Saturday, July 31, 2010

To be Grateful - Day thirteen...

I have had such a busy and productive day! All starting with an early wake up call, otherwise known as Chloe. Managed to get to a friend's garage sale before 9am, drop in and see my Mum, run in to the cake decorating shop, pick up some groceries and bake a birthday cake all prior to midday! Post lunch time, caramel slice was whipped up, along with some choc orange cupcakes. Quick trip down to the football field to watch Cadyn in his auskick (AFL little league) debut, run in to the el-cheapo shop for wrapping paper, cook dinner and decorate fore-mentioned birthday cake. So I am now sitting down and relaxing for an hour or so before I collapse in to bed. It's my baby girl's birthday party tomorrow - and mock birthday. You see, her birthday isn't actually until the 5th of August, but that is the day Lochie and I fly interstate, so we are bringing the festivities forward a few days - we figure she won't know!

Amongst all of today's activities, I am pleased to say I have still taken the time to be grateful:

1. I am grateful I got to also spend half an hour out in my garden. We have had so much cold and wet weather this Winter, that my gardens have been completely neglected. This morning I got my hands dirty and managed to weed my entire front garden. It felt very good indeed.

2. I am grateful that my kids are grateful. The garage sale I went to this morning was full of fabulous children's toys, games and books. I picked up a pile of books for Chelsea and two great trucks for Cadyn. They both absolutely adored them and spent their day reading and playing. It didn't matter to them that the surprises I had brought home were second hand, they really were just happy to receive them.

3. I am grateful that my children get such a kick out of the homemade birthday cakes I make them. They love joining in, helping to make the cakes and then swarming around when it's time to lick the bowl! And when the time comes to decorate the masterpiece, they are always full of praise for my artistic talents! Their birthday cakes may not be shop bought perfect, but they are made with so much joy and love, and makes them so incredibly happy!

It's off to bed for me now. I hope all of you out there thoroughly enjoy your Sunday! Mine will be spent with some of our nearest and dearest to celebrate my baby turning two.....although part of me doesn't want to celebrate - I know she can't be a baby forever!

Friday, July 30, 2010

To be Grateful - Day twelve...

So many things to be grateful for today! I really don't even know where to begin.....but I will:

1. I was super grateful to see my beautiful husband's face this evening as he arrived home from his interstate work trip. Hearing the squeels of "Daddy!" as he walked through the house alerted me to his presence, and I wanted to squeel too!

2. I am grateful for the 90 minutes of complete silence at my work place today. The only sound to be heard was the dull humming of the clothes dryer and the click of a keyboard. It gave me time to just breath and actually focus on what I was doing. This is a rarity these days...

3. I am grateful I made the decision to take the day off work tomorrow. This past week has been very stressful and at times I have felt like I was slowly sinking. So I have chosen to be pro-active and fill my shift and spend the whole weekend (gasp) at home with Andrew and the kids. Life is too short to be spent working every weekend!

And on that note, I have a quote for today - "Sometimes people don't know what they don't know". A very smart woman told me this little beauty a couple of weeks ago and it actually made me stop and think. This lovely lady said it was good to see I understood what she had said, because often when telling the same thing to people, she just got blank faces with big old question marks! But just think about really is quite perceptive...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

To be Grateful - Day eleven...

Keeping it short and sweet tonight, because quite frankly - I'm exhausted. So straight in to it:

1. I am grateful that my little (well, not so little) brother came over tonight so I could go to my first Zumba class. For those of you who don't know what Zumba is, it's an extremely up-beat work out, with a mix of dance and aerobic moves. Lots of shaking your bon-bon (Thanks Ricky Martin) and moving those hips! Best workout, and laugh I have had in ages.

2. I am grateful that I have the most wonderful, amazingly supportive and loving husband in the world. Even when he is not here, he has a way of encouraging me and wrapping his arms around me with his words. He never bats an eyelid when I lose my cool and am frustrated with the world - he just makes everything ok.

3. I am grateful to the person who invented asthma medication. Whilst Cadyn is having a cough right now in bed, it reminds me of all the sleepless nights we had earlier this year before he was diagnosed with asthma. I cannot believe how much of a difference these drugs have made and am thankful to modern medicine.

