Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hospitals, Owie Dolls and a Birthday Party

Well, life has been pretty busy here recently...hospitals seem to feature a lot in the lives our extended family at the moment! Thankfully everyone is ok now, but we've had a few hairy moments...
My Husbands brother and his wife have four children too, and their 3rd child ended up in hospital with a drain in her chest to take fluid off...scary stuff...she's only 3 and a half...poor mite. My SIL stayed in hospital the whole time the little one was in, which ended up being 3 weeks..she didn't get to see her other children that whole time. It was a worrying time for everyone.
To help keep her entertained, I bought the "Owie Doll" pattern from Lier. It is such a clever doll and perfect for my niece's age group...


The pattern includes loads of instructions for accessories...too many for me to make, I did make lots, but certainly not them all!

The instructions call for a fabric that I wouldn't even know where to look for around here, so I chopped up a hand-me-down micro fleece jumper of Maeves...ssshh...she doesn't know! It worked quite well, the velcro stuck to it quite well. I don't think mine is the most photogenic doll, but she's really cuddly...(a bit like me)
My mother went into hospital for a fairly routine epidural to relieve pain from her curved spine and had an "episode" (for want of a better word) and had to have CPR! The team doing the procedure got more than they bargained for with her! They kept her in overnight and thankfully there's no stopping her now!

We had a little family get together on sunday for the girl's birthday....

The photo above was taken about 30 minutes before the guests arrived...

the calm before.... 8 kids under 8...but I was just glad they were all here safe and well...


And of course we had cake..well...cakes, actually...there were two cakes back to back.


Saturday is Tadhg's birthday...so another cake is being planned....I think Nigella (Lawson) might win out this time...

We are also back on track for our camping trip to Creiff in Scotland in a few weeks. I had become overwhelmed with stuff here and had changed my mind about going, but have since realised that a break away would be the best thing for everyone. I am in the process of buying a new tent...our Lidl one has had it's day!

8 comments:

Ulla V. said...

I'm really sorry to hear that your family have been so unlucky, Millie! But how wonderful that you are all fit for fight again.

I do however know by experience how much such emotional things drain you.
So I think it's a wonderful idea for you and your family to go camping. Nothing compares to sleeping in a tent (if we don't think about how hard sleeping on the ground can be ;)). We love that in my family too...well, the tent part. ;))

Take good care...

Oh, and I love that cake. I might have to decorate a cake like that sometime.

And the very last thing - what a fabulous photo of all your sleeping beauties. :))

beachgirl said...

I'm glad that all your family members are on the mend. The doll w/ accessories is great. I have 2 budding doctors who would love a doll they could doctor up.

That picture of your husband and 2 girls...makes one's heart melt looking at it.:)

Millie said...

Thanks Ulla V..I am very much looking forward to the camping trip..we are "lightweight campers"...we bring air mattresses!
The cake went down well..the frosting was made with cream cheese, so it wasn't too sweet.
And as for my sleeping beauties...well I have to say I love how they are all on top of each other, and no one seems to object.

Beachgirl..I bet your little ones would love the doll.
Like I said to Ulla V, I love how no one is objecting to being all piled on top of each other. It is very sweet...they do love their Daddy.

SewMentalMama said...

Sorry to hear about the 'patients' in your family, I hope they're all well recovered. It's an awfully worrying time.
Your doll is amazing, especially the one with all the bandages. What a great idea - I bet it was a big hit!
I hope you have a great holiday - that will recharge the batteries.

Millie said...

Thanks SewMentalMama...we are beginning to make plans for the holiday...lists are being made!

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Joy said...

You've had a rough go of it! I'm glad everyone's on the mend.

The Owie Doll is wonderful. I'm sure your niece will love it for years to come.

We have two Owie dolls at our house made by auntie LiEr herself for Christmas. It's nice to have crafty relations!

Millie said...

Thanks Joy. You are very lucky to have LiEr as a sister in law! I have several crafty relatives but not many who share my love of fabric and making clothes.

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