Monday, February 28, 2011

So much love so little sleep!

Here is my littlest bundle of love. Smiling already at at just a few weeks old, I would love to know what happiness he is dreaming of.......

Me on the other hand is not doing much dreaming, sleep is short, but not so sweet these days!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Braith :)

My darling little boy decided to arrive ahead of his scheduled c/s on the 10th of February 2011.

Birth story to follow.............

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tanties :) Being cute is such demanding work!

Hummmmmmm do u think that Kadee knows that she going to be a big sister very soon, as in 8 days soon???
Seems as though she is starting to assert her 'I'm the youngest and cutest' authority and start chucking tanties!! oh dear!!

Fresh Fruit .....

Just before xmas fruit was plentiful, ripe and delicious and most importantly CHEAP :)

But now that mother nature has not been so kind to us Aussies, fruit is getting harder to get and alot more expensive! :(

The kids will eat this amount of fruit in just a couple of days! They really are little fruit bats, which is normally fine, but at $9 for apples and $10 (atm) for bananas, they will be getting their fill of fruits from the tin!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Carrots, Eggs & Coffee

I couldn't resist reposting this short story as it really struck a core with me after the blah day I had today........

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee....You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardboiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

My Mum :) The one we call Nanna :)

I just had to share this picture of my mum with my 'currently' youngest little one Kaydence. We don't often get to see my parents, say once or so a year, so it was a special moment to capture :) Thank goodness I have unlimited calls so that we can catch up all the time on the phone!