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40th b’day celebration # 1 * CRUISE *

Hi there blog loving peeps !!

Yes, it’s been a while between blogs but life has been cray cray busy.  This past weekend was a much anticipated event… cruising for 3 nights on Pacific Dawn with 11 of my girlfriends !!

To say it was AMAZEBALLS would actually be an understatement.  We all had such a blast !!  The food was great (& not just because we didn’t have to prepare it or clean up after it), the weather was great, the atmosphere was great…. but what made the weekend so memorable was the beautiful girls I shared the time with.

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Simply boarding was a fun event in itself, seeing the reaction to the ship from those that hadn’t been on a cruiseship before.  Going out under the Gateway Bridge and experiencing the atmosphere of setting sail.  It was a tad windy up the top deck, but well worth the experience.

Our first dinner was in the Waterfront Restaurant.  There was a fair bit of movement from that particular spot on the boat, which didn’t sit too well with a few of the girls, but they powered on like the good fresh sailors they were. They view from our table was well worth every swell. (Of course, I personally LOVED every swell, but hey, that’s me.)

The particular cruise we chose was a Comedy cruise, but I don’t think any of  us attended any of the comedy events… we were just so darn entertaining on our own that we didn’t need to go to a show in order to have a great time.. LOL.  Seriously though…  we really did laugh sooooo much at times that there were sore tummy muscels.. and possibly some Depends could have come in handy…Bahahahahaha

To head down the fashion blog street for just a moment, I wore a new jumpsuit onboard that had only arrived the day before leaving. I hadn’t planned to wear it, but when it arrived in time, I thought..  YES.. this is the perfect outfit for my first official 40th birthday celebration.  A friend of mine who has a freak-tastic fashion blog called styleloving2  (CHECK IT OUT) had highly recommended these jumpsuits as being just so versatile.  I was unsure if i’d like the style so just ordered this one, but have since jumped back online and ordered another in black.  And hold on to your hats for the price peeps…  $15.40 with postage cost bringing the total to $24 !!!!  Miss 14 did my make up for me and then insisted on about 200 pictures being taken once I was ready.  I won’t spam you with them all, but here’s one.  And beside it….  my group of lovelies minus one while we were at Tangalooma, Moreton Island.

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Our cruise began with a Sailing party which had a ‘White Bianco’ theme, which is why we’re all dressed in white in the above pic.  Jules is the rebel in Black.  :0)

Sunday involved eating (buffet breakky.. YAY), relaxing, napping, sunbaking, chats and D & Ms, walking, more eating, more napping, more chatting, lots of photos, some ice-cream, more walking (over 10,000 steps per day according to S-Health on my phone) and then dedicated prep time for the evening’s formal night with a Great Gatsby theme !!!  Now, THIS is where the real fun began.  More black feathers have never been seen before… and man did we LAUGH..  this is a shocking picture of me but it shows just how much we laughed.

This was also the night that my lovely girls organised a birthday cake for me.  It was super delicious and was almost polished off by the 12 of us.  There were also birthday balloons, but there’d been a communication breakdown, so they originally read ‘Happy Birthday Flora’  (LOL), but with some clever artistry, it was sorted out.  However, I think I’ll have the ‘Flora’ joke go on for many years to come.

We all headed into the ‘party’ part of the evening which was lots of fun, dancing & laughing ’til our sides ached.  Us schoolmums really can party it up with the best of them.  :0)

Monday morning saw us anchored out from Moreton Island.  Most of the girls were doing the Tangalooma wrecks snorkel tour at 12.30 so we headed ashore on the tender boats as soon as we had breakky and got ready.  It was a lovely warm day, but the girls still found the water freezing after a time and were very glad of their wetsuits.

Once back onboard in the late arv, we got distracted looking at some of the professional pics and I managed to completely skip lunch, hence why I was ravenous by 6.30pm.  The buffet was enjoyed that night more than at any other time.  New Zealand ice-cream was on the ship so that was a welcome treat on our last night.  I didn’t do as many stairs as I would have liked, but still did well staying on-track healthy-living-wise.  Minimal treats at the buffet.. and lots of walking.

While the cruise was a Moreton Bay only cruise, they had said all along that if the weather was fine we would head out of the bay and venture either up or down the coast. We actually did both… several times.  This is what shows on one of the TV channels onboard.

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I didn’t want to not attend a ‘Movies under the stars’ while onboard, so on the last night, 4 or us were up on deck watching Fast and the Furious 7.  I have never seen 1-6, so I didn’t actually get much of the movie, and didn’t end up staying for the whole thing.

Disembarkation morning was a little strange as they had us all waiting in our designated waiting areas to be let off when they called out our group number, but things were going sooooooo slow… and then we realised some of our group had simply walked downstairs and gone straight off, so of course we did the same.

All in all… it was SUCH A GREAT TIME !!!  So many laughs, so many great chats with those that I see all the time, and those that I see rarely.  I was reminded often over the time that I am extremely blessed with the friends God has placed in my life.  Sadly, one of my dearest friends couldn’t be with us, but she was certainly with us in spirit.

Something I learnt or was reminded of this week – Friends are a huge blessing in ones life and should never be taken for granted.

Scripture I lent on during this time –

John 15 : 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

John 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

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Dollars & Sense

It’s getting real now…. buying the last few things required, the bags are half packed, pet-sitters organised, housesitter booked, nearly good to go. I seriously can’t believe (& DH seriously has no idea. LOL) just how much planning has gone into this trip. I’m still working on things… getting prices, booking & paying for things. It’s actually quite tricky, as even though we have an itinerary, it’s seems risky to book and PAY for tours when you don’t know if something could hold us up, or somewhere might be particularly boring, so we end up ahead of time.. who knows.
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I spent nearly all of yesturday, except for the Orthodontist and Optometrist appointments, working out exactly how much money we need for the trip. A daunting task really… not because it highlights how much you’re going to spend (coz let’s face it, we’re gonna spend it, so why stress about it.), but for someone like me, who likes to plan,make lists, itineraries etc etc… You start to think.. what if this doesn’t work? Sooooooooo.. what I have decided to TRY and do is let it all go….. have the itinerary, but just treat it as a guide, and not lose it if it’s not stuck to. Wish me luck with that. LOL.
One thing that we would LOVE to do, but most likely won’t, is a helicopter ride over either Kakadu or Katherine gorge. It’ll cost about $500 min for only a really short flight, so It’s just so hard to hand that kinda cash over for such a quick adventure. However, we did pay more than that and did it in New Zealand, and it seriously was one of the BEST experiences EVER !!! There is a particular flight in Katherine that takes you up 13 gorges and then you land for a quick photo op etc. I would so LOVE LOVE LOVE to do that one, but it would cost about $1250 to do it. If you end up seeing it in the blog… we musta felt rich that day.. Bahahahahaha.
I have a few nit-picky things to find out today.. like, what is provided in the motorhome, linen ? etc etc.
Plus, something I have only just remembered… Master 9 will become Master 10 halfway through our trip. (Just another thing to think about is that his birthday party is THIS Sunday morning and I haven’t hardly planned anything.. except for the jumping castle.) I will need to think about a plan for that morning, so he can still have the ‘normal birthday morning’ that we would have at home… Presents in bed, loads of photos etc etc etc.
OKies… Have a blessed day peeps !!
Lv Fi 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

 

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