When Mummy calls ‘Time Out’


You know how you have those days when you feel like you’re winning at parenting and life is just awesome? I had one of those today. The sun was shining, the sibling squabbles were at a minimum, the toddler had a nice long sleep and woke up in a gloriously happy mood, I even walked [...]

A Day at the Museum


A couple of weeks ago, I went on my first ever school excursion. I know, I know, pretty slack of me seeing as Maya is into her seventh year at school, but in my defence, getting picked for those things is like winning the lottery! And technically I didn’t get picked this time round – it [...]

The Kidney Saga


Mercedes has been in and out of hospital since she was three weeks old. So it’s hard to believe that before they were born, it was Sienna that had us all worried. These excerpts from the scrapbook I made for her some years later document the story of her ‘little kidney problem’… “When Mummy was [...]

The Day We Got Hitched…


There’s a party going on at the homestead tonight. My sister-in-law is celebrating a big birthday milestone and the whanau have all gathered together for an epic celebration. Three years ago this very weekend, the whanau were again gathered but this time for a celebration of a very different kind – to see the couple they thought would [...]

Best Laid Plans

{as you can see, she wasn't exactly traumatised by the whole experience!}

Today was supposed to be a simple day – drop the girls at school, head off to the GP, do a bit of grocery shopping, spend some time in Chiara’s classroom helping with an art projects, then head home to make lasagne for dinner. Best laid plans and all that. By midday I was wishing I [...]

GUEST POST: “Suicide is a Sledgehammer”


**TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses suicide. If you need to ask for help but you’re not sure where to turn, give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14** Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s been a topic of significant discussion in our house over the past week or so – Maya is a big fan [...]

Biting the Bullet


On Wednesday I put my big girl undies on and did something I’d been putting off for months… Way back in March after I had my little ambulance ride, I went to see my GP for a follow-up and mentioned I’d been having some pain in my right shoulder. He thought it sounded like gallstones and [...]

A Lesson in Perseverance


At the end of Year Four, Maya came home and announced that she wanted to try out for the school Future Problem Solving team. I had absolutely no idea what it was or what it involved (in case you were wondering, it’s ‘an international educational program for students that focuses on the development of creative thinking [...]

Hello Spring!


Yesterday was the first official day of spring. I celebrated by wearing my jandals for the first time since April. Today, it looks a little more like this:   Since it’s not looking like we’re going to get much spring sunshine for at least a week, I thought I’d go back and revisit some of [...]