* In my last post, I wrote about how badly we needed rain. Well, we got some! It rained the very next day. Yes, on the day of Tyler’s school gala. I stood in the rain for 2 hours supervising the bouncy castle … and I loved every minute of it! Nobody was complaining because everyone knew how desperately the rain was needed. We also got more rain the following day, but it seems to have dried up again now. We still need more, so hopefully it’s on the way.
* Yesterday I received an email containing a sentence I never thought I would read in my lifetime: “Rob Blair wants to be friends on Facebook”. After I picked myself up off the floor, I clicked a box to accept my husband’s friend request, and then looked outside to see if I could see any pigs flying past the window …
* I had to go to the doctor today and have some blood tests done. Hopefully I’ll know more in a couple of days, and get some answers that I’ve been wanting for the past few months. In the meantime, I’m doing that fun ‘waiting’ thing. Pity I’m not a more patient person!
* Soccer season starts in a few weeks, and the boys’ teams have been announced. It’s going to be a real juggling act this year, as Tyler enters grade 9 and starts playing away games. Ethan’s home games won’t even be at the same pitch as Tyler’s home games, and they are likely to be at similar times. Rob & I are gearing up for a few months of hardly seeing each other on Saturdays. We’ll have to take turns, and the boys won’t get to watch each other play like they used to. I think that will be the hardest part, as they loved watching each others’ games.
* March is my birthday month, but sadly I haven’t been consciously doing any special things for myself like I did last year. Still, I’m looking forward to having my birthday on Easter Sunday this year, and getting a 4-day weekend as one of my presents. Hehe!
* Tyler’s class is going to Goat Island on Thursday, and Rob is a parent helper. He’s a bit disappointed that they won’t actually be swimming or snorkelling, just walking around the rocks and going for a ride on the glass-bottom boat. They are studying sea creatures at the moment. Tyler has chosen to do his individual project on the porcupine fish. Did you know it only takes them 1 minute to fill their bodies up with water, in order to scare away predators?
* Just over 4 weeks until Mandy & I will be winging our way to Rarotonga for 5 days of relaxation. Snorkelling, swimming, cocktails by the pool. Oh, how I am looking forward to reading a few novels and just soaking up the sun. No work, no demands, no responsibilities. Just complete freedom. I must admit that I am starting to get a little excited now!
* Ethan has been at college for almost 2 months now. During that time, he has (gone up a shoe size and grown about 2cm, and) thrived. He loves all his teachers, and has been so incredibly focused on his learning. His favourite subjects are science, P.E. and food technology. We had our first parent/teacher interview last week, and he’s doing really, really well. Such a great start to his college experience. Yay.
* Our Golden Delicious tree has been producing heaps of yummy apples, and I can see that our feijoa, olive, lemon, grapefruit, orange and mandarin trees are all loaded with fruit. Good to see that the lack of rain hasn’t stopped their production. There’s nothing better than eating (or preserving, or cooking with) home-grown produce. My dream is to have my own vegetable garden as well. One day.
* To be honest, this past week has been a little rough for our family. Rob, Ethan & Tyler all had colds, and Rob was particularly unwell. We also had a bunch of other crappy stuff happen that threw us for a loop. Life is messy sometimes, and it certainly was here. I am trying to deal with some personal stuff, and on top of everything else I had a really busy week, with something on every afternoon/evening as well as all day Saturday. So this little thought was quite encouraging …
When something bad happens you have three choices:
1) Let it define you
2) Let it destroy you
3) Let it strengthen you.