Thursday, January 28, 2010

30 th Anniversary & life

Wow its come & gone our 30th wedding anniversary & we had such a relaxed enjoyable day just Alan & I. We went for tea ( as I had craft that evening LOL) & we always discuss where we are going, what we have achieved & how we go forward. Its just such a tradition for us to talk about us and our life together - it gives us purpose & the way forward for the next year.

Thank you for all the wishes we received.

We have had a really trying time lately and its been back to basics for us, and we have been walking so close to God & all I can say is its really been a learning curve in faith, trust & leaning on God.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Makiti found.

It boggles my brain to think that a shipment can get "lost" in transit & instead of being off loaded at Durban be transported to Joburg !!!! Anyway it was found & DH & I did one of our quick turn around trips to the big city to collect the lost assignment - it entails leaving Durban at 10.30am Friday with our huge heavy load trailer so its not a fast journey & overnighting in Joburg, picking up at 7am on Saturday morning & a very slow ride back to Durban. Joburg is only 5 & 1/2 hours away but the pick up point is in Brits about another hour away in the back of beyond, anyway all went really well & we are home ( I so love my home LOL) & we stopped to refuel truck, trailer & ourselves at a tiny place called Makiti - 23 kms from Warden ( sorry folks but in the middle of nowhere.) It was so unique - just have a look at the photos really lovely.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This week so far has been

This week so far has been testing ......... I am a control freak (I admit it freely) & running your own business while its exciting, hard work, rewarding it comes with no guarantees & that's very difficult for me.
We are blessed & I am grateful, we work hard & are rewarded, we try to do everything in the right manner & upfront. Sometimes things get taken out of your control - like a shipment being overdue which in our case is a catastrophe & its frustrating, nerve wracking & most of all really bad for business. So I am stressing inside but having faith in the Lord, baby steps & letting go - which for me is soooo difficult. I also need to support DH who stresses worse than I do but i suppose in all this there is a lesson to be learned.
Its at times like this that I feel very vulnerable & am susceptible.

More pleasantly I spent my Christmas gift money today on a new butterfly embossing & die cut for my cuttle bug - can't wait to try it out.
I do need to make a birthday card for my "baby" who turns 24 tomorrow - but I don't think he would appreciate butterflies - pity about that.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Last Senz layouts finally

All good things must come to an end & thats my last layouts.

Just finishing them off bought back so many wonderful memories of our New Zealand trip & now they are safely in my Kiwi album given to me by Jenny in NZ.

We have had a lazy sunday, after church we have just chilled out, watched the cricket & Steven is now pestering me to cook crab curry - as he has fresh cleaned crabs so I guess its clean up time after my scrapping & take pity on him & do it. Thats what moms are for after all.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More layouts - hubby is away.

DH is on business & I am scrapping.
The kids decided to come over & bring me dinner - how great (cooked in my kitchen so theirs did not get messy LOl.) & I scrapped. They caught up on their tv programs (they don't have dstv !) It was a win win all the way round.
Excuse the reflections but I wanted my SIL to see I am finishing off the Senz lay outs even 6 months later.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scrapping Sunday

So today it's been good as I have made a card for DH's uncles birthday, in the post already wow ! You can see the use my dining room table is put to today.

Then decided to finish two layouts started at Senz 2009 in Auckland & I was really pleased with the results. Got another couple to go & actually enjoying them, I think because most of the work has been done .......

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sleepless nights

Its 11.35pm & I can't DH is watching a rerun of Hunt for the Red October, I am not a movie person.
I was thinking of how much we are learning to spend together again on our own. After being a big family of 5 plus friends always.

We sit at the table for dinner.......set just for two.
We have coffee together after work at about 5ish & catch up on our day, no tv or noise on just us.
We have tea & coffee in bed every morning early while the day starts breaking & the birds wake up.
We swim early evening no noise & splashing & craziness just peace & quiet.
The best part of all this is we are so enjoying our quiet times at first it drove me crazy but now its great.
We still miss our children & enjoy their visits tremendously but its great to have our house to ourselves........

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Jenny in New Zealand

A very Happy Birthday to Jenny somewhere between Keri Keri and Auckland and en route to Wellington New Zealand.

Jenny is a family member & really great friend . Bonus to have such a super SIL.

Have a super day & enjoy, hope you are treated like a queen for your special day.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Photos from last post....

Suncoast casino & north beaches

Going up.....

A glimpse of the country club, sea & Marks favourite toys - a helicopter.

Durban from Moses Madhiba Stadium .

Mark & Maddie & friends went off & did the tour, they were really impressed by the staff who were friendy & efficient & the views of Durban. It was a clear day & they said the views were awesome.
You can walk up for R80 each or go up in the glass car at R50 each they opted to ride up.
Alan & I are going to do it too except for the fact that DH put his back out yesterday & is laid up in bed - not a happy chappy but yay for medication.
Mark left for Joburg today & as much as I am sad for him to go back, I am also glad to have some peace & quiet in the house too - because Mark has been home we have all the chldren home plus the normal friends plus the new ones & its great but I never thought I would say it "its great when thy leave too" wow I certainly have come a long way in a few months. He did help me take the Christmas tree down & all the decorations & ornaments, so thats over & done with too.
Photos to follow blogger is being difficult....

Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas layout

This one was my gift from Maddie ( Mark's girlfriend) which is lovely unfortunately the light was not great. Photo was taken in 2008.

The first one is my first Christmas 2009 layout & I have had such a nice lazy afternoon doing it. I did the basics in a scrapathon with Tracey Schimper - its her design.