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One Thing Life Has Taught Me...

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Is that everyone has a story.
And what you see or perceive on the outside, is not necessarily the reality. Of course the untimely death of Charlotte Dawson came as rather a shock to most of us, and proves my point - what we saw or perceived as a fairytale life, was not the reality that she was living. But I had been thinking along these lines previous to this anyway - there have been a few instagram quotes lately about kindness; and then a couple of bloggers got honest, and admitted they were struggling with 'The Black Dog', just as Charlotte had been.


So I have been thinking and wondering how to be a little kinder in this harsh world we live in... 
* Sometimes all it takes is a smile!
I know a smile from others can make a difference - especially when you're dealing with difficult children; so often you feel the silent judgement, but now and then you get a parent or grandparent who gives you the 'I've been there also, and you will survive' smile! You know that smil…

We Did Something Last Night...

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That we vowed we'd never do...
We brought the baby into bed with us!
I know, I know - it's shocking! Some of you will be shocked that we have never done this before, and some will be shocked that we did this at all... but we did! Really, truly!!!!

I have even got photographic evidence, I took four photos and he never even woke up... pretty amazing, and proof of just how tired he was (please excuse the triple-chin-effect, I had minimal movement and just couldn't get a decent pose *grin*)!
See the poor little soul has a heavy cold, and if you've been reading the last few posts you will know he is not a good sleeper at the moment anyway - add that to a heavy cold, and you can see how our night started out! Well, I should be honest and say how hubby's night started out - I have yet another infection, and was in so much pain, and so tired last night; he just left me sleeping. What a honey!

So there he is in all his sleeping glory... sideways across the middle of our bed - no…

Just A Quickie...

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I know what you're thinking... hahaha!
Thought I'd better stick to my word and try another quick post while I have a few spare moments! The small one is asleep (long may it last, he gave me a good 35 minute tantrum before he finally succumbed), and the big one is doing some cotton bud painting courtesy of Sammy
So - I am starting to feel better finally, and the surgery threat has gone... whew! Still a little way to go before I am out of the woods completely, but I can now parent during the day by myself again, and have a few pain-free moments (like if I ever manage to sit down *grin*), where I can almost forget these past few days!
But now - we have lurched into yet another summer cold... I am blaming the strange summer we are having, you just can't predict the weather or the temperature - gah! Ah well, we have managed a few good weeks up here; hoping it stays for another couple of months!
My laid back, easy going and contented baby boy, has turned into a raging toddler in t…

It Looks A Lot Like Love...

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It's Valentines Day today; we don't really do Valentines here - generally we will get a card for each other (at my insistence I might add, I 'DO' cards), and maybe there'll a nice home-made meal made by my man!
Today has been unlike any other Valentines though; however I did get this lovely bunch of, ahem, weeds picked for me by hubby and son (the thought was there):

I had a card sorted for hubby as usual (my Mum is an amazing card maker; which is a huge advantage for me)! 
We had plans for a nice roast lamb pizza dinner, to be made and eaten together after the kids had gone to bed, by my man...
But as life would have it - I am sick... got a painful infection, need strong pain relief and antibiotics; and am on surgery watch should things not improve over the weekend. I have not had a flare up like this in years (in case you're not familiar with what I am talking about, you can read about my medical condition here), and have not had to go on antibiotics in years; so…

Smaller Posts MIGHT Mean More Posts...

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I'm a talker - anyone who knows me in real life knows this, and are probably giggling right now at the extreme understatement the above sentence really is! 
Those mouths ALL represent me in a conversation!!!
I write like I talk - hence you get LONG rambling posts... and quite often they weave and wave down quite a few different paths and topics. Not really the type of blog people come back to again and again!
And this also means that I don't post often, as I have this idea that I need two or three hours to write a post. So then it looks like I am not interested, or I don't have anything to say (hahahahahahaha), or I just don't have the time.
Admittedly that last excuse does ring true SOMETIMES...
However, I had a lightbulb moment tonight.

Not all posts have to be LONG posts! Or deep and rambling posts... Or even photo-heavy posts!!!
They can be short, they can be about; well nothing really, and I can write them more regularly!
And in-between, when I do get an evening with 2-3 ho…

This Time Last Year...

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I was celebrating THIS!
One year on and I haven't looked back...
Who'd have thought it!

Let 2014 Begin!

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Okay, okay - so I am a month behind; like a WHOLE month behind! I'm just not sure how; wasn't Christmas just like a week ago?!? Eeeek - if January disappeared this fast, I'm not sure how I am ever going to survive this year; let alone keep up with it all!!!!!
Below is a collection of random photos taken through January!

I know back in November I wrote a post about 'Blooming Where I am Planted'; so I thought I would do a bit of an update on where I am with this, and other thoughts I have had regarding 2014!

I am SO proud of me, and of us, this year - we really are starting to make plans and follow through with them; the kids are at a good age now, and often play together nicely for a while, and also entertain themselves quite effectively! Button can often spend 30-45 minutes in her room with the door shut (so 'lil M doesn't annoy her), just playing with her dolls! It is so lovely to see... and all this growing up is starting to give us that little bit of freedo…

We've Been Off Adventuring...

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In our own backyard - literally! Admittedly, this was last weekend (and it is now February - eeek, how did that happen?!?)... I don't know what happened to this past week, actually - better make that month! 
Anyway - we decided to go down to the bottom of the property and explore (we may, or may not have, explored parts of the neighbours property also... ahem)!!!! I had no idea there was SO much beauty right on our back door step - I'll let the photos do the talking!




















The cat came to meet us as we headed back to the house!
Sorry for the photo heavy post - I tried downloading Photoscape (which was my editing programme of choice previously), but it does not like my new operating system :-(! So I will need to spend some time finding one that works with Ubuntu (any computer-savvy folk out there who know what works with Ubuntu?)