07 July 2014

The Bearded One & I

Last week the Bearded One and I took a trip down to the big smoke all by ourselves.  My amazingly awesome Mum & Dad looked after our kids while we attended a gathering/mentoring week for senior pastors called Gathering of the Generals (it was absolutely amazing!).
 
While down there, we made sure we squeezed as much fun/time together that we could, whenever possible.

When you have a busy life with kids, sometimes the silence and lack of household chores to do can really come as a shock... a really, really nice shock.



Some of the things on our check list to do/try/visit were:

The Yellow Brick Road, Cronuts, Circus Circus, Bubble teaDress SmartThe Hard to Find Secondhand Book Shop

I didn't get to try Bubble Tea, and I probably need to point out also that only 1 thing on that list was actually Symon's.... the rest were mine (although he did enjoy his half of the cronut).

But it was good to get back home, and we celebrated with homemade sushi and Peanut Butter Banana Bonbons...



We are still taking a couple of days to get used to the loudness of the kids again (and the photobombing)...





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To be frank, it's all rather exhausting...



But it's good to be home.

Thank you to the amazing team who organised and ran Gathering of the Generals, thanks to my amazing parents for looking after our tribe, and a big Happy Birthday to Symon's Mum who celebrated her 75th birthday while we were away!!





23 June 2014

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fruit Balls



Look at this delicious (and healthy, vegan and gluten free!) recipe I came across today!

I love truffles and fruity things, and the fact this recipe has no sugar, eggs, dairy or gluten is a bonus.  I love that I can add the nuts and dried fruit I have on hand as well - for my fruit balls I only had almonds, apricots and dates and they turned out great.



Visit here to view the recipe.  Highly recommended!!!

p.s. off to sneak another one out of the fridge right now!!


20 June 2014

Lately...

From time to time I really miss this little space of mine on the blogsphere, and although life is so much different to what it was when I was a regular blogger a few years ago, I still love knowing that in this space is a collection of amazing memories and loves, especially those about my little family (well, if you can call 4 kids a little family, especially when one is taller than his parents at 15 years old, and both (including a 12 year old) have feet bigger than their dad).

We recently put some of our older videos and dvd's together of when our children were young, and I was hit with how much they have grown, how things have changed, and the fact that I hardly bother to video my children any more!  I want to make an effort to remember to record life occasionally, as it slips by so fast and before you know it, the little precious moments can be forgotten.

So I'm taking a moment in my evening to ponder, celebrate and record the happenings of late, things like:

The fact my kids love riding the bikes at Nan & Pop's house...



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The fact that last year on my Mum's 60th birthday, both Symon & my Dad had big naps, then this year on her 61st, Symon fell asleep again!




I've been overwhelmed with washing lately while there has been lots of rain - but so thankful that we have clothes to wash (and no, I'm not getting angry and cutting up the clothes because I'm so sick of them hanging around the lounge)...



Loving the best/scariest car selfie ever (Symon's face depicts how he feels after 500 failed photo attempts)!



Love celebrating birthdays with the awesome people that we do life with, even if they all have beards...



Amazed at how our GIANT cat will find a lap to sit in, no matter how awkward it is or how much personal space he will invade...



Loving the fact that our kids have been learning to bake fresh Israeli bread at school recently - and that I've been given two loaves two weeks in a row!  YUUUUUMMMMMMMM!



Finally, love that my husband survived his mini drama last week when we think he was bitten by a spider.  A giant abcessy hole developed on his hand and two red lines started going up his arm. Freaky - but he's still alive a week later (and hopefully now has some spiderman-like qualities)...



And now that my list is done, I've realised what a strange list it was, but still, that's life lately and it's precious.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!


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