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Sometimes l surprise myself!

I also under estimate myself as well. I always talk myself down and suggest “I can’t do that” when in fact if l try l usually can… well, hold on there was that one time with the zig zag granny blanket. I pulled it out and started again five times the sixth time l gave up!

So l’ve been having a spate of baby blankets, one for my niece, which in turn convinced my daughter that my newest grand daughter, Faery girl needed one, so l made her one, then l made one for my middle girl child that was nightmarish! Then l made one for a friend of my first daughter who was having a baby shower, it was a rainbow blanket and l fell in love with it! 

So enough blankets l needed some fast projects, so l decided to make a dress for my doll which has been made a replica of my first Grand baby Sweetpea! Then number one daughter and my niece both commented they would dress their daughters in that dress! So l decided to make then each one.

My niece is due mid November so l started one for her baby shower which was last week however l didn’t get it finished in time, luckily l had made a nappy cake to take, my two daughters and l pooled our money and made a three layer nappy (Diaper for our overseas friends) cake. So anyways l’m keeping it now until she’s born. So the rush was gone l decided to add a bonnet and some booties. All the time wondering if l could even do it! 

Well tonight l finished the set and l’m pleasantly surprised with how good it’s turned out. I always feel nervous making things for other people my mind questions..

“What if they don’t like it!”

“What if the colours are wrong?”

“Is it too old fashioned?”

When my daughter took the rainbow blanket l told her “if the pregnant friend didn’t like it, bring it back l’ll make her something else” from reports she loved it. 

So here it is… 

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Hump Day..

Yes its Wednesday, which means we are in the downward slope of the week tomorrow!

One step closer to the weekend.. We have Football presentation on Saturday for Star Son, and then after that we are leaving! Yes another “Road trip”! 

This time we are off to New South Wales to a small coastal town called Moruya. I had never heard if it until recently when we ordered our camper trailer from a company called “Ultimate Campers” we have been stalking this company for almost three years, wishing and hoping, buying lottery tickets to try and fund our camper, anyways finally the time has come, we ordered it and its being made as I write this, pick up date is Tuesday 20th September.

As you might know from reading any of my past posts, my Bloke names our things! Our tent is Tamara, our trailer which carried our camping gear is Matilda “We go waltzing around Australia with Matilda” things that we spend a lot of money on we name, the camp fridge is “Goldie” and the camp kitchen is “Donna Drifta” people think we’re wacky! Our Volkswagen Passat Highline was called “Heidi Highline” and she has now been replaced with a Toyota Prado 4 Wheel drive, we want to start going off road, she’s called “Priscilla” as in the movie “Priscilla Queen of the desert” trouble is so far she hasn’t been to the desert ( Thats our Christmas holiday this year!) so for now she’s just “Princess Priscilla” so naming our camper trailer was super easy, immediately her name came to me as I stepped out of the X-Plore GT display model I told the sales man “We’ll be back to buy this one her name is Ursula” he laughed and I said “Don’t laugh, you know the rule don’t you? If you name something you have to keep it” all the way along she’s been “Ursula Ultimate” and soon we will go to collect her.

So on Saturday afternoon, we will leave, drive about 4 hours to the border of Victoria and New South Wales, stay over night in a Motel and then on Sunday drive the other five or so hours to the little town Moruya. Sunday night and Monday night we are staying in a cabin. We are spending a few extra days there because Priscilla also has to visit the Auto Electrician to have some final wiring done, which will allow us to have a duel battery kit installed, that will allow us to use the solar panels to supply power when we are “off the grid” to charge, phones, lap tops, camera batteries etc. 

On Tuesday the 20th September, we have an appointment with the Ultimate company at 10 am, where we will spend a great deal of the day learning every little intimate detail about our new “baby” We will learn to set up, pack up and stock up our camper and then we will spend two more nights in Moruya in a caravan park where we will set up and dismantle our camp site on our own to make sure we have no dramas, while we are in reach of the company in case we need help, I’m sure we won’t need help, but better safe than sorry! 

Thursday we will be on the road again, this time headed South and towards home, we will spend that night in Lakes entrance back on the Victorian side of the border where we are meeting up with my Bestie Deanne and her husband and one son. I get to spend a few days catching up on our girly chats and crochet andjust spending some quality time with my bestie.

