Saturday the 5th of March

This week has been an emotional one. The clean up is still happening after the BIG earthquake in Christchurch. 165 people died! and possibly more! It is so sad. Jordan (C5’s boyfriend) is back home from University. He couldn’t stay at Canterbury Uni until it was cleaned up, power back on and water running again. He was only there for 10 days and is just managing to cope with the change of plans. C5 on the other hand is delighted to have him back home again! Tonight they have gone out to a dress-up party. I have added some photos of them and also some of my G4.

Don’t they look great!

Judy (my sister) and Len have moved into their new home. They have been busy getting it ready for nearly 3 months after transporting the house onto their farmland. C3 (my son) has been busy doing lots of different labour jobs for them so the job could be made earier. C3 has been demolishing, then rebuilding, making fences, concreting, building decks and heaps more! He has had his mate Colin helping him. I have had the job of looking after G4 every day from 1pm until 5.30pm while they build. That has been lots of fun and yet also very tiring. I haven’t the energy I used to have with young children that I had nearly 20 years ago. G4 is a very active little man but is growing up into a lovely little chappy. He will be 2 on the 25th of May. My baby C6 turned 17 on the 24th of February, and G1 (my grand daughter) turned 14 on the same day!

Mum and Dad have celebrated their wedding anniversary yesterday (the 4th of March). They have been married for an amazing 63 years. Congratulations Mum and Dad…you are a fantastic example for us all and we all love you xoxo.

Today has been a wet day and I have taken advantage of the opportunity to stay indoors and scrapbook! I love days when I can sit and scrap and not worry about anything else! I did do some housework though. I managed to stew up lots of apples from our trees and got 3 2litre containers full and into the freezer. I now have 5 containers in there ready for winter. The tree is still laden with beautiful apples so I plan on getting many more done….hopefully.

I will put up some photos of the scrapbooking on the next post 🙂

Latest Scrapbook Pages

Here’s a few of my latest pages. I’m so excited. I’ve managed to cut down some extra activities in my life and made more time for crafts! I still have my ‘Welcome on Wednesday’ morning going and have now included a Wednesday evening session as well. I’m not sure how many people will be coming yet, but I have let my family know that Wednesday morning and evening are my times for Scrapbooking and card making….and having a fun time with my friends 🙂 I am also very excited as I have made a purchase that I am feeling very happy and blessed with. I can’t believe how spoilt I am…I have a ‘Cricut Expression’! You will see some of it’s work on a few of my pages. I am a newbie with it so have lots to learn. You will also notice that I still have to journal some of my pages. I have the most messy handwriting! My daughter C6 has beautiful handwriting and I am trying to get a time when we can both sit down and go through my pages, find the dates on the computer, and fill in all the details. I am also very blessed as my son C2 arrived with a laptop for me for Christmas. MY VERY OWN LAPTOP!!! My eldest son brought Robin and I a most amazing Coffee Maker….lovely! (We can sample that on Wednesdays). He has also shouted Robin and I a trip to the UK and Europe May-June this year. Wow…I have so much to be thankful for. C5 starts her nursing training on the 22nd Feb. C6 did very well with NCEA1 and has started NCEA2 this year…as well as piano and guitar. C3 still has his boys as much as he can. C4 and D3 are doing very well with C4’s new ventures in Sydney. G1 is getting really good results with her schooling and had an amazing time at her youth group camp in January. G3 has started pre-school and is coping really well. She reminds me so much of  C6…could actually lead the whole class at 4! G2 and G4 are a pleasure to have around and we miss them so much when they are with their Mum in Palmerston North.

Well enough chatter. Have a look at the pages and if you would like to get into scrapbooking. Come along on a Wednesday 🙂

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