Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lost Tooth

The Boy lost his first tooth yesterday.  We've been waiting a while but he was quite surprised when it happened.  He must have laughed too hard at the stacks in the Warren Miller movie we were watching.

Day 211 - First Lost Tooth


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451 Master List

One of the challenges I'm doing this year is 451 Challenge.  Here's the master list we're reading off (books I've read are bolded and any I've reviewed are linked).  I started the year having read 27 of these books.  So far I've read another two which means I've got 3-4 more to read before the end of the challenge..
 

  1. 1984 - George Orwell
  2. A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
  3. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  4. A Confederacy of Dunces - John O'Toole
  5. A Solitary Blue - Cynthia Voigt
  6. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  7. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
  9. Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
  10. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
  11. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
  12. Ashes in the Wind - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
  13. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
  14. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  15. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
  16. Blake's Poetry &  Designs - William Blake
  17. Blindness - Jose Saramago
  18. Call It Sleep - Henry Roth
  19. Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
  20. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  21. Centennial - James Michener
  22. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
  23. Collected Poems - Robert Frost
  24. Collected Poems - William Butler Yeats
  25. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
  26. Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton
  27. Demonology - Rick Moody
  28. Devil in the White City - Erik Larsen
  29. Diaries of Anais Nin - Anais Nin
  30. Different Seasons - Stephen King
  31. Dr. Seuss's ABC - Dr. Seuss
  32. Dr. Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
  33. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  34. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  35. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
  36. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  37. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise - Ruth Reichel
  38. Geek Love - Katherine Dunne
  39. Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien
  40. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  41. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  42. Greengage Summer - Rumer Godden
  43. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
  44. I Am America and So Can You! - Stephen Colbert
  45. I Am David - Ann Holm
  46. In This House of Brede - Rumer Godden
  47. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
  48. Islandia - Austin Tappan Wright
  49. Izzy Willy Nilly - Cynthia Voigt
  50. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  51. Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
  52. Julius Ceasar - William Shakespeare
  53. Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
  54. Legends of Pensam - Mamang Dai
  55. Les Miserable - Victor Hugo
  56. Little Boy Lost - Marghanita Laski
  57. Little Women - Louise May Alcott
  58. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  59. Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O'Neill
  60. Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
  61. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  62. Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers
  63. Maus - Art Spiegelman
  64. Maus II - Art Spiegelman
  65. Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
  66. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  67. My Invented Country - Isabel Allende
  68. Night - Elie Wiesel
  69. Night at the Circus - Angela Carter
  70. Nursery Rhymes - Mother Goose
  71. Out of the Silent Planet - C.S. Lewis
  72. Paco's Story - Larry Heinemann
  73. Paradise Lost - John Milton
  74. Parthian Stations - John Ash
  75. Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
  76. Perfume - Patrick Suskind
  77. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  78. Piercing the Darkness - Frank Peretti
  79. Pitch Dark - Renata Adler
  80. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  81. Quarantine - Jim Crace
  82. Rabbit is Rich - John Updike
  83. Rasero - Francisco Rebolledo
  84. River's End - Nora Roberts
  85. Roots - Alex Haley
  86. Sam Bangs and Moonshine - Evaline Ness
  87. Sea Glass - Anita Shreve
  88. Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 - Nathaniel Philbrick
  89. Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
  90. Silence - Shusaku Endo
  91. Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
  92. South Riding - Winifred Holtby
  93. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves - Karen Russell
  94. Summer of my German Soldier - Bette Green
  95. Ten Tales Tall and True - Alasdair Gray
  96. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  97. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights
  98. The Autograph Man - Zadie Smith
  99. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  100. The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
  101. The Beginning and the End - Naguib Mahfouz
  102. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson
  103. The Blindfold - Siri Hustvedt
  104. The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
  105. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  106. The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe
  107. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  108. The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  109. The Complete Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare
  110. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
  111. The Courage of Their Convictions: Sixteen Americans Who Fought Their Way to the Supreme Court - Peter Irons
  112. The Double Helix - James D. Watson
  113. The Dragonridgers of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
  114. The Family from One End Street - Eve Garnett
  115. The Far Pavilions - M.M. Kaye
  116. The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
  117. The Giver - Lois Lowry
  118. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
  119. The Golems of Gotham - Thane Rosenbaum
  120. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  121. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  122. The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
  123. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
  124. The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
  125. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  126. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkein
  127. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
  128. The Iliad - Homer
  129. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  130. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
  131. The Joy of Cooking - Rombauer, Becker, and Becker
  132. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  133. The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
  134. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  135. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein
  136. The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro
  137. The Magic of Ordinary Days - Ann Howard Creel
  138. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster
  139. The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
  140. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
  141. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
  142. The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
  143. The Ring and the Book - Robert Browning
  144. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  145. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend
  146. The Shadow of the WInd - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  147. The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
  148. The Sleep Book - Dr. Seuss
  149. The Stand - Stephen King
  150. The Story Girl - L.M. Montgomery
  151. The Story of a Mariage - Andrew Sean Greer
  152. The Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
  153. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffinegger
  154. The Way of Herbs - Michael Tierra
  155. The Worst Hard Time - Timothy Egan
  156. The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon
  157. This Present Darkness - Frank Peretti
  158. Time and Again - Jack Finney
  159. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  160. Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
  161. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  162. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
  163. We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
  164. We the Living - Ayn Rand
  165. We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
  166. Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
  167. Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson
  168. Women in the Wall - Julia O'Faolian
  169. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  170. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

