Monday, 22 December 2008


I know it is a few days early but just in case I don't get back before the big day then I'm saying Merry Christmas early.

My online class with Penny went wonderfully well on Friday night but I can't share it with you all yet as the class will be repeated on the 10th of January. It was lots of cutting but well worth it for the results.

I had to laugh because as I was gathering my things to prepare for the class Keelan was sitting with me and asking lots of questions and I was explaining how he could not disturb me later that night as I was doing a "class" via the computer. He asked what is was about so I explained that we had lots of flowers and stems to cut out so he thought he would like to try that even though I was not certain of all that was to be done. I found a paper for him that had some flowers and leaves to cut out and here is his interpretation of what he thought I was meaning.

He even found some green and used my decorative scissors to cut the stems and then used my Cricut Storybook Cartridge to cut the owl and colour it with watercolour pencils.
He found a stamp that he wanted to use that he thought looked like flowers and used that across the bottom.
I was so impressed!
The only help I gave him was how to use the Aquash brush to paint and helping find an acrylic block that was almost big enough for the stamp. He did the rest all himself.
On Saturday we went over to my sister's house to help clean some toys up for the kids to use at the family Christmas party. They did a great job helping.
Sunday we were late for the Christmas party as the darlings all decided they wanted to scrapbook whilst I was trying to cut fruit and vegetables for platters and salads. I haven't taken photos of those ones yet. My Kindyglitz was getting a workout in my absence so I went out today and bought some Texta brand glitter glue pens for their personal use.
Haven't felt too fantastic today so I have taken it a little easy and only went out to the chiro and to pick up a last minute Christmas gift and some shopping for food that I missed on my Bananablue order last week. No more now - if I haven't got it now I ain't getting it!
Now, if you are looking for something to do scrapbook wise next weekend, Heaven-Sent is running a Cyber crop. Challenges will go up on Christmas day and you have until the Monday midnight to upload your work. Out with the old, In with the new is the theme for the crop so I'm looking forward to what will be in store for us.
Merry Christmas all! Don't drink and eat too much will you......

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Just one more week....

My boys are counting down the days until Christmas now and have already told each other what they bought for each other. I might as well have just taken them all out together to buy for each other, instead of making the special effort spending time with each of them at the shops.

We haven't done a lot this week. I have done lots of sleeping in which has been nice and stayed up and watched Survivor final. I was a little disappointed that Parvati won, I was hoping that Amanda would.

Monday I had someone out to test the pipes in our ensuite shower as the carpet is going mouldy in the room that backs onto the shower. Yes, there is certainly lots of moisture in the walls but it appears to be from the taps leaking back into the wall again and the fact that some of the tiles are cracked and grout missing and not sealed properly. This was all supposed to be fixed a few years ago when this happened so I'm not really impressed and our insurance is not likely to cover very much of the fix. Frustration!

I have managed to get a little scrapbooking done for the week and some cards..... however most of it is for my DT work so I can't share it until the 1st of January. I will however share my layouts for the challenges so far at Heaven-Sent.

Ingeborg's sketch challenge

Karen's 5,4,3,2,1 challenge

Yesterday I took Mitchell into diabetes clinic. A visit we make very three months. His HbA1c is still a little higher than I would like but the Endocrinologist is still very happy with it. I even ran into a girl I used to go to school with in Kadina whilst we were there. Her son is 11 yrs old and has had diabetes since he was 21 months old. He says he doesn't know life any other way so it doesn't bother him as it is just his life. It is nice to chat with others going through it at times just to compare thoughts and ideas.

I am supposed to be finishing off my Christmas card writing as I am a little late with my overseas ones. I was also going to do some baking but still trying to convince myself on that one.

Tomorrow night I am looking forward to an online class with the lovely Penny Hackney.

If you are interested it is on tomorrow night and repeated on the 10th of January. See here for cost and payment details etc.:

Go check it out!

I have stalled on my Octoberfest layouts at the moment as I have put all the instructions in a display book along with the photos I printed to go with them and can't for the life of me remember where I have put the folder. I am so annoyed with myself as I was going to catch up with a few this week. Never mind, I will find it when I am looking for something else.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Newsletter PDF

If you are looking for my bi-monthly newsletter to catch up on the dates of when I am cropping over the school holidays, you can find it here:

It is a PDF, so not fantastically clear with the images but you can read all the info.

