Saturday, November 25, 2006


I have moved, you can now find me here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I like to move it move it!!!!

Yeah, you know that song??? I hope you have it stuck in your head now like i do, LOL. I took the kids to Macca's for dinner and the latest toys are the little things that play a music. Jacob's plays "I like to Move it" and Haileys is the Veronica's. I think these songs will get old real quick!!! I took the kids shopping this arvo in search of new tops for everyone for a photo shoot we are having done on the weekend. I found tops for everyone except Jacob...and i thought he would be the easiest, oh well, i am sure i will find something for him before then, infact, if i look in his cupboard, he might even already have something suitable. The kids were soooo good shopping, there was the odd "don't touch her" "stop making noises" walk properly" but compared to the behaviour i have been getting lately, they were pretty good. George is away again tonight, and luckily his last one, so we will be back to normal from tomorrow. Thank goodness, i hate him being away over night. But i have been keeping myself amused with fluffing around on the computer, I started a LO for this weeks newsletter, and am just about to go watch a movie. AND... speaking of "moving it" i am working on a new blog. So look out, i am going to have a new home very soon. OK, i am off to bed. Cya's

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


We had a lovely time in Bairnsdale over the weekend. My parents went away for a few days and kindly offered for us to use their house for the weekend, so we did and took the Finno's with us. The weather was perfect the whole time we were there, we ate every meal outside, the kids played heaps outside and we got to go for a few trips around the place too. Friday night we all met in Traralgon for dinner at Pizza Hut then set off to Bairnsdale. We got there kinda lateish but once we sorted out where everyone was sleeping, we put the kids in bed and had a few drinkies. Saturday morning Nic and i left the boys and kids and went for a look around the town. Nic loved Mum and Dad's Shop with all the antiques and decided that she would rather work for them than me...hmph!!! After lunch we all headed to Paynesville, the boys all went fishing and the girls went to the park then on the ferry to Raymond Island for a wander and chat with the swans. Saturday night we had MORE drinks. Sunday we toodled off to Lakes to spend some time at the beach. The wind was a little chilly to put bathers on and go swimming, but having no bathers didn't stop the kids (or some of the big kids) from getting very wet. The kids LOVED playing in the water. Back for a bbq and more drinks (are we starting to sound like alcoholics???) We watched a few movies and had lots of laughs. It was probably about 2.30am before we got to bed, but well worth the late night ;) We headed back home on Monday. We had to be back in time for George to work in the afternoon so left about lunch time, which was actually just after we had breakfast, LOL. We had an awesome time hanging out with the Finno's as usual. Nic wasn't feeling well before we left and i know she wasn't feeling the best while we were away either, but I am so glad they still had a little holiday with us. Thanks for a good weekend guys and thanks Mum and Dad for the house. George is working again tonight, this time in Moe, so its not so bad, but tomorrow is Wonthaggi so he has to stay overnight. Bugger that i have to work Thursday cause the kids and I would have gone with him other wise. So i will be home alone again tomorrow night, luckily this week is his last week of working nights, so we will be back to normal soon. OK, thats about it from me, i will leave you with a few of my fave pics from the weekend. I have HEAPS and I am working my way through processing them all so i don't have many to share yet, but i will have more soon. I took these in the garden at mum and dads, this tree gets perfect light for photos, i love it. And i remembered today that i have a photo of Jacob in the same tree (about 3 years ago) that i scrapped, and that LO was my first ever publication....might have to scrap these ones and go for another publication in the tree ;) Ok, cya's all later.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Home Alone

Well, not quite alone, the kids are here, but George is working. He is off in Bairnsdale tonight, had a job there from 4 - 11pm then has to be back there at 8.30am, so he has stayed up there. But, i am missing him and I hate staying at home on my own at night. So i have been finding things to do to keep myself amused, I've been working on something, it's almost finished, I just want to get it right before i uncover it, so i guess you will have to wait to find out what it is, LOL. I am planning on trying to get a little scrapping done tomorrow (still got one class to do samples for) amongst general work and uploading some new ribbons to the website. Then i have my freestyle class tomorrow night, busy day. OK, i am off to watch a movie and hopefully sleep.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Quick pic

Two posts in 1 day again, WOW. Anyway, just putting up my pic from my classes at the all day layout class on Saturday. We had 12 awesome girls in for the day and their layouts all look great, these girls did 2 layouts with me and the other 2 with Nicole. It was such a good day. I am still feeling pretty drained today, so i hired out a movie and just about to go curl up in bed and watch it. George is working tonight and is working pretty much every night this week, i am going to miss having him around in the evenings, but i am hoping to have lunch with him tomorrow before he starts work again tomorrow. Ok Cya's.

And again....

Ok, i will start with the good stuff before i get to..well, just wait.... Nic and I hosted our all day layout class again last Saturday and i reckon it was our best one yet. We had a super full class and everyone was soooo cool, the layouts all turned out fantastic (will share pic later) and better yet, we actually finished pretty much on time too. Lots of our classes have been running over time lately and while they are fun and very social, it is also very draining, so we are making a huge effort to run on time. We usually go to the Fnno's after an all day Saturday of work, but decided not to this time as we are away with them all next weekend, but through the day i though it might still be fun to go have dinner together at least, so i rang George to see if he wanted to, but ummm. No we couldn't. Now... If you don't want to hear about more vomit, then you might want to skip the rest of this post. Jacob had been vomiting all day and George wasn't feeling so crash hot either. Bummer. But I am usually pretty lucky as i rarely catch whatever the kids bring home...but not so lucky this time. I got home from work to a house full of sickies and later in the night i started feeling a bit off myself. So i spent most of the night spewing my guts out, it was friggin' horrible. I hate being sick and i have such a phobia about spewing, i would do anything not to spew. Eeeeewwwww!!!! Anyway, i was out of action all day yesterday and the kids played so nicely together all day, well, after walking into the bedrooms last night to say good night, i worked out WHY they had played so nicely, their bedrooms were TRASHED. Hailey, the gorgeous girl, stay up and cleaned her room up so i could at least walk in it thismorning, but Jacob's is disgusting. I cant even see the floor and i am still not in the mood for anything today. Might have some time tomorrow to attack it because no doubt he will just end up throwing everything in his cupboard and hope it still closes. It probably needs a good clean out anyway. ok, i am off to hopefully have a fairly easy day at work.

Friday, November 10, 2006


Shock horror 2 posts in 1 day. AND OMG I AM SOOOOOOOO EXCITED I AM SHAKING..... My CRICUT is HERE!!!!!!!! I had been at work for 17 minutes when they arrived, so much for getting all my work done first. Damn that Star Track man being early!!! Can't wait to play, YAYAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

More Spew...

Well, hopefully your not eating while you read this, LOL. But yep, there was more spew to follow. She spewed through the night, she spewed at my feet in the morning while i was doing my hair, i took her to work with me thinking it was over, and she spewed there too all over her clothes. Luckily i packed her extras. Eva was coming in to work for a bit while i pick Jacob up from school so i asked her to stay till close to take my baby home, and yep, you guessed it, she spewed there too. Poor little thing, everything she ate and drank for a full 24 hours just came straight back up. Anyway, after cleaning both bathrooms AGAIN and caught up on the washing AGAIN, i think we are back on track. Another funny conversation with Jacob yesterday, he is soooo cracking me up lately. You can skim over this if you want, i needed to get it down for myself more than anything. Jacob - Mum i have a stick in my eye (not at all distressed) Mum - ok, gimme a sec, I'll have a look .... ok come here and let me see ...... wholey crap you wern't kidding, there is definately a stick in there (this thing was almost 1 cm long lodged under his eyelid) .... ok get me a tissue and i will see if i can get it out .... dose it hurt? Jacob - a little bit (i am suprised he wasn't scraming, it was huge) Mum - I cant get it and i am worried about hurting you .... can you cry, your tears will help wash it out?? Jacob - (trying to cry at the drop of a hat..normally this is easy for him) I can't cry Mum - yes you can, just cry Jacob - I can't cry..maybe if you smack me i will cry (standing up presenting his butt to me for a smack) Mum - I am not going to smack you Jacob - Yeah, smack me Mum - (gave a little tap on the bum) *laughing* Jacob - *laughing* thats not hard enough, smack me harder, go on.... So while we were laughing instead of crying, i had another go and ended up getting it with the tissue, but it cracked me up that that was his solution, LOL. OK, soooooo, on the work front.....another late class last night then Nic and i stayed for a bit to chat, so i got home a bit after midnight, like i wasn't sleep deprived already, roflmao. But.....i am HANGING to go to work today....asside from having to write up the latest newsletter, i have my fingers crossed that i will get my load of Cricut machines today.....i am hanging for this little machine to turn up, i can't wait to play with it. I am not normally much of a die cut kinda chick, but i just want to play with this thing. Might have to write the newsletter first thing so i have time to play when they arrive. I have booked myself into a full day clinic on how to use the cricut, which is on in a few weeks and i am being brave and going alone.....OMG. I hate going anywhere alone, so it will be an experience for me, but i am really looking forward to getting to know my new little machine. OK, i am off, got washing to hang AGAIN....does it ever end????

