Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cough, cough, splutter.....

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I've been sick. 

It's horrible being sick when you're a mum, as every mum would know. I mean, it's bad enough being sick in the first place, but then on top, to have to function as if nothing is wrong, is just a killer. Dragging yourself out of bed, with a head as heavy as lead, to do the lunches for school and kinder, while your legs almost buckle underneath you. Trying not to let your nose drip into the Vegemite whilst you hurry to get it done, because if you stop to blow it, you'll have to wash your hands again for the hundredth time.


I dream of being able to spend a sick day in bed like the little lady above. Oh, the days of being young when you had your mother to look after you, just like I do now with my little ones. Lying in bed all day, sleeping, reading, watching television. Having drinks and snacks brought to you on a tea towel lined tray, and a cool hand held to your warm brow to test your temperature. It's quite ironic that being unwell can bring up such lovely memories.

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Instead I'll continue to plod along, take my antibiotics, and rest when I can. I prefer to let the body heal itself whenever possible, but after a week of no improvement it was time for medical intervention. The resting will have to wait for now though, as it is my son's birthday on the weekend, and with being under the weather I am quite far behind!

Here's hoping for my health to return in a hurry, and a great weekend of celebration. Oh, and for the cake to work!!


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sunshine and Lollipops!

Guess who's the happiest mum in the world!

Yep, that's me!

Without a doubt, I'm the happiest woman on the planet today. And there are three main reasons for my world being so bright!

  • Reason One (and by far the biggest!!):


Oh my goodness, I've missed them soooo much! They were only gone for four days, and yes, I did enjoy my free time, but I'm so happy they're back. In fact, they're probably going to start getting really annoyed, really soon because I can't stop cuddling them!

So sue me! It is a mothers right, after all!

Cuddle, cuddle,cuddle.....

  • Reason Two: 

This morning, my husband actually came shopping with me (he is an avid 'avoid the shops at all times wherever possible' person) and we bought a new vacuum cleaner!

"Wow.....whatever," I can hear you muttering under your breath.
I know, I know......anything that means more housework for me is not something I usually get excited about, but I think this deserves a little bit of jubilation, as it is going to make things so much EASIER for me!! My poor old Electrolux (which was Mums before becoming mine), has been dying a very slow death for some time and has almost completely packed it in. Vacuuming is an activity that has had me in tears quite often of late, due to the pure frustration and amount of effort required to pick up the slightest piece of fluff.

So voila! Now there are easy peesy vacuuming days ahead for me!

Bet you can't wait to hear about the third reason, ha?

  • Reason Three:

This little baby!

I would like to introduce you to my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II!


I've never had a 'smart phone' before so this is a whole new experience for me! I have been mulling over the idea of getting a new phone sometime in the near future, but a little incident the other day left me desperate and phoneless! 

Just a word of warning, phones don't like it when you drop them down the toilet! 


It didn't matter that I fished it out straight away (yes, wee and all) was no longer a working piece of equipment.

I hate it when I go out and accidentally leave my phone at home, but to not have one at all? I completely rely on it now, just for the peace of know that in an emergency, I can get help, pretty much anywhere, any time. So I'm all smiles again! Now I just have to learn how to use it! :)

All in all, it's been a pretty spectacular day in my book! We might be a little bit poorer in ye old bank account, but as far as I'm concerned, all is good with the world!

Hope your day has been wonderful too!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Lazy Lucy

Here is our beautiful Lucy, lapping up the warmth in the boys playroom this afternoon.

Not at all happy about being disturbed, until she realised she was going to get a cuddle out of it!

Such a beautiful autumn day!

What are you doing in this glorious sunshine?

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Time To Breathe

So, I'm loving it!

I almost feel like its wrong to be loving it.....but I am!

Child free time.


Yep, that's right! Reading, snoozing, and endless cups of tea!

Ok, ok, you got me! It hasn't all been books, sleeps and peeing (because of all the cups of tea)! There has been lots of other stuff in there as well! Such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping and heaps of tidying while I have the chance. But once I do take a break, I can actually take a break!

The school holidays are coming to a close and Mum wanted the boys to go up there for a few days so she could spend some time with them. Who am I to argue? The boys love it there!

I'm a worrier....that's what I do. So, of course I worry about the boys more when they're not with me. But that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy myself too! I guess it's just part of being a mum. I don't think we ever stop worrying, really.