And that, my friends, is all I have to offer this evening. I hope wherever you are, that you have a truly wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

To be Grateful - Day ten...

I have been counting down the sleeps until my big boy and I get on a jet plane and head to the Gold Coast. Only nine sleeps to go! I haven't been this excited about a trip for quite some time. I think it may have something to do with seeing the majority of the girls I grew up with, catching up with my beautiful god-daughter, meeting my friend's gorgeous baby boy and of course, spending some well earnt time with Lochie. It will be a jam packed five days, but is just what I need at present. A good break. Having said all of that, here is today's entry in my gratitude journal:

1. I was grateful this morning at school drop off, when the Mum of one of Chelsea's friends shared a conversation she had recently had with her daughter. She said that after a recent sleep over her daughter had at our home, she told her Mum that she thought Chelsea was a really good friend. When asked why, she said that Chelsea never gets grumpy with her, and is always kind and nice. Her Mum said I should be proud. Well, I literally burst with pride and was once again very grateful to have such a beautiful daughter, who it seems is a very thoughtful and caring little girl.

2. I am ever so grateful to the 20-something girl working in the clothing store I walked in to this morning. I was on the verge of giving up finding something to wear to the above mentioned baby boy's christening, when she offered to help. To cut a long story short, she managed to help me very well! I left there feeling great, with two cute and groovy outfits and my confidence sky high. Well done young lady - you're a credit to your employer!

3. I am grateful that Andrew is home tonight. He has been at Uni the past five nights, and I am literally at breaking point. As soon as I have shown my gratitude here, I am going to cuddle up with him on the couch and watch some tv. I will make the most of it - he flies out first thing tomorrow morning for 48 hours!

And on that note - I hope you all have a great evening!

Belated Gratefulness - Day nine!

Please forgive me......I was lying awake in bed at 5.30 this morning (due to being woken by youngest child) and thought s#it!!! I wasn't grateful last night! here I am, albeit 14 hours late!

The things I was most grateful for yesterday were:

1. I was grateful for the fact that even though my eldest son lives with his Dad 3/4 of the time, I can still work out, over the phone, if something is bothering him. He called me last night to work out what we were doing this weekend, and half way in to the conversation I asked him if he was ok, he sounded a bit flat. Took a minute or so, but he eventually spilled that he was in fact a bit upset, and he would fill me in on the weekend. He had had a fight with his best mate. So although I was upset for him, I was also a teeny bit happy to know that I still have a great connection with him.

2. I was grateful for all the smiles, hugs and kisses I got from my children. They were all a little moochy yesterday, which was absolutely delightful!

3. I was really grateful for a great conversation, and a good listener. Sometimes, all it takes is someone to really hear you. Not just to listen, but to hear you. It was much appreciated.

I have been doing a lot of soul-searching and positive thinking of late, and feel so much better for it! It helps that I have a few like-minded thinkers on Facebook who share their favourite quotes. Here is one I read and loved this morning - "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."

Monday, July 26, 2010

To be Grateful - Day eight

Stunning Winter's day here in Melbourne today! The warm sun on the way to school pick up was such a welcome change.....but I am not counting my proverbial chickens, because I'm sure the hail and fog will kick back in shortly!

I must say, this gratitude journal is working wonders. There are many times during the day where I am literally saying to myself "gee, I'm really grateful for that!" It's a very small but significant change to one's every day thinking. I highly recommend it!

The top three highlights of my gratitude today are:

1. My baby girl Chloe is already showing empathy. She was sharing a bath with Cadyn when he hit his head on the tap and started crying and being dramatic....she got a very concerned look on her little face and lent over and kissed him better. Such small acts of kindness in a toddler is just so beautiful, and it made me grateful that all of my children are learning such wonderful life tools.

2. I am grateful I was able to get Chloe in to the creche at gym this morning. I have not been for a couple of weeks, and getting back on the treadmill was energising. I know it's a proven fact that exercise is great for the body, but I truly think it is equally as great for the mind and soul.

3. I am grateful I have friends in my life who are honest and like-minded. Being able to just "tell it how it is" and not be judged is a wonderful gift. And having people who really just "get you" is lovely.

