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I am writing this on the evening of the first day of my Early Childhood placement and I am so tired and looking forward to a cuppa very soon!

Last week in celebration of handing completing my 3000-word report we went on a family night out to the Heide Museum of Modern art to see the Bruce Munro exhibition. We saw his work in Saratoga just before we left California in 2018 and I was very excited to see it here in Australia and just a short drive away from our house! Hope my pictures share the fun we had out that evening with so many cockatoos and you can even see a couple of lorikeets nesting in their tree, by the Yarra River, for the evening. It was so good to see my art and be back in nature.

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A very quiet week, as I had to focus on preparing my draft for my Uni report of 2800 words. A solo report with that word count is quite a big job, so that was my goal for last week.

H is still on task with her weekly school work and keeping up with her physio and OT exercises. We hardly see her anymore as she spends most of her time in her room with her computer. Hey, she is 14 and a teenager after all!

Why I needed to be so organised with my Uni work is because I have my last early childhood placement coming up in two weeks. I made a visit to them on Monday and met the children, who are such a great bunch! I am looking forward to some learning both from the children, my mentor teacher and the educators I will be working with.

I also started my Transcendental Meditation (TM) training over the weekend and all I can say is thank goodness I have stumbled across it at this time in my life! I have only been practising meditation for the last 4 days and it has been an incredible experience with deep sleep and spending my time doing purposeful things. I am so looking forward to seeing what manifests from this life-changing practice ❤️ It is really something that I needed after such a life-altering start to the year!

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We started our week with a visit to the hospital and it was a good one as it was with our amazing OT who said everything is going well and to keep up what H is doing plus she got some new pressure gloves. The important this is to be patient, as healing of the skin takes time.

The rest of the week was a bit of fun with celebrating with a friend and seeing the Elvis film one evening on a cheap Tuesday at $12 for the cinema – what a bargain! During the day was planning my report assignment and Uni work. The weekend was a bit of fun with Woolapalooza and I got some awesome tips for making pom poms and found some wonderful local yarn producers and creators such as Knitato, Melbourne City Dye works, Autistic Professor – selling patterns and yarn, The Studio Workshops and Yarn Industries who sold embroidery kits and super cool teeny tiny embroidered pins for your winter coat (plus it would make great gifts!).

The artwork above is from the State Library with the houses hanging as a mural and the kangaroo skin is a map in the Handmade Universe exhibition which was wonderful as it spoke to me with all its crafting goodness!

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Finally found the exhibition of Emu Sky at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday and it was so good! We got there after a 1-degree cold overnight temp and the day was clear and sunny and we enjoyed some sunshine with our lunch.

People have been checking in on H and how she is progressing and she is doing so well with a routine during the week of home school and on the weekends baking or Minecrafting with her friends. In regards to hospital appointments, we have one next week after about a month away from the hospital, it has been so good not to go to any appointments! The great thing is that H has started school on time for Term 3. This also means that I need to stay on top of all assessments each week – let’s do this H with my Google Sheets file to stay on track.

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My friend and I went wandering about the University of Melbourne the other day to find an exhibition. We made the most of it by finding interesting places like the Science Gallery. It’s now back to study time and get organised for my next placement at the end of August. My final early childhood placement. Then I have one primary placement next year with one more subject in between. I have to be super organised as I have two subjects this teaching period, gotta get my head down to get my readings done.

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26th June to 2nd July 2022

All I can say is that we needed that week away and have enjoyed some time for rest and rejuvenation.

We walked 16km on the beach, up and down 197 stairs to see Hopetoun waterfall, looked up high in the treetops in an alien redwood forest, immersed ourselves in a cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest, and walked along the clifftop above the sea to view the Cape Otway lighthouse, drove to Marriners lookout to see a never-ending coastline, saw a koala at Marengo nature conservation reserve and dipped out feet into the cold surf at Skenes Creek.

Enjoy the pictures as they are wonderful memories of our time away.

Oh and the teens binge-watched Community on Netflix!

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Monday was a day out to explore some art with some mama friends. We enjoyed our time in Hosier Lane with a coffee and then we went to the Light exhibition at ACMI. It was wonderfully curated and we travelled through time with the artworks, a super special show and I highly recommend it. We all decided that we should regularly go out for cultural excursions together, so now I am happy that I have some friends to explore the arts within Melbourne.

Back to the hospital for one last physio appointment and H hit all her baseline targets out the window. She is moving and gaining her strength back again after all that time in hospital. We will be having 3 weeks away from the hospital, yay!!

Guess what I am not a robot – pic courtesy of my friend B.

Well, I am excited that it is nearly time for the holidays and as I write this Friday evening!

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Monday 13th 2022

Holiday – Celebrate is all I can say and it was a day to relax!

Tuesday 14th 2022

Back to the hospital for physio this week and this time it was earlier, yes there were plenty of places to park the car, yay! Later on the day, we had a dentist appointment – H could not attend as she cannot open her mouth wide enough for the dentist so it was just the three of us.

We then went out for a random pub dinner and lucky of us it was burger night, yummo! H joined us for dinner and had to eat her burger with a fork and knife as her pressure gloves would get oily and mucky. Afterwards, we all walked home in the dark along the bike track on the cold, windy night.

Today was the 6 month anniversary of the accident – H is taking steps forward.

Wednesday 15th 2022

It was finally time for the burns clinic and it was chaos mind you. We had an early 10:10 appointment and got in there with a random surgeon as H’s surgeon was out with Covid. We saw her OT and Physio and the Burns Co-ordinator so there were some familiar faces. She also needed photos for documentation so we had to wait for the photographer as the regular photographer was away sick. Lucky for us we were put in a meeting room to watch Finding Nemo.

The good thing for H was that she does not have to go back to the burns clinic for 3 months! I did not get too excited, as we are going back to the hospital to see her OT in about a month. So maybe we might get a 2 month’s reprieve from the hospital if we are lucky?!?

H went off to her friend’s place in the afternoon to get the school work done and they did! I am so happy with their progress and how they can set goals and hit them together.

In the evening I went for a float session and it was so good to just relax in space for an hour, it feels like going on holiday. Such a good thing to do! They stocked mushroom elixirs and I found some Turkey Tail from the Blue Mountains to add to my mushroom tonic collection. I have to say that the medicinal mushrooms have truly been beneficial over the last 6 months to get me through this hellish time.

Thursday 16th June

An early morning appointment with my chiropractor as there is still lingering pain in my lower back. I do have to take care of it! The rest of the day I enjoyed organising my sewing pattern for when I get my projects started. The audiobook I am loving at the moment is Looking Inward by Swami Purnachaitanya – it is perfect for downtime and practice meditation.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 17 18 and 19 June

Saturday I spent time at the Education Summit at the Convention Centre and got my steps in walking there as I had forgotten how bit it is! It was an interesting day as I was hoping to be inspired about education but instead I met some interesting vendors who I would like to work with in the future as they had some resources aligned to what I am interested in. My faves were sustainability and recycling plastics, learning about farm animals at Edgars mission, whole school social emotional training, wonderful open ended carts of fun for the children and realising there is an option for my son to work in the growing games industry in Australia.

Sunday was chill out day and time out with the horses in the cold paddock after lunch. It was so quiet and peacful out there and the horses are just beautiful. Afterwards, it was time for a feast of potato cakes and chips and fish – yummo!