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.
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.
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.
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.
So this year started quite stressful with working out where we were moving to and trying to find a rental to move before school went back. Escalated by school zoning so without an address in the catchment it increased our stress and we had chosen the school. Part of this move was to reduce Matthews travel time with work and the other was a lifestyle change. 9 years in the one location was the longest we have lived anywhere and has come with a lot of sacrifices, learning curves and life lessons.
In January Matthew Caitlin Dylan and I went to the speedway at Archerfield. It was great and I got to catch up with some old friends Maree Gee and Dean Mc Comb. It bought back so many memories and was great watching Maree’s son Mitchell race in the Sprint Cars. We found a house and moved just in time for Caitlin to start year 11 at her new school. Kathy and Mark bought Ebony and our new niece Ivy for a weeks holiday which was awesome. They were such a great help with our move.
Moving our animals what a cat-astrophy lol, the poor cats were traumatised for at least a week, very funny story goes with this but I will leave you with that. Dogs thought it was great that they got to go in the car. Lots of trips back to the house in preparation for our tenants we secured got sleepovers at Nessy, Narnie and Belle’s and also Nikki and Ritchie’s. They moved in end of the month. Animals have all settled in now which is great. Douglas went to the vet because he was starting to look like a panda loosing hair around his eyes only to find out he is allergic to fleas. Lockie and Tiff had their first sleepover at our new place.
In February We had a sleepover at Nikki and Ritchie’s so I could finish cleaning for tenants. Took Nikki to the Drag for her first time as a thank you for all her help and suprised her and Cherry who was driving in the Powder Puff Comp for her first time with Darryl. Breanna and Brendan joined us.
Toby, Lockie and Tiff slept over. Nikita and Luke visited and I met little Noah for the first time. Had a sleepover at Nessy’s and Visit to Hayley’s. Caity turned 16. We went to Australia Zoo for the girls birthday weekend. Damien, Nat, James and Matilda joined us for cake. Tiffany turned 20. Have had a lot of adjustments this year so far. We started doing our health check ups and found a good doctors surgery. Have discovered the local markets which are great!!
In March We had a sleepover at Lockie and Tiff’s and then her birthday lunch the next day. Hayley’s for coffee. Josh and Erin’s Engagement Party. Sleepover at Hayleys. Had a coffee date with my boys Woomby with Lockie and Juzzy on way home. Had nothing planned which turned into a Date with Matt cruising the sunshine coast. Had a drink at Ettamoga Pub and Dinner at O’malley in Mooloolaba. Lockie and Tiff had a sleepover for our Family Movie weekend. Picked up Juzzy the next morning and all went to Chermside to the movies and lunch, then swung into The Struthers of the Hills of Mangoes for coffee and board games. The 38 SQN Association has held its first meeting, which is very exciting. Caity went her first movie date with Matilda and Aunty Nat to see “Beauty and the Beast”.
April Started with a Car Show which was pretty good and markets. Babysat Matilda for the first time and we had a ball. She did some cooking with us over the three day whilst Aunty Nat settled into her new job.
Had a great Birthday with all of my kids home and Nessy, Narnie and Isabelle had a weekend sleepover. Justin ran his first Dungeons and Dragons game here with Callum and Toby. Finishing my birthday weekend off with dropping all the kids off home and sleepovers for Matthew to take me to Lockie and Tiffs for lunch and the Theatre for us all to catch up with Jayden who is amazing and watch him perform in “Wicked”.
Easter was very busy went to a local Family Fun Day with Damien, Nat and Matilda and watched her climb the rock climbing wall. We then went up to the Caloundra Twilight Markets which was also great and watched and listened to “Juzzy Smith” who is amazing. Went for a BBQ at the Hills of Mangoes and met Kourtney James’ girlfriend whilst Matthew proceeded to be a pirate whilst he drank rum with Damien (I may have told him he could only buy rum if he was a pirate whilst he drank it lol) great night and we now owe Matilda a new sword. Easter also made me a great aunt again to little Nikko, from my niece Celeste who shares a birthday with my brother Jamie. Finally did our dental checkups. Nikita visited with little Noah. Sleepover at Lockie and Tiff’s for Tiff’s Nutrimetics Party. Unexpected trip to Sydney for Anzac Day. Marched with the 38squadronassociation.org.au for their first time and first time for me as an adult. Marched with BO, Aaron, Jack, Dick and Declan with one of the biggest banners there. Was truly amazing.
