27 February 2015

Being grateful - time to rest and be creative

I have been unwell again this week. Just when I thought I was over tonsillitis I caught another infection! I'm sure its from taking antibiotics. I'm on to my 2nd lot so hope I feel better by Saturday. We have a friend's wedding to go to this Saturday and have Hubby's family coming down for the weekend to look after the girls. I'm really looking forward to wearing my new dress and heels I've bought especially for the wedding. I'm keeping my fingers crossed I'm better by then.

A watercolour illustration I have been working on

Its been a quiet week on the blog, so today I thought I'd share with you what I am grateful for:

~ having happy girls who didn't get clingy or cry when I dropped them off to "school";
~ time to myself to rest
~ having fun with Cherub and not worrying about the housework,
~ a thoughtful Husband who started work a little later one morning so he could help me get the
   girls ready for school,
~ my morning coffee (even though my body probably didn't need it, I needed it!)
~ the leg cuddles and giggles I get from my little girl,
~ some time to myself allowing me to be creative.

What are you grateful for?

If you didn't see last week's post it was on "5 ways to show children gratitude" along with a printable you can download here.

16 February 2015

Getting to know you....

Well hello there! I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I've got tonsillitis so I'm feeling a little sorry for myself. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Hubby and the girls don't get it, and the antibiotics I'm taking soon kick in! I'm a terrible sick person...what about you?

I'm thankful that the girls are both at 'school' today so I can stay home and relax. Although putting a load of washing on and vacuuming isn't really relaxing, is it?

A big shiny Hello to you! Tell me who are you?
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Yesterday I was having a look at my blogs stats thinking about who is reading my little blog. Checking my stats isn't something I stress about, but I would like to get to know you better and find out what you enjoy reading on the blog.

So I'd love it if you would tell me a little about yourself in the comments (pretty please!).

Tell me what is one of your favourite things to do? 

What do you love?

What do you like to read on my blog?

Where are you from? 

In case you are feeling a little shy, let me get you started...here's a little about me (but I'm sure you've read enough about me already!)

  • One of my favourite things to do is be creative...here's a little drawing I drew recently...I'm a little quirky.
  • I love chocolate, dark and milk chocolate are my fave. I'm not a fan of white chocolate, it makes me feel sick! 
  • I live with my family in the Blue Mountains, located west of Sydney NSW Australia.

So come on....tell me a bit about yourself so we can get to know each other :)

13 February 2015

Being grateful - for being home

Lately I have been contemplating returning to work. Its not because I miss it (not at all), or because I am sick of spending time with Cherub (she is a joy), I guess I feel now that Cherub is going to preschool 2 days a week I should be working or doing something to bring some money into the household to help pay for the girls activities and preschool fees (oh my goodness I can't believe how expensive it is when you pay by the term!).

The thought of returning to work actually scares me a little. I am so unsure of what I want to do. I feel as though all the knowledge and skills I once had at the top of my head will no longer be there, and the only stuff I'll remember is what channel "Tom & Jerry" is on!

Free graphic sourced

Being home for the past 6 years has changed me, and my thoughts on what I want to be doing with my days. I so wish I could be "lady of leisure" and get paid for it!

I am so grateful to have spent these past 6 years at home raising my two girls. I know I am very fortunate to be able to spend such a long time away from my career, and be home to see them develop and grow into the little people that they are today. They are such sweet sweet girls (even when they are fighting and screaming at each other!).

Popette has been having a rough time settling in to Year 1, so I am grateful that I can be there for her in the morning, rather than dropping her off at before school care where she'd be upset and all alone.

I am also grateful that Cherub is loving her preschool, and eager to leave me and go and play. I do miss being around her, but know its important for her and that she will thrive there.

What are you grateful for today?

03 February 2015

Letting go

Some days its hard letting my girls go. Today I dropped Cherub off to preschool,  its her 3rd day there and she is loving it. She was so eager to find kids to play with when I stopped the car she said "Bye Mum". I replied "You can't go yet, I need to walk you to your classroom". Cherub gave me a look of disappointment and said "Ohh", then told me "I want my bag on my back like Popette". So I did as she asked and helped her place her over-sized Peppa Pig bag on her bag, after I give her the biggest of hugs, more for me than her, then trotted her over to her preschool.

She was very excited, waving to her new friends as she walked through the gate. She gave out hugs to some of "her people". I love that she loves going to preschool, yet I'm also a little upset that I don't get the "Mumma I want you" and her clinging to my leg. She is so different to her big sister Popette, who was very clingy and cried when we would drop her off at daycare.

Cherub has become our little extrovert and will quite happily approach kids she doesn't know in the hope they will play with her. It saddens me (just a little) to see my youngest grow up in front of me and that she wants to be little Miss Independent.

I know I have to let her go and grow, but at the same time, I just want her to stay small and need her Mumma.

Popette who returned to school last Wednesday is now in Year 1. At first she was in a composite class with Yr 2, I was a little worried to begin with. Then thought it would push her and be a good thing. Unfortunately, due to low numbers, all the Year 1's have been re-shuffled around and she is now been placed in a Year 1 only class. I was a little disappointed for her as I liked the teacher as did she.

Popette was a little unsettled last night not getting to sleep until after 10pm, which I think was due to the changes. Today dropping her off to school she came in for a second hug, hugging me that little bit tighter as she needed me so many years ago when we dropped her off at daycare. Popette is definitely the introvert out of the two girls (taking after me), and at the same time she's a sweet, loving, smarty pants of a little girl who just wants to be included. I'm really hoping she finds "her people" at school this year, and becomes more confident with her self.

I feel as though I didn't do enough with her (for her) when she was younger, and worry about her. But I guess the life of a parent is forever worrying that the decisions you make are the right ones and hope they will only affect your little ones positively.

Knowing we won't have any more children, I find it hard seeing my girls grow up (too quickly) and in letting them go to make their own decisions, mistakes, choices.

Do you have problems letting go? How do you cope with your children growing up?