Happy 16th (sic) Birthday Dad

Dad spent his birthday fixing a lawnmower…  He discovered that the reason it had been wobbling was because it only had one bolt holding the engine to the chassis… this is ride on mower.. lol.  Parents are interesting creatures… but I guess he was happy tinkering in his shed and Twisty was very happy to help Grandad “fix it” too. 😉 We timed our visit because we wanted to say Happy Birthday to the folks.  The one’s who turn 60 this year.   I was kind of hoping for a party…  may be we should organise an Aussie style, impromptu BBQ and invite relatives?  you just call someone and say the BBQ will be on at X you’re bringing X and then everyone turns up with part of the menus… you eat, you drink you are merry Here are some…

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Toddler on a Plane – and it was all ok – maybe even a bit fun… ;)

We survived! We made it…  We’re in Blighty.  Last night, at Dad’s birthday dinner I felt like I had drunk half a bottle of wine even though I had consumed no alcohol what so ever – mean…  Jet lag is fun.  We made it though. …  We took at 2.5 year old dude and sat him in a chair for 24 hours and we were all OK.  In fact there were moments where things were quite fun… – there were also moments where we were all OVER IT – but not because of anyone’s behaviour – just because that’s a long flipping way for anyone!! We dropped the cats off at the cattery.  Twisty was VERY excited that they were in the car and kept telling a whinging Henny that he would be ok. lol  But… when we drove off…



NB:  This post is being written whilst my body is full of hormones a couple of steroids and some coffee ( why? ).  It may not make as much sense to you as it does to me… I’m writing it This was the theme from this week’s MOPS.  All mothers understand how hard the idea of rest can seem when juggling family life.  To be honest though, I think I had a problem with rest long before I became a mother and a wife. My career has been a massive part of my life for so long.  At one point, if I’m honest, it was pretty much WAS my life.  Teaching does that to you. It seeps into everything you say, do and are.  I’ve always had to get better at saying the all important two letter word “NO” to things.  Interestingly, I…

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Family Photo Time

With my work on Reflect Growth, I’ve been lucky enough to network with a whole heap of new people.  I’ve also discovered the spirit of sharing and support from other startup businesses in our area.   Hannah Grant (Captura Photography), approached me a while ago to see if we could do some link sharing from Teacher Technologies to her photography site.  No… not some dodgy spammy, comments with links stuff… Some fabulous exchange of service stuff.  She offered her services as a photographer if I offered to use her pictures and link back to her. How I could refuse… Have you seen her work?  Beautiful!  So, on the 20th of April, when i ran our inaugural professional development session for Reflect Growth i invited Hannah along.  As you can see, Matt was also part of the day and so, that…


The Long Down Regulation.

Woah.. It’s been 8 weeks since I posted anything! ooops. No excuses, let’s get to it! The biggest thing that’s been happening in our lives over the last few months is the next round of IVF. As you may (or may not) know, we used up all 4 of our embryos from the first round of IVF. Tristan was the only one who stuck around. We’re incredibly grateful for him… sooooo lucky but i did promise him a brother or sister in exchange for milk so we’ve got to get things sorted. Over the last two months I’ve been poked, prodded and scanned. Our Dr was a little surprised that we only had one success with our little frozen pals and surprised us when she suggested that we investigate further. There were two possibilities for them not working. Something was…

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On Modern Cloth Nappies

I have a couple of pals who are about to have new babies in their lives (Very exciting!) They have watched Tristan and I using Modern Cloth Nappies (MCNs) and have begun to get curious.  I wrote to them with all the details of what I used and where I bought it all from.  The info in that email might be useful to other mums who are considering following the MCN pathway so, i thought i’d share it here. Let me just say that MCNs are excellent and I’ve not had a single regret about using them.  They’re not hard work, they’re not messy and gross and you don’t need to soak them in buckets of water. You just shove them in the washing machine and hang them out to dry.   With the current cost of nappies  we paid for…

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Teddy Biscuit Please

So you know, from the posts about Twisty’s birthday and Christmas that we’ve had a visitor with us for a little while. Shelly stayed with us for 3 weeks over the Christmas and New Year period and we had lots of fun teaching her a little bit about the Australian way of life. I think she was pleasantly surprised about what she found here. In fact, you could even say she was a ‘bit excited’ to discover that it had more to offer than she first thought.  She’d mentioned before that she likes to visit countries with different languages and cultures and so Australia wasn’t on her list of “Places to visit”. The funny thing is, as I think she discovered, Australia does have a very different culture to the UK. It has many languages and faces. Just because the…