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Sundays in my City #77 – Record Attempt

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Crazy busy seems to be the theme of the year around these parts.  Finally we had a weekend with nothing planned and nothing to do so instead of doing nothing we went looking for record breaking adventures.  We headed down to Icehouse to take part in the the World Record attempt of the biggest conga line on ice.  Knowing that we would be out on the ice and hanging on tight, there was no point taking a camera with me.  Naturally I did have my phone so I did get a quick snap of girl-child as she headed back out for another skate before the conga line began.

Ready to Conga Skate

I don’t think that we had enough participants to make the world record (official number released tomorrow) but we had a great time.  I have to admit that it is harder than it looks to skate in a huge conga line for 15 minutes! We were in the middle of the line, man-child at the front, followed by the kids and then me and all hanging on tight.  We managed stay together and not break our section of the conga line.  Even if we didn’t make the record yesterday, we had a great time.  We will have to go back for another attempt next time.

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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in all in the family


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Movement Makes Music with MSO

For years, when the kids were little, I would read about performances of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) created specifically for kids to enjoy.  Of course with the juggle of work, other kid stuff and generally being too busy, we never made actually made it to a performance.  I was delighted when I was contacted by Alison a the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to offer me tickets to take the kids along to a performance.  As usual, we had a crazy busy weekend ahead of us but the planets aligned and ice-skating was moved back a few hours so we had a morning free – the perfect opportunity to finally take the kids.  Alison did stress that the performance was aimed at 3 – 8 year olds, that my kids being 7 and 9 might be a little old for the show but I know that they love music and that I want them to love dance again so I was willing to give it a shot, I would take the kids to a performance of Movement Makes Music, a unique collaboration between the MSO and the Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble will engage children aurally and kinetically. Performers will highlight the links between movement and music during this 50-minute show, in which audience members will be moved, inspired and enchanted.

I must admit that I was hesitant that boy-child would moan and complain all morning (as he  frequently does!) so it wasn’t until we were in the car and on the way there that I actually told the kids where we were going and braced myself for the whinging.  Guess what?  There was none, we were off to a great start!

We made it to the venue with plenty of time to spare and found ourselves a spot front and (almost) centre on the floor, ready to enjoy the show. As we were waiting for the performance to begin, boy-child declared that if he was in the orchestra, he would be wearing a green shirt.  I wondered why he would wear a green shirt and he pointed out that not only was green his favourite colour but it was also the colour that the woodwind musicians were wearing and since he plays clarinet he would have to wear green too!  He then went on to point out that the string section were wearing blue shirts, brass in red and percussion in yellow.  Already I was impressed at how much he was enjoying being there and the performance hadn’t even begun!

I really didn’t know how the show would be tailored to suit young children but found that the conductor used the time between pieces to introduce a different member of the orchestra, highlight the instrument that they played and talk about how it would be played in the next piece of music.

The dancers from the Australian Ballet were beautiful, showing how music can be influence dance and movement.  Girl-child barely blinked the entire time that they were on stage.  Boy-child was entranced by Patrick tap dancing different rhythms and then hearing Rob repeat the rhythms on a drum.  He was even more impressed when Rob beat a rhythm on the drum that ended in a drumroll and Patrick was able to tap that same rhythm and drumroll.

Sure my kids were amongst the oldest there but they had a great time.  In fact they both had such a great time that they are wanting to know when they can go back to the symphony.  I don’t think the planets will align to allow us to go back during the school holidays but if they do, this is what I would love to go to – Peter and the WolfProkofiev’s story of the irreverent Peter has resonated deeply with generations of children, enchanted by its power and sense of fun. Now BreakThru Films and Se-ma-for Studios, in collaboration with BAFTA-winning director Suzie Templeton, bring this mesmerising and enchanting classic to the big screen.

Thanks to MSO, I was lucky enough to have free tickets to take the kids along to see Movement Makes Music, but the opinions expressed are mine and those of my kids.  We had a great day and only wish that we had discovered MSO Family Classic Kids a few years ago.  Family Classic Kids is the MSO’s popular program of concerts for children aged three to eight years of age – and a great way to introduce young people to the wonders of orchestral music. With the children sitting right next to the Orchestra, there are opportunities to sing along, respond to the music with movement and actions, follow a story and maybe even conduct.

As a bonus, the kids had their photos taken with some of the musicians and the dancers!

Being shy around the amazing performers!

Don’t just listen to me rave on about how much fun we had at MSO, check out what my kids thought here and here, also head over to Stuff With Thing to see what Heidi and Annie thought too.

