Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Comfort of Strangers

I just read this because it's short, and because I am willing to try anything by Ian McEwan. My daughter is (loosely) named after a character in his best book, 'Atonement'. This one, however, was ... odd; actually, disturbing might be a better word. It was along the lines of his novel 'Saturday' which I didn't like as much as 'Atonement'. Either I'm not intelligent enough to figure it out, or it's just not my type of read. I still hope to find another book by McEwan with the power of 'Atonement'. I'll keep trying.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bryony - Nine Months Old

19lbs 6oz of nine month old baby! The same size Abigail was at 15mths, ha.

Friday, August 19, 2011

This One Is For Grandma!

Just one week in her new Pre-K class, and Abigail has mastered this:


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Swimming Lessons

With the new house having a pool, and watching Abigail not get out of nanna & grandads' pool for HOURS, we knew it was time to sign her up for swimming lessons.

A girlfriend of mine recommended the City of Phoenix public pool programme. I didn't expect much because the whole course (8 lessons) cost me just $15. But they were on to something because the eight lessons were every afternoon for two weeks. With just a high-school student lifeguard and my $15 pass, Abby was swimming within days. I was highly impressed - we quickly signed up for level 2 and did two more weeks, and we'll definitely go back next summer for more.

Bryony, so patient in the heat while we watch Abigail

bunch of 4 year old heads at the side of the pool

Certificate of Completion

teacher Ms Alissa, and fellow swimmer Donovan

And here she is in action - my lil' swimmer!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Our New Home

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the biggest news of our year is that we have moved! We are only about 4 miles from our old house, but we're in a bigger space (we were busting at the seams) and a nicer neighbourhood, and we have a POOL that we can't keep Abigail out of :) Jake & I always said we could only survive living in Phoenix if we had a pool and I'm not sure why we bought our first house without one. We love it so much - we're in it every day!

But we're also very busy - the new house had no kitchen sink, no light fixtures, no ceiling fans, no appliances and hundreds of projects for us to tackle. It's going to take quite a while to fix up but I am so lucky to have Jake who works so hard and is so great at this stuff, and who wants to make it my dream home for me. He is so productive that it is already coming together nicely - he hops right to it, while I take about four months just to pick a paint colour, ha.

So, pictures to come when we are all out of boxes. And, all friends and family are welcome to come see it for themselves and stay whenever they want now that we have a spare bedroom again! The door is open .....