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My Daybook – May

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…the three younger kids playing soccer together.

I AM GIVING THANKS….that my trip to Melbourne for treatment for Jay went well and he now has more good days than sick days.

I AM PRAYING FOR……..sick family members, and friends that need extra prayers.

I AM LISTENING TO…laughter. Beth, Zac and Dami get on really well. Their morning tea play is often some imaginary game, playing on the swing set, or today it’s playing soccer. I love that even though they are ages 10, 8 and 4, the age difference never seems to matter.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….how to add some ‘spark’ into our homeschool routine. While we have been dealing with illness for so long, it has been survival mode here (as can be seen from the lack of blog posts). I want some enthusiasm back in our homeschool again. Maybe the up and coming Australian Homeschool Summit will help with that!

I AM LEARNING….about St Pope John Paul.  What an amazing saint.

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are desperately trying to catch up on maths. Most subjects can spill over into the next years work. But maths I like to finish the book in one year. After being away for 2 1/2 weeks, we are very behind.

Also, the younger kids and I are enjoying our Magic School Bus packs. They arrive once a month and have everything in there for each experiment. The kids write up each experiment and draw a picture from it.

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COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….on a keto diet we eat lots of fat. Butter, coconut oil, fermented coconut cream….yum. I am always after ways to change it up for the kids to keep it interesting. The latest are what we call ‘fat bombs’. Butter, cacao butter, cinnamon, mac powder. Yum! Jay can also now have bulletproof decaf coffee. It is by far the best part of his day.

And as always, I am always fermenting!

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IN THE MORNING BASKET…there is nothing! It needs refreshing and reorganising. Any ideas?

IN THE GARDEN… we are still trying to finish off the fence. Now that the weather is a lot cooler and the snakes are not a threat, the kids can go off into the bush to play! Hopefully we can get in some nature walks soon.

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The kids are enjoying playing in the ‘sandpit’ (a pile of sand on the ground 🙂 )

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We also enjoyed hiring a cherry picker to cut off some really high branches on our favourite tree. All the kids enjoyed a ride!

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I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….all the lessons I have learnt with Jay being sick. I know what it is like to have a chronically ill child. It is stressful, tiring and downright hard. Whilst travelling to Melbourne I often thought about the poor parents who might need to take their dying children to doctors far away to try and heal them. Honestly, there were times when we thought that the doctor might even tell us that Jay had cancer. That was scary.  We are so blessed to be able to heal Jay, there are many parents who cannot fix their child. My heart aches for them, I now have a glimpse of what it might be like to be them. I pray that they may have the strength to face each day. One day at a time.

 

In between all the treatments we did manage some fun adventure. Some highlights from our trip;

His 1st meal out in 12 months – an awesome cafe personalised Jay’s meal for him.

A happy boy after shopping at some factory outlets

1st footie match with his uncle

 

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My Daybook – February

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…a beautiful overcast day. I can also see some gorgeous new shoots on the rose bushes. If the parrots don’t get to them, I should be able to pick some soon to bring inside.

I AM GIVING THANKS….that Jay was feeling much better than usual yesterday and he was able to enjoy his birthday.

I AM PRAYING FOR……..Jay – that his up and coming medical treatment interstate will fix his health and he can lead a normal life again!

I AM LISTENING TO…a very quiet house!!! Only one of the big kids are up so it is very quiet. I can hear many different birds chirping outside.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….how I haven’t posted ANYTHING in so long. I really want to get back into it again. I like to blog so I can document our days and have something to look back on. Hopefully I can start up again.

I AM LEARNING….more and more about the bible. This year for Religion we are focusing on the bible. Not that we don’t already know how to read it, but this year we are using lots of resources to come to love and understand scripture more deeply and to understand the timeline from Adam and Eve right to Jesus.

I AM CREATING….lists, lists and more lists. I will be in Melbourne for 2 1/2 weeks with Jay. Our GAPs diet will have to continue at home, and so will school work. The kids will need to know what to do while we are gone.

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IN THE SCHOOLROOM….there is plenty going on. I will have to do a separate post all on our chosen curriculums for this year. Dami is in Kindy this year. Although I prefer learning at this age to be completely natural, there are days where he wants to be like the big kids. Sometimes we enjoy a cup of tea together while he is doing his ‘Kindy’ work.

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How are we supposed to do school with this little guy peering in the window?!!

 

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….last night was a no dairy, no sugar, peppermint ice-cream for Jay’s 15th birthday. It was delicious!!

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IN THE MORNING BASKET…we are listening to Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes and we are learning the poem My Country.

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IN THE GARDEN…we are fencing in the property so our new puppy won’t escape! We needed to cut down a few trees to be able to put the fence in. The logs became a good table and chairs.

