Sunday, December 24, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like christmas ...

and I'm LOVING it, baby! I'm finally out of my pre-christmas funk that has been lurking lately and making me miserable (although I'm still bummed about the missing deco's!!) and I can't wait till Santa gets here. It's been super full on around here lately - time for some dot points, I think!
  • Kelsey's dancing concert was awesome, despite mummy having to SEW things ... heaven forbid! She was graceful and elegant in ballet, but the Jazz - Oh MY GOD! She was groovy, and funky, and so awesome, I couldn't stop smiling and crying simultaneously all the way through it.

  • Tayla's gymnastics concert was too cute - it was a Peter Pan theme, and despite her initial missgivings (our little angel wanted to be a pirate!!) she was a gorgeous fairy, swinging and floating and tumbling around. No self esteem issues, this girl - they gave all the kids a medal, and she strutted over to us saying "I'm the YMCA champion, mummy!!" So here are some pics of our champion in fairy land ... it was set up so well, and was an awesome show, with some of the older gymnasts taking on the roles of Hook, Peter and Wendy. Tayla was so impressed, she wants to learn to bounce and tumble like them - and given her backflip attempt last night, it won't be long before she can!

  • Kieran's Yr 6 graduation/farewell/last day of school ... I thought I'd be fine, really. And I was - right up until my big brave boy lost it, and stood there hugging his best mates, tears pouring down their cheeks. I lost it right along with him. Then Kelsey started - she's going to miss her yr 1 teacher big time. And Tayla started crying because we all were. It was a big Rodger's Family crying session, really. But he looked so handsome all dressed up for his farewell, and when I arrived to pick him up, I found him holding hands with a girl .. not too sure how impressed I was with that, but I played it cool, so that's something, I guess!! This pic is the result of letting him take the camera to the farewell ... not many usable pics among the bunch!!

There was lots lots more, but really, I'm too tired to go through it all. I will share some exciting scrapping news though ... I won a cc with a lo I totally love at the Chookscraps CC, and I've been invited back to compete for a spot in the Chookscraps survivor comp ... I'm in awesome company, as the wonderful Jini was also invited back! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. This is the lo from the CC - lots of handcutting, and a totally gorgeous picture of Tayla - I love this! I took this photo as part of a camera challenge at LittleScrapbookShop - the lovely DT member and allround legend Lisa challenged us to explore the settings on our digital cameras and take a black and white pic, and this was the result - thanks Lisa!

Have a great christmas everyone ... I can't wait till Santa gets here, and we see what the kids get - they've been refining their lists for a while now! lol. I hope your day tomorrow is blessed, and you have someone wonderful to share it with. Don't forget to check out Santa's website -, to see if you are on santa's naughty or nice list - so far, everyone here is on the nice list (although I don't know how after the past couple of days!) Take care!!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Bah humbug

'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, and all that.

So it's officially December, and try as I might, I'm having real trouble getting into the christmas spirit. Why is that? I don't know, but when you figure it out, please let me know! Our lights are up, and working, except for the one set that Tayla dropped the transformer to, and it's now kaput. The tree is up, but not fully decorated, as there are some decorations missing - don't know where they are, but there are quite a few MIA, including the christmas countdown sign that I made last year. Everything else is replacable, but the sign has got me a bit upset, and I just can't seem to shake it. The only place we can think of that they might concievably be is in the ceiling of our old house - which now sits empty, having been sold by our previous landlords, so we don't know how we'd go about checking if they are still there or not.

On the plus side, there are only 3 weeks of school left - which means, dear readers, only 3 weeks until I'm on holidays, and can try and catch up on some of the massive amounts of housework that sit here waiting for me every day. I can't wait to spend some time scrapping and getting myself organised - I'm planning at least one day of nothing but scrapping every week of the hols, I feel like I'm going into withdrawals! I have done a couple of lo's lately that I really like though -
This one was from a challenge by a couple of friends. Lorraine challenged me on ScrapbookingTop50 to do a lo containing lots of ribbon, black and white, and an oversized monogram. Not long before that, Nicole had sent me a pic of a lo from the Maya Road newsletter (I think!) challenging me to scraplift it. This is the result! Lots of lovely ribbon from the LittleScrapbookShop stand at Papercrafts in Penrith. It's too noice!

This next one is the one that blogger hasn't been liking for ages - it's my last Chookscraps survivor one (yep, the lo that got me sent to Exile Island!) I still love it though - it's such a cute pic of Kieran, one of my "let's try and stop him growing up a bit by scrapping every single picture of him as a little boy" efforts.

Oh, I forgot the truly exciting news for the day - the girls had their end of year physi competition, and did SO well! I'm so proud of them both - they looked gorgeous. Tayla came second in her age group, and was unlucky (says the totally unbiased mother) to not get the dancing award. Kelsey came 7th, and was just lovely - you can really see the impact of ballet in some of her routines, it's so nice to watch.

So that's it from me today - off to feel a bit more sorry for myself, and try and get this house looking like someone other than a family of careless squatters inhabit it.
Take care, everyone.