Our Family

Our Family

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Latest Trick for HRH

Someone in this household has decided that he ought to have his very own throne...mmm... wonder who that might be?

First comes a loud, loud "ta" which is his polite way of saying please (we finally got him to say "ta" instead of squealing loudly when he wants something, and it is usually okay, except when the "ta" gets so loud that it is practically a squeal anyway)... then comes a gentle nudge on the knee...


...followed by a more forceful pull on any limb or anything possible to pull and push...


...clothes are pretty good to tug at too....


...then any remaining foreign occupier needs to be removed...


...too bad if it's my beloved teddy - on the floor it is flung...


...and then comes the independent I-can-climb-up-it-all-by-myself routine which involves tugging and lifting and legs up and down...
                                       
...until....YES!  Sweet victory is mine...


...all mine...

                       
...my throne to relax and enjoy and grin my cheeky grin on...


...and if I'm feeling like it, I'll even play with you while you sit on the floor in front of me...just so long as you don't try and get back on my chair or we'll have to start the whole routine again!!







Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Garden produce

One thing I so enjoy about living back here in Albany, is the wonderful produce from our garden.  We have been blessed with enough land to grow lots of vegetables but also many fruit trees.  The "concrete jungle" we lived in whilst in Lae, afforded little chance to grow too much!  Of course, having a "green-thumbed" husband aids in the process too!

With an overload of plums comes the usual array of plum jams, stewed plums and the like...and sometimes it's fun to do something else...

Like... whip up some amazing personal creation google it:   Plum tray bake with cheesecake ripple


And here it is:




...easy  to make (or I wouldn't have tried it) and delicious to eat. The plums I used were the deep red (blood red), slightly tart, satsuma plums but I am sure it would work with other firm, fresh (slightly tart) fruit too...if you want to try it yourself, the link to the recipe can be found by clicking on the name of the cake above these pictures (in case you hadn't noticed... )


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just me and my Dad...

Okay...kind of weird I know...but it was fun anyway.  As I couldn't find my external microphone, I had to use the laptop one and, well, the quality is pretty awful.  So you will need the volume turned right up to hear it (presuming you actually want to hear it!)


 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Our New Little Invention

So...a while ago Andrew found a garden-cart on the side of the rode, during curbside garbage pick-up time. He took it home to see what could be done with it.   For a while, the girls played around with it...but then Lucas decided that he wanted to have a go. But, hey, it was a throw-out, so it was hardly a Rolls Royce anymore. The cage had come off and the base that was left was rusty, and the edges were sharp.  Hardly fit for a toddler.

So into the shed for a solution hunt.  Ah, sheds are great for finding solutions to these kind of problems.  There on the shelf sat an old (as in elderly, not broken) booster seat/high chair, which had been upgraded unused and dejected.  Actually, come to think of it, it too was a curbside pick up from way back in our Canadian days.  Magnolia drive to be exact.  3 doors up from our old abode.  It's seen the world, having worked for our family in PNG as well.

So with all due care we un-dejected it and used it again.  It was restored to its former glory, perhaps exceeded its former glory in this way...


Here goes HRH King Lucas surveying his grounds with his trusty gardener (who he mustn't pay very well, as it appears that he can't afford a shirt)...

   even offering the occasional helping hand...
...but mostly pretty happy to lay back and relax...


The bricks on the back were an Ashlyn request, as she felt neglected and in need of a seat, while the tiles in the front protect the aforementioned royal's toes.


And, BTW, I wish I could say that the smudge thing happening on the center left of each photos is some new and up and coming photography skill, but alas it is not so.  It's the too-many-kids-handling-my-trusty-camera-and-putting-smudgy-fingers-on-the-lens syndrome.  My apologies.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

yeah I know everyone does this...

It's the boring back-to-school post...feel free to exit now :) 

Actually, on Monday morning, as we drove to school one of the girls informed me that if they finished their first day of school for 2013 then it was the longest they had ever continuously been in one school.  Their previous record was at the second school they attended in PNG - TISOL - where they spent 2 and 1/2 years. They had also spent time in another scho0ol in PNG, and time in Timothy Christian School in Hamilton, Canada, as well as smaller stints in between in their current school in Albany. So the end of Monday morning at JCS in Albany marked 2 and 1/2 years and 1 day at their current school - the new record!

