Saturday, December 31, 2011

Travel: Gerroa Days 5 - 7

I wish everyone a fun-filled New Years Eve!!!!! Now, for the boring bits. Day 5 & 6 & 7 of our holiday.

Christmas Day and Santa is so clever that he is able to find the kids even when we aren't home! It wasn't easy for him, but he got it done. I think he even managed to get the kids what they wanted. Kate had been hanging out for Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. Yeah, she read an 800+ page book in one day. Sheesh! I am not sure how much of it she takes in because she reads so fast, but so does Steve. I however am a slow reader.

After a breakfast of pancakes on my new pancake cooker, we had a bit of a play with the new stuff but decided to take a trip to the beach. It was soooo windy! The dry sand stung our legs and the waves were not as gentle as they had been, so we decided bugger it, we'll go for a swim back at the holiday park instead! Which doubled as getting the sand out of our costumes!

After our daily nap time, we decided after dinner we would go back to the beach and collect shells. We had an awesome time looking in the rock pools and finding pippies in the water.

Day 6 went a little like this: Boxing Day sales down at Nowra for the kids to spend their money from their Grandma and Poppy in New Zealand. Followed by nap time and pool time. For dinner we went to Kiama again to have fish and chips.

Day 7: pack up and home bound! I couldn't wait to sleep in my own bed!

Well, if you have stuck with me this far, I commend you. It wasn't easy. But thank you.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Travel: Gerroa Day 3

Ahh, I see you have come back for more. Well, here is Day 3 of our holiday.

In the morning we went to Nowra to pick up some cheap body boards and pool noodles. Previously the kids hadn't enjoyed the beach so we had never bothered with getting more than the couple we had. After getting back to the caravan park, we had a rest (which fast became a daily ritual) and then we went for a swim. The pool was great, it was heated, so the temperature was perfect. No photos of either of these. However, in the evening, Steve thought it would be fun to have a fish of the wharf at Kiama. We had some stinky prawns that had been in our freezer for quite sometime that we decided to use. Luke caught a little fish and so did I, however, we fed lots of others. LOL!

That pretty much concludes Day 3. So you're lucky that I have Day 4 ready to go as well. Oh so lucky.

We went to the beach in the morning, it was a glorious day and the kids (and I!) had so much fun body boarding and generally just floating around in the water. The best part about Seven Mile Beach is that it is quite shallow so you can be out a fair distance, but the water is still only waist deep. Perfect for kids. Anyway, we had a heap of fun.

After our daily nap/quiet time, we decided to take a drive up to Minnamurra Rainforest. It was great the way the boardwalks are all set up. We didn't have the time (motivation more like it) to walk the extra hour to see the falls, but enjoyed it nonetheless and I think (hope) even the kids learned a few things. My photos turned out a bit dodgy, but here's one I liked.

Only a couple of days left of our summer vacation rundown. Please bear with me. :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Travel: Gerroa Day 2

Day 2 of our holiday saw us take up trip up to Kiama to the blow hole. Unfortunately the waves weren't pounding enough for much excitement.

We went for a walk to the Information Centre and the kids bought some souvenirs. Then on the way back to the car, I made the kids stop for a photo with the lighthouse. You can see how enthused they are about this. The lighthouse was even sporting a pretty warm knitted scarf.

After a lunch of fish, calamari and hot chips from one of the takeaway shops, we headed back to Gerroa. It was getting warmer despite the cloudy sky, so we lathered ourselves up with sunscreen and headed to the beach. The kids loved it! Steve taught Kate how to body board and she thought it was pretty awesome. Luke had a go too and even Amy had a go on some little waves. We walked down to the inlet to see if we could ride the flowing water from the river to the beach. It was flowing fast, but it was not deep enough. Then of course, we flew the kite. Lucky for me there are no people in the background of this photo to become Amy's 'other family'.

