Sunday, March 8, 2009

Busy and loving it

It has been a busy past few days and such an enjoyable time. I was able to help a beautiful friend move back into her recently renovated house. It is pretty challenging to clean cupboards and move when you are ready to have a baby!! And I remember the feeling well. We only just finished our kitchen days before Harrison was born. There was no way I could bend down and put things in cupboards, let alone clean them out. My super Mum came to the rescue, so I felt honored to be able to pay that forward and help Cath.

Harrison, in the middle of all this activity, had a stomach bug and missed a few days of school. He recovered beautifully, just in time for the weekend!! Friday night was a frenzy of activity here at the house as Mum was preparing to leave the next day for her around Australia adventure. We managed to squeeze in a lovely meal together, followed by a board game. Saturday morning we cleaned and organised mums van and finally she was ready to set off! How exciting for her. I wonder what amazing adventures she will have. Good luck Mum and have fun!!!!

Saturday afternoon was Cath's Mother Blessing which was a beautiful night not only for her, but for us too. It is so full filling being able to give back to your friends, to let them know how much they are loved and to help fill their cup as full as possible for their new journey and challenge ahead.

Kevin took the boys on an adventure of their own. They rode bikes up forest paths, went on a grocery hunt for some "Adventurer" food, caught a train to Shorncliffe, rode until they found the perfect beach for lunch, and the perfect playground. They topped it off with a slow ride home and fish and chips for dinner. The boys went to sleep early and Daddy even got some time to himself....pure bliss!

Kevin decided to bank some extra hours at work this weekend and headed back to work for the morning on Sunday. I drove over to Redcliffe and had breakfast and a play on the waterfront with a friend. We took turns watching the children and the other went shopping at the markets. A lovely way to start the day. Then we were off visiting family and got home in time for a quick nap, then out again to a BBQ.

There really never was a dull moment and I feel like we are really aware of the time we have left here. We are trying to say yes to all invitations and really putting ourselves out there. It is easy with Kev working and Harry at school to forget that we are on holiday. So we booked a trip to New Zealand for 8 days leaving in 2 weeks!!! It is somewhere Kevin has always wanted to go but we were never able to make happen before.

The other exciting part of the week was I finished knitting a pair of legwarmers for Cath's new arrival. I was really pleased with how they turned out. I used left over wool from the op shop and then realised that I was knitting them for a baby, so I had to line them. It all worked surprisingly well and I really enjoyed knitting them. My dear friend here, Gwendalyn is modelling them for you!!! (Note the knitted top she is wearing? My grandmother knit it for me when I first got her, 20 years ago. Looking good Gwen!)

Now the only sad part to such a full weekend, is how neglected the house has been. Yup, you guessed it - piles of laundry, dishes in the sink, grocery shopping to be done and the list goes on and on. Better get to it!


Gail Chartres said...

Great pictures again Stace. Beautiful knitting as well - you are turning into a machine.
How exciting to be going to New Zealand!! Can't wait to see the pictures.
Love Gail

MELANIE said...

NEW ZEALAND!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoooo!!!! That is VERY exciting...we'll be with you in day in body we'll go!

Gwendalyn looks amazing with her snazzy new legwarmers...I am looking forward to learning how to knit, teacher!

Paper plane morning sounded fantastic! I love the idea of having a craft ready for them!