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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  Meet Zxy. He is 7 years old and the best friend of James. Every morning, James waits out the front of his class for Zxy to appear and, when he does, Zxy greats him with the biggest hug and a genuine “happy to see you” smile. James has always had trouble making friends. He […]

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I hate hospitals. And yet I have certainly spent my fair share in them over the past 5 years. Not as much as some other parents, but certainly more than the average person. Today, I spent most of my day either driving to Brisbane or sitting in a waiting room with my beautiful James. Obviously, […]

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  I have never been one for fashion. I mean, before I had kids I liked to look nice, but I was never one to “accessorise” or follow the trends. However, since I’ve had kids I’ve paid absolutely no attention to what everyone’s wearing. And yet somehow, in Saraya, I have a little girl who […]

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It’s not slave labour when you get your kids to do chores. And it seems that the more kids you have, the more chores arise. In fact, all kids should be encouraged to do jobs around the house. My kids get money to bank every Tuesday, and so they need to earn it in the […]

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Paddy loves balls. He kicks them, he throws them, he catches them. He hits them with a cricket bat, a golf club, a racquet. And he loves to swim in them! Our local soft-play centre has a ball pool, and Paddy loves nothing more than to jump of the side and into the big pool […]

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It’s mid-March. It’s Autumn. Already. Where did Summer go? Don’t get me wrong, I love Autumn and Winter and Spring here on the Gold Coast. The weather is absolutely perfect for 9 months of the year. Whereas Summer tends to be hot and humid and, these past 2 years, very wet. The great thing about […]

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I think every child wants to grow up and buy a fast red sports car. And every 40 year old male has much the same dream (though they’d prefer a buxom blonde/brunette in the passenger seat). On the other hand, as part of my no doubt soon-to-occur Midlife Crisis, I would just like a car […]

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There’s nothing like a kids’ birthday party to make you feel young again. And old at the same time. Growing up, a birthday party meant loads of party food – fairy bread, little boys, sausage rolls, party pies, and cupcakes. It also meant Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Pass the Parcel, Dancing Statues, and […]

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Having only moved into our house 6 short weeks ago, we hadn’t really utilised it for entertaining. Okay, we had Saraya’s birthday party, but that was a little different to a proper evening of food and drinks with all our friends. And so, tonight, we had a party to celebrate Julian’s 40th birthday. Previously, we […]

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When James was diagnosed with his disease over 5 years ago, we hid from the world for weeks. We weren’t ready to cope with the reactions from family and friends, we were emotionally unable to answer all their questions. And we weren’t ready for their “harmless” comments. It’s funny how tact and sensitivity in others […]

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  Happy birthday to my dear husband, Julian. 40 years old today, and already he’s lived a life that most people can only dream of. Some would say his life has been charmed, but those close to him know he’s certainly had his share of ups and downs. All I know is that he has […]

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  Julian turns 40 tomorrow. Forty. When I was growing up, 40 seemed so old. I remember when my mum turned 30 and she practically lamented that she was middle aged. At 30. And here Julian is – turning the big Four-Oh! I asked him how he feels, and he replied with “old”. But 40 […]

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