And it's really important that we have time apart! That way, I have a chance to be Tracey again for a little while, and then be an even better mum once we come back together. Not to mention, spend some quality time with my husband and go out for dinner and to the movies! Such a rare event these days....

Another thing I don't get to do often enough is my cross stitch!

Did you know that I've been working on this one for nearly five years?? I started it the week before my youngest was born. I haven't worked on it constantly since then......there were times when I didn't pick it up for weeks due to other projects, and now I'm so close to finishing it! I was hoping to finish it before the five year mark....unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to make it. But I soooo loved working on it today, whilst the sun was out, instead of the usual 'struggling to keep my eyes open' stitching session of an evening! Pure joy!

It's the little things! :)

What do you do with your 'you' time?

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Hoppy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Hope you've had/are having a wonderful day, doing whatever it is you do at Easter time. We spent our Easter Sunday at the zoo, which was a great way to spend the day as a family.

For me though, the best part of the day would have to be the excited squeals of my boys when they wake up in the morning and discover what the Easter Bunny has left them! Mind you, I would have much preferred it was at a decent time and not at the ridiculous hour of 5.20am that it was today! Are you kidding me?? I was expecting it at 6.30am, but definitely not that early! A not so chirpy mummy had to get up and tell them to go back to bed, which they did for another hour. Better than nothing!

Oh and of course, the chocolate. Can't forget the chocolate! favourite time of year!

How did you go at playing Easter Bunny?

I really make a terrible one. The whole time I'm creeping around the boys bedrooms, I spend every minute terrified that they'll wake up and catch me in the act, and the innocence of childhood will be ruined forever. Every time they stir, I stop dead, almost too scared to breathe, until they resume their peaceful slumber. Just call me the Easter chicken!

Here's a little bit of Easter humour......a little ripper that never fails to make me laugh til I snort!


Yum. Did I mention the chocolate.....?

I would love to hear how you spent your day!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Sore Feet and Empty Hands

Well unfortunately, last nights shopping trip didn't go quite the way I planned.

No new jeans for me.....

There was only a few pairs of my gorgeous jeans left and none in my size, dammit!
I did try on countless pairs of jeans, in so many other shops, but none were right.
So I came home sore footed and empty handed.

But, you know what?

I'm actually ok with that!

Yes, of course I'm disappointed. I was planning on walking out of that shop with my new jeans on and feeling fantastic! But I'm proud of what I've achieved and am planning on continuing with my raised fitness efforts, so a sexy new pair of jeans is definitely on the horizon for me! It's only a matter of time!

I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason. I've still got a bit more body fat to lose, so maybe that's why there wasn't any in my size. Because my size is still to change further.

Regardless of the reason, I'm still glad that I went looking last night, because for the first time in a looong time I walked around the shops actually feeling good about myself! I felt a confidence that I haven't felt in quite some time. And it was nice to be looked at in a 'you look goood' kinda way, instead of the alternative!

So watch this space, because a pic of me in some sexy new jeans will be coming in the near future!


I would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below....

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Challenge, Met!

I can't believe my challenge to myself is almost finished! My goodness, how is it possible that four weeks of workouts have gone by already? It is scary how fast time passes.

I have been continuing to push myself as I am desperate for those jeans!! I'm not sure that I'm going to rock them in the way I really wanted to, but I know I'm better than I was before I started!

So today was Day 7 of Week 4....the last day of Jillian Michaels 'Ripped in 30'. I've been so strict with myself when it comes to my workouts and haven't missed a single one. Seven days on and two off for over four weeks.......even with a sore throat and the beginnings of a coldy thing. I have to say, I'm very proud of myself!

It certainly hasn't been easy. There were many days when I sooooo did not want to do it!! I've been lacking in energy some days and it was a struggle to put one foot in front of the other, let alone attempting Jillian's circuits, but I still did it. And hopefully once I try on those jeans tomorrow, I will see the results!

I definitely feel tighter underneath, and I feel stronger too. Now I just need to lose this layer of lard on top, and I'll be sweeet! I have lost some centimetres I'm sure, and I'll take my measurements in the morning to find out exactly how much.

What helped keep me going was this......

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I didn't want to let myself down. If I had piked it on one of the days I didn't feel like working out, then it would have made all the other days I pushed through it, a waste. I'm hoping that is what will keep me going from here on in, as I don't want to go backwards. First step, a sexy pair of jeans, next step...who knows?
But I'm going to find out!

See you tomorrow, hopefully wearing some smokin hot denim!

Tssss, ouch!  (*finger touching behind*)  Ha ha!


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