Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Helping with Homework

Big Girl: What’s the thing you tie around yourself ... the thing you put around the front of you when you cook? …
Me: An apron?

Big Girl:  Thanks ... how do you spell apron?


Yep, it's mum they go to for the tough questions.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Scaling the Rockwall Template

It's been a while but here's another free template for you.  It's based on my layout Scaling the Rockwall.

Download HERE
and enjoy :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Road closed, end of term and daddy home ... this week's P365

Tired of having an altercation with workmen everytime I want to drive to my house ... they're not even working at our end of the street.

Day 172 - Road Closed

Reading his reader to daddy over skype.

Day 173 - Long Distance Reader

Remembered at 10pm a crazy hat is needed to celebrate the last day of term at school tomorrow

Day 174 - Crazy Hat

Of course he wouldn't be trying to sneak some food at my girl's end of term afternoon tea.

Day 175 - End of Term

School term finished early for them so they came to mainly music with me. Luckily my big girl went to a friend's.

Day 176 - mainly music

He'd been asking for days when Daddy's coming home.

Day 177 - Daddy's Home

Enjoying the chance to catch up with daddy after 2 weeks away.

Day 178 - Sunday Games

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism by Timothy Keller

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism by Timothy Keller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kellers apologia for the Christian faith is broken into two parts. The first looks at common objections to Christianity and attempts to answer them. The answers are not necessarily new but he does point out that behind every objection there is a corresponding belief that should really be examined to determine whether it is in fact reasonable. He covers seven topics:

1. There can't be just one true religion
2. A good God could not allow suffering
3. Christianity is a straitjacket
4. The church is responsible for so much injustice
5. A loving God would not send people to hell
6. Science has disproved Christianity
7. You can't take the Bible literally

The second section looks at reasons to believe Christianity. He describes them as clues that piece together to form a cumulative case for Christianity.

Keller writes in an engaging manner and shows respect for the skeptic. Much of the book has obviously grown out of his interaction with skeptics and seekers in New York City. This book would be a good choice to give to people investigating Christianity. I plan on getting a copy to give away to one such friend myself.

Friday, June 25, 2010

and the laugh's just keep coming ...

... especially care of The Boy. He usually gives me at least one chuckle a day.

The Boy:  I’ve got a computer in my head and when I get an idea a light light’s up.
Me: Does it light up often
Him: Not Really

*   *   *   *   *


The Boy:  This is the way robots move when they’re born.
Hubby: Would you like to be born a robot?
Him: Oh yeah!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

That Would be Term 2 done

Yep, it was last day of term for the kids today ... half the school year finished.  I was completely unprepared.  The Boy needed a crazy hat which I was wandering around the house finding things to use last night at 10pm.


He finished it off this morning.


He also had a BBQ and I'd forgotten to put the money in (it was due on Tuesday). We detoured past the office and luckily it wasn't too late and I wasn't alone, the receptionist had a huge pile of late orders.

Little Girl had an afternoon tea after school and Big Girl's class was meeting at a park but there's only one of me so I decided it would be more pleasant to be inside and have afternoon tea so we stayed for Little girl's which didn't go down that well with Big girl.

The Boy was hanging round the food table. I think he was hoping he could sneak something, or maybe he was just getting in position so he was ready.


He plays the cute card well.


By the time we made it home it was too late to cook the dinner I had planned so we had a visit to M.C.s to celebrate the ned of term.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

P365 May 2010

It's nearly the end of June and I've just finished May's P365 layout for our family album. I used Donna Duncombe's Summer Days. It's not seasonally appropriate but I thought the colours went well with my photos.


I haven't made a slideshow since January but thought I'd pop one in for May.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I love recording these kinds of stories in our scrapbooks.  They're the kind of things you'd probably forget and I'm a bit of an anti-hoarder so I'd never keep all the drawings.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Buns, boots, movies and firemen ... this week's P365

It's been on my list for a while, yummy but very messy.

Day 165 - Cinnamon buns

The portfolio came home today from school, 3-way interviews next week should be interesting.

Day 166 - Portfolio

New ski boots today. I have to wear them for an hour everyday for the next week

Day 167 - Ski Boots

This year we have oranges ... lots and lots of oranges.

Day 168 - Oranges

Friday night I let the kids watch Masterchef, they're barracking for Marion.

Day 169 - Watching

Food and face painting before seeing Shrek Forever all complements of the accountant.

Day 170 - Shrek Forever After

Today was the day at kids church for the kids to honour and say thank-you to our emergency service workers ... oh and sit in a fire engine.

Day 171 - Rescue Day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple The Color Purple by Alice Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my second epistolary novel in as many weeks and again a good read. Celie is a poor, black girl, barely literate and writing letters to God. Be warned that the story contains some pretty shocking events, including, in the opening chapter, the rape of Celie by her father. Sad and brutal for a large part, but ultimately hopeful Walker explores many themes including love, gender, race, religion, marriage, family, and sexuality. A worthwhile read and although I can't agree with Walker's ideas about God there is plenty to think about in this novel.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sometimes you just have to turn up

I was sitting in church last Sunday, nice and relaxed, we have really comfy seats, when what Jess is saying sinks in and I suddenly remember the email I got a couple weeks ago telling small group leaders to be ready to pray in the service this week ... aarrgh ... I'd forgotten!!  For some people that would probably be no big deal but even after many years as a Christian I still find praying aloud, in groups, with other people kind of awkward and praying for strangers is completely outside my comfort zone.

