Growing body parts

This may not look like much to you.

But to me it is a HUGE step. Love Bug’s drawing has evolved. This weekend circles and lines joined forces to become bodies, hair, arms, legs and tails {naturally}.

Her drawings are growing body parts.

growing body parts

And in this case, fins. Yep, this is a fish mumma.


The look on her face is priceless as she hands over piece after piece of her gorgeous new art. Then another piece. And then a couple more, her confidence growing with each one.

The tears started when she handed me a piece and said There’s writing on this one mumma and it says we are in America and I really love my mumma. Do you like it my mumma?

Then she started naming the pieces: this one is called …


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Silent Sunday {even when she’s sleeping}

One paw on her little sister – looking out for her, even when she’s sleeping.


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Under the flight path

We live under the flight path of the busiest airport in our country. Sometimes I notice the planes, particularly if it’s windy and more flights are using that runway.

Last night though, with the news of the MH17 tragedy, I heard every plane. This morning the earliest arrivals woke me. I couldn’t help but feel every family’s slightly anxious anticipation – and their extra joy at holding their loved ones close. Arrivals halls all around the world will be scenes of extra love today. Tears and love.

As I snuggled back under the warm covers, wedged into bed by my three loves my thoughts turned to all of those families who will never hold their loved ones again. And to their fuzzy family loves … who will never know why their precious friends didn’t come home. Tears. And extra loves for my loves.

Peace: such a simple concept but so difficult for humans to achieve. I saw somewhere once {if I could remember where, I’d reference it here} a mathematical equation:

PI {peace in} + PO {peace out} = World Peace {sustainable}

We need to find forgiveness and peace within ourselves for this to ever be achievable, so my challenge for each of you today is this: try to find peace within today.

peace - marvin gaye

Then give your loved ones a big squeeze.

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I love you guys

Tonight Love Bug said to me mumma I like you and I love you too.

As if that little pearl wasn’t enough, I was sitting on the floor giving Bella a cuddle and she came over to us and wrapped her arms around us: I love you guys.

As mentioned yesterday, last night I had a tough evening at the mumma office. Tonight we were having a chat and a cuddle on the couch. It was a bit after her bedtime, but not too much. She said that she wasn’t tired and she didn’t want to go to bed.

I took this photo approximately 60 seconds later.

I love you guys Ah kids and their FOMO. It’s very cute.


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Frigging hard work

frigging hard workSome days, being a parent is frigging hard work. Seriously frigging hard work.

Like oh my god, when are holidays and why isn’t it Friday yet? hard work. Except you are still a parent on Fridays. And on holidays. Just with less time constraints. On holidays at least. Friday we still need to be out of the house by 7am.

As you all know, most of the time I manage to get through my day and think how insanely lucky I am. I love her to the moon and back. I always will.

But tonight was frigging hard work. And the house is bereft of wine.

I’ll spare you the details because well, because I’m too bloody tired to type. And I’m going to bed because I feel like a total failure.

Suffice to say, even the dogs were unimpressed. But happy for the extra cuddles.

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Make a secret

Love Bug has started whispering to me. She looks at me very conspiratorially mumma she says in a soft voice, come here and we’ll make a secret.

As I lean down she whispers into my ear. This evening it was that Beary was next to her on the couch and she was going to give him a pat.

make a secret

The feel of her soft warm breath on my ear, listening to her breathe deeply while she concentrates on what she’s saying and keeping her voice down.

I know. Ridonculous. So lucky I am. So very lucky.

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Tasty Tuesday {winter warmers}

For those of you at our end of the Earth, it’s a little chilly. In fact, this morning I would have called it outright cold. Of course cold where we live compared is a balmy Spring day in other parts of the world, but for us, 7*C is cold.

I had plans to cook over the weekend. Well, I cooked, but nothing new. I was having a conversation with a friend a few days ago about mug cakes. She had never heard of them. So I sent her a link for how to make them. Got a mug? Got a microwave? Got 30 seconds? You’ve got mug cake.

Mug cakes got me thinking to my other favourite winter dessert: pudding with sauce. Chocolate molten lava pudding. Butterscotch pudding. Any kind of pudding you can burn your mouth on the gooey centre of. The kind you dollop a spoon of vanilla bean ice cream on and it melts immediately to a river of happiness around the cakey fudgey saucey goodness.

Here are a few winter pudding/warm happy tummy recipes I’ve flagged {aka pinned} to try:

  1. Salted caramel apple dumplings
  2. Chocolate cobbler
  3. Self-saucing butterscotch pudding

Tasty Tuesday {winter warmers} And, just because you know you want to … and if you’ve never indulged you may or may not want to be my friend after this … here are some quick and easy mug desserts. 20 of them.

Sometimes foods are so good … sometimes. Back to healthy next week!

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