Wednesday, 15 June 2011


My man.  I am truly blessed.  Today I got a lovely surprise.  We all went to get some groceries and I left Cameron at the checkout to pay while I herded the boys off to the toy bike to wait for Daddy.  When he finished I told him I just had to pick up a script and then we could go.  But instead he told me that he got extra money out after paying for the groceries and he would like me to go to the shop and pick out some clothes!  Wow.  Oh my goodness.  I was almost speechless (almost).  He even suggested we go right then and he would keep the boys amused for as long as it took.  The icing on the cake was actually finding something that I liked and that fit me well. 

I've felt run down for a while and then the cold/flu thing grabbed me last week, so I feel like Cameron has been picking up a lot of slack lately.  So I'm truly counting my many blessings tonight.

Blessings to all,

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Population 338 ... +5

I am so proud of my husband.  He has been offered another Officer-in-Charge position and this time it looks like he will be taking it.  Wowan is a town about 70km south-west of Rockhampton and at the last census registered a massive 338 residents (in the town and surrounding area)!!!  Not going to think too heavily on that part - but as for the move itself, I am thrilled.  We need a change and some more connect time as a family, not to mention an increase in pay that will bring us a step closer to Cameron's retirement dream.

The move will probably take place in the next 6 weeks.  Cameron's roster will be an 8 days on 6 days off deal so we will be travelling between Wowan and Maryborough - until we figure out what we want to do on a more permanent basis.

Being an organiser, I have several lists on the go but this is the part that I find difficult - the waiting game.  My hands are tied until they actually give us a release date.  I don't have too much clutter around, as I cull regularly (one of my all time favourite jobs to do), so it is really a matter of just deciding what needs to go and putting all those things in one particular area for the removalists to pack and then triple checking that list!

So, busy times ahead for us but exciting times also.  And by the way, try doing an internet search on Wowan.  The only thing I can find out is that it has a golf and bowling club, a showground, a Hotel (obviously), a caravan park (although on searching that further, it has been closed but they left their website up for historical purposes!!!) and a roadhouse.  I think I'll have to do a coffee shop crawl before we leave - or buy a cappacino maker.


Monday, 6 June 2011

Some school photos from last week

Our latest order - how much do we love The Book Depository?

Eddie completing his worksheet

Sasha completing his worksheet - and a left hander!!

Eddie always checks his work before he gives it to me!!

Taking our reading outdoors - to their cubby house!


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Week in Review

EDIT - Am having trouble uploading photos at the moment, so will post our pictures from the week at another time.

It is probably almost two weeks in review, but since my last post we have implemented those two specific changes (being 7.00am wake up, and starting school work) and it has been great.  The boys body clocks are starting to adjust to it and even wake naturally at that time.  The odd morning I still need to wake one of the boys up, but otherwise it is working well and bedtime is happening more smoothly again.  The only down side is when I don't get enough quiet time in the morning before they wake (which has happened the last two mornings).  I have had a fairly positive attitude towards it but come the afternoon and I am struggling.  I guess that is what goes on the list next week - SET THE ALARM.
As for school work, it has been going great.  The only officicial curriculum I am using at the moment is Maths and we are using Rod and Staff.  This has been great and although I don't follow the script exactly (my boys tune out with too much repetition) we all love it.  I am trying to introduce them gently, as they are still very young, so I am not pushing them to do all the worksheets that are given for review.  I get them to do one or two in the lesson and the rest I will keep for an activity during a lull.

We have been struggling a bit with behaviour issues this week and I put it down to TV watching.  We are going to have to ban it for a while and test our theory, which I'm secretly mourning because it is the one time that I get to sit down and have a cup of tea in peace.  Even though they don't watch too much TV, within half an hour of watching something they start acting up, stirring each other and fighting.  It's just not worth even a half hours' reprieve if it turns into chaos and strife.

So next weeks' changes are: 
  1. No TV time for the boys;
  2. No computer time for me while the boys are awake (unless Cam is home and out with the boys);
  3. Alarm for Mummy to rise and have quiet time and coffee before the day starts (and perhaps exercise eventually can be added!!)

Here's to a good week.