Three

Hayden - last day of 2

This kid. He kills me with his cuteness and his cheekiness and his special little dance moves. He, like his big brother, is my greatest achievement, my source of pure joy, immense frustration and overwhelming love.

Today he turns 3. Continue reading

Rehabilitation

The situation in Bali seems to have the many across the country divided. I for one am heavy with sadness.

I’ve seen so many messages of support and love and sadness, and I’ve also seen the messages from those who say Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran deserved the ending they received.

I’d like to say I am very anti-drugs. I do not condone them and I, like many, am frustrated at just how vast the problem is. I have seen how they can destroy lives and families and even communities, and I worry for my boys as they get older. I also completely understand that each country has their own laws and rules and justice system.  Continue reading

Check it out: The Knit

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Don’t get me wrong, I do love the sunshine and the ocean and warm weather. But after months of Queensland’s super hot and sticky weather, the cool change is more than welcome. There’s something about finally being able to get into your boots and cardi’s and scarves that makes me a little bit happy 🙂

I love knits for my boys. Beautiful, snuggly, comfy, warm knits, perfect for the cooler weather.

Here’s some gorgeous knits I’ve found for the misters: Continue reading

Check it out: Zee & Friends

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I personally think grown ups should have their own teepee’s. I’d love it. My own little hidey spot for some peace and time out. Why don’t I have one? I’d probably have to share it, that’s why 😉

Zee & Friends is a Sydney based business started by friends with a sewing machine, passion and a whole lotta love. Each teepee is handmade and names after it’s new little owner. They offer a range of colours and patterns and can even create bunting, cushions and floor mats to finish off the look.

Here’s some of my picks from the site: Continue reading

Anzac Day and my need to learn

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Each Anzac Day I, like most, pause to remember the sacrifices of so many. The first time I attended a Dawn Service, I sat in the sand with thousands of others and listened to the stories and words being spoken. As the sun rose over the ocean, our eyes turned to the lone soldier standing high on top of Elephant Rock as he played the Last Post. It was the most moving experience and I felt so privileged to be part of the experience.

My eldest and I chatted about Anzac Day last year and I explained the significance of the day (as much as I felt he could grasp) and how important it is that we show our respect and remember those who have and are still serving our country. I remember telling him that our service men and women are true heroes and what we have, as a nation, we owe to them. We spoke about acknowledging their sacrifices and remembering the fallen heroes.

Now that he’s in school and learning more about Anzac Day, Jack has begun to ask more questions. Today I realised I don’t know nearly as much as I should. History was never my strongest subject but now, confronted with the questions of my son, I am ashamed to admit I don’t know a lot of the actual details.

I hear the accounts, watch the documentaries and movies and read stories in the paper. I sit with others on the day and honour our heroes and feel that overwhelming sense of national pride and mateship and respect, but while I know the basics I feel terrible that I can’t tell my son all the reasons why I sit there in the first place. Does that make me a little un-Australian? Does everyone know all the important details and I’m a total ignoramus? Is it ok that I can’t explain Anzac Day in full to my children?

I want to learn more. I need to. It’s important, to me and to Jack and eventually to Hayden.

We’ve made plans to head to the library to gain a better understanding. Today we came across this website and it is a wonderful resource. There’s also the Australian War Memorial website too and this site featuring beautiful story books for children. We look forward to learning more, together.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

K xx

Check it out: warm those tootsies!

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I think I may have already mentioned once or twice my excitement at the weather finally cooling down a little. The boys and I have so been looking forward to curling up with our soft blankies, hot choccies/warm milk and some super comfy slippers!

Oh how we love slippers! I don’t even care if that’s daggy. In fact, here’s a whole bunch of slippers for the misters 🙂 Continue reading