Mel & Alexander

Just a quickie post to let everyone know about our fantastic wedding day. Alexander and I decided to get married on 25th April 2008. To some people this may be a surprise, but I kept it relatively quiet since I was unsure whether a premature baby would upset our plans.

As it was the baby held off and we had a beautiful day for our wedding. Cool enough for Alexander that he didn’t suffer in the heat and the terrible rainy whether that followed held off and didn’t disrupt our wedding.

I felt great with my family and the few close people that attended. A lovely winery, a great job by our hosts at Kaeslers Winery and Restaurant and afterwards we stayed the night in the bed and breakfast………except we missed breakfast and got kicked out of bed by the cleaners at 11am, haha. :lol:

We plan on putting up a webpage of this beautiful day once we get the photos.

Since it was a fairly small wedding, the current plan is to have a full wedding later……maybe next year, so that we can have the opportunity to share it with the rest of our friends and family we’d like to share it with.

What a week!

I’m sitting here this morning, up a bit earlier than Alexander mainly cuz I was so exhausted last night that I went to bed quite a bit earlier than him. It’s been a big week organising everything for our small wedding for this afternoon but I think everything is finally done. I only have some regrets that some of this has been left so late but it couldn’t be helped with the volume of other stuff I had to do with moving house last week.

It’s been awesome to be with Alexander again, to have the support and have someone there to do the little things that are getting hard for me now is just incredible. This week we’ve managed to arrange a grass pit for my dog (so that I’m allowed to have my dog Tali at my new rental house), clothes for Alexander cuz there’s no way he could bring 3 months worth of clothing with him, rings for the wedding, a formal maternity dress for me to wear, obstetrician appointments, various other appointments for me, food shopping and we even managed a combat class!

I was exhausted on Wednesday night, but Alexander was hanging out to do combat so I agreed to go along as well and see how I’d go just pottering along doing the baby options of the options. I actually felt quite good and it was quite easy to do. Fitness wise was no problem but I couldn’t do the shuffles and the impact stuff only cuz of the weight of my belly. My fill in that I have for me at the moment for my class though happened to do “Lights Out” for track 4 which just happens to be impossible to do any options for. I ended up kinda doing a baby jump kick and the ginga and it worked out fine.

Alexander has also started practising driving here on the other side of the road and it doing remarkably well. I’ve been coaching him and adjusting him to the Australian way of driving cuz you can’t really drive here the same way they do in the  Netherlands. I feel pretty safe and relaxed with him most of the time so that’s great cuz I’ll need him to drive me to the hospital when I go into labour.

It hasn’t gone by without being eventful though, so far in just a couple of days we’ve had someone hit us gently from behind and also been pulled over by the cops…….both in separate events! When we got hit, there was a car accident up ahead and so everyone had to merge into 1 lane and Alexander shifted across, merging slowly going about 10 km an hour. The car behind somehow was concentrating on the car behind him and hit the back of us, leaving a massive scratch down the bumper of the back of my car and took off the mud flap. It wasn’t a hard hit, hence the scratch only (although his car was a little bit worse) and was the other guys fault entirely. We swapped insurance details and whatever, but with the excesses to pay I’m not sure if it’ll end up being worth putting a claim in for it or not.

Then yesterday we were driving to South of the city to a maternity store and with huge roadworks on the corner of ANZAC Highway and South Road I was concentrating hard on talking Alex through what to do, when we got pulled over by the cops. We were apparently doing 61 km/hr in a 40km zone (cuz of the roadworks). Looking back now I’m a bit bewildered about the signs and where we must have been speeding, but I’ve been very careful in making Alex slow down all the time and obey the speed limits and stressing to him about how expensive our speeding fines are here. Traffic in Adelaide is much slower than Europe so it’s a different culture. So when the cop pulled us over I explained to him that it wasn’t intentional and we have no idea how we missed it, and I explained how I was coaching him through driving around here etc.

After the policeman checked out Alexander’s international licence and filled out the form, he gave us just a “caution” with no fine attached. It was such a relief and I don’t know if he just didn’t know how to deal with a foreigner or whether he took pity on me being so heavily pregnant or maybe it was a combination of both…….but I’m very thankful cuz 21km’s over is about $250 fine I think or maybe more.

