Monday, October 20, 2014

Instameet at QAGOMA

The Instameet wasn't quite as inspiring as I had hoped for it to be. I had envisioned that our host, Zach Glassman, would say a word or two about his career as a travel photographer that would inspire Nathan to broaden his vision for his future career... but he didn't.

We literally just moved through the GOMA and Queensland Art Gallery as a big group, but by ourselves. Despite the initial disappointment, it was nice for the boys and I to wander around the GOMA again. It's been so long since our last visit, and we scored a trip to the restricted rooftop terrace so that was cool.

The boys looked down and spotted the gravel hill they built just moments before, while waiting for the Instameet to get started.

We broke off from the large group and wandered over to the kids section which is always so much fun. The current exhibit is all about patterns. Our favourite part was this colourful hall - it was like walking into a kaleidoscope. And the coolest part was the screens scattered throughout the hall that had a camera above them to record images of whatever was in front of it. It would take the image and make it part of a moving pattern!

We became part of the art and that was so exciting.

Afterwards, we wandered over to the art gallery and saw a few really interesting instalments. The columns made of magnetic tape were my favourite.

The boys were mesmerized by this piece:

But after a while, the boys and I started wandering aimlessly, wondering if anything else interesting was going to happen with the Instameet. Eventually, we got too bored and hungry so we just left. The real fun happened after lunch, when we went to see the Lion King Exhibition (more on that soon) and play in the water park.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Let's Bounce

Nathan's been invited to a few birthday parties at indoor trampoline parks lately, but he moves around so quickly it's been hard to capture a good picture of him.

The last party we went to, one of the older boys was unable to jump so Caleb was invited to take his place! After three times of having to sit on the sidelines watching the big boys jump, it was finally his turn to have a go.

Oh, the way he listened intently to the rules and scrambled to pull his second sock on when the group got up to go onto the trampoline made my heart ache. He was so excited, so anxious, so small but so ready. Is it normal to feel so many emotions about my little guy getting to jump on trampolines?

Caleb had a great time just bouncing up and down on that one trampoline by himself. The group guide taught him to bounce side to side and how to land on his bum.

Eventually, he made his way towards Nathan and I finally got a good picture of Nathan in midair.

When they moved on to dodgeball, it was so nice to see Nathan, being the trampolining dodgeball veteran that he is now, give his little brother pointers. Caleb managed to be the last boy standing on his team, mostly because I don't think the big boys saw him as a threat but he did well!

I'm so grateful that despite their age difference, the boys can enjoy things like this together.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Live Brave | October

In September, I managed to get a block schedule going which worked well for me up until school holidays started, which ended up being most of September. However, I plan on getting back on track once the boys go back to school. It's a great way for me to focus my time on one thing at a time. 

We survived the 10 days Andrew was away and I managed to up my water intake a little but it still wasn't enough. 

For October, I want to...

Go to an Instameet. There happens to be one in South Bank this weekend. Although going to meet a bunch of random strangers is way out of my comfort zone, I think it'll be fun and hopefully inspirational.

Organize our photos. I currently have over 30 000 photos and videos on my computer that needs to be culled and organize. It's the most tedious job but it needs to be done.

Make healthy smoothies. I have an irrational fear of blending up a bunch of fruits and vegetables to consume in liquid form because what if I don't like how it tastes? Then what will I do with it? I hate waste. The added challenge is finding ingredients to use that I'm not allergic to and won't cost me a fortune because berries cost around $7 for a tiny container here and how much do you need for a smoothie? Help.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Life, Lately

I volunteered to help put together a cookbook for a P&F fundraiser. I've been slacking big time but I finally got around to making and photographing my recipe. Now, just to write up a blurb about it. What can I say about these cheddar apple muffins

The boys have been spending a lot of time indoors, playing together. It's funny what they get up to. They wanted to move this mattress to their Lego room and I had to take a picture because all I could hear in my head was Ross yelling, "PIVOT!"

We finally got to hang these prints. Turns out if you import art from Canada, you also need to import frames from Canada. Thanks, Jay and Andrew for making this happen. 

We went out for dim sum (twice) to make up for a miserable dim sum experience that happened while Andrew was away. It was much better this time around.

Andrew's going to be working a lot of weekends for this rotation so we brought the boys to SeaWorld on one of his days off. They got to run around and get some fresh air. This was right before they spotted Andrew holding a 3-scoop ice cream, and came running and screaming at him. They scream for ice cream!

We have to take the boys out or else they transform into ninja gangster/goofballs. hehe

Thursday, September 25, 2014

10 Days

We survived.

The last week of Term 3 was the busiest we've had in a long time and as luck would have it, it was the week Andrew was away in Toronto preparing for and doing his practical exam.

I overcommitted to way too many things. It doesn't seem like so much when it's just one project. Then, I committed to one project from four different places, and suddenly I was gasping for air again.

We survived...

... dropping Andrew off at the airport,

... finding Nathan a pair of futsal shoes just 15 minutes before his first preseason game,

... last minute preparations for our church's Open Day

which involved letting the boys get messy with paint!

We survived a meltdown which ensued when I decided we were going to miss Nathan's soccer presentation day because I was absolutely too exhausted to drive out to the field, find a parking spot and wade through crowds of people and kids hyped up on sugar. That was the first time I wished that Andrew was still around to bring the boys out. Nathan managed to catch some of the fireworks from my window so I think he sort of forgave me.

We survived a week filled work and volunteer meetings, morning teas and lunches to celebrate the end of term, dinners out with friends, last minute planning/scrambling and last day of school festivities. By the end of the week, I was ready for the weekend. Except that the weekend was also jam-packed with activities.

We survived our church Open Day, followed by a laser tag birthday party, followed by an indoor trampoline park party the next day and I was done. DONE!

The next two days were a breeze. 9am swimming lessons were nothing compared to the 9 days before. Even when we had to pick Andrew up from the airport before the second lesson. 

By the end of 10 days, I was absolutely exhausted but so glad to have Andrew home. Especially since he came bearing yummy gifts, like bags of popcorn the size of my torso.


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