Sunday, 29 April 2018
Holidays are over....again!
It's been a different year with Jalen home having a 'gap year' and he's been getting enough work at Maccas to keep him busy, but over the holidays they always seem to put the younger workers on which works out well for us, as it meant he had a lot of time with us over the holidays. I already feel sad that he'll be going away for Uni next year, so I'm grateful that we get to spend lots of time together this year. I still have lots to catch up on my blog (including Easter) but will catch up on that later on.
I actually find it really hard to relax the first three or four days of holidays. It's hard going from running on adrenalin for 10 weeks, to just being able to relax. On the first Saturday of the holidays I went to help my friend Simone paint her Mum's rental house, and when I got home I was full of energy and on the spur of the moment I decided to paint some of the rooms in our house!
Our house has needed a fresh coat of paints in some of the rooms for years, but I'd been avoiding it but thought it was time to tackle it while I had the energy. Our house is older and has a lot of movement in it, so there are a few cracks in the walls. Kobe had also recently pulled the towel rail off the wall accidently, so I googled how to fix cracks and we went on a shopping trip to Bunnings. Harri actually laughed at me, as he didn't believe that I could fix the cracks or paint on my own and said I needed to get Uncle Eden to come and do it!
Three days later (I felt like I was on The Block as I stayed up till 2.30am the first night to finish off fixing the cracks and getting the first coat in the living room done) I had painted the living room, bathroom and Harri's room. I would like to paint another couple of rooms, but decided to save them for another holiday as I really needed to have a break before school went back.
Harri has grown SO much this year and his feet were touching the end of his single bed. He kept complaining about how uncomfortable he was in bed, so over the holidays we also bought him a new bed and I spent 5 hours putting it together. Harri kept asking me if I regretted painting and buying the bed as I was exhausted by the end of it, but I was so happy that the painting was finally done and I was proud of myself as well! Harri is stoked with his 'new' bedroom (he shaved his head for the World's Greatest Shave at school).
Sarah asked me if we would like to go on her Mum and Step Dad Andrew's boat before we went home. She said we could go fishing and kayaking which sounded like heaps of fun. Kobe has literally been begging me for years to take him fishing and I just don't feel like I know enough about tackle and bait to take him on my own, so had been putting it off. When I told Kobe that Sarah asked if he would like to go fishing on her Mum's boat he was over the moon!
I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the 'boat' was going to be. It was such a beautiful yacht and we had the most amazing day.
We felt very lucky to be able to spend the day on it and had so much fun. We drove south and met the boat near the Peppermint Bay restaurant and spent the day at Simpson's Bay near Bruny Island. The weather was beautiful (for autumn in Tasmania) and the water was so calm.
He cracks me up and drives me crazy at the same time, as he wears his heart on his sleeve. If things are good he's having the best time, but he didn't have any patience and was so pessimistic saying 'I'm never going to catch anything!'. I told him that he just had to be patient and that the fish were everywhere and that he shouldn't be so negative as it's not going to help.
He cracked me up as he then said 'well the fish don't know if I'm upset or not do they! Being positive isn't going to make me catch them!' and I couldn't help but laugh because that was true! I told him that he's making the day miserable by being so negative about it all, so he stopped complaining for a little bit, before decided to give the front of the boat a go.
I caught a couple of fish at the back of the boat, and a few people up the front were also catching them but they were all undersized except for one that Jay caught. Once Kobe went up the front he had a lot more luck and ended up catching 4 fish. He was so excited and absolutely loved it.
Sarah and I went in the double kayak together which was heaps of fun. I used to kayak a lot as a teenager, so it was fun to be out in one again.
Kobe told me on the way home that Fran told him he was a very good boy, and that he was welcome to go on the boat anytime. He took it literally, and has been begging to go back ever since!
A few days later we headed back to Hobart without Jay (who had to stay home to work) and had a lovely time catching up with family for Bridey's baby blessing at church.
I can't believe that my brother Jared has five kids!
It was so lovely that my brother Chrish flew down from Sydney for a few days and most of us were all together for it. We miss my sister Nicki and her husband Alex and kids who are in the USA.
for a few years.
It was lovely to have Erin spend some time with us over the holidays and Jay also went and spent some time with her family.
6 years ago on ANZAC Day I took Jalen to see the first Avengers movie. It was just a few months after Aaron died and he had promised him that he would take him to it. He's been obsessed with superhero movies ever since then, and Avengers Infinity War came out on ANZAC day this year, so we went to see it that night. Jay went with Erin and his friends and I took Harri and Kobe to the same session. It was awesome and shocking and Jay is keen to go and see it again this week with some of his mates.
Kobe went to a basketball 'camp' for a couple of hours with Devils basketball club on the holidays. It was awesome that a lot of the Under 18 boys came along to help out and the little boys loved having them there.
They were so cute and Kobe did a great job playing up to the camera, and doing what the photographer asked him to do.