It’ll blow over…

Life is full of lessons.  Even in the middle of some unscheduled craziness.  It doesn’t even take long to find them. :)

Our weekend started with a family day out in the Big Smoke on Friday meaning a drizzly, early morning drive.  No biggie, we’ve been down in worse for hospital visits. 

For two small boys, their lessons were:

  • Ensure you pack your food before we leave.  Whatever it is you *might* want to eat, there’s an esky or bag to put it in (always, we’re organised like that) and don’t forget to fill your water bottle.  Before we leave.
  • Entertainment will most likely be required. Bring it.  Don’t expect others to do it for you. Because they will forget.  Trust me. :-P
  • Cameras are a great idea.  If you remember to bring it before leaving home.
  • If you wish to know where we are going, listening at the time we are telling you, is the best way to find this out!
  • The art gallery is fun.  And you get to hang out with your big sister.
  • A DSLR camera will accompany you on this visit.  You’ll love it. :D
  • The Book Fest is much more fun without tired, cranky and hungry children.
  • Bring a wheeled trolley.  No really, you’ll need it.
  • You never know who you’re going to meet on any given day.  Enjoy it when you get to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in years!
  • Specialty shoes purchased for Master seven are way more awesome than you thought when you finally collect them.  Experiment time to see if he can destroy the top of the toes on these ones in under a month… :roll:
  • Other drivers on the roads will seem to have little or no regard for other road users in the wet.  This is true. Keep a very wide berth.  And possibly buy a camera… for the windscreen.
  • Early dinner at the sushi train involves each offspring having a previously set amount to spend.  At least one pair of children will discover that sharing will get them a better outcome. ;)
  • Being full for the whole extended drive home will mean a very quiet, calm drive… in the opposite direction to traffic banked up for at least 20km due to a motorway closure. *sigh*
  • Hanging out with new friends can be fun.  If you let it.  Even when it’s still raining.
  • Staying home for the whole long weekend, due to inclement weather is doable.  Even with two boys.
  • Answer any concerns they may have about the impending storms as calmly and honestly as you can.  Don’t give too much information but ensure they are confident with the responses.
  • Have plenty of activities on hand to distract them.  Boardgames, card games, reading, baking, cleaning, cross stitching… whatever gets you through!
  • A well stocked pantry/refrigerator/deep freeze is invaluable at times like this.
  • Share any useful information (on social media) you may have in regards to what is happening outside.  You may have something that someone else desperately needs!  Not everyone has power/access to the internet to go looking for it!  It’s no good to anyone if you keep it to yourself!
  • Take everything as it comes.  Even if you had other plans.   You cannot change what is happening but you can have a positive attitude.
  • Don’t forget to be grateful for all you have.
  • Spend time just being quiet whilst engrossed in an activity.  Together. 8-)
  • Laugh and share stories.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Do not go out on the roads unless it’s an essential trip!  Living near the hospital is a bonus.
  • Stay safe.
  • At the end of the day, realise you all managed to get through six whole weeks of holidays without turning on the television once.  Be suitably impressed.
  • Count your blessings.  Again.

Sharing our eventful weekend with
Jess @ Essentially Jess in time for another:


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Happylan (8 years ago)

The entire school holidays without TV! You are an inspiration. Sounds like a great day in the city.
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thanks A! We’ve kept our children rather grounded these holidays!
    :) x

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset (8 years ago)

*I* am suitably impressed by no TV for 6 weeks. Well done! That would last 6 minutes in this household.
And I’m hearing you on the wide berth of crazy drivers in the wet. We drove up to Brissie Sat arvo and home Sun morning and it was less than great conditions. Had both extremes – the one going 60 in the middle lane with no lights on and others going 120+ zig zagging in and out. Morons! x Aroha
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Those extremes are crazy! Going to have so much fun with a dashboard camera installed! :) xxx

miss.cinders (8 years ago)

Man you guys did well!

Your pics and updates on FB made me not worry so much about you lot. I knew you were okay :)

You need to educate me on getting the kids to pack things for themselves though! You and B are champion mums!!

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    CJ (8 years ago)

    *bows* We try. ;)
    Glad you weren’t stressing… we weren’t. I was too busy organising everyone else. :P

iSophie (8 years ago)

That was amazing! 6 weeks with no TV!? How!!
Love your lists, and lessons ;)

    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thanks Sophie! It wasn’t that difficult… we introduced the children to craft and cross stitch. They love card games, camping, baking and reading. Lots of fun to be had without turning on the tv! :D x

Emily @ Have a laugh on me (8 years ago)

Glad you weathered the storm so well, and with a sense of humour. We have sunshine today here after 4 days of rain, I went insane but am back – kinda :)
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Ahh where would the world be without us Emily? I’m still mad, not sure I’ll be back anytime soon though, it’s fun here! ;) xxx

Lyndal (8 years ago)

i really love ‘take everything as it comes’ i need to remember that lesson… a lot!!
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    I need reminders of that one often Lyndal. ;) xx

Kirsty @ My Home Truths (8 years ago)

So much wisdom – well done Carmen! I will definitely be counting my blessings tonight.
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Thanks Kirsty, I’ve had some amazing teachers… my children. :D xx

EssentiallyJess (8 years ago)

You got through six weeks without the tv? That’s awesome!
Loved this line:” Don’t give too much information but ensure they are confident with the responses.” So much wisdom there for life as well as storms

    CJ (8 years ago)

    I *try* to live by that one Jess. ;) xxx

Me (8 years ago)

I loved “Take everything as it comes. Even if you had other plans” – we were supposed to be home on Monday at lunch time. Now we are hoping to leave n Wednesday morning BUT it could have been worse, our home could have been flooded, but it wasn’t and K did some amazing work with SES !
Have the best week !
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Growing up in FNQ, this was a lesson I learnt early. Cyclone season and working for the local council also cemented it’s worth. I find it works anywhere now! Glad to hear you arrived home okay finally hon! xx

Grace (8 years ago)

I love how you went with your simple ideas to keep 2 boys entertained. And 6 weeks without telly? Wow! You’re either very creative with activities or patient. I say, both! Glad to hear you guys are safe x
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    CJ (8 years ago)

    Optimistic I call it hon! I’m thinking the gamble paid off though. Two boys had “the best holidays ever!” as told to me by Master 10. ;) xxx

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