Monday, 31 December 2012

Bring on the New Year!!

I can't believe 2012 is almost over already! Its been an amazing year in many ways. I have learnt so much and have had so many incredible opportunities. I really thank God for this year - for both the bad things He has allowed me to learn from, and for the many, many good things He has blessed me with. I can't wait to see what 2013 holds in store for me! Its my senior high school year, which is kinda freaking me out - can't believe that I'm almost there already! - and I have a lot of things I want to do, but I'm looking forward to finding out what God's plans for the year are! But anyway, only 6 hours till New Year now, so I decided it would be fun to celebrate my 2012 in photos!! Here are my some of the high-lights of the year: 
Fun with Lily, Hyacinth and other friends ♥
Hyacinth and I played in a football tournament!! :D

Fun in the holidays - thanks Hyacinth and Lily!
YC'12 - an AMAZING experience!!
Violet and I had a wonderful time on the way up, and the
way back from camp
Cantabile - my vocal trio
English Country Dancing!! Thanks for calling it, Lily!!
Cantilena - my amazing chamber music trio!
My brother's dance squad, which I was privileged to perform
in - thanks Stan! :)
Ice Skating in the city centre with Lily and Hyacinth ♥
Lots and lots of futsal!! :D (Its like indoor soccer)
The auditioning team for A Royal Feast: The Flavour of
Christmas

Volleyball team - such a good team this season!! Can't wait to
play with you all again next term!!
I got to watch Coldplay in Auckland in November!!! It was
soooooooo good!! And it was a really special day too :)
 
Violet's graduation - whoop whoop!!
All the great times we had preparing for The Flavour of
Christmas
All my time spent working on the show with Sakura and
Violet - you girls really are treasures, and you both blessed
me so much this year ♥
And last, but not least, the photoshoot Violet and I did the
other day!!
Well, that's it from me for now!! I will be back with more soon - exciting to think that my next post will be in the year 2013!! God bless you all, my wonderful friends, family and our amazing readings!! I love you all lots, and thank you for the role each and every one of you play in my life. Looking forward to spending the next year with you all!!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Photoshoot/Adventure with Violet and Daisy

Violet and I had a really good time, dressing up in period costume and taking photos with my dad's camera! It was really enjoyable strolling through the forest, taking pictures - and we have come to the conclusion that I am a hobbit and Violet's dress glows, which made her look like Lady of Shallot haha! Well anyhow, we had a whole load of fun, and I hope you enjoy some of our pictures, and that you all have a very blessed and special Christmas! ♥



Violet the ghost ;)






Evil Daisy



Isn't she beautiful?!

 

A fishing hobbit (aka Daisy)

Violet shines in  the light xD


My beautiful best friend, having just graduated high school!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Violet's Lead up to Christmas

I just thought I'd let you all know a bit about what I've been up to recently (besides the production!) as there have been lots of fun events happening here in the lead up to Christmas! :)
Probably my favourite Christmas verse!
The first thing to note is that shortly before the production I had my last exam and officially graduated from high school! My sister is also finishing this year and so our family sneakily did up the house and threw us a mini party to celebrate. They even made a cake! Thank you so much to mum and dad for all the support they've given me over the years, and also my younger sister for her idea of the little party - it was lots of fun! :D

Me (Violet) to the left with my sister

Cutting the cake!
It truly does feel like the end of the era - and I feel so blessed by the Lord that He has been with me every step of the way, and that He has provided me with so many lovely, Godly friends who have been such an encouragement and inspiration to me over the years. Thank you all! 

I also had a graduation dinner - which was a good excuse to dress up and say goodbyes! Very sad, but again I felt relieved more than anything else, as I now feel that the time has come to move on to the next stage in my life. 

On Monday, I went to a friend's birthday party and we also went and saw the Hobbit!!!! Very exciting! I have yet to finish posting our countless photos from the premiere, hopefully I'll get onto that soonish. Needless to say, the movie did not disappoint and while I still personally prefer the Lord of the Rings (as I expected, as I prefer that book over the Hobbit) it is certianly worth watching. I hope to do a review of it in the future (Dad's suggestion!) . . .

Oh dear, this post is turning into a list of what-I-need-to-post-at-some-stage-in-the-future! :p On Tuesday, Daisy and I did a really fun photo shoot in Medieval costumes for my graduation (so normal, I know!) so watch this space for those sometime! 

Wednesday was SO much fun!!! I attended my first ever progressive dinner! Our home was the place where we had mains so we spent the day decorating the house and making it all Christmassy - so much fun, particularly as we don't normally do such a big job of it as we're often away over Christmas time. And our house was where the mains were served, so it felt rather strange to have so many people there! It was a great chance to get to know people from church better and to just relax. I have now decided that progressive dinners are absolutely fantastic! We had a fun game at the end whereby you picked a number out of a hat and then in order of the numbers got to choose a present or steal one somebody else had opened - loads of fun and had us all laughing so much at the funny gifts people had chosen and ended up with!!!

My family - a photo taken at the progressive dinner. I am in the middle of my two sisters.
My brother, sister and mother enjoying the starters at the first house
Outside our house (house number 2!) for mains and a photo shoot!

Arriving at house number 3 for dessert and a Christmas pressie game!
On Thursday, we had a fun "girls only" evening at Hyacinth's and Lily's house watching the film October Baby. While it is certianly not one of my favourite films, and makes you cry more than laugh, it does carry a really powerful message and I recommend that you do watch it if you have the opportunity to. I would include a trailer, but I think one of us may be inclined to write a review of it at some stage. . .


As if I hadn't been doing enough fun things already, on Friday I went to the annual carols singing evening at Daisy's house! Her mother is a singing teacher and so each year they invite friends along to a supper and a carol singing time. It was so much fun and I can't wait until we can do it again! It was also an opportunity to catch up with some people from the production who had come.

So I hope that gives you a glimpse into my life at the moment - not including the production which has actually been the focus up until this week. I never imagined I could be so busy and yet on holiday! :D I'm quite enjoying it!

Oh, and on another note, I couldn't help but share with you all some music I have been utterly addicted to after the production. You'd think I'd be sick of hearing Christmas music, but no! :) I'm also addicted to the group Celtic Woman and thier music, having treated myself to a graduation present of their music (A New Journey). So enjoy these tunes!





God bless, and I hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas break! :D