Thursday, October 30, 2008

Redecorating, I'm on Donna's CT and DSD Blog Train

The Boy's been doing a spot of redecorating ... shelves and containers are apparently overrated ... much better to step all over toys to get to the bed. I'm glad it's not me that has to find the way to the bathroom in the dark.


I scored a spot on Donna Duncombe's CT - yay and I finished my first layout using her HeavenSent Collection, which you really have to check out ... the kit, not my layout ... but you can check out my layout too.

Full credits here.

In other news nuts4digi.com is having a blog train on Saturday as part of DSD. Check out the forums for more info. There will be some goodies on offer so don't miss it.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'd like to use public transport but ...

According to an article in the paper yesterday THE car is king: new analysis shows per capita vehicle travel is almost nine times that of public transport

I'm trying to cut down our use of the car by walking more, to the shops and school, in spite of almost daily protests from the boy. Reasons like it helps us stay healthy and we're helping the environment don't cut it with him.

I also don't mind using public transport, in fact for the kids it's exciting and we live in an area where we can choose from the tram, bus or train all within walking distance. The tram is only about 50m away and it runs regularly. A couple of weeks ago we went into the city for the Dream Festival which was a free arts and music festival (thumbs up!) ... we thought why not catch the tram in ... it cost us $24 for the family and we had to scrounge around the house, car and wallets to find that money in coins because they only have coin operated ticket machines on the tram. We decided to do it anyway because the rest of the afternoon was going to be free but they don't exactly make it an attractive option.

I think most people would agree that we want to encourage public transport use so here's some easy things they could do:

Have a family ticket ... yes, public transport is cost efficient when you look at one person but when you're adding up 5 people it would be heaps cheaper for us just to drive in and pay for parking.

They are implementing a new ticket system ... please, please let it take credit/debit cards or at least notes.

Surely these two things wouldn't be that hard, and after they've addressed those they might want to look at making sure a trip that takes 15 mins in the car doesn't take 1hr by public transport because the coverage is so sparse.

That's my complaint for the day. What's the public transport like where you live?

In other business Little Girl has her school concert tonight ... excited, nervous.

Nuts4digi has some special plans for NSD on Saturday so you may want to head over there then and check it out ... you may like to drop back in here too.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Glossy

I've been using Google reader and yesterday was procrastinating and clicked through to the recommended reading ... it seems the time wasting potential on the internet just keeps increasing exponentially ... anyway I found this site Her Space, My Space His Space.
Here's their little blurb:

Anyone can play along with HSMSHS. Simply check the word of the day, make a photo to match the word and post a link to your pic in the comments. You can check the links from others for more inspiration or simply visit other people's links to find out what photos everyone else have made. Please be polite and leave a word of encouragement on any blogs you visit. Play when you have time & when you feel like it... and when you're busy don't! We'll still be here when you have a little more time on your hands again! Feel free to copy our blinkie into your blog or signature lines.

Some days I have no problem getting my picture of the day for my project365 but you know how the days and weeks all get the same, you're wracking your brain to think of something new and slightly interesting, things like this can help start my thinking. Today's word is glossy. Our piano just happens to be glossy when it's not covered in a layer of dust, piano practice is something that happens every day, and it's something I've been wanting to capture for a while. Luckily Little Girl was in a cooperative mood and agreed to let me snap away.

I think that's enough rambling ... here's the photo.


... getting some lovely looks from my Big Girl right now and I'm sorry but frowning at me will not get you TV any sooner.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

He's Home!! and Ps119:32

Just been watching Australian Idol and Kyle says to Wes " I can't just keep licking you like a mother cat each week" ... what the?



and then on Roshani's outfit "looks like the dog attacked the takeaway chicken wrapper" ... now I get that one.



... anyway back to our regular programming.



Hubby is home after 2 weeks overseas. Hugs all round.

I did a bit of a disappearing act this afternoon, I needed a bit of a break from the kids and it gives Hubby a chance to get back into the daddy space. Just waiting for the kids to settle down now so we can catch up just the two of us. It's good to have him home again.

