my Mum's old trick and put some diced onion in his room. Its an old remedy for blocked noses. It always seemed to work for us, and Mum has the scientific reason for it, but I forget now. Does anyone else do that? Your room stinks like old onion for a day or so though. I dunno, our house was smelling like old cabbage when I first started breastfeeding three months ago, and now like old onions. I don't know which is worse! Old cabbage probably. By a whisker.

So, anyway, Jamie seemed to sleep OK. I didn't sleep much though - he wanted a feed at 1am and then another at 5am. But that's OK. The main reason I didn't sleep much was that I had a hard time sleeping because I was listening for his breathing all the time, lol! Such a first-time-mum, hey! I'm sure I am giving some of you mothers with many children a good laugh at how worried I get.

I have noticed Jamie becoming more interested in his little hanging toys that I put in front of his face every day. I thought yesterday that he was trying to swat them, but couldn't be sure. Well, this morning, just before I put him down for a nap, I was cuddling him in my arms, talking to him. And he reached up and stroked my mouth! I couldn't believe it. And then he got this huge big smile when I kissed his little hand. And he did it all over again. Awww. We sat there for a few moments and he stroked my mouth and my hair. He is also fascinated by hair. I guess because he doesn't have any, lol!

That's us for today. Have a great day everyone!
Kathie

Monday, February 27, 2006

Sneezes

Well, Phil returned from Melbourne on Thursday night complete with a cold and a couple of secondary bacterial infections. And promptly passed them on to us. Thanks dear! I woke up last night with a sore throat and headache. Jamie is sneezing in his sleep and snuffling away, but (touchwood) seems to be quite happy at the moment. I had all these fun activities lined up for us this week - two parents' groups, a visit to a girlfriend's place, a visit into my work. Grrr. I guess that we will be lying low instead.

I hope Jamie's cold doesn't get any worse, coz I have no idea what to do with a three month old with a cold. If anyone has any good tips, I'd love to hear from you. Otherwise, I'll be ringing the Child and Youth Health hotline. I don't even own baby panadol! Can I give him vitamin C?

I caught up with a good friend of mine, Shelley, on the weekend. She was down in Adelaide for a wedding and we had a coffee yesterday. Geez, I miss her. She and I are great friends and used to do everything together when we were in our twenties. We were gym buddies, aerobics junkies, nightclub goers, dinner organisers. Ah, those were the days. I miss them. I miss her. Oh well, she's only a phone call away. Actually, she has been my own personal breastfeeding counsellor, while I've been having difficulties (she's a Breastfeeding Association counsellor).

Shel couldn't believe how much Jamie has grown since she saw him, a couple of weeks after he was born. He's looking like a little boy now. Here's a photo I took last week, out in the back yard.












Love those cute little feet :)





Let me know about your remedies for colds and babies, OK?
Kathie

Friday, February 24, 2006

Congratulations Thomaspuffdaddy

Yay! Tommy, congratulation on getting "head boy" at your swimming carnival yesterday!

Tom is my nephew. He won the butterfly (my goodness, I don't even know how to do it!), came second in the freestyle and backstroke and fourth in breaststroke. What a speedy fish! I'm so proud of him.













I really need a new photo of him - here's a photo taken at our house about 18 months ago. Tommy, hassle your Mum to send me more photos!

Love Auntie Kathie xxx

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A case of mistaken identity

My Mum rang me yesterday. To tell me that the latest For Keeps issue is out. She saw it at the newsagent and had a flick through it. Excited, because she knew that it was the first issue featuring the new Design Team, of which I'm a part. Imagine her surprise then, to see a layout featuring my husband, but attributed to another scrapper. After a moment of scratching her head she realised they'd made a mistake and rang me to let me know.

I'm so disappointed. It was the first LO I did for the DT, and the only LO in that issue. Anyway, I know that we're not supposed to post our layouts until sometime after the issue is published, and I hope I don't get Nic into trouble, lol!, but seeing as I have a need to let you all know that I DID THIS, here it is. It's on p81, in the affordable layout section. We had a budget of $7.50.



















Kathie

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

You're funny mummy!

OK, so today I had a shower and right in the middle of it, Jamie decided that he was tired and was going to cry until I put him in bed. I finished my shower, wrapped my hair in a towel, wrapped myself in a towel and traipsed up the corridor with him over my shoulder. I laid him in bed and lent over him to swaddle him up. And the cheeky little sausage... who up until this precise moment had been crying and just generally being miserable... Well, he looked up at me. Completely stopped crying. Stared intently. Broke out into this huuuuge grin....
And then laughed!