Every now and then we suggest to the girls that we should move.  It is done somewhat in jest, but also I think that we are, in some way, subtly trying to keep the idea alive, not that we are planning a move, but we would love our girls to still be open to the idea of moving, so that they understand that Albany is not the be all and end all of the world. Yeah, I know.  I'm rambling.  You would think that we, with all our moves, would already understand that there are other important places in the world to live...but it's so easy to slip back into the "i'm-happy-where-I-am-and-the-Lord-is-not-going-to-send-me-anywhere-else-and-that-is-that" mode.

Albany is a great place to live, and a great place where we can serve the Lord, but it is good to remember that the journey to our Eternal Destination (our true home) may sometimes involve physical moves in this life, if the Lord requires that of us, and we should never be completely closed to the idea. 

But, for now, I will cut our girls some slack. I do understand their heartfelt: "Dad and Mum, you are not moving us again.  We. are. NOT. going.  We have just settled into school here.  Please can we just stay here for a while???"  Settled is good.  Being restless all the time can be a danger, too. It is good to be content where we are.  And we are content.  There is lots of work, Kingdom work, from day-to-day that can be done in this (and every) part of the world.  And for all of us the challenge is to be focused on our Eternal Destination as we live in our Earthly home...wherever that is.

As this was supposed to be a post about back-to-school it would, naturally, be incomplete without photos:

All three girls together...Kirilee (year 9), Shiana (year 7) both in High school now, and Ashlyn (year 3)

 Kirilee

Shiana

Ashlyn


Monday, February 4, 2013

what everyone else in the family likes to do...

I love it that as the kids get older they start to create the creativity in this household...without needing me to be the instigator. I love that they give things a go just for the fun of it...

Kirilee loves finding things to do on the internet - and made herself some cushion covers from leftover curtain material from her bedroom curtains (that I made with my Mum in a forced-to-be-creative-to-get-the-job-done moment).  She also made the ruffled white "pillow" using some picture she saw on the internet...



She was also in need of some "wall art" in her room, and given that her mother steadfastly refused to spend a  small fortune on wall art, she improvised and made her own, using some old frames she found in my cupboard.  Much nicer anyway, I think...


Shiana loves to draw, though the phase comes and goes a bit...


as does the desire to paint (perhaps because of my hesitation -shame on me - to set things up and to be around to help).  She did mange this pic some time ago now with only minimal help from me...


These PYSSLA beads recently caught Shiana's eye while we were in Perth at Ikea and Shiana went online to find heaps of designs and 'twas a great holiday project...




All the girls (Ashlyn with help from her big sisters) love to try making hair clips, etc, such as this one.  It uses up old bits of material too, so that's a bonus, and the actual clips were purchased dirt cheap off ebay...


Our youngest daughter is mainly creative in her imaginative play.  She can be anything from a fairy, to a ballerina, to a mum, to a figure-skater.  Her imagination runs wild and if she sits to watch a movie she always watches for a few minutes and then hurriedly pronounces: "I'm such and such a person" in the movie. 

She needs to be encouraged to draw or colour, but when she finally decides to get into it she can do a great job (being a perfectionist means many screwed up papers in frustration, which I think is the reason she tends not to start in the first place, despite my ensuring her that it is okay to make mistakes...sigh...)  



The girls love to take photos, too, which is wonderful for me, as I am one of those mums with great intentions, who actually spends more time admiring other people's incredible photo taking skills rather than trying for myself.  Thankfully, my girls do a more-than-adequate job...








The little man in our family has a creativeness all of his own.  The more the rest of us try to clean up the playroom, the more he tries to "bomb" it.......



Yeah, he's a pretty normal 1 year old, who much prefers to have books on the ground rather than on the shelf (he does "read" them as he pulls them off, mind you, complete with babbling noises and all)..


...he has a pretty normal 1-year-old-see-how-much-I-can-stuff-in-my-mouth policy...

                                               
...and a dirtier-is-better attitude.

...and the constant I-have-molars-coming-through dribble happening...



..and he wins the cutest/most creative-without-even-knowing-it faces contest hands down in our family....


And then there's the big man in the family who loves all things gardening (when he can, and thankfully the summer holidays afforded him precious time to do it, especially since we stayed around the home apart from a 3 day trip to the big smoke) and continually seems to be doing this and that...like...adding a lattice "wall" around our existing (abundantly full) vegetable patch...


...or a few more vegetable patches...

...or a new passion fruit vine...

Recently, we were blessed to be able to have some additions done to our house and this means tidying up outside, too, with some new garden beds..



Oh, and what else would you do with a few left over Jarrah sleepers, but build a few "rustic" benches to rest on while enjoying the outdoors?



So... we all have our things we love to do and we are so thankful to have the talents, means and opportunity to be able to do them...knowing full well that all these blessings are gifts from our God and Maker.