Thursday, 29 July 2010

a family holiday

Are you ready for photo overload???
So, for the July school holiday we are lucky enough to get 3 weeks instead of the 2 weeks public school kids get - really not sure how i think about that, is it a blessing? who knows, lol.
For the third week we packed up the entire family and headed to a gorgeous house right on the beach at Lake Cathie. And when i say the entire family I mean all of us -me, Anthony, Shanice, Connor, mum, Mandy and hunter! It was a houseful:)
We did heaps of fun things around Port Macquarie and had a great time.
I think the photos will best explain.....

The boys went Go-Kart racing...... shanice now regrets sitting on the side with me!

A token picture with mum at the end of the breakwall at Dunbogan

along the breakwall we found this boulder with a massive circle all the way through it and i couldn't resist taking a photo through it

waiting for the waves to come

the water was a gorgeous clear green. It look so inviting except it was freezing!

We took the kids to Timbertown at Wauchope.
I remember going there as a little kid.

At the lighthouse at Lighthouse Beach.
Shanice has no fear and followed Anthony right down over the cliff, needless to say I almost had heart failure.

That cheeky monkey at the park in Port

Strawberry picking

We had a great big reserve out the back of the house before the beach which was great for Frisbee throwing and soccer

Friday, 16 July 2010


Yesterday I had the pleasure to look after my beautiful nephew all day.
He had a great time playing with the kids. He just adores Shanice and Connor and they both dote on him.
After lunch I took them to Rouse Hill regional park for a big play. They had a great time running around the maze and playing with hunter in the little kids area.

I cant wait to have all day to ourselves again. He is welcome anytime:)

Shanice & Hunter with a big cheesy grin

Drinking from the big kids bottle

Say Cheesy

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

crafting goodness

So today being Tuesday I headed off to Nicole's for our weekly Tuesday "meeting". Of course the kids were in tow, but were very well behaved as we promised them a party for lunch, aka party pie and sausage rolls:)
I was feeling very inspired today cause i finished not one but two layouts.

"The Climb" using the cute new Kaiser Up, Up & Away range..... i love the dusty looking colours

and "Quality Time" using some older October Afternoon.
I do hate photographing my layout, they seem to look so dull and flat..... note to self: learn more photo taking stuff!!!!

And here is a piccie of the very cute handbag and matching purse that i bought down in Canberra.
It is a gorgeous mustardy/yellow colour. Not everyones cup of tea, but it love it, it's so different. And the bonus is i can get my camera in there..... I'm pretty sure I'm repeating myself now.

While at the Scrap Girls retreat the other weekend, i got all the way to Richmond when i remember that i didn't pack any of my scrapping things, not even my tool tote.
the July retreat is always so busy that i knew i wasn't going to do anything anyways, but i felt inspired after seeing a picture in the magazine "Notebook" that Joh brought along. So i bought some fabric from LSBS (our online shop that comes with us and makes me spend way too much money), scrounged up some felt from Sami, sewing stuff from Nic and buttons from Stacey...... and made this cute little guy.

Well, after a fabo day scrapping and crafting and the 2 hours I've just spent on here updating all my links on my blog, i can hear the neverending pile of washing screaming my name!

Monday, 12 July 2010


my poor little blog:(
for the past month we have had something on every day and it has been a complete madhouse. I don't even know where to start....... so I've decided not to reminisce, but to fill you in on what we did over the past few days.
Oh! btw, thanks Lynsey for the nudge to update my blog too:)

So last Wednesday, even though it seems a million years ago now, the four of us headed down the farm for a extra long weekend. We planned to spend a few days around the farm so Anthony could work on the shed and the kids could ride the quads and we would spend one day in Canberra to break it all up.
Connor has been a little scared of the quads up until now and this weekend we couldn't get him off them.
Friday saw us venture into Canberra. We wanted to take the kids to the War Memorial, but we all slept in, which is unusual of Anthony and the kids:) So we stopped at DFO first cause Connor needed new jeans...... no luck there, but i scored a gorgeous yellow Guess handbag and matching purse. It's all about coordinating, you know! plus I'm sucker for a nice bag. The bonus is it fit my camera in nicely, so i don't have to lug two bags everywhere.
The floor was really slippy and Anthony did his back, so we headed for a chemist and some lunch. we tried looking for this shopping centre we'd been to before but ended up somewhere completely new, but that was ok!
We realised it was 2.30pm and still jeanless, so a quick dash to Pumpkin Patch saw Connor with
some new digs! And Big W for some new books.
Cause it was rather late we took the kids to the National Museum to have a run around. They thought it was great. Shanice had been earlier in the year with school so she was telling Connor all about it..... that took up over an hour so then we thought we'd best head back to the farm for dinner.
Here are a few pics of the kids at the museum

So that leads us to Saturday........ At about 10.30am the kids headed outside. Shanice rode the golf cart around the paddock till the battery needed charging and then got on the second quad, and Connor got on the quad, with a full fuel tank of petrol and rode it till he ran out of gas and had the head lights on cause it was dark, and might i add, freezing.
They both had such a great day.


And while i was taking photos of Connor going around and around and around Shanice stood with me chatting away.... and pulling faces.

So now we are into the middle week of the kids school holidays (3 weeks this time round). This week is another busy one with no free days and then on Saturday we are all off to Port Maquarie for a little holiday before school goes back.
And by all of us i mean - me, Anthony, Shanice, Connor, Mum, Mandy and Hunter. Now that is going to be a chaotic week!