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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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March 2014

“You’re Beautiful !! “

My absolute fav song right now !!!

‘You’re Beautiful’ Lyrics
Jamie Rodwell
I see your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say… Youre Beautiful

I see your pow’r in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
Its all proclaiming who you are… Youre beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on your heavenly throne
Soon you will be coming home… Youre Beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
Well enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and well sing… Youre Beautiful

Some weekend homeschooling fun !!

Here I am on a Sunday night… soooo ready for bed…. but I just want to give a shout out to my 2 older children who happily… well, maybe not happily, but without complaint..  did some ‘catch up’ schoolwork on their weekend.  They are both slightly behind in Maths & English, so I suggested they do a few pages of these subjects on the weekends in order to get caught up quicker.

Apparently this is extremely common in children coming out of mainstream schooling into homeschooling to be behind in Maths & English, so I’m not at all concerned about it.

To reward this weekend schooling effort, and also to give my husband some time at home by himself, I took the kids to Splash water park yesterday.  Let’s just say they LOVED their time there.  I’ll most definitely be doing it again.

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I have also had a fantastic Sunday with great quality time with my children, a great time of fellowship with my church family this afternoon, and a pleasing purchase for next Sunday…  A live simulcast full day bible study with Priscilla Shirer.  I am so looking forward to it !!

The week ahead it FULL !!!  It’ll either be a week of fantastic blogs, or a week of zero blogs if I’m simply too tired to do any.  LOL.

Feeling blessed beyond measure tonight !!!

Ephesians 2:8 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Blessings Peeps !! xox

Lv Fi

HS Day 41 Part 2 – I don’t wanna write part 2 tho :0(

Hi all.  This is part 2 of what happened on Tuesday…  what was supposed to be Dad’s surgery day !!  His long awaited, much fought for surgery !

Anyway.. in the pics shown in part 1, we were under the impression that if Dad wasn’t already in surgery, he was very close to going in… turns out he wasn’t in at all.. he was upstairs in pre-op having a very bad panic attack!

As soon as we found this out, we rushed back up.. Mum, the 3 kids and I.  While I set the kids up with iPads in the waiting room, which Thank The Lord was right outside where Dad was…  Mum went in to find Dad extremely upset.. in tears.. miserable.  This was at about 3pm ish.  His surgery was supposed to be at 1pm.. he’d been fasted since midnight, which really means dinner the night before.  Poor fella was starving !!

Finally at 4.30, we were told that not only was the surgery cancelled, but the battery replacements that were to be fitted were still in SYDNEY !!  Let’s just say, we were a bit P-I-S-E-D  (joke from Rome & Michelle’s high school reunion movie).  I mean seriously, if the batteries were still in Sydney, they would have known that before he’d even been transported by taxi from transition care that morning.  Putting aside how damaging emotionally this ordeal was for Dad… what about the huge waste of tax payer money etc etc.

Then, can you believe it, it actually got worse when they had no bed for Dad anywhere.  We were so mad with PA hospital by the point, but I do have to say that the nursing staff and community health nurse were more than helpful…  they were also very angry about Dad’s treatment and really bent over backwards to fix this as best they could.

I had to leave at 6ish to get my kids home…  walking to the train station before it was dark.  At this point, we had literally no idea when a bed would be found and Mum could go home, so I thought I needed to get the kids home, who by that point had been there for 8.5hrs.  We got home at about a quarter past 7 and by that time, a bed had been miraculously found for Dad at the PA.

He has now this morning returned to transition care until his re-booked surgery next Thursday.  We’ll definitely be putting some phone calls in that morning though before transporting him over again.. making sure the batteries are actually in the state.

We have since found out that Dad’s neurosurgeon, Dr Sarah Olsen, has resigned a few weeks back because of patients being treated exactly as Dad was on Tuesday…like an unimportant number.. not a person.

OK.. rant over.. now to be positive and put my focus back on GOD’S plans for Dad.. which let’s face it, is what I should have done all along.

I’m going to share my download from Tuesday nights journaling. My question to God … Why did this happen today ?? First response… I’m not allowed to ask ‘why?’. Lol. He always pulls me up on that one.
Anyway moving on… Here’s what I got..

“I am carrying Ken ! I surround him. He is protected, he is loved. He is my son. I love him & he loves Me. I am his resting place, his fortress, his ever present strength in times of trouble. Have faith in ME, not in man, and the works of man. My love is constant, unrelenting, loud & heavy.

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Not hard to see how I felt so much better after this journalling, plus the praise & worship time I had on Tuesday night.

God is GOOD !!!

 

HS Day 41- part 1

The HS is for hospital schooling today !!

