Sunday, 17 September 2017

August 2017 - 1 Second Everyday

Life is far too busy to blog anymore, but if you're still coming here to see how we are - thank you! It's easy to feel very alone at times,  but I know there are a lot of people who do care how we are going.  Here is our August!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

July 2017 - 1 Second Everyday

A lot on my mind, but not a lot of time these days for much, especially blogging. So for now here is what we've been up to in July. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

June Birthdays

June was a big month with four birthdays in our family - two in Heaven and two on Earth.  Kobe was so excited for his early in the month and picked out lots of books that he wanted.  I bought him some other presents, but he was so excited about the books which was cute.

His birthday was on the weekend so he was happy that he didn't have to go to school.  He asked for pancakes for breakfast. 
He was happy with an ice cream cake which was great and easy for me.   

It was my birthday on the 17th and it was a really hard day. The day before I just felt really sad and angry about everything, and almost sent my friend Simone a message to say that I didn't want to do anything for my birthday, as I just felt like hiding away. 

The boys could see how upset I was (me yelling and saying how over everything I was didn't help - definitely not Mother of the Year this year!) and I felt sad as Harri was so upset about it and said he didn't want me to have a bad day like I did on Mother's Day.  I told him that it wasn't his fault and that I was sad, but that it's okay to be sad sometimes.  I could tell he was really stressed about it so in the end I just told him I was okay and that I would have a good day because I didn't want him to worry. 

I think what I was the most upset about was that I feel like I  have to keep going and going for the boys all the time and sometimes I'm just so emotionally and physically exhausted with it all, and I felt like my birthday should be the one day when I should be able to just shut off and do (or not do) what I want to do without having to stress about how the boys are feeling. 

But as a Mum I can't.  I can't just switch off because my actions and thoughts affect the boys so much.  I try to teach them that it's okay to have a bad day, but I don't think the boys could cope with my bad day being on my birthday as birthdays are supposed to be the happiest day ever.  So I made myself go out and do something as I didn't want to make it hard for the boys.

The boys bought me some lovely presents. Jay made me laugh as  he had gone shopping with two of his guy friends and chose some lovely things.

In the end I was glad I went out as being out with the boys and my friend Simone and her daughter Hallie and beautiful baby Emerson really cheered me up.  It was nice that my birthday was on a Saturday so I could spend some time with Simone. She's always the friend who is there no matter what. She doesn't expect me to put on a front if I'm having a rough day and just listens to me moan and complain. 

On the 26th it was my Dad's and Noah's birthday.  I was out at Exton the day before, and decided to keep driving to Deloraine so I could go to the cemetery and put some fresh flowers at Dad's grave.  I'm sure he would've loved the lillies as we used to grow them on our flower farm.  
Noah would've turned 16 this year! It's hard to imagine how big he would've been if he were still here.  No doubt I wouldn't have been able to lift him anymore as I was struggling to lift him before he passed away.  His birthday was on a Monday and it was nice to be busy at school all day. 

When we got home from school Simone had left some balloons in the house for us which was lovely.
After school we got 16 balloons from the shop and let them go at the cemetery. 
Noah's birthday wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  For some reason I find it easier to make Noah and Aaron's birthday a celebration for the boys, rather than my own.  We miss him every day and it's actually getting hard to remember what day to day life was like when he was here.
We had a quick visit at Aaron's grave before coming home to have birthday cake for Noah.  Oh how I wish he were here.  He was the one who loved to celebrate birthdays more than any kid I know.  I'm glad that the June birthdays are over for another year.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

June 2017 - 1 Second Everyday

I'm still here...just. Life is just too crazy busy with teaching full time and being the boy's taxi EVERY night after work, so blogging just isn't on my mind at all anymore . It's busy in a good way, but thank goodness it's school holidays as we are all so tired and need some sleep ins and down time.  If you really want to keep up with what we are doing more regularly I'm addicted to posting my Instagram story.

This was our June...or 1 second from every day in June.  I try not to put too much sport in, but because we have something on every day it's hard not to.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Soccer in Melbourne

A few months ago both Harri and Kobe were so excited to hear that Brazil and Argentina were coming to Australia to play a soccer match at the MCG (in Melbourne).  I used to hate soccer (thought it was the most boring sport just seeing this ball get kicked around for an hour and a half and often only one or two goals scored), but since they've both been playing club soccer I've grown to love the game and appreciate how skilled the players are.

I knew it would cost a bit with tickets, flights, accommodation and everything else that would go along with a quick trip to the soccer, but the boys were so excited about it because two of the best players in the world were coming (Messi and Neymar) and I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I bought tickets and organised the trip a few months back.

The last few weeks the boys have been getting so excited as it was getting closer.  Unfortunately last week Jalen and Harri were both sick, and then I started feeling sick the day that we left.  I had been feeling very run down, but didn't think much of it.  At first it was just a sore throat, but by the time we got to Melbourne I was feeling pretty rotten. 

