Thursday, 31 December 2015

Closing the 2015 Chapter..

The school holidays are in full swing and I feel as though I haven't yet recovered from our busy Christmas month and am now jumping into the New Year with New Years Eve just tomorrow! Is anyone else asking where the heck the year went?

The kids have been busy enjoying their gifts these past few days..
Nevaeh with Flutterbye Flying Fairy in the pool.

Jie and I played Game of life
Hiram loved his Scooter

Justine also loved her Scooter

Nevaeh admiring her Glam Pops
and Jie is using his Electronic Organizer daily.
While I have been blog networking and organizing myself for 2016. 

This year has bought a lot of love our way and I can honestly say that I'm learning more about myself as the year has gone on. At the beginning of the year I was on fire! I was excited and motivated. I had one of my bestest friends living with me and I was ready to start my life, get my license, enroll in that course I'd always dreamed of doing to get me into the career I have always had my heart set on. I was attending rallies to fight for our people deprived of our land and was in contact with my Mum again after 10 years of shunning her. In May we had our flag recognized and flown (permanently) in the oldest Victorian public school here in Australia and in July we were in video clip which has had over 65,000 hits on Youtube, were part of the NAIDOC committee here in beautiful Bacchus and since mid July we have welcomed my niece and nephew into our home, doubling the fun!

Towards the end of this year I have realized that I need to start really being accountable for looking after myself and not just the kids. Earlier this month I was hospitalized for obesity related reasons and have since been put on the waiting list to have the Gastric Sleeve done next year. This both excites me and terrifies me. I am at my heaviest weight I have ever been and it's effecting my breathing and causing me chest pains. I need to do this for us. 

This year I didn't complete the course I enrolled into and didn't get my license although I did get my learners.. But these two things are still a top priority and will be goals I'll be taking with me into the new year. 

I guess all that's left to do now is to dote on the kids. Each in their own unique way they have each  come so far. Jiedyn is now my 10 year old and will be doing Little Athletics and Piano in the new year. Justine, my 4 year old niece will be starting Kindergarten and will still be attending Playgroup. Hiram my wonderful 8yo nephew will also be doing little Athletics next year and my little Miss Nevaeh will be all the fun in grade 1, I just know it! Hiram, Jiedyn and Nevaeh's report cards were all amazing with Jie impressing me the most in his grades and Hiram in his mannerisms. I loved seeing all their achievements, their accomplishments this year and goals for next year. 

I am so so proud of us all and look forward to sharing all the love in my life again next year!


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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Merry Christmas Day!




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My Best Buys this Season.. (Online)


Personalised Magic WOW Mug! 
$14.99 for this WOW mug as gift!
Transforms your mug to reveal your photo!
Ceramic mug with thermal coating | Dishwasher safe!
Just pour a hot drink and watch your photo appear!


The Balloon Ride Pop-Up Book!
$1.99 for this fantastic book!
Lift-the-flaps & 18 press-out characters!

Open this amazing pop-up book and discover a brilliant 3-dimensional balloon ride scene. With bright and colourful illustrations, lift-the-flaps plus 18 press-out characters to play with, this book will have young children enthralled and entertained for hours!
$4.95 for some great Fun this Christmas!
Material: Quality Card Paper with Bamboo sticks!
Package include: 27 pieces of Card Paper props!



Smithsonian Microscope Kit
$24.99 for an all-inclusive microscope kit!
View microscopic specimens in 150, 450 & 900 times the actual size!
Includes prepared & blank slides & stacks of lab accessories
Built-in light for direct illumination - so much fun.

Get your science on with this amazing starter microscope kit from Smithsonian! With LED illumination and magnification of up to 900 times - you'll really be getting down to the finer details of experiments. It also comes with a whole host of accessories - so you can get straight into it. Yeah science - woow!

$7.49 for your selection
Total 22 different styles, you can choose the types you like.
A perfect gift to your friends or lovers.
Package : One Hat


Smithsonian 30x Telescope/Monocular

$24.99 for this awesome science kit!

Fun and educational | Hours of engaging entertainment!

Give kids some classic, hands-on fun with this educational kit! With everything you need to learn and engage, this cool science kit is sure to spark interest for the little ones and adults alike!
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Here Comes Santa Clause - December 24




Christmas Eve this year was spent with my Dad. He came straight over after work with drinks, icy poles and a MASSIVE pool for the kids. We enjoyed a BBQ, listened to music, set up the pool and enjoyed our day together. 

Earlier in the day Justine and Hiram had lunch with their Mum. My big sister Kristal traveled down to spend some much needed time with them. They received gifts and loved seeing her. It was very special.

Matt also came over bearing gifts and so did our neighbor Marie.

Later that night, after the kids and I went to bed, Santa came for the very first time!

...........::::::: And so it was Christmas ::::::;............


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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas Is All Around - December 22

Today our Advent told us that there are only three sleeps until Christmas day! Today's Advent activity took us out into the backyard to find hidden treasures. The kids remained inside as I hid and scattered chocolate treasure. In trees, on the grass, along the fence line, among the veggies and on the brickwork. There was plenty to be found. Today the kids learned how precious they are to God. More precious than sweet sweet chocolate treats. They too are treasure who make god happy and excited just as they became when finding the treats. He is so proud of them. and so am I.







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Wonderful Christmastime - December 21

Yesterday afternoon the kids and I took to the streets with Chalk.
Arrows lead the way to bible verses, messages and drawings.
The kids had a blast drawing stars, reindeer and Santa.
We wrote "God Bless You"
"Merry Christmas" 
and "Happy Holidays!"
It was a lot of fun..



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Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Gingerbread Man - December 19











They made it.
They decorated it.
They ate it.
YUM!
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Friday, 18 December 2015

Aussie Jingle Bells - December 18

 December 18 - Wear Christmas Hats all Day!

 And so we did.
From Home to the Swimming Pool.
We wore our Christmas Hats.
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Last Christmas

Read the story of Jesus

Snuggles

Lovin' Mum

Photo's beside the Christmas Tree

Give out Christmas Cards

Build a Gingerbread house

Carols by Candle light with Pop

Santa rockin' it out at Carols

Knox City Carols by Candlelight

These guys <3

Christmas Bubbly bath

Sleep under the Christmas Tree.

Wear Crazy Christmas Socks to school

Christmas Eve Dinner

My beautiful babies

Me and my sillies!

Christmas Morning

Christmas Day at St Kilda Beach

Making Memories
Add caption
Keeping cool on Christmas Day!

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