Morning Tea

I was fortunate enough to get out of the house to attend a social engagement today; a morning tea fundraiser.  It’s not my usual thing, but I’m not one to pass up the opportunity since I am normally house-bound and complaining about it. I only knew a couple of people at the event, which was fine enough, I am happy to make small talk with … Continue reading Morning Tea

Tidying up and the grand dreams of a neat home

I try to tidy the house as I go through the day.  This means just putting things back where they belong so it’s not such a big job at the end of the day.  I’m talking about books put back on the bookshelf, pots and pans off the floor and in the cupboard, lower-shelf pantry items put back in and the Tupperware cupboard re-stocked.  Sometimes I … Continue reading Tidying up and the grand dreams of a neat home

Teething and Ruby Tuesday, how the Rolling Stones can help

Last night I swore that I had done my time bent double over the side of a cot patting someone to sleep.  My eyeballs hung out on my cheekbones and I folded my body over and into the cot like a serpent; my top half was right in the cot so I could be close to Master 1.  I could hear his rattly breathing and … Continue reading Teething and Ruby Tuesday, how the Rolling Stones can help

Five people, one toilet and why does everyone have to go at the same time?

We live in a small house.  We are a family of five and we have one toilet.  I have spoken about my family’s poos before here and here, but I would like to know just how we can all need to go at the same time. The first time this happened Mr Magentafrog was doing his business when Master 4 urgently needed to go.   So I … Continue reading Five people, one toilet and why does everyone have to go at the same time?

How to dine out with children and survive to tell the tale

Family dinners out are a challenge no matter which way you tackle it. When our first son was born we smugly continued to have dinners out at clubs and restaurants.  We’d get dressed up, I’d breastfeed before we left home and then we could rock him to sleep in his pram at the table.  We marvelled at our marvellous parenting skills.  What was all the fuss … Continue reading How to dine out with children and survive to tell the tale