Friday, July 30, 2010

I can't wait to get...

This:

From the ever so talented Jodi at Tildy's....ordered it for myself and will call it a birthday present from Peter and the girls - why not I say!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

TCR #16

Okay, so I joined The Colour Room when it first started, and have never managed to get around to completing any of their challenges:

Until now, that is!

Number 16 is the family room palette, with some rich colours of olive green, burgandy, and white.  So I took advantage of a "pretty" pic of Kiara to put the layout together.  This actually needs some journalling, but I think I will put it on the back as I don't want to clutter up the layout with it - but I probably need to explain that we are not "allowed" to call Kiara beautiful - she is that much of a tomboy!  And I am not meant to put flowers or pink things or pretty things on her layouts either LOL!!!

ANOTHER emergency visit...

Why does Kiara always get sick either on public holidays, at night, or on the weekend - or a combination of all three?  Last night at about 8:30 (in the midst of Masterchef, mind you) she started crying and complaining of a sore tummy again.  This also happened just over a week ago, but as she vomited that time we put it down to a gastro bug.  As Peter had a bad episode with appendicitis as a child, we are quite nervous about this, so I rang nurse on call, and as usual they suggested we head off to emergency.
Great.  So we rang Dad to come and sit with Alexa, who luckily had already gone to bed, and off we went.  And of course, just a few minutes into the 50km drive, Kiara is better.  Which also happened last time, she had a quick recovery.  But we kept going, and she was checked out - showing no signs except a slightly high temperature of there anything at all being wrong.  Which I guess is a good thing, but doesn't explain the pain.

Anyway, the diagnosis was possibly wind pain, which given her history is possible.  So we keep an eye on her, and even if it is the start of problems with her appendix it would be that early stage that they wouldn't do anything, anyway.  Grrrrr.  So we got home at about 11pm, I let her sleep in until 8:30 thinking she could be late for school - but she didn't want to miss out on "play".

Alexa and I have been busy baking today - all up we have managed a banana cake, honey crackles, lemon tarts and meringues (as we had egg whites left over from the lemon tarts).  All seem to have worked okay, but the proof will be in the tasting, I guess.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

From plain to perfect

I did a layout of a gorgeous photo of Kiara earlier in the month, documenting how proud we are of her in her first year of Primary School.  I just took another look at it and decided it looked unfinished somehow.  So I grabbed some stuff that kind of went with it, kind of matched, took about five minutes and turned it into a far better layout.

Perhaps sometimes you just need to go back after a while and look at your layouts with fresh eyes!

Before:

After:


As an aside, most of the "after" version is from Bon's July girl kit, with a few bits added.  The photo has an action on it from CoffeeTeaPhotography.blogspot.com (probably Lomo, since that seems to be my fave!).

Funny Times

So as mentioned, yesterday was a very happy, scrappy kind of day.  The girls are {finally} at the age where they are generally happy to play by themselves, and Mum is happy as she can scrap by herself.
Some of their favourite things to do at the moment are:
Playing babies in the bank: With Harrison and Ineka of course (not the real ones!!), although now Emily/Melody (depending on the mood of the day!!) has now joined in a lot more.  Kiara and Alexa are often "Craig" and "Kim" - hilarious when you hear their conversations!
Cooking outside:  Hmmmm, not too sure we'd want to be eating some of these little Masterchef creations - but it is funny to watch them cooking and judging each other since the start of Masterchef.  We luuuurve Masterchef in our house, the girls have their bath and then sit ready to watch.  Often Alexa doesn't quite make the end and asks to go to bed midway through, but Kiara normally sticks it out.

We are a bit sad that Marion didn't make it through, glad that Jimmy didn't, and are hoping that Adam wins tonight!

The girls also love to draw and colour - "Mum, can we have colouring pictures" is heard often, which means we search on the internet for various subjects to print out and colour in.

Can't wait for a bit warmer weather to come so we can have doors open and the girls can come and go as they please.

So here they are from yesterday - dressed up, hair in clips with Harrison & Ineka (not the real ones!)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A new beginning

A new beginning for a blog, and a new promise to blog more often!  I know, I know - I've said it all before {twice!!} but I am going to attempt to be a more prolific blogger from now on.

So this will be a place for ramblings on family, scrapbooking and whatever else comes to mind at the time.

Also a place to showcase my scrapping layouts in the one spot.

The big scrapping news in my world is the latest cover of Scrapbook Creations - featuring Our Girly Girl which is a layout I did of Alexa late last year.  On the cover!  I kid you not - take a look:


I have had a scrappy kind of day today - it is great now the girls are getting older they can amuse themselves without needing me every two seconds, so they have been busy playing (inside and out) and I have been scrapping.  I have done the following layouts for Bon's Scraps July Cybercrop - entries due Tuesday night so still time to enter bonsscraps.com.au/forum

Scraplift: 

Charm's Sketch: 

Bon's Colour Challenge: 

Be back soon.  I promise!