My journal entry this week is from Friday - Ps119:32

I run in the path of your commands,

for you have set my heart free.

So often Christianity is portrayed as a whole heap of rule following to gain heaven which is so wrong. This verse really put in words how it is for me. I'm eagerly trying to follow God's ways, not a forced obedience but a joyful response to God's love for me, celebrating the freedom to strive towards what God has created me to be.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More Gems from The Boy and Some Layouts

We were outside Target today and The Boy pipes up:

"Why did that lady stop, turn around and itch herself?"

He should have been supplied with a mute button or at least a volume control.

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He shared some of his dreams for the future today.

"When I'm an adult I'm going to dig holes and put things in them."

Hmmm... there's nothing like a bit of ambition.

"I'm going to be a WORKER"

Well that's sounds good.

"I'm going to have a truck with a digger and dig BIG holes. It will need a trailer to put the digger on. Some trucks have one trailer, some have two and some have none. The trucks with none have like a boot to carry things but it's not like the boot on our car, it's a big boot that you can put lots of things in"

Glad he's got the future all worked out.

and some layouts:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Homemade Bubbles

My kids love blowing bubbles - I think ALL kids probably love blowing bubbles. At My Little Girls recent birthday party I put bubble mixture in the lollybags as the little gift. So of course what do you think happens - The Boy opens his and promptly pours it all over the ground ... a regular occurrence especially with younger kids. Anyway he fills up the bottle with water and cracks the sads when he can't blow any bubbles.
A while ago, I think it was last year, we went to scienceworks and they had a little show where they made bubble mixture but I couldn't remember the recipe and of course I didn't keep the take home sheet. So I consulted the source of all knowledge - the Internet, and quickly came up with the recipe. Here's The Boy with the recipe.

1/2 cup dish soap
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp sugar
and of course if you're going to get all homemade one of those tiny plastic bubble wands just won't cut it, so we made our own giant bubble wand out of a coat hanger, electrical tape and some string. Unfortunately in my enthusiasm the wand ended up too big to fit in any containers we had so we had to make a little bend in the middle. Ethan was quite impressed with his giant bubbles.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Questions, Questions

I saw an article in the paper the other day about this book - Father Knows Less Or: "Can I Cook My Sister?": One Dad's Quest to Answer His Son's Most Baffling Questions by Wendell Jamieson. This dad set out to get the answers to his son's questions from experts and his extended this to questions submitted by other kids. It made me think about all the questions My Big Girl asks.

We started out fairly easily:

"Why does it rain?" (Age 4)

"Why is the road black with white lines?" (Age 5)

"How will I know how to get places when I can drive?" (Age 6)

"Who will I marry?"

Then we got a bit harder:

"If God is good and He created everything where did the devil come from?" (Age 8)
I introduced the concept of free will in my answer so of course a few days later:
"Why did God give us free will"

"What does sexy mean?" (Age 9)

and the latest about a month ago:

"What if it's all a lie, you know, G-O-D?"
I'm not sure whether she spelled God because she thinks God can't spell or she didn't want the other kids to understand.

I'm really glad she thinks about these things but often she will hit me with these questions out of the blue and at the worst time of day.

Of course they are much more interesting than The Boy's constant question:

"Why is a (whatever he happens to be looking at) called a (gives the name)."
Me:"That's just what someone decided to call it"

and "What's that man doing?"

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Willro&Co: Dandelions, Dragonflies and Doodles

Rowena's kit Dandelions, Dragonflies and Doodles is very versatile. I love red so the colours instantly caught my attention. The red is coordinated with green and brown. The kit is based around papers and doodles. There is a collection of doodled paper pieces that can be layered to great effect. There are cute dragonfly doodles, flowers and dandelion seeds and some lovely wordart. There is also a brush file containing heaps of doodles to give you an endless array of possibilities. Now to my layouts:

Further Proof That Mum's are Superheroes and 2Chr12:1

I came into the dining room today carrying two bowls of soup.

