I finished my Masters 2 weeks ago now, such a big relief to finally be finished. It was a bit hectic towards the end, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without G taking holidays from work and my sister taking a couple of days off too (plus cooking dinner for us lots) but we made it… and now we can breathe.
And also play. As much as these munchkins drive me crazy some (a lot) of the time, I did miss them while I was absorbed in studying, so I’ve been trying to give them some more attention lately.
This week is the last week of day care and Kindy, so I’m looking forward to more time just hanging out and having some fun. I’ll start looking for a Library job seriously in the new year when Matilda starts prep (!!!) and Polly will be in Kindy! I can’t believe how little my two big girls were when I started studying… everyone says it, but it really is just more evidence of time flying.
In just under a month I will have finished my Masters. Hooray!
But before then I have to fit in another 80 hours of prac, 2 exams and getting my portfolio together. Not to mention what feels like a million information sessions to attend before Matilda starts prep next year. It’s safe to say it’s a bit mental around here and it’s not really going to let up til that Nov 23 end date.
I’ll be so happy to have it done, I started it a long time ago now, thinking I’d be done in a year and a half. Then this little bundle of craziness joined our crew and everything slowed down a bit in the uni department. Finally, we’re nearly there. 1 big crazy dash to the finish line. Then it will be a proper break before looking for a part time role once the kids are back in school/kindy next year.
We had a brief respite from the craziness on Sunday and took the opportunity to head up the coast a little and meet my brother and SIL for a swim, a spot of fishing and some lunch.
When life gets so hectic it’s easy to forget how nice it is to just get out and do something fun.
The girls are obsessed with cutting out bits of paper and making things lately.
Matilda’s latest is her reversible happy/sad jellyfish.
And to enjoy with your jellyfish, a recipe for a new cake we tried for a playdate recently. It’s actually called a ginger cake, but my girls apparently do not like ginger… gingerbread on the other hand, no problem. So we call it a gingerbread cake.
Gingerbread cake with Caramel Icing
Slightly adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly Easy Baking Cookbook.
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup SR flour
1/2 teasp bi-carb soda
2 teasp ground ginger
1 teasp ground cinnamon
1/2 teasp ground nutmeg
125g butter, softened
2/3 cup buttermilk (i didn’t have any on hand so i used regular milk with about 2/3tblsp white vinegar added)
1/2 cup firmly packed, brown sugar
2 tblsp milk
3/4 cup icing sugar
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease deep 20cm ring pan.
Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on low speed until combined, increase speed and beed for about 2 minutes until mix is smooth and pale.
Pour mix into pan, bake for about. Stand for 10 minutes before turning out of pan.
Stir butter, brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan over heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, once it has cooled, add the icing sugar. If the mix is too hot, the icing sugar will all dissolve and the icing will be too runny.
It’s Kindy holiday time so we’ve been hanging out, having playdates and going on little adventures. At the same time we’ve done nothing particularly exciting, yet have been barely at home for 5 minutes.
Thanks for your kind words on my last post, sorry I didn’t reply to them but I really do appreciate it – not long after that post my 84 year old Grandma passed away. A blessing for her that she is now at peace, but still sad for our family. We’ve been spending time remembering her and being thankful for the life she lived.
I wondered if ‘disheartened’ was too strong a word to use for this post, because it’s not really meant to be a negative thing… it just is my new kind of normal at the moment. I looked up the dictionary and it says to be disheartened is to “shake or destroy the resolution of” and that pretty accurately describes how I’m feeling about doing anything above what is necessary for daily survival at the moment. It’s all too hard, I’ve given in.
And it’s this little cherub that has tipped me over the edge. Don’t be fooled by that angelic little face, this kid is in full 18 month old cheeky, get into everything mode.
Seriously, she can not be left alone for more than 30 seconds without getting herself into a situation that could end up badly. I’m not talking just that she could make a mess, but she could hurt herself. Today I left her alone while I used the bathroom.. came back to find her sitting in the kitchen sink. She’d pulled a chair out from the table, used that to climb up on the table and climbed from the table to the kitchen bench. Luckily it was the island bench, not the other kitchen bench from where she could have grabbed the knives or turned on a hot plate.
Forget trying to do anything while I’m at home with her. It goes something like this – pick up something from the ground and put it away, go and get Emilia off the kitchen table. Fold one t-shirt, get Emilia off the veranda table. Put one dish in the dishwasher, grab the three other dirty dishes off her that she’s taken out of the dishwasher in the time taken to rinse the dish. Work on the computer, forget it… she climbs up and sits on the keyboard in front of you. Honestly, the kid is cute… but at the moment it’s hard work.
I really can’t remember the other two getting into this much trouble, but it could be just a numbers game and the one extra has pushed me over the edge. By the time all three of them are in bed all night and I finally sit down on the couch and think about all the things I can now get done in peace and quiet I’m too exhausted to move.
Anyway, it’s all ok. I’ve surrendered to it for now and I know it will pass, probably all too quickly. I’m just saying.. that’s why I haven’t posted for awhile, or done anything fun, or crafted anything, or baked anything, or had a tidy house for the last 3 months.