Friday, July 30, 2010

Donna Duncombe's Tranquility

Donna Duncombe released her new kit, Tranquility, today.  It's a beautiful mini-kit with soft colours and pretty embellishments.



Here's a layout using it based on Tuesday's post.

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and another layout mixing it up with products from Happy Birthday, Birthday Solids, Birthday Spots, and Sunkissed.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Disordered

More words from the kids that I really don't want to forget.


Taps head: “I can’t find that word in my head
The Boy


“Mum can you help me pack for camp … I get really distracted … I see my shiny ball and just start bouncing it and forget that I’m packing my bag.
Big Girl


Day 164 - At the Park


Um ... I guess I can be happy they are showing such self-awareness?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Around the Traps

On Saturday the HeraldSun had 10 top recipes from this year's season of Masterchef.  In honour of the finish of Masterchef we had Jimmy's Butter Chicken for tea on Monday night.  I love the butter chicken from our local Indian so I was keen to give this a try.  It's not the same, but was still really good.  It makes a much lighter dish than I was used to and didn't make me thirsty so that was a plus.  The plus is that there's not too many ingredients and it really is very easy.  The kids ate it ... will be making it again.

You can see what another blogger thought and get the recipe here.  I didn't want to make another dish of vegetables so I threw in some carrot and broccoli when I added the chicken to the sauce and 5mins from the end a handful of frozen peas ... worked a treat and we got our quota of veges.

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I've been following habit for most of this year, it is such a wonderful source of inspiration for my P365.  For the month of July they have welcomed anyone who wishes to join in the fun by posting to the habit flickr group.  The idea is to post a real moment from your day along with no more than 30 words in the description.  The words can capture a single moment, or the essence of the whole day, they don't need to be related to the photo.  If you are doing P365 or you just like to peruse beautiful photography and words you should check it out.

It feels weird posting that last sentence then saying this ... my photo is on the blog today.

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Loved these words by Rene Breuel
We are creatures of eternity, people with a destiny to fulfill or to ignore, but with a destiny awaiting us nonetheless. Every now and then one of us succumbs to adversity or to easy comforts, and settles. We let ourselves get enclosed by time and squeezed out by minutes and seconds; we miss the vast plains of eternity, and miss ourselves. We forget to look ahead and we close our eyes. We nestle in the moment and stop asking ourselves why we exist, or what do we live for, as someone too cosy to care.
Read the rest of Shaped by the Future.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Little Girl's Success

Little girl has been sucking her thumb since she was a baby.  It was a very entrenched habit.  We had tried previously to break it using "stop 'n grow" and a points system but without success.  The idea was to catch her without her thumb in her mouth and everytime you do she gets a point.  If you see her with her thumb in her mouth she loses a point but only after she's scored at least 5 points in a row, other wise I just ignored it.  At 100 points she would get the reward of her choice, which might be for example special time with either me or Hubby, or hiring a DVD from the store.  We gave it a good try when she was in grade 1 but in the end it was almost impossible to catch her without her thumb in her mouth so we gave it a rest.

Fast forward 2 years and we still had constant thumb sucking happening when she was around us and the need to stop was getting more and more important due to upcoming orthodontic appointment as well as for her speech.

Anyway we had started to broach the subject with Little Girl and in her words "I don't see how I will do it ... it's impossible"

So Big Girl pipes up "Well pray about it!!"

So I added it to my daily prayer list and I got small group praying for her too.  So she went to her speech therapist 2 Fridays ago and I haven't seen her sucking her thumb once since then ... not even while watching TV ... and now she says it is getting easier.  I'm so proud of her.

