Friday, December 19, 2008


More 25 Days...

Day 15: Amy is walking. Lots. Usually by herself but she also likes to get this baby cranking around the house. You would have thought she would have walked earlier because we have no carpets. But no.


Day 16: Kate ended up staying home from school as she has a cold. So, what better way to spend the day than by playig a couple of rounds of Buzz Jnr? We played Dino Den as the other 2 discs have scratches. Hmmm. A repair kit wont be far away as we all love playing, even Steve and I.


Day 17: Santa Photo! Sorry the scan is a little washed out. He was such a good Santa and knew the trick to calming down Amy. She didn't cry at all, although the lady took at least 10 photos because Luke kept smiling funny. Gotta love digital media.


Day 18: Luke finished at Preschool. They had a party and a presentation and a visit by someone jolly! Luke received a book from Santa and he also received his coveted scrapbook that the kids had been filling out throughout the year. As soon as he sat down he started leafing through it. It shows alot of progress in his writing etc. He cannot wait to start kindy. He has really blossomed in the last year. I am so proud of my little man.


Well, that's about it from me today. We started out school holidays early, like today. I really love the school holidays. I love spending the extra time with the kids. I love not having the morning and afternoon rush. I love lazy days lounging around watching tv with the kids, or playing Buzz, because it is too hot outside. I am seriously going to love not having to drive Lukey eveyday to his half day preschool, that's for sure!!! So, now, me and the kids might do some crafty stuff so hopefully I will have something to share in a day or two. Cheers and TFSB! :D

Sunday, December 14, 2008


An Award and 25 Days Continued

Thankyou to Sheri and Tam who gave me this award! It made my day! :D


The rules for receiving the award are simple:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

I nominate for this award:
Ruthy Clarke - I love her pretty scrapping!
Tatum Woodroffe - Love her fresh and bright layouts!
Mel Moor - Such a gorgeous woman!
Gi - Love her freestyle whimsy stuff!
Jaimee - Love her stuff too!

And I saw this on a few blogs and I thought it was great.

And so on to my Ali's 25 Days of Christmas.

Day 10:
I think I have created a monster. I was making a cup of tea when Luke asked for a drink, so I asked if he would like a cup of tea with me. He really liked it and now has one in the mornings with me. By the way, his cup isn't empty, it's only half full.


Day 11:
Writing out the Christmas cards.


Day 12:
I took Luke to get a haircut in preparation for Santa photos. I also did a spot of Christmas shopping and picked up a layby. ;)

Day 13:
Christmas family get together with my mum, sisters and step-family. Steve helping Amy to open her present.


Well, I best go. I have to tidy up a bit before Kylie gets here. Thanks so much for stopping by and a special thanks to everyone who commented on my Master's projects! So much appreciated! TFSB! :D

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Probably a big post. Sorry about that.

Day 3 of Ali's 25 Days of Christmas:

Amy has learnt to climb onto the chair in her room. After I change her nappy I usually leave her to have some quiet play time while I wash my hands etc, but I wont be able to now as I am fearful that she will topple off the chair! She doesn't really have the concept of height yet.


Day 4: I don't have a photo of this but I got my hair cut and coloured. Yes, it is a thing of note for me as I don't colour my hair. I have got foils once before but let them grow out as I couldn't be bothered with the upkeep. This time they might stick around a bit longer. I am liking them. :)

Day 5: Luke was drawing one morning and he told me he was drawing Webster. He then proceeded to draw Webster under the ground. It's been over a year but he still missed him.


Day 6: I went to my Christmas party for work. It was heaps of fun. Last year I got horrendously drunk so this year I was sticking to Diet Coke. I still got up and danced like crazy all night! Thanks Steve for taking this photo! :)


Day 7: A bum around at home day. Here is Amy in the sandpit in the backyard.


Day 8: Kate and Luke were writing out their Christmas cards. They were putting those chocolate gold coins in the envelope aswell. Except for Luke. He would say 'that person doesn't like chocolate' and then eat their allocated coin. Only 2 kids ended up with a chocolate...


Day 9: This is very exciting for us indeed. We booked our flights to New Zealand. We are flying Emirates. On the way back we are on the Airbus A380. Yup. The SuperJumbo!!!! We cannot wait!!!

Master's was announced in a way yesterday.
Most people don't know this, but for personal reasons I decided just over 2 months ago to remove my entry from the competition. I was very happy with my decision and I tell you, there was an immediate sense of relief. I didn't need to sit and wonder and wait to see if I would get the elusive call. I didn't need to worry if my entry was good enough in other scrappers eyes. I didn't need to worry if I would have enough time to complete the required things of me if I were chosen.

