Friday, July 31, 2009

To Get Through Life


Sleep as much as you can

Read books that you enjoy

Play with simple things


Do whatever you want; whenever you want


Look for affection when you need it


Get serious once in a while


Forget about diets


Show some affection

Get angry once in a while


Change your looks


Above all be happy, regardless of what your challenges may be!



Thursday, July 30, 2009

The New House

This is the new house! Yep, we've finally moved. Last Friday we brought a few things over to the new place - stuff that is awkward to pack like pictures and lamps etc - and then on Saturday the removalists brought the rest.

Aaron was a bit concerned about how much it cost but it was worth it to have it all done so quickly; they arrived just after 8am and were finished just before 12. The idea of hiring a truck or using a friend's ute and taking two days to do it all ourselves didn't appeal to me at all!

I was lucky that I had a lot of help in regards to cleaning the old house as I'm not supposed to be breathing in the chemicals used in most of the cleaners.

The toughest thing about the move was lack of internet for a whole week - it almost drove me mad! Once I did get back online I had over 200 emails, which I'm still reading through.

So here's some pics of the new house that have been taken from the real estate web site:

The back decking


I've had breakfast outside every morning with Sandy laying at my feet


The lounge room

We actually bought the lounge off the previous owner; very comfy!


The main bedroom


The second bedroom; which is now the baby's room.
Pics will follow once the room is finished!


The kitchen; finally I have cupboard space


The dining room


The bathroom


The second living area; a great space for kids to play in!


And finally the latest 'bump' picture of me! This was taken almost two weeks ago when I was 32 weeks pregnant - I'm now 34 so the due date is fast approaching!

Monday, July 13, 2009

8 months down, 2(ish) to go!

For the past few months I've had to listen to a lot of 'you don't look pregnant' (in other words you just look fat) comments so here is evidence that the bump is actually a baby and not a load of Big Macs!


At my last visit to the obstetrician the midwife was unhappy with my blood pressure and lack of weight gain, which was due to having a virus and the stress of waiting to find out if our loan had been approved.

I received a phone call this morning to say the loan application had received final approval (after ditching the broker and dealing with the bank myself) so when I went for my fortnightly obstetric appointment this afternoon I was pleased that my blood pressure had dropped - and I'd even put on 2 kilos!

It's typical of all things me that 12 months before I fell pregnant I joined weight watchers and lost over 13 kilos and now when I need to put on weight it's actually been difficult! Of course if all I had to do was eat chocolate I'm sure I could manage easily but in these last few weeks bumpy really needs fruit, vegetables, protein, dairy and grains - and it's not easy to fit them all in when she's pressing on my stomach. As for heartburn... let's not even go there!

Having lacked motivation I finally got stuck into the packing, we're only 2 weeks away from our moving out date, and I managed to get quite a bit done over the weekend, which I was pleased about. I also decided it was time for a de-clutter so my Dad took a load of unwanted books and other bits and pieces to the op-shop. There's still a lot to do but at least I'm making headway.

It's been frustrating that the process has been delayed by the broker I was using (who had my paperwork over 6 weeks ago) , especially as I sold my house quickly and found the new home just as quick. The whole process should have been much easier, however at least it's all sorted out now. I've been given so many beautiful things and I really just want to get in to the new house and organise the nursery.

I can't help feeling Belle has been sprinkling some angel dust over me as my previous property was on the market for almost 14 months, with no offers, and the day I received a phone call to say an offer had come in was the day after Belle's accident. On Belle's birthday last Tuesday the bank rang to say pre-approval had been granted on my loan - pending a valuation of the property which was completed and finalised this morning - and after less than 24 hours of the application being lodged. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Belle's 7th Birthday

Last Tuesday we went to Taronga Zoo as it would have been Isabelle's 7th birthday. It's much better to be out doing something she would have enjoyed rather than sitting at home thinking about all the reasons why it's not fair that she's no longer with us.

It was a beautiful sunny morning when we left Wollongong but the closer we got to Sydney the more it looked like rain so I was hoping it wasn't going to be a miserable day.

It's tricky picking the right time to go to the zoo as there are way too many people in summer - and the animals tend to hide away to get relief from the sun - and the same can be said for a cold winter's day - the animals hide in their dens to keep warm!

We ended up being lucky as the rain held out until we were walking to the exit and although it was pretty brisk most of the animals were out of the enclosures enjoying what little sun there was.


Miss Madeleine with her Francois Langur mask!



One of my favourite animals!


The baby already has half a dozen toy giraffes but we still managed
to buy another one in the gift shop on our way out!


The snow leopard's were hard to spot as they were sunning themselves
on rocks right at the top of their enclosure. They really are beautiful creatures.


Unfortunately I didn't get any decent shots of the tiger (and I really had issues with the size of his enclosure) but Mason was very impressed with him and told us afterwards that tigers go 'Raaar'.


A Malayan Tapir - I don't think I've seen one of these fellas before but he is definitely unusual.


Maddy is clearly camera shy!


We stumbled into a seal training session, which was great to watch, but I have to confess Madeleine took much better photos than I did. I came home with a load of photos that amounted to little more than a splash in the water whereas Maddy has some great action shot of the seals jumping to get their treat. She has a good eye for photography, and a great sense of timing so we may have a budding photographer in the family.


A cute little pygmy hippo


The Meercats; my other favourite animal!

As well as a toy giraffe we also managed to come home with a toy meercat!


The first time we walked past the elephant enclosure it was empty but once the sun came out so did the elephants. It was hard to get good photos as everyone was keen to take a look at the new born male elephant, who was less than a week old when we were there.

Here's the baby! The Taronga Zoo website has a video, which is really cool,
and it's where this pic came from.

Maddy

Noel, Maddy and Mason


A pride of lions; all snuggled up together


The mountain goats have one of the best views of Sydney Harbour; not that they care!


I was supposed to be helping Danielle by burping Oliver but as soon as I
picked him up he put his head on my shoulder and went to sleep!


The view of Sydney Harbour from Taronga Zoo.