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The light at the end of the tunnel…

Some of you may have noticed, others may not, but there has been a definite drought in my blogosphere. Again, some of you may have picked up on the occasional slip of the tongue, others may not, but Mr Point Five has been ill, at some points quite desperately, over the past 6 months. I haven’t wanted to put it all out there on here, as the questions from concerned town-folk were enough to spiral me around the rim of depression with no good news to report for months on end. I became a hermit, stopped attending casual get togethers,...
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How NOT to multitask; unit 101

Master J is six and Mr Point Five and I are always laughing at his plethora of excuses to get out of bed after being tucked in. We should have kept a diary by the recliner chair and jotted them all down; they are hilarious. On the first or second I ususally listen to the excuse and act on it but after what is sometimes the third, fourth and fifth time I lose my patience and it can end with him in tears and me wanting a wine very badly. Then I feel guilty for losing my cool and...
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FAQ; tenure

One of the more popular questions I get asked is why we have to move so much? Having lived in 5 towns in 5 years I can certainly see why. Due to exceptional circumstances, we have moved a LOT but the usual tenure for stations is 2-4 years. We are required to stay a minimum of 2 years in a town as it costs a lot to move the officer and their family and after 4 years you are told to hustle on. You can break the two year minimum for promotion, as they usually dont like you to...
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2016 – its a wrap.

2016 has been a mixed bag for our family; some hits and some misses but we are steadily putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward together. Mr Point Five has been off with hand surgery and other worries for part of this year, so not the best year for him as he hates being on the sidelines and much prefers to be in the thick of his policing so to speak. 2017 is going to be a better year for him professionally I hope. The boys have had a wonderful year at school; they are so...
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Viva Photography – Giveaway

 A month or two ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Viva Photography. They invited me to be a part of their campaign to celebrate and make each individual feel incredible for being exactly who they are. My role in the campaign would involve a complimentary photography session, with a personalised Viva photography portrait session experience. I would receive imagery from my session and they were also happy to donate vouchers to my readers as long as I shared my session with you all. Country living does have knobs on it sometimes. Doing the school holiday math with our jobs, we cant even...
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Keeping up with the Jones’

One of the big downsides to being a country Police Family and moving all the freaking time is the fact that we don’t just “fit in” to every new town. It takes time to get to know people and for them to know you. It takes time for them to work out if you are joking or if you are just really rude and missed the sarcasm 😉 We don’t have traditions. I mean, we do to a certain extent; I try really hard to maintain some sort of continuum, but when the Christmas tree has been in a...
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Missing in Action: an explanation.

First it was one, then two and now three. Three emails/messages in the past month from readers wanting to know if I’m OK because they had noticed a change in my blog/presence since we have moved to our new town. I know I have been a little slack quiet in the blogging department and I do try to keep my facebook page ticking over and interactive so you are updated with our news. My blog is basically an extension of a facebook status; when my updates become too lengthy for facebook, I pop them over onto the blog.  My blog posts...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T; find out what it means to me.

I can’t remember what site I read it on now, but it was a facebook status from someone who was driving, running late and her child asked why she wasn’t going faster to get where they needed to go? She replied that the Police could be hiding anywhere and it was best not to speed in case you got caught. Turns out no less than 5 minutes after this conversation the Police did turn up and stopped her for a random breath test; all clear and good to go. The kids were ecstatic; “that’s amazing Mum, and now I can...
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Fathers Day Giveaway – Marie O’Neill Pop Portrait

This is a giveaway that has been brewing for over a year now and I am so excited to be able to offer it to you! In May last year I saw this post from BabyMac closely followed by this post from Mrs Woog at Woogsworld. Having seen online photos of both of them across the years I could really appreciate how Marie from Marie O’Neill Design & Illustrations absolutely nailed the pop art similarities of all the family members. Well, not Mr Woog because NOONE has ever seen him, but the rest were spot on! I emailed her...
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Why I am a Helicopter Mum

Something I have been thinking about lately is the fact that Mr Point Five and I are helicopter parents. For better or worse we tend to wrap our boys in cotton wool and be over cautious with them and what they do. Despite other neighbourhood kids doing the same, our boys have not ridden their bikes down our street without me standing/sitting at the bottom of our drive to watch their every move. I accompany them to the skate park. I refuse to let them go on the school bus with the other kids to the next town up...
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