Thursday, September 27, 2007


Turns out...

Luke does not have any apparent fluid in his ears

Nor does he have any hearing loss.

So it seems to me

He is a typical male

And just doesnt listen.

(Although if his speech doesn't improve the doctor suggested a speech therapist.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


D is for..

Dead tired - I am constantly tired at the moment. I know - I work nights and am 8 months pregnant. I *should* be tired, I just wish I wasn't so much.

Denial - I think I am in denial over my age. It is quite scary that I am on the downhill run to 30. Yes, I have been told 30 is the new 20, but I liked being 20. It meant I still had forever to live. Now I have forever minus 7 (almost 8) years. Scary in my opinion.

So... over a week has passed since my last blog entry. It really doesn't feel like it has been that long. Stuff has happened. I think. I can't really remember through the fog of tiredness. I was just so tired last week it was not funny! I got to sleep a bit on the weekend and so far so good this week.

Last wednesday Kate had her sports carnival at school. Being in the infants they only do gross motor activities in the morning followed by a running race in the afternoon. Well, lets just say that while Kate might look happy in the photo, moments after this she kind of fell apart and did *not* want to do any more activities. I think it was because Luke and I were there having a picnic and she thought she was missing out or something. Anyway, she ended up staying with her class but not participating. I was a little miffed. At least she wore her top that I made her, and more importantly, she liked it, and now she wears it, all the time. She looked so cute in it too!


So after recess they had the running races. Before the kids got there, Luke decided to stand in front of all the parents, pull his shirt up and his pants down. I have never moved that quickly in all my life! I was mortified! He is such a feral!

Anyway, Kate ran in her first race and came third so she progressed through to the next round, where she didn't come a place, but that was ok because was so excited to have gotten through to that stage in the first place.

Which brings me to saturday. Little athletics. Luke was having a ball as usual. Kate was sitting there gloating about how she came third in her race and Luke is slow blah blah and me telling her to stop being nasty as he is trying his best. Then I ask her if she would like to do athletics if she is so great. Turns out that she does. Now we have 2 little athletes. Kate is so excited about starting this saturday!

I just hope she is better as she has a throat infection at the moment. I got called up to collect her from school on monday afternoon thinking she was just putting it on. Nup, turns out that she really is sick. Lucky I decided to take her to the doctor. I also took Luke and *finally* the doctor listened to me and didn't fob me off when I asked for a referral to see a hearing specialist. We have an appointment for a hearing test today. Very happy about that. Luke doesn't speak clearly and it is a constant source of frustration. I have spoken to different doctors in the past year and I just get told to wait and see. Well, we have one year until Luke starts school so I figure if he has a problem with his hearing then we have enough time to have it fixed. Not that it is a major problem, he just seems to have fluid in his ears. So I am looking forward to the test and to get the ball rolling if need be.

I made myself a skirt the other day. It is pretty cool except I look like the side of a bus! ROFL! Maybe I will just wait until after I have the baby to wear it! I also made Kate a nighty yesterday. No pattern. I self drafted a pattern from her old, too small nighty. It turned out ok, but trying to make binding out of satin on satin was quite difficult, so I will remember to have more patience next time, but I really wanted to get it done as a little present to her for being unwell and vomiting over the side of my bed and not in it. LOL! Man, I love not having carpet!

Ok, I think thats about all. I better go and get ready as we have to make a trip to the library and the shops before Luke's appointment. I also want to get some photos developed for the next challenge over at the Journal It blog. Have you checked out challenge 2 yet? No? Well, you should! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and take care! :D

Monday, September 17, 2007


C is for...

Cooking - I am not a good cook. I try. I am just not very good.

Cleaning - I am not that good at that either. Although I don't try hard with that one!

Well, I think I blinked and I missed the last week! Not that we were busy or anything!

Last thursday Kate had her Assembly of Excellence, not that she recieved her gold award, but she did have to perform her dance for dance group. She loves dancing, but she still does not want to do it outside of school. One day we will stumble upon something that she really wants to do!

