Well my goodness it has been a while since I wrote a blog post hasn’t it. Things have been a bit crazy and I just haven’t been in the mood for blogging. So here is a review about the month that was. Given it is nearly a whole month since I wrote to you all.
Mr Chardy and I managed a rare night in town back in October. Of course we didn’t travel in the same vehicle but this suited me as it gave me a chance to enjoy some peace and quite – all by myself – and listen to an audio book. It was great. We stayed at The Red Earth Boutique Hotel (sounds fancy doesn’t it, but in Mt Isa the options for classy hotels are not that endless). We even managed a lovely dinner with some friends. On the way home I got a little tired so asked if Mr Chardy would drive my car (we had our Mechanic with us so it was all good – Nev was able to drive the ute). Before we left home I said to Miss G “I bet we get a flat tyre” and of course, what do you know – we did, in the dark, on our way home, lucky Mr Chardy was driving. I think I have angels following me around because I never get a flat when I am by myself, have only ever had 4 flats (touch wood) and Mr Chardy has been there each time. I have someone looking after me that’s for sure.
Yep, definitely dead, don’t think we can plug that one!
Ok – now for the real photos, the man who actually changed the tyre – Nev – Our Mechanic!!!
Mother of the Year
So it seems I am, yet again, in the running for Mother of the Year. At the beginning of the month the boys were climbing the walls (literally – I kid you not), as if they were Spiderman or something and of course it ended in tears. Harry fell down and must have fallen on his wrist. I should have known from the blood curdling scream that all was not ok, but he does tend to over react. I told him it was probably just sprained and it would be ok. I did bandage it though. That night he didn’t seem to be in much pain and was sleeping on it so I thought it must me fine. Four days later, after our Melbourne Cup festivities and Harry telling me “Mum, do you think we should go to town, my wrist is still sore” I finally called the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service). Thankfully I got a really great Doctor who is also the father of an 8 year old. Cut a long story short – they flew out and were on our airstrip within an hour. Did a quick consult in the plane along with an ultra sound. Found a stick fracture, splinted it and told me there was no need to go to town, and they were on their way again. Hence saving me a 10 hour round trip to town. What legends. We are so lucky to have this service. Harry is ok, his arm is better and all is well.
Melbourne Cup Day
The most exciting thing that happened was Melbourne Cup Day. This is always a big celebration here at Chardy Central. It is our biggest party of the year and we treat it like a bit of an end of year Christmas Party. The boys worked the weekend before so we could have our “Weekend” on the Tuesday and Wednesday, of course we needed a recovery day! Mr & Mrs Savvy B and Co came over from next door (as they usually do) to celebrate with us. All up we had about 25 people. We had the day on our verandah, poolside. We dressed up, enjoyed various cool bevereges such as Pimm’s Punch, Bubbly, Wine and of course Mr Chardy was pumping out Japanese Slippers every 5 minutes. We nibbled on all sorts of gourmet goodies and feasted on ham, chicken, prawns and salad for our main meal. It was Mrs Savvy B’s Birthday too – perfect, so of course I trotted out a Chocolate Log and a Cheesecake.
The next morning we needed a little pick me up and may or may not have had a Cheesecake and Japanese Slipper arrangement for breakfast.
Thanks to Vanessa from Style & Shenanigans for introducing me to this gorgeous dress from Target!!
Girls Trip to Town
Aileen (our Cook), Miss G (our long time Jillaroo) and I enjoyed a quick trip to town last week for Aileen’s Birthday. Popped into Mt Isa – leaving the children behind – and had a girls night out. It was such fun. Aileen is only with us for one more week. After 6 years of hard work feeding hungry Jackaroo’s she is finishing up. I get sad every time I think about it, she has been such a good friend, not to mention fabulous cook. We are all going to miss her. Need to make the most of this last week with her.
School is Over
My children have finished school for the year. So we are in holiday mode. Harry, being the good student that he is, still goes over to the school room for his On Air lesson each morning, but that is it. We have been enjoying the pool on these VERY HOT days. I think our days have been getting up around 44 degrees. I prefer to stay amongst my split system air cons.
How are you going with your Christmas Shopping? The whole idea of thinking of and purchasing presents makes me feel ill, I am not a huge fan of it. But I have managed to get my act together and finished most of my shopping. I just jumped online and did it all in one day. Tried to keep it simple and just used the David Jones and Country Road websites. The David Jones website is brilliant and I managed to get adult and children’s present all on the one site, not to mention some perfume for Mr Chardy to give me and a Rice Cooker – just because I could.
Are you wondering what to buy your children for Christmas or how many things you should buy? I heard a really good little rhyme –
Something you Want
Something you Need
Something to Wear
Something to Read
Give this little list to your children and have them fill in one answer for each question. I gave this to my boys and they were flat out coming up with one answer. So, what does that tell me? That they don’t really NEED a whole lot.
November is nearly Over!!!
Where has the year gone? I can’t believe November is nearly over. We are getting ready to head into Mt Isa for our Sports for Bush Kids week. This time next week we will have the car loaded and and will be on our way. A week in town with our friends. The children have a week of sports – cricket, rugby, gymnastics, basketball, ten pin bowling, soccer and swimming lessons. They love it, the days are jam packed and full on not to mention hot. But we can’t wait to catch up with all of our friends for the week. This is the only chance our remote bush kids have to take part in group sports.
So what have you been up to? I have missed you all.
Have finished your Christmas Shopping?
Will I see you in Mt Isa for Sports for Bush Kids?