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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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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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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.


October… the countdown to Christmas begins…

16 Oct

Wow, there must be some hormone that kicks in around mid-month that causes me to try and post something here.

I am knee deep in course work for my library certificate. It is stimulating and interesting but there just aren’t enough hours in the day are there folks… I actually just managed to skype with the rest of the students who are meeting today in New Hampshire, that was exciting, it is strange to be doing such intimate thinking with people so far away but that is the way things go these days.

Mum has been here for nearly three weeks and we are trying to make her time her as exciting as possible. She is out at Tommy Emmanuel now, went to the tennis masters last week and had a day at Suzhou with our friend Sandra too.

We have begun thinking more about Christmas and are really looking forward to catching up with a lot of different friends and family while we are back there for three weeks. Our week in Apollo Bay will be a highlight and we hope to actually have a bit of a holiday down there, that would be nice! I hope the weather agrees with us and we just get to spend some time doing not much at all…

Thanks to Mum for many of the photos below. I know the first one isn’t of October, but I really love it and as (for a change) Mimi doesn’t feature so much in this album, I thought it was only fair!


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August and September in the Power House

16 Sep

I can’t believe we’ve been back in Shanghai for eight weeks… every day brings us one step closer to the next holiday!!! Roll on October break… roll on Thanksgiving…roll on Christmas…I’ll stop there, the aging process and all!!!

Simon and I went to Bangkok last weekend and spent two nights in a great hotel with our friends Jenny and Tom who were there for a week. It was our first flight together without the kids, our first time overseas together without the kids and we all survived and thrived! School has been hectic this September however the happy group of students I have and the great teachers Hannah and Mimi have this year make it all worthwhile.

Last night we got to go to Mimi’s Open House at the Wonder Center… I love that place almost as much as my friend Amy Hossack loves living at the Links… We were amazed by the school’s set up as always and loved meeting with the four teachers who get to spend 5 days a week hearing our talkative child tell stories and make jokes; apparently her favourite things. We were saddened and surprised by how seriously some parents take the education of their 2-5 year old and it has given me a real insight into the mindset of many of the parents we have here at S.A.S. later on who are so concerned about pushing their child and keeping them busy-busy; that pressure sure starts early. We are just happy Mimi has a lovely safe place to play, be engaged, be stimulated and is learning to love to learn… isn’t that the most important thing? There are some great photos on Sue’s site and heaps of solid information about the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

Hannah has her first swim meet this Saturday and will be competing in the 50m breast-stroke and free-style. We are excited to be there to cheer her on and then celebrate the day with a b.b.q. after wards. We have a day off next Wednesday for a Chinese National Holiday which will break up the week nicely and then we get to hear Jane Goodall speak on Friday which should be amazing, I am so excited I get to meet this amazing woman, it is her second time here but the first time I will see her at a small lunch and book signing event for 60 people…

Simon is continuing to look amazing and fade away…(not necessarily at the same time) and we celebrate 12 years of wedded bliss this Sunday…Yeah for us. Enjoy 20 short and sweet shots of the girls from the last month or so, no pics of Simmo, he won’t be photographed until he is in the B.M.I. normal range!!!

This week I started my course to become a librarian/media specialist through the same University I completed my Masters in last year, Plymouth State University. I have some work to do this weekend, and every weekend for a couple of month to complete the first course for three credits but it is something I’ve toyed with for awhile, so, onward and upward!

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May in Shanghai

16 May

Well, we have reached mid-May, and you know what that means?

We are 26 sleeps away from June 12th when we take off for Portugal, Finland and Sweden for 7 weeks of Summer, hooray!

There is a lot to accomplish in that time and friends to farewell however the general feeling in the air is a buzz and excitement over long summer days at the beach, playgrounds, sorbet and amazing European tapas and fresh seafood. We will be spending time with Raija, Jussi, Matias and Johannes in their new apartment in Helsinki as well as their Summer cottage that we were so fortunate to enjoy last year; we are very excited about returning there and about seeing Hannah’s friend Johannes that she went to school with for years in Shanghai.

Speaking of friends from Shanghai, as I sit typing this, Hannah is by my side on Simon’s laptop writing her own blog post on the new blog that has been created for her and her best friend Sydney to communicate to the world about their travel experiences, book reviews and whatever else takes their fancy. Their blog is the culmination of a five year friendship that has seen them visiting with each other in Thailand, America, nearly Abu Dhabi and this Christmas, Australia. They have written letters, skyped and e mailed and as parents we see as a great way for the two of them to continue their relationship and encourage each other with their writing, reading and technology skills.

May has seen Mimi in the second month of her schooling at The Wonder Center. We are so impressed with the work that Sue, her teacher, is celebrating there and feel very fortunate to have this sort of opportunity for Mimi just around the corner. She currently attends 5 days a week from 8.30 – 12.00 and come August this will increase for another couple of hours each day with her making and eating her own lunch there. So far she has cooked her own peanut butter, bread and muffins and has a lovely time each morning with the close-knit group of ten students aged a year younger and older than she is. If you are family or just a fan of cute Mimi… click on the link to photo pages and you will see what amazing facilities this place has and why we are feeling so fortunate, it is an early childhood centre’s dream come true.

Enjoy some of our photos and please take some time to check out Sydney and Hannah’s blog one of these days. It is a very exciting project for them and for their parents.

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The Longest Home-Made Water Slide in the World…

02 Mar

This is the best fun ever ever ever. Over the Christmas holidays back in 2008 we stayed at Miranda and Andrews a fair bit and one fine day Andrew woke up and decided to make a water-slide and Simon decided to make a movie about the making of a water-slide. I don’t know who had more fun, the grown ups or the kids, well actually, yes I do, it was the grown ups for sure!

As always, wait for the video to load for maximum viewing pleasure and be sure to leave a positive and friendly comment to encourage Andrew for his next big project… surely a go-kart track is needed at Donald Land???


Life’s a Peach…a Photo Peach that is…

07 Feb

After checking out Sharon’s blog and hearing about Photo Peach this week from Amy, I thought I’d check it out while I lay here bedridden after eating something shocking in the last 24 hours…
I found it pretty slow to upload photos from iphoto and wasn’t really sure how effective it would be… the photos are nothing amazing, I was just experimenting so next time I will choose more wisely, as for the wording…again, just having fun although this is something I think I will enjoy about photo peach in the future…

See, I told you I would enjoy the wording aspect…still bedridden, still learning…but broadening my horizons a little…

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