There are days - many of them, actually - during which I wish I was an anonymous blogger. Imagine the freedom to write whatever you wanted without consequence?
Some of you may say, 'You can do that now, if you want to,' but I'd disagree. There are always boundaries as far as I'm concerned when it comes to blogging.
All bloggers have boundaries, and they chooses those boundaries for themselves. Some will cross lines others won't, and it's all about personal choice. My boundary forms a perfect circle around the people I love, which includes family and friends. I don't want to write anything that will make someone else feel uncomfortable. I've unintentionally written stuff in the past that has upset people, and that's not fun! These days, and with more experience behind me, I'm more careful. In fact, I'm probably overly paranoid at times! I even deleted a post I wrote about one of my kids last year, because once I re-read it, I realised that someone I know might read it, and mention it in front of their kids, and next thing you know... my son is a target for teasing.
This week, there has been some good stuff and bad stuff happen that I'd LOVE to write about, but really feel I shouldn't. I know that sounds cryptic - especially about the good stuff - but it comes down to what I consider to be too personal to share.
With the bad stuff, I know that a lot of you could relate (I'm ok, it's more about what's affecting a family member), and I'm sure I'd get a ton of great advice, but it's not worth the ripple effect my post may create.
Anyway, please don't worry...I'm fine! It's just frustrating, you know?
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Something I can tell you about though, is about the conversations I've been enjoying with the 4yr old as of late. The other day, he said, "Mum, when I get bigger I can get married and have kiddies of my own." I said, "Yes, you can. How many do you think you'll have?" He replied, "Three." No surprises there. I asked, "What will you name them?" He thought about it a minute, then replied, "I might call one Michael." Michael is a buddy of his.
Last night, he mentioned this again at dinner. The 7yr old said, "You can either get married, or you can do Holy Orders." Now there's a Catholic education in progress.
The other day, he was playing play dough. I was in the kitchen, and he said, "When I have kiddies, I'm going to let them play play dough too." I said, "Oh, well that's nice." He then said, "Yeah, then I can do stuff on my blog."
Now, in my defence, when the 4yo was playing play dough that day, I was on the computer, but I was paying bills and answering emails. Seriously. Ahem.
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Something I meant to mention last week - and something great for the kids - is that Mathletics is hosting the Commonwealth Bank Australian Maths Challenge from the 30th - 31st August. It's Australia's largest online maths competition. It's a free event for school students aged 4 - 18 years of age. Registration is open now.
We love Mathletics around here. We are very fortunate that the fundraising our school carries out each year enables all its students to have a free Mathletics membership. It's a fun way to learn maths, and for those who have kids who are competitive, your child can compete online against other kids from all over the world. The 7yr old especially loves doing that!
If you sign up with Deals for Mum, look out for their special offers on Mathletics subscriptions. :)
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This week on the blog:
The Lump - the mini health scare I had recently!
The Proposal - Read some great marriage proposal stories from commenters.
Write on Wednesdays - This week, we used the word 'piqued' as inspiration! I'm loving and very humbled by all the positive responses to my writing. Oh, and Anon's comment is not by my mother. Pinky swear. :)
Usually I do a Thursday post, but couldn't be bothered this week. That's the way the cookie crumbles, people.
Have a great Friday, all!