Tuesday we have an appountment to register Ursula for use on Victorian roads, we will have a special permit to bring her home, but its only good for five days.

I love me a good road trip, espcially when its to places that we havent been. I think the Bloke has planned the route to go on new roads, so I’ll have plenty of time to take photos and blog about our trip! For me thats all part of the joy of Road trips! In the scheme of things this is a “short” trip but I will manage to pack as much in as I can!

Tomorrow I’ll share with you some interesting history I learnt about Moruya, because whenever I am going somewhere new I like to research! 

I almost forgot to write a blog…

Its been a busy day!

6:50am- Studying the Book of James, today we did verses 2:14-17 and then we colour code and S.O.A.K it.. So that takes a while.

Then I read half a chapter of my book, checked my online things like my emails and Facebook etc.

8:00am time to get up and get the Star Son off to School, by the time he leaves I’ve usually started a load of laundry, made the bed and done the dishes. So by 8:45am the house is clean, the Galah Charlie has been fed and entertained.

Each morning I start a fresh journal page and put a check list of jobs or things I want to achieve. It looks like this…

  • Bible Study- James 2:14-17 
  • Art-
  • Crochet-
  • Book-

Then as I have done the thing I make a note and tick it off..

Art– Yesterday I did a Bible page from Rebekah R Jones series called “Heaven is Calling” I am really loving the way Rebekah breaks down each lesson and shows us how she did her page and also breaks down the scripture so that we understand it more, LOVE that! 

And today I finished the page I began preparing yesterday, we had to do two layers of base coat and allow to dry then go over it with water colour which absolutely soaks the page.. While still wet we had to lay some cling film on top and smoosh it all around and then leave it to dry. I will confess that I was nervous about that process because let’s be honest I am yet to find a bible that has thick pages, so I waited with baited breath to see how it would turn out.


Cling wrap over wet water colour, a few nervous moments…

This is the final result. This was lesson 5 in Rebekah R Jones series “Heaven is Calling” we discussed how an Angel came to Gabriel and spoke to him, but he doubted that it was a message from God because “Why would God talk to me?” Well, now OUR God as I am getting to know him, and knowing how much he loves us, my question for Gabriel is “Why NOT me?” 

Anyways.. As you can see the cling wrap came off nicely and I am totally in love with how this background turned out, in fact, so much so I will definately be using that technique again. In Rebekah’s instructional video, she used a rubber stamp with white ink to make the word “Healed” I didnt have either of those so I hand wrote it and used a white posca pen, not the best choice, Im not happy with the “whitenes” I really prefer Rebekah’s brilliant white, but hey, we work with what we have and so overall I love this page! Yesterday I also started prepping todays page, again, another two coats of sealer were required. 

Today’s “Heaven is calling” lesson was anout Mary and Martha. When they met Jesus, Mary dropped at his feet and listened intently to all he had to speak of, but Martha, poor, Martha was side tracked preparing the feast and looking after everyone and so she asked Jesus “Lord, dont you see what Mary is doing? Leaving all the work for me to do? Are you not going to tell her to come help me?” (side note… I can hear MY voice coming out Martha’s mouth!) Jesus gently rebuked Martha and told her that Mary was doing the right thing and that she was having doing a good thing and he would NOT rebuke her and that Martha should “Choose the good portion” hmmm, something to think about next time I am wanting to moan about having to do all the work. Here’s what my version looked like…


So my Bible art is well and truely back on track and I am loving it and realising I have been missing my small bite sized chunks of art!

I am also working on a FREE art journaling class with Allyson Bright, she also has us in a FB group, so we can add our work there and ask for feedback if we want it. So here are some of those pages… Today was lesson number 5- the prompt was to do a page about an animal we love, we we have plenty to chose from but I found this lovely photo of my poodle Ambrosia so I did a page on her.

Yesterday- I did day 3- “What is your Name?” Now since no one uses my name much, I chose to honor the other names I am called. Mum, Marley, Mumsy, Mumma from my children. Grandma and Me Maa from my Grand babies, amd my husband AKA “The Bloke” calls me “His Sheila” so this page represents all that. 

Also yesterday, because the boys were at late football training and I had some spare time I did another page, this was for day 4- a list of “Things that make me happy” .. I love lace, pearls, glitter, chocolate, coke a cola, roses, my Bible study lots of things! 

