Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Day at Our House













Well...arm saw from playing boxing on the wii...in fact muscle fatigue has set in...ouch...can't lift my arms... any how...christmas morning consisited of santa finishing the presents at about 2....the little ones waking up at 3.30 am and me telling them for the next hour to go to bed...they eventually did but i ended up falling back to sleep...and by 5.30 when we all got up the little ones knew who owned every present under the tree...before Dad got a chance to say the name on the tag!!!!! They were all very happy when they opened their gifts and then out I came with a surprise pressie, which was the wii with extra controllers and games...it was a hit.

Jessica really didn't want a photo.....never does really!!!!!!! So, at 11 o'clock the rest of the family came over and the gifts were given and handed out by my mum.... Then we sat areound, had a yummy lunch...kids went for a swim and some of the adults even fell asleep on the grass!!! All in all a fabulous day was had by all...lots of love and laughter...and thats what Christmas is all about....
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx

Saturday, December 27, 2008

363 Days to Go!!!!

I think that's right...Well...I feel as though I haven't been on the computer for ages.. My family Christmas was so much fun, I would say one of the best since my dad passed away 17 years ago. I feel as though I contributed to the fun by organising a Christmas eve activity for the whole 33 of u. At times it was only 32 as some popped in and out...but I organised a prop bag for 5 acts and the family was randomly broken up into groups of 6. First off the rank was a nativity play. with poor Jesus being delivered with concusion onto the ground...no disrespect intended here...
Another of the acts was a dance to Jingle Bell rock, with not a dancer in the group...and the costumes needed to be made with toilet paper and christmas wrapping...the best part of the dance was the toilet fight at the end of the routine!!!!











Next off the rank was a rendition of We Three Kings with traditional beach towel head gear for the wise men...










Next off the rank was a rendition of Santa Claus is coming to town...accompanied by non-tuned percussion instruments and a beer bottle shaker!!!!






And finally, there was a mini carols by candlelight with 5 songs thrown together....and glow sticks, which gave the little kids hours of fun afterwards...
Well...that almost covers eve...but so much more happened I would need to write a book...But you can tell by the smiles on everyones faces what fun we all had...we are now planning for next Christmas eve as it will take alot to beat this year...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2 sleeps to go...omg...




Thankyou to the beautiful Lexie for this lovely award...now...for 6 more...well here is the thing...every blog I visit has this...so...I can't pass it on...oops!!!!!

But it certainly is greatly appreciated ...thanks

xxx
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

Will make this my last post before Christmas...am flat stick at the moment with all Christmas preperations...still have pressies to drop off and food to buy...a couple more pressies and a house to clean as lunch is at my house this year!!!...So...A blooming HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS to all who have popped by and visited my blog...and to all your beautiful families...give lots of hugs and kisses...eat lots of yummy food...drink bubbly....in moderation!!!...and hope santa is good to you...will be thinking of yo all this Christmas, and until after Chrissy



LOTS OF LOVE FROM ME TO YOU

Mandy

xxx

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thanks Tracey...


I was just checking my blog and noticed a comment that I have a little surprise waiting on Tracey's blog. I frequent her blog often...iI must admit I am addicted to blogs at the moment...I have her blog if you look to the left, but just in case you have missed it...you can check it out at

http://traceyhunter.blogspot.com/


Well, Tracey said that she loves my blog and has awarded me with a " Your Blog Is Fabulous award"..Now. I am all new to this and don't know how it suddenly turns up here on mine...

for the award:
1.You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs.
2.You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions.
3.On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link back to their blog

OK...well my addictions are as follows...

1. I AM addicted to coffee...of the take away skim milk cap variety
2. I am addicted to my family...extended as well...could not live without them
3. I am addicted to watching movies...I love them, particularly kids ones.....
4. I am addicted to buying stuff...anything...i even get a kick some days out of grocery shopping...but thats on a really bad day!!!!
5. I am addicted to my pillow and doonah...love them could not live without them...

