This past week has been a whirlwind of crazy.
The best kind of crazy… well aside from the sickness part. Bleh.
Well, as most of you probably already know, my mother has been living with us part-time for the past year or so. It has been such a blessing having her here with us, but we have missed Queensland and missed the rest of the family there. JJ in particular has missed his Pa, my stepfather Richard. Although over the years, Richard and I have wanted to throttle each other every now and then, he’s been my dad since I was 13 – and that comes with a whole load of love and respect.
So, it was a wonderful surprise when we heard that Pa would be coming down to Melbourne for the weekend to see JJ and to meet Freya. We hadn’t seen Richard for about two years, and it was well past time to reconnect, albeit with half of us sick with various plague like viruses and sleep deprivation. JJ was absolutely over the moon at seeing Pa again, and from the first big hug it was as though no time had passed at all.
JJ started as a Cub Scout with Scouts Australia a few months ago now, and his Scout group was celebrating its centenary that weekend. As Pa had once been a Cub Scout, JJ was particularly keen on showing him the pack and the awesome festivities that were planned.
Although it was overcast it was warm and the kids took off their shoes and climbed the climbing wall, rope walked, and generally had a blast. There was even a go kart, which was a massive hit until in typical Melbourne style, the sun broke through the clouds and it promptly started raining.
Being ouch tonsilly and ear achey, I had absolutely no desire to dress up or put makeup on. I rugged Freya up against the “potential” for wind (booties! be still my heart!), but I didn’t even have the energy to dress up David (which is like, my favourite thing to do ever). It was just lucky that JJ was wearing his Scout uniform or who knows what he would have pulled out of his closet.
Cue the Autumn Momiform.
Apparently my face says this is “very serious business”. The blury pictures says that the camera needed some very serious refocusing. Also, leggings are totally pants. At least they are in El-land, where comfy long sleeved t-shirts run free with glasses of red wine, cocktails, and barbeque flavoured shapes that fly into your mouth.
And lipstick, because lipstick makes everything look better. I mean, seriously – you can get around with unbrushed hair, no other makeup, and daggy mom clothes and you still look put together with a little red lippy.
My absolute favourite part of the day was the incredible procession and performance lead by the Scotch College Pipes and Drums band. My goodness, it was just wonderful! It was hard to believe that this is a high school band they were so professional. Honestly, I haven’t stopped gushing about them all week.
The afternoon tea was also kinda awesome. Scones with jam and cream, guys.
Really, it was just an awesome, relaxing day.