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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Yes.. That Time of Year...


To Resolute or Not to Resolute that is the QUESTION


Should I make some New Year Resolutions?

I don't usually. I mean I'll just break them, so whats the point? I do usually have a little think over about some things that COULD be resolutions..... you know that's IF I made resolutions. Plus there are all those people that ask what your resolutions are. Honestly it could be the same list every year.


I have read on various blogs - of just using a word for the year. One Word to work on. Your focus can be big or small - thats the great thing about a one word resolution. Words like Change, Joy, Awareness... etc. I came across this Awesome Post on Resolutions at christine Kane and you should totally read it. Go there now and then come back :) Check out her list of words to choose from - there are some good ones. I am gravitating towards choosing ONE of the following:

Delight * Savor * Listen * Release


Christine states the reason most resolutions don’t work is that they address only one level of your life. The DO level. It’s the DO-HAVE-BE model. “I will DO this thing.” (i.e., Lose weight) “So I can HAVE this other thing” (Self-Esteem) and I can BE this thing. (Confident.)

The average New Year’s Resolution doesn’t address the core of the issue – the “BE” level.
The best order for creating positive changes in your life is the BE-DO-HAVE model.

Now... WHAT DO I WANT TO BE???

More food for thought, I just pulled out the family mission statement for closer perusal. The Beginning of the year is a good time for that too. Several years ago we made a family mission statement. We Chose ONE word, a Subheading and how to achieve both.

PEACE

Love at Home


Follow Christ * Humbly Pray * Actively Listen * Seek Knowledge
Encourage Others * Respect Self * Search Scriptures
Speak Softly * Have Fun * Find Humour
Seek Wisdom * Accept Responsiblity
Do Good * Speak Kindly


I just saw the date on the bottom of the laminate card and it said June 2000 - 10 years ago!! Perfect to resurrect for the year 2010!


Maybe choosing to Simplify my Resolutions will help me achieve more things.
If I can just Be - I can change
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Here is the real *not simplified* list if I could be bothered :)

I could try to give up eating (highly doubt it)- I could try to lose weight (don't need to - lack of car has stripped me of 5kg) - I really need to tone up ( possible goal but babysitting support is negligible) - Every year I say I will read my lesson materials for Sundays (please one day will I do this?) - A study routine for Scripture reading (is another must) - Career prospects? (when the baby is grown) - A Cleaner house (nah, I'll never suffer from OCD and might as well face it) - More Dates with the MR (yes please) - Still waiting on that Pedicure ;) - A Skin Routine so I don't look like a raggedy bag lady with four kids (started that thanks to a lovely christmas present from Karyn) - Deep Self Analysis - More Sewing (I have 2 quilts needing to be finished)
Phew.. I think that is enough for a year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Have Yourself A Merry Wet -y Christmas













Christmas This year has been all about being WET! It has rained nearly every day, but the sun still comes out thank goodness! We have been swimming with cousins rain and shine ( I think they swam for about 15 hours over two days) To the beach where a big black cloud threatened but turned into blue skies minutes later and today we had flooded gutters on the street.


Perhaps our novelty umbrella's were the best Christmas present of all?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Grandparents Christmas Dinner


Our special Christmas Tradition - Both sets of Grandparents over for a party.


The girls were excited all day - and wanted to eat all the treats all day too! It is so hard to say "DONT EAT ANYTHING IN THE FRIDGE... IT IS ALL FOR TONIGHT!


We love grandparents dinner even when the girls get so hyped it makes them misbehave, and that they didn't even eat the dinner! They just want the sparkling Grape and Apple Drink :)


But Thanks to The MR - US ADULTS enjoyed Rib Eye Fillet, Salmon Steaks, Marinated Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Asparagus, and thanks to me we enjoyed Potato Salad, Ambrosia Salad, Garden Salad and Cupakes with Warm Chocolate Sauce, Berry Jus and Vanilla Icecream


Was so full, I had to roll to bed :)
Thanks be to the grandparents who make it all worthwhile :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Twelfth Day of Christmas - Sabbath

my true love gave to me



a reminder of the reason for the season.


8 Years ago some friends came to our house, read The polar Express and gave us a beautiful homemade card with a red bow and a picture of the Saviour. They drew an analogy from the end of the polar express "Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe" ~ and they likened it to ones testimony of the Saviour. They asked if our belief and testimony still shone as bright today as it did when we first came to the knowledge of the truth. It must have spoken to me as I can still rememeber it, whilst I have forgotten other gifts.



