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Thanks for visiting this Blog – Bits and Pieces. I have recently launched a new Blog, also called Bits and Pieces, but now with my own logo and design. All my old posts have been transferred too. Please feel free to pop over and have a look. Sorry for any confusion.

http://www.bitsandpieces.net.au

Love Chris

Ruby May – EP Launch



Last night our daughter Ruby (Ruby May) launched her first EP, Wanderer. It was one of the most memorable and happy nights of my life and I’m sure Geoff’s as well. There are so many stages of children’s lives, from their first steps, toddler years, middle years, teenage years. Our girls are very different people, yet I love them equally. I have done my very best in helping them, guiding them, “parenting” them, alongside with Geoff. Over the years I often didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I tried to love them unconditionally and encourage and support them whenever it was needed.

Well, last night as I watched Ruby and the incredibly talented band supporting her, I was enthralled and a little mesmerised that my gorgeous, strong-willed (very), loving, funny, empathetic, fun young lady could be performing her own songs. Ruby pulled the whole night together, organised the recording with the help of her fantastic producer, the practices, the printing of the CD’s, organising the venue and much more. Oh my Ruby has worked so hard to put this together.

So I would like to encourage any of you who are mums or dads of little ones, that your efforts of love (and discipline) will be richly rewarded, which I’m sure they are now. The only disappointing thing about last night was that Eloise wasn’t permitted to attend as she wasn’t 18, but texts, photos and her heart was there with her older sister and they haven’t stopped talking about the night.

I’m about to cry because as I’m typing this I’m listening to her music which I’ve downloaded from the CD onto my computer.

You can listen and buy Ruby’s EP Wanderer HERE

Love Chris xx

What Was I Thinking?

I’m going through our photo albums and scanning the photos into my computer. I’m up to March 1995, yes a very long process, plus I keep getting distracted by all the memories.

Occasionally I come across some doozies (is that even a word?). What the heck was I thinking dressing myself and Ruby in the same clothes. Oh I didn’t stop there……quite a few years later I’m at it again with Eloise. Thanks to my darling friend Jen T for having those Sam Wiggle parties all those years ago.

Matching outfits

Matching outfits


Did I think this looked good?

Did I think this looked good?

Then I’ve found a few photos where I just didn’t seem to know when to stop with the high pony-tail on top of the head. Adding to this I dressed up Eloise in a beautiful dress (that my mum made) but then expected her to attend Ruby’s 5th birthday party at the local kindygym. This would have been really restrictive for the little darling, especially as she was the most active kid around. And trying to jump around the place with a dress that was down to her feet, impossible!

Again, what was I thinking.

Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who did this sort of thing……..please!!

Enjoy your weekend.

Love Chris xxxx

More Questions for your Pre-Schooler

* What is the best thing that ever happened to you?

* When you are afraid, what do you do?

* Who is the biggest person you know?

* What would you do if our house caught on fire while you were in it?

* Where does the sun go at night?

Perhaps you could get someone to video the answers or write them down. I’d love to know some of the answers your little ones give.

Enjoy your week.

Love Chris xx

More Questions for your School Kids

Just adding on to the ones from last month:

* What is your favourite time of day?

* If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why there?
This is also a great question to ask your spouse. I’m thinking Yosemite National Park or Canada.

* If I gave you $10 today, what would you do with it?

* In all the things you’ve had to forgive people of, what has been the toughest thing to forgive? Why?

I’m thinking about some of these questions in my own life. Try and record their answers somehow. If you have a chance, let me know some of their responses.

Have a wonderful week. Hope all is going well for you now that term 2 is well under way.

Love Chris xx

Jane’s At It Again

The other day we were having coffee and my funny friend Jane says “You’ll never guess what happened to me the other day”. We laughingly said “No darling, we’ll never guess, tell us what happened”. This is how the story goes.

Jane jumped into her daughter’s car, a black snazzy Honda Jazz to go and grab a coffee. Managing to park directly outside the coffee shop she had a little chat with the barista and returned to the car with her coffee.

Happy days until for no reason Jane was unable to get the key into the ignition after several attempts, she then started to panic and that her daughter had been sold a dud car! Suddenly a rather harassed frantic lady started to knock at the window of the car. ‘Geez what now’ thought Jane and impatiently said “Yes can I help you?” To which the lady responded “Excuse me but can I have my car back!”

On closer inspection Jane realised that in fact she wasn’t sitting in a black Honda Jazz but a light grey Golf Volkswagen car – Clung!!!!!!!!

The poor lady was in a shop next to the coffee shop and by chance glanced out to see Jane in her car and, thinking that she was being carjacked, shouted loudly
“That woman is stealing my car”!!

All ended well but I’m sure the lady will in the future be remembering to use her central locking!!

I hope you get to have a giggle out of this story as much as we did.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Love Chris xx

Saying Good-Night

Today is the last day that I can say “I have two teenage daughters”. Tomorrow 15th May, Miss Ruby turns 20. In my mind she is still 3. I can still recall when she was 2 or 3 years old, standing with hands on hips, facing Geoff (after he had obviously done something that was displeasing to her) and saying “I’m berry, berry upset with you dad, I’m berry, berry cranky”. How time flies when you’re having fun. Happy Birthday my darling Ruby. Love You xxxx

Some Thoughts:

We all know that it is important to tuck your little ones in at night. Something that starts whilst your children are young can continue into their teenage years.

When I was a little girl my mum always said “Good night darling, God bless you, sweet dreams, I love you”. I carried this saying over to my children, and I don’t think a night has gone by without me saying it to them. Even if they are going on camp or staying over at someone’s home, I always let them know that around the time they would be going to sleep, just imagine me saying that goodnight phrase.

There were days when they were young, I was pushed to my limit with a demanding, cranky, whiney child and all I wanted to do was run away. But at the end of the day, when they are smelling oh so sweet and looking for that extra bit of love – make a decision to give them that extra cuddle.

When the girls were younger, I was walking upstairs to get ready for bed. I had already kissed and said goodnight, and Geoff was saying his final goodnight. Eloise called out, “Mum, can I have another cuddle?” Groan – all I wanted to do was keep walking and get ready for bed, but I knew that one day I wouldn’t be having my daughters asking for another cuddle.

Geoff has always been the main story teller in our home. He has also given the girls back rubs or head rubs to help them sleep. The lovely thing is our 17 year old still calls out “Dad, when are you going to tuck me in?”. That often translates to a neck massage. He is a great Dad. It also means more conversation, which leads to a better relationship.

On reflecting, sometimes on a Saturday night, when the girls are out at friends’ places (driving themselves now) I often think around 8 o’clock – I wish they were here right now snuggled on the lounge in their winter pyjamas, and we were all watching a kid’s movie together. It’s hard to let go. So I encourage you that no matter how tired you are, take as much time as is needed to tuck them in and say goodnight.

Some ways to let your kids know you love them:

* Make them breakfast in bed

* Leave a little note in their lunch box saying how great they are and how much you love them

* Have a candlelight dinner

* Go for a bike ride together

* Play cards and board games with them (our favourite at the moment is Rummikub)

Have a fun week everyone.

X Chris