November 15, 2015


46/52 {counting down}

As I write, it’s less than 12 hours until Ben comes home after eight days away overseas and I am counting down the minutes until my beloved returns.

I will not tell a lie, it’s been hard parenting without him. I am the ultimate coper, and great at seeing the best in any situation, but I am much better when we work as a team. I am always well supported when he goes away (which isn’t very frequently) and know that I have many people I can call on at the drop of a hat, but it’s not quite the same.

My three boys are pretty relentless at the moment, let alone when trying to face them singlehandedly! At least one of the boys was awake between the hours of 5am and 8pm every day; both Sam and Nicholas had vomiting episodes at different times; Sam and Charlie tag-teamed days off school to ensure I never felt alone (so kind); and then I just had the usual string of therapy appointments and work commitments, lunches to make, uniforms to get ready, and swimming bags, library bags and notes to keep track of. In some delusional fantasy world, I always imagine doing some sort of project while Ben’s away – being up a little later at night working on the blog, or tackling a room makeover. Ha! By the time I actually got everyone to bed, cleaned the kitchen, made school lunches and prepared for the following day, I was lucky if I had enough energy to have a shower before the stroke of midnight. In fact, he will return to the house in a shemozzle, but I’m hoping that’s the way he loves us 😉

Rest assured, my love, you were missed.

And, just like that, we have reached the middle of November. Three weeks of school left for the big boys, 39 days left until Christmas, and so many things left on the to-do list.

2015 is whizzing by.


nicholas: Iceblock delight. There’s nothing quite like a lemonade ice block, especially when you’ve had an upset tummy. You have loved being on FaceTime with Daddy over the past week. In fact, you didn’t really enjoy having to share Daddy with anyone – I wasn’t allowed to talk or laugh while you had the phone – but you were quite happy to press the big red End button when you’d had enough of chatting to him 😉


charlie: Oh that grin. You were in heaven spending time in your cubby on a rainy Saturday. It’s been lovely having more attention for you over the weekend while Sam’s been away. I remember when you were about 21 months and, as soon as we’d drop Sam off at kindy, you would come out of your shell and start chatting away. I was always amazed at hearing your thoughts and ideas that would come out when you had more airspace available. I love spending time with you, Charlie Love. 

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of my youngest boys every week in 2015.


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