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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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Valentines Day (1993)

I was chatting with Miss Pop-Couture the other night and she asked about my plans for Valentines Day.  Of course I couldn’t just say Valentines Day is a waste of time, I had to explain why the wasn’t important to me.  I went with the ‘Why do I need to have a special day to tell the man I love that he is the man I love?‘ approach.  Surely a spontaneous ‘I love you’ is better than following the conventions of society.  That response didn’t seem to cut it, there had to be more to is.  Surely in all my years I had to have shared the love and celebrated Valentines Day so I told her all about how I was scorned by Valentines Day.  I told her that it isn’t a day of love, it is a day of remembering broken hearts and loneliness.  I told her all about my first ‘love’.

I was merely 17.  We met at the end of my final year of high school, in fact on the final day of school at an end of school party.  He was an ‘older’ man, he had finished high school the year before and had spent the year working before making plans to go away to university.

Right from the start we knew it was going to be a short term relationship, I was planning on moving to Melbourne to study and he was applying for courses in Adelaide and Perth.  We spent most of our waking moments together.  Actually to be honest we spent almost every moment together for 3 months.

We had an amazing summer together; going to concerts, camping, staying at a friends house (Hi E!), swimming and generally living the life of kids young and in love, completely ignoring the fact that we would soon be living on opposite sides of the country.  Before we knew it, the summer was over and our romance was drawing to an end.

I moved to Melbourne for school at the end of January and we spoke on the phone every day.  I returned home, a trip that was 3 hours each way, the following week to spend some more time together and again the following weekend for a family event and also to spend a final few moments together on the most romantic day of the year, Valentines Day.

Our final weekend together was rushed and we didn’t have much time to be together.  Just before I jumped onto the train to head back to school he handed me a card making me promise not to open it until I was on my way back to Melbourne.  He gave me a final sweet kiss and the train departed.  I looked back at the station until I could see him no longer, remembering all of the wonderful times we had in the three months we had known each other.

I couldn’t wait any longer I had to open the card, I had to see what beautiful, loving words he would write for me to remember him.  Sweet nothings, all the gushy goodness that a 17 year old girl would want to have written to them, to treasure forever.  To have an everlasting token of their love to tuck under the pillow every night before drifting off to sleep.

No doubt I was holding my breath as I opened the card to read those final sweet words GOOD BYE.  That was it, that was the message that I had to wait to read.  The message that I had to read when I was on my own, on my way to my new and lonely home and he was flying to the other side of the country was two cold sad lonely words – good bye!

Yeah yeah, I know, young love… I would get over him… he wasn’t really worth it… blah blah blah…  All I remembered thinking was that he didn’t really love me, that it was all a big waste of time.  I had given him my love, my first real(ish) love and all he had done was crush me.

Yes of course he was right, after all he was much more mature than I was, he was a worldly 18 year old!  He knew that I would be upset at saying good bye so we avoided it, saying we would see each other again.  Well it was good bye, and as it turns out, good bye forever, we haven’t seen each other since and as this all transpired in the dark ages, in the time before instant messaging and skype.  I think every now and then about seeing if he is on Facebook, wondering where he is now and what he is doing but then I remember that it really doesn’t matter.

Weeks after the Crushing Valentines Day Incident, I met this tall dark and handsome guy that I just had to get to know better, even if he did go to a different university and have a girlfriend at the time!  Well that was 18 years ago.  Little more than 6 months after THAT fateful Valentines Day, I was dating that tall dark and handsome guy.  Not long after that we were living together.  Before we knew it we were married, had 2 amazing kids and an awesome life together.  The rest they say is history!

Happy Valentines Day man-child, I do love you, every day not just token show-your-love days.

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in all about me


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Sundays in my City #46 – the Birthday Boy

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We are staying home for Sundays in my City this week.  Today boy-child had his 9th birthday.  In typical superRelish style we have already had multiple celebrations with one more still to happen next weekend.

First there was a big roast lunch with some of the extended family that was followed by birthday cake, chocolate of course.

Candles and Sparklers

The birthday boy found new and interesting ways to eat said cake!

How to eat cake!

