In the evening we got some Christmas cookies packaged. It's a family tradition that is just too difficult to give up - even when life is so busy.
The 4 of us who are off wheat struggled terribly to not be able to snack on any broken biscuits. So on Tuesday Rachel and I worked on changing the recipy. We used almond meal and coconut flour instead of normal flour and even changed the sugar to xylitol so that I could enjoy them (guilt free). :-) They are not crunchy like the others - but they are nice.
Right: Ruth having some fun climbing. For one of her brownie badges she had to climb a tree. This one will definitely count. Hannah was so impressed with how high she went. :-)
And then Hannah, Ruth and I took Rachel down for her last St John meeting (ballet is over now that the concert is done). They started the evening off with the waiata and the boys did the haka.
Brendon had originally planned to go with Rachel on Tuesday night, but he was not feeling well. He had a bad cough and his chest was really tight.
Hezekiah enjoyed getting time to cuddle with Dad as they watched a movie together. Brendon benefited from being still. It's always a worry when his chest gets so sore, and moving around does make it so much worse.
Ruth specifically asked me a few days before if she could give Lynn her Christmas biscuits. She says that Hannah has given the biscuits for 3 years now. So Ruth was extra pleased - to get to give Lynn her biscuits this year.
The research led me to look into what could help Brendon for his sinuses and cough. He had peppermint in his shower (the steam helping the vapours to get to the sinus passages) and then before bed I rubbed lemon, orange and tea tree on his back and chest. He could not believe how well he slept that night and how much better he felt in the morning.
|Ruth took this photo of Hezekiah on Friday morning.
She enjoyed listening to his game as much as I do.
I had ordered some more Tea Tree oil and had decided to invest in some Frankincense too. I was really pleased when it arrived on Friday morning. We could get some onto Rachel's foot before she went away for the weekend. I also found (after ordering it) that it is also highly recommended for epilepsy.
Rachel got a full day of work in on Thursday. She had been struggling before with sore wrists and a sore knee, so we were pleased to hear that they didn't bother her at all through the day. Now to just get rid of the verruca.
Right: Brooke and Ruth enjoy doing loom bands together. Brooke brought her things over previously in the week. Just such a pity my silly (new) camera won't allow me to force a flash. Ruth's face is totally hidden in this shot.
Rachel headed off on her St John camp in the afternoon. She has been so excited about it and I am sure they are going to have a great time.
Left: Asher - thinking she is really clever, climbing onto the dinning room table. Ruth quickly ran to get the camera to have proof. Nice photo Ruth. Asher's hair has been so curly with the hot weather we have been having. So cute.
And Val dropped these beautiful flowers off for me. Aren't they just lovely. And they smell wonderful too.
Saturday 20th. Asher has seen the other children playing here so much that she wanted a turn today. Ruth is such a wonderful big sister to her.
In the afternoon I heard these two singing one of The Nutcracker songs outside. It was so cute to see Asher on drums and Hezekiah on the piano. Please note - he says it is NOT a keyboard - it is a piano. :-)
We got them a copy of The Nutcracker recently and they really enjoy watching it. I especially enjoy the fact that they are learning all the lovely music (even if with different words). :-)
I eventually headed and not long afterwards Brendon came in with Asher. She had had another seizure. She had been playing with stones at the wheelbarrow and Brendon noticed that she had started shaking (like shivering). It was only talking to her that he realized she was not breathing. She was still standing fine and even reached over to put the stones down. Thankfully it did not last long - only about a minute.
|Then it was play time with Dad. They all had so much fun.
She had an increase in her medication on Friday (with an extra 1mg given in the evening as well as morning now) and so we start to wonder if this is related. That's two weeks in a row now. We do pray that again it settles down. We will have to see how things go this week and next weekend when the dose is increased again.
Brendon had worked in the morning and then had to go back to for an hour over lunch time. So the rest of the day was spent just relaxing at home.