Friday, August 1, 2014

Things that have been inspiring me.....

Now this would be cool to give a go






I showed this at Kids Church last week.......


and this one



Thursday Thankful List

* An excited teen heading off to creative arts camp

* Coffee dates with friends

* New undercover washing line for wet day drying

* Thoughtful apologies and promises from a nine year old

* The joy of the teen receiving accolades from her teachers

* The generosity of that same teen to share the limelight

* The most lovely of families I meet with weekly

* The accessibility to good fresh produce

* Soccer games resuming.

* Fresh hot muffins to welcome new neighbours

* Time in bed to rest from illness ( "campitis" catching up on the teen)

* Family devotions to encourage and teach

* A sunny weekend forecast

* Cool beanies to cover up some healing

* The independence that the little guy is showing

* Quiet Fridays home

#678 Friends joining in with my Thankful lists- Go over and say hello to Kel who has some awesome thankful things on her lists.

My other lists are here...I would love to hear if you are making lists of thankful things too.

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tie Dye Fun

During the school holidays our teen set about adding another t-shirt design to her wardrobe....she had been very keen to use her Tye Dye kit she received as a gift......

I love watching her go to work....she always knows what she wants the outcomes to look like......and is very meticulous with the process..... 
 






This kid was born in the wrong era.....I am seeing the cycle of fashion come cycling right through my teen....

I am joining in this week with  Show and Tell

Monday, July 28, 2014

Grey is my New.......

Hmmmmm ...Black...Brown.....whatever my natural colour was

Yes I have made the decision to go al-nautral.....

I have been playing with my hair most of my life...I had periods of time where I didn't have colour but then the grey started to sneak in...I coloured it once about 5 years ago and that was it I was hooked.....had to keep up with the re growth every 6 weeks or so......

I am not sure if it is laziness or the strong curiosity that has won over now.....  

Maybe it is all the signs popping up that have urged me on......I read this a week ago....then just on the weekend I read this one.....

I think I can do it.....

I surveyed my family.....1 for 
                                      1 against and
                                       1 thinks "I look great whatever I do " (thanks honey)

So here goes .......



I do have a box of dye in the bathroom cupboard just in case I weaken any time soon......or I look in the mirror and feel way too much like my mum...she was gorgeous but you know it can be hard to accept the aging process at any age.


Vane moment over.....for now.xxx

Sunday, July 27, 2014

30/52


Him: Even in Winter a little "beachy" sun brings out the mass of cute freckles

Her: A new t-shirt design in the making


Joining in with Jodi's project

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Thankful List

This week on my list I could be thankful for.....

* Our fabulous beach getaway last week

* Sisters who help with school holiday babysitting

* The winter sun

* Promising news on the bread winners job front

* A smooth transition back to school this week

* A surprise catchup with a friend who's in town

* The gift of a washing machine that is reliable 

But with the unfathomable news this week and the tragedy that has wrought families in our country and others far a field.....

We have lost a child...we know the pain that it brings.....but to lose your whole family...multiple loved ones in an instant....children, a parent.....

I feel my thankful list should only include.....

.....that my family is here safe and sound under our roof...altogether. That I can tuck my children into bed tonight and curl up next to the one I love.........

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sometimes the best fun costs very little....

To end the school holidays we had a little escape....sadly we left the man of the house home to work...but our fun came at little cost because we all know that the best things in life are free ...right???
A little beach side living...simple, basic , technology free and right on the beach...... 

Shoes were abandoned right from the start....did I mention this is our Winter....how blessed were we....


 Clothes that hindered were even modified for comfort....


modifications allowed the wearer to run free and fast....
 

Anything found lying around was fair game...especially if it was useful for digging giant sized holes ...
 

The bigger ones of us did venture off the verandah a couple of times...shoes on though...
 
  
There was some time needed for drying out in the sunshine and refueling for more play...


New friends were gathered and drawn into the games created....


Energy was a plenty which meant sleep came easy...
 

There was plenty of time to finish a book...


Drink lots of tea and a spot of knitting in the sunshine that was a plenty...
 

Cousins enjoyed each other company...
 

We did venture away from our sanctuary...for a little spot of sight seeing.....
 

But actually everyone was more than happy just to be by the ocean till the sun went down and the wet clothes became a little cold...and the bellies began to rumble...
 

But not before the mummies did some playing with the cameras at the most spectacular sun setting moments...


When fun is involved kids are so obliging....
 

 It is little getaways like this that create the biggest memories.....


There is one question that may be niggling you though.....what does a non knitter knit in just a few days.... no fancy patterns or projects just the need to sit in the sun and practice something rhythmic......and the desire to leave a little joy in a place that gave us so much......

29/52


Him : The dream winter beach holiday....no one telling him to stay clean.

Her : Basking in the sun with no schedule.( wearing her latest  creative endeavor)

My 52 weeks project

Joining in with Jodi's project

Monday, July 14, 2014

Send Good Messages

This is brilliant.....

An equally important message for those who are young and just starting out and for those of us who may still battle with it after all this time.......



One of those messages we must keep sharing.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

28/52


Him: Gotta love what school holidays can do to one's home.

Her: Tired but excited that she ventured to do something new this week.


Joining in with Jodi's Project

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday Thankful List ( late again)

* School holidays and the change up of routine that they bring

* Opportunities for the teen to pursue her love

* The braveness she showed to do new things

* The fear that this mumma had was alleviated with lots of prayer and kind words from friends

* Seeing our girl grow in confidence as the week went on.

* Radox baths to soothe very tired and sore muscles.

* A public transport system that made getting to the city daily a simple process.

* Mobile phones that allow constant contact with a teen in new circumstances....and the peace it gave this mumma.

* Grandma's that work in the city to travel home in peak hour with

* Flexible work place that allowed me to duck out for the extra running around that was needed

* Supportive sisters to help with school holiday care

* A husband's work place that is close enough to allow drop offs and pick ups.

* Not having to make school lunches this week

* Dad's who love to teach little guys new skills....even if it does include fish guts!

* New shoes

* The sunny days in amongst the very wet ones.

* An invitation to see the week's hard work at the dance studio

* A long sleep in due to a soccer free Saturday

* Supportive work place colleagues in turbulent times

#653 Remembering my beautiful mum today who would be celebrating her 70 th birthday....I am sure she would still be a s beautiful as the day she left us 16 years ago.

My other list are here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ten on Ten - July Edition

Ten Photos over Ten hours on the Tenth of the Month....
 
* It has been cold in the morning around these parts

* It has been a big week for our girl....and even bigger for the mumma who has struggled with letting go a little....

* The view out of my office window...
 
* The tunes on the playlist this week...
 
* School holidays are where it is at....
 
* A  healthy alternative for lunch..
 
* My boots are getting a work out on these cold days.
 
* It's all about layers...

* The veggie beds are bare and waiting for the next round of goodness.
 
* Noticing that the mulberry tree went from green to bare in the blink of an eye.

It is school holidays here......well for the kids any way. It has been a crazy week ,I feel like I have spent more time in the car than ever before. Drop offs at the hubby's work, the teen off at the train station daily, the little guy at cousins for hanging out, all while trying to squeeze in a days work.....then all in reverse at the end of the day.....

The working week is finished for me today and there a few longed for days away next week which will help to undo the frazzle.

Joining in with Rebekah and her Ten on Ten.

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