Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

And here I am at home by myself. Well Kalyani is here but she is in bed asleep. Anyway its by choice I'm at home. I seem to have gotten Kalyani's tummy bug and so haven't been able to keep much food down all day. I'd much prefer to stay put while Hit goes out to a bbq at friends' place.

So Happy New Year to anyone who is out there blogging and not partying!

Oh I'm trying to update the look of my blog. Not sure if I am going to go with this template permanently. Hmm, have to try it out for a few days!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The direction of your dreams...

I seem to do a lot of thinking and journalling at this time of year. I spend time reflecting on the year that's gone, the lows and the highs and whether things have happened as I expected them to. 2008 has been a fairly hard year for us- health wise, financially, work and family stuff. Yet I can express thankfulness for the evidence of God's faithfulness throughout this time and that there has been heaps of improvement in some of these areas.

Then I also think and journal about this coming year. I like to keep written records of stuff because I find it interesting looking back over it. What I would like to see happen, what will possibly be highs and lows from the events I do know will be happening in our family, what growth I want to see happen in my own life and changes in day to day living. So I guess my New Year's Resolutions are more an expression of the desires of my heart- what I want my marriage to look like, how I want to grow as a parent, how I want to grow in my relationship with God and the areas of life that are important to focus on rather than a To Do List. Plenty of time to make those in the coming year. Way more fun and inspiring to dream! And to do so knowing that is the power of God that makes all these things possible.

Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift- there is nothing small about it.
Florence Nightingale

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Let me make a mess Mum!

We have been making lots of these lately. Kalyani likes making a block tower as tall as possible with Mum and Dad's help.

Then this is the result- no more tower and blocks all over the floor. Lots of fun! Other activities we have been doing together- cooking biscuits, painting (Kalyani convinced me to let her use my scrapbooking paints), cleaning up toys (though sometimes that ends up being a Mum only activity), reading books and praying.

Wow- only 4 days to holidays and of course Christmas! This year we are meeting up with a few other families from our connect group at church and having lunch together at a park on Christmas day. Looking forward to that! Though first have to get through a very busy couple of days at work. Hit and I will both have a week and a half off work. For me I need to catch up on a lot of the work that won't get done while I am away.

May you and your family have a safe and fun Christmas season!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Great Things About Summer

Picnics and bbqs and being able to get outdoors... And summer fruit of course. Love strawberries!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Finally finished a page!

I know not a great photo of this layout but the point is I actually finished a page. After a month or more of nothing it feels like a huge achievement. The quote at the bottom of the page reads

"If you are quiet, you are not living. You need to be noisy, colourful and lively." Mel Brooks

I think that sums up Kalyani well! Hope you are managing to find some time and energy for yourself at this busy time of year and do something you enjoy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Doing the Un-Christmas Thing!

I know this flies in the face of tradition but I am becoming more comfortable with having a very un-Christmas Christmas. I think this year the Christmas tree might stay in the cupboard. Hmm- I'm not planning to buy gifts. Well maybe only one or two. Or eat excessively over the Christmas break mainly because I'm not going to buy excessive food. I know that some people are going to think that we are missing out and how sad it is for Kalyani. But I actually want less stress in our lives- who's seen how crazy the shops are already? And I want to be able to focus on what's really important- spending time with people we love. That's what I'm looking forward to!

I really struggle with the whole notion that churches, charities and of course retail stores promote that if a child does not receive a gift or gifts at Christmas that they are impoverished. Hence we all need to help them out by donating gifts. How stupid is that! How many children do you know that need toys for Christmas because they really do have a lack of stuff to play with? Why do we teach people that your life is somehow less meaningful because you don't have a lot of stuff? What about people making the effort to build relationships and spend time with children rather than give them things? Our daughter doesn't have a lot of expensive toys but she sure does know how to play. Even though we can afford to we are choosing not to buy her stuff just because its Christmas.

Urban Bush Walk

Here are some photos from a walk we did around our neighbourhood on Sunday. The hat was Kalyani's choice for the walk. Yep that will protect you from the sun girl! I have been trying to be more consistent with exercising this past month with the idea of developing some long term habits. So this was a family effort at getting some exercise. While this may sound like a great improvement in practice I am only actually walking or bike riding about twice a week. How do people find time to do more?? I know I could get up at 6am and do something. But that's a hard one to find the motivation for. How do you make time for exercise?

The other thing this walk means is that my back has improved to the point that I can actually comfortably do a decent walk. I am seeing another physio who uses the Sarah Key approach to back problems and she has me doing a lot of stretches and strengthening exercises each night. The result is that the unrelenting pain has decreased a lot and I have more movement in my spine. Best of all it has given me direction in dealing with a long term health issue which I felt like there was no hope for improvement for.

This girl loves running and because Mum and Dad don't have as much energy she soon becomes a speck in the distance now days.