Last time I blogged about Mother's day because it was topical but I skipped over a bit, so now it's time to go back and write it.
In April this year, we had a visit from Joanne's Aunt and Uncle; Louise and Murray from New Zealand. It was great to see them again as it's been a long time since New Zealand. Their visit coincided with the school holidays so our kids, who have been more than a little neglected over the last few months got to spend a lot of very happy times with them.
The kids took great delight in "showing" them around the attractions that Sydney has to offer; The blue mountains, the city, the aquarium and of course, the ABC shop. They even got a chance to see what a real food court looks like (the monster sized food court in the new Pitt Street Mall buildings).
The kids got a lot of happy memories from the events and managed (I believe) to have fewer than usual fights with each other.
Fudge the dog also enjoyed the extra attention.
A huge thank you guys for being there when you were needed.
Also on the subject of being there when needed, I'd just like to say thanks to Mark and Anne and Roger for being there during some of the most difficult hours, thanks to Laura and of course huge thanks to our hero Allie and her family.
In May, Tristan made his first holy communion. We didn't feel like partying so we kept things very close and quiet. Big thanks to Peter and Cheryl who helped us out on the day.
Instead of a party to celebrate, we just got Tristan an iPad. I don't think he minded... in fact, I'm not sure that he's actually let go of the device yet. It's the gift that just keeps on giving.
Among other things, it's made it possible for us to take long drives with relative silence and fewer fights. There's still the "game noise" to contend with but it's better than "kid noise".
Tristan has already made great strides with the device and has been remote desktopping his computer and asking questions about VPNs.
Some Time Out
In June, Joanne took some time to go to Melbourne for shopping and the boys and I had some quality time at home. While most of that time was cleaning up, we did get to do a few fun things like visiting my family whom I hadn't seen for a long time.
We also went into town, spent a bit too long at the apple store, saw Star Trek in 3D (very good btw) and then saw the Doctor Who special at the Sydney lights festival (unfortunately in the rain).
|Tristan said it was good but should have been on a screen, not on a building!|