Saturday, December 31, 2011

52 Photos Catch-Up

Between fighting off the stomach bug (unsuccessfully) that has been doing the rounds of the house and fighting with accpac and the servers at work ... the last few days have been busy and frustrating.  Today I made it to the beach this morning and I thought this afternoon I'd take a little time to post my final post for 2011 with a little look at my progress on my 52 photos.

Week 46: Mosaic

This is a mosaic tile The Boy made at school. I put some felt squares on the bottom so we can use it on the table.

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Week 47: Thankful

Celebrating 40 years of a wonderful life ... lots to be thankful for.

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Week 48: Real

Lucky for the rest of us the real Father Christmas doesn't jump out on unsuspecting passersby brandishing a storm trooper gun. (Alternatively this is real life at our house).

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Week 49:

Anticipation


Not long now ...

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Week 50: Perspective

We were on the beach when the yachts in the Melbourne to Hobart yacht race sailed through the heads. I know they are much bigger when up close but from this perspective they look way too small to tackle Bass Strait.

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Week 51: Joy

He just loves Christmas.

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The final week is celebrate and I'll be taking that photo tonight.

Enjoy your New Year's Eve.

Friday, December 23, 2011

December Daily: Day 5

Day 5 the story was all about our advent calendar ... I finally found somewhere to put it up so we wouldn't damage the walls.

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Days 3 and 4, days 1 and 2 and credits.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

52 Photos: Nostalgic

Week 45:

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We bought this for her first Christmas ... she's 12 now.

A conversation ...

and an unrelated photo ... apart from the fact that it is The Boy in the car. This is at the end of one of his two end of term free clothes days. This is the one with the year 5 fundraising hence the face paint and weird hair.

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Anyway ... the conversation ... the kids and I were in the car and a particular song that shall remain nameless came on the radio.

The Boy: That doesn't make sense, he says he's got passion in his pants ... but passion is in your heart.

The rest of us remained silent ... I, for one, was not prepared to go there right now.

And that is why we usually have the dial set to Light FM.

Monday, December 19, 2011

December Daily - Day 3 and 4

Some of my December Daily pages will only be single pages, I'm just going to go with what fits the photos and story that I have. These two are birthday pages ... my families birthday celebration at Moreton's in Rathdowne St ... best bread and butter pudding ever ... and the day I turned 40, with presents and Hubby's family for lunch.

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Credits plus day 1 and 2 here.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

This week's links ...

1. The Little Girl made peppermint milk chocolate chip cookies this week. They were a big hit with everyone.

2. Print and Build Nativity Set ... we won't have time to do this but it is sooo cute (via How About Orange)

3. Homemade Sewing Kit - would make a good present for someone just moved out of home, at least they'll be able to sew a button on.

4. I also made a Mango and Pineapple Cake. I used a fresh mango instead of tinned because I got a tray of mangoes as part of a school fundraising drive. It was very yummy, not too sweet ... although it may be sweeter if you used tinned mango.

Friday, December 16, 2011

52 Photos: Busy

Week 43:

It's all go at our house with a constant stream of workman ... yesterday they poured the driveway.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

December Daily: Days 1 and 2

Finally I have something to show. I decided to use Ali Edwards 31 Days Overlay Set and Star on Top by One Little bird and Amy Martin Designs. i'll be using these throughout my album. I modified the overlay to produce a facing page and filled the space with a collage of photos.

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We have a tradition of putting up the tree on the first but I wasn't sure with the move that it would be happening this year. Luckily Geoff got it from the shed and we squeezed tree trimming between the Big Girl's tennis lesson and the girls school Christmas Carols where the Little Girl was one of the grade 4 soloists. She doesn't get her singing from Hubby or I.

