Housework Wednesday #3

So this housework Wednesday will have no photos as we are not in my house. You see we are still staying with my mum and stepdad and so I am not really comfortable posting pics of their house…. But I have been keeping up, yesterday was a vacuum and wipe down fest with all of the toilets, sinks, doors and walls getting some love. I vacuumed the floor and ran one of the attachments over the baseboards and the outside table (a glass top and 3 smokers means a blanket of ash that was driving me batty). It felt really good to be getting stuff done. I have also convinced The Man that buying me a Dyson is in his best interests.

Although I can see that I am going to have my work cut out for me at the new house. As much as I really am looking forward to moving in figuring out how a new house works is always a little daunting for me. But I have the advantage of the laundry being INSIDE in this house. I am so very excited though to get unpacked and sorted and set up! The car arrives today and we drive down tomorrow. I can see a few really hectic days in front of us but I have to say I am thrilled that we are finally going to be able to settle.

But hellos are delightful

So I have been incommunicado for a couple of weeks simply due to being at my parents house and having to try and wrangle the Mess Makers into NOT trashing the entire house each and every day. Given that they don’t have Mess Makers of their own it is entirely unsurprising that my Mum and Stepdad have a house full of lovely little knock knacks that the Mess Makers fingers just ITCH to play with.

So long story short the removal it’s came, they removed, they left. We then spent an extra 4 HOURS at the house shifting trash (by trash I mean the rest of the stuff that just wasn’t important enough to pack and so was taken to the heap or to the second hand store etc etc, not actual rubbish) By the time we left we had 3 skip bags out the front of the house waiting to be taken away all of which were picked up after we left. We ended up spending over $600 on just getting rid of excess. The sad part is that we have barely scratched the surface of the “stuff” that we have I fear!

The upside to this is that we have realised just how much we have been mindlessly accumulating while we were in the old house. I can mostly put it down to hopelessness. I for one felt quite hopeless and powerless to do anything big to improve our situation and so I bought little things to make myself feel better, but of course that failed and then the little things add up and you end up even more miserable as you can’t find a darned thing! So we are on a newish quest to embrace minimalism and turf the excess so that we can keep what really matters to us!

The flight was pretty much uneventful, as you always hope a flight to be. I FINALLY got to see Malificent and thoroughly enjoyed it along with Blended which had me giggling almost all the way through.

We picked Moody up from his Dad’s house the same afternoon as we arrived. He was happy to see us and we were happy to see him. He has visited with his Dad one other time since we have been here and stayed for a few hours but not overnight. (Their choice not mine).

The first night we were here was filled with us being happy to see the parents, the Mess Makers getting to re-know their grandparents and my sister who is still at home, and Moody re-integrating into the family. A very pleasant way to spend the evening.

The rest of the time The Man has been working and the Mess Makers and I have been visiting family and friends or as I said bumming around at my parents place and trying not to trash the joint. Today is probably the first time that I have been able to sit down and relax while Mischief and Mayhem sleep and Moody plays down at the other end of the verandah.


The kids have LOVED seeing their family again although Mischief did crack us up when she asked when she would be getting a step-dad like Moody. She was most put out when we said never, at least not if we could help it. It’s not entirely surprising that she was confused seeing as I have 2 step-parents as does her big brother. Meaning she has 6 grandparents and what must seem like eleventy-billion relatives. But she will get it all straight at some point.

The Man’s parents were thrilled to have the kids around and had had great fun collecting scooters and little bikes from around the place. They had even pulled a rocking horse that had belonged to The Man when he was little for the Mess Makers to play on. Mischief scared herself silly the first time she managed to tip it all the way over backwards but was soon doing it deliberately. Mayhem on the other hand worried his grandmother when she tried to play nicely with him with a shell (pretending it was going to nibble on his arm because the markings made it look like it has teeth) and he FREAKED OUT! He was not happy and so the shell had to go away. Even the next time we visited he would not have a bar of it or any other shell that looked remotely similar.

At my Dad’s place though my step sisters and brother have grown up a ridiculous amount even since the last time I saw them and are so much more mature now. My oldest step sister is doing her WACE (uni entrance) exams this year and so is currently gearing up to get her revision finished. The youngest impressed Mischief with her ballet (quite frankly I was impressed as well, she has just started dancing on-pointe and I for one think she is amazing). Moody and my step brother disappeared and explored the newest video games they little brother has that are age appropriate for Moody. I haven’t told Dad and Stepmom-Mum about uni yet as I don’t want to overshadow oldest sisters exams and hopeful entry. That and I am worried that this may not stick, yet again.

We have been living at Mum’s house and the Mess Makers have had a field day with gardening (consisting mostly of watering already waterlogged plants) and running around after Nanna and Poppa as they go about their work.

We will hopefully be settled in our new house, have Moody installed at his new school and be mostly unpacked more or less by the end of next week…here’s to hoping!

Housework Wednesday #2

Oh No!! Housework Wednesday is here again and I see no improvement! In fact there is even more mess I would be pretty confident to say….

But to be honest allot of the mess is either moving chaos, The Man mess (he has been home for the last 2 days and only went back to work this morning!) or I just CANNOT be bothered mayhem.



So to sum up the Mess Makers have been running riot in the lounge room but  that can all pretty much be picked up by the end of the day. Aside from the box on the coffee table, that I cannot pick up and it will have to wait for The Man because it is full of kids books and is VERY heavy.

The dining room is pure moving chaos. There is stuff everywhere. it is not pretty but it is the place that made the most sense for stacking boxes.

The kitchen is just me not being bothered today. I have picked up bits and pieces but I will finish it off before The Man gets home tonight.

The master bed? That I can’t explain.


We’re moving!!


We were always going to be moving. That was always in the plan of the next few months but it hasn’t really been mentioned because it’s not really relevant to study, then I realised that I have a solid 6 months before I even START to study!! So how to fill the next 6 months? Well I will be going through my planning process, my purchasing of stationary and tools, my initial expectations etc. BUT there is another side to this blog, it’s not ALL about study it’s also about being a MUM! So I figure I should probably let you in on the family side of things. The biggest part of which at the moment is that we are moving literally across the country from Sydney NSW to a regional centre in WA. A big part of this is due to The Man’s work, but we were perfectly happy where we were in regards to his work and probably wouldn’t have changed except we have had some extended family health issues that have become pressing and we want to be able to offer support to the people affected which is a bit hard to do from 3 000 km away! So we are moving.

The Man is excited because he gets to head up his own hotel which has a food and beverage section in a place that he has always wanted to live since he was a child – his family used to holiday in the town that we are moving to every year all through his childhood and teenage years and his parents still continue that tradition every year to this day.

I am excited because it moves me closer to my uni which means that should I potentially need to use the library or something I can probably manage to get in there for a few hours on a weekend (it will probably require an overnight stay at someone’s house but it is possible), and we are close enough to my family to spend some decent time with them but far enough away to avoid the family crazy (we are a family of women…. gossipy women… who all have very strong opinions…).

The kids are mostly confused, but happy Moody will get to see his biological father more which is a good thing, and all of the Mess Makers will get allot more exposure to their extended family. Mischief keeps asking when we are going to move, “can we go on the plane today?” which is adorable, it becomes not so adorable when she then chucks a tantrum when told not today but soon. Mayhem is his usual adorable self and is getting caught up in the excitement of the other two.

So for the next few weeks we will be caught up in moving frenzy, then the weeks after that will be unpacking frenzy. Hopefully by the end of October I will know for sure whether I got into uni and then we can start moving towards actually starting!