Monday, November 28, 2011

Holidays!!

Hi Guys,

Warning: this is all about what I've been up to and not card related, aimed at my blog buddies :-)

You wouldn't know it from my blog, but I have been on 4 weeks of glorious holidays. It started with spending lots of time with my brother and his fabulous family who were having a visit home from Russia. Pete & Trac have three wonderful kids (despite being teenagers!), Luke, Jake & Becky, and Luke's girlfriend, Alina, also came over. It was great getting to be 'Aunty Fi' and spend time playing games, going to the movies, eating pizza and getting a gazillion hugs (oh I miss those hugs). We did go to Sydney one day & I got to spend some time with the kids while Pete & Trace went to a meeting. I don't think I'm biased when I say how good looking they are :-)

The kids:





And the family on steps at Manly:




I sure miss them now they are back in Russia but they are doing such great work with their drop-in centre, with big plans for the future.

The other thing I did was spend a week in Hawaii. I decided I needed a good break away after such a busy time at work. I stayed right on Waikiki (in the hotel's cheapest room I think) and had fun exploring Oahu. I did several tours, a catamaran ride, a trip to Pearl Harbor (amazing, so touching), and a day trip to the Big Island. It was lovely and relaxing.

Here's a few pics:



Sea turtles on the North Shore


 Me on a catamaran on Waikiki Beach


Waikiki at Sunset


Thanks for having a peak. I've been making earrings and candles for my yearly 'Christmas Shop' at work, plus a few Christmas Cards. Best keep moving.

Catch you soon,
Fi xox

6 comments:

AMY FLEMING said...

Oh FI I am sooooooo Jealous what a wonderful holiday!!
Aims xxx

H2 :) said...

Looks like you have had a wonderful break Fi, both with your visitors & your trip to Hawaii.
The snap on the catamaran is great - you look so happy & relaxed - must be something to do with those amazing surroundings! :)

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Your pics brought back memories of our 3 days in Hawaii with the family 8 years ago! It is my absolutely favourite place!!! Wasn't Pearl Harbour so moving??? Our kids were so inspired by our visit there! There is a real sense of it being a special place! Glad you enjoyed some relaxing time out in such a pretty part of the world! So nice, too that you had some time with your Russian family! I imagine it must be really quiet there now! Do you wanna come and share my manic noisy house??? Hugs xx

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Just popping by again before Christmas! Thanks so much for your sweet gift and Chrissy Card. I feel very special and it was such a nice surprise when it arrived in the mail today!
I probably won't be back again before Christmas ... so I just wanted to pass on my love and best wishes for a very special Christmas ~ take care & stay safe!! I will be back to visit in 2012. (Gav is having a break between Xmas & New Year.)
All my love, Andrea xxx

fatmi said...

Incredible photography,the sunset view is amazing.

Plastic card Holders 
Plastic cards

Genelle Little said...

Gorgeous family pics, Fi! You already know I love that shot of you on the catamaran!
I've got an award for you on my blog, it's a Liebster Award, meaning "dearest" - pop by and pick it up when you have a chance :)

 
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