Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Him and Her: They are more alike than they would like to admit.

 Can't help wonder what this picture would look like with the three of them there together....

One more week to go

Joining in with Jodi's project 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In a spin...

This girl of ours has had us in a spin this last month......
 There has been Year Formal celebrations...



Ballet concerts...


 Traditional Hungarian dancing...

Contemporary and Hip Hop.....


Pieces from "Chicago" for her Year Ten dance graduation...

There was an audition in there too.....she has been successful in the next part of her dream...an inclusion into a premier state dance company.....

So I guess if I thought this year was fast......We are so proud of her.....so passionate and committed to follow her dreams.

A new stage....a new set of beginnings for us as parents....oh my she was just two, dancing in her little tutu just yesterday.......sigh

Whatever is in store for her we are proud of her and will be cheering her on loudly. xxx

{End proud mummy post - thanks for indulging me}

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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Him: There is no where better than hanging with cousins.

Her: It has been a huge couple of weeks.....


Joining in with Jodi's project

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ten on Ten - December

Ten photos on the tenth day  



* Someone had been unwell during the night....he thought it a good idea to stay home....sorry buddy you're Ok

* Presents wrapped for my work colleagues

* Smatterings of the season around the house.

* The bees are loving the pumpkin

* Looks like it is going to be a nice day

* Books purchased for a Kids Church Graduation this Sunday

* The school bits and pieces are starting to make their way home

* Someone's buddy needs a little stitching attention

* Must find time to string up the bunting

*Anything goes when decorating our humble little tree.

December tenth been and gone now.......joining in with Rebekah.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pumpkins

It has been a little hectic around our home in the last few months....
so there are many pockets of our garden that are a little neglected.....but sometimes that works in your favour don't you think?

Take one of our raised veggie beds... we have planted some tomatoes.....but the chickens must have left some pumpkin seeds behind.....
 


 There is something quite pretty about the ramblings of a pumpkin vine and it's pretty yellow flower....
Looking forward to carving that pumpkin and secretly hoping for a few more.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thankful list

* Finding the day to finally pop up the tree

* The opening of the decorations box and have memories come flooding back

* That the kids love to put Taylor's memories front and centre

* All the beautiful moments in our week

* Top accolades for our dancing girl

* The most proud mumma moment watching our graceful girl in her tutu

* The bottle stayed on and wowed the audience

* A successful end to our playgroup year

* Sharing tears as I farewell families who have been in our midst for three years

* Handsome haircut for my boy

* The delicious tea experience every evening

* A "mental health day" on Friday...restoring calm and peace to the mind and body

* Sparkly lights popping up everywhere

* Sharing moments with family

* My 4 year old niece in her hermit crab ballet costume

* My 8 year old niece in her peal ballet costume

* Watching Meg with the girls and embracing their excitement

* Friends who support and encourage

* A few bags more decluttered from the cupboards

* The appearance of a pumpkin on the vine

* The first cherry tomatoes

* The first presents wrapped under the tree

* The relief of letting some things go
#895 The sanctuary of home

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Him: Enough with the photos OK mum!

Her: How awesome dancing in the same ballet company as her tiny cousins....came in handy when the red lipstick needed going on.


Joining in with Jodi's project 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hope

Do yourself a favour and buy this tune......

Do it for these precious little ones


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

An Advent Gift -Tea Advent Box

I was given this very lovely gift by a very lovely family that attends our playgroup....

A Tea Advent Box....... 
 

I have decided that the perfect time to enjoy my teas is in the evening when all is done....


So for the first two days of December I have had two "new to me" brews ......

Ceylon Orange Pekoe and Rose with French Vanilla.....

I am sticking to the lucky dip idea and giving myself a little surprise each evening as to the tea I will enjoy.


My pact to myself is I will be adventurous and try all the teas contained in my 
Tea Advent Box

This is going on my to do gift giving list for next year.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Him: No words....just the fun of being nine...anything goes!

Her: Rehearsals are here....and I am pleased to say the bottle stayed on. The big test is next weekend.

My 52 weeks Project

Joining in with Jodi's Project

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankful List


* Monday morning phone calls to the doctors and scoring an 8.30am same day appointment

* Last week's sickness only affecting one of us and for a very short run

* Knowing that putting our girl on the train for a big day was Ok

* Turning up to an audition and having a buddy there too.

* Texts from friends encouraging our girl

* The wonder and ease of Skype

* Using skype to connect with a blogging friend for our first chat

* Missing shopping day and having enough food to keep eating for days

* Early school leavers available to volunteer

* A reliable car to carry out the huge taxi demands

* A pool party that provided lots of fun even if it was on the chilly side

* Seeing the fun our boy has with hanging out with mates

* Seeing the improvement of a friend who has been struggling

* A simple lunch with my sweetheart

* Early Christmas / thankyou gifts from little people

* Mobile phones and "text mum free" plans

* The priceless face of my 4 year old niece as she shows us her hermit crab costume for ballet

* Cup of tea chats with my dad
 
#872 Loving that our girl and her dad share the same taste in music and the excitement over some concert tickets

My other lists are here.....I am counting my way to 1000 thankful / grateful happenings in  my world and that cross my path daily.

Both Eva and Kell are joining me....go and say hello and maybe you want to join us.

 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Him: A friends birthday party at the pool....when you are nine it is never too cold for fun

Her: "I can make it, I know I can".....a busy few weeks 

My 52 weeks project

Joining in with Jodi's Project

A how to... folding your bed sheets


Take your sheets and fold ...they need to be about the width of your pillow case...

Fold the pillow case in half and place onto of the folded sheets....

Flip the pillowcase inside out. Folding back over itself and the sheets.....


You have a nice parcel of sheets and the pillowcases all contained inside the pillowcase....


No more wondering where the pillowcases are that match the sheets or where the bottom sheet is that matches the top one.....

Now even the kids can just reach in and pull out a "package of sheets " and hopefully make their own beds.....


I learnt this little trick from my great friend who lives in Sydney. Every time she visits me or I visit her she inspires me to try clever space saving tricks and help me to be much more organised.
She is the master at living in a tiny space and packing so much into that tiny space.... Over the years she has transformed my pantry and craft room......gotta love friends  like that. x

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Him : Some backyard play with his cousin

Her: Giving her Aunty a little time out and babysitting her 5 younger cousins


Joining in with Jodi's Project

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Dirt Dilemma

I have a dilemma in my home.....

Due to the age gap of 6 years between our two children it means they are worlds apart in their "play needs"......

So our 9 year old son loves his gadgets....easy cause he can play solo...right?

Well knowing what I know about children I know that this is not good for his well rounded being to spend so much time indoors, so I take opportunities...most times ..to get him out and about.

So last weekend he had his 9 year old cousin stay for the night...he too likes gadgets and playing technology games....I let them play for a while then I hassled them outside to enjoy our garden and the blue skies of the outdoors.....

I was feeling quite proud of myself as I encouraged them to have some creative ,hands dirty pursuits........ 



until.........


I know......they gain so much from being outside and interacting with each other and nature......

but really...it is so much easier to have them on a gadget and far less taxing on me!!!!

{I need you to know I am not really a clean freak and would take dirty floors over a kid in front of the TV any day}

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