Well, the Easter holidays have been and gone
and I’ve been totally slack with my blogging…again.
But I do have some ‘what-I-think-are’ valid excuses.
On Easter day, we spent the day with family,
in particular, my little nieces Miss Aria, 5, and Miss Evie 2.
Their mother was in hospital overnight for her pregnancy to be monitored
so we made sure these little people had a lovely day.
Isn’t Miss Evie a cherub?
I could just eat her up, she’s so cute.
I love the two year old attitude.
There’s nothing ‘terrible’ about it.
The twos are terrific.
It’s when their little characters start showing themselves.
(Evie got annoyed with my picture taking
so she decided to snap a picture of me in return.)
Then, at lunch, the girls’ daddy arrived to see them
and tell them that they got something extra special for Easter –
a new baby sister
(just a smidge undercooked at 33 weeks).
Her name is Isla (the ‘s’ is silent)
and she was 2.5 kg (which is 5lbs 8oz)
(She’s actually only 4 ozs smaller than Ethan was at birth.
They are the same length, although her head is a centimetre bigger,
but she is uncooked and Ethan’s cooking timer was complete.)
So I spent the beginning of my holidays hunting for 00000 outfits for little Isla.
That was fun!!
I used to fret that I’d never get to buy sweet little girl things since I had boys,
but, with three nieces to spoil, I can have all the pink and purple fun that I want.
We also spent a chunk of time over the holidays,
helping babysit the two bigger girls
while their parents spent their days and night with little Isla.
(This is why you need to live close to family if you can.)
We took the girls to the Ipswich Art Gallery for their holiday program
but it was terrible this time around.
It’s the only ‘bad’ thing we’ve attended there.
There was hardly anything to do
and a really long wait for the main event
…a disco climbing web.
which Miss Aria didn’t even want to climb in once she saw it.
‘Her boys’, as she calls my Little Men, weren’t allowed on due to age restrictions
and she wasn’t going on by herself
so that hour of waiting was a total bust.
To redeem the day, we went for ice-cream
and a little play in the shopping centre playground.
It always amazes me what these little people can get my teenage boys to do.
How many 16 year old boys would climb into a playground boat with a two year old?
He was helping her climb around in the boat
and taking whatever orders Miss Evie dished out.
Secretly, I think Brayden enjoys the opportunity to play as a little kid again.
He really gets into the girls’ imaginative games.
Here they’re checking for ‘cocodills’ (Evie’s word) in the water
Anyone who walked through the playground,
Evie would warn them about the dangerous cocodills.
During the holidays, we also had the Commonwealth Games.
It was pretty much a non-event in regards to all the hassle they’d warned us about.
The Coast resembled a ghost town and driving places was a pleasure.
Hubby even went with a friend to a couple of events.
Over the holidays, we also drove out to Goondiwindi,
a 4.5 hour drive from our place.
We drove out there to visit Hubby’s Grandmother, the boys Great Grandmother,
who is almost 98 now.
Hubby spent a lot of time in Goondiwindi growing up
as his grandmother had a massive sheep farm just outside of town in New South Wales.
If you didn’t know already, Goondiwindi is on the Queensland and New South Wales border.
The border is the Macintyre River
and this old bridge takes you across to New South Wales.
Yes, our trip included a trip to New South Wales.
We always drive across and back
just so we can say that we took an interstate holiday. 🙂
The motel we stayed in was a dump though.
(I won’t name names as that’s just mean. Perhaps they are doing their best.)
No, it wasn’t our first choice; the better places were full for some reason.
I actually liked the layout of the rooms.
The family room had two decent rooms, each with a tv, and a bathroom.
I just didn’t like the condition of the rooms.
Our air conditioner could very well have come off Noah’s Ark.
The furnishings were in desperate need of repair.
And my personal ‘favourite’ was the bedside lamp they expected me to sleep next to all night.
(I didn’t, by the way. I put it on the floor.)
Check out the dust on that thing.
Yes, both were as bad as each other.
But, we survived.
