The Sixth Year

Today marks a very special place in my heart. Today, six years ago Grimace and I welcomed our first-born, Giggles Magoo into the world. It’s hard to identify why the sixth birthday is significant, but after some contemplation, I think I’ve recognised that turning six well and truly means my Little Love is no longer as young as he was.

Well, duh. They get older. That’s obvious. But, there is a boundary that changes when they are six, or rather, I’ve perceived there will be a widening of the boundaries when the age of six happens and a lessening of my sphere of influence. It’s all well and good to have thoughts on these things, but when it’s playing out, it’s pretty mind-blowing to actually be celebrating a sixth birthday!

Sure, the parenting days are very different to what they were 6 years ago: toileting habits are much more independent, feeding is no longer an emotional and physical rollercoaster that drags out for hours and sleeping arrangements are FAR easier etc etc. But, each age challenges you as a person, as a parent, just that little but more. Oh what I wouldn’t do for that connection with newborn Giggles Magoo, where I was his only world – the smiles, the gurgles and the cuddles. Don’t get me wrong – It is very lovely to see my boy connect with the world around him as a child: making friends, listening intently to other adults, absorbing the every day like a sponge – I am darn proud of him. But, I realise I haven’t processed the emotional side of him leaving newborn/toddler/pre-schooler age. I suppose while all that was happening, I was busy with the other Little Love that came into our family – Little Mate, and I probably wasn’t able to give it much thought.

If you’ve not met him yet, Giggles Magoo is a force to be reckoned with – lovely and sweet, but I defy anyone that comes across his path to change his mind when he has it made up. He knows exactly what he wants (mostly…in a six-year-old context anyway) and perhaps the bigger picture isn’t his focus yet, you have your work cut out if you try to convince him any other way. He is fiercely competitive and always quick to know what is right. He is patient and gentle as well as impatient and like a whirlwind, all at the same time. He loves his little brother dearly, if not fiercely. I hope he maintains all of these traits, along with his ability to bring a lighthearted angle to any situation. Oh my, his laugh is completely infectious – when you hear it, you can’t help but laugh along with him. Giggles Magoo, what a leader you will make.

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my first Littlest Love – HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIGGLES MAGOO!


Ten Years for Theverymoodyhousehold

Dear Grimace, my biggest love.

We’ve made it to ten years. Ten years ago today, we ‘tied the knot’. That goddamn priest must have been a previous boy scout or naval sailor or something, as the knot was tied good and proper and we’ve prospered together. I still remember that night, in fact the entire weekend with so much joy. I felt loved by you, by your family, my family and our wider community. I also remember feeling pride: pride for the wonderful celebration we organised; pride for knowing I was going to have you with me for the rest of forever.

We’ve achieved so much together and on our own as individuals knowing we’re fully supported by the other (better) half. We’ve made sure we acknowledged and celebrated it all. Upon reflection, I’ve decided another of our strengths has been to learn how to celebrate the things that didn’t work out, the things that weren’t quite a failure. You make me laugh, make me scream with frustration, but mostly you just make me feel complete and way less vulnerable. With you by my side I know I just need to give something a go and your support will aid my determination.

You have always encouraged me – encouraged me to be the happy and driven person. You’ve set me up with a mountain bike, a motorbike, a passion for running and walking, a passion for live music (it was you who made me listen to Camp Cope…I still remember you saying “Babe, I’ve come across this band that I think you’ll really like”. It was you who introduced me to The Bronx, to Against Me! and to a multitude of other bands that have become a big part of my music love). I always feel inspired to encourage you and I hope that you see my harassing of you as the same encouragement that you offer me. Perhaps I need to fine tune the delivery of my encouragement 🙂

Your kind, caring and gentle soul always seems to get a smile and a story out of everyone you come across. While you are a self-confessed introvert, I see the joy you get out of hearing everybody else’s story – you are fascinated by the  unique way each person will walk this world. I’m learning that your gentle soul can also be awash with ferocity when there is something that you want, or believe should be. Not ferocious in a violent way, rather a focused and resilient way and you will work hard to make it work. You are incredibly loyal and I have benefited in so many ways from you and all these wonderful traits. I’m learning that you are a direct replica of both your mother and father by emulating their approach.

Grimace, here’s to the 10 years past, and the rest we have ahead. We are reaching for the stars together with love, companionship and laughs. The tougher times seem to blur into the shinier times. Maybe it’s my predisposition to see the happier things in life, but I genuinely feel that most of our time is happiness and that is joy. I love everything about you babe xx

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Where is our autumnal weather?

The autumn months have hit our calendar, but the weather isn’t really playing along… it’s not the conventional autumn we’re used to (it’s going to be a top of 33 degrees today) and so we are full of anticipation; restless in our anticipation for when it is going to get cold, impatiently anticipating all those things that a change of season brings.

