Full and thorough reporting

My mornings seem to be getting earlier and earlier at the moment - Maggie has been up before 5 the last few mornings, I think in part motivated by the chocolates in the advent calendar. Nothing shows a Mum has given up more than allowing chocolate at 5am in the morning does it? At least I have new … [Read more...]

Surviving parenting the First year of High School

Tomorrow we reach the end of Daisy's first year of High School. It's done. Quicker than any year of Primary school by at least two times. GONE. DONE. How? First day of Kindergarten 2012 Last day of Primary school 2018 First day of High school 2019 I cannot believe how well Daisy has done … [Read more...]

The pre January deep cleanse

Call it getting older, call it self awareness, call it self CARE, but this week I decided that I would tackle something before the START of the school holidays: The DEEP CLEAN that comes in January. This clean has been well documented throughout the dawn the time. A Mum gets home from holidays … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 4 and a half

It's been a while you guys since I have done an update on Maggie, 6 months in fact. She's here, she's big. She is FULL of attitude and ALL of the emotions and tantrums and boredom all in the space of 30 seconds. She's a lot. She's so big. She's still so small. Sweet Maggie, about to finish her last … [Read more...]

Mum rage in week 6 of term 4

How are you going guys? Really? It's a tough time of the year for us Mums and I know that tensions have been a little, shall we say, high around these parts. I know I can't be the only one, so thought we all better check in on each other. I'm feeling pretty tired. The tiredness has been from … [Read more...]

Round these parts

You guys! Apologies for not getting on here for like, a week, but things have been busy. And while there are no medals for the busiest, I have to say, Lucy and I have been right up there. I keep meaning to get on here all last week to do a post but just literally would run out of hours in the day. … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

It's Tuesday morning and it's a little cooler than it has been for ages. I think it's only 4 degrees outside as I can feel the cool coming up through the floorboards on my bare feet as I sit and type here in the cool dark. The weather has been hot, the garden coming alive with spring in all its … [Read more...]

Harper turned 10!

Despite it being 10 years since Harper was born, I remember that day so clearly. Being in our little terrace house and standing up from bed with Rob and Daisy in there and having my waters break. The traumatic birth. The awful, awful minutes of silence when she was born when we thought we had lost … [Read more...]

The third Wednesday in October

The house has been quieter this week after the mayhem of when we got home last week. We arrived back to a green village and garden, everything seemed to have burst into life in the 10 days we were gone. Seeing green on the trees and on the lawn again after months of yellow and brown is such a … [Read more...]

Early spring

Where the days are a little longer and warmer, every time you look up you see a new fleeting blossom. There's sunshine in the days and sparkly stars in the cool night. It's all about promise and hope of what is to come. You marvel at everything coming back to life after so many months of quiet and … [Read more...]

42 is the natural number that succeeds 41 and precedes 43, and I am now it.

Last week I turned 42 and I have to say it was one of the best birthdays EVER. Go 42! I do believe it's a special number, if you have read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you will find that 42 is the "answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything” - calculated by a very big … [Read more...]

Even children get older

Yesterday I picked up Maggie's enrolment forms for school next year. I know. It's as much as a big deal for me you guys. Then, later in the afternoon I also had a call from her preschool teacher asking if she was going to be going back next year for another year of Preschool (should she? Maybe? No. … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

How has week one been friends? Doesn't take long to get back into the swing of things now does it? Back to routine, early morning wake ups and driving, so many pick ups. I am very keen for the coming weekend and a chance to catch all our breaths. Maggie seems particularly annoyed that she is back at … [Read more...]

Staycations are great, and other lies I tell myself

Friday afternoon the girls all finished school for the term and we fell across the finish line into school holidays. While Daisy had been off for a week already (hello brave new world of private schools) this was the official time to relax and catch our breaths after what had been a MASSIVE term for … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

You guys, we are almost through the term. We are ALMOST there, kind of. Sheesh, term 2 has been a BIG one and while Daisy has been off school since Thursday last week, it's still very much BAU for the other two and Rob who has been away for work and me who somehow starts the juggle of work and kids … [Read more...]

Another June long weekend

Another long weekend has passed with lots more beautiful memories locked away with my brother and sister in law and their family. It's been a tradition for them to come down and spend it with us for as long as we have lived here - I think this was 8th year. You can check out what we have got up … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

You guys it's dark and freezing as I write this huddled by the fire before anyone wakes. I was up for hours in the night with a cold that I have been avoiding at all costs (too busy/no thank you/I'm fine thanks/move on) but I dragged myself out into there darkness to get the fire stoked and filled … [Read more...]

The roots that bind us

I've just come home from a very special weekend away with all of Rob's family. There was lots of laughter, sharing of memories, tears and stories and of course love. We were there with his Dad and step mum, his brother and wife, his two cousins and their husbands and us. A ramshackle group of adults … [Read more...]

Maggie is 4 years old!

We have a new photo to add to the very large collection...one more candle blown out as our baby girl is now four! I can't believe that she finally made it after a LOT of questions and asking when it was her turn (she was not so patient when her cousins had their birthdays in … [Read more...]

Pour a cuppa, let’s catch up

I have been TRYING so hard to get here and catch up with you guys for the past week and it's been virtually impossible. The shop has been SO busy for Mother's Day (YAY!) but it's meant that any time I have has been spent there, packing, sending, wrapping, re-ordering, post office, emails, accounts, … [Read more...]