Monday, 19 January 2015


I've always said that I'm not interested in dating or getting remarried, but I've changed my mind ;) I have actually been dating three cute boys.  They're very different to each other, but I love them equally. 

The first date was to see 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'.  We had a great time and this date loves to talk - especially about superheroes and funny things he watches on YouTube.

My second date was desperate for a date with me for a long time.  Being the busy woman that I am, it took a lot longer to have a date than he liked, but we finally had our date last week.

He chose to see 'Paper Planes' and we loved the movie, but it was actually quite sad in parts as the Mum in the movie had died five months before, and the boy and Dad kept having dreams and flashbacks about her.  The Dad in the movie was grieving a lot and wasn't coping very well, and my date said afterwards that I wasn't like the Dad in the movie, because I always get out of bed and go to work.

It made me happy to know that even though I have been grieving that I have been able to function enough that my boys haven't noticed how hard it has actually been.

After the movies we went to Cold Rock.  He was a great date, except he made me pay for everything, including a new t-shirt!
My third date cried when I went out with my second date, because he wished it was his turn.  What can I say - I'm a popular woman! Boys are lining up for dates with me! 

My third date was very chatty the whole time - especially through the movie that we watched - Paddington.  He cracked me up when he yelled 'here comes the big battle!! That's when we know it's getting towards the end!'.  We both loved the movie.  Afterwards he went to check out the games and then we went to Cold Rock.   He was a lovely date because he wanted to hold my hand a lot :)
He kept asking me if his date was the longest date I have had, as he wanted to make sure that he could tell my other dates that his was the longest.  I told him it was, just to make him happy.   He was too cute to upset!

 I've decided that dating isn't too bad.  I think I should do it more often, but only with these three :)

Friday, 16 January 2015

River to Sea

We just had a lovely night away at our friend's beautiful beach house at Swansea.  It's called 'Rio al Mar' which means 'river to sea' because it sits right next to a river that meets the sea.  We have stayed there before and felt very lucky to go again as it's so relaxing and therapeutic.  Even just one night there makes you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

We kind of decided on the spur of the moment to go in the morning, and it's probably what threw me because we ended up going the long way there.  I know the 'quick' way which usually takes an hour and a half, but I saw the first turn off that said to the East Coast and because it was always the way we went to St Helens, I just turned without thinking.  

As we had been driving for about an hour and fifteen minutes, it suddenly dawned on me that we were still a long way from Swansea. I pulled over to check a map on my phone as I knew there was a turn off somewhere, and then it hit me that I had taken the really long way around! It added an extra hour to our trip, and at first I was really cranky with myself when I knew how far we still had to drive, and how close we actually were to St Helens.

Once we started driving along the coast though, I wasn't cranky anymore and kept yelling at the boys 'get off your electronics and look at the scenery!!' as it was so beautiful as we headed towards Bicheno.  We have been along that road a few times, but I can't help but pull over every time to take photos.

The boys loved hearing the story about the day we went for a drive to Bicheno from St Helens and decided to pull over at this beach, but it was so hard to get Noah's wheelchair onto the beach, and it was so windy, that by the time we got to the beach Aaron was really cranky and had enough of the wind, so we only lasted there about 10 minutes before we decided to pack up and get in the car. 

We were so happy to finally get to Swansea, and headed straight to the beach. 

Milly absolutely loves the beach and seems to understand what we are saying if we ask her if she wants to go to the beach. When we ask her she sits down straight away, waiting for us to put her lead on so we can go.  All she needs is a ball, and she's in Heaven.

The beach was empty except for a couple of people walking past.  It's so relaxing and you feel like you're the only people in the world when you are there.  The boys couldn't wait to have a game of cricket.  They always do 'rock, paper, scissors' to see who is going to bat first.

They then moved onto touch footy, and were brave enough to get into the cold water.   I only made it as far as my knees.

Last year we took a photo on these steps, so had to do it again.  I know my boys are growing up, but it hits me so much when I see photos of just a year ago. They seem like totally different boys now.

October 2013

I wanted to get a pic of the three of them together, and Kobe decided he was going to be a clown  because everyone was laughing at him.  He is the funniest kid and kept doing different poses to make us laugh.  Harri then joined in.
We loved having tea on the deck as we looked out to the amazing view.  
After tea we decided to have a play outside and go for another walk on the beach. 
Silly selfies on the beach :)  
When we woke up this morning it was very windy, but we couldn't resist going to the beach for a walk before we came home.   We ended up staying on the beach for about an hour because I just hate dragging myself away from it. Thank you to our beautiful friends for letting us stay there again.
As we were heading out I saw the sign to lots of different places that we love, and said to the boys that if it was a nicer day (it was sunny but too windy) and we didn't have to worry about Milly I would have turned the day into a massive road trip, as there are so many places I wish we could visit before the end of summer.   Hopefully we will get to a couple more places before school goes back. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Loving Summer Holidays

It's hard to believe that we are half way through our summer holidays already.  I used to dread holidays because the days can be so long at times, and they still can be long, but now I'm really starting to enjoy the time off.  I think now I just dread 'celebrations' such as Christmas and birthdays, rather than actual holidays, because celebrations can still be hard.

