Sunday, August 12, 2018
Thursday 9th: It's a great help having Megan take the children to school on Monday and Wednesday morning. Rachel also helps with a lot of the other school trips. On Thursday morning though, Rachel is working, so I have to pack Anastasia up and head up with them all. What a stunning morning though. I quickly took this photo as I left her classroom. Spring seems a little early this year.
Anastasia enjoying some of Asher's favourite books.
BELOW: I wanted to get a video of Anastasia's new forward movement. A proper leopard crawl now. And I was so impressed when she got up on her knees for a bit too. It won't be long and she will be crawling around very quickly. As it is she can get all around the room very easily.
Ruth had a very fun audio for us to listen to. They are learning about recording in Music and so their teacher had let them listen to this. Have a listen here (but use earphones).
It's brilliant. She had me listen first and I was convinced the children had put something on really loud in the room next door. Then it was Brendon's turn, then Hannah and Hezekiah.
Our ears and brain truly are amazing creations. Such fun too.
We had a bit of a jolt this evening just before 8pm. Only a 4.3 but it rattled the house and Hannah. It's been ages since we last felt one.
Asher had a seizure around midday today. It was almost 2 minutes, so a little longer than most of the recent ones. It made me realize though how long it has been since a long seizure (over 3 minutes). It's been over 16 months. So we are very grateful for this. She also had a lot of violent arm movements after the seizure and it reminded me of how we used to get that every time but she hasn't had that in a while too. Hopefully it's just a once off and doesn't happen too much again.
She called me after her shift to share her excitement. There had been a mother come and ask if there was a first aider. Rachel said she had first aid training and offered to see if she could help.
Anastasia sees Asher on an iPad so often, so she is very interested in it. She loves the Giggle Gang. This must be the youngest I have had a little one on a device. How things change.
Saturday 11th: Final netball day today and wonderfully it was in Hawarden today, so I managed to get up to watch.
Great jump Ruth.
I was great to be able to watch again as I could see how much Ruth has improved through the season. Well done Ruth.
For not having ever played before, she did very well this year and we are very proud of her.
She finally has a couple of teeth through. The top left and bottom right.
Anastasia is getting really good at crawling forwards now. Rachel was surprised when she saw her crawling forward at church this morning. Rachel keeps feeling like she goes away for a bit and comes back with Anastasia having learnt something new. She has gotten really quick at getting around the lounge now and this evening decided a couple of times to head over to Anakin's box.
So although a couple of little jobs got done, it was still a nice relaxing day to end the week. Rachel stayed with friends after church and then went to a worship service with them in the evening. As they were after 10pm getting back, she just stayed over with them and came home in the morning.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
This is the one of Asher at 7 months. Anastasia has a lot more hair. And they are both drawn to the music box. :-)
I had to smile this afternoon as she played on the app, played with the shapes, and also played with a car (it's a bit hard to see - but it has 4 blocks that come off - so they were on and off as a part of this game). She does love doing a few things at the same time.
Tuesday 7th: Rachel baked cakes yesterday to take to the St John Prize giving this evening. The tops that needed trimming got some extra white chocolate ganache on them and added to desert for bible study last night. It was really delicious. I didn't get to try the sponge cake when she made it last month, so I suggested she make it again, this time in the size that she will be doing for the wedding cake in February.
It's a rather big cake, so we took a photo of Rachel holding it to show how big it is. Thankfully it only has 1 tablespoon of wheat flour in each batch (this was two batches), as it's mainly cornflour. So for our family it can be seen as wheat free enough for us to eat. Hezekiah is the most sensitive and he didn't even want to try any - so that worked out ok (there was ice cream last night - so that wins over cake any day for him).
The only tricky thing now is that the bottom tier (even bigger than this) is a wheat based chocolate cake. So we may have to find someone who wants to buy a huge chocolate cake off Rachel (at cost price) in the next couple of months, so that she can have a practice run with that layer too.
Anastasia decided she wanted to chew on that label on her excersaucer seat. It was a bit hard to get to buy she persevered. Such a cutie.
At 3:30 I took Ruth up to the hall to enjoy afternoon tea with the Lions before their bi-annual speech competitions. The speeches started at 4:30 which I managed to get to. I got to listen to the only senior entry but then had to go home to feed Anastasia. I then headed back and they were just in a small break before the Junior Sections started.
So I not only got to hear her, but she was then also able to come with to the prize giving. She was sure she wouldn't be getting a placing, and really wanted to attend the prize giving. So the timing worked out perfectly. It was a pity to miss the other speeches, but was just a rather full day for us.
We were very excited to hear later that Ruth had in fact won 2nd place. She missed being in the group photo they took on the night, but the lady from Lions came around on Thursday to congratulate Ruth and give her the certificate and prize. Well done Ruth.
