Saturday, January 16, 2010

Oh so tough.....

Oh so tough

He wants her to be oh so tough.....she wants to spend the day in the pram....

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

See I can do it...

I did it

I would love to say I'm a green thumb ....but I'm I was kinda proud when this little one natural

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A good night

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Last night we ended up with a pretty good (if I do say so myself dinner & dessert) of majority local and organic produce - there was a stunning sunset and then we took the dog for her first walk..........the Mr's big, tough dog....doesn't walk......we put the lead on her thinking like most puppies she will get all excited at going out the front and somewhere new.....she just stood still.....even the madam giving her a pep talk didn't work.

We will keep trying but I have the sneaking suspicion our bad ass staffy is going to be a lap dog......Karma ....who knew!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Peaceful parenting...... I try

For about the past six weeks I have felt like I am drowning. Everything seemed to be up the creek! I don't know if it was an end of year thing, a Christmas thing, that the Mr was on holidays and our house is packed with people thing or something else. I have been waking up as tired as I went to sleep. I haven't has the energy for doing things I would always do - and my house resembles those trashed houses that you would see on currant affairs programs...

About three weeks ago I smacked the madam, it wasn't hard, but I had got to the end of my rope. She was throwing a tantrum about something and I just lost it. When I get mad I don't really yell, scream or such - I am a quiet one - I slam doors though!
I smacked her, I cried - she has held me accountable ever since. ( This is also probably the second time I have smacked her in my life!)

This has probably been my greatest lesson in accountability......since that happened the madam has proceeded to tell anyone who would listen (including the in - laws) how I smacked her and now I will go to jail! (I don't know where that came from!) I have never felt more guilty or embarrassed by a single action in my life.

On the flip side though.....

It did teach me about accountability and that even though she is "just a child" she is a walking, talking, feeling, heart beating, being and I think I need to remember that....I know kids need boundaries and discipline.....but I have, and am trying much harder, to do that in a peaceful parenting sort of way.

I have definitely found that since this all happened I have become more conscious of how I interact with the madam. I have always tried to do this but I think when you feel like you want to curl up in the foetal position and cry for hours peaceful parenting takes a back seat.

I seem to have got myself out of my funk and we are definitely doing better now. I have found by doing more talking and listening (equal on both sides!) she seems to be a little less ' princess tantrum' and a little more 'free spirit' which is what we have always been. I don't know what it was but I have pretty much talked myself into positivity which seems to have worked so far. Funny how even the smallest of people can change you ways.

Now I am off to deal with the house.......

Monday, January 11, 2010



Summer ( as hosted by Jodi at Che & Fidel see the side bar for the link!) is having dinner outside with the Mr & the Madam.......then taking my wine and camera and laying on the lawn trying to get crazy photo's of the resident puppy while she goes crazy in the water..............

P.S. a heatwave is not glamourous!