Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fun and games and belly laughs

Tuesday 26th Feb: Asher had a hospital appointment this afternoon. Anastasia came with this time and enjoyed the kitchen area in the waiting room. Asher just loves the train. We know that she needs to have some time with it before she will be happy getting weighed or seeing the doctor.

Wednesday 27th: Asher had me laughing so hard today. She was dancing for us and enjoying the fact that she was making people laugh.

ABOVE: Friday 1st March: Monthly children photo.
LEFT: Tuesday 5th March: Ruth heading off on an overnight camp. Including CAVE diving. What an opportunity.
Brendon and I have been attending a Introduction to Mindfullness Course on Tuesday evenings. This was week 3 of 4. Not sure what I did with the first 2 photos. It's been really interesting. Some of the ideas have come up in different discussion in varied situation.
"What I resist persists. What I allow myself to feel will let me heal."
Most people automatically think mindfullness is emptying your mind but it's the opposite. It's being more aware of your thoughts and then controlling them. When it comes to emotions, we more often than not try to ignore or suppress our emotions, and then don't allow ourselves the needed time to properly deal with whatever has happened.
Anastasia spotted some of her pants that had been washed and wanted to put them all on. She was really layered up (more than what you can see).

Wednesday 6th: Ruth home safely from her adventures this evening and enjoying a tea party with Hezekiah and Anastasia. :-)
Thursday 7th: We managed to get a 2nd hand foosball table. The children are really enjoying it.
Friday 8th: Out there again early this morning once they were ready for school.
I just love this apple tree. Not only does it look so beautiful growing in this way, it has also been grafted from 2 different apples. So the ones on the right will ripen before the ones on the left. Such a clever idea.
Asher's legs are just growing so much that we are going to have to have her buggy adjusted. We needed to take photos so that they could "see" (without having to drive all the way out to us). So I thought I would pop this photo on to show how far those long legs are off her seat already. It's the same with her car seat. So we will get both adjusted soon.

Hezekiah's class singing in assembly today.

Saturday 9th: We were thrilled to have Richard and Bernie come for a visit this weekend. We haven't seen them since our North Island trip when Hannah was a baby. What a blessed friendship, that you can pick up after so many years and just feel so at home. What a blessing.
We took them on the lookout walk. The weather wasn't great for the view, but helpful for the walk.
Sunday 10th: Enjoying time together this evening.
Monday 11th: And then time to say goodbye. We loved having them stay and so many wonderful new memories were made (this time with the children included in those special times too). We remember all the belly aching laughs from 10 years ago, and this time it was no different. Thank you for coming.
The kids had so much fun outside this afternoon. They created different shops. Hezekiah and Logan had a plan shop. :-)
Tuesday 12th: And just like that, our Tuesday dates are over. Thank you Rachel for baby sitting.
It has been wonderful to be able to get out the house and spend some time together (40 min travel time to just chat). And we have learnt a lot too.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Rachel makes a wedding cake

