Monday, 28 November 2011

Busy end of year

Life is a little manic at present as I am sure it is for most. Penny spent all of Saturday morning at dancing practice and then we went to the dress rehearsal on Sunday afternoon (5hrs) for her concert which is on this weekend coming. I am one of the dressers so stayed to help dress the girls in their various costumes and apply and reapply make up. We came home feeling rather tired but pleased last night.
Craig flew home for 30hrs over the weekend so that we could attend his Christmas party. It was a lawn bowls party. We enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by bowls on an undercover carpeted surface (due to rain). The children also came and enjoyed playing with the other kids.
I've pretty well completed and wrapped the Christmas presents. A job I unfortunately loathe every year as I have no idea what to get anyone. Certainly feels good to get it out of the way. Mind you it is a great feeling to give something that is appreciated. Just have to do my Christmas cards and letter now.
Penny and Nick had a rides day at school on Friday in lieu of the cancelled rides at their community day. They had a great time although Penny's little upper arms got so burnt and are still recovering. They had another lovely swim in the neighbour's pool on the weekend.
I've done a little more scrapbooking. Here's some of the latest.
Have a good week.
Rach xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Doughnut Cakes

Today, Penny and I cooked doughnut cakes which are absolutely calorie free (in my mind). They are delicious and so easy. We enjoyed a delicious lunch out at a local cafe today so no doughnut cakes until we got home.
Nick and Penny have made friends with the kids over the back fence and they have a pool so N & P were over there for 2hrs this afternoon swimming and playing. They did same last weekend. The boys seem to come and go between our houses but Nick tells me there place is way cooler with swings, trampoline and pool!
On the Friday before last we went to the Sherwood Community Festival where they close off the street and have stalls and three stages. The kids had their faces painted for free and Penny loved the baby farm animal enclosure - also free. We watched the Sherwood Arrows skipping team and Nick enjoyed the Tae-Kwon-Do. Penny's favourite was the Irish Dancing, another skill she wishes to acquire.

On the Saturday night, Craig and I attended a friend's 40th at a local Indian restaurant and had a delicious meal and a great night out. The kids also had a great night in with a lovely new babysitter.
I've been trying to get on top of the Christmas shopping before school breaks up.
I have also been doing a bit of scrapbooking lately and have many LO's to show. Here are a couple:
 I just love Washi tape (Japanese masking tape) at the moment as featured in the LO above - pink and white spot. I buy it on-line from a lady in WA - Sawyer's Place is her business name. I now have about 17 rolls with a few more on the way. She regularly has Facebook or blog specials - $3 for a 15m roll.

Have a good week.
Rach xx

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Half Way

through term 4. Kids are tired with so much on in this term. Penny is almost too busy for school with her social commitments! She attended a birthday party and Halloween party last week and has another birthday party next week. Her dancing is also getting busy with 4.5hrs of dancing on a Saturday for the next month on top of 1.5hrs on Thursday in preparation for her concert in early December. She has 4 costumes, so I am assuming she will dance in 4 items and is really looking forward to it as we are.
Nick is busy with school work, tennis and Cantori (Sherwood's junior primary choir). Last Saturday we went over to Iona College where Nick sang in Cantori against other schools and they took out GOLD! The La Bella Voci (Sherwood's senior primary choir) took out platinum on Sunday and were invited to sing in the Mall today. Nick attended his friend, Thomas' party. They went out to Kingston Park go cart track and Nick was able to drive a go-cart BY HIMSELF. They also went on some rides and then topped it off with lunch at McDonalds. He declared it an AWESOME party.
Craig's mother, Pam has been staying with us for the weekend which has been lovely. I have just completed 8 wedding cards and 8 sky embellishments for the Bundaberg Simply Crafty swaps and Pam is taking them back to Bundaberg for me tomorrow. Then I get back other people's wedding cards and embellishments. I used to scrap with this group of lovely ladies once a month on a Sunday.
Here are some more LO's I have done over the last month.

Have a good week.
Rach :)