Monday, 30 January 2012

Why Hello, Its Been A While!

Hello Lovlies

Why yes it has been a long while and whilst i did not say i was taking a break it seems as if it was imposed on me when i needed one. I do have a tendency to take on well everything, when i already have to much on my plate i will add more even to my own detriment,  thats what happened when i started this blog the juggling act i had going came crashing down and something had to give. THIS MUMMY MAZE was abandoned for the greater good of a christmas and school holidays that did'nt totally suck for me and the children as Mr Maze was home for less than 2 weeks of the entire time.

We had a wonderful christmas with family and miss 10s new years eve birthday celebration. We have been to the movies, to the zoo, to adventure world and a bunch of other holiday treats that have  kept me very busy indeed but now we come to the end of the holidays and the start of all my babies going to school for the first time i will be alone during some days of the week.

Although i am so looking forward to the kids being back at school it will be bitter sweet my big girl will start high school in a few days and my little guy, my baby, will start kindy at the end of the week. It's a defining moment in my life my babies are growing so quickly i don't know where the time has gone but at the same time i have been waiting for this for what seems like forever.

I have wanted this new chapter so badly but at the same time am so scared to live it that i seriously considered another baby because i thought thats what i truly wanted and in truth i think thats because its all i have known for so long now. Being a stay at home mum for the last 13 years has really left me out of the loop on everything, the only other thing i know i can do is comping and unless you are one you wont understand its a total addiction but in the real world who am i now all the kids are at school?

Well i don't know just yet but i do think its going to be fun finding out even if it does take some getting used too. If you have been through this or are going through this now how did you or are you coping and what advice do you have for me so i can deal without becoming a blubbery mess.

Melanie xxx

Monday, 5 December 2011

A Christmas Meme

I seen this on and found it a bit of fun so i  thought i would play along.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definately hot chocolate nog is not my bag baby,

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa wraps presents in different paper with different name tags. He also stuffs the stocking with treats.

3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white?  This one i don't really have a preference i like both an have both for the tree.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No i never thought we could get it here in oz so never looked for it but i think i would if  i could get it fresh because i do find it quite pretty.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually December 1st  but this year they went up on November 26th  the day after miss 5s birthday  the kids were itching to put up the tree so i caved and did it early.

6.  What is your favourite holiday dish? The roast turkey is my favorite food for christmas i must have one on christmas day if we don't have christmas at home and theres no turkey where we are i make one once we are home thats how much i love christmas turkey.

7. Favourite Holiday memory as a child?  I have racked my brain and all i can come up with is when i was 12 i got a television for christmas i thought it was just the coolest present ever but i can't recall any emotional christmas memories i think thats why once i had my own children christmas became a real event full of traditions and lots of love.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?  Fro as long as i remember i have always known the truth about santa but still love the magic of santa.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes Mr Maze is a bit of a softy 1 pressie each gets opened on christmas eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Mines red, silver and gold with the addition of the childrens special handmade decorations.

11.Snow! Love it or Dread it?  I have never seen snow apart from pictures or TV but i know i would love it i can't stand the heat and absolutely love the cold just one white christmas would be magical, totally amazing like a fairytale but cold.

12. Can you ice skate? I have ice skated before and was able to do it but have not been in so long i think i would not be able to now.

13. Do you remember your favourite gift?  My kids happiness on christmas is my favorite gift nothing material could ever come close but i could be persuaded to have a fav material gift with an i-pad or perhaps a Dyson (hint hint ;0)  if anyones feeling generous).

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Having the family  sharing time together making my own traditions so my kids have special memories of their childhood christmas's they will hold dear.

15. What is your favourite Holiday Dessert? Cheesecake no question hands down any kind but always cheesecake!

16. What is your favourite holiday tradition? I love it all from putting up the tree with the kids , going around to see the christmas lights, taking the kids to carols by candlelight, cooking our christmas lunch i love christmas.

17.What tops your tree?  We have a star this year it lights up and looks beautiful.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I love receiving but i love giving more it makes me happy to see others happiness on their faces.

19.What is your favourite Christmas Song?  Santa baby is most favorite christmas song its festive, cute and sexy all in one.

20. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Yuck apart from those fruity ones which are borderline i don't like them at all.

21. Favourite Christmas Show? I love the Santa Clause movies, Home Alone 1 and 2, Elf, Miracle on 31st street and Muppets a Christmas Carol oh and the Grinch so pretty much im a sucker for christmas movies.

22. Saddest Christmas Song? I don't have one.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

MOODY MONDAY - Take 4 + A recipe

After a weekend with such highs the lows had to come and come they did today all the girls had school but we all got up a little bit grumpy.First day of swimming lessons for the older 2 girls meant a busy morning but the day was fine till we got home from school pick up then all started to go slowly from crap to well shit.

I just got a new bike and tag along trailer for taking the littlies around , maybe even getting me some exercise in the process.When we got home i thought it would be a good time to put it it together whilst the kids had a play outside. I open the box separate all the bits to make a start when they start touching everything thats ok i know that their interested but then they start cutting up all the cardboard, plastic , foam and wrapping that came with it not a happy mummy this does make since i spent most of yesterday cleaning up after the party a new mess was not going down well especially one the wind was blowing all over the place since we were in the garage with the door open.

