Weeks! #1sh: ends, beginnings and lots of pool time

2013-12-30 10.18.23Swimming lessons started the week before the year ended and week 1 of the new year began. The boys were enrolled in swimming lessons for every day during the week I decided to finally recommence the fitness approach I had planned since being in India but which had been delayed by respiratory illness of doom and so spent the duration of their lessons doing laps. All the boys are now happy to swim in the big pool after their lessons, so much splashing about.

We wandered to the pub for lunch with the parentals as it was the last day of their visit to Canberra.

2013-12-30 16.29.10Then Jude and I, who had both received a copy of the Shakespearean version of Star Wars, did a reading for everyone’s entertainment. I believe it was the scene where Obi Wan and Luke both get to know each other. Much applause – and Jude was surprisingly good at reading Shakespearean language aloud.

2013-12-30 16.40.15It was then goodbye to Nana and Poppa though the boys were to see them again in almost exactly a week – plus flying time.

That evening, accompanied by a nice glass or two of rose, we introduced the boys to Unexploded Cow – one of our very favourite games. They took to it with enthusiasm and much mispronunciation of French town names.

More pool time. More chances to try out the various effects on my phone camera.

2013-12-31 13.52.24Sometimes, post pool, all you want to do is have a quiet read.

Or Andrew comes around with many small plastic figures and you spend the afternoon painting.

Or making smoothies.

2013-12-31 15.56.56Or, if you are me, folding clean laundry.

New Year’s Eve was spent at Rachel’s house where we got to consume sausages and pavlova all created by Beryl, Rachel’s lovely KitchenAid. While all the sausages were fabulous, the duck and pork ones always stand out. It was a pleasant but low key end to the year.

2014-01-01 11.14.56The boys were in the pool again the next day, but I decided that, after an evening of more than several drinks, I was happy to sit this one out.

We had been slowly rearranging the boys rooms over the last week or so, so that Jude and Zac moved into one room, Sebastian moved into Jude’s room and Sebastian’s room is transformed into a boys’ retreat. This involved much sorting of books and toys and bookshelves.

2014-01-01 18.03.24James cooked us some wonderful roast pork with fabulous crackling for our first dinner for the year.

2014-01-02 09.00.04The next day it was back to work for me – I took my lunch in my new lunch bag from my lovely sister.

2014-01-02 14.13.34And at work tried out some of the tea I got in Korea – fabulously papaya-y.

2014-01-02 20.20.50We tried out playing Heads of State that night which, while entertaining, seemed overly complicated in its game mechanics to no particularly useful end. Also not entirely balanced.

2014-01-03 18.11.31The end of the week saw us celebrating with one of our favourite sparkling reds for no reason but that we could.

2014-01-03 19.35.18And I was excited to get my Sons of Anarkitty t-shirt, bought before I started watching. I am addicted now. Sadly, somehow I must have mis-ordered and the t-shirt is about three sizes too big, but it will still get some wear! It is too cute not too. I do like Sons of Anarchy though – even if I must admit some of the addiction comes from the fact that Jax is so charismatic as the central figure.

Saturday morning it was back to the pool – the boys had been Thursday and Friday of course, but it was a return to laps for me.

2014-01-04 18.04.59It was the last day of swimming though, so we got the advice about next classes for the boys.

2014-01-04 12.22.48Fabulous to see the evidence of Summernats on Lonsdale Street. Not.

The boys toys were put into boxes – some of which are ready to find new homes.

2014-01-04 16.30.26I went and visited the new twins, Hamish and Tasman, who Shell had so cleverly produced, in the special care unit at Calvary. Lots of sleeping like babies. So small!

It was then off to dinner at Sage for Jasmin’s birthday with pre dinner drinks outside at Mint. The food was good but not very interesting. Drank a fabulous Spinifex red though – the Bete Noir. Well worth it.

2014-01-05 10.31.28On Sunday the boys played with their newly rediscovered Go-Gos – the advantages of tidying and reorganising bedrooms.

Then Fritha came to visit and play for the day while Steve was at the hospital with Michelle – we managed to tire her right out!