Over the years I thought that our Christmas Tree didn't bear enough witness of what the whole meaning of Christmas is about. Apart from the star on top or a nativity set we didn't have much that was celebrating the birth of Jesus.


These ornaments are made from cutting out pictures of Jesus from years of Ensign Magazines and from Deseret Catalogues (perk of previously owning a LDS bookstore) Likewise you could just print a desired picture of your chosing from the internet. (I dont have a colour printer, so haven't been able to use this method.) I ususally mount on black card and white paper. Print a scripture on white paper, tape together, laminate and add a bow.

I have literally made 100's of these over the years (and only have 3 left!) to be given away at Relief Society Meetings and classes, added to Christmas baskets, accompaning The Nativity DVD , around the neck of a bottle of maison, attached as a bow on the outside of a present.

I hope to convey to my children the real meaning of Christmas, and that it is faith, hope and love in the Saviour that can bring peace to us ~ which is the greatest gift one can ever recieve

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sneek Peek


Each year it's all about the place settings. I have done painted terracotta pots - named with lollies inside, gold painted river rocks - named with black writing, 3D White card(as seen in the header above), Ferrero Rocher Trees, Cookie Trees.

This years idea came from Kids Craft Weekly - Cardboard Peg Trees. The kids could help make these and they were very easy. We painted carboard triangles green using our fingers (we have lost all our paintbrushes! I need to get to the shops one of these days) and glued on some sequins and punched stars. Add a wooden peg and write on name. They do stand up but fall over easily if bumped. I might use a little blu tac to keep them up or...


just lay it on the plate like this - still cute I think. The trees are about 10-15 cms tall.




This is what happens if you leave to go check on your baby you forgot about - minutes later miss G had completely covered arms and face :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Eleventh Day of Christmas

my true love gave to me...


Christmas Luminaries



The Mr and I have a new addiction. Chilled bottled Cherries with Vanilla Yoghurt. Its divine! And this equals an overabundance of Jars that I can't bear to throw out!

So I thought it was time to use some up. This idea was sparked by the many Halloween glass jar luminaries I saw around the net.

Basically paint on a jar! The other way is gluing tissue paper on to jars (that was how the snowman and star one were made)

Be careful around small children once lit. The glass became very hot quite quickly. A looking at only - NO TOUCHY!!


We used ours as a table centre piece outside when we had friends over for dinner this week.




and I had to include this! Miss G about bent herself in circles to paint around the jar, it was funny. She was almost flat on the table at one stage. It was a good exercise in painting something that isnt flat on the table.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Perfect Christmas


I had another epiphany this week.




It came in the form of a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Actually.*see at end*



We all want a perfect Christmas. And some times we can feel sad or upset with ourselves when it doesn't turn out that way. I know I have lists and ideas of different things and traditions I want to do with my girls. I know I feel discouraged sometimes.


***


I want to take gorgeous pictures of us decorating the tree - but it is REALLY hot in my house and all I end up with is pictures of sweaty, red faced us, with clothes optional on the kids.


I want to go carolling to friends and up and down my street, but alas I cannot sing (and don't even try the sure you can - all people can sing line... I REALLY CANNOT!)


I want to sit around a piano at home with my family belting out carols till our hearts content except no one plays an instrument here (though the girls are learning SLOWLY because they never practice) and the girls may have inherited my bad singing :)


I want a beautifully decored house, strung with lights and boughs of holly


I want Dinner parties with wonderful food and perfect place settings


I Love gorgeously wrapped boxes, and want to fill my house with presents


I want to bake decadent sweets and treats (still too hot to bake and too expensive for ingredients)


I want to be organised and send wonderful homemade cards to every friend and family


I want a christmas crockery set for 8 people



But as it came to me in the form of the editors letter in BHG



IT TIS BUT A DREAM

Because if a team of professionals with uneding budgets take over 6 months and still struggle to get it right........ Then who am I to be able to compete?



We shall have to be happy



with love


with family


with hot sticky summer nights


with things made from meager budgets


with mismatched wonkily wrapped presents


with bad singing


and simple meals



Sounds like a PERFECT CHRISTMAS to me




*Paraphrased Editors Letter from December Better Homes and Gardens*


You know of course that we begin our Christmas planning somewhere in July to have everything ready for you when gorgeous old Christmas comes around for real.

Then comes the cover. Take a look at our exquisite christmas Tree. Each lovely decoration has to earn its place in relation to shape and colour with its neighbour. Half an hour or more is spent on getting EACH bow tied just right around the gifts. But you know each year someone plays up. And this year it was the cheeky butterfly in the red circle. It just refused to hang correctly. It took 3 HOURS to get him right.

