Tucking my children in at night – some nights I am forced to bed by pain before my children go to bed. Although on these nights they come and tuck me in, I know that we have missed an opportunity for a special moment that is part of our family routine. Every night when I walk down the stairs after tucking them in, I always say a little prayer of thanks that I was able to do that little thing that creates a tone of warmth and love for my children as they drift off into slumber.
Cooking – I feel very fortunate that I inherited my mother’s love for cooking and everything about it. I love that I cook with fresh produce, I love that I feed my children home cooked meals 6/7 nights (yes, we still have takeaway food once a week). My kids have a treat in their lunchboxes but I make sure it’s homemade and not off a production line. I spend a lot of my leisure time cooking for my family and friends, and I always cook with love – it adds a little more flavour.
Fresh produce - When I first moved from a big city to Central Queensland I struggled with finding fresh fruit and vegetables that were actually fresh like I was used to. We slowly learnt to adapt but still laugh when we can’t get simple things like fresh potatoes. We have found that it is just a matter of shopping locally and using local resources, this supports the local farmers and businesses but also allows me, as a consumer, to be a little picky with my purchases. I still love to visit local markets whenever I have the opportunity.
Sleeping in – this needs no explanation!
My husband – as I write this we are heading into our sixth week apart – he is back in the state where we used to live, which is ironic as we moved up here nearly four years ago so our family could be together.