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Friday, May 29

My Wonderful Husband

Although this blog is largely about Alice and, to a lesser extent, my two big kids, there is someone who doesn't get mentioned frequently who is really worthy of a bit of praise - my lovely husband of 13 years, D. We met almost 16 years ago whilst acting together in an ancient Greek play (Orestes by Euripides). He was a brash, handsome and somewhat wild nineteen year old law student, I was a shy, unconfident, sort dorky Classics/history student with a steady boyfriend (oops!) D was the leading man in this play, I was in the chorus, and it was (for me at least!) love at first sight. I fell head over heels with this dashing and rebellious young man who wore tight jeans, Dr Martin boots and smoked exotic French cigarettes. And I was amazed that he seemed to have an interest in me!! Needless to say, the steady boyfriend was soon discarded, and our time together began. We have had our shares of ups and downs during our time together, as most married couples do. Babies, post-natal depression, arguments, mid-life crises (mine!) and my generally mercurial moods have caused us some angst, but through all this my man has stood by me. He is an incredibly hard worker, a devoted Dad to his three children, and a wonderful, sensitive, loving and generous husband to me. He is my soul mate and my one true love and I am incredibly blessed to have him in my life. And now here's the opportunity to show off some photos - my darling husband bought me home flowers this week, for no reason other than that he sensed I was having a down day and could do with some cheering up. So here are some pictures of said flowers, and his little note that came with them. Thank you D for putting up with me and loving me even when I am being most unlovable.

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Tuesday, May 26

And just a few more...

'cos I am feeling a tad guilty and neglectful!! Just some random pictures from over the weekend, including some yummy doggyliciousness!!


Bella
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Daisy

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My Big Boy doing what he does best - being cheeky!!

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A rare pic of Big Boy and Big Girl being nice to one another...
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Big Girl with Orange Dot On Nose

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Precious foot..

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Miscellaneous close-ups

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Photos from the weekend

Yeah, I know - no witty report on life here with the Ferals, no wise insights into life and the meaning of the universe. Time is my enemy and I have too much to do!! Hope you enjoy the pics.

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Tuesday, May 19

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to camp we go!!

I made a very sudden and exciting decision yesterday that involves me and Alice, a boat, a car, about 2000km and a week away from the family. The annual Families with Children from China camp is on at the end of September in Adelaide, and I had initially dismissed it as impossible, mainly because we are off to the Gold Coast at the beginning of the month. Anyway, I had the bright idea yesterday that Alice and I could go by ourselves, thus saving money and making a very fun adventure for the two of us!! So we leave on the Spirit of Tasmania (large boat which travels from Tassie to the 'mainland' part of Australia) on Friday September 25th, sail overnight and wake up in Melbourne at 7am the next day. Then were unload ourselves and our car, and drive the 800km or so to Adelaide, accompanied by my lovely friend Jen and her sweet daughter Ebony. The camp starts on Sunday afternoon and goes until Thursday, and is chock-full of games, crafts, food, workshops and guest speakers, with a distinctly Chinese theme all round. This will be our first FCC camp and I am VERY excited to be going - it is a great opportunity to met lots of new people, many of whom I know by name from the email groups, but have never met. So September looks to be a busy month for us - two weeks in sunny Queensland, home for a week then off to South Australia. Whoohoo!!!



Monday, May 11

Mother's Day

I had a lovely Mother's Day yesterday - no breakfast in bed, but that is per my request as I cannot STAND crumbs in the bed!! Lots of beautiful hand-made gifts, including a pin cushion in a gorgeous decorated box (from Big Girl), two hair clips, one sporting a blue flower and the other a blue mouse (yes, that's right, BLUE MOUSE) and a very special calico bag, decorated with lots of Alice's cute little hand prints (thanks to K at daycare for that!!) So I proudly wore my new hair clips to church and received many glowing comments, and generally had a very pleasant day. It was made even more enjoyable by the visit of some very special people. Jen and I 'met' over the Internet a few years ago, as we are both involved in on-line discussion groups pertaining to Chinese adoption. She and her husband and darling daughter Ebony were in Tassie for a holiday so they came to visit!! It was just wonderful to finally meet someone who I felt as though I had already known for years!! Ebony and Alice had a ball playing together, and the grown ups enjoyed getting to know each other, a nice red wine and some yummy chocolate mud cake. Hope everyone else out there had a great Mum's day too!!

Ebony and Alice hamming it up for the camera!!

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Wednesday, May 6

New Photos from the Slogger

'Slogger???' I hear you ask??? It's a term for someone like me who is a completely slack blogger!!! Life just seems to move at a frightening pace and I never manage to put bloggy pen to bloggy paper and actually do anything of note. So here are a few recent pics to keep you going - the ones with the beanie and the pyjamas are very cute, don't you think???!!!

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