Monday, December 28, 2009
We spent Christmas day at my sisters, playing on the kids wii and having lots of food and rest. Our family are not tradiitonal christmas fare eaters so it was sushi, corn on the cob, ham, roast lamb, new potatoes, garlic prawns etc. But everyone's wishes were catered for...except my sister promised me roast kumara! and she forgot!... there is a bit of a running joke in my family about how I only come home for kumara (which is new zealand sweet potato and Im sorry but its the best sweet potato you'll ever eat). So she knows when we return to her house - there had better be roast kumara for me!
At the moment we are in one of NZs most popular tourist spots, Rotorua. If you are not familiar with NZ, its is halfway down the north island and is where the thermal activity and bubbling mud is mostly found. It smells a bit like rotten eggs, but that doesnt seem to deter hundreds and thousands of people who come here each year. We are staying with my husbands brother and his family. The kids are loving spending time with their cousins. I have, unfortunately been sick since Christmas eve (although a lot better today) and my poor eldest, Little miss Sunshine is now vomiting and has a bad headache. So my sister in law has taken all the other children to the movies, my hubby and his brother have gone mountain biking and Little Miss Sunshine and I are just hanging out. She's watching a movie and Im making the most of an internet connection :)
My hubby and I are heading off for four nights after new years on our own - very excited about that. It is an early wedding anniversary celebration as will be 10 years in March. Mum and Dad seem to think we are doing them a favour leaving them the kids for five days!!! Miss that...
Anyway... no pics to post at the moment, Im on strike from doing craft for a few more weeks :)
Monday, December 21, 2009
I have spent most of the weekend trying to finish my Christmas presents and today my parents are taking my youngest two out so I can just sew, sew, sew! Tomorrow I will post some pics of mine and my son's finished Christmas stockings, when I hope they are finished!
Anyway, here is a picture overlooking where my parents live...
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Looking forward to a fun few days with the family and then on to our old hometown to visit more family and friends.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Here are some pictures of my darling wee daughter's birthday party last weekend
Big sister worked the ticket booth
All set up and waiting for the guests to arrive
Big brother handing out the popcorn
Lining up for the games
The fabulous creative face painters!
And then it was cake time!! A ferris wheel of course for a carnival!
Im linking up here
Friday, December 4, 2009
Her teacher stood her up in front of the class and asked if anyone noticed anything different about her, and to show her they thought she looked beautiful by giving her a big smile - too cute. The Deputy Principal saw her and said " oh you look so Beautiful". Such a nice response.
Today we also received our end of year school reports and portfolios (they finish at midday tomorrow) and my husband and I are so proud of our dear children. Both received outstanding reports and beautiful comments from their teachers. The nice thing is their comments are truly reflective of their strengths and they know our children personally and value them.
We moved our children to their current school at the end of March this year. The school they were at previously was a living nightmare. 2600 children! 10 prep classes! And last year our little boy was assaulted by another student. Our son had only just turned 5 years old. The other boy, his classmate, grabbed his head and smashed his face into a brick wall. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the teacher overlooked it and my poor little boy sat in class all day with a massive haemotoma under his top lip and his front teeth pushed back into his gum. The school, despite three visits from us, did absolutely nothing. The Principal refused to see us and Education Queensland didnt want to know about it. We were devastated, in shock and disbelief and utterly utterly disappointed.
We moved them to a private Catholic School of 400 students and it is worth every single cent we spend. They are nurtured, valued, loved and taught respect, morals and compassion. The teachers are the cream of the crop and are absolutely amazing .
Phew! now thats out of my system, I guess I continue to be impressed and amazed with our new school, thank you to them for the love they show my children.
I have a whole lot of posts to do but have been snowed under with getting ready for our trip to NZ next week. Im going to try and pop them on before I go but at the moment Im not getting to bed until midnight most nights and then trying hard to keep my eyes open all day... until that second wind arrives!!! and then do it all again - terrible.
Tomorrow Little Miss Sunshine has invited 10 friends to come after school for Christmas craft... totally worth a post!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Here is a snap of the stockings I am making for my cousins boys... its a big surprise and I know they don't follow my blog so the secret is safe for now. One of my friends making stockings wanted to put a photo of her boys on their stockings and I recalled seeing something like that over at One Crafty Mumma.
So, liking that concept, I took a photo of each of them, my friend Corina, the photographer, photoshopped the fence out from behind them and then they just took a life of their own!! The fronts are finished and now they just need a back, some batting and an inner, a bit of cord to finish them and Viola! Two happy little boys :)
I am also flat out trying to organise my darling daughters 4th birthday party which is on Sunday. The theme is a carnival and there is lots of preparation. I will post photos on monday (as long as I remember to take them!!!)
Today my beautiful friends have been here all day helping with preparations - lucky arent i!!!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Today she had her appointment and I am so relieved to get some answers. She can see fine but has some problem with focusing her eyes together, making it tiring and hard to do her reading and writing. Of course this is exhausting for her and we bear the brunt of her frustration at home.
Once she has her new supercool and groovy glasses they will be able to do the rest of the testing for Visual processing disorders.
So Im very relieved and optimistic about her future of learning.