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Fast forward two months and she only has the occasional slip up ... sometimes she gets annoyed with me and I think she does it on purpose.

 I'm going to declare this mission accomplished.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Why do I take so many photos involving food? ... this week's P365

His birthday means his request. ... rib roast and Mamma's cake with a nice glass of red wine.

Day 200 - Birthday Tea



They hadn't used the trampoline for ages. It was a struggle to get them to hop off and come inside for a shower.

Day 201 - Jump



I accompanied him on his school excursion to the museum.

Day 202 - At the Museum



He's been pestering me for days to make Anzac biscuits ... I told him where to find the recipe and said go for it.

Day 203 - Anzac Biscuits



Perfecting my recipe for wholemeal bread ... I'm getting closer.

Day 204 - Making Bread



Cousins at the footy, face painting, snacks and an 82 point win by the 'Pies.

Day 205 - The Footy



Taking a break and some sustenance during shopping expedition.

Day 206 - Capital Kitchen

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That MattersCounterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters by Timothy Keller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Timothy Keller shows how good things become idols when they become ultimate things, when we look to them for our meaning. Throughout the book he uses biblical characters to illustrate how idols work in our lives to cause destruction. I felt that sometimes he pushed the explanations a little further than the biblical accounts warranted.

Keeping God front and centre in your life is always difficult and Keller is realistic in his assessment that in this life we will need to continually removing the idols that spring up in our hearts. While much of it was covering old ground, he offers some good questions to ask when examining yourself and gives his remedy to idols - don't love the good things (like family) less, love God more.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Today You Made Me Smile - A Layout

Working steadily through our 2009 album, I came along these photos and this blog post.  I decided to use some of the story from my blog post with the photos.  Starting with the template from this month's Oscraps Copycat Challenge I got scrapping but it seemed to take ages to finish, I'm not sure why but I couldn't settle on the finishing touches.  Finally after two nights I got it finished.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mt Hotham

We went to Mt Hotham for the weekend, skiing with some families from the girls' school. Another 4:20am wakeup to leave by 5am. This one was hard ... I really am not a morning person. It is a long but scenic drive.

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We tried to circumvent the vomit fest in the car this time by giving Little girl and The Boy travel sickness tablets ... Little Girl, OK ... The Boy, not so much, but he did manage to keep it in the bag so no mess. The drive up the mountain is gorgeous, lots of views over the mountains and the trees all had beautiful ice formations due to the strong winds and cold weather of the previous few days.

We arrived about 10:30am and unloaded the car, got changed and picked up some lunch. The Boy just had to have a Harry the Snowdragon Cupcake.

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For the afternoon we organised a 3hr family lesson which included a good tour of the open runs, particularly useful since this was our first trip to Hotham, and a some helpful instruction. Big Girl requested a harder run so she went off with the instructor by herself to check out some more difficult terrain while the rest of us did the village loop again. By this time The Boy had had enough so Hubby and him went for a hot chocolate while Little girl and I waited near the Summit Poma for Big Girl and the instructor to get back.

Now I generally have a rule that I don't ride T-bars or pomas, if I'm going to do a run I usually make sure it has a chairlift so I can have a nice relaxing ride and some conversation on my way back up to the top, but Little girl requested that we ride the poma during the lesson and do some 360s. So the last 15mins of the lesson was spent with Big Girl, Little girl the instructor and I riding the poma up and doing 360s on the way down ... Hubby and The Boy had a good view of the entertainment from the Summit Cafe.

We stayed at the Wangungarra Lodge. This is our first taste of lodge life and it was pretty good. Our group had the whole lodge. We already knew a few of the families and it was a good opportunity to meet some more. I think we will definitely look at staying in lodge style accommodation in the future.

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Second day was beautiful again if a little colder due to the wind. We spent the morning skiing together. Hubby or Big Girl usually lead the way, while I follow up making sure that everyone gets down safely. There was a little stress at times, especially when I had to tell The Boy and Big Girl to stop fighting while they were skiing. They were pushing each other while they skied down the run. Later Big Girl nearly knocked me flat trying to spray me with snow ... yes, so hilarious.

Mid morning I decided to get some video so I said to the kids and Hubby to ski down. I expected them to ski straight down the run from where I was and Hubby did but I lost the kids. Looking around I spotted them off to the other side organising to get the photo taken as they did a jump. They strangely become exhibitionists as soon as they hit the snow. Once I caught up with them the first thing The Boy asks is if I caught their jumps on video. Then Big Girl starts bragging about how she got claps on cheers from the chairlfit for her jump.