Also got to stay with my gorgeous best friend Nikki and her kids which was the best miss them terribly. Caitlin in finally settled which means I am too. this month finish with a visit from Nat, Damien and Matilda the played UNO. Finishing the month with Caity getting her learners.
Unlike last year flat our and exhausted and momentum seized up over the last 9 years. Its funny despite how busy we have been this year we have felt refresh and had a great time. So life is going good and we are getting our momentum again which personally I am loving.
May Matthew and I went away to Marcoola for a few days. We went to the Air Museum for a short catch up with Gecko and Griff.
Matthew has organised to do a few hours volunteer work with him on the Caribou. Also caught up with Bud which was great we chatted for hours. Finally finished at the Caloundra Markets.
Was an awesome get away. We are truly gaining momentum with our new lifestyle and I for one am loving it. Regular drop in Friday Coffee with Mr and Mrs Struthers of the Hills of Mangoes is just wonderful. Justy turned 19. Had one of the best Mother’s Days and one of the most special this year got to see all my babies. Matthew, Damien, Dylan, Caity and Cody watched the went to the footy Tigers vs Bronco’s and was Caity’s first time at the stadium. Justin started being a Dungeon Master for Dungeons and Dragon’s. Their is a group of 6 of them Lockie, Caity and Matthew plus Callum and Toby. I spent a day with my mummy at my Step Sister Brenda’s and we took a selfie. First time mum tried San Churros.
Passed our house inspection. Had various Dr appointments. Button and Chelsea had a joint Vet appointment. A first for me with a cat and a dog lol. Poor Button’s is over grooming and pulling out her fur she had anxiety. Nessy, Narnie and Belle came for a sleepover. Finished the month with Matthew poisoning himself and ending up in hospital overnight. No you can NOT eat any mushroom that grows in your front yard LOL. Finally got to catch up with Linda W from school and my dearest and known the longest first best friend Linda B known each other for 40 years last saw each other 24 years ago was so awesome. Facebook used properly is amazing.
June has seen a busy day out for Matthews Birthday, Justy, Bridgy, Matthew and I watched Matilda play soccer and we all went for brunch granddad joined us. Then the four of us went off to the Steam Fair, Dropped Justy and Bridgy home then went to the Kallangur Night Markets and I had Lockie and Tiff to join us and surprise Matthew, then off to San Churros for a coffee on the way home.
Caity and Matthew climbed Mt Ngungun which is a sub volcanic mountain. This means Mount Ngungun is a sub volcanic rock also known as a Hypabyssal Rock. Went for coffee with Linda’s mum Aunty Alison twice. Matthew and I joined Linda and her whole family for her son Christopher’s Birthday Dinner which was great.
Went for a dinner at a friend Tina’s from school. Had some Bromiliads donated to my garden from Jeanie and Podge was a great catch up. My babies had sleepovers. Girls Movie Night with Linda B saw “Rough Night”. Caity went to see the same movies later on that night for a Girlie Night as well. More Dr appointments. Caity had block exams. Matthew and I did a goals workshop and a Life Goals Workshop. Caught up with Megan B. Caity went out for dinner for her friend Bella’s Birthday. Caity and I had a hairdresser date.
Matthew and I went to a Trivia Night which was a lot of fun. Re signed our lease so we are staying put for a year. Caitlin went to Teen Street and had a great time.
July we caught up with Nikita, Luke, Noah, Danielle, Cooper, Nikki and Ian. My babies had sleepovers. We had a sleepover at Lockie and Tiff’s. Lockie cooked us a lovely pork roast and the crackle oh my goodness. Cake for Tom’s Birthday now an adult. Day at the shops with Linda B. More Dr appointments and the flu hit Justy, Caity and I. Markets on Sundays when I can. Tom had a visit from Peter and Nathan for the weekend and the Beauclerc’s visited. This month ended with Nanny Zee going into hospital.
This year was full of challenges. We needed to get our renovating to a point we could rent the house and move closer to Matt’s work as travel for him was 3 hrs a day minimum.