We were excited to get there and to find out Airbnb apartment which was on the 45th floor.  I wouldn't have thought about getting an Airbnb but my brother Eden and Steph have done it a few times now and convinced me to give it a go.  Our apartment was just a studio apartment and I knew we would just have a double bed and a sofa bed, but knew it would be okay for a couple of nights, especially since we wouldn't be spending much time in the actual apartment.

We haven't been to Melbourne for a long time, so it was awesome to have such an amazing view.  The apartment was right across the road from Southern Cross Station, so it was great to be able to just get off the Skybus and walk across.
The apartment building had a gym, spa and pool and was open till 11 pm so we had a late night and went for a swim after we arrived. Jay even shocked us and went in!
I had the worst night sleep as I felt so sick and woke up feeling terrible.  The apartment was great, but the beds were not comfortable at all. All of us were slow to get going, but I didn't mind since I knew we had the whole day to fill in before the soccer was on. 
The weather was very gloomy and cold in the morning, but the view was just as cool in the daylight. 
This was just outside our apartment building.
We caught the free city tram into the centre of the city, and Jay couldn't wait to go to a shop that he had been checking out online for a while - Culture King. 
Jay had saved up some money so he could buy some things there and was so excited to finally go there.  It was a very cool street wear shop with a DJ playing music the whole time, a walk in barber and very cool street clothes. 
One thing I always notice about the mainland is that sushi is so much cheaper!
We then spent a bit of time in the city, but I was feeling so bad that I just wanted to get back to our apartment so I could rest up a bit. 
We caught the train back to Southern Cross Station which was a lot easier than the trams (even though that is easy) and just had to walk across to our apartment.
We didn't rest too long as I felt bad for the boys that they had to deal with me being sick and cranky, so we went to the pool for a while.  I just watched this time and almost dozed off in the sun as the boys swam.
I wasn't sure how busy public transport would be to get to the MCG so we left quite early to go to the soccer. Jay wasn't keen on coming to the soccer, so he stayed back at the apartment and watched movies all night. I dosed up on pain killers before the game, and was glad to feel okay during the game so I could enjoy it.

While we were walking to the MCG there were these two old guys selling Argentina and Brazil scarves out of some boxes on the side of the road.  They were yelling 'now down to $20!' which cracked Harri up as he was onto them and said to me 'I bet they were always $20!'.  We had seen the same scarves in the city for $35 so I bought them one each.  Both of them decided to go for different teams.  Harri said he hates Messi which is why he was going for Brazil, but unfortunately for him Neymar had pulled out and didn't end up coming to play.  He was still excited to see some other players though.  We were very happy with our seats and waited for the crowds to arrive and the game to start.  It was lovely to meet up with my friend Rachelle for about 15 minutes before the game started, as she was also there with her family.
The game was so much fun.  The crowd was over 95,500 and the atmosphere was awesome! There was a big build up before the game with the lights going out and everyone putting on their phone lights, with lots of music. 
The crowd was very loud with lots of singing, drumming, chanting and Mexican waves.   Every time Messi would get near the ball there was a huge cheer. It was awesome for the boys to see some of their favourite players and they had the best night.   The funniest thing was that people started making paper aeroplanes out of their tickets and started aiming them for the field.  It started over our side and once a few started to make it on the field, there would be a huge big cheer from the crowd.  It then got crazy and there were paper planes going everywhere! Security came up to try to stop it, but there were hundreds going so there was nothing they could really do.  During the last ten minutes I think we watched and cheered for the paper planes more than the game.  The roar from the crowd when one would go on the field just cracked us up! It was even on the news the next day, and showed one of the security guards near the field catch one.

Argentina won 1-0 but Harri didn't care at all - he just kept saying how great it was.  It was the best sporting event we have ever been to by far.

It was fun walking back into the city from the G with the crowds of people.  We then caught the train back to our apartment.
 The next morning we went for another swim before we had to check out of the apartment.

Poor Kobe didn't cope very well with two late nights and was very tired and crabby on our last day there.
We had a few hours before we had to head to the airport, so we stored our luggage in the lockers at Southern Cross Station and headed into the city.  It was nice to see the sun, but it was very cold and foggy in some parts of the city still.

We were fascinated with the 'statue man' and saw him twice in the two days we were there.  When we first saw him the boys didn't believe me that he was real until someone put some money into his hat on the ground, and he moved.  We watched him for ages and kept giving him more and more money, just to watch him move and freeze again. 
We went to the Lindt cafe for a treat, before going to Hosier lane which Jay was very keen to check out before leaving.
It was very cool and full of people also wanting photos.
Kobe was so excited about the ET, especially since he just watched it for the first time during the last school holidays. 
This part was my favourite :)

We had a lovely time but I hated being sick as we could've done so much more if I wasn't feeling so bad.  Kobe got out of bed last night and asked me when we are going to Melbourne again.  I told him we were going to go next year and he started crying and said he wishes we could go again soon.  He said he didn't just like the soccer - he loved it!  

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