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#51 donthavetv

Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:05 AM

Nice to hear from you Moa. Can you see the volcano from there ?

Megan that is a long stopover in Melbourne ! can you leave the airport and get back in time ? Sorry, I am stopover obsessed at the moment, planning what the frig I can do with 8 hours in KL. My dopey travel agent said it was the only way he could do it sad.gif

#52 mamaknits

Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:37 AM

what time is your stopover in KL, Mel? Are you travelling with the whole faily?
If the stopover is during the day, you can take the train out to the city, have a walkabout and make it back to the airport, especially if you don't have to deal with luggage (as in, if the luggage gets forwarded through). I think it is about 45 mins in and out of the city by train.

Otherwise there isn't much to do. You can book a room at the pan pac next to the airport and you can all go for a swim, etc, if you like. That way you're close to the airport.

Megan, 4.5 hours probably isn't that bad as you will have to get your luggage, move terminals and check in again. Probably good to have a bit of leeway in case the Canberra-Melbourne leg is delayed slightly. Are you and your parents all travelling on the same flight or are you meeting in London?

I have taken Thursday off as I'll be taking Alex in to see the pediatric sleep specialist. I took him in to the GP last week who inspected the insides of his mouth/throat and nose and decided that his snoring warrants a visit to the specialist to get it checked out. She thinks that if he is not getting enough sleep, that could affect his behaviour too. So off we go tomorrow. I am a little worried as he may need to have his adenoids removed. I hate the thought of surgery, but then it is better done now than later, if indeed it is necessary.

Alinta - I like Megan's idea about the double pram. Hope the 3rd day blues wear off soon original.gif Indi is so gorgeous and squishy. Makes me very clucky!

Edited by mamaknits, 24 May 2011 - 12:01 PM.

#53 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:57 AM

Moa that's exciting news re the land & yes it's a nice sized block! I wonder if the neighbour could reposition his house on his land so it won't block your sun? that's an absolute no-no.

Alinta how are you feeling? Thinking of you a lot xx What is Indi's head measurement?

Mel I'd happily swap you stop overs, KL is awesome & that's a great amount of time as you'll get a good look around. Even if it's night time you should def head into the city. The trains are fantastic & taxis are really cheap. There's markets to look at, Petronas Towers are speccy at night & if all else fails there's a shopping centre with an amusement park inside which is open at night as well. All that is probably boring old stuff to Celia but when you've not been at all or for a while (I think you've been before right?) it's still interesting & exciting. If you go during the day you could go to the orchid gardens & bird park.

I'm pretty sure our luggage is getting checked through from Canberra but 4.5 hours in Melbourne isn't really enough to warrant leaving the airport as we have to be checked in 2 hours ahead for an international flight. Petty as I'd love a Melbourne catch up with the girls but it's not going to be possible. Unless you'd like to meet at the airport???  What? No takers? grin.gif

ETA: Celia we're meeting Mum & Dad in London. They'll be there the night before & will meet us at Heathrow & take us back to their hotel for showers before checkout time. Handy! We're flying together on the way back. I got an email from Mum today, they got an upgrade to first class on their Singapore to London leg - choice!!

Carys is asleep so I should get off here & get some stuff done!

Edited by ThatsNotMyName, 24 May 2011 - 12:01 PM.

#54 mamaknits

Posted 24 May 2011 - 12:03 PM

Finished my meeting, came back to hit "post" and realised that I had posted - typos and all. Tounge1.gif Hmm.. so many typos!!

Wow, Megan, FIRST CLASS! Lucky them biggrin.gif

#55 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 24 May 2011 - 12:43 PM

Anyone else suffering SAD with the shortening day length?  It's just so miserable, especially today, as it has clouded right over and is dark at midday!

I'm stuck for dinner ideas tonight.  Thinking some sort of pasta, but we had bolognese late last week, so that's out.  Also had tuna pasta last week.  Actually, bangers and mash might be on the menu, easy and kid-friendly (although there's no such term as kid-friendly in our house when it comes to meals - they just eat what we eat).

#56 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 24 May 2011 - 01:00 PM

Janet I have a funny relationship with SAD & the weather. As much as I love sunny days I also love a cold/rainy/stormy day but it still makes me a bit down. I'm conflicted. I'm strange more like it rolleyes.gif

No idea what we're having for dinner either. Our microwave died a week and a half ago & it's being replaced (thank you extended warranty) sometime this week. The problem is I have a heap of frozen meat & meals that I can't defrost in time for tonight & not much I can make a meal with that's not frozen. I've thrashed the soup & accompanying variation of bread way too much already. Perhaps a frittata or an omlette.

Oh & our Singapore stopover is 1hr 40 latish at night so no leaving the airport. Never mind, Changi airport is great.

#57 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 24 May 2011 - 01:23 PM

I'm a d***head, I was reading the 24hr time for the flight incorrectly, we only have 2.5 hrs in Melbourne rolleyes.gif

#58 cuddlymumof4

Posted 24 May 2011 - 02:13 PM

Dinner here is Zucchini slice & salad.

