Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Been a while....

Gosh I can hardly believe it has been two weeks that I last posted... phew, what can I say but busy busy busy. With deadlines, stall at a school fair, school outing, school functions and just life as a mother and wife.. enough said really. And as if that is not enough, I cannot stop wasting time on everything else that is not that important and get on with WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING... seems everything is more important than what I should be doing (insert a rolleyes here).

Today is wet and chilly in Africa but you would NEVER have said that the last few days.... just been gorgeous here in South Africa. Infact I said to my hubby on days like these - WOW why would you want to live anywhere else. Yes it is Winter here and look what us little Matthews' got upto this weekend. Oh it was a long weekend here so no school on Monday and Luke had an extra day on Friday due to an outbreak of Scarlet Fever in his class.... hope all those little ones are better and back to school soon.

So if this is Winter then......

Craig and Ty


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Also did two story boards of Hannah and Luke... boy these two love the beach, especially the water. And I adore photos from behind... well this is my view of them while they play.


It is the annual Sardine Run here on the east coast of South Africa.... I am hoping to catch it better soon... I desperately want to see when the millions of sardines (yes fish sardines that is) "beach" and you can literally run into the sea and scoop away. Mostly want photos and of course the pure excitement that the kids will show to see this, feel this and scoop up some fish. Well, we did catch some action albeit the fish being netted a little deeper in and brought to the shore. People filled their crates, packets, handbags... you name it. Well my kiddies managed to get a few and well, they were thrilled to bits. Not so thrilled to hear their dad say that their little fishies was going to be their dinner (not sure what the intention of now frozen fishies is but.... they are in the deep freeze). Luke and Ty were insisting that they are taking their fish to school today. How do you explain that dead fish is not something we generally "show and tell" about... the teachers will be thanking me that I did manage to convince them that photos of them will be even better... Luke's afternoon of beach pleasure got even better when the man alongside us managed to catch a small shark fishing... boy that made his day.

Here are the sardines creating happiness for the little Matthews clan...

Sunday saw the annual Comrades Marathon here in South Africa. I have watched this race from the comfiness of my sofa for years and years now. I tend to stay in my pj's till the winners finish their race... one of those "just keep watching, watching watching watching" events. The race is 86.9km long and our local roads are closed for some hours for the race to take place. The runners never cease to amaze me and year after year I think... mmm I could do that. YEAH RIGHT, I don't even run to my car and back... wishful thinking right.
Fathers Day was spent lazing around hence the marathon but it was also my anniversary. Craig and I have been married for 12 years on Sunday... crazy stuff. I actually cannot remember life without him. We met at school when we were 15 years old, so although married for 12 have been together for 18 years. Phew time flies for sure.

Can't share what I am working on right now, but to inspire some crafting happiness I will share projects I did for the latest issue of ScrapBook Inspirations Magazine ... all glittered up projects (not very clear here), some yummy glitter projects. Talking of which - have you seen the glitter thickers by American Crafts.... sooo yum----meeee , look look look (and MUCH better in real life - lucky me :) )


This is such duvet weather... oh and a mug of hot chocolate and marshmellow...yum....meeee. Going to Luke's parents evening at school just now, so have to brave the wet...

Thanks for visiting... hope the sunny WINTER beach photos have made all my English buddies drool :)

9 comments:

Sophia said...

Hey Chick, how gorgeous are those glitter alphas, love them!!! Cute LOs, as always.

Happy Anniversary to you two, hope you got spoilt rotten...

{Lara} said...

Good to 'see' you and what you've been up to! Gotta love the African winters and our SO blue sky!
Enjoy the weekend.

KJ-Starre said...

Hi Venessa...you guys sound as if you've been having a blast. Your weather sure is warmer than ours down south....if hasn't stopped raining for weeks & we have to have a fire..all day..everyday because it is so chilly. Oh well more time to scrap I suppose!

I LOVE AC Thickers SO much but I can't buy them anywhere in CT. Do you have a contact in Durbs? If you do please send me the details...I will shop till I drop.
Chat again soon.
~Kim!

Anonymous said...

Hey Venessa,

Love hearing all your news. Fab layouts as usual. Your babies are getting so so big!!

Miss you all.

Zoe x

Tracy said...

Hi Venessa

Thanks so much for the great classes and stimulating company at Sophia's birthday - I really enjoyed our chats (and the LO's were divine as usual - I have yet to place the photos but Rome (or shall I say my LO's) was not built in one day, or even three weeks ... (tee hee).

When you gonna update your blog, chick? Come on, even this techincally-challenged goose (me) can keep up, although I haven't been scrapping much - actually haven't been doing too much of anything lately - gotta get my A into G ...

Hope to meet for a cuppa soon.

Love,
Tracy (Gardiner)

Sophia said...

I have a surprise for you on my blog, go take a looksy...

Sophia said...

By he way I tagged you on my blog, go look.

Helen Tilbury said...

Hi Venessa, see you have been out of blogging action for a while. Have just the thing to get you back into it...you've been tagged! Hope you have the time to take part...

Esti said...

I love how your water photos depict the differences between boys and girls! Maybe all boys are born with a bit of a naughty streak - just to tease their mothers and keep them on their toes:) BEAUTIFUL photos!!