Baking cookies with two toddlers…ALONE

Ya, as you can imagine it was a long frustrating day. It was a public holiday and I was home alone with my two hooligans, and decided “lets bake biscuits” ! Amber will love this as she gets to use the cookie cutters, and we just got a new oven so lets take it for a test ride. As Amber is at a good age now where she can press the cookie cutters down, I have not done this with her before and therefore don’t have any fail proof recipes…I should have give up there already…but I already promised her.

So, out with all the mixing stuff, flower, eggs, butter sugar and everything i think we will need. Now the challenge started going through the books to find a recipe or two that looks good. Her excitement is getting the better of her and she is already driving me crazy touching everything…and the last thing I want is broken eggs on the floor. I end up bribing her with a movie, which works for her but not her brother. He has no clue what we up to but he can sense the excitement in the air and gladly hops on to the band wagon. 😦

Ok, so the kids are kind of under control. Mixture one, a simple and what looks like some nice Butter biscuits. Mixed it all up and now I have to roll it out on that non stick baking paper (which i don’t have, but I have the silicone mat) and freeze for 30 min. Ok, not that you can “roll” this sticky butter dew out but I get it in the freezer. Now mixture two, this looks like one Amber will actually be able to cut (cause the butter one is just to messy). Almost done with this, then these two become irritable cause they are hungry and thirsty. And like any mommy with two small toddlers close in age will now, when the one starts, the other follows with its own life issues…yes, Life Issues!! Their worlds are crumbling down! “Ok, ok, I’m coming”! Feed them, give them water, hugs and kisses, now let me get back to the baking…now where was I? Ok, small recipe which I’m tripling…Did I add the flower yet…no, does not look like it. Of I go and now this one has to go into the freezer for 60 min. By the time its ready its way past their nap time. Damon is already idling (he makes these car idle noise when he gets tired). Its nearly time for the butter biscuits to come out the freezer, but need to explain to Amber she cant cut these. So on with the oven, have the pep talk and manage to get them in the over with out to much drama. Up to the room with them, then I will start cleaning and make one final batch of muffins for mom and dad.

anzac-biscuits-73688-1.jpegPausing a movie it complete utter heartache, but took some nice talk and threatening to get Amber upstairs. Now when she is tired, she gets more stubborn than she already is. Off to the room and give them lots of snuggles and kisses to get in bed and out I fly…yah! Kids in bed, now mom gets time to party…what I really wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch a movie. Damon did not sleep well the night before and I have been feeling a bit frail. Keep in mind, its been a 4 day long weekend and dad has been working everyday. I worked parts of the first two days, but the rest of the time I have been home alone with our two lovely hooligans. But I better get the butter biscuits & muffins done and clean the kitchen up so there is space to cut the other biscuits when Amber is up.

This is the first time I’m attempting butter biscuits, in the oven they go and after a while I notice the mixture is melting so badly its all running off the silicone mat and covering the new oven pan from corner to corner…and its starting to boil like  tameletjie (tameletjie is a well know Afrikaans melted sugar treat)!! Oh dear, so I read the instructions again, and again, and again…and I tun the page over, and there are NO more instructions…What is going on here?! Then to top it of, turning around I seem my two little ones coming down the stairs…they’re not sleeping  but I don’t have the energy to fight them. So I just plop them on the couch, un-pause the movie and turn my attention to the mess in the kitchen. Fortunately Damon dosed of quickly and quietly and Amber was trying her hardest to stay awake for the rest of the movie, but eventually passed out as well.

So, back to the butter biscuits, after it completed its 20 min baking time, I pull it out and just stare at it…Ok, lets get the muffins in, I will sort this nonsense out just now. In goes the muffins and there the oven light “pops”…really, our brand spanking new oven….it still has that “new” smell to it. Anyway, I suppose I can carry on without the light. I now first have to return to this so called Butter biscuit mix and get it cleaned of that oven tray before it gets to hard. We don’t want scratches on the new tray already. Fortunately it did not take to long to clean as most of the mix was still hot and a bit runny. At least my muffins should be fool proof and when checking on it, I notice the oven is loosing heat!! I could not get the oven back on, so tested the stove top and that is off as well. Oh dear, at least we still have that 7 day warranty. So on the phone to hubby and at the same time turning to switch the stove off at the main DP board…turns out the switch tripped!

