Sunday, 31 January 2010

normality resumes

Thursday saw Shanice & Connor start back at school for another year.
I cant believe that my big girl has started year 6, her last year of primary school before venturing that big path of high school. And Connor started year 4. It just felt like yesterday was their first day of kindy.
Every year i take photos of them in the very same spot out the front of the house. I cant wait to sit down and put them altogether one day..... but at the same time i dont want to.
Connor was very excited as he got the teacher he was hoping for, Mrs Rush and Shanice was devastated :( She was hoping to get her preferd teacher that she had back in year 4, but she didnt. By the end of the day everything was fine cause she had her bestie, Britney in that same class as her. It's very dramatic at her age, lol.

So as school goes back i resume to normal programming and i can now start returning the millions of emails that i've received for Scrap Girls and get on top of all that before our first retreat of the year begins.
I'm also looking forward to friday morning coffee with the girls and Tuesdays crafting with Nic and Aunty Rae.

January 2010

January has been filled with all sorts of little adventures, here's just a sneak peek:

Feeding the ducks at Nurrajingy

Baby sitting Hunter for the first time all day.
He had a ball with Aunty Kylie and his cousins

Making slushies

Going to the Pearl Beach with Nay and Hunter

Scrapping at Belle's

Dressing up with Caitlin & William

where we controlled the action!!!! and had the most awesome day ever! lol

Sunday, 24 January 2010

26th - 30th December 2009

Anthony and I thought it would be an adventure that our kids could talk about for years to come..... climbing to the top of Mount Kosciuszko.
I remember doing it as a kid and loved it and I'm so pleased that i did and thought that my children would love the same experience.
We headed down to Jindabyne on Boxing day with the camper and we stayed at the caravan park just outside of town. We left early and no traffic at all.
Sunday the 27th was the day! We heard that weather had been bad at home but it was blue skies down in the Snowies. Well that's what we thought anyways even at the bottom of Thredbo.
But at the top of the chairlift the conditions changed. It was cloudy and miserable.
We climbed the 3km to the lookout in cloudy and rainy conditions and pretty much saw nothing. But we trudged on. Connor asked the entire 6.5km to the top how long it was and how much further, Shanice was crying most of the way up and half of the way back cause her legs hurt. All we had was panadine so we have her half a tablet and when it kicked in the smiles were back.
Can i just say we had the most horrible weather. Got to the top and saw.................. NOTHING, lol, it was a raining and cloudy. the clouds did clear for a few minutes.
Luckily we packed Anthony and the kids waterproof hiking jackets, but in my mad dash to pack everything i forgot one for me...... i was soaked and copped a mean windburn on my face and shoulders.
BUT..... looking back now we had a great time as a family. The kids said once they got back to the car they enjoyed the 13km trek and are so pleased that they did it. Me too!

Here are some of the pics i took

Happy smiling faces on the way up the chairlift, if only they knew what was to come

At the lookout..... as you can see we didn't see much

some prettiness

Every 500metres there are signs in the track to tell you how much further you still have to walk

On our way up to Thredbo we told Connor that Grandad always said "never to eat yellow snow", but connor was at a loss at the brown tinged snow!!! We did have to reassure him that is was from the dirt when the snow melted, lol

Anthony, Shanice & Connor at the top of Australia

oh yes and the token mum with the kids photo too

Anthony & Connor with the sign at the top

on the walk back down

If you look close you can see Shanice's miserable face, complete with tear streaked cheeks

Connor can still pull out the smiles when i ask

anthony and connor at the lookout for Lake Cootapatamba. A really quick shot before the clouds came over again

Shanice was so over it all

Almost back

the gorgeous highland streams - they even have fish
The next few days in Jindabyne we spent around the camper, down at the lake and we even took the kids to the movies to see Sherlock Homes.
It was great to be away, but great to come home too.

Christmas Day 2009

2009 was my BEST Christmas EVER!!!!!!!
We had the most amazing day. Christmas was held at our house and we had Anthony's family over in the morning for breakfast and my family for lunch.
I was so relaxed and enjoyable. Even though the kids had me up at some ridiculous time in the morning, i do believe it was around 5.30am!
Shanice got a total surprise by getting a flat scream tv with built in dvd player for her room and Connor got his limited edition DS that he asked for. But there were more presents than you could poke a stick at

Here are a few snapshots of our day:

Connor and his DS

Shanice opening her TV

And the biggest child of them all got a Scalextrics........ he says its to share with the kids - yeah right honey!

Hunter dressed as the Christmas Elf was so excited he sat on his presents!

The aftermath...... can you spot Hunter in amongst all that mess

I wondered who Shanice looks up to!

Anthony building Hunter's new bike, with some help of course

20-24th december 2009

Sunday 20th
Me & the kids headed down to Tracy's for our traditional get together on the Sunday before Christmas. We had a great day..... we always do at Miss Tracy's.

Shanice sporting her new "grumpy cow" pj's.... so fitting for miss shanice who is a grumpy bum in the mornings, just like her mum, lol

Connor and his new skater boy pj's

all 4 kids ripping into their presents

Monday 24st December
Just a plain ol' boring day at home where the kids played and had a great time.
I did spring them having a non-fighting moment on the Wii

Tuesday 22nd December
We were lucky to had a little 1 year old boy come visit us today - Hunter, oh and his mum too, Mandy!

Wednesday 23rd December
Saw us heading to King Henry's Court for dinner with Joh, Nev and Zoey.
I was in nik nak heaven!!!!!!
Plus, across the road was the Good Guys so i snuck in and picked myself up the new sunbeam cupcake maker - woo hoo!!!!

Thursday 24th December
Christmas Eve.....
We all headed over to Michelle and Marks townhouse for a bbq dinner. The kids were spoilt as they got to open one present each and had yummy ice cream sundae's for desert.

Connor digging into his ice cream

Shanice enjoying every mouthful

And my "special" husband after a few beers