I can only assume he thought my headgear was kinda amusing.

Hmmmph. It starts so early, this lack of tact.

Kathie

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A layout

Thank you soooo much to everyone who wrote to me after yesterday's post - both on my blog and by email. Ah, I was having a bad day, wasn't I! However, I am much restored by your support :).

And, in celebration of my brighter mood, here's a cheery layout that I did a while ago but haven't posted anywhere until now. This is a page of the daughter of a dear friend of mine. It was one of my entries for the FK Elite Team competition - someone must have liked it, seeing as I got on the Design Team ;) Wish I could work out if blogger will let me make it bigger for you. I think not. Oh well, you'll just have to check out my 2peas gallery for a bigger version (check out the link on my sidebar)












Kathie

Monday, February 20, 2006

A question for my scrapping friends

OK, today I am pondering my future in this hobby of ours. You see, over the weekend I have had discussions with my DH about scrapbooking. He is not supportive. Not supportive at all. Barely tolerates it. Can't believe that I spend my time on a hobby that just simply does not pay. Wants me to focus what little time I now have on something that is going to earn our family an income. And it's causing some pretty major stress in our relationship at the moment. Well, has been for some time.

And, while I can see his point, my predicament is that I love this outlet I have discovered for my creative side. I was always creative as a young person. However, I gradually discarded it all as I studied my way through University and climbed the corporate ladder. First the piano playing went. Then the dancing (did you know, I used to teach classical ballet and tap dancing?). Then the painting and drawing.

I don't want to completely give up my creative side! Not now that I've just started expressing it again.

But like all creative pursuits, scrapbooking takes time. Already, I have cut back. I don't scrap on weekends. I only scrap a couple of nights during the week. (The other nights I have been catching up on peoples' blogs - but he is even on to that now!) I only scrap during the day when he's not here. But, I'm starting to feel like I have to hide what I do. Like it's some guilty secret. Since turning my scrap room into a nursery, I have to continually tidy up after I've done any work. Which, you'll know, totally stifles your ability to create. Especially when you can only grab half an hour at a time.

I dunno. Maybe this is just a struggle we have to go through as we make the transition to a single family income. Maybe his concerns will abate as we learn to adjust. I already ensure that my scrapping doesn't cost our family budget. Any scrap purchases have to come from publication income. But, you'll all know that it's really impossible to make a wage from this kind of work. At best you cover your expenses (and here, I'm talking about more than supplies - I'm also talking the lighting, heating, petrol, etc. You know, the way you have to think when you're running a business). And maybe make a few hundred dollars a year.

Even when I was teaching - the pay was so low. And people would sign up for the class and then not bother to turn up. So, you'd prepare for a class thinking you were going to make x dollars, and once you'd realised that 3 or 4 of the registrants weren't going to attend, you'd just have to count your losses. When you factored in the time you spent creating the class project, writing the class notes, travelling too and from the venue to pick materials, preparing class kits, setting up the teaching area and cleaning up after, on top of actually teaching. It was a slave's wage. So going back to teaching isn't the answer either.

So, today, I'm confused. And unhappy. And wondering if others have had this problem. And what you've done about it. Please drop me a line and let me know. I'm really interested in your experiences.
Kathie

Friday, February 17, 2006

Connection

I think J is making the connection between me and food. Those of you who know me well will know that it has been quite a struggle for us to get to this point and still be breastfeeding. A struggle that has entailed the help of countless midwives (both in hospital and after), calls to the Breastfeeding Association, a lactation consultant, a week long stay in Torrens House (for mums and babies with feeding/settling difficulties), expressing, many tears and much gritting of teeth. But we have made it. And breastfeeding is beginning to not be a torture. Even slightly enjoyable.

So, it was with great delight that I noticed yesterday these big blue eyes peeping up at me while he was feeding. I mean, really looking at me. Saying "hello Mummy!". And today he kept squeaking up at me. I had a job to convince him not to talk with his mouth full.

Ah, beautiful. I just wish I could capture all these moments and keep them forever. Do you have these moments too? That are so precious, that you have to take a moment to make sure its imprinted firmly in your brain? That you're terrified that in five years time, you'll have no recollection of?