An award?

Well thank you to the lovely Moira who has kindy given me the kreative blogger award.

I can now proudly post this award on my blog, and hand it on to some other talented ladies.

First is the amazing Leah Fung. Now, I loved watching this scrapbooker on the daily scrapbook lifestyle videos that used to be available to watch on podcasts from BHG. I used to miss my daily dose of these after they stopped them and googled Leah's name to keep up with her creative works. I love how she has kept videos going from her blog along with the talented Donna Salazar and Johanna Peterson.

Second is Penny Hackney, who does some magnificent work with doodling and her own creative style. She also blogs over at Aussie Scrapbooking and runs some cool online classes.

Third, is our S.A. Fiskars Ambassador, Michelle Wallace whom I love to see produce a variety of work particularly with the lovely Heidi Grace and Clound 9 products. I have great fun attending Fiskars crops here in Adelaide with her.

Fourth, the lovely MadScraps owner, Mistra. With a style all of her own and artistic in her uses of mixed media I really enjoy dropping by her blog to catch up on her news and see her stunning art.

And lastly, Heather, a fellow member over at the Scrapwitch forum. She amazes me sometimes with the amount of layouts and cards that she has a go at, and completes in a weekend. I swear she scraps more in a week sometimes than I do in a month. With all the inspiration from our Scrapwitch owner Jill though, who could blame her for getting things done.

Here are the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Provide links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Busy, busy......

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of hearing Keelan's and a Reception class sing Christmas carols at our local shopping centre. He really enjoyed it and was very excited about it all but I know that some of the students were worried sick about it. All those years of dance concerts have paid off for them.

One of the songs they sang was the Aussie version of the twelve days of Christmas. How hilarious is that! It was the first time I had heard it and with the little ones singing it and their actions along with it, it had us in fits of laughter.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me:

Twelve possums playing

Eleven lizards leaping

Ten wombats washing
Nine crocs a-snoozing
Eight dingos dancing

Seven emus laying
Six sharks a-surfing

Five kangaroos

Four lyrebirds
Three wet galahs
Two snakes on skis


A kookaburra in a gum tree

Friday night the boys had a chance to visit with their big brother whilst Bruce and I went to his work cocktail party. It was at a hotel at Glenelg and looked out over the beach. Nice food, pleasant conversation, when you could hear over the DJ's music and good dancing.

On Saturday we had won two tickets for entry to see if you can guess where......!

That's right - Adelaide Zoo. We lined up for entry as the tickets were for a special kids event on the day. We started off with two tickets in hand and through the kindness of people around us, by the time we made it to the gate all four of us had tickets and it didn't cost me a thing. To add to that the kids got a drink and nibblies at the gate so I didn't even purchase food once inside because I had taken some biscuits with me. The kids had a great time taking photos and I came home with about 150 photos between two cameras. Funnily enough there is about 10 photos of just meerkats so Ethan obviously took a liking to them.

I went out to a crop for a cure on Saturday night and left the boys to their own devices watching "Horton hears a Who" on Blu ray. Well from what I hear.... they actually put the movie on for Dad to watch and snooze in front of. Not sure what time they got to bed.

I completed some cards and notecards and box sets for the teachers thank you gifts but "dill" me forgot to photograph them before giving them away today.

Sunday was a relax day - got up late and then went out to the front garden to tidy up. You can now actually see the front path to walk up to the front door. It's amazing!

I have a pile of plans for the layouts I want to do for the Heaven-Sent and puzzlesketches challenges for the month but have been so busy writing Christmas cards and typing up a year in review for the overseas family that I haven't got anywhere near starting them yet. The laundry is still waiting to be sorted also.... and some floors washed that didn't get done yesterday. Oh well, they will still be there tomorrow!

Here are the challenges for the month from Heaven-Sent:

This month there are three different card making and scrapbooking competitions. All the details of the December Competitions can be found on our forum. The winner of each competition will win a $ 10.00 gift voucher for the store. Please upload your entries in the December Competition Gallery. Happy scrapping!

* Karen’s Competition: 5,4,3,2,1 Challenge. Your layout must contain the following: 5 embellishments; 4 different techniques; 3 different papers/cardstock; 2 photos and 1 one word title.

* Mary’s Competition: Create a card, LO or OTP celebrating the birth of Jesus.

