I decided to make a strawberry shortcake but alas my plans were foiled by my oven exploding. Well that is an exaggeration, but the glass door did shatter and even though the majority stayed together, we had glass shards all over our kitchen and hallway. This was our brand new stove and it was apparently faulty and couldn't handle the heat. I did discover one of my little angels had walked by at some point and turned up the dial to as hot as it would go, but still that doesn't seem an excuse for exploding appliances!!!
Thankfully no one was hurt. My boys will often want to look through the door to see what's cookin' and we were on our way to check the cake when it happened. I shudder to imagine one of my sweet babies face close to all this flying glass. It took ages to get a replacement in, which also makes you realize how much you actually use your oven!!! That night we had to settle for strawberry sundaes instead.
That week we met with our friends to visit Queen Park's zoo (free and lovely) near our house. We get together with these sweet girls and their kids a lot and have since added our friend Ashley to our play date group. They've been such a blessing to us and we love when we get to see them!
Chantelle (expecting Savannah) and Eleanor, and Rachael and Ellia (who have since added baby Adam as well.)
The emus our always a highlight for us as they'll follow/chase you along the fence with their loud thumping internal drum sound, very cool. Also Jaren was out of the stroller when we saw the piggies and he walked right up and kissed that right piggy smack on his moist piggy nose. Cute but a bit alarming! :)
As this post is more bits and pieces of the month I thought I'd put this picture up too. Varian left me this message on the fridge one day and I left it up for ages. It would make me smile every time I walked in the kitchen. :)
Most people who read this blog already know me very well, so I'll just include the more recent updates.
I've just turned the big three-oh. We had our baby - Jaren Orion Aston, born on the 9th of January 2010. Varian and I are living in a house we love around fields we love that remind me of the valley except we have gum trees instead of quaking aspens.
Varian's working as a Social Worker at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. I'm working in my dream job as a new stay-at-home-mom, and loving it!
Lately I spend a lot of time reading (can do it while feeding Jaren), learning to cook new recipes, writing in journals, keeping up on all my long distance family and friends, blogging/facebooking/emailing..etc, improving my homemaker skills, spending time with Varian and Jaren, and exploring places in Australia.
I also hope to spend more time developing my photography and violin skills. So much to do...isn't life an adventure.