Saturday, June 30, 2012

Grateful For Being Here

Eleven months ago I pressed the published button on my first ever blog post.  As a generally quiet and private person, I was nervous and apprehensive.  But the longing to feel more closely connected to family and friends via this space outweighed the nervousness.

Just this week I posted my 100th post, and I am so truly grateful that I had the courage to start this blog in the first place.

: One hundred conversations that I may never have got to have.
: Photo's that may never have been shared.
: Stories told of me and my family, through words and photo's that may have never been told.
: The simple every day happenings of my life, and the extraordinary.

I hope there have been post's read over a coffee or wine.  There have definitely been posts written with them!The comments that have been left, the posts that have been read, and the real connection and closeness that I have felt, has left me humbled and deeply grateful.

Grateful that I have done this, but more so grateful that I have you. My family, my old friends, and my new friends  You have made many a day with your comments and words, and I thank you for that.

I am also grateful for the endearing Bron.  My first ever linked post was a grateful post at Bron's place.  Again, another big step for me to link one of my posts.  But through Bron and the wonderful people that she attract's, I have met* a whole other group of like minded and women, who continue to inspire me and offer support.  I have yet to form a good support network where I am, but these women, gosh, I have no words.  They've got my back like they are the oldest of friends!

My Grateful posts have not been as regular as I would have initially liked, but I would not have missed out on this reunion of Gratefuls at Kidspot.  Go take a look and see!

* You know, I've not actually met any of them in real life.  One day!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's Been A Tough Old Week

This time last week I could feel I was coming down with something a little more serious than a cold. 

I was hit hard with it on Friday morning. 

Every inch of me ached, right down to my screaming eye balls!  Ruby joined me in bed and there we stayed for the next three days.  Thankfully Johnny looked after us all weekend, and even more thankfully, he was not hit with the brunt of the virus that we were.

But this week has been a battle of survival. Caring for sick children is tough going.  I've learned though this week that the older they get, the easier they get to take care of. At least Ruby knew she needed sleep and would just sleep. Mila on the other hand has been finding it very difficult to sleep, and has of course been very clingy.  Jenson has not been as unwell as the others, so has still required the usual activities.  This, on top of me still being unwell has meant there have been a couple of "those" texts being sent to Johnny throughout the day!

Inevitably, the holidays started a week early.  We have not done a great deal, but with the ordinary tasks of mouths to feed, (stinky teething) nappies to change, mouths to feed, cuddles to give, children to be held, mouths to feed, cakes to make, washing to be done and mouths to feed, I'm flippin knackered and I can't wait for the week to be over.  I can't wait for these lurgies to be over, and I can't wait for Winter to be over!

We also lost a lady, I managed to flood the laundry, and I haven't been for a run in over a week!

I am looking forward to Saturday though.  A special day for my boy.

I hope you are all keeping well and the winter illnesses have not hit you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Meet Our Ladies

We have four more mouths to feed in this family.

These ladies we adopted while at this market (hence the boot full).

They are getting used to us now.  They have figured out we bring treats!  They are still not so fond of this big brother though.

Our ladies.  Ginger, Speckles, Fred and Jim

Monday, June 4, 2012

To Market, To Market

One of the things we love about being in the country is that most weekends there is a local market on.  Sometimes it's just me and one or two of the Little's popping down for some fresh local produce. Other times it's a family affair and we come home with a boot full of locally produced goodies.

Yesterday was one of the latter, and while we didn't buy a fat pig, we were not far off.

We also got two more fruit trees.  We thought we would try again with some bare rooted fruit tree's after this attempt, and bought another pear and nectarine.

Pear, by the way, I apparently pronounce incorrectly.  Ruby yesterday had to ask me what I meant.  Kiwi accent, even my own daughter doesn't understand me!

I hope you all had a good weekend.

Happy Winter x