* Ingeborg’s Competition: Create a layout or card based on the PageMaps sketch.

A larger picture of the sketch can also be found in the December Competition Gallery.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Boy's Lego video

Well this is the video that was created on Sunday afternoon. The boys think it is hilarious! Gotta love boys and their sense of humour.

I have to admit that I was challenged by getting it to upload to youtube and attaching to here. It was not as easy as I thought. Anyway, it's done and they are happy for a couple of months now until they decide it's a good idea to do another.

Personally, I've been getting my very short newsletter for December and January done. I've also completed one of my DT layouts for January - still 2 to go and I've been trying to plan Xmas gifts and lunch with my elder sons.

Today my agenda is writing and posting Xmas cards and eating out - Mexican style tonight.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Busy weekend - kind of!

We have been at the JDRF Family Day today for a few hours and Mitchell and Ethan decided to have their faces painted. Keelan was rather a grump the whole time because we took him away from the computer for a few hours and so didn't want his face painted or didn't want to join in any of the sack, egg n spoon or three legged races. He spent a little time at the playground and then was bored until Santa came and then as soon as the gifts were given out everyone wanted to go home.
Mitchell and Ethan had a great time and as you can see Mitchell changed into a crocodile and Ethan into Batman for a while.

Last weekend whilst Dad was away I got them all started on making a bauble with sequins. Mitchell wanted to do it last holidays and I wasn't quite ready then so made sure I was now. I was so impressed with Mitchell and all the time he took to sit and do the pins and sequins. I think I only helped him with two rows because he was feeling left out that I was helping the others and not him.

Here is his finished bauble hanging on the tree. Isn't it great! Keelan has only just finished his on Friday and I have yet to take a photo of it. Will put his up another day.
Yesterday I had the task of rebuilding the police station of Keelan's that fell to pieces last week when he was trying to lift it from one part of his room to another. Got it together alright but it is missing a few little pieces already.
Today Santa bought him a police helicopter to go with it and thankfully Keelan was able to build that one himself.

A little scrapbooking has been done in the last few days but very little. I have been feeling really tired and struggling to focus on much at all.
My efforts for the Cybercrop have been a little dismal even though I am one of the DT that has been running it.

Here are three of my challenges and I cheated with the other one using the layout that I created last week with the summer colours of me when I was pregnant.
Challenge #2 - A card using bling, flower and flourish

Challenge #1 - sketch

Challenge #4 - Title challenge

Last but not least is another of my Octoberfest layouts - Layout #5
I sure hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Cyber Crop weekend

It's cyber crop weekend over at Heaven-Sent and I'm trying my darndest to get a few layouts completed.

Come over and join us .... We have a sketch challenge, colour challenge, title challenge and a product use challenge all based around Summer in some way or another.
You have until Monday midnight SA time to upload your entries to the gallery.

See here for more details:

Would love to see you there!

Friday, 21 November 2008

To strike or not to strike - that is the question....

It's Friday again and here in South Australia the teachers were yet again going to strike. However when Bruce woke up to the 6.30am news the headlines were that teachers had been ordered back to work as a judge ordered it to be illegal for them to strike again. Henceforth we had some rather disgruntled children and an even more disgruntled Mother who was planning a sleep in this morning and was rudely awaken before 7am.
Still, I have to admit I have managed to get a whole lot of things done today that I would not have gotten done if the kids were home. Including typing this entry out.

Bruce is away for the weekend in Sydney so I will be playing single Mum for a few days. That generally means not much sleeping in on the weekend either. I might be a grumpy old soul by the end of it.

I had a lovely Intimo lingerie presentation on Tuesday night and invested in some nice plain bras but certain to fit well as all Intimo does. I also ordered some roll top pants that fit like a glove and I will probably live in once I get them.
I have my sister and her friend visiting tonight so a lamb roast is on the cards. Can't wait for that as I so love my lamb roast. It's the small things in life that one enjoys at times.

Was going to make some more Christmas cards at craft yesterday but when I counted up the ones I already had there was about 60 in the pile so changed my mind to writing them out instead. Am about halfway through that, then have to type up the yearly letter to our overseas family before sending. I still want to make Christmas cards though and use up some of my huge stash so might have to make a start on next years as I love making Christmas cards over and above any other card that I make.