Saturday 16th: Asher managed to get all the iPad's in the house and got the same reading game open on each one. So 18 different words to match pictures to.
Sunday 17th: This afternoon Ruth decided to make her own face mask. She is so interested in beauty products. No idea where she gets that from (definately NOT from me).
She is so into fashion too. She was sorting through some clothes and found this skirt. She insisted I try it on. She said it made me look really modern. :-)
Monday 18th: Little Anastasia hasn't been feeling great and has a fever. She enjoyed having a cool cloth on her head. She looks really happy in the photo (she does like smiling for photos) but she spent a lot of the day just lying on me and getting extra sleep.
Tuesday 19th: Sister fun.
Wednesday 20th: Flower creation in full swing for the upcoming wedding on Saturday.
Rachel is making the wedding cake for a dear friend as a wedding gift. She is much braver than me.
Thursday 21st: Enjoying some time outside in the shade with Asher. She is still not 100%, and didn't even want to smile for the camera today.
Rachel did the ganache coat on the cakes today. Dark and milk chocolate on the chocolate cakes, and white chocolate on the sponge cakes.
Friday 22nd: Today was butter icing day (although the proper name for it is Swiss Meringue Buttercream). They look so good. The hardest part is going to be getting them on top of each other at the venue tomorrow.
Hannah sharing at assembly with her class.
What a funny face Hannah. :-)
Saturday 23rd: Wedding day. Thankfully we had a carer watch Asher and Anastasia so that they could stay home. Anastasia's fever is finally down and she is feeling much better. A rash started today though. The photo doesn't really show it. So it's obviously not that bad.
More visible on her body, but still not that easy to see on a photo. I even called the medical center as I was wondering if it could be measles (and it's a notifiable disease). They were not at all worried though. The doctor felt it was just a viral infection and because she is feeling better, there is nothing more we need to be doing.
I traveled in early with Rachel to help with the cake. They all made it there safely and Rachel did a great job of getting them stacked up. It's very hard working with butter cream covered cakes. They weren't all perfectly in the middle, but I think she did wonderfully well.

And then she added all the final touches. Well done Rachel. It was beautiful.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy 6th Birthday Asher

Rachel made Asher this beautiful cat cake for her 6th birthday today. Her birthday is tomorrow (Saturday), so we decided to celebrate today instead so she could share her cake with her class.
We always try to get a photo with the birthday child behind the cake. It was a bit more of a challenge with Asher. When she sees me arrive at school she automatically thinks it's time to go home.
A nice photo with her class.
And then when they started singing - well it was just beautiful. Her face just lit up.
She always loves singing Happy Birthday at church, so we know it's a song she loves. 
Taking an opportunity for more photos in the afternoon when Dad got home. And why not light the candles again. She enjoyed the singing so much in the morning we decided we would make her happy and sing again for her.
Such a special photo.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Swimming fun and challenges

Monday 4th Feb: Hannah enjoyed joining in with some other children with their big tube today.
Tuesday 5th: Asher taking a hug from Hezekiah this morning. She often enjoys hugs in the morning. It generally has to be on her terms though.
Fun at the pool this afternoon. It's wonderful to see Hezekiah so quickly confident to jump off the top step.
Didn't get them both in the air at the same time - but still cool action photos.
Wed 6th: Ruth strong enough to hold a very heavy Asher who doesn't have any idea of how big she is getting.
That's a very big baby to have on your hip Ruth. :-)
Anastasia has been enjoying this little horse toy lately. Ruth spotted her lying with her head on the pillow and took this photo. Such a cutie.

Thursday 7th: Brooke brought one of their puppies over for us to cuddle this afternoon.
Friday 8th: Story time with Dad. Anastasia does love books.
She had an odd rash on her legs today. Thankfully it cleared quickly enough.
Sunday 10th: We enjoyed a lunch at friends after church today. Anastasia loved their swing.
Thursday 14th: Senior swimming sports today. Ruth's worst day of the year perhaps. She struggles so much with her swimming but is so dedicated to being a good example and doing her part, that she does as best she can. Every race they swim in gives points to their house. So these are very hard earned points. She loves the water (she has enjoyed the water most out of all of our children) but has struggled the most with the strokes. Backstroke is the easiest as she doesn't have to fight to breath.
(NOTE: Only writing this in September 2019, I have now met a top swimming coach from the USA. She told me that it's because of her body type. She just sinks. She has worked with African Americans and although it's possible to help them - it takes a lot of specific training as they have a huge physical disadvantage.)
With it being Valentine's Day - the children decided at the last minute to send us out for dinner (paid for by them). What a blessing they are. And Rachel even lent me her dress so I had something special to wear.
Thank you girls.
Photos of our dinner at the relatively new local restaurant (as they were eager to know what we had).
It's been a while since Brendon has enjoyed some ribs - so this was a lovely treat.