Thursday, August 13, 2009

One Week in Paradise

People may mock our not so pristine 2005 Dodge Caravan. But it managed to tote 6 people, 6 bikes, 4 buggy boards and a weeks worth of food from Fort Mill to Edisto Island, in relative comfort I might add!

With England not being such a large country; family holidays for me usually meant an hours drive, with at least 3 stops on the way to eat the sandwiches mum had made for the journey. So by the time we had traveled a whole 3 hours, we were all pretty wasted. So my first port of call was the hammock. I actually lay there for over an hour before I was discovered. I don't know if I have ever felt so relaxed. Of course, once the kids found out my little secret, I didn't get a smell in.

This was the view from the hammock as I lay looking over my feet. But then I looked up and about 2 feet above my head was a black and white spider the size of my hand. Unfortunately, I wasn't about to hang around for a photo shoot with the little fellow.

Not a lot to report, quite honestly. The pictures speak for themselves. We have spent hours each day being beach bums. Perhaps that's why I am loving this holiday so much.

Monday, August 3, 2009

My First Project!

I'm not the most creative of people, but I figured I would like to try my hand at making a very basic blanket for my niece when her daughter was born in May.

It's not good to look at the detail of my handy-work, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process, found it very relaxing and loved the end result. (I am very easily pleased). But I loved the feel of the blanket and liked the colours.

Here's the finished product.

I shipped it off to England at a cost of $40 just to get it over there and told my mum to expect it at the beginning of May.

It never arrived. :o{

I tried very hard not to care. Told myself that the process of making it had been a blessing and I should just let it go. But at the back of my mind - I was disappointed my niece hadn't been able to give this to her baby, Katelyn.

Anyway - I had lost all hope of ever seeing the blanket again - when on Saturday 1st August a package arrived for me. My blanket had been returned.

I'm over the moon. :o}

Yet Another Summer Birthday Party

Joseph's birthday is officially 29th October - but asked if this year he could have a summer birthday party, as he really wanted to have it at the pool. I couldn't see any reason why not - so I said 'yes'.

For those of you who know Joseph - he is often described as a proper English gentleman. Quiet and refined.

Honestly - you don't know him ;o). And when he gets with his friends - he really lets lose. AND I LOVE IT!!

Is Joseph actually getting bitten?

Whatever - he still has a smile on his face.

I think here - Joseph's friend is going in for a head lock.

Emily's friend Madison I think is fighting for her life, as her brother looks on.

This one definitely looks like a punch to the head.

And for the grand finale ......

Joseph said it was the best birthday party he's ever had!!!!

3 down - 1 to go!!