Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ears

Well we have just got through Hannah having a very nasty ear infection that in combination with Kit being off colour meant that today was only the 2nd time in 6 weeks that Hannah has been able to go to her swimming lesson. She also had at least a week off school in the midst of it all...so how do you pass the time when your children aren't 'firing on the eight'? We baked....lemon themed things because Hannah loves lemon - so lemon curd and lemon teacake...
 and encouraged little brat to rest up...
 and enjoy the presents Grandpa (who everyone is missing) sent....
and then in the recuperation phase... I kept Hannah home from a school friend's party - and got her working in the kitchen so that she didn't mind that Kit got to go without her. Not sure why but Hannah decided a game of 'doctors' was in order - hence the 'sore arm' bandaged with one of her father's ties. At least the headband is a good addition for the kitchen.



 Cooking is usually a family event - everyone chips in in some way...here Hannah gets some help from Phil in chopping up chocolate for her no-bake cheesecake.



A feast just in time for afternoon tea the next day which happened to coincide with mother's day... which we celebrated with Nan and Pop and Aunty kath...

For my Mum: Mum you are always with us in our hearts and thoughts. I long to be able to hear your voice and hold you close, still. I want to chat with you about anything and everything. To see the pride in your eyes as you watch your 'twinnies' grow. And I miss you.

Home

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a house for sale in Sydney - it was the one that Phil and I rented - before we had kids...when we were young and saving up for a deposit so that we could buy a place of our own. There are so many happy memories attached to that house of new years eve parties, dinners, the pub around the corner where I have been known to ring up and ask if Phil was there - and then to get them to pass on the message that he was due home or his dinner would get cold! The same pub where we played pool the night before our wedding. the house we used for our prewedding photos and the park at the end of our street where we walked and picniced and went to to catch the ferry into town. We made some new friends while we were there - friends we still hold dear today. Here is the view from the back yard:
 And this is the interior today. It has a heritage listed facade and is opposite the mansion that is apparently owned (or was owned) by AC/DC. Such a pity I don't have the close to $2mil price tag it comes with - nevermind the $$ for the renovation :)
The heart of the first home we bought was of course the loungeroom - where we could play our music loudly and celebrate many happy events such as July Turkey with our friends ...and eventually, one lucky day where we could hang out and play with our twins. These were the sort of photos I used to email Phil at work - when I felt that I needed him home early - I have one somewhere of the pair of them gnawing on part of his precious cable like giant rats.
The two bedroom workers semi in the Shams was well and truly past meeting our needs when we finally got up the courage to tear ourselves away from what was by then a very small mortgage in order to look for a larger family home that would by necessity come with a mega mortgage... and so here I am now - loving life in the Dock (although wishing we'd managed a 4 bedder rather than a  3 - we have so many books and hobbies that to have a 'spare room' would really be a luxury - especially once the twins decide they want separate rooms....
And the heart of this home is really in every room - where we live and spend time together and fight and make up and laugh and create....I absolutely love it... but I might just move for that old view....

Saturday, May 05, 2012

love

Today I took the twins to a birthday party. The party girl is my goddaughter and she has just turned 5. The theme was mermaids and pirates and I gotta say that there was a whole lotta pirates there (of both sexes) and my Hannah was the only mermaid...the birthday girl wore a beautiful soft candy pink skirt and top...but no tail :)


So both children joined in with the party games that were organised by a duo - a maiden and a pirate. They passed the parcel, did the limbo, danced the chicken dance, played with a parachute, caught bubbles and followed the leader - or taunted him as in cheeky Kit's case :D






So towards the end of the formal 'entertainment' the maiden and the priate put out a long plastic sheet and some crayons. Each child was given a 'hat' or a 'tiara' to decorate...they all busily set about this. When I went and had a look at Hannah's she had some writing on it - at first I thought she had written her name on it - but no...though she had drawn on top of it it was possible to see that she had written 'mum'. She told me that she had made it for me. Such a beautiful gesture. Once the decorating part was done you had to line up to get the cardboard headband stapled on. Hannah did this but refused to wear her tiara - I had to explain to the maiden that she had made it as a present for me. Such a beautiful gesture :)

 At the end of the organised entertainment, Hannah faded fast. The night air started in. Kit was 2 doors up from the party doing what he LOVES - running with the pack. Hannah has had an ear infection all week and because I had regularly been feeling her forehead and tummy I could tell that her temperature was starting to be a bit up and down...which increases the chance of a spike and a seizure... couldn't risk it. I had hoped to be able to stay for the clean up and some take-away dinner but in the end we were one of the first ones to leave. When I went and told Kit - he held in his disappoinment. His eyes teared up but he just came. He knew I needed him to be strong until we got home and I could get some panadol into Hannah. When we got home - his reward was that he got to choose the video for movie night and an icecream each.
So there. I am so very proud of my two. I wonder if I will ever just take for granted how great they are? I hope not....
PS - Hannah has a theory that because her ear is sore she cannot see or hear boys - a point she likes to tell Kit - in that annoying way that only siblings have :)