john has been in China for the past 2 weeks.
since i have known John he has always travelled, and me being an only child am quite comfortable keeping my own company, but 2 weeks is a long time and tomorrow, thank goodness he will be home.
yes its easier, calmer and routines just happen when he is away, but the logistical nightmare of organising kids and friends when i am working just about does my head in.
so as much as i love my own space, the time apart makes me appreciate what i have.
it makes me miss him, it reminds me of how different in a good way we are from each other and it allows me the space to sort out all those monkeys in my head that start to get me down when life and the hustle and bustle takes over.
it restores my faith in us and why i love him.
our town is special.
its the people that make it, the river, the trees, the schools, the community groups, the kindergartens, the locals.
its a special place.
spending the WHOLE weekend out and about makes me proud to live and raise my children in such a special place.
sitting with a large group of friends on Saturday night, listening to homegrown local music and watch my children play and be free was one of the best feelings.
we make the town, we all bring something to it, we all hold special parts of it close and we all celebrate it together every year on this magical slightly hectic weekend.
the place we call home had its annual festival this weekend. it is a weekend of fun, good times, friends and community.
the opening of the festival is the street parade. its very exciting and no matter how many years i watch it, it gives me goose bumps and to see my beautiful boys to proud to be marching along with their friends is a wonderful experience.
this afternoon we went to the zoo with some friends.
the sun shone, the animals were out and about and full of life and amazing sounds. it was great to watch.
the boys had fun.
a day where i could have dragged my feet at home and felt lousy, but instead we turned it around and went and did something.
our local festival is on next weekend and one of the highlights is the annual duck race. all the children in the area have the opportunity to paint/decorate a plastic duck. on Sunday afternoon at the festival they are all dumped into the river and there are prizes for 1st - 5th place.
last year Archie came 5th... we'll see what happens this year. the boys definitely painted and decorated their ducks with fierce pride and competition today in the hope they might get a place again !!
Mansfield, this time on the shores of Lake Eildon. a great caravan park, rustic, fun and a heap of kids made for almost a child free weekend !.
a camp fire at night time, makes it feel like real camping.
a shop with mixed lollies, 2 children eager to spent their $1 and they came back with a bag of lollies like i used to remember, lots of skinned knees from all the bike riding
and a new friend made. "mum its easy to make friends, you just ask them how old they are and if its right then their your friend." simple according to Arch !!!
great weather, a tennis court where the 4 of us played together and plenty of time to read my book.
we lived the dream this weekend, exactly how i thought dreamed hoped it would be like.
over the past 4 weeks, Hugo has been going to a free after school tennis session at his school.
due to the fact that it is in his familiar environment, with people he knows, he embraced it.
loves it and now wants to join tennis lessons at the local tennis courts.
so here we are every Tuesday night, tennis lesson.
he is so excited and happy and really enjoying it, and if i do say so myself, he's pretty good !!!!
a weekend away at Phillip island with friends from school. 6 families, 15 kids, rain rain and more rain.
:: a weekend of
- mud puddles
- bike riding
- puddle jumping
- table tennis tournaments
- sorting out my van
- feeding pelicans
- rain and rain.
... lots of fun
a mum to two little buttons, trying to find time to create.... a story of moments shared.....snippets of our life as a family.... a journey of creating........
stopping to appreciate the small things in life, my little buttons and all they have to offer...... sharing my love of cooking and entertaining..........