Archive | October, 2013

Racing Daddy

28 Oct

Aaron has finally joined me in the no-longer-considered-young-adult club.  He turned 30 this week.  For his 30th birthday blowout, he rode his motorbike to Melbourne (which is at least 12 hours from here) with some friends, and went to the MotoGP on Phillip Island, a race that was shown on free to air TV.

“Who wants to watch a motorbike race?” I asked the kids. “Daddy is there, he is in the sitting in the grandstands watching the race.”

“Daddy is racing!” Daniel said excitedly.

“No, Daddy is watching the race.  See all those people sitting down,” I told them as I pointed to the grandstands in the background on the TV, “Daddy is in there somewhere.”

“No, Daddy is racing his motorbike!!!” Daniel exclaimed with glee, confident that somehow Daddy has been moonlighting as a motorbike racer.

This is what happened when the race started:

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Devastating fires

19 Oct

The last time bush fires in the Sydney area were this bad was about 12 years ago.  I was staying with my host family (for the second time) and the fires were very near.  We were on high alert with our bags packed, ready to flee at a moment’s notice. It was terrifying.  We never did have to evacuate, and we were thankfully spared from the fires.  I can’t imagine the terror and anguish affected families are feeling right now.

A lot of people were not so lucky this time around.  Already 200 homes have already burned down, one person has lost his life, and a horrendous amount of domestic and wild animals have lost theirs.

The worst fire in this area is about 20 minutes from me, in the same suburb I completed my high school exchange in. It’s gut wrenching looking towards the mountains and seeing the rising black smoke.  I thought it was really foggy this morning until I stepped outside and realised it wasn’t fog at all, it was smoke.  It was so thick that objects only few meters away looked like silhouettes.

It is wonderful to see the generosity of the community though.  So many people have donated to affected families, people have opened their homes, and restaurants are giving away free meals.  Please pray for those affected.

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the last semester

12 Oct

I know, I haven’t posted in a while.  Sorry about that.  The Jess (my sister in law) is visiting, and I haven’t seen her in almost 4 months.  Plus I had a couple of university assignments due.  That’s the problem with the second half of the semester – all classes have assignments due at the same time, so every spare moment is spent researching, writing, and solving math problems. The first half of the semester seems to be pretty breezy.  You go to class, take notes, have a mid semester test, and that’s pretty much it.  Then the second half of the semester rolls around and we’ve learned enough to do something about it, which means we are given all sorts of papers and assignments to do, from each class, at the same time.

The Jess and me at the park (with the kids)

The Jess and me at the park (with the kids)

My math class (which is actually called Quantitative Thinking, but really, who can be bothered saying that when it’s just math work) is the worst.  For one thing, I HATE math.  I’m not at all good at it, and I haven’t done it since high school, except a bit of large format photography math about 10 years ago. I was fine at that math though, it actually made sense to me since we were using it in real world photography situations on a daily basis.  So I suck at math, and half of what we are supposed to do in our assignments wasn’t actually taught in the lectures.  Annoying right? Then I have to search the internet to find out how I’m supposed to solve these foreign looking problems, which takes heaps of extra time and makes me very cranky that we haven’t been taught the stuff in the first place.

25% of our math grade is based on group work, which is also very annoying.  It would be one thing if I were an internal student for that class, but I’m not.  I’m an external, internet based student.  I watch the lectures online, turn stuff in online, and don’t have to go to any face to face classes.  Group work is done online with people we’ve never met, in groups we were allocated to.  The group project is done 3 parts. There are 4 people in my group, 2 of which I didn’t even hear from despite repeated emails and group discussion board comments from me, and calls from the teacher (because I emailed him to say I hadn’t heard from people and I was leaving for another country before the assignment was due) until the day before the assignment was due.

We only got 70 something percent.  I don’t like getting below 85, which is a high distinction.  The second part of the assignment is due on Friday and once again, we haven’t heard from the same two people.  It sucks that we have to rely on others for 25% of our grade.  And that we got marked down for not answering math questions in full sentences when none of the paperwork told us to.

Anyway, I only have something like 3 weeks of classes left, then a couple study weeks, then final exams and I’m done.  I have one more assignment, which is a group presentation about honey for my food science class, due in two weeks.  So don’t be surprised if I don’t write very often for a while.  University is intense, especially at this time of year.  But then I’ll have a break from the middle of November until the end of February/beginning of March.

Hooray for that.

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The birthday present

4 Oct

Now that we have our own house and yard, Hannah has decided that she wants a cubby house.  She spent about 15 minutes telling me all the things she wants it to have, inside and out.  “It will have a slide, a ladder, and two ropes so Daniel and I can both get down with the ropes at the same time.  It will have two chairs inside, and a table so Daniel and I can eat lunch in there, and sleeping bags so we can pretend sleep over.”  The list goes on.  “And Daddy can build it for me.” She told me.

“Why don’t you draw a picture so Daddy knows what it should look like.”

So she did.  She even drew a chicken coup next to it for the chickens that we want to get some day.

“What do you want to get Daddy for his birthday?” I asked her a few days later.

“Hmmm…I don’t know, what do you think, mommy?”

“Well, he likes board games, and motorcycle stuff, and tools…”

“YEAH, we could get him tools SO HE CAN MAKE MY CUBBY HOUSE!!!!!

And that is how you turn a present for someone else into a present for you.

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Spoiling them rotten

3 Oct

I love getting new clothes.  Hannah loves getting new clothes.  I think most people do.  So here is a guest article about just that:

Sometimes, you just want to buy the perfect outfit for your child. Whether it’s for a special event, school gathering, or just for fun, it’s nice to be able to spoil your child a little and find a really nice article of clothing. To help you decide on the perfect outfit, here are some top-notch brands that offer quality clothing for kids.

Hugo Boss

Though most well-known for their superb line of stylish suits and formal wear for men, Hugo Boss also offers tasteful apparel for stylish kids. Beyond adorable tailored suits for little boys, they also have casual, athletic and beachwear for both boys and girls. If you’re looking for laidback luxury, this is the perfect place to start.

Jcrew

Jcrew made a name for itself in designing business casual clothing for a preppy-chic look (think tanned, smiling adults sporting bow-ties and cashmere sweaters on the deck of a yacht off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard). They now offer Crewcuts, which is a unique line of their favorite pieces with adults, but resized for kids. These outfits would be perfect for events when it pays to look nice, but not quite formal, such as a garden party or a day trip to Paris.

Brooks Brothers

If you’re looking for pint-sized formal wear, look no further than Brooks Brothers. Make your kids stand out with a sleek suit or evening gown. They also have casual wear in all the latest fashions, so your kids can show off how hip and with-it they are.

Burberry

For toned down, timeless elegance, look no further than Burberry. You’ll find kids outfits sporting colors like camel plaid, off-white and dusty rose, which fit in seamlessly at any event and never go out of style. In addition, Burberry is known for sleek, fashionable outerwear, like tailored trench coats, blazers, and artful leather jackets, but in kids’ sizes, letting your kid show off her style all year round.

A Final Note

While it’s sometimes nice to spoil your little one with a top-quality outfit, understand that kids can be finicky. Sometimes, a favorite outfit might not be that dress that you paid hundreds for, but the other dress that you got on sale at the department store. There really is no telling what will make any given article of clothing into a favorite.

With that in mind, you won’t necessarily have to buy designer clothes like these. Instead, spend some time browsing online for tasteful, quality kids clothes that don’t have designer price tags. Better yet, invite the kids to come shopping with you and let them choose their outfits. Chances are, when presented with options, your child will know what he or she wants, and then you can spoil them by buying something he or she picked out.

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