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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Gratitude


Topping the list this week:

  • learning something new
  • practical classes
  • meeting new folks
  • rain
  • having somewhere warm and dry to be while it rains
  • my health
  • coffee
  • tea
  • feelings of validation
  • cute K moments
  • voicenotes - K loves sending them to folks, and asks to send some to ah-ma
  • hugs
  • taking it easy weekends
  • moments of validation
  • supportive folks being in my life
Yours?

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

Five for Friday


  • Learning new things makes me very happy.
  • Being told I'm selfish for not having another child doesn't. It makes me rage.
  • Toddlers are challenging to deal with, but not as challenging as dealing with folks who think they have the right to tell me what to do with my body.
  • Coffee is the greatest invention/finding.
  • Practical classes and assignments ftw!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Book Thursday

My New Home by Marta Altés

This is a wonderful story about moving homes and making new friends. The illustrations in this book reaffirms my belief that children’s picture books are wonderfully works of art to be enjoyed on all levels. Not a page within the book doesn’t have illustrations that make the art, more than the words tell the story. The very first page, that’s often blank or has print details in other books, has the fox packing a box with her toys.

I thought she was a fox, and called her so to Keiden - who has an impolite way of saying fox - but only when Jerall read the story to Keiden did we discover that mommy and animals don’t go well together. As daddy says she’s not a fox, but we can’t quite agree on what animal she is. So I am sticking to fox. What do you think?

I digress, this book is absolutely wonderful, and belongs in every parent's arsenal when facing a move. It is suitable for two and up. With the protagonist and her friends not being named it would be very easy to use your child’s name, and that for her friends to further the connection, and help settle any move nerves.  It shows that yes, change can be horrid, and making friends takes time. But in the end you can make more friends, and have any space feel like home with the right people.

Keiden loved this book, we had to renew it a few times, he clearly gives it a 5/5 and so do I.

How do you handle big changes with your little? Do you get animals wrong too?

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This review originally appeared on Tums2Tots.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Zombie Prompt #29


If I won the lottery…

Well now really it depends on which lottery and how big. Winning Euros or Pounds would turn into a lot more than winning 2 or so million Rand. Either way it'd be: settle debt, take a massive chunk and get it into a great paying interest account, and then all the travel. So much travelling. Oh, and not let anyone know about it, far too many people would expect me to just sort things out for them. I'd rather do things for those I want to do so for, rather than those who would just demand it as their due.

What would you do?
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Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Monday, 18 July 2016

Currently

Watching: Fairly similar to my last post; Masterchef Australia and Star Trek: Next Generation with J and K. With some Studio C and anime in the mix.

Reading: Less fiction, more thesis related items. And this week tons of stuff for my week of interview methods class.


Listening: The Hamilton soundtrack, Sara Bareilles, Fall Out Boy, and podcasts.

Doing: All the readings for class, going to class, avoiding some work, doing others, household chores, thesis musings, hunting Pokemon.

Contemplating: My research proposal - ethical considerations, practicalities, funding. What else we can do for K and his toilet use at home. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't.

What's up with you?

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Gratitude


Topping the list this week:

  • a new chair
  • coffee
  • sleeping late - we hit 08:00 yesterday morning
  • books
  • library trips
  • new things to do while out and about with Keiden - Pokemon Go
  • a streak of sunny weather
  • tea
  • nutmeg
  • hugs
  • starting to feel more like myself
  • taking many steps
  • silly moments with J and K
What's topping your list this week?

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016

Five for Friday: #CarseatFullstop Edition


We've all seen it at one point or the other, the kiddie missiles bouncing around in the backseat of a car, or the kid on a lap, or the worst one of all...the parent driving with a kid on their lap. I don't know about you, but seeing those gets my blood rolling. Kids belong in the back of the car in a CAR SEAT!

The wonder that is Mandy, has the same reactions...and is doing something about it. She's working with as many folks as she can to spread the message that we need to ensure that all littles are in car seats. There are so many horrifying stats about children and car accidents.

A stat that scares me - only 15% of children who should be in car seats are. That's 85% of kids whose parents don't love them as much as they claim. [Yes, I got judgey...deal.] In an accident those kiddie missiles go flying...try to imagine the horror of your baby smashing though a window. Chilling.

Yes, there are folks who can't afford car seats [although being able to afford and maintain a car to me means that you should be able to afford a car seat] and that's why there's Wheel Well's project where you can donate, and they inspect the donated seat before passing it on.

So what can we do? Well we can tell those we know/see [and we all know someone or see folks doing this at our kids schools] that its against the law for their kid to not be in a car seat, to be in the front of the car before 12 and that they must protect their kid...it is your job as a parent to look after your kid. We need to call people on this reckless behaviour. Share the stories that will be coming out from Monday:  LIKE #CarseatFullstop on Facebook, SIGN UP for the newsletter,  FOLLOW on Twitter,  FOLLOW on Instagram or on Google+.  Use your voice.

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