Monday, December 22, 2008

I'm Back!

We're back from a wonderful holiday away. We had perfect weather and lots of time to relax, read and shop. The male family members enjoyed the fishing and caught some huge snapper, lots of whiting and crabs. I spent the majority of time doing puzzles, reading books about raising a teenager and a book about losing weight! Hmmmm. New Year's resolution coming up. I only sketched one picture while I was away and I am hoping to paint it in the next week or so - I'll show you once I get started - it is called "New Beginnings". I finished this doodle, sorry the photo is blurry. Well, it doesn't seem like I was even away, it was back to work today, a day off tomorrow to get my Christmas grocery shopping and organising done, then back to work on Wednesday. The child care centre where I work closes down between Christmas and New Year and I won't have to go back to work until the 5th January, so it will be a nice break. My sister arrived from New Zealand a week ago, with her daughter, to live here, so we have been busy looking at houses on the internet and having nice long chats. They will live with us until they get settled here. I have some photos to show you - the view from where we were staying, my DH and one of the DS's with the fish they caught, my daughter with a joey she fed (the owners of the villas were fauna rescuers and looking after 2 joeys), one of the joeys - how cute is he!, and of course, my doodle.

18 comments:

Martha Lever said...

Welcome back!! LOVE the Zentangle Doodle!!! WOW. That is great your sister is coming to live there with you. That will be a wonderful time.
Merry Christmas!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Lucky you, all relaxed from your lovely getaway. Your Zentangle is amazing, can't wait to see what color adds, it looks quite wonderful as is! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh I also wanted to say precious photos AND those are some BIG fish!!!

Teri Leigh said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you had such a relaxing vacation and get another break soon. the Joey is really adorable. Merry Christmas.

Trish said...

glad you had a nice time and it sounds like you will have a good break after Christmas too, how nice:) that doodle is amazing-looks like it was fun to do too! thanks for the comment, I hope to get it finished and a couple more done tonight!! talk to you later and have a great day
Trish

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Those joey pictures are too cute. Makes me want to take him home. Also love the "doodle" or the "zentangle" as others have called it. I'm so glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourselves. And that you have some time now for the holidays.

Sherry said...

Welcome home Brenda. Thanks for sharing the pics. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Fannie said...

Welcome "Home," Brenda. Great Zentangle piece. Thanks for sharing your photos. Look forward to seeing your new painting.

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time with your family and friends.

You are loved,
~Fannie

Trish said...

thank you Brenda!! I hope my mom likes it:) I just woke up, so I will write more later I'm sure, after the fog clears)

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Glad you had a break and loved the photos...gorgeous Zentangle there Brenda...love the bit with the eye.It's Christmas day so Merry Christmas too.DH got me some Caran D'Ache neocolorll crayons wahoo....now I have to work out how to use them sheesh!!!\hugs
Annette

Trish said...

thank you!! It was a very nice Christmas-Nate loved his gifts, we spent time with family, and I'm feeling better (gotta remember to keep taking those antibiotics though!) What time is it there again!Ok, Nate told me it's 2pm tomorrow(is that right?)-one day i will get used to that!! So did you have a nice Christmas?? I hope so!!and I hope you get plenty of relaxation on your break-take care and I will talk to you later
Trish

Trish said...

yes! it is really good-easy to read and follow, I hate the ones where my mind starts wondering by the 2nd paragraph! I added a bit on the end of the post about one of the exercises, in case anyone would want to try it. That's what I am doing now (it's nice to just draw for yourself and know that you don't have to show it to anybody, it's just for fun and practice-I need to remember that more!)

Trish said...

I know what you mean, I hate when I have to type the info every time! I'll check and see if there's some setting I need to change:) I'm going to get off the computer for now, but talk to you later-have a good day!!

Chavah Kinloch said...

Sounds like a fantastic break from the norm! I got your card thank you, I was unable to send any out as I ended up on bedrest. I loved the letter you included too, always wanted someone to send something like that out! Please let Aunty Karen know she's been on my mind a lot the past few months and to let me know her address when she is settled. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.:)

Heather Robinson said...

Well, haven't you been busy! Love this glimpse into your activities. Great news about your sister!! Thanks for all of the wonderful comments on my blog. They mean so much to me. Happy New Year!!

Trish said...

hey! I couldn't find any setting to fix the comment thing:( I don't know why, I know other typepad blogs I don't have to type address in all the time, maybe when I get back on I'll figure it out! How is your day going? good I hope:)
talk to you later
Trish

EWian said...

Wonderful that you find time with the ones you love creating memories!

Ewian