Some highlights from this year were –
In January James our nephew turned 18. Justin received his op score of 5 and Bridget 2 awesome result for a lot of hard work! So very proud of you both xo. Finally met Matthew’s Aunty Ngaire.
In February Caity turned 15. Justin started his double degree at QUT and Bridget started her double degree at UQ so proud of them both what a huge commitment.
In March Curtis moved out into the big wide world. Justin and Bridget moved to Brisbane together made me sad and proud all at once. Caity finally got to play paint ball and absolutely loved it. Douglas graduated puppy preschool. Caity and I also went to the Mind Body and Soul Expo and got our first henna tattoos.
Went to the Woodfordia Planting Festival and took Caity it was not as big as the Folk Festival but great all the same. We did a few workshops which were very informative and fun. Caity and I did a plant dying one and dyed a silk scarf then one on upcycling clothes. Matt did a writing workshop then we all did a native bee rescue and Spurtopia which was awesome. http://spurtopia.blogspot.com.au/
In May Justin turned 18 and we had a lovely family dinner at a Turkish Restaurant. Grandad went to Tasmania for a holiday and broke his leg so Thomas and I travelled to look after him. Whilst there Which was our first time, I finally got to meet some of my grandfathers family and got to get some more information on our family tree. I got to meet met my mums cousins from one of the 12 branches of my grandfathers siblings. Four of the McGann branch Colleen, Jeanette, Peter, Sandra and her husband Geoff. Sandra and Geoff very generously took me to New Norfolk for the day so see two of our family’s past homes regretfully are not in the family anymore but I grew up hearing about them and then met another cousin Pat whom my great grandmother raised and my Great Aunty Margaret which was so amazing spending time with her.
In June went to Port Macquarie for Matthews Birthday weekend. Aihyanna and Nathan, Caity and Toms friends joined us. We went to two Micro breweries, fudge factory, and the Bago winery which had a maze and was amazing LOL. Swam in the heated spa which was lucky that the evening we went in was sunny that day cause the next night the kids went down and it was cold. We didn’t know it was solar heated.
June finished with some very exciting new for our family. Lachlan proposed to Tiffany and they got engaged so exciting we love them both heaps couldn’t have been happier with their news.
In July Thomas turned 17 and I made him a pokeball Cake. In August Bridget turned 18. In September Grandad came to stay with us until Lockies wedding. Caitlin met someone special Dylan.
In October Matthew and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. Family visited, Nanny Zee, Dominic, Zachery, Tahlya and Mikayla came for a weeks holiday. Nanny Lorraine and Poppy John also came to stay for a week. So for the first time we had 3 of the kids grandparents at our house for a sleepover. We also had a small engagement party for Lachlan and Tiffany. Tiff’s Bridesmaids arranged a High Tea Bridal Shower which was stunning.
In November Caitlin finished year 10 and farewelled Lockyer District High School in preparation for our move. Lachlan and Tiffany got married at Canungra Showgrounds which was perfect and beautiful, and then went off on their honeymoon at Port Macquarie.
In December went for a weekend stay at Golden Beach with Thomas, Caity, Dylan and Nathan. Was great the boys went Kayaking and we all played a lot of card and swimming. This month was on of the most stressful ever so the break away was nice. We are blessed to have another niece little Ivy cant wait to meet her. Dylan’s first xmas with us. We went on our epic 24hr shopping journey also Dylan’s first time. Had an op shopping tour for xmas presents which was awesome and we are doing it for next years presents. Matt work Xmas party was a lot of fun we had a trivia night which was great. Looking forward to 2017.
We started term 4 with a family wedding. Katherine and Mark tied the knot it Tumut. Had a great time not long enough. Tiffany, Bridget and Curtis joined us and met our family for the first time. It was such a great road trip and first family one since in a few years.
Semi Formal for Justin and Bridget. Caity was a helper on the night. Matthew started a new job near the airport. Celebrated Narnie’s Birthday.
Caity got a puppy for early xmas and called him Douglas. Nessy, Narnie and Belle have his brother Gooba.
Awards Night was huge with Justin, Bridget and Caity getting awards. Caity as Junior Secondary Leader co presented the behaviour awards and did a great job. Thomas got a kitten as an early xmas present and called her Neptunia but she get Neppy.
What a huge term ending with year 12 graduation and formal for Justin, Bridget and Curtis. So proud of all the kids another school year gone.
