Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Four Starters……

I made a point of teaching the twins the four starters…

Hello, Goodbye, Please and Thank You.

This has made them quite chatty especially Miss who now says hello to anyone and everyone. She also expects them to tell her their name and she hers, then she will generally spill forth what happens to be on her mind at the moment.  Like the other day when she told a lady at the park that her son was fat. Oh dear,,,,,,,we had to have a conversation in the car as soon as possible after the event about why that was so wrong.  I am so hoping she understood my explanation.  I tried to keep it as simple as possible.  I also was grateful for the car being close by so I could hide.

I remember as a child telling a friends mother her house was dirty and getting into so much trouble. Master quite often informs me about mess;  in the library, in shops, at others houses and the list goes on.  I have taken to referring to their room in the morning as a midden (Scottish for mess), hoping that if they repeat this nobody will pay much attention.

Anyway, I have decided that we should all use hello, goodbye, please and thank you more often.

So this week I am saying:

Hello to the lovely new hardware and lawn in our back garden

Goodbye to my beautiful rosemary that could not be saved in the garden renovation

Please do not offer unsolicited parenting tips until you take a look in your own backyard first

Thank You to the lady at Number 23 (number changed) two streets over who overheard Miss’s request for an emergency bathroom stop and let us use hers.  Given we were ten minutes walk from home and the tree wasn’t looking like a good option, I am very thankful.

Spring is here!

Spring is always a beautiful time in Sydney.  Usually the humidity hasn’t kicked in yet and the temperatures vary from about 21c to 32c. But best of all are the gorgeous spring flowers. There are plenty of Jacarandas starting to flower and Star Jasmine but one of the most showiest at the moment is the bottlebrush.  Actually it is a Callistemon and a genus of shrubs in the Myrtacaeae family.  It is widely found in Australia but you can find it all over the world.  I remember we had one in our garden in New Zealand and it was truly divine. It was nothing like the brilliant flowers that are out at the moment though. I feel that they are even better this year and I wonder if it was all the rain we had at the beginning of spring and now the sunshine that is making these truly deep reds.

I planted a little one about six years ago and even it is doing better than ever this year.  If anyone is interested it is a miniature called Callistemon – Little John and it is very cute.  Look  – it’s the Callistemon TWINS!

Callistemon Little John

Callistemon Little John

At Some Point in Time…


Well, September flew by and I didn’t post but I’m back.  September saw me battling migraines, a blown out thyroid and a stomach ulcer caused by the migraine drugs…….arggghhhhh……it has been hideous but I think I see light at the end of the tunnel.

This week we started our garden renovation which probably should be called a “garden demolition”.  I knew it was a big job but boy it really looks like a bomb went off in the back yard.

But I digress.  I really wanted to talk about a comment that I heard recently.  It went a little like this.

“At some point in time triplets and a toddler must be no harder than having four under the age of ten”.

You have to read this a few times to understand what exactly is being said.

For example at some point in time three babies and a two year old is no worse than a 2, 4, 6 and 8 year old.

Now at exactly what time might this happen.  I have spent nearly a month thinking about this off and on and I can’t quite fathom exactly when this might occur.

If you have four singletons you can hand down clothes, toys, prams, beds, cots, bikes, and scooters.  With triplets you need three of everything at the same time. There is surely bickering with four singletons but they are at different development stages so you might be able to reason with at least one of them.  What about going to the bike park with triplets and trying to teach all three to ride at the same time.  Golly, it is hard enough with twins.  What about when they get older and want to learn to drive (all at once)…..

And what about three teenagers and their hormonal anomalies (at the same time).  And the parties that they will want to go to.

These are just a few things I can think of.  But I still cannot fathom at what point would it be no worse than having four under ten.

I would love to hear your views on this, especially if you are parents of triplets or higher order multiples.  Please correct me if I am missing something here.

Soon after  this comment I was presented with the following, “it is so hard going to the supermarket with two of different ages”.  Goodness me.  I had never heard anyone say that, especially not to a twin parent anyway.  What do people think it is like taking two preschoolers the same age to the supermarket.  Please…give me strength.

Enough gripes for a Thursday I think.  Back to convincing the Workaholic that underground sprinklers are necessary for the new lawn and that we do not need the world’s biggest ugliest spotlight so he can see the BBQ properly!