The first quarter!

March 23, 2010

OK , so it’s about a month since I last posted and as usual a lot has happened.  Marbles is settling into the fold and we’re now having less accidents in the house.  I can also say that Kirsten is fully potty trained and I’m about ready to take the nappies off her at night and see how she does as she is dry every night.

John has been sick but after 2 rounds of antibiotics he is recovered although he is having a follow-up visit to the doctor.  Unfortunately in the last month we lost John’s wonderful Grandfather, Cliff, to cancer.  He will be greatly missed.  We have also lost 2 other members of our extended family in the last 2 months, Vi and Betty.  Our condolences go out to Chris and Paul in Slough for the loss of Chris’ mother, Vi, and also to Robert and Carol Jobson for the loss of Robert’s mother, Betty.  

 John’s lovely grandmother has been moved into a nursing home and my grandmother in Norway took a tumble and has spent the last couple of weeks in recovery but after an email from my mother she is apparently due to return home in the next week.  At the same time I also found out that my Dad took quite a tumble off of his bicycle.  It seems that he was knocked about badly but thank goodness for helmets as it turns out he has absolutely no recollection of getting home! Yes, I make sure John wears a helmet when he goes out and carries a mobile phone with him too.  As for ID I think I need to invest in one of those ID bracelets for him.

Now onto the brighter side of life.  My mother, Anne-Lise, is due out for her semi-annual visit on Sunday providing her flight doesn’t get cancelled as she is due to fly with British Airways.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed as this will be the first time since we moved out that she has been here to help celebrate my birthday.

Last but not least I continue with my quilting.  I have now had my first 4 quilts quilted by taking them to the local shop, The Olde World Quilt Shoppe.  Whitney did a wonderful job.  You will see that the most recent “Roundabout” I actually made larger as the pattern gave you the option for 2 sizes.  John told me that I’d been making blankets and quilts for everyone else so this one is for him.


A Week of Firsts

February 24, 2010

Well we’re at Tuesday and Kirsten has worked out how to get out of her crib.  I know I’m one of the lucky ones in that up till now she’s been more than happy to stay put and because it’s so low she hasn’t been able to pull herself out.  She has now worked out that with the help of the toy box at the end of the crib she can get in and out and this morning she screamed “Mummy where are you?” to let me know she was awake and by the time I got to the top of the stairs her little blonde head was peeping round her door letting me know she’d got up all on her own.  I know I’ve got to convert to the toddler bed but I’m hoping I can hold off another 2 weeks until John goes to conference in Vegas so that there will be few disturbances during the night.

I would say we are pretty much potty trained now although Kirsten still has her constipation problems so the accidents we have are always for the same reason.  Today, for the first time, she actually asked to use the potty and was very proud of herself when she did what she needed to without having to be cleaned up.

I wish the puppy could master the potty training.  We leave the door open but about 8/10 times he goes outside to play then comes inside to pee and poop.  I’ve even put one of those training pads by the back door in the hope that it would motivate him, but oh no…  Of course Kirsten has had on/off flu/cold for the last couple of weeks and John started with it on Thursday and I’ve been fighting it off.  I realised I couldn’t take any medication day or night as I’d be no good for anything, but of course after taking Marbles out for his 4am potty break the other day obviously didn’t close his crate well enough and 30 minutes later there was some very excited yapping outside our bedroom door.  I just scooped him up and put him back in his crate downstairs.  He’s not sleeping with the older dogs yet as I don’t want to disturb them too during the night.

My next quilt is finished for Miss Rosie’s club.  Apologies that I’ve not put a photo up with this, and we have the fabrics and pattern for our next.  I had hoped to hold off a week or so to do some work on another project but as the meeting is being rescheduled, and as yet I don’t know till when, I thought I’d better get on with it to try and get it finished for whenever the meeting is.  My 4 previous quilts are all at the shop now for quilting and I could have the first 3 back in the next week or so for me to do the binding around the edges.  I promise I’ll get pictures up.

Well Kirsten is down for a nap.  The dogs and myself have also eaten lunch so I’m going to make use of the opportunity and take a break too.

Another Week, another family addition

February 3, 2010


So I will start by saying no I am not pregnant.  For those of you who don’t already know we have purchased a puppy.  Was it planned?  No it was spur of the moment so to speak.  We’ve talked about it on and off for a while, but always talk ourselves out of it.  Saturday morning we went down to Scottsdale Fashion Mall just to walk around and not spend much, if anything and ended up coming out of the pet store with a puppy.  He is a 2.5 month old cocker spaniel that we have named marbles due to his colouring.  Mohawk will be 7 in April and Charlotte will be 7 in August.  Charlotte has many issues and the concern is that if something happens to one of them the other will not cope being on his/her own.  Yes it is additional work for me at the moment but hopefully with 2 older dogs he’ll fit in soon enough.

We also spent last week working more with Kirsten’s potty training.  School turned round to me the previous Friday and said that she was more than ready as whenever she saw another child use the toilet she would then ask to use it too.  I think we’re almost there.  Yes, I’m still using nappies for nap time and overnight and admittedly used them on Thursday after swim class and Saturday when we went to the mall but most of the time she’s not using it and waiting to be put on the toilet which is great.

Yes I continue with my sewing although today I made a “no sew blanket” which I think the title speaks for itself.  Kirsten now has a best friend and her name is Siena.  Siena turns 3 and so we attending her birthday party on Sunday so I decided to make a blanket.  Oh my goodness so easy to make why didn’t I try it sooner.