Scott and his kids spent the New South Wales long weekend down Goulburn way on a farm with friends. There’s no reception, just the serenity of the bush. Just what they needed, as hard as it was to have another first without mum.
It has been 10 months since the Bond family lost Andrea to melanoma.
Every month since her passing last August it’s been bang bang bang. First after first.
In November, it was Andrea and Scott’s wedding anniversary, they’ve been together 28 years.
In December, they struggled their way through Christmas. Scott pulled himself together to turn it on for the kids.
In January, it was mum's birthday. She would have been 44.
February, Archie turned seven and Preston celebrated the big one zero.
Oscar turned 13 in March.
Mother's Day rolled around in April. Of all of the 'bangs' this one was the hardest.
This month, Mackenzie is 16.
Every time there's a breather, another first comes around to unsettle the fort the Bond family has built to protect themselves.
Everyone is dealing with it differently.
Mackenzie is like her dad, she doesn't like to talk about it. The little boys cuddle up to Andrea's dressing gown, it still has remnants of her perfume in its folds. For Scott, the morning coffee he shares with the lilies in the backyard which protect his wife's ashes helps.