Sunday, June 01, 2008

A visit from Alf, Mother's Day, a broken camera drama and more

What a busy time it's been here around here. I think our lives will be chaotic for a long while to come - and I'm kind of OK with that. For now. We're all happy in the chaos which is a good thing.
Snapshot update from us:
  • Max started ballet 3 weeks ago. He did 2 lessons with Miss Trudy - who is absolutely delightful, very ballerina'ish and very kind to little boys who don't fully engage in the whole ballet experience. Yesterday morning as we were rushing around to get out the door to the 9.15 am Saturday ballet class, Max announced that he had finished ballet and he wasn't going again. This was 6 short days after we'd bought the ballet slippers. *sigh*

  • I started ballet too. It is *exhausting*. So physical. And I've stretched more muscles than I thought I had. The sad news is that I was the tubbiest ballerina in the class.

  • Mark is busy at work with end of financial year stuff. And he's doing the odd massage through the week and on weekends.

  • Ruby's been invited to "many" birthday parties for kids from school lately. Last weekend we experienced our first "birthday disco" - it was scary and overwhelming. For me anyway. It was a combined birthday for a 5 yo boy and his 8 yo sister. Every kid from both their classes was invited. So there was about 50 odd kids at the disco. It was insane with lots of big boys and girls running around screaming and squealing, dressed like mini adults. Ruby was a bit daunted but threw herself into the madness after a short time clinging to me.

  • Max is his usual intense, clingy, neurotic little self. He was very happy to host a little birthday party last weekend for his dear friend McKinley who turned 3.

  • Ruby's reading and writing is booming. Mrs McConnon (princessy and smart teacher) was very surprised when she realised Ruby is a good little reader. So R is now doing a "sight words" program and is loving the challenge.

  • We enjoyed the company of "Alf" (do you remember Alf?) a couple of weeks ago. He is the class 'pet' and he is fortunate to stay with a different family every weekend for love and care. Alf was Ruby's constant companion for the weekend.

  • I've not travelled very much for work lately (which has been a blessing), but am off to Melbourne this week for a couple of days. Ho hum.

  • We've all been sick with colds, ear infections, sinus infections and the like. 2/4 of us have been on antibiotics. All a bit blergh these last couple of weeks.
  • Mother's Day was a deliciously quiet day at home. Mark rushed out and bought croissants and latte and we enjoyed breakfast on the front verandah with the Sunday papers. I got some fabulous handmade treasures and some snuggly warm pj's and slippers from my darlings. A perfect day. However, the Mother's Day celebration at school was probably a highlight for me - don't tell Max. All the class mums were invited in for a special celebration on Thursday before MD. There were gifts, performances, massages, kisses, cake and cups of tea. It was a very precious occasion - Ruby is such a beautiful, kind and loving little person. She went OTT this MD to make me feel special. And I did. :)

My camera is still broken. :( With the fright of ever increasing interest rates, I haven't been in to spend the $$ needed to get it sorted out. I expect I'll just have to buy a new lens. I haven't taken any pics for a long while now. I apologise if you've seen these ones before.....

peace and love



Jo said...

I will say it again that Alf at the Ballet photo is just brilliant, love the position of Ruby/her legs etc. Beautiful.
Love the thought of Max at ballet, I hope that you got some photos of him. And you! Good on you Kath!
I must try to update my blog too, even if it's just to say goodbye, think I'll stick to Flickr for updates.

I hope that you get your camera fixed soon, can you phone Canon in Brissy and see what they think? May be more reasonable than you expect, fingers crossed.

random thoughts said...

Phew! Just as well you have a massage therapist living with you for all the ballerinas in the house.

Happy to hear things are *good* for you.

Briohny xxx

Anita said...

Oh Kath it's so good to see your update. The Alf pics made me giggle. I miss you and hope to catch up with you soon. I'm starting to get paranoid that you're avoiding me as you seem to make the get-togethers that I miss and vice versa! Love to you xxx

Rachel said...

ALF!!! We have two of those critters at our house. I kept trying to put them into the "donation" pile and DH kept digging them out again. (several times LOL) I stopped complaining when I saw how much they were going for on e-bay!!!!!
It's wonderful to read an update from you. (drop me an e-mail about your camera lens...I've got a couple sitting here gathering dust you might be able to use?)


Maria said...

Beautiful pics Kath! Hope you are all well. Love M x

I've been tagged by Penni so I'm tagging you now.

Em said...

Lovely to hear your update Kath - miss you lots, but I know we'll catch up one day xxx Ruby looks so happy and you sound good - well done on the ballet lessons!!! Lots of love and peace to you and your crew xxx

Jo said...

new blog for me kath, family only stuff. can you update your link?

sorry I've been hopeless at keeping in touch but I'll contact you as soon as I've bought my ticket to Brisbane. XX