Thursday, 30 October 2008

animal planet here i come

woo hooo
after years of talking ourselves out of getting foxtel we have finally decided to get it now that we can comfortably afford it and the cost not interfere with our other financial commitments.
i'm just going to have to be super strict with the kids cause i kid you not the 3 of them (Anthony included) will sit and watch the cartoon channels 24/7.
But i'm super excited. i can now watch all my favourite shows - animal plant and Miami ink - YAY!!!
i know what i'm doing tonight

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

quote of the week..................

The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can't get there, is the meanest feeling in the world.
~Edgar Watson Howe

Sunday, 26 October 2008

6 things about me

well, i've just been doing my sunday night troll blog hopping and it was time to check out what miss maevan has been up to in Miami (still no Miami Ink pics yet, lol) and she's tagged me!
so here goes..............

Share 6 facts about me -

1. i have a sway back and bow legs! which really sucked when i was studying ballet, tap and jazz as a child and thru to my early 20's

2 i now have 3 tattoos. i love every single one. the pennies are now being saved for the next one which is huge!

3.i have size 9 feet and i'm really short

4. i didn't get my drivers licence till i was 22

5. i'm not a morning person AT ALL

6. i hate eggplant. i have tried it heaps of times, cooked all different ways cause i thought i must have been missing out on something spectacular, but still just dont like it

Now it's my turn to tag....................... Trac, Sarah, Anthea, Pt and whoever else wants a go

Thursday, 23 October 2008

60% wholesale prices

Dear Customers,

We are going absolutely crazy and are now taking a massive 60% off everything! Everything has to go! It is almost time to say our final goodbyes, and we really want to move this stock out to you.

We are in to our final weeks* so dont miss out on stocking up your stash with massive bargains!

Logon and get shopping!

If you havent told your friends yet, now is the time!

Nicole & Therese
Acacia Paper Craft
Tel: 0413 803 119 Nicole
Tel: 0425 269 031 Therese

*Please note that as we are into our final weeks orders can not be held for more than 5 days. If you are paying by direct deposit we ask that you do so promptly.


it's finally available for pre-order and i have done it.
wont be available till 30th dec 2008, so by the new year i know what i'll be doing a whole day nip/tuck season 5 marathon - CANT WAIT!!!
look at that cover - how great does it look - happy dance, happy dance
this season is in LA and i cant wait, but i think i mentioned that, lol
Belinda & Trac - i'm thinking of you both:) you can have it after me
while i've been busy doing paper work and some cleaning up in the playroom i've been watching this............
i'm so loving watching these old episodes of Ally again. i remember me and mum and mandy used to all sit down and watch it together back when we were all living at home.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

last one

i have just opened my very last can of icy cold coke
i made the decision last week that enough's enough, i drink far too much coke which must be incredibly bad for me, so i need to make the switch - to coke zero of course. it's a step in the right direction i believe
i did make a pact with myself though, i can drink coke when i'm out, lol

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

a weekend of PINK goodness

i slept all day yesterday while the kids were at school so i could recover from my weekend away with the Scrap Girls October Cropfest.
It was great. i laughed, i cried (cause of laughing), i think we almost wet ourselves from the laughing, i scrapped 1 page on sunday morning so i wouldn't go home empty handed.
from what i hear the ladies had an awesome time.
we all dressed in our bestest pink clothes (aka pj's for some) on saturday night for our Girls Night In charity night. and we raised heaps which was great. now i just have to read the info so i can foward the money to the cancer council :)
here are some piccies from the weekend
BACK ROW - Lucy, Joyce, Christel, Evelyn, Peta, Emma, Mum (heather), Marlene, Mandy, Melissa
MIDDLE ROW - Tracy, Alison, Carolyn, Michelle, Fiona, Kathie, anne, Sue
FRONT - Deb, Mel, Lee, Me (kylie), Cath, Nic
a little bit of craziness
our challenge layout winners
BACK - joyce, deb, sue
FRONT - Carolyn, fiona, christel
four ratbags
Tracy helping mum to scrap christmas party invitations
the gymnasium where we scrapped - HUGE!!!
Nic the auctioneer
our charity auction winners
Charity raffle winners
all those dressed in pink say.... "boobs"
Deb doing the bend and snap
Deb and Me

Monday, 20 October 2008

quote of the week..............

A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.
~Lois Wyse

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

from the hubby

hubby came home tonight after catching up with one of his mates and said it was ok to post this one my blog.................


so there................................
now you're all going to email me and ask what this is all about aren't you, lol. it's just a conversation we had tonight is all and is a long, long story.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

quote of the week................

Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money.
~Cree Indian Proverb

Monday, 13 October 2008


i've been cleaning out my inbox this morning and i came across this and i didn't want to keep it but didnt want to delete either.
my friend sherri fowarded it to me ages ago and i love it.


There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.

His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say 'I'm sorry', the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.'

Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

painting madness

my house looks like a bomb has exploded!
the nic nacs and furniture are stacked and scattered around the house and covered in drip cloths. Ant got all the feature walls and ceiling painted and next weekend it's onto the rest of the walls and skirting boards. The small job i thought it was going to be has turned out to be a mammoth one, lol.
I am so stoked with the chocolate colour. i want to eat it, lol.
here is what my most functional room looks like right now and will for the next week
as i took these photos last night, i spotted this................
on shanice's door.
Yep - so true. i think we need a big clean out in there too this week.
today was Bathurst. we probably would have gotten more painting done but it's "Bathurst", our world stops for Bathurst.
the kids each had a birthday party today too. so i got that job of taking them as well as doing a run up to coles for groceries. while taking connor to his party i noticed a few bargains at the shops that i had to have so when it was time to pick him up i dragged Ant out to get them.
5 games later - one for each of our different gaming consoles, a pair of goggles for shanice, and bargain bra's for me.
we were is search of a basketball hoop for the kids to play with in the back yard. lately in our area there has been a number of attempted abductions which is scaring the pants off me, with the latest one suburb over with a group of 3 children my kids ages with the abductor offering the kids money to get into his car - SCARY!!!!!!
so in order for me to keep my children safe we found a hoop at KMart! so that's what Anthony built with the kids this afternoon after Bathurst.
best get my skates back on and do some more prep work for the Scrap Girls retreat coming up this week - so excited - YAY!!!!!

Friday, 10 October 2008

scrappy play day

i LURVE my scrappy days down at Miss Tracy's and today was no exception!
i managed to get 4 more pages done for my Scrap Girls Retreats album which i am totally stoked with. The album is coming along quite nicely, i can't wait to finish it though :)

Nic came down for the day with me and Deanne also came along for the laughs. It was so good to sit around and chat and laugh and enjoy one anothers company.

Of course a visit to trac's isn't complete without me staying for dinner and tonight was no different. Is has become a given if i come down for the day i stay for dinner - nothing like inviting myself along to stay, lol.

The house was completely full to the brim with 4 adults, 4-5 teenagers and 8 kids. all the kids played so well together and there was no incidents at all which was great. i think the highlight was definitely going in the pool which we did early and then the kids didn't bother after that cause they realised how cold the pool actually was!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Blueys Beach

well what can i say except - PERFECT!
the weather was just gorgeous, the house was to die for, the kids spent all day in and out of the pool just outside the back door, the beach was out the front door and 20 meters away, me, mum and mandy relaxed, laughed and had a great time. It was the perfect holiday.

here are a few snippets of some of my fav piccies out of the 300 odd ones i took and then some more on mums camera, lol

so that was the first week
we drove home the 3 hours to mums on the saturday, unpacked her car and got into mine, headed home which took an hour, grabbed a few things and then i drove with the kids 3 hours down the farm.
all that driving and the kids did not complain once! i am so proud of them. they are such great little travelers and always keep themselves amused.
we stayed down the farm for the long weekend. i came home by myself (with the 2 dogs though) on monday and anthony brought the kids home on tuesday. that way i could go out for lunch here with mum and mandy for Dad's birthday. it was another hard day. harder that i admitted to mum while on our holidays as how much i've recently been struggling with dad being gone.
we shopped up a storm and didn't leave until the shops kicked us out, lol
i so love daylight savings but it's killing atm. i keep forgetting what the time is and the kids are eating later which means they dont go to bed until later. thank god it's school holidays or i'd be in a real pickle! i still have a few more days to get the routine down pat before back to school on monday.
speaking of school we drove past the kids school this morning and shanice calls out "Bye RJAS, see you monday". and on the way back home connor calls out "see you monday RJAS". too cute. i think they are missing school or maybe it's their friends :)
we headed off to my friend Dallas's house today for traditional holiday visit. way back when it started with just me and my kids going and over time more and more of us have gone along. i love it and so look forward to these visits. We've all been really good friends since primary school and it's so nice that we are still together and all have the similar interests, goals and morals. not many people can say that!
we normally all get together for a breakfast or dinner every 6 weeks or so - just the girls, but during the holidays all the kids come too. they LURVE it. can't wait till next school hols to do it again.
tomorrow we are off to Tracy's - YAY!!!!!! a full on day of laughs, great friends and a tad bit of scrapping - who am i kidding, lol. The kids already have their swimmers packed so i hope bob fixed the solar in case its cold, but the kids wont care anyways.
this time round we have recruited Nicole into joining us. it's going to be a super fun day.
before we head down there i have to take Shanice to her specialist appointment in Blacktown at 8am about her foot. the poor, poor bugger is struggling to walk the worts have gotten that big. she is so brave and never, ever complains about them not even when the liquid nitrogen freezes the. the girl has a VERY high tolerance to pain, just like her mum - sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes not so good.
Bathurst is on this weekend - YAY!!!!!!!
go scaife!
i know where i'll be. all tv's in the house will be on channel 7 so i dont miss any of it, lol. we are re-painting the house too this weekend so we can watch the race as well. we are starting in the backroom - ceiling first! then i chose the most gorgeous chocolate brown, olive green and pale fawn colours to match my 2 lounge chairs and cushions. i can't wait to see what it all turns out like. i even dragged out a few old canvas's i had stashed that i'm going to paint in those colours to hang on the walls.