The Boy: Wow, you can carry two bowls of soup at the same time.
My Big Girl: Of course she can - she's a mum.

Yep I'm one talented lady.


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and now the second part of this post ... I think I've shared before how I keep a journal of my bible reading and the lessons I learn through that so I've decided each Sunday to pick one day's entry from the week and post it here. This week's is from Thursday:
After Rehoboam's position as king was established and he had become strong,
he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord.
2Chr 12:1
With a position of strength/abundance and plenty comes danger because it is so easy to forget about God. I may start to get proud, and think I attained this position myself, to think that I don't need God. It becomes easy to rely on my possessions or friends or family or talents instead of relying on God - the only thing that is everlasting, that never fails. Lord God, help me to always put you in your proper place, no matter what my circumstances, the things of the world do not last, I never want to put them before you.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Home from Camp and My First Freebie

I posted the other day that My Big Girl had gone on camp - she's back and she had a great time. She was very excited, didn't have any problems and had a ton of things to tell me. She canoed, boogie boarded and climbed the rockwall. PHEW - I'm glad her first camp was a positive experience, it will make things that much easier in subsequent years.Now the freebie. I haven't done anything before and I have no intention of becoming a designer, but I did this layout and quite liked the way it turned out so I made it into a template. If you like it feel free to help yourself. Here's the layout ORANGE credits here.and the template:
Download HERE

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This Post Proudly Brought to You by The Boy

The Boy loves having a play on the computer so yesterday I started up the computer for him. Now it has a whole routine it runs through:

Computer: "Computer completed power on self-test. Computer now booting from operating system. No keyboard detected"

The Boy: "I'm sick of that computer talking all the time, it's really annoying"

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We went to orientation for prep next year at school today. They had music and art. In art they had to draw their pet. Here's our dog, Harry, I think he looks very cute and definately friendly.

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At tea tonight we had pumpkin soup:

The Boy: "Mum listen to this song...Pumpkin,Pumpkin, Pumpk...." exasperated grunt followed by a fist to the head.

Me: "What are you doing"

The Boy: "My head's going the wrong way"

I can really relate to that last one.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Big Girls gone to Camp

I wasn't too worried about My Big Girl going on camp - thought I'd be fine, I mean we've left the kids for a couple of weeks before, but as I was packing her case yesterday I started to feel a bit sad - she was excited to the point of driving me crazy.
Everything seemed to be going well this morning- she got up, had her breakfast, but when I got her pants she insisted they weren't hers that they were her sisters. (Big Girl only wore them last week - I had to get them out of the ironing basket and iron them this morning)


Then followed -

Tears

Suggestions to wear something else

Hiding under the doona (Big Girl, not me)

"I don't want to go to camp"

Consolation, hugs

"You are going to camp, and I don't think you want to go in your pyjamas"

Several pleas to God from me

"My tummy hurts"

"You know your tummy hurts when you get scared, I know it's new and scary but you will have fun"


With minutes to spare she put on her clothes and we drove to school. I breathed a sigh of relief. I'd had visions of having to pick her up and carry her in her pyjamas into school. With a bit of a push she went to her friends. The last I saw was her walking off holding hands with her friend with a huge smile on her face - too bad my stomach was tied in knots.


I felt like I'd been through the wringer but I still had The Boy to take to kinder before I headed to the gym. At the car The Boy refused to hop back in - "I don't want to go to kinder" - but that's a whole other story - at least he's still light enough to carry into kinder without breaking my back.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Can't blame it on the kids

This morning I decided to go for a run so I took my key off my keyring and put it in my pocket, so far so good. Get home, go inside. Later in the morning I had to go to a local HS to finish my mentor training. It went well by the way and looks like I'll start in the next few weeks if all goes to plan - I just have to get my WWCC (working with children check).

