As a Christian family we believe that Jesus died for us for the promise of life after death.
This is an opportunity to appreciate everything that we have no matter how big or small.
The wind in your hair, the roof over your head, the warmth of your bed, the love of your friends and family.
Even the challenges in your life is something to be thankful of.
So what did we get up to?
We caught up with Leki’s Family on Easter Sunday which was good fun. We did have plans of having it at Brimbank Park like last year but the weather was a bit iffy so we celebrated at his sister’s home instead.
On Easter Monday we celebrated with my family at Edwardes Lake in Reservoir.
It’s great to be around my Family to celebrate this great gift of Life.
From my photos from last year I can see how much the kids have grown, the relationships have strengthened and that both our Grandmothers have gone to Rest 🙁
He’s been gone for 5 days already and it’s been difficult without his help 🙁
Being 3 months pregnant and having 2 little kids to manage has been challenging but I’m really fortunate because I have supportive family to help me through.
I’ve been home alone to run the house and if you’ve followed my story, my husband Leki is responsible for our morning routine in our little house.
I am understanding how hard it can be for women who are home alone with their kids while their husbands are Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) or in a professional trade where they are away for long periods of time.
I remember when I was a child my Dad who’s a plumber sometimes was away for a week because the job needed them far away for a short time.
As a kid I missed my Dad but I never thought about how much my Mum had to work to keep the family afloat.
I’m at the other end with my husband away and I’m wondering what my kids are feeling with Dad being away, not cooking breakfast, not being there to be the playful Dad, not being there to help with the wind down routine at the end of our day.
Its a big change for my little guys 🙁
This is a short post appreciating what our husbands do for us and acknowledging Mums who regularly drive their household while their husbands are away.
I can’t wait for Leki to come back because I miss him but also because I appreciate the work we do together in raising our children together.
I thought I’d follow up from my last blog post and give you a monthly update on how I’m travelling with my 3rd pregnancy.
I’m currently due to have baby #3 on 24 Sept 2019 and am currently 3 months along with my pregnancy.
Here are my main topics I’d like to talk about throughout my pregnancy:
In the first 3 months I can proudly say that this has been the smoothest pregnancy so far.
Smooth in the sense that I’ve had very little morning sickness, had a great appetite for food and not in much pain.
The first trimester has scored an A 🙂
On reflection I would say that I’ve been in the best shape physically and mentally in leading up to this pregnancy.
I am in the best shape weight wise.
I am in the best mood and consciousness mentally.
The choices I’ve made food wise has been the best leading up to this pregnancy.
Leki bought and read a book from one of his mentors – Dave Asprey – called “The Better Baby Book“. It’s the lessons in this book that we’ve followed in leading up to this most recent pregnancy. Highly recommend!
In my last blog post I wrote about how I’m preserving and recharging my batteries by napping daily with my kids.
It’s usually a 30-60 min nap at 3pm with my kids.
Aside from that I have been pretty good at eating well.
I have been eating quite a lot of take away food probably 3-4 times per week compared to pre-pregnancy which was once a week.
The problem is that I don’t enjoy the food being cooked at home.
It’s great nutritious food but I just don’t like the smell and taste of it 🙁
Here’s my typical meals I’m eating which can alternate:
Low carb Toast + avocado, tomato and cheese
Porridge, banana and raw honey
Egg + baby spinach, asparagus, avocado and butter
Smoothie = cacao powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, banana, MCT oil, almonds and coconut water
We fell pregnant on our 2nd month of trying! We’re so happy 🙂
Btw, revisit our announcement of baby #2 – our son Kyneton – HERE.
Our family of 4 turns to 5 and we are so happy!
Now it’s still early days as we completed the 12 week ultrasound earlier this month.
I’m fortunate to have my caseload nurse from my last pregnancy – Allie – manage me again! YAY!
Right now I’m feeling pretty happy and healthy.
I’ve had a little bit of morning sickness but I have been very hungry and craving meaty meals.
I also prefer to have other people cook for me or eat out.
I love visiting my parents and having my Mum cook and look after me. It’s such a great feeling being able to be pampered even if it’s just a nice home cooked meal and a nice foot and stomach massage from my Mum.
Whatever Leki cooks at home I don’t want to eat 🙁 Poor Leki.
I’ve recently brought my pregnancy clothes back from storage and it’s a nice feeling to be comfortable with my fitted dresses and clothes.
My plan is to provide you with a monthly update on how my 3rd pregnancy is going.
Plus, with my last two pregnancies I documented my efforts to lose weight.
In the future I will share with you my efforts to lose the baby weight but this time I’ll have more experience and focus more on staying happy and optimistic.
She did a great job and will look to have them host a Party again in the future!
So a little about the actual party….
We had a backdrop which I built and it took me an hour and a bit to piece together with a balloon garland 🙂
I ordered the backdrop off UBACKDROP which arrived within 1 week from when the order was made.
Having a large family we had plenty of hands on deck to help with preparing the food and drinks.
Special shout out to my Mum for all her hard work and great help (couldn’t do it without you!), my Aunty for always supplying seafood and her special Island drink Otai, my sisters Kathy and Taina for their help and Vikki for putting the cake and cupcakes together within hours 😉
These events do not go to plan unless I have my supporters to assist. THANK YOU!
Believe it or not I have already thought about Eme’s 5th and 6th birthday party themes.
I guess I have more fun then her planning her birthdays then she does actually celebrating it 🙂
Emelina please enjoy your childhood before the you join the rest of us in the real world!
In the real world where you can be disappointed.
In the real world the curiosity and wonder diminishes with each day 🙁
Stay where you are where there is magic and wonder my beautiful little girl.
It’s now Autumn and the closet clean out has commenced!
Funny how all the old items lying around becomes such a struggle to giveaway/throw away when you’re faced with actually throwing it away.
When we relocated from Kyneton to Gisborne last year I wrote about how the KonMari Method helped me with decluttering.
Here is a short overview of what Marie Kondo is about:
I have packed most of my Summer clothes away and pulled out my winter clothes from the shed.
I’ve also been dealing with the kids toys because there is so much of it and so little time that they’re actually being used.
We send out kids to our local Montessori school and we have a dedicated simple space for the kids to play.
We are transferring their lessons and environment from School and mirroring those lesson at home.
We are now actively asking friends and family not to buy toys for birthdays and celebrations because it will just to a waster of money. I’m not wanting to sound ungrateful but being honest helps everyone 🙂
It’s a state of mind – and a way of life – that encourages cherishing the things that spark joy in one’s life. Belongings are acknowledged for their service – and thanked before being let go, should they no longer spark joy.
In my last post about this topic in June 2018 Leki and I gave away a lot of things that no longer sparked joy.
Leki struggled but parted ways with over 80% of his Rugby gear he had been collecting over the years. He donated the items to Tonga and forgot all about it.
Then, he saw photos on Facebook with young people in Tonga wearing his Rugby gear when I returned for my Grandma Taina’s funeral in Sept 2018.
It genuinely made him joyful!
Lastly, I have become more conscious with my shopping habits.
I seem to question any purchase for the home. Will I use and will it be worthwhile or will it just be parked in the closet ready to be KonMari’d 😉 down the tracked.
So as the mission of Marie Kondo suggests it is a ‘state of mind and a way of life…’
So I have been preparing for the cold Winter that’s due to arrive in the Macedon Ranges and I’ve written before how it can be 5 degrees cooler here then Melbourne.
There’s also another reason that I’ve dug out my stored clothes but more on that later 😉
How have you applied the KonMari Method in your life?