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10 Things Tuesday: 10 Reasons They Couldn't Get To Sleep!

'Mum, I need to wee!'
'Dad, I need a glass of water!'

We've all heard them all before, the numerous excuses older children come up with to prolong the process of getting off to sleep.

After a number of glasses of water being needed, I bought the boys a drink bottle each to take to bed. I also policed their toileting before bed.

We've always parented to sleep, but even so, the amount of antics can get unbearable at times. I thought I'd share my 10 favourite less common excuses the boys have come up with as reasons they absotively posilutely cannot get to sleep!

1. From Bryn: I just need to know if you're going to make me a Ben10 birthday cake for my next birthday (in 8 months time).


2. From Erik: I'm too hot, I can't feel any breeze from my fan (which is standing literally 20cm away from my bed and directed straight onto me at gail force blast).


3. From Each boy at one time or another: It's not night time yet (at 8pm during day light saving - I…

So, you think you want kids - lots of kids: let me tell you about yesterday...

If you're not one of my regular readers, you may have found this post by Googling 'large families', or 'I want a baby' or something like that - believe me I would have Googled those things twelve years ago if I'd had Google, too.

Back in the day I spent more time than I was ever prepared to admit daydreaming about having a baby, or two, or twelve. I always wanted a big family. I come from a big family. Sure there was only mum and dad and my brother and I, but as a child I often lived with extended family and it often felt like I have a half a dozen siblings... It was grand!

So, here you are, you may already have one or two children yourself and be considering one or two more - or even something more than that. You already know about sleepless nights in the early years. You already know about the might toddler tantrum, not to mention poo-s'plosions. You're already somewhat of a veteran when it comes to babies and toddlers and you feel confident that once…

Things I know: About Blessings...

Joining with Kellie from The Good, The Bad & The Unnecessary for Things I Know!

This week I want to write about blessings. I guess I'm writing about blessings because I'm feeling very blessed right now, but also because I've learned a few things about blessings recently that I wanted to share with you all...

Blessings can be given and received. If given, they need to be given with no strings attached from a place of love, otherwise they don't really qualify as blessings. When they are received, they also need to be received with no strings attached from a place of love, because in doing this the blessee also blesses the blesser - and that's just good etiquette!Blessings may seem like a wish fulfilment in that they mostly happen when there is a need. In the past we've been blessed with things like a working fridge just when our fridge died, and the serendipitous nature of the blessing could (and was) perceived as a manifestation of a wish or metaphysical requ…

Thankful Thursday: School Holiday Edition...

This past week I've been feeling a bit better. I haven't been to see a GP yet, so can't put it down to anti-depressants. I'll probably still need to do that because those heavy clouds pass over regularly, but at least they're passing over and not hanging there endlessly blocking the sun. There has been sun in the landscape of my mind this week and first and foremost I'm thankful for that...  Here is what else I'm thankful for at the moment...

School Holidays: So often, in the past, I've dreaded the school holidays. For our family, they usually spell a time of isolation. School is out and so we don't see other families, and our kids usually don't see much, if anything of their friends. This summer has been different. We went to friends for New Year's Eve, and we've also had several playdates with our boys' friends this summer. Through the miracle of technology the boys have stayed in contact with classmates online as well.

Technology h…

It's Blog Hop Time!

Joining the blog hop devised by Lillie McFerrin, Angie Richmond, Angela Goff and Daniel Swensen...

Here's the deal:
Write a piece of flash fiction, poem, or song (300 words or less) using the photo above as your inspiration. Post it on your blog anytime between now and when the linky closes. Every eligible entry will qualify for a chance to win one of the prizes listed below. The linky will close January 30th. Lillie, Angela, Daniel, and I will then read, debate, and decide on five winners for the following:

1st: Fifty page critique byLillie McFerrin
2nd: Twenty-Five page critique by Angie Richmond
3rd: Fifteen page critique byAngela Goff
4th: Ten page critique byDaniel Swensen
5th: A copy of Steven King’sOn Writing

Copy and paste the linky code below with your entry. Spread the word! We look forward to reading your take on this amazing photo!

[for some reason it won't let me put the code in here for the linky, but if you follow one of the links above you'll find it :)]

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10 Things Tuesday: 10 Things Toilet Learning...

