Thursday, February 19, 2009

This Amazing Lady!

On Friday we got together with family and friends to celebrate the life of my grandma, Beryl Parkinson who passed away on the 13th Feb. One thing that really spoke to me from what people shared at the funeral and from my own experience of knowing her was her faithfulness to God to the very end. My grandma experienced a lot of physical suffering over her life time with many trips to hospital, operations and constant pain. Yet it amazes me that she didn't give up on God and become angry, complaining, bitter about it all. Instead she saw her sickness as an opportunity from God to be a witness and an encouragement to people she met in waiting rooms, hospital rooms, patients and staff. I don't know if I would be able to see things that way if it was me...
But thanks Grandma for your example and for being someone who lived life well despite the difficulties and suffering along the way! What an inheritance!

Last Week's Pages

Keep life simple. I think that says it well!

I took these photos one day at home this past winter. They show how crazy things get with trying to get washing dry and have some play time outside. But carebear still has a smile...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Funny Chooks!

Our chooks aren't meant to be hanging out at our back door. Somehow (a Kalyani fairy) they got let out of their pen a lot earlier in the day than are normally. So where else would you want to be if were a chook than having a nap near the back door!

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Day at Home

Its funny how things turn out. I had been trying to organise to "do" something today which means get out of the house and see friends. Going to the park doesn't count as an appropriate activity when there's no adult contact. But Kalyani and I have ended up staying home and I'm actually glad now.

So we have just pottered at home and I have had the energy to focus on getting her to practice using the toilet. The lolly method as an incentive didn't work because I have since found out that our daughter doesn't like lollies at all and will spit them out on tasting. But she is into chocolate- can't say I blame her there! She knows the good stuff! But I'm not willing to be giving her chocolate as a reward yet. So I have been trialling stickers on a chart and that seems to be working ok.

Its interesting how the toilet training thing hasn't worked out as expected. I read all the books that said its better to start earlier rather than later and so I did that. But Kalyani didn't get it- well she got the toilet thing the whole routinue just not the part about actually going in the toilet. I've found it a lot harder to perserve with than I expected. So am just taking one day at a time and giving myself lots of encouragement. LOL! How funny that this feels like the holy grail of parenting. Oh that and getting them to sleep through the night.

Anyway I LOVE cooking as a kids activity. 10 minutes to whip up a cake, they do half the work and then keeps them occupied for hours licking out the bowl.

I was trying to get some photos of Kalyani taking bear for a ride but she moves so quick.

Baby bump - I am definately bigger than I was at this time (18 weeks) with Kalyani. Though here's hoping that I won't put on as much weight as I did with her. I have been feeling the baby move quite often for the last week or so. Mostly the nausea stage has passed- yeh!! But I still have been very tired and not sleeping well. So am working on that... I think I was starting to stress about all the things that need to be done before the baby arrives and then after he/she arrives. Like the whole year is going to be stressful?? So I am concentrating on getting to bed earlier, deliberately unwinding- deep breathing is great. I've coped a bit better this week.

Scrapping Update

I got a whole lot of new photos printed last week- yep 7 months worth. The great thing was the day I happened to go into Harvey Norman to get them done they were having a sale on reprints. So I got like 50% off. Thanks God!

So here is some of what I have been scrapping in the last week. I worked out if I get at least 3 pages done a week I should be fairly up to date before baby comes. It also meant that I culled the photos I do want to scrap and left in those that were most significant. Unfortunately there is only so much time...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bikini Day At Work Today

Sorry everyone there are no photos! The full story is that at the end of last week the air conditioning stopped working and since we have had some pretty hot days lately (high 30's) everyone was told to dress cool. No one actually wore a bikini but we had the fans going and the icy poles out. Hopefully it will be fixed soon...

How are other people coping with the summer heat??