We held off on giving the lad his presents until today, the actual day of his birthday.  I think he was a little excited about the present he wasn’t expecting!

Happy with hours of work ahead!

An impromptu barbeque lunch with friends was followed by the birthday party to end all birthday parties – a nerf war and sleep-over (What was I thinking?)!

Ready for Nerf

Being a party there was also more cake, chocolate again.

Birthday Cake #2

Now if only they would all go to sleep I can declare the birthday madness party a success and get some sleep myself!

To see how other people have spent a Sunday in their City head over to Unknown Mami.


Posted by on January 30, 2011 in all in the family


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9 Years Ago

Do you know what you were doing this time 9 years ago?  I do.  I was 41 weeks pregnant and had just gone into labour, boy-child was slowly making his way towards the exit signs.

Happy birthday boy-child.  Thank you for making me a mum.

Sugar Fix

Oh and how did you manage to convince me that a sleep-over with 4 of your friends was a good idea?


Posted by on January 30, 2011 in all in the family


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Sundays in my City #40 and #41 – Christmas

I blame having my point and shoot camera stolen along with my laptop for my slackness in posting to Sundays in my City the last few weeks but realistically, week 40 of Sundays in my City saw me work insane hours and not in any location that is photo worthy enough to throw the DLSR into my already over-full work bag.  To be honest, I didn’t even go anywhere phone photo worthy.  Luckily week #41 was Christmas week so surely there are some Christmas photos that make up for missing yet another week.

Unknown Mami

So here we go for a belated Christmas edition of Sundays in my City.

For more Sundays in my City fun, head over to Unknown Mami’s place.

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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in all in the family


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Sundays in my City #22 – the Festival of Boo (pt 1)

Today began the Festival of Boo – the week celebrating when my girl-child turns 7.  Her birthday is on Tuesday but her Grandma, Aunt and cousin all came over today to wish her a happy birthday, the festivities will continue on the actual day of her birthday, Friday after school and also next weekend, hence it being called a festival rather than just a birthday!  To celebrate the beginnings of the festivities here are a few photos of our day today as a part of Sunday in my City.

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Birthday Boo

Happiness is Handstands

Cake Time

Happy Sunday in my City, head over to Unknown Mami to see how other people have spent their Sunday.


Posted by on October 17, 2010 in all in the family


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Sundays in my City #21 – the Gathering of the Clan

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My Sundays in my City this week is the family day we went to yesterday, known as the Gathering of the Clan.  For years now, our extended family has been getting together for an annual catch up.  This year it was hosted by my cousin and her family in their ‘humble abode’ near the Dandenongs, just outside of Melbourne.  It is such a shame that it takes a formal reason for us to all come together, especially as it was less than an hours drive from our house to theirs.


This wasn’t one of the biggest gatherings we have had in recent years, but it was still attended by more than 40 of us!  Mum is one of 8 kids and each of them had kids.  Mum was the least prolific breeder with only 3 kids, other siblings had 5 kids each so I have dozens of cousins.  Most of us now have kids, mostly neat and tidy 2 kid families creating plenty of second cousins.  We haven’t quite hit the next generation but I think it will only be a few years off!

It didn’t take the second cousins long to reaquaint themselves and start planning adventures in the playground tucked away in the yard, behind the swimming pool.

Second Cousins Conspiring

There were plenty of places for the kids to explore in the acre that my cousins call home.

The Side Garden

Even some nice rocks for a tired and temporarily grumpy bunny to rest on.

Enjoying the Peace and Quiet

Once the shadows grew longer, the air became quite cool.  It was the perfect excuse to light the fire cauldron.

Relaxing by the Fire

Once the fire was burning the kids had a chance to toast marshmallow.

Toasting Marshmallows

We had a fantastic time catching up with our extended family.  I would love to think that we will catch up in the mean time, but the reality is life is busy, life with 2 or 3 kids apiece it is even busier!  There is always this time next year to catch up at the 2011 Gathering of the Clan.

Oh and just because I feel like the last few months the photos have been predominantly of girl-child, here is a pic of boy-child.  He is notoriously difficult to capture as he loves to pretend he hates having his photo taken!

I Won't Smile!

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Posted by on October 11, 2010 in all in the family


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