I got back from school went to go inside the house and realised I didn't have my house key. Hubby is overseas so I can't drop down to work and get his key. What's a girl to do? I broke in. I'm not going to share how I did it, let's just say it required a small amount of force and I didn't break anything. Anyone out there thinking of breaking into our house we do have an alarm and I use it - so don't.


Anyway it comes time to go out to pick up The Boy from kinder and I remembered I needed to get the key but I couldn't remember where I left it, so I ran around the house frantically searching - of course I didn't have heaps of time to look.


Then I thought maybe it's in my trackie daks, but they're in the washing machine which is currently in the middle of the rinse cycle. So I get it to stop wait for the door lock to go off and start pulling out clothes, but I get to the bottom and no key. So now I've got a pile of wet clothes, times ticking away and I've still got no keys.


I pile the washing back in, started the rinse cycle again and rush off to do a more thorough search of the house. The third search of our dining room table (don't ask) yields the house key, but of course by this time I've forgotten where I put the car keys. More frantic searching then I remember they're on top of the washing machine, grab them and rush out to the car.


Unfortunately I had no kids home throughout this whole saga to blame it on - it's all me.


I'm thinking of doing this:

Anyone else interested?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dream Festival and other things

We went to the Dream Festival on Saturday a free art and music festival on the Yarra river. We checked out the art first.

I loved these ...
titled Field of Dreamers ... rows and rows of these white figures. The single "eye" is a mirror and reflected various things depending on the angle - other dreamers, the city
Then there were these giant inflatable artworks floating on the Yarra, with a walkway to view them.
We crossed the river where they had two stages set up with live music. When we got there Rosie Burgess was playing - I liked her, My Big Girl enjoyed her too.
We lazed around on the lawn listening to the various acts. Hubby said it bought back memories of lunch times at uni. The kids had icecreams and I had a plate of dutch pancakes - YUM, with the biggest dollop of cream (double yum).

While we were there we heard the NAB songwriting competition winners, Diafrix (hip hop) and The Audreys. They also gave away red inflatable guitars. When the Boy started to go all rockstar with his we decided it was probably time to head home.


I've been scrapping too. My Big Girl for the ChrissyW template challenge.


I came across this in a post by Kathy which summed up so much of what I feel about being a parent:
parenting them, now that’s the hard part. it’s the part where i am faced with my humanity, my selfishness, my pride, my tendency to want everything to be as good as it can possibly be. but in that same breath, it’s also the place where i am faced with the magnitude of how much love resides in my heart, how much i am willing to give up for those little people’s sakes, and how deep my desire is for their well-being. parenting, a little like marriage, is the place where the sum total of all my ugliness & all my goodness somehow collide & i learn more about myself, other people, God, than i ever bargained for.

Read the rest of the post here.

I think that's all for now.

Monday, October 6, 2008

September Roundup

It's time to get my monthly roundup done.

Photography

My project 365 is still going strong, September 30th was Day 89. Here's my September photos:
I also did the September's portrait challenge at Photochallenge.org. My portraits: Books:

I did a fair bit of reading this month.


Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright - Great thought provoking book challenging our thoughts on what happens after death. I will probably reread, take some notes and share my thoughts later this month.


The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro - A book on personal bible reading and journaling. It is no secret that I believe personal and regular bible study is imperative in Christian growth. I found that much of what he advocates is pretty much along the lines of what I already do but he also shared how the personal bible study can be translated into a group setting. I think our church is planning on a push for people to follow a church wide bible reading plan which I think will be great. I hope they also include the kids if not I think we'll try to do it as a family, the kids can just read a shorter portion of the daily reading.


The Shack by William P Young - This book has been fairly controversial and so I thought I'd give it a read. I felt it had both good and bad points.


Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay - I found the story OK but I didn't like the lead character much and because the story was written using his "voice" I found the writing a bit irritating. His power of One books are still his best in my opinion.

Scrapbooking


I didn't do much scrapbooking this month. We were on holiday for two weeks so that took a fair amount of the month and before the holiday I had kids sick at home.


