Its good to be home.14:22:00
Hello there and welcome back.
I nearly should be welcoming myself back here its been that long.
I have just filled up the biggest coffee mug I could find with Nescafe's finest instant and thought id better hightail it to my precious Mac, my window to the world and catch up with you all.
In case you weren't aware, We have basically been living out of a suitcase since the beginning of July and whilst it had its moments on the organisation and washing front it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
We began with a stint of house sitting out at the farm while Cams parents were away on their vanning trek up north. I think we stayed at our own place in town four times in five weeks to give you an idea, and we only came back into town to put bins back in the gate, check the mail and gather supplies. Then we had our own drive and holiday up to Noosa, followed by a wedding the following weekend up in Mildura which saw Cams sister get married. Busy, busy, busy!!
Whilst some days were a bit strenuous and tiring and not to mention bloody freezing, in the end we did it. We made it to Spring and whilst you would think life would slow down a bit now we are back home...its so not slowing down and there is much to look forward to ahead.
So I thought before more time gets away, that today I would tell you a few insights into the last 8 weeks of life here in the paddock.
1. We are pros at living out of a suitcase.
Yep, we are professionals. We should be. Every year we do the house sitting caper at the farm and each year there seems to be another kid to pack for. Funny that!! To make it easier and for the sake of washing I only packed us a couple of outfits for each of us. Some days I was sick of wearing the same jeans, but for saving on luggage and washing it really did work well. At times I even wondered why I did have so many clothes. I even applied the same packing principals for our trip to Noosa and didn't really miss any of my favourite clothes at home.
2. My house is a bit of a mess.
Dare I say it. A little bit clean freak me has given in to the dreaded monster that is toddler mess and housework. Whilst I did do housework at the farm, unfortunately our own home was a tad neglected. Obviously nothing can be messed up when you are not there, but in the fleeting visits we did have, toys were distributed around the house, dishes were used, showers were had, stuff and clothes were used and moved and dumped all over the house. When I am trying to organise things for another couple of days out at the farm, kids are hungry and all the rest and I didn't have time to tidy. Add to that, two weeks in Noosa and we were a week back at home, just unpacked and we had to do it all again as we had a drive up to Mildura for my sister in laws wedding. Only last week I finally mopped the floor after 7 long weeks. Eeeeeeek!!!! I must say it was and still is a rather liberating not caring about it as much. So much so, that I was gong to go cleaning crazy as mum and dad were coming up on the weekend, but now we are instead going to Melbs and I dont have to do it. Score!!!! Well, not til after the weekend anyway. he he!
3. The kids are awesome.
Yep, they really are awesome. They have coped with 12 hour treks sitting in the car, lots of late nights, big adventure filled days, and day sleeps all over the place. They have gone without all of their toys and comforts of home and they never really cared where they slept at the end of a long day travelling, out at the farm or away in Mildura or Noosa. I think for the most part, as long as they had full tummies they were happy as Larry. They have even surprised me at times over the last two months just how easy going they really are and how awesome it is to see that they really are the very best of friends too.
4. Boy can we travel.
I think we clocked up over 3000 km over the last 8 weeks with our trek to Noosa and Mildura. Not a bad effort with three kids under four in tow and very unlike what I had thought it might have been like. It was not overly stressful at all. Okay, so there may have been a couple of moments where the kids annoyed each other or they whinged about something or other. But generally on the whole it was actually a great experience and one that I actually enjoyed. if only we had more time to explore a lot of the places we stopped at.
To not have to worry about any appointments, work, kinder, swimming or social media and all the rest was brilliant. To actually spend quality time with the kids and be totally absorbed in their games, conversations, and just to sit and watch them swim at the beach, in the pool and play with each other and their cousin was just fantastic. To notice changes in their confidence and little things they do and say that may have gone unnoticed in the daily grind of life as it usually is, was very interesting to say the least.
It has also been great to spend quality time with all of Cams family, as well as just Cam. Without all the stresses of life getting in the way too. What can be more fun than scoffing down $3.50 scooners at happy hour together most afternoons at The Yacht club in Noosa? So much fun.
So good in fact, we are booked in to do it all again next year!!
6. A good break from technology.
Have I missed my blog? Yes. Have I missed reading my favourite blogs? Yes. Have I missed updating and catching up on social media? Yes. But on the whole has it bothered me at all? Absolutely NOT!!
I could have posted fantastic pics and stories all the while in this space and on my Instagram and Facebook feeds while we were away but honestly I didn't have time, nor could I be bothered. I had plenty of ideas and stories for my blog, but I just could not be bothered. So apologies if you were hanging around and checking in for some Windmill Paddock action. We certainly did plenty but I just didn't have the will to record it all. At all.
7. Mastering the washing.
The first week of going out to the farm I had three washing baskets full of dirty clothes at home and I was wondering how on earth I was going to get it all done seeming as we were going to be between homes, and how on earth it was all going to dry as the weather was basically shit house for drying clothes. In the end I loaded up the car with ALL the washing and took it out to the farm. Its amazing how quickly everything dried on the clothes hoists in front of the fire and I think I knocked it all off in a couple of days. I then took it all back home and put it away.
To limit the amount of stuff I had to cart back and forth and to reduce the amount of washing I had to do, the kids and I literally lived in 3 basic outfits for the whole time. Whilst this was annoying on the fashion front, I was actually quite surprised at how easy it was to do and made me wonder a few times about the amount of clothes that we all do have. I employed this strategy again for our trip to Noosa.
Im so good at this washing caper, I have already knocked over all the washing after the wedding weekend and WILL fold it and put it away this afternoon. Yep! I am the washing queen.
As I have mentioned the last two months have been on the whole pretty good. Especially for the fact that we had our awesome trip to Noosa. I have been a tad anxious at times, especially in the planning of events. You know, worrying about how the kids were going to go with the travelling, how in the world I was going to look after the 3 kids and two houses and the dogs and the chooks and the garden, the packing; Oh Lordy, and all the rest. Generally just worrying a bit about carting the kids all over the place and having all their routines out the window. Worrying slightly about the state of the house and when in the world I was going to get it all done. I still am wondering.
So for now it is rest, minimal tidying and just sitting back and looking through the pics and what we have done and achieved in the last two months.
I also look forward to sitting here and writing up some stories, sharing the photos and catching up on all the good things that blogging entails.
Its also been really nice today watching the kids playing and being happy and relaxed finally just being home.
What in the world have you been up to?
Lived out of a suitcase for 9 weeks?
So instead of just staying home this coming weekend and resting like I know we should, we are actually heading to Melbourne. You see, I have a mild case of FOMO and just have to see my brother play in his footy Grand Final, plus my beloved Bulldogs have made it to the finals in the AFL and I am heading to the game. Just look out for me in the MCC. Ill be child free and probably happy as a pig in shit. Especially if they win. Bring on the weekend. Oh and its my birthday. Did I tell you that?
Presents? Yes please!! he he...
Thanks for visiting today.