12 July 2009

Canvas creations

I am pleased to report that we all seem to be a little more fighting fit than 2 weeks ago. I ended up having to take to my bed with what turned into flu and a chest infection, and had pretty much the whole week off work. Mark's back recovered pretty quickly which was just as well as he spent at least part of the week solo parenting while I was trying to rest and keep my germs to myself. I started to feel a little more human later in the week (apart from a nasty chesty cough) but still had to take it easy over all of last weekend.

Apart from a visit from Allie for coffee on the Saturday, it was a very quiet day at home. Sunday we baked some delicious cheese and bacon scones to rival any cafe in Wellington, care of the Blokes who Bake website recipe . Mark took Noah out for an hour in the afternoon as I found myself flagging and in need of an afternoon rest as my body was obviously still trying to fight off the bug.

It felt a little weird heading back to my 'new' office on Monday after having only made it in for the first day the Monday before by the skin of my teeth and not even lasting the day. It feels a little weird being part of a much larger Finance team (there are 8 of us including Michelle and me), and getting to grips with a new accounting system and how things work is likely to take some time. It also feels a little strange being on a different floor to the rest of my old M-co colleagues, but I try and make sure I get to see a few of them on my daily trip up to get my caffeine fix at the inhouse coffee machine - which is a real bonus and will be saving me lots of money on the daily coffees I used to indulge in over the road at the coffee bar Ripe. After 7 years of patronage, I was quite sad to leave particularly as they used to fill up my giant coffee cup for a standard price - so it was probably the best value coffee in town. I ended up giving the two guys a box of chocolates and promised to come back and visit with new baby if not before!

The one good thing that came out of being so floored by the flu was the chance for me to do a little canvas painting. After the first two days in bed I was going a little crazy and had already watched 4 DVDs and was getting a bit bored of staring at the computer screen! I had come across some designs I really liked and had a canvas that had been in the cupboard for a few months that I kept seeing and thinking 'I must find something to paint for it'. I had also been thinking about some artwork for the baby's room, and had a partially completed idea for a 'word' canvas from earlier this year. So over the past 10 days or so, I have had a bit of a painting frenzy, finishing 6 canvases altogether, the results of which I've shared below! Hopefully this will satisfy the 'canvas cravings' I seem to get every so often for a wee while!

My set of 3 animal canvases for the baby's room!

Memories of our honeymoon for a canvas to go above our bed

A set of 3 planes for Noah's room

And a nice way to fill a gap on the lounge wall!

This weekend we took Noah to see a show called 'Tale of a Dog' which is on at Capital E for the school holidays. Noah had already taken in a brochure of the show for 'show and tell' at daycare the day before, so was pretty excited about the whole affair by the time Saturday rolled around! The story revolves around 'Dog', a circus dog who is a little mischievious and wants to do some new tricks in his routine (such as playing the piano), much to the chagrin of the ring master who has no time for Dog's games. They have a falling out and the ringmaster sends Dog packing. But she realises the error of her ways when she realises the star attraction of her circus is gone and so she must go and find him and beg him to come back. He agrees, so long as she lets him do some new tricks and they perform together, oh and as long as he is guaranteed some big, juicy bones. It was about a 40 minute performance, just right for the 2-7 age groupt that it targets, and there was some lovely acrobatics - roly polys, cartwheels, trapeeze and rope swinging. Later in the aftenoon we quickly whipped up our standard visitor fare (lemon muffins) for Andrew, Nichola and 2-year old Maddison who came for afternoon tea.

Today, I finally made it to church after not being in any fit state to leave the house the past 2 Sundays, and then poppped in to visit my friend Tanya who had her second wee girl, Niamh a month ago. Mark and Noah had baked some yummy cheese and herb scones for lunch (same recipe as last week!) which was a pleasant surprise to come home to!

With the strength of the nasty bugs doing the rounds this year and the weather being so darned cold and miserable for what seems like months of winter already, we have really been treasuring lots of quiet weekends at home with our new fabulous heating keeping us lovely and warm and cosy. Besides which, the number of weekends we have left as a 3-person family are dwindling so we are trying to make the very most of each and every day we have together! And quite surprisingly, we often ask Noah if he wants to go out (thinking he might be getting cabin fever like we sometimes do in the afternoons!) but more often than not he's completely happy just to be at home hanging out with us! We spend a lot of time playing in the spare room on the bed playing rough and tumble, hiding under the covers, playing boofheads, throwing soft toys around, doing flips off the bed onto the pillows, basically we follow Noah's lead and anything goes!

This weekend Nana and Poppa have travelled to Sydney to see Uncle Nic graduate from his 2-year bible college course at Oxford Falls Christian City Church. It was Nana's first trip to Australia so we hope they have had a lovely time and some good weather to fit in a little sightseeing as well. And Nic we're so proud to see you graduate, and look forward to hearing what God has in store for you next!

One night this week we had a lovely conversation with Noah about clouds and the sun on the way home, and his ability to question and his understanding of what we explained really blew me away. To start with he asked 'Why are those clouds pink Mummy?' (The sunset on the way home), to which I replied 'Well the sun is going down underneath the clouds and shining up underneath them to make them turn pink'. 'Where is the sun going Mummy?' 'It's going to bed for the night and it'll be dark soon'. 'Why does the sun have to go to bed Mummy?' 'The sun needs to sleep just like we do otherwise we would all get very tired, wouldn't we?' to which we got a 'yep' in agreement. 'But the sun will come back again in the morning and it will be light again when the sun wakes up'. I love having conversations like this, it is truly one of the great pleasures of being a parent, knowing your child is discovering new things all the time, what a wonder the world must be to those who see it with such new and fresh eyes!

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