It’s time for THE talk. S.E.X. Already?

It was an ambush plain and simple. There we were, enjoying a lazy Sunday on the couch. Quality family time and all that. Mr Bean and I were reading books. The youngest was diligently doing his word revision and the eldest, who I have to nag ad nauseam to read finally conceded and picked up a book. But not just any book, he opened his school DICKtionary ... as he likes … [Read more...]

Doing Disneyland AND staying sane

MY husband made the fatal mistake of mentioning the D word in front of the kids. We were planning a holiday to America and he asked, ‘Shall we take the boys to Disneyland?’ With that our fate was sealed. The boys’ reaction was immediate. ‘YES!! Dad!!!’ they declared, running around the house chanting, ‘We’re going to Disneyland. We’re going to Disneyland.’ Decision made. … [Read more...]

Aye Aye Captain

By the time you read this I'll have gone sailing. Imagine that gorgeous couple is us - Mr Bean and I - strolling lovingly through the clear waters of the Whitsundays. I'll be looking dazzling in my white cossie, he'll be smiling gracefully as he carries my feather light body through the water. Actually the reality may be far more scary. You see we've hired a yacht … [Read more...]

Christmas is coming (as is my meltdown)

Today marks the start of the countdown. Zero days until school holidays for Alex. Seven days until holidays for James. 25 days until Christmas. It's meltdown central here - both the boys and me. Tiredness is to blame. As is sugar (not to parents: NO MORE CANDY CANES). And scheduling. I am turning into a scheduling ninja as I try to co-ordinate pesky old work with … [Read more...]