A few things have been ruffling the impatience and restlessness…When daylight savings was stopped for the season all those weeks ago, I felt a sense of relief that I must admit I’ve never felt before.  I was relieved that the season would be changing, the days shorter and the weather cooler. Yet, here we are still feeling the lack of energy only a hot day can impart.

I’m off work today with Little Mate who has unfortunately fallen foul of the flu – those with young ‘uns will know very well that sickness is the first sign of change of season. Doc confirmed an ear infection is really the cause of the miserable behaviour, and while easily treatable, I can’t help begrudge the unnecessary heat at this time of year as being the cause.

Giggles Magoo has just about finished his first full term of school (4 days to go), and quite remarkably is not ready for holidays. He has fallen into the throes of school with ease and is enjoying the ‘everyday’ of his teacher and peers. But, I do think the holidays will come and the right time to keep him feeling engaged. And us too. Grimace and I have survived the school induction and are awaiting the school holiday craziness.

So, my general theme at the moment is waiting: waiting for autumn to really appear (and for the heat to kick it down a notch), waiting for the complete change in pace that winter offers. Waiting for life to find it’s groove again.




Long Weekend = Family Time

Our Easter Long Weekend wasn’t so much planned – previously, we’d committed to a camping trip, but after the sudden passing of Grimace’s mother we thought it best to stay close to home and family. The thought was to not plan anything and just see how the weekend plays out, and we’d come through the other side well rested and connected. Ha. Didn’t really think that one through – as the weekend drew closer and closer, there were dreamy chats suggesting bushwalks, there was talk of house and yard work, of baking, of picnics, of play dates with friends, of concerts, of attending football matches, easter egg hunts – the weekend was ours to do as we pleased! And didn’t we just do that…actually, we just about did all of that!

Thursday was a very busy day for us, with Giggles Magoo’s first Easter Hat Parade at school plus a few other errands that I had stupidly left until the day before the long weekend. After the madness that was that day we rented Boss Baby and enjoyed an easy Thursday night to relax into the long weekend.

We’d learned that one of Grimace’s besties was in town with his little gal, so for Friday we organised a bushwalking party like no other – Gra, Grumps, Grandad, Timmy, Lucy, Grimace, Giggles Magoo, Little Mate & I made our way with what seemed like ALL of Sydney to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains National Park and we walked from Pulpit Rock to Govett’s Leap Lookout.

This is a beautiful walk to do, with views that go on for dayssssssssssssssssssss. The Pulpit Rock lookout is my lookout of choice in the mountains – you find yourself pretty much out in the glorious valley. The walk is definitely achievable for kids – just maybe take a friend, plenty of water and snacks to keep them interested. The walk is listed as 3km and hard grade, but I think it was closer to 4.5km and a medium grade (no real technical components to the trail, no large hills – grandparents and toddlers all coped just fine with it).


Friday night was spent with Grandad by the pool for what will more than likely be the last summer swim. We BBQ’d some seafood and then watched some cricket and tried to avoid talking about the much-discussed sandpaper-treason.

Saturday saw me take an 8km run, followed by a lazy day with the boys – grocery shopping and messing things up around home. The paint was out, the cricket was in action, we bounced each other on the trampoline, we played bike races and watched the clouds blow over. I was in mummy-heaven. Laughs were a-plenty, dirtiness was key and there was much talk of brothers being best-friends.

Following on from the afternoon activities, Saturday evening included beers (for the grown ups) and more BBQ action, this time with some Moreton Bay Bugs. I gotta say, I think I adore bugs more than prawns. As I’ve grown up, my taste buds aren’t enjoying the prawns as much and I’ve found myself going for the bug option when I can. We kept it super simple, with Garlic, butter, flat parsley and pepper as the flavours, serving with an crunchy-asian slaw and a simple garden salad. Delicious! We ate this far too quickly to snap any pics, so you’ll just have to re-create it yourself for an image.

Sunday was the busiest day out of the weekend – easter bunny delivery discovery from 6am, followed by an extended family breakfast and egg hunt, running into a Royal Botanic Gardens picnic, finishing with our first Sydney Swans AFL game for the season. Needless to say, there was much tiredness that night!

Monday saw me at my most adventurous…I ran 16km with the Serotonin Running Group, heading out along the Kedumba Valley fire-trail.


This is definitely the furthest I’ve adventured in a loooooong time, and I have to say I absolutely relished the chance to take in the views, challenge all my body parts on the 5km vertical climb out and the proud feelings I had at the completion. The best thing about it all was that I’d returned home to the boys by 10.30am and was able to enjoy a home day, getting up-to-date with some much-neglected yard and house tasks.

I think we all ended up back at school or work for a rest!