Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July

This past weekend was our ward conference. As a part of that conference, my friend Olivia and I were in charge of the Saturday night activity. We decided to have the theme Christmas in July! It was a really fun activity. We had a family in the ward bring all their Christmas decorations and I went to Costco and purchased rolls, pumpkin pie, and apple pie and Olivia picked up the table cloths, prizes for the ugly jumper competition and ice cream to go with the dessert. We had everyone bring a dish that reminded them of Christmas, and we had everything from salad, to potato dishes, roasted vegetables, KFC chicken, and pizza hut. We had plenty of food for all and it was great. Along with everything else, we set up a sugar cookie table, so the primary children could decorate their sugar cookies during the party. The kids loved this and spend the whole time decorating and eating the sugar cookies. If the kids weren't decorating cookies, they were in the courtyard playing all sorts of schoolyard games. My boys really had a fun night, and were so happy to have come to the party.

Ugly Jumper Competition

The next morning was Sunday, and we had a surprise visitor. Sister Bonnie Cordon, the second counsellor of the General Primary Presidency joined us. It was wonderful to have her with us. She has such a loving spirit and kindness about her. She strengthen our Primary and we were grateful to have met her.

She's not the Queen or the First Lady but she is one of our influential, stalwart leaders of the church. Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, 2nd Counsellor of the General Primary Presidency came and visited Summer Hill Ward today for our Ward Conference 
Pictured with Summer Hill Ward Primary Presidency 2016
1st Counsellor: Hailey Stevens
2nd Counsellor: Fran Bush 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

School Holidays End of Term 2

The past 18 days have been school holidays. Between each term the boys get about 18 days off to relax and just enjoy a break from school. We try and have some fun. The first three days of the break we enrolled them in a all-day soccer camp. I would drop them off at 9am and collect them at 3pm. I could not believe how much they enjoyed play soccer for six hours a day for three days, but they did. Soccer has become their thing here in Sydney. Here they are with some of their school friends at the Balmain District Football Club.

Thursday, after soccer camp was finished, we went swimming at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre. I was lucky to have a friend (Stephanie) come with me, because it's kinda crazy swimming in this huge place alone with three active boys. 

Then Friday it was a cold and rainy day, so we decided to use our passes to Jungle Buddies. I already blogged about how fun they had and here's the video I made of them having fun. We were literally the last people there. 

The second week of school holidays we went to Luna Park with another friend Melissa. She has been my running buddy and I hung out with her sister a lot when we lived in Cork, Ireland. Melissa left Friday to go to Hawaii then to Idaho to attend her sister's wedding. So it was good to spend an afternoon together before she left for her next adventures in life. 

It was a beautiful, sunny day and the boys were all in a great mood, and we just had fun together. I have really enjoyed Luna Park this past year. We have been there many, many times. It is so easy to jump on the Ferry and in a few stops you're literally at the front gates of Luna Park. I never have to try to convince them to go, they always want to play there!  

This time it was especially cool because George's name was picked from a gigantic top hat with probably 100 names in it, and so was given the opportunity to turn on the lights at Luna Park. It was very cool.

We also had a play date with some friends from the boys' school. We met at Kingpin bowling in Darling Harbour and did a round of bowling, then played at the arcade centre, then went out for pizza and ice cream. It was a really fun afternoon/evening. The boys were really appreciative and kind. It feels good to have the boys tell me over and over again as we were walking home how amazing I am as a mother! They truly were so grateful that I had spent the whole day playing with them, and it was a really fun way to end the week. Even though we didn't leave and go away for this school hols, we did have a wonderful time together and our stay-cation was really good. 

I love my boys so much. I am grateful that we had such a good time together these past two weeks. I will miss them very much as they must return to school next week. X


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Vivid Sydney

Vivid is a light festival that happens in Sydney for a few weeks every year. It was fun to walk around Sydney and see all the beautiful lights. One evening, my friend and I even did our run through the light festival. 

One Friday night, Stan, the boys, and I went to view the lights and decided to take a water taxi from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay. I really enjoyed taking the water taxi, it has been on my Sydney bucket list.