A new defining title

I’m about to join the school mum crew. Not sure whether to go woohoo or flatly say “wooo”. After spending weeks preparing and dealing with uniforms, books, bags and thinking about school lunches, it’s time to let Miss Izzie loose in the school world. I’m cool with it, well I like to think so anyway.

She’s definitely ready and as excited as a kid devouring a whole cake, she’s been counting down for weeks! But the reality is, she is definitely become her own little personality and there’s no stopping her now. Not that I want to of course. Maybe slow things down a little, because I swear she was only a toddler five seconds ago! Because as we all know, growing up comes with its own bag of “fun”. Defiance, attitude, ignorance, among many other things! I can only imagine how much is going to change just over the coming months.

But that’s a whole other story in itself!

I can’t wait to watch her walk proudly through the school gate with the uniform and bag to match much bigger than her petite frame. And then into her classroom, sit down at the little desk and wait to arm herself with a whole lot of new information. And I can already hear her excitement at the end of day one, telling me all about her first day.

She surprises me regularly, always wanting to learn and quizzing me on words, letters, numbers and other varying topics, that sometimes I admit I have to ask good old Google because this Mumma doesn’t have a clue what the answer is. I know I’m smarter than the average bear on some things, others not so much!

What I’m not looking forward to is any questions on my least favourite subject: maths.
I’d avoid that devil if I could. Hence the chosen word-driven career path instead. Maths was my least favourite subject at school and I still maintain that algebra has served me no purpose in life, until this point anyway. I may need some strength in the coming years with the maths questions that will surely be coming at me like a tonne of bricks…any takers out there? Haha!

It’s exciting now but I know it won’t take long before I’ll be sick of washing school uniforms and trying to work out what the hell to make for school lunches yet again. But for now I’m trying to encompass the excitement my big girl is mustering up. I don’t want that excitement to fade, although I give her a couple of weeks before the shine wears off a little bit.

I may look composed on the outside but on the inside another part of me saddens at my baby growing up, another milestone reached and surpassed. It’s not the end of the world but it’s a moment you know you’ll never have again. Well until it’s her little sister’s turn in two years, I’m sure that’ll be here before we know it!

To all the other first time school mums out there this year, try not to be sad, enjoy this moment because I have a feeling that in years to come we’ll be pushing them through the school gate as fast as possible (haha!). Oh who I am kidding?! Shed those tears if you need to, it’s probably the last chance you’ll have at doing something that won’t embarrass them in public!

Until next time….smile no matter what, it keeps everyone guessing!

Looking forward and back again

What a year!

And just like that, another year is over. Thank f#%@ing goodness!

If you blinked you’ve missed it. Well not quite, but there’s days when it has certainly felt like that.

It’s been another year of ups and downs. Some more moments I’d like to forget and a few bits of good thrown in, but I think 2018 can join the list of recent years that I can’t wait to see the back of. Yeah I know very negative, but as always I’m all about honesty. A lot of people either admire or hate that about me. I’m not going to lie, at least you always know where you stand!

It’s felt like a year of medical misfortune for my girls and I. Poor Miss Pheebs endured two operations and Miss Izzie one, both saying see ya later to their tonsils and adenoids. They’re tough little warriors and despite a few tears have soldiered on pretty well!
For me, came the inevitable diagnosis but much sooner than I expected of being a type 1 diabetic. I’m not saying “poor me” as there are people who have lived with this terrible disease since they were little kids, but it does suck and changes your life big time! I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone, well except maybe a couple of people who have done the wrong thing in the last few years.

But on another note, there has been some good this year!
After much searching and determination I landed a couple of freelance writing gigs, paid ones too, woohoo! While it may not seem like much, it’s taken some time to get to this point and start feeling like a worker again! Plus as much as I love writing about the (mis) adventures with my girls, it’s nice to be writing stories and doing business work again. Here’s to even more work in 2019!

And next year (which is literally around the corner) my big girl starts school. She’s excited but I think a little nervous too, maybe Mummy is a little bit too. She’s going to have a ball and love it because just like her mum, she has a curious nature. Bossy too perhaps, but you can’t have it all one way, haha!
She certainly has sass, sometimes a little too much. Her sister isn’t far behind her.
I can only hope they grow into strong women thanks to their fierce determination to leave as big a mark on the world as much as they do each other!

I could talk about so much, but who has the time?! It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, but we’ve packed in some adventures as well, which has meant creating some everlasting memories with family and friends and for that I’ll be forever grateful.

See you later 2018, I’m looking forward to having you gone!

So bring it on 2019, but please be kind, I could do with a better year for a change, it’s not asking for much, is it?

New beginnings

What a year it’s been!

One of ups and downs but I can definitely say I’m ready to farewell 2015!

It was a year that brought us a new ray of sunshine in the form of our second beautiful little girl Phoebe.

But it was also a year that brought illness and sadly even a death in the family, as well as a few other dramas!

It seems we weren’t alone in bearing the brunt of a tumultuous year with many of our nearest and dearest also experiencing their fair share of bad stuff.

Miss Izzie has certainly been a ball of entertainment this year and I think without her I wouldn’t have anywhere near as much to write about.

Even now she’s making me laugh with the simple act of playing with a ribbon.

I often wonder where we would be without her in our lives (awwww) and then the naughty devilish side comes to play and I pretty much hit the ground with a thud.

Never a dull moment in our house!

Despite the negative impact of this year, I’m quickly reminded of two little people who are yet to understand the good and bad aspects of the world.

It’s amazing how children change your view on even the littlest of things.

Who would have thought a fly buzzing around could be “scary”.

Just ask Miss Izzie, haha!

But I guess in her defence, it’s something new and strange!

As for Miss Phoebe, a cute smile and constant look of wonder is enough to make even the worst of days just that little bit brighter.

So as the hours wind down on 2015, I think we’re all anticipating the fresh start 2016 has to offer.

However you farewell the old year and welcome the new year in (for us it’ll involve sleep) make it a good one!

Wishing you all the very best for the year ahead.

Lots of exciting memories are yet to be made!

Let’s see what crazy antics my gorgeous girls have me writing about in 2016….