Have a great weekend
Kathie

Yeeow

J has had his vaccinations. His 2 month vaccinations. I had to psych myself up for over 3 months to do it. Yeeow! It hurt his mummy more than it did him, I think. I HATE needles. Hate, hate, hate. It borders on a phobia. And he had to have three! My poor little bunnyrabbit!

We got off to a bad start. The baby before us was screaming b*dy blue murder and Jamie started crying with him. My empathic little sausage. However, when it came time for his, he didn't cry for the first one. My brave boy. He did cry for the second and third. Those tears! They still get me. I see his tears and my eyes just fill up too.

So, this was Tuesday. And, yes if you read the post under this one, on Tuesday night I sampled my first Thai meal for over six months. I can see you shaking your head now. Yes, unfortunately you're right. Bad combination! I haven't had a moment's peace since Wednesday morning. He has just cried, cried, cried. I don't know whether it is the injections or the Thai. I am going to believe that it was the injections - that tetanus shot is nasty, nasty, nasty.

The good news is that the house is spotless. Yes, dear reader, ironically when my son is at his worst, the house is at it's best. When I have him in the baby sling (which is all he will be pacified with when he's really upset), I am limited to what I can do. It's quite difficult to do a lot of stuff with a baby dangling in front of you. Getting up and down to pick things up off the floor, for instance. And he complains if I bend down too much. And when I sit. He hates sitting. Just won't have me sit down. At all. Shame about that. (I have been known to watch the 6pm news standing in front of the tellie.) So we walk. And we vaccuum. And we mop. And we hang washing. And if it's a bad day, the whole house sparkles :).

But he's asleep now. A bad case of nappy rash. But peaceful. For now. I hope today's a good day. I have a scrapping project to finish.
Kathie

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Yum, yum, yum

Phil spoilt me last night for Valentine's Day. We usually go out for tea, but this year with a three month old baby it wasn't possible (I'm sure the other diners out for a romantic meal wouldn't appreciate the three of us at the table next door!). So what does a caring husband do if he can't take his wife out for tea? Take the tea home to his wife, is what! He came home with a box full of yummy food from our favourite Thai restaurant. I was in Heaven! Do you know how long it is since I have eaten Thai? I have been avoiding spicy food since late pregnancy, so it must be over 6 months. Swoon. I hope Jamie loved it as much as I did and doesn't react to it today. I gave Phil a frame - for his office - with a pic of Jamie - every Dad needs a picture of his son in the office. It happened that the frame is double sided, so the poor sucker got a pic of me on the other side ;)

























Oops, I tried to resize them and they've gone a bit wonky. Oh well, it takes so long to upload them, I aint doing it again!

See ya
Kathie

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Expressions

It was a perfect day here yesterday. 23 degrees and sunny. So Jamie and I sat outside in the afternoon, underneath the giant apricot tree in our back yard. He loves being outside, staring up through the leaves.

He's turning into a real happy little baby now. Thank goodness. Touch wood, but the colic seems to be in the past. Yeehaa! We had a real laugh together yesterday. He's starting to laugh out loud now. But for most of the time he just does these huge silent laughs. You know the type - the ones that use his whole body. His arms and legs wave about and he has this huuuuuge grin on his face.

I tried to get some shots of him smiling, seeing as we were outside in the light, but soon realised that it's really a 2 person job. One person to make him smile and the other to snap a photo real quick. I really need Phil around to do a little video of him. To capture these perfect moments.

Anyway, here are two of the photos from yesterday. From one extreme to the other:






in 0.2 seconds!






Happy valentines day people!
Kathie

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I should warn you

I should warn you, dear unsuspecting Reader, that I am in a bad mood today. A combination of factors, I suspect, topped off by an accumulating lack of good, unbroken sleep (even though the baby seems to be heading towards sleeping through the night, the dog has now developed an annoying habit of waking me an hour after I've gotten back to sleep, to let me know he has to go outside to pee).

Anyway, I have been mulling on this whilst doing the dishes - a conversation the other day (when I was tagged ) between DH and myself:

Me: "What would you say my bad habits were?"
DH: "Leaving food scraps in the sink"

Hmmm... OK, I admit it. When I do the dishes, I let the water out and forget to clean out the sink and pull all the "bits" out of the trap on the drain.

