Thursday, September 18, 2014
In 18 short days, she will fly to Thailand with International Volunteer HQ. She is going there for 3 months to teach English to young children.
When she told us at the beginning of the year that she wanted to do this, I really doubted she would be able to save the money and afford all the expenses living away from home. I have been pleasantly surprised that she has managed to do this. It has taken sacrifices and hard work but she has got there.
We will stay in touch via Skype while she is away and hopefully she will send some postcards to us. Mostly, I hope she keeps up blogging and records all her adventures. You can check out her blog here
Monday, September 15, 2014
Tom has had a hard year with his diabetes. Twice he has been flown to Adelaide with flying doctors with DKA. He decided he wanted to have injections each day instead of a pump. His hba1c has been going up up up and we had to change something to bring it down. MDI (multiple daily injections) seemed to be the best way to do this. Since he isn't on a pump, he tends to forget to have his injections and this is what has caused DKA both times. Since his last trip, Steve has been supervising his morning injections and bsl checks.
Amelia and Chris are still pumping and they are going pretty well with it. It has been challenging though getting the right basal rate for them both. I upload their pumps to the internet each week and their endocrinologist looks at their readings and emails me what needs to be changed.
Although it seems like it sometimes, diabetes is not the only thing going on in our lives. There has been plenty of good things happening.
In March, Daniel got engaged to a beautiful young lady, Angelique. Here is the family photo that was taken at their engagement party.
We are so happy that Daniel has found such a lovely girl to marry and we are all looking forward to their wedding in January.
In June, Amelia was confirmed by our Bishop. Here she is after the ceremony.
This year, a lot of my friends have turned 50 and we have had 3 trips back to Adelaide for their birthday parties. The last one was one of our grooms men, Mark. While we were in Adelaide for his party, Steve and I went to Festival Theatre and watched Grease, The musical. It was a great afternoon and we really loved getting out on our own. Here is a photo of me outside door 11. That was the entry door for our seating.
Hope you are all well. Looking forward to catching up with all your blogs soon.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
When it comes to sewing, I always want to sew more than I have the time for. I have so much fabric from times that I have bought a whole heap and never got around to sewing. This year, I have decided I am going to work on all this fabric and what is left at the end of the year will go. The reality is, I just have too much clutter. I could keep it all till I have sewn it all but really, I need to have less clutter in my life.
To help me along with this, I have decided to post once a week, something sewn from my stash.
So here is this weeks shorts. I have a pair for Tom and a pair for Christopher. Hopefully, by the end of the week, I will also have a pair for Joseph.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Next week, school will be starting in South Australia. I thought I would go through everyone and let you know what we are doing.
Daniel, Sam and Madeline are all still living in Adelaide. Daniel has about 18 months to go with his teaching degree and Sam and Madeline are both working for Hungry Jacks still. Madeline has left fashion design and is thinking of studying creative writing. She was going to apply last year, but because she would have had to pay a late fee, I suggested she wait and she did. Maybe she will be able to do a mid year entry. Sam is also doing a management course. He is hoping to get some management position at some stage.
In Port Augusta, Steve is back at work as a permanent relief teacher. This year he is at a different base school though. His base school is the school he goes to when they don't need a reliever in any of the schools.
Brigette is starting year 11. She is hoping to do law when she finishes school so has some pretty challenging subjects. I am sure she will meet the challenge with the same success she has in the past.
Tom is going into year 9, Amelia into year 7 and Christopher into year 3. I expect they will all want to do Musical Theatre again this year and the boys will probably do Cubs and Scouts again.
Joseph will start full time Kindy this year and have 9 sessions a fortnight. He will go every Wednesday and Thursday for a full day and have a half day on every other Friday.
In term 4 last year, Joseph has one full day of Kindy a week. It was the first time, I had no children at home for 21 years. The day went really fast but I really appreciated having some time to myself. This year, I will go to the canteen on Wednesdays and have a day to myself on Thursday. I will miss having him around but time to myself is so rare these days, I really do appreciate it more and more.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I have made for me. I don't think i have done so much sewing for me before.
I also made a couple of stretch knit tops but it doesnt look like I have taken any photos of them yet.
Next week will be the last week of the school holidays so I really should try and get some shorts sewn for them all to wear to kindy and school.