may was a blur and mostly spent at home recuperating, but there were doctor's visits, weekly blood tests and what seemed like twice weekly hospital visits. in ONE short week i'd been to the hospital more times than i'd been in the entire 31 years i've lived in wellington!
our local GP is now a familiar destination, which is a big change for hubby who hadn't been to the doctor in SEVEN. YEARS.
Men. seriously. take better care of yourselves...
10 days after the surgery, he was now legend at our local GP practice and this student doctor was very excited to take Clive's blood pressure.
eventually life returned to [our new] normal, and in no particular order, this is what we've been up to in the past 3 months
pink t-shirt anti-bullying zumba class
#4 daughter playing in the A netball team
juggling netball AND rowing during the winter has been a challenge for her
one that she's risen to
her school fancy dress (3 days ago)
interview day for this event where i'll be volunteering
zumba kept us sane
#3 daughter got a new weekend job
that kinda got lost in the 'late april blur'
in fact she found out she'd been offered the job while her dad was in surgery
never has our enthusiasm for something one of our daughters has achieved been so lacklustre!
considering i was meant to be in sydney drooling over michael buble that weekend, our girls did well to 'throw' together this awesome basket of goodies for me
zumba. more wonderful zumba
my first few classes back were actually quite hard because i was SO distracted and felt guilty for being away from home, but with each class i went to, it got easier to be there; and they were an absolute necessity for my mental health!
culinary studies continued and when her class was in the production kitchen, we came and ate in the restaurant. proud mama moment, especially when the maitre d comes over and tells you what a great kid you've got
where would we be without our needy cats eh...
note paws firmly planted on my phone
trying to type here...
there was that one time we ran out of coffee beans
that made me sad (and cranky)
french-themed high tea
i did eventually get that mini break in sydney
and boy did i need it
i treated myself to a night in a nice hotel
this was my view
i got to catch up with family
eat these pork buns
and this edible work of art
and have fun with benefit cosmetics
(which aren't available in my city)
i tried my first ever BARRE ATTACK class
it was awesome
and it was tara's birthday - YAY!
i bought these boots
back home there was a night out that included line dancing with my zumba girls
i discovered the joys of distress products and made time to scrap
our family enjoyed the benefits of 'bread week'
(#3 daughter's study)
but not NEARLY as much as we enjoyed the bread that came packed with chocolate and custard...
we won the prize for 'best sideline family support at netball'
(ok i made that up, but if there WAS an award, we totally would've won it)
my dad got to see his favourite football team in action
there were mini celebrations along the way
(the final resolution of a stalled wound post-surgery)
milestones like getting back on his motorbike
more high tea
this time a chocolate-themed one
rowing season started
wellington turned on a fine day for the first local regatta - yay
a 'casual' 8 kilometre row to the airport and back
#3 daughter got her restricted drivers' licence
remember when #2 daughter went to berkeley?
she left something (or someone behind)
he just left after a 2-week visit
then yesterday my baby turned 25!!!!!
this is a text i got from her this morning:
"oh god, i just realised i've moved up an age bracket! no longer 18-24 *sad face*"
"that's how i felt when i was no longer 40-49!!!!!"
...and as if our future wasn't looking bright enough, in 2 weeks' time we will have high tea here:
then jump on this
and go here
and lots of other places too!!!