Sunday, September 23, 2018
Tuesday 18th: Although not over her cold, she was happy enough this morning to get some 10 month photos.
She hasn't put any weight on over the last month, most likely due to the fact that she is so very active, crawling around all over the place now.
She is not standing totally on her own yet, but it's not too far away.
BELOW: Thursday 20th: The Ticket to Ride game has been so well enjoyed. The three of us all got really long trains today. It's been good to see the great improvement Hannah has made.
Parenting sure is hard, but I am so thankful for the help and support that the Lord has given me.
It was then really nice that in the evening I got to go out with Rachel and Ruth to a lady's event that the Medical Centre was hosting. Ruth came with to sell some jewellery (they had invited her to have a table). It was a very informative evening and nice to just have something different to do. Ruth sold a few necklaces, which was great, and another bonus was that Rachel won one of the spot prizes (she had a red sticker under her chair). What a lovely hamper. So a great night for us all.
Her siblings enjoyed putting this cap on her.
The Plunket nurse I had spoken to over the phone in the week had suggested getting both Anastasia and I out into the sun more, so this morning was a great opportunity for that. Ruth also used the time to get a load of photos of her while out there.
Such a happy girl. She loves clapping now too, so this was a lovely photo capturing that fun too.
BELOW: Hezekiah was a great helper with this bed. Brendon had turned over the weeds with his big fork a while back, but I hadn't gotten to clear the weeds and grass yet. So we sat and hit the clumps on big rocks to loosen the soil and then remove just the unwanted plants. The sweetpeas on the fence are looking good. I hope we get a lot of flowers from them.
And on her own.
Rachel was in town for work this afternoon and so stayed over in town.
Asher had a seizure this evening at 8:30. She fell off her bed when it started but thankfully didn't seem to get hurt from the fall. That's only the 3rd one this month, so it's been a good month for her.
Anastasia hasn't been sleeping well since her cold and so I have to try and break the bad habit she has gotten into of waking so often at night. It's always so draining. It's been so much harder with Anastasia than with any of the others. So I have had to regularly ask the Lord for His help to get through.
I'm so thankful for Brendon's support and the extra sleep I managed to get this afternoon.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Great photo Hezekiah.
One last game of chess before we left (so that I could also get a photo of this cool chess set).
BELOW: A different route home as we didn't need to go through Timaru this time. So the inland road for a while. Such a beautiful countryside. I'm sure I took a photo of the same area on a previous trip through this area. So pretty.
And Hannah showing us how strong she is. This was very long and she made it all the way across.
I ended up chatting to a Dad of a autistic boy. It was nice to have an opportunity to chat and encourage others.
We got home a bit later than planned, but Asher's teacher aide had brought her home and gotten her settled so that we didn't need to fetch her on our way home. Thankfully Brendon had Monday booked for leave too, so we could all just have a relaxing evening, knowing we could sleep in a bit the next morning. It was a wonderful weekend and we are so thankful it worked out as well as it did. And Asher had no seizures over the weekend either - which was an added bonus.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Just look at the size of that burger. And Gluten free too.
BELOW: Then back to the enjoy the lake. I love this photo.
While this morning Hannah was overwhelmed by it all and didn't end up skating much, that happened for Hezekiah this evening. We didn't realize he could have just asked for different skates. He didn't feel as comfortable on the ice, and it may very well have been the skates. Afterwards Brendon told us he spotted a lady change her skates twice before she was happy with them. At least Hezekiah had great memories from the morning.
It was very special skating at night, with the stars above us. What perfect weather today for such an amazing day.
I was eventually confident enough to have my phone on the ice with me, so took some photos and videos. Ruth had some fun trying some different things with her feet.
Hannah did really well getting off the frame.
Ruth wanted to take a video of me too.
Hannah did so well in taking our tips on how to get faster. Great work Hannah.
When she first tried to do this, it was so scary for her and she just didn't want to do it again. So she was very brave to keep trying and it paid off.
Having a little race.
What a lovely evening. Again I was so thankful that Brendon was happy to entertain Anastasia so that I could have this time with the girls.
Our casual start to the day led us to Lake Tekapo first.
Then we headed to the ice rink that Ruth had found out about on-line. It opened at 10am, so we had the timing perfect.
We hired a penguin for Hezekiah and a frame for Hannah. Unfortunately Hezekiah got very stressed as he felt unsteady and worried about falling. So he got off the ice and we switched the penguin for another frame.
Hannah also felt very fearful, so she didn't stay on the ice long either. So Ruth and I ended up using the frames for a while. This was a great help to me as I could skate around quickly and get my own confidence back.
I was very pleased when Hezekiah decided to have another go. This time with the frame. And having watched Ruth and I use them for a bit helped him to understand how much they helped. He did so well.
VIDEO: Ruth really enjoyed the freedom the frame gave as she could skate around quickly too. So we decided to have a race. :-)
LEFT: It ended up being the 4 of us on the ice this morning. We had loads of fun.
BELOW: Did I mention it's an outdoor ice rink? So it's only open till the end of September. We timed our holiday perfectly. It was such an amazing experience to be skating outside. The ice rink that I went to as a child was underground. So quite a contrast. :-)
BELOW: Then we headed up to the hill where the observatory is. There is a $8 entry now (which I don't remember from our last visit). Sad that it's always about money. It is a lovely lookout spot though, so it was a nice experience (and one I remember well from our last visit).
Hezekiah said he wants to take a photo with him holding the lake. :-)
Rachel's idea of a photo from the very popular rock.
We had to wait in line for our turn to take photos. Thankfully there wasn't anyone waiting after us, so we could take quite a few.
BELOW: She was the only one who took a photo of the top section of the lake. I really like this one with the reflection of the mountains in the water.
And after this photo I had to go and get some big splinters out of Hezekiah's hand. The had found a stick that he was having so much fun with, until he got injured. It was probably the worse splinters he has ever had. The staff at the tea rooms were really friendly and helpful though and got their first aid kit out. They didn't have a pin, but Rachel spotted a triangle bandage and told me that there would be safety pins in there. Which were instrumental in getting them out.
BELOW: Another of Ruth's. She liked the spot this guy had chosen and it makes a great photo.