Here is the sweet girl.. I'll pop a picture on next week too when she gets her new glasses (which sadly they dont make in adult sizes and Mum, its not cool for you to have the same glasses.. well pardon me!)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
AND I have my little ones 4th birthday this weekend so a nice easy party... NOT!! Of course I go all out for parties and this is no exception. She's having a Carnival, so its hive of activity here. I'll post some pics next week of the party. I think I had children so I could make birthday cakes - prior to having my own, I made cakes for my nieces :)
In the meantime.. here's a few pictures of the kids cakes from earlier in the year...
Sonic had a pirate party and I really enjoyed creating the big ship and treasure chest.
Little Miss Sunshine absolutely loves Kombi vans, it was the obvious choice but oh so difficult!!! I wasnt very pleased with it but she was happy so thats all that matters.
Its stockings night tonight and they are looking soooo good!!! What a crafty bunch of girls. I will post some photos before I go away.. including some of my ones for this year. I cant believe I have nearly finished one for me!!! Yippeee!! Santa might bring me some goodies too!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So in this post I have decided to include a photo of my hubby's birthday cake. My 8 year old decorated it. My husband is into V8 supercars so it had to have a Ford on it!!! He is turning 40 on Christmas Day so we decided to have his party a bit early this past weekend. We had a great time and I probably drank a bit much Sangria (oops).
Bianca Jae Makes Things is having a giveaway. She makes gorgeous wraps for pencils and pads - too cute!! Head over and check it out.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Yes, its true, I have an addiction to making cupcakes, probably more specifically, icing them. I dont really like eating them but LOVE creating them :)
Here's some I made for the stocking girls last week
and some I made for a friend and her son on their combined birthdays(she is an AMAZING cake decorator so cupcakes it had to be!)
I also love cupcake papers and ordered some online the other day.. a special little 4 year olds birthday party is coming up and I had to have the right cupcake papers, right? (oops cant put the photo on as camera is playing up).
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
So a weekend at home was in order. I spent yesterday doing some sewing, another koru apron, a special order for a friend, a bit more on my stockings, 2 pillowcase nighties for my eldest.
Last night we made homemade pizza (a common saturday night meal here) but instead of cooking it in the oven we popped it on the bbq - YUM!!!
I found that it worked best to cook one side of the dough on the grated part and then we flipped it over, the kids popped on their topping and we then put it back on the bbq with the hood closed. It was just too yummy!!
Today I sorted out my craft room. My scrapbooking table is now organised so I might do some :) I have sorted all my ribbon's and ric rac etc and put them in labelled jars... nice...and the sewing desk is also getting a going over too! I feel so much better when everything is easy to find.
This afternoon I took the eldest two for a quick visit to my cousin and her little baby - so sweet but still in hospital with jaundice.
I am starting to get a bit worried about how much there is to do before we go to NZ for Christmas and Ive got my husbands 40th and my youngest 4 th birthday before then !!! aaaRRGGHHH. Lots of planning to do.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I am off to visit her tonight with a few little goodies. I am making her a quilt of which I have finished the top but havent got any further, so lets hope she gets it soon :)
(excuse the pics, I desperately need a decent camera and also left it too late in the afternoon to take the photos)
I made her a few little bibs...
A tag cube... with a butterfly on as her bedroom is pale pink and white with butterflies..
nd I picked up this gorgeous little onesie tutu from Target!! How cute is that!
I also was very excited to go shopping ALONE last night. I had a great time buying stuff for me ! doenst happen very often so I got a few bits a pieces I have had my eye on.. might try to post them tomorrow. :) have a nice weekend.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I decided to make him a robot one but spent a couple of hours last night surfing the net for some inspiration. THis is what I came up with, thanks to a lot of inspiration from Miss Smith at home. I just love the little panels she has on her robots - too cute.
So this is what I came up with
I was really pleased with the result and it was fun to make.
I have however decided eating toast while trying to sew is not cool!! My toast (expensive gluten free too!) folded in two, slipped out of my hand and landed, peanut butter side down, in my trims!! lovely...
Anyway, today my youngest has spiked a 40C temperature and is feeling quite miserable. Im waiting for my hubby to get home so we can visit the doctor. I just dont feel in the mood to take 3 grumpy children to a doctors waiting room.
I am also wondering how to get traffic to my blog - will start asking other bloggers. If you are visiting please say hi and let others know to stop by - thanks :)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Bubba was a cat but she has already rubbed her nose off and taken off her ears in this picture!Sonic had a cape I made him which I lined with red but he kept turning it in the other way!! My children have minds of their own :)
Of course I am a procrastinator so was up until midnight Friday night sewing costumes and making food right up until we left the house! Of course I always plan before hand but still end up leaving everything till the last minute. I remember being like this at University too, so maybe I just need to accept it is who I am.
This morning we got up very early to go to Shorncliffe ( a beautiful spot north of brisbane) for family photos. A friend of ours is starting a photography business and photographed our children earlier this year and the photos were fabulous, so we are looking forward to seeing today's ones.
Beautiful Shorncliffe Pier... we come down here all the time, so beautiful, has huge park, beach and bbqs and is only about 20 minutes away ... perfect :)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
and these The oranges were a bit fiddly to make but I really did like the finished effect - and the icecream tasted like oranges - Yum!
I cant remember where I got the ideas from originally but it looks like I will be getting stuck in and making them again this year :)
have done a bit of sewing today and yesterday, but I'll save that for another day :)