Sunday, 22 July 2018

Winter School Holidays

We are officially half way through the school year tomorrow with the start of term 3.   Today is our last day of our two weeks of winter holidays.  Usually we are very busy during the holidays, but it's a tough time of year with lots of sickness, all of us being very tired and rundown and just needing a real holiday.  So I told the boys that we would be having a very quiet holiday this time.  I think they were all very happy about it, as they were ready for some lazy days at home.  

The night of the last day of school, I was so happy to be on holidays and couldn't be bothered cooking, so on the spur of the moment we met up with my cousin Tim and his wife Helene and kids and had Burger Junkie for dinner.   It was a fun way to start the holidays.
I actually feel really guilty when I have a really lazy day as I'm always so busy, but these holidays have literally been a lot of sleep ins, Netflix, cooking (which I never do) and catching up with family and friends. I'm actually glad that it's the middle of winter as it makes me slow down and makes it easier to just stay inside and do 'nothing' when the weather isn't nice outside.

We were lucky during the first week of holidays as we had lots of frosty mornings, but sunny days.  We spent a couple of nights at my Mum's house in the first week and had a lovely time.  In the last month we finally bought a new car (the last one we bought was just a few weeks before Aaron died).  A lovely dad of one of Kobe's friends was so kind and helped me have a look around and helped to negotiate a good price. 

I was so grateful to him as it took so much stress off me (although I was already stressed as I wasn't really ready to buy a new car, but needed to as our old one pretty much died).   But now we are absolutely loving having a really nice car to drive (we've never really had a nice car) and Jalen is now really loving getting his Learner hours up to hopefully get his Ps later in the year.
While we were at Mum's we went to the movies, walked on the beach, read and caught up with friends.   You know you're getting old when you're excited to read a book about finance.
We caught up with my friends Bec and Pip while we were at Mum's as Bec's Mum also lives in the same area (seems like it is the place to retire).  We all grew up together and went through school together from Kindergarten.  Mum and Bec's Mum had a lovely time catching up, while we took the kids for a walk on the beach.   My kids are a lot older than Bec and Pip's kids and we often laugh how I've got one about to start Uni, while Bec's youngest daughter is about to start Prep.
I love having such great friends, who have known me since I was four.  We still see each other regularly. 

Milly and Josie just love being together.  One morning I let them out and there was a huge frost over Mum's lawn.  It looked amazing and they still wanted to play even though it was freezing.
During the holidays the last game that Hawthorn were playing in Tasmania was on against the Brisbane Lions.  We've been so lucky this year with the weather being so good for each of the games.  We've taken Aaron's dad with us to all of the games and he loves coming along with us.  Mum also sits with us at every game.
I think Kobe loves the food almost as much as the footy!
We often go to Hobart in the holidays and spend a couple of days with our friends Sarah and Joe and their boys, but I really wanted to just chill out more these holidays. So we were excited to hear that they were going to come up and spend a day with us while Joe worked in town for the day. 

We had such a fun day with them and also Tim and Helene's kids who spent the day with us.  Luckily for Ava, Erin hung out with us too, or she would've been the only girl.
We couldn't get together without another trip to Burger Junkie.  The boys love trying the American soft drinks.
I love that these guys get along so well, even though they live at different ends of the state.
The last week of holidays has been very cold and rainy which  made it easier to not feel so guilty about watching a lot of Netflix.  I decided though that I needed to make a trip to the snow before winter is over, so while Jay had a day off work (he's been working a LOT a Maccas which is great, as he's trying to get some money together for his own car and Uni next year) we headed to the snow yesterday.

It always reminds me of living in the USA and although I was sick of it then, I love going for a play in it now and so do the boys. 
 They had a great time trying to see who could pick up the biggest piece of ice. 

Harri was so excited to find a piece that was shaped like Australia! It was just missing Tassie on the bottom :)
It's been lovely having a really laid back, relazing holiday.  I'm never keen to go back to work,  but really I love my job and always love seeing the kids again and getting back into routine.  I'm looking forward to some warmer weather as we get closer to spring, and we have some fun things planned in the next few months which we are really looking forward to. So finishing holidays isn't all that bad.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Home of the Brown and Gold - Kobe's TV moment

A couple of months ago I took Kobe along to the Hawthorn Football Club Family Day.  He had a great time meeting some of the players, and having a kick of the footy.  He was dressed up in his Hawks geurnsey and was actually kicking really well and was getting a lot of goals. 

A guy who was videoing came over to us, and asked if it would be okay to video him kicking for the goal as he was making a promotional video for the club, which would also be to promote Tasmania and would be shown on the big screens at the games.

