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"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose"

Romans 8:28



December 30, 2006

Finally Some of the Official Wedding Photographs!
















Hope you enjoy them!

Colin and Heather

P.S. Mom & Dad, I will be mailing to you a CD with all the photos ...

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas 2006!



MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE BLACKS!
God bless,
Colin and Heather

December 19, 2006

Address Update!

Dear Diary,

Time to whip out the address book and update our address. We now have a permanent address and post code and will no longer use the temporary construction site address. For the sake of internet security, just ask us and we will email it to you...
Our phone number will stay the same....

'Til next time,

Heather and Colin

December 15, 2006

A quick reminder ....

Dear Diary,

Just in case you're getting fed up looking at photos of the cats and forgot what Colin and I look like, here you go:
Our first Christmas together


Colin asked how he should pose so I told him to stand on his head - and he did!





Thank you Marie for sending these to me !


'Til next time..

God bless,
Heather (and Colin, who is coming home from Dublin today!!!) :-)


P.S. - HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY KRISTEN!!!

December 11, 2006

In a nutshell...

Dear Diary,

Well, in terms of adding postings to this blogsite, I've been more frequent than in the past but it could still get better, eh?!?..

Colin and I have been up to our regular day-to-day stuff. He's been working in Dublin for the last few weeks (including this week) so we haven't seen to much of each other but hopefully that will change next week.

On the 2nd December we finally had our kitchen and dinng room floor tiled and it looks great, we're very pleased with and so are the cats! The little ejits run across it and slide into the walls all day. We've moved their bedroom and food to the kitchen and the littertrays are now in the washroom just off the kitchen which has been nice for us as we now have our 2nd bedroom back as as bedroom rather than cat room!

Here are a few photos of the "girls":








Our new "bookends"


(Pearl is on the left, Dixie on the right)






Aren't they good?! It's hard to tell who is who...












My cousin Marie came to spend a night with us and we had a really nice time. It's sad that she is leaving next week for Holland and Africa but I'm sure she'll be back to visit sometime in April. We picked her up late Saturday afternoon and we went shopping to pick up a Christmas tree and then out to dinner where we had a chance to catch up. On Sunday after church we decorated our tree (aka pagen tree!) and enjoyed the lights as we relaxed after dinner.



Marie Vandenberg

(Does it remind you of Charlie Brown's tree?)


Marie and me

















After a rather uneventful week, I invited some friends from work, Lisa and Lynda, over for dinner this past weekend and made a pumpkin pie for dessert - they're first time eating pumpkin and my first time making a pumpkin pie!!! The idea of pumpkin was so new to them they didn't realize the pie was for dessert - they thought it was the main course! It turned out well and since I've got some leftover pumpkin, I'll also be doing some more baking this week with the pumpkin and another pie at Christmas!

My friend Lisa and I take the bus into together and she also goes to our church so I see her out of the work scene as well. Lynda sits across from me at work and we chat back and forth over our desk wall about her terrible luck in buying a house. The poor girl has had so many deals fall through, its not funny anymore... We all enjoyed another of Colin's lovely dinners and some good "craic" afterwards.

That's all for now folks - if there is more to write this week, I'll add another post

'Til next time,

Heather (and Colin)

November 20, 2006

It's been five weeks!!

Dear Diary, yes, I'm horrible, but there's been nothing worthy of blogging!!!

Colin and I have been going about with the daily stress of work and routine life so I didn't have anything interesting to post - and not much has changed now either but that isn't stopping me from adding this blog post!

Colin has spent a few days here and there doing the five-hour commute to Galway and then coming home again. For the most part he has been staying close to home which has been nice for the both of us especially at this dreary time of year. His boss was in Belfast a few weeks ago and the "Irish" crowd went out to catch up and he came home with some interesting stories to tell...

My job is pretty much the same - get up, get on the bus, go into work, type, type, type and type some more, leave work, get back on the bus and go home..... Exciting, eh?
Our girls are doing well. They've just finished a growth spurt and finally stopped eating! Pearl is our "big gal" and Dixie is the petite feisty one of the two. Very shortly they'll have to go to the vet for their "operation". Oh joy!

OK, I'm really racking my brain to come up with something interesting... Writers block! HELP!