One of my good friends gave us a plate of handmade biscuits for Christmas. The kids had been bugging me for a couple of days to open them, but I wanted a photo of them first. I made Kate be my model. This photo was taken outside the tent, the park surrounds were gorgeous. Back to the biscuits. They were amazing. Better than any cookie I have ever bought. Mmmm. The kids and I gorged ourselves on them. Gluttons, the lot of us! But they were just so good!

And there concludes Day 2. I am surprised if you have made it this far.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Travel: Gerroa Day 1

Ahhh I finally get a minute to update this thing. We just got back from our camping holiday at Gerroa. Don't know where that is? Funny because I didn't either until I was trawling through Google Maps looking for a coastal location that wasn't too far away. It's just south of Kiama. At the beginning of Seven Mile Beach. And it's beautiful.

So, here's for a quick recap of Day 1 of our holiday.

Day one is setting up the camper trailer. The only thing I was disappointed in at the holiday park was the camp kitchen. I think because when we went to Ulladulla last year, their kitchen was! Anyway.

Later in the evening, we decide to go for a walk along the beach.

There was this fantastic bridge over the river that you walked across to get to the beach.

Amy was excited because we found a pelican feather. Well, I think she was just excited in general.

We couldn't keep the kids out of the water. No amount of 'stay out of the water' would cut it. Although, I am not sure what Luke and Amy are doing in this photo, it was cute, so I am including it.

And to top of a pretty great day (you see, Steve didn't get cranky putting up the camper trailer, so yep, it was a great day in my books), Kate decided to write in the sand. Want to know what she wrote? Ok, I'll tell you. Hi mum, I love you very much. I tell you, my day went from great to awesome.

And that was just Day 1. Phew. Tomorrow, I'll return with Day 2. Lucky you, dear reader, lucky you.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day to Day: Amy's Story

Sunday Share

I just want to get this story down so I don't forget it.

Last year when we went on holidays, I snapped this photo of Amy flying a kite at Dolphin's Point. She was looking through my box of photos and came across it. She was excited as she knew the person in the photo was her. But then all of a sudden, she started saying that the people in the background were her family and asking where they were. She started sobbing as though her heart had broken because she wanted to know about her 'other family', as she kept calling the people in the photo. She is still adamant a week later that she has another family. At least she isn't upset about it anymore though, just more matter of fact. And if we don't ask her about it, it seems she is starting to forget about having another family out there somewhere.

I think this all happened because when Kate went on her school camp, Amy said that Kate wasn't coming home as she was lost. Poor little mite is too young to fully understand.

I did have a layout to share as well, but lo and behold, it got picked up for publication. I don't get that many acceptances so I still do a happy dance when one gets the green light! Yippee! :D

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Scrapbooking: Hermione and the Pirate

The December Inspirations are up over at AussieScrapJack!!! Make sure you go and check them out!!! Here is my effort. Now, before you adjust your monitor, it's the layout that's making your eyes go funny. The stripes on the stripped paper were not straight. It look ok at the time but once I took the photo, it just looks all too weird now like the page is bulging to the left. It's a piece of MME that I had from a stack. You've been warned. LOL! Anyway, here is my layout:

Kate went to school camp this last week. Amy missed her terribly. She cried for her and was telling me Kate was 'lost'. It's so sweet as usually they just annoy each other. I guess distance really does make the heart grow fonder. She had a fantastic time and even though she missed home, it didn't dampen her enthusiasm. She tried out sailing and her favourite activity was the rope swing. While we here in Sydney experienced rain all week, up the coast must have had fantastic weather because she is now a few shades browner! I am so glad she had a great week!
Now, I just want to leave you with a scary thought. Only 2 weeks left until Christmas eve. I suppose Santa better get herself organised...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reading: Hannah's Gift

Tuesday Texts

I like to read. I have more time now to read. I try to read a book a week. It doesn't always work that way as some books are too long, too boring, or some use really big words and I have to read those slowly to let the words digest in my brain so I can understand what is written. Anyway. I have decided that Tuesday would be a good day to talk about what book I have read in the past week or so. I was doing this previously but I have been a bit slack. Ok, by slack I mean lazy.

