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Story Of My Life, In 7 Photos

This might be why I get nothing done.

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Kathy - November 28, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Children are literal minded to the exclusion of all else – my 7 year old takes advantage of this.

Every day last week I asked if she had homework and she answered “no”.
Thursday I drop her off to school and her friend says “did you bring your homework because if we all hand it in we get a chocolate frog”

“Penny” I say to my child “you said you have no homework this week.
“That’s right mum, I don’t. I lost it on Monday just after the teacher gave it to us”

Serves me right for being so broad in the questioning. Should know better really

Bruce Devereaux - November 28, 2015 - 8:07 pm

I only took the initial photos to have a chuckle with Tracey (because she’d be missing this stuff – yep, seriously) and then it just went on and on and on

Anonymous - November 29, 2015 - 7:28 am

So funny I want to cry. I spend too much time with half eaten sandwiches…

Kathy walker - November 29, 2015 - 7:34 am

Hello Bruce, very pleased for you all re Tracey’s progress. I am a grandma of 9 (64yrs) and like to make life easier for myself. A changed routine in our house when grandies are here. No cups plastic or otherwise. Water bottles refilled. I don’t have washing up like before. Only about 8 water bottles to find. It’s really handy for age 5 up. And me. Cheers Kathy.

Phil Pogson - November 29, 2015 - 8:07 am

ha ha – one day you will miss all this……

melbo - November 29, 2015 - 8:22 am

It actually took me a while to see the cup in the second last photo. Well played, Miss Three … well played.

Good idea to send Tracey these little vignettes from home. She wouldn’t want to miss one abandoned crust or random fruit sticker. How’s that collection going by the way?

I only recently realised that my seven year old has been sticking them to the side of the TV cabinet. It’s like a shrine to every apple he’s ever enjoyed in front of the box.

One With The Lot

Try not to gag.

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Bec - November 27, 2015 - 8:42 am

Take a bow my dear!!! 😂😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Lynn - November 27, 2015 - 8:48 am

Thx, after splurting laughter exceedingly loudly, I’ll never crave that last slice of cold pizza the next morning ever again. Aren’t kids the most wonderful blessing!

Bailey - November 27, 2015 - 9:10 am

😖 eeeeeeeew!!!!!!!!

Jess - November 27, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Oh kids can be sooo gross!

Jo Chapple - November 27, 2015 - 3:19 pm

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Made my day…been through this. 4 children…

So What’s The Latest With Tracey?

Here’s the latest and the most recent on Tracey’s progress at the Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital.

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Evil Genius Mum - November 26, 2015 - 11:54 am

Really?!? Tracey’s doctor, the doctor specialising in the track to her “chocolate starfish”, is called… Dr Brown?!?

Please, please, PLEASE tell me this is not your usual pun and this is a real doctor!! 😀

PS> Still smiling with your good news.

Bruce Devereaux - November 26, 2015 - 12:01 pm

lol 100% genuine doctor name :) Hadn’t actually made the connection myself. Probably because I get flustered when I see him. He’s a bit of a legend to me.

Linda Joyce - November 26, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Being fully paralyzed sucks and all, but the worst part of being on a respirator was my self-enforced five week separation from my three young kids. I just couldn’t justify letting them see me like that. I know a bit about how Tracey is feeling, there. The complete motivation to get home.
My favorite memories from when they finally came include my one-year old shouting out “Mummy! Mummy!” though she wouldn’t come any closer than the door. I was just happy to be recognized. My son, inquiring what number needed to occur on the monitor for me to come home, suggesting 100, 58, and zero, to which my husband replied, somewhat matter-of-fact “No, that means she’s dead.” Some will call that callous, but his humor helped me through just like I know yours does Tracey. My middle child sang. And danced. And was kind enough to love her hospital room birthday party.
I’m really enjoying your blog. Welling happy tears, and all.

