Tuesday, July 17, 2018
We arrived a bit early and so the children had time to run around and play before others arrived. A game of piggy in the middle was fun to watch (and a bit tricky to catch a good photo of).
We headed to the Darfield area to visit a respite home (an hour and a half from us). The plan is that Asher be able to stay overnight here. So today was the first step and it went so much better than I could have ever imagined. We made sure we showed her where the toilet was as soon as we arrived, and wonderfully she settled in really quickly. We did have her bag of toys with, but she was happy to look around too.
The next step will be just one night in August. We will stay close and Ruth will stay with her. In that way the lady can have Ruth as the interpreter and it will also give Asher a bit more of a sense of familiarity with having Ruth there.
They had great fun, including enjoying some of the amazing puppets that Katrina has made over the years.
It was sweet to see Asher go up to them and try to "talk" to them.
Asher had a seizure at 7:30 this morning, so although it made us a bit late at getting away, it didn't get in the way of her having a great day out. This was her first seizure this month. We are so thankful for the 2 week break she had.
The leaders have the afternoon and evening together preparing for the week and then the children arrive on Monday morning.
RIGHT: Anastasia is sitting so beautifully now. We can put her down and not worry about her toppling over. She is working out her balance really well and is careful when she reaches forward for toys. So cute to watch.
Here she is showing Asher how to "stir" it. If you stir it well enough it actually forms a compact ball.
The funny thing is how she can crawl BAKCWARDS. I will try get a video as it's so cute.
Singing and "dancing" with her and her Wiggles movie - entertaining Anastasia at the same time.
Friday, July 13, 2018
We last came in Feb 2008, just before Hannah was born, so it was really nice to visit again. And thankfully this time the Hagglund ride was included in the entrance fee, so we all got to go on it. Added to that was the KidsFest holiday special, so we only paid for 2 adult entrance and got all 4 children in free.
We didn't get any family photos ourselves, so it was nice to get these from the centre.
LEFT: Brendon took this photo from the top. Rather high up.
They told Brendon there were two of the dogs that would be good with Anastasia. The others haven't had the same exposure to young children. So she could get up close too.
The dogs were very relaxed.
And very used to having loads of people come and pat them. They just make it very clear to not touch their heads.
Hezekiah spent a lot of time in the igloo.
Getting some "wind chill".
I collected photos from my camera, my phone, Brendon's phone and Ruth's phone. The quality in here wasn't great. I was thankful for all the extra memories captured though. And Ruth got the best photos on the Hagglund ride. So on the whole a successful photo day (even if not perfect quality).
Please note the King penguin on Hannah's top. She had been looking forward to today from when we mentioned it. And when we were given a bag of clothes to go through, she spotted this and has been patiently waiting to wear it for today.
We had such a great time and made some wonderful memories. We are so blessed and so very thankful.