makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Monday, December 30, 2013

I love New Year, not for the parties or fireworks (those I could live without), but for the reflection and resolutions. When I unpacked the Christmas decorations at the beginning of December, I couldn't quite believe how ridiculously fast this year has passed. It felt like I had only just packed them away and yet it's been a very busy and challenging year. I think I've discovered a lot about myself and my limitations and what I need. I'm going to make some changes and I'm excited about 2014 and all the adventures we'll have.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

School's out for summer! Woohoo! And not a moment too soon. The kids are exhausted; I am exhausted. We have no major plans, which is just the way I like it. Going to chill out, enjoy the company of the kids, make some stuff, eat delicious food, play at the beach, read lots of books, and wallow in the the time and space we have when school's not dictating our daily routine.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A good friend of ours has been staying in town for the last couple of weeks. Our eldest - both girls- were born within a few weeks of each other and we then went on to have two little boys of similar ages. We have a matching set of rascals, except she is expecting number four, and I have told her that she's definitely on her own for this round! Of course it has crossed my mind, whether I could have another. The other day, I held the most beautiful two week old baby and he was just so tiny and perfect, I felt a twinge of desire to experience that wonder again. But I know that my baby-growing days are over and that I am ready to move onto other stages in my life and to new adventures. It isn't sad for me, just really, really exciting. And I feel kind of grown up because I'm not just following my emotions (as I usually do) but instead making a decision about what is right for me and our family. I know I need to be more than a stay-at-home mum and I really shouldn't feel guilty about it. I watched this TED talk recently about how education should be about teaching kids how to be healthy, happy and creative:

It made so much sense to me. Then I realised that I can't expect my children to be these things, if I'm not seeking to be them myself. And to be honest, for the last few months, I haven't been feeling very healthy, happy or creative. Something needs to change. I'm not sure what yet but I'm working on it.

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