Bailey - November 26, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Awesome!! Was that west, with the fuel? They’re great like that!!
Glad to hear Traceys doing so well!!

Anonymous - November 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Awesome, keeping my fingers crossed that your results are good.

Sarah - November 26, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Absolutely thrilled for you Bruce. I’m so not surprised you get teary. I think it’s natural for your body to go through this process. Crying is a way your body processes and let’s go of stress and anguish. You are a wonderful couple…I pray for Tracey to continually improve and come home quickly. Xo

Jason Arnold - November 26, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Fantastic news to hear. All the best with Tracey and your family from us down here under the country. Look forward to seeing pictures of her back in her home environment, she’ll recover must better back home (trust me, I’ve had major surgery too, and its so much easier once you’re home)

Laney - November 26, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Really great read these updates and know that Tracey is doing so well.

Wendy - November 26, 2015 - 1:56 pm

I feel teary just reading your joy. I’m so happy for you, and your lovely family. And just speechless at what a fighter your wife is! Go her!

Glenys snrab - November 26, 2015 - 3:10 pm

So happy for you and Tracey Bruce! You are a legend too by the way. All those “Happy Tears” are very good for you Bruce. (And proves you are human too – Hehehe) It’s really great you are loving where you are emotionally. Keep up the great job. Stay with this positivity!
As for Tracey, I sure hope all those tests come back as positive as the one you have talked about. So so happy The pathway for food is completely open. Our miracle is continuing to evolve. Yay Tracey! Keep up your end of making it happen. Will continue our prayers until you are home safe and sound to your babies. xxxx
So happy to be a Gympieite! So proud of my home town.

Jess - November 26, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Cry all you need it is great for the soul
And as you said how wonderful is it that they are not tears of grief!!! So glad Tracey is doing so well! And I bet she is stocked food might be in her future!

Kate Mac - November 26, 2015 - 5:16 pm

So happy to hear the tears make sense.
Way to go guys

Maggie Baker - November 26, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Great news and lovely to catch up. Keep that smile on your dial Tracey and cry all you want, both of you. :)

Joy Munday - November 26, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Seems you have your very own episode of Highway To Heaven going on here. I’m SO DELIGHTED with the news. I’ve been wondering how Tracey was doing. Tell her she’s famous here in Ireland too. X

Carly Joyce - November 26, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Ah Bruce, you’re just becoming more like a woman! Your emotions are all right below the surface so the slightest thing can set off the water works. My husband and I have discussed this at length, particularly why I am more prone to crying after having kids, and we have concluded that women in general are just more receptive to their environment and respond accordingly. I hope your transition stops at man boobs and you don’t start menstruating!

SandraK - November 26, 2015 - 8:09 pm

I love the positive tone of these updates. Go Tracey!

Kerri Keppel - November 26, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Wonderful to hear of Tracey’s amazing progress. Was thinking that you need a t shirt too Bruce, how about Almighty Bruce?

Mary L - November 26, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Wow……..she’s doing so well. Thanks for the update Bruce. I’ve posted a link so the SS forum community can see the news.

KezUnprepared - November 26, 2015 - 10:31 pm

I am so amazed and happy about Tracey’s progress. What a legend!
I think there’s something really emotional about feeling support you never even dreamed you could receive. While it’s been nothing on the scale of what you guys have been going through, I recently opened up about some stuff and it was hard being vulnerable and having to ask for emotional support and understanding – I was emotional (read: cry baby) for weeks afterwards. I couldn’t believe how amazing people can be. How loved you can feel when you let people reach out. So keep on blubbering away – it truly feels good in the weirdest way!

Terri - November 26, 2015 - 10:42 pm

The new haircut is gorgeous and Tracey looks amazing. Made me a bit teary to think of the progress she has made, so I can totally understand your waterworks Bruce.

