The budget-busting, kitchen-table-groan-inducing school supplies eventually were wrapped, labelled and stuffed into these ...
It only took me about four trips to carry them through torrential rain on the first day. (I let the kids off with just the initial trip with their back packs, since I didn't think they needed to get soaked umpteen times on their first day back).
Sadly, the change of weather did not bode well for Miss 8's asthma, and the next morning we found ourselves at our GP's where she was treated and monitored for an acute asthma attack. Poor little pet.
When we picked up her big brother that afternoon we were met with the news that there had been a reported case of nits at school. A very ill child and a suspected case of nits, all by day two of the school year people. Day Two!!
The next morning I
was dragged screaming jumped effortlessly out of bed bright and early to celebrate Mr10's Mr 11's birthday celebrations! Yes, that's right, Chase turned 11 on Australia Day. (And he shall always be my Australia Day baby, just as to our GP, he will always be Sultana Boy. But that's a story for another post ...)
Unfortunately, the never-ending Queensland rain, and Harmonie's and my own-ill health meant we had to cancel our park and ice-skating plans, but we still managed to have a pretty good day.
First, there was the traditional Dawn Ceremony/Opening Of The Presents, which this year consisted largely of Moshi Monster type goodness, in the form of membership and toys.
After presents, one of our birthday traditions is that the birthday boy or girl gets to choose to have a meal (or morning or afternoon tea) out.
This year, Chase chose breakfast. And, for a change, he didn't want to go to a restaurant.
This year, his meal of choice was McDonalds. With a pre-breakfast $2 birthday massage.
A usually forbidden massage treat. Aaaargh ...
Birthday breakfast. Fit for an 11-year-old apparently.
Sibling love ... Could he sit any further away from his sister?
Later, it was time for visitors and of course, cake!
We made sure not to forget Tasmania!
Unlike Arnott's special Australia Day shapes!
Although Harmonie had a solution!
See? Instant Tasmania ...
Just another typical week at Chez MIA.
And the greatest of these? Was of course Chasely's birthday ...
Happy birthday to the
boy young man, who make me smile. And laugh. Worry. And sometimes cry.
Now he is something worth really celebrating!