Monday, June 28, 2010

Toy Story boys

Today after the gym, I took Oliver and Gabriel to the movies to see Toy Story 3. Oliver had been wanting to go since he heard it was coming and so we invited Gabriel along as well, seeing as there had been a few busy weeks in his household of late.

Actually I was hanging out to see the movie myself and was trying to find the perfect cover to go. ;) And I was disappointed. In the 3D part anyway. It would have been just as nice to see it in 2D and save the 3D surcharge.
These guys look pretty tired after playing at the gym creche, eating MacDonalds and then watching the movie. Operation 'wear kids out' day achieved.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Can I have a piece of margarine"

Simon was eating a tangello and Oliver asked him, "can I have a piece of margarine?" We figured out that he was asking for a piece of mandarin!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Easter camp

Back at the beginning of April, we went camping with the Websters, Walkers and Coronas over the Easter long weekend. Collette came too, if only to help Simon put up the tent because I am HOPEless.
No she was worth her weight in gold because I was having the morning sickness run and after one night with us, Collettie was taking Jonty back to Hobart with her for 2 nights. So no running around after a 16mth old, worrying about him walking into the fire, getting bitten by big camping creatures, getting lost.... you get the picture.
SO here we are setting up camp at a place called Southport, about 1.5hrs passed Hobart. Alot colder than Hobart too I might add but we ended up having the most beautiful weather and we kept warm anyway by eating lots and staying toasty by the campfire.

Those big ole camping creatures I mentioned - well it didn't take long for the kids to find one.......arrgh!! I was zipping my sleeping bag up way tight. Nothing was getting in there!!

All up we counted 9 adults and 12 kids. Which explains why noone was watching Jonty get stuck into the fizz. Ah what the heck, we were camping! The oldest kid was Jacko, aged 12 and the youngest was Baydan, aged 5mths.

Sounds crazy but we were the most organised camp there. We set up our tents in a semi circle to keep the wolves at bay, no not really, just the possums, and had a separate food tent (very important) and a marque with tables that we prepared the food on.
Months before we went, Mel had done up an itinerary for each of us of what to bring, including a meal roster which we were to bring ingredients for and cook together each night. It worked like a treat. I have never eaten so well on a camping trip before. None of this baked beans in a can stuff. We ate like kings.

We went for a few beautiful walks down to the Southport beach. The sun setting was just perfect.

Presumably the Southport jetty.

Okay so if you know Collette and you know her really well, then you will understand the humour in this. As we walked past this road on the way back from the beach, we both started cracking up and I knew I was not getting away without a photo. SO here it is COllettie........... BIG Q is, whose butt is whose??

On the Saturday we all headed to Hastings caves where we had heard about the hot springs there. The kids went for a little nature walk before their swim.

And spotted a platypus.

This would have been a great photo if Ollie didn't look like he was holding himself, busting to go to the loo.

Don't believe what you hear about the Hastings hot springs.........they were freezing. We were sorely disappointed but knew we could warm up around our trusty camp fire.

After Hastings, we decided to drive to the southern most tip of Australia which was quite ironic because on our trip to Qld last Nov, we visited the easterly most tip of Australia.
Liz wanted to go look at the whale but we couldn't be bothered walking over there so took a pic of it for her instead. :)

Proof that we did actually get to the southern most point of Australia.
Here we are enjoying our nights around the campfire. I think this was the highlight for us, just to relax and talk about whatever came into our minds and have some time away from television, internet, mobile phones and music.

Plus we always had ample food....... banana boats, smores, (cooked on the fire) hot chocolates, caramel slice and choc chip cookies.

What I love about camp fires is while you are sitting there around a big warm fire, the conversation swings between profound comfortable silences as people watch the flames, to really interesting and stimulating conversations. A fire brings out the philosopher in all of us.

Ollie starting to look pretty tired.

I remember one night staring into the flames, wondering about the little life growing inside me, pleased that the brisk cool air was making the morning sickness abate somewhat. I had no idea of the perfect girl inside struggling inside an imperfect body. I had no idea of the enormity of what was in store for us in a few short weeks.
I had no idea that instead of delivering a healthy baby at 40 wks (well 41wks for me) that instead I would be delivering her at 16 wks. I had no idea of the anguish I would endure in finding out she had Down Syndrome, falling in love with her all over again inside this new unexpected body and then a mth later, the inexplicable grief of having passed through all of that, of finding out she was called back Home.
Oh but the love I felt and continue to feel for her is a blessing that cannot be disguised. For that I am eternally grateful. But all that is for another post.

Can I say, if you are ever thinking of camping, go with these guys. They were THE BEST camping companions ever. The kids (I know it sounds farfetched) were so good and there was not one fight. As adults, even though we are all different, our personalities complimented each other and we were all so relaxed and content.
We miss that sometimes caught up living in this modern world.

On Sun morning, before the kids all got up, Jackie came around our tents and pretended to do bird calls to let us know that all the Easter eggs were scattered around the tents. It was SO funny. Next time you see Jack, ask her to do a bird call!
Because we had all brought eggs, we had HEAPS. I don't know if the photo picks up here how many there were.

Ty Ty loving his stash.

Lilly counting out all the eggs so all the kids got the same amount.

The people who own the campsite, put on an egg hunt too but it wasn't as good as ours. ;)

Another beautiful walk down to the Southport beach.

People still ask me if these two are twins.
Oh what a wonderful time we all had. So much so that I don't care where we camp next time, as long as it is with these guys again. It may seem like a lot of hard work, especially if you have small kids but with a bit of organising (thanks Mel), it does not become overwhelming and the time away from the rat race is SO worth it.
Getting back to nature (and yes we were on unpowered camp sites - although we didn't stoop to long drops but had a toilet block) is truly medicine for the soul.