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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

Unknown Mami

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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Spring is Here

Spring is finally here with the promise of warmer weather and sunshine.  Sure it may be overcast and drizzly right now but simply knowing that it a season filled with the promise of beautiful days and blue skies is enough to lift my mood.

Vibrant and alive

I am using the start of the season to turn over a new leaf.  I want to find the best possible me that is hiding within.  To do this I am going to attempt to make a few changes.  I know that already I am over scheduled so I am going to practice saying NO.  I don’t need to do everything, or be everything for everyone all of the time.  I am going to (try) and prioritise and make some time for me.  Time that doesn’t involve the pressure to do journal readings for uni or running around for other people.  I will do the things that are important to me and recognise that my world won’t cease just because I can’t do everything.  I want to make time to enjoy the wonderful things that I do, and the great life that I am to busy to enjoy.

I WILL enjoy the sunshine whenever I can, I will relax, breathe and enjoy.

By doing this I will have time to be a better partner, parent and friend and most importantly be a better me.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in all about me, just a day

 

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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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In a Funk – Rambling bits and pieces

I met up with a colleague for a coffee (well actually a soy hot chocolate but that just doesn’t read quite right!) and he said I seemed flat.  He was right, I am feeling flat.  I am tired, cold, grumpy and just a tad emotional.  Yep, I am in a funk and I don’t really know how to get myself out of it just yet.  I thought I would try to write it out but I couldn’t find the words, or at least the words that I can post here in a space that I am not sure is my own any more.  When the words wouldn’t flow, I thought I would browse through my draft folder to see what I could find to fill in the gaps, to maybe makes sense of my head space.

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So it is the middle of the night and I am awake and I don’t really know why.

Perhaps it is about sitting around watching movies that all fit the same formula – person with dreams is confronted by adversity, they overcome the challenge and of course they all live happily ever after.  I wander downstairs realising that sleep just isn’t happening, thinking that perhaps watching some crappy middle of the night tv will send me to the land of nod.  I flick through the channels and the pickings are slim.  Just as I am about to give up I stumble across Jerry Maguire, a movie that I love but haven’t seen in  forever.  Instead of making me tired, it makes me even more contemplative;  here is a movie about a guy that has a dream and works his butt of to succeed.  I know every man and his dog is likely to know the movie better than I do but in my 30 second summary, Jerry fixes his life and of course he succeeds and in doing so he fixes the lives of the important people around him and they all live happily ever after, The End.

Well that is pretty much what I want.  It isn’t too much to ask for?

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Well that was as far as I made it with that post.  Yet another incomplete story that I am going to attempt to finish, or at least make some sense of…

What I had written there really isn’t too far removed from my current head space.  So my current funk?  This is how I see it.  My biggest problem is that I don’t have any goals or dreams other than the obvious – watch my kids grow up and be happy within themselves and that they enjoy their lives.  Whilst I know that is something I want with all of my heart I know that I really should find some dreams, something that is mine, something to be passionate about, but where to start?  Sure I have a list of things I should do, and things I need to do but they aren’t things that currently light the fire in my belly, that get me going and keep me inspired or motivated.

In reality, I am living the perfect life with a beautiful house, perfect family, in a great neighbourhood surrounded by friends.  Whilst not ‘well off’ by any stretch of the imagination we do manage to pay the bills (usually on time!) and occasionally have a litle left over to do something fun or extravagant.  Life really is good but I feel like a prat because it isn’t enough.  I want more, I want something but I don’t know what it is and it is driving me nuts.  I feel like I am going through the motions but not really living.  Am I logical and practical or creative and spontaneous?  At the moment I try to be both but am in constant conflict and logical and practical wins, things get done when I am practical.

Maybe that is it, maybe there are too many ‘things’ that need doing.  Maybe I need to get rid of some of the ‘things’ and make sense of what is left.  Perhaps I should take time off work and deal with uni so that it is one less thing to have to worry about, one less thing to fit in to a crazy busy schedule?  Perhaps I should just realise that uni just isn’t right for me right now.  It wouldn’t be giving up, it would simply be deferring the insanity, ideally to a less crazy time.  Maybe the kids don’t need to be involved in as many activities but then I think that if they miss out on doing something they love because of the funk I am in, the mother guilt will kick into overdrive and deepen the funk,  Perhaps that isn’t such a great idea after all!  Maybe it is all just a funk that I am tired and grumpy and I will wake up feeling alive.

Who knows?  I do know that sitting here, trying to ignore the pile of reading beside me that I just can’t bring myself to actually read and make sense of isn’t helping with the funk.  I think it might be time to go to bed, hope for a decent sleep and the motivation fairies to visit and deliver a great day tomorrow that will lift me from the funk and fill me with passion and inspiration.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in all about me

 

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