I made a commitment before Christmas to review Kleenex's Flushable Kids Wipes - when I was offered the opportunity to do the review I was feeling rather jazzed and optimistic that Ari (just turned three at the end of October) would soon be using the toilet like the big boys...

Yes, well, here we are in January, and time has been ticking by and I haven't done my review yet because Sir Poops-a-lot steadfastly refuses to eliminate without the security of his portable poop-catching paraphernalia (a.k.a a nappy - or for you Americans (and my 10 year old), a diaper).

Honestly, I've tried everything, I really have. He's had copious nappy free time in conjunction with lots of fluids, a [clean, empty] potty planted in the middle of our living area (much to the Grumpy Old Man's disgust), lots of talks about where wee and poo come from (much to every one of the boys' delight), promises of rewards; stars, stickers, lollies, trips to the park...  Not a single drop outside t…

Five Sentence Fiction - Radiance...

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.


This week: RADIANCE


I had never seen anything like it. The girl I'd all but stumbled over in the field sat opposite me on a rock, telling my about her homeland. The dusk sky was glowing red and purple behind her, but compared to her face it seemed dull like a dusty old painting in the attic. Her face, in contrast, was glowing, literally glowing with what seemed to be starlit silvery rays from her skin. Was she even human?

Sometimes inspiration comes from a single word, in a moment when you aren't thinking about writing at all...

Things I know: Random things from this week...

Unfortunately, due to an accident, Kelly at The Good, The Bad & The Unnecessary is not able to host Things I Know this week - but she'll be back next week, so don't forget to join in then!

As I had a few things I know this week, I thought I'd do a post anyway :).

I know...

1.  The school holiday's seem to be moving very quickly this year. I think there are two reasons for that. The first is this house is busting at the seams with technology (well, more than ever before, anyway) and I haven't been putting many limits on them, so the kids are constantly occupied (and for the most part actually getting along and having fun together!). I have random 'tech free' days when I feel they haven't gotten enough vitamin D and I throw those in here and there - those days do move more slowly, I'll admit. The second reason is that this year there have been playmates with friends and staying in contact with friends over the net, so the kids haven't been as …

Wanted: A truckload of writing mojo...

They say happy people don't make great artists. Some of the greatest painters, writers and actors of all time suffered from great anxiety and depression and this underpinned their best creative efforts...

Oh woe is me!

I should be writing something spectacular right about now if this was true for me.

Instead I seem to have drawn a blank.

I received a tweet the other day asking if I was still participating in 'Carpe Verba'. I said I was, I'm just have some difficulties at the moment. This is true. My mind is a wasteland for creativity.

I was thinking I might pick up one of my notebooks and have a go at handwriting again. Maybe a bit of actual hand writing might stimulate those parts of the brain that seemed to going something like this...

Okay, let's get an idea moving. Just something little - a flash fiction... About something I know, maybe... A woman blogging, a curious comment, a follow-up by email, a mystery, investigation, a hostage situation...


I have this idea…

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Things I Know About Agoraphobia...

I'm supposed to be doing a review and a little giveaway. I've even gotten as far with that post as to set up a rafflecopter thingy for it. It's coming, I promise, but today I want to talk about something that is weighing heavily on my mind. Agoraphobia.

I suffer with agoraphobia and it is mostly related to my low vision. I didn't have it when I was younger. It developed as I grew older and realised how much I can't see in comparison to other people, how often I get in people's way because I don't have much in the way of peripheral vision, and how impossible it is for other people to even realise I have low vision because I have not readily visible markers of vision impairment.

I hate going out on my own unless I have a specific purpose and know the place I'm going to well. If I know the place well but don't have a specific purpose for traveling to that place, I still hate going out. If I have a purpose for going out, especially if I've very moti…

Saturday night reflections...

8.02pm on Saturday night, the second eldest is just going to bed (yet another new night time routine has emerged in response to some difficulties getting four to go to sleep somewhat peacefully in one room. This will not comfort those struggling to get babies and toddler to bed, 12.5 years into this parenting caper, we're constantly tinkering at the edges of settling kids for the night. The current incarnation is that Ari and Bryn go to bed at 7pm; Ari in our room with the Grumpy Old Man laying with him and Bryn on his own in the boys' room. Then Luey goes to bed at 8pm, and Erik at 9pm. I wasn't going to let the older two have those later time slots until they turned 11 and 13 but 30 minutes between Bryn and Luey meant that Bryn would hold out until Luey got into the room and then they'd play funnybuggers until Erik came in a 8.30pm and we'd be lucky if we weren't still telling them to 'settle down and go. to. sleep!' at 9-9.30pm. With a staggering of …

The important difference between options and opportunities...

