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What a fantastic day it has been!

It was more perfect than I could have imagined. I had to laugh out loud today when Shaughan rang me a few minutes after he had left home, he had run out of petrol. I am always going onto him about running around on the red light so it was a told you so moment when I pulled up with the petrol can. I carried on into town and went shopping and bought 3 new dresses, had coffee with my best mate, that would be Maddy. Called into see Santa and had our photo taken, purely out of luck. My wonderful husband then took Maddy out for an hour after her afternoon nap and I managed to cut and colour my hair, pluck, shave, mask, paints my nails and make dinner. It's amazing what you can achieve when you have time alone to do it. I headed off to the Sarjeant Gallery around 5pm for the opening of 'Legacy' and exhibition of Government House paintings. Government House is being redecorated and instead of storing this amazing collection of art away in the dungeons they are on tour, lucky us. There are about 26 pieces in total of mostly royalty portraits, some of the paintings are out of this world. I really liked one dude (portrait), who was a playboy in his time, which you can tell by looking into his eyes. 
It was a lovely opening I helped serve the drinks and had a great time catching up with lots of people I hadn't seen for ages. It would have been nice to see more people in my age group. I love history and feel that these paintings are apart of NZ's art history. 

Talking about art history I have Sister Wendy The American Collection and The Story of Painting to watch over the next few weeks, I can't wait! I have watched a few minutes of the American Collection and have already felt like getting the paints out. Nothing like watching someone as passionate about the arts as I am to get motivated. Sister Wendy is such a little darling! 

The Youtube clip of the day is Sister Wendy on BBC Breakfast
What a sweetheart!

My card for the day is Guiding Children
it said...one can be gentle and a fierce protector simultaneously. My vigilance focus on keeping harmony within households steams from my desire for children to maintain their youthful awe and sense of wonder. How else will we ensure that they'll see and speak with the fairies? How else will we foster the communication of children's healing laughter? Join with me in guiding the children, and you'll see your own imagination sparked by these amazing young beings. Your own enthusiasm and youthful spirit attracts the children's respect and attention. I'll lead you toward young people who can benefit from your help. 
Funny that I get this card because tonight I got to see one of the girls that used to come and paint with me in the holidays. She is so beautiful and tall now. There was another boy that I had taken a photo of in 2007 and he is soooo big, but he still has his stunning eyes. Over the past few days I have noticed that Maddy's laugh has changed it is hard to tell is she is crying or laughing some time, it makes me laugh. I have to see if I have a video of it for you to see. I didn't find one that I could upload but I thought the clip of her today was cute so have uploaded it instead.....

   
First time I have uploaded a video onto my blog :)

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