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After a difficult weekend things felt a bit better today. The sunshine definitely helps. Not just because it lifts my mood a little, but because it means I can send Jericho and Soren outside to play and that improves their moods and interactions enormously. When they were outside today in their ‘ship’ (really the decorative tree with the weeping branches in the middle of the front yard) battling droids with their lightsabres they were almost friends.

They came out with me to feed the chickens and collect the eggs. The chickens are doing very well and we’re getting two or three eggs a day which is more than we need, so once we’ve used what we want I’ve been giving quite a few away.

For the past few weeks I’ve been taking care of the chickens on my own, sneaking out when no one is looking just so I can have some peace and quiet. (Actually, I’m going to get myself a folding chair so that I can sit down out there and watch them for a while on bad days, it’s quite soothing watching such stupid birds attack vegetable scraps). Today I was reminded about the other problem with taking the children out with me- they are desperately keen to collect and carry the eggs, but they are NOT careful with them. In fact the biggest problem seems to be that they’re so excited over getting two eggs that they smash them together in joy…and I do mean smash.

I spent a while on the phone to the Family Assistance Office this morning, getting Soren registered with a CRN and setting up our childcare benefit. I’ve filled in all the forms and will try and drop them in at the daycare tomorrow. I must remember to either photocopy his immunisation pages from his health centre book, or try and find his immunisation certificate because they’ll need that too, but after that he’ll be all ready to go. Well, apart from me labelling all his clothes and freaking out about my baby growing up…just the standard stuff.

I hate government dealing with government departments though. In some ways it’s worse on the phone because they just keep putting you on hold and making you talk to robots, but at least when I’m on the phone the children are just causing chaos at home instead of running rampant in the family assistance office. Although I suppose isn’t that part of the point of organising this stuff today and putting Soren in daycare- then I can do things like visit the Family Assistance Office unencumbered?

I also cleaned Emma and Jericho’s bedroom, in a futile search for a library book Emma has lost. I’m actually really annoyed about it, because a) it’s not the first library book she’s lost and if she followed my library book care system it wouldn’t have happened, b) she borrowed and lost a book we already OWNED! and c) they are going to charge me almost $38 dollars to replace a paperback book which is a complete rip off.

I’ve signed up for a Wordpress blog too. I don’t know what I’m doing about my livejournal and this new blog, but it seemed like a good idea at the time and it was kind of fun (although frustrating) fiddling about with all the settings. It’s certainly looking pretty, although I don’t know if it’s working properly yet. I’m going to keep experimenting with it and see how I like it before I make any decisions about anything.





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Aug. 16th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are feeling a bit better, and the sun definitely seems to help most people!
The children smashing the eggs makes me laugh because I can totally picture it in my head!
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