Here's a book I read a while ago. I figure I won't actually read a book every week, so I will catch up eventually.

This book is so sad. It's based on a true story about the author's 2 year old daughter (I think she was 2, like I said, it was a while ago!) falling victim to cancer. Oh so sad. I cried on the train while reading it! I don't know how many times I had to stop reading it so I wouldn't cry. But you know, I was annoyed a little by this book. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, but seriously, the 2 year old was talking in full sentences, so I am not sure if the child was a genius or if the author had a slightly skewed recollection of events. All that aside. Read it. It is beautiful and poignant. I really liked it and it breaks my heart to think that families have to go through these types of things.

I feel like I should have something happy to follow that with. I don't. Sorry about that.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Scrapbooking: Master's

So the other night I was a little lost for words. I'll remedy that now.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate my 9 fellow Scrapbooking Memories Master's. It is a huge honour to be a part of this amazing line up.

When the phone call came I was at work. I didn't catch the name, just the "from Scrapbooking Memories" part. My heart dropped in to my tummy. I thought the calls had already been made. Apparently I was wrong. I honestly don't remember much except I said "Oh my God" an awful lot and "Are you serious?" also quite a lot. And most times both of those were said together. I was shocked.I mean, this was my seventh time in which I have entered Master's and to be truthful, I thought I was destined to never win.

I couldn't believe the prizes once they started rolling in. Steve would get them from the post office for me on his way home from work. The lady once commented that  it was a fair amount of craft stuff I was getting. EEK! I didn't want the cat let out of the bag just because the boxes had brand names on them!!! But all was good. I somehow managed to keep my mouth shut for 10 weeks. I think it helps that I don't see many other scrappers on a regular basis, except a couple of close friends who I knew wouldn't spill the beans on me. ;)

Then the challenges started. I have actually found that I am enjoying them far more than I thought I would. The supplies are ones which I wouldn't normally go for, so straying outside of my comfort zone is actually quite a nice change. I've always thought I was too 'safe' and boring.

Want to see the prizes? This is my kitchen table. Somewhere there, anyway.

But before my stash doubled in size, Steve decided he would build me a craft cabin. It's finished (well, mostly, just don't look too hard). I even started to move in tonight. I can see many hours crafting with the kids. Ask Steve and he will say he sees an uncluttered garage, free from my crap! So, a huge big thank you to my husband. The best hubby a crafting girl could ask for. Although he only wants the extra room for his go kart. Hmmm. Watch this space for a piccy!

Lastly, thank you so much to everyone for their congratulations. I appreciate it more than you realise. :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scrapbooking: Did someone say Masters?


I am not sure if it was a good idea... I am not too great with deadlines. Gulp.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day to Day: Birthdays and Halloween

Argh! Where on Earth has this last month gone?! I have been super busy with just stuff. You know that busy feeling although you have nothing much to show for it? Yep. That's been my month.

Amy had her fourth birthday and Steve and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. Here's a photo of Amy. About the only one in which she wasn't scowling. Apparently it's not the done thing to have photos taken on your fourth birthday. I have very similar ones of Luke...

We also road tripped out to Forbes for my Pa's 80th birthday. Which coincidentally is the same day as Amy's. Which, yes, is the same day as our wedding anniversary. Yeah, it's a pretty special day around here.

I procrastinated that bad this year that I didn't even make the kids Halloween outfits. But that's alright as they still had an awesome time dressing up and getting way too many lollies for them to eat. So I may have helped out in that department. Oh boy, did I.

Nope, no craft to share, although I did go to the Paper Crafts Festival today and I quite enjoyed it. A day out scrap shopping with Sarah and Cindy is always a great way to spend a day. I did see a technique that I loved though, so hopefully this week sometime I can get on to that. ;)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Scrapbooking: ScrapJacked

It's official: I am now on the Scrap Jacked DT. :) I can't wait to get started on my first layout! :) Check out the new challenge: here. :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day to Day: Cars, Books, Sport and Food

Two weeks ago, we went to a car show out at Penrith. Now, I really like old cars and I adore hot rods. One of those little things that is on my bucket list is to do up a car when I retire. All well and good, but I really don't know that first thing about mechanics and things like that. Lucky for me, I have about 30+ years to prepare.