They say the X-Generation (my generation) can also be called the 'Options Generation'. They like to have options and they like to consider their options...

I had a discussion this afternoon with one of my children after a slight altercation over an outing to Nanna's with dad.  You see, this child likes to have options (and he's obviously not an X-Gen).  He is the kind of child who will ask, 'Can I go to the park?' and then when you tell him he can, he'll immediately turn around and say, 'Do I have to go to the park?'

'He's the kind of child who, given $25 for Christmas by Nanna will tell you he knows exactly what he's going to get with it, and then proceed to wander blank-eyed around the shop, scratching his head and mumbling, 'Just five more minute - I can't decide.'

He just LOVES options...

Today he optioned himself out of a good thing and that is what led to the altercation.

His dad said to him, 'You're coming with…

Why I won't let my 12 year old on Facebook...

We've been having a lot of debates in this household recently stemming from my eldest's participation on a Minecraft server which is hosted by one of his friends - and now his father and I have just about had enough.

Six months ago none of my children had any kind of technology. Then I bought them iPods amongst other things, so they could have something in common with their peers.

It really is unavoidable - the technological creep.

I've long been part of many circles of parents who resist 'plugging the child into technology' for various reasons, and I've sympathised with their views. As a Communications student many years ago I read a lot of research that suggested technologies stimulate the mind while pacifying the body, resulting in overstimulated adrenal systems. I've read recent research which suggests that exposure to violent video games physically changes neural pathways resulting in an inability to focus in other environments. Of course, none of this…

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Things I've Learned About Getting A Driver's Licence

The very first thing I want to say is that I've been quite overwhelmed to see my readers checking in every day over the past week of my absence. My hit rate hasn't dropped at all and I REALLY appreciate all your enthusiasm and interest, so THANK YOU for being so patient with me!


On the 14th of November last year, the Grumpy Old Man made his fifth attempt at passing his manual driver's licence, but as on previous occasions, despite driving perfectly well in lessons and practices for months on end, he stalled the car and failed the test. We'd mooted the idea of him just switching to an automatic car, but his driving instructor (who we'd known for 2.75 years) didn't have an automatic vehicle, so couldn't teach him in one, or offer one for the test. We approached mother-in-law about trading in the manual car we are supposed to get (because she doesn't drive, it was FIL's car) for an automatic, but she baulked at the idea. 


We felt quite desperate because…

10 Things Tuesday: 10 'happier' for so far in 2012

If I can bang out ten things in the next 35 minutes and get this post posted, then technically I didn't miss my 10 Things Tuesday blog post, right?

I was going to post 10 Points of Shopping Centre Ettiquette That Really Should Be Taught in School... but then I thought I might want to kick of the year with something a little more upbeat and positive... Even though we're only three days into this new year, I think I can find ten things that have made me happy this year already!

#1 In the very first hour of the new year it would have to be dancing in the front yard of a friend's house under fairy lights in a makeshift outdoors lounge room - I wish I'd take any kind of camera with me, they had it set up so beautifully under the trees with lamps and fairy lights and a leather couch and loud music! It was so much fun! As a good omen for the coming year (that's precisely how I choose to view this extraordinary event) we had a visit from a ring tail possum on the electrica…

Getting back on the writing pony...

Day two of this year and I've added the next photo for the January Photo Challenge (check out the pages under my header up there)... So, that's still going (oh, yes, I am totally surprised as well!).

Considering that minor success, I'm feeling a bit brave. I may be confusing bravery with stupidity - I often get those two mixed up - time will tell.  I've seen a few of my writerly friends talking about joining up with a 2012 writing challenge to write 500 words a day for this entire year. Okay, so considering doing anything for more than a couple of days in a row is a major challenge in itself for me, I'm probably biting off more than I can chew, but hey, this year is about taking every day as it comes and not having any expectations - and that would also include not expecting to fail, right?

So, I followed a link over to Cara Michaels' blog Defiantly Literate and read about her challenge to 'carpe verba' (seize the word for those playing along at home) a…