The 5 blogs that I love besides Traceys are:

1. Chris W
2. Kath from TBSS
3. Lexie
4. Angie
5. Gayatri

And this was in no particular order..I love so many more!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

9 Sleeps to go

That is about all I will be writing. Sheer exhaustion has kicked in. It has been a very emotionally draining day today, and it always is around this time. Christmas meant the world to my Dad. And now it does to me. I always want it to be perfect, and it never quite is. and I am utterly exhausted from all the Christmas stuff. I am going to bed right now with a magazine and a cup of tea...I sound like a granny...but...sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do....Will post in a couple of days...
Nitey Nite
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx

Monday, December 15, 2008

10 More Seeps to Go...


Well...what a busy and fantastic weekend I had. We were off to Raymond Terrace for the weekend. My sisters were in a mixed bowls team and they were playing in the finals of a state competition. The first day they had their semis...and with a nailbiting end, their three teams made it through to the final, to be played on Sunday. We stayed at a very nice hotel, ans had a few drinks and dinner at one of the local pubs....All in all a fun night wa had by all. The photo is of us at the pub. That night, my sis Fiona and I were up half the night giggling like little kids on Christmas eve. After a very terrible 2 hours sleep we were up early for the final. And, alack and als. after yet another nail biting 3 matches, they lost by one bowl.....they were awesome though... so, about to make my chrissy cards soon, grab a coffe....oh yeah...Amanda loved the pages I did of Connor for her...thank goodness...now, I am awaiting mine from here, and very excited...well...tata for now...

Lots of it

Mandy

xxx

Friday, December 12, 2008

13 more sleeps


This is a quick entry...going away tomorrow for the weekend with sisters 3...so...haven't even packed yet...oops...Anyhow, did a Christmas page for Connor...the challenge was over at Debs creations and it was for scraptastic south west,,,think thats it...you needed to have the title, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...and a tree somewhere...I am loving my snowflake punch...I am pretty happy with how it turned out.....hope you like it.. On a happy note, my father in law is on the upper...getting better...that's good news...

tata for now

Mandy

xxx

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Still 14 more sleeps...







Hi again...my mother in law is having a pretty tough time at the mo with my father in law pretty sick in hospital...so...this is for you mum....It is amazing how many times my kids have asked me to pop the bon bons that just turned up on top of the fridge one day...you can only say no for so long...after all...they are only $2....so...here they are thinking it was the best pressie in the world...I captured the moment...as we all do!!! hope you like them..



Mandy



xxx

14 more sleeps







Hi...only 14 more sleeps to go until Santa comes, my kids are so excited...so am I. I love christmas and the Christmas spirit..it always brings out the best in people. I have been making more Christmas craft for friends and family...I love the red one and may just keep it for myself. The blue one is for a friend. and the green one is for a sisiter...I have made several more of these... This is the first time I have made them, and I am pretty happy with how they have turned out. I love distressing the frame...The green pp i have used is Kaisercraft paper that I recieved in a pack from TBSS for being their guest SPOTLIGHT ON person..I was so excited when Shell told me...
Anyway, still much of the day to get through, so I better go,
Have a gorgeous evening...Thanks for looking.
Mandy
xxx

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

10th December...15 more sleeps...




Well...I must say today was a non scrapping day today, but it has been a spectacular one non the less...I started the day with going to the Drs to get the results of about 8 bloodtests , 2 ultrasounds, and chest x-ray, along with a few more....Well...they are all pretty darn good...SMILE NUMBER 1...Then, I was off to pick my son up from school as he was sick...well, turns out he wasn't really, cheeky monkey, but we had a lovely day chrissy shopping together...and I got my twins for christmas their very own digital cameras...I am so excited about that...they love scrapbooking too...so I have kindred spirits living in my household, and not just out there in cyberspace....I also have almost finished my christmas shopping which I have really been stressing over.SMILE NUMBER 2 Then when I came home I found a pizza box with my guest design team member pack from tearbears site...so now I am busting to scrapbook....SMILE NUMBER 3 Then this afternoon after picking up the kids from school I went to my sisters house and had coffee with my 4 lovely sisters, my mum and my nieces and nephews... SMILE NUMBER 4 ...all in all a pretty upper of a day...for which I am thankful.


