Monday, 30 March 2009

My baby butterfly turns 2!

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day yesterday. We celebrated Erin's 2nd birthday in the back garden. There were gorgeous butterflies buzzing around, and some tigers, puppy dogs and pirates too!


The kids all had such a fun time getting their faces painted, and watching Julie, from Bee Happy Puppets with her cute little puppets.


Erin loved Chloe the Bear and the kids had so much fun playing and singing along with Julie.

I can't thank Julie enough for coming along to entertain the kids, and she did such a fantastic job painting the kids faces! Thanks Julie!

Here are some piccies from the day...




My bestest bud, Belinda, her Mum, my Mum, and me... we've known each other since we were 3! Gonna miss you Bel, when you go away next year! xoxo


Our painted little family :)


Complete with roaring tiger


and fluttering butterfly... ready for take off...
Needless to say, we all slept real well last night!!!

Ros, this one's for you :) Not the best pic of me, but it does show Julie's gorgeous face painting...


Thursday, 26 March 2009

Butterflies everywhere

I bought these gorgeous butterfly cutouts from Riot last week, then painted them pink, purple and green both sides with Kaiser paint. Then I let the kids loose with KindyGlitz! We're going to string them up and hang them outside for Erin's party on Sunday. Surprisingly, there wasn't much mess to clean up afterwards either. A great activity to remember for a rainy day :)

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Nearly two.

Our sweet little girl is nearly two, and it's difficult to comprehend really. After all, it feels like just the other day we were carrying her home from the hospital. Now she's a proper little lady who loves wearing jewellery, playing barbies, dress-ups, and dancing around the house. She certainly livens our little household up, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Her gorgeous smile lights up the room and makes me so proud to be her Mummy! It's been a huge year for Erin, as you can see... she's been busy growing up :)
Here she is at her first birthday party... and hardly any hair!
and at her baptism in March 08...
She went from sitting in a highchair to sitting on a booster seat at the table...
At 16 months decided she wanted a big bed just like Aiden...
She enjoyed dancing at the Playschool concert
and was mesmerised by the Wiggles :)

She's learning the concept of sharing with other people... mostly Aiden...

She had her very first hair cut at 18mths

Went on her first camping trip to Inskip in November 08 :)

We weaned her off her dummy at 22mths...
and at nearly two, has become a real little character...
We love you right up to the sky and back, missy moo!
Mummy & Daddy xoxo

How's this for meeting in the middle?

Okay, so I took all your comments on board. Mel, I've made the square on the left side smaller. Donna, I've added the colourful graphic back in (on the left), cause I loved it too :) and I've also made the silhouette lighter as per your suggestion. Jaki, I think you'll love it now, since it's a bit of both! LOL!!! Well I think it looks much better for all your suggestions, so I just want to send you all a little something in the mail for helping me make my blog prettier!! YAY!!! I have your addresses Mel & Jaki, Donna would you mind PMing me yours. I'm not sure I have it?

More changes...

Yep, I've been playing again! Thanks for all your feedback on my previous design, however I feel it just wasn't me!

So, I went the complete opposite and created 2 minimalistic designs - with a lot less fuss and a hint of bright and fresh. Much more me :)

I'd love to hear which of the new designs you prefer or if you like the old one. You can vote over here -->

Version 1 - as currently displayed


Version 2

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Complete overhaul

I've been dying to rename and re-template my blog for ages now, and for some reason, my creative juices flow better in the wee hours of the morning!

So, here it is... ta da... what do you think?? I'm still not sold on the colours, but would love to hear your feedback. I tried to make them easy on the eyes, as there's nothing worse than bright colours screaming out at you from a dark background.

I used the Always Enchanted digital scrap kit designed by Cinzia Loosemore, with a few little additions of my own, then skinned it in Blogger.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Thank you card

A quickie card for Linda's challenge over at Scrap-Pile! The sketch is by Valerie Salmon, and I'm loving it!

Monday, 9 March 2009

Backyard Blitz!

BEFORE...

AFTER...

What a transformation! It hasn't happened overnight, but it has happened. Ever since we built the cubby for the kids for Christmas I have wanted to make the back garden into a nice play area for the kids. So, we've finally made it happen!!!

What a huge weekend it's been. I have loved every minute of it though!
Saturday we spent all day creating this little oasis in the backyard for the kids (and so Al doesn't have to mow around all the swings etc..!! ). It was my idea, hence my project, and Al didn't want much to do with it (he hates gardening), but he willingly helped shovel tonnes of mulch into the garden all day, while I did about 6 trips to the garden centre for refills. Now that's no small feat, coming from someone who has always been scared to drive anywhere with a trailer on!! So, by the end of the day, I was quite confident at reversing the trailer (after about 10 goes that is!!), hooking the trailer up and taking it off myself, although I did need some help pushing it into the carport! I was quite impressed with my new-found independence.

I even planted a little mini garden with the aggies that Deb gave me ages ago (which had to be dug up when the cubby went in. Thanks Deb!!! The kids love them!

The other side of the garden.

Aiden & Ralph loving the new sandpit!

The kids loved helping too, getting in there with the shovel. Aiden found heaps of witchety grubs in the compost heap, so that kept him amused most of the day. He loved digging and uncovering them all, and we even found a Mummy one, it was massive about 3cm round. Erin loved tipping them all out of Aiden's bucket! (surprise, surprise!).

Anyway, after hours of slaving over the shovel, it was so nice to sit in the garden and play in the sandpit with the kids! Which is exactly what we did yesterday afternoon when it was all finished! As I shoveled the last load of mulch onto the garden, I had such an immense feeling of satisfaction! I felt so empowered, and motivated. I even managed to wash Al's car for him (to try and make up for the lost usb cable)!

Al raced up at Gympie yesterday, and came 5th. Not as good as he has done up there, but he knows what he did wrong at least, so will hopefully be moving up the ranks next race! I was in a teeny, little bit of trouble before he left though, because I had accidentally left a usb cable for his data logger at work (oopsie)... after a quick trip into work today on my day off, I thankfully found it!!! Phew. He got to test out his new racing suit that the kids and I got him for his birthday. Hoping we can get to the next race to check it out! Now he wants me to design new graphics for his kart... he's getting a bit sick of his flower ones!! Just when everyone got to know him as the flower boy too!!! LOL!!

Anyway, that's pretty much it for our weekend. Hoping to get stuck into some scrapping this weekend. And although I did get a card done for a Scrap Pile challenge, I haven't really had a chance to do much real scrapping for ages. Wish me luck!