Friday, 24 September 2010

My Mum,


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I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about my Mum for some time.  Finally getting around to it.  As you can see from the photos above she is lip-smackingly gorgeous!  Obviously that’s where I get my good looks from!!

My Mum has been wonderful to us lately. In fact, she’s always been wonderful, but lately we have really noticed it.  She is a pillar of strength; always there when we need her. The last few months she has taken my kids for me so that I can have a break, she has babysat for me, she has taken the kids to the zoo and the aquarium, all so that I can have a break from them – and they can have a break from me. I don’t know what I would have done without her.  She has baked with the kids and left my fridge full of yummy food on numerous occasions.

And to top if off she has allowed Marty to move into her house, without any question of how long he can stay. She has housed and fed him, been there for him, and generally mothered him.  Without her the last few months would have been unbearable. And so I am eternally grateful to my Mum for being the strongest woman I know, and one of the most selfless people too.  She genuinely cares about her family, and always thinks of others first. She is a woman I aspire to be and I hope she knows how much I love and respect her.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Back to school

Wow! Barney is like a new boy! Anyone who reads regularly will remember the trouble he had last year at school. At the worst point it was taking me three hours to get him into class. The very worst day ever resulted in a horrific situation where he threw himself at the classroom doors and window - a very upsetting experience for him, myself and the other children in his class, which resulted in his teacher crying at one point.

So as you can imagine I was dreading the new school year. Barney started P3 last week. His class is in a different part of the school, his morning routine has totally changed. Instead of taking him into school late and sitting in the staff room with him until he was ready to go in, I am now taking him directly into the classroom ten minutes before the other children arrive. We put his timer on, sit and read a story and then I leave as the children come in.

I can not believe how well Barney is doing! He hasn't shed a single tear. He hasn't panicked. He has been brave when he felt scared. Basically he is doing far better than I ever imagined possible! I am so proud, and so releived. The school situation last year resulted in him being medicated and was a really worrying time. This new Barney is just doing wonderfully.

I don't know if it is because he is a little older, or because of all the therapy, or the medication. Or even because there is less stress in the house now that his Dad is living elsewhere. But whatever it is (perhaps a combination of all the above) it is working wonders. And I am so, so, happy about it. I hope it lasts. Well done little Barney.... Mummy is once again, so proud.
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