So I finally get the oven working again, but so fed-up, I just turn it back on with the muffin mix still in it. The muffins baked, and came out tasty…but flat. Due to the slow heat at first while the oven was warming up, they did not rise and shine so well. But at least they are edible as the butter biscuits made their way to the dustbin.

Gosh, I need a drink…and toddler one is up…and toddler two is up. And I’m only halfway with the cleaning in the kitchen. Ok, sort kiddies out again, clean the kitchen and finally pull the cookie dew out the fridge (where it remained for two hours or so instead of only one). But Amber finally gets to press her cookies out and she loved it. “more mommy”, “put it here by me mommy”. By this time dad arrived and could take Damon off my hands. A whole day of mixing, baking, cleaning and its over in what felt like 30 min or less.

After they finally baked and cooled I give the kids some…its edible but more brittle than a piece of toast…they biscuits just break when you pic them up or even touch them…now that recipe is in the dustbin with the so called Butter biscuits…and mom is done!!

Note to self: don’t bake when you home alone with two toddlers and use premix packets of the shelve.

Cheers!

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I did not take photos of my own, the image/s used here are not my own.

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When the going get though…its time for a road trip

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We have been very excited to start 2017. Not only did our baby boy turn one early Jan, but we also have (had) high expectation for the year.

But soon in 2017 our lives have been tumbled side ways, to the point were half way through Jan I already wished this year over. Things that we really needed started breaking and I felt we are starting to loose control with everything going wrong. My clients have been really great and understanding, and I’m truly appreciative!

My hubby often travels for work, sometimes close by and other times abroad. In the week, he had a same day trip planned down to New Castle and said I must come with. At first I wanted to argue as I had so much STUFF to sort out…I desperately needed control back in my life. But decided, “let me just go with it”. And darn, we had fun. Talking nonsense and important stuff. I felt so refreshed coming back home. And once he was done with his work, on the way back we stopped to take some photos of the landscape and things (some which I shared here). Sometime that is all you need, just a road trip, to get your mind at peace (I call it point zero). Once I’m at point zero, I can start thinking straight again, And yes, all the shit is still there, but now I’m in control sorting everything out. So, lets get it sorted 🙂

And just as we thought, it cant get any worse…this morning my car does not want to start. So, here we go again towing it back to the shop…I hate being without my own transport. I’m sure, somewhere this year things will go better again. Just need to work through all this shit to get there. When the going gets tough…KEEP GOING!

Have a great week.

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Life with two kids under 3 is eventful and interesting…

So, the other day my boy woke up a tad early and I figured, no point going back to be for 15 min. Down stairs we go to switch the coffee machine on and to check emails. And then I think, flip my boy smells bad. He is sitting next to me on the floor playing. I don’t change his nappy straight away in the morning, I give it about 20 min as I know he is most likely to make a poo. Anyway, let me wrap up my mail, pour a cup of coffee and then go change him. But as I turned to look at him, it was nearly to late! He has been playing with his poo! It was much bigger than the usual, pealing out the sides, up his back, smeared all over the floor and he is playing with a chunk in his hand as if its play dough. Up I jump and grab him before the hand can reach the mouth and up the stairs to the bathroom. Both our bathrooms are upstairs and trying to walk with a 10 month baby up the stairs without holding him against you (don’t want to poo on me now as well), was a bit of a mission. But managed to get him cleaned up…before coffee…need coffee, lots of coffee!

That evening, what is he playing with…a slug that slithered in from under the door. Really? He squished this slug and smeared its goo all over his hand (and think it was in his mouth for a split moment), I could not get it washed off. Ever tried to wash off slug goop? I had to wipe it of with a piece of tissue paper. My gosh.

My girl is growing up into a beautiful little human, learning to count and different colors. And she loves hiding behind the curtain with her toes sticking out, or in her tent giggling away when you call her.

