Sunday, 15 October 2017

Spring School Holidays

It's literally the last few hours of our school holidays, before we head back to Term 4. We were all so ready for holidays as all of us had been sick over the last few weeks of Term 3.  I actually find it hard to settle into holidays at first. I'm always running on adrenaline and going from working full time, to not having anywhere to go and nothing to do, takes a little bit of adjusting to. The first few days I kept waking up at 6am, but it didn't take long until I was waking up at 8.30am and still wanted to sleep longer.  

It was AFL grand final weekend on the first weekend of the holidays.  It was fun getting a text message from my sister in law (Aaron's sister) Trudy, who had run into my brothers Eden and Chrish in Melbourne.  Richmond were playing the Crows in the grand final, and my brother Chrish is a huge Crows fan, as well my cousins Ty and Cade, so they all decided to go to Melbourne for the weekend, to enjoy the grand final atmosphere, even though they didn't have tickets to the game.
We went to watch the game at my Mum's house and would've liked to have stayed then for a few days, but Jay was working and we really wanted to all stay there together, so we came home and decided to go back to Mum's later in the holidays.

Jay has been working hard on a short film he is making for his Media class at school.  It's a comedy and when he told me the concept of it, it sounded ridiculous but it's actually hilarious and is turning out really well.  His friends came around to help him with it earlier in the holidays.  Some were acting, and others were helping with the sound etc.  Here they are checking out the shot.

I love having teenagers in the house.  There's always lots of laughs.

It was so nice to have some time to catch up with friends during the holidays.  I haven't seen my cousin Tim and his wife Helene a lot over winter, so it was good to meet up at different times with the kids, and also go out for tea with them.  I'm not sure who has the most fun though out of the kids or Tim and I!

It was also lovely to catch up with Simone and her husband Simon and their kids.  We all went to the pool together one night, and I didn't get any photos, so this one will have to do. How cute is Emerson who is now 9 months old.

One day we went for a kick up at Aaron's oval.  It still blows me away that he has a whole oval named after him. It's such a special place for us to go.
 It was so nice to have some time to get into the garden over the holidays.  I got my cousin Levi (who has a home and garden maintenance business) to come and do some tree trimming and garden work for me, and it was so good to get those jobs done as I can't do it myself.
Mum was staying at our place when Levi was working in the garden, and she worked just as hard as he did and we got so much done.   Josie and Milly always love playing together.
 Harri has been great and has been taking Milly for lots of walks over the holidays.  One day I was driving back from town and spotted them, just outside our old house we used to rent.
One day while Jay was at work, we went for a drive to Greens Beach.  We of course had to stop at Exeter Bakery along the way and get an eclair (for Aaron of course!).
It was such a lovely day.  It's not really warm enough to swim, but that didn't stop Kobe going in. I loved seeing the Muslim women walking on the beach.
We finally found a couple of nights when we could stay at Mum's.  We love staying with her as it's so relaxing and she of course spoils us.

 One day we went for a huge walk/skate along the road near the beach.

We walked to the house that my brother Eden is building at the moment.  It's right next to the beach and will be beautiful when it's finished.
Harri was so excited to go and hang with Eden while we were at Mums.  He loves playing basketball with him, and went with him to watch his team play one night.
The new Reliquaire shop opened while we were staying at Mum's house, so we went to check it out. It burnt down a couple of years ago, so everyone was very excited that it has reopened as it's an amazing shop.

Kobe didn't come with us, but went and played with his cousins instead.  It was fun running into my nieces Chloe and Kelsea there.
 We also ran into my cousin Jane, and couldn't resist a photo in the Dr Who room.
 No doubt they're snap chatting or something!
I heard about Tas Rocks  a few months ago, but we hadn't gotten into it back then.   We found a few rocks at a playground one day, and then I looked at their Facebook page to read more about it.  Just as I looked there was a post from someone who had painted some amazing rocks, who had just done a rock drop at City Park.  I showed the boys the photo of the rocks, and they were keen to see if they could fine one.  They were very lucky to find one each.
Kobe was then very keen to paint some rocks of his own, so to finish off school holidays we painted some rocks and did a rock drop at Punchbowl Reserve. He was very excited when someone posted on the FB page that they had found some of them. 

I went up to school for a couple of hours to get ready for school, and Harri and Kobe came with me. They loved checking out the flags (which represent which countries our students have come from, or come from now) in the quadrangle.
 Afterwards we went to Charlie's for an end of holidays treat.  Kobe had only been asking me every day to go!

Even though Kobe loved spending a day with his cousins (thanks Steph!) he was disappointed that he missed out on going to Reliquaire, so we met up with Mum and went there again yesterday.   He was excited to spend his pocket money on some crystals.

We also called in and saw my cousin Fil at her Happy Biome studio. She's very clever and has created and made a lot of her own natural skincare and cleaning products.  Her studio is so beautiful.
We couldn't leave Devonport without a trip to the Bluff.  Kobe wasn't brave enough to swim this time!
Jay has been really busy these holidays with work and Theatre Performance rehearsals for school, so we haven't been able to do a lot all together, but it's been nice to just be able to sleep in, not make school lunches, not worry about sport and just hang out together.
 It's going to be a very busy Term 4 with all the end of the year events and Jay finishing year 12.  I just have to keep reminding myself that it's only 10 weeks until summer holidays! I can't wait!


  1. Thank you for the posts you have made over the last few days. It has been a pleasure to read your posts again and I appreciate the time it took you. Love your photos, and those dogs together.... so cute.
    I hope you will always keep us updated on your life, even if only once or twice a year. You are the bravest woman I know!

    1. Oh that's lovely. Thank you. I think I can handle a couple of times a year! Although maybe I'll keep posting our 1 second every day videos and then plan on a blog catch up every holidays - so at least that'll be every few months.


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