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HS Day 40 – Filing, filing & more filing !!

WOW !! The amount of paperwork involved in Homeschooling is amazing !!  The file system I started with is going to have to be revised.  Also, the children often need their completed books if they’ve had concept descriptions or diagrams in them etc.  So, I’ll need to find a file drawer/system for them to have on their desk.  Seems easy right? Not so much. All desk file systems have 5 slots.. and I need 6… for 6 subjects.  So frustrating.. and yes, such a first world problem I know. LOL.  

What a busy full-on weekend we had !!  With the boys at Cadet Camp, Jaz & I were able to go to the shops and have a nice girly time with some retail therapy followed by milkshakes and cake at Coffee Club.  Yesturday morning we went to the movies and saw ‘Mr Peabody & Sherman’.  Great movie !!!  After rushing back home for our lunch visitors, we then had to hang out for Terry to get home from camp, as I’m too chicken to use the BBQ myself after the last ‘incident’.  whoops.  

Our lunch visitors were two or my most favourite families !!!  It was such a HUGE blessing to me to have these two women come into my life years ago.  They are like minded Godly women that speak into my life often.  They help me along my walk with The Lord when I have blisters and can hardly walk….  they encourage me when I’m unsure of something… and basically, I just know they’re always THERE !! Blessed much peeps !!  Love you two Alison & Janelle !! 

My full weekend was topped off with a GC board meeting with 5 of my fav people.  No matter how tired you are… it’s fun being with these great people.  It’s always a huge blessing to be surrounded by like minded people who have a heart for being bright lights in the darkness for our GEMS & Cadets.  We have our national leaders conference coming up in only 11wks, so that is exciting !!  It’s in Hobart, Tasmania too, so that makes it even more exciting.  I LOVE Tassie !!!  

My Dad is having his very much long awaited surgery t’row !!  It’s battery replacement for his brain stimulators.  So, the kids & I will gather all of our books up and head to hospital with Mum in the morning to most likely spend the morning, if not the day, there…..  to be there when he goes in, and also when he wakes up.  There would be nothing worse than heading in for an operation, or coming out of one, without a familiar face there.  

Visiting Poppy today was fun for the kids, as they got to go to the beachfront and have a swim.  Not so appealing to many.. but they thought it was fab.  Dad really has been blessed to be in such a beautiful place for his transition care.  Ocean (technically Bay) views out his HUGE windows, great size room, great atmosphere… plus my sister works there, so he had great visits with her on all work days.  

We have now found out he is first up on the afternoon surgery list, so we’ll head there late morning to see him before he goes in.  Hoping to get all schoolwork done before leaving, but if not…  Hospital schooling it’ll be for t’row.  :0)  Heading to bed now after yet another full on day..  Just got back from coffee with the girls after being at Physie with Jaz.  Gotta love Mondays !!  LOL  

Blessings Peeps !  xox

 

Our baby is 9yrs old !!!

1543 Fiona overdue 1 wkBahahahahahahaha !!  This is me 9yrs & 1 day ago … It was taken on the Sunday morning that James was born on the Monday morning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was a super proud moment, not only to have another beautiful baby boy… but that I pulled off a VBAC !!!  YAY for me !!!  LOL

WOW !!!  It’s been a wild 9yrs !! By the times James was 2, we’d said more than several times that he had enough energy for 10 kids.  Well, he has certainly proved that to be true over the years.  :0)  He’s also proved to have enough love in him for 10 kids too !!

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& now, unfortunately, after a super fun morning at Chipmunk playcenter.. James favourite place…  I’ve just had to wave him off to Cadet camp for the weekend !!  I get him back for a couple of hours in the morning t’row for soccer, but other than that.. not until lunchtime on Sunday. Boo Hoo for me.  :0(  I’m sure he’ll have an absolute blast though !!!

So, HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY JAMES !!!!!

You are truly a blessing in our lives, with your cheeky grin, endless questions, hugs & kisses !!  WE LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & BACK !!

Blessings peeps !!  xox

The Colour Journey !!

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Our Colour Journey began a few months ago when a saw a FB post.. someone selling 2 Colour tickets !!!  I automatically thought of gong with my sister.. and bought the tickets without even asking her…  LOL.  whoops !!  It was evident that God wanted us there as he opened all sorts of doors that day to allow us to go… cheap flights, accommodation options and care for my kids while I was gone, all sorted.

Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, only a couple of weeks prior to colour, I saw yet another ticket, just a single this time, available for sale on FB.  I automatically thought of my friend Jude, who I had talked with after Colour last year about going this year.  Financially, had this ticket come up even a week earlier, Jude wouldn’t have been in a position to purchase it, as well as flights & accom etc etc.  However, God is GOOD and had sorted out a financial situation in their lives just in time for Jude to be able to attend !! Just another Colour miracle !!

