Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A morning at the beach

I love living so close to the beach.

Sunday dawned clear and HOT and by 7.30am I decided that we really needed to get out of the house so off to the beach it was.

Did I say it was HOT.  By 8am it was 30 degrees cel so Happy Valley and the crashing waves was the perfect spot for a play to cool down.

There were lots of families and surfers out and about enjoying the gorgeous day and cooling down too.

After about an hour playing in the waves we headed up to the playground in the park at Happy Valley in Caloundra for more play.

It's such a great playground with a sunshade over the ship, swings, a fortress and other great play things for the kids.

The fact that the playground is right next to the beach is such a bonus.

By just after 10am we were done for the day and it was starting to heat up a bit more so we decided to have some ice-cream before heading home.

I know there are plenty of ice-cream places in Caloundra but we headed to McDonalds for the kids first ever sundae and of course another play on the playground there.

The sundae's were voted "Delicious", the morning was "so much fun", and I drove two very happy and tired children home and not even half the day had gone by.

I wish I could say that they were deliciously tired and were fantastic for the rest of the day and even though my boy was asleep by 5.30pm that night, it wasn't quite an incident free day.

While I was washing up in the afternoon my darling boy got hold of some green paint and proceeded to paint my car, the house, the garage doors and himself (legs, arms, shirt, shorts, hair...).  Thank goodness it was water paint and came off easily.

The school holidays start soon so I think there'll be more outings to the beach on the cards.

Susan xx

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Things are starting to get a little easier but then hubby's been home so that always helps.  He left to go back to work this morning so we'll see how we go for the next 4 or 5 days.

Today we went to Nan and Poppy's for a bit of a play for awhile.  The kidlettes always LOVE going around there and I don't mind having a chat either.

One of their favourite things to play on is the pot plant stand.  It's great to sit on and zoom around the verandah.

Picking carrots from Nana's garden is always a treat too.  My two love carrots so Nana usually has some growing so they can pick them, wash them and chomp on them bugs bunny style while they're playing.

Once we got home then the kidlettes had some play time and I got to do a bit more of the blanket I'm re-doing.  It's been slow progress making this one with everything else that's been going on (mainly Master M and his disasters).

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

xx Susan

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A frustrating time

Hello all!

It's been a little while since I last posted and the main reason for that is frustration.

My darling son has been quite a hand full lately and I haven't been coping very well.

It seems he needs CONSTANT supervision or he will destroy or break something so it's been quite an interesting time in our household lately.

While I was washing up he covered himself in a tub of nappy cream (as well as painted the lounge, coffee table and floor)....

He also thought he was Pro Hart and painted the carpet in our lounge room with tomato sauce.

He broke the door to the toilet and trapped his sister in there.  I had to take the door off to get my hysterical girl out.

He keeps leaving taps running and tries to flood the house.

This is only scratching the surface of what my darling man has been doing lately.  Hopefully this is a very short phase as it's all pretty exhausting too.

Normal blogging will return soon......I hope.

xx Susan

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A day at the beach

Well a morning it was not a full day and you couldn't get a more gorgeous day than today.

Little Miss R's prep class went on an excursion to the beach and everyone was so excited about it, especially when they all turned up at school in their togs (swimmers, bathers, whatever you all call them).

We met down at Kings Beach in Caloundra on this most gorgeous of days.

Here they all come.......

After a quick snack it was off to the beach to build sandcastles.  We all split up into groups and each child had a small crab that they got to hide somewhere in their sandcastle.


There were plenty of supervised visits to the water to fill buckets with water and to collect shells to decorate our castles.

There were some fantastic castles made by the kids (with a little help from parents).  The one below is Little Miss R's group's castle.

Even a pyramid made it's way onto the beach!

The most popular kind of castle by far was one surrounded by a moat.  They all had these I think and lots of water went into trying to fill the moats up but to no avail, it kept sinking straight into the sand.  Not to be deterred, the kids just went and got more water.

Once the castles were built and all the crabs found then it was up to the fountain for some very wet fun. 

The kids had an absolute ball here but then why wouldn't they?  It's SO MUCH better than being at school.

Then what better way to top a morning off at the beach but with an ice block!
I have to say I was a bit apprehensive about going to the beach with a class full of children as I don't cope half the time with my own two but there were so many parent helpers and we all had an absolute ball. 

Once the bus left to go back to school I did enjoy a lovely leisurely lunch in one of the beachside cafes and a much needed coffee. 

xx Susan

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Life's true delights

My chocoholic son has discovered Tim Tam's.

.....and so the love affair begins.

Friday, November 4, 2011

You know summer is nearly here when.... have your first coffee in the morning BEFORE the school run.

Some people start the day with coffee so won't see why this is a problem for me.  I start mine with tea.

However, now it's getting lighter earlier in the morning, my darling son is deciding that 4.30 - 5am is a good time to be awake. 

So my first cup of tea is made very early in the day and by the time about 7.30 am comes around, I'm getting desperate for my mid-morning coffee.

I think that I really need to get much darker curtains for his room.

xx Susan