Oh yeah, Colin built himself a desk in the second bedroom which is where I'm sitting right now... He had fun building it and it is so much better than what we had (now I just have persuade him to get rid of the other 7 PC's that are sitting under it...) It works great and once the finishing touches have been completed, it will be even better! We just have to hang the cupboard doors, paint the room a compliamentary colour and we're done one room with six left to go... Maybe over Christmas, maybe not, we'll see. I'm working a half week but Colin is off work so there is a chance it may get done if it doesn't interfere with the Xbox or Stargate SG-1 or Star Trek, Star Wars or any other silly, completely unrealistic sci-fi show schedule on telly (I'm going to get in trouble for saying that!). If Arsenal is playing, there's no chance...
I think should go before I say anything else...

'Til next time dear diary,
Heather

October 15, 2006

8 - 14 October 2006

Dear Diary,

Overall it was a pretty good week, fantastic in fact 'cause I finally got my NI drivers' license!!!! It's been a nightmare and would you believe that I earlier failed a test because I bumped a curb... It's ridiculous, but true.

Anyway, Colin and I were going to go out and celebrate in Carrickfergus that night but no sooner had I driven 1 km then my card died so we had to go home and use Colin's car. We decided that it wasn't worth the money to have it fixed so we decided to sell it and buy something else.

My driving instructor also sells cars and I got in touch with him to see if he had something to meet our requirements. He had a 2000 Nissan Micra which looked decent and was affordable so we scooped it up. Better still, he took the Corsa off our hands as a trade-in.

Just when I thought all my car troubles were over, the emissions light came on during the drive home. Hopefully it's a simple fix but we'll see, I'm waiting word from him on his thoughts...
Colin was home this week and worked alot in Newry which is just on the border with Ireland. He was to be in Manchester on Friday for a Project Manager meeting but that was cancelled at the last minute so he went back to Newry and took his time finishing a job.

We had a weekend with a lot of visiting. Tim and his fiancee Lois came over for lunch on Saturday and brought us another wedding gift. Tim is a friend of Colin's from university and he and Lois will also be having their wedding reception at Ballygally Castle in May 2007. Earlier this afternoon, Ellie, Alan, Clare and the girls (Erin and Amy) came over for a cuppa and to see our girls. Unfortunately, our girls were not as excited to the girls as they were to see our girls! Pearl and Dixie did OK but they're still not really sure what to think of Erin and Amy. We later all went to Ellie's for dinner before heading off to church at 6:30.

The kittens are doing well but poor Pearl had a bit of rough week.... Her little tummy was acting up which I think was caused by the Lindor chocolate wrappers they were playing with. Dark chocolate does not agree with 17 week old kittens!

Here are some photos of the "girls":


Pearl
Dixie

Playing together

That's been our week, Dear Diary. 'Til next week, God bless.

October 8, 2006

Trying to get caught up with things...

Dear Diary,

The month of October has started off a bit damp but otherwise, pretty good.

Colin dropped me off at work Monday morning and then drove five hours to Galway in the Republic of Ireland for a new installation from start to finish. Unfortunately, this would take him away from home for the week but after a week of long hours and getting the job done , he arrived safely home on Friday evening at about 9:30 p.m. All three of his girls were happy to see him home again...

With Colin being gone, my week was a bit of a bore but the good news is that I passed my six-month probation at work on Monday morning and I am officially full-time permanent at L'Estrange and Brett and should soon be receiving my very dull and matronly blue uniform. Oh, happy days, as they like to say in Belfast! At least once I do get it, I won't have to worry about what to wear in the morning, will I?

Oh yes, very important, our road has it's first layer of tarmac which means I no longer have to walk in the mud to get to the bus stop. Woohoo!

Dear Diary, you are now caught up with the month of October.

Our family expands ...

Dear Diary,
After two-and-a-half weeks of marriage, our family has expanded. Colin and I have adopted twin girls, Pearl(lie-Mae) and Dixie (Chick).

I spotted them on a animal rescue website just after we got home from our honeymoon and I knew we had to have them. Colin called the rescue shelter and they were available and unless they were monsters, we knew we would eventually take them home.

They have settled in fine and they get a little bit crazier everyday. They do everything together, sleep, eat play and even use their litter boxes together. It's so cute to watch them and they don't just entertain each other, they also entertain Colin and I for hours too!

Here a few photos... It's tough to get a photo of Dixie 'cause she can't sit still long enough for the camera to focus.

Pearl

Pearl & Dixie

They were 12 weeks when we brought them home and they are now 16 weeks. I'll keep you posted on their progress.