So, after great anticipation, we headed to the airport last Thursday for our lunchtime flight.  Stomach turning turbulence was not fun… probs the worst I’ve ever experienced…  but we arrived safely and met up with Jude before heading to our fantastically glamorous (LOL) lodgings.

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Taking the 5min walk from our digs to the Sydney Entertainment Center.. cough cough…  The Qantas Credit Union Arena.. LOL. was full of excitement.  As I’d never been before, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.. but let’s just say… It didn’t disappoint !!!

The opener was like being at the best concert you have EVER been to.  Seriously, you know how you go to big name acts at huge concerts and they often sound really different from their recordings?  Well, the Hillsong vocalists sound EXACTLY as they do on their recordings…  Amazing sound !!

So, now.. onto the teaching….  the MEAT !!

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Session 2, Day 2 (I must have been too excited to take notes for session 1 which was Bobbie Houston… sorry Bobbie…. I do remember it was a great night of teaching though.)

Beth Moore… Let’s just say – My most favourite Bible teacher.  A love of Bible Study was really awakened for me in 2011/2012 through first doing Beth’s ‘Esther’ Study, and then onto Daniel, Jesus the One and Only… and a whole lot more.  I’m now doing ‘Stepping up – A study through the Psalms of Ascent.’

1. Every believer is enormously gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit .  Verses throughout the book of Jude.  (A short but fascinating read.)

2. An unguarded anointing is an accident waiting to happen.  (The story of Samson) Judges 14:5-6… but really the whole book is a great read.

Caution – An addiction to the rush instead of a desire for God. Not something I have experienced to a huge degree, but it’s quite easy to see how it would happen. For example…  It was a huge ‘high’ to be at Colour.. the entire time was a buzz..  I can see how it would be easy to go for the ‘show’ while not leaning in and receiving.

Judges 16:4, 7-14 – onwards. Delilah  – the enemy with his flirt on.  Loved that terminology..  so true..  It is easy to think that the enemies schemes are always of a nasty nature (well, they are all deep down), but he quite often use quite appealing methods to entice us, distract us etc.

3. We are not just vessels of the anointing… We are stewards.  What will we DO with what we have been given?

Our best friend needs to be humility.  We can miss our calling by our stupidity…. So true !!!

Conceit can supply a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. 1tim 3:6 & 6:4.  Judges 16:15 -19. 2 Tim 2:22 – 26.  GET BACK UP !!!

Session 3 – Brian Houston

Heart of a giraffe. 11.5kgs. God wants to expand & stretch our hearts.  I didn’t write much down from this session, but this giraffe heart thing fascinated me !!

Session 4 –  Sisterhood session !! This had the AMAZING ‘Happy’ opener !!!  Soooo good !!

Following this, there was a ‘lounge room’ set up on the stage for a discussion time with Bobbie, Lisa Bevere, Julia A’bell, Robert & Amanda Feguson, & another chick which I’m sorry to say I can’t remember…  I’m thinking she was from Cape Town though ??

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The 4 ‘c’s of bible reading – Consistent, complete, careful, Christ centered.

SOAP – S – Scripture  O – Observation   A – Application   P – Prayer

Read The Word out-aloud . Developing a love for God’s word !  KNOW the word of God.. Be in the word of God .. Pick up on His inflections etc. (Loved this as I have begun to experience & recognise this over the last few months.)

Set, possibly name, your devotion time/place. Make it a choice !! Choose to pray

Choose to be in The Word. (You version – have it audibly speaking to us.)

Choose to be encouraging/happy/uplifting .

Get The Word in so we can send The Word out when needed… To others, into the atmosphere.. Against the enemy.

A possible prayer to pray when opening The Word.. “Lord, open my eyes to your truths. ”

Fire overcomes fear !!

A relationship with Jesus will help you to know your Father’s will.  Know people !  Know yourself !  (Reminded me of the quote from Sun Tzu that David Thomas modified..“If you know God, the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”)

Preaching !! John 4 : 29  … I LOVED this take on it !!! The story of the Woman at the well !!

1. Involve the word ‘come’ invitational response !!

2. “Come see a man..”  Focus on Jesus !!

3. “Who told me..” ..  John 10:10

4. Tell your story ! “He told me everything I ever did.”

5. “Could this be the Christ?”  She posed the question. John 4.

Session 5 -Lisa Bevere !

God loves us uniquely .. Definition of unique … Without rival !!

Look INTO the word, not just at it !!