After that I took over driving so I didn’t have to concentrate so hard on the road anymore……lol.

So it’s been a big week so far and now a big day ahead of me. I hope to begin to relax a bit more next week and chill out for the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy……..god knows I need it and people tell me I need the rest to get the energy for going through labour.

7 hours

Only 7 hours to go till I pick my honey up from the airport. I’m not counting down or anything 🙂

Normally I’d whinge about having to be there at 6am in the morning……but at the moment I absolutely don’t care!

Exhausted, elated, excited, anxious

It’s all coming to a climax now, everything happening at once. I’m excited, exhausted, anxious, worried and thrilled all at the same time.

The sale of our house finally settled today, which is both good and bad. It was a lot of hard work for me the last few days and the hardest part has been organising the animals. One of my horses, Kira, was picked up last week by a dressage rider/judge that has entered into an agreement with me where I pay for the keep of the horse and she trains and competes on her. This has worked out exactly what I wanted for her while I was away, cuz I didn’t want to sell her.

The other horse has temporarily gone to the property of my real estate agent who is possibly interested in purchasing him. He’s an unbroken 3yo gelding for sale, and today I had to float him there all on my own, which isn’t an easy task for a horse that hasn’t floated before…….let alone me doing it while 37 weeks pregnant. Still, even though it sounds hard, that was just one part of my day.

The dogs are going to the neighbours for a couple of days before Sasha will get picked up by a farmer who wishes to use her as a working dog. I think she’ll be really happy there, cuz even though she’s getting a bit older now, she still rounds up the birds, rabbits, horses, the other dog and even rounds up the fence posts. Tali is older and slowing up though and nearly 10 years old, and I have succeeded in getting permission to keep her at my new house. However there are some terms and conditions, such as organising a sandpit or piece of lawn where she can go to the toilet, so I need a few days to arrange that aswell as I didn’t get a chance to get that done today.

The last of the heavy horse stuff, like barrels etc have been loaded into the horse float and I’ve temporarily parked it at the place where Kira is being kept, until I can take it down to my parents new house.

On top of all this very very busy day…………the most exciting thing ever. My true love and the most incredible man I’ve ever met in my life has boarded a Malaysian Airlines flight in just the last few hours. In just 34 hours I’ll be in his arms again and I plan on never ever letting him go. We will be as one, sharing our lives, our minds, our skills and everything together.

We’re both so dead certain about this that, although we have kept this relatively quiet until this point, we plan on getting married next Friday. ANZAC Day of all days, which I’m not sure whether this is ironic or not? Since the last few months have been incredibly hectic for me and I’ve had no time to organise things, it’s going to be a very very small ceremony, with the actual wedding planned to take place hopefully next year. Since ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday next year, I’m semi interested in setting the real wedding for the same date…….although who knows what exactly the future holds? We plan to be back in Australia by then, but nobody will really know for sure.

For Alexander…….see you very soon hun!

Cooking with gas

ok that’s something new I really have to get used to. Yanno how when you’re cooking you know exactly how much time you need for putting everything on, timing the veggies etc. Well now I’m in my new house I’ve now got a gas stove (never cooked with gas before), a new (old) microwave and all new cooking utensils. This basically means…….I have no clue how to time everything now!

It doesn’t help the fact that I have an unrealistic fear of fire aswell, which in particular extends to gas. I’m kinda ok, I can handle it, but it does freak me out if the auto thingy’s don’t light it in the first 0.5 seconds. When it starts getting to about 2 secs that the gas is running without it being lit I just feel a slight panicky feeling, but I guess I’ll get over it.

So tonight, I cooked for dinner…..veal snitzel with spinach, corn and zucchini. The schnitzel ended up cooking a lot faster than I was expecting, the spinach a lot slower, and the corn and zucchini took forever cuz I put it in the microwave and forgot to turn it on high.

Well, it turned out not too bad in the end, but it just seems so stupid that I have to go through all that crap of learning the timing again!

