Monday, 23 July 2007

Rain, Floods, Harrison's 4th birthday and Micah's blessing.

What insane weather. Although we have another flood watch in place on the river, so far we have been fine. Quedos to the local council for their improvement to the drainage improvements after the last floods a few years ago.


Amongst the crazy weather of the past few weeks, we saw the culmination of months of planning with Harrison’s 4th birthday party. The dinosaur-themed party took place on the 21st July and included pin the tail on the pterodactyl, loudest-roar, fossil hunt (with real fossils) and an indestructible piƱata.


Many of Harrison’s school friends descended upon Clumber Park, braving the rain, deep puddles and soggy ground to congregate under a huge B&Q gazebo ( These intrepid fun-seekers ate stacks of candy, their own weight in hot-dogs, burgers and cake and got soaked.


Harrison and Lara decided to see how far they could wade into a rather large puddle/lake. Reaching the top of their Wellington boots was no deterrent for our bold adventurers, emerging from the other side of the lagoon with boots full of muddy water and significant squelching.


Micah received a name and a blessing 22nd July. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a child is given this blessing in his early months. It is at this stage that their name is formally recorded on church records (the name part) and receive a blessing as the Spirit directs. Micah was blessed by his father with Alex McConnachie, John Cottam-McConnachie, John Maxwell and David Martin assisting. Among the words spoken, Micah was admonished to be faithful in learning and living the Gospel, that he would be a pillar of strength to his siblings, that he would have vitality and strength and be protected from the ills of the world as he remained righteous.


Following the blessing, family and a few friends met at the house for a BBQ. For the first time in a few weeks, the weather was almost summery- we had blue sky (sometimes) and not a lot of rain. Thank goodness! Gave us the chance to get rid of the last of the party food from the day before… especially good because our new fridge does not arrive until next Thursday!

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