Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Junk Sculpture Winner!

For the past few months my husband has been working on his junk sculpture to enter into a local contest for a Junk Festival.  The event was held during the Mum Heart Conference, so I couldn't be there to cheer him on, but he took the kids and lots of friends showed up.  Here is his sculpture...

He not only won first place,
but he also won people's choice!

While at the conference, I was getting texts and calls letting me know that he won!

A closer look at his detailed work.
Even though I couldn't be there, I was a very proud wife!

Monday, July 3, 2017

My Holiday - Day 7 & 8

Day 7

This was our last day together in Sydney.  Because of a mixup of dates, Kristine had to fly out Monday night, but my flight wasn't until Tuesday night.  We had planned to go whale watching on our second day, but it was cancelled due to strong waves.  We rescheduled it for our final day in Sydney together.
The view from our hotel.

From the window, I was afraid I'd drop my phone getting this shot!

Another view from the Sydney Harbourview Hotel

From planes, to trains, to buses, and taxis we found our way around Sydney.

Lunch at Nick's.  I've ate hear nearly everytime I've gone to Sydney.

Heading out to the harbour for the whale watching cruise.

We found a whale almost immediately!

See the whale spout?

Gorgeous views!  I love the ocean!

My favourite shot!
What a great way to spend our last day together in Sydney!

Beautiful Sydney

Saying goodbye.  {insert sad face}

After I left Kristine at the train station to head back to the airport,  I made my back way to Darling Harbour which was close to the hotel I was staying at.  Kristine and I never made it down here for the Vivid lights.  So this was a first for me to see.  I was a bit sad to not share this with her.  There was a fountain and light show, not sure you can see it on the right.

I had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe so I could watch the water and light show.

Another shot of the light show, not sure you can see the face in the water.

My hotel on my last night in Sydney.

Day 8

I had one whole day in Sydney to myself.  So I decided to go check out some museums.  I'm getting to know my way around this part of Sydney, so I was comfortable walking, plus I was determined to have another 15,000+ step day!  Haha!

Kind of reminds of New York City in the fall.

I had to check out the Ducati store for my husband.
I picked him up a coffee mug as a souvenir.

One of the museums I went to had these dog bones.  I knew Cody would enjoy this story.  They found the bones when tearing down the Governor's House.  Because the bones were all together, they assume it was someone's pet that was buried.

Interesting way of making friends.  :)

While trying to find the next thing to do,
I had lunch at Vapiano's, which is where we ate earlier in our trip.

Seriously good pizza!

I decided to head back to Darling Harbour to check out the Maritime Museum.

Maritime Museum.
I was mainly interested in the exhibit of Pompeii.

Casts made from original casts they found at Pompeii.
They assume it was a mother and child.

Saying goodbye to Sydney for now.

What an amazing trip!   I'm so thankful for the opportunity to get away for a week, and especially to be able to spend it with a friend.  I came home refreshed and ready to get back to it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

My Holiday - Day 5 & 6 - Mum Heart Conference (NSW)

Day 5

The Mum Heart Conference
(I plan to do a separate post of what I learned and some things God showed me,
but for now here are some photos.)

Our view from our hotel room.

Beautiful music playing when we arrived.

Another photo of my dear friend, Elissa.
We met in Darwin when we both lived there.
It was so good to catch up!

Over 150 Christian homeschooling mums!

A special message from Sally Clarkson.

Alice spoke at the Mum Heart conference last year,
and I was thrilled to hear her speak again.

Barb - the lovely lady behind the Mum Heart Conferences in Australia.

Homeschool graduate panel.
This was such a fun session listening to homeschool graduates,
what they loved and hated about homeschooling.
They all spoke very highly of homeschooling!

Day 6 

The view from the beach of our hotel.

Morning Worship

On our way back to Sydney, another friend from Darwin rode along with us so we could catch up.
After about an hour of chatting and laughing we looked and saw this sign.  Oops!

Another dear friend that I know from our time living in Darwin.

The view from our hotel room - Sydney Harbourview Hotel

We decided to stay here our last night together.
So glad we did, what a beautiful view!

We went down to Circular Quay to have dinner by the Opera House 
and enjoy the lights.

They had a little booth that you could go in and change the lights for the harbour.
It was so cool!  You could change the colours of each building and the bridge.
When you're done, you push a big button then all the lights go off for a second,
and your colours appear!

We thought it was pretty cool to be able to see our breath.  Haha!

Still two more days of my holiday!