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    IK, i hope the situation doesnt get that bad that DP is recalled...


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    Happt 6 months Flynn!!
    I have justed finished my christmas cards and went for a walk with nixon to post them, i had done half last week but had to finish them.
    bugger i cannot find Nixon's santa photo's anywhere... had them doen a few weeks ago and about a week ago took them up and copied some so we had enough to send to all our family. i dont know what i have done with them i have looked everywhere... luckily i have one (our one) that i had already put in a frame so could go copying it all again.
    I rang greensborough lost property but nothing there i might go to the camera shop i did it at to c if they r there (rang but she said they have a heap and id have to come in and go through them)
    i really dont think i left them at the shops but worth looking, they are still in the folder they came in so god knows where they got too its so dam frustrating.

    jess- i wouldnt worry too much, babies have to slow down in their weight gain at some stage & as long he isnt loosing weight and is happy i am sure he is a healthy boy

    Well done Chelsea!! Thats a great acheivment you must be a very proud mummy!
    i wonder what your dh would chat to Steve Bracks about?! (what does he do again?)

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    Verity's end of year/end of Junior school celebration night tonight... TRYING to get the kids ready... I give up. Niall is grisley I can't put him down. Wade is just plain ignoring me and attacks the Christmas tree every time I turn my back. I have to make myself look presentable for all of 15 minutes (parents go home after canapes and drinks then collect the girls at 9pm)... I don't mind sprucing up but for such a short time and the stress of getting the boys ready too. They just don't want a bar of it. Even Verity is a tornado through the place at the moment... but I'm giving her space... gritting my teeth when she snaps at Wade. Once again they all have set the house to kid-default-mode: all lights on, all doors open, nearly every cupboard door left open, fridge constantly being opened, TV blaring, toys on floor, clutter on every benchtop... the house was tidy when we all woke up this morning *sigh*. Why can't they close doors? I have done experiments... i've casually walked over to the open back door... silently closed it when i think none of them are looking... snuck back into the kitchen... watched the clock... I swear each time less than 10 minutes passes before one of them comes out and re opens it. Sometimes it's a matter of seconds.. it's like they have this inbuilt sensor of when it's been closed and are being instructed by remote control by aliens that they must open it immendiately... it's done with this kind of senseless regularity. it's the same with dropping things on the floor... arrrrgh!

    Nic: I share your frustration. but with me when i can't find stuff it's usually because the kids have moved it. Nothing stays in the one place for very long. Sure you have a laugh when things turn up in unexpected places a year later but it drives you nuts at the time!

    Ok... this is me having another go at getting ready.... deep breaths...

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    HAPPY 6mth FLYNN!!!

    IK - sounds like it all went well with parents, great to hear. LOL about the pee behind the couch!! MIL pool is not heated and it is freezing when you get in. Pool yesterday was solar heated and it was up to 30 degrees. Glad to hear DP is home but he must be really annoyed - they must hate their time being wasted! DH found that problem when they arrived at Wangaratta, no one knew what they were going to do so they just hung around for a while waiting (they had just driven over 3 hours, so why not wait for a bit longer!!). Hope your Tawonga friend is OK.

    Simone - is Anneliese waking alot like she is hungry? I know they babys get older, they don't gain as much weight per week. Take her to the health centre for you piece of mind. I'm sure everything will be OK. Did you get your bunks? DH should ask Steve Bracks for a payrise!!! While he has the chance - but he wouldn't, I would LOL!!!

    Nic - thanks Nic, I am a very proud mummy! Buggar about the xmas cards, after you went to so much trouble to get them done, hope they still have them. Such a cute pic too. Still haven't done mine, been trying to get a time that both girls are in the mood for photos. DH is a policeman, so should be hassling Bracksy for a pay rise LOL!!!

    CC - my theory is, it will always be mummys boys and daddys girls! It was true in my house as a child and definately true with my DH and his family, what about everyone else??? Had a chuckle about 'sharing the toy".

    Bath - have a good night (if you ever get ready LOL!!!) and I hope Verity enjoys herself. My DH sounds like your kids, he leaves a cupboard open when he gets something out, fridge door etc. It must drive you crazy. Hard to do anything with cranky kids - do what I do, take Niall into the bathroom while you get ready and ignore the rest. LOL about the aliens!!!!