That's it for this evening! Andrew is on his way home from four long days of university, so I am looking forward to just sitting on the couch and doing nothing!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

To be Grateful - Day seven

Yay for me! I have kept my word and made it through the first week of my gratitude journal! The past seven days have been really interesting, and has made me really think about what I do on a day to day basis, and how the things I do and the people I spend my time with really do shape the way I feel.

On to today's entry:

1. I am grateful I took the time a couple of months ago to go down to Brighton Beach on a cold and windy day, and have professional photos taken of our family. I spent a couple of hours this weekend finally getting around to making decisions on which shots I wanted to get copies of and framed to put on the big wall in my back room - which has been waiting patiently for years to be covered in frames! I said to my husband tonight, I pity our poor descendants who will have the task of going through the mountains of photos and picture frames when we are no longer here...but I am also glad that they will have an endless supply of memories in print.

2. I am grateful that some genius invented gumboots! Another crazy thing to be grateful for, but given the fact I had to take three children to football training this morning, and was greeted by a mass quagmire - otherwise known as a football field, I was more than happy that the kids had gumboots!

3. I am really grateful that Andrew got an early mark from his University classes today. It meant we were able to sit down and watch the Masterchef Grand Final tonight on television! It is one of the rare tv shows we actually sit together and watch, so it made for an extra special night in on the couch!

I am sharing another quote today - "Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?" A certain someone posed this question to me a few days ago, and I came to the conclusion that I really just want to be happy. Sometimes, no matter how right you think you are, it's not worth the fight. So just like the song says "Don't worry, be happy!" Nighty-night!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

To be Grateful - Day six

Another busy weekend in this's schedule entailed leaving the house by 8.30am to pick up my eldest son from his Dad's, then straight to basketball for Chelsea to play. Back home for an hour, then off to a birthday party for one of Cadyn's friends. Home again for a couple of hours (enough time for Chloe to have a sleep) and then back in the car and take Lochie up to his mate's house for a sleepover! From there, the other kids and I headed to a shopping centre - stupidly - to rush around for an hour amongst ridiculous crowds! I am now enjoying a little peace after the kids have been tucked in to bed. So my gratitude starts now:

1. Today I am ever so grateful that Chelsea is developing a "thick skin". She had her first B grade game of basketball this morning and was really being niggled by an opposition player. The frustration was very clear on her face, but she just held her cool and continued to play. I thought this was pretty good for a seven year old!

2. I am grateful beyond gratefulness for technology! Tonight I was able to log in to a store's gift registry in London and place an order for one of my nearest and dearest friends who is getting married. Even though the website crashed and caused me a little grief, it led me to the phone and I called through the order instead. Following that I also had a quick chat with said friend on Skype. So a big heart-felt thank you to the I.T. "geeks" of the world who have made our lives so much easier!

3. I am grateful to have spent the day with my eldest son today. He lives with his Dad most of the time, but decided he would like to come over today, even though it was not the usual weekend he would spend with us. We didn't do anything overly special, but being able to spend some time with him, albeit arguing about a bloody Wii game for part of the day, was really lovely.

And that is it for this evening. I am now off to park myself on the couch, and find a good movie to settle in to. I hope you all have a lovely evening too!

Friday, July 23, 2010

To be Grateful - Day five...

I almost forgot to be grateful tonight! in just before bed time.

Another big day in our household with my husband commencing his first of four days of "intensive learning" at university. What does that mean? Four days in a row of 12 hour he has just arrived home with brain over-load, whilst I am winding down from a day at work.

So tonight's gratefulness goes a little something like this:

1. I have just spent the past hour looking through old photos, searching for one in particular. This has made me realise, again, how grateful I am for all of my "old" friends. Women who have known me for such a long, long time. A handful of them 30 years. They have been there for me through the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly! And they still love me as I am.

2. I am grateful that pretty much every Friday for the past seven years, my mother-in-law has come to our house to babysit, enabling me to go to work. This has been an immense help to not only myself, but also my husband and I really do wonder what we would have done without her. My children have also benefitted from having a brilliant relationship with their Nanna, and I will always be thankful for that.

3. I am grateful I had a good laugh at work today. I've said before how much I love my job, and today was no different. I'm glad my co-workers all have a good sense of humour!

That's it for tonight....I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday funny....

Just thought I would share....