I finished this one for the sketch challenge at nuts4digi.com. House Athletics 2006, I used my daughters acrostic poem she wrote at school for the journaling.

I did this page when I got home with a photo from our holiday - Moment
and I also made an invitation for My Little Girls birthday party using the Delightful collection from weeds and wildflowers.

The Word

I like to look back each month and recap what God's been teaching me. This month I found that truth, blindness and our tendency to only hear what makes us feel good - what we want to hear.
I also found that these things came up in conversation with various people over the course of the month as well. I'll just give some of the verses from this months readings.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit there own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
2Tim 4:3-4

- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him or knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 14:17

The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
John 7:7


Special Times

We drove to Noosa for a holiday see here, here, here and here.

My Little Girl had her turned 7.

The Rest:

Did the training to be a mentor at a local high school.

The children's pastor at our church left in June to start a children's program at Essendon Baptist and was asked to be on the search committee as a parent. We started interviewing this month.




Saturday, October 4, 2008

Driving Home

This is the last of my posts about our recent holiday in Noosa. The others are Melbourne to Noosa, In Noosa We ... and Dreamworld.

On the trip back we had a bit more time to stop and see a few things but unfortunately I had a bad earache the first day so I wasn't really up to taking lots of photos. I did get one of the view from Picnic Point at Toowoomba.

The next day we visited the Diprotodon at the information centre in Coonabarabran.
Then headed off to the Warrumbungle National Park. Plenty of wildlife. On the way out to join the highway and head to Gilgandra I snapped this shot. In Gilgandra we stopped for lunch and had a look at the Cooee display where men started marching to Sydney to recruit soldiers during World War 1. We had afternoon tea at the Parkes telescope - "The Dish".

Golden fields of canola north of the telescope.Sunset just out of West Wyalong. Now if you thought I was finished I have one more treat for you. My mum loves the quirky mail boxes you see travelling round Australia so this is for her:









Thursday, October 2, 2008

Stopped at Dreamworld on the way home from Noosa

My Big Girl got brave and rode the scary rides ... during ...after












The Boy loved The Big Red car and the train and we all went on the raging rapids ride together - of course I was the one who got soaked.

My Big Girl got up close and personal with a lizard - she has soft spot for reptiles. These are wild ones roaming around.






















We saw the tigers:


Hubby got pulled up onto stage in the Spongebob show. That's him on the left.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Nuts4digi is back up and open for business

I mentioned last month that the server move for nuts4digi didn't go quite as planned and the site was out of action for quite a while but it's back up and running now. They're having a celebration:
Back to Business Competition
Terms and Conditions
The competition will run from midnight 30th September through to midnight 21st October.
Purchase a kit/s from the Nuts4Digi store from the 1st October – 21st October and create 2 or more layouts using the kit/s. The layouts must be posted to the ‘Have It Your Way Gallery’ in the above time frame to be eligible.
Only layouts using a kit purchased from the Nuts4Digi store will be considered.
Prize winners will be drawn randomly. There is no skill involved so everyone has a chance of winning.
Prize winners will be notified by PM within 24 hours of the draw.
Prizes -
1st prize - $ 50 coupon to the Nuts4Digi store.
2nd prize - $ 15 coupon to the Nuts4Digi store.
3rd Prize - 2 months subscription to Club Nut
4th Prize - 2 months subscription to Club Nut IMPORTANT: While going through the checkout process in the store please note in the comments section - 1. Your Nuts4Digi forum user name and 2. The words 'Back To Business Competition' .

I've also been holding off posting my layouts for Designs by Marguerite's Whimsy kit until the store was open. This kit is so gorgeous and just plain pretty. The soft blues, greens, pinks and browns lend it to a variety of pages and the elements are to die for. Glitter, foliage and flowers, bows, frames, butterflies, sequins - enough to make an album of pages. The plain papers are all textured and the are beautiful patterned papers as well.

My layouts: