Saturday, October 22, 2011

Amelia's 4th Birthday

Pretend if you will, that it is still September and I am actually posting this on time. HA! Not likely with the way things have been around our house lately.

This is how we started the day, way back when Amelia turned 4. Present opening in bed with the family.

Amelia opening gifts

We were going to have lunch at my parents house and tea at Tim's parents house so we decided to sing happy birthday to Amelia at breaky. I made her a little jam toast stack to put the number 4 sparkler in. Big hit - breaky birthdays. Might have to try and keep that up I think.

Jam toast birthday stack

The birthday girl at Nanny and Parpy's for lunch. And candles in birthday trifle.

Birthday trifle

Chocolate cake I made, under Amelia's instructions, which we had at Nan and Pa's house. The aunties and uncles were all there for that.

Number 4 cake

Here is Amelia with her big present. She had to wait all day for this. I felt mean but we had to give it to her when there was time to ride it! All Amelia really wanted for her birthday was her own "Shakey bike". It took a little while to work out but Amelia wanted a bike that had streamers on the handle bars. We found out that you can buy the streamers separately so when we found the bike but no streamers, the problem was quickly sorted :-)

Amelia's bike

When Amelia started riding, she had real trouble turning the bike at the gate so she would stop, get off and pick it up and turn it around. Esther and Ellamay bought their scooters into town so they had great fun on them while Amelia rode her bike.

Fun together

The expression on Amelia's face was priceless. She was so proud of her new bike. And she was concentrating so hard.

Amelia on her new bike

Okay, so I am biased. She's a cutie. Cheeky monkey. She has been through more than any child should have to go through by the age of 4. She is still a happy and healthy little girl who loves things that 4 year old girls love. Hello Kitty, green, dressing up, riding her bike and scooter, playing with dolls, talking on her pretend phone and making things.

Amelia is 4

She also knows that "God is the biggest". If she is afraid or if she sees that someone in the family is upset she will tell them "Don't be scared, don't worry, God is the biggest." I pray that her faith will always be so straight forward and obvious to her. It will see her through all her days.

So better late than never, right? Amelia's birthday was over a month ago and I can hardly believe I am organising Kinder for next year for her!

Once I have uploaded all the photos from last weekends Echidna Day, I will share the all about the animals we saw on our adventure, including the sleepy echidna.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Yesterday, on Echidna Day

Amelia looking at the echidna

Amelia finally got to see an echidna yesterday. She has heard so much about them. She was only a baby on the first Echidna Day. We went on an adventure to Kyabram Fauna Park for our Echidna Day. I rang them last week to make sure they had an echidna for us to come and see. I was really glad we could see one again. I must admit I got a little emotional to see this.

I will share some more photos of the day soon. We saw lots of Australian animals and it was a great way to spend the day with our family. I love family adventure days like this.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Echidna Day

James the Echidna

We are celebrating Echidna Day today. It is our special day for giving thanks and counting our blessings. Echidna Day is a family time, but it came about as a way to stay focussed on the happy things, like an echidna wandering into our yard, rather than the day the dreaded phone call came with Amelia's CF diagnosis.

You can read all about what Echidna Day is on this post from last year.

We hope you have a happy day today. Take some time to count the blessings that you are surrounded by and give thanks for what you have.

I am thankful for another year of joy and tears. I am thankful for the great health Amelia has enjoyed this year. There has been just the normal coughs and colds. Our children are growing older and understanding more about all areas of life (and Amelia's CF) which can make explaining things to them difficult at times. I am thankful we can help them understand things even though it's difficult. I am thankful for children who support and love each other (even when they fight). I am especially thankful God blessed me with such a wonderful and supportive husband. We have trials in our life, but we are so blessed too.

So what are you thankful for?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Buttony deer head canvas

Button deer head art

While the kids were sick, I was desperate for some kind of crafty break. I haven't really had much time lately on the crafting and it is really sending me crazy!

I sent the kids outside to play and get some fresh air, then I set to work. I don't know if I have mentioned this before but I am completely addicted to Pintrest. It is just the way I would like to view the internet. I found a great picture on there of a button covered canvas making a picture of a deer head. I thought it would make a great addition to my deer head wall in the office (which only has one deer head at the moment).

