Are you still with me ? I'm playing catch up sharing Project Life.
Valentine’s Day passed with not even a blink except for this cute DIY printable I made for the blog. The girls didn’t even take anything in for their friends either. We don’t really celebrate it and it was slap bang on the start of lent too. I often think for half a second each year it would be nice to do something but inevitably we don’t.
Lent seemed to come around quickly this year. We have been blessed to be asked to host a weekly prayer group for past and present PCIA candidates in the lead up to Lent. Anne Cheung has organised the program and we started this Tuesday with eight people. I wasn’t sure what to expect but so far we are both really enjoying it. While it was a rush to get ready it was totally worth it.
We have been thinking about finding a youth group for the girls to join for sometime. There are two options one is at their school and another is down at the Uniting Church at Robina. Both have their pros and cons. We have decided to let the girls try both and work out which one is best for them. I have a feeling which way I want them to go but time will tell. It is important for them to learn to make choices
The pocket money photo is just a screen shot from my phone :)
A busy week filled with a to do list and ticking off some stuff we had been planning for sometime.We have trialled without success a whole series of different ways to manage chores and pocket money - none of which have been successful. I finally plumped on a way that may just work. I’m using the IAllowance app in which you can add chores and also individual money banks so they can save for different things. They both have a charity bank too that they add to. Richard and I have also set up a long term saving too which we will double each dollar they put in. Fingers crossed this works.
Races + Dedication
My lovely friend from work Natalie has signed up to do the progressive series with me. When she says she’s doing it with me she really is. She is running at my pace which is slow for her. This Sunday we ran our first 5km. It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be given I haven't been doing a heap of running. There were a lot of people and we made it in about 37 minutes which is slow for me and uber slow for Natalie. Still as they say we are lapping those who are still sitting on the couch. It’s nice to be out there amongst it and I’m looking forward to the next one. 8km 10km 15km 10km to go then 21.......
Dress Shopping + Secrets
We went shopping for dresses for Simone and Simon’s wedding. The girls have been asked to be ring bearers and are so excited. It's so hard for them to keep it a secret but so far they are doing a great job. The dress shopping was not easy. Sofia found lots she liked but Talia was not so fortunate.She has quite a distinct style that she likes. We just couldn't find anything that coordinated so they ended up with the same dress. This caused tears but the promise of different shoes and accessories soon dried them up. They are going to look so pretty I'm as excited as they are.
The girls headed off to Thinking Day for guides in Brisbane this weekend. A day celebrating the founder of Guides. We didn’t know too much about it really just that it was on so imagine our surprise when I instagrammed a photo of the girls with #thinkingday hashtag and was rewarded with friends from all over the world explaining their own Thinking Day celebrations. Seems it’s celebrated by guides everywhere. We thought that was very cool.
I am slowly going crazy trying to negotiate the new technologies that have come into place since I have been on leave. I pride myself on not being too technologically challenged but honestly it is doing my head in. It seems like every time I go to do something that I have always done there is a new way of doing it. Office 2010 and I are not friends. Couple that with using Mac at home and PC at work and I feel like I’m aways second guessing. I know it will get better with time.
Guides + Craft
I love to know when the girls head off to guides that they are going to make some fun things. Sometimes I feel so responsible for making sure they can cook and sew and craft. It is nice that they get the chance to do some of that in a different environment too. This week the girls came home with these sweet as little owls they had hand sewn. Sofia has named her Sherman - Sheldon. Talia named hers Fat Owlbert. They are so cute. We are so fortunate that they have such lovely leaders who are dedicated to making their time at guides rewarding.
One of the nice things about the girls going to a Youth Group every second Friday night that means that Richard and I get to go out for dinner. The girls finish at 6.30pm so it’s the perfect time to pick them up and take them with us for a hot chocolate for zert. The girls eat at Youth. It’s a nice time to connect as a family and chat about the week that has been before we rush into our crazy weekend schedule and activities.
Richard announced today while we were at the Bleach Festival at Kirra that he definitely had a new secret super power. It was circus juggling. The girls and I got such a giggle out of that. For a start who needs that as a super power? and why is it a secret? Is it because he didn’t know? or is it he doesn’t want anyone to know? Either way we are pretty sure that he won’t become either rich or famous for this super power anytime soon.
I’ll say one thing for the girls is they are certainly participants in life. When I told them we were heading out to Kirra and they might get to make kites they were oh cool. Sure enough when we arrived the Suitcase Rummage was well underway and there was kite making happening. I really wanted to make one too but had to live though the girls. They had the option of decorating there but decided to just fly and decorate at home.
Week Two of our Lenten prayer program happened this week. We are beginning to get to know the others around the table and it’s interesting to hear they have the same struggles as we do.
Having their prayer program certainly adds a new layer to Lent for us and we feel so blessed that we are part of this. I would love to run a ladies prayer group or scripture study twice a month. It is something I need to look into organising.
We had the chance to go and see Tap Dogs at the Casino on Saturday night I almost decided not to because we had a busy weekend but in the end I thought why not. The girls and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tap dancers are so talented. I had never seen anything quite like it. The girls were disappointed we weren’t sat right at the front and we would have got wet. I on the other hand was quite relieved.I had two very tired but happy girls that night.
I love that the staff at Kings take lots of photos and share them on a facebook page. when I logged in today I found this photo of Tals receiving an award on assembly. It was a lovely surprise and so nice to see. Far out she is tall in comparison to the others lined up beside her. Her award was for “working exceptionally hard on the science matrix”. I am so proud of her she really is putting a lot of time in on this assessment.
We went shopping for wedding shoes for the girls this week. Holy dooly they are now a whopping size 8. I blinked and missed the time when we could share shoes.We ended up at Novo and they had a special get the second pair half off. I love the styles that they both chose. Totally them. Sofia has her very first official “wedge heel” and Talia has gone for something a little more blingy than she would traditionally wear.
We organised a skill swap today with Uncle Dean. He is a talented musician and the girls had to write a national anthem using garage band for a planet. I am clueless - I could hear what they wanted to do but had no idea how to help them. Uncle Dean sorted them out quick smart and I think enjoyed the process almost as much as they did. In return I have promised Japanese lessons for Joey or Mia or both and some English assignment help.
Week in review
An ordinary week in the scheme of Bostock lives. Work, school and play. We are in full production mode for the Planet Matrix that the girls have to work on this term. They both spent a whole day on creating a board game each. They were so colourful and well constructed. The scrapbooking supplies come in handy for assignments. Mel has convinced me that I can crochet and that I need to join her ripple along revolution that is taking instagram by storm. I think she has 40 ladies signed up to #ripplealong. I have started but I don’t really feel like I know what I am doing yet. I have to keep looking back at the instructions and it doesn’t feel right. I am just going to keep at it. I love the colours that I have chosen. The plan is they will go with the furniture I have in mind for the lounge room. Thursday night we went to late night at Robina. We went to The Malthouse which was lovely for lunch but dinner was not too special I don’t think we will go back.
And so ends February :)