Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Future Salespeople

What a great night we had tonight.

All year both Josh and Teagans Year Levels have been working on an ongoing assignment. it started when they had a visit from a woodworker and they made the cut outs for a car. then they decorated them, made them motorised and then finally had to sell them.

Tonight was their presentation night and all the students had a little stand to try and sell their cars. they had to have a little sales pitch, point out the features and what makes theirs better than others.

All the children did fantastically, selling their cars to everyone whether they knew them or not. There are definately some future sale people out

It was great to see the different takes the children took on selling their cars. some were handing out business cards, some were giving out lollies, one of Josh's friends even had a computer presentation...the prices made us laugh as well (although no money was handed over) the kiddies were left to decide all the images for flyers and logos, information, pricing etc on their the cars varied from $3.00 to $ was selling hers for $25.35 and Josh's was $20.50.

Here are some pics of Teagan at her stand as their years cars were out on display and Josh holding his packaged car and showing it to Nana and Grandpa.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Birthday weekend

OK now that I have bought myself another keyboard for the pute i can actually space bar decided that it would of hard to type without a space bar....

Lets see Saturday

John and i left after lunch and firstly headed to the kiddies school to vote :( then we were on our way to the City. We parked the car at the Casino as it was the cheapest parking and walked about 5 minutes to our Hotel.

We stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel, it was beautiful. We put our bags in the room and headed into the City for some retail therapy. we walked through little Malls until we reached bourke Street Mall...had a look around and kept walking to Melbourne Central. I bought myself a smaller handbag for going out (one of my birthday presents from Mum). It was now 5pm and the shops were closing so we walked down to Federation Square had a look around - I personally don't see what is so great about it and then we headed back to the hotel.

We rested our feet for a while, as i think we walked a couple of K'

Then we got ready and headed back to the Casino....we had planned on eating at a Restaurant in the Casino, but didn't make a booking and the line was we walked around for a while finding that every restaurant had huge lines and ended up eating in the food

Then John went off for an hour to play poker and I played the pokies and we both came out with wins. We decided to take our wins and run. we walked along Southbank and Southgate, i took some photos of the lights of the city and realised that i really need to learn more of the features of my headed back to the room.

OK here I am on a bridge over the water overlooking Flinders Street Station...this is also the reason that i am behind the is a blurry photo taken by John but i kind of like it :)

We were rudely woken by John's boss calling at 9am on sunday morning, our one morning that we were kid free and could sleep in and the most annoying thing it wasn't even urgent...grrr...we did manage to get anothers hour sleep before checking out.

We got the car and headed off to the Queen Vic Markets. we picked up heaps of bargains. i bought a dress and top, bought an outfit each for josh and teagan and also a Christmas present for one of our friends bubs, plus John got some runners, a jacket and shirt.

finally it was time to head back home and to kids didn't seem to miss us at made Chocolate Crackles with Nana, they played games, had McDonalds for dinner and on Sunday went to kick the soccer ball around at the park.

I completely forgot about my LO for the Scrap World Comp I was in - 'Scrap and the City' and rushed the LO as it had to be uploaded by 8pm. i didn't make it through to the next round which was the final round but am proud of the fact that I made it through to round 7 of 8. two of my LO's from the Comp...

Now to get back to my LO's i am doing for the School. Each year Scrapping Mums get given photos from that years school production and we each scrap pages for an album that is displayed in the office. i have only done 2 of the 6 LO's, so i want to get those finished before i start making the kiddies teachers presents and some other Christmas present...i have a feeling that I am not going to get everything finished :(

Friday, November 24, 2006

YEP!!! Its my Birthday!!

Well it was when I started this post!

Thank you everyone for your emails, SMS's and comments here of your birthday wishes.

I have had a lovely day.

Started with Teagan suprising me by being ready for school when I came to wake them up this morning...I have an ongoing battle to have Teagan ready in the morning - so she decided to suprise me.. :)

Then I got my suprise present from John - a tripod for my DSLR

I had already picked out a charm bracelet and also a buddah charm (for Rani)...I am going to wear the Buddah and Girl charms on my necklace and put the letter charms, heart etc from my chain on the bracelet. I got the bracelet when the kids came home from school.

Then Mum came home with my card (cash...gotta love and a fairy figurine with 3 teddy bears - one for each of my kiddies and also some flowers.

Then Mum and I went shopping - not for me mind you - to pick up some presents for my little

When we got home from the shop there was more flowers on the table - tulips my favourite - John had them delivered home.

