First of all, I was busy getting ready to celebrate this little fellow starting out as this:
then turning into this:
and now, in what seems like no time at all my sweet little boy turned 4 years old:
(As for me, I seemed to be having a good hair day on his first and third birthdays...the second and fourth could have been better....lol).
Then, just as I was ready to get stuck into some painting, this happened:
|Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, 7.1 magnitude, 4 September 2010|
Painting furniture didn't seem so important any more since some people no longer had houses that were safe to live in, let alone their furniture :( Thankfully, no lives have been lost - a real miracle given the devastation this has caused our city. Schools and preschools were shut all of last week so they could be checked for safety....then checked again after the seemingly never-ending aftershocks (that still haven't stopped!). That turned out to be a blessing, so we could tell our kids they couldn't go to school because it was shut, rather than Mummy is terrified and doesn't want to let you out of her sight...
But, already, it is Monday afternoon, a new week, and we have our 'first' day back at school done and dusted. Life in our part of the world seems to be slowly coming back to a new sort of normal, for those of us that are lucky enough to have our homes intact, at least.
This is far from over, but still I have already learned that this was a reminder that I have alot to be grateful for, and in particular I have learnt how comforting and welcome a 'normal' day is, and I don't think I will ever complain about having a 'groundhog day' ever ever again!
And since this blog is about furniture projects, I will have some to share, soon, I promise...so while it still seems a little trivial, painting is what I do, it keeps me sane, and I owe it to my kids to remain so :)