I just signed it, and thought I would check in on one of my favourite blogs which was listed on my home page. I clicked on it, and was surprised! Instead of seeing one of my BFF's websites, it was now a website for hookers and escorts!!!! WTF?

Anyway, it certainly gave me a little has now been removed from my favourites list, I truly hope none of my readers clicked on it to check it out!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

To be Grateful - Day Four

I started off my day today by telling myself it would be two steps forward and hopefully none back.....and I must say - it worked! I spent some time with a lovely lady who helped me to understand a few things I had, up until today, been trying to work out myself. It confirmed to me that I was on the right track and to keep believing in the power of positive thinking!

Today I feel grateful for a whole lot of things, but these three will be part of my gratitude journal for this evening:

1. I feel grateful that I took the time to sit down with Chelsea and explain why I am so hard on her in terms of keeping her bedroom clean and tidy. I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but she ended up in tears because I am constantly on at her about the state of her bedroom. So I took a few minutes to sit with her and explain that part of my job as a parent, was to help her to grow up to be a responsible and good adult, and part of that was to teach her to keep her things clean and tidy. It made me feel so much better than the usual yelling and frustration, and the beautiful hug I got at the end of our chat was priceless.

2. I am grateful I didn't risk my sanity by going early to the Target (department store) toy sale this morning! Instead, I leisurely wandered through the store at midday, looking for two items in their catalogue. And you know what? They were already sold out! So to add to that, I am also grateful that I didn't feel upset at that fact, and continued wandering around the shopping centre (by myself!) for a little longer, enjoying the time alone.

3. I am grateful that I was able to sit down in the food court for lunch with my husband and daughter. I looked and felt like crap, but it didn't matter. It was just nice to have some "down-time", albeit over an average meal of indian!

I have picked up "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" again, and continued reading the little verses. So today's quote is the title of one of those little gems: "Ask yourself the question, "will this matter a year from now?"" I think this is a brilliant little sentence, and will hopefully remember to use it when it is needed!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

To be Grateful - Day Three

Today was a day of ups and downs, pretty normal for me at present! I managed to land in the mud with my son after he fell over at school this morning, stepped up and asked someone a question, and didn't show how disappointed I was at the answer. Spent the morning with a gorgeous girlfriend and her oh so cute son, and watched he and Chloe play beautifully. Took part in the joy of grocery shopping and savoured an hour spent on the couch watching day time television whilst eating chocolate! Just another day in suburban Melbourne....

And now to let you know what I truly am grateful for today:

1. The reality that in 15 more sleeps I will be on the Gold Coast with my eldest son and many life-long friends I haven't seen for years. I am grateful mostly that I will be able to spend some quality one on one time with my big boy before he heads in to the unchartered territory that is secondary school.

2. My unbelievably wonderful and supportive boss. I am so very blessed to work with four of the most beautiful women put on this earth. My boss however never ceases to amaze me with her compassion and understanding, and today was another clear example of why I treasure her friendship.

3. Comfortable shoes......yep, that's what I'm grateful for! I was lucky enough to be able to buy a really decent and well made pair of runners yesterday, and today my feet are thanking me.

My quote for today? "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment" - Buddha. I'm doing my best, I really am...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

To be Grateful - Day two

What to be grateful for today? Hmmm.....let me think.....

1. I am grateful that I have such a joyous little baby girl.....that a simple $4.00 Thomas the Tank Engine ride can get such an amazing amount of happiness is wonderful!

2. I was grateful this afternoon for bumping in to a beautiful friend and her family at the shops. Just to see her smile and have a quick chat and hug brightened up my day!

3. I am grateful for the rain that is currently falling outside. I know that sounds strange, but given that Melbourne has been on water restrictions for the past few years, any amount of rain during Winter means we have a bit more in reserves for the fast approaching Summer.

This being grateful gig isn't as easy as it sounds! However, it does make you really reflect on your day and how you have spent it...

I'm also going to pop in a quote - "When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears" by Anthony Robbins. Am I allowed to hope that my gratitude journal leads to abundance?

Monday, July 19, 2010

To be Grateful - Day one

The things I am grateful for today:

1. My gorgeous youngest son received the student of the week award for his class. I am grateful that after a slow and sometimes frustrating beginning to his first year of school, my little man is getting the grasp of reading, and is gaining confidence each and every day!

