Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Jon, waiting for the braai to be ready to cook on
Braai and food
A splash of colourGraham, Claire & Emily getting their food (please excuse all the washing waiting to be ironed, it's been too hot!!)My lunch (all pointed for Weight Watchers)
Pudding (also counted!)
I did my time on the Wii Fit again this morning and have to admit, much as I hate to, that I do feel better for having done the workout. I feel like I'm putting the effort in and it feels good! Long may it last.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
The only reason I have photos taken in Crawley is because I was supposed to be taking photos for Scrap Your Day on the 25th (another Shimelle project) but I never seem to do very well. I'll see how I get on with what I did get.
Today, the weather man on the local radio said to expect heavy showers and possible thunder storms - I'm so glad he got it wrong! We had beautiful weather once again and even got to invite Mum and Dad round for a braai (South African for BBQ). I had to pop into the shops quickly to pick up a few bits (there always seems to be something to get - don't you agree!), then came home and prepared the salads and kebabs before Mum and Dad got here. I then sat outside and read my book for a little while. The food was delicious - thanks to my wonderfully talented, happy, cheerful husband (see picture below - hahaha!!!)
Seriously though, it was a lovely afternoon and we sat outside to eat and chat until Mum and Dad left again.
This evening Emily and I watched "The Princess Diaries" and last night we watched "Music and Lyrics". If we continue watching a movie a night we'll run out soon!
I have done half an hour of Wii Fit for the past three days now. I think it's beginning to feel a little bit easier and on some tasks I'm even getting fairly decent scores. It must be doing some good - by the end of a workout I'm sweating and I've noticed my legs ache a bit sometimes when I go upstairs. I reckon if I can carry on with this for the whole of the school holidays I should be a little bit fitter by the time Emily goes back to school and I walk up the dreaded hill!
I now need to go and read through the prompts from this week and see if I can do some damage limitation because I am waaaaaaayyyyyyyy behind!!!
Friday, 25 July 2008
What a pity this gold card hasn't got a sum of money for me to spend as well - I could think of plenty of things I would like to get or do - especially with the girls on holiday ;o)
Now for the rules :
1. Only 5 people allowed.
2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
This is the difficult part as, quite honestly, I don't know that I have dedicated followers of my blog! I'm going put down MJ - I don't remember how I came across her blog but I've been reading it for over a year and I know she checks in on mine from time to time. Likewise Gretchen pops in from time to time and we started chatting after I took a couple of her classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I'm now going to put down the a couple of ladies who may continue to look at my blog after the My Freedom class is over (and here I would have put dddeeebbbzzz and Eleni but seeing as they sent it to me I guess I better not send it back again), so I choose Carrie and Cloclo.
For the person who is new to my blog and lives overseas, I add Tracy. I think I found Tracy through dddeeebbbzzz's blog and when I looked at her blog I realised she lived in Durban, South Africa - close to where I used to live.
Thanks again dddeeebbbzzz and Eleni.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
First day of the holidays has been very relaxed. I got up around 6.45am and came down and did 30 minutes on Wii Fit before getting ready for the day. Emily woke around 8 but decided to lie in bed for a while and read. I only popped out briefly to get cat food and a few items of grocery shopping but have spent the rest of the day pottering around the house. I love this weather and in the afternoon Emily and I both sat outside and read our books for a while. Claire spent the day at Groombridge Place for a friend's birthday and Hugh was working the closing shift today.
Looking forward to more of the same over the holidays. I have been thinking of doing the odd day trip seeing as we'll be staying at home this year. If anyone has any ideas for places to go that aren't too far from East Grinstead, West Sussex, please let me know.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Emily getting ready for her first day at school
Emily's first day in the Infants was also Claire's first day at Senior School. Hugh was cool and going in to Year 9.This morning I went back on to the playground to get a few photos of Emily and her friends on their last day at Estcots. The reason some of the children are wearing normal clothes is that their house won overall and they were allowed to dress in their own clothes. In a way I think Emily was sad not to be wearing her uniform for the last time.