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Short and Sweet

We are having internet issues, which is why my last post was short and sweet and this one will be pretty much the same. Last night was lovely, my gorgeous hubby took me and the kids out for dinner for our anniversary and dinner was delicious, the kids ate HEAPS and even had a full size adults dessert on top of it all. It cost us a fortune but it was very nice and it was also nice that the kids to ate dinner without us having to yell and threaten. I am just sooo happy they ate, they are super fussy and its all getting beyond a joke. Today was my day for catching up, i did 3 loads of washing, cleaned the bathrooms and had a quick tidy up and now i am feeling like i am getting back ontop of everything again. Been feeling so overwhelmed with everything lately, there just seems like there is so much to do and such little time to do it in. I am guessing thats normal though. I bought an outfit for Hailey on Ebay over the weekend and it arrived today, a pair of jeans and a top, they look gorgeous and when we got home i asked her to try them on to see if they fit and the conversation with Jacob cracked me up... Jacob - "they're nice Mum, where did you buy them?" Mum - "i bought them on the internet" Jacob - "really????" Mum - "Yep, they came today" :) me excited that they fit Jacob - "did you print them out?" Mum - .......puzzled at the odd question, then realised what he was thinking....followed by a long winded explanation of how you purchase things on the internet and they get "POSTED" to you, ROFLMAO. Its amazing some of these concepts we just take for granted. Anyway, my girl didn't eat much dinner tonight, then declared that she felt sick, so i grabbed her a spew bowl and within 1/2 hour, it was full, the poor little thing. She even got spew in her hair. She seemed to perk up a bit after that, so i gave her a bath and washed her hair. I blow dried her hair so she wasn't going to bed with wet hair. Her hair looked so pretty all freshly wash and blow dried straight, then she popped off to bed and spewed again (luckily IN the bowl) but managed to get her hair AGAIN.....aargh. She is sleeping soundly now, so i hope its all over, the poor little thing. Anyway, i am off to bed, hoping that i won't be up during the night cleaning spew.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

8 Years

It's our wedding anniversary and its been 8 years today. So just a quicky to say... G, I love you with all my heart and there is nowhere else i would rather be than right here with you. Happy anniversary with many more to come ;)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Weekend Wonders

LOL, couldn't think of anything else to call it. I am over my hissy fit, and life has slowed down over the weekend so i am feeling a bit more back to normal. Friday i was still flat out getting all the new yummy stuff up on the website and writing the newsletter and of course it took WAY longer than i had planned. We had invited friends over for dinner for Friday night, and the house was a mess through neglect cause i was so busy elsewhere, and i had to do the shopping, get Jacobs hair cut, chop stuff for dinner and on top of all that i STILL hadn't finished the newsletter. Thankfully George rang me when i was just about to finish work to tell me he was at the supermarket and had finished work early. THANK GOODNESS, there was no way i could get all that done, we were busting our guts with the 2 of us as it was. Anyway, i was still at the computer typing away, copying codes, etc when our visitors arrived. We had an awesome night, we have been trying to catch up with these guys for months and finally did AND we used our little out door area too. It finally got christened properly. We had dinner, dessert and after dinner munchies out there infront of the fire. Unfortunately there were no marshies to toast on the fire, but we made do with toasting cabana and cheese (if you havn't tried it, its a must for your next party) its amazing what you can come up with after a few drinks, LOL. Yes, i drank far more than i should have, but i have had a very busy week. As i was trying to send the newsletter after our visitors left i realised i shouldn't have drunk that much, so if i stuffed up the appologies, LOL. Saturday was back to work. I had a really busy morning with customers and the Gorgeous Raylene came to hang with me for a bit and drool on some new stuff too. I soooo love the socialness of my job, i love that friends can drop in to see me, i love that i can have a little scrap if i want to (well, if i have time to, not as much as i would like) i can chat with customers and have made many friends from my customers too. Its really quite different to any other job i have had, no other job you can indulge yourself in your hobby and passion, you get such an insight into other peoples lives and them into your life too, and, well, it sure beats changing poopy nappies and dealing with preschoolers with attitude...i can do that at home anytime ;) Anyway, got side tracked....The rest of saturday i spent scrapping at home, i have just had that much to do at work that i had to scrap at home. I finally finished my "freestyle" class sample and all i have to say is....i have NO IDEA how i got myself into teaching that class, i am WAY too anal to do freestyle. But after procrastinating for weeks on it, i finally have a LO i am happy with. YAY. Today was a bit lazy too, George mowed the lawns and got stuck into pulling up a brick path in the back yard, so i shovled a little dirt and supervised a little ;) Then i decided that i wanted to watch a movie, so off to the vid shop, but have i watched my movie??? um, NO. Bum. Oh well, maybe tomorrow night then. Anyway, just thought i would do a quick upddate, so see ya's all for now.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Whinge and Yummy BasicGrey

Yes, i am going to have a whinge cause i have had a shitful week, feeling crap and super hypersensitive to EVERYTHING. Been so busy, I feel like i havn't stopped all week, my house is a mess, no matter how hard i tried, I can't keep up with the washing this week, I'm struggling to get out of bed in the mornings with this daylight saving thing, among a heap of other things. Last night, George was out at a work thing, so i decided to leave my piggy house and grab fish and chips and have a picnic in the park with the kids. Sometimes there are more important things in life than keeping up with the house work, and the kids loved it. Work has been super busy too and havn't had time to scratch myself there either. Today our HUGE box of the new BasicGrey arrived and will be on the web site with a heap of other yummy christmas stuff tomorrow, but as i was so busy, i had to unpack it and throw it on the shelves so fast i didn't even get to drool on it yet. It does look yummy, and i am soooo loving that they have some double sided ones too, they are just divine, looking forward to hopefully having some time to play tomorrow. Yeah, after i finish everything else that should have been finished today. I taught my paint class tonight and it went really well, i had 11 people (yes 2 shy people that wouldn't be in the photo :(, in my class and i was a tad nervous, but quite excited at the same time as its the biggest class i have taught. Everyone seemed to be really pleased with their layouts and they looked fabulous too. OK, i am off to bed to dream of happy things and maybe a BasicGrey LO or two.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Who'd a thought??

Well, who'd a thought another 10 days would go by without me posting??? I just don't think about it every day, thought about giving up blogging, but i really do like coming in here to writeand share, even if it is only occasionally. I have updated my music and gone with "you tube" instead of "bolt", so much better, but i can't seem to be able to resize them, grrrr. So my fave some ATM is Shannon Noll, Lift, and am half way through a LO in my BOM with these words. Jacob's song, Green Day, American Idiot, both kids love this song and usually sing it at the top of their lungs in public places, but its funny, I am just glad they don't know ALL the words. And Haileys song Sandi Tom, Punk Rocker. She LOVES this song and i am also half way through a LO of her with these words too. I did a photo shoot with her the other day specifically for this LO and she looked so cute. I picked out some clothes for her and she told me that "that is NOT what punk rock girls wear" so she went and picked her own clothes and picked her own flowers, and i LOVE the photos.

I am busting to get this LO finished and i am doing it "freestyle" as part of my Freestyle class, so i wont even be able to post it here till after the class....if your lucky i might do a sneak peek of it ;)

Last Friday i went to the Paperific and the trade show with the gorgeous Nic and even though i thought the show and trade fair was a waste of time, i had the MOSTEST fun hanging out with Nic for the day. Nic is just the best fun to hang out with and it dosn't matter where we are or what we are doing, we always have so much fun together. All we needed for entertainment was a camera, roflmao. Here we are looking like total "footy chicks" at the Telstra Dome ;)

(Argh, now it wont let me upload anymore pics. Oh well, go check out Nic's blog to see more of our sillyiness, LOL). At the end of the day we decided at the last minute to have dinner at the delightfully tacky Smorgy's and that was another super fun adventure in itself, and i know the "boys" enjoyed their little gifts we stashed away for them too ;)

Ok, thats it from me for now and, no, i still havn't taken photos of our backyard. But will get to very soon.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Backyard Blitz

Far out, how these make over shows on TV get a whole yard done in a weekend is WAAAAAYYY beyond me. Geez i wish Jaime Durie was much for the perve factor as helping us out ;) My awesome brother has been hard at it all week, I have done the odd token effort around work and the kids. George has had the last few days off work with Jacob having German Measles, so he has been getting stuck into it too. And today we had the "army" all working - myself, George my brother Mark and Uncle John and the kids driving us nuts in amongst it all. We got soooo much done, we have 2 coats of paint on the roof, which is now all charcoal instead of patchy ugly poo brown and silver, the big shed is now charcoal instead of ugly poo brown, the fence is now charcoal instead of raw timber, and my job was to paint the timber around the car park and the driveway fence and gate.....yes, i got down and dirty and did some painting too, can you believe it??? ;) So our little entertaining area makeover has spread to almost the entire outside of the house and yard. Amazing what you can acheive when you have a motivated person come in and pull everything apart. We even have a new deck at the front door, and hopefully a new one at the side door soon too. So, anyone coming to visit us...its number 78, just incase you miss it, it look so different, almost like a new house. I can't wait to have some friends over and hang out in our new yard, its so exciting. I will run around with the camera tomorrow and get a few photos to share. Cya.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I AM Here!!!