2. My tax return. I am grateful that when I logged in to my bank account today I found a lovely surprise from the tax department! This allowed me to pay off the remainder of my car loan, which in turn allows my family extra money each month to save.

3. My husband returning to tertiary studies this evening. Although it will be tough with him going back to university part-time, I am so very grateful that he has a wonderful job with a generous company, who have given him the opportunity to pursue further education.

So that's my very first entry in this here Gratitude Journal! What are you grateful for today?


Almost one week ago, I took Chelsea out for the evening for what I thought would be a little concert that would provide a bit of entertainment. Boy, was I mistaken. From the moment we stepped in to our local church, I could see this was more than just a "little concert". Where did we go? Who did we see? Well, it was a beautiful group of children, who form the "Watoto Children's Choir". I had heard of them before, but I really did not expect the kind of performance we got.

Who are they? These amazingly beautiful and gifted children are from Uganda. They have all been orphaned through very tragic circumstances - some have lost their parents to the HIV epidemic in Africa, others through the war that has raged in their country for many years. What they have in common is that they have all been taken in by the Watoto foundation, which is a christian based charity that has built a community like orphanage in different parts of the country, giving these children a home, education and most of all, family and happiness.

I cannot express how much their beautiful stories and song touched me. At times I had tears in my eyes, and for most of the evening, goose bumps. Chelsea thoroughly enjoyed herself, especially since singing and dancing are her two favourite things to do! I returned home afterwards feeling uplifted and joyous. But the best thing I got from my evening was an enormous sense of gratitude. It made me ever so grateful for all of the positive aspects of my life.

In the week that has passed, I have decided I will start my own "gratitude journal". Yet again, this is something that my dear friend Oprah (!) talked about quite a lot, many years ago. But I don't believe I have ever thought too much about doing it until now. I had a lovely conversation with a friend this morning who told me I should focus on the positive things, so it has spurred me on.

The aim of my gratitude journal is to sign in to my blog each evening and jot down the three things that I am most grateful for that day. What am I hoping to gain from this exercise? Well, I just want to be able to focus on those positives in my life. To make a conscious effort to thank the "powers that be" for the wonderful things that come in to my world on a daily basis. My goal? 30 days of gratefulness in words, which will hopefully lead to a daily gratefulness within! Go on....join me!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

No More Drama

Last night I was thinking about all the drama that has been a part of my life. It doesn't matter what I have or haven't done, it just doesn't seem to end.

My earliest memory of drama entering the arena was when I was about ten years old. My parents sat us kids down and told us Mum was going away for a while....for a break. It was just going to be my brother, sister and myself, and my Dad. I will never forget that morning - we had just farewelled two hockey playing girls who had stayed with us whilst playing in a tournament. So I found it kind of strange that one minute we were all playing "happy family" and the next, my family was falling apart.

Mum returned from her "break", but from that day onwards, I guess you could say it pretty much snow-balled. The next couple of years we went from living very comfortably, in a home proudly built by my plumber Father, to renting from a family friend, until finally my Mum and Dad called it quits. Dad moved out and in to a caravan park, and we saw him on and off for a while. Mum met my Step-dad a little while later, and he moved in. A year or so after that, my older sister moved out, and we moved in to a cramped caravan and called it home.

A couple of years later, we made the journey to Melbourne. A fresh start. A new beginning. Probably the best decision my parents ever made. Unfortunately the drama didn't end there. Melbourne was a double-edged sword. I had the fresh start, the new beginning, but this move ended up costing me 15 years of my relationship with my Father. Although it didn't really worry me at the time (I had a brilliant Step-dad), on reflection, I feel sad that my Dad didn't know me during those years. I am, however, very grateful that he decided after 15 years to call me out of the blue, and make a conserted effort to get to know both myself and my family.

