“I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing ‘Happy Birthday.'”~Steven Wright
My children’s birthdays are within two weeks of each other, which means combined party in my books. Also, I find that it is also quite close to Easter, so I have cheekily combined two birthdays and Easter into one action packed, family day for my little lovelies. He’s 4, she’s 2. They don’t ask for much. In the future I am sure I will have to separate all of these events, but for now I’m rolling it into one.
Easter egg hunt, big lunch, birthday cakes, presents, running, screaming, laughing, painting, crying- THE WORKS.
And with every awesome party, there is ofcourse the aftermath: mess on the deck, left over cake(s), chocolate eggs, non-dairy-non-soy-no-lactose chocolate eggs, party decorations strewn from one end of the house to another, overly tired children who ask why all their cousins can’t be at their house going nuts everyday of the week…you know, post party blues.
>Recapping a whole year of school oddities would take too long, so I am going to do part one of a top 10 of what’s been going on in 2005.
10. Easter weekend holiday on a farm near Moe (don’t drink the water).
Moe, original home of the Australian Bogan. We ventured off the farm one arvo to go get some supplies from town for painting a truck. In Kmart the spray cans were locked in a cage. The attendant eyed us suspiciously as we picked out colours. At the checkout we were refused a plastic bag……… do you see where I am going with this?
We wore our Uggies in a vain attempt to fit in. Nearly every person we passed on the street stared at us with one lazy eye and their mouth slightly open.
9. Road trip to another state (Crap roads, good drivers).
Colin and I decided to do the great Australian driving holiday. We bought ourselves a tent (now dubbed the Taj Mahal due to it’s size) and set off on the Hume. We stopped off in great Aussie places like Albury, Gundagai, The Ettamoga Pub and Canberra, eating at old school diners and loving a pub meal or two.
We stayed in caravan parks and wore thongs in the shower.
We walked around the Parliament house looking suspicious for 2 hours.
We drove through the Blue Mountains and right into the heart of Sydney. Where, to shake off all that completely Occa stuff, we stayed in a plush hotel in Darling Harbour, ate at snooty restaurants, got drunk on wine and generally minced about the place.
Found out that the E-tag we use on the Melbourne City Link also works for the Sydney electric tolls.
8. Spending loads of money on things that ARE NOT FUN
The 2nd week of my holiday was all about taking care of all those things I was supposed to do in the summer holidays, but put off for a few months (mostly because they involved lots of cash and zero fun).
Three visits to the dentist and $870 later, my teeth will do for the next year (but give it a few years and I will have to get a couple of those titanium implants to replace those pesky baby teeth).
My lovely Mitsubishi got new brakes…… doesn’t seem to drive any better though. Or stop quicker. It also still has that annoying high-pitched squeal when I use the breaks. Come to think of it, I reckon that guy may have charged me $200 just so he could keep my car for 2 days and inconvenience me while I am trying to be a lady of leisure.
Stay tuned for more of the count down of what’s been going on………