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Tags: 3rd birthday, Rocky, Rocky's birthday
This is how happy Rocky was about it being his birthday!
Our little man turned 3. The best part of this gift was that Gigi brought it out of her own hard earned money for him, Rocky loves it. I really liked seeing Gigi wanting to do something nice for her little brother. She also bought William a gift for his birthday also. Hopefully this will provide a good example for the the boys that they can do nice things for each other and Gigi also.
Toby took the morning off and we (meaning Toby, Rocky and myself) took a morning bike ride around Olympic Park. It was very nice. I love getting time with my hubby. We then went for brunch at the cafe there. This being my birthday also, Toby allowed me my request ;)
Rocky’s crazy about Lego presently and Batman, so this was a logical conclusion, a Lego Batman cake, home made, so tasted much better, yay!
All in all a good day!
Tags: Eden, family Holiday
We took a rendezvous to Eden in October about 6 hours south, over Williams birthday. I remember going down there when I was a young girl with my sister and mother on a girlie camping trip, we took. So when I saw an awesomely cheap deal come up for a villa for a week, I snapped it up.
The kids were so excited, and I admit I enjoy seeing their happy faces, what mother doesn’t! The weather wasn’t as hot as normal for that time of year, but that said I like it not so hot anyways, so perfect for me. 2 things we wanted to do was go to the Killer Whale Museum and go Whale Watching, both of which we got to do.
Playing at the pool! It wasn’t heated and so no one really wanted to be in there, good job we had a spa bath, that was the next best option.
We went to Merimbula for the Whale Watching because we couldn’t get in at Eden, which worked out fine since that boat came up to where we were anyway, whilst out on the water. It was quite exciting getting to see these massive humpback whales and their babies in the water. One of the babies gave us a great water show, which was beautiful. It was amazing just how big they are, easily 3-4 of me.
Somehow Toby ended up being the photographer and didn’t manage to get in any shots of himself, oops! Rocky, Gigi and I got a tad sea sick, thankfully I managed to get a seat at one point because Rocky fell asleep and was starting to get very heavy, I was glad he went to sleep because it prevented me getting thrown up on, which would have set me off. So glad I took my scarf out there, it got quite cold, between Rocky and my scarf I weathered it Aok.
A tick for my bucket list, yay!
When we went to the Killer Whale Museum, we ran into one of my old work mates. Talk about a small world. It was lovely to catch up with Darren and Angela. The museum sure had grown and been improved, since I was there last, full of information and stories and videos, the kids enjoyed it.
We finished off the week at Merimbula at Mandeni Family Fun Park. The kids got to try archery, paddle boating, we did a family bike ride on their bike tracks, and they had a massive pillow also, the kids and my big kid Toby said it was better than the one at the Villa, he was jumping so high and they were all having a blast. We even got to do an 18 hole mini golf. I’m pretty sure I won that. Toby won the archery! Toby took the 2 older boys for the paddle boats and I had Rocky and Gigi. Gigi wasn’t coping and so we dropped her off and went without her. Gigi was loving the local dog there, Sally, which is a big step for her. Gigi wasn’t coping with the archery either, finally she got it and did a good job.
Up, up and away Toby!!
We all had a lovely time, then back home for Rocky’s and my birthdays.
Tags: 6th birthday, William
We decided to take the family holiday this year whilst including William’s birthday. He was happy with that. We plonked his birthday smack bang in the middle of it. He asked that we could do whatever he wants on his birthday, so we said fine, we can do that. He originally wanted to go to the beach but then changed his mind in the end, he wanted time with me, so Toby took the other kids to the beach in the afternoon and William and I took a spa and relaxed together.
First up came the gift opening.
William got a Redfoo top as one of his gifts and so was excited to do some dancing with his top on, to which his sister was excited about also. They both enjoy dancing. Played with some of his gifts then the kids headed out to the large pillow for some jumping. About 30mins in William came back screaming when he got to the door I was shocked to see blood running down his face all over his hands and going down the glass door. I then screamed for Toby as I don’t do well with the kids hurt. We found out that there were boulder rocks near the pillow and kids were throwing them about. William was sitting down near they were doing it and it bounced off a pile of rocks and went straight into Williams head. We then had to take him to the hospital which was a hour away and by the time he was seen and fixed up the whole morning was gone. Not my preferred way to spend the morning of my kids birthday. Thankfully things got better as the day progressed.
We did some R/C driving in the afternoon with Williams new R/C car, it works so good, and goes so fast, we all wanted a turn. And we’d brought TJ’s down for him to play with also. Now Gigi and Rocky want one, naturally.
Since we weren’t going to be making one of our homemade cakes this round, not being at home. William ended up choosing a Sponge Bob cake which I normally wouldn’t allow since I don’t like Sponge Bob, but alas it was that or girl cakes so I let it go. It was good to know after eating the cake, the kids said “we prefer the cakes you and dad make, mum!” Aww shucks thanks kids…
Tags: Choir, Concert, Gigi, Gigi's concert
Gigi did her first larger concert this weekend at the Conservatorium of Music in the City with the Sydney Children’s Choir. Quite swarve and the first in my family to ever perform there. Granddad and I were her cheer squad, since Toby had to get TJ to his last swim lesson for this term. Toby was glad to see the improvement in TJ’s swimming so it was good for him to go there for a change, to see TJ.
