Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Five

Five good things from this week.

First up my favourite photo ... this week has been a bit light on the photography ... but I do love sunbursts and playing with textures.


Best scrapbooking challenge ... I know I'm shameless ... but go check it out anyway.

Tissues required: Why You Don't want to Be Loved

Had dinner last night at The Press Club ... yes George was there and so was Kevin Rudd (in a private room). Highlights: Saganaki Martini, nibble on fried saganaki while sipping the martini shot; panfried barramundi, eggplant, beetroot, feta rolled in herbs and pistachio bread; Greek doughnuts ... very morish.

The Boy brought home some artwork this week ... not his favourite activity ... but I was quite impressed with his effort.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm going to have to make some plans.

If you know me you will know that I like to let my days just unfold with a minimum amount of planning. This is a constant cause of angst in our house where everyone (especially Hubby and Big Girl) are constantly asking what are we doing today/this weekend/next week ... my response ... let's see, I don't know, I haven't decided yet ... often culminating in an exasperated "Just stop trying to organise me". I especially hate the question "What's for dinner?" when I've just finished my breakfast.

Anyway in September we are heading off to the US for 4 weeks which obviously requires some forward planning. Which has resulted in quite a few hints lately from my Hubby to get my act together and work out what we are doing. Don't get me wrong, many of the essential and crucial details are in place:
  • We have flights ... Hubby had half a million frequent flyer points so we booked these as soon as they became available.
  • I worked out a basic itenary and we have accomodation booked. All 5 of us spending 4 weeks in one hotel room ... fun.
  • We have a show booked in vegas.
  • We have a lovely family who are on furlough from their work with MAF in East Timor looking after the house and Harry.
  • We booked a car
  • And we've registered our details with the US government.
Hubby has been bugging me for a while to work out what we will be doing. Yes apparently wandering around strange places with three kids and no idea where we're going is not a recipe for a happy family holiday ... and so over the nest few weeks I have to work out exactly what we will be doing. Wish me luck.

P.S. We're going to S.F., Yosemite, Death Valley, LV, Zion, Mounment Valley, Grand Canyon, San Diego ,Disneyland and LA, suggestions welcome.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Deanna Patterson's A Guy Thing

This months kit from nuts4digi is Deanna Patterson's It's A Guy Thing, a fun, versatile kit. It has a good mix of patterned and plain papers, all textured and roughed up perfect for those rough and tough people in your life. Fantastic journal/frame cluster and stitched icypole stick journaling strips are included. Other interesting embellishments include duct tape, doodled mobile phone and some ticket wordart. Torn and folded paper, stiched felt and button embellishments, photo blocks in 3 colours, knotted string, ribbons and journalling round out the kit. Although perfect for male layouts this kit is suitable for a range of subjects.

Now some layouts:

First The Boy at the park. He couldn't get anyone to push him so he had to get the round-a-bout up to speed before he jumped on ... lots of fun.


Next a layout, I did at the nuts4digi speed scrap last Friday (You should come and join in, you don't have to scrap you can just chat.)


and finally brought to you by my Hubby ... no he did not scrap ... just provided the subject.


I think I'm seeing some kind a pattern here ... MALE = crazy/wierd?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Boys will be boys ...

Walking back from a party today The Boy says "I got a boys lolly bag ... all boys stuff. WHAT!!! A butterfly ... there's a butterfly on the back of my smarties packet ... I hate butterflies. But I love to whack people with balloons." ... and with a swish and a swoosh he runs off up the street slicing the air with his balloon sword.

He doesn't get far though because soon his sword starts to deflate. "Oh I must of squeezed too hard, see ... see ... see me squeeze it" Yes a ballon slowly deflating as it is squeezed is oh so interesting ... interesting enough to occupy him until we arrive home.

I just love this boy of mine.


You know you're a scrapbooking mum when you hear the words "We've made a big mess" and you run to get the camera, LOL.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book by Geraldine Brooks that I've read this year. I wasn't that fond of the main character but loved the side stories about the history of the book. As with Year of Wonders there was a twist in the plot that I didn't see coming ... always a good thing. Worth reading.

Ref: A-Z Challenge

Friday, July 24, 2009

3 Kids and a Dog - The Layout

I blogged this story back in November last year and I've finally done a layout using it for Audrey's Letters and Words challenge this week. The challenge was to use dingbats so I used the Holiday Pi BT font on mine as accents ... and it's a double page layout.



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Illustrated Guide to Religions by James A. Beverley

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World by James A. Beverley

I read this as part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Bloggers program. Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions covers more than 200 religions, sects, and cults, most of them ones the reader might encounter on any given day. The book is arranged with a chapter for each religion. Detailed information is given for each religion including timelines, historical information and summary of major beliefs. There are plenty of figures and charts to break up the text. Of particular interest to Christians is the analysis of the beliefs and how they both intersect and differ from Christianity, useful information to know when in discussion with people of other faiths.

I picked this book to review because I thought it would be useful to have a reference book on the religions both for me and a bit later the kids. The depth of information is excellent in this size book and Beverley helpfully gives both internet and print resources for further study if required.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday is THE BEST day

Happy Birthday to Hubby today ... he scored a shirt before he ate his breakfast.

Then church, we are in the middle of a five part sermon series at the moment ... created, sustained, broken, salvaged, destined. Today was salvaged ... Alan preached and was spot on as usual ... yep, we're salvaged ... podcast should be up later in the week. Stayed around for a chat after which was good because last week I felt so bad we left straigtht after the service.

