Thursday, 26 June 2014

20 days since blogging, my goodness I'm slack!!

Well....I don't know that I'd actually say slack so much as always busy, but either way it's time for an update!

What have we been up to in the last few weeks? I've been working on getting my back better, going to physio weekly and will be starting Clinical Pilates tomorrow. I also have a back brace to wear when painting or doing anything else that makes my back hurt. I wish I'd had it sooner, I really do. It was suggested to me way back when I first hurt my back, but seeing as the doc didn't seem to think it would help I didn't get one. My physiotherapist said it would help and am I ever glad I took her advice! Best thing ever!!

And then aside from the normal chaos that ensues around here, we had a party to get organised for! The lovely Miss Marny was turning 40 and her sneaky husband organised for a couple of us to make this awesome cake, and get a whole heap of stuff done for her big bash. Now, Marnster is a bit of a football fan (that's Aussie Rules, not NFL), and I really don't like football at all.....But just cause that's what friends do, I learned more about football than I ever wanted to and created a bunch of statistic cards for the tables, and a little set of handball goals so the big boys could see if they could score any goals....(they didn't...).

Anyway, here is her amazing Collingwood Football Club cake that the wonderful Sharon and I made with help from Marny's husband Raff (he poured the wine to enable us to create, hehe!).

It was a fantastic night and the cake was delicious!!! (probably because we only did the fondant, not the actual making!). Here's a few more happy snaps of all of us from the night:

Because taking selfies is the thing to do??

And sucking the helium out of balloons to make your voice weird is the most fun ever when you're 9.

And when you're 15, you spend your party time either playing with the adorable almost 2 year old Siena or....

Or being a happy looking teenager....or not....

My oldest and youngest babies.

And then there's Miss Em and her very best friend Miss Olivia,

Looking so much like the almost teenagers that they are now.

And of course no party is complete without some air microphone singing to Eye of the Tiger!

What else have we been doing? Only sleeping sporadically that's for sure! Little Miss P has just gotten another two teeth and it's made her sleep patterns extraordinarily painful for us! She usually wakes sometime in the early morning, around 3 or 4 ish, and then just cries until she finally gives in with exhaustion around 6ish. She has no idea what she wants, but hopefully now her tooth is finally through today, she'll be back to sleeping all night again!! She is walking everywhere now, and is just oh so cute! She eats 'real people' food, not baby mush, and has nearly mastered the art of drinking out of her big girl drink cup. She babbles all the time, still loves to get naked after dinner and man oh man does she love music! She hears it, stops what she's doing and starts to dance and smile. Cutest thing ever! She will be 1 in exactly 2 weeks' time, and I just cannot believe it. 

She walked around Ikea for a reasonable amount of time given how tiny her little legs actually are!

But then decided Daddy's shoulders were better when we went to more shops.

This is pretty much how she spends her days now, playing, walking and tormenting the dogs!

 This is the famous Ted, from the front cover of my Dad's book. He spends his days in our living room watching over the tribe, and being terrorised by Miss P, who likes especially to hang him upside down and eat him apparently. Good thing 60-something year old Ted loves kids, hey?!

The little Miss now also likes to walk to the car herself to pick up the kidlets from school.

Except she gets a bit distracted by the grass, and the plants, and the trees, and the flowers, and the sky, and oh wait...what's that over there?! Then gives me an adorably cheeky grin when I say hurry up we have to go!! 

And then here's something else I've been keeping myself busy with, in addition to the painting for my exhibition and selling work from my new art site (yay!!), and also organising to run more lessons! I proved that I am indeed a wonderful wife, and made the Awesomer than Awesome One a fantabulous costume for the opening day of the major toy sale starting today at his work.

I may have sewed over my finger with the sewing machine, but like all good creative processes, a little bit of blood just adds to the authenticity of it right? 

And lastly the Awesome One proved how Awesome he actually is, and had no objections when I found the coolest table and pink kitchen chairs! Don't they look so awesome, in all their retro coolness??

The final picture here is a super cute little gecko Matthew found a couple of weeks ago. He was hiding behind a big concrete block - it's been pretty cold here lately, so I picked him to move him somewhere warmer. He actually was the biggest one we've found in a while, being a bit longer than my palm and quite chunky. He clearly didn't want to be moved though, because he tried to bite me!!! I did still move him though, because I didn't want the dogs to eat him now we'd moved his concrete slab. He was much happier when we took him to the fence out the front which had started to warm in the sunshine already.....



