Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

That's right, today is my birthday. I'm not going to tell you how old I am - I'm getting far too close to the big 'four-oh' for my liking... Today was just another day, ordinary start to the day, the usual "I don't feel well enough for school" routine from Nath. We almost got to school and I had to pull over, Nathan was about to be sick. He's been complaining of feeling unwell most mornings lately, he stayed home last week, only to perk right up at 10am so then I had to drive back to school to take him, I wasn't going to do that again today. So anyway I had a boy home from school with a bucket - that he used several times. By lunch time he was feeling much better.  I spent the day writing school reports that I just haven't been able to get my head around these past two weeks. Dad picked Cam up from school for me so I didn't have to take Nath out in the car and risk more bucket behavior.  I was pretty tired this afternoon so ended up dozing on the couch before Mark came home. We were going to go out for dinner tonight, but I was too tired so we had take away. Mark and Cam bought me some lovely roses and we had sponge with pink icing filled with jam and cream.

After tea we ordered my birthday present. I'm getting a Silhouette Machine (we're buying it new on ebay from the US b/c they are half the price over there - I'll just have to get an adaptor so I can use it.) Can't wait to get it. Hope it doesn't take too long to arrive.

We would have ordered it earlier (like two weeks ago) but we've had a roller-coaster of a ride over the past two weeks.

To cut a very long story short we discovered I was 6 weeks pregnant. After three blood tests and three (internal) ultrasounds, we found (well some doctors did) that I had an ectopic pregnancy. The baby was attached to one of my ovaries. We hadn't planned on getting pregnant so it was a BIG surprise. Since Monday of last week, I've had three trips to the Royal Women's Hospital, three ultrasounds (internal), five blood tests and several doctors and nurses scratching their heads. After spending the whole day at the Women's last Friday, they finally found that it was ectopic and growing on my ovary. So I had a Methotrexate injection (which is actually Chemo!!!) to stop it progressing, otherwise I would have had to have surgery and had part of my ovary removed.  Tomorrow I'm back into the Women's for another blood test to check how things are going. I will probably have to go in again next week for another check up and perhaps again the following week. We've been so impressed with the staff at the Women's, especially the main doctor we've been seeing.  So I've been off work for the past (almost) two weeks and wont go back till next Tuesday. Now there's only two more weeks of school left for the year. Lots to do, I haven't even started my Christmas shopping!!!

You can read more about the last two weeks here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Day of Achievements

Today I re-arranged the boys bedrooms - BIG achievement!!! I had cleaned Nathan's on Friday (another BIG achievement!!!) - two bags of rubbish and one bag to the op shop. He had 'cleaned' it before hand so my 'clean' was a sort, de-clutter and final tidy up. Today I was going to tackle Cam's room but instead I asked the boys if they'd like to share their bedroom and have a 'toy room'. They were both very excited about the idea. They haven't shared for a few years so it will be interesting to see how it goes. I'm hoping that it will mean their 'bedroom' will stay tidy - I don't care too much about the toy room, but they will be expected to keep it fairly tidy.

Boys' Shared Bedroom

Mum made the boys' Star Wars cushions.
She used my brother's old Star Wars doona cover,
cut out the pictures and appliqued them onto the cushion.
I think they look fantastic!

Tonight after tea, Mark started to install our new clothes line. We had to take out our Rotary Hills Hoist because we put in our shed and they both couldn't fit in the same area so we bought a wall mounted line. It's going to be good to have an out door washing line again since it's been over two months since we put in the shed.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Busy Times Ahead

We're heading into the silly season! I already cannot believe how fast this year has gone! Next week I'll start report writing for school - something I dread less and less each year - which is good and shows me that I'm growing as a teacher (and person!).  I've got back my sewing mojo and have been busy sewing little dresses for little girls. You can see them at my etsy store here. I am really enjoying making them and thinking of ways to make each one unique. I'm also considering making some headbands and clips to go with the dresses too.

My little friend in her Pinny with her Ruby-Rose doll!

Red Pinny

Ruffle Dress

On Monday we went to the Children's Park in Woodend for a picnic with friends. The kids all had a great time! And the mum's enjoyed a chat in the sunshine and fresh air.

Nath on the flying fox
Cam on the flying fox

Josh and Cam on the climbing net frame thingie

The boys!

The girls

The kids

My boys

The crazies!

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