I know it kinda looks like i am not, but really i am, LOL. Been so preoccupied with other stuff that i havn't got back here to blog. And i hadn't realised how long it has been since i uploaded a LO, so I thought if nothing else, i will upload a LO. is a LO if blogger will work for me...

OMFG can you believe it, it i dare upload another????

OOOooooo, I am on a roll, LOL. OK, last one, as i think thats all i have on the computer ATM.

So, there is proof that i have scrapped a little.

My brother is also back from OS and has been popping in and out of our house over the last few weeks and he decided he would take on our very messy backyard to resurect our entertaining area and so far it is looking sooooooo good, i can't wait till its finished to have some friends over and hang out in there toasting marshies on the fire.

Ok, thats it for today, and because i have been so slack, i have no idea if anyone still reads my blog, if you do, feel free to leave me a message to let me know you're there. Thank you for popping in and appologies for me being a slack bum.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

I know i am slack!!!

Yes, I know I am a slack blogger. But i havn't much felt like it, i have had one of those weeks that I really never want to repeat. To start with, we lost about 6 months worth of photos off the computer, luckily Nicole has quite a few copies of our photos so we can recover some, then on the weekend i lost something else REALLY important to me, but luckily we found it again. And then i have been sick this week, which meant I missed catching up with my good friend from Uni which i was sad about. We havn't seen each other for about 2 years now and trying to get a day seems to be proving harder than it should be. I have also been staying away from the computer at home, thats mainly because there is nothing on it now that we lost it everything, LOL, but its been nice staying away from it too. So with all that going on, blogging has been right at the bottom of my to-do list lately. Anyway, now that i have had my whinge, i can move on to happier stuff. Last weekend, we caught up with some friends that we hadn't seen for a while and had the BEST dinner, man, those Hilder's can cook, and the kids had a great play too. Then off to the City to stay with the FiNNo's for the night and spend all day Sunday with them exploring the city. The kids both fell asleep in the car, which made for a peaceful trip, LOL, but they woke up at the tunnel which was so exciting for them to see all the city lights, i felt a bit bad that they are 5 and 7 and never seen that before, LOL, but they loved it and we got so excited looking at the lights and going over funky bridges, that we missed our turn off, but we got to see some really cool stuff getting lost. As soon as we arrived at our destination, the kids bombed out in bed and we sat up and had a few drinks. The kids we up bright and early as per usual but it was good to get an early start. I don't think we have ever been up and out the door that early with the FiNNo's, but it was great, i was so excited about showing our kids the city especially as they were so excited the night before seeing the lights. The first destination was the Botanic Gardens and the Children's Garden which was so cool, the kids had shoes off and explored everywhere, unfortunately because of water restrictions the water wasn't flowing, but the kids really want to go back so hopefully next time there will be more water. Then we went to the Shrine, the kids all got a poppy to lay but Jacob being typical Jacob, wanted to keep his, that was until we were leaving and the boys were running from tree to tree reading the plaques and he saw one with poppies layed around it and decided it was time to lay his, it was so nice to see him do that. Then through the gardens to Southbank. We wandered along the Market stalls and Jacob scored a gingerbread man for his "efforts". We watched a street performer, i think they are a bit daggy (of course i do!!, LOL) but this guy did have some relly cool tricks and Jacob was totally impressed with his backflips, I just hope he dosn't try it at home. Then back to the garden's for a picnic lunch. Then a wander around the city, a trip on the city circle trams, stopped off at a few places, including a really cool park at the Docklands. The park was so cool that we didn't realise we missed the last city circle tram, so we all walked back in the rain instead. Normally things like that would piss me off, missing the tram and having to walk in the rain at the end of a tiring day, but it was cool. It was an adventure and it was most definately the company that made it cool ;) After dinner in Southgate, we packed up and headed for home, the kids were so tired they were asleep in no time flat. We had an awesome time and thanks soooo much to the FiNNo's for inviting us along to hang with them for a day on their little holiday. We are planning to go back up tomorrow for the day to go to the Museum with the kids, so that should be good. GGGRRRRRRR ...... I can't upload any pics with this, bloody blogger!!!! So will try again to add pics later. Catch ya's. Oh and happy 100th blog post to me ;)

Monday, September 11, 2006

i have done:

I am stilll working on my other tags, but this one was easy that i got from Nicole.
Consider yourself tagged if you want to give it a go. All you do is copy and paste, then bold all the things you have done.
1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink 2. Swam with dolphins 3. Climbed a mountain 4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive 5. Been inside the Great Pyramid 6. Held a tarantula 7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone 8. Said "I love you" and meant it 9. Hugged a tree 10. Bungee jumped 11. Visited Paris 12. Watched a lightning storm at sea 13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise 14. Seen the Northern Lights 15. Gone to a huge sports game 16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa 17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables 18. Touched an iceberg 19. Slept under the stars 20. Changed a baby's diaper 21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon 22. Watched a meteor shower 23. Gotten drunk on champagne 24. Given more than you can afford to charity 25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment 27. Had a food fight 28. Bet on a winning horse 29. Asked out a stranger 30. Had a snowball fight 31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can 32. Held a lamb 33. Seen a total eclipse 34. Ridden a roller coaster 35. Hit a home run 36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking 37. Adopted an accent for an entire day 38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment 39. Had two hard drives for your computer 40. Visited all 50 states 41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced 42. Had amazing friends 43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country 44. Watched wild whales 45. Stolen a sign 46. Backpacked in Europe 47. Taken a road-trip 48. Gone rock climbing 49. Midnight walk on the beach 50. Gone sky diving 51. Visited Ireland 52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love 53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them 54. Visited Japan 55. Milked a cow 56. Alphabetized your CDs 57. Pretended to be a superhero 58. Sung karaoke 59. Lounged around in bed all day 60. Posed nude in front of strangers 61. Gone scuba diving 62. Kissed in the rain 63. Played in the mud 64. Played in the rain 65. Gone to a drive-in theater 66. Visited the Great Wall of China 67. Started a business 68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken 69. Toured ancient sites 70. Taken a martial arts class 71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight 72. Gotten married 73. Been in a movie 74. Crashed a party 75. Gotten divorced 76. Gone without food for 5 days 77. Made cookies from scratch 78. Won first prize in a costume contest 79. Ridden a gondola in Venice 80. Gotten a tattoo 81. Rafted the Snake River 82. Been on television news programs as an expert 83. Got flowers for no reason 84. Performed on stage 85. Been to Las Vegas 86. Recorded music 87. Eaten shark 88. Eaten fugu (pufferfish) 89. Had a one-night stand 90. Gone to Thailand 91. Bought a house 92. Been in a combat zone 93. Buried one/both of your parents 94. Been on a cruise ship 95. Spoken more than one language fluently 96. Performed in Rocky Horror Picture Show 97. Raised children 98. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour 99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country 100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over 101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking 103. Had plastic surgery 104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived 105. Wrote articles for a large publication 106. Lost over 100 pounds (24 kilo's don't know what that is in pounds) 107. Held someone while they were having a flashback 108. Piloted an airplane 109. Petted a stingray 110. Broken someone's heart 111.Ridden a bike 112. Won money on a T.V. game show 113. Broken a bone 114. Gone on an African photo safari 115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced 116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol 117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild 118. Ridden a horse 119. Had surgery 120. Had a snake as a pet 121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours 123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states 124. Visited all 7 continents 125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days 126. Eaten kangaroo meat 127. Eaten sushi 128. Had your picture in the newspaper 129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about 130. Gone back to school 131. Parasailed 132. Petted a cockroach 133. Eaten fried green tomatoes 134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey 135. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 137. Skipped all your school reunions 138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language 139. Been elected to public office 140. Written your own computer language 141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream 142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care 143. Built your own PC from parts 144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you 145. Had a booth at a street fair 146. Dyed your hair 147. Been a DJ 148. Shaved your head 149. Caused a car accident 150. Saved someone's life 55 out of 150, i definately need to get out more.