It takes a week or more to get our words just right, to say what we need to tell you as warmly as we can. We had 26 variations (of the magazine) this time. Then, we finally begin to think it's our best offering, we print it!

Holidays

Sleeping Under the Christmas Tree; watching too much TV; Let the Holidays Begin

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tenth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me...

peg doll angels for me..


Easy... and loved by little girls. Take some wooden pegs (the round head doll variety) and draw a face on. Hot glue gun a square of fabric around. Glue on some hair. Tie a knot in some tule, glue on the back. Perfect for little ones to carry around, or as I have done stand them up on the Christmas tree between their 'legs'



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ninth Day of Christmas


my true love gave to me ....

a photo card worthy of hanging....

or this more realistic one :)



I am the Queen of Christmas Photo Shoot Epic Fails.

I CAN NOT seem to get all my kids to smile at the same time.

I love those christmas Card Post Cards that you can order with warm christmas message to send to all your friends and family.

But being the do-it-myself kind of gal I am (*cough cough* CHEAP) I have wanted to make some myself.

Design a card and print them off at the photo booth for 14 cents each. Last year I did a few designs - But never got around to printing them. So friends and family had to do with the email version.

This year I have actually printed some, but have yet to send... So all of you wishing for a card from me.. keep holding your breath.. but perhaps if you are lucky.. your dreams MIGHT come true this year ;)

If you dont get one - Consider this your Christmas card :D

I saw this idea on the net months ago as a Fathers day photoshoot. All the grandchildren were rounded up and held up one letter each and they spelt out Grandad. It twas adorable.

So I picked out a font I liked, printed the letters N,L,O,V,E very large and traced them onto some cardboard (thick, from a box) I Cut them out and painted them red.

I got each child to pose with all the letters one at a time and then I went through all the photos, to find the best ones of each child.

Open photo in photoshop or an editing program. Make 2 layers of the same photo. Convert the top photo/layer to black and white. Use the eraser icon to 'rub out' the photo where you want the colour to show through. Arrange photos in order to spell words. I chose NOEL and LOVE as they had four letters.

Send in the mail as a postcard or included with your family Christmas letter/card.

Just because she is the best/quietest model in the house :)


go here to see just some of the 100's of photo fails I have done over the years Christmas Photo Bloopers

Monday, December 7, 2009

Never Stop Playing



Last night we had a dinner party with some 6 friends. Friends that didn't have any children. As I was preparing the girls for the evening (warning/begging/pleading for them to behave)

I had this actual conversation with Miss A

A: Why do adults like to talk so much?

Me: We just do

A: Why? Why do you like to talk

Me: Well there comes a time when you prefer to talk to your friends rather than just play with them

A: I will NEVER stop playing

A: You never want to play mummy

Me: Sure I do

A: Some people play tennis

Me: I don't have a tennis racquet or a court

A: Well just go to one

Me: alright


so ok busted I dont like to play with my kids - and now I have a baby to feed every 3 hours it seems like I am merely a spectator these days. There has been WAAAAYYYYY too much tv watching and being on the computer (can I help it if I am talented enough to be able to breastfeed and type on the computer at the same time - Might as well do two things at once, no?)



I want to get them to the age where we can do things together without too much disaster.

But that would mean playing with them now, so they might actually want to be with me later.

Now.. don't get me wrong.. I am silly... I like to muck around....I read and sing to my kids every night... but I am going to have to make a more structured goal to play with my children more.


Should be easy since School Holidays start next week.


6 LONG WEEKS of playing



Tennis anyone?



These thoughts made me think of a fantastic post by BEV about Avoiding Motherhood
Who would do such a thing?? Oh thats right.. ME ..... go read it :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sabbath


But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith
~ Galatians 5:22

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Eighth Day of Christmas


my true love gave to me




A pinata for Smashing


We love pinata's. But this is the first one I have made for Christmas. I saw this idea at the beginning of the year and have been hanging onto it ever since.

We did the basic ~ cover a balloon with newspaper strips and clag glue ~

Then I painted it gold. Then I used a hot glue gun to glue Tinsel all over. I basically used a continuous string of tinsel just going up down/ back forth. Add a ribbon to the top ~

It is meant to look like a Christmas bauble??? Was I successful?

We will fill it with small plastic toys and lollies and looking forward to smashing it open with our cousins on Christmas Day.

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