Saturday, January 26, 2008


Haven't been too inspired to scrap at the moment, so am enjoying the sketches that are being thrown around the place, here, here, and here.

I've also been eyeing up the sketches and great work done over at the Fiskars blog, so have added their blinkie to my sidebar.

This is a layout I did, based on a sketch from here, very plain, miscalculated the space I had left, to add something along the bottom of the journalling, but then again, I'm not fussed, it's done and I'm happy.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

No kids =

An afternoon of Everybody Loves Raymond on DVD

Trying to scrap

And later tonight.......

Saw II &


(a year ago that last part would have never happened, but we watched Saw, almost accidentally, and now want to see the rest)

Sunday, January 20, 2008


........A review in photos

A great place to stay, 5 bedrooms, (but only 1 toilet!)

Lots of room for friends to visit

Water fights with the kids across the road

Toasting marshmallows


'Real fish' and chips

Banana boat

Board games

Learning to play poker


Time to read and do puzzles

Driving Creek Railway

Cold drinks on hot days

BBQ at the back door

Waiau Water park

Sleeping in......

......... and unfortunately, unpacking when you get home!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


......... one of the reasons I've been reading lots of books, like the one in the previous post, is we have been working towards something for the last year, and wonder how our eldest will cope/behave when we go to .........

........ Australia in April!!!!!!


We booked our tickets online tonight, eeeeek, talk about a harrowing ordeal, especially having to log out, go fix something with our Airpoints, log back in, and re enter all the info...... and then have to do it again, aaaargh. Anyway, it's done, just to book accomodation tomorrow with Travel Agent SIL, and then wait.

It was supposed to be Jon and I, going to Fiji, for our 10th Wedding Anniversary, (which incidentally was April last year, not this year) which I am still sad about missing, but am also looking forward to a great family trip.

We were very fortunate to have accumulated enough airpoints to pay for our flights, so that was a huge saving to start with, just have to really restrict what we spend our money on in the next few months.

I'm so excited!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A book recommendation

I really recommend this book for anyone. I've read quite a few recently, in an effort to gain some understanding, but this one really tops them all. Now, don't be mislead, this book is just not for families with difficulties, I think every single family would get something from this book.

What I've found with lots of books is they waffle on about this study and that study, and this result and.......... and you get to the end of the book, and think hmmmm what DID I get from that. This book is full of practical suggestions, ideas, theories, that are very relevant. It is Australian, so it is very similar to our lifestyle, as I often find American or British books seem 'distant'(for want of a better word).

And, the best part, it's very readable, very enjoyable.

Please, if you do read come back and tell me what you thought, and what ideas you have implemented after reading it.