Week in review

Although it began with Pentecost Sunday Mass and afterwards, kids having fun with sparklers in the backyard, this was a sombre week both on the local and world news front. And most significantly for us, a death in our extended family on Wednesday night. Every morning there was news from the US to share with…

Week in review

Well that seemed like a decent news week in the Catholic world, ending with the opening of churches in NSW to 50 people at a time, in line with pubs, restaurants and the like – but only after a campaign which saw 20,000 people sign a petition in less than two days. You can see…

Random week in June notes

It’s not the end of June yet, but it’s been an eventful week so these little snippets aren’t completely random. Our fourth child received his First Holy Communion last Sunday. He was so ready for it, it was such a joy. His older brother’s event two years ago had seen a packed church and barely…

2018 round-up

It’s been a crazy year, but a good one, and with Advent now here already I thought a quick round-up of my highlights for 2018 was in order. Family We had our youngest start kindy this year. The first few days were slightly traumatic for him and me and it’s still a bitter-sweet reality for…

Weekend wanderings

My husband took this photo of a large icon of St Teresa of Avila yesterday. It was at Corpus Christi parish at St Ives in Sydney’s north which is in the care of the Discalced Carmelite friars – the order that she founded with the help of St John of the Cross. She lived by…

August went by in a blur…

It’s nearly October, and I have let this blog slide a bit, so first here’s a quick update on August and most of September: We spent a weekend in Bilpin, which is apple-picking country in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, with extended family to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. It was fun. I’ve decided we need…

An impromptu date and a new friend

Last Friday night my husband and I turned up to a school function – that didn’t exist. The school gates were closed, the place was in relative darkness, and no one was around. That’s because it was meant to be this Friday, not last. My bad, I think. But whichever one of us was at…

Monday snippets

I’m on the tail end of the flu and a bit tired tonight, so these are just some snippets from the past little bit: On the weekend we attended a family bush dance put on at our kids’ school. It was fun and beautifully organised with lots of fun stuff to do, but I was sick…

Ups and downs of a hand-me-down lifestyle

Last week the kids found this vintage scooter put out by someone in our street for rubbish collection. It needs new tyres before they can ride it but it’s got some funky details eg. a little mirror and horn on the handlebars, a tyre pump, and a cute satchel on the rear. If anyone has…

Weekend fun including pie, friends and the zoo

This beef and Guinness pie and a couple of good cheeses and tiramisu; this was our impromptu plan for dinner last Saturday night. We asked another family over and happily, they were free. I always feel defiant about entertaining at this time of year because the fact is that it’s never going to be as easy…

School holiday highlights

The school holidays will be over after this Friday; I have mixed feelings about that. I love the break from the daily school and work routines and hanging out with my kids, but if we don’t go away anywhere then managing everyone’s activities and different needs and energy levels can become quite a bit of…