Moving house

It’s been a BIG week or so, and I’ve finally moved house, although my other house hasn’t quite settled yet and there’s still stuff to clean up and move yet. It’s been incredibly exhausting trying to move while 8 months pregnant, but thankfully I had cut down my classes from 9 per week down to 5………..and that really did make a huge difference to my energy levels.

I have been selling lots of stuff aswell, listed some items on ebay so getting practice with selling on there……..which is going to be really helpful for when I auction off the autographed Les Mills tops for “the bid on cool stuff auction” to help raise money for Operation M.U.S.I.C.

So basically I spent the week just slowly packing boxes and moving them gradually, and I was lucky to get help from my house mate to transfer a couple of loads to the new house during the week. Then Friday we finally moved my mattress which meant my first night in the new house. It was quite eerie, cuz I didn’t have the bed base yet and I didn’t feel settled in the house. Eventually I managed to relax and go to sleep when I connected up my stereo and ipod and went to sleep with the music playing. However the night was a bit crappy as getting out of a bed at floor level is no longer easy for me and with the number of toilet trips I need to make in the night that was very frustrating.

So Saturday the housemate took another load of furniture for me, including my bed base, so that was a much better nights sleep.

Then Sunday, it was time for the final move and I had 4 friends lined up to help me plus a trailer. It turned out there was a miscommunication with 2 of my friends and they couldn’t be there, and I almost felt dispair at feeling so helpless. I rang my parents and they decided to come down and bring the small kitchen table they’d promised me.

After another mistake, they ended up meeting me at the wrong house………..they went to the new house whereas I was at the old house. But with 30 mins drive between houses I decided to ring the housemate again as he had a spare key to my new house (we’re moving into seperate houses, but he has a key since he’s helping me move) and since he was only 5 mins away I asked if he could stop by and let my parents in. He was kinda rushed to get somewhere, however he agreed………cool, so that’s all sorted.

But then as he was waiting to turn right into my street, someone drove into the back of him………..arrrrggh, this wasn’t turning out to be a good morning!

So my parents got a bit held up, but we finally got everything loaded and unpacked into the new house. Natty and Adam came by later and helped me unpack and set up the PC and various other household tasks. Much appreciated cuz I felt EXHAUSTED.

The good news is now I’ve FINALLY got BROADBAND!!!! REAL broadband, that actually works. I’ve been waiting 7 years for this moment. I’m mad at Telstra though, because I got the phone connected a week early, on a Friday……….applied for ADSL on Monday so that it’d be all ready for when I moved in. Thursday they set up the ADSL and for whatever reason didn’t actually test it…………so I lost my phone line AND had no ADSL. I was hoping they’d fix it pretty promptly considering they caused the problem, however Friday it still wasn’t fixed they said it might be done Saturday…….Saturday still no go and said it probably wouldn’t be done till Monday. So I rang them (again) Saturday night and put in a formal complaint………told them that I was pretty pissed off that I got it all done in advance and being 8 months pregnant I kinda felt it was important to have a phone line and I wasn’t too impressed at having to wait 4-5 days to get it fixed.

I dunno if that did the trick, but Sunday morning I got a phone call and the line and ADSL was all fixed………so yay, that’s finally done now!

So that’s a huge update and why I haven’t been online much……….and there’s still heaps to do. I have until Friday to find homes for the 2 dogs and the cat and arrange somewhere temporarily for one of the horses until I can sell him. oh so much to do, so much to get done…..

Birthday dinner

Although I’ve got so much going on at the moment, I decided last minute to go out for dinner for tonight at Cafe Nova in Gawler, and despite the really late notice it was awesome to have so many of my friends able to come.

I didn’t want it to be a huge night, since I seriously don’t have the energy for that, and most had to go to work the next day, so it was a really nice laid back outing and a good excuse to catch up with people that I’ve been neglecting a bit lately (because of everything I’ve been having to do and keep up with).

I was hoping to give up the pump class that I’ve teaching Tuesday nights, but unforunately the class has been cancelled cuz they can’t get an instructor………..but I really needed to seriously have a break. If it wasn’t my birthday I would have still done the class, but I deserve the night off. Hopefully they’ll find a replacement instructor for next week?

Denise, Jo, me, Jo and Nat

Just a few of us left towards the end of the night – Denise, Jo, me, Jo and Nat