Friday, September 08, 2006

I am an idiot.

Found this on Raylenes blog and thought i would give it a go.
What Kind Of Idiot Are You?
You are a Clueless Idiot. Not only do you not know you're an idiot, you don't know much of anything. Your celebrity icon is Alicia Silverstone. Take this quiz! Quizilla Join Make A Quiz More Quizzes Grab Code

Now me being a "clueless idiot" is absolutely no suprise to me. I totally agree that i don't know much of anything, in fact, i like to call it blissfully ignorant, see, i even have my own name for it, LOL. With these quizes i usually do them a few times so i can get a result i am happy with but this one.....clueless idiot straight up, no need to try again. And to top it off, i actually like movies with Alicia Silverstone in them......freaky huh???

Give it a go and tell me what sort of idiot YOU are.....

I know i havn't been back to blog like i said I would, but, i don't give a toss. I will blog when i am good and ready, LOL. It's all just "EVS" (go Toby!!)

I Still have a tag i have been meaning to get to also. I will get there, promise.

OK, I hope you all have a good day and a good weekend, just incase i dont get back before next week ;)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Just a quicky as i am so excited........yesterday while the sun was shining......i found something amazing...... I found the bottom of our dirty laundry basket!!!!!! That is something that NEVER happens. And tonight, i did another load of washing and guess what?? .....i found it again. I am impressed with myself :) I will be back tomorrow when i hopefully wont have a headache to update properly.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Happy Birthday Baby Girl.

I really wanted to come here and rant about how dissapointed in my boy i am tonight, his behaviour this last week has been awful and today, with a big fat lie coming out his mouth, saw his computer and arcade machine privledges taken away for 10 days (we said a week, he suggested 10 days, who are we to argue??). But Hailey is impressed that her computer now has a password that only she knows, LOL. Anyway, i am not going to go on about it, he knows he has done the wrong thing and hopefully has leart from it. The point to todays blog is......... My baby girl is now 5!!! FIVE years old, can you believe it?????

Look how teeny tiny and beautiful she was. Well, she is still beautiful but i can't believe she is 5. She was the easiest and most placid baby ever and she has pretty much stayed that way all through her toddlerhood. Now being a big girl, she can get a bit "chatty" and "screechy" and a little "irritating" at times, but she is still such a beautiful girl.

Her birthday was actually Friday, so celebrations started Friday at daycare when she took in a cake, lovingly made by Safeway Bakery, to celebrate with her friends for afternoon tea. She had a great day. Then in the evening, Heather, Mark and Samuel came around for the usual cake and candle blowing ritual. This time the cake was lovingly made by Coles Bakery and Hailey also got to open all her pressies. She got a new booster seat (a big girl one to replace her toddler booster, she was so excited), and a few bits and pieces for her home corner/kitchen, a Bratz tent (all she wanted) with a Bratz sleeping bag etc and a barbie chair for her computer desk. So Friday night she had her own little sleep over in her new tent.

Saturday afternoon we headed over to Nicole and Nathan's for more celebrations as it is also Nathan's birthday this week (Happy Birthday Nath). We had party food galore for dinner followed by the most delicious cake, cooked by Nic at Hailey's request, and eventhough there were no strawberries in the MIDDLE of the cake, it was still yummy (geeze, i did well at getting out of the cake making this time :). When the kids were in bed, we did the usual eat, drink and play games, and i can verify that Nic was very restrained in the drinking department this time, ROFLMAO.

Sunday was lovely too and we took the kids to the park to try and wear them out a bit. Not sure who was more worn out at the end of it though, LOL. Nic was photographer for the weekend, so go check out her blog for photos (link in the side bar, too lazy to link properly, LOL) We had an awesome and relaxing weekend and we soooooo love hanging with the Fino's ;)

And lastly, Hailey was off to Kinder today with a packet of "Tic Tocs" (the required kinder party treat and so much easier than making 26 little cupcakes), to celebrate her birthday with her kinder friends.

She has had a full on several days with lots of little celebrations, and now that i have written all that, i dont feel like a big meany mum for not giving her an offical birthday party.

OK, i think thats it from me for now, I am off to snuggle into bed and sniff my clean sheets ;)

Catch ya's.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Its going to be a BIG one

Well, my fave photo of today is this one of my girl all dressed up ready for dress up day at kinder. How sweet does she look? I seriously need to play with this photo, i reckon this might get scrapped a few times, i love it. Thank you to the gorgeous and generous Miss Maddy Moo for the loan of the pretty dress and accessories. Now, onto shop news. We have had a BIG shuffle around of the counter area in the shop. This is what it looked like BEFORE.......... And this is AFTER....... How much more space have we got?? And I am totally LOVING that hot pink couch. We have plans that we will have a "what's New" display in the centre there for new arrivals to the store. I am so loving the new look to the shop, its really brightened and freshened it all up. OK, now back to Hailey again. Check out her drawing on the megasketcher.

When i asked her to explain this, her explanation went something like this.... The people under the sun are us, in the day time, and the people under the moon and stars (coloured in)are people in China where its dark so they are in bed. I asked her who told her about it and she said noone she just thinked about it. I asked her teacher at daycare where i thought she would have picked it up from as one of the children in her group is Chinese, so thought they must have talked about it, but NO, she said she makes the odd comment about it but they havn't learnt about it in depth. OMFG how the hell did she get that concept?????? It took thousands of years for someone to work out the the world was infact not flat. How can an almost 5 year old just "GET" that??? This girl just keeps amazing me with her knowledge and understanding.

Now Jacobs turn. Today at school he won a $25 gift voucher to a local supermarket as part of the school's "Its not ok to be away" program. He was one of Five kids to get a voucher for excellent attendance at school this year. He has only missed 1 day of school all year. So, i guess we will be going shopping at Al's Supermarket and see what we can find. I suggested J buys us all stuff to make dinner one night, but i think he is more interested to see if "Al" has Ninja Turtles in his supermarket, so we will see, LOL. He also came home with 3 acheivement awards for getting his homework done, he has been doing so well in the last few weeks. Not sure if its because things are finally starting to click for him, or its because i am a bit more relaxed about it all. I was getting very stressed that he didn't seem to be keeping up and not knowing the things his teachers told me he should be learning, but after talking to my gorgeous friend Raylene, who is a primary teacher, and assuring me that he is infact not really behind and that the worst that can happen is infact not that big of a deal anyway. So, i am much less stressed, we do his homework when it suits us, he stops as soon as it becomes a chore, and if he doesn't finish it, I don't care. Grade 1 children should be able to enjoy their time at home, not have to spend every spare minute at home trying to keep up with school work. Plenty of time for that. So, I am very proud of him at the moment because he is doing well, he is even bringing home level 18 and 19 readers and doing really well with them. Well done jabe ;)

Phew, thats probably my biggest post for a while. And YAY that i actually got more than 1 photo uploaded. OK, thanks for dropping by ;)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I NEEEEEEEEED to scrap!!!!

I am busting to scrap and its driving me nuts. Waaaahhhh!!!! I have spent all week fussing over the shop and working my butt of with our big shuffle around and I must say, it looks AWESOME. I have been suffering headaches most of the later half of this week as my back has not held up well to all this more strenuous than normal work moving furniture, paper racks and shelving, and i am soooooo tired, but it has soooo been worth it. I spent a few hours there again today fussing a little more getting it ready to re-open tomorrow morning and hopefully the reactions from customers will be positive. I can't wait actually. Thanks to Nic and Nath for giving me a hand yesterday too. Now all i need to do is find my scrapping desk in my new little work space, and i will be set, i am on a mission tomorrow to do 2 layouts to catch up on the Elsie challenges on the Max forum as well as finish of my layouts from Nicole's AWESOME boho class last week. OK, nothing else exciting to tell, i just wanted to come here and whinge about how much i want to scrap, LOL. I will share some pics of the shop tomorrow if blogger will let me upload them. I took some before pics and will get the after pics tomorrow. Catch ya's.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Gabbie's Tag