Barb Smith - November 26, 2015 - 10:52 pm

I was speaking with Carmel at Woollies the other day and so pleased to hear things are progressing well for you Tracey. So wonderful to see you up and about beaming your signature smile. Thanks for adding to the blog Bruce, so wonderful to note the progression in Tracey’s recovery. All the very best wishes to you both, the children and extended families. Regards Barb

Bruce Devereaux - November 26, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Thanks Mary L :)

Troy Sizer - November 27, 2015 - 2:54 am

You guys are such an amazing family and I am so inspired by your courage. Thank you for the update on my old high school buddy, Tracey :) Words can not express how heartbroken I am to hear of your circumstances. I am so proud of Tracey after reading your article. Please pass on our love to Tracey and your beautiful family. All the blessings in the world, The Sizer Family (Troy, Meryn and Felicity).

Margaret Brady - November 27, 2015 - 5:51 am

What a terrific pair Tracey and you are. I think that’s what they mean by real “Aussie Battlers”. It doesn’t have to be monetary, it can also mean “Strong of Spirit”. Never giving up.Your children will be so proud of you both, if they don’t realize it yet, they will as they mature. Maggie

Jo Chapple - November 27, 2015 - 3:29 pm

So happy to hear!! Go Girl!! :)

Thinking of you all <3

Nic - November 27, 2015 - 8:33 pm

I’m so happy things are looking good :) My 20 mth old son was diagnosed with cancer in April, he is responding well to treatment but I know what it’s like to have your world turn on it’s end. Have been following and is so great Tracey is doing so well. Bruce your writing style is pure joy to read x

Denise Dennison - November 27, 2015 - 8:35 pm

that hair cut is stunning.
so glad to hear Tracey is making progress.

Amanda - November 27, 2015 - 9:22 pm

I saw Tracey in the hairdressers the other day. Best wishes from one big family to another xx

Gerry Marshall - November 27, 2015 - 9:47 pm

Bruce. My brother went through a very similar journey in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital about 12 years ago and although they said he would have to be fed intravenously for the rest of his life he has managed on frequent small snacks every few hours and is still able to mow lawns , chop firewood and tend his vege garden . Plays golf every week , goes fishing. No problem . Just little steps and keep on living and loving .

Renae Foottit - November 27, 2015 - 10:54 pm

“How beautiful is she”
Made me tear up. Sending love from a stranger.

Bron Slorach - November 28, 2015 - 10:38 am

Bazinga!!😂😂😂 You missed another one. That may be why Dr. Brown is the doctor…it’s his job to make the connections.

NOLA golding - November 28, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Hi Tracy well you have been through so much. They say God only send us what we can handle. Well I think all the angels in heaven were with you and watching from above. You have a amazing husband and children. I do not know you but am so proud of your fight and courage. One day when I come to convention in Queensland I will come and buy you louche or what ever you can have my dear. I lost my beautiful mother to bowl cancer. So I know a little of your fight and what your family have been through. I will be reading your wonderful husbands posts online to meet up with what is happening. I send love and prayers and hugs. To you on your journey of recovery and to your dear family and friends. Love and prayers nola s.a.

Kelly - November 29, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Just awesome news…. Just awesome Bruce and Family. I’m so pleased everything is going on the right direction. Emotions are great it reminds us we are alive. It reminds us we are lucky to feel. I’m so pleased you feel so well supported xx

Alison - November 30, 2015 - 9:36 am

Great to see all the updates in one place, and wonderful that she’s doing so well. The crying is a bit of… well I’m going to say PTSD, but it probably doesn’t quite fit that definition. Basically you have enough time and space to process stuff now, and you are. You might have thought you were processing stuff while you were on the rollercoaster, but mostly you were reacting, coping and putting as much as possible into the “deal with it later” basket. It’s now later. :-) It’ll take a while, and come in dribs and drabs (based on my experience at least – I still find myself tearing up, and my son came home nearly 3 years ago.)

Best wishes to Tracey for eating, drinking and coming home soon. So awesome to be able to say that.

Should Santa Give Your Kids BEADOS?