Managed a little time for scrapbooking too over the week. My focus was on monthly challenges at Scrapwitch and Heaven-Sent. Below are my results of my efforts..... although my mojo seems to be holidaying somewhere at the moment so if anyone sees it... please tell it to come home!

SW Colour challenge using Tan, dark pink and dark maroon

SW sketch challenge

Rufus at play - HS Melanie's challenge: 4 photos, monochromatic, distressing and acrylic paint

Sweet baby girl - HS Brigitte's challenge to use felt on a layout.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Another day....

Have been a little slack on the blog update this week.
Went to the Fiskars crop on Saturday and Michelle taught us some cute little last minute gift ideas. Most of them used the water colour pencil techniques which I love to use on stamped images anyway. I haven't taken any photos of them yet but I'm sure you can see some of the sneak peeks over at the Fiskars blog.
My crop night on Saturday night was well attended and Sunday was a quiet day at home. The barbeque even saw the light of day too as the boys spent Saturday cleaning it after they got home from the Christmas Pageant. I must remember to post some of the photos of them at that but not tonight as I am too tired.
Keelan has been home sick the last three days with a fever and upper respiratory virus. It seems to be clearing and he will be back at school tomorrow but he still has that cute girly squeal voice - poor little love!
I haven't had too much of a chance to scrap. Can't believe that I forgot it was a Cybercrop weekend at Scrapwitch... but it seems I wasn't the only one!
I will share with you two more Octoberfest layouts - having fun with these still.
Layout #7 - It's all about being Ethan at eight...
Layout #6 - Play with bubbles - Uses Jen's hand drawn doodle sheet, apart from the bubbles that are mine.

I have been preparing for my card class on Saturday arfternoon and just finished typing instructions today. I also have my regular crop this Friday night if you want to join us... although I'm almost at a full-house for that one.
Keep the weekend of the 28th and 29th free for our Come on Summer ! Cyber Crop at Heaven-Sent. Yours truly, along with Susan will be planning the challenges for this one so you better be fore-warned ..... LOL!

Our next Cyber Crop - 'Come on Summer !' - is on during the last weekend of this month. There will be four challenges, which will be posted on the forum on Thursday November 27, 2008. All the layouts have to be uploaded in the Cyber Crop Gallery by midnight on Monday December 1, 2008. On Saturday night we will do a game and chat on our forum too! Cyber Crops are a great way of getting some scrapping done, using products from your stash and to have fun with other members of the Heaven-Sent community. There are prizes to be won and the winners will randomly be drawn on Tuesday December 2, 2008.
Hmmm... note to self, need to prepare a game .................................

Friday, 7 November 2008

Xmas activities starting.....

Haven't had a lot of time for scrapbooking this week but have managed to get four more Octoberfest layouts done.

Thank heavens I have a whole month to complete some of the other challenges around.
THANK YOU to all the lovely people out there who voted for my layout at Puzzlesketches. It was amazing to be going equal first with someone that they had to go to a second vote, from the two layouts, to determine a winner. Lucky me! I came out on top and won a voucher to spend at Scraploot. Now comes the hard part of what to choose.

I'm trying to get prepared early for my card class on the 15th. We are doing Black and white cards - four of them. Kits are ready to go.

Tomorrow I have a day full of cardmaking and scrapbooking as I attend the Fiskars SA crop at Sheidow Park and then back home to my regular Saturday crop night. It shall be a long day but bound to be fun. The lovely Michelle always has something interesting for us to do at the Fiskars crop.

Ooohhhh.... rain as I type - lovely to see and I hope we get lots of it.

Bruce is taking the boys to the Adelaide Christmas pageant in the morning as he figures it will be the last one he gets to that they actually get excited about. They will be nine next year so that belief may be starting to waiver then.

Well here are my shares today:

Layout #8 - True Friend

Layout #9 - Bubble fun in the spa

Layout #10 - Everyday silliness

Layout #11 - Play

Have a good weekend all!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Quiet Sunday

Well Bruce went off to ACN training today and I spent the day home with the boys.
I've had a cracker of a headache most of the day so haven't felt like doing much.
We did however - the boys, Rufus the bear with diabetes and myself, head up to the playground for a while where Rufus delightedly posed for me whilst he played on the equipment. Will use those photos in a layout shortly. I took 105 photos overall - no, not all of those were Rufus ..... but there were a lot of nasty boy photos there too. Nasty, meaning heads cut off, blurry, closed eyes, screwed up faces etc..... you get the picture?
Meanwhile I have a few layouts that I managed to do at the crop last night and finish off at home this arvo. Still more Octoberfest classes. You will notice that I have skipped fifteen and fourteen as I am still hunting some suitable photos to play with.

