|Merry Christmas everyone! Well, it has
been a very busy and eventful few months since our last
update - so much has happened and so much has been
achieved! We're looking forward to our holiday up at the
batch next month, for a little R&R to recouperate!
going to have a little sister!!
|Our 18-week scan and amniocenthesis revealed
a healthy little baby girl kicking around inside
me which was really great news! Its great knowing
what we are having - we've found that it is
already affecting what we buy for Lydia etc,
knowing that there'll be another girl along two
years behind her to use those same things. We'll
be particularly lucky with the clothes as the
almost exactly two-year gap means the seasons
will all be the same at the same age! Never
having had a sister, I think Lydia is a very
The only problem we've had has been
choosing her name, but we've made some progress
there - her first name is pretty much decided,
the second name is to be reviewed. We'll keep the
names a secret until the big day!
Our little princess gives us a smile!
|Our holiday in Fiji
the second half of October we treated ourselves
to a fabulous 10 day holiday in Fiji - staying at
the Outrigger Resort, a fairly new resort on the
south-western coast of the main island. The
weather was wonderful, only a couple of showers
the whole time we were there, the rest of the
time was sunny or overcast, temperatures in the
high 20's/early 30's. The staff were really
excellent, particularly the way they doted over
Lydia, taking her away sometimes and keeping her
amused so we could have our dinner in peace etc.
The Outrigger Resort - as seen from our room
|The swimming pools were very well
set up with a very large main pool which
connected to a lagoon-like section at one end
which was nice and shallow for children to play
in, and quite well shaded with palm trees. Lydia
just loved being in the pool, so Brent spent a
lot of time in the pool with her! There was also
a Kids Club, which Lydia was technically too
young to join, but the staff let us turn up with
her and play in the large sand pit, or play
inside the club. One of the staff members even
braided Lydia's hair with one braid - we couldn't
believe how Lydia sat still the whole time he was
doing it, she wouldn't let him do another one
though!. We managed to get a few photos before
she pulled it all out!
Having fun with Daddy in the pool
Lydia's first hair braid!
One morning we visited the local
wildlife zoo (just across the road from the
resort) and it was actually a very well set up
miniature zoo, which focused on birds, lizards
etc. We could get so close to all the animals -
even touch some of them - Lydia really enjoyed
it! Unfortunately Lydia still had a bad ear
infection while we were there (we even had to
drive into town and visit a local doctor, which
was quite an experience!) so we didn't leave her
alone much at night, but we did have a night
alone towards the end of our stay, and went out
and dined in style at one of the Resort's fine
restaurants. We were sad to leave as we had a
thoroughly wonderful time!
A flash new bedroom for Lydia!
|Back home, we finally managed to
complete Lydia's new bedroom - it's been quite
some time and work getting to this point! I did a
fair bit of painting etc myself and am thrilled
with how it has all come together. Lydia loves it
and spends a lot of time playing in there - the
big test will be in a few weeks when Lydia is
moved up there to sleep, but we're optimistic
that the transition will go fairly smoothly!
|We imported the duvet cover, cushions and
lampshade from a store in Sydney called
"BabysArk". The design is called
"Quite Contrary" and is a Designers
Guild (an English brand) print. The fabric for
the squabs on the windowseat was also purchased
while we were in Sydney (as it was temporarily
unavailable in New Zealand).
Brent built the
gorgeous rimu bedhead himself (shown top-left).
The bed is my old childhood bed, with a new
mattress. A builder made the long windowseat for
us (the corner of which is shown top-left)
to our specifications - we then got a painter in
to paint it, and the orange feature walls. The
beautiful toy chest was a very special first
birthday present for Lydia from her Nana and
Grandad, handpainted by an artist friend of the
family to match the colours of her (at that time,
I painted the tissue box holder, the photo
frame and the piggy bank on the dresser, the
"Mary Mary Quite Contrary" picture on
the wall, and the little decorated bucket on the
floor beside the toy chest. I also made and
painted the hanging butterflies and flowers
mobile (hanging above the windowseat) and some
felt flowers on the triangular feature wall (not
All in all a lot of time and effort went into
this room, but we're thrilled with the final
result, it looks very coordinated and quite
The boardwalk makes another big leap forward -
and we're getting a new deck built!
last few weekends have seen Brent working
furiously down in our bushy backyard again on our
boardwalk - only about 6 metres left to go now
until the end of the main boardwalk, which will
connect up to just before the existing council
walkway. The council walkway leads just a short
distance to the tennis clubs which also have a
small playground which Lydia loves to play on.
From there on its just a hop, skip and a jump to
the Smith and Davies building, where Lydia's Nana
and Grandad work. We can't wait to complete it!
The area beforehand!
Next stage complete!
This section included a "Y"
section where the boardwalk splits in two
directions. The other direction will lead through
the garden to stairs up to our new deck which is
going to begin construction in mid-January 2003,
and is expected to take a few weeks to complete.
|This new deck will be huge - it will
be built under our house (which is high
up on poles on this north-west side) and
will be a huge floor area (almost the
full length of the house, and wider than
the house at one end), to be used
predominantly as a large undercover play
area for Lydia and her sister (we plan to
add a playgym and playhouse etc to the
completed deck). It will stay mostly dry
in wet weather, and in winter the sun
will come a fair way in, much less so in
summer. We hope the girls will get a lot
of use out of this new play area - it
will certainly tidy up the useless large
dry dirt area that's there at the moment
and connect the house a lot more to the
rest of our section.
|Welcome little Zack Thompson!
other family news, we became an Aunty, Uncle and
cousin for the second time on 1 November 2002
with the safe arrival of Zack Glyn Mark Thompson.
Congratulations to Brent's sister Donna, and
David and Katie, and good luck in the busy months
A couple of weeks later Katie celebrated her
second birthday with a party held at Lydia and
Katie's creche. The kids all had a lot of fun
there, getting their faces painted and playing
with all the creche equipment before tucking into
the party food. Katie and Lydia thoroughly
Katie with little Zack