But... that's my bad habit? That's it? That's as bad as it gets?

I'd like to take it as a sign that I am an incredible person with very few bad habits. Alas, I fear it is more of an indication that I have married a grouch with incredibly high standards.

OK, that's all for today.
Kathie

Love these...











:)

Photography: Grant Walkley

Friday, February 10, 2006

And the other five

This continues from my post below, so head down there first if you haven't already seen it.



















This was the first layout of mine that ever got published, I think. I still love it totally. My two gorgeous nephews. (D'ya know they call Jamie their "brother-in-law"? There's logic in there somehow. But, my sister advises me that it's just that they're desperate for a little brother that they'll slip the word into sentences any chance they get. Super cute. )










This is William, my nephew, with the little doggie I gave him for his second birthday. I love the colours in this.


















This is one of those "scrap the difficult moment" layouts and was so cathartic for me. Do you believe that there are 2 A4 sheets of journaling hidden away behind the little coin holder thingy. Dark, dark, negative stuff. Poison. Ah, it was good to get it out.


















:) Love this one of my Dad and nephew, Thomas. After two daughters, he loves having grandsons. Love the colours, love the photos, tried something a bit different with the journaling. Love the title most of all.

















And finally... sniff! We babysat these two little guys for the local pet shop last Christmas. They lived with us for four days and part of my heart went back to the shop with them. I cried! They were so cute, as only teeny weeny puppies can be. I was quite taken with them. Unfortunately, it was not possible to take on another two dogs. But, I still think of them often and hope that they went to good homes and are loved and cherished.

So, there you go. In no particular order: my favourite 10. Today. I'm sure that I'll change my mind tomorrow.

Kathie

Favourites

Ali has posted a challenge to us scrapbookers and you all know that I'm always up for a challenge! This is what she wants us to do:

"I want you all to post in your blogs 10 of your layouts. It doesn't matter if you've already uploaded them to your blog before - just think of it as giving us all a "refresher". Now - these 10 layouts - they have to be a *certain* 10. I want to see the 10 layouts which are either:
(a) your favourite 10 layouts; or
(b) the 10 layouts that you're most proud of; or
(c) 10 layouts that have some really special significance*** ; or
(d) a combination of any of the above!***
I know that *all* our pages are special and signficant - but i'm referring to those layouts that really have that extra "meaning" to you..."

OK, so I trawled back through all my layouts and here's my favourite 10. Well, the ones I can show you, anyway. A couple of my most recent favourites are currently with For Keeps.




















My little fluffball. Love him!



















I really enjoy reminiscing about my childhood and capturing memories on my layouts before dementia sets in, lol! This layout is special because I tried something different - altering the photo in Photoshop and painting it. Love how it turned out!



















Awww. Another one where I altered the photo in Photoshop. Love the softness of this one. And all the junk on it!


















OK, this one fell together really quickly, which is amazing for me. And it just captures my feeling as I look at these photos of the Moselle Valley, Germany.



















:) What a little cutie my sister was (is!). One of the layouts I did for Blue Cardigan Design Team.

Well, I was gonna post all 10, but I can hear my little boy stirring and its time for a feed. Then, the gorgeous Nic Wood is coming over, so the other 5 will have to wait until later.

See ya!
Kathie

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cute stuff

Jamie has been so spoilt since he's been born. He has been given more clothes than he can ever wear. I have literally boxes full of clothes - big boxes - a box of 000; a box of 00; a box of 0; a box of 1s and 2s. I love dressing him up every day. As it stands at the moment, he probably won't wear many of them more than once. Unless his Mum particularly likes an outfit ;).

He has also been given so many gorgeous gifts. And they keep coming. Two of my aunties got to meet him for the first time at Dad's birthday tea on Tuesday night, and showered him with presents. Poor Dad, it was his birthday and he had to play a very poor second fiddle to the man of the moment.

Anyway, three of the cuddly toys he was given were oh so cute, that I had to take a photo of them.














Aren't they a cute little bunch? The orange goose on the right has come all the way from Germany. The purple duck on the left was given to Jamie by our good friends, the Ducks. Yes, that's their surname :) Very cute.

OK, I'm off to work out what layouts I want to put my hand up for this month for For Keeps magazine. I'm so inspired by the themes the Design Team has been given this month!

See ya
Kathie

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

You will be missed

I'm sad today.

