Saturday, December 27, 2008

Going on holidays....

At 2:30am tomorrow morning we will wake up & hop in the car to drive all day!
We are going on holidays for a couple of weeks, so I may pop in for a brief update or to say happy new year or something, but if its all quiet here on the home front dont worry. I havn't fallen off the face off the earth. Hopefully!!


Friday, December 26, 2008

A belated Merry Christmas!

I didn't get on line yesterday to wish y'all A Happy Christmas, so I am here now on Boxing Day morning saying:


Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Remember my excitement a few months ago when I recieved my new job? It has been a great job, one that I have been enjoying very much!

Yesterday my friend who also works there full time got fired :( Not because she was naughty or anything, but because the boss can no longer afford her. It's very sad.

She found out 2 days before christmas! How rude is that!

Now I dont want to work there anymore, and besides I wouldn't be surprised if she asked me not to come back too.

It's christmas Eve & I feel crap :(

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa Gifts....

How do YOU deliver them? Or should I say, how does SANTA deliver them at your house?
Our kids have Santa Sacks. They have kind of become family heirloooms. Chestnut Cheeks' used to be his Dad's and before that it was his mum's.
Almond Eyes' used to be mine. That's as far back as it goes so far...
Last year I was worried that CC's sack would rip if I tried to stuff all the gifts into it so with permission from my mother in law I got creative. I cut out the picture on the sack & sewed it onto a bigger stronger sack, then embroided her name & birth year, Swift Jim's name & birth year and CC's name & birth year all on the back. There is plenty of room for more names.
I also did the same with AE's, except there is only two names on it so far :D

Do you wrap the gifts that go in the sack/stocking?
When I was growing up my Mum didn't wrap them. They just went in unwrapped, but SJ's mum did wrap them. I decided to wrap our kids. More fun that way...
For the first couple of years I used to wrap them in santa-y type paper. But you can never get the same each year. Then last year I read somewhere a GREAT idea...
Now I wrap the Santa gifts in brown paper. It's easy to find & it can be the same every year. I wanted to get a stamp made up this year with the children's name to stamp onto each gift, but alas didn't think of it again until it was too late.
So I decided to print them up on the computer this year with the intention to aim for the stamp next year before CC gets too much older to remember the inconsistancy there...
I have run out of ink! D'OH!!!!! I may just have to get the old calligraphy pen out. It's been a while!
Where do you put the sacks/stockings for Santa to fill?
Ours go under the tree. Growing up they went at the end of the bed, I however dont want to run the risk of getting caught, so they have always been put under the christmas tree here.

Two sleeps til christmas! Please share your traditions with me :D

Friday, December 19, 2008

Summer is here!

Here in sunny Queensland we get a rather warm summer. I love it :D
Last summer we got one or two days of HOT weather. Only 1 or 2 days of 40 degree heat. I felt jibbed. I mean I whinge & complain about the hot weather when it's here & we have have had 4 or 5 40 degree days in a row, but I feel like we missed summer last year all together.

Other QLDers were happy about it. They hoped every summer could be like last year.
I however disagreed! I like the distinct differances between seasons.
HOT days are great! Well they are when you have air conditioning I guess!
Bring it I say!!! And I will try very hard to not complain about the heat!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


My blog has been awarded the Honest Scrap Award by Dee from Downunder!
Scrap means left over, fragments, discarded material. Many times truth and honesty are discarded material, considered fragments and left over. People like us need to tell it like it is, and let the scraps fall where they will.
There are 2 guidelines for receiving this award. One, you are to list 10 honest things about yourself. Make them interesting, even if you have to dig deep. Two, present the award to 7 other bloggers.
Ten honest things about me are:
1. I struggle to control the things I eat. There you go that's REALLY honest!
2. I am often lazy.
3. I wish that I had a sister to grow up with.
4. I dont particulary like pets. I dont think I would want to own one.
5. I have never been out of Australia. Though I'd love to venture off Aussie shores one day...
6. My most loathed chore is ALL OF THEM!!! But especially making dinner.
7. Fairy bread = Gross! Why do kids like it?
8. I haven't had the pest man out to spray for ants, spiders, cochroaches or termites. Ever. We need it though!
9. The thought of moving somewhere different excites me! Though I doubt it will happen anytime soon...
10. I used to write the Maths formulas in pencil on my calculator for highschool exams. Ummah!
I will now award seven of my other blogging buddies..... You may or may not have recieved this award before. Consider yourself very lucky to have recieved it twice if you have :D
No pressure to accept the award, just if you want to :)
Gave me something to blog about ;)

Candy Canes at Christmas...

I love this post by Military Mama....

Check it out...

This is what bubbles are for!

Yeah blowing bubbles is fun... but using it for shampoo is way funner!!

Thanks Givinya for the awesome bubble kit you guys gave Ella! I think most of the solution ended up in her hair though!! LOL She is starting a new trend....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Beach

We rarely get to go to the beach. It's a little over an hour away from us, so we should go more. But we dont.

My good friend asked me to join her and her boys at her grandma's beach unit for the night last night. So after lunch we headed to the coast. Had lots of fun at the beach in the afternoon, then had fish 'n' chips for dinner. Today we were going to head back to the beach, then the park then Pacific Fair. A HUGE shopping centre.

