Monday, July 28, 2014

Kids and Computers.

Life's been hectic, the most major changes is Emily started school and me working part-time which consists of evening work 2-4 times a week.  I guess I have dropped the ball on some things, I have been all consumed in just getting through the day.  Getting dinner on the table, than rushing out the door to get to work on time. 

I have used screen time as the crutch, letting them have it so they are busy and I can get things done (as well as all this terrible weather we have had) cue Bad Mummy feelings.   I'm sure all parents do it at one time or another, but in our house, it was always intended as a treat not something that is essential.
It has become expected and that screen time is no longer respected.
It had gotten to the point where when I take my kids out William looks at me a mouth 'Tabbies' meaning he wants to go home and play his stupid games on the Tablet.  Embarrassing for me to say the least, he was always insistent, obsessive even about it.

Well NO MORE.  He hid it in the car and spilled water all over it.. That thing is FRIED and it won't  replaced. I will admit I was more than miffed, I was all caught up in the monetary value of it, but logically this little episode has done me a favor.  Given me back control.

Time to learn how to be non plugged in kids again, get outside, get out to the Park!! Read one of the Million books we own.
I am going to document our journey here into unplugging our kids (aptly named Kids & Computers), and what we discover. I am more interested in seeing if it improves Williams schooling, less time to worry about a Tablet, more time for homework.

I have observed the following
  • he is provoking his sister into more arguments
  • he read his books for longer before bed last night,
  • he slept in this morning. 
More negatives then positives and its only Day 2. 
He was never allowed it in the mornings before school, although it was still clearly on his mind, searching for it and occasionally asking about it.

So let this journey begin. I'm ready. 

How do you handle screen time in your home?

Sunday, July 27, 2014


My 3 Cuties.

Joining in with Jodi.

Friday, July 25, 2014


This year has not been without its challenges for William, school has always been a bone of contention.  It was very difficult for me, seeing my boy suffer - knowing how he felt,   The past 6months he has flourished he has been encouraged forward by a wonderful new teacher, a new friend eggs him on and has Will displaying confidence he didn't think he had. He still has at times crippling fear of failure, but he follows our advice... Just do your best.

He is a Cub, not always keen but we rally him and it strengthens his self belief. 

William and I have essentially grown up together, I was only 19 when he was born he has taught me many things,  unconditional love and dedication, the ins and outs of Thomas the Tank Engine and now the joys and frustration of putting together various Lego Creations to name a few.

He is infinitely perfect and I am forever grateful to have him as my First Born.

                                           How terrified do I look?? I still remember it..

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chicken Pox

It all started with a notice from Williams teacher, it said that there had been an outbreak of Children in the class with Chicken Pox, so could we be on he look out. A few days later he was having the initial symptoms headaches and a sore throat, being the eldest at 9 I thought he would have it the worse, but he got a few big spots and was hardly uncomfortable quite the contrary - he was ecstatic to have a week off school 2 weeks before school holidays.  Me, I was not excited (dur).
His main course of treatment was Calamine Lotion and lots of screen time (rolls eyes)

Then William had just gone back to school Baby Jake was being more emotional then normal... like heartbreak emotional.

He also had a temperature and a runny nose.. and then the spots arrived, Jacob had less spots but the were huge and swollen, in hindsight we got off pretty lightly with a 2 disrupted nights of extra cuddles - nothing I couldn't handle..
His course of treatment was regular Pamol, extra cuddles and Calamine Lotion - he refused to get in a bath with Pinetarsol in it, I think the color of the water scared him.

Then Emily erupted with a rash on her back that was gone in a few days.. woo we thought dodged a bullet there.
9Days Later and the first day back at school.

She by far had it the worst, really high temps, lethargy and smaller spots then the boys had and a huge number of them.  I ended up taking her to the GP who prescribed Lorapead to help with the itching, then it was constant baths with Pinetarsol, and regular doses of Pamol - she also lost her appetite and refused to eat so i enticed her with a Tank Spirulina Smoothie, shes much better but still not well enough for school.

Their is a vaccine for Chicken Pox but it is not part of the NZ Schedule, you can request it from your GP, I think the cost is around $70.  I believe in Australia it is given free as part of the Vaccination Schedule.

Do you think it should be added to the NZ schedule? on one hand it is a normal childhood illness but on the other it can be serious or even fatal.

Have you and your kids had Chicken Pox?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Stills (29)

1   My Boys, on the Wharf by Silo Park in Auckland (before this)
2   This Cheery lady is Doris, she lives in her own enclosure at Auckland Zoo - apparently she doesn't play nice with the other Alligators.
3   This simple yet delicious dinner, Mescalin lettuce, feta, beetroot and carrot with a chopped up Lamb and Rosemary Sausage.. yummo
4   Me and my 3, they are crazy full on and I wouldn't have it any other way.,

3 of the 4 photos are from my Instagram - you can follow me on there, if your profiles public I follow back - I tend not to request private users.

I'm linking up with Em, over at The Beetleshack.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


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