29 November 2008

And another week (or two) scuttles by......

Well I suppose when I said Brisbane had a bad storm in my last post I MIGHT have understated things just a teeny tiny bit. Apparently it was, in some parts, as bad as a category two cyclone! Wow! I am so glad that we don't live in the impact area because those poor people where then hammered the following Wednesday by the worst downpour since the 1970's! Again we were lucky because although we got loads of rain and thunder we had no flooding (we live on the side of a hill!). And then another storm hit the next night and again we were lucky because we only had a bit of rain, some very tiny hail and LIGHTNING! omg was there some lightning I can't say I have seen that much for ages and ages and ages WOW! Was Mother nature chucking one great big tantrum! I was watching a TV special on the storms last night and I was honestly shocked at the level of destruction that people had experienced only suburbs away from us! I wish them all a speedy recovery process!

The school year is winding down to a close and the girls only have one more week. I am thrilled to be spending a little bit of time off with them as my boss has kindly let me take a day of work here and there so the kids and I can do stuff together! how lucky am I? I am glad that the year is nearly over for them, they are both rather ratty at the moment LOL. Tash had her Year 1 liturgy at the school church on Friday and while most of what I got was video I do have this sweet photo of Tasha with her halo on (I honestly don't know how that thing didn't strangle her LOL).

I was thrilled that my Mum and my Step-Dad could be there too and here are a couple of cute photos of them hugging their little angel!


Sorry about the slight slurryness of the photos, the lighting is never good in the Church and I haven't worked out the best way to take photos in that sort of light - I really do need to pick up my game if I am ever to progress to a big girl's camera (DSLR LOL) - the school principal made a few comments about the paparazzi being there which were hilarious! After the Liturgy I retired to my bed as I was sick with another sore throat - luckily it seems to be easing off today and I just have an annoying tickle and a cough. Thank heavens I thought it was going to be Pharyngitus again!

Report cards came home on Friday and I was really proud of both my girlies - they aren't Albert Einstein's but they are doing consistently well and I am so pleased with them both!

And yes! I have scrapped! LOL I have managed to fit in some scrapping this past fortnight for the various challenges going on at PBP, and for a couple of new releases over at PBP too.

And now you are Two was a two-fer for Kirstie's great Template Challenge AND Ann-Marie's fab Birthday Challenge

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Tweet Tasha is a funny whimsical page

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I had so much fun making it with Katef's totally sweet Tweet Tweet Birdy Bits


And lastly, I made this page of Tasha making a splash at the Gold Coast

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using the super adorable new kit of Sharon's Beach Play


So yes I have been very busy recently scrapping away and probably not doing as much as I would normally do with other things. But it's kinda fun just scrapping because I feel like it. And now I have wasted enough time slobbing around I had better get on and do some housework? So ta ta from me!

16 November 2008

Phew...I'm pooped!

Wow such a busy day today. Bella and I went to church this morning as the year 6's were participating in the mass. It was soooo hot very early this morning, it seemed to leap from plesant to boiling in about 20 minutes - phew! When we got home hubby had made us bacon and eggs for brunch, which was really nice. Then my dear sweet husband decided he had had enough of our mangy old lounge room carpet and we were going to see what was under there - right now, today. Have I mentioned it was boiling today?? Yikes. Luckily (or unluckily if you were feeling as lazy as I was this morning) the floor boards under the mangy carpet were amazing so we spent the rest of the day moving furniture, throwing hacked-up carpet pieces and underlay over the veranda into the trailer, pulling up nails and staples, washing walls and vacuuming! All I need to do tomorrow is mop the floor, the lovely timber floor!Yay!. I'm not saying it doesn't need a going over by a professional but it certainly looks better than our old carpet!

here it is, my new - old floor:

You have to realize that we are pouring all our cash at the moment into our home loan so there isn't a lot of cash left over for renovating LOL so we make do with what we have as much as we can!

This evening a massive storm came over Brisbane and it turned very dark at around 4.30pm in the afternoon which is why this photo has come out so badly but I have to show you what my girls HAD to do the minute that water started to POUR down LOL


It's a bit hard to see in this shocking photo but Bella has her foot in the gutter and the pressure of the water pouring down the hill is causing a spray that is reaching her mid-thigh LOL. Bear in mind this is 4.30pm in the afternoon and I had to crack out the flash coz it was so dark LOL!They really enjoyed playing in the rain but it got a bit scary when the wind really picked up and they bolted back inside ROFL.

