Sunday, October 07, 2007

Weekend with Lusi.. part 1

OMGosh, I have sooooo much to update its not funny!! And that's not JUST my weekend with Lusi.... now just to find some time to do it all!!

I've decided I'm going to have to do this in segments because in my crazy life, I just don't seem to find a good chunk of time to sit down and do up the whole story and pics from the whole weekend.... so hopefully 2 parts will do it....

Last weekend was one of the best of my life I think! As most of you know, I had my beautiful best friend Lusi come and stay for 4 nights. We’ve been friends since July last year, when we met through Roz’s blog. I was initially drawn to Lusi’s amazing passion for God, and life in general. We started chatting on the phone, and since then it’s hardly been a week or two between chatting to each other (and that’s usually an hour or two!) So you can just imagine how much we’ve longed to meet each other IRL! And the wonderful Lord provided it to us - after being patient, non-impulsive… OK, and maybe a little obsessive too (just ask our husbands!).

The enemy (Satan!) did NOT want us to meet! He tried so many times over the weekend to steal our joy, but we did not let him. The Bible tells us in part of Nehemiah 8:10 that ‘the joy of the Lord is my strength!’ So we tried to hold fast to that (and Lusi did a lot better than I did on occasions…) Anyway, here’s a run-down, and I hope it doesn’t bore you, but I want to get this ALL down for my own records and when I find time to scrap it!

Lus was meant to come at 10am... but the problems started before we even got going! There was more traffic than normal on the commute from Lusi’s house to Sydney, and she MISSED the place! Talk about GGGrrrrrrrr… but it was OK. We were very thankful that she was able to get another in the afternoon, and she spent a lovely day in the city with her family instead, and took the kids to the movies, which they’ve never done altogether before, so I reckon that was good time spent together anyway! (Although it meant we didn’t get to go to the Paper Arts show (or whatever it was called) and meet a few of Lusi’s girls from EMM, cluding Ruthie :(.)
So I just pottered around here for the day, danced around with Eli to the Wiggles a lot, and well, I can’t really remember what else! Lol… but I was soooo excited when 4.45pm came around and I popped the babies in the car (Jai went away with his grandparents for the weekend) and headed to the airport!! Was SOOOO excited to see my Lusi IN THE FLESH!! Wow… we spent a bit of time pinching each other and saying ‘You’re Real!’ lol…. and of course Lus had the camera in her hand for that first snap of us together!! And we took a few more in the car too.. and some video footage… lol…. we got home and had a lovely evening just chatting, eating, exchanging a few pressies and then finally got the scrap stuff out. Lusi used my photos and a bit of my product and hers and made these two gorgeous masterpieces. I, on the other hand, played around with stuff but it just wasn’t working so I chucked a little ‘narna’ and put it all away! LOL… was still great to scrap with you honey!! Here's her work :)
And this one I challenged Lus to use pastel colours and flowers.... not her usual style huh! Our styles are soooo different its not funny! It was so AWESOME to watch her just put things together so quickly though! Reminds me I need to stop being such a perfectionist!!

We left Eli home with his Daddy (woohoo, kid-free for once!) and headed into town to Mt Coot-tha gardens to have a lovely picnic with some other girls we’ve met on the Net. Most were from SOF (Sal, Karen [& Karen], Sarah, Kerryn), but there was also Lu Griffith and Jill G-G. And some husbands and lots of kids too. Had a GREAT time! Was great to meet some girls I hadn’t before (Lu, Jill, Kerryn, Karen) and I had plenty of babysitters for Miss Lani who made everyone goo-goo I think! (yeah, she’s so cute!) And of course, there was about 10 cameras around, so we posed… and posed.. and posed!! Here’s a collection:
Oops, and I'll have to finish this later as the baby's just woken up! The joys of 3 kids!
I'll be back (said in my best Terminator voice)...


Gayle Smith said...

very cool. You'll have to teach me how to do collage now. I use Blogger, but it makes ytour photos into squares and cuts stuff out.
Looking forward to more updates.

Shazz said...

i am so happy for you both nat to have finally met and spent time together. great pics and those LOs are amazing.
i look forward to the second installment xxoo

me :) said...

hello my girl - can i just link to your blog instead of posting it all on mine too - oh so kidding - but you are right - it takes so long to update and so much to include! I still haven't done mine! LOL!!!!
You said i missed the place...i'm sure you meant plane cause if i'd missed syd airport there'd be something wrong right there! LOL AGAIN!
I nearly cried looking over these - cause i miss ya stack loads hey!
Love you hun ;)
Lus x

Lara said...

fantastic layouts & what a great time you had!

Nat-Mardon said...

Haha, that's so funny Lus!! lol... yeah, I meant plane - should do a spell-check hey (no time!)