Pre Schoolers..sheesh!

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I have just done a talk at Holly’s pre school about hearing. It was lots of fun, but my target audience is not what I am used to. Previously my presentations were for health care professionals, teachers etc, but a bunch a four yr olds was a hard task. They kept interuppting with comments like “my ears were blocked once”, or “you’re Holly’s mum” or my favourite one “eggs can’t hear”. When I asked them all to sit quietly, listen to the sounds around them and tell me what they could hear, the first one said “the rain”. Good answer I replied. Next one “the rain”, – OK, anything else, I say? Next one “the rain” – not ones for going out on a limb here!

Their hightlight was getting a bookmark and pencil from my ex-emplyer Australian Hearing. Now they think Holly’s mum is really cool!

What a wonderful Day

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Spring is in the air and today I went out for lunch with a bunch of women to celebrate my friends 35th birthday. Her husband cooked up an amazing 3 course meal and we had champagne and wine and coffee. Most of the people there had never met before, so we played an ice-breaker where each person had to tell 2 truths and a lie and everyone else had to guess what the lie was. It really provoked a lot of intersting conversations and I was astounded by the amazing lives these seemingly everyday kind of women had led. In turn they were intrigued with my life, so I guess I have done some some pretty good things and have a few good stories to tell after all.

Thought to live by!

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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand – strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming WOO HOO – What a Ride!

Life is a Circus

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Ever had a bad morning??

Today it was frantic getting the 3 kids ready for daycare as well as getting me ready for work, getting the lunches made, all of us dressed, washed and brushed. We bundled into the car, put Dash in the back of the stationwagon, and then defrosted the windsheild! From inside the car came Holly yelping about Meg doing a poo in her pants (Meg has been toilet trained for about 6 months) and Meggie gagging. The smell was horrendous and in the back Dash had dropped his breaky. OMG it was so gross. Justin dutifully cleaned it up and sprayed half a can Glen 20 to cover the smell. Not a good way to make friends Dashy boy!!


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Holly has been learning about dinosaurs at Preschool. I said to her that she must now know everything about them. She rattled off a few facts about carnivors and herbivors and then pronounced that the T-rex is the biggest dinosaur and eats meat – “and that is us mum!”

First steps

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Jessica just took her first steps alone, pushing a little chair in front of her for some support. She was so pleased with herself, she had a smile from ear to ear.

She is also getting very brave around Dash. Today he was inside for quite awhile and she was under the table with him (he was nervously backing away in case she swatted him). I cut her hair last night for the first time (of course I kept the hair!) and she looks so different. She certainly gets her genes from the Wolyniecs, but I see traces of Hamish and Andrew in her as wel.


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I just took Dash for his first morning walk. What an obediant dog he is. He was by my side the entire time, and sat at the road crossings. He loves to run, so I got quite a work out too. Here’s to losing 5 kilos quickly!!

Day 2

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Well Dash is just a cute as can be. he is so quiet and loving and jsut wants to be cuddled and patted. Another good night last night with not a peep to be heard form him. He has been outside for a lot of the day, and it is great becaseu the girls go out to play with him. He is suddenly an attraction rather than the TV! Jus and I went to Dog training this monning and I learnt a lot about dog behaviour and what makes them act obediently. It is all farily basic stuff – just like training a toddler how to behave nicely!! I think Justin got a lot out of it as well, and even in the way that he now related to the kids he is looking at things from a different point of view. All around a big success I would say.

This afternoon we took Dash over to met Matt and Penny’s puppy Molly. Molly is a Labrador and just huge and rambuncious. Dash was terrified (actually I was too!!) and she did a poo in their kitchen. How much was I embarrassed??? and then Jessica did one, so I had to change her nappy. Talk about a Freeman mess factory!

On the way beack we stopped off to see Mum and Dad. My Dad is the most anti-pet person on the earth, so I was a bit anxious about his reaction. I could tell he was not impressed with the presence of Dash, but now he is part of our family and needs acceptance just like any of us!! I suppose it will take time for Dad to get used to him. Just like me he has never had a pet, so this foreign territory and not a thing that he would have done. Mum was good, she had a little pat.

Dash is now in his kennal with a bone and no matter how much we call him and coax him he won’t come inside!! He must be happy.