Tuesday, December 6, 2016

After school swims.

After school swims are what the kids live for at the moment.

When it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, on these last few days of school, I entice them with an after school swim.

When I pick up the twins from Kinder, and they are hot and whinging from another big day, I turned their mood around with the news we are heading to the pool. 

They strip off and change into their bathers faster than a toupee disappearing in the wind.

Then it's straight in, jumping, floating, racing, hand standing and giggling.

I hear "Mum, watch me" a million times and on the really hot days, I hop in and join in on the fun.

When it's time to get out they always want a few more minutes, which is fine, who am I to cut their happy time short?

But dinner, washing and organising for the next day calls,

So eventually we must leave, with promises that we'll be back again soon.

How lucky are my three that their Granny and Papa let them swim when their hearts content.

How good is being a kid!

Happy Summer. xx

Friday, December 2, 2016


I've been so very fortunate to be at home with my babies for the last eight years. 

It's hasn't always been easy, but we've made it work. From an early age I knew I wanted to be a Mum, I was always cuddling baby cousins, be the first to look after friends children and always volunteering in the younger classes at school. So from the age of 22 when I had my eldest daughter Poppy I've been at home looking after her, and then three years later my gorgeous twins Rory and Alexis, I've experienced every doctors appointment, every first step, first words, play dates, mothers groups, first days of Kinder and next year I'll experience all my children being at school full time...

 just    like    that

In no time at all I was a stay at home Mum of one, then three and next year none, and to think I cried on their first day of Kinder, that's surely nothing compared to how I'll feel next year when I send all three off Monday to Friday each week.

Enough of the pity party for one (Is that a violin I hear?), I'll have to pull myself together, people keep asking me "What are you going to do with yourself next year, when the twins start Prep?", "You won't know yourself next year."  Which is true, I won't know myself, I know myself as Mum and that's going to change dramatically. I'll still be Mum, but I'll be Holli as well. For the past few weeks I've been working as a teachers aide in another school in our area (not my children's school), and I've been loving it, I've been working when my own children are at school and I'm home when they're home. How bloody good is that! 

I've been helping out in the class room, taking special attention students, doing end of the year testing and I even spent a week at the pool teaching swimming to Prep, Grade 1's and 2's. Who even am I?

I'm Mrs Robert's that's who. I've been loving spending time with mostly Prep students, Prep is such a lovely year, and the students learn so much, It makes me more excited for Rory and Alexis to get started on their Prep year and learn so many new exciting things. 

As the school year comes to an end I feel so accomplished this year, with the help of Poppy's amazing teachers, she has excelled in her reading, writing and maths, Rory and Alexis have loved every minute of Kinder and I have no doubt they will be ready when it's time to start Prep next year, and me, well I'm ready to work out of the home and enjoy the benefits that come with that. I'm so fortunate that my husband Tom and I have raised our children this way and that he has been so amazing in helping me transition back into the work force, I come home to washing being folded, the floors done and sometimes even dinner, What a team we are!

2017 is going to be our best yet.

Do you have little ones starting school next year? Or finishing? Scary thought!! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


We have been having some amazing weather lately, It's been beautiful and sunny, but not too hot, the perfect time of year to head to Tamar Island for an easy walk, about an hour and a half return.

The children were excited to see some swans with their babies as we started our walk, and loved how they didn't mind us coming close for a look.

Our first stop was the little hut hidden in the bush perfect for spotting birds and Wallaby without scaring them.

There are a couple of long bridges on the way, with plenty of seats to rest little legs and watch the animals in the water (or mud, as the tide was out).

 We reached Tamar Island and did a quick loop of the small island and headed back on the easy to navigate boardwalk.

 A lovely way to spend a Saturday.


Sunday, October 23, 2016


The weeks have been flying by, It's hard to believe there is less than ten weeks until Christmas, but we won't think about that just yet. Instead we'll enjoy these first few weeks of Spring, even if the weather hasn't been very Spring like.

Here is a little of what we got up to this weekend...

Our veggies have been taking a beating with all the wind, rain and hail we've had lately, but they don't seem to mind.

We visited the gorgeous Entally Lodge for a coffee and a wander through their markets.

They played Jenga.

She played Lego.

We said goodbye to Tommy for the week.

We hit the Pinata at Rudy's birthday party.

He drank his beloved smoothies.

She hung around.

They swam in the rain.

Rory did the cutest drawing of him and I.

We also baked, rode bikes, flew kites, had a play date and did a little bit of crafting. 

Bring on another busy week.

Happy Sunday xx

Friday, October 21, 2016


 Happy Friday!! 

It was a student free day here in Tasmania today, we had plans to do a bush walk as it was also Tom's Friday off, but of course we woke to pouring rain. 

We headed out to Pop's house, and visited the chooks, collected some eggs and inspected some honey comb we found from his bee hive.

In the afternoon we went to the aquatic center to get rid of a bit of energy, only to find it was mostly closed for renovations, with the kids all togged up and ready to swim they decided the outside pool (in the rain) would be better than nothing. Hopefully we don't pay for that later with sniffly noses!

Now everyone is snuggled up on the couch watching a movie, Tom heads away for a week on Sunday, so he is enjoying cuddles before he goes a week without.

How was your Friday?