I'm getting to the pointy end of the pregnancy now. I'm trying to slow down as much as possible, which is physically not that difficult given I can only really move at a Turtles pace these days. We're soaking up these last few precious weeks as a family of 6 and although the weekends are still full and fun, my hands-on involvement is kept to a minimum as the Pianoman does the physical running about while I observe all the action from a comfy chair, crochet on my knees and coffee in hand. I have never done such passive parenting and after this weekend I started to wonder if this is how Grandparents feel sitting back and watching and admiring their Grandchildren, without the intensity of having to physically attend to every request, need or demand. It's been so delightful, although obviously it will only last another couple of weeks for me.
This weekend has been great and I'm a little word-weary tonight so thought I'd provide a snapshot of our weekend in pictures.
We started with Little Athletics yesterday morning. We are new to this sport and loving it so far, not least because finally we have found an activity where all 4 Kidlets can be involved at the same time. And although it means a relatively early start to the day, there are far worse places to spend a few hours than Kangaroo Bay with the glorious bay as the backdrop and the Kids absolutely love it. I think the tents are a cute touch, although no point us setting one up because with 4 Kids there is no 'down' time between activities. I have joined Christina's Christmas Ornament Swap so I sat back watching the kids from afar and started making some crochet star baubles for my swap partners using Lucy's delightful pattern. Just for the record, I am NEVER this organised. If a deadline is in 3 weeks then it will be done in 2 weeks, 6 days and 23 hours. But, I thought I better be organised for the swap as our ornaments are due the same day as the baby :-)
l then spent much of the afternoon at home doing some more baubles and upon request I also made this cute Knitted Bow Headband for Eleanor.
Their fishing skills are improving which is just great because in all seriousness the Kids are eating us out of house and home. Today they caught 2 fish, a reasonable sized Flathead and a small Atlantic Salmon, both enough to feed the family for entree. Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of the Flathead.
Finally, with all this enforced relaxing, I've been able to practise a lot of the camera skills I learnt last weekend and so I thought I'd finally introduce you to the Kids properly.
This is Eleanor, 8 years old. Funny, smart, pensive, loves animals, climbing trees, high achiever, she's so mature and independent it frightens me sometimes. An all round loving soul.
This is Charles, 6 years old. Loves sport, sport and sport and technology. A quiet achiever, thinker, worrier. The most placid, caring soul.
This is George, 4 years old (Twin 1). So cute I could eat him up for breakfast. Thoughtful, Quiet(er than the others) but stubborn. Sensitive, loving and cheeky.
And to top off an already lovely weekend, I came across these Arum Lillies on the side of the road for 50c.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I'm off to catch up on all your news now.