March - May 2006
(Don't forget you can click on the following photos to see them bigger)
Turning 5 is of course a big deal and deserved
to be celebrated in style! So for Lydia's birthday we decided to hold it at
a special child's birthday venue called "Ivy
Cottage" and the theme of the party was "The Enchanted Garden (Fairies
and Pixies)". It was a fantastic setup and very well run (we just had to
turn up!) and the kids had a fantastic time! I've never been so relaxed at
our own child's party before! A highly recommended party venue :o)
The monster returns!
During all this nightmare the bathroom has finally been finished and the carpet throughout the whole house has been re-stretched, room by room. During that we did a rooms shuffle part of which was us moving our study from the largest room upstairs into the much smaller nursery room (about half the previous floor area!). Fitting our two desks in there, filing cabinet etc was a challenge and looked cluttered and it was!
Brent decided to build us a combined double-desk which we decided would have to be a T shape up against the end wall. When he told me it would be recycled rimu I was thrilled, but when he brought home the rough recycled narrow planks I was quite dubious about how it would end up (I envisaged it being all bumpy or looking like a deck LOL!). But Brent's amazing carpentry skills certainly came to the fore - the resulting desk is amazing - a real work of art!
It took him 5 weekends to do it - including a few very late nights! The first weekend was cutting out the frame and just working out which sections of planks were to go where on the frame (as it was recycled there were marks, nails holes etc all over the place) so that best pieces were on the desk top and front leg and the not-so good on the other less-visible legs etc) and cutting them all to size. Planning was everything! Then the frame was screwed together to check it would work. Then each plank glued and screwed to the frame, and clamped together. Once the planks were all on and the glue dried, the excess glue was scraped off and the edges all cut clean to size. Then it was the mammoth sand-off using a power sander and very rough grit paper as the wood is incredibly hard! Finally, edging applied, final fine sand, polyurethaning (and painting of framing on other side) and then the final construction - in the room! Applying the first layer of polyurethane was very exciting - how beautiful the wood looks - photos can't show it off enough!
I'm in awe of you Brent - you're such a
multi-talented man ;o)
Other recent fun happenings!
There has been some other fun in our lives too! Firstly, as a "Bye bye Chemo" celebration for myself I organised tickets for myself and a couple of girlfriends to the absolutely awesome stage show "Dirty Dancing", after I'd read rave reviews about it. Even with all the hype, we were amazed by the show - so incredibly well done - the acting, dancing, stage effects etc etc. It involved a huge cast, high-tech props and floating video screens to create backdrops for scenes etc - outstanding! Highly recommended! For more information see http://www.dirtydancing.com.au/
On the morning of Lydia's birthday, Glyn turned up in his newest addition to his car collection - an MG Model TF! Lydia was given the inaugural first spin around the block and thought it was fabulous! She looked so gorgeous sitting up there in the front in her new fairy dress - it was quite a sight!
Around this time we also, finally got to visit
Butterfly Creek for the very
first time! We'd been recommended it for a while, but to be honest, I wasn't
expecting much! How blown away was I when we got there - what a great place
- perfectly geared up for the kids with a great range of sights and
experiences (large seawater aquariums, the famous Butterfly House filled
with stunning array of exotic butterflies all flying around us, farmyard
animals, a train ride, playground... Best of all, very affordable! WOW! How
soon can we go back?! ;o)
That's all from us - will focus all my energies now on beating this new challenge ahead of me. Thanks for visiting!