I have always wanted to be a philanthropist. While I definitely do not have the ability to make “a generous donation” the size that a philanthropist can, I am going to start giving more than a $25 donation to sponsor my cousin in his Multiple Sclerosis cycling event. If I sit around waiting to earn the big bucks, my small bucks that can make a difference won’t get out there either. So, as the saying goes, “There is no time like the present.” I know I want to donate my time and skills to Heartfelt, an organisation who provide photographic sessions to families who experience stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious or terminal illnesses. I am a bit of a huge softie* and so think I need to wait until my two are at school so I have time to process the experience and to the be truly available to the families. * I get all choked up and teary in Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast when they put Gruff to bed. ‘Nuff said. I was trying to think of other ways I can use my creative side to contribute to an organisation or cause I believe […]
This week has three, maybe four, new favourites in it. Can you guess which ones they are? Getting close to the halfway mark! Is anyone else photographing, or aiming to photograph, each day? How are you going? Drop me a comment as I would love to have a look at your work. 155- Evie loves to ‘do twists’ on the swings. She was going pretty fast this time! 156 – Playing in a puddle at Granne’s house. I would love to know what she was thinking as she looked in there. 157 – Oh no! Evie got stuck under Papa;s legs! Lucky Olive was there to rescue her 😉 158 – One solitary red leaf on a tree of green leaves. 159 – Carrying Evie from my bed to hers after she has ‘warmed it up’ before I turn in for the night. 160 – Olive likes to kiss and cuddle Evie goodnight. I mostly feel it is a stalling tactic but I still love it. I brought the camera with me on this particular night and for some reason they didn’t kiss or cuddle, they opened their mouths wide and breathed on each other… 161 – The afternoon […]
Week Twenty Two starts with a quiet afternoon tea in a friend’s yard. The rest of the week features plenty of pyjamas! Get comfortable and have a glance at the week that was. 148 – Homemade lemonade and a cake made using pumpkin soup were the delicious offerings at this backyard morning tea. I loved how the early sun perfectly shone on the gorgeous set up. 149 – The view towards Sydney from the balcony of the RAAF Base in Glenbrook. Stunning sight. 150 – Evie was headed off to a Princess Party. She was ready about an hour before we had to go (NEVER happens!) and asked for a photo. (Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S5) 151 – Homegrown ginger – my second and final harvest as the cooler weather is now settling in. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can plant it again and see how it grows. I was quite late to planting some this year and was still able to get two decent chunks. (Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S5) 152 – This little bookworm had perched herself up here to read a book while I was finishing my breakfast. 153 – Olive insisted […]
It has been one month since our last check up. I left the Children’s Hospital with a skip in my step. Olive’s braced hours are reduced to 12 hours, or her night time sleep! It took nearly two weeks for Olive to adjust to brace free daytime sleeps. She was not able to self soothe if she woke up after a short sleep, took a bit longer to get to sleep and often needed to be put back down at the bottom of the cot. There is a still some dysplasia in one hip but the other is exactly where it should be for her age! Our next appointment is not for another two months. Fingers crossed the remaining dysplasia is corrected and we get the all clear! The photos below are from one morning not long after the brace free days commenced.
Choc Peppermint Slice 250g plain sweet biscuits* 100g butter, chopped 1/2 cup (125ml) sweetened condensed milk 2 x 35g Peppermint Crisp chocolate bars, chopped coarsely Chocolate topping 200g milk eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 2 teaspoons vegetable oil *I used Marie biscuits Grease19cmx29cm slice pan; line with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over long sides. Process 200g of the biscuits until fine. Chop remaining biscuits coarsely. Stir butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Combine processed and chopped biscuits with chocolate bar in a medium bowl; stir in butter mixture. Press mixture firmly in to pan; refridgerate, covered, about 20 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, make chocolate topping; spread over slice. Place back in the refrigerator until firm before cutting in to 24 squares. Chocolate topping Stir ingredients in a small heat proof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water until smooth. Taken from: Biscuits, Australian Women’s Weekly, 2010, ACP Books, Sydney
Clinic Check Up Day! I was quite nervous before the clinic appointment as I had noticed my daughter’s hip felt like they were clicking when she kicked around. I had never noticed this before. I was so worried we had gone backwards. Was it possible to go backwards??? I started to count up the times I let her go for ‘just a little bit longer’ in her brace free hour. I began to feel guilty. I also had a few questions for the specialist today as well. I had planned on writing them down but in my concern for the new clicking, had forgotten to pen them. When we went in to see our doctor he entered the room wearing quite a serious face where he has previously had a smile. My heart sank. He said he had just had a look at our ultrasound and there hadn’t been any progress. I was instantly relieved as I knew he hadn’t yet seen our latest ultrasound. We had to get them done externally this time as I was unable to get to the imaging appointment at the hospital. I quickly explained this to him and handed over the images. He had a […]