If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Good Clean Fun: Great Fun 4 Kids

She's inspirational, funny and her blog always makes me smile and think about things in a new way.

That's why I chose Simoney from Great Fun 4 Kids as my Good Clean Fun Blog of the Week this week! I've been following her blog almost from the time I started blogging and was engaged right away. She's a godly woman with a down-to-earth (and Down Under) style. I know you'll love my New Zealand friend as much as I do!

Hi! Hey! Gidday! I'm Simone from Greatfun4kids and Melinda has asked me to introduce myself to you all. Thanks Melinda, I am so honoured!

My Name: Simone
It's pronounced Simonne as in "on", not Simoane as in "moan". You can call me Simoney (said, "Simonny" like they do in Scotland, which is my blog name), or Monnie (as some of my friends do). My husband calls me Babe.

Where I'm From: Auckland, New Zealand

For those of you geographically challenged types, that's down near Australia in the South Pacific. My home town is Auckland, a city of a million people - quarter of New Zealand's entire population!

We live in the leafy suburb of Mt Albert in a 1920's bungalow which I love. You can read more about my lovely slice of paradise here...

Being from Downunder, I probably use some different words for things, so I've written a Guide to Kiwi Speak for all you "foreigners" who need a translator. (Kiwi's are what we New Zealanders call ourselves; just in case you thought I was meaning the fuzzy brown Fruit. Or the flightless Bird.)

My Family: Mr G (hubby), Dash (7), Miss Fab (6) and Scrag (2)

My crazy bunch of party-mad lunatics are quite often the focus of my writing. They are a bunch of energetic extroverts, never short on an opinion or two, all with minds of their own, which makes for plenty of fun'n'games, if you know what I mean?? There are no nerd-librarian-types in our family (apart from me). I am alone in my nerdy-ness. Although I am working on cultivating a love of books and art into at least a couple of my outgoing offspring. To read more about that lot click Meet the Family.

Note: "Dash", "Miss Fab" and "Scrag" are not their real names. But they are called those nicknames from time to time. Real Names have been changed to protect the guilty!

My Interests:

READING: I can chew through a thick novel in two days... or if it's a really good one I'll sometimes pull an all-nighter (but not very often these days *yawn*)

WRITING: A re-discovered child-hood passion. I'm working on co-writing a book with a friend of mine.

BLOGGING: I think I may be a blog addict. I'm thinking of starting up a 12-Step Programme online called Bloggers Anonymous. (Nah, not really, I don't have the time!)

PLANNING KIDS PARTIES: My husband thinks I'm out of control. I think I'm creating great memories and using my creativity...

PHOTO-SHOPPING: I love messing around in Photoshop. I have no qualifications, I'm totally self-taught. I designed a bunch of kids birthday party invitations and stuck them on this website so people can print them off and use them for free. I'm nice like that.

PHOTO-TAKING: Different from Photography, in that I lack skill and a fancy camera... but I photograph anything and everything. My family call me a snap-happy tourist (actually they call me a Japanese tourist but I thought that was a bit un-PC). I also rin a kids photo competition called KidsClick (you know, for those pesky kids who are forever stealing your camera...?)

COFFEE: One of my favourite things is going to a cafe with a good friend or two. Always gives me a boost. Especially if it also involves Cake. I only drink coffee at a cafe (a latte or a mocha). If I come to your house I'll have a cup of tea, with milk, no sugar :)

TRAVEL: Nothing better than getting stamps in your passport, even with kids in tow. Places visited so far: Australia (Sydeny, Melbourne, North Queensland, Gold Coast) Canada (Vancouver), USA (California), England, Scotland, France, Italy, Malaysia, Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga & Mauritius...

GETTING FIT, BEING UBER-HEALTHY & GOING TO THE GYM (not!): I joined the gym recently and I am attempting to go regularly in the faint hope of holding back the tides of time. I turned 40 in November 2009 (gasp) and as a naturally lazy couch-potato I figured if I didn't do something pretty soon they might eventually need a crane to hoist me out of the house. But seriously, with my energetic bunch, if I don't get fit I'll be left behind! I can't say I enjoy exercise (yet). Or that I do enough. Or that I am seeing any amazing results. I think I like food too much *Sigh*

Pet Peeves:
1. Housework... oh the pointlessness of it all.

2. Housework... I am not a housewife! I am a full-time mother. There's a difference! Really!

3. Housework... seriously, the sooner they invent robot cleaners the better!

What I blog about:

My Blog can be summed up as: "Finding the fun on the Rollercoaster of Life".
I write about honest to goodness real-life, the joys and trials of mothering. Things that make me laugh, or that make me cry. I share creative ideas I think will help make others' lives easier or more fun. I share my thoughts on soul stuff. I sometimes share about Living with Depression. If you really want to understand me, read My Journey.
I see my blog the way I see my house. Somewhere colourful and comfortable, a place wwhere people can feel at home and ejoy themselves, with all kinds of goodies being served up to my lovely friends who come to visit. I'd love to invite you over for a cuppa and a chat. I might even do some baking... Meet you soon, I hope!

Isn't she fabulous?! Hop over to her blog and check her out!


  1. Simoney is a great bloggy pal of mine too! My kids love joining in with her "Kids Click" photo competitions too.

    I loved reading this post! Yay Simoney!

    Best wishes,

  2. Yay! I discovered Simoney through a retweet you did of one of her posts and have been 'lurking' in her blog for a while now. I just LOVE how she writes. Also, the way she describes New Zealand? Makes me want to up and move there, seriously! I may or may not have been hounding my husband to look into it. LOL!

  3. I'm her follower. She is a lot of fun!!! :O)

  4. Thanks so much for highlighting this great blog! I am excited to read more! :) Have a great day!

  5. I loved the Flight of the Concords on HBO and because of that I feel like I know all about New Zealand! I'm excited to head over there and learn the real deal!

  6. Melinda...

    I have a "Happy Friday" surprise for you at
    http://simplysandwich.net/?p=919 .

    Have a great weekend.

    BTW - Just noticed that your "i" in your name is dotted with a bubble. Very cute! :)

  7. Hi! Very clever blog! I am your newest follower!

  8. THANKS Melinda... I have been BANNED from the internet until further notice due to excess blogging... SAD! But Thanks so much for featuring me here :)
    I'm sad I won't get to reply to all the lovely comments/new followers for a few days at least... so in case you have read this and are hopping over to meet me... I WILL come visit you and meet you properly after my banishment has ended. My family has voted for a computer-free week for me.
    So I et ONE LAST post and then internet silence until the school holidays (here in NZ) are over. Sniff Sniff.

  9. Hi! You're welcome! Thanks for following me as well. It could be that you didn't have the right teacher because sometimes it's the teacher that teaches it confusing or not the right way. Foreign languages are a little confusing at first because it's something new.

  10. She sounds like a fantastic blogger, I can't wait to check her out. Hope she and her family enjoyed her week of internet silence. I might need to do that too :)

    Thanks Melinda!


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