Sunday, 21 February 2016

Taking the Highs with the Lows.

This week, I have been a big unorganized emotional wreck.

Nevaeh got sick with the man flue last week which had her knocked for 6 for 4 days. Jiedyn then caught it and from Monday to Thursday he was sick in bed with aching muscles and a temp. The poor bugger still has an awful cough that he just can't shake. Justine was also down for a day with a 24 hour bug and between her and Nevaeh I have had to run on 3 hours of sleep two days this week. 

Thank God it's Sunday and the beginning of a brand new week!
At least that's what I was saying this morning on our way to church..
But as I write this I have a sore throat and can almost guarantee that I have the man flue.
Praying a mighty prayer that I wake up tomorrow fine.
If I do that would be an absolute miracle.
I already feel as though I have food poisoning.. 

But it wasn't all bad news this week. 
We had a few wins here too!

Justine slept in her bed in her room on her own bed last Saturday while Nevaeh was at her Dads. 6 months ago when she first came to me she was sleeping with her brother, petrified of the dark, scared of movement, noises, shadows and even Nevaeh's snore! This has been a massive win around here with her sleeping soundly and most of the time right through.. But her and Nevaeh still can't resist waking up to jump in my big warm and cozy bed. Last week I spoke to a few family daycare workers in the area for a place for Justine. With her being 4 and not in 4yo kinder I feel that she could really benefit from childcare just to get her around other kids and using her language skills. We are meeting with the family daycare worker this Tuesday. She is very excited!

As for Jie he has began writing. He has a notepad and a pen and now also a bedside lamp so he tends to write his days away while he's been home sick. But. That's not all.. He has also found a new love for the old author Paul Jennings. Bizarre that he is reading books I read in primary school and more so, enjoying them just as much as I did. 

Nevaeh this week has been learning to not be so independent on her father. My fault as I know I have relied on him so much these past few months but with the recent blow ups he has made it very clear that he doesn't have to respect me, or this family and therefore I've had to ask him to step out of my life. He still talks to Nevaeh once or twice a week and she'll still be spending her Daddy-Daughter time there but she is learning that at Mums house we encourage and love one another and have no room for rudeness. She is finally understanding that she can love both Mum and Dad but Mum and Dad can't be friends. Other than that Nevaeh is making me so proud with her reading. I finally received her portfolio from last year and was amazed to see her excelling in reading. That along with photos of her days in prep made me glow with joy.

And Hiram. Oh my gosh, this boy is a different boy! He is absolutely thriving in regards to our new family schedule. A family meeting last week gave the kids the opportunity to speak about home and what they love and want to change. Out of all of the kids Hiram loves routine. We've organized a meal plan where the kids can help in the kitchen and have once again agreed on a no electronics policy before or after school. Hiram has also been bugging me for new clothes and although I keep telling him that he has enough, I finally bought him a pretty nifty jacket. He wore it pretty much all day today and tonight when I went in to give them all kisses and snuggles goodnight I noticed that it's hanging above his bed. Yep. He loved it that much! Hiram has also become very cuddly. He found Jie's old Teddy out of the toy box the other day and I was amazed to see how protective and precious Jie was about his Charley Bear.. So.. Hiram got a new teddy! His teddy's named Cuddles. How appropriate? I know!

So that just about sums up things around here. I have taken a big back step in some friendships, have returned to Church and am really praying for a few more small miracles as well as a massive one.. I'm not always on FB and Twitter but if you have Instagram be sure to message me and say hi..

Until next weekend.. 

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A List of Loves: January

Last month was full of so much love.. 
Here are a few of our favorites..
  • Really bonding as a family unit over the school holidays.
  • Spending time with Uncle Al and Bel.
  • Spending time with so many of our friends over the last few weeks.
  • Gifts of new desks, lamps and a brand new TV from our beautiful neighbor.
  • A clean house (if only for a day).
  • No washing in the washing basket.
  • Time at the Pool.
  • My new slow cooker.
  • Brand new linen and freshly made beds.
  • A new hair cut.
  • Kids in my bed.
  • Kids in their beds.
  • An extension on my course.
  • An appointment with the surgeon.
  • Tooth fairy visits.
  • Baking.
  • Snugly cuddles.
  • Bible Study.
  • A new church.
  • A fantastic holiday.
  • Netflix
  • Tennis
  • Kids loving and thriving at school.
  • Routine and structure back in our home.
  • Long chats with old friends.
  • Payed off my course.
  • Long chats with new friends.
  • Flowers in my hair.
  • Late nights.
  • Sleep ins.
  • Wotif.
  • Talking to my nieces.
  • Being in front with all my bills. (Every single one)
  • New summery clothes.
  • New thongs. (flip flops).
  • A new pot set.
  • Learning about new cultures and religions. 
  • Time with family.
  • Cooking on our new BBQ.
  • New uniforms.
  • Summery Days.
  • New Goals.
  • Family meetings.
  • Coles delivering our Shopping.
  • Celebrating the life of Shay. (Sweet 16th).
  • Camping in the backyard.
  • Crumpets.
  • Fruit Salad.
  • Piggy Tails.
  • Beautiful beach sunset.

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