She is potty trained and doing very well. She’s now sleeping without nappies as well. But she also experimented with different toilette use techniques. A couple times now I had to get down and wash her, the toilette, her toddler seat and floor as she tried to do the business standing! Or when she goes for a poo and then tries to wipe herself with poo smearing everywhere. At least she tried but feels embarrassed about the mess. She walks like a girl, dresses like a girl, but plays like a boy and does not like her hands getting dirty. Our Little Miss Awesome. When dad asks her: “is Amber crazy?” she responds “No! Amber is AWESOME!”. It is soooo cute.

We decided to have our kids 2 years apart. At the time we thought it is a good age, but sometimes we not sure. There is a lot of jealousy and bulling and grabbing of toys and tantrums. But non the less, when no adults are around they play like angels, sharing and laughing. They are our two munchkins and we love them to bits.

2016 was  a great year for The Maxwells and we truly hope 2017 will be better, not just for us but for you and your loved ones as well.

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I’m still here

I know, its been a while since I wrote a blog. Life just happened and spiraled crazily!Sick kids, sleepless nights, hearing problems, family issues, memorial service and through all this still trying to keep business going.

Like typical winter months, we have been struggling to keep the noses dry and that horrible cough away. At one stage we were at the Dr on a weekly base, some times twice. And just as I thought it could not get any worse, Amber split her chin open!! And these things ALWAYS happen at night!! But she is better now, a little bit of an ugly scar but its under the chin. Fortunately they could glue it together instead of putting stitches in.

Her little brother has been a nightmare at night. With Amber we were very fortunate to have a baby girl who started sleeping through from 2 weeks, yes, two weeks. And for most parts, she slept well. Her brother on the other hand is a different story. At two months only did he start sleeping through, but it lasted a few short weeks. During the day he is an easy baby, but at night very different story. About a month ago I was in Cape Town for a couple days, saying goodbye to my friend, and everyone was saying what a sweet baby he was…to which I grudgingly responded “wait till 2 am, then we will talk again”. And we did. Next morning the response was “what a set of lungs!” as Damon basically woke the whole house up with his night screams. Well, we started sleep training when I got back home. It is still in progress but we are getting there. Had two good night this week, but now the nose is running a bit more causing post nasal drip which woke him up the last two nights. But we will get through this and soon I will get more sleep 🙂

As some of you might be aware, a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer a couple months ago. Sadly it was a short but cruel battle as she tried to stay positive to the end. Last week was her memorial service here in Jhb as her funeral was in Cape Town the week before. A couple months ago I wrote the blog “Life can be brutal, Life can be kind” after I found out that the cancer is progressing faster and the operation was not so hopeful. Its tragic to see a mom go, leaving two small kids and her hubby behind. She always had a way with kids and loved her own so much. We were not as close as we used to be the past three years, but one thing I know is even though she made peace with the cancer, she still wanted to live a long life. Some days when I fetch my kiddies from school I still get sad knowing I get to hug and kiss them one more time.

And then there is family life, my dad in an old age home going through his own challenges that forms part of getting old. And hubby who has lost most of his hearing and our personal lives needing to make some changes and space to adjust. It has been challenging, but we will find our way through this.

Business wise, I started doing more photography. Go take a look at my Facebook page @LeeMooPhotography. For those in Gauteng, follow my page as I run specials and do free give aways from time to time.

I have also split the ladies clothing from the kids clothing as I felt it was getting lost between all the cute kiddies items. Go take a look at this Facebook page @LeeMooLadiesFashion and don’t miss out on the SALE. Everything is marked down.

I’m a Spring person and quite excited for the season change. I’m quite looking forward to it and hope you do to. I will be looking to bring some swim wear in stock for the kids and ladies and some summer tops and dresses for the ladies.

At a last note, life is beautiful and unexpected. It troughs curve balls at us but we cant let this put us down. Deal with the troubled times and celebrate the great times. Life does not always go to plan or work out perfect for us. But make the most of it and don’t get lost in the busyness of it…stop and smell the roses 😉 I’ve put a picture of my friend and her family on the wall as I will miss her and as a reminder to slow down.

Now ladies, its time to get those feet Spring ready! Go book a pedi or give yourself a mini pedi and remember to give those toe nails some color before you put on a pair of sandles.

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Welcome!

