When I thought about our month and tried to think of what I could write about - all I could think of was 'roller-skating'.  Inside the house, up and down the driveway, at the park, hugging the skates in the car, taking them to their Aunty and Uncles house, talking about them at dinner...   They're literally obsessed and I'm dizzy!  It all started when we found a perfectly sized pair of roller blades at the op shop for $5. Then the roller skates we're pulled from the cupboard when we got home so they could 'skate' together!

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February.  What a month!

School started back and the morning rush has taken us longer to adjust to than it should. We're always late!

Our veggie garden (or more accurately, our eight year olds veggie garden) has taken off and we're all now well and truly sick of beans but excited about the pumpkins! She's convinced that we're going to be farmers. 

We've said goodbye to three fish, including the favourite, 'Tuna' and it was highly likely due to a six year old who's been excitedly over feeding them...

We baked chocolate brownies. (The kids wanted me to write this in here as a highlight for the month because I NEVER bake brownies... It's better for everyone when I buy them at the supermarket...!)

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I love the holidays and this time of year.  I love having them home every morning, listening to their conversations with each other and having them all to myself without school and routines and places to be. I love organising the house after the Christmas rush and starting the year fresh. 

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Like all holidays, it went too fast. There was missing shoes and lost entry cards into a theme park, a flat tyre, the kids winged more times than we care to remember and there was one trip to the local doctors. It also took us one hour to lug the bags and overtired kids from the terminal to the car on the way home...

But more memorably, goggles were called gaggles which lead to giggles, our little daredevil forced us to go on ALL the roller coasters where her height allowed, we won best family dancers at the kids club disco, Holly magically found us and entertained the kids every morning, and we swam, laughed, played and listened to the kids Christmas lists which changed every day. It was the best. 

And just to show that I was there and not just behind the camera…I’ve included my new favourite photo of the kids and I taken by my wonderfully talented husband who tells me he’ll me opening his own instagram account called ‘I take better photos than my wife' very soon! No doubt he'll ask me to set up the camera up and edit the photos then too...  ;) 

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