Our Year 7 Life

I’ve toyed with whether or not to write this post because all I’ve seen is gushing posts about how easy the transition has been or how wonderful people’s daughters/sons have been but…..our experience of transitioning to High School has definitely not been that way!

I should start by saying that Ella absolutely loves her new school , has made new friends, has put herself out there in applying for, and succeeding in being made a Year 7 ambassador for the school, has embraced extra-curricular activities and is settling in well, according to her tutorial teacher.

She was full of enthusiasm in her first few weeks, getting up early to be sure she was ready, enthusiastically telling us how her day went as we sat together to have dinner.  These are some photos from day 1:

But that is where the fun stopped!  On any given day I don’t know which Ella I’m going to face when I walk in from work but usually it’s not a warm interaction.  I’m definitely public enemy #1, closely followed by everyone else in the house.  It’s emotionally exhausting.

Sometimes the yelling is so extreme that our neighbour offers supportive words and checks in that everybody is ok.  I find this very embarrassing but Ella doesn’t care.  If I say “no” to anything at all, however trivial, that’s enough to set her off.  It’s a fine line between setting boundaries and giving in for the sanity of everyone else in the house.  Just last night I said yes to a sleepover at her friends place, although her behaviour absolutely didn’t warrant it, just so we could have a peaceful evening after a super busy weekend. Does that make me a pushover for giving in?  Or am I simply picking my battles at this point?  I really don’t know the answer….but the peace was fabulous.

I’m thinking I need to let her learn from her own mistakes.  Should I care that she’s lost the second set of house keys in a matter of weeks?  Should I let her deal with the school consequences when she forgets things she needs for class?  At the moment it feels like I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t because if I remind her then I’m being “controlling” but if I don’t remind her then it’s my fault when she forgets stuff.

If you haven’t seen any of the ABC show My Year 7 Life then it’s definitely worth a look, so many kids dealing with the transition in their own way.

I love Ella dearly, but so far this has not been an easy process.  Anyone who tells me it’s all been plain sailing…..I’m not sure I believe you!


Our Year 7 Life

Growing on Up

What a big week we’ve had for Miss Ella. Seven fabulous years at our very special primary school, SKiPPS, and she shared a lovely graduation celebration with her classmates, teachers and family on Thursday night. We’re very proud of her!

She’s lucky to have a close group of very good friends and, as they go their separate ways next year, we hope they can lean on and support each other as they find their way in Year 7.


Growing on Up

That’s a Wrap…

As the mass hysteria of Richmond’s Grand Final win continues to grip Melbourne, I thought I’d do a post on our footy season wrap.  Through no cajoling, pressure or crazy parenting, all of our 4 enjoy playing footy and they each had their own little achievements this past season.

This year was Ella’s first venture into footy, playing in the inaugural U12 girl’s squad for our club.  She trained well, played her hardest, dealt with a few injuries and at the end of the season was awarded as Most Improved Player.  This very happy face says it all:

Charlie played his third season with South Melbourne and was his usual consistent, go at it like a bull at a gate, self.  He finished the season with 3rd Best & Fairest.

Ruby & Poppy didn’t play outside of Auskick this year.  Being too young for the newly formed girls’ squad, they opted to wait until the 2018 season.  This didn’t stop them stepping in to bolster the numbers in the end of season Lightning Carnival.  Onward to next year for them!

It was another busy season and we’ve enjoyed a few Sunday mornings off….before Athletics starts this morning!


That’s a Wrap…

Thanks Dad

Yesterday our family, alongside students and professors from the University of Edinburgh, paid thanks to our dad and all the other brave, selfless people who donated their bodies to medical research this past year.

Was it emotional? Of course. Was I proud? Absolutely.

We heard Tom Gillingwater, Professor of Anatomy, describe the donors as the Silent Teachers of our medical students.  He described the ability to study the complex structures and infinite variations of anatomy on a real body as key to students understanding the real human body, much of which is difficult to teach in lectures and via text books. 

It’s made me think and I wonder if I could do the same? I don’t know the answer to that yet but I’ll be forever proud of my dad.


Thanks Dad

Easter Holidays

So, what did we get up to? Lots of quality family time, hanging with friends, outdoors fun, sport and of course concluding in a chocolate coma these past few days! 
Footy in the Sun?

Time for a bike ride

Girls in charge of a very impressive looking dessert!

Letting kids & dogs expend energy!

Early morning dog walks….some of us still in pyjamas 😀

Fun with friends and our very own magician 🎩 

The middle weekend saw Alan & Charlie take off with some friends on a boys camping trip. 

The girls were not to be outdone. We set up some backyard camping! First night successful and second night became indoor camping as storms were forecast.

These pics are from day 2 as the storm came rolling in across the bay.

It wouldn’t be Easter holidays without going to the footy. It’s not often we get everyone to go so this pic captures a rare event!

We also took advantage of late holiday bedtimes for an after dinner trip to Luna Park. No Char in these ones because he was away hanging out with one of his mates.

An early morning and same day dusk pier walk. We saw water rats in the morning and the penguins at dusk. Not sure what we were thinking attempting this on Easter Sunday because there were so many tourists. 

Tomorrow they head back to school, excited to see teachers and friends.


Easter Holidays

A better late than never Father’s Day post!

Fathers day was tough this year, I thought of the message I would have written to Dad and what special gift I may have chosen and how I’d loved to have heard his voice that day……with only memories to hold on to.

Its funny how kids keep us going, give us another focus and how lovely to watch how much my 4 adore their dad. These pictures were taken on the day and sum it up perfectly.

Love you always Dad.


A better late than never Father’s Day post!

Footy Season Comes to an End

Charlie, Poppy & Ruby have thoroughly enjoyed their footy this season and what a fantastic way to end with Charlie winning his club best & fairest last week.  He absolutely loves the game, is determined,  gives his all each week and picks himself up when he’s knocked down.  He was delighted for his team mates tonight with their awards and proud when his name was called out for his. Here he is with his fabulous coach, Lyndon.


Ruby and Poppy played in the girls Auskick squad this year which gave them much more opportunity under another fabulous coach.  They’ve loved it and are super keen to play on next year.  Here are some highlights of the season:

The all-important club song!

Pre-game Coaching


Some Very Muddy Boys


Poppy & Ruby playing at Etihad

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Charlie playing at Etihad

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And me in my fetching white coat (with no idea what I’m doing)!


Auskick Friends


Auskick trophy time

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Lightning Carnival


Playing for the Under 10’s


Last game of the season – the Bedford Cup (pep talk from Peter Bedford prior to the game!)

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Last Saints game of the season


And that’s a wrap….until 2017  #gobloods


Footy Season Comes to an End