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Year of the *Spassens

*Note Spassen = amalgamation of two surnames (^_-) Facebook prodded me the other day to click on their *year in review* app (a clever algorithm which pulls together a special timeline highlighting 20 of the biggest moments on FB from your life over the last 12 months). Not that I needed FB to remind me of this but we’ve had a pretty BIG year with some truly momentous moments along the way. For me, 2013 has been a year of wishes come true: to be close to those I love the most in the world and to be able to watch Magoo grow and mature into an amazing little boy and be there *in person* day-to-day to love and support him on his life journey a long with his awesome mum and dad (^_^) These have been fulfilled time and again and I feel so very blessed. Here are some photos of some of the highlights: Life isn’t always glamorous and there are inevitably a few curve balls to deal with, not to mention missing friends back …

Cats & Dogs

This Friday will mark the three month-versary of Frank the fabulous border collie joining the Stassen clan (^_^) I for one can’t remember life before Frank as he has become such a beloved part of our family and I really hope he is enjoying his new digs. We are blessed with plenty of wide open spaces nearby our new home so Frank gets plenty of exercise and with his new shorter haircut folk regularly mistake him for a pup (even though he’s 93 in human years lol) I’m just happy that he is looking so young and sprightly and that I can keep up with him!!

365 Days of Magoo

It has been well over 365 days since I said hello face to face with the little person we nicknamed *Raspberry* (we now call him by his new nickname him Magoo), as that’s the size he was (although we didn’t know that he was a he) when we gave him the name! For me, it was an amazing experience to carry and grow another human being inside of me. As a woman, I think it is an amazing gift to be able to bond with your baby for 10 months before they’re born. I relished and enjoyed being pregnant because for the first time in my life, my body was something to be celebrated, nurtured and to be in awe of. It was me that was growing our little baby and I could feel him moving and waving his little hands. It was also wonderful not to have to hold my belly in for once and be able to proudly say “Yes! I am pregnant!” lol People always asked me if I knew whether we …

Making friends with Amichien Bonding

It’s been a couple of days since we welcomed Frank the beautiful border collie into our lives and we’ve diligently followed Jan Fennell’s Amichien Bonding techniques. If you’re wondering who Jan is, she’s often known as the “Dog Whisperer” because she’s essentially done with dogs what Monty Roberts has done with horses, namely talk to them in their own behavioural signal language. So what on earth is Amichien Bonding all about? Well, there’s a really good explanation (extract below) on this website:

Frank-ly Gorgeous

Anyone who shares their lives with a furry companion will know that we don’t really ever *own* them…it’s really the other way around….my two little furry seal point siamese girls totally and utterly own me, heart and soul. I became *owned* (as I am now going to refer to it) relatively late in life when, in my mid-20s, we decided to welcome two gorgeous Siamese seal-point sisters into our lives. Luna & Maru