Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Feeling Thankful


We are finishing the month of Mary with a procession around the block and Mass. It's a devotion to Mary which brings us closer to her son Jesus. At a time when the world is in turmoil and to hear about the Manchester attack on young children was truly heartbreaking. Our Mother Mary has revealed to us that through the power of prayer we can change the hearts of others. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fatima. If you would like a good read about this powerful event please read here: http://www.fatima.org/essentials/facts/story1.asp



We attended our annual Church Gala and it was fun. It's lovely to be out without the kids. Lol. We don't do it often. This was at Clarence House in Belmore. It's a lovely venue and I was told it was closing down at the end of the year due to lease issues. There was lots of room on the dance floor and the walls were pretty.

These napkin rings were a nice touch too.


They served up a pasta as a starter and it had pine-nuts and cream. It was nice. My kids would have eaten it. I love having anti-pasto at weddings and events like this. Feta, cheese, ham, proscuitto, tabouli.. oh heaven.


I had the fish while hubby had the lamb shank. It was not bad. A bit dry but still nice. Hubby said the lamb shank was tasteless. The chocolate mousse was also dry but his pannacotta was yum.



On the weekend I went for a walk to the shopping centre with the kids. I wanted to get them out and it was nice to leave the car at home. The weather is starting to get colder so the more sun now, the better before the doom and gloom.

This week is going to be a big one for me. I'm doing a birthday party for Elijah who turns 6 and I'll be turning a significant number as well this week. I haven't come to terms with it yet. Since my ankle injury my knee is also getting sore after a game. I'm definately feeling older and I am not comfortable with it yet. My boss told me at least we both do not look our age. Thank God for that, right?

I haven't decided what I'll be doing but I will surely pamper myself on my day off. Is it wierd to think about sewing?? At least I booked what I needed for his birthday and I know one of this friends will attend from school. At this age he doesn't really play with anyone. He doesn't seem to care if his classmates come or not. He said he's too shy to give them invites. Oh dear.... at least his cousins will come.

If you have any suggestions for me on birthday ideas please let me know. So far I bought a banner and hired a face painter. The bowling alley will do the table and plates etc. I don't want to go overboard. I'm just looking forward to the pizza. It's delicious.

Anyway, have a great week.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Activities


I was looking forward to the kids first school break. I needed the break after Easter but didn't take the full two and a half weeks my kids had off. We still ended up doing a really nice bike long bike ride with daddy and a few helpful nephews. There were bike tantrums, but we made it to the Armory and had a wonderful lunch picnic. Since it was a public holiday there was long wait to be seated in the cafe so we got takeaway instead. The food was fresh and tasted pretty good. Then we took the ferry back home. The kids were tired and it was a nice day. I like bike riding but with four kids and varying levels we needed extra help with the younger kids.


Another outing we took was to a park and they had laid out wreaths in honour of the veterans and soldiers for the ANZACs. The park was pretty cool. They had these automated voice recordings about each separate event that occurred during the time of World War I. It was really moving to hear about it.


The kids had a bit of a play in the sand and activity area which was good. I really need to get my kids out and about. They tend to spend way too much time on their bums. Do you have this problem as well? I'm finding that the older ones are putting on unnecessary weight around their waistlines. I'm not saying they are fat but they have a sedentary lifestyle at home which I need to change. I'm going to have to start putting them into sports which means I'll be doing more running around in the evenings.



I did some sewing and was asked to over-lock this satin fabric for my sister -in-law. It's the month of Mary which for Catholics, means we have a devotion to Mary, mother of Christ and she has the statue from church this Friday. All gather at her place to pray the rosary and ask her for her intercession. They place the statue of Mary so she is off the floor and so this satin will be placed on the table and flowers will decorate the base of the statue. I started off overlocking the edges and then realised I could use a rolled hem instead and it would look prettier. It was a lot of fun to see it come out all nice and rolled together. I hope she likes it.



Someone at school got Class Captain. I think he's more of a class clown but I was so proud and happy for him. Sure he lost the pin on the second day but it was my fault because I don't think I pinned it on properly for him. Thankfully in the morning, his brother asked the office if anyone had handed it in and about half an hour later they called him to the office to pick it up. Awesome.


Here's a pic taken by my son of me back in the game. My ankle has recovered mostly but my sister says I'll always have ankle issues from now on. Great. When I did my ankle I felt a bit sad because I received two negative comments. One friend frowned about me playing basketball and hubby said I was trying to re-live my youth. It made me question whether this comment was true or not but I realised that it has nothing to do with age or what they think. It's about what basketball gives me: time for myself, physical activity, emotional well-being... etc. So don't let anyone's negative comments make you think twice about giving time for yourself.

"You deserve it and it benefits others when you are in a positive mind space." Enough said.