Had a great xmas.
Matthew and Julie went to the Woodford Folk Festival for the first time. It was awesome and had the best time.
Ok so this term has started with School holidays and the kids had a Movie Night on the 9th which went really well with Aiyahna, Calem, Liam, Clint, Reidy and Leah. Liam unfortunately left early.
Then we had Thomas’ 16th Birthday and his first party in many years. He also had Nathan and Peter sleepover which was great, not to mention Reidy and Clint. Cupid visited on the holidays and we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Clint better who has since become Caitlin’s boyfriend. Lockie has introduced us to Pathfinder late last term which has been very interesting and fun.
21st Bridget and Justin went to primary schools for NTDL (National Tree Day Lockyer) and they planted trees with the kids. Went to the Hogan’s for dinner. Finished the back wall of house and moved the back door with great thanks to Ted for his help and some timber. Reno is coming along it is getting exciting. Another great weekend with the kids. Sunday went to pick up a piano not without drama. The Piano fell on Justin’s big toe so the evening ended with him going to hospital to get it checked out. Matthew naturally did take photo’s but I won’t put them on here. Cupid is busy this month with Lockie and Tiff officially going out YAY!!
Caity on the 28th also went to primary schools with NTDL for tree planting with the kids. Thursday night was Girls night in for Beyond Blue at the school which Bridget was hosting and involved in.
We attended even though we shouldn’t have as Caity was sick wanting to support Bridget and Beyond Blue and we only lasted for the main meal and I had to take her home sick. Matthew was away in Newcastle for work. Off to the doctor’s the next day to discover she had larungitis, and unfortunately had to cancel helping with NTDL for planting trees at Lake Clarenden, although Justin and Bridget we able to assist. see NTDL post
Matthew went off to the V8’s at Willowbank to scrutineer for the whole weekend. So far we have had Lockie home most weekends which has been great!! Next step with Reno will be the walkway from lounge room to back verandah. Windows are gone, and it is getting exciting… Now to get the piano inside LOL oh that will be fun. Curtis turned 18, and had a girls night at Nessy’s.
Bridget (Justin’s girlfriend) is the Junior Area Coordinator for National Tree Day Lockyer. Justin also has signed on with NTDL. They all attended the Australia Day Award ceremony where they announced the young citizen of the year and recognised other members of the community who were in the running for the award. Stella from NTDL won the Young Citizen of the Year Award.
They also did Clean Up Australia collection at Robinsons’ Bridge and Caitlin and Matthew have also joined the ranks.
April – update April 14 2015
NTDL Camp- I will let Matthew update this post but here are some photo’s so far.
Peter’s Birthday at a Turkish Restaurant in Brisbane.
June – School Holidays
July – Tree Planting
Tree planting on the 21st with Bridget and Justin at local primary schools.
Tree planting on the 27th with Caity at local primary schools.
31st Planting Trees at Lake Clarenden with Justin and Bridget.
This term Starts with Easter what a busy long weekend it was. Got a lot accomplished on our stage 2 reno, kitchen benches (Huge thank you to Lachlan for a great find xo)on back verandah, windows are in and wall nearly secure so exciting. Matt also secured the purchase of our new kitchen sink YAY will look great! Huge thank you to Cherry and Uncle Rangi for helping all weekend and our kids (including Felix and Curtis)for helping get the benches up on the verandah.
Trip to Coffs Harbour for two nights and (my) Julie’s Birthday. We went to The Big Banana for a photo. Accidently discovered a boiled lolly shop that made them while you watched and got to taste test. Then went to Carobana a confectionery factory for Carob Chocolate where we saw some honeycomb made and got to taste test. Back to resort to have a bbq lunch and time in the spa.
Caitlin made me a cake for my birthday which was amazing. She did an awesome job also used a convection oven for first time too so I was even more impressed all by herself while I relaxed in the spa. It was Strawberry cake with icing and Strawberry’s with strawberry boiled lollies from the shop we went to. On the way home we stopped at Byron Bay for lunch, and before we left had a quick look at the beach.
