Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Melissa's graduation

Melissa graduation was on Friday evening and we are so proud of her. She had a few rocky years in middle school and we know how much hard work she has invested to get this specialised diploma ("Fachmatura" in German). The next step is a bachelor's degree in nursing which starts in September. She will continue working at the hospital until the end of July and then she has 6 weeks holiday! She deserves it :)

The next three photos are funny.

The first one: "Mum!! Do you have to?!"

"What! A photo!?"

"Oh, ok.......posing smile!" Melissa and Michaela (Michaela did her internship in Kenya!!!!)

Melissa receiving her diploma:

The graduation ceremony took place in the village church in Trogen (where the school is located) - some village church, eh?

Photos after the ceremony:

One very happy Melissa

 Melissa and Benjamin (her friend from church who also graduated)

I have never noticed a resemlance between Melissa and myself before, but after seeing this photo of her in that pose I saw ME! Wow!

I took some photos of Jordan today (he has a new haircut) and I'll see if I can post them before we leave for England on Friday. My thoughts from last week are going to have to wait until we come home!



Sunday, 20 June 2010

Cabin fever

I wonder if there is a limit to all of this rain? Did somebody up there forget to turn the tap off ? Is this what Noah felt like? Rain, rain and more rain!!
I think I must have slept through the summer months - surely it's October not June! It had better stop raining soon. We leave for England in 13 days......

When the hubster ordered his bike, I'm sure he was thinking how cool it would be to cruise around in lovely temperatures but no, he is now kitted out in full biker gear.....in black from top to tail!! :)

This week I have done alot of crafting. There is only so much housework and shopping a woman can do - so I made cards. Even though I now have back and shoulder ache it was worth the effort.
I took part in my very first card challenge and was lucky to be picked in the top ten. (see my craft blog for more info - http://beccaannecrafts.blogspot.com under "color inspiration #3"). I was over the moon when I found out that I had been chosen and have had some lovely comments about my card. In the past two weeks nearly 800 people have come onto my blog to look at my card - it's such a cool feeling that people like my creations!

I've been philosophizing a lot this past week - about entitlement, consequences, raising strong-willed children, and have decided to post these thoughts in my next blog entry (hopefully tomorrow).
So until then.....have a great start to the week.


Thursday, 3 June 2010

laundry rules

I've come to realise that my kids believe that I am solely there to see to their needs and that I, quote, " don't have anything else to do anyway!" Nice eh?

Here's an example, yesterday I was doing the laundry. My kids know that if they want their clothes washing then they have to place their laundry baskets outside of their doors and then I'll know to wash them (trying to teach them responsibility). I was doing our stuff plus Jordan and Daniel's as they'd placed their baskets outside their rooms. I was sure Melissa and Aaron had laundry but they know the rules!
The poor washer and tumbler had been on the go all day when Aaron came home at around 6, soaking wet in the last pair of clean jeans and "kindly" informed me that his basket was now outside his door! This usually means that all contents should be washed, tumbled and ironed before the next morning!! (He went to seminary in sweats). Six o'clock is okay, it's usually around nine that he "informs" me that his basket is ready. I felt that this was an improvement!
Well Melissa came home from insitute last night at 10.20pm and said, "oh by the way, I need this, this and this ready for tomorrow" and then went to bed! I felt like throwing something at her! I'd just put a load in when she came home so I had to wait until 11.00 until that load was finished to put her stuff in. 
I'm sure they think I live to only serve them!  The hubster has a saying, "a lack of planning on your part doesn't justify an emergency on my part". Next time she'll have to do it herself; I'm just too soft.....

So.....ranting over.....back to the ironing......


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

New craft blog


I've decided to post all of my cards and crafts on its own blog - it's easier for me.
I hope you enjoy!



Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Doing the things you love

What are some of the things you love to do? Here's my list:

  • Cuddle time with the kids
  • Reading the BoM with Daniel in the morning
  • Reading a good book
  • Going to step aerobics
  • Time alone with hubby
  • Looking for good craft ideas on the internet
  • Internet shopping
  • Making cards
  • Skype time with my family
  • Watching my kids sleep
  • Waiting for my boys to come home from school and say "hi momma!" and love it when they say it over and over again until I answer "hi" back
  • Looking out of our living room window and watching the lovely sunsets
  • Hearing my family make music
  • Blogging
  • Going out with friends
  • Long phone calls with said friends
This list in not inclusive but just a few ideas that popped into my head. Luckily my list of things I don't like to do is a lot shorter, with the main one being ironing. But I guess we've got to keep things balanced! :) (I have to iron tomorrow)

This afternoon I made a card for a friend whose birthday is tomorrow and although my office looked like a bomb had hit it, I felt happy, especially once I'd completed the card! Isn't it cute? Don't you just love Sarah Kay images? It takes me back to my childhood when I had Sarah Kay pencils/pencil case and notepaper.  Now to tidy up my office......

Hugs all,