Saturday, January 22, 2011

Too cool for school ...

As the school holidays draw to a close (can you believe it?), I thought I'd give you a peek at how we passed the time.

We will never forget out wettest, most tragic Queensland Christmas holidays, which were marked by devastating floods, empty supermarket shelves, lack of power and internet, and being marooned at various places for days at a time.

I will never forget the experience of watching army trucks rumbling through our muddy, smelly, ruined city streets. Nor the sight of the thousands of mud-spattered, exhausted volunteers, working endlessly to help strangers and mates alike. (And next week, I hope to roll out a week of giveaways for survivors of our natural disasters.)

But for now, I wanted to assure readers and loved ones that my little family was lucky, and we remained safe and dry.

And despite the wet, we managed to have a Jolly Good Time with Lashings Of Fun. (Yes, I'm an Enid Blyton girl from way back.).

Blogging for me, is partly a way of journalling our lives, so that the kids have something to keep their childhood alive forever.

So today I'm sharing some of the highlights of our school holidays. (Northern hemisphere friends: Our summer holidays are six to eight weeks either side of Christmas. And when you're a child they are endless. Okay, sometimes for parents as well, but in a different way!)

As I've been uploading photos, I've been delighted to discover there are way too many for just one post. Who knew we'd been so busy and had so much fun?

So I'm afraid I'll be inflicting at least one more post of happy snaps this weekend. Meanwhile, take a look at these little beauties ...

Mr 9 introduced Hannah Kitteh to the delights of Pokemon

 Our foster kitteh Russy finally began to accept us as his temporary family, and wasted no time making himself at home.

 The kids spent hours doing science experiments. (And I spent hours supervising them)!

 Polly Pig, our foster guinea pig, was the recipient of endless pampering, including baths and grooming sessions.

Miss 7 lost a tooth, just as she was about to bite into her lunch at a suburban supermarket

We took a last-minute break via and ended up at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast. Initially I worried it may be an odd venue for a family holiday, but it was awesome. The kids loved the practically deserted pool, and made the most of it. This was taken on probably the last really nice day before the horrid weather set in.

Hannah Kitteh eschewed all her expensive toys for an old cardboard box. (Yes, my cat likes to play in boxes).

We took the obligatory school holiday trip to the Queensland Museum, at South Bank, Brisbane. (Before the floods obviously. The museum is currently closed until further notice. Sad.)

As well, there was the annual Christmas holiday trip to visit my parents, sister and family in the South Burnett. And it just wouldn't be cricket without a backyard game of, erm, cricket!

There were a few meals out. This one was at the Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank. Also closed until further notice due to flood damage.

Mr 9 used his Christmas money to buy himself a pet finch he named Cynthia.

We were invited to a Christmas party for the polar bears at Sea World on the Gold Coast. Icy presents and all! (This photo courtesy of Sea World media and publicity department)

Readers, what are some of the highlights of your holidays?


Jodie Ansted said...

Gosh they are so cute.

My 8yo takes his Pokewalker thingy EVERYWHERE!

Glad to hear you have remained safe. Don't think many Qlders will forget this 'summer' for a long time.

traceyb65 said...

such a lovely idea — my dear hubby has been documenting the holidays on his Fb page, but i might pick out the best and (photoshop my wrinkles) er, polish them up.

what a lovely start to the new school year to celebrate the holidays!

traceyb65 said...

umm, did say 'lovely' enough … ?

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

The weather has been pretty rotten during these school holidays, so I must admit we haven't done much. We can live vicariously through you okay?

Love the pic of Russy, he definitely looks like he feels at home.

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Glad to see & hear your family and you had so much fun love.

If son has any questions about finches let me know as a ex of mine & me use to breed them so know lots about them.

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Maxabella said...

Fantastic holidays, you really packed a lot in. I'm impressed that you thought outside the box and took the kids to Jupiters. A 'near deserted' hotel pool in Summer? Score! x

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I'm with Maxabella - genius idea with the pool!

Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro today. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey there. I've just hopped across to visit and follow. Looking forward to reading more - very nice photos - looks like you've had a great holiday!

Hear Mum Roar said...

My daughter is obsessed with pokemon too! Drives me nuts. I'm glad you are all ok after the flooding, and that you still got to have some fun

Michelle said...


I stumbled across you blog today, so glad I did.

Thanks for sharing these great photos. Glad your family was saved from the flood devastation.

Michelle :-)

Carly {Creator of We Heart Life} said...

Love photographs! Looks like a fantastic time filled with happy moments <3

Lady Estrogen said...

Hi there! Found you through the Weekend Rewind.

I SO miss Christmas Cricket :)

Annieb25 said...

What a great Christmas Holiday break you and your children have had, despite the bad weather and horrific floods. They will treasure this time, as will you. xx

Anonymous said...

I love seeing photos of other peoples holidays and yours looks gorgeous. How did you end up fostering a kitty or did I miss that somewhere?