Found this on Gabbie's blog and considered myself tagged, LOL. So here goes. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? On a large block, not too large that there is heaps of lawn to mow for George, but large enough that you don't feel like you are ontop of your neighbours, and maybe a few mins out of town, an elevated decking with a view, few trees, Hmmm don't want much do i? And probably near Moe, I like Moe. What’s your favorite article of clothing? I love my jeans but my fave would have to be my cool undies ;) Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? Hmmmmmm, I like a nice toned, non-hairy chest (lucked out there) and a nice tight bum, LOL. What’s the last CD that you bought? Its been years since i bought a CD and even then, it was probably a kids one. Sorry, boring answer. Where’s your favorite place to be? Most days, it would be at work, love going to work. Where’s your least favorite place to be? Stuck at home with the kids driving me nuts, hence the reason i am a working Mum. What’s your favorite place to be massaged? my neck Strong in mind or strong in body? Thats tricky, i have no idea. Don't really feel like either. What time do you wake in the morning? about 7.30, but it should be 7.00 What’s your favorite kitchen appliance? I would have said my dishwasher, but when ours broke down a few years back, we DID survive without it for a bit, but when the fridge went a few months ago, OMG we did not cope at all, so i will say the fridge. What makes you really angry? Way too much to mention here, i did a LO about it last week, but of course blogger wont let me upload it, but i have been thinking of making it a double page because there is so many, LOL. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? I am soooooo not musical. Tried a few times, but i suck at it badly, have played guitar and saxaphone. Favorite color? pink or brown Which do you prefer, sports car or SUV? Whatever is cheapest to run, i really don't care. Do you believe in afterlife? Not sure, and i try not to put too much thought into these sort of things, got too much else to worry about while i am in this life to be thinking about the next. Favorite children’s book? the house that sneezed What is your favorite season? spring What’s your least favorite household chore? pretty much all of them! If you could have one super power, what would it be? To be able to get all the housework done without lifting a finger. If you have a tattoo, what is it? I don't have one, but i am hanging to get a little one on my lower back/upper butt, but George wont let me. Hmmm, do you think he would notice if i did it anyway??? Can you juggle? I used to be able to. when i worked at a kids summer camp years ago i learnt, but i don't think i would be able to now, i am totally unco now, LOL. The one person from your past you wish you could go back and talk to? That would be my Grandfather, he died when i was young and I would love to have more memories of him. What’s your favorite day? Saturdays What’s in the boot of your car? Heaps of bags of clothes to go to the opp shop and also presents for Hailey's birthday next week, thats the only place i can hide them, LOL. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburgers? Definately hamburgers......eewwwwww I don't do seafood. OK, thats it for today ;)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Potato heads

YAY, got another photo up. Here are the Potato Men the kids made on Sunday. Jacob's are the 2 on the left and Haileys are the 2 on the right, she went a bit brad and bling crazy on hers, LOL. Not much to update on since yesterday, the signwritter finished today and the window look UNREAL, i am loving it. So i am hoping to get stuff organised this weekend for my big plans. The Max Newsletter went out tonight, so i will post my LO's here tomorrow. Catch ya's.


Well, hopefully blogger will play today, i havn't been as dedicated to blogging lately as i have had trouble uploading photos and its been bugging me. Anyway, i will try again. Asside from working, I havn't done much else. I have the signwritter at the shop today adding "something" more to our outside windows as i have something up my sleve for the shop. Its getting a bit of a makeover and I am so excited about it, its really going to open up the whole shop and just look fantastic.....well, it looks fantastic in my head, just hope it looks as good in practice, LOL. So, i have to spend a few days this week sorting stuff out and a general tidy up for my big plans. We had our all day class last Saturday, we had a great group of girls and everyone seemed really please with their layouts. Unfortunately Raylene went home sick through the day, so Nic stepped in and taught her other layotu and did a fab job of teaching it too. Oooo YAY my photo worked ;) This is the group with the layout that i taught, its so much fun seeing how everyones layouts turn out so different, and everyone seemed really happy with theirs too. I was really well prepared to teach this one as i had all my notes done with drawings and used the white board and i felt really organised......even if i did look "pedantic"!!!!! LOL. After the class, we did the usual, off to Nic and Nathan's, where the boys had been looking after the kids and had dinner cooked and on the table when we walked in the door. We had a nice evening of Up Words and a movie, but i was soooo tired. And thank goodness the kids actually slept in this time, it was so nice not to be woken up before the sun even gets up. We had to come home straight after breakfast as we had a guy coming to pick up George's old car he sold on eBay last week. The weather was beautiful, so i got a few loads of washing out, then G made lunch which we ate as we sat out on the back deck and it was perfect. The kids then decided they wanted to man "potato men" so out with the potatoes and toothpicks and i also found some very old and quite daggy scrapping stuff that they could put on there too, who'd a thought brads would make such great embellishments for spuds???? GGGGRRRRRRR now the photos wont work. Blogger SUCKS!!!! Anyway, i did some house work, baked some muffins and again sat out on the deck for afternoon tea. Hailey then played in the yard while i kicked back with a mag in the sun, it was so nice to have a really relaxing day where i got heaps done but still had time to sit and enjoy it with the kids. We soooo need to do that more often. Anyway, i need to go do some more stuff around the house while i have the time, and get all my tax stuff together and hopefully get some money back so we can do a few jobs on the house and get that new lounge suit that I have been drooling over.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Flying High.

We had a fantastic weekend, we had exellent company staying over and the weather was just gorgeous. The weekend started with a work issues, but seriously, I don't think we have anything to be worried about, the MAX has the best teaching staff with Nicole and Raylene and no-one will ever come close to their talent or teaching skills. I know a lot of other stores don't allow people that teach scrapping elsewhere to attend their classes, maybe thats what we need to do. Anyway, moving on now. Nicole, Nathan and their two gorgeous kiddies came over for the weekend. Saturday night was the usual kids everywhere, toys everywhere, and food everywhere. Once the kids were in bed, we had a great night of drinking and board games. "Upwords" seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment, and even though our game is old and dosn't have the 36 extra tiles (roflmao!) it was still fun. Right now I am in search of the new Piranah game that has been advertised on TV, I sooo want that game, but can't seem to find it anywhere. I think it was after 3am when we all finally went to bed, although i don't remember looking at the clock, it may have been later. I really need to stop mixing drinks, i need to pick one drink for the night and stick to it, the mixing dosn't seem to agree with me (or Nic for that matter...hey Nic????). Sunday, the sun was out with a bit of a breeze, so we decided in the afternoon to take the kids out to the park and fly some kites. I don't remember the last time I flew a kite, infact, i am not sure i ever have, can't remember. George wasn't real keen on flying kites, but guess what....he was the one hogging Hailey's kite and still flying it long after everyone else had finished. Hailey thought it was pretty cool, but 10 mins was enough for her. Jacob had a great time, really loved flying kites, he seemed to be a bit of a natural with it and had his kite flying so high. In the end, it got stuck in the tree so there were a few tears but we will definately be going kite flying agin, it was so much fun. OK, i had WAY more photos to uload, but blogger is being a pain in the butt and wont let me upload. I have been arguing with it for 2 days trying to do this post, GGGrrrrr and a big fat raspberry to blogger!!!! So anyway, after a great weekend with some great friends, and also starting to get a bit of organisation in my life (you will be pleased to know that the kitchen bench i cleaned a few weeks ago, is STILL tidy), keeping on top of my washing (helps when the sun shines) I am feeling like i have a lot more direction in my life. I feel like i am traveling on the right path and experiencing all the right experiences. I feel like i am more in control of my life and my direction. Its amazing what a little bit of organisation can do huh? I have even squeezed in a little scrapping time too. I finished off a DT LO and my class sample for the all day calls in 2 weeks. And i also sat down today to do the first Elsie challenge from her new book. This book ROCKS and I love it so much. Karen in the Max DT is hosting challenges on the forum and in the gallery based on the book, so pop over there to have a look at the other challenge LO's. OK, was going to upload it, but cant so have a look here. If i manage to get more photos uploaded, i will put them in my next post.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A bit of random waffle

* I found where the sock monster hides out......under the other computer desk. I found 23 socks under there while cleaning up the other day. And i thought Jacob was in desparate need of socks....well he WAS, but not anymore, LOL. * Our heater FINALLY got fixed today, YAY. So i have spent a fair amount of time this evening sitting infront of the heater watching TV, and i could actually HEAR the TV, which was even better, one happy mumma now ;) * Finally got all my BAS done and into my accountant and is all looking as it should be, YAY again. * I now need to organise our personal tax to get done. I am hoping to have that sorted and to my accountant next week so we can get our refund and work out what we are going to spend it on, most likely the house, it needs heaps of work and a I need a new lounge suit. * The last few weeks i have felt more organised at home than i think i have ever felt before. It's kinda cool, might have to try and keep it up. * My girl is totally blowing me away with her writing at the moment. She will sit and write flat out, and if you read it exactly how is sounds, you can work out what she has written. It's so amazing and i have no idea what I am supposed to do with her. All this training and years of working with kinder kids and i have no idea what to do with my own 4 year old. * I looked after my super beautiful nephew Sam on Sunday. He is so well behaved and just gorgeous, i just want to cuddle him and eat him up ;) * Nic, Nath and family came for dinner on Sunday night. They rock. * I did a pregnancy photo shoot on saturday and i am so pleased with the photos i took. We had a few things against us on the day, but the photos are awesome. I just hope they print as good as they look on screen. * That is for now i think. Until next time. Cya :)