On the way back home,
(Why are the return trips the longest and most boring?!)
we stopped in at Toowoomba to check out the Da Vinci Machines exhibition
at the Cobb and Co Museum.
We’ve been to this exhibition before when the boys were much younger
and to be honest that presentation of it was much better.
The Cobb and Co Museum didn’t seem to have the ideal space for the exhibition.
There were a few dedicated corners of Da Vinci exhibits
but a number of the exhibits were scattered all through the museum,
making it somewhat like a hunt.
But we enjoyed our time there anyway.
The exhibition wasn’t focused on Da Vinci’s artworks,
although there were a few key reproductions included.
It was focused on his ingenious inventions
which have been built as models for this exhibition.
Although the boys were much younger when they first visited this exhibition,
it surprised me that they remembered a number of the exhibits.
This Archimedes Screw was one of their favourites, then and now.
Not all of the exhibits were hands on,
but quite a number of them were
so it’s a great exhibition for both young and old.
We’d never been to the Cobb and Co Museum in Toowoomba before
so we took a little time to check out their displays.
I was really astounded at the sheer height of the coaches.
This picture doesn’t do it justice.
Suffice it to say that, standing next to this coach, I could not see inside it.
They say that EIGHT people fit inside this coach.
From what I could see, you’d only comfortable fit two people on each of the two seats inside,
but I think they must have squeezed three on each.
Imagine that with your great big dresses with all its layers.
Oh and two passengers would have to travel up with the driver.
That would have been the best view but I suspect you’d end up rather dusty.
Oh and my favourite thing at the museum was these energy dome things.
There were three of them and I wanted to take them all back to the Brisbane Science Centre.
They were so cool.
Much better than the plasma ball they have at the Science Centre.
Before we left the museum, I had to take a picture of the tree in the car park.
It was huge.
(Why do photos never show extreme sizes very well?
Am I just taking the photos wrong?!
I’ve actually been working on my photography
and have only used the manual settings all holidays.
I’m pretty impressed with myself.)
Back home, we got on with the mundane stuff.
Yes, there were book parcels received during these holidays.
I mean, of course!! 🙂
We also received daily photo updates of Miss Isla.
Baby Isla was kept in hospital for a couple of weeks
until she was breathing well on her own
and feeding properly.
Then she went home to her sisters.
And Aunty Tracey went for a visit too
…and a cuddle of course.
Baby Isla is perfect.
(I love this photo I took of her.
It’s my favourite.)
She just needs to do some growing to fill in all her old lady wrinkles of skin.
The day we visited, Miss Evie was delighted to have her boys come and play with her.
Not sure the boys felt the same way about spending all day with a two year old,
but they survived and it’s good future dad training for them.
Somehow Miss Evie even got the boys playing dolls in the doll house!
Oh I haven’t shown you the doll house, have I?
My dad made it for Aria’s 5th birthday.
Yes, that’s a solar panel on the roof
…I mean, of course.
The solar panel runs all the lights inside the doll house.
Those drawers at the bottom pull out
to reveal additional spaces.
One is a backyard pool area and the other is for storage.
Oh and most of the furniture and trinkets in the house
were 3D printed especially for the house by my brother.
My mum made all the soft furnishings and did the wallpapering.
(Yes, that’s Frozen on the Samsung tv.)
Check out the 3D printed bathroom.
Yes, even the toilet and the toilet paper.
Um, yes, I might also have spent some time playing in this doll house with Evie.
And, no, I might not have been doing it for her enjoyment.
Anyway, now the holidays are over and we are already two weeks into the new term.
We started the term with two full days of STEM workshops at QUT.
The first day the boys did a wind power energy workshop
and the second day they did a bionic arm workshop.
Sadly, I don’t have many photos of the workshops.
The mums don’t get to go inside with them,
which is a good ‘classroom’ experience for the teens,
but it means we have to rely on the photos the teens take for us.
Both days, the boys also participated in different Cube activities.
(The Cube is a giant two storey touchscreen interactive experience).
And, on that note, I better go and do some planning for the week ahead.