well Here we are in 2010. This time 10yrs ago I was 9mths pregnant awaiting to have my baby girl Gabriella.
Here I am 10 years later a nanna of an almost 1 yr old grandson and an inherited granddaughter, who would have ever seen that coming! Sometimes it makes you wonder what will transpire in my next 10yrs! I hope whatever it is that life will be kind to me and my family with God's continued blessing on our lives.
Well Miss Ruthy hasn't been blogging of late because she has been having some major computer issues and as we speak the internet isn't playing very nice either! So I'll be giving a brief overview in photos of Christmas, which we celebrated in Warwick once again, this time without my eldest girl Emily who is currently in England on a 2yr working visa and sadly our eldest son wasn't present either. Christmas really nails home how family dynamics are being played out. But my life-long dream is that I'll one day all my kids and their extended will be together on Christmas Day (amongst other times)
But the rest of our family got together and it was made extra special because it was my grandson's 1st Christmas. I don't think he had much idea what all the excitement was about but his big sis did and they were all suitably spoiled well! Its true what they say Christmas is for kids! Well I say its all the better with them around.
Dad/Poppie- Brett, younger son Daniel (daddy to Logan and step dad to Alexis) Me (mum/Nonnie Ruthy) Lindsie (Daniel's partner and mum to Logan and Alexis) daughter Courtney nursing nephew Logan and our youngest daughter Gabriella. (missing for Christmas- Benjamin our eldest son and Emily - overseas, our eldest daughter)
Of course there are heaps more but this is taking forever to get together so I won't bore you all with anymore. Onto other things to see.
While I spent some time in Warwick, Julie my SIL and I managed to find some time (a rare event in deed our 2nd time I reckon in a year) to do some scrapping together.They are all heck simple style as ever but hey I find myself being drawn consistantly to the less cluttered and plain look. Its for me anyways not everyone's cup of tea though. Now there is some repeat of designs too because some are for our family 12" album and others for my grandkids albums. I also find looking back that there starts to be a continuing theme (or some might call it a rut LOL!) But never the less here are my efforts.
Nonnie Cuddles (one for Alexis album)
Baby Steps (for Logan's Album)
same in the larger size- just goes to show that some designs can easily be worked out in either format.
Mr Blue Eyes (one Logan's Album)
The Little Man is Standing (another for Logan's album)
My 1st 2 Homes (yep one for Logan's album)
Smile(one for our family album)
Lil Mates (Logan's cousin Abigail - Julie's granddaughter)
Fairy Girl (i took this photo of my youngest jan 09- one of my favs)(Julie gave me a wonderful tip with the string of beads/pearls instead of having to place each one individually which would not only prove to be an expensive exercise, not forgetting tedious- use those pearl strips which can be shaped into any sort of curves. Just goes to show no matter how long one has been scrapping there is always something new to try!)
Grad (another awesome moment of 2009- Emily's Graduation from College)
At the moment I'm on holidays and really working at getting all those things done that one doesn't have the time or energy for when our day jobs take more of our time. Thankfully we have finished and painted our daughters bedroom and she has moved in Yay!!! (will put some pics up when all the final touches are in place) and now we are getting our hallway painted and finally some photos and patchwork will be able to adorn our home again, adding some homely feel around here after 2 yrs of buying this place!
I've also started to cull my mailbox which has been helped along very easily by the reason that I no longer have access to my old computer. I'm trying to make my 'net' life a bit less busy, so culling on all those online newsletters and keeping to just a couple. I've somewhat downsized my scrapping commitments and will further review this direction with my remaining DT commitments this year. Just trying to free my life up and make time for forming some friendships in person, not forgetting the wonderful friends I have developed online. To be honest Facebook has been a wonderful instant tool for staying in touch with the net world and friends!
Anyways Happy New Year to you all and I hope and pray that its an even better year than 2009 was!
Love and God Bless