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Kids, Motherhood

Old School(ish)

10th April 2015

Remember the childhood memories like getting mail that was actually addressed to you? Licking the beaters from baking? Reading for hours, without having to account for your time? I do. My FAVOURITE bits of being a kid. A time, in retrospect, where you are not really responsible for anything except your own hygiene and a few chores. No real jobs. No real pressing issues.

 

Well, I have four tiny humans who I am trying to ensure grow up with some ‘cool’ kid memories and an imagination. Easier said than done with the addition of touch just about anything screens. Non-digital (do we call them analogue?!) books competing with electronic touch screen e-readers that have colour, fancy pictures and well; they don’t make your hand go numb while contorting yourself to read and stay awake and not upset the dog, who is fast encroaching on your space. Sometimes it is a no-brainer, the e-version is heaps cheaper, and you get it instantly. But something still is so incredibly satisfying about holding a book. The weight. The page turning.

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A Dog’s Life

24th January 2015

Recently, we had a very very beloved pet die. It was horrible. It was unexpected, but maybe because I chose to not see her age. Zoe was a cantankerous dog from the get go. She chose me as her owner, not the other way round. She has been a delight in our lives, from the excitement of when she sees us, to the manipulative cute behaviour that bears her treats. She did everything on her terms – even getting to her bed at night, and it was only ever when she was ready. She was never ever vicious or snappy with the kids – and at times I think she probably should have as their roughhousing got a bit out of hand. Zoe was almost 11.
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Kids, Motherhood

Standing Tall{er}

18th January 2015

Last year, Hayden was bullied at school.  On and off, and often with no real reason why, and with varying levels of bullying antics.  Hayden was understandably upset.  Hayden had questions – “why do kids be this mean?”, “why do they think I am stupid/fat/ugly/waste of space/nerd/geek/dumb?”.  Thing is, I don’t know.  I don’t understand why kids are that mean.  I don’t know what they get out of it.

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Kids, Motherhood

A thousand words

29th December 2014

The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words – and when I look in my photo program, I have a whole library of words that ‘go’ with the photos.  It brings me back to why I take photos.  With the integration of smart phones and cameras it means that, for me, I don’t drag out the ‘good’ camera as often and predominantly use my phone.  This means that I find myself flooded with images, as opposed to some carefully crafted or opportune moments that were found when you had to worry about the quantity of film being used, or the wonder of seeing the film when you picked it up from developing.  I kind of miss those days.  Sometimes you take a hundred photos to get one ‘good’ shot.  Then other days you find yourself not taking a single photo at all.

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Kids, Work Life Balance

All I want for Christmas

15th December 2014

As this year has flown on by, we enter the final days before Christmas. The wonder, the joy, and the absolute childhood delight that is Santa, Christmas elves and twinkling lights. I see four faces captivated daily by the antics of our elf on a shelf elves – Charlie and Abby. I see four kids faces smile in pure joy looking at the Christmas tree and all the unique and ‘special’ decorations on the tree. Every year we all pick one decoration and buy it, then put in on the tree. We have some amazing decorations!

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