Back at the keyboard

27 05 2013

Apologies for the extended hiatus…I had the best of intentions of writing while on holiday with my girls…but I decided to lounge poolside, play volleyball and swing on a trapeze instead (oh, and eat ice-cream for breakfast!)

I will continue the tale in tomorrows post….but in the meantime I came across this quote which I love, because for me it validates my parenting style.

It is the primary task of parents throughout their lives to convey to the young a sense of optimism. Whatever other obligations we have to our children, a conviction that we can achieve happiness amid the losses and uncertainties that life contains is the greatest gift that can pass from one generation to the next. Like all the values we wish to teach our children – honesty, commitment, empathy, respect, hard work – the supreme importance of hope is taught by example.

“Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart – Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now” Gordon Livingston M.D.



12 11 2012

Well now that was hardly fair…..taking you to the brink of the story and then leaving you there to hang.

What is the adage, if you want something done give it to a busy woman?  Well that would be me and I somehow keep putting my hand up to take things on, unfortunately for that my blog sat lonely and neglected.

We had a Japanese exchange student that was in Clare’s school, staying with us for the last few weeks.  So instead of just looking after my two, there was this extra child with English as a second language and who didn’t know our routine.  I was constantly asking; have you had enough to eat? do you want to take a shower? are you warm enough? do you need me to wash your clothes?  She was also terribly homesick for the first week so it took alot of energy to ensure that not only was she fed and bathed but that her spirit was well nurtured.

So when I would finally get everyone to bed for the evening I would have about a minute and a half to myself to ponder my next post but then my eyelids would win the fight.

She has now returned home, routine is restored (although I keep coming across Hello Kitty stickers in the oddest places) and my fingers are itching to hammer out the story.

I am shooting for 3 posts a week.  A friend of mine said, “but won’t you speed through telling the story that way,” to which I pointed out that in real-time this story is now two years in unfolding and has not yet ended (insert deep sigh/groan/guttural howl here).

So see you again tomorrow night for the next (and well overdue) installment.

ps – the title of this post is “long time no see” in Japanese, felt that was appropriate!