    House is clean, table all set and looks really Christmasy! Just busted Chelsea chomping into a whole big block of Cadbury!!!! She was sneaking outside with it! Off the naughty corner for her. She is allowed to take things from the pantry as long as she asks first, she is not a happy camper!!! My chocolate has teeth marks all along one side LOL!!!!
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    Hahaha go Chelsea! Well we basically just dropped Verity off... I went in for a few minutes as I had managed to get myself looking half decent and saw that most parents were in jeans... and that music was cranking up and that the girls seemed keen for the parents to move on so I didn't feel bad about returning to DH who was in the car with the boys settled down with books etc. We came home, poured a couple of drinks, had dinner and are about to enjoy some cheesecake. Your table sounded lovely Mel... hope you have a great time!

    IK: sorry i didn't get around to saying how pleased I was to hear that your DP has returned safe and sound Bugger about all the rigmarole. Still, the fires are inching closer to where my relos are near Briagolong... we haven't heard from them... I think their plans were to evacuate and stay with other relatives in Sale. Keep us updated if you can.... I tend to miss the news as it clashes with bathtime/bedtimes etc.

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    Happy 6 mths Flynn

    IK glad that DP is home safe and sound, it's a bummer that they wasted his time.

    Yay Chelsea for diving under the water, lol at nibbling on mummy's chocolate, your table sounds really nice Mel enjoy your dinner.

    Well Kailen brought home all his school books today as well as his report card, he hasn't done so well but has improved since the beginning of the year, his teacher thinks he will do better in year 2 I'm just hoping so. I feel that in some way that it's my fault for him not been as good as he should, I should have help him more or something.

    Nic I hope that you find your piccy's soon, I'm going to try and get the boys photo with Santa done this week/weekend hopefully they will stay clean before we get it done.

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    Amanda - poor Kailen, who knows, maybe next year he'll just blitz it.
    Bath - glad all went well in the end. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you with that household of yours...I'd ask for a pay rise!
    Simone - storms hit the Dargo area, but I haven't really read or heard much since. DP is thinking of giving the next strike teams call a miss! But I bet he won't. Every vol wants to see red stuff, cos it's what we train all year for.
    I've managed to write my OS Chrissy cards...only cos Oscar is asleep in the Ergo and I didn't want to risk waking him up by putting him down! I need to get some more cards, so that I can fit the thank you cards and photos - most of my cards are too narrow or too small. The Mouth and Foot artists' cards were a perfect size, but I only got 8 of those ($15 bucks!! Good cause, good cause I keep telling myself...).
    Boy is awake, must tend to him...
    Probably say goodnight now, too!

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    Bath - LOL about the kids wanting the parents to move on!!! Cramping their style - I remember thinking that when I was at school (parents were not cool then). Hope she has lots of fun.

    Amanda - I am sure Kailen will pick up next year and don't blame yourself. There could be many reasons - maybe the teacher is not spending enough time with him or is his class crowded. As IK said, he'll probably do really well next year.

    IK - Good cause, you have done your good deed!

    Dinner was beautiful as always (Thai takeaway) and I bought some really yummy hazelnut pralines and mint leaves from The Warehouse (only $2 each box) and they were so creamy - delicious. My Kris Kringle present was Donna Hays "Instant Entertaining" and it is chock full of fantastic recipes and other ideas for entertaining. Can't wait to start going through it properly. My GF bought her 9 week old baby, she is so cute. Marley looked like a giant compared to her!

    DH has finally arrived home, he thought he would be up there for another day. He is very tired as they worked heaps of overtime. He has had a nice, hot shower and is ready to fall asleep! Chelsea will be very excited to see him in the morning. Better go finish tidying up (hate waking up to mess!!!!).

    Sleep tight everyone!

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    Well it's very quite in here today everyone must be busy. Mel glad your DH is home what a nice surprise for Chelsea this morning waking up and finding daddy home. Well I'm going to go and fold my mountain of washing and hang out some more, it's quite hot here today after a few days of mild weather. Be back later.

    hugs xoxo

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    Morning all.

    Amanda - Chelsea was very excited when DH finally woke up!!! He is still tired and he is back on night shift tonight. I hate folding washing, I don't mind washing it and putting it out but folding and putting away drives me nuts!!! Happy folding LOL!!!

    Not much planned for today - just a quiet one. Do some more washing (that's all I seem to do lately) and chill for the day. DH may take Chelsea out to movies - she won't leave him alone at the moment.

    Enjoy the day everyone!

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    Hi all

    Well I"ve spent ages trying to catch up... also put Aleise down in her cot and trying to get her to have her morning nap - she's been skipping those lately.