I had a canvas, buttons and I was given a big container of mod podge for my birthday this year. I googled deer head patterns and came across this one for a cushion cover (now also on my to-do list). I printed it out and traced it onto the canvas with pencil. I went over it in black marker and then got to the buttons.

I think I'd like to make another one, in reverse, but with only brown buttons. That would be fun. It was a nice quick craft and I am a fan of that!

I showed it to Tim and he described it as "interesting". Ha! I don't think he quite understands my fascination with the deer head. I think they are just so weird and ridiculous and that to me is a perfectly good reason to have it on my wall. Get it? 

I have so many things to post... Tomorrow is Echidna Day again. Can you believe it is 12 months since the last one? I am hoping we will get to go on an adventure for it... but it will depend on the weather a little. The kids have been creating a few echidna type things today that I will have to get pictures of. Hopefully, I will have some pictures to post of the day at the start of next week. Until then, have a great weekend.

Amelia's birthday

Birthday balloons

Amelia celebrated her fourth birthday at the beginning of September. (I am so far behind in posting!)
And guess what her big present was? 

Amelia bike riding

Our baby girl is getting big!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Daddy time

Daddy and Amelia

Having to get through a dose of whooping cough in house full of people with lung conditions (Esther, Ellamay and I all have asthma and Amelia has cystic fibrosis), was a little stressful. The whole family was given strong antibiotics to get on top of the infection. Tim and I had tablets which were easy enough to swallow but about an hour later left a yukky taste in our mouths and made us feel a bit queasy. The 3 girls had some pretty horrible suspension mixture, the kid version of what we were taking. It had the same affect on them too. It required lolly bribery to get the kids to take it. Orange tic tacs were the best. Medicine, drink, tic tacs.

Amelia though, was not so easily convinced to begin with. We struggled and strained with her. The antibiotics she usually takes are apparently "yummy" and the new ones were "too yukky". It was horrible to have to force her to take it when she has to take medicine all the time. After one particularly terrible episode with medicine taking, Tim took her into her room and they lay on her bed talking about her art works to settle her down. Daddy can make things better some times. One benefit of being in isolation for the week was having Daddy time.

We were so relieved when Amelia realised that she had to take the medicine and started to take it quickly and without complaint. She is our super brave girl.

Esther and Ellamay went off to school today for the first time in over a month. HOORAY! I hope they have a great day, get exhausted and go to sleep early tonight. What do you think my chances are?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Deer head making and other catastrophes

Deer head progress

Well. We have hit October. I managed one post in September. That is fairly poor isn't it. September was a pretty crazy month here one way and another. I am hoping October is much more straight forward.

I will be playing catch up for a bit, so many things have been going on!

Here's a quick run down on life up to now.

- Amelia had her Broncoscopy at the start of September. This is a routine procedure for CF she has each year to check the condition of her lungs. We thank God that this year's was uneventful unlike last year's.

- Amelia turned 4.

- We had a clinic visit to the big building for Amelia's results. Everything came back clear and she is as well as can be expected. Thank you God again.

- Esther developed a cough which got worse and eventually affected all of us (except Amelia!!!). Esther had weeks off school and we finally found out, after 3 trips to the doctors, it was whooping cough! That is a horrible condition and if you can be immunised against it or need booster shots, do it. We were in isolation for a week! After the whole family had a course of some really yukky antibiotics we were no longer infectious and could go out again! Esther and Ellamay are still coughing but it has improved a lot fortunately.

- School holidays with sick kids! Need I say anymore about that?

- Squeezing in a little bit of me time crafting to make a few random and quick projects to try and keep my sanity! The deer head photo above is one of those projects. I started that about a 3 weeks ago and it is still in that same state of mid-craft. I did actually finished a couple of things which I will be sharing soonish :-)

- We just welcomed to the world a new nephew. I have been working on a stitching project for him but it is probably too ambitious for me to be doing at the moment. It has already had a change of design once, it might need a second just so I have some hope of finishing it before he is a teenager.

So there you have it. Really, everything has been ruled by the kids lately. Esther and Ellamay were given a clean bill of health by the doctor yesterday so they will be off to start the new school term on Monday. HOORAY!!! It will be a "just you and me" day with Amelia at home. I have a terrific friend who has offered to have Amelia on a couple of days next week just so I can get some extra kid-free time and try to turn my house the right way up again. My friend is the bees knees.

I hope to get back to some kind of regular posting in the next few weeks but we shall see.