I saw this book at the library and decided that because it was a nice thin book (I was feeling a little lazy!) I thought I would grab it. I found it a little hard to get into because of the style of writing, but I found by about page 15, I was hooked. I read it in two days. I really enjoyed it, I must say. The themes were compelling and I think he wrote quite objectively, so the reader can form their own opinions on the subject matter. Yep, I would certainly recommend it, especially to young adults. Let's say, 8 out of 10.

Which brings me to the following photo. It's me. Hey there. Our manager organised a touch footy game with Operations. It was a mixed game. And a grudge game. I actually had an ADO, but instead of sitting at home and doing nothing, Amy and I went into the city to participate. Amy was the orange girl. She ate more than she handed out, but she was happy and occupied which left me to play. Not that I was very good, I think I touched the ball about 5 times the entire match, but hey, it was still fun. Yeah, the hats were given to us in a kind of ceremony/initiation. To cut a long story short. We won. 7 -1. I am looking forward to the next game.

Yesterday I went to Cobbity Markets with the girls in the street. I had not been before. It was great. Lots of crafty handmade stuff. All I ended up getting was a punnet of vegies for our vegie patch. And of course fudge for Steve. Anyway, I am really looking forward to our vegie patch taking off. So far we have some lettuce that is ready and the occasional strawberry which doesn't last very long with Amy about.

That's it. I haven't been scrapbooking as I have been making my patchwork quilt. I have finished all my squares, now I am up to cutting out the sashes and sewing it all together. Have a great long weekend! :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Scrapbooking: Kate

Somehow I managed another layout. Two in two weeks, there must be something wrong with me! This layout is another one in my 'grateful' series of layouts. Actually I am really enjoying the focus of these layouts. For this layout, I found a colour combination on Pinterest that I adored and I decided to use that to complete this layout.

Yeah, I know it's a little different as I added the yellow and my colours aren't so pastel, but I tried. I guess I am just not that good at sticking to criteria! And if you're in the market for a colour combo, I suggest you check out this site: Design Seeds. They have the most awesome palettes!

You know, I have been looking more and more at using buttons on my layouts. Not just because I like them, but because I have so many of them. I have been thinking of ways to whittle down the stash, I have seen some beautiful button crafts on Pinterest which I might have a go at.

Another book review: The Miracle of Grace by Kate Kerrigan. I picked this book up at Basement Books the other week for just a couple of dollars. Can I just say, that it scares me a little that this place is so close to my work. Anyway, so I did judge this book by it's cover, that's why I bought it, it looked like a nice story just from the cover. I was surprised in that I actually really, really liked it. I liked the way it was written, the writing was easy and flowing. The story was sad-ish, but not unrealistic. It didn't take long to finish as I was really absorbed in it.

Well, I guess that's it from me today. Steve has gone go karting so it's me and the kids vs the world today. I am loving the weather, except for it being a little smoky, but thinking about being outside to make some more granny squares for the afghan I am making, would be a marvelous way to spend the day.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day to Day: Vampire Jinx

Ok Sarah, who doesn't update her blog, this one's for you:

You know how in the last post I said that Jinx wanted in on the action. Well, she was the action! This photo is freaking hilarious and it looks like a zombie cat! I just laugh every time I see it. Ahhhh it feels good.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Reading: The Color Purple

An oldie but a goodie. I haven't read The Color Purple in years, so when I happened across it in the library, I didn't hesitate in picking it up. It is such an awesome book and to be honest, even better than I remember it to be. I just drank it all in. I love it so much. If you haven't read this book, you've seriously missed out all these years. I wouldn't say it's my favourite book, but it is definitely in my top 5. :)

And Jinx couldn't help herself, even she wanted to read the book it's that good!

