This is the new orthodontic appliance that Tyler got last week: This is the second stage in his orthodontic treatment, after already having a palatal expander to widen his upper jaw. The Herbst will encourage lower jaw growth and bring it forward. After all this he will need braces. I wasn’t sure how he would […]

Being mindful

Mindfulness. It’s the ‘buzz word’ right now. Everyone is talking about how to be more mindful. Psychology Today describes mindfulness this way: “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your […]


I haven’t blogged for ages, but lots of things have been happening. I’m dealing with a shoulder issue. I’ve been dealing with it since February this year, and it’s far from resolved. Basically, my whole left shoulder is ‘a mess’ (those were the radiographer’s words) and I may need surgery. I’ve got several things going […]

Brain soup

I don’t know about you, but my brain is constantly swirling with ‘stuff’. Thoughts, ideas, concerns, worries, dreams, plans, random musings … it never, ever stops. One of my favourite things to say to my husband is: “It must be nice living in your head.” Not because I assume he doesn’t use his brain, but […]

I am …

Reading … “Waking Hours”, the first novel in the East Salem series by Lis Wiehl. It’s good so far. There are a few more books in the series so I should be set for reading material for a while. I’ve just finished reading Miranda Hart’s book “Is It Just Me?” (brilliant) and “Close Your Eyes”, […]

Getting away

It’s the school holidays here in NZ (our version of “Spring Break”) so we decided to take an opportunity to have a family vacation up north. Rob’s family live in Whangarei, which is classified as the “Far North” and is about 2 hours drive from where we live. We ventured a lot further north this […]


Wow, I can’t believe my baby is 11 today! The time has just flown by, and soon he will be off to college and I’ll have no more primary school kids. In no time at all I will have two teenagers in the house (it sometimes feels like I already do). Tyler has been counting […]

Ruby Anniversary

*Warning – this post contains LOTS of photos!* **Apologies if you’ve already seen these photos on Facebook** It’s no secret that I have amazing parents. In August, they¬†celebrated 40 (FORTY!) years of marriage, and my sister Leah and I wanted to do something really special for them. First, we surprised them with tickets to a […]

Best Mum?

I thought my kids might be getting too old for me to post little anecdotes about the funny things they say. I haven’t done it in a long time! But I had to share this one. It’s perfect! Conversation with Ethan (age 13) last night. Me: “Do you love me?” Ethan: “Yep!” Me: “Am I […]