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a month in pictures...and a few words :)

August 2012

Hard to believe that there could be so much happening in just one month

a wonderful trip to first!

 a day to see the sights

 my first ever "alone sightseeing" experience!

 and then on to teach Paint Mojo!
 with a bunch of wonderful women
 who filled my spirit
with such gratitude and joy to be able to share what I know and learn along the way
Thank you to Wini and Liza for being such wonderful hosts and for your lovely recounts of the weekend here and here
Thanks also to the talented Kylie Fowler, one of my fellow Life Book teachers for her great post here!

 coming home from Melbourne and having Santana come stay for a couple of weeks as her apartment was not yet ready to move into.......watching this moment and appreciating it so much in the knowledge that within the week Santana would be leaving home for Sydney and Sienna and I would be flying to ordinary moment to warm the heart

 saying goodbye to Gingy boy
 and the beach across the road
 and beautiful Bella.......for a whole 6 months!
 taking a last walk with Santana and Rosie
 watching my big girl sleep and wondering how my baby became a woman so fast and still seeing her baby face there in front of me

working on fun things for my Life Book lesson in October

and finishing my video lesson for Angels in My Studio

making two happy paintings for the lovely Samantha

 who inspires me with her beautiful nature

 driving to Sydney to see Santana in her new apartment

 and stopping to take pics of the amazing skies!

 how could I just drive on and not pause to take in such splendour?

 arriving to the sunshine of Santana's new bedroom

 and loving the way she has placed her creative beauty there...

 spending the day with my beautiful girls and visiting the Coogee pool where i spent many days in my childhood :)

 on the plane and a blurry pic of Sienna's friends tucked into the back of the seat in front. She may be 15 but she still takes her "guys" on holidays with her...i love that :)

arriving in California and making the transition from Winter to Summer in one day
catching up on some favourite American treats 

 and doing a little creating..

satisfying my cravings for all things

 and other beautiful things

 seeing a guy in Old Town San Diego who looked remarkably like Santa Claus on Summer vacation!

 and trying to persuade Sienna to let me take her photo

 finally succeeding :)))

 and succeeding again!

 on a shopping day with our beautiful niece Mikela

 where i discovered the joys of Anthologie and Paper Source~ my new favourite stores!

 meeting online friends in the flesh like the awesome Lura Brown!

and this wonderful group of Soul Sisters, all of us students in Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls Soul Sessions

 enjoying watching cousins hang out together after four years of not seeing each other

 and loving the smile it brings to the cutest nearly 5 and 3/4 year old face :)
experiencing a life changing weekend with my dear friend Orly Avineri

 who was all and more than I imagined her to be...

thank you Orly for your lessons of letting go on order for new wonder to enter...

 enjoying the diversity of life in Southern California...puppies in pink

 and guys with tails :)

and discovering things like this to put on top of my Christmas wish list!

Lets see what fun September brings!

Phew!!!! If you got through all of that you deserve a prize and I'm giving one away!

I am having a painting giveaway over at my Magically Mixed Art Community on Facebook. Click on the link to come join us!

Last but certainly not least.......

Happy , happy birthday to my beautiful first born Santana, the most wonderful 19 year old in the world. I miss you and wish I was there to celebrate with you my sweet xoxoxoxox


you seem to be having a time in your new job in Thailand........te amo Pancho Villa! xox


WrightStuff said…
Phew - you're right, that was a lot to take in. You're some lady Tracy. You should be very proud of yourself and your family for making such magic happen!

I'm meeting Orly next month at the Call of the Wild Soul retreat in the UK. I'm taking a class with her. Very excited!!
kathy nesi said…
you have been busy indeed, but all good things! enjoy september, i look forward to reading about your adventures!!
Tee McNeil Art said…
Wow so much to see and experience! I can't believe you are not completely wiped out! Love seeing what you did and the little glimpses into your class time too~
Louise said…
What a lovely glimpse into your bright and beautiful month, it matches your bright and beautiful art.Have a wonderful September.
Unknown said…
Tracy, your paintings just look like your life, and your life your paintings, beautiful, colourful, vibrant and full of life and positive energy!
Carolyn Dube said…
What a month! It has everything one needs - family, art, and adventure! Thanks for sharing!
Tracy Verdugo said…
Thanks for stopping by everyone. I really love to hear from you. I've been meaning to blog everyday but too much is happening so these pictorial essays may be the way to go! xx
Anna Bartlett said…
What a terrific wrap up of a whirlwind month! I'm sure it will continue for a while yet - congrats on actually documenting it all!
kecia deveney said…
you busy girl! i love it. to me, too much time is spent sitting around watching life go by. i say go out and live it!

love your pieces with Orly!


see you soon!
Stephanie Danbom said…
Loved to see and hear about the Family time. The umbrellas stopped me in my tracks, as I assume it did the same to you! Hugs! Steph