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Still My Little Chomperella

So I thought some of you might like to have a little update on how things have been since the big drama with our dear little Gracie’s accident that resulted in this gap-toothed smile you see above.I was pretty messed up about the whole incident for a while after it happened. I thought ahead of all the photos we’d be taking of her for the next few years… and that sad little gap in her smile.But like most things, we soon settled into the new normal.I read on a few forums of parents who had gone through the same thing that they eventually grew to like their child’s new gappy smile, that it gave their face a bit of an edgy character.Grace’s has a pretty edgy character anyway. So she has been carrying off her new look pretty well.There are a few other apparent changes in habits and lifestyle for Grace that came with this new look. For one thing, she has been doing drastically less of this. Some of her favourite foods like corn-on-the-cob are now a lot trickier to manage. And she’s learning…

Beyond my expectations

On one of our morning walks to school, April 2015When Nathan started his first day of school, my heart was filled with misgivings and unease. My biggest worry was about all the other children in his classroom and what they would be like.Would they be friendly?Would they be kind?Would they be nice?Would they respond “Yes you can sit here!”And “Yes you can play with us!”My own first experience at kindergarten was far from terrific. I was made to sit at a table with a pair of very clique-ish girls who were downright mean and unkind to me. It was definitely not just one of those once-off acts of thoughtlessness or coolness towards me. It was outrightly wilful nastiness, condescension and deliberate exclusion towards me.  I remember dreading going to school every day because I had to face those two girls. I felt completely powerless and didn’t know who I could turn to. I didn’t know it at that time, but I was actually a victim of bullying. But I did learn one fact that I still remember to …

Supplying the world with superheroes, princes and knights

“Aaaarrrggghhh!!! I don’t know anything about boys!!!”That was the first response I received as I was congratulating a girlfriend who was expecting a baby boy. It was not the first time I had heard this phrase from first time expectant mums of boys.“What is it like having a boy???”, they ask as they clutch at me in mild panic.My usual response: “I love it! Boys are just so much fun!”Now please don’t get me wrong. I have both a boy and a girl. And I love them both to bits. My baby girl is the quirkiest, funniest little person in the world. But for this post I just want to put in a word out for the boys.And what is one everyday fun thing about having boys around?This.#littlesuperheroPlus they’ll train up a whole team of heroes to stand together with them. Or at least one really awesome little sidekick.#bigbrothersarethebestMasked superheroes. Sword fighting warriors. Soldiers on horses. Knights in shining armour. Pirates. Robots. Firefighters. Police officers. Astronauts in space. Jungl…


So over the Easter long weekend, the time I should have spent blogging was spent in self-inflicted torture attempting to learn this piece on the piano. I haven’t played a proper full piece on the piano in ages (unless you count the simple renditions of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ I sometimes play for the kids).Don’t ask me why I decided to do this. I was happy enough listening the song on repeat mode on my phone and music player. Something about extra long weekends that just tip you over that bit further I suppose. And now that I’ve started, I’m finding it pretty hard to stop. And it will probably take a while. I really am that rusty.Then after I am done with this current obsession, I will need to get started on packing for our trip to Singapore. So this is probably an unofficial way of telling you guys that I’ll be going on a bloggy break pretty soon. I might schedule a few posts along the way… or not, we’ll see. Just keeping things casual.Toodles!

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