Next on the list is crochet, I am currently crocheting a blanket for my soon to be born Grand daughter, and I chose to do it in chunky wool so it’ll be nice and warm and quick to make. I am doing corner to corner again, since my daughter loved the last blanket I made for my niece’s baby due in November. 


Then we have reading.. Well I have to schedule that in as well or else it doesnt get done, so I am currently reading yet, another Di Morrissey book, this one is called “The winter sea” I love that most of her books are set all in Australia or at least partly Australia and partly another country. So I got a chapter and a half of that read.

So that brings me up to fate. i thought I would share my arty stuff only occasionally so you dont all get bored.

Happy New Year!!

Here we are at the start of another year.

I have been taking a break from blogging and journaling since I got back from our Big Lap.

So many things have been happening, I just didn’t have time or energy to blog and even my poor journal has fallen by the way side.

So here is a quick update….

We got back in November and hit the ground running…

November 21st Sweetpea turned two and we had an afternoon tea, in the meantime we started cleaning the back deck which needed cleaning and finished the garden boxes which have been nick named “garden coffins” they are that shape.. we planted them with Daphne, a tomato plant, a gardenia and an Australian native I am still to get a rose for the other Grand daughter.

We had Wedding rehearsal on the Wednesday which was the 25th and had a final look at the space where we would be setting up the reception etc. I also got my eye brows waxed and tinted and my nails done, a little bit of spoiling after roughing it in tents for two months.

Sunday 29th November 2015.

Still cant quiet believe I haven’t written about this yet, I am guessing after my Grand babies births this was so far the greatest highlight of my life. My first born got married. We still don’t have the wedding photos back yet but I’ll share a few of the ones I do have.

bridal party

The Bridal party,

Left to right… Stewie, Bride-Jasmin, Groom- Brett and Ella.

bride and groom

My new Son-in-law Brett and my beautiful girl.

 

flower girl

“Aunty Jazzy” and flower girl “Sweetpea”

funny Jasmin

I’m not sure what she was doing here but I love that face!!

 

mother and son dance

Mother and Son dance.

 

paige boy

Page Boy, and Son of the happy couple
“Squishy”

 photo bomb

This is my cousin and her family and my first ever photo bomb, taken by the photographer!!

walking down the aisle 

Escorting my girl down the aisle.

wall shot

This is going to be a wall shot!! taken by our photographer Gabbie Hine.

I escorted her down the aisle and I don’t know how many people I had telling me what a blubbering mess I would be.. I shocked them all and even myself when I didn’t cry, not even during my speech which actually made a few people laugh! I made it through, my goal for the night was to do my speech without A- crying and B- inserting umm or errr in too many places In fact I didn’t stumble at all! I was so proud of myself and then my Brother Bill made me cry before the night was out but that wasn’t about the wedding so it’s not counting!!

After the Wedding we had Squishy’s 2nd birthday party and then fast came upon us Christmas.

Christmas…. hmm, if you were reading my posts in 2014 you might have read that I do not like Chrtistmas, I don’t like the commercialism of it all.. you stress and worry and within minutes it’s all over and the day goes on. But this year I decided to embrace the festive season and even suggested we have lunch at home… *sigh* sometimes I’m such a fool and this highlights it all.. Next year (or this one anyways!) I’m not having Christmas in fact plans are being made to go away for a month to Tasmania camping.

We decided to have lunch at our house, so the Bloke cooked a turkey our first ever and roast pork. My cousin and her family came and brought chickens and potato salads. We also had hot vegetables and roasted potatoes and pumpkin and gravy, and then the weather heated up to 39C and we all baked along with the food!! There was a wild fire about 1.5 kilometres away and e sat on the back deck, fighting away flies and fanning away the smoke.

The turkey and roast Pork were a huge success and we were happy with how they turned out, but the rest of it I didn’t enjoy! I find that you rush around waiting on everyone and making sure the house is clean and the presents are wrapped and then the whole day is over and you rush around doing the dishes and the floors and getting rid of a mountain of wrapping paper. I “tried” to embrace it and failed I don’t enjoy it, I’m not doing it again!!

As soon as all that was over we took off to Bel Far Niente for a few days to unwind from all that madness… which lead us to New Year EVE!

