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A visit from home

A visit from home is just what the Dr ordered to recharge my batteries. My sister Michelle had some days off work so decided to have a road trip to visit us. It was so good to have hugs and stories from home. We had a very busy weekend planned. With approval going through, we were able to collect our car. It is so awesome and will be perfect for driving around the country. We have so many adventures planned from little picnics down by the river to big camping holidays. I was a bit nervous at first driving a car so much bigger than anything I’ve driven before but it is perfect!

After we collected the car, did the weekly groceries and washed clothes at the laundromat (yes, our washing machine broke so I’m at the laundromat every Saturday until it gets fixed), we drove over to Bonalbo to watch some of the ‘Working Dog Trial’ competition. We even stopped off for a photo with the famous Working Dog Statue that was installed recently. Lucy felt right at home in her new cowgirl hat that we bought for her. She’s really embracing the ‘country’ lifestyle and wants all things cowgirl now. My sister even bought her an early birthday present of a gorgeous Schleich cowgirl and horse statue so she’s now obsessing over the catalogue and picking out more figurines to put on her Christmas list. We might have trouble moving her back to the Coast after our 3 years has expired.

On the other hand, I think Alice will happily move back to the Central Coast after her encounter with a snake on Monday. We took Michelle to the river and decided to go for a walk along the rocks near the rapids. Alice and Minnie went on ahead and I heard a blood-curdling scream and then she ran as fast as she could over the rocks, falling hard on her knee. I knew something was not right, I’ve never seen her so scared. Turns out she came across a snake sunning itself. It took us a long time to calm her down and she was still thinking about it hours afterwards. I actually think she scared the snake as much as it scared her. I’m still unsure of what type it was but it’s a reminder for us to be vigilant now the weather is warming up.

We also went for a drive on Sunday to the Channon Craft Market and wandered around the stalls buying Christmas gifts and enjoying the day. It’s a lovely, bright market with lots to see. Afterwards, we drove to Nimbin for a cuppa but had to be pretty selective of which coffee shop to sit down at with the amount of ‘activity’ going on. It’s an interesting place to people watch but not really our scene.

I let the girls have Monday off school so we could spend as much time as possible with Aunty Shelly. The girls decided to get out their gymnastic mat which they haven’t used in a long time and it was lovely to see them doing their tricks and practising again. Lucy even got her back walkover without support which she’s not had the confidence to do before. The smile on her face was awesome!

Michelle has gone home, and life is back to routine again. I’m working an average of 4 days a week at the moment but school holidays will be here again very soon. We’ve got another busy two weeks of holidays planned with my mum visiting for a week. My dearest friend also gifted us tickets to Dreamworld so we’re going to take advantage of them and stay two nights on the Gold Coast. Bring on the holidays!

Until next time xx

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