One of my colleagues at the University died suddenly on Sunday. His funeral is in three quarters of an hour time. I was going to go. I have been humming and haaing all morning. But, its 35 degrees outside, and I'd have to take Jamie, who's just gone down for his afternoon sleep. I just don't think that it'll work. It's too hot and he'll play up once we get there. I'd rather let them have a peaceful service.

So, this is my way of saying goodbye. Not that any of you probably knew him. Malcolm was the senior consultant in the HR team I managed at the Uni. He was my right hand man. I listened to what he had to say. He had years of experience in HR and was so wise. He was unflappable. He had a wicked sense of humour. But more than that, he was just one of those special people that you always have time for. That you make time for. I don't think he ever knew how much he helped me in a very difficult time. So, Malcolm, thank you mate.

Malcolm was diagnosed with skin cancer, mid last year. But everyone thought he was doing OK. What a cruel disease cancer is. That's the second colleague who has died of melanoma. I worry about it. Being a red head with fair skin. We are so at risk, with our harsh Australian sun. I see all these kids out there, at the beach, at the cricket, sunbaking. And I feel like shaking them all. Put a hat on! Put a shirt on! Cover up! Sit in the shade! All the things my Mum used to say to me when I was younger. But it wasn't real to me then. Like it isn't real to these kids. It wasn't real to me until Ross, the other colleague, died of skin cancer 10 years ago. He was only in his 30s. He left behind a young wife and two little sons. His shoulder hurt one day. He went and saw a physio after it didn't get better. That was the first sign. They found it in his bones. I didn't know at the time that it was his second fight with the disease. His earlier bought had been 6 years previous. Ross was the first person I knew really well who died of cancer. It hit home hard.

So, today I'm sad. And in little over half an hour I'll stop what I'm doing and say a prayer for my mate. And the dog will wonder why I'm crying.

Kathie

Monday, February 06, 2006

Do I know you?

OMG. I have been recognised. I was at a new Mums' group this morning, when this lovely lady came up to me and said "Do I know you? I think I recognise your name. You do scrapbooking, don't you?". I nearly fell over with shock! As it turns out, she had loved one of my pages in a magazine and had lifted it for some albums she was doing. I had a smile from one ear to the other. I've never been recognised in public before. How amazing! I think it'll be a while before I have to break out the dark glasses and wig though, lmao.

Jamie was a little champ today. He was wide awake and bushy tailed all morning. Stared at everyone right through his sleep time. Too many things to see, obviously. And, as soon as we came home he had a feed and then was out to it. Yay! Scrapping and blogging time.

Have a great day
Kathie

Saturday, February 04, 2006

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Oops, I was trying to load a photo for my profile and its gone here. And its huge! Obviously I still have a lot to learn about blogger! In the meantime... this is me... nothing to see here... read on... read on.

The sweetest conversations

We are having the sweetest conversations, Jamie and me. He is learning to talk. Coupled with a beautiful wide smile, I am in heaven.

Me (on putting him in the bath): "How's that Jamie?"
Jamie: "goo" (smile)
Me "goo" (smile)
Jamie "aah" (bigger smile)
Me "aah" (equally big smile)
Jamie "ahgoo..." (silent chuckle)
Me "ahgoo" (dotingly)

Ah, I could do it all day!

He's found his little hands this week too. Last weekend, he was putting his fist in his mouth. Today he is clasping his fingers together and lacing his little hands together. He's been captivated by the dog all week. He follows him with his eyes, with that look of concentration. Today, we patted the dog for the first time - you should have seen his little eyes get big and round. Nice, soft, fluffy doggy.

OK, for those of you who are bored with me going on and on with the baby talk, here's a layout:











Mira is our cousin's DD. They live in Germany. Far too far away. Isn't Mira just gorgeous? Britta, our cousin is a keen scrapbooker too. She's just started posting on 2peas (MirasMama). So, if you want to see more photos of this beautiful little sweetheart, go check out Britta's stuff and, while you're there, leave some encouraging words. Great to see your work, Britta! They have difficulties getting scrap stuff in Germany - its not like here in our capital cities where we have a plethora of LSSs. So, expect to see an Aussie influence in her work ;).

