It's 11.07am and already I feel like I've lived a lifetime today.
It started off a wee bit differently. Andy and I sat chatting til 1.30am. We don't often do this, but were discussing some really important things and I feel really lucky that he and I can do this. Some parts of the discussion were really hard, but I also feel so much closer to him for it.
It did mean that we didn't wake up til 7.30am. OMG! School, lunches, breakfast. It all had to be done and in less than an hour.
By 8am everyone had been fed, and sitting at the computer in my undies and singlet, helping Matt with his homework, I hear Dan say "Mum! Mum! There's someone outside".
Sarah looked over and said, no there isn't! Dan of course argued, there is!
So I half stood and saw a man standing at the bottom of our steps. Eeeeek, this is awkward! So the question is, how do I get my dressing gown without him seeing me like this?
Our door is opaque. So walking past it just didn't seem like an option, until Sarah pipes up with Mum I'll open the door. EEEEEEKKKKKK! So I ran and got my dressing gown hoping my fast running would make up for anything that could possibly be seen through the door.
So I finally met 'the man' outside our door. He was from the council, coming to look at the trees that we would like to have removed. The ones that WERE going to cost $21,000 to remove! WHAT THE?! Can I just say, do your research people. Our tree removal won't cost half of this now!
Anyway..... the kids take the council man through all the chickens congregating around waiting for food, down the back garden to investigate the trees.
We're now running quite late. The kids have to finish getting ready, and Matt's homework, that he swore was finished last night and he now can't remember is still being finished.
On top of this, he decides he can't possibly clean up his bedroom. That the PJ's he wore last night aren't his and are therefore Dan's to clean up. Seriously???? How does this work I'm thinking! After a short discussion, he stamps a little way off, turns around, stares me straight in the eye, stamps his foot and says a four letter word starting with 'f' (which I've never heard my children use before). Oh. my . goodness! Well, he was sent to his room and told he wouldn't be watching the rugby tonight (his worst 'punishment' is to not be able to watch sport). Which set off a huge torrent of ranting and raving and then a more 'mature' way of dealing with things, he came back in, apologised and asked if there was a way he could earn it back (that alone made me feel proud and I'm still deciding if he can earn it back, it was a pretty big indescretion in my opinion. Too deliberate.)
So time to go to school.
Of course one of them (Daniel) not mentioning names, forgot to pack his lunchbox in his bag. I find it on the bench after they are gone.
I'm off to bootcamp, so drop it off on the way. Of course, because it's today, there are no carparks in the school car park, so I have to park on the road and make my way in. Not an issue I'm off to bootcamp so I make this part of my warm up. A short run in and out. Go me! I feel so rightous as I run out the gates. ROFL!
Bootcamp goes really well. I can actually do all the pressups required. I must be getting stronger (even if I'm not getting thinner! LOL). And then I head back home.
Hang out the washing, cause the day is toooooo nice to use the dryer (again).
Check out that AMAZING Pohutakawa tree. So beautiful....
I decide to wander down and see if Sunshine has laid an egg. She has. I feel a swelling in my heart as I remember that Dan had a 'Sunshine omelette' this morning.
One good thing about our second hen house not being used is that it makes a wonderful nesting box. Our eggs come out clean every single morning. LOVE it.
The chooks had just found a lovely spot to dig up and as I looked past them I saw the city. I saw the blue of the ocean against the yellow of the lemons on our tree. And I felt incredibly lucky.
Now I'm hanging out. We have our architect coming in an hour to show the geotech guy and landscape designer something to work out if we can do some of the ideas we want to do. I really should go have a shower and get out of my smelly workout gear!
But before I do, I wanted to something... did you know that today is national poetry day? Apparently so. In honour of National poetry day, I thought I'd share a poem I made up to say/sing to Daniel when he gets scared of monsters (imagine me in his room doing a rain type dance as I sing. Uh huh! What we do for our children!)
Monsters monsters go away.
Monsters monsters you're not allowed to stay!
Daniel doesn't like you here,
So take a bow and get outta here!
Hmmmmm, everytime I sing it, I can't remember the last two lines, and they kind of get made up as we go. Dan loves it and always falls asleep quickly after, so it seems to work!
And now it's lunch time. Yay! I'm going to have something yummy. Then relax into the rest of the day. It can only get better!
Have a good Friday!