Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shiny Sunday

During winter our weekends are pretty busy.
Jed takes Saturday morning off to take the tribe to footy/netball.

 We try and make a day of it, Visit any local 'touristy' things or craft shops in the town that is hosting or pop around to any relatives or friends in the area.

We get home about 2 pm and Jed goes off to work until about 7:30 or so. Hugo usually takes a solid 2-3 hour kip(he plays hard)and the girls will read or make craft(beading,painting,hand sewing).
Pussy Hotel
Lucky CoCo
Doesn't everyone paint in their knickers?
Often they will watch a movie or a couple of episodes of Worsel Gummidge- A favourite!

But Sundays......are shiny!
We try and get to Mass every 5 weeks or so as it is a bit of a drive,we usually go on and do our big food shop afterwards and take the Fab Five to McDonald's for a snack and play.
Shiny family.

The other Sundays are spent making our home shiny.
Since Matilda's birth there are some thing I just can't do,namely hovering,mopping and making beds.
I had a cleaning lady for a little while and she was great but not looking to take on any new clients.
Jed is a fantastic bloke. He drives us where ever we need to go,always goes to appointments with me,makes the crappy phone calls but he does not do cleaning.
So that left the senior Fab Three!

Zara and Elsa do most of it,Hugo helps with the heavy stuff and Liddy sorts toy cupboards,tidy's book shelves and minds Tildy.

Rather then paying cash,we run an account book. The house cleaners have the potential to earn $30 each for a thorough job done.
They lose $5 immediately for arguing.
This week the Twins earned the full $30 for the first time.
Did they hit E-bay with a vengeance!
Shiny floors and surfaces.

Jed and Hugo work on the house renovations. At present they are re-building my laundry.
It is taking a while as they are using all recycled materials.
I love watching them.
As Hugo has an after school job as a gopher(he goes for this and goes for that)for a house builder,he has a far bit of knowledge accumulated.
Seeing him explain to dad that the nails are only to support the gyprock until the glue dried brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye.
Shiny home.

And me?
Well,An Army Marches on its Stomach!
I cook.
This morning it was eggs&bake for the troops with french toast running with butter and golden syrup.
Morning tea was chilli chutney on turkish bread topped with colby cheese and a good strong pot of Earl Grey.
For lunch I made scotch eggs with a thai twist,lots of ginger and coriander as well as fish sauce mixed into the sausage meat.
Served with tomato and  cucumber they were so good!

For afternoon tea I made melting moments.
Don't make these if you are watching your weight! 
They went very nicely with another pot of tea,English Breakfast this time.

By supper time everyone was pretty tired,but not too tired for apple crumble and ice cream(a major treat in our home,I drove into town to buy some) washed down with cocoa.

Shiny happy tummies.

Four tired tribe members are in bed reading,I am feeding number five off to sleep now.
I have a little platter of fruit and cheese in the larder for Jed and I which will go nicely with a shiny glass of wine.

Shiny Mummy&Daddy.

There you go,a shiny little post about nothing in particular.

Go and have a shiny day!

x N


  1. What a treat to visit with you and your family on a happy Sunday! Shiny, indeed!! love, Nancy in California

  2. Very shiny! Ben refuses housework also, oh well. Did the twins find something fun on ebay? ;)

  3. A lovely shiny post, Nicole!
    And yum, does your cooking sound and look good :-)

  4. Very shiny and productive weekends for you all, never a dull moment with a busy household.

  5. I love everything about this post. Every bit.

  6. You are all so kind!
    I just felt like writing-thanks so much for reading my nonsense!

    xxx N

  7. What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing Nicole!

  8. My pleasure Millie,Thank YOU for reading it!
    x N

  9. Love the glimpse into you and your family's weekend!

    1. Thank you Cindy!
      I am looking forward to your before and after shots of your new floor.
      x N

  10. I clearly need to (a) have several more children; and (b) put them to work around the house!

    I love the little look into your everyday life! I would love to hear more about "melting moments" - that photo is making my mouth water!

  11. Thank you Inder-yes have lots of babies! Especially if they are going to be as cute as Joe.

    Jed said I should have included time I will! After all,every Sunday is shiny Sunday!