And a photo just because. Just because Amy is a dag and was loving these funny glasses. Does she look like me? Well, her glasses are almost the same colour as mine, except, darn it, mine don't have the bling.

Wow, I can't believe I am still keeping this blog thing up. Props to me.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scrapbooking: Us

Well, who'd have thought I'd be back here so soon? Not me, that's for sure! But I am. With a layout even. 

A couple of years ago, I happened across a site that was about doing a Grateful album, where you scrapped one layout a week about something you were grateful for. As usual, I thought it was a fantastic idea and I wanted to do it, I just lacked the basic motivation to actually go through with it.

Lately I have been thinking, which is not always a good idea, that it would be a nice idea to put a different spin on some layouts. So this layout, instead of it being about when we went to Canberra, I decided to make it a 'grateful' layout.

In addition to the theme, I also used all scraps. I went to my scrap bags and sifted through them until I found some papers that were coordinating. Then I went to town. And town as in about 10 days for me to complete this. To be honest, I just kept putting it to the side. When I finally got to it last night, it took all of an hour and a half to complete.

I wanted to use some dymo tape with my old click clack thing, but the colours were off, so I used some plain white paper instead and inked it. Yeah, my cutting is a little crooked and it does pain me to look at it, but I am trying to let go of some of my OCD tendencies.... trying...

That's it for today. I am thinking my craft crap needs a good tidy up. My fabric and yarn stashes have been multiplying of late...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day to Day: Father's Day

 Father's Day was a quiet affair here. Steve wasn't all that well, the poor bugger. The kids got him lolly jars from the Father's Day stall at school. Which is great. Except he is not supposed to eat them because of his food intolerances. Between you and me, it doesn't stop him. We also went for a trip to Bunnings and picked up a few new plants for the vege patch.

So, I have always wanted to do a cross stitch, and I have a couple here that are quite large, but never doing one before, I thought I should start small. A while ago I picked up this bookmark to make. It has taken me so long to complete this. Because I kind of put it to the side and never picked it up again for a couple of months. And by couple, I mean eight or so. Last week, I decided it was time I started putting some of these UFO's to rest. It's a bit cute, but the base is starting to come apart a little so I was thinking of covering the back (aka. covering my mess) and then binding the side in some matching fabric. I am sure that will take me another eight months or so to complete...


 I thought I would share one of my favourite pins from I love pinterest. It is one of those sites that I could content myself with for hours. Here's a little something I have on my to-do list, which after joining this place, it's getting longer by the day. ::source::

That's it for today. :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day to Day: Movie Night

How awesome is the weather?! I spent most of yesterday outside, riding Luke's bike that's a little too big for him yet. Let me just put it out there, it was very laugh-worthy because even though it's too big for him, it's too small for me. I guess I could have ridden my own bike. But where's the fun in that?!

Last night I went to Sarah's for a movie night, since her hubby was out at a gig. Don't bother clicking on the link to her blog, she never updates it. Yes. That was a dig at you Sarah. Was it subtle enough?

Steve went to the video shop and got this for us:

Yeah it's old, but I don't get around to seeing movies often, like usually when they come out on free-to-air TV and then it's usually the second time it's been shown. Anyway, I remember when this first came out at the movies and I really wanted to go and see it. I am just going to say this, I am glad I didn't spend $17.50 + popcorn and a drink to see this at the movies. I know it is based on a book. I wish I had read the book instead of seeing the movie. Or maybe they could have just made the movie R rated? Seriously, I don't think I have seen that many nude scenes in a girlie flick. Well, that's my rant.

So, it's Father's Day today. I have no idea what we are going to do. Steve has the man flu. You know what it's like...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reading: Matched

Hello Blog! I have missed you. After much discussion about this blog, I have decided to tend to it more often with more varied content!

Two things for today's post.

One: my oppy finds today.