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Friday, 6 June 2014

Just Loving Life!

Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and it's about 23 degrees (which is about 73 for all you non-Aussies out there).  I feel great! The TV is off and the music is on, front and back doors are open and a it's literally a breath of fresh air wafting through the house. There is a delicious aroma lingering from the beef that's bubbling away in the slow cooker for dinner tonight, and it really is just one of those glorious days that makes you realise how amazing life really is.

Maybe it's the fact that my back is feeling so much better, maybe it's the music I've been listening to lately or maybe it's something totally intangible but I just love my life. It occurs to me often these days just how lucky I am. I truly and completely love my life. I have a beautiful family who bring me joy everyday and I get to paint and draw instead of going to sit in an office or something similar.  I have a small, but big enough, group of friends who make me smile and laugh, and I live literally on the doorstep of one of the most stunning oceans in the world in a place where the sun shines for most of the year. 

I know there are a lot of people out there who aren't as happy as I am with their lives, and for a long time I was one of those people myself. We don't have a lot of money and we don't have the best or latest of everything. The kids don't get everything they want, or ask for and that's all perfectly okay. I feel very proud to have been able to get myself out of a situation that was getting harder and harder to live with, and take control of my own life so successfully.  I feel very privileged to have happy healthy, well mannered and mostly just plain nice children, and a husband who makes me miss him when he's not around. A husband who makes me smile when he walks in the door after work, treats me like I'm the most important thing in the world and sets an amazing example to my children each and every day.

I got to see my parents and grandparents this weekend just gone, which was wonderful! I took Little Miss P and we flew to the other side of the country to spend a few days there. We did some shopping, and saw the Italian Masterpieces exhibition that is currently on at the National Gallery in Victoria. It was stunning, by the way!
But apart from introducing the little miss to my Dad, one thing I really wanted to do while I was there was go see my Grandma. I feel amazingly lucky to still have my Grandparents, but while Gramps is well on his way to achieving his ambition to live until 102, Grandma has Alzheimers and is not doing that well. She has been in a lovely nursing home for a bit over 2 years now, and I had been feeling a deep need to go see her. So while she doesn't know who I am (or who anybody is really) anymore, I went and saw her and she held my hand and I got to give her a hug and kiss and let her know just how much I love her. And I feel lucky to have had the chance to do that.

Miss Penelope was fantastic on the plane - it's a 3 -4 hour flight each way and it was the first time she had been on one. I was nervous because she's such a screamer when she's cranky, but I needn't have worried. She was great and really didn't cry too much at all.  She's walking now (or perhaps wobbling is a better description!), and her only real issue was wanting to not be held all the time. So it was definitely a successful weekend all around and really just adds to my overall contentment with my life!

So to round off this post, I'll leave you with some pictures and videos of the stuff that goes into making my life so happy:

He just makes me so happy. I don't care how soppy it sounds, when you find someone who makes you smile, laugh and feel amazing; someone who tells you (and makes you believe) that you are beautiful and the most important thing in their life and who unconditionally loves you, never ever take it for granted and love them right back with everything you have. 

 I know this photo was from earlier in the year, but it just epitomizes them. The sunshine and the smiles, and the cuddles Sam gives her little brother. I am so proud of who these little people are becoming. They've been through a lot, but I think it goes to show that love triumphs over all. Yes yes...that's the hippy in me showing, but it's true. I love my babies, even though they aren't really babies anymore.  

 And then there's this baby girl. She lights up not just my life, but everyone's. She is so happy and smiley and so smart. I feel so incredibly lucky to have the chance to enjoy her being a baby, without feeling like there is other more important stuff to get to. I play with her, we sing and giggle and she is just so much fun. Sometimes hard work, but mostly fun. I could not possibly love her more than I do.

And finally there's this. My art. I honestly believe I am so lucky. I get to follow my passion and do something that I love. Something that fulfills me, relaxes me, excites me and lets me lose myself within it. I know how rare and amazing that is, and I intend to make the most of the opportunities I've been given.

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