"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

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":


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 & Dixie

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