What a long day…
Those that know us well are aware of the usual panic that goes on before we go on holidays, a tornado of last minute angst, tasks and packing. Today wasn’t any different. How do you pack up your life for 3-4 months to accommodate the unknown. It was easier to pack up our lives to head overseas, than 4 hours up the road!!
We hit the ground running at 5am to try and get some of the major things done before the boys woke and Nate headed off to work. As packing with a helpful toddler is always a challenge, a balancing act of timing and pre-empting the unpredictable nature of a 2 year old. Sometimes it works, though more so than not it’s a lot of juggling around them and seeing what you can cram into a 15 minute episode of Thomas the Tank Engine, provided he sits still for that long.
Coming into this week was quiet a stressful exercise for us both, and it was apparent as to how stressed out we were when Nate took the fish to their holiday home. The fish were bagged, tagged and ready for transportation when I had noticed the fish tank sitting in it’s usual spot full of water. I was a little confused, though didn’t really think much of it at the time as I had my own tasks to deal with. When Nate finally got home it was the embarrassed look that gave away that he had arrived on Sonia’s doorstep with the fish and no tank!! Many thanks to Sonia for not only looking after the fish, though being such a good sport and lending us your fish tank on a moments notice.
Jude thought in all this chaos that today needed a milestone, he rolled over from his back to his tummy for the first time. I’m guessing that this roll was done more as a defensive manoeuvre to get away from his big brother than a statement that he was progressing in his development!! Though it was a timely reminder that this was the last day we would be home for a few months and to take some time out with the boys and just enjoy the moment.
With the car packed to an inch of it’s life we finally got on the road & made it to Ronald McDonald house and into bed before midnight. I am still at a loss as to how we managed to pull that off. A huge thanks goes out to Miss Christine for looking after our beautiful girls over the next few days, it definitely made it easier on us all.