We’re famous today (well my version of famous!) Check out the Family Trek website to see a great article showing the goals for 7+1 travelling families in 2012. We are pretty excited to be included with such an amazing group with such big travel plans this year!
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Anyway, without letting all that go to my head, let’s get to what I really wanted to talk about today!!
I’ve never thought I was particularly normal. And I never aimed for our kids or family to be normal.
I always hoped we were fun, wierd, messy, exciting, spontaneous, random and LOUD(ish)!
I’ve never really minded if the kids ended up having cereal for dinner because we spent too much time at the park. Never really cared if someone had to wear their socks twice because there were no clean ones – hours of scrapbooking are far more interesting than laundry!!
So we have breakfast for dinner sometimes – what’s really wrong with pancakes or cheese on toast for dinner? And does it really matter that the kids had to front up for school after attending the midnight Twilight premiere – it’s not my fault they have those things on a Wednesday night is it??????? To tell the truth the only one who suffered on 4 hours sleep was me!!
So my kid wore a fairy dress over his clothes every day for 6 months – no drama. I caught another one in a compromising position with the boyfriend – I embarrassed them mightily and went off to bed happy-ish. Broken favourite perfume, missing shoes, bad school reports, not attending school at all…..I take most things in my stride.
I’m thrilled when the kids are embarrassed because they can hear my car stereo before they see the car, amused to watch their heads turn to find me in a shopping centre because they can hear my jangling keys when they don’t know I’m actually there and delighted that they tell me their juicy gossip and that occasionally their friends think I’m cool!
Friends need somewhere to stay….no problem…..you need picking up from where?… Now maybe we have a problem!!
We aren’t normal, we don’t have routines, we are pretty spontaneous…..
So I was amused this week when Jono came to my work wearing a cat headband and there were quite a few comments…”We can tell who your mum is!” “Did your mum make you wear those?” “It must be hard to live in your family!” Hahaha….Jono mightily defended the fact that he chose to wear them and he didn’t even take them off though the comments continued all morning. I was so proud!
Then a friend on facebook this week said she always thought I was “out there and unpredictable”. She said I had more guts than anyone she knows (except for snake handlers!)
I was so relieved (thanks Nicole!) Just. So. Happy. To know that I am slightly odd, am raising quirky kids and that someone thinks my bravery in travelling is second only to a snake handler!
Success is never having to say you’re normal!!
This post was meant to be part of a 30 day project being run by bootsnall.com. I kind of got sidetracked but now I’m catching up because it was such a good idea and I can’t bear to leave it unfinished! Check back each day for my latest bout of rambling….
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