The past six weeks have been wonderfully eventful here at The Beetle Shack. Most notably, we've had a baby - a sweet little lady all wrapped in pink. She is smoochy and cuddly and cries just as much as you would expect from a new born. She sleeps intermittently and offers up smiles like diamonds.
Little Elke is the precise reason our days have been so love filled of late. For it is she that ensured Dave had over a month off work after her birth*. Six long, blissful weeks of togetherness.
Having a c section meant no driving, no heavy lifting (like toddlers) and absolutely NO cooking for six weeks. Okay, so I made that last one up but i'm claiming it anyway. So while having Dave home was rather luxurious, it was also a necessity.
Our days were intentionally slow and sometimes I failed to get out of bed before nine. A true treat that I hadn't been afforded for years. A treat only made possible by Dave.
You see, Dave in not a idle man. He is highly motivated and loves a good project. Over the past few years he has turned out front yard into vegie gardens, built me a studio, constructed a cracking wood fired pizza oven, assisted in landscaping the back yard and now he, along with the help of the children, he is building a HUGE raised vegetable bed on one of the lower levels of our block.
Each morning since Elke has been around, Dave has taken kids and their bergies down the back to work on the patch. Together they prepared the space, raised the logs and filled it up.
It has been so beautiful to see them work together on something for our family, solidifying in our minds that whatever we do, we want to do together.
If we're working in the garden, the kids are right there covered in mud. If we're cooking, their cute little bottoms are planted on the bench top and if we're sleeping... well then they can be safely tucked into their own beds until the sun is up.
Today, those blissful weeks of holidays ended and tomorrow, instead of taking the children to the garden, Dave will tuck in his shirt and head off to work. It will be the first time i'll have the three kids on my own all day - It's going to be nuts, but i'm ready.
*well her and my inability to birth a baby naturally.