So that was the start of the drama......I would be here for the next month if I were to detail every other chapter since, so I won't bore you! Let's just say there have been ups and downs with siblings and a marriage gone wrong - which thankfully led to a marriage so very, very right. Custody issues, births, deaths and marriages. I am now lucky enough to be able to say that I have what I think is a brilliant life, filled with love, joy and above all else - contentment. So last night I decided - no more drama! It made me think of a wonderful song by the divine Ms Mary J Blige.">

I really would like to think that my new mantra of "no more drama" really does mean an end to it - but I am old enough and wise enough to know better. I am also determined enough to do my best to avoid any more drama, so that is what I am going to try to do!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


At the ripe old age of 35, I have reached what I would call a Milestone in my life! I am finally "ok" with the reality that I will never be pregnant again, therefore will not be having any more babies...

Since having my surgery in December, I have wondered on a few occasions how I would react to any of my close friends telling me their good news - a pregnancy. Well, it is with great joy and relief that I can say - it's all good! I have a couple of very good friends who have given me their wonderful news, and I have been nothing short of ecstatic for them! And to top it all off, today whilst at the shopping centre with my family, I saw a heavily pregnant woman and said to my hubby "Oh, I so don't miss that"!

The reason I am so pleased with this milestone is that I never truly believed I would ever be ready to say "no more babies". Instead, I am now ready to say "bring on the babies"! Just somebody else's!

This comes with perfect timing, as my littlest treasure is about to reach her own milestone - her second birthday. No longer is my baby a baby, she is now a little girl. And whilst this brings a slight feeling of sadness, it also brings an incredible amount of joy and pleasure. As each day goes by, Chloe is giving each and every one of us in our family more to laugh about. She is a joyful child, and so very smart and full of fun! The fact I can understand full sentences tells me we are heading in to another beautiful stage of her life and I can't wait to see what sort of a little girl she will grow in to.

My quote for today is for those of you who have special little girls in your lives - "The most important gift anyone can give a girl is a belief in her own power as an individual, her value without reference to gender, her respect as a person with potential".
-- Emilie Buchwald

Saturday, July 3, 2010

School Holidays....

It's school holidays here in Melbourne. Many of my friends on facebook share their glee at the approaching holidays, and I must say - I don't think I ever have! I don't tend to think of the bonuses that come with no school. That is - not having to get up by a certain time to get everyone dressed, fed, washed and organised before hurriedly running out the door and down the street before 9am! No school lunches to prepare the night before. No making sure Chloe has gone down early enough for her sleep to ensure she has had at least a little shut-eye before we run back out the door in the afternoon for school pick-up. No rushed bath time in the evening, because the kids are allowed to stay up a bit later. No fighting and arguing about where their readers and spelling words are. And last but certainly not arguments at bedtime, because they are all tired and ready for sleep.

As you may have guessed from the above....these school holidays have made me realise (finally) why so many parents look forward to them. I have tried really hard to look past the arguments over who is using the computer first, who is playing with who, why someone's sister won't play with them when she has a friend sleep over, why an 11 year old has to go to an indoor play centre, and why oh why can't Mummy please just have five minutes to herself to breath?! I have made peace with the fact that the benefits are finally outweighing the arguments!

To make these school holidays even more joyful is the fact that my eldest son had his first taste of independance and responsibility. He had asked me if he would be allowed to go to the cinemas with a mate, by themselves - unaccompanied by an adult. So after the inital shock and automatic response inside my head of "No way!", I told him I would think about it. I had to really put it in to perspective - he is starting secondary school next year (GASP), and will be catching public transport on a daily basis. So I guessed it was time to give him a little bit of trust and see how he coped.

One conversation with my dear husband, and the mother of his mate later, and I told him he could go. The next morning we all took him to the cinemas and met up with his mate and his Mum. And after being read the "riot act" they shuffled off to watch their film. Two hours later and this very proud Mum was happy to hear they had behaved wonderfully (we had worded up a lady in the theatre!) and had a great time.

As this year edges closer and closer to an end, I am getting just a tad nervous about my first born leaving my so-called nest and embarking on becoming a teenager. I keep joking about going on a holiday with him in a few weeks time - just the two of us - and how I am going to lap up the one on one time before he turns feral! But in my heart of hearts, I am just so proud of the boy he has grown in to, and hoping to be just as proud as he grows in to a man.

Soooooo......that's my enlightenment these school holidays! I am enjoying them, as are my kids! You will all be shocked to hear that I have not had time to watch any episodes of Oprah!

My quote for today: "If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders." ~Abigail Van Buren
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