Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Expect the unexpected

The girls Aunts are in China at present supporting a school excursion. We saw them prior to their departure and thought it would be cute for their nieces to dress accordingly. They looked cute (even if I am bias and it made everyone smile)

We have had to use only part of our house during the kitchen renovations which are still happening. I thought I would make use of the time to create a tutu for teddy for when he does the teddybear dance at ballet. It matches his owners daughter E.
It will be used for the first time this Monday so I will try and get a photo of them dancing together.

The food shown was the first dish that my H cooked on our new gas stovetop. Very exciting and very yummy.

When I titled this blog as expect the unexpected it was a result of the trials of surviving without a kitchen, which we managed really well. We had been granted offers of support from friends and family and happily accepted any offers given... but it didn't always go to plan. The first offer was lunch with Hs family - cancelled due to restaurant being used for a function, dinner that night cancelled due to friends mother who lives with them having a gastro bug. Funny stuff as it just kept continuing; were invited to twin sisters place on the Thursday happily accepted cancelled as nephew was not well, postponed to the next night, cancelled as both niece and nephew not well - will try for Sunday (which was cancelled due to niece, nephew and sister all being ill). Thought that is ok have dinner at Hs parents place, we had the kids in the car and I was locking up when the phone rang Hs father had a funny rash all over his face, should we come, we would risk it we thought. He had strick instructions to not kiss the girls. Sunday night were also invited to Miss Fs place for dinner yes you guessed it cancelled due to water coming through her ceiling - postponed till the following Saturday, which was cancelled as she had to work. Sunday night we also had an offer for dinner from my folks which we kindly took up the offer and had a lovely time.

All worked out but we just had to laugh as all offers of support were going pear shaped - what had we done wrong in a previous life?

Photo of the girls enjoying meal no.1. Poor R has been sick all week and so sleep has alluded me. I have been struggling to keep my head up, but what happens when the carer gets sick, nothing the carer has to continue... I sound so woe is me, but dream during those times of having someone to say here you go I will look after the little ones you go and have a liedown...

Our first attempt at cupcakes in our new oven - exciting times have arrived in our household - stay tuned for many more culinary delights.

I won't post any pics of the kitchen till it is completed got to keep you coming back to check on progress - must go to bed daughter no.1 has been distressed - nightmare sort of stuff, fingers crossed for a good nights sleep.


Rose Red said...

I still remember the excitement of cooking in my new kitchen - so much fun!

SadieandLance said...

Oh! The oven the oven! What a devinely gorgeous oven and wall mounted and everything. That is my dream to have an oven I don't need to bend down to!

Hope you're feeling better. Just go look at your oven if you're not...surely that can cheer you up?!

Sophia said...

The girls looked so cute in their Chinese "qui bao"! Teddy's very cute too with new tutu.
I felt for you sleepwise. Kids are lovely, though demanding at normal times, but when they are sick, it's really not much fun. Hope you feel better soon.....

Looking forward to see more kitchen pics.

Brian said...

That's a really nice oven ... it looks like ours broke on the weekend (just after the party - a lot better than just before the party). Did you ever try to repair the old one? Any tradespeople you'd recommend, or not?

Hope all is better with poor little R.