#59 azalia

Posted 24 May 2011 - 03:28 PM

It has taken me all morning to reply to this thread, trying to catch up on all the paperwork that has been neglected over the last 3 months while I was working so much. Almost up to date, and 4 loads of washing later Im feeling a bit more on top of things.

Double pram, we have one thankfully I got a good walking one when I had Mason, so baby and Mason in the pram, its just Byron once he gets tired. Tempted to buy the new mountain buggy scooter attatchment for the pram, but cant justify $100- on it, yet. Well see, it may be worth it if its going to take over my gym membership. Pushing 65kgs twice a day 3 times a week should be workout enough wink.gif  rolleyes.gif .

Megan - Singapore airport as you said is great, playgrounds galore and child friendly. Lucky you rechecked the times! Thats the perfect amount of transit time. Ive always wondered how people get upgrades to business, its never happened to me!! Are they just randomly selected, or do you reckon its based on how many times you travel within that airline?

Janet - I am, its messing with my ability to walk the dog, as usually Id do it while dinner is cooking, but I cant now as its dark at 5:30. The cold I dont mind so much, although Im realising it was stupid buying Indi cute outfits, as she hasnt come out of a wondersuit for the last week as its too cold.

Boys happily playing outside, looks like it may rain, but I promised them a walk to the library/park once Mummy has finished computer work so hopefully it doesnt rain. Little Miss is starting to spew every feed, which I was hoping we wouldnt have happen this time, bringing back delightful memories of Mason, where we all smelt like vomit for 7 months. Maybe Im just overfeeding her though, so I might try to push her to 3/.4 hourly and pop her in the carrier in between to settle her instead of a feed.

#60 Denghiu

Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:27 PM

Megan- nice with a 1st class upgrade! how nice wouldn't that be when flying with kids. I hope it all goes well for you, but I can't imagine your two being anything but lovely original.gif Regarding the neighbor and the land, there are strict rules how close to your neighbors you are allowed to build, as well as how close to the street etc. 4 m from each neighbors lot and 6 m from street, their house is smack bang on those measurements, they are maxing out, it is going to be huge! The more I think about it the less I like the idea.

Alinta- what about a buggy pod? Still costs money though, but then all three of them can sit if you mount it on the double.

Celia- I didn't realise Alex snored, obviously badly enough for you to notice. If he does have to have surgery then I am sure he will be super brave and so will his mummy original.gif

Janet- I have SAD the other way, TOO MUCH LIGHT! But not for me as I can sleep in any condition, but for my kids. They go to bed late as they are fooled by the sun outside and then wake up early, but only early on weekends!

Mel- No we can't see the volcano from here, how small do you think Europe is wink.gif No ash clouds over this way. Flights are still taking off and as far as I know they made it to Cyprus yesterday at least when my friend left for holiday. They say it will get worse in the next couple weeks though.

Last night I drove home from my sister's house after midnight, it was light like an overcast day. I would say we have now officially entered midnight sun time!

#61 mokeydoke

Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

That is so bizarre Moa! I feel the same way in the middle of daylight savings, much easier to get kids in bed when it's dark.

Celia - kimbal snores, drools, and has whopping big tonsils. And poor behavior wink.gif we have a dr appointment at the beginning of June, since our dr has left town apart from 1 day/month.

Geez Curtis is hard lately

#62 mamaknits

Posted 24 May 2011 - 09:15 PM

Mandy and Moa - Alex has snored pretty much from the tme he was born - snores like a freight train. When he was a baby, I took him to see my (then) GP (the one I no longer see) and he said the tonsils and snoring were nothing to worry about unless Alex was getting lots of ear infections - which he was not. Anyway, you all know about my issues with Alex's behaviour.. and sleep has always been an epic FAIL in this household. So I figured maybe I shd have him seen by our current GP and she took a history of his sleep and behaviour, took one look down his throat and decided he needs to be seen by the sleep specialist so I am thinking it's probably pretty bad :S I hope it is nothing but I am mentally preparing myself to go through the whole sleep study thing and then surgery. It will be good if I am worrying over nothing.

Mandy, if the dr is there once a month, what happens if Kimbal needs further tests or whatever? Do you have to wait 1 month between consultations or will he come back in to town for specific reasons?

Megan/Janet - I have a serious case of the SADs. Not sure it is sunlight related. I love the cooler weather but I am feeling very depressed. Everything is getting to me - work, baby(lack thereof), Alex, housework, etc. Just EVERYTHING. There are days when I wonder whether I am clinically depressed and whether I should see someone about it, but then it passes. Anyway... it's probably just winter blues.

#63 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 24 May 2011 - 10:22 PM

Alinta I think the upgrade has a lot to do with their Frequent Flyer status - they're platinum level. Shane's silver & I'm pleb bronze so I'd imagine an upgrade would happen for us oh say - never laugh.gif

Celia hhugs.gif

Anna zucchini slice sounds yum. We had omlettes & veg in the end.