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Second day is all about our Jesse Tree readings. The kids have worked out a system now of who gets to do which part of the reading but at the start there were arguments because they all wanted to read.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

52 Photos: Collection

Week 42:

In an effort to reduce the amount of dust and dirt we are a shoes off house at the moment ... today because they were pouring the concrete at the front door the collection of shoes was at the back door.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

This week's links ...

1. Love this framed memories ... tickets, wristbands,  love notes collage framed.

2. Not Just Cute's handmade Christmas list.

3. Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight ... I stayed up late last night watching a bad movie on TV so not sure if I'll make it tonight, especially considering it'd raining at the moment so it's unlikely given the weather we'll see anything.

4. If you've noticed my new format for wrapping up the month and you were interested in doing your own post Julie has written a post on how she pulls together her month in numbers posts.

5. Challenging: When Christmas Gets Radical.

6. Maxabella's Marathon Running Plus Other Stuff ... asking the big questions. Have you found an answer?

7. What's on Your Christmas List.




Friday, December 9, 2011

52 Photos: Calm

My Boy playing calmly, oblivious to the mess of unpacking surrounding him. (week #41)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

52 Photos: Today ...

the first day waking up in our new bedroom. (week #40)

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Well it was when I took the photo, but that was two weeks ago now.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

39 Things ... the end.

So I turned 40 on the weekend. The final tally ... 17 things complete. 
  1. Move into our new house.
  2. Buy a dress.
  3. Finish our US photo book. done.
  4. Go with the kids on a bike ride.
  5. Make sundried tomatoesdone
  6. Put together a slide show of our US trip.
  7. Read Bonhoefferdone
  8. Reduce stored files by half - go paperless.
  9. Make glow cones.
  10. Finish my P365-2010 and print.
  11. Ski a black run.
  12. Throw a dinner party.
  13. Make a cupcake stand.
  14. Do Week in the Life.
  15. Sort and backup digital photos.
  16. Go bush walking.
  17. Finish and print 2009 album.
  18. Digitise APS films.
  19. Complete first set of the Riftwar Saga.
  20. Go back to uni.
  21. Make gnocchi.
  22. Read Anne of Green Gables with Little Girl.
  23. Spend an afternoon playing parlour games.
  24. Make a fancy cake.
  25. Read a book with Big Girl.
  26. Make a garland with the kids.
  27. Choose and complete a photo project.
  28. Catch up with school friends.
  29. Go for a night swim.
  30. Read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with The Boy.
  31. Make Icecream.
  32. Take the kids to ACMI.
  33. Go out for dinner with Hubby.
  34. Bottle fruit over summer.
  35. Put together the 2010 home video onto DVD.
  36. Play tennis.
  37. Read Jane Eyre.
  38. Make a photo kaleidocycle with the kids.
  39. Do my world map jigsaw that's been in the cupboard for who knows how long.
December Daily is still coming.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The verdict is in ...

No on my weekend today, but I may have some December Daily pages to share soon.

The Little Girl reading her book ...

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She says our new house is the best house she's ever lived in ... but she's doesn't like the garden much ...

(We're currently surrounded by a building site.)

The other two made good use of the abundant building material laying around to make their own Beyblade Arena.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

This week's links ...

1. A Beautiful Life

2. I like this printable Christmas tag, a very easy way to dress up plain paper and string.

3. Good gift ideas for boys ... I have a few to buy for this year plus two boys birthdays in December.

Friday, December 2, 2011

November in Numbers



11:39 = The time of the Big Girl's 2nd grade piano exam. They always specify the time down to the minute. We were early though and she got to go in early too. So glad the stress of preparing is over ... she ended up getting a B+ which is pretty good.

2870  = the number of words in my last essay for the semester. 2Chr 35:20-27 ... it was a bit like pulling teeth ... I knew what I wanted to say but the words weren't coming ... and you have to write in full sentences with proper grammar.

4 = the number of events The Boy competed in for the house athletics. 70m sprint, shuttle relay, obstacle course and tunnel ball. All the kids do all the events. His house finished 2nd overall, but in his year they won the tunnel ball and shuttle relay.

