Sunday, 25 July 2010

Flag Waving


Although the picture is slightly blurry, I think it is beautiful and lovely and says everything about how we are to come to the King of Love...:
in simplicity and purity,
with an open and sincere heart,
with abandon and a complete lack of self-consciousness...

And...with the desire and expectation that He will be blessed by what little I have to bring to Him.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Zoo

Now that we have moved I am getting to know all sorts of new fun activities to do in the area...

Devon really is a treasure trove of exciting adventures to have and amazing, beautiful places to discover!

This is what we are up to today:

...We live very near a really wonderful wildlife park called Paignton Zoo - you may well have heard of it, it is well-known worldwide!
Now seeing as pretty much all my friends were raving about how great it was, and how I absolutely must get a family annual membership as the value for money was incredible, ...guess what?!

...I got a family annual membership!!

And I am in fact extremely delighted that I did as it is a great place for the kids to let off some steam for a couple of hours. There are lots of different areas for them to play and run around...






...as well as an enormously varied array of colourful, well looked-after exotic animals - meaning the boys will never tire of visiting...








It is mostly perfect for their needs - I would even consider popping there on my own for a while as it is a truly lovely, green and indeed peaceful environment - as long as you remain outdoors!!!

Which leads me onto this.

The only thing I find frustrating here is that they invariably ABSOLUTELY MUST spend at least one hour in the indoor soft play area... And being the person i am, those types of places make me anxious and irritable and make me want to curl up into a tight little ear-plug wearing ball. To me they are unbearably noisy, and stressful places. Loud, excitable children running around like lunatics, loud cannons that you can use to shoot plastic balls at other children, screaming toddlers and fussy babies....aaaargh, it is enough to make me come out in a rash!!!

But.
The frustrating thing is that the kids love it and it is exceedingly good for them, meaning I have no choice but to sit there, patiently waiting for one of them to come and collapse on my lap exhausted and thirsty.
I guess it is one of those sufferings I have to endure for their good. There are many others, and they just help remind me that it's not about me, and that parenting is a painful road of a self-sacrifice.

It could be worse.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Spencer Bear

It's nearing the end of Ben's first year at school.
I cannot quite believe it - and what an eventful year it's been...
Well, all sorts of things have been happening these last few weeks, to celebrate summer time, and the end of term.
Cos in Britain we like summer; British summers are what we do best.

Sort of.


Anyway.

This Friday my Benji got to bring Spencer Bear home  for a whole week end - and boy was Ben overjoyed!! He was SO proud, it almost made him an inch taller...!


Thankfully the only mishap was, that 5 minutes into the walk home from school on the Friday afternoon, poor old Spencer Bear lost one of his sandals  :(  
But the rest of the week-end was a great success, and Spencer Bear was made a HUGE fuss of - well, on the Saturday at least. Ben forgot all about Spencer Bear on Sunday morning so Spencer Bear got a lie-in while we all went to church. Alright for some! Humph.

Spencer Bear had a fun day on Saturday though:
he had a great time with the playdough


He climbed trees, fed the ducks and had a go on a roundabout




And at the end of the day he had a bedtime story


No wonder he needed a lie-in on Sunday!!!

Ben has been missing Spencer Bear today...
What am I supposed to do about THAT!?!???

Clever bits and pieces

I have a new "app" on my phone which lets you create some amazing images by turning any photograph in my gallery black and white; I then select a particularly striking element of the picture and paint the colour back into it to make it stand out.
The results are wonderful, especially if the element chosen is a bold, single colour





...Good, isn't it!?

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Maybe I should start posting from my phone again as I seem to get distracted by facebook and other silly things on the computer.
And that's just not fair on my blog and anyone who might be wanting to catch up with our news or read whatever interesting rubbish I may have to share...
So here I am, using blogpress again.
It won't last!
But we'll give it a try.

I am in bed on a Saturday morning slowly sipping a cup of tea while my boys play in the sandpit; the *new* sandpit in the *new* deck outside our *new* home in Devon...

It's been a very warm summer so far, yesterday being the warmest day of the year so far - apparently - and today the sky is overcast, bringing some much needed relief from the heat...

I am grateful.
For my Lord, my life, my husband, my boys, and my Bible, which is much neglected these days ... As my cuppa tea is getting lukewarm by the minute I am now signing off as other things await.