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School Holiday Fun

School holidays were as hectic as usual with very little rest time but it was so good to catch up with family and old friends. The first week of school holidays saw us on the Gold Coast for 3 days catching up with one of Lucy’s dear friends from the Central Coast and having an absolute ball at SeaWorld and MovieWorld. The little daredevils are finally tall enough for the big rides at MovieWorld and they dragged me on all the rides with them. The new DC Rivals rollercoaster was as scary as it looks and I felt like I was having an anxiety attack in the queue but I’m glad I didn’t back out and can now say I’ve been on it. They say it’s the tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in the Southern Hemisphere. You can even pay extra to ride it backwards if you are keen which I most certainly was not but Lucy would have if I had let her. I’m not so sure I’d do it again but the girls loved it.

We also had a visit from one of our Bonalbo school friends who has moved to Melbourne. It was so good to see her and hear all about her new school and what she’s up to in Melbourne.

My best friend came to visit with her two girls and stayed for a few days. We showed them around town, introduced them to the calves along Racecourse Road, explored the river and had a great day at Bald Rock National Park climbing the rock and visiting Captain Thunderbolt’s cave. I loved having them visit and showing her our Tabulam life.

During the second week of school holidays, we flew back to the Central Coast for a couple of days for some appointments. We only had a very limited time to catch up with friends but we were able to squeeze a couple of visits with the girls’ Empire Bay school friends and a lovely dinner with family. We’ll be back again for a couple of weeks in January so will hopefully have more time to catch up with friends then.

The new term has started and we are all systems go with a new school for Alice. She’s now travelling into Casino to get her re-adjusted to a larger school and get her ready for high school. So far so good, she’s coming home all smiles and stories about the lessons she’s doing and the friends she’s met. She has lots of activities to prepare for this term which she is really enjoying. It’s a huge relief to see her so happy.

The frost has burned off most of Linden’s garden but it will bounce back once the warmer weather arrives I’m sure. All in all, our very busy life in Tabulam is going extremely well at the moment.

Until next time x

Birthdays, Sport, Campdraft and a Lantern Parade

June is a busy birthday month for us. We celebrated my birthday with a day trip to Tenterfield. We sat by an open fire in a café for hot chocolates and coffees in the morning, walked around town checking out all the lovely shops then had a delicious lunch in one of the many cafes. It was a perfect way to celebrate having the family all together with no stress.

The next birthday was Alice who turned 11 and I took the girls to the Macadamia Castle for the day. We wandered around patting the animals, watching the shows and even played mini golf. The girls had a ball and were very excited to see a brand new joey in it’s mum’s pouch. The delicious icecream at the end of the day topped of another great birthday celebration.

This week we’ll be celebrating Linden’s birthday and I’m going to attempt to make a Maggie Beer Apple Tarte Tatin. I’ve never made one before but it doesn’t seem too difficult so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

The girls attended the Zone Cross Country at the beginning of the month and did really well. Alice was happy to have the chance to run the Corndale course and came somewhere in the middle of the field. Lucy surprised everyone by placing 3rd out of around 75 girls in her age group. She then qualified for Regional Cross Country at Nana Glen and earned her first representative singlet. I took the day off work to take her to Regionals and it was a very early start and long day but we were all so proud of her coming 17th in the region.

The very next day they had the school Athletics carnival and both had a fantastic day. Lucy came home with 5 first places and Alice received 3 first places, 1 second and 2 third place ribbons. They really love competing in sport and put all their effort into their events.

I took the girls out on Saturday and we went to watch some of the Campdraft at Mallanganee. I don’t have much of an idea about horses or the rules or Campdraft but it’s amazing to watch. The skill at maneouvering the cattle around the yard is incredible. The horses are beautiful to watch.

After Campdraft, we went into Lismore to watch the Lantern Parade. It was a cold night and very crowded but we found ourselves a great spot right at the front of the parade route. The lanterns were spectacular and everyone looked like they were having a great night..

It’s almost the end of the term, only 2 weeks to go. We have another busy school holiday planned with a couple of days on the Gold Coast and whirlwind trip to the Central Coast.

A Busy, Fun Month

We’ve had a really busy month since my last update and it’s been so much fun.

The four of us had 3 nights in Mooloolaba for Alice and Lucy to participate in the Weetbix Tryathlon at the Sunsine Coast University with my friend Louise’s boys. It’s the second one the girls have done and they had an awesome morning. We spent the weekend surfing/body boarding at the beach or swimming in the hotel pool and catching up with Louise, Elliott and Liam.

On the drive up to the Sunshine Coast, we stopped for lunch in Brisbane to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousin Cate. It’s always so good to see them and chat about what we’ve all been up to. I love them to bits!

Two week later, Alice, Lucy and I had a weekend on the Gold Coast where we met my sister Michelle and brother in law Carl for a couple of nights. We also had lunch with my nephew Phil and his girlfriend Ali. The weather was awesome and we loved the vibe of the Gold Coast. It’s always a very tiring couple of days and walked A LOT!

A couple of weekends ago it was so windy and cold, we didn’t even leave the house. The girls were starting to get a little restless so we created our own little photography studio and I dragged the big camera out to take some portraits. It’s been so long since I’ve picked up the big camera for a purpose and it felt really good. They were excited to put a bit of makeup on and pose for the camera. I was a little shocked to see how much they have grown, not my tiny little girls anymore.

The school Cross Country was held a couple of weeks ago and Lucy came first, Alice came second in their age groups. They both then competed at the District Cross Country with 5 other schools and Lucy came first, receiving her first trophy. She has been training so hard for it and we were all very proud. Alice came 4th in her age group and they both have qualified to go to the Zone Cross Country in Corndale (just outside of Lismore) in 2 weeks time.

