Saturday, March 18, 2017

50 Years!!

Congratulations to my Mum and Dad.
 
50 years of marriage is quite an achievement.
 
 
 
 

 
 


 
My parents aren't big on parties and just wanted a nice lunch out with their kids, grandkids and the two special people who were their attendants on the day.
 
It was really lovely that my Aunt (Mum's sister) and Uncle (Dad's brother) were there for this casual celebration too.
 

 
 
Their four grandchildren were also there to celebrate this special day.
 

 
As were their three children.
 
 
They also got to cut the cake in the same place as they had their wedding reception all those years ago.  Of course the Caboolture RSL has been renovated a few times in the last 50 years so it looks a little different now than it did back then.
 
 
Congratulations Mum and Dad.

 
 

 Love you. xxxxxxxx
 
 
 
(Thanks to the staff at the Caboolture RSL for being so fantastic and helping make this special day even better.) 
 
 
 


Friday, February 17, 2017

Boats and fishing

Sometime during January we purchased a second hand boat.
 
 
 
The boat is in excellent condition but the owner is elderly and hadn't used it that oftenso we decided not to use it until we could get the outboard serviced.  That means that not only do we have to organise for when the mechanic can do it but also when lovely hubby is home so things can take a little longer than we would like. 
 
As they say, patience is a virtue and I finally got to go for a run in our boat.
 
 
On Thursday we dropped the kids off at school, bought a freshly cooked hot chook from the local grocery shop on the way home and then we both got to work.  While hubby hooked up the boat and loaded the fishing gear, I made roast chicken wraps and rolls and a flask of coffee.  Then we headed out for some special 'us' and child free time.
 

 
Getting used to the boat and how she runs and sits in the water was one part of our day.
 
The other was throwing some lines in the water and hoping we could catch some dinner.
 
Hubby started the proceedings by catching a really lovely grunter.  I've heard about 'grunters' before and now that we've finally caught one I realise why they're called that.  They seriously do 'grunt' when you haul them in.  It was quite amazing actually.
 

 
 
Just being out on the water and having some time to ourselves was pretty amazing actually.  We enjoyed coffee and our picnic lunch and just being able to chat about anything.  Not that we really chatted a great deal. 
 
Anyone who knows lovely hubby knows that he is a man of few words.  I am the conversationalist in the family.  On this day however, I think hubby spoke more words than me.  I just enjoyed myself so much and loved that we were together so words seemed pretty wasteful at the time.
 

 
 
Enjoying the passage and our local water haunts, and spending time together was definitely the order of the day.
 

 
 
....and the fact that I out-fished hubby doesn't hurt either :)  Some nice bream and whiting decided to jump on my line so I was pretty chuffed with our day out. 
 
 
xx Susan
 
 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Too hot for crochet

We've been having a few record high temperatures around here so you'll have to excuse me for not even trying to finish Master M's blanket.  Even in the bedroom with our little air conditioner working it's little heart out, it's just been way too hot to even contemplate making a blanket.
 
 
 
 Since our lounge room air conditioner is truly out for the count (just in time for record temperatures), we've been going the old fashioned route of trying to keep cool.
 
That means more time in our back yard late in the afternoon when we get a nice breeze and things start to cool down.  (Well it's not cool really, just a little less hot than it was an hour or so earlier.)
 

 
 
I've been trying a number of things to help side-track me and cool me down.  Blogs....finances....updating diaries......chilled wine......
 

 
 
 
Master M seemed to have the right idea and filled up soaker guns with water and blasted anything he could point it at.
 

 
 
Then we realised that the water from the soaker gun when squirted in a particular spot made for some pretty spectacular jewel like arcs in the sky.  The photo does not do justice to the actual effect.  Trust me, I tried so many times to get a good picture and Master M was happy to oblige because it was so much fun to shoot that water through the air!
 

 
 
...and on a slightly different note.  It was my dad's 78th birthday the other day so the kidlettes and I headed down to my parents house after school one afternoon for cake and noisy fun with their cousins.  Happy Birthday Dad.  Love you xxxxxxxx.
 

 
 
xx Susan
 


Monday, January 30, 2017

Back to the crochet soon I hope

Until then it's been a mad whirl around here during the last few weeks of the school holidays then back to school.  I haven't even been taking that many photos even though we seem to have been doing plenty.

So I'll quickly let you know just a smidgeon of what we've been up to.

First of all, there is this.....
 
 
 
 
 We bought it in mid January from a friend who hardly ever used it so it's in really good condition.  Hubby's been out a couple of times and has taken the kids as well but we decided that the engine needed a service before we used it anymore.  That is happening as I write so we may even go fishing after school today.
 
There have also been plenty more zoo trips and why not.  It's an amazing place, the kids love it, we have the passes and it keeps us entertained for a couple of hours at a time.
 

 
 
 Little Miss R has been really enjoying cooking and baking more.
 

 
 
That has slowed down a bit now that school has started and also since our lounge room air conditioner died late last week.  Believe me when it's in the 30 celcius and really humid, no air conditioning in our lounge room is not pleasant.  It's a room that faces full west and pretty well doesn't get air. 
 
 Unfortunately it's not getting looked at for another week and we've got some mid 30 celcius days coming up.  Eeek!  Luckily the bedrooms have air conditioning.
 
Master M got a new bike for his birthday so we've been tearing up the tarmac on that.
 
 
 
 
There have also been outings and picnics which have involved plenty of driving (always lots of driving when hubby takes us on picnics).  In fact we did nearly 500 kilometres on Saturday when we went on a jaunt.
 
Somehow our picnics and outings nearly always involve creeks and rock throwing.  This one is Emu Creek near the town of Blackbutt and is really low right now.  Boy do we need some good rain.
 

