Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time for another holiday list ...

it's been a while but I think I'm up for another one. The kids finished school this afternoon and so we have 17 days of school holidays and Hubby will be overseas for 12 of them. Swimming squad runs straight through the holidays for The Little Girl.

Already on the calendar ...

1. Parent teacher interview for The Boy (tomorrow).
2. Special swimming squad session with the club's National squad for The Boy.
3. Soccer match for The Boy.
4. Two day soccer clinic for The Boy.
5. OPG for the The Little Girl followed by orthodontic appointments for her and The Boy.
6. Dental appointments for all three kids.
7. A day trip skiing for The Boy, Hubby and The Big Girl.
8. Surrey Park SC meet for The Little Girl.
9. Athletics training session for The Little Girl.

Should do ...

10. Finish my couch to 5K.
11. Help the Little Girl with interval training.
12. Thorough clean of the bedrooms and playroom.
13. Get some paid work done (EOY and EOM, plus BAS reporting)
14. Prepare for violin exam (The Little Girl).
15. Attend to the garden.
16. Sort my wardrobe.

Want to do ...

17. The Little Girl's compass expedition (or at least plan it).
18. Play dates.
19. Get up to date with PL2014
20. Find some of the items on Rinda's Summertime Scavenger hunt.
21. See a movie.
22. Make dumplings and eat them.
23. Make pasties.
24. We made nutella donuts earlier this year, maybe try strawberry jam donuts.

... and I'm hoping we will have time to make, read and see some other things that catch our attention.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The fluffy hat.


Filling in time outside the changerooms. The fluffy hat was preceded by a very cute set of novelty owl mittens.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This week's links ...

1. This pretty much sums up my relationship with routine.

2. I made pork with mustard pan sauce this week ... except that I used leeks instead of shallots and garlic and I bought the port already banged out. Good but the kids did not touch the sauce.

3. Top 10 Historical Fiction books for kids and 100 best ever teen novels.

4. Love this road trip info graphic.

5. A DIY $10 bench.

The Smiling Orange

1 photo, 20 words - linking up with Abi.

The orange didn't realise how serious his condition was. His smile had earned him a temporary reprieve from the insinkerator.

Monday, June 9, 2014

My Month in Numbers: May 2014

... and I'm back. I had a little break due to the 5000 words I had to hand in for assessment in the last two weeks.

Month in Numbers is brought to you by Julie at notes on paper.

Moving on to May's numbers though ...

2 pairs of running shoes bought. 1 for myself because I'm doing the couch to 5K running program and 1 for The Little Girl because she only had cross trainers and has been / will be doing a lot of straight running over the next 6 months. This is what her runners looked like after her first race. Running through mud puddles will do that.


It wasn't the most successful run for her, 16min for 3km but by the time of the GSV championship race on the 30th May she did a 12:31min for the 3km. Coming 5th in the B race, she missed the A team for her school because she got tripped in the preliminary race and ended up 11th fastest by only 8s. Her time at the championship was the 4th fastest for a junior runner from her school on the day. She's had a big improvement which isn't surprising considering she was only given the go ahead to start running in March.

2 new fruits tried. I've begun ordering CERES boxes again and we received tamarillos and a persimmon in our box one week. I had to google to see what they were. Persimmon good ... tamarillo not so much.

7 days and 130km hiking, biking and canoeing. The Big Girl's camp was a true test this year ... and they made it from the head of the Yarra back to school. May happened to be one of our warmest on record, unfortunately the camp was smack bang in some of the worst weather for the month. The first day was cold, rainy and the steep dirt track had already been churned up by an earlier race. Beautiful countryside though ...

14 extra hours string orchestra rehearsal at school for The Little Girl in preparation for the concerto evening.

3rd Grade piano for Leisure exam completed by The Little Girl.

12 days overseas in 3 countries (China, UK and Italy) for Hubby.

8955 steps per day up 200 from last month even though I two days I forgot to wear my fitbit. Distance 6.28km up 0.3km, active minutes 32 up 7 and floors 18 down 6.