Sunday, June 30, 2013

June ... that's a wrap.

1. Celebrating The Big Girl's 14th birthday. Done with a sleepover party for seven friends last weekend.

2. A long weekend. Celebrated The Big Girl's actual birthday and spent some time writing my essay.

3. The Boy's school camp. He wished he could stay on camp forever.

4. Year 6 School Play. The Little Girl played Lavender the best friend of Matilda in the play called Matilda.

5. Violin exam for The Little Girl. Scored a tough examiner who doesn't give out A's easily and the girl before her came out from her exam and promptly burst into tears. The Little girl looked a bit teary too after her but she got a call from her teacher while I was out on Friday and left a note on the bench for me ...


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6. Mid year exams for The Exchange Student. Finished.

7. The Little Girl's first swim meet for this season. Very successfully completed ... she's swimming very well at the moment ... apart from a little trouble with her turns.

8. The end of 2nd term. Yes, and we were more than ready.

9. My sister flying in from Singapore. She came a week early because of the pollution in Singapore ... and the kids were on holiday anyway.


Moving forward on my list ...

10. Hand in my final essay for this semester. Yes, I was very relieved to cross this one off my list.

11. Recommitting to the Romans project is a must this month. Yes, I was up to Romans 1:24 and I have now memorised the rest of Romans 1 and romans 8:1-6.

12. Also from last month ... edit and upload our holiday photos, make bread and look at what to do with our olives. 
The photos still need to happen. The olives didn't need to happen because they disappeared off the tree one weekend. The bread was pretty good although it ends up a bit filling for the kids lunchbox sandwiches and hard to butter without breaking, but makes really yummy toast.




13. Finish May PL layouts. Not quite, the photos are all in but I need to finish the journaling on a few pages.

14. I've been reading a lot, mainly YA that I'm sharing with the Big Girl but once I finish my essay I'd like to reserve some books off my lists to read in my break. I've got the Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall to read over the holidays and I'm currently reading A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf.


I also need to ...

15. Clean the pantry. Done

16. Go clothes shopping for myself. Still need a new pair of jeans and some long sleeve T-shirts.

17. Do a second planting in the vege garden, mulch and set up the supports for the broad beans. I will need to mulch the second planting once the seeds sprout.

18. Do as much work as I can in preparation for the end of financial year before the end of June so everything is not quite so rushed in July. Done what I can.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

This week's links ...



1. 11 Secrets to properly Freeze fruits and vegetables.

2. Summertime Photohunt ... or winter for those of us downunder.

3. Photocopies and the Meaning of Life. @Wondering Fair

4. Parents Internet Safety Cheat Sheet. Good information here. I still need to set up our openDNS. We've just recently set youtube to safety mode. (Did you know if you search "my first lego movie" you get a stop animated lego movie but in the sidebar is a whole heap of porn videos. Sickos!!)

5. At the moment with everything that's happening round here I've been just hanging on until the holidays ... in the circumstances this seems like good advice ...

Coffee Break Wallpaper (via How About Orange)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Five of Us #6

For The Big Girl's birthday party I set up my computer with some props to use as a photobooth. Of course we had to try it out first ... just to make sure the lighting was adequate.


4-up on 2013-06-22 at 17.53

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Enjoying ...

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Two square court marked out in masking tape in the side yard.
Anticipating seven friends to celebrate 14 years.
Nachos, icecream cake, spas, movie, trampolining, videoing and finally all quiet at 2am.
Frost on the grass. 
Playing the Little Girl's space themed boardgame.
Late Sunday afternoon walk.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Project Life Templates #2

I've packaged up another set of 4 of my 2013PL Templates for you. See them in action here and pick up the first set here.



Monday, June 17, 2013

Enjoying ...

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Man of the Match
Saturday dinner cooked by The Exchange Student.
Chopstick Fights
Happy Faces on Toast
Noodles for Lunch

2:30pm Friday I hit send on the email to submit my last essay for this semester. I really enjoyed the weekend not having any deadlines hanging over my shoulder especially since The Hubby is away so I did all the parental cheering on this weekend. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Enjoying ...

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Turning 14
Nutella on Pancakes
Spending Book Vouchers
Terraniums in the Florist's Window
Crunching Leaves

We've had a long weekend here with the most gorgeous sunny weather but unfortunately I haven't been able to take full advantage of it because I'm in the middle of writing an essay that's due Friday.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

This week's links ...

1. Digital Washi Tape Freebie

2. I made this cake for my sister's birthday but substituted frozen raspberries for the strawberries.


3. Could relate to this post. Although unfortunately it's not isolated to the end of school year. I'm so glad the kids have got past readers. I'm not sure who the school requirements were made for but I rebelled when told by my friend that we should be listening to the kids read aloud for 20 mins every night even at grade 4 level. I'll just say there was no way I was going to listen to kids read for 60 mins every. single. night.

4. I really appreciated Pip's post The Secret of my Success.

5. 40 Things for Need to Know Before You're 40 ... Letters to a Woman Mid-Way. (warning auto music)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

It's About Time ...

a layout.


Scattered through this year's PL will be layouts like this, telling one little story in a little more detail. That's the great thing about PL, you can really make it whatever you want.

Monday, June 3, 2013

My month in Numbers: May

Question: Why do some people think their need to do a U-turn on a semi-major road during peak hour and school drop-off time outweighs the interests of the 40-50 cars banked up behind them just going about their business as responsible road users ... not to mention the extremely questionable practice of using the bus zone out the front of a school at drop-off time to complete their U-turn. Then having the audacity to look outraged at the driver honking his horn at her ... the one that she had held up for 5mins while she waited to do her dangerous U-turn.

Now that I've got that off my chest (didn't help that I was second in line behind her and on my way to drop The Boy off at camp. We just got there as the kids were loading onto the bus, and I find it's better not to be too early otherwise he just gets would up) ... my month in numbers for May. Because I'm using the same design every month, I have to come up with six numbers and this month it was a struggle. I had lots of numbers but I wanted them to be numbers I wouldn't cover in my main PL pages. The Big Girl finally suggested I include how many photos I took (can't believe I didn't think of that)



My Month in Numbers originated with Julie @ Notes on Paper. You can pop over there and join in if you like.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hello June ...

This month we are looking forward to ...

1. Celebrating The Big Girl's 14th birthday.

2. A long weekend.

3. The Boy's school camp.

4. Year 6 School Play

5. Violin exam for The Little Girl.

6. Mid year exams for The Exchange Student.

7. The Little Girl's first swim meet for this season.

8. The end of 2nd term.

9. My sister flying in from Singapore.


Moving forward on my list ...

10. Hand in my final essay for this semester.

11. Recommitting to the Romans project is a must this month.

12. Also from last month ... edit and upload our holiday photos, make bread and look at what to do with our olives.

13. Finish May PL layouts.

14. I've been reading a lot, mainly YA that I'm sharing with the Big Girl but once I finish my essay I'd like to reserve some books off my lists to read in my break.


I also need to ...

15. Clean the pantry.

16. Go clothes shopping for myself.

17. Do a second planting in the vege garden, mulch and set up the supports for the broad beans.

18. Do as much work as I can in preparation for the end of financial year before the end of June so everything is not quite so rushed in July.