It's nice to have some busier days when we go out and about, and then some quiet days where we just hang out at home.  The boys would hang out at home every day if  I let them (except for Kobe who asks every day 'are we doing something fun today?' meaning 'are we going out somewhere'), but after a couple of days at home I go a bit crazy and have to get out.

It has been nice to just do things on the spur of the moment and I've decided to keep my good camera at home, so we can just enjoy the time.  I hate it when I get back that I don't have any really nice photos, but usually get photos on my phone.  I'm sorry to anyone who follows me on Instagram as I tend to just recycle a lot of my Instagram photos on my blog, but my blog is really just my family journal so I want to make sure that I record what we have been up to. 

I'm very lucky because all my boys love to sleep in.  This morning we had plans so I woke them up at 9.30 am and got into trouble for waking them on school holidays! It's nice to sleep in and I don't know how we are going to cope when school goes back.  I love my bed all the time, but especially now with my gorgeous 'A' and 'L' cushions that my friend Simone gave me for Christmas. 
The boys were keen to see 'Big Hero 6' at the movies, so that was one of the first things we have did on the holidays.  We loved it and Kobe is already asking me to buy it when it comes out on DVD.
Harri and Kobe have become obsessed with soccer and cricket lately, and it's been fun listening to them in the backyard together.  They usually last about five minutes before the fighting begins about whether or not they were out, and then they come in for about twenty minutes, before they decide to go out and play together again.
We spent New Years Eve with my friends Lisa and Simone and their families, and had a lovely time at the Gorge before going to watch the early fireworks. 
Three old grannies with their glasses!
Kobe was so excited that he got to stay up till midnight for the first time.  When I put him to bed we decided to celebrate with a selfie or two. 
Whenever it's a warm day the boys ask if we can eat tea out on the deck. 
We've taken a lot of day trips different places, and always love going to the beach near where my Mum and Dad and brother's live. 
The boys had lots of fun at the beach with their cousins.
We love this beach when the tide goes out, because it leaves lots of little pools to play in.
We finally took away all of the Christmas decorations from Noah and Aaron's graves.

While my sister Nicki was here, we got together with her family, my Mum and my sister in laws and their kids.  We had a lovely day at Bakers Beach - going for a short walk with all the kids, and then hanging out at the beach.  The boys couldn't remember when we went there about six months before Noah passed away, but once we got there they remembered a lot about that day. 
My boys with all of their cousins on my side, except the one on the way.
Kobe came over to me with this awful fish that one of the boys had found, and loved waving it in my face.
Mum captured it on her phone :) 

Obviously the thing to do when you're a teenager is to pull a silly face for every photo :)

We have loved going to the Gorge for a swim on really hot days.  I was especially excited to see one of my EAL families there swimming.  Their Dad doesn't know how to swim yet, so it was lovely watching some high school boys trying to teach him how to swim. 
Harri and Kobe have been loving watching the T20 cricket on TV every night, and have been asking me if we could go to a live game in Hobart.  I'm not a fan of watching cricket, but have actually been getting into some of the exciting games, so thought it would be fun to go to a game with them.  Kobe was so excited because he has never been to a live game before. 

While we were in Hobart we visited our friend Clare who is staying at Ronald McDonald House as she has been having trouble with her pregnancy.  It was lovely to go back there, and we had a lot of nice memories of staying there, even though that's where we were when Noah passed away. It was nice to see that they were actually staying in the room that we stayed in a few times.

The boys were so excited to go to the cricket...or two of them were :) Jalen wasn't very thrilled about going, but actually enjoyed the game in the end. It was fun with the crowd getting into it, flames of fire lighting up whenever someone got out, and music the whole game.
They loved the Mexican wave which seemed to on forever, as it went around the stadium many times.
When Harri saw this he straight away remembered being there with Aaron.  Both boys wanted to have a bowl, just like Aaron did when we went there together.
The boys desperately wanted their own hurricanes gear, and were very excited to get a t-shirt.
We stayed in Hobart for the night with our friend Sarah and her family, and had a lovely time at their home.   The boys were especially excited about their cool rumpus room with a basketball shoot out game.  We had lots of fun playing off each other.
Harri gets along so well with her son Taj and wishes that they lived closer, so they could hang out more. 
The boys loved checking out Sarah's recording studio.
This morning we tried something we haven't done before and went geocaching with some friends, who do it often.  It was fun to learn how to do it, and also a lot harder than I thought it would be.  We ended up finding three caches.
I hope that the next few weeks of holidays don't go too fast, because we are just starting to really relax, and have a lot more that we want to do before school goes back.  I'm starting to panic because I know that we will be back at school before we know it, and I want to make the most of the last few weeks of holidays.
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