A little bit is lost

There are some things you do each and every day with your children that you know will end at some point but that's just it, it's at 'some point'. It's not defined or clearly mapped out. You can't plan for it. And so one day you find yourself reading a bedtime story to your eldest child and the next day she's less interested in listening because she wants to read it herself, and then finally there comes a time when she's not really interested in Mummy reading to her anymore at all. If I had … [Continue reading]

My Very Evil Mother…

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I never fail to learn new things from my children. Their world is a wonderful adventure, new things every day. It's easy to forget that school at that age was exciting. So it was with delight but some surprise when Eliza said to me earlier: "My very evil mother just sits under newspaper." "What on earth does that mean darling?" Assuming, or at least hoping, this didn't mean me. "It's about the planets Mummy. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and the one beginning … [Continue reading]

Birthday, kittens and an anniversary: what a couple of weeks

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Wow hello blog! It's been a while hasn't it? I think I'm suffering from bloggers block, or blogathy (blog apathy see what I did there?) or possibly just the same old 'there aren't enough hours in the day' problem. But that problem's not really a … [Continue reading]

24 Sleep Issues?

Yeah stock cubes at bedtime!

There's something in the air today besides the sun. It's something that causes little girls to have trouble getting to sleep. It's something that causes me to get a great glute workout running up and down the stairs. Eliza has a new thing at … [Continue reading]

The Endorphin High

I know. I look pretty amazing don't I...

I've written two posts this week but have published neither. Why? Mostly because they were a bit sad really. A bit sad, a bit disconnected and frankly a bit odd. Kind of how I've felt this week. I can't put my finger on it precisely. But rather … [Continue reading]

Futile things I say to my girls

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1. Night girls remember it's Saturday tomorrow so you don't need to get up early! 2. I know you're watching TV but wouldn't you like to come and brush your teeth, get ready for bed and have a story? 3. Please don't drop your food on the floor 4. … [Continue reading]

Let It Rain!

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I'm really glad it rained today. No I am, really glad. That's because I have reached an age where I'm grateful that the garden gets a good soak. The new shrubs I planted are nicely settled in with rain. I'm officially middle aged. Tilly and I got … [Continue reading]

Easter Break

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The past couple of weeks my life has been a Boden catalogue. Bar the odd work email, it has been entirely about the Family. Of course that comes with many non-Boden catalogue type of things, such as spousal arguments, losing it with kids who mess … [Continue reading]

Being Kind

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We had the girls' parent/teacher chats recently. They were fine, the girls are both doing well and I'm not going to gloat or share the details here because I find that sort of thing mildly nauseating, I'll just say I'm proud of them and leave it … [Continue reading]

The Alternative Gro Clock Review

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Several years ago I bought a Gro Clock for Eliza, she was waking up too damn early for my liking and I'd tried everything. Finally this clock worked. The Sun came up at the time I had set to be 'morning' and she came trotting in to our room. … [Continue reading]