Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up : Back To Work

The weeks have flown by since our peaceful Easter holiday break.
 Full of deadlines and hours of work....essays, assignments, projects and tests. We thought Keren had a little more time to hand these in. On the one hand I am glad they had to be done now so they are in on time for the external moderators to mark, but it was really rather stressful for her to have the deadlines moved forward. I am hoping that things will run a little more smoothly for her now. High school done this way is certainly very much more demanding than the way Josh did it. 

Zak was not well in the first week of term and we didn't even attempt any school. He slept in and read and that was about it. It did make things a little easier for me as it meant I could dedicate my time to Keren. This week he has been a lot better and we got back into the swing of things. 

There have been plenty of evening hours where we have sat in the dark due to load-shedding. I don't mind it too much as I love candle light but I do feel sorry for the kids when they have assignments due and they have to work by candlelight. 

We visited Keren's art school to attend the career expo for tertiary fine art and design institutions. Keren had already gathered information from the institutions that she may be interested in as part of her life orientation project in term 1. It was still an enjoyable morning and there were all sorts of tasty treats on sale as well as arts and crafts. 
I enjoyed the wonderful treat of a morning off getting my hair done. My sweet girl blessed me with a voucher as she regularly gets her done through the academy that she does hair modelling for. This week I also enjoyed a morning birthday celebration of a dear friend. I do love that the kids are big enough to get on with their work on their own for a bit.
 There has been a steady demand for pre cut mosaic tiles for kits so I have spent hours cutting tiles. I am grateful to be able to do it in my own time between helping the kids with their schooling.

We have a long weekend this weekend and I am looking forward to spending time with the family and relaxing. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday's Multitudes

my sister and my niece popping in and staying for a pancake lunch
safe travels for the kiddos to camp and back
quiet after all the busyness
hubby's good cooking
wonderful Sunday service
sharing of bread and wine
hot cross buns
white Easter eggs
my sweetie blessing me with a voucher for a hair make over
Sunday lunch with my siblings
toes in the freezing ocean and warm sun on my back
time spent with my dear sister
hugely blessed with groceries
connect group time
a refreshing morning walk
safe journeys for my family members
answered prayers
visit from a sweet friend
frappes and scones shared with a friend
good friends, delicious braai, laughter and fun
chats with far away family
our family of five together


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Holiday One

Holidays...a wonderful week of relaxing and enjoying no deadlines or commitments. 

Easter Sunday lunch was spent with hubby, my sister, her hubby and my brother enjoying the best fresh fish and chips at one of my sister's favorite spots.

A walk along the seaside and dipping our toes in the ocean completed the perfect afternoon.

Monday brought tired and happy campers safely home from their amazing weekend away.

Keren was thrilled to discover that hubby had completed making her art table and had it set up in her room.

Holidays meant I had time to do some of the things I love.

 Italian tomato sauce and beetroot chutney were made. 

My friend and I worked on this beautiful mosaic table top.

I knitted my first pair of bed-socks! 
Something I have wanted to do for a long time but could never find the right pattern to use. 

The kids made the most of the week off ....
sleeping in, sleeping out at friends and generally having a good time.

 Keren had fun doing some modelling for her cousin's photography project.

Zak and his friend spent days hanging out.

Yesterday they enjoyed a trip to one of the township areas where they helped to put up a sign at a community center and had fun interacting with the kiddies at the center.

It has been a good week!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Friday, April 3, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up: 1000 paper cranes

It's been a busy two weeks. Wrapping up the term and completing assignments. It's wonderful to know that we can breathe easy for a bit and enjoy the Easter weekend and holidays next week.

There has been a flurry of activity with paper crane decorating and making. Keren is working on her new art assignment, a monument to herself, inspired by the works of South African artist Penny Siopis. She has a few weeks before the assignment is due which is a good thing as she aims to make 1000 paper cranes....

Japanese legend claims that the one who makes 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. Each crane has significance and friends and family have been decorating papers endlessly. Keren then folds each one into a crane. So if you happen to be visiting in the next few weeks, I am certain you will be asked to join in!

Even the littlest visitor got to make a contribution!

Besides finishing up the work for the term, it has been a very social time in the last week. The kids had a bunch of friends over for a bring and braai last weekend. The fun continued all week with friends and cousins visiting and playing card games into the wee hours of the morning. Lovely to have all my kids home and to see them enjoying entertaining their friends in our home.
And now, after all the is silent around here!

After church this morning, the kids and their cousins left for the long awaited church camp.
 Tired but happy campers will be home on Monday afternoon.

Wishing you a blessed Easter!

Weekly Wrap-Up

five minute friday: good

Good...yes He is good. That is where I choose to keep my mind. Circumstances can be overwhelming and cause for great fear but keeping my mind on his goodness builds faith. 
He is always good. 
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.
I am grateful for His goodness and grateful that He does not change like the shifting shadows. 

 Thanks for the link up Kate