Yes, it's FREEZING here this week!!!!!
Elijah's lunch made interesting. :) Funny the things we come up with! Sometimes simple things like this can brighten up our whole day. (and get Elijah to eat his kiwi fruit with a smile ;))
Yes, it's FREEZING here this week!!!!!
The humble plait. I like trying different ways to wear my hair. In the somewhat repetitious life of a Mum, a "change is as good as a holiday". (Well, almost.)
I like plaits, and braids. They keep your hair out of the way and, well... look feminine too!
And this is my favourite bracelet. It was a birthday gift from my friend Jen down in Brisbane. This bracelet is great because it would be lovely to wear out (which I rarely get to do) but also really dresses up a casual everyday outfit (my usual attire!). I feel "happy" in this bracelet. :)
And Stuart here................................
Stuart used to do sword-sparring, and misses the performance and physical nature of that too.
A front path!!! Yay!!! Woohoo!!!!
Every little home deserves a front path to welcome people in. And now we have one! Stu worked hard over a couple of days last week to create this lovely path. In these photos it's not quite finished but already you can see what a great job he's done! Here is Saraya trying it out.
Also, our home finally has a name. :) If you're an Anne of Green Gables fan, you will appreciate the name.......................
It hangs just above the "ship bell" we purchased a few years ago as a doorbell. A passion of Stuart's is nautical history, tall ships etc. so this was a special addition to our home also.
The children are always keen to help their Papa! So nice to have him around all the time over the holidays.
So what else has been happening in the House of Dreams this week?
Well, yesterday was one of those crazy days where we managed to fit in a surreal amount of work, and feel very satisfied with our efforts at the end of it. Saraya has had a few symptoms of having worms, so I decided to treat all of us just in case and also do a major clean! Thankfully William had a happy day and allowed me to do all I needed to do. I dusted the entire house, cleaned the bathroom and toilet, vacuumed and mopped all the floors, changed the sheets on all the beds, washed 4 loads of laundry, dried and folded it all............ AND managed to bake a batch of muffins for afternoon tea!! How?? I have no idea. Consider it a miracle! A great post-birth fitness regime considering much of my work was done with a baby in the sling. :) Today was a much quieter day, thankfully, with the children and I indoors with the fire warming us for most of it. Lots of book-reading ("Alice In Wonderland" at the moment) and board games ("Guess Who?" is the favourite!).
And Stuart has been incredibly busy planning for work for Term 3, building a front path :), and also doing a stack of work on the property next door. A long-winded story that, but just let me say that by default the house next door has wound up as an investment home of sorts - one that we don't actually want, we can't keep and we are desperately trying to sell. The last 2 days Stu has spent following the advice of our Real Estate agent, re turfing the entire backyard to make it more sell-able. On his own, in the rain. This follows after we re-did the gardens etc. 2 weeks ago with the help of some beautiful friends. We have also been cleaning the whole interior, shampooing the carpets etc. Needless to say, it's not the ideal way to be spending the holidays............. but we're keeping our spirits up, it's almost there and is looking great. Stuart has worked so hard and he really is my hero. We're praying the house will sell soon and all the hard work will pay off. Feel free to pray for this along with us.
The rest of the holidays we will spend as much time together as we can. We have a few fun things in mind to do with the children, weather permitting. Will post pictures as they come! Happy Tuesday everyone. :)
Roses rambling over the bird bath
This one is called "Pinky"
I love this variegated lemon thyme - it's really yummy and smells delicious too!
Nasturtiums which have popped up every winter, since I planted them 2 years ago
Some flowering natives - the birds all LOVE these of course, so I want to plant more of them
They'll probably love these too........... hope we get to them first! The mulberries are just appearing on Saraya's tree (a 4th birthday gift from us - she loves mulberries!) Looking forward to Spring...
The orange tree is flowering!
So is the French lavender.............
And the happy orange Calendulas..............
This cracked me up....... a swim ring? Was she dreaming of summer beaches, or what?
The veggie patch could be fuller, but I haven't had much time for gardening lately! Lucky it's thriving on neglect. Broccoli, brown/red lettuces, parsely, capsicums....................
Oh, I also photographed this handsome man working hard on something.....................
Stay tuned for the next post to find out what it is! :)