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Where do I begin? I guess At the beginning! I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my wonderful hubby, Matthew and our four angels (part time devils) Isaac, Reuben, Isabella, and Charlotte. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely love that. Nothing else compares. I'm also studying the Master of Teaching part-time and I'm serving as the relief society president of our ward. I love being outside, especially in summer. I love big windows & lots of light. I love swimming, running and mowing the lawn! my favourite vegetable is carrots (or potatoes if mum's baked them) and I love fresh fruit salad. My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my precious family.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I love having family around. Even though Matt and I live relativley close to both sets of parents and most of Matt's siblings, plus most of my extended family, I still miss my brother and sister. So when they are able to visit I kinda feel like being totally selfish and kidnapping them!!! I don't really want to share my time with them...but I do.
I have totally enjoyed the last few days with Declan, Justine, Gus, Tilly and Felix.

Gus with Isaac and Reuben at Salamanca

The girls (Charlotte, Bella & Tilly) at the market

The girls (Bratz) playing at 'The Farm'

It has been so nice to have the other 'Pages' visiting with us for a few days. As always time goes way too fast but we have had a really nice time with them. I love to hear about their life in Jakarta, what it's like there day to day, and check out their photos. Of course it's always fun when they bring back some of the Indonesian bargains. All of our kids are sporting new brand name clothing, our DVD collection has been updated and Matt has a cool new watch.

The best part of the last few days was definitely meeting Felix for the first time.
He is soooo cute and so happy. It was nice to have a little baby around for a while.

Since Friday we have spent as much time together as possible. We've been to Salamanca, had family dinners, hung out, been to the movies, done a bit of running around, had a day off school, played at 'The Farm', watched dvd's, had yummy pancakes for lunch, played dress ups, zoomed around on the motor bikes, back flipped on the trampoline, got freezing cold, sweltered, missed out on heaps of sleep, caught up on sleep, celebrated Pa's birthday, so much!!

This morning I said goodbye to my brother for another year, maybe two, and now I can't help but feel a little sad. The kids have had a wonderful time together, they get on so well, and I'm sure will miss each other terribly. Oh well maybe we can save our pennies and go visit them. Here's hoping.

Declan and Felix


kimmers said...

Blanche ... you are seriously an amazing photographer! Do you photoshop your pictures or does your camera just take fabulous pics?

The Williams family said...

wondeful to have this special time with family.Its sounds like awesome fun,great memories and yeah pics are fab

The Parsons Family said...

Im glad a got a quick little visit too! Nice composition in your pics Blanche! he he!

Blanche said...

Kim, some of these have been 'fixed' with the basic things on windows live or with picasa. Matt has been doing reports on the 'good' computer so I have been banished!! I love my camera though, it does take great pics.

The Kings said...

Oh Jus and Declan!!! I haven't seen them yet - they are here for a bit longer aren't they!? Little Felix looks so cute and I can see the other kids in him. Must be so nice to see them, but so sad to know they will be going back again soon :(

Bride said...

They are great pictures!
We had so much fun while they were here too that i forgot to take many photos...
Who made Dad's Birthday cake? Looks YUM!

Aimee said...

Glad you got to do lots of fun things with them even if it was only for a short amount of time. Your photos really are good and I like the colours....keep it up :)
p.s. Reuben did a good job reading his poem. it was nice to see you all...got some funny pictures of eli with bella and charlotte jumping- he's crazy :)

The Williams family said...

cool youve read boy in the striped pjs

Blanche said...

Lisa, Declan leaves in the next few days but Jus and the kids will be here for a little while longer. I'm sure you'll see them!

The Carmichaels said...

Great post and nice photos Blanche.

The Lovell Family said...

It must have been great to see them all. What cute kids and it looks like your kids had a great time with them. Your photos are looking fantastic!

The Kings said...

I just saw them!!!! The doorbell rang and I got the biggest surprise of my life to have Jus, Declan and Felix at the doorstep! Felix is so cute. It was great to see them. I'm glad I got to see Declan before he left.