You know, there has been just so much going on since I stepped away from Blogland, but I felt so removed from it while I was unwell that it seems almost dreamlike to me now. I do however, have some slightly grainy cellphone pictures to show for all those months, and 20,000,000 words that want to pour out of me. There have been awful, painful things, and wonderful, incredible things. In the interest of self preservation, I’d like to tell you all about all the incredible blessings of this year past, while very quietly and privately honoring the challenges that 2015 heaped on us in abundance.
So! Without (even) further ado, here’s a snapshot of the previous 7 or so months of life in the little Blue house.
1. We went to fetes, festivals, carnivals, exhibitions, and parks.
Giant insect thing with a person in it at the Spring Festival.
Painting a skull is very serious business at a local family street party.
2. We spent an awful lot of time hugging, playing, being thankful for each other, spending real quality time with each other, and enjoying our little family while I slowly got better.
The two “kids” at the park.
3. Our very much loved red Toyota was totaled in a hit and run with a drunk driver in a pick up truck. This might not sound like much of a blessing, but miraculously, David and JJ walked away without a single scratch. Our car did not walk (or drive) away, nor was it ever driven again, yet there is just so much about all of this to be grateful for. Looking back, it was the actions of dear family friends after the accident for which I was, and still am, truly grateful for. Selfless actions that included driving my totally panicked self to David and JJ, who were giving their report to the police, paying the tow truck driver for us because I hadn’t brought my credit card to the crash site, and loaning us their second car for several months while we saved and looked out for a new car. These kindnesses were entirely unexpected and restored my frayed faith in humanity. They also saved our butts while we were looking for a new car, as it’s VERY difficult to get around here without a car. Now we have a new (old) little blue car, and we love her. Except she’s not so little. Driving this car is like driving a very large banana. Honestly.
We went to see an incredible orchestra. JJ and my mum (Mim) at Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions
4. And while we are on the subject of Mim, my mother moved two states south to spend several months living with us. This was such an amazing blessing, as I became unwell shortly after. Having my mum around to help with the house and meals meant I could devote my remaining energy to JJ, and to keeping as strong and healthy as possible.
My beautiful mother! Next time I’ll try and snag one where she’s smiling.
5. We went to the snow! That might not sound like a big deal to my Northern Hemisphere friends, but WOW! I hadn’t seen snow for years – in fact it was probably on one of my trips to the USA too many years ago for me to count. And JJ had never seen snow. Not even a single flake of it, unless you count the times I defrost the freezer. We went with family friends and had an absolute blast, tobogganing, cooking up really fancy sausages over an open fire, and building snow animals. I loved this trip so much, I plan on posting about it all on its lonesome – with many pictures of all the fun.
Up the mountain!
Loving the snow, but goodness was it cold!
6. JJ turned a year older! Goodness, it’s hard to believe that my little baby is now a big boy! He’s still obsessed with Pokemon, still can’t keep his nose out of a good book, and would subsist entirely on cooked tuna nori rolls if I would allow it. Although we are normally have-at-home party people, this year we had a big laser-tag party for him at a local arcade at his request. He just loved it, and so did we. I particularly loved not having to clean up afterwards! My mother made a whole bunch of these amazing paper mache Pokeballs from the Pokemon series, which she filled with candy and gave one each to the kids as their “take home” treat. Have I mentioned I love my mama? I don’t have any pictures to share of the actual party as they’re on the “good” camera, but hopefully these will convey the vibe of the day.
This year everything had to be Pokemon, even our “have at home” cake, which he very generously assisted me in baking.
This is apparently the “good” Pokeball, which is all about love and warm fuzzies. I suspect he just wanted an excuse for strawberry icing.
On our way – with bags full of paper mache pokeballs!
Finished! Okay, I’m not much of a cake decorator, but it sure tasted good!
7. David finished his Asc. IT Degree and started working as an ICT Consultant for a Catholic school not too far away. It’s a very entry level role but he loves it and has the opportunity to learn and grow there. He’s still working toward his BS in Artificial Intelligence, but it’s wonderful to see him so happy to be working on his career.
8. Over the past six months or so, my anxiety issues have become soooo much better. I feel amazing mentally and emotionally, and although I know the anxiety may well creep back in every now and then, I feel like I finally have the monster under control.
9. Halloween happened.
Expelliarmus! Harry Potter again this year. I’m absolutely not complaining – many wizarding duels were fought.
10. More recently, our annual Thanksgiving in Australia party happened, and much revelry was had. Unfortunately I was to busy cooking and uh, reveling to remember to take pictures of the actual EVENT, but here’s one from well before everyone arrived. Of course, the obligatory Thanksgiving post is forthcoming. I just have to catch up a bit first!
Happy turkey day!
In fact, there are so many unfinished posts just waiting to be completed and published.
I’m absolutely excited to be back and writing again. It feels like where I’m at at the moment, and where I’m supposed to be.
I’m looking forward to the future.