Weeks! #50: goodbye primary school and other events

2014-12-08 20.12.52In my striving to get fit again, I went to SkateFit again Monday night after some time off. It was a lot of fun, if exhausting, and I was the two-times winner of the wheels game, maintaining the family pride.

2014-12-09 13.31.18At the hairdresser on Tuesday with work to do.

2014-12-09 14.40.09Bought myself some coloured pens – I do like to make my comments on people’s work in happy colours.

2014-12-09 18.45.43Dinner out with the family. Clearly it was a two-drinks-simultaneously type of night.

2014-12-09 22.35.48George does love to sit on me while I am watching television.

2014-12-10 06.58.30In the continuing fitness attempts – up early and riding by the lake. Always happy to see the balloons out.

2014-12-10 08.33.02We all walked to school together for the morning of Sebastian’s farewell assembly.

Goodbye primary school. At assembly the teachers all said something about each student who was leaving which was quite lovely. Then it was time for photos with friends and teachers and some cake. I only cried a little. Sebastian seems so grown up and it does seem like a long time since he was a tiny baby, but it is still hard to think of him leaving primary school and heading off to high school – is he already that old? And now we have all the teen years ahead of us. Such a transition.

2014-12-10 17.48.51With a new hair cut, Sebastian was looking suave for his school farewell dinner (and disco!). See what I mean about looking grown up?

2014-12-10 21.16.52Notes from all his friends.

2014-12-11 10.41.33Back to normality on Thursday with a day trip to Melbourne.

2014-12-12 07.04.40And Friday morning was another morning ride – though if I’d known how blustery and slightly wet it was I probably would have stayed in bed.

2014-12-12 11.23.13For #derbyshirtfriday I got out my Victorian Vanguard t-shirt.

2014-12-12 13.29.50Friday afternoon was our branch Christmas party. I got to tell the branch how proud I was of all they have achieved this year – and have a few drinks with them plus play pool really badly.

2014-12-12 14.33.26My Secret Santa gift giver understands my priorities.

Saturday morning Zac and I headed to the Regatta Point to hang out with “Internet People” as Helen so succinctly put it. I got to meet and cuddle baby Wren and Zac got to play with lots of small people but, as always, especially enjoyed hanging out with Alice.

Saturday afternoon was the final junior derby training for the year – they got medals and the odler kids had a session long scrim. Lots of fun.

2014-12-13 17.39.30Out of tonic, so it was emergency (double) negroni time.

2014-12-13 18.13.37We went for sophisticated entrees with sashimi and seared tuna. The boys ate more of it than us.

2014-12-14 13.54.46On Sunday I finally finished Blue Mars which bring the Mars trilogy to a close. I must say it has been a bit of a long haul. They are all great and contain some really interesting political and social ideas and the depictions of the implications of settlement on Mars are insightful. But they are quite dense and often repetitive and can be quite hard going at times. I’m pleased I read them, but I am also pleased I never have to read them again.

2014-12-14 16.33.24The boys got into a bit of D&D.

2014-12-14 19.40.52And the whole family played some Munchkin.

2014-12-14 17.19.05Finally for the weekend, I did a bit of cleaning up and out of stuff, but depsite its faded-ness and that it is stretched out of shape, I couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to my Sonic Youth t-shirt from New Year’s Eve 1995.

Weeks! #27: life and broken bits

2014-06-30 19.31.45Games are big in our house, and no game is a more important staple than Unexploded Cow. The boys are even starting to learn strategy.

2014-07-01 10.18.11Gratuitous George photo. I was having a sick day.

2014-07-01 19.11.52While I was away, Sebastian managed to convince his father to buy him a zebra onesie. It results in no end of amusement.

2014-07-02 13.09.22James and I managed to find time for lunch together at Loading Zone. Delicious lemon tart.

2014-07-02 15.08.49Exciting new stockings!

2014-07-02 19.39.15Things continue a little stressful in life. So the odd Lindor Ball and glass of wine is necessary.

2014-07-02 20.05.28Maybe two Lindor Balls.

And there is nothing better for relieving stress than killing a few monsters.

2014-07-03 08.19.05Thursday morning and I was walking Jude and Zac to school early for choir.

2014-07-03 20.13.52Zac has started to expand his cooking skills and here was helping me make cupcakes that he could take to school for his birthday.

2014-07-03 20.37.24Gratuitous selfie.

2014-07-04 08.42.24The last day at school was pyjama day. With added pillow for watching movies.

2014-07-04 12.26.54Derby shirt Friday involved Oberon Roller Derby this week.

2014-07-04 21.05.40Despite not being 100%, a bit of derby training was good for me. This appears to be the story of my life at the moment.

2014-07-05 13.09.56Saturday morning was Zac’s birthday party and the Labours of Zac-ules. Here he is slaying the hydra. More about this separately.

2014-07-05 15.42.34I started a new book while at junior derby. So far am really enjoying it – it is beautifully written.

Sunday morning we road tripped up to Sydney for the first Capital Carnage bout. Mum and Dad had arrived the night before, so Jude and Zac opted to stay and hang out with their grandparents while Sebastian decided her wanted to see James play. The first half of the game went well – while SMASH were still up, Carnage were holding their own. Then, early in the second half, James went down. I was concerned, but then he got up and skated back to the bench. A couple of minutes later I saw that he was waving me to come over and had a first aid person with him. His collarbone was broken.

There was pain relief and ambulances and the whole lot. Eventually James went by ambulance to Bankstown Hospital nearby and Sebastian and I drove over to join him. Fortunately the break was a reasonably clean one which was touching and should heal ok, so no surgery was required. After some time, and medication and observation etc, I drove us home from Sydney. Wasn’t quite the end to the week we were hoping for.

2014-07-06 16.39.48