three65positive – 12th Jan

Hmmmm I had a wonderful afternoon at work today, so I am feeling in a pretty positive mood already! I had my appraisal and all was very positive. It was busy and I had a couple of favourite customers in … and I guess it really helps that we have a holiday looming! 😀
365P 12It is Mr Manic’s 50th birthday next week {I know – ancient hey?!} and he doesn’t know where we are going … I am sooooo looking forward to this getaway!
Hope you are having a wonderful day! ❤

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdaysthree65positive – 12

Lessons We Learned This Week

First of all, welcome Spring!!! Yaaay! My favourite season is upon us once again 😀

mist2
It’s still misty on my way to work at 6.15!! But it’s like this in no time :
spring morning

So, my big boy and I learned a couple of things together this last week or so.

Lesson # 1.

Back story = I detest lying!! If you wanna know only one thing about me, know that lying is a deal breaker.
Long story, short version. He had a little stumble at school involving some of the values we are teaching and I questioned his honesty and integrity {don’t laugh, these are words I use with my boys, they’re values I regard extremely highly!}. He then lied and made it worse. He was grounded and banned from gadgets for a month. This is his all time least favourite punishment! So it works a treat as a deterrent. Usually.

Anyhow, he got upset all over again when I told Mr Manic after work. Mr Manic asked if I thought shaming him was the right thing to do.

And do you know what? I’m ok with it. I didn’t set to shame him, of course. But I’ll sleep fine with it for sure.

I think shame in your own bad actions is one of the things missing from today’s society. If you’ve done something shameful you should feel ashamed! I wouldn’t have told it to a wider audience, just like I’m not sharing the full story right here. And now, here we are 2 or 3 days down the track and apart from sulking over being grounded and not being able to use gadgets, he is none the worse for it.
Personally, I believe that if wanting to never feel shame ever again is a deterrent to doing the wrong thing next time, then freaking YAY! Happy side effect and parenting win as far as I’m concerned.
The last part of his punishment was to go to school the next morning and deliver a heartfelt apology to the person involved which he did with courage and genuine remorse. He is generally a kid who we never have issues with. This was totally out of character and I am fairly confident it won’t ever happen again.

Lesson learned = Feeling ashamed of bad actions is ok.

Lesson #2.

My big boy has been promoted to ‘Squad’ at swimming lessons recently. Yay! He is such a lovely little swimmer! My brother was a fantastic swimmer and could should have gone all the way to the Olympics with it. If only … But that’s a loooong story for another day.

Anyhow, it’s now an earlier time slot. 9am on a Saturday morning which means we need to get up at 7.15 to get there on time.
I was lamenting this fact to Mr Manic a few days ago and didn’t think anything more of it. Until Mstr 8 started getting grumpier the closer it go to the weekend, and saying he didn’t want to swim squad. I pressed him and found out it was because “I feel bad cos you have to get up early on your day off after working hard all week just to take me to squad” OMG! My heart filled to bursting point!
He is such a gentle, soft soul, and so mature that I sometimes think I treat him like he is older than he actually is and then I get a little shock when he acts like a kid lol I love his guts so much!

Lesson learned = Kids hear everything! Even if they don’t appear to be listening, they are haha 🙂

I haven’t been doing any sewing lately 😦 Sad because I am running late with my Bee blocks!!
I lent my fold up tables to a friend for her little boy’s birthday party and haven’t picked them up yet. Kinda deliberately as I was trying to use it as fuel to get my sewing table project finished. That’s still a way off. I decided I wanted to paint and wax it instead of my old plan and that’ll take a while longer. I’ll then have to let the wax cure before giving it any hard use too … *le sigh*! I have had some very early starts this week and I am dead tired, but hopefully I’ll get it done over the weekend 🙂

Oh well … I have finished my Sunny chair tho! I’ll post a few pics over the weekend. Anyhow, catch you on the flip side,

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Still kicking ;)

Evening all 🙂
How was your Easter? Hope you got lots of these 😉

Today was the first day of Term 2 today and normally I would be sighing a lovely “Ahhhhhh”
But the big man-child decided he would take the 3 day week off combined with a dentist appointment and a big pile of forgotten book-covering for the school library and I haven’t stopped or relaxed all day! lol

….. On a happy note I have lovely clean teeth 😀 heehee
And the kids enjoyed their first day back at school and kindy which makes me happy too!

In other news I have been pottering round doing a little sewing …

Here is the ‘Swoon’ block I made for our Queen in my Quilting Bee this month :

Bee Block ~ March

I love the colours, and half way thru I decided I loved this block so much that I purchased a pattern to create a mini version.
I thought it would be the perfect size for a jelly roll. And it is …
But I had to unpick the last 2 seams about 17 times each!!! Painful!
….. so I have put that aside for a time when I will have more time to devote to it.

I knocked up a gorgeous new dress for my little niece. The lovely Lou from The Oz Material Girls and Patterns Only asked me to give a review on the pattern. The pattern is the new Grace dress from Boo! Designs.
And I have to say, it was a dream to make! And I think it turned out beautifully! What do you reckon? :

Collage Cat Grace

I am so proud of myself, with this dress I {finally} taught myself to make rolled hems on my overlocker!
It was well worth the effort – those ruffles are the best I’ve ever made!!

Anyhoooo … I am off for now, catch you all soon 🙂