Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Beach House at Hawley

My brother Eden is a awesome builder and has his own business.  He works really hard and has built a couple of homes for himself (which his family have lived in) but he just recently built a 'beach house' which he and his wife Steph have decided to rent out as an Airbnb house (you can find it listed here). 

Eden told me to book in for a couple of nights when they first listed it a couple of months ago, but we have been so busy with the boy's sports and other things going on, that we have only just been able to have a couple of nights there this week (thank goodness for school holidays!).

Mum also came and stayed with us even though she just lives up the road, as it was just nice to feel like we were having a little holiday even though it wasn't too far from home. We loved the welcome sign at the front entrance.

We had visited Eden when he was building the house, but it was so much nicer than I ever imagined.  Steph had styled it so nicely. 

This is the main bathroom - I felt like we were at a luxury resort!

Jay was very happy that it had four bedrooms as it meant he got his own room, away from Harri and Kobe.
Kobe was so excited to be able to sleep on a top bunk.

I slept in the main bedroom and I didn't want to leave!

This is the ensuite for the main bedroom.

The boys loved that they had their own TV room and there were lots of games to play which was great, as it rained the whole time we were there.   It was actually so nice to be away from wifi and to just have some 'old fashioned' fun together. 

One day we went into Devonport to go to the movies, and the rained stopped long enough for us to have a play and go for a quick walk with the dogs who were at Mum's house on their own.

It was lovely to go to Eden and Steph's for tea one night and to catch up with my sister in law Becky and her kids who had come up from Glen Huon for a few days. My brother Jared had to work so he wasn't able to come up. It was noisy with so many cousins together, but lots of fun.   Harri loves going to Eden's house because he always plays basketball with him.
My nephew Ezra absolutely loves Jay and they were so cute playing with Snapchat filters together.
Staying at the beach house brought up lots of memories of when Aaron and I finally got to move into our new house which we had built.  It was so nice to have everything brand new and fresh and now we are back home again it just reminds me of how old our house is and how much needs to be done (even though I still love it).  Thanks so much Eden and Steph for letting us stay in your beautiful beach house.  It was very hard to leave. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Young and Widowed - Sunday Life Magazine

You can tell it's the weekend as I've finally had a chance to sit down and blog - twice in two days!
About 8 months ago a journalist contacted me as she was wanting to write a piece about young widows for Sunday Life magazine - which is a lift out every Sunday in The Age and Sun Herald newspapers.
She said she had found my blog and was wondering if I was interested in being interviewed. I told her I didn't consider myself to be young, but I guess  I am young to be a widow. 

Today the article was finally published. 

There are a couple of errors - I'm definitely not 46! (turning 43 this year) and I think she was confused about when I had said that I moved house after Aaron passed away, because I had said we were on holidays on the east coast of Tasmania when he died.  We did move house, but we have always been in Tassie.

You can read it online here

Saturday, 8 April 2017

1 Second Everyday - March 2017

I've been very slack with my blog and it's not because there's nothing to talk about or no memories to record, but life is just so busy.  I'm still loving the 1 Second Everyday videos as it's such a quick and easy way for me to record a memory from every day.

This was our March.  When I look back I can't help but think how much we squeeze into a month, even though life can feel mundane and boring most of the time.   Now I'm wondering what April will bring.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Pieces of him

I absolutely love that each of the boys have part of Aaron's personality in them. Jay has his crazy sense of humour and love of movies and music.  Harri has his passion of all sports (not always a good thing!) and Kobe has his charm and love of sport and all the stats that go along with it. 

I probably shouldn't be surprised since they are his sons, but it still blows me away that they are so much like him even though it's been five years since he died.  Kobe was only 3 years old when Aaron died, so he really doesn't remember anything about Aaron or what he was like, but still he's so much like him.

Jay has gone through different stages and interests since Aaron died. First he was into Minecraft and gaming and making YouTube videos, then he was into superheroes and all the movies and things that go along with that, and even though he still loves watching superhero movies, he's now really into music and media and current events.

Jay decided he wanted to do up his bedroom as it had a lot of superhero stuff which he felt he didn't want anymore.  He asked me if his Dad had any cool vinyls that I still had as he had an idea to put them into frames. 

I still have all of Aaron's things. Some things including his clothes and shoes are in the garage, but his special clothes like his sport geurnseys, vinyl records and things he really treasured are in a blanket box in my bedroom.
Jay searched the box and chose one of the Oasis ones (Aaron's favourite band ever) and three Beatles ones. We had a little laugh how Aaron was probably rolling over in his grave as he was very precious about his things, and would've hated that Jay was putting blu tac at the back of them, but we also knew that he would be loving what he was doing with them.

Jay was so pumped about how it turned out, and they look so good in his room.

Harri and Kobe were excited that he handed on a lot of his Pop Vinyls as he just kept his favourite ones.  I love that he has made his room to suit his personality now, but he also has lots of little pieces of Aaron in there, including photos of him.
The boys all love hanging in there together, and most nights you will find all three of them sitting on or in Jay's bed either watching something together, or just talking.

 Harri loved that Jay had used something of Aaron's in his room, and asked if he could also use something.  He went and looked through the box and pulled out some of the geurnseys.
 Today we finally put them into a frame and he is so excited to have it in his bedroom.


Kobe of course had to get in on the action, and chose his Michael Jordan geurnsey to go into his bedroom.
 I love that they all have pieces of their Dad in their bedrooms and know that Aaron would love it too.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

One Second Everyday

Life is so busy again now that school is back, and the boys have started up with their sports.  I'm sure my blog posts are going to be few and far between this year,  but I still love to record my memories somehow.  

At the end of last year my friend Makayla shared a video which she made with an app called One Second Everyday.  I loved her video so I decided to do it this year.

These are our January and February videos.  February wasn't half as exciting or as fun as January as we had to get back into school and work routines, but I'm still excited to see how the videos turn out as each month passes, and can't wait till I have a whole year's worth.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

You know it's....

You know it's summer holidays when you wake up and you have no idea what day or date it is. 

You know it's summer holidays when your car is full of sand and you know it's not worth cleaning because it's going to be full of sand all summer.

You know it's summer holidays when you check how many steps you've done on your fitbit, and it's gone back to 0 because it's past midnight!
You know it's summer holidays when you have no where to go, but can go anywhere you want.
You know it's summer holidays when the clothesline is full of bathers and towels every day.
You know it's summer holidays when you run into old friends (almost family!) who you haven't been able to see for ages because life is so busy. It was so lovely to run into Di (one of Noah's carers/teacher aide/second Mum)
You know it's summer holidays when you are picking goodies from our garden every morning.
You know it's summer holidays when it's 6.30 pm and you're still out playing and enjoying the sunshine and you haven't even thought about what's for tea yet.
You know it's summer holidays when you get to watch live cricket but it's your favourite footy team playing! We loved the Ricky Ponting match where Hawthorn played the Kangaroos in cricket.  So many laughs.  

Kobe with his hero - Jack Gunston.
You know that school is back when I haven't done a blog post for 3 weeks! It's crazy how life can be so relaxed one minute and then how busy it can be the next. As busy and tiring as it is, I'm so happy to have full time work again at the same school I was at, at the end of last year. I love working there and it's so busy as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher because almost a quarter of the school are from an EAL background, so there's always lots to do.

I would love a day off, but I also love and need the work so I'm grateful for full time work and I'll take it while it's there. The boy's sports are just about to start up again so life is just going to get busier, but I cope by knowing that it's just 10 weeks each term and then we get a couple of weeks to catch up before it starts all over again.  Until then I'll just keep reminding myself that the next holidays will hopefully be here before we know it.
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