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August 24, 2014

Possum is 8 years 3 months

Bandicoot is 6 years 1 month

Little Princess is 3 years 7 months

Hi!  Remember me? ~waves~

We have had a busy and tough year this year.  Bandicoot joined our homeschool, with all his quirks and vivacity.  It has been a challenge for me to step up to the plate, especially as nothing I had planned or had previously used with Possum worked with him.  Really.  Nothing.

I have spent a lot of time in tears and in prayer.  I would probably have done better to do those in the other order.  I have also spent too many waking hours reading about kids like him and what works for them.  Some ideas I just cannot implement because of my personality and skills, and some I can.  Some of them sound fantastic and do not work at all when I try them.  Some of them sound ridiculous and work a treat.  It has been a steep, steep learning curve, and I am just beginning.

At the same time, Possum and Little Princess continue to grow and change as well.  Nothing ever stays the same with kids.  There is a lot of adapting required in parenting!

Thankfully, we are coming out of that four months or so of the year that I always find the most difficult – from approximately two months before Possum’s birthday until two months after Bandicoot’s.  It seems to always coincide with mental and emotional growth spurts for them, leaving us all unsettled.

This year it has coincided with a health upset for me.  I have had a rather significant “arthritic flare-up” in my knees.  We do not know what caused it.  We do not know if it will happen again.  We do know it is less than pleasant.  There has been extreme pain involved, a lot of fear as I was tested for any number of things, and a LOT of inconvenience as I have been almost crippled for weeks or months at a time.  (For quite a while I could barely move from bed to lounge, let alone get down the two steps at the front of the house to go outside.)

With all of this going on, blogging has fallen down the priority list.  Also, it is hard to be positive or inspiring when life is full of tears, pain and fear.  It is hard to think of the bright side when your head is under water.  And there are probably a lot of times in the last few months that I would prefer to forget, rather than have recorded and shared with you.

But now, I hope, things are a little better, a little more settled.  Now, I hope, I have grown a bit more.

Now I hope, I will get to share some of our adventure with you again.

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Technology and Gremlins

March 10, 2012

Regular readers may have noticed some posts missing.  There is a rather large chunk of our lives from December and January that don’t appear on the blog.  This time includes all sorts of adventures like Advent activities, travelling halfway across the country to stay with my in-laws, Christmas, New Year, a broken nose and several entries regarding the prestigious TDU.

Have I forgotten you?  No!

While we were away I did not have access to my home computer.  I also did not have internet access for most of the trip.  So I posted entries off line on DH’s work laptop, ready to upload when possible.  Most of the posts I had written were waiting for photo downloads from our camera, also difficult to do when we were away.

So it was all there.

Then we got back.  DH returned to work.  One of the blogging programmes was causing havoc on his computer (apparently), so he transferred all the blog entries onto a USB memory stick and cleared them off his computer.

Then the memory stick died.

What?

Yes, truly.  Just like that.  One day it was working finely, the next, nada.

Humph.

And so, all those wonderful entries are missing.

I will try to rewrite what I can for you, but it will miss that feeling of immediacy, that emotional element, be a little too considered possibly.  Still, they should contain some nice pics.

And, if it is any consolation to you, within the same two week period, DH managed to also lose his PC at work and the back-up hard drive (fortunately not at the same time!).  I am trying to keep him away from anything else electrical.

Why I Blog

January 9, 2012

Do you ever wonder why I blog?  Sometimes I do.

I started this blog with no real idea why.  I read blogs, but I wondered who would write them.  Who would spill such details of their lives out into the public domain?  Was it a need to expose?  Or was it manufactured?

I started by asking some friends of mine who blog.  They had various reasons, but none of them seemed to suit me.  For me, it was a curious itch that wouldn’t go away, an itch that I needed to scratch.

And so I started.

If you have read much of this blog, you will know that it has no clear direction or focus.  Instead it meanders and morphs, flowing from this idea or season to that; much like the life of a mother of small children!  At first I thought it terribly disjointed, but I can now see it a bit bigger than that, it is what I first called it, A Day in the Life of a Career Mum.  And, as all you Career Mums out there know, our days can be filled with the small things like preparing 47 snacks, or with big things like sick kids, or with exciting outings and events or pondering big issues – as well as so many other things.  And on some days, the things that are on my mind will even coincide with the things on yours.

But that isn’t really why I blog (even though it is an interesting reason.)

For a while, I used this blog purely as a log of homeschool tasks.  We were doing quite a bit of homeschool preschooling at the time, and I needed to keep a record in case we were audited.  It was also a great way to keep our ideas together.

But I felt the need to write about other things – that itch again.  And over time we have decided not to formally homeschool for the present.  I still love keeping a record of our activities that fall into that kind of thing and I love being able to share them with others – so much of my inspiration has come from other mums.  But there is more.

I love to write.  I have always loved to write.  When I was in Kindergarten, I loved to write and my best friend loved to draw.  We decided that we would write books together when we grew up.  Unfortunately, that plan fell apart somewhere.  I believe she ended up as a hairdresser.  And me… well, career hasn’t been a straight path for me!

My favourite years at school were ones where I got to do lots of writing.  I particularly recall Years 4 and 6, and I still have a box of stories that I wrote then.  In high school, apart from a couple of times when I had a English teacher who loved poetry, the only thing that kept me alive in that subject was creative writing – 15% of the total mark.  I used to even write novels for my friends for their birthdays!  Alas, it was pre-computers, so I gave the originals away.

And then I studied Engineering.  Once more I have to say, “What was I thinking??”

I ventured into a different kind of writing, keeping diaries.  Myriads of them.

I have never had the confidence to become a writer.  I am a perfectionist and I also fear the judgement of those I know.  My cousin is a writer.  A very good writer.  He has won a Booker Prize (amongst other things).  I don’t enjoy his writing, but he is certainly successful.  And being a perfectionist, that is the yardstick I would measure myself against.  Silly, isn’t it?

But I have now found, that with my blog, I can write.  I can write a little and share a little, and if people don’t like it, they don’t read it.  No one gets hurt.

(Yes, I know that my writing isn’t exactly Booker Prize winning standard, but that doesn’t matter, either.)

I have also re-discovered that happy feeling inside that I get when I write.  A sort of warm, fuzzy, contentedness.

This year, I would like to write more.  I would like to be a little more organised on my blog, while still maintaining some of that eclectic-ness that makes me who I am.

Maybe one day I will be a professional writer.  Or maybe I won’t.  But right now, I like to write my blog.