Monday, March 31, 2008

From a friend...

I got this beautiful email with some great quotes from Maya Angelou. Thank you Vicki.

Read on...

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting.' Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried.

She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this: 'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'

'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'

'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.'

'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'

'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'

'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.'

'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.'

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

Aren't they great!

I like the one about lost luggage, rainy days and tangled Christmas lights. I always say it doesn't matter if I lose my luggage as long as I get to buy all new stuff to replace what I lost. Therefore I never put my camera, passport etc in the luggage - I carry it aboard. I love rainy days! Enough said! But I have to admit I dread the annual putting up of the Christmas tree as it is always my job to get the lights ready and Gregory puts them up! I stress just thinking about it! Will have to change my approach to that then hey??

Anyway the boys and I are off to a homeschool camp over at Anglesea (south of Geelong on the Great Ocean Road) for a week, leaving tomorrow, so I may be missing for a little while. I plan on taking the laptop, so if the mobile internet thingy is playing fair I will post some photos, if not you will all have to wait until I return.

Ciao for now!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour

It is awfully dark here in our house at the moment. We are all sitting in the dark observing Earth Hour. You are meant to turn all your lights off for one hour from 8 pm to 9pm on 29 March as a sign to show you care about Climate Change and want to do something about it. This family uses a lot of lights over a 24 hour period - Andrew is up before the suna nd turns on the lights for an hour until he goes to work, then at night the lights, at least one stay on until Gregory goes to bed at 1 or 2 am!! This means they are only off for 3 hours of dark! Eeeek that sounds really bad doesn't it??

Anyway they are all off now and will be for another 24 minutes! Maybe I should do it every night!!

Here are three really good quotes that I found today. Seeing I am so far behind with them you get the lot at once!!

'It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count!"Adlai E. Stevenson

I get a bit melancholy just before my birthday (I will be 45 in 13 days!!) every year - not because I am getting older but because I always want to achieve so much in the year and never seem to get it all done. It is a bit like New Year's Resolutions, I suppose! Ha!! I didn't make any of those this year!

'Live well, laugh often, love much and scrap the lot!"

I like this one because I am forever trying to catch up with my scrapping of my photos!!

'While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” Angela Schwindt

Ain't it always the way!! I was trying to teach Daniel a ball game I used to play when I was his age today. Do you think I could remember all of it?? No!! If anyone else played a game where you threw a ball against a wall in different ways, if you dropped the ball or didn't catch it, it was the other person's turn and then you had to start at the beginning again when it was your turn again. The first was catch 10 times straight off the wall, then 9 times by throwing and letting it bounce before you caught it, then 8 times bounced on the ground and then the wall then catch it. Some of the others were clap before catching again and turning round while the ball was in flight to the wall and back. Can anyone else remember the game, what it was called or the other things you had to do before catching the ball??

Oaky Dokey off to make a cup of tea in the dark and veg out in front of the idiot box for a bit!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

here is a beauty!!

"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want."
I love this - have put it on my whiteboard in front of my desk so I have to see it all the time!

And that folks is it for tonight - I am exhausted. Gym this morning, then errands around town, then late lunch, washing, off to Cub and Joey Scouts, home to eat dinner and watch Biggest Loser!! I'm all done!!

Off to do some Ice Skating and Tobagganing tomorrow in Mount Gambier, so I need to rest up!


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Was I supposed to be sharing some quotes??

Yep pretty sure I was! I was enjoying putting them on my blog but then like most things when you don't do it for a while you get out of the habit!! Bit like my walking - said it was too hot to go and it was for about 2 weeks - so decided to go today and what happens I get wet - it rained on me!!!
Anyway off track again......... who me???

Quote shared by Susy -

Goodness is more important than greatness,
And compassion more eventful than passion."
- Sambo Mockbee

Not sure who Sambo is, but it is a great quote.

Until later, I have to go hunt and gather to feed the natives here!

After the museum

we went to the Millicent Swimming Lake. Daniel got to have a swim and build some sandcastles with his friends, Gregory had a paddle in a canoe that some friends brought along ( actually looks like he is sleeping here!!) and I got to have a big chat. (surprise surprise!)

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Homeschool Excursion

to the Millicent Museum. For a small country town, Millicent, sure has a great museum! It has so many different parts to it - something for everyone to look at and learn about.
These are just a few shots of some of the things I liked the best.

Isn't this old pram gorgeous - not sure the bear is very old?? It didn't look worn at all! But loved the pram!

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Geelong Visit

Gregory was invited to a party by one of his friends. Fine if he lived just down the next street - no... he lives 4.5 hours away in Geelong.

So what' s a Mother supposed to do?? Drive to Geelong for the weekend of course!

I nearly got to go by myself then Daniel found out and said that he had such a good time last time that he wanted to go again. So I took the opportunity to find a flight for Mum from Avalon to Brisbane and so we all set off for the weekend.

It is a lovely city to visit and probably to live in too.
Daniel had to show Granny the Bollards along eastern Beach.

This time the carousel was in operation, so Daniel hopped on and went round and round so many times, I was feeling sick!!

Then we went for a wander further down the beach and found somewhere nice to eat lunch. Daniel finished his lunch almost before ours arrived so he went to sit on the beach front. Wonder what he was thinking about???

We hit the shops for a little bit. We found this huge bubble blower at Spotlight - what fun!

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Not lost.....

... just busy with life, the universe and everything in betweeen.

Easter here in our little house was very quiet, watched a couple of DVDs, went for a drive to Hell's Hole, went to the moveis, ate lots of chocolate and some very dodgy fish and chips from Mount Gambier!!

Here is a shot of Daniel collecting some eggs in the grass. He found quite a few - that bunny sure was a busy little fella! The boys ended up with about half a basket full of eggs, a bilby and a gift from us and a family size block of Cadbury's chocolate from Mum. Of course Daniel, aka the chocaholic, has only a small amount of his block left, while Gregory has a few eggs and the whole block left!
It is the same every year.

This is the track to Hell's Hole, which is about 10 minutes south east of Mount Gambier. Unfortunately I had only taken my zoom lens, so I couldn't get back far enough to actually get a photo of the hole! It is surrounded by bush and you can only see it if you walk out onto a viewing balcony thingy!

I vowed to get a decent photo of Gregory, instead of just his hair. I told him I was going to keep snapping until I got one so he had better get used to it. He started talking about something and while he was talking I kept shooting and this is the best of the 100 photos! He has a half a smirk, which summs up his mood that day - a little bit cheeky but definitely happy!

Daniel has now decided that he is not keen on photos either. Arggghh, what is a girl supposed to do?? I caught him in this one while he was laughing at Gregory not wanting his photo taken!!

Two gorgeous boys aren't I a lucky Mummy???
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