25 September 2011

social commentary Sunday . . . 'how far would you go for your children??'

400km!!
Greetings all,
Yes indeedy, that is how far i went for my children, within 24 hours of party deliveries, pick ups & taxiing them to the next party this weekend.
For local folk, the suburbs & villages of Gungahlin, Bywong, Bungendore, Jerrabomberra & Belconnen are the areas which define the ACT & our state border neighbour NSW, i went to them all, twice. I had done 130km by 9a.m. on Sunday alone.
While i was touring around the 'hood we want to buy in, i checked out some farms. I now know Real Estate speak for 'frontage onto road' does not actually mean there is a driveway to the property. I kind of thought access to a block of land would be included??  I'm learning fast.
I appreciate every party invitation magnetised to our fridge. Parties come with great effort & expense to put on, i'm forever grateful my children get invited to them. This weekend my high schooler went off to the countryside, then a movie & dinner in the city, back to the property for a late night spa (all girls, oh the stories i could tell/ flash backs i've been listening too, "truth or dare") then horse riding the next day. Glorious. My son went to an all girls sleepover too, he was in his element. Then 3 went to a Laser Tag party, which was fantastic, the dads were teaming up with the children too. There was one consistent winner, the federal policeman daddy.  My guys would love to see how their soldier daddy would go. 
I got to spend Saturday night with just these 2 girls, it was so fun, eating strawberries, dinner from their favourite restaurant, watching a movie & camping out in the lounge with the puppy at their feet (worked out well, there was quite the storm last night).
So this is more of a community announcement for those of you who live 'out of area' like us or a warning for high school . . . where children come from far & wide, so will the birthday invitations - you could be travelling a very long way for the party deliveries. Love Posie

15 comments:

Tas said...

Hah. I have yet to do more running around than a 15 minute drive to a kid's party. More for a family friend's child's party.

But I still remember growing up in Tassie. If you drove from Launceston to Hobart (about 2 and 1/2 hours) you stayed overnight. Such a long drive. Then I went to Uni- and found myself travelling 4 hours + to go to a 21st then drive back to college the next morning.

Better start building up my stamina again I guess for the next generation's sake.

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

ah yes - our petrol consumption has increased greatly with the move to an out-of-area high school. *sigh* - but it's the price you pay to encourage a healthy socal life I suspect! it certainly doesn't help that the canberra region has an apalling public transport system. you're in it for the long haul i'm afraid - at least until they grow up and get their own car and licence!!
cheryl xox.

Kimmie said...

Ours are still getting run around but are now on their L plates so mum abd dad's taxi service will soon be able to hang up their hats ha!

Sue said...

We lived in Toronto (Newcastle) for 5 years, our eldest started high school at Merewether High a state selective school. Her friends came from Morriset south of us to Nelson Bay hour to hour and half north and out to Maitland. We were lucky that one of her friends that lived around the corner often got invited to the same parties and we could car pool or make a family picnic trip out of the drive.

Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

Wow. That's quite the distance. I hope when you're old and need driving around, to have grocery shopping done and to have your garden tended to - that they're right there doing that for you.

You're a good mama. xx

Mum on the Run said...

You're a good taxi, I mean Mum.
:-)

ally said...

Oh yes - another reason to be grateful for living back here where a long commute is 10 minutes!!!
xx

rachelmp said...

We are the same - and then add in driving lessons for the eldest to help clock up his 120 km for his driving test. When you have a weekend off with no parties it feels almost like a long weekend!

Taylor Made said...

Love your commitment....have a lovely week.

Mimi said...

You are an amazing Mum! Just gorgeous your son being the only boy at a girls party, I love it. Mimi xx

mel @ loved said...

Growing up in the country, it was always a great distance to travel to friends places. I hope to be just like my Mum here, she was always the taxi & loved it! She strongly advises being the taxi, you are privileged to some very interesting chatter, mostly it was peace of mind knowing we were all safe though I think..

rachelmp said...

whoops - I meant 120 hours not km! and that's hard work living in town

Lib said...

Does the word 'car-pooling' mean anything to you :)
Far out brussel sprout, you're a legend!!!!

Lizeylou said...

What a lovely mumma you are!!

Christina said...

Love the term 'party deliveries'! What would children do without loving mother taxi's though? :)