Afterwards we went to the Pancake Parlour for lunch to celebrate Hubby's birthday. The Boy was hanging out the whole time for the train to do it's thing. We had a bit of fun in front of the curved mirror while we waited for Hubby to pay.

Home and Hubby did this ...


Now it wasn't my idea ... I think manual work makes men feel manly?? Anyway it was all his idea. I helped by taking some photos ...


Harry halped by lying in the way.


The Boy helped by grinding the back steps.


The girls made some kind of concoctions.


Oh, I also did some ironing ... school uniforms. After that we went and saw BIL for afternoon tea. Then Hubby suggested we get Evan Almighty to watch with the kids ... inspired by the sermon this morning. The kids loved it. The Boy went off when the flood came through ... Little Girl was covering her eyes scared ... The Boy was jumping up, cheering ... it's floating !!! Of course we had to do the dance at the end ... OK mainly just The Boy and I ... Big Girl joined in for a minute.

Then run down to the supermarket to grab Hubby's requested pasta and finally the Masterchef finale.

Good, good, good.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Donna Duncombe's Template Pack #3

Donna has a new set of templates in store this month. They are multi-photo pages which make it so easy to put together a layout quickly. I used them for this layout for Tam's font challenge at nuts4digi. I also used Donna's Joyful Season.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Getting Over the Flu

My poor blog has been rather neglected this month due to the holidays and also a dose of the flu ... probably swine considering I had the flu vaccine this year. Not last weekend but the weekend before we were checking the forecast for the snow and decided that Tuesday looked like the pick of the week for our planned day trip. My brother was up at the snow for the whole holidays so when we said we were planning to go up for the day he kindly offered to let us stay at his place for the night which meant we got two days of skiing. It was quite good of him considering he has 5 kids of his own and adding in the five of us meant a very full house.

Monday afternoon I started to feel a bit unwell and by the night I had a high fever and bad cough. Tuesday morning was a 4:30AM wake up so we could get up to Mt Buller in time to get the kids into ski school for the day. So I dragged myself out of bed and dosed up on codral for the day. You would think a near fainting episode getting the lift tickets would have put me off but I pulled myself together took a couple more codrals and after a short rest we hit the slopes. The cold air was agony on my throat and my voice was very croaky but the snow and weather were so good that I just couldn't pass up on one skiing opportunity for this year. Judge for yourself ... the conditions were beautiful.


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Tuesday was really busy because they had a half price day for tertiary students. Little Girl was a bit hard to settle in her ski class even though we put her in with Big Girl but by the end of the second day they were both pretty pleased with themselves because they were both moved to the next level. Big Girl proudly informed us that she won the groups impromptu race and Little Girl came fourth. Little Girl excelled when the group went off trail through the trees ... her smaller size became an advantage then rather than an hindrance.

I was a bit disappointed that the instructors didn't move The Boy out onto the lifts ... his been skiing blue runs for a couple years now but they were so busy they just couldn't give the kids the attention that they probably should have.

As for me ... I left Hubby in the dust ... hahaha ... but by Wednesday night I was paying the price and spent Thursday, Friday and a large part of Saturday in bed sick. Sunday I managed to drag myself out of bed and make it to church but was left straight after the service and I spent a few more hours in bed.

The Boy's behaviour has not improved with being up with his cousins at the snow and then basically doing whatever he wanted while I lay in bed. He has made himself a prosthetic arm ... he calls it his light sabre. He has previously been in trouble at school for playing pretend gun games so I had a chat with him before he started back this term. If he doesn't play gun, sword or light sabre games at school he can have his light sabre when he's at home. In other words his not allowed to mock kill or maim his school mates but members of the family are fair game. So Monday night he made the most of it. Starts off by surveying the bathroom ...


He looks so innocent except for that thing on his arm ... but wait it's time to guard the door.


You can see some of the explanation for The Boy in the background. Yes that is Hubby controlling nemo.


First day back at school went well ... today not so well.

I'm still a bit under the weather but gradually improving. I even did a layout today.


It is for the current challenge on Donna's blog. You can pick up the minikit for free to use in the challenge and one entrant will win a $5 voucher to her shop. You should pop over and check it out.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Back from the beach

Got back yesterday from Pt Lonsdale. Not our most successful holiday ... the weather for the last few days was foul ... and the kids tag teamed getting sick. Sis was a bit out of sorts with everything as well and Hubby was back here. By Friday the kids desperately needed a run around outside so I got them to put there shoes on but by the time they got them on it had started raining. The weather was changing rapidly because of the gale force winds. We had another go about 10 mins later and they were out for about 5 mins before it started to pour down. I was proud of Little Girl she grabbed her 18 month old cousins hand and dragged him in with her. The Boy on the other hand stood out in the rain having a rather large tantrum.

It wasn't a complete bust though ... the kids had a couple of pyjama days ... I finished three books including the one I'm currently reviewing for Thomas-Nelson ... we tried a yummy lamb shank pastie recipe ... had open fires ... I got some of my back log of photos edited and I got eight layouts done. This was one of them:It was my layout for this week's Words and Letters challenge. I used Donna Duncombe's Photomasks #2 and the BG paper is from her Shine minikit. I was really happy with the way it turned out ... and it got into the Gallery Standouts thread at DST ... big :).

This layout has been sitting on my computer for a while made with Donna's new kit A Good Day. You can pick it up as part of the digiduo at Two kits in matching colours for $5 ... a pretty good buy.
A closer look at Donna's kit.
Also don't forget to drop by Donna's blog and join in the template challenge hosted by yours truly.