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I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….a cute little moment from Jay’s birthday yesterday….Dami spent the morning bringing ‘presents’ to Jay from the playroom. He gave away his Octonaught toys, his keyboard, a backpack and some toy cars. When he was off to bed that night he also gave Jay his teddies. It was a very serious activity, he was adamant that Jay was not to give them back.

The kids enjoyed a trip on their Poppy's sail boat. The boat literally rocked Dami off to sleep!
The kids enjoyed a trip on their Poppy’s sail boat. The boat literally rocked Dami off to sleep!
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My Daybook – November

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE….Beth and Dami playing together. That 3 year old is one lucky kid! He adores his older siblings and they are so good to him.

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I AM GIVING THANKS….. for this beautiful weather at the moment. I can’t get enough of being outside.

I AM PRAYING FOR……..family members who are ill. My Nana, who is 93, has been struggling with her health lately. She never ceases to amaze me with how switched on she is though. When you go visit her in the nursing home she gives you a running commentary  of all the old folk whose poor minds have been lost to them long ago. I think her good brain health is due to her never having her drivers licence so she would walk and take public transport everywhere.

I AM LISTENING TO…the sound of the basketball hitting the driveway – the two big boys are really enjoying shooting hoops together at the moment. They are out there at any chance they get. I can also hear the laughter from Beth and Dami.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….next year! I know it seems like a long way off but now is the time to order books.

I AM LEARNING….as always, I seem to being learning about the gut. I have loved reading ‘Brain Maker’ and now I am reading Pete Evans ‘The Complete Gut Health Cookbook’.

I AM CREATING….neat and tidy bookshelves. Not very exciting – or creative! I needed to give our playroom/schoolroom a makeover. There is still plenty of work to be done…my house looks like a bomb has gone off in it. I hate it how things always get worse before they get better 🙂

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are taking it very easy this term. We have enjoyed plenty of excursions, and the kids are planning their own days. All the kids know what needs to be done to finish the school year so as soon as one subject is finished, then they have less work to do. Beth, Zac and Dami are creating pretend food for their Cafe. They have finished their maths, spelling, religion and geography for the year.

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Our Zoo Excursion

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….as always… our GAPs food and plenty of ferments.

IN THE MORNING BASKET…we are using the Baltimore Catechism each morning. I read from the text then choose one question for the kids to write in their notebooks. It has lead to many an interesting conversions about many parts of our faith.

We are also doing a fair bit of picture study. I’ll keep my method for another post, but it has been a lovely addition to the morning.

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Our morning basket time. Dami is fully dressed for the day but insisted on wearing his dressing gown.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….what a blessing it is to be a mother. Every day has its challenges, but also its blessings. I can choose to dwell on the bad, or I can try to see the blessings in each day. Sometimes it is as simple as a walk among the roses, or a cuddle from the three year old.

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This rose was picked and given to me 🙂

I don’t want to wish this time away because I know that in the blink of an eye they will be all grown up and left home.

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My Daybook – September

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE….a beautiful spring morning..it is truly magnificent!

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My morning walk, down the back of our block.

I AM GIVING THANKS….. that the term is nearly at an end. Holidays are in sight and we are taking time out to go down south for a week – I can’t wait!

I AM PRAYING FOR……..a dear friend’s children who have been in a car accident.  And I am praising God that they miraculously came out ok.

I AM LISTENING TO….Zac cooking an omelette for his breakfast. At 8 years old he is quite a whizz in the kitchen….he makes awesome omelettes and scrambled eggs.

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I AM THINKING ABOUT….how to add more steps into my day. I bought a fitbit for my birthday with some vouchers that I had. I am so pleased that I got one, it is really helping me to get more steps into my day. Hopefully I am going to be fit enough to climb Bluff Knoll in a few weeks!

I AM LEARNING….all about the gut. I am reading and enjoying ‘Gut‘. The big boys are also reading it. I love that they are learning so much about their body at such a young age.

I AM READING…. I have a number of books on the go right now. ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘A Story Formed Life‘ ‘Gut’ and ‘Brain Maker‘.

I AM CREATING….checklists to show my homeschool moderator. I know any day now she will call and make an appointment to come and see me, and I want to be prepared!

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are enjoying our world war one studies. I have been using Bloom’s Taxonomy with the kids lately and it has really enhanced our homeschool experience. Here is a good post explaining how to use it in your homeschool.

We have also just finished ‘On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness’. It was such a fun read-aloud we didn’t want it to end! Now I have to decide on the next family read-aloud. Any suggestions?

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….as always… our GAPs food and plenty of ferments.

