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. :)