Bye for now


Mandy


xxx
OOPS...these are just a page each that my twins...Jacob and Maddie have done...I reckon they are pretty clever...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


So, here is something new to me. An off the page project...a friend of mine made me a beautiful stitchery last year for christmas, and I did not make her a gift, so, here it is...I really hope she likes it and hope she doeasn't visit my blog...I must admit, i really enjoyed making these...frame and all... Til Later

Mandy

xxx

9th December, 2008


Okay, so here is the second page of Amanda's...this is her little boy Connor. She mentioned previously that her favourite christmas song was Little Drummer Boy, so I wanted to incorperate that into her page. I searched the net for music of the Little Drummer Boy. I played around with it and printed it off...I had so much fun distressing it. Also changed the photo to match. Not to sure about the stamped title...I am not totally unhappy with it, but i didn't really have anything to match that antique look as far as lettering goes.

Hope you like it....

Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh my gosh...have just been checking out other blogs that belong to the challenge chics over at DEBS CREATIONS.....they are amazing...when I figure out how to do it I will put links up!!!!

8th December


Here is a page I have done for a friend for her son Connor... It was his very first christmas...I am currently working on a second page for her, for Connor's second christmas...hope she likes them...

Monday, December 1, 2008











Have not updated for a while, so here are a few pages... The NOEL sisters page was just a bit of fun doodling, water colouring and cutting out. Classic beauty is a photo of a series I took of Maddie playing dressups in the backyard. I didn't want to add too much to the photo...I love it.
The addicted page was a challenge on Deb's website to create a page showing an addiction without it being related to people or scrapping...

Monday, October 13, 2008

13.th October, 2008




Have not posted for a while....here are a few pages I have created recently....

Thursday, October 2, 2008

2nd October,2008


Recently created a page to show Maddie how proud I am of her and how far she has come since being very sick...This was a challenge where you needed to use 4 shades of pink, plus swirls, flowers and handwritten journaling...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

30th Sptember,2008


Ok , here goes...Not much action in the scrapping region...Got a very quick page done recently...so easy to do thinking of sticking with this style to try and catch up a bit on the kids albums, although, I did blob some paint on a couple of pages, but don't really like the colours much...may have to experiment and get better colours...Connors page of his turning two..what a precious poss he was!!!not too bad now either!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

28th September, 2008


Here is the latest in my pages. It was a challenge on the TBSS site where you needed to use multiphotos, multifonts, bling and stamping. The 2000 Olympics for us was such an experience. We got to see the basketball where the Aussie girl team played. We went to the rowing in Cranebrook and we went to the site before the Olympics to check it out, and we were in the village wher I had won tickets to the closing ceremony...only the village though...but it was still an awesome experience.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

27th September


Here is a page of Connor's first Christmas...almost 9 years ago now...boy time flies. Just experimenting a bit with different things on this page...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

25th September...More Pages




Here are a few more pages I have done recently...I like experimenting with different styles and techniques. I have recently discovered collage which I love but find very time consuming...Hope you like them...

25th September



Been a bit busy this week so haven't had much of a chance to do much...Have done a couple of pages for challenges on the TBSS site.One is a picture...in fact one of the very first pictures I took of all the kids together after the twins went through their illness and time in hospital. I was a bit scared to take one in case it would be a bad omen or something...silly I know. The starry one is another challenge from TBSS...you needed stars, star in title and stripey paper...

Friday, September 19, 2008

18th September, 2008


So, thought I'd add a page I did about my son, Jacob. It is the most personal page I have done and it was wonderful therapy too...he suffers from a life threatening condition and asked me one day, "Am I going to die from it Mummy?". Another time he has said, "I thought I was going to die." and "I was terrified". It tears my heart open. I reassure him that he will be safe...
On a lighter note I got a journal, a visual arts journal that I can put all my ideas on, instead of having stray bits of paper everywhere...it's working well .

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day 1


Well...today was fairly uneventful, however I did manage to finish a page for Connor's scrapbook from a little holiday...

I love this photo of him...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008