Finally a quick trip to the shops as Josh and Teagan both informed me that they needed wool for a Christmas project at school tomorrow...grrrr....I hate it when they leave it to the last minute.

Then just when I think I can rest on my birthday it is time to go again. Off to the School for the farewell of Shirley - the Schools Secretary - she is great and will be missed by us that was a bit sad

Then when we walked in the door, Josh told me it was time for cake as they were almost ready to go to bed. Happy Birthday was sung - cake was eaten - then my 2 best friends came over with more flowers and birthday wishes.

Then I just got off the phone to my sister in London and it is now after mindnight and I am exhausted and happy my birthday is done for another year - now to start thinking of what I want for

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

LOOK what I got today :)

How exciting.

i won them from entering a Comp at Scrappit last whole name in 7inch wooden letters.

Can't wait to decorate them.....

Monday, November 20, 2006

Long Time - No Update

Well it has been a while since I updated. Just been feeling BLAH! this week. It is getting so close to Christmas and seeing all the cute little toys I would have been getting Rani for Christmas is bringing me down. Plus the weather has been horrible...pouring with rain, hail and now today it is hot...go figure.

I have not been motivated to scrap and just seem to be finishing swaps, CJ's, ATC's ect and don't feel that I am scrapping for myself. Although I did got to a girlfriends on Monday to scrap, so that got me a little motivated.

Looking forward to this weekend, as John and I are going out on Saturday night - kiddie free and staying in the City for my that will be nice.

Lets see what has been happening at our place...

I seem to be spending every waking minute either in the shops or going through catalogues to try and find fussy 8 and almost 10 year old Christmas presents...couple this with Josh's Birthday Christmas Eve - I can't believe I will have a double digits boy this year - haven't even started to think about anyone elses presents....

We were shocked to see Santa in the Shopping Centre on Sunday - but took advantage of it and got our yearly Santa photo - although Josh didn't want to this year. It is getting so expensive for the photos $24.95 for 2 photos....I think we might get another one.

I thik the main reason Josh didn't want his photo taken is at School on Thursday he tripped over and stopped himself with his face, so has lots of scabs on his face and you can see them in the when it is clear we will do another one. Although he did ask me to do a LO on his

Well that is about all that has been happening...well all I can think I better be off to get the kids from school.

Also getting excited as it is not long until my sister comes home for a holiday (19th December)...I am happy to see her, but wish she was coming home for happier reasons.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Lovely Weekend

Well we had a fabulous family weekend..


We went to another School Fete - and the weather actually got quite we had a bit of a look around, got to see a Police Car, Ambulance, Fire Truck and SES Truck up close and personal...luckily as the Fire Truck was arriving, one of the Stall had a little fire and they put it out. The lines for the rides were way to long but being that it was such a wonderful day we decided to go down to a park about 20 minutes from home. The kids and I usually meet my cousin and her kiddies down there during the School Holidays, so John had never been there. It is a huge park with a great big fort playground, plenty of grass areas, paths and a pond and lake. The lake is full of ducks and you can catch padpoles there.
I was a bit sad as the last time I went to the park I had Rani home and was remembering how excited she was to see the ducks. So Josh and Teagan had a huge play, we went for a walk, the kiddies tried to catch tadpoles, walked the rest of the park and saw a couple gettig married and went home.


We headed off to Jorja's 1st Birthday Party at Connies. It was looking kind of horrible weather wise when we left but we were all hot in pants as when the Sun came out it had some heat to it. Josh and Teagan had a ball as they had a Jumping Castle out the back, Connies Husband was wrapped when John said that he would cook the BBQ and then again I got emotional. I was watching little Jorja and sitting next to Teagan when she said 'Rani would be doing that' and then she went off to the Jumping Castle. Well the tears came again and I had to hide in Connies bedroom. John came in to comfort me.

I love to see other kiddies happy and healthy and new bubbas etc...but sometimes it just reminds me of what I am/will miss with Rani and it this week with finalising everything has been a horrible week so I am happy to see it end.

Well I best be off and pack up some scrapping supplies as I am off to scrap with a girlfriend tommorrow - although I don't know whether I will scrap or cuddle her little bubba :)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Just for Me!!!

I haven't done anything just for me in such a long time, so on Thursday I finally got my hair cut. The hairdresser was horrified at the condition of the ends of my hair, giving me a pretend slap on the wrist. She said it looked like I hadn't had a haircut for a couple of months - she nearly passed out when I told her it had been a year!!!!...shocking isn't it...we worked out that I last had my haircut when I was 7 months pregnant with Rani...well I had other things on my mind the last year...least of which was a haircut.

