During the school holidays Simon took Sarra, Hallie, Oliver and Jonty down to Hobart via the east coast for two days. I stayed home with Flynn in front of the fire.
First Simon took the kids past the old police house in St Marys that we used to live at. It was quite lonely living out there (it took 1.5 hrs to get to Launceston) but I was kept busy with working six days a week from 5-10am and having Hallie there (we moved to St Marys when I was 35 weeks pregnant with her) and Oliver to 31 weeks pregnancy before moving to Westbury. It was pretty cold and quite eventful for a small town. We had a murder on our street but it happened while we were in Melbourne which sounds quite coincidental seeing as Simon was the only policeman for the town.
We got a few perks for living in a remote one man station (meaning only one officer to man the whole town) such as the rent only $20 a week. It did have its drawbacks though because everyone knew where the copper lived and even if Simon was off duty, it kinda felt like he was always on duty because things would happen at all hours of the day or night. At times it felt a bit scary because when big things happened (like the guy with a crossbow just a few houses up from us), Simon had to tackle it alone while he waited for back-up which was at least 40min away. Sometimes I don't think we appreciate enough what these officers put on the line everyday to protect us. Okay so back to the blog post. :)
After a trip down memory lane in St Marys, Simon took the kids to the East Coast Natureworld park at Bicheno.
Okay if you are wondering who that is with Sarra, I introduce Stanley who is on holiday all around the world getting snaps with various icons. At the moment he is with us in Australia so we are helping him get to know some of the locals.
Somewhere north of Triabunna.............
The second day they went up Mount Wellington....................
And then they finished off the day by going down to the wharf for an ice-cream..........
What a good Dad to go all that way and fit all that into two days with four kids. Yup he's pretty amazing. He can cook too!! ;) The kids always have heaps more fun with Simon than with me. :) The only thing he seems to act like a 'Mum' about is getting sand in the car. LOL.
Toward the end of the holidays we also went up to my Dad's place for his birthday. It was very cold outside but nice and warm inside with Dad's new heat pump. Happy birthday Dad!!!