Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Sugar, and Spice, and Everything Nice.

For Leap Blog Day I invited Skwishee from Just a Mum? (spelled with a U!) to blog for me. Go check her out for more sugar and spice, creative craft and daily musing from a lovely woman and great mum with a U.

Hi there! I know you were expecting Julie, but she's not here right now. Actually, she's over at my place playing with my kids and I'm just hanging out here while she's gone. Julie's got a couple of boys and I've got a couple of girls, you see, so we thought it would be fun for her to see if the grass is any pinker on the other side.

When people think of little girls, they tend to think frills, pink, sparkles and tea parties. And justified or not, boys conjure up images of dirt covered wrecking balls. I can freely admit, now that I've got two of them, that yes, I was kind of hoping for girls. I know about little girls, after all - I had been one.

I was not a loud kid. I liked to read and draw. Sometimes I was so quiet that people didn't even know I was there. (That still happens occasionally.) I actually used to hide under tables when I felt there were too many people around. While there was the odd time that I'd be quietly cutting my own hair or drawing on the wall, for the most part I was a quiet, "well-behaved" girl.

I also (as most parents do) imagined how life would be once we had children. There would be arts and crafts, there would be gardening and reading together. We would do puzzles and I would teach them to sew.

Turns out, just because they're girls, doesn't mean they're me.

Crafts do happen at my house, as does gardening. There is even the odd quiet moment when we can all be found sitting around the living room reading (or being read to). But more often than not, there are knights chasing dragons through the kitchen or superheroes saving stuffed animals from being eaten by monsters. Every game they play is at top speed and top volume. 

As watch my girls wrestling among their blocks or listen to them bellow at each other from across the apartment, I see that I was a bit delusional in my prenatal imaginings.

Because boys and girls are fundamentally the same. They learn, and grow, and develop their own personalities; whatever they may be. My girls like sports. They enjoy building things. They like to play pirates, and astronauts, and robots. They also like sparkly things and princess dresses.

I used to wonder what it might be like if I had had boys, and now I think I know. It would be exactly the same; but with less french braiding and more penis.

You know, I think I'd better be getting home now. I just want to make sure Julie's okay over there... somehow I don't think she's getting quite what she expected.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Another one!

I have another award and another follower! Welcome to Eke at Candy for Breakfast !
Lilly over at The Incoherent Ramblings of a Moose  gave me this...

The award comes with rules and I'm not good with rules, but I'll give it a go.

1. Link back to the person who gave me the award (done already).
2. Follow the person who gave me the award (done already).
3. Display the award on my blog (done).
4. I'm to tell five of my favourite things (coming).
5. Pass the award on to 5 other bloggers (okaaaaay).

Five of my favourite things...

1. Life drawing. Once a week I sit for three hours in a studio, with other artists, listen to beautiful music and draw a naked person - I love it!
2. Overnight backpacking. Walking off into the bush with very little for a few days is soooooo replenishing and life affirming. I don't take time to do it often enough.
3. Laughing with my boys - they're beautiful.
4. The start of Autumn.
5. The following video.

 The bloggers I'd like to nominate are...
Chicken Maker - his cartoons of chickens are a nice surprise in my reading list.
Op Shop Fails - someone once left me a comment asking what an op shop was.
I know but you don't - that this link is to a dead blog, but now you do know. Anyway check it out because it's a fantastic idea for a blog which I followed because it's a fantastic idea and it's Australian and I'm having a hard time finding Ozzie blogs to follow.
Just a mom - writing about funny things life throws at her and she has two little girls and makes lovely stuff for them.
The Blogger Formerly Known As who is a writer who tells a good yarn.
Candy for Breakfast  Eke is reeeeeeeeeally funny and cute.
and  Mothers of Brothers who's a very clever journalist and who I owe a million dolphins to and this has gotta be worth a thousand dolphins and it doesn't need water.

I know that's six - didn't I say I'm not good with rules?


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