Saturday, October 29, 2011

I heart my body, one day

Ok thought I would be brave and strip for the camera.
Then I thought, it is a cool day and we dont have any heating so I am not going to risk getting too chilly

Plus there is the oh so small fact that I am not that comfortable with being naked-ish

So this is me.

For most of my life I have had issues with liking my body and accepting how I looked.

Growing up it was mainly just my mum and me. My mother had an undiagnosed eating disorder. So it is only natural that I too would develop self-worth issues.
I grew up seeing  my mother call herself fat even though she was seriously underweight.
She hardly ate and when she did eat a lot (by her small standard) she would worry about getting fat.

I didnt develop an eating disorder (as I liked food too much). But as a result of being teased in primary school (because I was thin) and an abusive relationship when I was a young teen, with a much older boy. I would strive to hide my body. My jumpers and shirts would always be XXL. I tried really hard to put on weight to help hide my body too.

It has only been in about the last 10 years that I have started to wear clothing that is more true to my size.  I honestly cant say I love my body. But I am starting to accept the way things are and learning to be more positive about the way I look.

Also an important part of the journey of learning to love my body is so that my kids can learn to have a positive self image and self worth. As I dont want them growing up the way I did and seeing their mother weigh herself every day.

This is part of the We Heart Life  I heart My Body 2011 link up
Go over and check out some of the other brave women.

Sarah xx

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday- Opportunity

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful that my little girl was given the opportunity to be assessed for an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This was a big deal, as she only got assessed yesterday as they had a spare spot. Autism Spectrum Australia  (ASPECT) only come out this way once a year. And there are so many boxes you have to tick to get seen. One was parent must have a health care card. This was the problem. My kids have cards but I don't. We are on an income where we earn too much to get one but not enough to be classed as high income earners. That annoying middle ground.

Anyway, they had a space. So someone would assess her.

During the assessment they try to interact with the child and to play with them and see what they do with certain toys. Well all I can say is that The Princess performed to her true self.  As the assessor said "she has an aversion to dolls". The Princess had no idea what she was expected to do with the doll or the little family to play house. But she did know how to spin the coloured CD spinner on the table.
And she was very happy to talk to the assessor about the colour green and the number 3. (Yes  having a real thing for the colour green and the number 3 is classed as a bit odd.) But she didn't have too much else to say.

After the play session I was interviewed and asked a lot of questions.

So The Princess is now officially on the Autism Spectrum. Not sure exactly where on the spectrum, will have to wait till the report comes out. But really it doesn't matter, where she falls on the spectrum. The spectrum is huge and every child is different.

So I got the diagnoses so what now????
Nothing really. Our day to day life wont change too much as I have been thinking of her as been on the spectrum for over a year now. All it means is that we will get the funding we need and that The Miner now has to learn to accept it.

Oh and lastly not only was I thankful of The Princess been assessed, but the fantastic staff member from our Early Intervention who sat in with us.

For more Thankful Thursdays go over and see Kate.

Sarah xx

Monday, October 24, 2011

The ASD week ahead

This week is a big week in our household.

The Princess has an appointment with ASPECT for her Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, or not.

I am fully prepared for her to be given the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, just like her brother Mr Magoo.

If she doesn't get a diagnosis at all......

Fair to say I will be devastated.

Lots of things point to her having Aspergers syndrome

She has an extremely high IQ in non verbal memory but it drops dramatically once verbal skills are needed.
At home she talks and talks and talks.
But when out people don't hear much at all and I am often asked if she talks at all.
Or if she becomes overwhelmed language stops or goes to a tiny whisper
If given a number of choices, she just falls apart.
If too much food is on her plate she becomes overwhelmed and just doesn't know where to start.
Most meals out she ends up sitting under the table.
There is an order the kids have to get in the car.
She has MAJOR sensory issues
We have days where she just lays on the floor and screams and says mumma mumma over and over again
She wakes up often before 4am. And if I don't get up with her she will SCREAM and not stop.
We watch her Santa Dora DVD just about everyday
She puts everything in her mouth and chews things up
We have to keep her finger nails short as she likes to scratch and pinch
On Saturday she screamed for over 1 1/2 hours because I forgot to take her a banana to eat after swimming.

And I could go on
You know what.
 All of the above is just a typical day for us

I don't want my child to have a label
But I do want to get her the help she needs
And for that to happen she needs that label

So this week is a big week for our family

Sarah xx

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Zhu Zhu DVD Review and Giveaway

Last year I got our family a little Zhu Zhu pet. Mainly to see what all the fuss was about. Well the kids loved this little creature. Sadly he actually didn't last long. His little legs (wheels) just wore out, but he still makes all the cute sounds
Due to the fact ours didn't last very long at all I haven't been willing to buy another one. (except for yesterday in a moment of weakness and finding them a bit cheap)
Anyhow when we were offered by the lind people at Universal Pictures (Australasia)  the chance to review the latest Zhu Zhu DVD I jumped at the chance.


The Quest for Zhu

The kids were really excited to watch this DVD.
Mr Magoo seemed to enjoy the movie. Except there are some scary parts, but he didn't ask for it to be turned off. Which is pretty huge

The Princess, liked it till it got scary then she just couldn't cope. So she didnt watch anymore and just complained that I hadnt yet turned it off.

