Birthday parties, house hunting and other random stuff

First post for October and we are nearly in the middle of it.
According to my statcounter there are still the occasional reader who pops by.
So thanks for that!

I just don't have the time to blog right now. Which I hate of course. But you all know the reason why I am a little absent from the blogging world right now, so I won't harp on about it.

So what's been happening in our neck of the woods?
Well, lot's of stuff.
It has been the final week of school hols this week, and I got to work the whole week. At first I thought "what a bonus, I don't have to do anything", but that very quickly changed to "geez I wish I could stay home".
Grass is always bloody greener isn't it??

Ryley and Braeden had two of their cousins stay and all the kids had a great time! We went out for tea to Pizza Hut, because really, 3 hungry boys (Ryley-not quite so hungry for pizza) and all you can eat, just go hand in hand I believe.
David took all the boys fishing during the day while I trudged off to work.
Someone has to be the breadwinner I guess.
Seriously though, it was lots of fun and we look forward to having them again another time.

Ryley had a birthday party yesterday for one of his school friends.
For the long time readers of this blog, you will know that I don't particularly like birthday parties. I find them quite hard, particularly when I don't know a single person. Ryley is always the kid with the physical disability whose Mum has to help him participate. He then sometimes gets treated like a baby by other kids and the other parents either feel sorry for me, or ignore me.
Now, Ryley has only ever been invited to two school parties in his 6 years at school.
Which I don't mind at all.
This one was the second one and when Ryley vomited just before it was time to go, I had to admit I felt a bit relieved that maybe I had an excuse not to go.
But when I asked him if he wanted to go, he got up and headed for the door.
So we went.
It was an interesting party.
Most of the kids there were from Ryley's class, so they all knew each other and were clearly really good mates.
I tried my best to just let Ryley be and only helped him when he needed it (like when he got knocked over when on the dancefloor).
Ryley of course had an absolute ball!!
But the thing that I found really strange was that hardly any other parents were there. They just left their child with a disability there, in the care of strangers.
One kid did try and escape many a time, and if I hadn't been keeping an eye on him he would have been gone and we would have had a search party out in the streets of Ballarat.
I just don't get it.
I can understand why some of the higher functioning kids were left. They could at least talk I guess.
Ryley really enjoyed himself and as always I am really glad we went.

So what else in the life of us?
We have been house hunting/dreaming lately about finally moving out of town and onto some property. We have a couple of properties on our shortlist and now all we have to do is finish our house and get it ready for sale.
The question remains of course whether we can actually do it or not.
We love our house.
We love where we live.
Everything here is so convenient.
Moving out of town would mean we could have our hobby farm which is what our heart is telling us we need to do. But our heads are very busy telling us that we have it waay to good here.
Who knows.
Maybe when I win tattslotto, I can just have it all.

In the meantime I have been busy planting all my vegies and we are going to have a bumper crop of spuds again. Our celery is going crazy too which is good. It is the first time we have grown it, so nice to know we can actually grow it.

What else?

Braeden is learning how to write his name. He signs all his pictures now with the letter B.
Ryley's ankle has fully recovered finally and he has actually lost a bit of weight.

This long post has no just made up for the last however many days of not posting.


  1. It's great to read an update. I am glad to know that all is well with everyone. :)

  2. Thanks Kristy, we are all well (touch wood) xo

  3. Happy you are all well.

    I love that Braeden signs his pictures with a B. Too cute.

    I'm happy Ryley enjoyed the party and his ankle is better.

    I would love some veggies from your garden!!

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