Thursday, June 23, 2016

Driving, dancing and growing up

I have shared the good stuff going on for the two males in our family....

So what's up with our girl......

Lots of time and effort have gone into passing the all important mid way driving test! 
Woo hoo is all I can say....we are now just 25 hours / 6 months away from the finish line...much rejoicing in our house is happening. Funny how she really is much more drive ready, half way through the learning process than we were when given our full plates!!

The other time allotment for her has been on her dance....yes she is the determined dancer in the family....and with just over three months left of her school life all attention is being focused on what next.

So the next three weeks are all about fine tuning and pulling together audition work for the application of courses for next year. Thankfully because we live in the most isolated city in the world most auditions can be done via recording and not made in person. ( Although I would be more than happy to trip around the country with her for the auditions)
So I have a few months in which to come to grips with our girl potentially heading off into the big wide world without us....{insert pounding heart and sweaty palms here!}
 We have always encouraged her to follow her dreams and so now we must stick to that despite how hard it is to let go.

Unfortunately the lovely little part time job she had close to home came to a sudden end when the business closed a couple of months ago. So after some financial independence she is feeling a bit blue without it....not that at the moment there has been too much time to commit  to work.

In three weeks - hopefully after the completion of audition work- she will be having a little surgery to determine whether she has inherited a familial genetic condition related to anesthetics. This will put her out of action for a few weeks but something that she will be better off knowing about going forward. So the race is on to have all her physical work done and ready for submitting.

So nothing much happening at all! 

It just seems like only yesterday she was beginning to dream about what life at 17 turning 18 would be like and where she would be.......and here we are.... {sigh}


Monday, June 20, 2016

Birthdays, fire, friends and bees

So while our boy has many things going on for him.....we celebrated the biggest boy in our house. It was birthday week.....well birthday five days.
This very same time last year we were ducking and weaving a big birthday number, the coming to an end of his employment after 20 years and the partial ending of my job that I say we were a little displaced would be an understatement......oh yes we had an assurance that it would all be ok and that an adventure was just beginning for us....but still a little apprehensive about what lay ahead.

Well here we are.....another birthday ...this less daunting in a strange way.....there has been an embracing of it all. This year we were introduced to the "birthday eve" celebrations....apparently that is what you are entitled too at this age now! (sorry honey we had no notice and so will do better with that next year)

But we did hit the present giving perfectly this bees

What male doesn't like poking around with a fire? So a fire pit was built and we enjoyed two beautiful winter evenings with family and friends, yummy food and good conversation....something about the sitting around the fire that brings a good flow of conversation. 
He has wanted for the longest time his own bee hive....and hooray he got one (to babysit/foster/nurture and hopefully reap some honey in the months to come) delivered by our very friendly bee keeping friend.

Looking back we have been on a journey  and although we are still on this part of it we are thankful for good friends and close family ties that have encouraged us along the way.....

Happy Birthday  to's to an awesome trip along this thing we call doing life.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cupcakes and soccer and being brave

We are in a season as a family where I feel that for each of us we have our own biggish things going on......

So our boy has...
 all that comes with finishing primary school and making decisions about high school for next year......

Soccer is happening and he has had the opportunity to try out for a regional team heading towards "county week " in October.

A little procedure to remove something from his  tongue also has been on our agenda for a while. Seeing him overcome some perceived fears was awesome.

Random collection of happenings that are significant for him.....and because he isnt flying solo through all of these things it adds to the colours of our week. I know in the very near future I will look back and miss all these things that seem to take up so much planning, running around and mum involvement.

I quietly was very proud of my contribution to the cupcake stall raising funds for the soccer club......just another thing to add to the mummy resume along with taxi driver, nurse, hug provider, loudest supporter on the boundary line, braving the freezing evening training times,"application form writing encourager"......and all supposed to be done with a smile! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Family time

In the whirlwind that is the days passing...I need to stop and reflect on the little things...take notice of the quiet things...I seem to have lost my way with it all......
My camera hasn't been out is a tool that really lets me see things a bit clearer.

So plugging it in to my computer tonight it has reminded me that just a few short weekends ago my whole family gathered down south to celebrate my dad's 75 th birthday....His wish,that we spend some time together as a we did all 20 of us and a few extras during the weekend.

And yes it was only a weekend away from being officially Winter and yes the kids did go in the ocean.....we had cyclonic winds on the Friday night...and the most perfect of weather for the rest.... 


We really are to keep that in mind while all the tricky stuff goes on.......

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Where have I been? 14 Random Happenings

I have been missing in action and have hesitated about popping up here with not too much to say...but I have been prompted this week to think about why I have this space and it was to originally keep a record of family for our benefit and anyone who may still be hanging in there here goes....

* I have been trying to keep up my appearances at The Make A Wish shop as it is a place that really makes me slow down and enjoy doing the little things....or just helping in its purest from...We had the official opening of the store and it is nice to see it is on the map a little larger than it was.

