Well first things first, the biggest news I think since our last update, is that I (Jacquie) have finally gone back to work! I think we have all benefited in various ways from me staying home with Erin, but the good thing is that I am only working part time for now so we are still able to keep some balance in there. It has been very exciting but also very challenging, I haven't been in a 'regular' job for quite some time now - so the old grey matter has been aching a little with all the extra effort.
Anyhow, we have a couple more photos to show off, mostly to say thanks to Grandpa Maurice & to Carol for the things we were able to get for Erin for Christmas (plus a playhouse update).
As previously mentioned there was some furniture from The Giddy Giraffe, and here is a photo of Erin sitting at her lovely new table and chairs set:
I will try and get a photo of the beautiful new storage unit in her bedroom once she is awake later today.
As for the play house that was a present from Erin's 1st birthday, it has finally been moved to it's permanent resting spot - and all the loose boards from the little front patio have been nailed back place as well. The main things that will need doing now are to give it a good water blast, vacuum the inside, and give it a good sanding - then the real decorating can begin. Here is a photo taken just today of Erin checking things out:
Our plans for Christmas include going up to Grandpa Ted & Jo's place for the day and have a Christmas lunch with them and some of Jo's family. They live right by Snells Beach up north, so we hope the weather is nice and sunny to go for a Christmas Day swim!
That is about all for now, there are lots of presents still to be made and wrapped, so when all that is done there will probably be some more photos.
Just a quick photo of Erin with one of the lovely gifts given to her by her Nana, whom we all went and had an early Christmas dinner with last night - seems Erin has the right idea about going shopping already!
Here is another photo of her just generally being a cute little monkey...
OK, this time we'll start with a few photos and then update with the latest Bird news :)
Miss Erin contemplating pouncing on Possum the cat.
Wondering what mummy is pointing the camera at her for :P
Trying to get a glimpse of the "baa baa" next door - our neighbours have a goat named Spirit that Erin just loves to bits!
So we are now well into the 'silly season' and the weather has been particularly good - we have had lots of outings to local parks on the weekend and Erin especially loves going down slides. Only four weeks or so until Christmas too - crazy! We have arranged most of Erin's gifts and there will be photos coming, some of it is furniture from The Giddy Giraffe
Roland is still hard at work as usual, and juggling squash during the week and usually plays 2-3 games unless there is a tournament on (in which case he will play more). We have his work's Christmas party to attend next Friday, which will certainly be interesting! The first time we will have been out together and Erin-less in a little while.
Besides Erin-wrangling, I have been trying to devote some of my spare time to my new "business" venture, feel free to check out the website - Mama Bird Designs Although I will still be looking for paid employment to start in the new year.
As far as new things in Erin-world go, she is just motoring ahead and LOVES to talk - some of it we can understand and the rest is in Erinese ;) Her favorite things at the moment are butterflies and pussy cats.
And even though it's a little while away yet, it looks like we will be going on our first overseas holiday as a family in June / July 2008 - four weeks in Canada, yay! On one hand we are very excited, but on the other hand it is going to be a very interesting experience travelling with a nearly 2 year old.
That's about it for now though, so until next time please take care :)
OK so Halloween isn't so much of a big thing here in NZ, but we decorated this year anyway! Here are a few photos:
'Ed' the skeleton
Ghosts and bats
We're not sure whether we actually had any trick or treaters this year though, because we ended up going out for dinner and didn't get back until a little bit later. We did leave a note on the door though, to wish all the kids a safe and happy Halloween.
Someone has been very lucky and spoiled, and got a new Playskool toy from our lovely next door neighbour Jan - a cool mini racing track with three little racing cars. She loves it, and makes lots of "brooommmmm broooooommmmm" noises too.
And here is a shot that we thought was kinda cute - She was playing 'peekaboo' with the camera. It's a bit pink because the curtains in Erin's room were still closed.
Fathers Day was on Sunday 2nd September for us, Roland got a card hand delivered to him in bed in the morning and was then left to sleep in. We had a nice morning tea later on, with goodies from the local bakery, yum yum!
We would also like to wish a Happy Fathers Day to Papere Maurice, Granddad Ted, Poppa Bruce, Great Uncle Ray, Uncle Alex, & Uncle Dean - our deepest apologies to anyone we have accidentally left out!
As you can see we had a wonderful day, even though it was just a small party - we will probably have a bigger party for all Erin's little friends next month (we had to cancel her original one due to the virus she caught).
And what an amazing year it has been !! We didn't have her party last Saturday as originally planned, because poor Miss Muppet had a virus :( But she is all better now and her party will be rescheduled for sometime next month we think. Lots more photos to come later today or tomorrow as the day progresses - we will be having cake tonight after dinner, and opening some presents for Miss Erin too !!
... but here are some photos to make up for it !! We've just been busy with regular things, but also with planning a certain someone's first birthday party. We've also recently been dealing with our first tummy bug for poor Erin - had it going at both ends for a while, not pretty at all. Had a trip to hospital to make sure it was *just* a tummy bug, and things seem to be coming right finally.
Anyway, here are the aforementioned photos !
Awww MUM !! Did you have to wake me up !?
Close up !!
Our big girl - ready to start the day !
As you can see she has quite a few teeth now, four on the bottom and four on the top, with two on the bottom coming through - including her first molar (ouch).
There will be more to update soon, Erin's birthday party is this Saturday - we are holding it the weekend before her actual birthdate as July is a busy month for us, with lots of other parties to go to !