WIN // three days in, and they are exhausted…

Oh golly gosh. 

Three days into the school holidays, and this is what I am working with….

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See those cherubs?  They are a picture of exhaustion.

Not two minutes before this seemingly zen-like photograph was taken, there were tears. Apparently someone hit someone on the head and someone else threw a thong at someone. No idea who ‘someone’ actually is….. but we shall go with it.

These two went on a joint sleepover last night – first one for Milla, and Murphy (a seasoned campaigner) has now spent three of the past four nights in houses other than her own!

Even though the day was gorgeous outside, the only thing that could bring calm to the house was a movie.  In the middle of the day.  Don’t judge me.

We have a moderate collection of movies, as we tend to not go to the theatre (four kids equals a lot of popcorn!), so we wait and purchase the DVD version, or we download (when we are not on super limited internet).

We are often on the lookout for a new one, so when our favourite folks at 20th Century Fox contacted me, thinking I might like to share some digital goodness with my readers – I jumped at the chance!

The super cute movie HOME launches on iTunes today (July 1).  To mark the release of this epic DreamWorks Animation extravaganza, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering five iTunes access passes to my readers.
 
Yay – perfect for exhausted un-zen-like children.
 
(the iTunes blurb…)
Based on the critically acclaimed book “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex. In “Home” an alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl. The two become unlikely buddies and embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs, in which our alien hero learns what it really means to be human.
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Let’s make it fun – you need to work for your prize!

The first five to answer correctly (on this blog post) “which musical superstar plays the character of TIP?”, wins a digital access pass to HOME – the movie. 

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 Go!

If you miss out, never fear –  get your own copy of HOME on Digital HD, download your copy today: http://apple.co/1FPRmVY
 
HOME is available on Blu-ray & DVD, July 8.  Check out my page next week for more giveaways!

My girls are super excited to see this one – we will be watching it for sure!
 

when you don’t know what to say…

…. you stick a few photos in a post and hope for the best…..

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“I dunno”.

You know when you have been FLAT OUT (much like a lizard drinking, but with no drink, and a whole lot of #nurseyschool), and all of a sudden you STOP.  Then you spend a week being extremely busy doing all the things you couldn’t do when you were super busy, so in essence, you are still busy.  Then you STOP again, and realise that you cannot fit everything in, and you wonder how you fit it all in whilst you were busy?

Yep.

That’s me.

I just finished my fourth semester (so, really, second year) of #nurseyschool.  It was a tough semester. We moved (temporarily)out to a black hole (in internet terms).  Study online, sans internet is NOT ideal. I stopped crossfit for 8 weeks so that I could keep up and on top of my study.  I don’t know that I was super successful.  After my year of HDs last year, I don’t think I managed on this semester.  To me –  devastating. Fat ass and just pass. That’s what happened over the last 8 weeks. Ugh. Never mind – just a bump on the road.  My head is a little clearer.  I have started crossfit again (thank-goodness), and have jumped back aboard the clean-eating wagon.  A whole week sugar-free and mostly paleo.  I feel like a dream.

School holidays start in a week.  I LOVE winter holidays. I am planning some adventures…….Museum, Junior Rangers, Zoo, St Kilda, Bushrangers Bay. The girls are exhausted now – wait until they finish school holidays!!!!

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Thanks for sticking ‘round between posts.  Come gain soon! :)

cavorting with the dolphins and seals

We had a cruise on the beautiful Moonraker over the holidays.  I kid you not.  It was cold. Milla – the mermaid who had been busting to swim with the dolphins, slipped into the water and screamed.  She did not last long.  Madison got a quick glimpse.  Kenz was the stayer.  She loved having the graceful animals swim underneath and around her.

We also went in at the seal colony – located at the South Channel marker.  For such ungainly beasts on land, they are amazing in water.  I spent some time twirling with them, whilst Kenz paddled on the surface.  The other girls looked on from the safety of the boat, sipping hot chocolate!  It was all very civilised really!

Put swimming with the seals and dolphins on your ‘must do’ list!

Moonraker is special to both Wilbur and I – it’s his cousins family business, and we grew up together working for Wilburs’ Uncle. We feel very privileged to have such a treat on our doorstep, and to be able to share our beautiful Bay with such amazing animals…..

 

let’s talk road trips and unhelpful legs….

“Disclosure: this is a paid post for RACV sponsored by Nuffnang

 

It’s no secret that we like a road trip.  

“We’ve been everywhere man, we’ve been everywhere……” (surely you can hear my tuneful voice belting it out!)

We haven’t actually been everywhere, but we have an almighty Taj-Mahal sized caravan that we road tripped to QLD in last year, and we went to the SLSV Nipper State Championships in Warrnambool a couple of weeks ago.  Sometimes we travel sans van – Yanakie earlier in the year, multiple athletics championships, hospital visits, the long haul school pick-ups (nearly a road trip – for we almost require a packed lunch and tent just to get there!), family outings to zoos, and other adventurous places.

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I do a lot of driving.

We want to get there – in one piece.

I am not especially good at mechanical ‘stuff’. I am 39% unhelpful when it comes to car stuff (see how unhelpful you are!). I guess I could use a whatsit to change the tyre, if I needed too…… but I prefer not to.  That’s what I pay the man at RACV for.