Kobe was excited to be in it, and the guy took a couple of different angles.  I wasn't sure if he would end up being in it, so we were excited to see it up on the big screen at the first game this year in Launceston.  A couple of weeks ago the Launceston Airport Facebook page shared it, so we were able to see it properly for the first time. 

Kobe was so excited to see himself, and I love that his tongue is sticking out as he concentrates (just like my Mum!).   The ad is also being shown on TV at the moment.  The version I've been able to download hasn't got any sound though.

All the Seconds

While catching up on some blog posts, I realised I hadn't posted any of my recent 1 Second Everyday videos.   It's still by far my favourite app and I find I don't even have to think about videoing every day, as I just do it naturally anyway as I just love capturing things anyway.

I never know how my month is going to turn out, and it's fun to watch the video at the end of the month and be reminded what we got up to.  I love that the big and little things just come together in such a fun way.

These videos show one second from every day in March, April and May.

My baby is 10

Kobe has so much enthusiasm for life and has been over the top excited about his 10th birthday, which was last week.  I'm not a fan of having birthday parties regularly (or at all) but for about 6 months Kobe kept telling me all the ideas he had for his 10th birthday. I reminded him that we don't do parties every year,  but because it's an extra special birthday (being double digits) I agreed that he could have a party with friends this year. 

His birthday was last Monday, so we had his party over the weekend as we knew we would be busy after school on his birthday. He was so happy to invite 9 of his good friends from school to play laser tag.  He loved having Jay, Harri and Erin play with them as well. 
He was very spoilt by his friends and got some lovely gifts. 
 I made the party as easy as possible and was happy that Kobe agreed to have an ice cream cake (definitely not Mother of the Year anymore - I'm finding ways to make life as easy as possible lately).

Kobe actually slept in on the morning of his birthday, and I ended up having to wake him up to open his presents before school.  He had a birthday list of things to do with basketball, such as a bag to carry his basketball gear to games, a new ball and Nike slides (like sandals). 

He was very happy to get a lot of things from his list, and I also surprised him with Taylor Swift concert tickets for later in the year. He was so excited, and sat in shock for a few seconds as it sunk in. He had been asking me for a while if we could go and see her, and I kept saying no (even though I had bought the tickets months ago).
He tried to convince me that he deserved a day off school for his birthday, but that's a bit tricky when I'm a teacher so he went off to school with treats to share with his class.  After school we went to pick up Jay from work and he was excited to choose a  special birthday treat. 
We then had to go and watch Harri play basketball, and then after the game he chose to go to Hogs Breath for tea with Tim and Helene and their kids. 
Kobe and Ardie are so cute together.  Kobe always says how much he loves Ardie because he's so much fun to be around.  It was lovely to spend his birthday with them.
It's actually hard to believe that Kobe is now 10. He's lived more than two thirds of his life without his Dad and last night he said 'I wonder what life would be like if Dad were here'. I have no doubt that Aaron would be proud of him, and that he would also make him laugh and drive him mad at the same time. 

He's the funniest kid and has such an attitude at times.  He's very different to how Jay and Harri were when they were his age, as he always has to have the last word.  It's lucky he's cute! We are so glad decided to take that leap of faith and have one more baby.  Kobe brought so much joy into our lives when he was born, and I'll never forget how excited Aaron was when he was born.  I still treasure the blog post Aaron did on the day he was born.  We love you Kobe.

Mum's Day

Celebrations such as birthdays and Mother's Day can be really hard when it reminds you even more of what you're missing.  Over the past six years I've really dreaded these days at times, but this year I wasn't too worried about Mother's day for the first time.  I don't know if it's just a time thing, but it was nice to not feel so anxious and sad about it coming up.

For the first time since Aaron died the boys really made a special effort by themselves, for me.  I don't even care about the presents or fuss of Mother's Day at all, but it was so lovely that the boys all spent their own money and went shopping on their own this year.

Kobe was so cute and was the first one awake and came in with some flowers which he had made me at school.
The boys did so well with choosing things that they knew I would love.  I was very spoilt and the loveliest thing was a beautiful card which Harri made and wrote in for me. He said some beautiful things about how much I had done for him since Aaron died and it meant more to me than anything else.
We drove out to Mum's on Mother's day and made lunch for her.  Chrish and I surprised her with a canvas of the whole family together, which she loved.  It's a pity the photo was taken just before my new niece Bridey was born, as we'll have to update it and aren't sure how long it will be until the whole family is together again.   It's a special photo though, as it's not very often we are all together anymore.

It was a beautiful autumn day, so after lunch we headed for a kick of the footy on the beach, and let the dogs go for a run. It was such a lovely day.
I'm grateful to be a Mum to four boys, and to have these three to keep me going.  I love them so much, and am lucky to have such great boys.
It was lovely to be able to have a relaxing day with my own Mum.  It was really nice to not feel so sad on Mother's Day this year.  

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