Gracelyn’s Year

Gracelyn Orange Tree

Amazingly, it’s been almost a year since we last blogged. Apparently some people rely on our nlog for updates, and as we aren’t on Facebook much, they don’t know much of our last 12 months! Last night we had a birthday party for Gracelyn’s first birthday, the last 12 months seem to have gone so quickly! As part of her party, we planted an orange tree for her. What should have been easier just kept getting harder. Firstly, the spade we bought was useless. After using an old hatchet to remove the grass, we could make progress. But then, we hit a stormwater pipe! (We started far away from where the pipes we knew about were). Luckily the useless spade didn’t damage it. On our second attempt we got further, but then the bottom of the hole was clay, so we had to find some sand to help with drainage so we didn’t end up with a swimming pool for the tree. But finally, the orange tree was planted. Hopefully it grows quickly and gives us lovely oranges.

So much has happened over the last 12 months. Around March last year we moved to Goodna, to be closer to Sara’s parents, closer to where we could afford to buy, but still close enough to work. Over the year we continued to save, and kept looking at houses to find the right one. Finally, in August we found a house that we could afford, that we could improve (but not so bad that I’d need to be fixing it constantly), and that had a backyard and tree’s. We settled in early November, and moved in the week before Christmas. But with such a busy holiday season, including a flyby trip to Perth for a friends wedding, it’s only the last few weeks that we’ve actually been home enough to start making it our home. Nathan loves the paths around the side and front of the house. Riding his scooter up and down the “race track”. The “veggie garden” down the back has become the Tonka Truck construction zone. Elisha and Nathan love making “camp fires” with the bark and twigs the beautiful gumtrees drop. Thankfully, they haven’t asked to light their camp fires and are content with just building a pile of sticks. We also have a Macadamia nut tree that needs some pruning into something usable, it’s currently thing and tall instead of wide and short. I’m looking forward to Macadamia nut season, and maybe then we can light the boys camp fires to roast some nuts.

Hopefully that gives you a little taste of what we have been doing. I’d like to try and write short updates every couple of weeks, instead of trying to write big updates. And I’m certainly not going to try and squeeze our last 12 months into a single post, that would be too much to read!

That’s all for now.

Tim

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The love we share

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New Mummy of 3

So now I’m a mummy of three little ones. It hasn’t been that much of a transition from two. I think I’ve probably been giving myself a lot of grace again. We’ve had a few days where I’ve just stayed in bed most of the day with little Gracelyn and cuddled and fed while I’ve utilised the TV as babysitter. I normally hate to do that, but at the moment I think we all need the downtime.

I’ve been using my phone with the alarm on it as a time keeper for Nathan who can’t yet tell the time. I can send him and Eli into their bedroom with the alarm sent for 20 minutes and they will play until the buzzer goes off. It’s actually been quite effective.

Gracey is a darling. She is super sweet, and I’m convinced that those little smiles she gives me are real. I just cannot believe that they so coincidentally occur when I’m smiling and talking to her and are just ‘gas.’ She sleeps a lot, cries very little and is just happy and content most of the time. She has decided in the last half a week that she likes being walked around and cuddled by mummy or daddy, which is very understandable, so that has made her a little bit more ‘work’ so to speak, but she’s just such a perfect and healthy little baby.

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The boys adore her, a little too much I think sometimes. They have invented a new form of affection which we have dubbed ‘hug wrestling’ and they seem very keen on bestowing this upon her. Nathan is loving his role as the ‘big kid’ of the family. He is often coming out with statements such as ‘Both of the kids are asleep now,’ or ‘You can go out and I’ll look after the kids.’

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I’m a bit more watchful of Elisha who hasn’t got that role. He’s needing lots of hugs and attention. I’m glad that he comes to me for that though, rather than just feeling lonely and overlooked. He’s very good at coming and asking for you when he needs you.

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We went out camping at my parents block on the weekend for my birthday which was last week. Gracey was in the portable bassinet in the double swag with me, while the boys were in a tent. It was very wet when we were setting up, but the rain eased up after a few hours and the weekend was actually delightfully cool. We roasted marshmallows, and the boys went on ‘adventure walks’ with some of the other kids that came down on Saturday. Even the campfire managed to be lit despite the pouring rain. My highlight was grabbing a half hour sleep in the hammock in the shade while the others looked after the boys. It was simultaneously relaxing and tiring, as holidays generally are.

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I just love watching Tim and the boys in that environment. It’s so natural and there’s so much joy and peace. Nathan and Elisha were making ‘soup’ in the bucket of water that we keep next to the fire, adding grass, leaves and rocks and mixing it with a stick. Our old dog Molly who lives with mum and dad now on the property came down with us as well. Everyone just seems to calm down when we’re out there. I miss having that.

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Trying to capture that peace and calm is something that I’m working on trying to achieve here in the city now that we’ve moved. It’s something that God is walking and talking me through a lot, but is easier said than done with three kids under four.

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Gracelyn White

We are proud to welcome the newest addition to our family, Gracelyn Tully Rose White. Born 12:18pm, 04/02/2014 weighing 3140 grams.

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Welcome to our family Gracey

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Perth Trip 2013

We arrived in Perth early Christmas morning after a luxurious 6 hour plane ride. As luxurious as it can get with two kids under three I guess.  We were blessed enough to get one of the new fleet of Virgin aircraft, with individual touch screens in the back of every seat and comfy reclining seats. The boys finally fell asleep after about three hours of flying, only to wake up on arrival and not settle back to sleep until 2.30 in the morning, which happened to be 4.30 our time.

Christmas here was amazing. It finally felt like Christmas. Having been so sick for this entire month, as a family we have done very little that felt much like Christmas. I made rum balls with the kids and we wrapped some presents together and that was the extent of it this year, other than lots of conversations about Jesus’ birthday.

Nathan realised this year about Santa. He recognised that the ‘Christmas man’ appeared everywhere in shops with the Christmas trees at this time of year. When we asked him what the ‘Christmas man’ did, he informed us that he was there to let the big people know it was Christmas time. He’s such a gorgeous kid.

Nathan and Elisha both LOVE their cousins.  They are enjoying both playing with and being babied by the older kids.  Nathan is freely giving hugs to them all, and to his grandparents.  I am actually quite surprised at how quickly Elisha took to everyone.  He was happy to go for cuddles straight away.  He has settled so much since I’ve stopped uni!

I wish these times could happen more often.  I really want Nathan to be able to maintain this relationship with his cousins.  It’s just so hard though.  It feels as though we don’t get many family holidays ourselves, because any week break that we have tends to be an extended family trip.  Whether Perth or North Queensland.  But those family relationships are so important, especially now that we have kids.  Two years to us is very little, but it’s half of their life at the moment!

We have about a week left, and we’re trying desperately to see who we would like and make the most of every day with the kids.  It’s hard to keep in mind that making the most of a day with the kids sometimes does just mean letting them play and bond with their cousins at home.  It’s also the first time I’ve had Tim around this much in about six months.  I don’t want to waste that, but it’s not really the priority.  It’s at the back of our minds.

We’re just really enjoying this time with family.  It would be so lovely if we could meet our new little niece or nephew while we’re here!

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