    Bath: Mosquito plug ins are great and work wonders! We have flyscreens in our house though so we don't need them anymore.

    Mel: Thanks for recipe - will subs flour for cornflour or g/f flour as I'm gluten intolerant.

    Nic: Try using Johnson & Johnson or Curash baby wipes on Nixon's butt. Aleise gets a rash from everything else so I have to use them and take them to daycare for them to use on her too.

    Fires: It just gets from bad to worse for Vic - but we've had an Arsonist at work again here in Brissie - 3 schools hit in 24 hours! Pretty bad! The little S**ts should be locked up!

    Well I must dash - gotta pick mum up and do some errands. Catch you all again soon.

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    Good morning girls Just back from the village where I posted more Chrissy cards... IK: I Love mouth and foot artist's work and also had some of their cards a few years ago... I'm a huge fan of self taught artists and the naive style in general.... reminds me of my own artwork before I went to uni and they mucked around with my perceptions and techniques... not always for the best... this is why I'm keen to become an art teacher: so that I can help children preserve their own style and individual way of seeing things, not overlay the way I see things onto them which is what most art teachers tend to do sadly.

    Amanda: How do you feel about his teachers? Do you have faith in them? Has Kailen had a good start to his schooling? Has he developed a good rapport with them? There are so many reasons why a child doesn't do well "on paper" at school. Does he socialise well with the other kids? I know from personal experience and through observation that if a child's mind is occupied with trying to sort out social problems either with teachers or other students then this can impact on his ability to relax in class and enjoy the learning process. I was teased at school for wearing glasses and having very short curly hair (not a good combination in the 70's) and even though I loved learning I was constantly preoccupied with why kids teased me and how to ask the teacher for help without attracting more attention to myself. If all's well in Kailen's world in that regard maybe there is something else he has been preoccupied with? All I can suggest is to make sure home is a "soft place to fall" (Dr. Phil LOL) and he will feel supported enough to reveal himself why he isn't achieving his potential. Unfortuantly though sometimes you at the mercy of how good a teacher is. Verity has a hearing issue that wasn't detected until grade 5... we didn't recognise it at home, and all her previous teachers simply labelled her as easily distracted... it wasn't until she had a highly experienced (older) teacher who observed her more closely and began to suspect a hearing problem that something was done. DH and I actually didn't beleive this teacher when she first mentioned it either! It wasn't until the teacher asked us if Verity did a certain range of things that we followed her advice and had her hearing professionally tested and were amazed how significant the problem was. Anyhow, these are just some aspects of how Verity's learning has been affected... I hope Kailen has a good teacher next year! Let us know how he goes

    Just gotta help Wade start off a jigsaw... he likes me to help with the edge bits then he likes to fill it in by himself... back soon.

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    Amanda - what she said! Bath's points are well worth heeding, why didn't I think of this? I was distracted by ruthless teasing at school, too, and I never brought home magnificent marks for anything but spelling...and teachers steered clear of the teasing thing for parent-teacher things, just kept telling my parents that I had potential but wouldn't concentrate...well, that's hard when you're 10 and you're getting teased for things you can't help (my underarm hairs grew early, BIG thing when you're 10, and I also had wiry hair, was skinny and brown...perfect recipe for sticking out like a sore thumb!). Anyway, teachers are much more aware of kids' social interactions at school these days, so put yourself out there, get in contact with the teachers and they'll appreciate your extra interest (so many parents send kids to school and expect the school to 'fix' their kids by themselves).
    Well, DP got a pager message for more crews...but as they didn't even mention a destination, DP is wary of committing himself to something for which no detail is immediately available! Plus, he will work tomorrow and get some money. If his work was regular he'd probably go, but he's doing cash jobs as they arise and work comes first.
    Mel - DH's clothes must stink of smoke! At least he got some action up there!
    CC - are those mozzie plugs those pest repellants? Aldi had some for $25, work on small bugs to mice. I know you can get some with stronger pulses for bigger animals like rats and possums, but they don't recommend those if you have cats and small dogs! You can use the ones with ultrasonic waves and then there's another type that I can't think of offhand, so they are safe for people, they just scare away unwanted visitors of the insect variety I know that I have been tempted to get a couple of these (they recommend more than one and depends on layout and size of house), as we get mozzies of varying sizes - tiny ones that get through the flyscreens in the bedrooms, and huge ones that are obviously coming in through the customised door that Odin created out of our screen door...
    I've won some terry nappies so have to find an excuse to drive to North Warrandyte to collect them...have friends in Croydon, work friends in Ringwood, DP's cousins in Wattle Glen...could organise a visit and a detour for the nappies! They are extra absorbent and I'll take them to NZ and leave them for my sister after we've used them there. Need some more though, will get some coloured ones to leave with her.
    Ok, off to do some things while the boy sleeps....like have a shower!

