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Our Family

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ashlyn is six and a few other pics

Shiana and Ashlyn have so been enjoying having a pony around to ride...
...Just look at the joy on this face, when trotting with Dad:
...and the concentration on this face (she was doing figure 8's around the trees):

And our dear Ashlyn turned 6.  What a blessing.  I can't believe our baby (for now) is already 6.  How thankful we are for her, for her affection, her lovely smile and even her stubborn nature (well, most of the time....).  Here she is enjoying showing off her presents.  She just loves that whiteboard and plays schools over and over again!

As, because of concerns during my pregnancy, I am still required to take it easy, a big party was a bit out of the question.  So Ashlyn was allowed to pick 3 of her friends and have them over on a Saturday, when the girls and Andrew were home to help!  Here Ashlyn is enjoying the fun of present opening:

And what makes an easy birthday cake?  Get your oldest daughter (if you have one old enough) to make cupcakes (from a packet) and icing (also in the packet).  Then get both your older daughters to help the party girls decorate the cupcakes... and then form the number 6 with them.  Voila! Party cake complete with no effort from Mum...

And at least there is something special for a 6 year old to "blow-out"!

The girls also organised the games and here the party girls are playing pass-the-parcel.  Shiana had  written on one of the notes inside:  "make a funny face"....and this is the result.  Precious, aren't they?

On the day of Ashlyn's party, the two horses (not ours) on our property were bought by someone out of town, so at the moment we have no horses here.  Hopefully one day soon we will get another, so Shiana, especially, can keep up her riding....  but at least the party girls (and Shiana) still had a ride on the pony before they were taken away on Saturday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just some photos

I realised the other day, whilst scanning through photos on my computer (yes, having to "take it easy", means having more time to do stuff like that!), that there are some photos that I could share on this blog, but have not, just because this baby I am carrying has taken over much of our thoughts and lives.  So, anyway, I went through some of them and picked a few (some are pretty out-of-date).

The first is of a little baby possum that our girls found on our driveway a few months back.  It had obviously fallen out of a nest.  We tried in vain to re-unite it with its Mum that night (after keeping it warm and feeding it a little water), even though with the torch we managed to catch sight of her.  However, the baby was getting cold and a wild-life worker came and picked it up that night.  But the poor little thing was just too small to make it and died the next day.  Yes, and that did of course mean tears from Ashlyn, who along with the other girls had so enjoyed cuddling it and "warming it up" the day before!

This was taken way back on the Anzac day parade.  Our school had a small contingent who marched and Kirilee and Shiana are in there somewhere.  The day ended up being quite cold and rainy, but the girls still enjoyed it!

Don't know when this photo was taken, but I thought it was a cute photo of Ashlyn, anyway:

We have a horse in our paddock at the moment which Shiana has been learning to ride.  She is getting there, but the last couple of weeks have been a bit wet to ride too much, and then well the days are busy when you are at school!

Ashlyn also likes to get on, as long as someone leads her around:

And lastly, during the school holidays Andrew had to go to Indonesia for some language training (he hopes to be teaching Indonesian at school next year).  He has had some previous language training, but learning Tok Pisin (in PNG) in between seemed to hinder his Indonesian from resurfacing.  Given the concerns in my pregnancy it was a pretty hard decision whether to still go but in the end we decided he should.  He learned a lot attending a local language school and also just being immersed in the language (always the best way to learn), and managed to take some great photos.  Here's just two of them:

Friday, August 5, 2011

baby update

Today I was able to have another scan and we praise God that our baby is still growing well (actually almost 2 weeks ahead of my dates!).  It was so wonderful to see our baby moving and kicking.  I have been pretty tense and stressed.  Although I have felt some movement, it has been so slight that I was worried that I had been imagining it - oh the tricks the mind plays!  So here is a side-profile shot of our beautiful baby:

On the other hand, unfortunately the subchorionic bleed (blod clot) has not gone and, although it does not appear to have increased too much in size, it is not smaller either!  This remains a real concern as it can cause contractions and some other problems!  However, we trust that God will do what is best and we rely on Him!