This last school term seems to have flown by so fast and I can't believe we're already half way through the first week of the Winter school holidays already.
We've been busy. I've been making myself do more things and get out more and we're all loving the results of this. Sometimes it's not for long, just a little outing to get us out of the house.
I've also finally finished my picnic blanket which I sewed the top of a couple of years ago. I just cut up squares of old jeans and pieces of fabric that I had left over from other projects and joined them all together. It has been patiently waiting for a backing during all of that time and I ended up buying a dark blue sheet which I cut up and sewed onto the back.
It was used the day I finished it and a few times since. It's the perfect size for us to sit on for a snack and me to crochet upon while the kidlettes go off and have some fun.
Then it goes straight in the washing machine when we get home to get ready for our next outing.
On weekends if I've decided there's been too much screen time, we'll grab a snack or buy something yummy from one of the local bakeries and head off to find somewhere to run off some energy. Sometimes it's up to Maleny and Mary Cairncross Park, other times it's to Skippy Park or Pioneer Park which are our usual favourites.
We usually have something to eat, a play and a run and are home within 1 1/2 to 2 hours and much happier that we've done something, no matter how small it seems.
There's also been more cooking by Little Miss R (with help from Mum). She decided she wanted to make Crème Caramel which isn't something I've ever made but we gave it a go. OMG! It was incredible and really EASY.
The biggest problem we had was with the caramel as it didn't get cooked enough. Not having ever made it or seen it being made I kept thinking I was burning it and there were a few other problems too. As a result we ended up having more toffee in the bottom of the ramekins than caramel but there was enough to make it really good.
There's been other outings with specialist appointments for the kids up the coast which luckily turned out to be after school time and hubby was home. We headed to Cotton Tree in Maroochydore for some fun in the playground and fish and chips by the water for dinner where we watched the sun set.
Of course there has also been Zoo time. These school holidays they've got an obstacle course set up so we headed up late one afternoon when I decided we needed to get out for a bit. The kids really love the waterslide they had in the summer holidays so we decided to check this out.
A few times around this really got the heart pumping and the kids hot.
They expelled a lot of energy, especially by the 5th and 6th times they went around so we all went home happy.
There was also a drive with hubby. This was a spur of the moment drive on our way home from the shops and ended up being a little bit of an adventure.
We're not hard core 4WD enthusiasts but hubby took us on a track that he used to drive a lot with my brother when they would go hunting. It's been really churned up from the weekend warriors over the past year or so.
Some parts were really muddy and other parts the road was hard and really gouged out.
We got through it all easily though and the kids were pretty excited about our spur of the moment drive. I'm just glad we didn't get bogged.
I hope you're all having a great week. Hubby heads back to work tomorrow and I have an appointment today so I'm off to have a lovely day to myself. I'm REALLY looking forward to this!