As for scrapbooking I have to share some exciting news with you! The Pickleberrypop Kit Bash Vol 4 is out! Hooray! And the best thing is that it was sooo huge that PBP decided to break it up into 3 parts so you can come back later and grab the other pieces as they come out!

Isn't it lovely! Go here to find out all about getting your hands on this lovely sample pack free!

I have been having some fun with the challenges over at PBP over the last couple of days. But I have been cheating a little bit by doing "two-fer's" LOL. This is what my pal Deb likes to call LOs where you meet two challenge criteria in the one page hehehe. And I did it for the last two LOL.

This is a page that I did as a "two-fer"called "My Tasha" for the 1-2-3 Challenge AND Kirstie's template challenge. Hehehe Kirstie's template made the challenge a little bit easier LOL


Well I think that is all from me for now because I am beat - so take care of yourselves and those you love and I will be back later ta-ta!

12 November 2008

It's been a while ....

I feel bad because it's been a while since I blogged but I have had a very busy few weeks. The weekends have been full of family busy-ness and the weeks full of work.

I have also avoided blogging until my dear step-dad had had his specialist appointment as I wanted to avoid worrying any family that might be reading my blog until I had more information. You see my step-dad was diagnosed with Prostate cancer three weeks ago and even though the prognosis is a good one in the circumstances, we have been a bit shell shocked. I was reluctant to post about it until I knew more about what was going to happen, but he saw his specialist today and he will be having surgery in the new year to remove the cancerous gland. At this stage there is no need for radiation treatment and should there be no problems with the surgery - all should be well. I have my fingers firmly crossed as I love that goofy man to bits.

I know it's silly but I couldn't blog until I had more information about my SD because I thought it would be callous to post about trivial things when we were all so worried about him. But things are more ok now than they were and we are all feeling pretty optimistic so I can blog about less dramatic things without feeling weird.

Last week my darling Bella sat for her first ever piano exams (Level 1) both practical and theory. She was a bit worried about her practical as she had never played on a grand piano before and was a little intimidated but she passed well (only 3 points under a merit) which is wonderful for her first time! I am so proud of her ~ I know it is hard for her to step out of her comfort zone with her anxiety issues but she was a real trooper! She also had to play a piece for the performing arts afternoon at her school, and this year the pianists had to play in the church on the church organ. Bella usually looks quiet sick before these events but this time I think she was actually excited! She played her piece beautifully and took a bow LOL, so cute!

Because this is such a big deal for the both of us - I think that it is natural that my only scrap page over the last couple of weeks would be about this!

A Piano Week

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I actually did this page for the current Pickle Jar Challenge using Ann-Marie's new kit Twigglepop which is new in the store at Pickleberrypop right here

Which reminds me ~ there are some really exciting challenges going on over at Pickleberrypop this month:

I'm sort of hosting this challenge but it is actually being sponsored by Danielle Corbitt who contributed a very sweet mini for everyone! It's a tricky one so if you feel like a real challenge you will love this!

Here is Ann-Marie's great Birthday Challenge with these cute buttons as a participation gift!


And Kirstie is hosting a great template challenge but you will have to hurry over to play this one as it ends on the 16th November


and if you aren't pooped yet there is always the famous Pickle Jar Challenge to keep you entertained!


and last but not least is PBP's Photography Challenge being hosted by yours truly! hmm I don't have a pretty image for you but click here and you can find out all about it!

In other exciting scrapping news a new website has launched recently called Scrapbook Hub! Scrapbook Hub is a new Australian website that is going to become 'The heart of Australian scrapbooking and papercraft'. And we at Pickleberrypop are thrilled to be helping out there with the Digital Scrapbooking side of things!

They recently sent out their first newsletter and Annette and I were invited to write an article on Digital Scrapbooking for it. If you haven't subscribed yet you can see our article called New to Digital? on-line and while you are there check out the Scrapper in the Limelight ~ our very own Annette! yay!

Well I think that I have caught up with everything - so I had better go, I'm pretty tired now after such a long post and I hope that you will forgive any typos you might see in here - I'm not usually so illiterate LOL. So good-night from me :)