Dinner time at my house. We are all sitting down together at the dining table, sharing the highlights of our day.
Now I know this sounds very Brady Bunchesque, but believe me, most nights I can be found in the kitchen frantically cooking up three different meals – one for me (FODMAPS-friendly); one for the kids (tasteless and without any ‘weird green bits’); and one for my husband (big and meaty – the food; not hubby). And by the time each meal is ready, there is not much time for chatter.
So one the rare evenings when we are all eating THE SAME THING, it’s nice to enjoy the time to catch up.
So back to the conversation.
My son, who has just started school this year (he is 6), was regaling us with a list of girls at his school that are in love with him.
“Kate* loves me, but I don’t love her.”
“Sarah* loves me, but I don’t love her.”
“Emma* loves me. She always wants to hug me when I fall down and cry.”
I asked: “Do you sometimes fall down and pretend to cry for hugs?”
And my son answered: “Nah, I cry for love.”
Romantic or playboy? I’ll have wait to wait a few years to find out!
*Names have been changed to protect the sweetly innocent.
It’s been ages since I’ve blogged – again! How does time slip away so quickly?
My husband and I were talking about our previous home and we were saying that it seemed like a simpler life there. We had our first baby, I was a stay-at-home-Mum for a time and we just seemed to have all the time in the world.
Of course if you had asked me back then how I felt about things, I probably would have told you that I never seem to have enough time to do anything! Fast forward seven years and we all seem to be barely holding on from day to day.
Today was the last day of school for my kids – they are now halfway through Prep and Grade Two. But the most exciting thing is that I am on holidays too! Yes, this tightly wound little bundle of stress has two weeks off!
Next Thursday we are flying to the Gold Coast to spend five nights in the Sea World Resort with unlimited entry to three theme parks – Sea World, Movie World and Wet-n-Wild. Just a cruisey, laid back holiday – not! Then we have three nights in Sydney.
For eight nights we will all be in the one hotel room. And for a person who really loves their own space, this thought makes me very nervous!
Relaxing and kicking back is a bit of an elusive concept for me at the moment. Because I don’t have enough on my plate; with working full time, while trying to be a good Mum and wife; I decided to start a Diploma in Digital Marketing! It’s an online course that will take me 12 months.
For any of you who have been faithfully following my blog (whoever you are, I love you and thank you) you will recall that this is not my first attempt at higher learning online. I wrote a blog about my attempt at a Masters of Marketing for about three weeks before having to drop out – much to my annoyance and shame.
But this time I think I will make it. It does mean that for 12 months, I won’t be around much and that’s hard to accept.
Can you justify putting your family through 12 months of only having half of your attention when you are already struggling to give them the love and focus you know they need from you?