We had to drop Gigi off at 8.20am and then go back to watch the performance at 11am. It was cold, being Winter, I guess that makes sense. Dad and I meandered about in the city it was nice to be there nice and early when it’s lovely and quiet, and enjoy the serenity of it. We enjoyed looking at the architecture and shop designs. At one stage it was nice to sit down and just appreciate the country we live in and how lucky we are.
We warmed up with a mid morning hot chocolate and then the shops started to open and I decided to check out Gap since their was a sale on which doesn’t happen often! I found a shirt for Toby that I liked which hardly ever happens, I even had to ask them to take the last one off the mannequin for me. Then before I knew it I lost it from under my arm, we searched high and low and realizing that we would be late if we didn’t hightail it to the concert, I was determined we’d come back after and see if we could find it, not without asking the staff to look and call my if they found it. No such luck from the staff.
We made it to the concert just in time and enjoyed seeing Gigi strut her stuff. We were given strict instructions as to their clothes and what was acceptable and what wasn’t. One of those rules were no white socks. Well there was one girl who had white socks on, she stuck out like a sore thumb, I wonder if that was the parent or child’s fault? It turns out there are only 3 red-heads in the younger choirs, so it’s quite easy to see Gigi.
Her face lit up when she finally saw us in the crowd, one of those proud moments. She did a fantastic job and we really enjoyed seeing kids enjoy one of the pleasures of life, being able to sing. Some of the kids faces were so animated, it made me smile from the inside out. I might even admit to a tear or two.
After we collected Gigi, and headed back to the Gap store and I thought well I’ll check the pile of shirts where I couldn’t find it previously (hence having to get it off the mannequin and bam there it was sitting right on top. I was so happy and went and purchased it. We went and grabbed some lunch then went to head home.
Gigi caught sight of the St Mary’s Cathedral and wanted to go in and check it out, she was fascinated at how big it was and wondered if that was the biggest church in Australia, so we went in, she asked questions like why is there water in bowls about and why are people lighting candles and how do they make those lovely pictures in the windows. She thought it was a beautiful building and huge! I love that she appreciates such things and asks such good questions.
We then headed home for some family time, we all went as a family, bowling. William won a free bowling ticket for being man of the match in his Soccer game last week and being the only one to get a goal for his team. So he wanted Granddad to come with us. We had a nice time and just quietly I won, closely followed by Rocky, Granddad and Toby. William wasn’t too happy about that as he won last time when just he and his siblings played. I said well we are all taking turns at winning ok, he said ok!
Tags: life events, toby
Hey everyone, I’m no longer the odd man out in our family. I’m still an odd man sometimes of course.. I’m the last one to become a dual citizen of the US and Australia! For those who don’t know, a bit of history.
Sharole joined me in the US and we got married, and after much paperwork, she was a permanent resident. We had 3 kids while we were there, and for each kid, as soon as he or she popped out, we went down to the Aussie Embassy in DC to get them naturalised and get their passports (so easy compared to the US process btw). Then, barely in time, before we emigrated to Australia, We figured just save ourselves hassle next time and get Sharole made into a citizen. So that was all of them as dual citizens except for me. Then when we had Rocky here in Oz, we likewise went to the US embassy and made him a naturalised American.
In order to become an Australian, I had to wait 4 years before I could apply. We sometimes hear stories of people getting their citizenship faster than that, but we sure didn’t know how that happened, or what loopholes they were able to use, so we just went the usual route.
Everyone at my work were quite happy for me, I would imagine it’s a pretty rare thing for a non-Aussie to be working for a Council. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten this job if I couldn’t at least say I was approved to be a citizen (just had to wait for the ceremony).
Here’s a bit of trivia for you: the status of Australian Citizen is only 66 years old. That’s right up until 1948 Australians were classified as British subjects, and held UK passports. I did a bit of research and it turns out Canada was a similar story. The status of Canadian citizen was only in effect since 1947, so the year prior. I won’t say it, but some might think Aussies were copying the Canadians.
This year, we decided to get the kids (TJ, Gigi, William) into soccer and honestly it wasn’t that easy to find. I expected to do a search for Soccer clubs near Ermington and no such luck, thankfully I talked to a few people and found what I was after. There is a Ermington Soccer Club. So we signed the kids up, we weren’t too sure about Gigi and turns out she can’t with Choir being at the same time on Saturdays, but she does do practise with TJ’s team on Tuesdays nights for exercise, to learn the skills, and helps her friends are playing also.
A week or two ago I had to take TJ for a whole day’s worth of Soccer games at the local park with all 4 kids, it was a long day and Rocky got pretty tired and grumpy about it. We soldiered on and made it through. They call them Gala Day’s. Well at the end of the day they get medals.
This is TJ’s first Medal, he was rather proud about it. So we’ve got it hanging up in the dining room. Below is a shot of the team receiving their medals.
Can you spot TJ? He’s the one with the King Kong shirt on.