|Well its been another very eventful and
exciting few months for us - we now have another
beautiful daughter, Lydia has just turned two, our huge
new deck is now complete, and Brent has built a very
impressive new playgym!
Welcome to the
|Our beautiful little girl, Emily
Paige Tyler-Davies was born safe and
sound, by elective caesarian section, on 3 March
2003 (03/03/03!) weighing a surprisingly light
6lbs 12ozs (a big surprise after her older sister
had weighed 9lbs 2ozs!). She is a strong healthy
little thing, bearing quite a strong resemblance
to her older sister, and has been a very good
newborn, sleeping a lot of the time (putting on
good weight) and feeding well. The only problem
we've had with her so far is the wind and
refluxing - but then most babies suffer from
Right: Our darling
Emily at 2 days old!
|Her big sister Lydia has
surprised us all by reacting very well to her new
sister's arrival - she seems very excited by the
baby, wants to hold her and play with her hands
and feet, and seems very unphased when I am
preoccupied with breastfeeding Emily. We're
hoping, but not expecting, that this wonderful
attitude towards her sister will continue! The
only problem Lydia has had is with me not being
able to pick her up (as a result of the caesar) -
we've had a few tearful tantrums over this! She
is, however, becoming more accepting of this all
the time. We're very proud of both our dear
|Happy Birthday Lydia!
hard to believe that Lydia is already 2
years old! We celebrated her big day with
a party for family and friends at the
Lollipops playland, on the Sunday before
her birthday. A face painter came along
and did a great job painting all the kids
faces/hands & arms. The playland put
on a feast of goodies for the children
and adults, and I'd organised a Maisy
cake to be made for Lydia which looked
really fantastic, and which she loved
(she's a huge Maisy fan at the moment!).
Afterwards the kids all had a great time
playing inside the rest of the playland.
It was a fun day for all!
considers how to blow out the candles on
her Maisy cake as Aunty Donna, Katie and
Laura look on.
Our fabulous new deck!
|You really need to look at the
photos to understand how big this project was!
Huge! The site of this project was a large barren
sloping area of dry dirt under most of our house,
which was totally useless for anyone previously -
too dry to consider irrigation, and too steep and
dirty to use in any other way (see below).
Entrance from garage...
View back from north west corner...
View down from boardwalk!
We contracted an engineer to come up
with the plans for a deck, which ended up
including a solid section held up by a retaining
wall, where they had to cut into the land below
the garage entrance (due to the steep nature of
the site and the fact that we wanted to retain as
much height as possible above the new deck). Once
the plans had been approved we contracted a
builder, Grant Hamlet (who does a lot of work for
Brent's family) to build it. He later told us it
was the biggest deck he's ever built in his 40
years in the business!
The final deck area is huge and will be
wonderful for Lydia and her sister and friends to
ride their bikes around on etc. However, the real
feature of this new deck now is the fantastic
playgym that Brent has built on it! It has taken
him about three weeks to build, and it really is
a masterpiece! For my part, I came up with the
original design for the gym, made to tightly fit
into the small retaining-walled area of the deck
which we had arranged to be covered in a wetpour
rubber playsafe surface. I also painted all the
plywood sections on the playgym (I was doing this
up until just a few days before Emily's birth!).
Lydia LOVES the final result and plays with it as
often as she can - making the whole project very
View down from boardwalk
View towards North corner
Looking towards entrance from garage
The best part of this whole project is
that the playgym and most of the deck is
undercover, so the kids can play on it, rain or
shine. It's shaded in summer, sunny in winter,
and protected from the wind by the surrounding
bush - a perfect playspace!
|And a hand-painted
Another project I've been busily working
on for many months has been Lydia's
dollshouse. I bought the kitset house
back in June 2002 and finally finished
painting it on 1 December! It's a
three-story, eight-room mansion, so there
were a lot of rooms to paint! I did a lot
of extra detail, such as a mock tiled
floors in the kitchen and bathroom, extra
detailing on the fireplaces and little
painted items on pretend shelves in the
child's bedroom and bathroom (I did all
the painting before assembly). Once the
dollshouse was complete I also purchased
some wooden furniture and recovered all
the manchester to match the colours of
the dollshouse. I'm quite pleased with
the final result, but can't believe how
long it actually took me - over 80
hours!!! We gave it to Lydia for her
birthday - she loves it!
Painting the grouting on the bathroom