Farewell June. What a great month you've been.
I'm not sure what it is about the month exactly but we always seem to get into a really good groove in June. Maybe it's the fact that the month kicks off winter which I just love, everything is lush and green and crisp. And considering the rest of the year is stinking hot it's always a breath of fresh air to me. Or maybe it is because it's Todd's birthday month and I always have so much fun trying to surprise him. I'm slowly getting better at it, I just get so excited that I want to let him in on it too. He always find it so amusing that I keep trying to give him hints. I mean, our first Christmas together I got so excited I threw his present to him so he would be forced to see it when he caught it! I just couldn't hold out, and don't worry, it wasn't in any way breakable.
We made some fun changes to our family routine this month. Todd and I decided to make the effort to have more outings and adventures. To see more, to do more. Together as a family. It's not all smooth sailing, I mean when is it though when you have a two year old and an almost nine month old. Add in the two older ones who sometimes fight like cats and dogs and sometimes it can seem too hard. But it's always, always worth the effort.
And Mia and Ryan are loving it which is so good. So far this month we've done Cooly Rocks, a family open day on base, fish and chips at Wynnum (where Todd used to go as a child with his family), gone to see the USS George Washington while it was docked in Brisbane, followed by dinner out (on a Sunday night!) at Southbank and spent the day at Wivenhoe Dam / Lake Wivenhoe. It's been a whole lot of outdoor quality family time and stepping out of my sometimes rigid routine which has been really freeing. And we have more fun things planned for July, which is so much fun to be looking forward to.
One of the best things to come out of June, was something Todd suggested. A couple of weeks ago we had a couple of hours to kill while Ryan was at a birthday party, so we headed to Bunnings and ended up coming home with a fire pit. We used to have a really little one before kids and we really enjoyed toasting marshmallows and having a glass of wine / beer next to it at night. We spent the rest of the day getting it all set up, rearranging the patio, prepped the food, took a TV outside to put on a movie for the kids while the food was cooking and grabbed a heap of cushions and blankets. The afternoon and night was so much fun and so very relaxing. Todd noticed that we had barely touched our phones, except to take some photos. This was actually pretty huge because he plays a heap of games, chats with friends, in short could tend to be distracted by his phone a whole lot. Well he commented on how much he enjoyed it and liked that the kids weren't asking to play on iPads either. He decided we would make Saturday's tech free. Our phones would have the sound on but unless we needed to answer / make a phone call, or there was a message we really needed to reply to, they wouldn't be touched. And it has been so good! It's so easy to fall into the trap of just flicking around on your phone when you are bored or just because it's nearby. It's all about getting the balance back, I've even noticed that it's made us reevaluate how much we are online the rest of the week. And that's a wonderful thing.
June hasn't been all smooth sailing, sickness has done the rounds and this dang cough just won't seem to fully leave. Both the little guys are teething, which makes Connor miserable but Liam is still always smiling! Connor has transitioned to a toddler bed because he was climbing out of his cot all the time and we didn't want to risk him falling. He's decided to wander the house at night now that he's in a toddler bed, and then to start his day between 4.30 and 5am. He's loving it! Me not so much, I'm exhausted. Lucky he's so cute.
Have you had a great month? Share your favourite moment or leave a link if you've done a June round up, I'd love to read it.
June has been a blast, bring it on July!