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Eyes in the back of my head February 28 2015 4 Comments

There are times, many times when I am home alone with all four children and I don’t know what each individual is up to. I have a pretty good idea, but as all Mums of toddlers know, silence is not golden

  

Over the year that the twins were two, we had two gorgeous Au Pair's help our family. A lot of the time, their sole purpose was to follow the twins around making sure they weren't up to too much mischief. Bless their German hearts, they adored the boys and helped them thrive. 

The older two can be like a couple of ducks gliding along a lake.......don't be fooled by their calm, graceful looks. Recently I was reminded that there is a lot happening beneath the surface when I found this on my computer

We were lucky to have moved into our current house when we already had two little boys. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine what would happen next to our family, but nonetheless we renovated our home and garden with the forethought to make it as childproof as possible. And when I say child proof, I mean boy proof. Climbing, eating, sneaky, cheeky boy proof. Thank goodness. 

Today I was cleaning the kitchen after a particularly slow and messy Saturday morning and thinking these exact thoughts. I could see one, hear another and I knew the eldest was on the iPad. The fourth and final was nowhere to be seen or heard. After a quick lap of the house, I found him in the garden putting a pair of roller skates on. Having not yet mastered that skill, I think I caught him in the nick of time. 

That’s pretty much what my life is at the moment when all of the boys are home with me. Pre-empting disasters and having eyes in the back of my head. Constantly averting them of danger and trying to teach as we go. I want them to be brave, to trust themselves and to remember their childhood as carefree and fun. But I do not want to have to jog my memory of that first aid course or test my calm in a crisis. No thank you.

I'd love to know some tips from other Flat Out Mums on how you keep your eyes in the back of your head? 


Things I love February 26 2015 2 Comments

Today I caught myself staring at an older couple walking through the supermarket holding hands. They seemed so familiar to each other, yet still so in love. When you become a Mum, especially a Flat Out Mum, the day can very quickly pass with the logistics of looking after everyone else.

Little things happen throughout the day that can make you pause and appreciate the fleeting moments. 

Here are some more of those little things that I now love and appreciate:

  • Long hot, uninterrupted showers
  • That first sip of coffee in the morning
  • Boys in all their testosterone filled glory
  • Driving on a beautiful day singing a favourite tune 
  • Warm balmy nights
  • Ballet flats
  • That newborn baby smell
  • Best friend brothers 
  • Feeling organised…just for a moment 
  • Shopping for girls things
  • Devonshire tea
  • Watching besotted mothers transfixed by their babies 
  • Shellac lasting nails
  • Belly laughs with old friends that turn into silent tears 
  • Lipgloss 
  • You are the sunshine of my life” Stevie Wonder
  • Toddlers soft squishy bodies
  • Someone else doing my ironing
  • Thai takeaway
  • Crossbody bags
  • Sleep ins. Or solid blocks of unbroken sleep
  • Diving into a warm ocean
  • Fitting back into my favourite clothes 
  • Watching reunions at airports
  • Being part of an airport reunion
  • A pie at the footy
  • A good blow dry
  • The most amazing natural vitamins…vitamin D & vitamin SEA 
Share some of your everyday wonders....

Launching in October 24 2014 1 Comment

Well here I am about to upload my first blog post. I feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff about to jump off.

One part of me says take the plunge, the other is wavering. Does the world really need another Mummy blogger? Are my opinions interesting to anyone other than my family and friends? The answer I hope to some will be yes. One of the main reasons I thought to write a blog is to celebrate the role of being a Mum. In our everyday lives in what could be seen as mundane tasks, there is a magic.

Hidden between the layers of mess and exhaustion there is insight to be gained and fun to be had. Every Flat Out Mum has something to say and someone who loves to hear it.  

There are fashion blogs, single parent blogs, recipe and housekeeping blogs, blogs for working Mums, stay at home Mums, fitness freak Mums… This is my piece. Its not a specialist blog, Its just a general overview of my life with four kids. No theme, just a space to laugh at myself and to share with readers some day to day trivia of the job at hand.  With any luck it will become a place for other Flat Out Mums to enjoy too.

Everyday mixed bag blog reading mums. 

I'd love to hear from you all.....