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    Bath and IK thanks for that, he does have a hearing problem and has since he was about 18mths old but the audiologists didn't listen to me until about November last year and thats when he went on the waiting list for the op to get grommets in and his adeniods out, but as you know that didn't happen until October this year. He has problems trying to distingish (sp) between w, v and b's, but his teacher has said that since the op she can tell that his hearing has improved, he's also been getting extra help, which will continue next year and up till he is at the level he should be. I'm just worried that if he gets kept down at the end of next year that he will be teased, it's bad enough as it is cause he has red hair and freckles and he's already told me that some of the kids tease him about his freckles and I know how bad that is cause I was the same. I was also teased at school as I was an early bloomer, I got my periods at 11 and had 14c boobs as well as I wasn't allowed to shave my legs until I was 12 and I had really black hairs on my legs not fun at all. I suppose I'll see how he goes in the first term then decide from there. Thanks for your input.

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    You're on top of it, Amanda You have been doing all you can - he's lucky to have you know what's happening for him at school! All's you can do is be his cheersquad, and as Bath said, make home the place he knows he is accepted no matter what. It's nice to be accepted at school, too, but failing that, you can get him involved in something extra-curricular that he's good at. To have people outside of school like and appreciate you is important. At least, with my other activities, I knew that people liked me and I wasn't 'untouchable', even if the mean kids at school didn't want to play with me. You certainly are not to blame for his grades - he needs to build up his confidence, and all you can do is show him how, but you can't do it for him. And if he does get kept down, jump up and down about it till they change their minds! New research is showing that keeping kids down in primary school does not benefit children, too, so you might want to follow this angle.

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    Thanks IK that's the thing he loves school and I don't want him to hate going there. Where abouts did you read about the new research that you mentioned I wouldn't mind looking at it. The thing that was mentioned on his report card was that he liked building stuff, I know he loves doing that, he's a very hands on which I've know. He loves when I read to him so this holidays I'm going to take him to the library and get his own card so that he can start borrowing books and I can help him with his reading.

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    I heard it on a report on the ABC, but for the life of me I can't remember what program it was, or if it was Radio National. I remember DP commenting on it, because he was kept down in primary school, too, because of some learning thing that was never convincingly diagnosed. What I will do is do a search on my uni library database that I still have access to

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    Amanda: Does Kailen's school have the Bounce Back (anti-bullying) program? Or the C.a.t.c.h program? What is the school policy? This is really important. Until relatively recently many teachers and parents have had the attitude that kids should be left alone to sort it out themselves but that doesn't work. Teachers need to be vigilant to not just obvious bullying but subtle undercurrents and nip it in the bud before it negativley impacts on student's learning. it is their responsibility but unfortunatly too many teachers turn a blind eye and justify it by saying they are too busy and that there are too many students etc etc. Also too many parent tell their bullied children to "toughen up" instead of sitting down, sharing thought and feelings and empowering them. This doesn't mean show them how to retaliate... it's more subtle than that... confident kids that know they are loved and supported at home generally don't become targets. Now I'm not saying that you don't love Kailen... what you might simply need to do is take more opportunites to chat about why the bullies have problems. Verity is often bullied by this girl who says shocking things (swears) and I've mused with verity that perhaps this girl swears at Verity is because that's how she is spoken to at home... this was a revelation to verity who now almost feels sorry for this girl. Now I suspect verity has gone to school and simply looked at this girl in a new way and maybe something unspoken has occured between them... because she hasn't mentioned as many verbal attacks from this girls since I had that chat with her. Verity of course hasn't said anything about our talk... but these are the kinds of tools and insight we need to give our kids. Children's emotions and ability to reflect on behaviours are often more sophisticated than we give them credit for.

    Ok...Verity home now.... better have a debrief Apparently there were lots of tears...

    ETA: yes! IK is right... keeping children back isn't recommended... Verity's school rarely does it unless there is an age issue (if they are borderline) and even then do it VERY reluctantly.

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