Normal blogging service resumed – I’m back with lessons learned

Where were we before I took my short blogging break?……

Here is my catch up of daily photos and my Lessons Learned this week.

  • Always expect some problems with a kitchen makeover

The second fridge/freezer delivered had 4 broken parts! We are now awaiting the delivery of our THIRD fridge/freezer.

This is how we left our family room on Friday – awaiting the new flooring.

There will be new flooring, new colour on the walls, new built-in storage and new curtains. The only things remaining will be our sofas and our “stuff”.

I am deliberately not showing you the kitchen until the make-over is complete!

On Easter Saturday we explored the Giant’s Causeway. There were some great waves breaking on the rocks.

  • Never underestimate the simple pleasures that kids love – especially when they are free!

The highlight of the day was when I was playing with the kids when it started to rain. I thought it would just be a quick shower so suggested we stay out, despite the lack of coats. It got heavier and started to hail…and the kids loved it. Here they are on our way back home – they said it was the best part of the day!

Easter Sunday morning was a beautiful morning. After church we went out for brunch in Portstewart and so the kids could play in the newly refurbished playground at the sea front.

  • Never underestimate the generous spirit of others

Later we went to the National Trust property of Mussenden Temple, at Downhill, where there was face painting and our first ever Easter Egg hunt. It was a great lesson in generosity as the majority of eggs were found by the first kids down the path, but those kids and their parents all dropped down excess eggs so everyone got a share.

  • Take time to give thanks for the beautiful world we have been given

It was a beautiful evening, so I went down the road to photograph a field of sheep in the evening sun, a perfect picture to celebrate new life at Easter.

More photos tomorrow, but now some digital scrapbooking news – I have had two more layouts accepted for publication in a UK scrapbooking magazine!!!

Finally here are my latest Project 365 weekly summaries

Both pages made using products from Life 365 by Weeds and Wildflower Designs.

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17 thoughts on “Normal blogging service resumed – I’m back with lessons learned”

  1. Beautiful lessons this week. I love the pic of your kids in the rain. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

  2. As always, lovely pictures!

    So sorry that your kitchen isn’t finished for you yet! If only the refrigerator would stop being a problem…

    Okay, I have to admit something to you… Growing up with red hair, I’ve always said that redheaded girls are perfect and redheaded boys are demon possessed. Every time I see pictures of your adorable son I think, while he might not be demon possessed, he sure looks like he gets into his fair share of trouble! :o)

  3. I always look forward to seeing your pictures! They are like something out of a book! I’m anxiously awaiting the big kitchen reveal. I’m sure it will be gorgeous.

  4. Wow – those 365 pages look great! I’m looking forward to seeing your “after” pictures. We recently madeover our home and it was fun looking at the before, during and after shots. Happy remodeling! 🙂

  5. bentonflocke

    wonderful shots! I always love your pictures – and the one after the rain and hail is totally fantastic!! Also this one with the great wave!

    The surroundings and the landscape where you live is absolutely beautiful!

  6. beautiful pictures and lessons — what a lovely few minutes I had reading your post…thanks for that! and congrats on your upcoming publication! how exciting!

  7. Your pictures are always amazing! Also, We are all going to be so excited when you finally get workable appliances in the your new kitchen and do the big reveal! You seem so patient with all the set backs!

  8. As the wife of a builder, I can second the lesson about expecting some problems with a kitchen makeover (really any remodeling).

    It sounds like you and the kids had a wonderful Easter. They are darling, and I love your son’s hair!

  9. CJ, the Purple Diva

    No one can deny your lessons learned! Loved them all!
    And congrats on the layouts! Your work is a masterpiece!

  10. Creative Junkie

    Congrats on the pubs!

    I love the lessons that you’ve learned and the photos that accompany them. I always enjoy visiting your blog!

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