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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in all in the family, the monsters


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Sundays in my City #77 – Crazy Busy

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Last weekend was the last soccer game for the season.  I was looking forward to having Sunday back, to spend the day relaxing and having fun but that wasn’t to be.  The soccer season is over yet it is still filling up my Sunday.  Instead of spending the day here, hanging out with friends,

Testing the Water

and watching the kids all go nuts here

Jumping About

We had to head back to the city to go to the soccer presentation day.  Of course it was totally worth it to see girl-child receive her medal.

A Medal for Playing!

The fact that I wasn’t down on the coast hanging out with friends was enhanced by then spending the afternoon celebrating another friends birthday before heading out (again) to find some more ‘treasure’ in an area not far from home that we haven’t visited before.

Taking a break from the Geocache Treasure Hunt

Despite the busy, it was a great and tiring day, after a crazy and even busier day yesterday that I will post about as soon as I get a chance.

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Posted by on September 18, 2011 in all in the family, getting away


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Sundays in my City #76 – Soccer Mum (last game of the season – yippee!)

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Today was the last day for the season that I get to play soccer mum, well except for presentation day next weekend (now that is sure to be a world of fun).  Now I know that the girl-child loves playing soccer but all I can think is ‘Yippee, I get a Sunday back!’  Should I be disappointed that I don’t have to get up at some ungodly hour of a Sunday morning and traipse to some suburb in the middle of nowhere, on the other side of the city to stand around in the cold and cheer?  Hell no!

That said, it has been a giggle worth season.  Whilst she may not be the next Matilda, she does have fun.  This is her unorthodox way to warm up before the game.

Conserving energy before the game

The when she is on the field it is often more like watching a dance performance than a game of soccer!

Stretch and miss!

Occasionally she does look like she is playing sport (just not actually watching the ball!)

Running, just not watching where!

I really am proud of girl-child for taking on a new sport, one she knew nothing about, and I do cheer loudly at the games I go to.  I also take bazillions of photos for the team it just happens that the only photos that don’t have the faces of all the other players are the ones that show her less-soccer-like skills!

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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in all in the family


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Wordless Wednesday – All I want is one cute photo…

Squinty and off centre

Not quite right

Strange and chipmunky

Getting better, but not looking

Huzzah! Finally a decent photo

I am joining in with Trish for Aussie Wordless Wednesdays.

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in all in the family, just a day


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Sundays in my City #74 – Father’s Day

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So it is Father’s Day, let’s think of the perfect way to celebrate adoring children and great fathers.  A long lie in, eventually being woken by excited children bearing delightful home (or school) -made gifts.  After chatting and giggling, all squished in the bed, we wander downstairs, decide we don’t want to make breakfast and instead head out to brunch with friends.  The perfect start to a special day.  Reality on the other hand was far from what was desired.

The morning started off super early, with the sound of the wind howling.  The promise of a sunny and relaxing day was not as likely.  Instead of languishing in bed, I rolled out, threw some clothes on ready to head off to work.  Meanwhile the kids were getting ready to head out to soccer.  Man-child had the pleasure of driving me there and then rushing back to do the soccer run.  I did suggest that they pick up a snack for breakfast, even if it did involve drive through!  After the soccer run, the family joined me at work for a bit.  Not quite your typical way to celebrate Father’s Day.  In fact I was so busy that I didn’t even get a chance to call my own dad a call to wish him a happy Fathers Day.

Instead of photos of my beautiful family, here are a few photos from my day at work, attending a local community festival where the police helicopter landed, much to the delight of everyone there.

A Chopper Up Close

I am sorry that we didn’t get to have a real Father’s Day.  Hopefully we will get to spend a real family day together some time soon.

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Sundays in my City #73 – Baking with the Boy

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The weather is improving and the sun has been shining, the perfect opportunity to get out and about right?  Wrong.  I spent yesterday in front of the laptop, surrounded by journal articles that needed to be read and hopefully understood.  Today, I attempted to continue my reading, but out in the sunshine and promptly fell asleep!  I figured that no study was going to happen, it was time to do something else.

Since we had a class get-together to attend, boy-child and I decided to make some snacks to share with friends.  What started out as a simple idea soon became much more colourful.  We started out with my favourite kid friendly and delicious recipe 100’s of Biscuits, the same recipe that girl-child followed back here, but this time we did a little experimentation.

Green Cookie Dough

Green was pretty spectacular, as was the red!

Ruby Red and Pop Rocks

 We had fun decorating them too, and eating them of course!

Good enough to eat!

His hands ARE clean, just stained from the different food colourings used!

The cookies were taken to the picnic this afternoon and were a treat.  They were devoured in minutes.  Even the parent folk were happy to give them a try and a nod of approval!  Boy-child enjoyed his kitchen experiments and I enjoyed spending the time with him having some fun.  Having used food colouring, toffee and chocolate chips along with popping candy, I wonder what secret ingredients he will want to use next time?

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in all in the family, fantastic food


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