In all of our trips when we have had the van on the back, and Wilbur in the car, nothing has broken, fallen off or stopped working (yes I know – unusual in itself -since Wilbur seems to be the ‘breaker of all things’)

We have driven a gazillion mind-numbing kilometres.  that’s a whole lot of “I spy”, “are we there yet” and “I’m hungry”.  No problems. Nada. Zilch.

Until the day it was a million a three degrees in the shade.

The girls and I were on our way somewhere. Most likely a beach of some description.

I heard a weird thudding noise as we were driving, and turned the music up – as you do.  (John Farnham, if you must know!)

At least a kilometre or two down the road, the thudding became more incessant, so I rounded a corner and found a safe spot to pull over, and bounced out of the car to investigate.  I figured it would just be something insignificant, like a strap flapping in the wind.

Not quite.

Most cars have four tyres, mine had three and a half (and that’s being generous). 

I wasn’t aware that you could drive so far with only three and a half tyres, with a chunk of metal spinning around.

Oops.

I hauled the girls out of the car, and we concluded that the situation was dire.  There was no shade. No ice-cream. And….. no beach. Oh – and we didn’t have four wheels.

I had a short skirt on, and thought standing on the side of the road showing a little leg might get me some help, until I remembered the RACV Roadside Emergency Assistance Service that we have been members of for ‘yonks’. 

Ahh yes – RACV Roadside Emergency Assistance. Perfect.’ Heaps more helpful’ than my bit of leg! (go on – check out that link – it’s fun! – plus – I get bonus points!)

Actually – check out a couple more UNHELPFUL videos – I think I like this one best…… although this IS super funny!

So, I ‘called someone who cares’, and rang the RACV, and explained my dilemma.  As quick as a flash (of leg!), Frank*, the RACV bloke, had used his whatsit to change my tyre, and I was on my way again.

Excellent.

Let’s so swimming….

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The moral of this story is – You cannot rely on your legs to get a tyre changed, but you can rely on the RACV. I avoided a stressful situation by having RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance.  Get some. Pronto.

Check out this link to see how RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance can help you.  It’s the assurance you need when you don’t want be stuck on the roadside (flashing a bit of leg), with no one to call, and awesome places to be.

*not his real name…. :)

Tell me – how has the RACV been heaps more helpful to you (as opposed to say…. a bit of leg!)

 

amuze*ing #5 // EARLY MORNING BLOGGING

It’s early (well – school holiday early!), and the house is at peace. Noice.

I am blogging from my outside desk, with a side of breakfast!

Apparently school starts next week.  At this rate, Madison will be the first Year 7 student to start at a Christian school in the nude! (note to self – do not forget uniform purchasing appointment today).
The holidays have been full of a whole lot of nothing, and everything.  All. At. Once.
How DOES that happen.
We seem to be so busy, but I cannot actually temember doing anything!
A couple of days ago, we celebrated the Early Man’s birthday (*cough cough somewhere in the realsm of nearing mid-40s* I believe).
As is the norm, we headed to the Zoo, and enjoyed sweltered in the heat. (another note to self – read weather report BEFORE deciding on big day out!).
Much fun was had, although the heat did prevent us from seeing much of the zoo – we were walking so incredibly slowly, as our children dropped like little flies!
As usual, the seal display was the highlight (did I mention it was nice and cool in the underground display!), as was the wombat tunnel (for a similar reason).

We headed to the Queen Victoria Night Markets after the zoo, ((just to make the long hot day even longer).  Oh WOW!  What a feast for the senses! The food was incredible.  The hardest decision was what to eat!

We also spent a day Junior Ranger-ing at Point Nepean National Park.  Avid followers of this blog will know that this is something we do most holidays, as Parks Victoria run a fabulous Junior Ranger Program, with a great range of free activities.  Get on it!
Ribbon sticks have been a great acquisition – they can be a deadly weapon though – so look out! (excuse the blurry action shots – but I feel that they captured the movement and fun!)
We spent another day meandering in Portsea – enjoying the Portsea-atmosphere and having a knickersplash..

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I have rediscovered swimming, and have spent a couple of happy sessions open water swimming with a bunch of lovely people.  I even joined in on a pool sessionj (2.5km later – I was feeling pretty good!).  Up until the beginning of this week, I was managing one-two sessions a day of something fitness related.  Perfect.  That has dropped off this week – my ITB (ilio-tibial-band) is playing up (READ – excruciating) and my shoulder is also giving me grief.  My love of CrossFit is getting a battering right now – it’s hard to have to modify EVERY WOD.  Ugh. When the girls go back to school, it’ll br time for an MRI and ultrasound to see exactly what is wrong with it! In the meantime – bike riding is awesome, and it seems that swimming is fine for my shoulder too…..
So – now that the tribe are awake, and they are gallivanting around me, it seems that my peace is over.  Time to get the day going and relish the last days of summer holidays!
HOW ARE YOU SPENDING THE LAST FEW DAYS OF HOLIDAYS?

DEAR SELF // #9

dear self,

Why yes.  Of course you can run a marathon this year.

Sure, you can run a half marathon in under 2 hours.

Sure – you can also do a couple of triathlons.

Yes – you will manage to pull off a muscle up this year.

No sweat.

love,

Self.

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WHAT WILL YOU DO THIS YEAR?

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