20 November 2014

2 sleeps

Ok, so my next post is probably going to be written in the US.  Just sayin'.  I apologise beforehand if I take too long to write - do send me a reminder message if the suspense is unbearable!

After exactly two sleeps, I will be driving my son and I's butts over to Queenstown to pick up my husband's butt.  Can not wait.  It's "only" been 8 months.

Now what has begun is the 'surreal' feeling, where I don't know if my head will believe it's actually real until we're standing face to face.  OH!

Check me out on instagram because some time on Saturday afternoon I will be doing the obligatory family-selfie to prove that it's for real.

Two sleeps!

Then, the other particularly important part of the story... we arrive in the US of A on the 26th of November (six sleeps).

A watercolor by me, Hollymayb. 


13 November 2014

9 sleeps...

...to go until we pick up Roy from the airport!  YAY!

Another 13 sleeps until we all fly out to the US.  Can not wait.  It's getting real, folks!


06 November 2014

Custom Orders

These photos don't do this one justice.  It's a big painting on 560x760mm watercolour paper 300gsm, watercolour paint and watercolour pencil.


03 November 2014

Custom Orders

A4, watercolour pencils, waterproof pigment liner, on 150gsm watercolour paper.


30 October 2014

September's Journal 2014

And, one I did in January:

A mixture of watercolour pencils, pigment liners 0.1mm - 0.5mm, gouache, inktense pencils.


28 October 2014

We're going!

Ok, so in the last week I went up to Auckland, and back, with my Little Lion.  We had our interview at the US Consulate General, all up about 5 minutes worth.  It was awesome.  I was nervous.  I tried to look as 'normal' as I could but I think all they got was my best "nervous-wreck-but-trying-to-not-look-like-a-nervous-wreck" look.  Real cute.

The interview took place over a counter, between a couple of sheets of glass, and we communicated via a mike at the side and sound that came from everywhere and nowhere.  It was hard to hear everything they were saying, so I was all leaning forward and hearing my best.  LL was a champion, he was so well behaved and didn't mind the waiting between the initial 'hi, I'm here' and the interview.

In the waiting time, I was busting (that coffee I had).  While I had LL with me, mid-stream, the file-alarm started sounding.  The at-least-14-storey building got evacuated and everyone had to wait down on the street until the fire men had checked through the whole building.  It was a bit of an adventure inside an adventure.  But, afterwards, another hour-ish wait, we had our little interview and we were allowed to head off.

We went on a train, we wandered around a mall, we dined at a cafe, I bought a little cute bag for my crochet or pencils or something...  We took our time.  No rushing.  Everything was done.

It was awesome.

The following day we got back on a plane and headed back to Queenstown, preparing myself for the 2-hr drive afterwards.  I suddenly became aware of how blessed I felt that we have been able to visit beautiful Queenstown, live in Fiordland, and see these beautiful landscapes while we're here.  I was taking 'mental' photos the whole time.  Hoping that I can keep them in my memory for years to come.

Now, all our relevant paper-work for entering the US has arrived and we're allowed to go.  We have nothing holding us back anymore.  We can go.

We can go.

WE can go.

We CAN go.

We can GO!

Yes, you betcha I am counting down the days in sleeps!

25 sleeps to go and I see my total babe of a husband.  Not to mention 29 sleeps until we're over the Pacific and in the US!



12 October 2014

One extreme to the next

That's the speed of life these days.  We were chilling out on Monday (or Tuesday, I can't remember), minding our own business when we got notification of THE INTERVIEW DATE!  BEST.  NEWS.  EVER.

Instantly we were into cray-cray mode, buying flights, organizing a medical for LL and I (which had to be in Christchurch) and gathering [more] paperwork and supplies.

The drive up to Christchurch was "only" 9hrs, including a few stops.  We stayed at a friend's home in Christchurch, who happened to have kids, who had loads of fun toys for our Little Lion to play with, which kept him occupied most of the time.

The next day, the medical went smoothly (and the jabs, and the x-ray).  We had to go to a different location for my chest x-ray, but that was ok.  The weather was warmer than I was expecting so LL and I were a little hot and bothered (roll on Arizona weather, uh-oh).

I had coffee with a dear friend who had a gorgeous little baby to introduce me to.  Her baby was a bump when we left Christchurch in March, so it was a total treat to meet the smiley little babe.

I visited our 'old' pastors from South City C3 Church and was invited to have dinner with them.  LL was stoked (and so was I)!  More friends and more toys, they even happened to have left the vacuum out.  Note:  if our son comes to your house, don't bother getting the toys out - just have the vacuum out and he'll proceed to tell you all about how it works and if it has a blow-function.  Vacuum engineer in the making.

After dinner we went back to lay our heads down in preparation for the drive home the next day.

In the morning we went for a wander in town and took some photos before leaving - I'm so glad I did, just for our own keep-sake.

We made it home safe and sound.  I was loaded up on coffee.  I must say, The Thomas Green in Gore does make nice coffee.  I've been there a couple of times now, just for the coffee-to-go while I've been on a long-haul drive.  Do try that place.  It's a restaurant.  Nice green leather couches.  Gore.  Don't google 'Gore'.

I'm late with my 'Journal' post this month, but I promise I'll get on to it asap.  It's been a little cray-cray around here.

Praise the Lord.