Layout #17 - Surprise parcel

Layout #16 - Simply Fabulous

Layout #13 - Lego Games

Layout #12 - Sonny glow

Thank you to the wonderful people who have voted for me over at Puzzlesketches, I really appreciate the effort you have gone to. There is still a few more hours of voting to go if anyone wants to drop by there and add their vote. (see previous post for the how to and where)

I sat and watched Dancing with the Stars tonight and my vote still goes to Luke & Luda. After a very average skill in the beginning I think Luke has really improved and is enjoying himself more and more each week.

There are some new challenges for the month over at Heaven-Sent:

Brigitte and Melanie created two scrapbooking competitions for this month. The details of the November Competitions can be found on the forum. Please upload your entries in the November Competition Gallery.

* Brigitte's Competition: Use felt to embellish your pages – preferably hand cut. Felt is easy to use, so you can be creative.

* Melanie's Competition: Create a LO using: 4 photos, acrylic paint, distressing, mono colours (so all greens, all pinks etc.)

Gotta be in it to win!

Have a good week!

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Voting time

It's voting time over at Puzzlesketches:

If you liked my layout Friends - Playing games with my.....

I'd love you to drop by at Puzzlesketches and vote for me in the next day. You can vote my selecting Melissa - FRIENDS from the voting panel on the right hand side of the screen and then the vote button. Thanks!

Off to crop tonight after a quiet crop night at home last night where everyone had left by 10.30pm. I'm not used of that!

Friday, 31 October 2008

Halloween Disco night

It's crop night tonight and the boys have their Halloween disco at school. It's a little rush to get organised after school but I'm sure we will get there. Note to self; - remember to take photos to use for Halloween page kit!

I'm not really into the whole Halloween scenario for both religious reasons and personal choice but the kids really, really want to do it so I have succumbed only because the school are holding a disco with a Halloween theme. Only two of the boys will go to the disco and Keelan will help me set up for crop night at home.
So, tonight I have about 4 people coming for a crop session and finally tomorrow night I will be going to Heaven-Sent monthly "Crop for a Cure" at Ingeborg's home. Always love doing that and hopefully will catch up some more on some of the Octoberfest layouts.
I'm sharing a few more today:

Layout 18 - School holiday fun
Layout 19 - I wonder
Layout 19a - Ethan, 1st camp

Lastly my share for the week is my DT work for November that has now been put up ready for tomorrow as I am too busy to upload tomorrow. Here are the two layouts and a couple of cards which I taught at the "Crop for a cure" recently. But, to see the rest you need to go to my DT gallery at Heaven-Sent:

Hope you like looking at them and would love you to leave me some feedback either here or in my DT area on the forum @ Heaven-Sent.

All layouts and cards are using the Delish Designs: Mulberry Season papers

Happy scrapping and have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Scrappin', scrappin'

It's been a quieter couple of days after the busy weekend with the Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair and the Church stall. It was lovely to see some new faces at the Fair as well as some regulars.

The cybercrop was good fun at Heaven-Sent too. I even managed to win the game of jumbled flowers on Saturday night. That was amusing as I'm not a gardener at all. It's a good thing that Mum knew her flowers and passed at least a little on to me.

Have been trying to get a start with the Octoberfest layouts and have managed to complete layouts 22, 21 and 20. I'm working backwards from where I joined in. I've already shown you my first one so here are the other two:

Finally today I even managed to finish my paper piecing layout for Ingeborg's challenge for the month. The trees and roo are courtesy of my Cricut and the birds are from the Scrapbooks etc. paper piecing patterns. These photos are from 2005 when Jackie, a Chinese teacher stayed with us for a number of weeks and we took her up to Gorge wildlife park.

Thanks for visiting.....

Friday, 24 October 2008

Cybercrop this weekend.

