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 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 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......


Him : The dream winter beach 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


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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


 Him: His very cream .

Her: Loving being back at ballet.

Joining in with Jodi's Project

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday Thankful List

Also known as Meg's most awesome week.....

* Her grades were scaled up in Maths 

* Confirmation of acceptance into a dance intensive workshop for the whole of the first week of holidays

* Awarded top student in performance for her year.

* Having the go ahead to choose Dance ATAR and Dance VET for Year eleven next year

* Passing her OLNA test

* Finishing the week with an "all nighter" at youth

#633 Extra ballet classes this weekend

Adding these to all my other Thankful lists

Monday, June 30, 2014

Seventy Cents

Who knew it cost 70c to post a letter....send it snail mail...

Not me...I was sure they were still 55c maybe 60c....

I bought some today ..I have been penning some friends in far away places...

It feels good to scribble out some words....about us, what we are all doing.

I miss getting snail mail in my letterbox....I hope I make my friend's days as they get my letter along side of the bills that are sure to be there too.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


 Him: Perfecting the art of cutting bait.

Her: She has the attention of her adoring cousins.

Joining in with Jodi's project

Thursday Thankful List

* Wedding anniversaries

* Anniversary dinners cooked by our teenager

* Semester showcases of work

* Afternoon tea served by my boy in his classroom

* A new baby born

* An opportunity to cook some food for that newborn"s family

* A volunteering opportunity that will take me way out of my comfort zone

* Unexpected meeting of old acquaintances

* Families who support each other

* Watching the mesmerised faces of my nieces

* A week closer to school holidays

* A long lazy sleep in to START the week

* Soccer wins

* Ballet parent days

* Finding a gift for a teen in the very first shop we enter

* Impromptu fishing for dad and son

#626 The invention of thermals and beanies to kit out a soccer mum

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dear .....

To my love,

When we embarked on this journey called marriage, did we ever really imagine that it could be possible to be here 26 years later. Did we see this night, that dinner would be cooked by our teenage daughter eager to please?
This journey has had some big hurdles that we never imagined we would ever have to jump, some obstacles that tried their hardest to stop us in our tracks. The emotional  pathway has even been too tough to cope with at times.
But whether we saw any of it coming or not , we are here.  26 years later, armed with a lifetime of experiences, memories and  lots of glue that is still holding it all together.

That glue is the love you have for me and the love I have for you!  That love hasn't always oozed sweet and gooey but it is stronger than anything we have had thrown at us. I know that right now life is throwing more curve balls but the strength that has gotten us through before will be what helps us tackle these new challenges head on. 

All I know is that you are awesome...and as we head another year into this partnership we will do it together. The kids are watching us and they will know that we have something to be valued. That they are a big part of the fabric of this family we have created and although we probably never really put into words all those years ago what it would all look like.....
We are here and it looks like it does because we have made a commitment.

So my love...happy anniversary....and  here's to so many more memorable moments and embracing the unknown that is around the corner.

Love ya heaps

P.S Are you sure we can't head back to New Zealand and recreate the fun we had last anniversary?????

Monday, June 23, 2014


Him: Amazing what the imagination can do when there is a technology ban fast.

Her: Perfecting the ballet art form.

Joining in with Jodi's Project


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