Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stuff we did while Daddy was away...

Life has been very different for us since Juan has been working in Darwin. Some things are the same, especially for the girls, but as you can imagine, for me it has been a crazy rollercoaster of highs and lows. But there are some things that have been pretty cool not having a husband around.... for one, I don't feel the big stress to have dinner ready on time every night. Seriously, wives really only cook for their husbands, not for themselves or even their kids. The kids are happy with 2 minute noodles or a plate of vegies, but offer that to a husband and he'd be like, "Where's the meat? What am I, a rabbit?" So that's one thing off my plate (quite literally!) 

Second, we can go to the movies at a moment's notice. This is lots of fun, and we especially love doing it straight after school pickup. I'll randomly say "Who wants to go to the movies?!" and they all shout "Me!" and we go and see some fun kiddy flick at 4pm during the weekday, something we would never have done if daddy was home, because he would have been home between 5:30 and 6:30pm and we would have wanted to be there to welcome him home and eat dinner together. But now, we can take off whenever we want. If we make it a Friday afternoon, we make a night of it; we catch a 4pm movie, and then hit southbank for a couple of hours where we eat chips and play on the toys. 

Another thing we do more regularly is hit the beach. Juan's not a big fan of the wavy water... or sand.... or heat, lol. So we don't go very often even though once we are there we usually have lots of fun. But, to fill in our time while daddy's away, we not hit the coast more often, and it has been lots of fun - even with Eadie's broken wrist! 

Here are some pics of us girls enjoying ourselves inbetween daddy visits. Nothing beats having him back and hanging out with us, but for now, these little fun adventures will have to fill the void... :-) 

Skyping daddy one Sunday afternoon

Ready to hit the movies for a girls night out!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy 9th Birthday Vettoria!

Our oldest girl is nine!!! What the--?? How did this happen? We still can't believe we have a nine year old in the house- almost into double digits!

Vettoria is just a wonderful little girl (or maybe I should be calling her a 'tween' now??) She is thoughtful and kind, and works so hard to be obedient and smart, and a good example to her sisters in all she does. She has been the standard by which I have based my mothering expectations of how kids should behave, which, admittedly is just terrible of me, because she has been such an easy and pleasant baby and young girl that it makes all other kids, whether my own or others', seem complicated and difficult in comparisson! Tori is just simply put, a delight. I adore her, and I'm happy to say, she also adores me too, yay! :-)

This year Tori was desperate to expereince horseback riding! She had gone on a school outing where she had the chance to sit on a horse and be led around, but she was desperate to do more. So, we made a plan to visit a 'local' horse riding ranch and we all (minus Eadie who had broken her wrist a couple of weeks earlier) spent the whole morning riding horses and learning how to trot and walk and stop and all the other things horses do. It was lots of fun! Even 5 year old Anabel had her own horse and was riding with the rest of us! I allowed Tori to take along her two besties, cousins Ivy and Sophie, after they slept over the night before and stayed up painting their nails, giggling through movies, and decorating her birthday cake all by themselves. In Tori's words: "Best. Birthday. Ever!" :-)  *tick for mummy!*

She is growing up so fast.... but she is very good at it. She's always been mature and responsible, and we are all so grateful she was given to us..

Much love, and Happy Birthday Vettoria Nicolle!  xx