2017 Update 1

2017 Summary so far…

We moved from our farm to an hour and a half away from our old house, so huge move. Matthew’s sister Katherine and husband Mark brought their babies, Ebony and Ivy, to see us and were a god send helping us with our move. The move, for those who don’t know, was to reduce the travel for Matthew with his new job. He had been doing 3 hour round trips every day for a year and we needed a change of scenery. Matthews travel time is almost halved with our move and we certainly have a change of scenery and a new lifestyle. It has been very good for us, despite a few health issues.

Matthew works at Amberley Heritage Centre once a month doing RAAF Reserve work.  We have discussed him stopping, so he is looking at other Reserve options. He had an interview for a Web Developers position. If all goes well he will fly to Canberra for training.

Caity changed school’s due to the move was a difficult transition.  Caitlin got her Learner’s, very exciting news.

Thomas adjusted fine and celebrated becoming an adult.

Justin and Bridget are very busy with uni and both doing well.

Lachlan and Tiffany got married last November, for those who didn’t hear.  Lachlan has finished his degree and graduates in September, so very exciting.

I have been busy catching up on projects I have had on hold for far too long. Chair covers, bit of scrapbooking, a few blankets, my garden, started learning to make Jam and enjoying the local markets, which are awesome.

Since moving we have had our health check done and dentist checks.  We have been more to the doctors in the last 8 months than the last 8 years.  Our new doctors are great. Have a great dentist and still happy to travel to see him.

Had a trip to my mummy’s booked, and Aunty Lyn was coming with me. Only one of us went and she had a great time, loved the updates.

Busy weekend Caity had a sleepover at her boyfriend Dylan’s. Thomas had friends over for the first time at our new place.  Nathan and Peter came for the weekend.

2017-07-28 Nathan and Peter visited
2017-07-28 Nathan and Peter visited

The boys went up to Nambour with Matthew to some gaming café, and then Matthew dropped them off to the movies on the way home.

The Beauclerc’s came for a visit was so great catching up it had been way too long.

We pick up Caity from Dylan’s and my Sweet Peas have a garden bed.

Nanny went to hospital.

August –

Quiet weekend Matthew and Damien went to visit their mum. Bridget had a Birthday. Caity and I met Matthew and Damien at Nat’s for dinner with James.

Very Sad news Bridget’s grandma passed away (Monday).

More bad news our car is in very bad shape.

Very sad news Sean’s uncle passed away (Wednesday).

Caitlin had a job interview and they loved her, just waiting on her eligibility for traineeship to be confirmed at the school. So fingers crossed. So some nice news.

We are very glad to report Matthew’s mum is home and sounding better every day.

Busy Weekend Caity had a sleepover at Dylan’s. We did a flower delivery to Hayley and Bridget.

Had a lovely weekend with Lockie and Tiff. Had a double date at Recyclerama and Nepalese Lunch date. Which was our first time trying Nepalese Food. On way home had a lovely impromptu dinner with Damien, Natalie, Matilda and Grandad. Had a great games evening playing Cluedo and Family Feud. Lockie and Matthew working on my gardening bench (Matthew’s current project), and with Tiff and I having a lovely morning at the markets and a chick flick when we got home.

Bridget farewelled her Grandma’s(Tuesday).

Matthew is going to Canberra for training which is very exciting news.

Caity got her traineeship confirmed and induction booked in.

Caity got to 100 on the highway for the first time and put fuel in the car.

Had some bad news, one of my dearest and longest friends, my cousin Mal’s wife Leanne sadly lost her mum (Wednesday).

Busy Weekend Mother daughter Movie Night went to see “The Big Sick”. Caught up with friends from Matt’s old work at the “Plough Inn”. Great night.

2017-08-19 Plough Inn Date
2017-08-19 Plough Inn Date

Caity drove from home to Ipswich for the first time today for those who are not aware it is an hour and a half drive with most being highway.

Next to organise eye and hearing tests that we are overdue for. I will take this opportunity to remind all our loved one to get a check up, do your health checks that includes asking for a mental health check. We all need propping up sometimes it not a sign of weakness to need help occasionally.  Something some of us offer freely and unselfishly but find difficult to accept from others.

Without your mental health in check your life will end up tougher than it needs to be. You don’t need to have anything wrong to request one just get it checked.

My heart is with those I love for their loss. I rejoice for the good news and cherish it.

So an emotional roller coaster to say the very least. and the month is not over.