Saturday morning started off with Little Athletics for Luke! He loved it! They only did 2 events as practice, the 50m run and long jump. He was really shy at first and wouldn't do the warmup exercises as he was quite shy. Then he ran in the last heat of the boys as he was still unsure about the whole thing. But once he got to the end of the run he turned around and started to go back up the track for another turn! Then he couldn't wait to do the long jump! As soon as they said it was time for the boys he raced over and was second in line! No need for dad's hand this time! Needless to say, he had a fantastic time and can't wait to go next week!


Then I spent the better part of the afternoon just bumming around. Sat outside and did some embroidering on my WIP wallhanger while supervising the kids while they played in the street. Kate is getting used to riding her bike with her training wheels up so she only uses them to turn around in a circle, although I think it will only be another week or two and they will be gone completely! It hasn't taken her long to build up her confidence on her bike.

Sunday panned out very similar to saturday but I spent some time talking with the neighbours and we had the neighbours kids over. All in all, we had a very fun but relaxing weekend. Have I told you that I just LOVE my street?! All the kids get out there and play and because it is a culdesac we dont have to worry about too many cars, but at the same time, the kids are learning some street sense.

I scrapped this layout on saturday for the Journal It Challenge blog. The theme this fortnight is to scrap the story behind the story. So go on over there and check out the blog and if you participate in the challenge you could be looking at becoming a regular contributor or win a prize!

Well, that's about it from me today. Luke wants me to go and play with him and I have to go and wash up aswell. Hopefully not for too much longer as we will be getting a new dishwasher hopefully this week! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!!! :D

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


B is for...

Beth - my name. I changed it officially through Births, Deaths and Marriages. I was born Elizabeth. My parents never called me Elizabeth. When I went to school they enrolled me as Beth, when they opened my first bank account they opened it in Beth. When I got my passport I signed my name Beth and so it was issued as Beth. My drivers license was issued in Beth. Everything except my birth certificate was in Beth. So when I went to get the kids passports I changed my name as I had to get a new birth certificate anyway! Needless to say, I had enough supporting documentation! LOL!

Blacktown - I was born and bred there and my kids were also born there.

Blue - my favourite colour.

Breakfast - my favourite meal of the day! And yes, soggy cereal does taste yummy, none of that crunchy stuff for me. I like to wait about 5 minutes of soaking before eating. Weird, maybe, but thats the way I like it!

Thats about all I can think of for B!

Here is a layout I have been working on these last couple of days. I took this photo 3 months before Websters death as I really wanted to do a layout on this! It's just a shame it has to be retrospective. I wish he was still here and I wish I was still cursing his land mines. Oh well. I had a bit of a sook when I wrote out the journaling but it just reminds me of how special he was.

We had our dishwasher looked at today. It seems our life's modern marvel has died! It is leaking and has burnt out the motor. After washing up for close to 20 years I was so grateful for that darn thing! Now we have to save some money to buy a new one. Another couple of weeks of manually washing the dishes isnt going to hurt! Well, it does hurt my back because of my baby belly and my arms are too short to reach past my tummy and into the sink so it has to be very full, but besides that, it's all good.

Which reminds me, I really have to get some photos of me before this baby comes, huh? I might harrass Steve on the weekend to take some.

Well, thats it from me today! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!!! :D

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


 Encyclopaedia of Me Meme!

Ok, so I had seen this on a few crafty blogs and I thought it was a really cool idea!

So, without further ado...

A is for..

Amanda - my middle name. I don't really have an opinion on this name. I neither like it or dislike it. It is just a name. Actually, when people ask me what my middle name is, I have to think about it, because I forget it sometimes. *Gasp!* It's not as if I am named after anyone or anything so I guess it doesn't matter too much if I don't remember it, huh?

Alone - I guess I am like most people, I like to have some time alone. The only problem is, I get none! At all! During the day I have at least Luke with me, and then I work at night, and then when I come home I am asleep before my head touched the pillow! It's not all bad though, because when I can get a snippet of alone time, it makes it wonderful, although I am usually wondering when will Steve and the kids get home! LOL! Can't win!

You know what, A is a hard letter to think of words, so I think I will have to leave that exercise here for today, on to B next time.

