Monday, April 21, 2014

Project Life: Easter Printables

Yep, another round of printables!

Funny how when I created my first lot I thought I wouldn't make another set.

And here I am with my fourth set.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Day to Day: Luddenham Easter Festival

This year we decided against going to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, as I really want to take the kids to the Hawkesbury Show in just a couple of weeks time.

So when I saw that Luddenham was having their own Easter Festival, we decided to check it out.

It was small and had a very captive audience. You couldn't do anything without paying for it. Well played, organisers.

We stayed for a little bit. The kids went on a few rides.

Luke really wanted to go in this thing:

We went in the Maze of Mirrors. We wouldn't have escaped, except we overheard someone saying how it works.

Steve and Kate really wanted to go on this thing:

Which was a really bad idea. Kate gets car sick at the best of times, so you can imagine how she felt after going around in circles really, really fast. And then going backwards. Really, really fast again. At one stage she was leaning over the side of the seat and I thought she was going to be sick. Thankfully she wasn't!

So while Steve and Kate's tummy's were settling down, Amy had a go of this:

(Excerpt from Amy: i felt happy. i also felt happy on the trampoline and i felt happy when we got stuck in the mirror maze.)

Then a few arcade games:

 Winners are grinners, unless you feel like you're going to be sick.

And with about a 5 minute walk from home, Kate and I hopped out of the car as she wasn't going to make it home without seeing her lunch again.

We did have a fun time though. If it had a little more than just rides and arcade games, it would have been even better.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Project Life: February 1

A new page for my Project Life album. This is the first page for February.

Yep, that stack of books is what we read in January. We're crazy readers! Amy is even into Diary of a Whimpy Kid.

I think I'm getting a little too happy making these videos:


In the end, that stamped 'hello' wouldn't dry so I heat embossed it.

And please, no grey hair comments.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day to Day: Museum

Amy woke up on Sunday and really wanted to go bowling. So of course we took the kids to the Australian Museum instead. We're cool parents like that.

We decided to see the Tyrannosaurs exhibition:

It was very interactive so the kids had a ball. I think their favourite interactive exhibition was the one where they had to jump up and down to make the asteroid miss Earth.  Sadly, they were unable to save the Earth.

Then after going through the dinosaur gift shop and contemplating buying fossilised dinosaur poop (in the end we went with a snail), we headed to the rest of the museum.

We went through the skeleton collection:

Then through the stone collection:

Through the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery:
This gallery was absolutely amazing and so packed that you could not get through the crowd to see every photo.

Then through the original dinosaur collection:

Only on one of the nights before, we were watching a David Attenborough documentary about when he was younger and was given a shell of an Elephant Bird in Madagascar. We did not expect to see a cast of that very same egg, but to our amazement, we did!
Lastly, because you can never have too many photos like this one:

And just maybe, sometime over these school holidays I might take them bowling.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Project Life: Birthday Printables

I was up to creating Luke's birthday project life layout and I realised I didn't have many birthday cards in my stash.

So what's a girl to do except create her own?!

Yes, I will admit, I love a yellow/teal/red colour combination.

These cards are designed for 8.5" x 11" printing.

You can download them here:

Here's my completed layout:

And in addition, I may have even made a YouTube video of myself using them. You'll notice in the video that I messed up thinking I was sliding them into the front pockets, I wasn't, so I had to change the presents tab to the surprise flag.

I hope you like them! :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Project 365: 08 - 15 February

Wow, I seem to be falling further behind with posting my Project 365 photos. I must get better at this.

Anyway, here's another 8 photos, just a snippet of our lives.

8. Two shopping trips, but we found them.
9. Family day at Upper Colo.
10. Another night at cycling.
11. So I may like to sleep on Steve's side of the bed when he's not there. Shh. Don't tell him.
12. After going for a run, I really needed to lie down.
13. I think Steve and I are 'nuts'. Who else bought matching squirrel Valentine's cards? Anyone? Anyone?
14. Scrap retreat time. Bring it on.
15. Breakfast at scrap camp. I keep saying I only go for the food!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fitness: Bike Riding

Remember this post? Considering my broken tooth has only just finally been fixed, I certainly haven't forgotten it.

I must admit it, I had some major anxiety attacks after my fall, even when I just thought about the bike. When Steve tested the brakes out, I had to hide inside almost in tears in case the same thing happened to him. It didn't help that my brain kept a loop going of the part where my face was grating along the road. Especially when I would try to fall asleep. Fun times.

It was even a big deal to me just to run as I kept thinking I was going to fall over. I've never fallen over running before, but what can you say to an unreasonable brain?

This last week, I took the kids out for a ride while I ran. After the second time I thought, you know what, it's time.

So I got my clothes ready the night before, put my cleats out and pumped up my tires.

When I woke up in the morning and Steve asked if I was going, of course I made an excuse not to go.

Then I thought: go dammit, just go.

And I did.

It took me a bit to push off and start peddling. My brain was saying yes, but my legs were not cooperating.

In the end, I only cycled 15kms.

But I cycled.

And now I don't have that anxiety in the pit of my stomach.

I have a new burn.

The next tri I am going to enter. I have some training to catch up on.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sewing: Coin Quilt

I have two uni assignments to write, for different subjects, but both are based on a personal reflection. Needless to say, I am putting it off. Which is why this took me just over a week to complete. Procrastination at it's finest.

Sarah and I picked up the fat quarters for only $1 each in Spotlight's March sale. Who can resist a $1 fat quarter? Not us, obviously!

I cut the coins in varying sizes, they were a combination of 3", 2.5" and 2". The little grey strips in between were only 1". These measurements include the 1/4" seam allowance.

The next night I sewed the stack together. It didn't take long as the quilt is more of just a lounge blanket.

With that complete, we just needed to go back and find some backing fabric. Cue the gnomes. The lady who was cutting the fabric chuckled. I'm not sure if it's because she thought the gnomes were cool, or if she thought I wasn't able to properly see what I was buying. I'm going to go with cool.

The majority of Friday night was spent sewing those lines into the quilt. So tedious. And of course I ran out of thread with 20cm to go, so I used some other thread to finish it off.

Time for the binding, which by this stage, I should have called it a night. But instead I ploughed on through and did a dodgy job. A non quilter wouldn't know, so I don't care. Oh and of course, the bobbin ran out with about 3cm to go.

So, from original purchase to completed quilt = 8 days.

Please don't think that's a common occurrence around here, I'm still trying to finish the one I started about 5 years ago.

Now I guess I better start on those assignments...