Mothers Day was last week and we drove out to the Channon markets and afterwards discovered Protestor Falls in the Nightcap National Park. It was about a 15 minute walk through beautiful rainforest with a rocky creek following us along the way. The falls themselves were spectacular with a big pool at the bottom. It was well worth the detour.

The next day we decided to let the girls have the day off school for a family day. We had lunch in Lismore at a favourite café and then drove out to Evans Head where we could drive out onto the beach and practice our sand driving for our Fraser Island adventure later this year. It was too windy and cool for a surf, so we went to the skatepark and watched the girls ride their bike and skateboard around. On the way home, just outside of Casino is a huge sunflower field flowering at the moment. It’s so awesome to see that many sunflowers in one place.

I’m enjoying having Monday’s off work, it gives me a chance to catch up on housework, edit photos and write a Blog Post. Next weekend, we’ll go to Casino for the Beef Week parade which is a huge even in the Casino calendar. 10 days of festivities. It should be a fun day.

Until next time x


It’s been a while

I’ve certainly dropped the ball when it comes to finding time to update the Blog and let people know how we are travelling on this adventure. Over 2 months since the last time I wrote is pretty terrible but I’ll do my best to fill you in on what we have been up to.

We’ve hit the halfway mark of our 3 year adventure and still not 100% on what will happen when Linden’s time is up. We’ll have to wait and see what positions are available for him to apply for and if they will suit our little family.

I worked full time Term 1 in the school office and it was a hectic but very happy 11 week Term. I have really enjoyed being busy and learning new skills but will drop down to 4 days a week as of next Term. That extra day at home to catch up and recover will do me the world of good I’m sure.

The girls have also had a very busy term. They are still having horse riding lessons with the amazing Simone. The school swimming carnival was early in the term and they both made it through to District level but didn’t progress any further. Alice was the reserve for the mixed relay and that relay team performed so well, qualifying for State level in Sydney. Unfortunately one of the girls wasn’t able to attend, so Alice was asked to go as a reserve. It was such a great experience for the team to swim in the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, even though they didn’t make it to a final. We had a fantastic few days afterwards catching up with family and friends on the Central Coast.

Our school Cross Country was also held towards the end of term and Lucy’s training paid off with a first place. Her running has improved so much since last year, I think the training and her determination really showed. Alice came 2nd and they will both progress to District level early next Term.

Both girls made Easter hats for the parade at school and we did some Easter craft and baking this year at home. We had a very quiet Easter weekend, just recovering from some very busy weeks. A few days rest at home was exactly what we needed.

We have only just got home from our unexpected trip to Sydney, unpacked, washed clothes and have now re-packed for a 4 day trip to the Sunshine Coast where I will catch up with my dear friend Louise and her two boys. All four of the kids are going to do a Weetbix Tryathlon on Sunday.

Hopefully next week will be a little quieter to rest up before the new Term starts.

Little Mermaids

Can you believe it is February already? We’ve hit the ground running this week with all three girls in the family back to school. Alice is now in Year 5 and is in a class of Year 5 and Year 6. It’s quite a small class with only around 13 or so students. Lucy’s class is much bigger, being Year 2, 3 and 4. They’ve both stayed with the same teacher as last year and seem pretty happy, though it’s taking Lucy a little bit of adjustment to get back into the routine of school. I’m back working in the front office 5 days a week this term and it’s been a hectic but fun week. I’ve really enjoyed being back in the workforce after a long break. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I feel like I’m making progress and not asking quite as many questions as I used to.

We came home from the Central Coast thinking we might have a couple of weeks rest before heading back to work but who was I kidding? Linden went back to work and the girls and I had a lot of things planned. I spent a few days cooking and freezing snacks and meals for when I went back to work to make life a little easier. We went to Lismore shopping a few days and we saw Steve Backshall from the Deadly 60 Live in Concert at the Lismore City Hall. It was so much fun seeing him in real life after watching him on TV for years. The girls loved the show.

We spent 2 nights in Coffs Harbour for Australia Day and attended a Family Reunion of my Dad’s family. We used to go to these reunions every year when I was younger, either at a cousin’s house in Hornsby or one in Palm Beach. I have so many great memories of playing with cousins, hugs from Aunts and Uncles and swimming in the pool. It was always a fun day catching a ferry to Palm Beach and then spending the day with family. It was a mad rush to get the last ferry back home because we never wanted to say goodbye. In more recent years, the reunions have been passed on to the next generation and we don’t have them as often due to the extended family being spread Australia-wide (even world-wide) making it difficult to get people together. The original generation that started the reunions are getting older, making it hard to travel for most of them. I’m so grateful that we can still get together every few years and catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles.

We stayed in a Coffs Harbour resort with my mum, two sisters, brother in law and two nephews. We had such a lovely 2 days together. My little mermaids spent most of the two days in various pools and were quite waterlogged by the time we left to go home.

The girls’ gymnastics class started back up today and they looked so happy to be back at gym. Alice was complaining the class is too basic but there’s not much we can do about it at the moment. It’s still the closest gym centre to where we live and she can only do the basic Saturday morning class.

I think I’ve caught you up on what we’ve been doing the past few weeks. There hasn’t been much change to Tabulam, there is still a lot of work being done on the new bridge. The weather has been lovely this past week or so, we’ve had a lot of rain and it has cooled down a lot. I don’t think there is much else to report for now.

Until next time x

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