I had the day off work so I decided to check out a couple local oppies that I don't get the chance to go to. I picked up a couple of 50c books which is always a great way to piss Steve off! LOL! I love books. He doesn't. I think they make a home. He thinks they look messy. It's a struggle but I always manage to buy more. And hide them.

I also picked up a gorgeous little teapot for $1. I have no idea where I am going to put it, or what I am going to do with it, but c'mon, it had a little yellow chicken on the lid. Who. Could. Resist?

Lastly, some pure awesomeness vintage flash cards for $2. They are maths ones, but who cares, they are awesome and from 1963. Love.

Two: a book review of sorts.

Kate had been asking for this book, so I finally decided to get it for her. I was a bit worried it would be too teenager-ish for her, being only 10. Of course, she read it overnight. I thought that I wouldn't mind reading it myself incase there were any questions she needed to ask. It was a nice enough book. The writing was nice too although I think it lacked a lot in descriptive text. The one thing I did notice was that the author seemed a little focused on calorie intake, food portion size and exercise. I am not sure if a 10 year old would notice these things, but I did and I thought a passing mention is ok, but not a main focus, especially for the age group it is aimed at. Overall, I liked it. How about 6 out of 10 stars?

Well, that's it for today. I don't want to overwhelm myself. LOL!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Scrapbooking: Four Layouts

Well, life has been great of late. I am enjoying my new job, especially the hours! I really look back on the last 4 1/2 years and I can't believe I did night shift for so long. The best part is not being so exhausted all the time. I am back to my old self. And I feel fantastic!

Now for some layouts! I started this layout so long ago I can't remember! LOL! But I remember buying this record just for the cover. And magically, record covers are 12x12! Perfect for a base of a layout! And I forgot to put a title on this layout. Ah well, you get moments like that!

Back in April, I went on a retreat. It has taken me this long to finally do the journalling on my layouts so I can share them! I ended up scrapping five layouts, but since one of them has other people's kids on them, I won't share it here. But here is the other four:

In family news, Kate received a principal's award from school! I was so happy for her! She has never received one and so it was a big deal around here. (Luke on the other hand has received them two out of three years!)

And before I go, just one more photo. It's my favourite at the moment. It's technically bad, but I don't care, I just love the kids faces. Bunch of pork chops that they are! I took it when we went for a bike ride around the lakes at the Riff.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day to Day: Geocaching

I think sometimes I forget why I started this blog in the first place. Originally I wanted a place to record events so that later on I wouldn't forget the details. Then I kind of moved into it being just for scrapbooking. Since I haven't been doing a lot of that lately, I haven't been blogging. But now it is time for me to start recording our life again!

Let's start a couple of weeks ago on Mother's Day. Since it was my decision as to what we were going to do, I decided I would like to go out geocaching. I decided on a couple in Faulconbridge, since it was Autumn, I thought we could also get some nice photos. The first site we went to was at Sir Henry Parkes Grave and not long into our search, some other people pulled up. Bugger. So we headed off to The Corridor of Oaks to see if we could have better luck. No. Bugger. Not to worry as there was a park nearby so we spent the morning having fun and being big kids on all the equipment! We then tried the location near Norman Lindsay Gallery, but no, there were too many muggles about!

Moving on to today, Steve went out to Lithgow to race his gokart, so after too much bickering from the kids, I ordered them to get dressed as we were getting out of this house! I decided to take them geocaching again. Much to their complaints (I guess the taste of failure was still fresh in their minds!) we set of to Mamre House where we found our first cache of the day really easily! They were super excited and were excited to head on to the next one. Not before some photos, of course! And then Amy decided to pose. She is such a poser!

Afterwards we went to St Marys to find another cache. This one proved a bit trickier but the kids still enjoyed running around the park looking in possible places.

Then over the road we went to the wagon. This was all well and good, but it started to pour with rain as soon as we got there! So we quickly found and logged the cache and then we had to run back to the car, which would have been quicker had we not needed to wait to cross the highway! Argh! So we ended up saturated but it was fun and I think, just quietly, that the kids would like to go again. Especially while the taste of victory is still fresh! ;)