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Another Year Gone

The end of 2018.
Six weeks of school holidays.
With our 3yo and 6yo boys.
It’s only the second day and my sanity wants to scream.
“Stay out of the fridge!”
“Do not hit your brother!”
“What’s the magic word?”
“What made you think that was OK?”
The list of questions is endless.
… and inside that time is Xmas and NYE!
I love my kids …. but why did we ruin a perfectly good life this way??
In six weeks time Jai begins Grade 1 and Aidan begins Kindegarten, and I will be 50 years old.
The beginning of 2019.

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Parenting on a Saturday

I had plans for today.
But we have kids.

I have been awake since 7am,
out of bed since 8am.

Unshowered I have
negotiated backyard wars,
replanted vegetable dreams,
requested quietness and calm,
and dreamed of coffee.

Finally we are having breakfast.
home made pancakes.
The kids are calmed,
they’re playing nice.

Finally – Nirvana.

For now.

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Jumping for Joy

I stepped out onto deck at 7.30am to find this conversation in progress:

Both boys were standing on the wooden rail that ran around the rear deck. Jai stood very confidently, Aidan less so.

Jai: “Breathe out, breathe in…”

I wanted to reach out and grab Aidan, yet knew he was fairly safe. Aidan was twice his height off the ground, and it was nice soft grass below.

“… now jump!”

Jai did without hesitation.

Aidan clung to the rail a little longer – then leaped like a frog, landing successfully on all fours!

“Well done!” was immediately said by everyone else, loudest being Jai.