* The week by week routine is all over the place as I have had more work offered than I can accept. The hardest part of being a relief teacher is being able to say no and not feel that I have let people down...I am so thankful for the offers and am really enjoying the variety and different challenges each day. I have also begun building some relationships in the two main schools I am teaching in.

* There was a little dabble into hairdressing......ending badly. Well not quite but after the insistence of my girl wanting her hair a  little shorter and me insisting that it was not high on my skill set.....well lets just say she will never insist again.

* I had the opportunity of being apart of our new church's "Solo mums pamper morning" - I popped up my head to help in the kids department ( which is where I am most comfortable) only to find they had enough help and  needed help on the foot spa station! Oh my who would have thought I would have such a lovely was very humbling to spend a few minuted chatting and loving on a complete strangers  the day before Mothers Day.

* Hmmm Mothers Day....I really tried hard this year to prepare myself for the day....I spent some time leading up thinking and getting my head right.....unfortunately I didn't do enough and found that I just ran right out of emotional reserves.....FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!
I struggle with the external expectations placed on me for this day...and some years it just sneaks up on me and double whammies me...Mum and my big girl....So lets just say that we are done for another year and the love my family bestows on me is far better received on any other given day.

* We have had some specialist appointments thrown in for our boy as we tackle a little annoying tongue issue that we will have sorted in a couple of weeks.

* We have met with another bunch of specialist to tackle another annoying family oddity that we may have potentially passed onto our kids....just a little issue with anesthetics and so that will be tackled in the next few months starting with our girl.

* I have managed only one or two coffee catchups with those who can add to my life and keep things a little saner.   Unfortunately the abundance of work offers, interferes with this thing I love to do....
I did sneak a coffee date with my hubby on his way home form work...rendezvousing at a coffee shop halfway home.

* Both the kids have been working on the opportunities for next year. A high school specialist programme workshop day this week and audition tapes to prepare for the dancer to prepare over the next month.

* I have attend a funeral to farewell a lady who was not only a good friend's mum when I was growing up but who had a huge influence on my life during my tween and teenage years....Wow to live 81 years and influence so many with your simple daily life.

* This week I had a husband who came off  his bike as he cycled home from work..A touch from a car coming around a corner with him ...the bruising, road rash and mental shakeup has been at the forefront this week. . I am so thankful that he was not any more badly injured. Also that my sister was at our beck and call to dress and give good advice about the wounds.....eeek did I mention I am a teacher not a nurse!!

* Today we have had a storm front through that cancelled soccer and bought down huge branches of our gum tree in the garden....what a mess.....again so thankful that the winds picked them up and took them away from the house....must ring the tree surgeon on Monday for a cleanup plan.

* Oh so today no soccer...big winds....lots of rain.....what was one to do but stay in PJ's and read in bed.....well for a good part of it anyway until they all cried foul that the shopping hadn't been done and the cupboards were was at that moment that I could see no reason not to eat cereal for lunch and possibly dinner also.....
No I got out of my Pj's and dragged the injured one with me to do the dreaded groundhog day shopping ....So I am pleased to report we will not in fact be eating cereal for dinner.

* Did I mention that I have been sorry of course I did....just not sure I am cut out for full time work....I struggle to keep up with all the school notes, meal planning, housework and the myriad of other little things that need my attention.

Anyways... Little longer than I thought it would be but that is life in a "nutshell"

Now I really ought to go and pay some visits to some of my favoutie bloggers and say hi. 

But first ....dinner to prepare for the family and extras. xxxxx

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Weekend for the fit.....

This past weekend was all about the sporty types in our family { Sadly I dont get to be at dance class otherwise I could add Meg in here too}

It was the opening game for the soccer season.....a cool early morning was perfect for a team of 10/11 year olds raring to go.

We headed straight down the highway south after the game to prepare for the 1/2 ironman to be held on Sunday morning.

Again a very grey day that provided perfect race conditions for both athletes and spectators.  After overcoming a last minute dash to the transition setup, our ironman was off and swimming......then cycling.....then running.

This is number 13 for him and you would think we would have it all down pat...the watching and supporting thing! For some reason he doesn't recall spotting us at all  and we lost him on the run....
Word got to us that he had problems with his hip and knowing that he was a little undertrained going in, jumped to the conclusion that his race must have been over .
I waited.....then decided he would make contact when he could. We cheered his brother over the line and just waited.....

But somehow we missed him out there and he successfully ran across the finish line thinking that we must have had dramas that kept us from the sidelines!!!!

Anyways never a dull moment.....all finished well and we are super proud of him once more.....  
 Even more so that he was able to pull up for work the next morning like a trooper!

So I am adding to my thankful list....

* The soccer season kicking off
* Perfect race conditions
* A weekend to hang with my sister as we cheer from the sidelines
* No rain despite it being very close
* The sun appearing  as the day progressed

#1295 A solid finish for our 13 time ironman


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