Oops I did it again!

14 Jan

As in, I made a resolution to do something…and I didn’t.

When I am looking into following someone on social media, one thing I do is check how recently they posted, and how often they post. So I was embarrassed when I realized that I have this blog linked to my powerfamilytravels instagram page. While I am getting better at sharing photos appropriate to that account, on that account, having this blog linked…well, not cool! Talk about a way to turn people off. I guess I am just juggling too many accounts, and not doing many (any?) of them well.

I suppose I see this as a family archive, personal archive, and as someone who loved loved loved blogging when it first started up 12-15 years ago, I’d really like to continue with this medium. I really appreciated the diary, journal aspect of blogging, and loved it as a place to archive memories. I remember thinking when Mimi used to lament that SHE didn’t have a baby book like oh so spoiled first child Hannah, that at least she’d have a wonderful digital footprint curated by her mother, until she was old enough to take over and create her own memory files. Well…she’s just turned ten, she has a couple of instagram accounts, thanks to issues with lost passwords, and she is not really inheriting anything from me as I have certainly dropped the ball…Good intentions aren’t worth the time it takes to type them if you don’t follow through.

If I had one wish (ok, this wouldn’t be the ONLY, or no.1 thing I’d wish for) but if I had my druthers, I’d love to have every thing I’ve every posted curated into one space for me…every picassa, every flickr, every tweet, insta, fb post, every attempted blog, all the things floating around, I think I even have a tumblr out there somewhere… the whole lot, in one spot, all together for me to pore over and condense and process and enjoy.

So here is my once yearly (as I can’t recall how to say once every two years….bi annual? surely that’s twice a year right?) attempt at posting on this page.

Here are some much more recent photos of our now 10 year old Mimi, our now almost 16 year old Hannah and our recent additions… Snowball and Freckles…of the feline persuasion!


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We’re Back

18 Jun

Hey World…. aka Hey Amy Hossack!

In an effort to streamline… goal number 47 of the next school year… I’m attempting to separate my Instagram accounts, as I’d like the Barefoot Librarian Account to be all about the books, and the newer Power Family Travels to be all about, well, the Power Family Travels…

Therefore, it is time to get back to work on this blog, as there was a link for it in the new Insta bio, and you know I do love linking!

Stay Tuned x


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Go Greece Lightning

16 Sep

Yes, I know that’s not the way to spell Grease, or Greased… but Greece was the country of choice last Summer, and the one before that… and the one before that; and Grease was certainly the movie of choice with Mimi discovering it for the first time weeks before we arrived… I know she watched part of that movie, or sang songs from the movie, or talked about Danny and Sandy, or John and Olivia as she tended to call them EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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Is there anybody out there?

10 Aug

Well, the good news is, that my last post, while date-stamped, is only marked as Dec 12, and doesn’t mention the year… so some people could be tricked into thinking it’s only been 9 months since I last blogged here… Then again, who are these ‘some people’ I speak of? It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and if there was an audience before, I suspect they are now long gone…

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The Power of One

12 Dec

This morning, thanks to a link sent to me by my friend and colleague, Tina Bui, our class departed from their essay writing for a wee while to check out something special going on in the world; kids their age making a difference.
We went to the Huffington Post where the students spent twenty minutes looking through the short snapshots about 11 kids who made a difference in 2011. Students then followed more links to read about children who raised money, gave of their time, and inspired change in others and then wrote about who they thought was the most inspirational and why, on their own blogs. Take some time to read who your child admires; it is always inspiring reading about other people who do good; something all of us could learn from.

It was interesting to see who the kids chose; did they choose the person who raised the most money, the one who was the youngest… what about the 11 kids on screen really affected your child? Was it the issue? Have a conversation with your child, about the Power of One.

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Go Go Go

30 Aug

Two weeks in to a brand new year
Heaps of meetings, plenty of cheer
Kids from last year saying hello
Can’t chat for too long, Go Go Go

Fun in the fifth grade, coupla new staff
Dropping by to say hello, ready for a laugh
Daughter in the 5th grade, Daughter down below
Love to go and see ’em but it’s Go Go Go

Learning in the morning, learning late at night
Blogging in the afternoon, gotta get it right
Teaching kids the routine, get into the flow
So much stuff they kinda need to Know Know Know

Catching up with old friends, sharing new ideas
Making many new friends, time to have some beers
Party on a Friday, brunch down town you know
Busy little socialite Go Go Go

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Snapshots of an Aussie ‘Summer’

02 Aug


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Hannah turns ten

22 Apr

I wonder if Hannah feels at all like this about turning ten…

On Turning Ten, by Billy Collins

The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I’m coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light–
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

But now I am mostly at the window
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.

It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I could shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.

I know I feel a little more like this…

Slipping through my fingers by Abba

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I’m losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I’m glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl
Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see whats in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Sleep in our eyes, her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake, I let precious time go by
Then when shes gone there’s that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can’t deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
(slipping through my fingers all the time)
Well, some of that we did but most we didn’t
And why I just don’t know
Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see whats in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers…
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Schoolbag in hand she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile…

Happy Tenth Birthday Hannah

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Hannah takes on Barbie!

04 Dec

I have struck gold!

My new colleague and friend, 5th grade teacher Tina Bui, likes my children and wants to play with them and take them places!!! So instead of ME having to take the girls (again I might add, once was enough) to wonderful exciting places like Barbie World Shanghai!!! now Tina gets to do it…

Here are some (many) snaps of Hannah striking a pose on her midweek adventure this week. Only relatives need click play… and close relatives at that (read – Nanna Gay) as they are all very, very Hannah! with some Hannah, and then a few of Hannah!

December is here by the way, which is super exciting. In two weeks from now we hope to be sitting in the Donald’s kitchen eating vegemite on toast and drinking coffee watching kangaroos in the paddock and seeing the kids reunite, not to mention Andrew and Simon’s reunion of course… ah, brings a tear to my eye!

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Spot the Mimster….

29 Nov

November… A month I’d rather forget.

It seems like we’re all pretty run down this month, Mimi’s got the cough that never goes away, Simon feels like he is an old man with aches and pains everywhere and I’ve had a little bit of just about everything! Luckily Han is only tired with a bit of a head cold; we need someone to hold the fort!

I returned last night from a three day trip to Hong Kong for an assessment conference and think Hong Kong would be a fine place to live; such a bustling hub, the flights are more direct, the air was certainly clearer for this trip than what I left behind and there was water or mountain views at every turn…

In three weeks we will be back in Australia for our Christmas holiday and so we need to recharge now and get ourselves fit and healthy to enjoy the longest break there we’ve had since June 2008.