This is my ABSOLUTE favourite picture from our holiday. I love his cute little bum and how it is covered in sand and how he almost has a 'wedgie' on one side of his cute little bum cheek. Even though he is quite tall for his age, he still looks like a little boy from behind.
And of course, what is a trip to the beach without digging in the sand. The weather this day was perfect. It was almost like a perfect summer's day, minus the 30 degree temp (oh how I miss the hot weather). The boys spent hours digging in the sand, making castles and tunnels that apparently 'went all the way to China Mummy!'.
Just what every little farm boy needs at the beach - his trust John Deere tractor. The boys were allowed to pack one toy each and after much deliberation and debate, they both chose their tractors with buckets on them. You can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy.
Another random pic of Mitchell. He is a real little fish, well both boys are. He would spend all day and all night in the water if he was allowed to. I love love love how the sports mode on my camera allows me to just click away and get all the fine details like the droplets of water.
And as for me, what did I get up to on our holidays? Well I powered my way through 4 books, two scrapbooking magazines, watched lots and lots of late night tennis and consequently feel asleep on the lounge most nights :-o, did a spot of shopping here and there, took the boys to see Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After, ummmmmmmmmm slept lots and even managed to do a spot of scrapping.
I packed the bare essentials - a few sheets of cardstock and patterned papers, some sticker embellishments, a pair of scissors, my trimmer and one ink pad. I thought I did really well to take just that with me but I was very worried that I would not be able to do anything at all because I am one of those 'have to finish one project before another one gets started' kind of girls. Needless to say I managed to get over myself long enough to create the bases of two layouts. All that needed to be done when I got home was to raid the chipboard and thickers for titles, add some mist and do the journalling. Here is what I came up with:
All this layout needed was the misting and digging out my trusting manual Dymo label maker. Quite happy with how this has turned out.
This layout is very plain and simple but I quite like it. Channelled a bit of Pip Prosser here I think going for the large block of patterned paper behind the photos lol. I also experimented with the journalling and wrote around the outside of the large block and the title forms part of the journalling. Not too shabby even if I do say so myself. And yes, before you kill me Beck, I know there are banners on both pages but I couldn't help myself, even if the one on the Cross Country layout looks like G-Strings hanging on a clothesline lol!!!Anyway, I think that is all for me for now. Trying to make the most of my last few days of long service leave. Hard to believe that, including the Easter holidays and now these ones, I have been home for 14 weeks - where did that time go? I have mixed feelings about heading back to work - I miss my classes but sure as heck do not miss the politics, red tape and in-fighting that happens in any work place. For a while there I contemplated no going back at all but too scared to throw it all away just yet and realistically speaking, apart from part-time jobs while I was at school and University, teaching is all I have ever done so what else could I possibly do?? I am sure that once I get back into the swing of things it will be like I had never left at all - well here's hoping anyway.
Til next time,