Was just the break we needed. Huge thank you to my Lachlan for house sitting and feeding our animals. Felix and Curtis went to mum’s for a weeks holiday and then Felix went away with his grandfather. Matt Caitlin and Justin went away on the NTDL National Tree Day Lockyer Camp see NTDL post and last week of the holidays was mixed with sleepovers for the kids finishing with Big Day In. We caught up with some friends from Julie’s High Scool for a dinner at Jo’s which was a great night. Great family shot from Anzac Day Caity, Justin and Bridget all marched and Bridget as school captain was involved with the service. My Aunty Isobel turned 60.
Shopping trip to DFO suit shopping with Justin, Bridget and Caity which was lots of fun ending in a fashion parade of their bargins. Justin starting training at Shell where Caity is working. Trips to t he doctors. Eye tests sorted. Open day at TAFE with Thomas. Started the weatherboard on the back of the house with help from the Hogan’s. Caity, Justin and Bridget went to a Turkish Restraunt for Peter’s Birthday Party.
School dinner at Amy’s which was great and she amazed us with a Snickers Cheesecake OMG it was sensational!
Coffee with Ann while Matthew umpired. Month ended with Matthew in Newcastle for 3 days and sleepover with the Hogan’s. Then we had Matthew’s B’day somehow we forgot to take photo’s. Then a trip to Sydney for a surprise B’day Party for Nanny Zee for her 65th. Got to visit Nanny Michele, Stacey and Aaron before the party and then Poppy Stan on way home.
Then a catch up with Ann from School for her 40th bday.
Also had a sleepover at Damien and Nat’s and a day at Southbank which was great I got to go to the State Library and Curtis entertained our niece Matilda with his usual antic’s.
16 mar 2015 This year began with the family going to the Escape Room as we bought vouchers for Christmas and this was our family present. It was awesome and we had a great time pretending to be detectives and solve the mystery. The Choice we selected was “Missing Missy”.
Matthew was accepted back into the RAAF Reserves. We celebrated our nephew’s 17th Birthday, oh how times fly’s James. Had a family sleepover and Bridget got to meet them properly. Had a games night playing Cluedo which was great. Then to the rock pool the next day for a swim before heading home.
We have a new edition to our busy family. Curtis is now living with us while he finishes this year in year 12. Curtis is one of Justin’s mates and like a son to us as we adopted each other years ago when we first moved to the Valley. Curtis and Felix his brother, one of Lockie’s mates, are two of our many extended family that we have adopted over the years and are both like sons to us, and siblings to the kids. Justin went to Simoun’s Birthday Party and went to a Tepenyaki Restaurant for the first time. He has also joined the National Tree Day Lockyer Committee whom his girlfriend Bridget is junior area coordinator for. Justin has himself a job at the Markets in Toowoomba where Curtis has joined him. Julie found a car finally.
So far have been able to catch up with the Hogan’s who recently moved down from Townsville which was awesome to see them again. Plan to have many more catch ups. Had a visit from Kim D which was a lovely surprise. Other catch ups have been with Cheryl R, Kellie-Ann, Nikki D and Grace B oh and Tom and Janet S.
Matthew and Julie started Lesson learning Rockabilly Dancing. So far Kellie-Ann, Caitlin, Curtis and Felix have come with us and we have all enjoyed it. Lots of fun for all age groups. Had to get some music to practice to so now we can practice at home. Justin left for Melbourne with school for the Aerospace Trip to Avalon Airshow. Caitlin celebrated her 14th Birthday. Justin became a Senior Leader and Caitlin is a Junior Secondary leader and are both on the Student Representative Council.
Busy Weekend Justin, Bridget, Matthew and Caity all did Clean Up Australia with NTDL. Then raced to Uncle Damien’s for Matilda’s 6th Birthday, and then off to our first Toga Party for Billy’s 18th and we all had a great time. More news for March Felix Curtis’ brother has also moved in whilst we help him with enrolling into the RAAF. Lockie also moved out on his own with 4 friends to Toowoomba to be closer to uni. Ready for the big world as a fully fledged adult now and I’m sure he will enjoy the adventure he is now embarking on being the start of his adult life. Matthew often joked about kicking them out once they were 18 but we lost one and gained two so I not sure that its working out quite as he expected ha ha. Felix also celebrated a birthday. Caitlin and Curtis both were selected into Dance Troupe so looking forward to the Estieddford’s later in the year. March is nearly over and so will term one of school for the kids.