That's all for today!
Kathie

Friday, February 03, 2006

Tears

Jamie's 11 week milestone was marked by the appearance of tears. Real tears, rolling down his little cheeks. I hadn't realised that newborns don't have tears. But he has them now. Oh dear. I had enough troubles controlling my heartstrings when he was crying before. Now.... seeing little tears rolling down his cheeks when he's crying with colic is almost too much for a mummy to bear. Needless to say, he got lots of cuddles yesterday and fell asleep in my arms last night.

Today I will be strong.
Today I will be strong.

Kathie

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Feeling good

I have 2 reasons for feeling good today. Jamie has been sleeping through the night the last three nights. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to get a good night's sleep. I have not been up earlier than 5am. Last night he slept from 9pm until 6.30am. I woke up at 5.30am and panicked. Had to go to his room and check he was still breathing, lol! And he was. And still blissfully fast asleep. Oh the joy! I climbed back into bed, curled up under the doona and it felt so luxurious.

And I can't get enough of this beautiful smile :)















Julie posted this quiz on her blog. It tells you what scrapbooking company you should work for. Here's mine:

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HEIDI SWAPP DESIGN TEAM!
Just like Heidi, you are a believer. You are a
dreamer.You are an artist.You are a teacher.
You are a designer and you have a vision.

What scrapbook company should you design for...?
brought to you by Quizilla

How cool would that be? Well, a girl's gotta have her dreams, doesn't she!

Well, I'm showered, have all the housework done (well, all that I'm gonna do today, lol), and its only 9am. What to do. What to do. I know.... maybe I'll scrap! :) :)

See ya
Kathie

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tagged!

My partner in crime at Scrapbooking at Memory Lane, Sam Dorn, has tagged me. OK...

The rules for this particular tagging are as follows: Remove the blog name in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add yourself to the bottom slot.

Tammy
Ngaire
Charleigh
Samantha
Kathie

Here are the questions:

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Let me think… 10 years is a long time. I had just got a job as a Human Resources Manager. It was a huge promotion and into a field that I didn’t really know much about, having been an occupational health & safety professional up until then. I remember feeling very challenged and very busy. I was also in a new relationship (that didn’t last) and doing lots of partying.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

This time last year I was trying to get pregnant. I was on a year's long service leave from my very busy job as a Human Resources Manager (yes, pretty much the same one as above, but in its final incarnation after zillions of restructures - you know how it is!). My long service leave was about to end and about this time last year I was meeting with my old boss to discuss going back to work. Following that meeting, I resigned!

Five snacks that you enjoy:

Ice cream (I thought it was a craving during pregnancy but I still eat way too much!)

Marzipan (but only from Niederegger in Luebeck, Germany)

Biscuits dunked in coffee (any biscuits, I’m not fussy when it comes to sugar)

Donuts (the more sugar, the better)

Tasty Toasters (the token healthy snack)

Five songs to which you KNOW all the lyrics :

Any song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, lol! It drives my husband nuts to watch that movie with me :)

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

Move into a house with a studio for my scrapping, lots of light, and space to set up a classroom so I could teach from home.

Invest for my son’s future education

Leave work and scrap my little heart out while being a stay-at-home mum

Go back to uni and, this time, study something creative like interior design or graphic design instead of something “sensible”

Visit my sister and her family every six months

Five bad habits:

I get engrossed in what I’m doing and forget the time

I’m forgetful

I walk around the house doing stuff while I’m on the ‘phone (which is just rude)

I leave all the lights on

I forget to turn the security alarm off when I come home (not good when you’re trying to sneak in with a sleeping baby)

Five things you like doing:

Scrapbooking

Reading blogs

Coffee with friends

Reading novels

Making the baby laugh

Five things you would never wear, buy, or get again:

Stretch jeans (Ok in the 80s when I was 15; not OK now I'm 40)

Two in one shampoo and conditioner

Pot plants (love 'em, but manage to kill every single one I own)

I would never get so bogged down in a stressful job that I couldn't see anything good about life anymore.

White chocolate

Five Favourite toys:

At the moment… any toy that will distract Jamie and keep him from spitting the dummy, lol!

But seriously:

Jamie :)

OK, seriously:

The widescreen plasma TV we got for Christmas

My CD player or the car radio – up loud!

Photoshop Elements

Jak, my Maltese

Jamie :)

5 People I am tagging:

Mel Diener

Nicole Wood

Marie Noske

Nat Mardon

Mandi

Sorry guys! (he he he...)

That's all for today
Kathie