Some fun messing around
Walking into school for the last time.
After school. L-R: Chris, Michael,Elliott, Jake and Emily. Michael, Elliott, Jake and Emily have been friends right from the beginning of their time at Estcots and hopefully they will keep in touch in Senior School as well.
In other news, I went back to Weight Watchers again last week. I'd been kidding myself that I could do the diet on my own, but it wasn't working. So back I went (for the I don't know how many-ith time) and tonight was my weigh in. I had been good all week and was hoping for a good loss but was thrilled to be 5lb down. I know it's just the first week back on the diet, but I'm happy. Now I've got to stick with it - which is why I've decided to put it on here. I'm hoping this will help to keep me motivated because I don't want to be posting how much I put on!!!
Finally, the blog prompt for today was what one thing would you pass on to the younger generation of today. I could think of a few but certainly one thing I would say is, don't be in a hurry to grow up. Enjoy your childhood and build memories for later years. Also, one of the things I've said to my children is - do to others as you would like them to do to you. In other words, don't be nasty, don't mock, be kind and thoughtful and if you wouldn't like someone doing to you what you're doing, just don't do it! I don't think children have it easy these days, there is pressure on them to grow up quickly which I find sad. Take each year as it comes, you'll be older soon enough.
Enough for now.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
And finally, a thank you to Claire for going to pick Emily up from school for me this afternoon.
Emily and Claire
Monday, 14 July 2008
This photo was taken, if I remember correctly, the Christmas before Jon and I got married which would make it 1986. It was taken at Jon's sister Penny's house (in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) where we had a traditional Christmas lunch before going for a swim in the pool!
This photo was taken in April this year (for the Scrap your Day class - which I haven't kept up with and am thinking of starting again this month).
What's stayed the same:
I'm still with Jon (21 years later);
We still enjoy getting together with family;
My love of creating things - photography, scrapbooking, sewing
What's changed: Lots !!
We now live in the UK and not SA;
I have three children;
I'm a stay at home mum;
I've got about 3 stone to lose ;o) ;
I no longer perm my hair;
I now use a computer rather than a typewriter;
Technology - I have an iPod, mobile phone, digital camera & computer;
Our families are spread around the world but we can keep in touch via the internet, blogs, etc.
Another prompt that's making me think and take stock.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
As for whether I have patience or not, I think so ..... apart from when I was waiting for part 2 of prompt 4! Lol. I don't tend to get stressed and am fairly laid back.
Hope to have the Time layout finished tomorrow and then I'll share.
I'll leave you with one of the photos from today.
Nothing like cuddling a baby to relax you - I had cuddles too :o). This little girl was the sweetest, happiest, smiley baby!
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you."
This poem is moving and comforting. We all need someone to lean on in times of trouble and stress - be it The Lord or our friends. We have had prayers answered in difficult times and are so grateful. I also have family and good friends who are there for me when I need to talk and I hope they know that I am always there for them too.
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Clothes (enough for about 4 or 5 days - when we're staying with family I wash and reuse)
Shoes - maximum 3 pairs; sandals, comfy and smart
Swimming costume if there's a chance we'll be swimming
Contact Lens stuff
My glasses - normal and sunglasses
My camera - a must have
Notebook and Pen
A spare bag for my scrapbooking stash/magazines/etc. that I buy while we're there.
I don't have any photos of suitcases or things to go inside suitcases so I thought I'd post a few photos from my trip to New York in 2005. Louise, my SIL, and I went for a long weekend - I was totally exhausted by the end of it but I'm so glad I've been. We did the downtown open top bus ride but didn't get to do the uptown one so I still need to go back again so I can see Central Park etc. I guess I'll have to add it to my list ;o)
Statue of Liberty from the ferry to Staten Island (and Michaels Store)