 
 
And of course school has started.  I thought things would slow down a bit once the kids went back but that hasn't happened as yet.  Last week I was trying to catch up on things that I didn't get the chance to do on the holidays.
 

 
 
 So hopefully I'll get the chance to do some crochet and finish Master M's blanket.  I'm over two thirds of the way there, I just need to find some time to actually sit down for a time and get it done.  Perhaps I'll hide away in my air conditioned bedroom later in the week when it's hot and I won't want to be anywhere near my oven of a lounge room. 
 
That sounds like a plan!
 
xx Susan
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Master M is 9 already!

...and it happended over a week ago.  I can't believe how these school holidays seem to be flying past.

My boy now has only one year left in single digits.  Oh time, please slow down a little so I can treasure and cherish these days. 
 
 I know that every stage in their lives brings something different to love but knowing that one of my children still has one digit to their age makes me still feel like I'm Mummy and not just Mum. 
 
I had a little twinge the other day when I realised that I had written just that,  Mum and not Mummy in Master M's birthday card.  I mourned that a little (just privately as I didn't want anyone to think I was too ridiculous).
 
 
 
 
 
But time (and the day) moves on and I'm happy to say that Master M had a wonderful day.
 
The poor mite usually misses out on birthday parties with school friends because he's born in early January when everyone's in the middle of their summer holidays and are often away.  I know he gets upset about it sometimes which certainly pulls on the heart strings.
 
This birthday I decided to do something a little out of the ordinary for us.  We're usually a picnic loving family so for me to take them to an indoor play area was nearly like taking them to space. 
 
The cousins came along for the fun too and getting these two great mates to take a serious photo was nearly impossible...

 
 
...I tried. I really did.

 
 
I took them to The Big Boing which is basically an indoor trampoline place.  I had never heard of it but then it's not somewhere that I would usually go or take the kids so I somehow seem to filter all of that information out.
 
We found out about it by word of mouth and since then I've been surprised at the amount of people that know about it.  I'm beginning to think that I often live on another planet!
 

 
 
There's plenty of things for the kids to play on in their hour long session.  Trampolines are the main thing though which is why the place is called The Big Boing.
 
The kids loved bouncing from once side to the other then bouncing off the wall trampolines and then bouncing back to the other side.  The energy!!
 

 
 
There was a big pillow thing that they could bounce onto and a basket ball section where they could practice their slam dunking.  The even had an area to play dodge ball which seemed to be a great deal of fun.
 

 
 
The blur below is Little Miss R bouncing off one of the side trampolines.
 

 
 
There was even a mini game of soccer which didn't really last long because all they really wanted to do was bounce.
 

 
 
One hour and four hot, knackered and happy kids later, we headed off to lunch.  Master M's choice so it was McDonalds of course.

 
 
It was a pretty quiet trip home with Master M falling asleep in the car then putting himself to bed as soon as we got home.
 
We had to wake him up when some guests arrived so he could have his cake.
 

 
 
The VERY rich chocolate cake made by Little Miss R for her brother.  It sunk a bit in the middle and there were a couple of issues while making it but she did a great job.  I had to help with melting the chocolate as it's in not only the icing but the cake too (I told you it was rich).
 
So Happy 9th Birthday Master M.  I hope you had a wonderful day and have fun riding your new bike.
 
xx Mummy  :)
 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Miss R cooks

Little Miss R received a cookbook for Christmas and has all of a sudden shown an interest in doing things in the kitchen.
 
That's making actual things, not just the usual scoffing of food from the pantry or fridge and it certainly hasn't included the cleaning up part of it yet either (we're working on that one!)
 
 
 
 
 So far she has made Coconut Rice which was quite delicious and I think inspired her to try more things because it was so easy.
 

 
 
 
She also made Master M a chocolate cake for his birthday.  You will get to see that one in another blog post as we've been quite busy here that I haven't had much of a chance (or inclination at times) to upload the photos.
 

 
 
Our favourite recipe by far at the moment is for Mum's Lemon Biscotti.  It's not my recipe but the name of the one in the book and let me tell you that they are more-ish, scrumptious and just plain delicious.
 

 
 
They have been an absolute hit with the whole family.  Yes, that includes Master M who has a bit of an aversion to lemon flavoured anything.
 
I'm thinking that another batch will be baked over the next few days.
 
 
xx Susan
 


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

This is so much fun Mum!

As usual we did a quick trip to the zoo yesterday afternoon.  It was pretty hot and about 3pm I told the kids to grab their togs (swimmers) and towels and off we went.
 
Swimming at the zoo is not a usual thing, mainly because the only water areas are filled with crocodiles and that's certainly not tempting to dip your toe in the water no matter how hot it is.
 
This January though they have a big waterslide so we popped up there to cool off for an hour or so.
 
 
 
 
It was so much bigger than I had expected with 3 slides to choose from.
 

 
 
The kids didn't have the jitters at all at being high up.  They just sat down and off they went.
 

 
 
It was a pretty quick trip to the bottom where they slid along with a splash.
 

 
 
Master M wasn't to be outdone either.
 

 
 
He wasn't too impressed at getting water in his eyes and up his nose but it didn't stop him from going on it again..and again...and again...and again........

 
 
It was a pretty steep climb up the back of it where they had to wait patiently in line until they were allowed up 2 at a time to stop it getting congested at the top.
 

 
 
The zebra's, giraffes and rhino's didn't seem too impressed with their new neighbour.  Perhaps they thought it was some new exhibit with the humans on display!
 

 
 
I can see us having plenty of fun with this over the next few weeks.
 
xx Susan