Ireland. This is a solo visit and is the first time I will have been
separated from Byron and the kids for so many days and nights.
Just over a week seems such a short amount of time to travel to try to
offer help and support to my parents at a time that they need it
greatly. And yet it is such a long amount of time to be away from my
kids and Byron.
I have left lists everywhere, a full fridge and freezer and
instructions on what to eat, what to wear, where to be and what to do!
Poor Byron has been very tolerant.
And so I wave goodbye to my Australian identity and put on the hat of
daughter and sister and prepare myself for what will probably be a
very emotional reunion. I have plans to do as much as I can in my week
in Ireland to help them.
I seem to always volunteer to clean out and sort the fridge every trip
home. I think it probably started once when I was rummaging around
looking for chocolate and got caught and pretended to be cleaning it
My sister has also suggested I might want to help her scrub out the
oven in her house (?) This has led to googling 101 ways to clean your
oven and many funny emails and suggestions between us.
As I sit here in the airport waiting to board my plane I am thinking
about which box to tick on my green departure form? I can't see "Clean
Carries Oven" anywhere on it? Can you?!
The flight has been called. Everyone is standing and joining the
queue. It's time for me to say goodbye. Hot tears are filling my eyes
and I'm furiously blinking them back.
9 days and I will be home again. Home to hugs and kisses and with a
head full of wonderful memories that are still waiting to be made...
What do you get when you mix a beautiful (fenced off) veggie garden...
with an escaping chicken...
A very cross Gina who has one less thing on her To-Do list
"Thin out the veggie seedlings"
It's been a fun school holidays. Each day we seem to have done something but the two weeks passed in a blur and each day has melted into another in my head. I had lots of good intentions to blog my way through the activities but the backlog is too great and so I will just try to go through my phone and let the pictures jog my memory and do some random blog posts over the coming days!
I am also looking forward to catching up on reading and commenting on friends blogs. I am having trouble with my phone allowing me to write comments as I read blog a good post but then frustratingly "lose" them as I press the publish button. I'm hoping now the kids are back in school and I can actually get some time in front of our family computer that things can fall back into some kind of normality.
Watch this space to see if my better intentions actually become reality!
In school recently Rhiannon was asked to do some interesting science homework. She had to participate in an experiment trying to drop an egg from a height without breaking it. It was supposed to represent a human head wearing a bike helmet being hit in a crash.
She had to try creating a protective casing for her egg at home and then bring it into school to throw off a balcony during science class. There were a few failed ideas until we struck gold with this one...
I'm delighted to tell you that Rhiannons egg survived the "accident"