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3 = the number of times we used the pool. I didn't think we'd get to use the pool at my sister's again before we moved out.

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8 = the number of years we've had the pleasure of this one's company.

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2 = the number of days the Big Girl missed of school and The Boy missed of school both had colds but caught it two weeks apart.

64 = the number of boxes packed to move house. 26 are currently unpacked. My due date to complete the unpacking so the removalists can have the boxes back is 13th December.

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2 = the number of boxes of fruit I've ordered through CERES. I've been waiting for ages for them to get a food host in our area and it finally happened. So far it's going well.

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You can join in with your numbers over at Notes on Paper.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

52 Photos: Trail

Week #39 and the prompt was trail. The first thing that popped into my head was the trails round Pt Lonsdale. I loved them as a kids and now my kids do too!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Summer List

So I've dabbled in year long lists and holiday lists and now as it comes close to the end of my 39 Things I've decided not to start a 40 Things but to change to a seasonal list ... with a mix of booked in, must do's and would like to do's in a similar vein to my holiday lists but just over a longer time frame.

Some projects to finish ...
1. P365 photo book
2. US September 2009 slideshow
3. File and backup all photos from 2011
4. My 52 Photos.

Some new ones to start ...
5. December Daily
6. The kids current albums

With the family ...
7. Ski at Whistler
8. Go see some Christmas lights.
9. Complete the readings for our Jesse Tree this year ... I thought we'd missed the start day but I was just confused about the date ... I was running a day ahead.
10. Do at least one other Christmassy thing with the kids.

Yummy things to make ... not your everyday food
 11. Christmas Trifle
12. White Chocolate, Cranberry and Strawberry RockyRoad
13. Ice Magic
14. Fried Ice Cream
15. Baked avocado

Some random stuff ...
16. Turn 40 - if I cross anything off the list it will be this one :)
17. Reduce bread buying to one day per week ... I want to make our own most days.
18. Bottle summer fruits
19. Get a handle on the first part of my new job - EOM
20. Make and drink a big jug of Sangria ... not by myself
21. Try some homemade mosquito repellent
22. Start making my own muesli

With the kids ...
23. Make sponge bombs and use them.
24. Go around the point ... make sure the tide is going out!!

Around the house ...
25. Unpack the boxes
26. Once they're unpacked find something to put in and on the cabinet in our bedroom.
27. Restock the cupboards ... I let them run low prior to moving.

Finish Reading ...
28. Last Orders
29. How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth

Start reading ...
30. Why Church Matters
31. The God of Small Things
32. The Secret Scripture
33. The Open Secret
34. Raymond Feist Empire Trilogy

Some other stuff I must do ...
35. US VISAS ... we're transiting in LA on our way to Canada
36. New uniforms for the Big Girl and possibly The Boy
37. School shoes
38. School books
39. Enrol at uni.


Radical Together by David Platt

Unleashing a Radical PeopleRadical Together by David Platt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


As part of the Blogging for Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah, I received a copy of Radical Together, by David Platt for review. I haven't read his first book Radical but had heard many good things about it. This book looks at how to be radical corporately not just individually. A word of warning, don't open this if you like to be comfortable. I must admit the thought of putting everything on the table, open for question is a scary prospect but David Platt is spot on with his argument that this is what the church must do if we want to see God's work done. He asks the hard questions that desperately need asking and challenges us to let go of the good to do the best. The danger with asking these hard questions is that they can leave us feeling guilty without bringing lasting change. Platt addresses these issues in later chapters by focusing on the gospel and showing us how it is sufficient to sustain and strengthen the church over the long term.

This short book is broken into six chapters:

1.Tyranny of the Good: the worst enemy of Christians is good things in the church
2.The Gospel Misunderstood: the gospel that saves us from work save us to work
3.God is saying something: the Word does the work
4.The Genius of Wrong: building the right church depends on using all the wrong people
5.Our Unmistakeable Task: we are living -- and longing -- for the end of the world
6.The God who exalts God: we are selfless followers of a self-centered God

It's a quick read that I can definitely recommend.