Alinta I love that feeling of getting on top of things again. I had it fleetingly this afternoon laugh.gif

I took Caelan for his flu vacc booster this afternoon - not fun. That boy is hyper sensitive about needles & screamed the place down again before the needle even happened sad.gif  Thank goodness there shouldn't be any more needles for a long time. Unless he needs a specific travel vacc. that is.

Oops, double post

Edited by ThatsNotMyName, 24 May 2011 - 10:24 PM.

#64 mokeydoke

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:16 AM

Celia - being in the sticks, we have to travel to specialists anyway. I spoke to a child counsellor yesterday and she was really good, suggested a book called helping your anxious child by someone Rapee but she has no vacancies either. But hopefully this dr appt will just refer us to where we need to go and we can go from there.

Big win with Kimbal yesterday though, Olivia stayed home sick and he went to school alone with no dramas. Counselor also said issues with kids starting school are quite common and naturally improve with understanding rather than forceful or aggressive parenting, so we've been doing the right thing so far.

Grandad died this morning. I think we are going back on Friday.

Celia - being in the sticks, we have to travel to specialists anyway. I spoke to a child counsellor yesterday and she was really good, suggested a book called helping your anxious child by someone Rapee but she has no vacancies either. But hopefully this dr appt will just refer us to where we need to go and we can go from there.

Big win with Kimbal yesterday though, Olivia stayed home sick and he went to school alone with no dramas. Counselor also said issues with kids starting school are quite common and naturally improve with understanding rather than forceful or aggressive parenting, so we've been doing the right thing so far.

Grandad died this morning. I think we are going back on Friday.

#65 codex

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:25 AM

hhugs.gif  I'm sorry Mandy.

#66 azalia

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:26 AM

Sorry to hear about Grandpa Mandy. Kimbal sounds likes hes making some good adjustments though.

Megan - we are the same re frequent flyer status. Ive alway hoped we'd get upgraded but I douvt it with 3 kids!! I am considering the UK again now that dhs training in Rottadam got moved from April to July, but Im not yet im convinced to do the flight with all 3.

Celia - goodluck with the sleep specialist!

Much better night last night Im spacing her feeds out which seem to be helping. Bout to drop the boys at school, then home to clean as I have a client coming to the house for a wedding meeting.

#67 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:31 AM

So sorry to hear about your grandfather, Mandy.

#68 cuddlymumof4

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:36 AM

Celia: Good luck at the specialist.

Mandy: Yay for Kimbal having a great start to school yesterday. So sorry to hear of your Grandad's passing sad.gif. Sending you big hugs.

Alinta: Yay for a better night, hopefully they continue.

#69 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:37 AM

Mandy, I'm sorry. Drive safe on Friday. Good work with Kimbal making progress though, next term will probably be even better.

#70 mamaknits

Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:17 AM

Mandy, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Travel safely. sad.gif

#71 donthavetv

Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:29 AM

Mandy, sorry about your Grandpa, which side of the family was he from ? safe travels back to Naz.

I have been trying to reply since yesterday but so tired.
Thanks for your tips on KL. I have been there Megan, this will be my 7th time there as my parents used to live there. I haven't been there since 2003 though.
I have a longer stopover on the way home, about 30 hours and we are staying in the city there. I had already sent a day rate request off to the concorde inn at the airport re a sleep and a swim (thanks to advice on trip advisor) so you are right on the money Celia. We get in at 7am, so knowing how badly I cope with overnight flights I will be using the room and the bed, and sending the kids to the pool !!

Must go..busy day !

#72 donthavetv

Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:54 AM

I have a little problem I need some advice on, I have posted in the FB group. If anyone has a minute could they have a read and tell me what you think ?

#73 Onemorebub

Posted 25 May 2011 - 02:58 PM

Love all this travel talk! Mel isnt your travel agent J ? LOL I cant quote but you said you were frustrated with him?

Mandy very sorry to hear about your grandpa.

Having people over for tea for the state of origin and have made a quiche and apple pie and will make some bruchetta, the guests are bringing a cheese platter and a cob dip  and then we have traditional pies/frankfurts if we are still hungry should be good!
I have a bit of a headache though dh better not have given me his cold!

#74 donthavetv

Posted 25 May 2011 - 03:11 PM

Jealous about your SOO party Bon, would be nice to get the game at a reasonable time. I am going to school in my blues gear and no one will have any F-ing idea why lol.

I have the worlds worst travel agent. He always looks after everyone else before me, and makes me do 99% myself. He's cheap though wink.gif

#75 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:01 PM

Oh no, we do NOT end up second on the list of topics on this forum...!

Slightly sloshed, sore jaw/ear (WTF? regretting having those teeth out), tired.  Oops, nearly said that twice, it must be true.  Will have the strange experience of driving a Toyota Echo around tomorrow while my car is in for a service (my sister left her car here while she is o/s).  Last time I drove a little car?  Hmm, 2001.

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