Well I'm a little naughty because I forgot to mention earlier in the week that there is a Cybercrop happening at Heaven-Sent this weekend. The plan of attack for the Cyber crop has changed a little from the past so 'read on' to hear more:

Our next Cyber Crop - Spring is in the air' is on during the last weekend of this month. There will be four challenges, which will be posted on our forum on Thursday October 23, 2008. All the layouts have to be uploaded in our Cyber Crop gallery by midnight on Monday October 27, 2008. On Saturday night we will do a game and chat on our forum too! Cyber Crops are a great way of getting some scrapping done, using products from your stash and to have fun with other members of our Heaven-Sent community. There are prizes to be won and the winners will randomly be drawn on Tuesday October 28, 2008.

I have a busy weekend personally, so knew I had to get them done today and tonight so here are my examples:

CCC#1 - Spring cleaning

CCC #2 - Spring is in the air......

CCC# 3 - Cherish life
CCC #4 - Springtime colours.
I actually made a start on my Octoberfest layouts but only have one completed so far, day 22. This is my first 8.5 x 11" layout so I did another today in the cyber crop as I actually like it. Thanks Jen for showing me the light!

I have two others laid out almost ready to be stuck down but just waiting on one or two items to complete. They may have to wait until Monday now as Heaven-Sent has a busy weekend.
Sunday here in Elizabeth in Adelaide there is the Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair at Playford Civic Centre from 9am - 4pm. If you are in the vicinity, drop by the Heaven-Sent stall and say G'day. Entry is $5 and there is ample parking as the Elizabeth shopping centre is directly across the road. Last of all is a picture of a friendly little visitor that joined us after dinner this evening. A lovely blue- tongue ... and this is as close as I got!
Have a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Preparing for Octoberfest

Well, I signed up for Octoberfest through Jen Hall's blog. It's an online class a day for the month of October but if you can't do them all then the classroom is open until January to do them in your own time.
I spent all last night printing the instructions as I only got the access to the classroom yesterday, and today and tonight I have spent my time choosing and printing photos. It' s unlikely that I'll use any papers that Jen uses - apart from a couple of transparencies that I bought online today, but I will certainly get a chance to use up my stash and hopefully get some great looking layouts done along the way. There is a great variety - feminine, masculine, 8.5 x 11" and some different techniques that will be new for me. Just looking through the layouts and choosing photos has me excited.
So much for my roll on the Christmas cards!
On the home front, both Keelan and Ethan entered the International Schools competition in Computing and both received credits for their marks. A great achievement for them both. If I allowed them to have, and use, email at their age they probably would have done better as they were a couple of the questions that they stumbled on. I'm not quite ready for them to be using that yet though.
Well, I better go hang out the washing and try and get to bed before midnight for a change. Need my beauty sleep for the busy weekend with the Stamping and Scrapbooking Fair at Elizabeth and a conference where Heaven-Sent is setting up at on Saturday.
There is also a Cybercrop at Heaven-Sent this weekend - Spring is in the Air.
Challenges will go up on Thursday night this time and you have until Monday midnight SA time to upload your entries. Join me there for at least a little while.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

It's a Christmas card week...

Well I've put the scrapbooking on the back burner for the last week and focussed on starting my Christmas cards. I made about 30 over 3 days - 12 of which were the same for a swap at Scrapwitch. I've had a lot of fun with them so far and used up a lot of stickers I had lying around and some recycled cards which I always start with.

I was having a lost mojo moment so decided that I would start them by directly cardlifting ideas from magazines however it didn't take long for me to realise that I am so not used to doing that and just gave in to my own ideas. Here are a few of my favourites:

Had my regular crop night last night and it was an early finish as everyone was tired. Still didn't mean I got to bed early though cos as usual I sat down to do things after everyone left.

Today has been shopping for Bakugan battle brawlers for those who know what they are..... I had to google them! After that I was building a Lego police station and police cars. I did about 4 loads of dishes because my dishwasher wasn't working last night and we had to turn it off, then after that I decided to fix it. I could have thought of the possible problem before the loads of dishes but c'est la vie!

Bruce has bought a new vaccuum cleaner today as my current one almost died this week because the motor is on its way out. The boys unpacked the boxes - because he got a steam cleaner as part of the deal and they have proceeded to build little houses from them since. There is of course more mess on the floor now than before.

The front door handle has fallen off this afternoon so every time someone comes to the door we have to let them in. Guess that means a visit to Bunning's tomorrow.

It's nearly time for their bed so maybe I might scrap tonight before I get the Christmas cards out again.