Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Sad News

Last night I recieved sad news that a close family friend passed away. When my twin sister and I were born, we were very small and sickly children. We had an alergy to milk and it took about 9 months for doctors to discover this. Our next door neighbours, Des and Barb, and their 5 children, were great help to Mum when she was ready to "jump out of the window". As we grew up, Barb and Des became our adopted grandparents and after leaving Mackay to return to Brisbane, we kept in contact with our friends. Des had been sick for quite a while and finally lost his battle on Monday morning. I will remember Pa as a kind man who loved to fish, play darts and have a beer and a barbie with family and friends. The last time I saw them was to introduce my son James to them.

I am flying to Mackay on Thursday to attend his funeral and my DH will be staying home to look after the kids. As I cannot get a cheap flight home until Saturday afternoon, I will have a few days in Mackay with my two sisters.
Although I am going off for a sad reason, i am looking forward to having some quiet time away from my family- some thing I have not done since before my DS was born nearly 2 years ago.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

A Quiet Afternoon......

Well it is Sunday afternoon and DH and the kids are having a little "Nana Nap" in front of the telly. I am quite slack with this blog in that I haven't posted in nearly 3 weeks. It has been Easter after all!!!!
Well we have finally done all the major work on the caravan. By we, I mean, Kim my DH. He has worked long and hard to put new water tanks under the van and set up the pump system to make it work. He has also finished the solar panel frame for the roof and organised all the "bits" to run the van on solar. I know what all the bits are but I am not so good at really understanding everything and how it works. Needless to say, it all works very well and we can now take the van off to places far and wide and be completely self sufficient. We do still have no hot water or a shower but these are minor technicalities.
We had a good time camping over Easter in the van at Boyds Bay. WE went with some friends and their two kids. We did get the chance to relax a little but it was a little "busy" being in a caravan park. The pool had a water slide and James really took to it. He would run up the hill and push his way into the line and come down all by himself- with Daddy waiting at the bottom. He didn't care how cold it was, he just kept on going up.