Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The beginning of 2008 saw Marcos' mum Silvia here with us for 6 weeks, which was absolutely lovely. We were all very sad to see her go at the end of January, especially as she missed the arrival of her second granddaughter by just 6 weeks.
Little Eva Micaela arrived in the world on March 11th, and Ariana quickly adapted to the role of big sister. The two have become great little friends - when Eva sleeps, Ariana wants me to wake her up again ("more Eva!") so she can keep playing with her. Eva is now mobile, having mastered both crawling and pulling herself up to stand, and they two think it is great fun crawling around together.
I worked at UWA up until the week before Eva was born, and took up working from home (for UWA) again 6 weeks later. I have been struggling to maintain a good work/life balance ever since, and am sure Marcos would agree that I have not been succeeding well at that. I have been burning the candle at both ends, and as a consequence am quite unwell at the moment. A couple of weeks ago, Marcos returned to staying home on Fridays so I can go into UWA to work, and after the Christmas break I will work on Wednesday afternoons and Fridays, as I did before Eva was born. In the long run I want to solely work on my own businesses, from home, so I have complete control over my workloads, but in the short term I need to keep working at UWA so we can start saving up some cash.
This year Ariana started Tumbletots, and it has made a marked difference in her ability to climb play equipment. She loves climbing, going down slides and going on swings, so we bought the girls a swing and slide set for Christmas, which has already clocked up a lot of use.
Ariana is becoming more and more proficient speaking in both english and spanish. It is interesting to see which words she picks up in either language, as she doesn't always go with whatever is easiest to say. Eva has started trying to talk (she's got mum-mum-mum down pat, and something that sounds like yummy as well), so it won't be long before the two are chattering away to each other.
It has certainly been a challenge trying to juggle everything this year - thrown into the mix has also been Rotaract (which we both had to "retire" from at the end of June, which was a big life change), the move into Rotary, regular physiotherapy sessions for me upon discovering the intense pain ín my hip and back I've had all year is arthritis (!!) and much, much more.
I'm planning to use the Christmas break to recharge (after I recover from the cold that has knocked me out at the moment!) and set out some plans for 2009 so that when I reach the end of next year, all aspects of my life will be healthy. ;)
Wishing you all a happy holiday season, and all the best for the new year.