Session 6 –  Lisa Bevere

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Embracing all that God/the cross has done for me is the best thing I can do for God.

We are anointed with the Holy Spirit with Power !

I am a weapon in my Fathers hand. .. Light in the darkness.

God speaks TO us so He can speak THROUGH us !

33859scr_2ae02f26aabf59bLunch Break on Saturday !!

Panel discussion @ Sisterhood session on Saturday…  I had to leave halfway during this session to seek medication and a sleep to get through the dreaded monthly issues.  :0(  This is what I took down before leaving.

We are all leaders .. We can’t help but communicate what we see & hear.

FB, Instagram, my blog etc.

Loving all !! No matter the circumstances , all are leaders .

The Mary & Elizabeth relationship.. We are all an Elizabeth to someone .. And a Mary to someone.   This was impactful to me… realising that not only do I need Mentors for my own walk, but I need to be a mentor to others coming along behind me.

Build a relationship.. A personal relationship.. More than email & txt.

Session 7 – Beth Moore – last session .   I in no way will be able to articulate how mind blowing this session was… but just know.. IT WAS AWESOME !!  She has a way to open up a scripture like no-one else can.  Passages that you’ve read a million times and think you are familiar with are opened to show yet another tangent or message not previously seen.  

Exodus 15 – In stanza form .. Why ? First time ‘song’ is mentioned in scripture.

Exodus 14:10 .. A ‘what have you done to me?’ moment .

* Nobody appreciates deliverance like those who have nearly been destroyed.

“Who is like you God !!!”

Enemy said “I will defeat, I will fight, I will … , I will…, etc etc”

Exodus 6:6. I AM The Lord !! God’s far more powerful … I will, I will, I will etc etc”.

The enemy was trying to counterfeit these statements with his own “I wills “.  Good luck with that buddy ! God said “I THINK YOU WILL NOT !!” Get your angry on !!! Tell the enemy “You will NOT!!”. Predict the enemy .. Expect his ways.

Miriam the prophetess… She danced, she sang !! (Vs 21).

‘Miriam’ meanings – Bitter, Gods gift, defiant, beloved ! Which of these meanings do we want to be?

All that Miriam had been through & seen prior to her singing by the Red Sea.  She was approx 94 at this time. Amongst these terrible times .. Miriam & all the other women had their tambourines with them. (Go figure . LOL)

* Faith takes her tambourine !! (Awesome possible wall decal for my house right there.)

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See disaster, or a struggle ahead ? Get out your tambourine… For celebration at the victory !! Complete faith in God to bring you through anything !!

Be ready with your tambourine to celebrate even when it looks impossible !!!! LOVE IT !!

I had purchased a tambourine on ebay before this particular night was done.  :0)

I also purchased Colour tickets for 2015, for both myself & my gorgeous daughter, as I’d been thinking right through the conference how much she would LOVE, and benefit from it !!

OK..  that was a lot…. possibly not always making a lot of sense to others.. but it was my notes, and it makes sense to me  LOL.

Highlights of the trip – other than the impartation !!

* The atmosphere – How they achieve such a loving, intimate, individual feeling in the room of 17000 women.  Spirit Filled no doubt !!

* Hearing said 17000 women sing ‘How Great Thou Art’.  OMGoodness !!  Soooo good !!

* Sharing the time with my sisters, both my related one.. and my LH sisters in Christ !!

& Yes, after traveling home first thing Sunday morning, this is how I spent my day….

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Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

HS Day 37 !! Apparently I was nasty this morning. (but I totally wasn’t)

Don’t you love tired cranky children who think you’re the worst parent in the whole entire world simply because you wouldn’t let them get away with bad behaviour?

So…  that was the start of my day… oh well, we’ll pray for a better start t’row.  All apologies have been given now though, so we can move on into the day on a more positive note.

I am struggling to get into a good sleep routine as a Homeschooling Mum… which is code for .. I’m going to bed too late EVERY night..  Argghh !!!  The frustrating thing is that most of the time, I could completely skip whatever it is that keeps me up… the tv show or movie.

OR… and I do do this at least 2-3 nights per week…. I could head up to bed and have some time in The Word / having some praise & worship time.  I always love it so much the nights I do it… it always makes me wonder why I don’t do it EVERY night.  I’m sure God wonders the same thing.  LOL.  It must be frustrating for Him to watch me sitting in front of some silly movie when I could be spending time with Him… and I know that is so what He wants of me….  to spend time with Him.

& I so need to be in The Word this week after having been at Colour !!  I’m so charged up and on-fire… However, I’m also dealing with frustration…  I want so many others to be experiencing what I’m experiencing and I have to develop patience to wait for, and understanding that it is The Holy Spirit alone who can do the work in them, not me.

