Monday, March 31, 2008

Had to share this with you.

please don't dribble on me

Not sure what pearls of wisdom Ryan is passing on to Lucy

Today I had a flat out day with grandkids and catering. I picked up Ryan, Bethany, Ella and Hannah from school and commenced to fly through the catering I had to deliver to Riverton. I was running an hour behind most of the day. I managed to cut up a pile of fruit for the kids and took it outside to the girls to see what they were up to. They had been coming in to ask some very odd questions . One of those questions was "What can we pick up a dead bird with?" and "We need some cardboard"They had been digging a hole with a garden trowel after they found a dead galah in the garden. They came in asking where they could find some flowers. I was intrigued but didn't have time to go see. Rachel came home to pick up the kids and went to see what was up in the back yard. She beckoned me to come and look. This is what we found. The bird was buried in a very shallow grave. The cardboard was used for the headstone . The flowers surrounded the grave and a "lemon"?Ella was walking around pretending to cry. It was so funny. The weird things kids do to amuse themselves. But you know that it is great to have them here and making their own fun. i love them dearly. Meanwhile Ryan kept asking if we had any Harry potter movies or games. He has read the entire series in literally days. It was a priceless day. Charlotte is recovering nicely from her tonsilectomy and her adenoids removal. Lucy is very happy to be looked after by us now which is great. We treasure every moment. Thanks for the loan of your kids.


The time has come at last for Hannah. She turned 5 0n last friday. She has been at school since the start of the year, soI felt she was already 5. She is still a young 5 but is doing so well at school. She is reading and writing and is certainly keeping up with even the year one kids. She is a reception student. Last week the school had an open night we were able to go and visit the kids classes. We have 4 grandchildren at the same school so we had to get our skates on. We were able to meet the teachers properly and look at their school books. It blew me away how well they are all doing. They are all respected by their teachers. It is the same as when our kids were at school. The flash backs we were having were incredible. They were all proud to show off their work even Ryan our nearly 10 year old. It is a fantastic school. They are lucky to be able to be there. We are proud of our kids and their children they are a credit to the school community. it was a buzz.

Friday, March 21, 2008

End of the heat wave

It was Bethanys choice to have her 7th. birthday at our home. It was a glorious day. Sunny skies and only 22 degrees C today after suffering through 15 days of above 35. Thirteen days were above the old 100 degrees F. Rachel spent last weekend in Melbourne so we had the children for a few days, their Dad a couple and Nicole for odd nights and looking after Sophie for me. We had some unexpected visits to the hospital for my Dad to have some tests done.They are trying to find out what is wrong with his throat ,gullet etc. Long story . Hopefully it will have a good ending. It is unbelievable to think it is already Easter weekend. Eighteen months have flown by so fast since Adam and Eva have left to travel the world. We can't wait for them to return. it is hard to believe they havent met Lucy yet and she is already 9 months old. they will have the rest of thier life to get to know her.Lee and Paul have been gone a feww weeks already and are in Vietnam at the moment but soon to go to Japan.I can't imagine what julie is going through with both her kids gone for so long. We still manage every now and then to talk to Adam and/ or Eva every now and then. Thanks to Skype for the free calls. Happy Easter to all. Happy birthday to Bethany who is 7 but says she is 10.

Update of family photos

Lee and Pauls Farewell
Happy Families

Megs and Paul showing the dental work they had done.

You would not have any idea how long it took to get everyone together in this photo

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hot! Hot !Hot!

Our longest heatwave in history or at least recorded history has happened today. Since Monday last week, that is 3rd. of March we have had 8 consecutive days over 35degrees. We will not see it dip below that for at least another week, except for overnight.It is amazing how you get used to it To conserve energy and maintain hydration is the go. We have had 12mm of rain in our city for the year. We are in a drought and our main River Murray is not flowing below Blanchetown.. You may wonder why I am blogging about the weather. I saw Adam and Eva are constantly having 5 and 6 degree days in Scotland and raining. It seems to go down to 2 or 3 every night. For those of you living in the northern hemisphere where you are having fierce storms believe me I would rather have what we are having. Ah well we are living through history making times as far as climate change seems to be occurring. I wonder if in years to come if our kids in their 30s now will look back on this time and laugh at the fact that the world is changing and out of control or is only a hiccup like the ice age we were supposedly going through in the 70s. We need to heed all the warnings of the scientists of the world and change our own habits and help others to be aware of what they can do to help. Look for the links on the side for Rachel and Nicoles blog and see what they have to say. They are better informed than I am.