Tuesday, 28 July 2009


the brand new KYLIE
as from yesterday i have started on the path to a new ME!
i have been finding myself in a rut for the past few months and had no idea how to get out of it and with some help from family and friends i now have a plan - now like a rewards chart come roster, lol.

* The new Kylie gets out of bed at 7.15am every weekday morning - check! so far so good i have achieved this one and loving it. i never knew you could get so much done in the morning before school.
* The new Kylie makes sure that there is a load of washing ready to be hung out as soon as dropping the kids at school - check!
* The new Kylie is to eat breakfast and lunch - check, check! By eating these two meals i am not snacking as much in the afternoon.
* the new Kylie writes herself 3 jobs that she wants to accomplish in the day and gets them done - check! Yep, I'm a list writer and i LOVE crossing things off the list once they are done, this is my reward chart, just the sense of satisfaction of getting the things crossed off. silly i know!
* The new Kylie uses her new X-Trainer everyday - ..................................... i do have a legitimate excuse for not using it today though - Connor was home sick and i just couldn't! so there! I will definitely though tomorrow
* The new Kylie goes to bed by 10.30pm - check! OMG this is so hard for me as I'm such a night owl, but i am trying so hard to make sure i get there in time.

So in celebration of the new me i have just spent the past 2 hours doing a new blog. Still needs some fiddling, but I'm loving the freshness of it!

Monday, 27 July 2009

get ready..........

for photo overload.
These were just a few of the pictures i took while at the zoo during the school hols

The Giraffes are my favourite.
I could sit and watch and take photographs of them all day - especially with that view!

Connor, Makayla and Abby

Waiting, waiting, waiting for the seal show

Hunter and a chimp touching hands - too cute

And the reason we went to the zoo was because of this next gorgeous creature that we queued up for 30 minutes to see

the first baby elphant to be born in Australia - he was so adorable

Ocean, Shanice, Free and Connor

And before we headed home it was a round trip on the sky way......... and look what we saw playing in the mud.............

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

half way........

i cant believe we are half way thorough the July school holidays already. I feel like we've done so much but yet so little all at the same time.
right this very moment i am up at mums and i am listening to my kids playing nicely while Hunter is supposed to be having a little sleep but is making all sorts of cheery noises in his cot. That's right - the aunty is in charge! Mum is at work and Mandy has gone to the beautician. And I've forgotten what to do with a 7 month old baby, lol.
The reason for me being at Mum's is because tomorrow we are headed off to the zoo for the day. Hunter's very first trip and we all want to be there to enjoy it with him.

So last week was a mad capped week. We did all sorts of running around.

Monday - i had a doctors appointment so the kids went to play at Britneys while i was there. When i picked them up Britney came swimming with us and then out to Spur's for dinner.

Tuesday - we went to the movies to see Ice Age 3. The kids loved it and i struggled to keep my eyes open.

Wednesday - i took the kids to watch Hunter at his swimming lessons. We had coffee and Gloria Jeans and took one to mum while she was at work. The decided to go with Mandy as she is more fun than me, lol

Thursday - i had a sleep in and then started to prepare for the retreat on the weekend. Mum and Mandy brought the kids back home about lunch time so i met them at the Alroy for lunch and the kids had a play in the park.

Friday - the kids and Anthony left early to head down the farm for the weekend and i packed ready for the retreat.

AND what a retreat it was.............

We arrived after having a little adventure on the M7. Some of the kits we'd loaded into the trailer, of course without a lid on the box. Well the tie downs and tarp came loose and the next thing i know i am driving along at 110km and bang i see kits hitting Cath's car behind me. We all pulled over and Joh and Cath got out and walked up the M7 to try and find them. Thank god it was only one bag containing 3 class kits and not more!
Can i just say - the M7 is a scaring place to be stopped on.

We headed off again and about 20 minutes later i got a call from Sami to say she had got to Picton and realised that she had left the class samples and challenge kit samples at home! LOL. It was turning out to be a great start to the weekend.
But thank god that was it!
We finally arrived a bit later than expected and Tracy had already set up the entire scrapping room all by herself. Talk about an angel - thanks Miss Trac.
All the ladies started to arrive not long after us and they were into it. It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet lots and lots of new ones.
The room was "cozy" for lack of a more suitable work, but we managed to squeeze 52 very creative ladies in one room and had the shop in the other room which worked out very well. Having heaps of room for the shop meant more room and time to browse!
Sami did her Christmas layout class on the Friday night which everyone loved and were very easy to teach.
Friday night wasn't too late with everyone gone to bed by 3.10am:)

Saturday morning i awoke a bit late - whoops. But trac and i made a deal that i stay up with the last scrapper and get up late and she goes to bed early and gets up early! Good deal i say.
Sami was into her next class - the Masculine Layout. It was awesome. the ladies loved it that much that over the course of the weekend we saw lots and lots of the layouts appearing in different themes. It was a great technique.
Trac did her awesome mini album class in the afternoon after lunch. I walked around later on in the day and saw so many different variations of the class they were amazing. So much talent in on little room.
After dinner was our Christmas Themed dress up night. OMG!!!!! the costumes were great and some just too funny. There were a pair of elves, the bad elves from Bundeena, some sparkly wine drinking elves, a Christmas tree, a Christmas box, the 3 wise women and so many more. All the ladies put so much thought into their costumes it was great and definitely an addition that we will be keeping at our Scrap Girls retreats.

Sunday is of course the day for packing up and heading home which is always sad as we never want our scrapping weekends to end. But they have to unfortunately.
I'm so pleased that all the ladies had so much fun and i had a ball running it for them.

Now I'm looking forward to going to a retreat with LSBS in August where i can sit back and do a class or two and not have to worry about what to do next and loose my voice from all the talking and announcing that i have to do.

As you have no doubt realized if you got to the end of this long, long post, that i actually wrote it on Wednesday but am uploading on Saturday - whoops! i pressed the "save" button instead of the "publish" button. It must have been the madness of school holidays

photos will come very shortly once i download them off the camera
hope your holidays have been as fun as mine :)

Friday, 10 July 2009

off on retreat

off on another fabulous retreat with Scrap Girls.
i will be back will all the goss next week

Friday, 3 July 2009

cakes and creations

Get ready for photo overload!!!
Last weekend i had the pleasure of helping to put together the 3 Angels Scrapping's very first retreat called The Arty Farty Angel Party. I had the most fabulous time and i learnt so much!
the girls are all so lovely.
I managed to do all 3 classes AND i finished them all. I even made 2 of one of the classes - one for me and one for mum :)
here are my gorgeous little creations

Mini album all about me. taught by Deb Mullins
I loved this class. it was very involved but i stuck with and completely finished it. I love Deb's style - it's so ME!

This is a very cute card folder, complete with 3 cards, taught by Heike
i loved doing this so much that i made 2. Once i got the hang of it, they are very easy to make and such a great idea.

I loved getting into such a huge mess with this class and learning to use not only off the page stuff by glimmermist! Thanks to Mel - i love your style girlie!

Jo & Rosy are the owners of 3AS and they are the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet and i feel so lucky to have guide them on the retreat path :)
here are the group photos

So now onto the CAKES!!!!!
i have been so loving my cake decorating class and now that the course of over i cant wait to do the advanced course next term.
I learnt so much new stuff and love the way my crafts all overlap one another.
So here are some pics of the cake we decorated in class:
my roses, dusted roses, filler flowers and leaves
my "oh so cute" swag and bows

and how cute does it look :)
it's a sampler cake where we learnt and tried all different techniques.
Today Lyndell came over to help me with Brittney's birthday cake. Now for our very first attempt on our own i think we did a great job.