I started LeeMoo Creations in 2013 when i was pregnant with my first. It started as a part time hobby making scatters and stuffed toys…needless to say, it was not a very successful venture. But today the brand has expanded into baby, kids & ladies fashion, interior design and photography.

I love what I do and have seen over the past couple years that you do to 🙂

Thanks for your support and love.

PS. visit http://www.leemoocreations.co.za to see more of what I do

Hugs and kisses

Monya

Life can be brutal, Life can be kind.

Life can be brutal, Life can be kind.

I have experienced death long before I experienced life. I was only 14 when I lost someone I loved dearly and then again at 21. But at 31 I gave birth to my first born and at 33 to my second.

Life can be brutal, Life can be kind.

Losing someone you love is not easy, and the wounds do not heal quickly. It takes time, the irony! We all pass on from this world sooner or later, some sooner and some later. The truth is we don’t know what is happening with our hour glass. It’s intact today running at it’s normal pace and one day it just drops on the ground with sand falling faster through the cracks. I have seen a mother loose her son, a sister loose her brother and I have heard of a mom in labor who never gets to meet her new born twins. Times like these that our hearts shatter with sorrow. Life is not fair and these wounds need time to heal – time, an element out of our control…do you see the irony.

Life can be brutal, Life can be kind.

And then on the flip side seeing life start and watching every moment so closely as these fragile little flowers grow and mature is such an amazing experience. Sometimes it feels like time stands still and other times we complain that time just goes to fast as we watch our kids grow up. Watching a little child being amazed at a yellow truck as yellow is a new color she learned and “truck” is a new word she is learning to pronounce. It’s in these moments it feels like time is standing still. It’s at times like these that our hearts burst with joy and excitement.

Life can be brutal, Life can be kind.

The truth is, we are all going to leave this world. We just don’t know when or how. Sometimes there are warnings and sometimes it’s sudden. But what are we going to do until then? Death is not something we like to think about, it’s something we put aside in our minds cause it’s depressing to think about and not something we want to face every day. So we just continue living every day. But I think we should stop and think about our hour glass a bit more often. What would you do different if you knew exactly how many hours you have left? Would you be more impulsive and go bungee jump with your partner who has asked you a million times (million times is just a figure of speech), or will you put it off say 5 more times thinking you still have time? Would you stop being busy with chores and sit and color in with your 2 year old for 10 minutes?  Would you go to bed angry – and yes we have heard so many times that we should not, but yet we so often do it?

My advice, don’t live a life with regret. Live every moment as we don’t know how many we have left. In the mornings when you get up, don’t first think of all those problems you are facing, stress will cloud your judgement. Think of your hour glass – time is running out, whether we like it or not. Make the most of the time given to you, we don’t know who’s hour glass will fall and crack, speeding up time.

Life can be brutal, Life can be kind.

My letter to my friend – Sweety, we have known each other for so many years. We met at school when we were both fairly new faces, being the odd ones out, it brought us together. We have had great moments and sad ones together…now time is against us.

I’m sorry for hurting you, I’m sorry for being so angry for so long, holding my hurt against you and not being willing to see your hurt. If I knew what I know today, I would have done so many things different. We have walked such a long road together that the last 3 years’ tiff now feels so petty. We could have made better use of that time. I’m sorry for the pain I have caused you and wish you only sweet memories for the sand left in your hour glass. You are a beautiful person and you have contributed so much to my life, I can not thank you enough! And I’m very grateful to know you.

I love you know and forever.

Your friend.

myMOSTbeautiful competition

We all LOVE baby competitions, whether its a baby you know or your own. Here is a competition just for you

myMOSTbeautiful.com is a nationwide, first of its kind in South Africa, photo contest. If your BABY is 36 months or younger, all you have to do is to register and complete his/her profile. Once you have registered your BABY you need to vote for your BABY via SMS and share your BABY’s profile with your family, friends and colleagues and get them to vote for your BABY too.  You can vote as many times as you like. Granny and Grandpa can vote as well!

AND

Share your entry on the LeeMoo Boutique Facebook page and 3 lucky entrants will receive a voucher valued at 90 points to your myMOSTbeautiful.com entry. Entries for the voucher close 11 June and must be used by 13 June!! So hurry!