In the afternoon one of the parents had organised some race training for the girls and The Boy was keen to join in as well. He worked his magic on one of the big girls who looked after him all afternoon. The girls got separated from the group due to some misunderstandings and the fact that they aren't tall enough to ride the chairlift on their own. The did the right thing though and went into the snowsports school and explained how they were separated from their group. An instructor took them back up to the racetrack and they were just arriving as we stopped to have a look. We thanked the instructor and took over but the girls decided they had had enough. Big Girl said it wasn't much fun because they just had to do the racetrack then ride that "freezing cold lift". The Boy had an absolute ball. When I asked if he wanted me to ride the lift with him he said no thanks ... he was having too much fun with the big senior school girls. When I picked him up at the end the instructor just said "He's fast" ... yes, he loves to go fast.

Day 198 - Mt Hotham


The wind picked up sunday and it was very cold so we decided to make an early start home so we weren't really tired for the start of the week. Little Girl and The Boy finally got to have the play in the snow they's been requesting everyday while we were at Falls Creek.

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Little Girl found a icicle that had come off the roof.

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Then things got a bit scary ... don't get too close.

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A long drive home and we arrived to find our TV broken down ... luckily it's under warranty.

Monday, July 19, 2010

House Aths Sports - The Layouts

Another couple of layouts I did during the 25 days of Summer Templates course.

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Credits:  Templates by Tiffany Tillman
Patterned Paper from A Beautiful Mess by Emily Powers and TaylorMade
Doodled Splash from Sunkissed by Donna Duncombe

Back to school, activities and Mt Hotham ... this week's P365

The last day of holidays. She had an orthodontic assessment, we did a little shopping, then went to the park.

(12/7) Day 193 - Bubbler



She's written an outline now it's time to put her movie together on the computer.

Day 194 - Movie Making



Back into a routine. The bad - dragging the kids out of bed in the morning. The good - my solitary walks.

(14/7) Day 195 - Solitary



It was the first night I dropped her off and left. I hoped it went OK.

(15/7) Day 196 - Swim Squad



I'm not a morning person but the watching the sunrise as we drove to Hotham was beautiful.

Day 197 - Sunrise



Big day of skiing as a family in the morning and race training for the kids in the afternoon.

Day 198 - Mt Hotham



It was bitterly cold and blowing a gale, we decided to forgo skiing and get home at a reasonable hour.

(18/7) Day 199 - Snow Gum

Friday, July 16, 2010

Away Skiing

Off to Hotham sans computer ... back on Monday with this week's P365.  Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a huge fan of the Outlander series so I was really pleased to get this as a Christmas present. I know, I know, why am I just getting round to it now? ... I don't have a good answer except maybe I'm easily distracted. The story follows several different plot lines, including a John/William section, Jamie/Claire and a present day Brianna/Roger. I have read one of the Lord John books so this character was fairly familiar to me as well. I particularly enjoyed the parts with Ian and would love to see more of him. This is probably my least favourite of all the books. I found it dragged in parts and was really disappointed in the late plot twist involving Jem that was left unresolved. I know we are supposed to be left wanting the next instalment but there's no need to leave us hanging quite so badly.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mini-Matt

The Boy gleefully opened his showbag from Race Day on Thursday and pulled out his "napkin".  Look at me, I'm Matt Preston, Masterchef Taster.

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I think he confused Matt's cravat with a napkin. I am glad the real Matt keeps his shirt on though.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Easter Hunt Loot

I recently finished Tiffany Tillman's 25 Days of Templates. I've made some layouts I really love.  Even though I already use templates a lot her explanations on how to build layouts in various styles was both interesting and I think will also really help me going into the future.  This is my layout for the first week using a template by Tiffany and Lemonade Stand by Paislee Press and TaylorMade Designs (now available at oscraps) provided in the class. I also edited the photos using a technique taught in the class.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Skiing, skiing, more skiing and a lunch ... this week's P365

He's the smallest in his class by a big margin, so he usually get's to follow directly behind the instructor.

Day 186 - Bottom of Highway



She made this one but didn't realise the third had a gap between jump and box.

Day 187 - Drover's Terrain Park



With a lack of terrain open the instructors had to get creative, yesterday parachutes, today one ski and trick skis.

Day 188 - Trick Skis



Thursday at Falls Creek is race day. Race down the Nastar race course, presentation, show bags. My Boy went up so all 3 are now in level 5.

