Sunday, September 5, 2010

How things change!

Well I just read over my last post, and in the months since then, I can't believe how much things have changed.  With time and without the pressures of the last year, I've had time to re-evaluate my marriage and to be blunt, my marriage has run it's course.  This is terribly painful and part of me wants to ignore the truth, but another part of me knows that if I ignore it, I will simply pay for that somewhere else - BIG TIME! 

Anyway, aside from all the emotional turmoil in my life, I am trying to be creative and find beauty around me.  The kids and I are busy making 'shrines' to ourselves.  Sort of creative therapy.  I will post pictures once we are done.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

And so life goes on....

Shew!  Well lots has happened in the past few months since I last blogged.  For starters our house is sold, we've moved into a rental house and hubby is about to leave for Saudi Arabia...again.  Well, I reckon 3rd time lucky!  Kids and I will rejoin him there in a few months - that's if he ever gets there.  He was supposed to leave today, and he was all packed and mentally prepared for it, but no ticket yet!  So tomorrow or the next day, or....  Anyway, maybe it's just as well, as hubby delayed getting flu when the rest of us did, and now he is suffering as the kids and I come to the end of our bouts.  So, he could actually use a few extra days to get better.
So there are big changes afoot in our lives, as the course we thought we were following, has changed!  Thankfully, Saudi was still an option for us, as it seems that getting work back in South Africa was just not mean't to be.  Once hubby is off, I'll have a few months to get back on track again.  Time to shed some pounds and get creative again!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mega Bubbles!

I really love the way that really simple things can be so entertaining.  Point in case, bubbles!  All that is required is a soapy solution and a wire hanger bent into a circle and wrapped in wool, and you get really cool, mega bubbles!  This has given the kids many hours of theraputic delight!

They are even devine when they pop!  For a moment they look like shredded silk floating to the ground.

Which brings me to 2010

So Jack's been a busy girl.  Well, actually I'd like to have gotten more done, but I'm sure every woman, with children and a husband, feel like they just don't have enough hours in the day to do everything they'd like to.  I finally finished some of my mosaic projects.  My mom saw the mirror I did and snapped it up before I could get it to the shop.

I also finally finished some of my plaster inserts - hearts, shells and cherubs.

I also managed to finish a few other smaller mosaic projects.

And I got the Quilt Festival website up and running, so pleasssseeee go check it out at  Now I need to get my own one finished as well.  Oh yes, I've taken on another website for a jeweller in town, so need to squeeze that into my day as well!

Christmas Day!

So another Christmas has come and gone!  Is it just me, or are the years passing by faster and faster???  And the faster they pass, the more I forget!  Despite a lean year for everyone, we still had a wonderful Christmas - ate too much, laughed together, reminisced and the kids still got spoilt.  We were all aware of how lucky we were to be together, to be healthy and to have many opportunities ahead of us.  So goodbye 2009, thank-you for the lessons, bring on 2010!

Our old boy, Gorby, lapping up the love after the kids had opened gifts and they were taking a break from the new toys.

And of course, the proverbial turkey - South African style on the webber.  Yumm!

Snails, cousins and dogs!

I didn't know that snails could be so fascinating!  Actually, I was fascinated by the fact that the kids were so fascinated by them.  Tarryn, Daniel and their visiting cousins snail watching.  Many hours were spent watching them, and then building them houses, trying to get them to eat, and watching them climb on top of each other.......

And Jack-Jack came to visit.  Jack-Jack used to be our doggy.  When we went to Saudi Arabia we had to re-home him.  He went to live with friends down the road, and now that we are back, he still comes to visit!  Breaks my heart each time he has to go back, but at least we still get visits!  And Jack-Jack loves to be the baby!

So much catching up to do!

What with Christmas and family visiting, not to mention eating, lots of eating - I've gotten really behind with posting updates on what we've been getting up to.  So today is a blogging marathon!!

At the end of the year, the kids (along with other homeschooled kids and the music teacher's girls) gave a concert for the Ladies Active group in Stanford.

Daniel started tap dancing in the last term of the year, and caught on so quickly that he participated in the dance concert at the end of the year.  Daniel is on the far left. 
Then it was time for the second music concert for parents and friends.  We all crammed into Janike's house which made it difficult to take really good pictures of the kids - especially since I had also forgotten my camara, so used my cell phone to take these pics.  But the kids all sang and played beautifully.  I was so proud of them!  On the right is Daniel at the piano, and below is Tarryn playing the recorder.