The week that was…week 53 (not sure how that happened): winding down

Bunnies! The rabbits around the neighbourhood are getting bolder and bolder. One seems to quite happily be living on the front lawn next door. Well, we know what we’ll be eating a lot of when the Zombocalypse comes.

2013-12-23 17.25.51The last two days of work for the year meant casual clothes and lots of shopping breaks.

2013-12-24 08.55.22And I had to wear my new t-shirt for my last day of work.

2013-12-24 10.32.32Christmas Eve also involved morning tea with the much diminished Branch.

2013-12-24 12.30.07And then lunch with James and the boys and Sean and Alice.

2013-12-24 16.37.42When Zac and I walk to the shops together there is the inevitable stop for a quick play in the playground.

The boys had been somewhat neglectful of the Star Wars Advent calendar, so there was a big catch up session.

2013-12-24 19.22.28Watching Doctor Who Christmas Eve to make sure we were up-to-date for the Christmas special.

2013-12-24 20.03.57And a beautiful sunset.

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Also the traditional drinking of the delicious sparkling red received as a Christmas present.

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Then a day of Christmas.

2013-12-25 15.47.12Boxing Day involved the now traditional viewing of the Peter Jackson film. We rode into town for that – the boys discovered this giant fluffball before we left.

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Sebastian and I tried to fly his new kite, but the wind really wasn’t being cooperative.


2013-12-26 15.49.06And we did lots of washing.

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The 27th brought Nana and Poppa – and more Christmas presents!

2013-12-27 14.06.11Sebastian was very pleased with his new Cricket Australia top – thanks Auntie Lucy.

2013-12-27 18.26.39We took Nana and Poppa out to the favourite restaurant – the Elk and Pea.

2013-12-27 18.41.38The next day Jude got to finally spend his K-Mart voucher which was possibly from his birthday (it has been months and months and months since I had been to Belconnen Mall).

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Meanwhile I bought some new shoes for $6 at K-Mart. The price is actually one reason I don’t shop at K-Mart too often – it is really hard to imagine that shoes can be produced for that amount without some kind of horrible exploitation of someone somewhere along the line.

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The boys and Nana and I went to the Gold and the Incas exhibition at the National Gallery. It was an interesting exhibition (who knew the Incas were only around for 100 years) and we took some time out in the very good kids’ activity room.

We finished the week with a lovely afternoon at the Reids – bbq, pool, cricket watching, beer, wine, friends – living the Australian dream!

Lego Star Wars-mas Day 24: Christmas Yoda

So the final day – what will be the Christmas Lego highlight for 2012?

Father Christmas Yoda! Complete with sack full of presents.

We have loved our Lego Advent calendar this year and definitely looking forward to another next year.

Lego Star Wars-mas Day 22: Jedi fighter

Zachary’s last turn this morning – and we did not have a clear idea of what it might be.

A ship! As it turns out, Obi Wan’s special personal ship, a Jedi fighter.

So the big question is, what will tomorrow bring?

Lego Star Wars-mas Day 21: I win another bet

So, the small boys and I were backing the Millenium Falcon as the most appropriate things to follow a tie-fighter as noted yesterday (hey, it chases them away), but James thought that was too many ships and was punting on a roller-droid.

Ha! Proved right. Again. It was indeed a Millenium Falcon, beautifully rendered in small size.

We have no idea what might be next though – still betting on Yoda for 24th.

Lego Star Wars-mas Day 20: tie fighter!

So the bets were in – following the tie fighter pilot of yesterday, careful analysis made the prediction that today would be a tie fighter fairly strongly supported.

And indeed it was!

I am predicting a Millenium Falcon tomorrow – after all, it chased down the tie fighters!

Lego Star Wars-mas Day 19: dressed in black

This morning James was predicting a clone bomber pilot as a follow up to the bomber of yesterday, but as the boys rightly pointed out, we’ve already had a clone pilot. So what was it to be?

James was half right – it was a pilot. But an awesome pilot dressed in black – a tie-fighter pilot! James is now predicting that tomorrow will bring a tie-fighter to match. We can only hope.