{This is life} Radio Silence

So, the battery in my car died this week. I don’t know how it happened as I refuse to admit loudly to the hubs that he was correct in assuming that I left the lights on AGAIN.

So I am awaiting the installation of a new car battery in the next few days, it has been a frustrating experience, from making sure each time I park my car the nose is pointing in the right direction in case I need a jump start through to the petrol I am using by leaving my car running for fear of it dying again! The most infuriating problem however has been the fact that the auto security on my radio has kicked in and I need a code to restart it. So, because I told the hubs I knew EXACTLY where the car book was and refuse again to admit my failings in all things car-manual-organisation I have been living in silence. Radio silence. headphones

These are the things I have learnt in a week of radio silence.

I can hear fights before they happen.

This one surprised me. Seriously. All of a sudden because I am not distracted in co-song harmony with my gal pal Taylor Swift I can hear the nigglings of a fight between the natives before it even happens. An example was the one time I heard this “Nope, nope, nope. Tis mines piglet”. This was the undeniable rumbling of fisty-cuffs in the back seat. Due to my lack of audio interference I bounced my voice through the cabin and told the kid to return the piglet to the toddler. Problem solved even before it really began.

List it.

On my morning drive to work I have been making lists in my head of all the things and jobs and stuff that I have to get done. Due to the quiet inside the car I have had time to think about paying the phone bill, cancelling the kid’s doctor’s appointment and planning what we will have for dinner. It’s funny how the background radio sound cancels out the ability to think clearly about the mundane.

Grateful.

In the silence I have been compiling a list of things I am grateful for. The silence has given me the ability for mindfulness. Good health, a hard working and loving husband, kids that aren’t arseholes all of the time.

Pelvic time.

When I stop at the red lights or roundabouts I now have nothing better to do than my pelvic floor exercises. I mean 3.5 kids did exactly nothing good for that situation that I look for opportunities when I can.

Call.

I call all those people I haven’t had a chance to speak with lately. For some reason my radio won’t play music but will let me utilise the Bluetooth to call. So hello grandparents, long lost friends and doctor appointments. It’s totes multitasking.

So, while it may not be ideal it certainly has made me aware that sometimes radio silence is exactly what the doctor ordered.

 

{Raising little people} Birth announcements with a difference

O’ my clucky, aching ovaries.. These are by far the cutest, most beautiful birth announcements I have EVER seen!

What a brilliant keepsake for such a special time in  your life.birth announcement

You can check out more at www.byrosenhoff.com

birth announce 3They show each specific detail of your perfect new little person.

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Just simply beautiful.

{Raising little people} The age old question ‘Honey, what did you do at home all day?’

There is no perfect answer and I think I have as much chance of convincing Santa to join the dark side as finding a better way to describe this.

Here, the very funny (and accurate) Raquel D’Apice from The Ugly Volvo – Attempts at Adulthood describes exactly what is it that stay-at-home-parents do every day. Every. Single. Day.

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You can find the hilarious link here -> “What-I-do-all-day-when-I-am-home-with-the-baby”

This is entirely worth the effort of containing children in a safe area, grabbing a cup of tea and finding 5 minutes to read this – I promise!

Happy reading Nesters!

{Raising little people} Quote for the day

A sobering thought to be considered when a wave of frustration takes over.

No one said it was going to be easy.

Source: pinterest

Source: pinterest

Parenting really is the hardest job around but you are doing a great job. I promise.

{Inspirational} What is behind the red dress? One woman’s brave choice to share her body’s story

Some woman are brave and do things that really makes me admire them. This is one such example:

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A Brisbane woman who posted candid images of her post-cancer surgery body online was horrified when more than 100 people “unfriended” her because they deemed the pictures “offensive”.

Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with cancer on her 32nd birthday last year and underwent a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy.

Her various surgeries have left her body scarred but she was determined not to be ashamed so asked her friend Nadia Masot, a photographer, to capture her new figure in a series of portraits.

Beth was thrilled with the images and shared them on Facebook but was horrified when more than 100 people immediately “unfriended” her, saying the pictures were obscene and disgusting.

“These pictures are in no way pornographic,” Beth’s sister Emma Rayner said. “They represent the truth about cancer and what measures some women will need to take to survive.

“I think it’s brave that she can show her scars and I think many more women will hopefully check their own bodies every now and then.”

You can read more here -> News.com.au

The Central Nest sends good health to this very brave lady