IN THE MORNING BASKET…a new read aloud! I don’t know what yet. We are also learning about Handel by listening to these. Maestro Classics is a wonderful site for teaching the kids more about Classical music. They also have downloads to integrate into other learning areas.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….How much fun it is playing games with the kids. We have plans to spend most Saturday nights playing games. Last games night I played Labyrinth with the younger kids and then once they were in bed Paul and I played Dominion with the big boys. Our games cupboard is quite extensive as I buy the kids a new game every Christmas. One of my most treasured childhood memories is playing games with my sister. We still reminisce  about the games we used to play. My kids still play the exact games now, in fact Labyrinth is from my younger days. I can’t wait to play games again with you one day my lovely sister!

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The fire after it had burnt down a fair bit

 

We had an awesome bonfire on Saturday night. The kids had a ball riding the motorbike and playing tag with friends in the dark. They also played ‘King of the Castle’ on a huge pile of dirt. The aim was to stay at the top of the dirt pile as long as you could – all the other kids would try and pull you down. As you can imagine, they were all filthy and black by the end of the night – I wish I had a photo of that!

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The dirt pile…it looks bigger in real life!

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD…organising costumes for our drama concert and trying to finish off subjects for the term.

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My Daybook – May

This month of May has been so busy. I am only squeezing ‘My Daybook’ post just in time before winter begins tomorrow. The little three kids are in bed and I can sit and reflect on what has been a particularly crazy month of May.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…. Nothing….it’s dark! But when the sun is shining our rose bushes look beautiful at the moment.

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I AM GIVING THANKS…..that I get to go out with my hubby Friday night. We are going to see one of our favourite bands “The Idea of North.” I can’t wait!!!!

I AM PRAYING FOR……..so many people at the moment. Mostly at the moment I am praying that this diet we are on will make our sick kids better.

I AM LISTENING TO…. Jay playing some Spanish music on his guitar. The heater is also whirring away trying to dry my bedding so I can get it back on my bed tonight.

I AM THINKING ABOUT…starting a journal to document how we are progressing each week on the diet. Each week there is new developments and I think I will never forget them, but I am sure I will  😉

I AM LEARNING….how to experiment with recipes to make them ketogenic/GAPS friendly. Prior to this diet I could only cook from a recipe. I am finding more and more that I can adapt recipes to suit our needs and even make up a few of my own.

I AM READING….’Gene Genius.’ It is a fascinating book about how our genes influence our health.

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are much more on track now after having a rough few weeks. Firstly, it was the adjustment to the diet, then we had our National testing, NAPLAN.

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COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….coconut yoghurt, fermented apples, fermented carrots, kefir, lots of slow cooked meat and veggies, broth and a couple of fermented drinks. One yummy drink I made was a kefir beetroot and ginger juice – yum!

Here are some that I made with the kids on the weekend….

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IN THE MORNING BASKET… On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and lots of Zentangles.

 

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I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….our trip to the hills last week. We went to Mundaring Weir. It was a beautiful autumn day and the scenery was lovely. The whinging 3 year old in the back of the car on the way there wasn’t so lovely (he was crying that his foot was ‘wobbly’ – we think he might have had pins and needles!). Nevertheless, we arrived after 50 minutes of driving. We had a lovely walk and then cooked a BBQ lunch. We then got back in the car and drove to the other side of the Weir, had a walk across the dam wall and then made ourselves comfortable and began some nature journalling. It was a day to remember. Even Dami keeps asking me if we can go back to the hills.

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PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD….appointments, a coffee night with a dear friend, lots of school and no doubt lots of cooking!

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My Daybook – April

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…. our new pot plants. We spent one day last week doing some gardening. It was a lovely holiday activity.

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I AM GIVING THANKS….. that my Dad is able to come and babysit tonight. Also, that after our last trip to the dentist for Dom it looks like his broken tooth is starting to heal.

I AM PRAYING FOR……..a family friend’s brother whose funeral was today.

I AM LISTENING TO…. Dami and Zac playing in the play room. Jay playing his guitar. Beth and Zac are playing lego.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….going out for dinner tonight. We are taking out Dom for his graduation dinner. It’s a bit late because he couldn’t really eat properly before with his broken tooth.

I AM LEARNING….all about the gut and its importance in being able to have good health.

I AM READING….I have just finished reading ‘To the Heights‘ and have just started ‘100 Cupboards‘. I seem to read a lot of the kids books, and I love it.

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I AM CREATING…. fermented foods.

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IN THE SCHOOLROOM….not much – it’s holidays!!!

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….coconut yoghurt, fermented apples, kefir, and hopefully soon some kombucha.

IN THE MORNING BASKET… I don’t know yet, I haven’t decided what we will do next term.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….How cute my littlest boy is.  Also, how brave my two other boys have been with their fractures. I am also enjoying my snuggle morning time. Dami and I (and sometime Zac too) often spend the first part of our day snuggling on the couch reading books.

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD….School begins. I really need to do some planning and I still need to catch up on some marking from last term. We also have a hospital appointment for Zac to see if his broken shoulder has healed yet.