Another thing I’m conscious of.. and was prior to going to Colour also, is that I need to make sure I’m ALWAYS focusing on my walk, not on others.  I can fall into the habit of caring more about what a loved one is getting out of something, than what I’m receiving.  Not in a judging kinda way, but in a ‘I really really really want this person to be getting this, taking it in’  I want the seed to find good fertile soil !!!  One of the biggest things I received from The Lord regarding the most important person in my life was that it’s not my WORDS that will make the impact, it’s my ACTIONS… How I live my life, how I make my decisions, how I react to things.  & not surprisingly, this is proved to be true !! PRAISE GOD !!

Loving this scripture in 2 Tim 6:12-16

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Back to the schoolroom….  There has been some testing going on today…  It is James’ 9th b’day on Friday, so, in following strict (LOL) homeschooling rules, there will be no schooling on his birthday.  Instead we’ll be heading to his favourite playcenter and having a fun morning with friends.  Thank The Lord, Terry is off on Friday, so he’ll be able to be with us.  But… to counteract that loss of school time, we are doing extra work today & t’row.  I’m loving that I can watch out for silly errors that don’t need to be occurring.  It makes a huge difference to what they are learning when I can go over a simple concept not understood originally.  If not caught (which is what was happening at school due to time constraints), it can lead to an entire block of misunderstanding in a particular subject.

I’m beginning to see improved attitude with learning, as in less competitiveness with each other, and their friends back at school.  To a huge degree, the children are knuckling down to the work required of them for that day.  However, they still like it when they’ve finished their schoolwork by lunchtime and they’re in the pool while everyone is still at school .  LOL.

OK….  signing off for now Peeps.

Blessings !!! xox

 

HS Day 35 ! The day of catching up after COLOUR !!

Hiya Peeps…

I’m back on board…  albeit very tired…  after 3+ days in Sydney for Hillsong Colour Conference at the Qantas Credit Union Arena (Sydney Entertainment centre).

17000 women, most on fire for God, got to soak up fantastic atmosphere, amazing music & entertainment, God breathed teaching from great speakers, Bobby Houston, Beth Moore, Lisa Bevere & Christine Caine.  We were showered with gifts (& sometimes balloons from the ceiling. LOL), made to feel at home amongst 1000s of others, fed yummy food (seriously, the best banana bread I’ve EVER had.), spend time with beloved sisters… and generally have a MIND BLOWING time !!!! Plus loads more !!

The atmosphere was simply amazing…   How they pull this off…. well, one can only say it’s the Holy Spirit who creates this loving, inclusive & refreshing environment for us to grow in The Lord !!

Even the toilets looked pretty.. LOL.

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Priscilla Shirer said in one of her messages at Colour 2012 that the Excitement of being at a conference like Colour should never trump the power and glory of God that you take HOME with you after it…. How you bring it into your marriage, your parenting, your little & big stories.  That really hits the nail on the head doesn’t it.  As exciting as being at one of these gatherings can be… and it IS really exciting….  We have to hold firm to what we have taken in, what we have been reminded of, what we have learnt anew… and take it HOME to our reality !!

I got to share this experience with my sister, Karen !!  We had a lot of fun together, along with our roomie Jude.  (Backpackers are just so glamorous.. NOT. LOL) Things weren’t always smooth running.. but hey, our on-going walk with The Lord rarely is.  The enemy does love to interfere when progress is being made.  It’s refreshing to know though that the more he tries to stir the pot, the more we KNOW God is at work !! The enemy doesn’t waste his time unless there’s something he believes needs hindering.   Whenever he reminds us of our past, we remind him of his FUTURE !!  It’s not looking great buddy !!

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There was some great retail therapy had also !!  Not only at the Colour Expo… great shirts, resources, bags, bed linen, journals, sunglasses (FREE.. YAY), but across the road with Paddy’s Market… where, let’s just say we plumped out our suitcases a little.

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So….  after all of Colour was done…..  (& yes, there’ll be a separate blog just on the teaching  alone), I came back early Sunday to spend basically the entire day on the daybed by the pool watching my clever husband make a privacy screen in our Alfresco area.  It looks THE BOMB !!!!  I”m sure you agree …

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Today’s school day was a little off-kilter due my tiredness, and the kids needing to catch up on a ‘lazy’ school day with Dad on Friday.  We still got through it all though !!

Ok peeps.. that’s about all for now.  Please keep an eye out for the Colour teaching blog, as it was phenomenal !!  I only hope I can articulate it even half as well as it was taken in.

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

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