Days 88-94 #100happydays

Just when I think I am on top of it all! Wow, how did I get nearly 2 weeks behind posting again?
Oh well, better late than never…

A cup of tea and a good lie down.  Is there any better way to end the day?
A cup of tea and a good lie down. Is there any better way to end the day?

Day 88.  My sister put me onto this Chai blend from T2.  Absolutely beautiful, the scent is just divine as it steeps and the taste, ahh, every bit as good as you’d imagine.

re-purposed library suite of Mum n Dad's from the 70's, that we've morphed into a massive entertainment unit.  Featuring some beautiful embroidery salvaged from the Op Shop.
Re-purposed library suite of Mum n Dad’s from the 70’s, that we’ve morphed into a massive entertainment unit. Featuring some beautiful embroidery salvaged from the Op Shop.

Laugh, it was just the funniest thing when I suggested we take the old, daggy and very dated library suite from the old lounge room (now our bedroom), and re-purpose it for an entertainment unit.  Husband carried on like a petulant child – seriously he pouted and sulked “what, that shitty thing, it will look stupid, no way” etc etc.  I was determind and when we have a battle over something and I really, really, really want to get my own way, I call in the big-guns.  My Mum.

Needless to say, I got my own way (funny, trying to type ‘own’ and keep typing ‘won’…) and I am very chuffed with the result.  Unfortunately, we had to sacrifice the drinks buffet part of the unit – sooo retro, but just could not get the telly to fit and keep it.  Drats.  Massive thanks to my excellent Brother-In-Law, for ignoring his little brother’s hissy fit and for the outstanding carpentry in re-jigging all the bits.

And my love of all things embroidered, sigh, is there for all to see.  I cannot imagine how people can bear to part with all of these pretty things, but boy, am I glad they do, coz I love, love, love them.

Selfie with the birthday girl xxx Happy Birthday Kerri xx
Selfie with the birthday girl xxx Happy Birthday Kerri xx

Hmm, seems I had two Day 89’s.  A very rare, child-free night out with the Husband!  Super-duper thanks to the In-Laws for sitting the kids, what a treat, for them and us.  And a great night it was – loads of laughter and catching up with folks I don’t often see.

And yay, the kidlets slept in!

Sunday arvo Crop Inspection.  Edie at the wheel - quite the competent driver!
Sunday arvo Crop Inspection. Edie at the wheel – quite the competent driver!

What farm-kid doesn’t remember driving all over the place on their Dad’s knee?  Edie can even stay on the track and manoeuver through gates – heaven help us when her legs are long enough to reach the pedals!  Takes me back to being a kid and boring around the farm, showing my mates how to do hand-brakeys and wheelies, oh the joy…

Delving into my box of tricks, coming up with something clever (I hope...), for Reggie's first birthday cake.
Delving into my box of tricks, coming up with something clever (I hope…), for Reggie’s first birthday cake.

I seem to have gotten into a terrible habit….of making two cakes for each of the kids birthdays.  One to celebrate the actual day and another for when all the family get together on the following weekend to celebrate.  I am a bit of an over-acheiver in this regard, as I am not content to just slap a bit of icing over a cake and call it done, oh no siree, it’s an all-out affair, moulding, sculpting, painting, you name it, I have tried to make it in cake and icing.  And every time, I kick myself and promise myself I will not put myself through it for the next kids birthday – and yet, I found myself fretting over both cakes this week – I am an idiot ;-).

My entire world rests with these guys.  Happy is such an inadequate word, for how they make me feel.  Happy 1st Birthday Reggie, my love for you, knows no bounds xxx
My entire world rests with these guys. Happy is such an inadequate word, for how they make me feel. Happy 1st Birthday Reggie, my love for you, knows no bounds xxx

Day92.  My baby is one.  Yay, we survived each other!  Yet I am sad, my little guy is growing up, no more little baby, sigh.

The girls have enjoyed his birthday immensely – piles of gifts to rip into and toys to play with, cake to eat and adoring grand parents to entertain.  Not sure what Reggie made of the mayhem, but he went with the flow as usual.

I couldn’t wait to serve him some cake, it was his first cake experience!  Oh, the faces he pulled – excellent entertainment to say the least.  The new tastes and textures almost did him in, but like the trouper he is, I am happy to say I think he almost liked it…

One of the cool girls.
One of the cool girls.

And doesn’t she do it well?

Cleaning out the office today and came across these!  Took me back to 2008 and the start of something life-altering in the most amazing way.  Treasured memories shared with a bunch of genius folk xx.
Cleaning out the office today and came across these! Took me back to 2008 and the start of something life-altering in the most amazing way. Treasured memories shared with a bunch of genius folk xx.

I was fortunate enough to be a participant in the first Strengthening Eyre Peninsula course, beginning in 2008.  I still so vividly remember arriving at Mt. Ive Station, nervous, excited and determined to play it very, very cool.

And then our Facilitator began…and I was undone.  Completely.

Karynne Courts of Values Connection changed my world, opened up a whole new universe of hope and possibility and creativity and dammit, if it doesn’t still stay with me nearly every day, 8 years later.

It really was the most magical, beautiful 18 months and I will be eternally grateful for the experience.

Stay kind and generous to the world my friends, til next week,

Carmen

 

 

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