Sunday, 28 December 2008

been scrappin'

no! you haven't gone crazy.............. i have actually been doing a little bit of scrapping.
I'm trying desperately to do some more of my Scrap Girls Retreat album. So far I've now finished the first 3 retreat - lots more to go though.

Here are the last 3 from the May 2006 retreat:

and here are the one's from November 2006 retreat at Blue Gum Lodge, Springwood:

Christmas was a chaotic present frenzy just like every other year - and i just love every minute of it. this year was extra special cause the Blue Baby - Hunter was here to share it with us. To me it's not about the presents (although it is nice) but about the time being spent with the people i love the most and the giving and seeing the joy on their faces. aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

It is a hard time of year and we (me, mum and Mandy) all had a few tears to shed. But Dad certainly did make his presence known as we moved him to the lounge room then to the back room to watch us all play the Wii and then back to lounge to help Connor build his Lego.

Shanice bearly slept on Christmas Eve, waking every hour. and at 4.30am came in to me and said "mum, he's been. can we open presents now?", well......... i said "NO", lol. she managed to last until 6.19am and went to get Connor first before coming back into wake me and Anthony.
I think they opened their presents from Santa in record time this year. the Santa sacks were like waving a red flag to a bull!
The second influx of presents arrived with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunty Shell and Uncle Mark arriving for breakfast at 8am. it was really nice to sit around and watch the kids play happily and then eat a yummy breakie.
at about 10.30am we headed up to mums for Christmas lunch. we had the best time eating, chatting, playing in the paddling pool & slip n' slide. Me..... well, i just held my nephew the entire time i was there. I love that little man and much as i love my own beautiful kids.
we spent the night at mums so the kids could enjoy their day and we didn't have to rush! Anthony did leave to go home as he is now working in Canberra till the New Year and will then stay for an extra couple of days for the Summernats.
here area few piccies from our day:
the present opening madness
Hunter wasn't really impressed that we dressed him up!
Hunter playing with his Noah's Ark from his favourite Aunty Kylie
This is where Connor sat all Christmas afternoon, all Christmas night and then again all Boxing day. he wouldn't leave Nan's until he finished his Lego Agents Mission 6 that Nan had bought for him. he did all himself too
This is my favourite photo of Shanice and Hunter. She just dotes on him and it's so beautiful to watch.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

1 more sleep

till that jolly little man in red comes for a visit........................

22nd december 2008

Shanice at 4 in the afternoon. Asleep on the lounge in front of foxtel, all exhausted from being up since 5am!

23rd december 2008
umm arrrrr.............. i forgot to take a picture on the 23rd.
i had a crazy day with the kids scrapping at Nic's and then to the Alroy for dinner with some of the families from school.

24th december 2008
on Christmas Eve we let the kids open just one present. This year they desperately wanted to open the gifts that Aunty Joan sent them over from England. They were definitely a winner and the kids just loved them - Thanks Aunty Joan.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

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

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

~ Dr. Seuss

Monday, 22 December 2008


we've been extremely busy, busy, busy here in the sheppard-morris household that i haven't had time to update my december photo a day - so here goes.................

21st december 2008

lamington cupcakes AND.............................................
my gorgeous hubby bought me flowers for the very first time. this makes me one happy lady

20th december 2008

our traditional christmas lunch at Tracys'

19th december 2008

Reptile Park - Gosford. With mum, mandy and Hunter
And........ i won the raffle at the end of year Swim School chirtsmas party, wooo hoooo :)
18th december 2008

ffee that turns into lunch with the girls from school

17th december 2008

hristmas Lunch with the girls at Dal's

16th december 2008
Movies with Tammy, Ethan & Riley to see High School Musical 3
First santa photo with Hunter (picture to come)
15th december 2008

Swimming & dinner at Grandma's

14th december 2008

Thelma & Louise drive home from sunny QLD

13th december 2008

Create 08 with Heidi Swapp - Brisbane QLD
Dinner with the Tarisota girls and us few ring in's, lol

12th december 2008

Kylie & Tracy drive to Queensland.......

11th december 2008

visiting baby hunter & Maccas

10th december 2008

Hunter was born and Presentation Night

9th december 2008

reports came home
8th december 2008
decorating the christmas tree