This year we went camping with some good friends to Ballarat. We have been to Ballarat a gazillion times and so I wasn’t terribly excited to go camping there, but it just goes to show be careful of judging, because we had a great time. The caravan park we stayed in “Goldmine” had a great solar heated pool which we gladly spent a lot of time in and out of. The bathrooms were clean and well cared for, there was a camp kitchen and  plenty for the kids to do, so My Bestie and I were able to sit and crochet and chatter or read our books or just lounge around, it was HOT!! We stayed there until Sunday 3rd January.

So that brings us up to now and New Years Resolutions.. I make them each year I kind of look at them as “goals” and I check back on them often. So this year I made three.. easy ones…

  1. Gain my diploma in Biblical studies. (I need to do 144 units, so far I’ve finished 3)
  2. Become a vegetarian ( we had raw roast lamb on 1st Jan 2016- normally I don’t mind it a little bit rare but this was too much blood and it made me feel quite ill, and then I got this thought it my head a snippet of some bible verse about God being the lamb and the blood of the lamb.. and that was enough for me.. I quit meat on the spot!)
  3. Read 50 books for the year.

In 2015- I did a challenge with Reannon and Pip Lincoln  to “Read Australian Authors” and I did and I loved it I only read three non Aussie books all year, but I found I have a huge pile left still of Australian authors so I am continuing that on again this year. So I’ve made a Good reads Goal to read 50 books… here is what last year looked like.. 2015 in books

Anyways so that brings us up to date and hopefully I’ll be back into regular blogging to keep you up to date with whats new for 2016…

 

Football Season 2015 is officially over!

*huge sigh of relief*

We made it to the Grand Final again, and lost it again, it’s all good at least the boys tried. We’ve had a week to unwind and relax, and all of us saying “Tuesdays and Thirsday nights are just not the same now” because they were training nights and every second week on Tuesdays is my Bible Study night so we kind of cross paths briefly. Tuesday and Thursday nights were what was formally known as “Quick and easy night” or “Slow Cooker night” meals on those nights had to be able to be cooked and cleaned up quickly and easily or cooked in the slow cooker so that we just had to serve it as we came in or before we run out the door. Well now it’s all over we can go back to having whatever we want, because I dont have to leave until about 7:20pm for Bible Study meeting so we can sit down together and eat again.

No more early morning Sunday mornings, in the cold, sometimes up before the birds.

Today was Presentation Day. Someone in the club had made a donation so there were sufficient fund for the boys, the coach, the trainer and the runner to go and have a session of paintball. So we dropped Star Son off at 11:30am and collected him at 1:00pm and then we had to be at the Football ground at 2:30pm for his presentation, we got there early and had some lunch.

  
My very handsome Star Son.

When he was little maybe 4or 5 years old we went to the RAAF (Royal Australian Airforce) museum at Point Cook, and for some reason he decided he wanted to be in the RAAF and fly planes. Then he found out his Great Grand Father on his Paternal Grand Mother’s side was in the RAAF and so he was even more sure he would be in the RAAF. Then Football came along, and ever since then he’s been switching between the two careers, so today he combined both.. Not really but look at this out fit for Paintballing, he looks like he’s in the RAAF!! I think he’s totally adorable!!

So presentations came and went and despite his great season and great feedback he didnt walk away with a trophy, but he did get a medal for the season to add to the swag of other ones he’s collected. I think we’re all a bit glad its over for another season, we have now about oh… 7 months before the next season starts and we go through it all again!

But also the end of Football season, is also exciting this year because it means yes.. We are another step closer to “Big Lap WA2015” today marks 13 days left.. I’m counting..

Today the Bloke took the wheels off the trailer AKA Tilly.. (In an upcoming post I am going to introduce you to all the “camping family”) and cleaned the bearings and oiled them all up and replaced the wheels so Tilly is good to go. Next weekend we move her from her parking place to the undercover parking place and start loading her! All the battery packs have been charged and are ready to go.. So it’s all coming together nicely. 

Tomorrow I start sorting out Star Son’s clothing, the plan is I’ll pick what I want him to take, he’ll probably take half of it out or switch it around and then we will negotiate and I’ll win, because I am the Mother and I always win!! My clothes are packed, but then on mentally reviewing what I’ve packed I feel like I need to change some things so I’ll rejig it before it gets packed in the trailer. The Bloke knows what he wants to take but hasnt packed yet!