Monday, November 28, 2011

On our weekend ...

The Big Girl's tennis was washed out, luckily the convenor from Scoresby rang before they left the club. I came back and made a big breakfast.

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I unpacked boxes, they made stuff ...

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It kept raining.

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They had a competition to see which team could put together a bedside table the quickest ... Little girl and hubby against Granddad and The Boy.

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One room finished ... it ended up taking all day to do all three kids rooms.

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They ignored the boxes.

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Cooking chocolate cake.

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The huge rubbish pile. Luckily we can drop off cardboard at the local transfer station for free on Sundays.

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Due to rain, pumping and shovelling mud required before the pour happens on Monday.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

This week's links ...

1. These recipe Christmas cards are a fantastic idea.

2. A funny cartoon from the dog house diaries: Resumes can make anything impressive.

3. Ali's list of December daily ideas. If you haven't seen it yet and you're planning on doing December Daily you must pop over.

4. Photos and brown paper wrapping ... no gift tags required.

5. How to Preserve Photos

6. Some ideas to jump start your journalling from Alexa.

7. I'm going to give this app a try to help keep a thanksgiving list ... me personally and the family collectively have fallen off the wagon a couple of times.

8. Also from Ann: We're going to use her Jesse Tree Advent Book this year.

9. We had this broccoli salad. Was good, a nice change from the usual.

Friday, November 25, 2011

This is what we woke up to this morning

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We moved yesterday plus the Big Girl had her graduation dinner. She looked fantastic. The house is covered in fine dust from all the work happening so I gave her strict instructions not to touch or lean on anything.

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She needed a haircut so Nan took her fro a trim and I got them to braid her hair for her. I wasn't quite in the right space to be braiding hair. Her dinner was at 6pm and the removalists didn't get to the new house and start unloading until 5pm.

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I'd made sure that her outfit was at the new house early in the morning and we took our hanging clothes across ourselves but I forgot about shoes for myself. I managed to find some pants and a black top so my casual shoes weren't quite as noticeable when we went up at 7pm for drinks and then the speeches. The removalists still had all the boxes to unload plus the kids mattresses ... we left them in the capable hands of the in-laws. After the dancing at the dinner the girls were put in alphabetical order and each girl gave a short speech about the next girl in line. It was really lovely and the also put prep photos of the girls up on the screen.

When we got home we had to scrounge some dinner because we were late to the supper and missed the food, before putting our bed together and hitting the sack.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's all happening at the house

Pool digging, carpet laying, deck building and fencing ... plus the central heating got commissioned, then promptly turned off, we won't be needing it for quite a few months.

Monday, November 21, 2011

On my weekend ... the plus edition

We took possession of the house on Friday ... there's a four page list of things that need fixing but it's looking pretty good. The Hubby with the paperwork:

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The Boy took his lego plane into school and then to speech therapy ... the plane pushed the lift button.

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The guy in charge of the company who finished the floor was not happy because it had been scratched at some stage so he came in Saturday morning to refinish it. That meant we couldn't go in the house for the day, then just socks on Sunday. Saturday was filled with packing ... the living room was slowly filling with a growing pile of boxes.

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The kids had more lego fun.

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After church on Sunday morning I spent until 3:30pm running to and from various birthday parties for the kids. Hubby dug holes.

Today and tomorrow the carpet layers are working, then Wednesday is blinds and curtains before we move in on Thursday. The Big Girl has a big week with Yr 7 orientation on Wednesday and her graduation dinner on Thursday. Her Nan is going to take her to the hairdresser on Thursday afternoon ... she needs a haircut and then they'll braid her hair for the night. I didn't think I'd be in the right space to sit down and braid her hair for her ... plus there might not even be anywhere to sit anyway.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

He's 8!!