Monday, July 24, 2006


I have been tagged by the gorgeous porgeous Karen R so here are my answers. Four jobs I've had: 1. Macca's chick, pretty cool job while i was still at school. 2. Checkout chick and service supervisor at Safeway in Kew while I was at uni. Mostly loved this job too. 3. Childcare worker, had its ups and downs, generally good for the most part, but i am a bit "over" kids ATM, LOL. 4. Owning my own scrap shop, YAY, you jealous???? Four movies I can watch over and over: 1. Most Pixar movies are compulsary to watch over again when you have kids, luckily i like most of them. 2. 10 thing I hate about you. Love it but havn't watched it for ages. 3. Suddenly 30 4. Ummm.....can't think of another one. TV shows I love to watch; I don't watch a lot of TV, but i do like... 1. Sex and the City 2. Friends 3. Will and Grace 4. Hmmm, thats a bit of a sad list, sitcom central, LOL, think I will stop there. Four important things to me: 1. My children and hubby 2. My close friends 3. Scrapbooking and my business 4. happiness and doing what makes you happy. Four tunes that play in my head: 1. Songbird - Bernard Fanning 2. Skater Boy - Avril (Hailey's Fave too so we sing it together, LOL) 3. I like big butts - Jacob's fave, and i hear it a lot too. 4. Pretty Vagas - JD / INXS Four favourite food dishes: 1. Chocolate (goes without saying) 2. Stirfry with noodles. 3. Mum's chicken Puffs ;) 4. G's chocolate salty balls, LOL. Four websites I visit daily: 1. The MAX of course. 2. My friends blogs. 3. ummm...... 4. Nothing much else on a daily basis, but i go to supplier website regularly. Four scrap companies I like: 1. BasicGrey 2. Heidi Swapp 3. Kelly Panacci 4. Prima Four colours I like: 1. Pink 2. Chocolate Brown 3. Pink 4. Chocolate Brown Four people I am tagging: 1. My Hubby George (not that he will be able to answer the scrappy Q's) 2. My friend Super Nathan (as above, LOL) 3 & 4. Anyone else that wants to do it. P.S. I'll be buggered, i have just worked out how to change the colour of my text, gee i can be so blonde sometimes, LOL. Be prepared for some very colourful entries from now on, LOL. ;)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Something happened..... :)

Well, don't get too excited. But i have had a more exciting day yesterday and today. Firstly, last night i did Raylene's KI Memories Class and did these 2 LO's

The class was awesome as usual, and I am so pleased with my LO's. The class was asbout using 1 set of papers and getting 2 LO's from it. Was really cool. Thanks Raylene ;) In shop news, I have some new stock. But amongst a busy few days, i havn't had time to upload it all to the website yet. I have all the images ready to go, so hopefully i will get some time tomorrow morning. I DID start on my LO about Hailey's typing skill, but i am not at all sure about what I have done so far, so i might have to look at it again next week and see what I can do with it.

And I bought a CLEO Mag today, in my disgust for COSMO at the moment, LOL, i have really missed my monthly read.

Ok, thats it from me. Cya.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Still Boring.

Sorry everyone, my life hasn't really got much more interesting in the past few days, so nothing much to report. Although, i DID have a lovely afternoon with my girl yesterday. On Tuesday's she has kinder till 1pm then we have a few hours to kill before we pick Jacob up from school, but this week Jacob decided he was going home with one of his school friends, so it was just me and Hails all afternoon together.....and what do 2 chicks do with a free afternoon????? Go shopping of course!!!! We went to a few opp shops, she loves digging through the books, so she got a few books and picked a few for Jacob. We also went to the Warehouse and KMart and did heaps together and she was so delightful. She also had a play on my computer at work and did some lovely typing on it, which i took note from and plan to do a layout to document it. She really suprises me sometimes at how clever she is and how much she takes in, it's amazing, and i really am strongly doubting her kinder teaches reasons for wanting Hailey to repeat kinder, there is no way this kid needs to stay back. Right now Jacob is the one we are concerned about, and it really wouldn't suprise me if his teachers recomends him to stay down this year, he just has no interest at all in learning anything and its so frustrating. Anyway, I have finished all my book work, BAS statement done and all sorted, so i might even get to scrap this week if i am lucky, I really want to do this layout about Hailey typing on the computer, so, hopefully my next post will contain the LO all finished....well, maybe.....don't hold your breath for it though, OK. Cya ;)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Cosmopolitan Girl!!!

I can't beleive that i am going to publicly admit this, but I have been addicted to buying and reading the Cosmo Mag. I have been buying it for the past 4 months and i am really enjoying a bit of light reading every now and then. I am not normally the type of chick that will pick up a book and read, well, not since school when i HAD to read. The only other reading material i have frequented since school is books for preschoolers and scrapping mags. I still love reading scrapping mags, but really, i can do that at work, i needed something that i could just chill out with, so COSMO it is, LOL. But, I must say I am a bit disappointed with the latest one, read it in one night and was not really impressed. I usually read them over about a week and generally come out of it feeling enlightened about something, but this month....NOTHING!!!! I even yawned at the sealed section. :( I hope next months issue is better. So can you tell i don't have anything terribly important to write about?? Hopefully something really exciting happens tomorrow so my next post is not so boring ;)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Newsletter layouts.

Well, this week has kinda gone past in a bit of a blur, feel like i have had heaps on my plate, and my plate just keeps getting fuller and fuller everyday, and add to that, a good dose of lack of sleep....I am not sure how i actually made it through the week. Thursday i was at the shop till 1am chatting with Raylene, Nic and Eva after a class and then Friday i was up again till 1am chatting online to friends....any wonder i am tired, LOL. So after work Saturday, i put on my trackies and sat down to do the newsletter. I am so pleased with this months newsletter, it's our biggest one yet, and it looks fabulous, all the DT girls have been working so hard this month and it definately shows, thanks DT girls. After the newsletter went out last night, i did manage to get a relativly early night and a sleep-in this morning too, so i am much better today. Today has been another tracky day, I havn't been anywhere or done anything except vege out and build a big bionical for Jacob. George even did the grocery shoppinmg for me and we just hooked into roast lamb with yummy roast vegies and I made an apple crumble for dessert which i am not sure i have room for now after the roast. Anyway, here are my layouts from the newsletter.... First one is a funny photos of Jacob having a good belly laugh. This was part of the doodling gallery and i really had fun doing this one, a really cheap and easy page using pen on the boarder and also the title is all pen.

Next one is my gorgeous girl having a cuddle with me after falling off a swing. This paper is soooooo yummy, i love it. And last one is Jacob's batman bike he got for christmas. Well, thats it for now, cya's.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Showing my age....

Well.... maybe showing more arse than age, LOL. DON'T LOOK MUM!!!! OK, due to popular demand, here are the photos of mine and Nic's matching "Yummy Mummy" undies that Super Nathan made us on Saturday night. I am still recovering from my very busy birthday with the sale yesterday. We had so many orders to pack, we were still packing today. And Nicole copped the lovely job of cleaning up the mess i left at the shop as i was so busy with orders, i didn't get time to do anything else. Then Nicole and I topped off our day with making a few orders for new stock, yummy yummy yummy. Ok, off to get an early night sleep. Cya.

Monday, July 10, 2006

YAY I am 31.

I am 31 and I have had the best day today. Birthday's are usually a bit of a "well, it's just another day" kinda thing with me and i don't normally make a big thing of it either, but this year, it has been so much fun. I have had emails galore to read with birthday wishes, i have had phone calls, friends dropping in to the shop, and the birthday sale was a HUGE success, I have been rushed off my feet and its been a great day. Then tonight I had my SIL, BIL and Nephew, Sam come for a visit and they bought desert with them too, sooooo yummy. I also had a really great weekend with my wonderfully fantastic friends. They did lots of little things that really helped to make my birthday special. Nic made me a chocolate brownie for my cake, toped with chocolate and M&M's and 31 candles, and not forgeting the barbie on top with "bite me" undies, LOL). I also had the pleasure of sharing my cake and candle blowing with the gorgeous Maddy Moo who also celebrated her birthday this week. YAY for the birthday girls ;) Nath made me some "yummy mummy" undies which i proudly wore on Sunday when we all went to Gumbya Park. The wind was soooo cold, but we all still had a fun day. It looks like we had more fun than the kids, but i promise they loved it too ;) Thanks Nic, Nath and kids for a great weekend ;)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

2 hours left

I have only 2 hours left of being 30, flirty and dirty :( Right now, i don't think i am as excited as i should be as this cold seems to be getting the better of me. But hopefully tomorrow will be a good day, i am having a birthday sale just for me, where you get 31% off all my fave products. This includes the entire KI Memories range, the Kelly Panacci range, new K&Co papers, Heidi Swapp Plastic alphabets, repackaged collections chipboard shapes, and all ribbons by the metre for Monday only :) I have had a fabulous weekend with my wonderful friends. Will share some pics and details later when I am feeling better. I am off to bed. Catch ya tomorrow when i am 31 and ............ (still havn't got my new saying).