Even though we left a bit later than I had hoped, we managed to get to the prize giving on time. Ruth and Hannah joined me. Rachel had already been here for over an hour helping set things up. She was running the prize giving this evening. She did so very well. She looked very clam, even though she had some last minute extra VIP's arrive (whom she needed to introduce to everyone).
Great job Rachel.
I love how happy Jo looks. I know they were very proud of her. She learnt afterwards that not many people actually achieve all 3 levels.
Here Carrie (current DM - District Manager) and Jo (previous DM) are putting her new strips on.
This was really special for Rachel.
This is a nice photo as you can see her old brassard - filled with 15 gold badges (she only needed 12 for this GP award along with 100 service hours). Not many of the cadets will have a gold filled brassard. You collect green and blue badges first and then from the age of 13 you can work on your gold ones. Rachel wanted to make sure that she had as many gold badges as she could.
The photo we took at home later (below) shows her new brassard with the GP patch. She also received a beautiful silver embossed batch that she will be able to put on a different top that she will probably get next year.
Judith then turned Rachel around and spoke about what an achievement this was. How much work she had put into it as well as the support from her family to have made this possible. It was very special.
Well done Rachel. We are so proud of you and the hard work and commitment you have shown in reading this goals.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
(The funny thing was that the bottom teeth actually broke through by the end of the week. So it was the teeth, just not only the ones we were watching.)
She loves this ball. There is a song on the Cedamont Kids (I'll be a sunbeam) where the girls play with balls.
LEFT: Ruth and Asher enjoying some chill time after getting home from school.
RIGHT: Asher spotted Anastasia's high chair and remembered sitting in it herself and enjoying clipping and unclipping the belt. So she enjoyed clipping for a bit.
I had a very busy day today with deciding to deworm the whole family. Not something people talk about much, but something that is very common in South Africa. I know many families who just deworm the children every 6 months. It's different in NZ, but there are also families who do it regularly here.
Our main reason for doing it this time was because Hannah has been eating like a horse. I remember so clearly when I was a child, that when my brother started eating loads, we would get de-wormed. So we will see if this is the cause of her huge appetite (she out-ate the two big boys on Friday night). 5 loads of washing today and all the floors done. I did the towels last night after the last shower. It's never ideal to have to do all the bedding for the household in one day, but thankfully the rain held off and I managed to get it all dry by Thursday (with the last load going on Thursday morning).
I had to rotate things and as soon as they were almost dry they came in for a final dry at the fire and the next load would go out.
We had a busy afternoon with Hannah's Student Led Conference at 3:14 and then from 4 to 5 we met up with all the different teachers Ruth has this year. We got to see this creation of hers from art. They had to design the character and then create it. I love the eyes.
It was a nice time to catch up with the different teachers and hear from them how she is doing. She is a very multi-talented young lady and is doing well in all her classes and is a pleasure to have in class. We are very proud of her and thankful that she is working so hard at school and is so successful in all that she does.
Yesterday was too busy for the children photo, so we got that taken this afternoon. I love how Anastasia was playing with Asher (and am very thankful Asher didn't push her off).
Ruth made a delicious salad for dinner this evening. I added some left over chicken and it was a complete meal for me. So enjoyable.
It said: For great effort in reading with your "ITTM" (I think that means).
Ruth left early this morning to join in the school ski trip. So she is officially the first one in the family to go skiing.
She had her camera with and took some photos of the surroundings (which I still need to get from her) but she didn't take any of herself. So I was very pleased when the teacher said he had ones of her. And such great photos too.
What a great experience.
We are also very thankful to friends who lent Ruth loads of appropriate ski gear.
Saturday 4th: A nice afternoon walk up to the park again today. Hannah and Hezekiah decided to climb this tree. You can see the red from his spider man suit two thirds of the way up. Hannah was just to the right. They were at least 2 stories up, so I wasn't wonderfully comfortable until they were back on the ground.
Asher enjoying the small slide. Thankfully she didn't want to attempt the high one. My dislike of heights had already been pushed today.
Hannah always does different things on the flying fox. So I was really pleased when she kindly helped Hezekiah to be able to get on backwards.
He also realized that if he starts off sitting forward (which he can do on his own) he can then quickly stand up and then hop around to be facing backwards too. :-)
Rachel had her Amberley work and then headed into town to work at the Rugby final. Although the stadium was packed, it wasn't as busy for her. She says that perhaps because the tickets were so much more expensive, people didn't spend as much on food and drink.
She then stayed with a friend in town and went to church with her in the morning, had lunch together and then headed home in the afternoon. So it was a lovely opportunity for them to have the time together.