Saturday, July 30, 2011

Strawberry Picking

One of our favourite family traditions!

Every year for the about the last 5 years we have gone up the Sunshine Coast to go strawberry picking. We just love it!

Hayden has already picked a few, and eaten a few more....

Sweet, red and ready for picking!

My goodness does this kid love to eat strawberries. It would probably be fair to weigh him before and after strawberry picking. It is hard to hold him back!

Ahh... Isn't this a nice big one!

Mark and I fooling around.

Mark quality checking all the berries before we buy them. What does he do to the ones that aren't so good? Eats them of course!

A great stash!

My goodness do I look short next to this 14 year old boy!


The boys will soon be as tall as Mark. I just wish they would stop growing for a bit!

We then head over to Caloundra and have fish and chips for dinner. Followed by strawberries dipped in chocolate. Yum....

Seth's little prank

Everyone now and again the boys get into a mood where they like to do pranks on each other. Put tape on the bottom on your mouse, water bombs are of course popular, that sort of thing. Well Seth had 3 weeks of holidays and had a bit of time on his hands so decided to do a prank on his older brother while he was out.

So this is what he got up too:

 A silly string attack!
Ben was so not impressed when he got home!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Amy Outnumbered: Sick or Faking It?

Is the kid really sick?
That is a million dollar question!

Today a friend was telling me her son was wanted to stay home because he was sick. But she didn't believe him, so she made go anyway and he then the poor kids vomited! This happens to me on a regular basis.

Last year Hayden told me one morning that he felt unwell. But since he said that nearly everyday, I made him go to school. At 11 o'clock I get a phone call from the school he has vomited. I felt terrible!!!!!!! He was mortified when I picked him up (he gets so easily embarrassed).When I was driving him home I stupidly told him, "I am so sorry, you should of told me you were sick!' To which of course he replied "I did tell you Mum, you didn't listen to me.' To which I lamely replied, ''Well next time tell me you are really, really sick."

My 14 year old had some late nights on the weekend and then wanted to stay home from school on the Monday. He really did look dreadful, but I did think to myself, 'I am not going to shield you from the consequences of your choice to stay up late, you can go to school!' So I made him go. Unfortunately he just got worse and then had to have the next 3 days off, so another poor choice by me.

Yet other days you will keep them home and they will feel miraculously better once you have dropped everyone off at school. Sometimes as a Mum you just can't win! My only solution for this, since I don't believe my ability to make perfect decision is ever going to happen, is to acknowledge that you are a person who tries hard but make mistakes. And be really good at apologising and buy them some extra lemonade!