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Where do I begin? I guess At the beginning! I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my wonderful hubby, Matthew and our four angels (part time devils) Isaac, Reuben, Isabella, and Charlotte. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely love that. Nothing else compares. I'm also studying the Master of Teaching part-time and I'm serving as the relief society president of our ward. I love being outside, especially in summer. I love big windows & lots of light. I love swimming, running and mowing the lawn! my favourite vegetable is carrots (or potatoes if mum's baked them) and I love fresh fruit salad. My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my precious family.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm finally attempting to get my blog up to date. This post will be a quick catch up dating back to last year (oh dear).

The highlight of the past few months are:

Bella achieving fantastic results with her swimming. She performed really well at the school swimming carnival in October which gave her the opportunity to participate in the inter-school swimming carnival in the same month. When you attend a small school (Mt Nelson has about 150 kids) it is relatively easy to stand out at the thing you are good at but once you enter a larger pool (pardon the pun) of talent you can quickly get taken down peg or two. It is much more difficult to get the same results. With that said Isabella also shone at the inter-school swimming carnival. Placing in all of her races. She was ecstatic to discover she was invited to attend the Champions Carnival – a competition of the best of the best! You can imagine the smile on her face when she walked away with a place in each of her races! We had considered not doing swimming lessons again this year but I think we'll stick with it for a little bit longer!

A trip to the temple with Reuben (first time)

The traditional maccas on the way home!

Another trip to the temple with Chels and Bridey

Reuben finished Primary School!
His final year at Mt Nelson was fabulous. He had a starring role (ok I might be exaggerating a little bit) as the caterpillar in 'Alice the Musical' (Alice in Wonderland). His costume was awesome and his singing matched. Reuben has a lovely singing voice. We usually wake every morning to him belting out a tune however, he doesn't like to sing with an audience so watching and listening to him on stage was a real treat for me.
Reubs also had the opportunity to go on a year 6 trip to Canberra and Sydney. We did a lot of fund-raising for this and everyone enjoyed a fun-filled and educational trip.

Charlotte's end of year dance concert was so gorgeous. Plus it was our LAST dance concert for a while. And that means no more making and painting of props – FANTASTIC. I enjoy the creative outlet but it is very time consuming.

The Huon Show has become a family tradition and once again a fun time was had by all -but boy it was cold at the top of the Ferris Wheel.

Christmas was busy! Christmas eve with my family having fun, being silly, eating too much. Christmas day was pressies and breakfast at mum and dad's, lunch at Matt's parents with the whole Sayers family (minus Lou, Dan, Zeek + Ollie), more pressies and fun there and then back to the Huon for dinner with the extended family (mum's side). It was a terrific day and as we headed back to the Huon we passed the cemetery where we saw a couple putting flowers on their child's grave and I felt so overwhelmingly grateful for all the family I am surrounded with. I gave my kids a great big hug and kiss and told them how fortunate we are to have each other, that the presents don't really matter...”yeah mum, we get it” they said and off they ran to play with their cousins.

I think all the travelling got to Charli just a tad!

New Years Eve was mum's 60th birthday party. During the day Bridey and I and our hard working hubbies and kids decorated mum's garden ready for a wonderful, nostalgic evening. Letters from absent friends and family, meeting up with old friends not seen for 40? years, beautiful words from loved ones, a most memorable tribute song to the tune of 'You Are My Sunshine', a 'funny photo booth', great food, the best company, fireworks even! All made for a wonderful night.  The weather was perfect and so was the entire night. The only thing I would change is the 3am bed time!

School's back!
I've now got kids in years 9,7,4 and Prep.
After 15 years as a SAHM all of my kids are in school full time. Kinda weird but kinda nice.

I'm finally going back to uni (part-time). I'm studying a Master of Teaching and tomorrow I have my first tutorial. Exciting.

That's all folks, don't know when I will return but take care, you hear x


Chelsea Parsons said...

so cool to see the decos for your Mums party, you guys did a great job. Man, you are going to be busy. Hope you dont disappear into books on me!!! Love ya xox

The Kings said...

oh wow - it must feel amazing to have all your kids at school after being at home for so long. I've been a SAHM for 11.5 years now and have three more to go till Kobe is at Prep, then I'm not sure what I will do. Decisions, decisions :)

Nettie's Blog said...

you a human Dynamo woman ...it is you who should take care.... burn out doesnt just happen when hoons get a testosterone rush in a supped up car you know!!!!! good luck with the studies....

Aimee said...

so glad to see snippets of what you you guys have been up to!
good on you for spending 15 years as a SAHM- that is a humongous effort in itself!
good luck hitting the books. I'll be interested to see how you find the teaching course.

Bride said...

loved seeing all of this! funny. i'm in the same boat with blogging! only just posted dads 60th, and half way through mums!
You'll be fine with the study, i know you will, you knew it was the right time