Well plans changed :(

At 2:30am I awoke to Ella coughing & splattering "that doesn't sound good" I thought. So I quickly turned the light on and ran to her bed to catch the vomit in my hands just in time. YUCK.
So she had a couple of chucks, then slept until 5:30am....

We left the beach at 7:30am to come home. She sleeps in her own bed now. :(

Connor was very sad to leave. I was very sad to leave. It totally sux.

I guess the upside is that I can now do my housework. Is that an upside?

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Well the day finally arrived! Much fun was had... and even the annoying shower of rain didn't dampen the mood... though it did dampen the jumping castle!!

The cake... well, I ended up doing a selection of flavours. Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla & rosewater frosting. It took 3 hours to ice them all... they were demolished in seconds!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Can you help me?

I would like to bake a Rosewater cake for Almond Eyes' birthday.
Do you have a recipe?
Can you believe this ^ little beauty is about to turn 3? I cant!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Probably not so good for one's back!

Here is where I set up the sewing machine tonight to finish of a christmas gift for my girlfriend's 2.5 year old daughter...

No wonder my back is aching now... der!!

And the finished result!

I think it's pretty cute, wouldn't mind keeping it myself hehe...

The end of Pre-Prep!

I have such a bittersweet feeling at the end of Kindy....
Just wanted to show off Chestnut Cheeks at his concert last night. He played Joseph in the play & had 2, yes 2 Mary's! LOL He was gorgeous! He even sang into the microphone! We were very proud of him!

Here are some pics with his teachers today as they said goodbye....

It's off to big school now!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A mouse in the house?

I got the cheese out one morning to make CC's lunch for kindy. This is what I discovered...
What do you think? A mouse?

Party party party!!

Remember this post about organising a party for my very soon to be 3 year old?! I had decided that the main attraction was going to be bubbles. Well I think we will still have bubbles. After all I did purchase some cool bubble wands.....
However, check this out!!!

Target is having a sale this week, and last night Swift Jim & I purchased that there jumping castle!! HEHEHEHE it's way cheaper than hiring one!! I am so excited!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The end is near...

Chestnut Cheeks started Pre-prep at the beginning of this year (kindergarten). The whole kindy experience was new to me. I didn't really know how a community kindergarten worked.
Basically the parents take care of the kindy. They run it, pay the bills, do maintenance on the grounds etc etc. This is why the fees are so reasonable. At a daycare centre you would pay twice as much. Not only that though, the atmosphere is lovely. The teachers form a wonderful bond with children & the parents get to know one another. Nice :)
In the first two weeks of term letters kept showing up in CC's locker inviting parents to the Annual General Meeting. I thought I would attend, as it seemed important & well after all I wanted to be a great kindy mum! So the night arrived & as I was walking out the door Swift Jim called out to me, "dont stick your hand up for ANYTHING!" I replied with, "dont worry! I dont intend to!"
Hmm well if you know me I have trouble saying no to things....
I deliberately sat in the middle of the group. I didn't want to be a nigel up the back, but I also didn't want to appear eager and sit at the front. I was happy with my choice, however I should have proceeded to SIT on my hands & button my mouth...
The meeting got underway, the president gave her speech, the director gave her report then the allocating of rolls started for 2008. First roll to fill was Presidents. No one wanted it, so they moved on & filled all the other positions and came back to the presidents position at the end. I should have jumped at one of those other rolls, like Fundraising co-ordinator or even Vice President. But I had come to the meeting with no intention to take on a roll so I didn't.
They came back to the presidents roll. There was me & one other lady left without a job. First they started harassing her, because up until now I had been quiet. However she was pregnant & didn't feel she could commit to the position. Right. All eyes fell on me. So I stupidly asked, "Ok, well what exactly does the position entail. Exactly what does the president do?" Well they made it sound sweet...
"Oh it's one of the easiest rolls! There is a bit of admin type stuff, you would chair the meetings & sign some cheques. It's mostly about deligating though."
I said...
" My husband will kill me!"
They said..
"no he wont, its really not that bad!"
So I said,
"I may regret this, but Ok."

I went home to Swift Jim. The first thing he asked was "What did you stick your hand up for?" (he knows me so well)... I reluctantly told him. He laughed! He laughed a lot.

President. PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!! *gulp*

So within the first two weeks I quickly learnt that it's not one of the easiest rolls. Infact, I'd say 3rd hardest!! The treasurer & secretary work harder than me. But I am there all the way helping them.
Did you know that when you are the president of a kindy you are the BOSS? Not the Director, you are HER boss?! YIKES. That means I have the power to hire & fire people!
I have not coped well at all with this responsibility this year, as I have had to execute these powers on a couple of occasions. Not nice!
I can quite easily admit that administration is not a gift or talent that God has gifted me with. I know that now! This year has stretched me in many ways, some for the better. However, the stretching of the waist band on my jeans is not such a good thing. I have put on almost 15 kilos this year. Stress is not good for me.
Now there is only 1 week left after this week of kindy. It is a busy one, since the beloved climbing tree decided to die & fall over with all the recent rain & storm events, but the end is near... and although I dont get to hand the roll over until early February, I am feeling somewhat excited at the prospect of not doing this ever again.
I must admit I have enjoyed working closely with the teachers & get to know them, as well as SOME of the other parents, but will I ever attend an AGM again? NO WAY!