That was crap but not so bad to ruin my day i got the bike together the tag along attached and gave it a test run the littlies were very impressed as their laughter and excitement was quite loud so all was forgotten about the mess. Time to go in bathe the children and get dinner this is when the shit part started, i run the bath get the littlies in and start making burgers for dinner. I make up a burger mix from what i have in the house get them on  tell the kids to get out the bath to discover they have flooded the bathroom into their bedroom and the carpet is soaking i hit the roof , we rent i was none impressed. Half the towels from the linen cupboard later, them laughing me yelling it was looking ok im hoping it dries without wrecking the carpet though.They are now banned from TV for a couple of days so they can see their actions have consequences its not so funny now.

I calmed down and thankfully dinner was scrumptious and my fussy boy powered through it and if he loved it i must share so heres what i put in them.

Boss Burgers!
700g pork mince
half a large red onion
handful of flat leaf parsley chopped
2 stalks of celery finely diced
a generous dash of worcestershire sauce
a generous squeeze of tomato sauce
a generous squeeze of BBQ sauce

Make into patties fry them up serve on a roll with salad of your choice enjoy their delish :0)
With food in our bellies things did'nt seem so bad but i was definately ready for bedtime.

XXX Melanie

Monday, 28 November 2011

The Fairy Princess Turns 5

On Saturday my gorgeous fairy princess turned 5.
My week has been hectic full of planning for the party, shopping for the party, cleaning for the party (so it could get trashed again by a pack of princesses wheres the logic in that?), baking for the party which incited even more cleaning but resulted in these wonderful fairy princess choc-chip biscuit wands.

Perfect for any princess with a sweet tooth.
Don't you love them? Do you want to make them?
I shall do a how to with recipe later this week :0)

 How cute are these babies sure to impress children and parents alike so simple to make i got the idea for the very hungry caterpillars and boats in jelly sea from this post by Maxabella loves thank you so much mine are not quite as beautiful but made such a fun impact on the table.

 See how i strategically placed the food i prepared, baked or made around the outside of the table with the store bought stuff through the middle it worked as they were the most uneaten at the end of the party or it could be my hand made touch that made my wares more enticing lets go with that one! See the watermelon that was meant to be a princess crown but i ran out of time, i think it looks more like a lotus flower but miss 5 said it was a crown so thats good enough for me.
 After dancing and pass the parcel it was time for cake my piece de resistance  whilst meek and unassuming on the outside this baby thrilled me to bits when i cut it open to reveal................
I was so happy all the effort i put in paid off there were gasps of joy from the children and "did you make that"  from the mums who may have been just as impressed by my cakey offering as i and the fairy princess were. She was extremely impressed with her birthday cake a huge smile took over her face as i helped her cut the first piece.
Then my joy at the cake and seeing how happy she was was taken even higher when i was summoned outside to a table full of princesses eating cake to a "ok girls1,2,3" "Thank you!" from my princess and the girls. My heart bursting with love and pride as i left them to eat miss thirteen overhears her say "thanks girls you made my mum really happy" do i have the sweetest fairy princess in the land i believe i just might.

So you can see why it has been so quiet in This Mummy Maze i have been one busy mumma we still had our weekly saturday movie night after the party and put up the christmas tree on sunday then cleaned up the massive mess leftover from the party of the year (come on i don't get out much) but i'm back better than before. Maybe?

XXXX Melanie

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Zoo Fun

         A carousel ride to start the day
 Hello gorgeous boy
 I spy at the savanah
 I love the giraffes
 Check out this guy posing for the camera
So cute i want one of my own

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Moody Monday- Take 3

This week the house is abuzz with preparations for miss 4s 5th birthday party celebrations and she is getting very excited. Theres so much pink around right now you could be mistaken into thinking a flamingo threw up in my house but that what a barbie fairy princess party requires don't you know pink pink and perhaps a little more pink.

The decorations, party favors ect and her outfit have all been bought things are going to plan very nicely right now fingers crossed smooth sailing all week till the party on saturday. Her excitement is contagious and the mood in the house is high nothing like a party to lift the spirits, her happiness is making me happy i can't wait to see her on her special day revelling in being the center of attentions.

Theres still the food to organise, baking to be done and games to prepare im in for a busy week and not looking forward to the clean up after a bunch of little girl tornados whirl through the house but that shall be forgotten till the party is over.

Wish me luck that everything goes smoothly i might need it! If anyone has any ideas for pink party food i will be happy to hear them im in serious need of pink savoury food ideas.Heres to a whirlwind week.

melanie xxx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Glory Of Love

I know i'm giving the best of my love to my family in particular my children when i see, hear and feel my heart full of their love. I can be hard on myself and my capabilties as a mum sometimes as i know most mums can be, but theres times big and small that make me think hey i must be doing something pretty great!

The other night my little darling (yes we have called her that so often that when on the phone daddy asks "who's this" she replys with "its your little darling") miss 4 had her tiara out so i put it on, my little guy mr 4 turns to me and says "mum your my princess of love" my heart just melted and i knew right then was one of those times.

For me theres nothing more glorious than the unconditional love our children give daddy maze and i , im also super proud we are the ones to have assisted them in being the loving caring people they are. So next time im feeling not up to par i shall remind myself of these wise words "Love is all we need" and being the princess of love in my castle anyway know im doing just fine.

Has your little darling said anything lately that made your heart melt?