I guess I better get going too, I have a layout to finish and also I have to do my layout for the next challenge over at the Journal It blog. Well, first I have to think of the challenge. Hmmm, at least I know a word that begins with P and is me completely - procrastinator! LOL! You know, I spent alot of time yesterday *looking* at sewing projects when what I should have done, is got my machine out and just did one! Oh well, maybe if I finish my layout I might sketch out a pattern for a top I want to make, or I could do a bit more embroidery on my WIP wall hanger. We shall see I guess!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone! :D

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Thankyou all for the comments regarding my nan. I like to think I got my craftiness from her. She was a seamstress by trade but she also used to knit and make dolls and bears and do cross stiches and tapestries. Very crafty my nan was.

I was sad at her passing but not excessively so. I think I was more in shock and denial than anything. It certainly hit me when I drove into the carpark of the church and saw the hearse. That made it real. That made it hit home. I broke down and just cried. Cried for all the words left unspoken that should have been said. Cried for all the time I should have spent with her but hadn't. Cried because she asked me about scrapbooking about a year or so ago but I had just told her to go to a scrap shop and do some classes as there really isn't much to learn. Why hadn't I offered to take her? Why had I been so selfish with my time? Cried because I felt guilty. And I cried because I couldn't tell her I was sorry.

I am so sorry nan.

Now, this brings me to another point. I was not told that she had small cell lung cancer. If I had known, I would have been there when she needed family and friends the most. I am somewhat disappointed that I was not told. But it is too late now to be angry, all I can do is focus on the people left behind. The rest of my family. I will be more proactive and stop taking everyone for granted, especially my 3 remaining grandparents.

Anyway, onto some other things...

Luke was supposed to start Little Athletics today, but alas, it was raining and so it was called off. Oh well. At least we have that to look forward to next week! His little uniform is so cute and I can't wait to take some photos of him! He is going to love athletics! He just loves to run around and be chased and he loves to meet people!

Challenge #5 is up over at Memory Bugs!

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Flower Power Challenge!

I love this ad! If you look closely enough you can see that the cogs aren't cogs at all, but people and other obscure items. Your challenge this week, if you choose to accept, is to create a layout that incorporates flowers on it, but not your ordinary primas, I mean, I want to see you make flowers out of OTHER items, like ribbon, or brads, or draw them, or whatever! Be creative and be free and make some flower power of your own! No topic this week.

So go on and upload your entries into the gallery for your chance to win a $10 gift voucher!

And let us not forget Challenge #1 on the Journal It Blog - "I am thankful for..."

I think thats about it for now. Take care and thankyou very much for stopping by! :D

Monday, September 3, 2007


Bad stuff happens.

My nan passed yesterday. She had cancer. It originally started in her lung and then moved to her brain. I hadn't seen her in 2 years but I went and saw her on friday. I am glad I did. Until now, all 4 of my grandparents had been alive, and I think I took that for granted, you know, I thought they would always be there. They never seemed to age, they never looked different or acted different in all the years I remember. It has put a few things into perspective and I don't think I will be taking people for granted so much anymore.

Father's Day was a quiet affair here. First off was present opening which consisted of a book, some boxer shorts, chocolate and a money box. The we went and had McDonalds for breakfast, as per Steve's request. Followed by taking Luke to the doctor as he had cut his foot that morning. Did anyone know they actually get tetanus shots as part of their normal vaccinations? I didn't! LOL! I just had the kids vaccinated without really knowing what I was vaccinating against! Anyway, then we took the car through a car wash followed by a trip to Bunnings. Then we just bummed around the house and yard followed by hot chips and scallops for dinner in a picnic in the backyard. And nope, not one photo, as per Steve's request. I know. Not one. Oh well. There is always next weekend when he has no excuse! LOL!

The baby's room has started to come together. I have washed and soaked all the little clothes. The cot and bassinette are all made up and ready to go. The pram, carseats, rocker and pouch have all been washed. Now we just need the little bundle to arrive. Just over 7 weeks to go! It's very exciting stuff now!

Well, thats about it. If you haven't headed over to why don't you check it out if you have a spare minute or two. Take care and thanks for stopping by!