Post movie when asked by their dad how it was. Mr Magoo said he really liked it.

I think this is a great movie for those who love the whole Zhu Zhu world. It gives a good message about friendship and working together, all while being on a fantastic adventure.  Plus there are some cool songs too.
And it does end up all happy at the end.

So to be in the running to win a copy of this DVD
Tell me:
Why you want this DVD so much?

As the word on the street is that most parents find these little creature annoying

This giveaway ends on Monday the 31st October 2011
Winner will be announced on Tuesday the 1st November 2011
This is open to oz residents
I was given a copy of this dvd for free to review.
I was not paid. And all opinions are mine.
A huge thank you to Universal Pictures (Australasia)

Good Luck!

Sarah xx

Monday, October 17, 2011

Only 164 Days to go

Last night I tossed and turned. I couldn't sleep
My brain was in full panic mode.
The Digital Parents Conference 2012  is only 164 days away

In my head I was trying to figure how I could get out of going.
Kicking myself for buying a ticket.
Really kicking myself for asking someone to sponsor me.

I cant do this.
I can't go to down to melbourne and be with REAL Bloggers.
You know the ones who manage to post nearly every day.
Compared to me who is lucky to manage a couple of post a week
And usually it is only with another bloggers link- up

I will be travelling
I will be staying somewhere new
Lots of things will be just too new for me

New is not something I really like

There will be lots of people
Eeeek I dont do people too well either

This is all fairly normal for me.
Most events or daily activities where I have to talk to other people causes anxiety.
Even meeting up with friends,  my brain starts racing a few days before trying to figure out how I can get out of it. I hope the kids or I become sick so I have a reason for us not to go.

Hell this is going to be a long 164 days if every night will be like this.

Sarah  xx

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday- its a new day

This is a pic of Mr Magoo and his rabbit... Rabbity.

Today I am thankful that today is today and that yesterday is over.
On Tuesday Rabbity got sick,
A trip to the vet revealed she had an ear infection which had gotten into her brain.
She was given lots of drugs and told it could go either way.
Yesterday lunchtime she started to fit and by the time we got to the vet she had passed away.

So today I am so thankful that yesterday is over.

For more thankful thursdays go over and see Kate

Sarah xx

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Winner

The winner of this fantastic DVD is....


Congratulations. I am sure your girls will love this one!

Thank you for all of you that entered. I loved reading your comments.

Sarah xx

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Things I know - Sunday

Things I know on this Sunday

I know on Sundays I try to have them as lazy days

I know that on Sundays I do my best to not leave the house.

I know that I dont really think shops should open on Sundays.

I know I bought my ticket to a very big event that is happening at the end of March next year!!!

I have a giveaway for a Mickey Mouse DVD here and it only has 1 day to go!

I know I love Sundays, just because

For more things others know go HERE !!!!

Sarah xx

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday- new life

This week I am thankful for new life.

As here on our farm we have chicks hatching and oh my they are so cute.

I love been able to live here and provide an experience to my children where they see life cycles first hand.

Here is Crazy with her chick peeping out (take note of the nappy box, if you look in Kate's photos you will spot nappy boxes in there too)

This is Heny and a chick peeping out from the back

If you look carefully you can see 2 chicks looking out from their mothers feathers

If you have things to be Thankful for go over and see      Kate says stuff (and see if you can see how she reuses nappy boxes)

Sarah xx

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mickey mouse Clubhouse review and giveaway

The lovely people at Porter Novelli. Sent me the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Super Silly Adventures DVD to watch with my kiddies

I honestly wasn't at all sure how it would go down as The Princess has a thing for her Santa Dora DVD and it can be hard to get a different DVD into the machine to watch without a meltdown.
And Mr Magoo is temperamental on the best of days reguarding a new DVD

Well I seriously had nothing to worry about. They both really liked this DVD. And it has been requested many times since.
I loved this DVD as there were no scary parts. Which is a real problem for Mr Magoo. He finds most kids movies too scary. Which can be a bit of a challenge

I had to laugh at Mr Magoo who would yell out "oh doodle" at the top of his voice. He eventually worked out it is "oh toodle" they say on the show

So I have one of these DVDs to giveaway

To be in the running leave a comment below and tell me:

 what is the best word mix up your child has come out with?

This is only open to Australian residents
And make sure I can find your email address or I will do a re-draw

Entries close Monday the 10 th of October, and I will post the winners details on my blog, facebook page and on twitter sometime on tuesday (as long as those Internet gods dont go on strike)

I was given a free sample copy of this DVD and all coments are my own. A massive thank you to Porter Novelli for working with me. :)

Sarah xx

Things I know -random

Here are some random things I know this week

I do know that I wrote this up on Saturday afternoon, but then the net crashed so I am now posting it on Sunday afternoon

I know I set up a messy painting activity today (just after lunch)
I know the kids werent that interested
I know now late in the afternoon that they want to do it.
I know they just dont get what my problem is with them doing it now and not earlier.

I know it is a rainy long weekend

I know we have 1  chick hatched and hopefully more to come.

I know I made scones with jam and cream for afternoon tea

I know we are having sausages, mash, carrots and peas and gravey on this very cold night

I know that Daylight saving starts tonight
And I know that will just mess with everyones head and sleep cycles.

For more things others know, go over and see Shae at Yay for Home

Sarah xx