Maeve has waited her whole life for this day. Today she started school. Last night she set out her things. A new bag, new knickers, new socks, new shoes, a new hair clip and a hand-me-down dress (that has seen a few years of school already, and quite a few kinder sessions last year too … Continue reading Mother duck said ‘Quack, quack, quack, quack.’ But none of the five little ducks came back
In one of the writing courses I did last month, I learned that there are two types of writers: plotters and pantsers. Plotters plot out their story before they start. They probably have an outline for the book, detailing the twists and turns so that they know what happens before they even write the first sentence. … Continue reading So quiet at this time of year. Not much on at all. Said no-one ever.
Today I’m thinking about what I could do to make the world a better place. This isn’t the sort of thing I usually think about when I’m making kids’ lunches (usually then I’m thinking about why I didn’t go to bed earlier). Or when I’m driving the girls to town (contemplating then why I didn’t … Continue reading What could you do to make the world a better place?
And just like that, our mob of sheep was halved. We welcomed Jackson two years ago, fighting over who bottle-fed him (I won a lot of the time): Just before we go on, can we take a closer look at Maeve? As he got older, we chased him out of the garden by swinging an empty bucket at … Continue reading Goodbye Jackson and thank you
Sometimes when I’m pulling out another load of tangled, wet clothes, I want to turn my head to the side and slam it onto the top of the washing machine. But I don’t. I carry the basket out to the clothes line and start trying to figure out which things can share pegs because the … Continue reading Anyone else had a bad day this week?
On our way to the Bruce Springsteen concert, we remembered our tickets were still on top the fridge back home. Another time I went to Bendigo for the day, and my handbag was still on the kitchen table. Aside from incidences like those, I’m usually pretty organised and reliable. Like this morning. We slept in. … Continue reading 3 mistakes already and it was only 8.30am
I have this really bad habit. I let the surfaces in the living area of our house (lounge room floor, coffee table, kitchen table and kitchen bench (actually add the top of the microwave and the top of the fridge)) get really messy. We all know roughly where something is when we want it, but … Continue reading I need to break a bad habit – what do you need to work on?
We know that our kids are going to imitate us. We're role models. That gives us enormous power that we need to use as a force for good. Lots of the things that come out of my mouth during the day are all part of me trying to raise happy, healthy, successful and self-confident girls … Continue reading Evidence that I’m a positive role model
Nine years ago we took a blank video cassette to our 20-week scan. But the sonographer stopped recording when she realised something was wrong. Our doctor told us that afternoon to go and buy some pyjamas that would be comfortable to labour in. I wasn’t sure what labour-suitable pyjamas looked like, so I bought some … Continue reading Learning gratitude