So, anyway, I'm sitting there totally unprepared and thoughts scattering all over the place ... maybe I'll sit this one out ... you can't do that ... there's not many people at the service ... I'm sure they'll have enough prayers ... you're a leader for crying out loud ... you did it last time, and it was fine ... OK I'll get up ... I'll just stand here, well away from the end of the aisle.

Long story short, no one came to me or the guy next to me for prayer, so towards the end of the time we prayed for each other, and I felt God in a powerful way that I've probably only experienced a handful of times.  A wonderful reminder that God works in spite of our weaknesses and insecurities, in fact I think I see it more often in these situations because I am forced to rely on Him instead of my own abilities.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Making Sandwich Bags a Little Bit Special

My Big Girl had a movie night to celebrate her birthday last week.  I went shopping Thursday and picked up the lollies but didn't get anything to put them in ... but we did have some sandwich bags.  I decided to make some toppers for the bag using Movie Night by HollyDesigns and Kate Hadfied.

Print out fold in half and staple over the top of the bags.


My girl was very impressed with the finished project ...


... and so were her friends.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Play

The Boy and Little Girl prepared a special play for us this week. Little Girl even made a program.


The first act was The Boy's but he decided he didn't want to perform alone and Little Girl refused to do it with him which caused an argument, which then degenerated into shoving. I called a halt and made them move onto the next act. As entertaining as a knock down brawl is on the family videos, I wasn't in the mood ... anyway we've already been there and done that in filming last years Christmas e-card.

Second act was a dance to the song Tales of the B.I.B.L.E. which has a nautical theme so they put up a kind of sailors jig ... until The Boy started running laps of the beanbag and falling over ... falling over seems to feature heavily in The Boy's dance moves.

Day 162 - The Concert

Next they acted and sang the story in Scary Song.   Little girl played the kid while The Boy played the bad guys and the parents.



Followed by a violin solo by Little Girl.


Hubby captured the whole thing on video ... which means #38 on the list is done.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What to do on a public holiday ...

when Hubby is away?  Well since it was on a Monday which is my cleaning day the kids got to help me clean the house ... but I'm not a total dragon ... I did give them a list of jobs and they chose one to do.

The Boy chose to clean the toilet.  This was his first time so I had to walk him through it, and the gloves were a bit big.


He declared cheerfully that now he would be able to clean it everyday.  Both Little Girl and The Boy are still at an age where they find helping out on these kinds of jobs almost fun.  Sara chose to clean the shower, again it was her first time so I showed her what to do.


Big Girl chose to vacuum the bathroom, entry and hallway ... she's not at an age where she considers it fun so there was quite a bit of grumbling.


The Boy wanted to do some vacuuming so he did the lounge and dining rooms for me. I never realised a sword was required while cleaning house.


The good news was that with everyone pitching in, and the kids picking up and putting their stuff away we were finished in an hour ... our house is pretty small.

So I started some cinnamon buns.  With just the kids and I at home I decided to just make a half batch and to leave the coffee out of the icing.   The recipe requires standing time at various points so I kept coming back to it.

Meanwhile we walked to the supermarket, lazed around and then planted the seedlings.


One thing I will tell you ... the cinnamon buns make a big mess ...


but smell yummy ...


and taste even yummier.

3 cinnamon buns

Oh, and that would be #31 on The List

Monday, June 14, 2010

Birthday stuff, school stuff, a play and the park ... this week's P365

She made cupcakes so her school friends could celebrate her birthday tomorrow.

Day 157 - Cupcakes

She scored one thing off her birthday wish list ... a happy girl.

Day 158 - Heartgold

It was Fairytale day at school for him, that means dressing up, making gingerbread, a parade and puppet show.

Day 159 - Making Gingerbread Men

This year there were no props which made it easier for him to stay focused. He did well.

Day 160 - Piccolo Canto

We only had ten candles but a match made eleven.

Day 161 - The Party

They'd prepared all week, with 4 acts and even a program all captured on video.

Day 162 - The Concert

After spending a very long morning at church they needed the run around.

Day 163 - At the Park

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I borrowed this book a few months ago from the library, read the first chapter then got an email the same day from the library saying it was due back. I returned it and put it straight back onto my reserve list. Luckily the wait was not too long and when I picked it up this time I started reading it immediately and finished in only a few days.

Set in the future, human's have narrowly survived two wars with an alien race and in preparation for the inevitable third war are training future fleet commanders. The world's smartest children are trained at Battle school using increasingly difficult games. Ender Wiggin stands out even in this group of geniuses and proceeds quickly through the levels. Meanwhile his brother and sister are back on earth making their own power play.

This a pretty easy and very enjoyable read, with some good twists in the plot. The characters are interesting and there are numerous ethical dilemmas presented in a very real way. Ender has to face the good and bad that is in each of us balancing his empathy with people and his strong will to survive in hostile conditions. Sometimes there really isn't a "good" action to take.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fairytale Day

The Boy had Fairytale Day at school yesterday.  He went as Prince Charming.


All the grade 1's got together and had a parade first. The evil queen from Snow White introduced and interviewed each of the characters ... she was very entertaining.

They had various fairytale themed activities throughout the day. The Boy's first was making gingerbread and gingerbread houses. I volunteered to help. I hadn't creamed butter and sugar by hand since high school home economics class. My arm was feeling a bit sore by the end ... but I was in good company ... the dad who was helping also admitted to a sore arm as well. Each child got a small bit of dough to knead, cut and decorate.



While the other half of the class made their gingerbread, The Boy made a paper gingerbread house.