Day 189 - Race Day



The girls off the chair after their last run for this holiday.

Day 190 - Last Run



Unpack, wash, dry, repack for next weekend.

Day 191 - Washing



Small group lunch ... good food, good company, third load for the dishwasher.

Day 192 - The Dishes

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hanging With the Big Boys

We got home from Falls Creek at about 9pm last night.  We got the kids in bed and unpacked the car then I fell into bed and didn't move until this morning.  I've started the washing and plan to get our gear clean and dry then pack it all back in the cases for next weekend.

The Milo Junior Workshop is for ages 6-14 and the groups are based on ability not age so The Boy was in a group with quite a few bigger boys.  He's been learning a few new skills over the week ... he's not one to stand back if there's a bit of mischief going on.

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Big Girl came home the first day and told on him: "The Boy was doing this to everyone at lunchtime" and gave the bird.  I'm sure the bigger boys thought it was hilarious.

Yesterday Hubby and I were killing time down the bottom of Falls Express and we see a boy (about 13) come flying down the hill, speed in and hockey stop just before he ploughed into the lift queue.  I'd only just finished the thought "typical boys" when I saw my Boy come racing down and do the exact same thing.  The rocket boosters in his skis are working a bit too well I think ... and stocks make good swords apparently.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Race Day

Another beautiful day here at Falls Creek, very pleasant to ski in, but it would have been nice to have some snow.  One advantage is that we won't have to dig the car out when we leave tomorrow.

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Thursday is Race Day at ski school so all the kids had a go down the Nastar race course.  The Boy got a time of 32.55 which he tells us was the fastest time in his group (not sure whether this is correct, he's the smallest) due to the rocket boosters in his skis.  We watched and he knew to tuck his poles back in and lean forward. He will also be going up to Emu's tomorrow with the rest of his class, that means all three kids will be in the same level. He's also very excited because his teacher has booked the trick skis for tomorrow. Here he is with his class and teacher Nicola. As soon as he heard it was his turn he rushed forward and claimed the position on the first place podium.

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Little Girl and Big Girl will need to do a bit more skiing in Emu's. They were supposed to be starting black runs but they did get to do some fun stuff including parachute's on Wednesday and yesterday they skied with just one ski and also used the trick skis.

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Today Big Girl got a time of 29.12s and Little Girl 35.84s on the Nastar course. Here they are with their group and teacher Christy.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The weakest link ...

would be me.  Officially I'm following behind everyone down the runs to help anyone who falls over, I just tell them to wait for me at the bottom.  I'm still one up on The Boy ... he's not yet paralleling.  Here he is with his class on the bottom of Highway.  The top of the run isn't open but you can cut across from Main St to avoid the bumps that form in the afternoon on the bottom of Main. He's directly behind the instructor.

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Most of his class are at least a head height taller or more than him. They're also older but they really look out for him. This morning when they were waiting for their instructor to arrive they called out to The Boy to get him to come and join them while they waited. I think The Boy has been entertaining them all with stories about the engines in his skis that are powered by snow.

After we picked the kids up from ski school this afternoon we let them have a run through the terrain park. I said The Boy could go as long as he just did the first jump and stayed off the rails.

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The girls didn't have any restrictions.

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Big Girl did all three but didn't realise there was a gap between the third mound and the rail and stacked. The other two you can just ski from the jump straight onto the rail.

After that it was time to brave the run home on Wombats which is nerve racking for me. There's people going slow and some whizzing past, insane snow boarders, stacks and The Boy insists on finding every bump and launching himself off it. Someone hit The Boy on the way down and I Little Girl and I stopped to help him get his skis back on. I was stopped above the kids to give a bit of protection and we were just about to start down again when a little girl ploughed into me and knocked me over ... all I could think about as I fell was to try not to land on her because I knew I could easily hurt her. She was mortified and apologising and luckily not hurt so we pulled ourselves back up and tried to get going as quickly as possible while numerous people around us stacked as they tried to avoid us. I just said to Little Girl get going but to make sure to go straight down at first so she didn't get collected by someone passing us. It was complete mayhem.

The run home is definitely a test of nerves when we're with the kids, Little Girl has been hit twice already these holidays but managed to stay upright both times. The kids don't seem to be phased though ... maybe they don't realise quite how seriously you can hurt yourself ... the first thing The Boy had to tell Hubby about when we finally reached the bottom was his perfect jump at the top of the run ... it was pretty good.