November 15, 2020

As promised I’ll be doing a bit of jumping around with the blog posts. Today we’ll be flashing back to August of this year, when Keane took part in his first Wakeboarding Camp. He’s been a little obsessed with learning to wakeboard since his 7th birthday party last summer, when he and his friends got to give it a go. So this year we signed him and his friend Ryder up for a week of wakeboarding camp. And he loved it! On the final day of the camp, parents go to hangout and watch. Applauding and cheering at how much the kids had learned and progressed in one short week. Of course I was there with my camera in tow to capture all of the wakeboarding action.

Camp started at 7am every day. Here Keane and his friend Ryder get equipped.

2 friends ready to roll.

A board almost as big as himself.

Ready to rock.

There he goes.

Looking like a pro.

So impressed with how well he did. Made it look easy.

Next up Ryder.

Keane giving Ryder some tips on technique.

Daddy and Keane.

A little wakeboarding R&R..

Halloween 2020

November 1, 2020

It was a Minecraft/Ocean Halloween combo for the family this year. Keane was Steve, a character from Minecraft and Daddy was dressed in his best Diamond Armor. Cullen and I teamed up to represent all things ocean. For the 3rd year in a row, Cullen was a shark and I was a squid. Although my squid head was channeling big Bishop hat vibes. So mostly I referred to myself and Her Holiness Bishop Squid. We celebrated with our good friend Bryson and his family. Although Trick or Treating was a little weird this year, fewer kiddos out and about, candy placed on tables for the picking. We were really just glad the kids got to Trick or Treat at all.

Family shot.

Steve from Minecraft.

The shark.

Brother hugs!

Off to our friend Bryson’s house for some backyard preTrick or Treating fun.

Mmmmm1 Marshmallows.

Definitely roasted.

Bryson’s marshmallow was enflamed.

My little artist.

Time to get the costumes on.

Keane wanted a picture with Bryson’s lawn pumpkin.

The face of a child who is over having his picture taken.

Ready to get some candy.

Time to knock on the doors and get the candy.

In the name of social distancing, most houses set up tables with candy.

Here Now

October 25, 2020

I’m not even going to try and bore everybody with reasons or excuses as to why the struggle to keep the blogging going this year was real, cos lets be honest, there is none of us out there who hasen’t struggled this year. People are doing what they need to do to make it through. But I’m here now, and the hope is to keep showing up and to catch up on the sharing of some of the brighter, funner, more normal moments we’ve had in this the year of The Pandemic. The blog posts will probably bounce around a bit. Some will be from the summer, some will be more current. But just go along with whatever shows up.

For the week thats in it, that being Halloween, lets start with last weeks wet and soggy trip to the pumpkin farm. Cos guess who doesn’t care if its raining? Kids. They still want to plough on with the planned pumpkin farm adventure.

A wet Cullen and his friend Henry. Plus Henry’s twin brother and sister joined us in our wet adventure.

Dressed for the weather.

Lots of fun games set up at the farm.

Verity was a fan of the massive pumpkins.

Cullen and Henry doing the milking.

Keane just hanging around.

Loved all of the little play areas. Some even has a roof cover. A lovely bonus given the rain.

Keane can always be found hanging from something.

Farm yard bowling.

Scarecrow ring toss.

Our little friend Ashton.

Oversized tractors.

And undersized tractors.

Time to visit the farm yard animals.

Gobble gobble.

Goats and sheep.

The turkey’s back.

The crew.

Time to pick out some pumpkins.

Last snap of the group before we load up our wagon and roll out.

It takes a team to get this load of pumpkins back to the car.

Back to School Take 2

October 20, 2020

Virtual learning was hard. I’m not even going to lie. This is not how the kids want to do school. And it’s definitely not how I want to do school. But this was the situation. Every day we logged on. Some days it went well, some days it was a complete nightmare. And we all cried. At some stage every one of us shed tears over the situation. But at the end of September we finally go the news we’d been begging for. After Fall break, the kids would go back to school. Face-to-Face (F-2-F)! You can’t even imagine the joy. In an instant I felt a massive weight I hadn’t even realized I was carrying, lifted. Life, the complete and utter mess it has been this year, felt like it had a chance of going back to normal. The kids who have endured so much mess and upheaval this year, would once again get to see classmates and friends and their teachers in real life. It wouldn’t be the same exactly. Nothing is right now. Masks of course have to be worn, desks are separated, no large group events and lots more restrictions. But at least they got away from the screens and the Zooms and the house. Learning in schools is way better then learning on Zooms. And the teachers are much better teachers than the mommas.

On a positive side, I got the opportunity to “go to school” in America. I got to see what and how American kids are thought. I relearned a lot gammer, brushed up on my verbs, nouns, adjectives and pronouns. Familiarized myself with the structure of a story and got the chance to see how multiplication and division and being thought nowadays. And let me just tell you, the old way is much easier. Many minutes I had to spend on the YouTubes, learning arrays and sets and bouncing back and forth on number lines just so I could answer the math questions my 8 yr old was solving. The mental exhaustion of it all. Most I was the one ¬†calling for the brain breaks. But look, we all made it. And 2 weeks ago the boys had they 2nd Back to School of 2020, complete with face masks.

The first day back was “Neon Day”. Everyone had to wear their brightest shirt.

Back To School Corona Style

August 20, 2020

Back in March when this whole pandemic kicked off, I could never have imagined that 5 months later, my kids would still be unable to go to school. Yet here we are and thats exactly what’s happening.

This past Monday the boys had their first day of virtual school. So we did what we do at the start of every new school year. We got dressed up. Dragged out the chalkboard sign for the obligatory “First Day of School Photo” and at least pretended that things were normal. Whatever your school choice (or lack of choice) right now, I know its been a tough one. Best of luck to us all this strange, strange year.

My happy, healthy growing boys.

3rd Grade for Keane.

1st Grade for Cullen.

I hope he’s always this happy.

Cullen lost his 2nd top front tooth the night before.