Friday, July 07, 2006


WARNING...this blog entry features a never before seen image of our kitchen. Please make sure you are seated to view this image.

To some this may look like an ordinary kitchen, but for those that have seen the usual state of my bench tops.......well......need I say more?

I have NEVER had this much bench space. Now all i have to do is try to keep it like this, thats the tricky bit, LOL.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Hailey said.....

I went to pick Hailey up from daycare today and one of the staff members approached me and said, "i have to tell you what Hailey said today" she was smiling so i knew it wasn't something really mean and nasty, athough they also thought it was funny when they had to tell me she had told another kid to "piss off" about 12 months ago. I was still cringing, because she has said some pretty embaressing things about me lately and was hoping that it wasn't that ;) Anyway, it was a conversation between Hailey and another child. Child - My Mum's having a baby. Hailey - My Mum's not having any more babies because Dad has sore nuts and they have a bruise on them so Mum can't have any more babies. Apparently the staff had a good laugh about it. Another funny thing she has been saying lately is about a jumper I bought her. We were shopping in Target and i spotted a jumper that says "You're NOT the boss of me" I picked it up and said.... Mum - Oh, this jumper is soooo you Hails, i have to buy it for you. Hailey - What does it say? Mum - "You're NOT the boss of me". Thats so you, isn't it? Hailey - I don't say that. Mum - No, i know you don't say it, but it's definately how you act. So we bought it and now whenever someone comments on her jumper she says "I don't really say that, it's just how I act" Other news. My headache and crusty mood has turned into a cold, so hopefully with the cold and flu tablets i got today, I can knock it on the head so i can still enjoy my weekend. I have so much book work to do and my accountant after me for it, but i really needed to scrap today. I did do some book work too, I promise. This is a case of Michelle M's layout in the Max Gallery as part of Tracy's challenge. It was so much fun, i think i might have to find another LO in there to case, there are so many gorgeous LO's in there, its hard to pick just 1. Well, after I have done the book work of course ;)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Randomness again.

More random thoughts, soo much easier, dont have to make sure it all make sense, cause i am not so good at that at the best of times. * I have had a very flat few days and my little headache from the last few days has turned into a monster today. Panadol didn't even touch it, so thanks Nic for the Advil, it kinda worked. I thought it might have been my back, so G gave it a crack thismorning, but it's not my back, maybe its just stress, or maybe its the looming 31 in less than a week. * With my next birthday just around the corner, i am happy to have made it this far and grateful to be having another birthday, eventhough the thought of leaveing my "30, flirty and dirty" comfort zone is frightning. I need a new "31" slogan now......any ideas? * Being 30 has been pretty cool for the most part, i have had some great times, some REALLY great times, but also some pretty shitty times. * I am looking forward to 31, so I can continue the good times, and leave all the shit behind. * My friendship toward other people is genuine. If i don't like you as much as i say I do, you would know. Trust me, you would know. (also, if i didn't mean it, i wouldn't say it) * I took my girl to daycare without her hair done today.....and of course its photo day. I had to go back to daycare and do her hair. I am such a slack mum. * Been thinking of taking Jacob to the doctor about his bed wetting. He seems to have a very weak bladder and will even wet his pants if he laughs too much and wets his bed way more than i would expect a 7 year old to. I am beginning to think that maybe its a medical thing related to the groin operation he had when he was 2. Perhaps we should stop being so hard on him if he can't help it. If i take him to the Dr's, how will they know, how will they tell, will i just look like a paranoid mother? Do I take him or not? * I have cleaned today. I have a kitchen sink the fly lady would be proud of, unfortunately, thats about the only thing she'd be proud of, I am the worst housewife in the world. * I don't want to cook dinner cause it will mess up my nice clean kitchen :( and besides that.....i hate cooking. * I soooooo need to scrap, i really want to have a go at Tracy's case challenge in the forum, but i have my accountant breathing down my neck for my book work. So i guess i should do that first :( * Been out looking at the sunset for a homework thing Jacob is doing. I let him loose with my camera.....he is so much like his father, even has the "i'm a shit hot photographer" stance happening, the repetitive clicking (lucky its digi) and look.......he even takes "artsy" photos like his dad.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

What's the reason behind it all????

Why do people that don't scrap, just not "get it"?? Scrapping very much follows trends and what is fashionable now, may not be in 50 years time. Our grandchildren will probably look through our albums and laugh at our paper choices, the clothes we dressed our kids in, and those prima flowers were sooooo 2006. But, i know that they will be so appreciative of the journaling that we put with our photos on our layouts in years to come. The importance of remembering certain events and moments in our lives is so crutial, especially for our children. I want my children to be able to look back in their albums and see what sort of children they were, the things they liked, the things they didn't, the things they were good at, the things that were a challenge for them, how much they were loved and what i am proud of them for, what i want them to know and what i wish for them in their lives. These are the important things, all the paper and embelishemnts, in my opinion are all just a creative outlet to ultimately get the message across. Take this photo as an example. This is one of my Grandma's photo's, but do you know who these people are? Are they family? Do they get along? Do you know who's house that is? Where is that house? When was the photo taken? Why was the photo taken? Do we really know anything about this photo at all? Luckily my Grandma is still around, so i can ask her, but what if she wasn't and I found all these old photos? What would I do with them if i don't know who they are? In my opinion, photos are useless without the information. I know they say a photo can "say it all" but does it really? Now, look at this layout. Yes the colours are bright and not everyones cup of tea, they are not really my cup of tea either, but they really do reflect the personallities of the girls in the photos. Which brings me to my next point......who are these girl? When were the photos taken? What is the significance of these photo's? Are they friends? How long have they been freinds? Where were they? What were they doing there? How old are they? What sort of friendships do they have? How long have they known each other for? the journalling tags and you will find out!!!

So, to the people out there that "don't get it"...... i hope in 50 years time, your grandchildren are not sifting through your box of photo's wishing that they knew who these people were and where all these places are and why you took photos of them.

OK, thats my rant and babble for now. Catch ya.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Another class

I was lucky enough to do another one of Karen's awesome classes and here is my result. I really love how this LO turned out. The doodles look so impressive, but they are really easy to complete once you know how. Karen gives the best handouts in her classes and the best instruction. If you have been considering doing one of her classes, GO FOR IT!!! You will love it. OK, thats it for now. Cya

Monday, June 26, 2006

I am back!!!!

Well, i didn't actually go anywhere, but OMG it has been a whole week since i last blogged, how bad am I???? I have been so busy lately that i have hardly had time to scratch myself. I have been busy with the shop, I am in the process of doing a big reshuffle and if I do say so myself, its looking pretty darn good. Our clearance racks of paper are almost down to nothing, which means it has made heaps more room for new stuff. I have some new products to go up on the website hopefully in the next few days and all i can say about that is....... prima flowers are soooooooo yummy!!!! I have also been busy with scrapping, I did a class by the gorgeous and incredibly talented Karen Ridgeway. The class was awesome and the LO was awesome. Here is my LO from the class. And with all this new knowledge I sat and created a LO for a beautiful friend of mine. Thanks for a great class Karen and i am soooooo looking forward to my next class tomorrow night. Over the weekend i had a great time hanging with frinds and staying away from the computer. We had Nic and family over Saturday night. We had a great time, had a few drinks, played a few games and not much sleep as usual, but the sleep deprivation is soooo worth it to have a weekend with this family, they are awesome. And to my "best friend", I know I emailed you last night and told you, but I wanted to write it here too. You are an amazing person, and i am so proud of you for what you acheived this past weekend, i know you can do anything you put your mind to. You are such an inspiration to me and i admire your strength so much. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and being such a beautiful person. ;) Then last night, we caught up with some old friends for dinner and it was so lovely, just like the old days, but everyone seems to have multiplied since the "old days", LOL. We have all known each other since before having kids, and now there are 8 of the little things, ranging in age from 1 - 9 years old. We used to all catch up heaps, especially when the older of the kids were little, but as they go off to kinder and school, so much changes, and life just gets so much busier and we all seemed to hang out less and less. And while we do still keep in contact, it has been AGES since ALL of us have been in the same room at the same time. It was really great to hang out and chat last night, we will definately have to do it again real soon. And for being MIA for a whole week, that really dosn't look like much that i have done. Oh well, till next time....which i garuntee will be LESS than a week, cya.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Random stuff 2

