September 1st was the first day of spring! After living here five years, I've finally begun to think of September and October as springtime months, which is totally surreal on one level. I picked these freesia from our front yard...they smell so wonderful. And I love my little yellow thrift store vase! We had a few warmer days last week and now it's raining and freezing again. Boo! Please ignore the knife and other stuff in the background of that photo. I can't stage pictures for crap. One of my many failings as a blogger, nay, as a person.
Last week, our church moved into a permanent facility. We've been meeting for church services in a conference facility for the past several years. That means that each week, we had to unpack everything we needed for our service, sound equipment and kid's ministry out of plastic storage bins. And then pack it all away again. Each week for the last 5 years or so. Now, we've signed a long term lease on a place and are getting to, like, leave stuff where we put it! You can't imagine how liberating this is! Here, Ava and Nate were "helping" do some painting. Jason basically lived at the new place all last week, painting, building, rallying the troops, rollling around joyously on the carpet, etcetera.
Well. What to say? Grace has taken to getting my bras out of the laundry basket and draping them around her neck. She walks around the house like this, and screeches at me if I try to take it from her. I wasn't gonna post this photo, cause really, this isn't one of my nicer bras. But then I thought, hey--I mean, y'all probably assume I wear a bra, so what's the harm in showing a photo of one?
Not that I'm implying you've been thinking about my bra. Or lack thereof. Except for right now you're probably thinking about it cause I brought it up. And that's okay. Never mind. Can we forget we talked about this?
This past Tuesday was my birfday, y'all! Bring it on, 34! Hit me with your best shot--I ain't afraid of you and your early signs of aging! Jason and I went out for dinner at Darling Harbour. It's our favorite place to go in the city. Here we are in a very silly, contrived photo. But I can do that cause it was my birthday! Look at Jason, though. Is he cute or what? What a biscuit! I have a case of Crazy Eye in this picture, but I can do that! Cause it was my birthday! (P.S. I was wearing a bra in this picture.)
And here's the view from where we sat at dinner. Darling Harbour at dusk. This never gets old. Sydney is beautiful. Why haven't you visited yet? We also have koalas.
Here's Grace this afternoon. She wanted me to put her in the rocking chair to watch cartoons with Nate. He was not happy about giving up the beloved chair. But to his credit, he did. And look at her, all looking like a little person!
Here's how I found Ava and Nate this morning before school. They are either bickering furiously, or doing things like this. The other day, we were all driving somewhere together and Nate asked, "Why can't brothers and sisters get married? Cause I wanna marry Ava!" And Ava chimed in, "I wanna marry Nate!" I was like, "Over to you, Jase!" He handled it beautifully, "You guys love each other a lot, but the love you'll have for the person you marry will feel very different. You just don't know the difference yet, but you will one day. Plus? Genetics." (Except, he didn't say that last part. It was implied, though.)
That's our little world at the moment. Flowers, birfdays, painting, bras and discussions about inbreeding. Pretty standard fare, really.