Saturday, June 30, 2012

This week's links ...

1. Lunchbox Ideas and Recipes to Cook with Kids - Nicole posts her lunchbox ideas every month, this month includes bonus recipes to cook with kids.

2. My brother and SIL made their way round Whistler over the easter holidays cutting the tops off champagne bottles ... here's how to cut a bottle with string. (DANGER!!)

3. Would love to check out Artisan Magazine ... Hubby is home from overseas today with the ipod so if I can wrestle it off him and the kids for a few hours I may be in luck.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Time for another list?

It's been a while but in honour of the first day of the school holidays ...

The Winter Holiday List (a mix of the must do, already booked and would like to do ... some for fun mixed in with an effort to get organised before second semester)

  1. Doctor
  2. Playdates
  3. Go to NGV for the Little Girl's extension art show.
  4. Filing (very scary piles all over the study)
  5. Dentist
  6. Make tim tam hedgehog
  7. Deep clean the house
  8. Orthodontist
  9. The Little Girl's compass expedition
  10. Haircut
  11. Little Girl's swimming comp at MSAC
  12. Make goyoza
  13. Tennis clinic (Little Girl and The Boy)
  14. Visit the library
  15. Read lots
  16. Tweet review those books
  17. Take the Big Girl shopping for clothes
  18. One week at Pt Lonsdale
  19. Pick the trees for the garden
  20. Make chocolate swirl buns
  21. Take the kids to spend their book vouchers.
  22. Make fried icecream (really going to do it this time)
  23. Dental X-rays (Little Girl)
  24. Make Rotisserie Chicken
  25. The Big Girl's 3-D puzzle (she requested some help so we might make it a family project.

Queen's Birthday Weekend (pt 2)

The bad weather was no problem for the girls who spent the rainy portion of the weekend preparing for their play ... including tickets.

Ticket please

Sunday it bucketed down again but we Hubby assured us that it was not raining over Anglesea so we decided to go ahead with our plans for a walk. It absolutely pelted down 10mins before we reached Anglesea but just as we crested the final hill before heading down into the town the sun came out and we completed a lovely walk along the cliffs.






View to Anglesea



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meeting Barney

I have page for you today. It's a page for our project life book. Yes, I am still going with this although I will need to go back and fill in some gaps. I decided not to share every page it turned out to be a little too much sharing in this kind of public forum, but I will be sharing some pages as examples of some of the things I am including. I hope that these posts may be useful for those of you that are thinking of attempting (or are attempting) this kind of project. Most of my pages use the Becky Higgins PL template A or modifications of the template but periodically where I have a particular event that I want on it's own page  and that I feel like being a bit more creative with I will mix it up. My only concern with this was that it may wreck the cohesive feel of the finished album. To combat this I use a variety of techniques ... my favourite being to use elements from my standard PL pages in my freeform pages. In this page I have used the same background paper that I normally use on my project life pages and the title is white impact (something that has become a regular part of this album). Since this particular page was a single layout and not a double page spread I have also used some elements from the kit I am using on the facing page. This is still, like most of my pages, a very simple page, but there is no reason why using some of these ideas couldn't work to mix up PL pages with more elaborate pages.

Meeting Barney

Grey BG Paper: Emily Powers and Paislee Press collab Everyday Ordinary (Oscraps)
Ribbons and Staple: One Little Bird and Paislee Press For the Record (Oscraps)
Frame: Sabrina's Creations Frame it Clean (Mscraps)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Queen's Birthday Weekend (Pt. 1)

We picked the kids up from school Friday afternoon and hit the road straight away, we were eager to leave the city behind and relax with some good friends.

Leaving town

Friday night we continued the birthday celebrations ... nachos and magnums by request.

Birthday favorite

Her choice for dessert too
 The weather was awful but we lit a fire and relaxed in the morning and as soon as the clouds broke in the afternoon we went for a walk.

Heading out


Watching the waves

On the rock

Family photo

The pier

Sea lion at the pier

We've seen sea lions three times down at Pt Lonsdale, one of those when the huge one moved in to live on the beach. The other two times have been on the pier and with these same family friends ... obviously if we want to see sea lions off the pier we need to invite these friends down.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

This week's links ...

1. Great looking Vegetable Garden.

2. Discussing Short Term Missions.

3. I know it's not summer her but for later ... summer e-book.

4. This week's free template from Donna.

Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, June 22, 2012



It's confirmed ... we have a teenager in the house.


When we moved she got new furniture for her room courtesy of the grandparents (an early Christmas present) and we promised her she could get new bedlinen and do her room up for her 13th birthday. She'd had her doona since she moved from a cot to a big bed when she was two. I was keen to get rid of the notices and posters that were stuck to the walls with bluetac and also to clear the horizontal surfaces which had been overtaken by piles. We set aside the Monday of the Queen's birthday weekend to tackle the project, and it took most the day. The rule was that she could only keep what she had room for on her shelves or in her cupboards. We added in some IKEA frames for the posters, magnetic whiteboard for the notices and utilised the window sills to display some of her little treasures. The result is a room that we are both happy with, being a good balance between displaying the things she loves and not being visually overwhelming with clutter.




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So where were we ...

... running around after the Little Girl I think. She did a 25th in the district cross country. It was against the top ten kids from 8 schools so not a bad result. Last year she came 37th, although the longer distance (3km) and hillier course probably suited her. The conversation on the way home ...

Little Girl: Do you think I would have done better if I had have trained.
Me: That's generally how it works.
Little Girl: Maybe I'll train for the 800m in the athletics.
(I'll believe that when I see it, if she asks me I'll take her over to the oval but I'm not going to be the instigator)


She's also done her piano grade 1 and violin grade 2 exams in the last two weeks and got an A in both. She told me about the piano result this afternoon with a little smirk ... we had lots of nagging in the lead up about practice ... I think she's getting a little too cocky about it ... reminding me of her straight A record.

While on the subject of music, The Boy is finishing up piano lessons at the end of term and has begun learning the guitar ... that would be 3 years of nagging from him.


We are also slowly progressing through the list of jobs to do round the house. Hubby put up a garden shed at the side of the house which now means we can both park in the garage ... a bonus now winter is here. Also means that if Hubby is home I can still turn around in the driveway instead of reversing out into the traffic.


I started planting the vege garden. Some herbs as well as some winter veges, broad beans and peas. I'm trying once again to grow broccoli, I've never had much success but I'm determined that I will grow


Hubby and I also squeezed in time between the soccer game, sleepover pickup and basketball game on Saturday to go into Richmond and buy some stools for the breakfast bar.


Monday, June 18, 2012

June's 12 on 12


1. Morning sunlight. 2. Never ending story. 3. Off to cardiotennis. 4. Work time. 5. Front seat passenger, The Boy's cello. 6. Making ANZAC biscuits. 7. Piano practice ... exam in two days. 8. Expert hands needed. 9. Dinner ready for multiple shifts. 10. Soccer practice. 11. Home from basketball. 12. Time for bed but she doesn't want to put it down.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

This week's (months?) links ...

as it turns out this is the first link post for the month of June ... in fact the first post full stop. I have a few posts rattling round in my head (and on my camera) time will tell whether they make it out and onto the screen. In the meantime here are those links.

1. What if I Can't Believe?

2. Wind-up Paper Butterflies

3. Wall Picture Collage