Sunday, 28 December 2008

Christmas Day

It didn't feel like Christmas Day at all this year. Obviously the morning did because the kids were very spoilt by Santa again, but after that it just felt like a normal day. I am thinking that with being away from family we need to start some Christmas Traditions, something we can do every year so that it feels like Christmas to us. The only thing is, I don't want that to involve food. Any ideas?

Yesterday we went to Balmoral beach and had a lovely time there, it's a shame that the sun was not out and the sky was grey, but at least it was not too hot. We managed to get home before the storm so all in all had a good day.

Today we are thinking of taking the kids on a bike ride to the Olympic Park. First I have to call on a friend who has been very kind to let my dad and June stay at her place for a few days while Jon's mam is still here. Jon's mam's and my dad's visits overlap a little so while my friend is away they will stay there. It is literally 2 minutes walk, in fact we can see her house from ours.

We are all so excited now and can't wait for them to arrive.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Christmas parties can seriously damage your....


A couple of weeks ago, I got the fantastic news from my physio that one of my knees was doing really well and was as good if not better than he had ever seen it. Keep up the good work is what he said.

A couple of days later I went to Jon's Christmas party, initially I resisted the dancing knowing that I could undo all the good work. As I said, initially, unfortunately everyone knows how much I love to dance (even when sober!!) so I didn't get away with sitting out for long.

3 hours later in heels with no orthotics, it's time to leave and I know that I am in trouble. Next morning lots of ice. For a few days lots of pain, knee hyper extending and taking it easy with training, continue with taping.

Physio yesterday, tried not to judge but I know him too well. He said the right things, just keep icing and hopefully with all the work you have done, it will be right again in no time. He ended saying, "I am on the mobile over the break if you need me." Nice, but not what I want, as much as I like him, I don't want to call him over Christmas.

My shoulder didn't even get a look in yesterday. I think that is good news.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

New baby girl

My girlfriend gave birth an hour ago to a new baby girl. All are well, I am waiting for more news and then to hear when I can go see.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Billy Joel concert

On Tuesday evening Jon and I went to see Billy Joel in concert. I loved it despite sitting right on the back row, concert tickets are so expensive these days. I just felt slightly cheated that I never got to see the younger Billy Joel, he cancelled a show about 12 years ago and we missed out. He did however in this show make reference to his getting older, saying that Billy couldn't be here tonight, I am his dad and he asked me to come along.

He played all the old favourites and didn't disappoint.

Next concert for me is Pink next year and I am looking forward to that, unless anything else comes up in the meantime.

Monday, 8 December 2008


  • Today - playgroup and 2 trips to the pool for swimming lessons
  • Jon's mam arrives on Thursday
  • 26 sleeps until my dad and June arrive
  • sorted one swimming lesson for next year, 2 to go
  • arranged for a music tutor for next year
  • mostly finished Christmas shopping
  • car serviced ready for trip to Coffs Harbour
  • Christmas decs up
  • car magnets for advertising - on car
  • bought exercise bike for days when I can't make it to the gym
  • bug spray arranged for Wednesday
  • got signed off from eye clinic
  • made contact with a few old friends through F@cebuck

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

The day has arrived

The day has arrived. I have been waiting for a few months now. I was expecting the worst. I did not expect this............ my daughter almost falling off the breakfast bar stool because she was laughing so much. I was expecting, tears, disgust, hate, tantrums and vegetarianism.

Yes, my 5 year old has finally figured out where meat comes from. Being a nature lover I was hoping that I would be somewhere else when she figured it out.

However, it started with chicken, she saw a cooked chicken and put 2 and 2 together. She was intrigued. Then I explained about beef and cows, but, it was the explanation of pork that made her lose all control.

Lesson: Don't stress about things before they happen, because it might just well be a waste of time.

Monday, 1 December 2008


I am trying to organise my timetable for all my kids out of school activities for next year.

This morning at swimming the school wanted to know what days next year my kids wanted to swim, so they could try and accommodate my request. At the same time I had to pay for the whole of term 1 for 2 of the children. Now, if they can't accommodate me and I can't fit it in with all of the other activities, there is no refund, but I guess swimming, for safety reasons should come first.

I have called the dance school to find out their timetable for next year, they won't have it done until middle of January, the music tutor also will not know until mid Jan, soccer won't be known for sure until March next year, but must take priority (before or after swimming is debatable), then there is band rehearsal, playgroup, doctors and dentist appointments, friends to just play, afternoon tea to fit in, dinner to prepare and work to go to and somewhere, my own training. Training used to be non-negotiable, everything else moved, now it fits, where it fits.

How can I fit it all in? I know I am not the only mother who does this, so if anyone has an easy way of organising this, I will definitely appreciate it.

This is not what I thought about when deciding whether or not to have another child, bigger car, yes. Cost, yes. Homework (I forgot homework), yes. But not splitting myself 3 ways for activities.