It’s been a busy weekend, yesterday I spent a few hours with my cousin Lee, we went into the Melbourne Show Grounds to the Paperific expo, it was fun, so much art and craft supplies and ideas, we were lucky enough to be able to sit amd do a mini class using a new powdered paint product, that was fun!! I brought myself a few new rubber stamps to use as backgrounds for various mixed media pieces. Then I came home and tried to think about what goodies I should put in my travelling art kit… Talk about headache… I have so many supplies in so many mediums, I am struggling about being minimal and which to take and which to leave. I’m sure whetever I’ll take I’ll regret leaving something behind, but the Bloke is being pretty firm with me about the size of the bag I’m allowed to take. I figure if I can get ine piece of “art” in some form done at each camp spot I’ll be happy, wether it be working on my lettering or sketching or  a mixed medium art journal page. Last night we went to Lee and Craigs for dinner, we had a bbq, which was nice, we havent done that in a while.

Now its bedtime.. Sweet dreams..

When I grow up….

When I grow up (I wonder how much more “grown up” I need to be before I feel grown up?) I want to be a super blogger like Chantelle. I think I first discovered Chantelle through her “photo-a-day” challenge through Instagram (memo to self.. you havent posted todays photo) Then of course, as I do, I followed a link to her blog and stalked her..*insert wild laughter* in the nicest way. I felt like her blog posts were talking to me directly and she shares recipes and photos and things about her children, all the things I do.. so when I grow up I want to be Chantelle.

She is the reason I first upped the ante of my blog from “just an art show place” to a bit more detailed. One day I would like to do a blogging course to learn how to get some of the perks that Chantelle gets, but for now I am happy with my 101 followers and the fact that I love what I am doing. I also get emails from Chantelle and recently this one came through “You’re a good Mum” so in my never-ending quest to be the best mother I can be.. I went ahead and read that first..

Chantelle says: 

I expected him to tell me to feed them more vegetables and fruits, to up their vitamin intake, and maybe travel to far off lands to drink the nectar of the immunity gods. Maybe not that last one.

But what he said made me want to cry even more.

He gave me a stern talking to. “Hey now. Listen. You’re doing everything right. You’re a good mum. They need to get sick to build their immunity. You are a good mum.”

Deep down we all strive to be that “Good Mum” and sometimes we feel like we fail..I know from personal experience, that I feel that on many levels, My son had ADHD and ODD and deep deep down somewhere right down near my boots, my heart and mind know that It’s NOT my fault.. but I can’t help but wonder “What did I do wrong?” Did I not have enough vitamins? not enough rest? too much rest? bad environment? what made him get ADHD and ODD? could I have helped to cause it? I’m almost certain it’s nothing I did but who knows?

Then there’s this quote… “BEHIND EVERY GREAT KID IS A MOM WHO’S PRETTY SURE SHE’S SCREWING IT UP” so I guess it’s not me. Parenting is HARD, we don’t get a guide book, there is nowhere to google the rules of raising children… it’s all “figure it out as you go” and it’s hard and it’s emotional and it’s scary.. especially if one or more of your children is not  100% “normal”

So when you get the “confirmation” that you are a Good Mum it really gives you a little buzz.. I had that happen recently. Sweetpea was sick, and she wasn’t getting better and we tried the things that “used to work in the Olden days” meaning when I was raising my children, finally we went to the DR. So he checked her out and I told him what I thought and he nodded and said “See Grandma knows what she’s talking about because she’s done this before. Good Job Grandma!” only those few words made me walk home feet barely touching the ground, because someone recognised I DO know what I’m on about some of the time.

Then you have daughters who think you know nothing.. ones who feel the need to remind you to “put a jacket on him when he leaves the house” Really? and so I remarked “I’m surprised you’ve survived to 25 without ever having visited a hospital with a Mother that knows nothing”  ahhh the power of words, she flung me to the floor and trampled on me.

So if you get a chance to build up a Mum.. try it because it will make YOU feel good too…

Dear Mum..

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dear Mom.”

When I saw this post my heart skipped a beat.. could I write what I wanted to “really say” to her… probably not, so I’m going to give you the watered down version.

Dear Mum. (on advice from a Dear Friend I have removed this post! it’s served it’s purpose and I leave you with this….)

So once again Mum, thank you for teaching me how NOT to be a Mother and Grandma.

I think we are finally done.

Kim