Writing Prompt: ‘Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye’

The smile was plastered on her face. It was his birthday party and she couldn’t let him know. She busied herself with the task of blowing balloons, making fairy bread and filling lolly bags. In only a couple of hours everyone would be arriving. Then she wouldn’t have time to think about anything else. That would be a welcome relief.

He was so excited about this party. Unable to talk about anything else for weeks. So it had to go ahead, regardless of how she was feeling. She made excuses to him knowing that he would believe her without questioning. The real explanations could come later. But what about everyone else? Her whole extended family would be there. Could she really pull this off?

Everything was ready and they were just waiting for the doorbell to ring.  They read a story to pass the time. And then maybe he just sensed that she needed him as he wasn’t usually an affectionate child. He put his little arms around her and squeezed her tightly. He had seen through to her heart and recognised she needed him. During their embrace she realised that she would be okay, she was strong and not alone.

This post is a part of Write Tribe’s Wednesday Prompt ‘Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye’

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By |January 23rd, 2014|Categories: Writing|5 Comments

Wordless Wednesday – My Gran

I got married last August and was so lucky that my 85 year old Gran was able to attend. She is quite frail and we were not sure if it would be too much for her. Not only did she stay for the whole reception but she also danced! Here are some photos of my beautiful Gran on the wedding day.






Linking with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

By |January 8th, 2014|Categories: Family, Photography|7 Comments

Ways to keep your preschooler entertained in the car.

How to entertain your preschooler when the iPod goes flat (in the car).

Sometimes you just need a few ways to keep the children entertained in the car that doesn’t involve screen time. These are all games that I have used on various car trips with my son. They are good for 3 – 5 year olds and beyond.

1. Play Eye Spy – Instead of using  letters you can use colours and adjectives. For example “Eye Spy with my little eye something that is is white and fluffy”. Possible answer: Clouds.

2. Make up nonsense words – my son (5 y. o) loves to do this and it always sends him into fits of giggles.

3. Tell Jokes –  My son’s jokes are so bad that they’re good!

4. Sing – Turn the radio off and sing songs instead. The babies love this also.

5. Story telling – Retell familiar stories or make up your own.

I would love to hear of some other games people use with their preschoolers.

By |January 6th, 2014|Categories: Parenting|0 Comments

New Year. New Blog.

My five year old son Jeremy tells me that I make the best pancakes in the world. They are one of his favourite treats & he always has them with lemon & sugar. This is where the idea came for the name of my blog. Lemon and sugar also signifies the sweet and sour (highs and lows) that we all experience in our lives.

I guess it’s a bit cliché to begin a blog on New Year’s Day & would not view it as one of my resolutions or anything. Just something I have considered for a while and finally got around to. I’m not really sure what direction my blog will take, just that I plan to write about my experiences in life, parenting and the things that I learn on the way.

I did not actually plan on making any resolutions and have always viewed them as a bit silly. Something that is forgotten about by the second week of January. However, now that I think about it there are a few things I would like to focus on in 2014.

1. Be a present and positive parent – Sometimes I am so distracted I find that I am not really there for my kids or giving them the attention they deserve.

2. Eat less sugar – I am a massive sweet tooth – chocolate, liquorice, muffins! Yum! But I am starting to feel really unhealthy and am keen to improve my diet.

3. Get out of my comfort zone – This is a BIG one!!! I am quite shy and introverted and like to stay in a space where I feel safe and comfortable. This means I rarely make new friends/acquaintances and struggle with small talk.  I have the perfect opportunity to get out an meet people in my local area as my son Jeremy is starting school just down the road from us. His kinder was in another suburb so it was easy for me to justify distancing myself from the other parents.

Well that’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes.

By |January 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorised|3 Comments