It’s so hard to know, when you’re reading a sponsored post like this, whether or not the author genuinely likes a product or not. Well not only do I really, truly, honestly and genuinely like BEADOS, I can prove it.

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Nys - November 26, 2015 - 7:40 am

I think the good Ol’ people at Beados should be pretty happy with your review Bruce! I have NEVER wanted to get my girls Beados thinking I’d have to help and end up doing it all and all the clean up too but this has actually put them on my to buy one list. Glad your kids had a good time with them 😀

Amanda - November 26, 2015 - 2:50 pm

I am a little worried about how small they are, and whether or not they would get swallowed, dropped, left lying around etc. Also I read some time ago that the glue on them (the one activated by water) was toxic/ hallucinogenic. Has that been addressed? Admittedly, my daughter is too young to play with these yet, but it’s someone I’m curious about, given your otherwise glowing review.

Bruce Devereaux - November 26, 2015 - 5:32 pm

I Googled that and it was Bindeez. Same sort of thing, but different (?). It looks like they stuffed up the chemicals or something in production in China of a few batches of them and had to recall them all because a couple of kids became sick after swallowing too many. All I know is my dog has eaten nearly a hundred BEADOS off the floor this last week and she’s still acting like a dog.

Bruce Devereaux - November 26, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Also found this: “I got a letter sent to me, telling me how the new product is made at a new factory, with a new formula and they have added a lot more testing procedures – as well as making the product taste really disgusting. ”

Jenna - November 27, 2015 - 7:12 am

Bloody beados, I put up these little beads from all around my house. My there is something wrong with my kids but they end up everywhere, even in the clean washing. My kids do love them though and spend a lot of time creating interesting things. My miss 5 isn’t as advanced as yours though her artistic displays usually look like blobs of coloured beads.

JAMIE - November 28, 2015 - 8:16 am

They are great to keep the kids busy but those little coloured balls are going to end up all through your house!

Bruce Devereaux - November 28, 2015 - 10:09 am

I found the kids picked them up themselves once I explained I wasn’t buying them any more for a looooong time lol

Why Little Kids Prefer Shopping With Dad

Fathers are better at shopping with kids than mothers. Fact.

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Nomie - November 24, 2015 - 1:13 am

It’s wonderful to hear from Tracey “Hi Tracey! I don’t know you from a bar of soap but I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you over these past few months nearly every day! I’m so glad you got your second chance to walk in this world (it’s nice you’re able to walk to the loo!) and I look forward to hearing more about your wonderful, and quite frankly hilarious, husband’s journey with you and your cute kids! XOXO”

Marina Zoo Reynolds - November 24, 2015 - 7:06 am

Teary. Keep up the good fight Tracey. Bruce cannot be left to his own devices for too much longer! Sending healing love and hugs to everyone. Hoping the kids and Brucie are doing well despite the humour. Sometimes it can mask what is really going on inside. Xxoo

Bron Slorach - November 24, 2015 - 7:06 am

Oh, to be able to go the toilet under your own steam! The bliss! The joy! 😊 But I do have to ask…did you STILL have an audience?

Bailey - November 24, 2015 - 7:42 am

Some mums are trolley fun!!! 360’s and trolley races! 😃
Well done Tracey, you’ll be in Mrs Hoopers class soon!!!

Jess - November 25, 2015 - 1:16 am

Awww Tracey’s words made me teary. So wonderful she is recovering! My husband would completely agree with you!

Michelle - November 25, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Great post, Bruce! Both for your outrageous claims and the fantastic update on Tracey! Simply awesome news. I think my boys like ‘shopping’ with Daddy because he’s only ever off to buy something cool like a giant speaker or gardening supplies, AND they always get to go in the ute AND get a treat at a coffee shop on the way home.
One does one’s best to make groceries fun, with a stop off at the playground and riding the trolley together in the car park, but toilet paper and mince can’t compete with man cave stuff!

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