Thursday, July 23, 2015

{Getting Around} Monkey Mia 2015

 WARNING: This post is EXTREMELY photo heavy!





















Last week we ventured to Monkey Mia for a few nights in the caravan, the first two days were cold and wet, but that didn't stop the kids swimming. Pilbara kids NEVER pass up an opportunity to get in the water when we are away.

But the last two days were beautiful and warm, perfect swimming weather! Well at least for the kids, the water was still too cold for me.

Monkey Mia is a beautiful place, even if the dolphin interaction is a bit too hyped up for my liking. We seen more dolphins just out the front of our caravan then we did at the interaction. There was no chance for photo's of them, but we seen up to 6 dolphins swim less than a meter away from us. The kids couldn't believe their luck.

And now they are asking when we are going back again... We will go back, but I'm not looking forward to the drive. It was LONG.
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

9 months





Well actually he is 9 and a half months now but he coincided turning 9 months with three weeks of screaming so I've barely had time to shower lately let alone write a blog post.

He now has 2 teeth and taunts me by sleeping through the night (wakes at 5ish) a few nights then has a week of nights full of overnight wakings in a row. Those nights wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't dwelling on the times when he did sleep through.

He loves to laugh at his siblings and adores them all. The feel the same about him, I am sure that will probably change when he starts getting into more of their stuff.

He isn't crawling yet, but has been rocking on his hands and knees for a few weeks. As I said, he likes to taunt me a lot :P

But even though he isn't crawling he does manage to get around by just rolling about the place. He is pretty fast too.

And that's pretty much what 9 month old Darcy is like- happy (apart from those hellish three weeks of screaming), full of laughs and interested in the world.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Alphabet Tracing Printable

The other day I shared a 1-20 tracing sheet that my almost 5 year old uses to get familiar with his numbers. So today I thought I would share the Alphabet version.


 You can download a printable copy here: http://www.andsewwecraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Alphabet-Dots.pages


If you have any trouble printing it can you please let me know.

A x
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Number Tracing Printable

My almost 5 year old has both a receptive and expressive language disorder so early literacy and numeracy can be a challenge for him. He currently is struggling to remember the numbers 17 and 18 when counting to 20. It has us all stumped though because he has place values in the current spots when counting up to 40 and sometimes 50. So we have no idea why he misses them in the teens.

So I've made up a quick printable to get him more familiar with the number 1-20 in the hope that the sequence of numbers will somehow stick.

I've laminated it and it just sits on our craft area so he can pick it up and do it when HE wants too. I don't make him do it and I try to keep it fun.


You can download a copy from here if you think it might come in handy for your kids: http://www.andsewwecraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/1-20-dot-numbers.pages
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Monday, June 8, 2015

monday gratefuls



1. Weekends when B is actually home and at not at work
2. Hearing Ethan saying "I love you, Mum'
3. When the kids all play nicely and genuinely enjoy each others company.


What are you grateful for this week?
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIPS Wednesday

So at the beginning of the month I had grand plans to blog everyday in May with Cate but then I feel off the wagon big time. I went great for the first week and then the weekend came around and our weekends are BUSY so I thought to myself no worries, I'll just skip the weekend and then Monday came and I had sick kids at home for most of the week and then I had a huge to do list to get through and blogging was on the bottom of that list so another weekend went by and well I decided that blogging every day was a bit to much to expect of myself. Maybe 3 times a week is a more realistic goal considering I've also got posts to write for ASWC and so many other things that take up my time. 

And honestly, lately I'd rather be crocheting than blogging... Sorry!

Anyway, back to the point of what I was originally blogging about. And that's my WIPs, I have so many but I thought I would share my current once. 

Of course I am still working on my ASWC Crochet Along blanket. It's almost finished by the way! 



And then there is my gifts for the Gnome Swap






My swap needs to be sent in the next fortnight so I'm hoping to get it all finished this weekend. 

Then I might get to work on a few other WIPs I have sitting around... 


And Sew We Craft

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Friday, May 8, 2015

My Happy Place





So todays prompt was where do you go to clear your head? Well I don't really go anywhere, I simply pick up my crochet hook. This is only a reasonably recent thing for me and it works really well because it allows me to clear my head and not actually have to leave the house. Which at this time in my life it tricky at times. 

So how do you clear your head? 




{life behind the purple door}
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Top 5 Movies



This post was harder to write than what it should've been. I haven't watched movies for a long long time and I actually had to think about movies that I would watch over and over again.



  1. Pretty in Pink
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird
  3. Harry Potter
  4. Save the Last Dance (I haven't seen this in a long long time.)
  5. Pitch Perfect



I'm sure I've probably missed something in that list.

So what are your top 5 movies? 


{life behind the purple door}

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Foods We Eat

So I'm still plodding along with this whole blog every day in May thing and todays prompt is food we eat. Well I've shared a fair bit on how we meal plan over the years and it's changed quite a bit.

At the moment we are still using the system I implemented in February. It's a weekly system and I use this printable.

If you click on the image you will be able to download it in a pdf if you think you might find it useful

As you can see I also list any baking that I plan to do on each day too. The menu plan starts on a Saturday because I shop on either Friday or Saturday each week. Our meals tend to change from week to week with a few favourites in rotation but I haven't just started doing on bulk meal a week. For example a fortnight ago we had lasagne on our meal plan so I made 4 at once and froze 3 for nights when we have netball or soccer etc so dinner is easy and I don't need to think about it. I've also got some homemade pies in the freezer at the moment too.

Coming into winter the slow cooker will also get a bit more of a workout. I do have a Thermomix, but the slowcooker comes in handy when I know I will have a busy afternoon and won't even have the time to put something in the thermi.

Do you menu plan? 


{life behind the purple door}
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