So it is done...I kept it a bit longer this it was cut shoulder length and had grown halway down my it is now an inch or slow longer than my shoulder with layers cut into it and around my face and I think I look fresher and't be bothered taking a photo to show

Well we are off to another school fete tomorrow..hopefully this one will be better than the last couple of ones that we have been to lately.

Then on Sunday we are off to celebrate Jorja's 1st birthday at Connie's house...looking forward to getting to spend some more time with her.

Also what I suprise I came home to on Thursday after getting my haircut. A HUGE box full of Choccie Biscuits, Lollies, Snacks, Chocolate, Wine, lots and lots of things that Josh's Teacher and Teagan Teacher last year had arranged. They sneakily asked everyone in Josh's class to bring in a little was so sweet..i would have taken a photo but John grabbed everything out before I had a

Oh yeah and I have managed to do a little bit of scrapping - although I am still trying to find my the middle of cleaning it...can you tell I don't want to...I am enjoying doing some OTP here are some Door Hangers I made for Josh and Teagan.

We Did It!

Well John and I went down to Lilydale on Friday and have arranged Rani's Plaque and plot in the Rose Garden right in front of a beautiful Rose called Jean Galbraith Rose Bush. We also got a guarantee that the plaque would be ready by Christmas - so we just need to call 2 days before we want to do the interment service. It wasn't nice and neither of us slept much the night before hand...but it is done and it will be nice to have a place to go and visit Rani.

We ended up going with the poem that we put on the back of the card that we handed out at the Funeral.

It reads

'How very softly you tiptoed into our world
almost siletly
only a moment you stayed
but what an imprint your tiny footprints
have left in our hearts'

This is the brass plaque that we have ordered

In the top corners will be these little cherubs mirroring each other - we thought it was cute and the hair reminded us of her out of control hair.

Then in the centre oval just before the poem this picture of our baby girl. Happy, smiling and of course forever with a dummy :)

Thank you everyone for the poems and quotes that you emailed and left in the comments section. They were truly appreciated and beautiful...but we thought that the poem that we used was Rani.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


This weekend is an extra long weekend for us. Except for John who has to work Monday. The kiddies have Monday off school as a Curriculum Day and then Tuesday for Melbourne Cup Day, so i am looking forward to a couple more stress free day of not worrying about getting the kids off to school.

We have had a lovely kick back weekend. Josh and Teagan had 'wear your pyjamas to school day' on Friday and Teagan hasn't gotten out of them all

My cousin, her hubby and their kids came over for a couple of drinks and pizza on Friday was nice to catch up with them all. Well we catch up every couple of months - but it was nice for Dad and John to see them all.

My cousin gave me my birthday present early as we probably won't see each other again until Christmas. A beautiful little girl charm - she actually got one for me, my sister and my mum - for all of our birthdays. So my little girl will go on my necklace next to my 'R'.

Saturday was a complete vegge out day - everyone stayed in their PJ's all day - ok not John, just me, Josh and Teagan. Mum and Dad went to a Wedding, my sister went to an engagement party and we had the house to Fish and Chips for dinner and some DVD's topped of our relaxing Saturday.

Josh has gone for a play at his friends house today and on Tuesday he is off to the Races with some other school friends so it has been a quiet Sunday. You can really tell who is the chatterbox inthis house - it is always so quiet when he is not

Here is what I did on Saturday - a hanging open album that I bought at Paperific after I saw Connie's - we went back in and bought am pleased with the way it turned out.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Scrappy, Scrappy

Well some of my MOJO seems tohave returned and I am enjoying scrapping again.

Maybe it was getting new photos - even though I have a pile about 3 inches thick to scrap - so mostly I have scrapped my sisters recent birthday.

So Becca has been

Not a lot more been happening here...

We are doing the scary count down to Christmas and I haven't got anything organised - also looking forward to having my other sister home for Christmas.

Thank you everyone for you emails and comments about my last post - will let you know what we decide :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Strange Request

Now I know this may sound strange - but unfortunately John and I have to make the final arrangement soon for what we want to have on Rani's plaque so it is done in time for when my sister is here over Christmas.

We know what we want to say but want to put a small quote / poem (about 2 lines) on the bottom that sums our little girl up but we keep drawing a blank or it just doesn't sound right as we have to look at this for years to come and don't want to be frustrated by the wording...iykwim!!!

So if any of you have a nice quote / poem could you let me know...ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED