Monday, 26 January 2009

Looking Up

I can hardly believe the school year is beginning again...we seem to have had a very busy time of it lately - birthday parties, roller-skating, playdates, movies, shopping for school supplies, a beach holiday, the list goes on. I'm exhausted.

And now I have not only my big Little Man going back to school, but our Princess begins Prep tomorrow too. She's very excited, though she admitted to me tonight that she was feeling "a little bit nervous about it". We're all prepared, her new teacher and teacher's aides are prepared, after two years of kindy I think Princess really is quite prepared. And yet I still have no idea what to expect. Lucky for me though, I know Princess will work it out.

...Stay tuned...

One of the best things that happened during the holidays - Princess finally got her first ever manual wheelchair, and of course, it's pink!

Until recently, Princess has been getting around in a supportive stroller, and while it's been very useful, there was no way she was going to go to big school in a stroller! That's for babies! So after several months of measurements, waiting for funding applications to process and of course the wheelchair to be custom made, we finally have it, just in time for the start of school.

I wondered if I might feel sad about the finality of Princess having a wheelchair - the fact is that she is unlikely to ever be able to walk, though we could kind of pretend when she was only in a stroller like so many other very young children...

But nope, I am actually excited about the wheelchair. A wheelchair means an instant explanation - yes, my daughter is special, yes, she uses a wheelchair, end of story. No need for sidelong glances from strangers wondering why does that child still use a stroller at her age?

She looks great in it too, don't you think? (The pics were taken when we were flying kites on our beach holiday on Queensland's Sunshine Coast).

And the company that made the wheelchair have only just introduced pink as a frame colour, and Princess has the first one out of the factory (they've got orders for at least 12 more so far). We've been told they've officially named the colour after her. How cool is that!

Friday, 9 January 2009


I've finally done it. Added some photos (in the sidebar, anyhow). So now you too can see how gorgeous the kids are and put a face to the name.

There'll be plenty more to come too.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Bring It On

Funny thing.

There we were, driving to a friend's New Year's Eve party, our three kids in the back seat, Darling Hubby at the wheel, and me texting felicitous messages from my mobile phone. I commented how quiet it seemed - we were the only car on a usually quite busy road. Suddenly, Darling Hubby slows the car.

And here's the funny bit. A sleek, JET BLACK CAT had decided to step out on the road right in front of us, slowly amble all the way across with its head held high and tail in the air, and having safely made it all the way across our bit of road, disappeared into the night.

Darling Hubby and I looked at each other. Not known for his optimism, DH stated "That's our year ahead, then."

Now, I don't consider myself a superstitious person in general (though I have been known to knock on wood on many occasions).

But I've decided I'm going to accept this Black Cat Crossing Our Path as gesture of goodwill. It's good luck. We didn't run it over, so that's got to be good. It looked happy enough, not sinister or ill-willed, and I've seen some terribly-mooded cats in my time. And in fact, this cat seemed to be so deliberately flaunting its black-cattedness as it crossed our path, I think it was actually saying to us, "Notice me, because I am a portent of all things good to happen for you on this eve of 2009 - a propitious future is coming your way".

And anyway, the next morning we were swimming in my mother's pool when the children noticed four butterflies dancing around us in the bright morning light. Princess rightly pointed out that having butterflies dancing around you is such very good luck, and would make any bad luck caused by any black cat go away. And Chuckles shrewdly followed up this sentiment with "Butterflies eat black cats" (well, it was more "buffwies eat bwack cat", but you get my drift).

So I'm looking forward to 2009.

2008 was a very challenging year for us. And I'm sure 2009 will be no less challenging. But I'm ready to face it with a spring in my step. That black cat didn't appear for nothing.

Not that I'm superstitious.

And I wish you all a propitious new year too.