Monday, 30 April 2012

My Tuesday Thing

Tuesdays are for Horse Sports.  Thats when I get to do 'my Tuesday thing' and take Isla's pony to school for their equestrian lesson.  If they have a horse and love to ride and a willing parent they can do 'Horse Sports' for their normal sports routine.  How lucky are they?  They have great instructors giving them so much training and instruction.  They do a fabulous job.  I am now quite good at reversing the float back in when I get home and now can even hook and unhook.  Lucky I only work one morning a week.

Isla and Cocoa Pops

Cocoa Pops looks much bigger this way

Monday, 23 April 2012

Back to School

Well it was back to school for my three yesterday and even though I love the holidays I must admit the peace and quiet was very nice.  After the rain 'Horse Sports' has been cancelled today so I got a reprieve there only to find out that number one has a football game at school.  They are playing Calrossy School from Tamworth.  So that will be the afternoon for me. 

I can't say I really accomplished a lot over the holidays although we managed to paint probably half of our fencing.  We have done along the roadside and the two gateways until we ran out of 'Kentucky Horse Black'. Unfortunately we can't get this in town so I will have to make a trip to Singleton at least.  Hubby went and bought 5 paint brushes as he anticipated the little people would help.  I think we worked with about 2.5 manpower.  Number 1 gave up a little earlier than we expected.  Number two was never too interested (no surprise there) and number three worked like a trooper, but then again she is only 8.

During the holidays my best friend and I had a day out and made the trip to Ikea (yep we drove 3 hours to Sydney just to go to Ikea) and it was well worth it.  We had a great day out and came home with a ute full of goodies (we were lucky to get through the checkout with our three trolleys packed with long boxes and all sorts of bits and pieces.  We are actually hoping (or planning) to go again in the next couple of months (shh, don't tell the husbands yet).

Well I didn't achieve much in the way of sewing over the holidays (only one curtain) but hopefully I will get back into it soon.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

School Holiday Laziness

Don't you just love school holidays?  I do.  I do not miss the organising and running around that the school term brings.  No lunches, (funny how they seam to eat less when they're at home) no homework, not quite so much sport.  Netball is on holidays too but not football.  My favourite part is the 'no homework'  and the sleep ins.  I must admit though the kids are at a shocking stage of arguing at the moment.  The fifteen year old is the most trouble and really knows how to annoy the girls.  But I still find it better than school.  I've had fun looking at blogs and getting inspired by some beautiful quilts and heaps of sewing projects.

We had a lovely easter.  We stayed at Lake Glenbawn with friends.  We took the caravan and they brought their gooseneck (big thing that is usually used to carry horses but they have it set up for sleeping and kitchette with sink cupbpoards and microwave.  It's ideal.  The kids had fun in the muddy dam water as it was really quite hot, not like most Easters with the rain.  We had five kids (one of the older ones had a better offer) and four dogs and couldn't have had a more relaxing weekend. 

Olive and Sebastian really found it hard to relax.......

We realised when we came home that that was probably our last trip in our van as we have ordered a new one.  We decided to go for a Basestation as we think it could be great for taking all the gear and bikes (5 bikes on a bike carrier is just too hard).  Also the kids can have their own seperate room and TV.  Our van is nearly 4 years old and we have had some really great trips and seen a lot.  We have travelled about 30 000klms or more when you take into account one trip to NT and tip of WA was 14 500 klms and last year another 10 500klms to WA.  Hope we have made the right decision.

Last Chance Sewing Day

Our little group of sewers usually has craft every second Monday night but these days we often get too busy and seem to miss more nights than we actually have.  We also try to have the occasional sewing day at someone's house and we planned this one on the last day of term.  We only managed to start at lunch time due to work commitments, kids cross country, haircuts and everything else we have to jam in.  So we didn't get as much sewing done as usual, just a little, but had a few hours to get together at least.  I did'nt get any pics as we really didn't accomplish much but I had taken some pictures of morning tea.  We enjoyed our get together and will try again next term (its easier without the little people).