Friday, March 25, 2011

Flea Market Finds

A couple of weekends ago we went to a garage sale run by the school to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake fund. It was great we made over $3000 for the Red cross fund. Anyway I managed to pick up this awesome Dick and Jane book and these cool stencils. Jack has been having a ball reading the Dick and Jane book and writing his name with the stencil. He can actually read the Dick and Jane stories by himself which is so cool. He is so ready for school and he still has to wait for another six months. I was originally going to cut the book up to make cool vintage story book blocks - but how could I do that when Jack loves reading it so much, + the fact that it's almost a little wrong to cut up such a beautiful old book.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March - the month...

March is going to be an awesome month - yesterday I won a weekend away at Bluewater resort in Tekapo - Yes the very one that Steve was construction manager on. So one weekend this month we will whisk our little family off to Tekapo for a weekend away, which will be lovely. I would like to think that this month is going to be a productive month for me - but I see myself probably working a bit more than my 2 days a week that I normally do with an extra 50 students that have enrolled at school from Christchurch.
My project list for this month consists of
Finishing 20 Ponchos for kindy and that is it. If I get time which I doubt I will then I will start some winter clothes for the boys and some extra stock to put on Felt or in the Musterers Hut.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

1 week on..

from the terrible earthquake that rocked Christchurch and people are still being pulled from the rubble unfortunately not alive like the first couple of days. This tragedy has rocked our world down here - we are 3 hours south and inland from Christchurch... but still own a house there and have the majority of our friends and family there. My Mother in law had just arrived in Twizel at the time of the quake to help look after the kids as I was teaching all week. Father in law rang to say there had been an earthquake but he was OK. However at that stage he couldn't get hold of Steve's sister or her husband to know if they were OK. I had felt the earthquake while sitting having lunch in the staffroom. And today exactly a week after the quake the whole school and staff and community stood outside the school near the marketplace and showed our respect for the Christchurch Quake victims with a 2 minute silence. The church bells rang, the firemen sounded their siren as a mark of respect that echoed through our wee township. We also had the families and alot of the parents that have fled Christchurch there too. It was a very somber and reflective moment. I sit here very grateful that all our friends and family are alive. Though some have lost houses, they are still with us - the most important thing. I also feel for those families who have lost everything or someone and know that with Christchurch being the community it is we will know at least one person that has perished in this awful disaster.

Kia Kaha Christchurch