So since I wont be published in the Master's magazine, I guess I can do a bit of a share.

My single layout. This layout fell into place really quickly, after only about an hour. I love it. It is still one of my most favourite pieces.

My double layout. This layout had me baffled as I really could not think of goals and dreams etc. SO I went with something slightly different.

My Keepsakes. I put together some frames for the family. I got the idea because both Kate and Luke have a picture of me in the rooms because I work at night and it makes them feel like I am there and that they are safe and protected.

And my calendar. Oh how I agonised over what to do for this! I didn't want to use a heap of supplies but I still wanted something cool. So I went with list calendars to cut down on product. I cut the house shape out of MDF. This was probably the funnest project of my entry. I loved putting this together, even if I almost did wreck it with HS rubons! Argh!

Anyway, sorry about the mammoth post! Thanks so much for stopping by! Take care! :D

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Day 2

Yesterday Luke had another Orientation Day at Kindergarten. The good thing is that at the moment he goes to a Dept of Education Preschool. It is on school grounds and it is run by teachers with schedules and things to make the kids ready for Kindergarten. I personally think the preschool is awesome and such a great stepping stone as Luke has no problems settling into the school during Orientation. He did want to wear his uniform though and was a little upset when I told him that he couldn't just yet. The office lady gave him a sheet to practice writing his name and in such a confident tone he replied 'I already know how to write my name'. Well!

For my Ali E 25 Days of Christmas album I have decided to use this photo of Luke reading a Richard Scarry book. You know the onewith the worm? I love Richard Scarry when I was growing up! He wanted to know why the car was made out of a pickle. I told him I wasn't sure but that just must be the type of cars they drive. The reason why the pickle car caught Luke's attention is because he loves pickles. Watch your Cheeseburgers or he will steal your pickles!


Well, that's it from me, I have stuff to do. I always have stuff to do because I should be the president of the procrastinators group. TFSB! :D

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Ali E's 25 Days of Christmas

I never got around to creating my album, but I thought it can't stop me from playing along anyway! I will just post it here on my blog and when I get a chance I will put my album together. Sure I will. When the kids move out of home. But I will just keep all the entries waiting here for me anyway.

So, I am a day behind because I don't have the luxury of having weeknights to myself to have some 'me' time, unless you call sleeping for 4 hours 'me' time, and if that's the case then I guess I get plenty of 'me' time every night.

So for December 1st my entry will consist of this photo of Luke and myself making some Christmas cards:


Excuse the messy hair and seemingly double chin. Gorgeous I know. But it wasn't until I uploaded the photo that I kind of went 'hmmmm' but me being me, was too lazy to take another shot. Oops.

Last weekend saw us go to the City as there was a boat show on. I dressed the kids up all matching thinking I might be able to get some practice shots in of the fam. Shame it was teeming down with rain. Ahh it happens. So we decided to check out the Australian Maritime Museum. We went on the Voyager, the Naval Destroyer. It was interesting to see the inside of a Naval boat and it made me happy I never followed that dream of going into the armed forces. It was noisy and a little scary on the boat. And that was just in dock.

We put our Christmas tree up on the weekend along with the lights on the outside of the house. I went with silver, black and white decorations for the tree and can I just say that it looks pretty darn cool. Although the black star I saw at the shops was kind of morbid, and without finding a nice silver one, it just has the old gold one on it. As for the lights, I somehow managed to get Steve on the roof to hang them, lots of life insurance jokes were made, but in the end I think it was the easiest and quickest way to hang them on our high front peaks.

Which reminds me, I went dress shopping on the weekend for my work Christmas party. This year I am vowing not to drink, I am driving so I have an excuse not to drink. Last year I got hammered to the point of no return and well, I can't seem to stomach alcohol since. Maybe it was good for me? Who knows. But anyway, I got a dress and I also got a top and now I am torn between what to wear. One thing I know for certain is I have to go back to the darn shop to have the magnetic thing taken off my top. Sheesh! I hate that!

Sorry about the mammoth post, but I haven't wanted to use the computer much. Since upgrading the computer and downloading drivers/patches we went over our 18G limit and are back to dialup. I can't wait till the 5th when I am back to 1000kpbs instead of 128kbps. Makes a little bit of a difference. ;)
Cheers and TFSB! :D