Mum – We forgot to…

This is not our first Christmas as parents, in fact, it is our fourth.

By now you would think we had our shit together, but alas…

…we forgot to buy…

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BATTERIES!

So now it’s Boxing Day and half the new toys don’t work, thankfully the Fisher Price and Toy Story toys came with “batteries for demonstration purposes” but already Buzz Lightyear is starting to talk a little slowly.

I wonder if batteries get cheaper in the post Christmas sales?

Anyone else make any rookie errors this Christmas?

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A revival

Over the past few days people have been asking me what happened to my blog. In short – life happened! But some of the more major things that have been taking up my time include (but are not limited to)
-Toilet training the Cheeky Boy (an ongoing venture)
-Smiley Girl’s Baptism
-Christmas

There have also been some smaller, less important though distracting and time consuming things such as Pinterest and Homeland.

I was quite touched that people asked about my AWOL blog and it was the kick up the butt I needed to revive it.

Over the Christmas/New Year break I’m going to try and get a few posts up and get it moving again – so watch this space!

-MrsM

Mum/Teacher – What’s your (Gangnam) style?

Firstly, I apologise for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. I’ll let you know about them over the next few posts. But for today I’ll fill you in about my night out.

Tonight I went to the Yr12 formal, even though I am on Mat Leave this group of students were my first year 7s and it was a milestone. It was also my first baby free outing (apart from short trips to the shops) and while a few drinks would have been nice, Smiley Girl is not very smiley when it comes to the bottle so it was limited to a single glass of wine.

Anyway, back to the formal. I was quite surprised by the style of the students. There were only two dresses that I would describe as shockers, although I dare say some will regret their choice of dress later. Most of the boys scrubbed up well, but there were a few who still looked like they’d just come in from a game of footy on the oval. On the whole they looked pretty smart.

One moment made me laugh was the dance floor packing out with 17/18 year olds when the (average) DJ played Gangnam Style. I remember this happening at my Year 12 formal, but I can’t remember what song it was. At the Yr10 formal it was Jack..jack…jackie – everytime I hear that song I feel like I’m still 15.

I wonder if these students will remember this night when they hear Gangnam Style?

What about your formal, what was the song that got everyone on the dance floor? How was your formal style? Do you cringe at the photos?

-MrsM.

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

Mum – When its hard to find new friends, find some old ones!

One of the biggest difficulties Stay At Home Parents face is the lack of adult interaction, it may seem trivial but at times it can feel quite isolating and lonely, particularly if many of your friends don’t have kids.

I really didn’t have this issue when Cheeky Boy was a baby. We’d have lunches and coffees and mums and bubs movies and spend time at the shops. These are all things that are fine with a baby but quite difficult with a nearly 3 year old. So apart from mundane trips to Woolworths and doctors- we don’t get out much. Most of my friends are working, there’s no mothers group this time around, a lot of my friends from my antenatal classes are working. I don’t even want to attempt interrupting a playgroup dynamic with my boisterous toddler. I think it’s partly why I started blogging. It’s less crazy than talking to yourself.

About 6 weeks ago I was Facebooking during nap time and statuses about birthdays and cute photos kept popping up from the girls I went to school with, many of whom contact is limited to just the occasional like or comment, if that.

I took the plunge and put the call out – who was up for a play and chat??? I got a really positive response. It was great catching up with people that I hadn’t seen for ages – some since the Yr12 formal.

Thanks to all the old friends who came today! I had a great time. It has been an awesome start to the week! Hopefully see you all soon!

MrsM

Mum – Blue food is not to be trusted

Remember that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary where Mr Darcy says “if you ask me there isn’t enough blue food”? Well I discovered recently that there is a reason for this – BLUE food is not to be trusted! (If you aren’t familier with the movie reference Google “Bridget Jones Cooking Scene”)

I typically don’t stress about things being “organic” and I don’t scour over packets to check for additives, preservatives and colours. So when my cousin bought Cheeky Boy a cupcake with blue icing and asked if he could have it, I didn’t have a problem – though I did restrict him to a smaller piece (he was already a little sugar loaded from earlier in the day). We proceeded to watch in horror as the icing from a small piece of cupcake managed to get everywhere and be absorbed into everything. Fingers, lips, cheeks and chin all blue. I had blue on my arm and even the dog somehow managed to get blue on his white nose.

Thankfully we were sitting outside, however, baby wipes alone could not contain the mess of blue icing and good old soap and water was required. This meant I needed to very carefully manoeuvre him to the bathroom, willing him to not reach out and touch anything – it was very apparent that this was going to stain. Despite much scrubbing, his fingers and face were still blue, but clean enough that contact would not transfer the colour. A hot soak in the bath got rid of the last bits of blue and I put the trauma of blue out of my mind, at least until the next morning’s nappy showed me that the body cannot process blue food dye.

The other day Cheeky Boy got himself a handful of M&M’s, and within seconds his fingers and lips are blue yet again. It was then that I decided you cannot trust any blue food. There is just something completely unnatural about blue food – nothing grows in that colour. Now before I get a million people screaming about blueberries, they aren’t THAT blue, the skin is that blueish-purpleish colour but the flesh is not blue.

Now Nestle claim Smarties have no artificial colours but until someone shows me how they naturally derive the colour for the blue Smarties, I’m calling bullshit.

-Mrs M

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Linking up with IBOT @ Diary of a SAHM

Nerd/Teacher – Astronomy Picture of the Day

A website that I really enjoy visiting when I am randomly browsing the web is “Astronomy Picture of the Day“.

It is quite a spectacular collections of images taken by astronomers and their equipment worldwide. Each picture has an explanation of what is shown in the picture and some of the science behind it.

I often use these images as a teaching point or a bit of an intro or lesson starter when teaching Space topics in both Physics and Junior Science. It is a great way to capture students attention and imagination.

Here’s today’s picture and the explanation below (from APOD)

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The Hubble Extreme Deep Field

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (UCSC), R. Bouwens (Leiden Obs.), and the XDF Team

Explanation: What did the first galaxies look like? To help answer this question, the Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light. Pictured above, the XDF shows a sampling of some of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, 13 billion years ago, when the universe was only a few percent of its present age. The Hubble Space Telescope’s ACS camera and the infrared channel of the WFPC3 camera took the image. Combining efforts spread over 10 years, the XDF is more sensitive, in some colors, than the original Hubble Deep Field (HDF), the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) completed in 2004, and the HUDF Infrared completed in 2009. Astronomers the world over will likely study the XDF for years to come to better understand how stars and galaxies formed in the early universe.

-MrsM