I quite liked the randomness of my last "random stuff" post, so i thought i might try it again, so much easier than trying to squish a whole heap of unrelated stuff into one post and making sure it all makes sense. * I have had a lot of work related stress on me lately and its taking a lot of my time and energy to sort out, but no doubt it will be sorted soon and i might get a chance to actually scrap at some point. * Saturday i spent the day connected to the computer with work related stuff. * Saturday night i chatted online with friends....they are such funny geeks, LOL. * Sunday we were invited to Bec and David's for lunch. Thank you so much Bec for noticing that i needed a bit of time out and inviting us over and thank you for a lovely afternoon. I want that recipe too....yummmmmmmmmo. * Sunday night we went to Nicole and Nathan's for dinner. OMG time flies when your having fun, I think we got home at 1am this morning....ooops. * My poor kids were dragged out of bed this morning VERY tired from their very late and social day yesterday. * The good thing about the kids being tired, they are too tired to fight and annoy each other tonight....... well, so far, anyway. * I need to scrap * George went back to work today, he is still not 100% but i think he is ok enough to be back at work as long as he takes it easy. NO LIFTING HEAVY STUFF OK G!!!! It was quite nice to have him home last week, although i worked most of the time so he didn't get on my nerves too much, it was nice to come home to him being here and the heater on ;) * Thank you to the gorgeous girls that have sent me lovely emails in the last few days, they have been very much needed and appreciated. * I am very excited about an online class i am doing this week, it will be my first one ever, and i am soooo is a hint about what i am doing. * I have the most wonderful friends in the world. On that note, i am going to go put my tired kids in bed. Cya

Friday, June 16, 2006

DT layouts

The Max newsletter came out yesterday jam packed with the very talented Max Chicks work. They are such an awesome group of girls and so very talented and super supportive, they ROCK!!! Anyway, this was my contribution to the newsletter, not as much as i was supposed to do, but that could not be helpped. This is me when i was 9 months old with my cat "Kitty". These Carolees Creations papers were perfect for these photos. And this one is using the Junkitz Shabby Chic papers and Heidi Swapp chipboard diamonds. I cut the diamonds in half to make a giant flower. To see what the other girls did, pop over to the gallery for a squizz. And if you got the newsletter, you would know that we have a challenge running at the moment to create an off the page item from chipboard and upload to the challenge section ofthe gallery. The winner will receive a $10 MAX voucher. Ok, i am off for a vege out night. Cya

Random Stuff...

* first day of school holidays and i celebrated with a little sleep in as i didn't have to get a boy to school early. * eventhough i had a little sleep in, i am still tired and exhausted. * It's been 2 weeks since i last scrapped and i NEEEEEED to scrap. * George is still not so good today, I wish he could see a doctor earlier than Tuesday. * I found it amusing to find i got a google search for "saggy balls" that lead the searcher to my blog. * Hailey wanted sultana bran for breakfast....without sultanas. * Apparently my 'sultana fishing' skills are not so good, Hailey informed me after breakfast..... "there was a sultana in my breaky" * I need to ring my friend Kerrie, I so badly want to catch up with her these holidays. * My daughter is driving me nuts at the moment. Her behaviour has been so bad lately, i don't know what is wrong with her. She is so defiant. * Thankfully Hailey's behaviour is no where near as bad as Jacob's was at exactly the same ages. * Had Jacob's parent/teacher thing last night. He is at the level he should be for Grade 1, but needs to work on paracticing his writing and not being so disruptive in class. He ROCKS at Maths and reading though. He is reading level 16 readers and loves counting and working out numbers, YAY dude. * This year has been my most confronting, confusing and challenging year of my life. * This year has been the most rewarding year of my life. (hopefully they cancel each other out). I have learnt so much about myself, all things i wish i had worked out years ago. * I need to get off this computer and do some work, so i might have a chance to squeeze in a little scrapping. * I NEEEEEEED to scrap......have i said that already??

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


WARNING, i am going to be a total whinger today, if you don't want to read it, turn back NOW!!! Well, this week has been an absolute shit of a week, i feel so disorganised and have had four times as much stuff on my plate as i normally have and its sending me around the twist. Nothing has gone to plan and everything has seemed so much more difficult and complicated than it really needed to be. With George home, and then attempting to go to work, and then coming home from work. Trying to juggle the kids around pick up times, ballet lessons, extra housework, picking up stuff for the shop, trying to do a huge web site update in time for our 20% off Sale that starts tomorrow morning, trying to get a newsletter written and out ahead of schedule to coincide with the Sale and i am totally exhausted. I am exhausted from extra work and pressures on me, i am exhausted from lack of sleep from someone with sore balls being very restless and snoring really loudly at night. I need an early night and i NEED to scrap. I didn't even get all my DT layouts done, i have just had so much going on. AAARRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! OK, I will stop whinging now, I am hoping that this weekend will be a quiet one, might even bring home some stuff from work so i can scrap, i need a bit of scrap therapy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Turkish Delight Lover here....

I hate grocery shopping with a passion, am never usually organised to do a big shop. I'm more of your "stop-in-at-the-supermarket-each-night-after-work-and-get-what-we-need-to-get-through-the-night-and-I'll-be-back-tomorrow" type of chick. I am lucky at the moment that Hailey's daycare centre is right across the road from the supermarket, so it's not really out of my way to go there, might be a different story next year when she is at school and a long way away from the supermarket, but for now, it suits me. So todays shop, it was a big shop.....probably enough to get through 2 nights, LOL. Anyway, back to my story.... I did the grocery shopping today and OMG i found Cadbry Turkish Delight ICE-CREAM. Of course i had to buy some instead of our regular light and creamy vanilla. I LOVE turkish delight sooooo much, it is definately my fave chocolate bar EVER. I got the shopping home, George left me to unpack it (another job he usually does, but he's still not totally functional around the house yet, so i had to do it), and i couldn't help myself, but to grab a spoon and dig in for just a little taste. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I couldn't have just one scoop. And the best bit.......its 97% fat free and dosn't taste like it. Yummo, i dont think this little 2 litre tub is going to last too long.....might have to go back and get a back up while its still on special. I "KNOW" there are other Turkish Delight lovers out there that might like to know about my my gorgeous friend Raylene ;)

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Just an update on the lastest goings on. It has been a full on week this week with the kids, George and work. First up the kids..... Jacob has been taking the little fishies every morning and i must admit that he has been an absolute delight this week, he even said he has been concentrating more at school and hasn't been staying in at lunch time to do his work. Woohoo Dude, i am very proud of you. Hailey on the other hand.....will not eat the fishies and is driving me insane, her constant chatter at me is sending me round the twist. Anyone who has heard Haileys voice will understand, she has this really high pitched whingy whiney voice and it definately gets too much. I think i need to employ bribery for the consumption of these fishy things. George.....well, where do i start??? He is sore, uncomfortable, a bit bruised and a tad swollen. All went well with his snip but i think at the moment he is wondering why he has put himself through all this. Well, he did offer and i didn't put up a fight. But, i figure, you add 9 months of pregnancy with morning sickness, 13 hours of labour, a screaming baby which you have no idea what to do with, sore leeky boobs of which the said child wants to have a go at every 2 hours, bleeding for 7 weeks, graizing, stitches EVERYWHERE, waking up a minimum of 7 times a night, an emotional hormonal rollercoaster, the feeling that everything will fall out if you stand up or cough and dont even get me started on sneezing, and did i mention a baby totally dependant on you for everything when you are feeling your absolute physical worst???? Well, i think if you add all that to what George is feeling right now, you might come close to what i had to endure....twice. So while i have total sympathy and am waiting on him hand a foot doing all i can to help him and make him comfortable, i think its only right that he go through this, LOL. Anyway, I have been busting my gut around the house, trying to get everything done, he normally helps me around the house HEAPS and now i know why, its so hard trying to get everything done that needs doing around my work and kids commitments etc. I really do appreciate the help he gives me around the house everyday. Thank you Sweety. OK, not much else to tell at the moment except..... HI MARK!!!!! I know you read my blog today cause i got a google from Holland. Hope your having a good time and looking forward to another email update. We miss you heaps. Ok catch ya's. ;)