2017 Started With A Bang – Litterally


Happy New Year Blogging World! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break, if you were lucky enough to not be working! Hubby only had the stat days off but we did get to head away along the Great Ocean Road for 5 nights in early Jan. Although it’s not really that far from where we live, Lorne is a beautiful seaside town that we love visiting. We spent 5 glorious nights at the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park, our first time as a family but the second time Hubby and I have visited. We stayed in a spacious riverview cabin, swan every day at the beach and did a day trip to the 12 Apostles.

**Warning, you need to book at least 12 months in advance if you want to stay there over the Christmas period as they sell out of accommodation every year**.

It was so great to get out of Geelong (albeit not that far away) and spend time relaxing as a family. Ella loved the novelty of sleeping in a ‘strange’ bed every night and we discovered that she is a water baby at heart. She absolutely loved the ocean! All in all, we had an amazing time away as a family of 3.5. Our last holiday together before our baby boy arrives mid-April. There’s only one thing I would change…

We were heading home from our 5 night stay in Lorne and only about 20kms from home when our car broke down just outside of Torquay. Thankfully, we weren’t on a busy freeway and traffic was relatively quiet, but still, Ella and I weren’t impressed at the prospect of waiting for a tow truck to arrive in the 30+ degree heat. Hubby decided to call us a taxi, seeing as we were only 20kms from home, and he called his mate Leo who runs Mobile Mechanic Geelong, to come down and take a look at the car. Ella and I arrived home within 45 minutes of breaking down but Hubby didn’t make it home until 4 hours later. This wasn’t entirely car related though – as a thank you to Leo for fixing our car, hubby took him out for dinner at their favourite local in Geelong. I never did find out what exactly was wrong with the car. We’d only had it serviced a couple of months prior but Leo did a great job at getting it back on the road again.

I’d never consider hiring a mobile mechanic, my first thought was just to call a tow truck but Hubby knew Leo would be able to help us. Makes sense when you think about it. If you break down and call a towing company, you have to pay them as well as a mechanic to fix your car. Whereas, if you call a mobile mechanic, 99% of the time, they can come to you and fix your car on the spot, saving any towing fees. Something to keep in mind should you every breakdown unexpectedly.

Now that we’re back home, the car is running perfectly and hubby is back at work, it’s life as normal really. Well as normal as being 7 months pregnant can be with a toddler. Ella is very excited to become a big sister and when we found out we were expecting, we got her started at day care one day a week so she could engage with other children a bit more before bub arrives. Ella loves childcare but I still get nervous dropping her off with her long list of allergies. I have absolutely nothing to worry about as the staff are excellent and all over Ella’s needs, but as a mother I guess you never stop worrying. Ella will continue to go to childcare once baby #2 is born, not only will this give me a bit of respite, but she loves going and has so many friends there. It’s so great to see her learning lifelong social skills.

We’ve decided that hubby will take 2 months of work once bub #2 arrives in mid-April. He’s got long service leave up his sleeve and is so excited to welcome a son into the world. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time together as a new family of four, although I have no doubt I’ll be a sleep-deprived looney when the time actually comes!

I hope 2017 is full of good health and happiness for you and your family.

Cathy x



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