 ... my baby is 8? I agreed to walk him into the classroom because it was his birthday ... he's still not that grown up.

He was very excited by the size of his present waiting at his place at the table this morning,

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but presents had to wait while we had breakfast. Hubby made the pancake cake. He is officially the pancake maker in the house now. Sing happy birthday, blow out the candles then tuck in.

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The present was a hit ...

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Him and the Big Girl spent all afternoon putting it together.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I've been reading ...

Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy, #1)Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Welcome to the 20th century as you've never seen it. At over 1,000 pages, Fall of Giantsdelivers all the elements that fans of Ken Follett have come to treasure: historical accuracy, richly developed characters, and a sweeping yet intimate portrait of a past world that you'll fully inhabit before the first chapter is through. The story follows five families across the globe as their fates intertwine with the extraordinary events of World War I, the political struggles within their own countries, and the rise of the feminist movement. Intriguing stories of love and loyalty abound, from a forbidden romance between a German spy and a British aristocrat to a Russian soldier and his scandal-ridden brother in love with the same woman. Action-packed with blood on the battlefield and conspiracies behind closed doors, Fall of Giants brings the nuances of each character to life and shifts easily from dirty coal mines to sparkling palaces. There is so much to love here, and the good news is the end is just the beginning:Fall of Giants is the first in a planned trilogy. --Miriam Landis


I love books like these, with lots of characters, and multiple settings. Thoroughly enjoyable, looking at the time of the first world war from multiple perspectives. It drew me in from the first pages and although it was a very long book (864 pages and one of my chunkster choices), it kept me interested the whole way through. Even though there was quite a few main characters, they were given time to develop beyond the superficial.

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To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost PrincesTo the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes by Robin Maxwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was a very enjoyable look into a fascinating time in history, with Robin Maxwell imagining what might have happened in one of history's enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Edward and Richard of York from the Tower of London. Looking through the eyes of Nell and Bessie, extremely likeable heroines, there is plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention. Worth your time especially if you like historical fiction.

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Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Set twenty years after the events in The Riftwar Saga, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures that erupt when a group of powerful nobles attempt to overthrow the Empress of Kesh, bitterly dividing the court. In the centre of the conflict are the two princes of Krondor, Borric and Erland. When Borric escapes and makes a desperate journey back tothe court to warn of the traitor’s plans – which if they were to succeed, would start a war that would twar the Empire apart. From the author of the phenomally successful novels in The Riftwar series comes the newly revised tale of swashbuckling adventure in one of the most popular fantasy worlds ever created. Prince of the Blood is the classic, action-packed saga of conflict and love, magic and legend, from the master of epic fantasy


After finishing the Riftwar Sage a couple of months back I decided to work my way through Feist's books. This was the next book on my list, the first in the Krondor's Sons series. I was reading this in the midst of writing essays so I didn't want or need anything too highbrow, just something that offered some relaxation. I enjoyed this one so much that I quickly moved onto the next in the series.


The King's Buccaneer (Krondor's Sons, #2)The King's Buccaneer by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the land and people of the kingdom of the Isles thrive. Nicholas, the youngest son of Prince Arutha, is intelligent and gifted but vastly inexperienced. In hopes of hardening him, his father sends him and his irreverent squire, Harry, to live at Rustic Castle Crydee to learn of life beyond the halls of privilege. But within weeks of Nicholas and Harry's arrival, Crydee is viciously attacked by unknown assailants, resulting in murder, massive destruction, and the abduction of two young noblewomen. The raiders have come from a pirate haven and are no ordinary foe ... but an enemy connected to dark magical forces that threaten the lands Nicholas will someday rule -- if he survives.


I just finished this one last night. I was readingthe end of this yesterday on trains and in breaks and I really didn't want to put it down when I had to. I'll be continuing with reading through Feist's list of books.