Calista, 13 months old, Aisha, 4yo, + Brioni, 2yo, May 2009
Manou brought sparklers for the girls to play with after dinner.

Now we’re back home, the adventures don’t stop.

Our big news is that we’re expecting Baby #4 before the end of 2009. This was a little bit of a surprise for us, and we’re not sure about the timing of it, but I’m certain that this baby is good for us, and will continue to trust God. We would love a boy, but we’ll love a girl too.

With the start of May, we moved into a proper autumn, and the weather is a bit cooler, which for us just means we’ve started shutting windows and doors at night. During the day we can still wear t-shirts and the kids don’t seem to notice the chill so much, but I’m starting to think about retrieving our oil heaters from the mezzanine floor of the shed. (Oooh, we’re expecting a chilly 13C/55F tonight!)

Brioni, 2yo, + David, May 2009
David cooked Saturday night's dinner on the log fire.

David flew out on Monday for a Darwin and Kunanurra trip with a friend who is re-stocking a fish hatchery. When M invited him to come along, David was pleased at the opportunity to spend more time with M, as well as visiting a part of Australia rarely seen. It didn’t take us long to book David’s flights and he arrived without incident (though it appears that M forgot his luggage). My updates from David have been patchy because the mobile phone coverage is scarce. So I’m waiting for David’s pics and videos!

Before he left, David was back into completing the house renovations. He had to repair some water damage to the nursery, which means we’ll have to repaint that room, so we’ve moved the baby out and into Aisha’s room — which is actually going quite well. Aisha can read for a bit with a little lamp on, and the two don’t seem to wake each other up too early in the morning!

Aisha, 4yo, Brioni, 2yo, + Manou, May 2009
The girls love to do craft activities with Manou.

Brioni, 2yo, + Aisha, 4yo, May 2009
As a fun experiment, Manou set out some white ingredients on little lids for the girls to taste. The flavours ranged from yum (sugar) to yuck (bi-carb soda).

Manou left on Tuesday morning to join Carla in Sydney for a couple days before flying back home to Perth. The girls loved becoming reacquainted with Manou and her presence still resonates in the house with the display of nicer manners (“PLEASE can you wipe my bottom?”) and eagerness for craft activities (“I want to paint.”).

It was wonderful to have Manou staying, not just because of her helpfulness (she did ALL my washing), but also because she obviously loves the children and relates so well to them. She read books tirelessly and has ignited in Brioni a passion for letters (“This porridge is H-O-T!”) so hopefully Brioni will soon take the next steps towards letter/sound comprehension.

Aisha, 4yo, Brioni, 2yo, + Manou, + Calista, 13 months, May 2009
We said goodbye to Manou at the train station. The train goes directly to the airport where she caught a flight to Sydney.

While David is away, I have a break from cooking elaborate meals, as the girls are happy with fish fingers and steamed vegies. This is wonderful because I just don’t feel like cooking much at the moment. I’ve started vomiting (progesterone poisoning) and am taking medications to keep the nausea under control. But each day is different and I am excited about the new life growing inside me, despite the obvious downsides. Bring on December!