Sunday, 3 September 2017

Family fun at Three Sixty in Caroline Springs




 
 











Today I surprised the kids with a trip to Three Sixty in Caroline Springs. They had no idea what I had planned for them and after trying to squeeze it out of me their faces of excitement as we pulled in was worth keeping it to myself. I told them to dress in something they can move in, fill their drink bottles and after Hirams basketball this afternoon the kids bounced until they could bounce no more. 
 
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Hirams 10th Birthday

Turning 10 is a pretty big deal around here so I knew I'd have to give my one and only nephew a birthday to remember. 

Hiram is a bright and beautiful boy whom has the potential to do whatever it is in his heart to do with his life. At this age though, as of right now, Hiram dreams of becoming an NBA player. 

Hiram has found his passion playing basketball for two teams and he really is a natural.

But back to his birthday! On his actual birthday he woke up, received his gifts and lots of happy birthdays! 

This year he received everything he asked for and some! Nike Hustles (new basketball shoes), Fidget Spinners, the pie face game, basketball skins, 2k17 NBA Xbox 360 game and.. wait for it.. x2 tickets to Jacob Sartorious one and only concert in Melbourne.

"Best Aunty in the Galaxy!" - Hiram at 7.45am

But that's not all. He was surprised when on the night of the concert a stretch limo showed up to pick him up!! 


This boy had the absolute night of his life and went to the concert in style.

Happy 10th Birthday Hiram! You deserved everything that made your day great! Keep thriving towards a bigger brighter future mate. I love you loads.
 
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Keeping Connected

Reconciliation Week

During Reconciliation week we learned a lot of awesome facts and figures about our people. The Australian Indigenous culture is the oldest living culture in the world and one I am proud to be a part of. I love being part of a community that respects our culture and which allows us to celebrate it especially through our annual Reconciliation Week. We had Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson do a welcome to country, smoking ceremony and talk a bit about our cultures identity and lost land and languages. Afterwards we raised the flags and enjoyed morning tea with all who came.


NAIDOC Week

This year, with a car we went here there and everywhere for NAIDOC Week! We kicked things off in St Albans for a culture event where the girls beefed necklaces, the boys played the didgeridoo and we all came together to yarn, dance and eat!


On the Tuesday we went to the movies in High Point where VACCA booked out three cinemas for all us mob with free popcorn, drinks and ice cream for everyone! I went to see Cars 3; Nevaeh, Jie, Justine and Hiram went with Carmen and Shay to watch Despicable Me 3 and Jeanette and Janai watched Wonder Woman with Jorja. Afterwards we grabbed some lunch together before trekking home. Everyone had a great time!


Wednesday we headed to Werribee with Carmen and enjoyed a family day! This time our friend Cherie came with us and all the kids had a ball playing, painting boomerangs and rocks, did more beeding and even tried some traditional hip hop dancing with Miss NAIDOC 2017. They received goody bags and a free Tshirt. Another amazing day to remember!

On the Thursday I was up early heading to the local radio station to promote our very own Family Fun Day in Bacchus Marsh! We had Uncle Jayden Lillyst teaching the young ones songs in his language, telling dreamtime stories and showing the kids a story using indigenous ancient art symbols! I think even I learned something new! We also had face and boomerang painting and scratch art and ochre for the kids to enjoy. Traditional games were organised but unfortunately didn't go ahead but we all enjoyed a BBQ and yarn as the day wound down. 


Naidoc 2017 was by far the best! Thank you to all who came to celebrate our beautifully thriving culture with us!! We hope to see you all again next year.














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Friday, 5 May 2017

You Missed This: Mighty Max


We are so excited to announce that Max has graduated from Puppy School!

Max was top of his class two weeks in a row performing at his best and earning his treats!

Max now knows how to be gentle, sit, lay down, stay, stand and bark on request. 

Our clever boy also goes to his bed when told, goes on his mat only when chewing bones or treats inside, is fully toilet trained, comes when I whistle, sits when I stop walking and jumps in and out of the car when asked! 

We are so so proud of our clever boy and can't wait to teach him new skills. 

We love our Max to the Max!








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You Missed This: Hiram's Whittlesea Basketball Tournanment






I am so super proud of this boy! He played his absolute heart out all Tournament and we enjoyed every moment watching him do what he loves best. 
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You Missed This: Easter down the Coast

This year was our first Easter away from home.
We ventured down the coast to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery to take part in their annual Handcrafted Easter Egg Hunt.

It was a pleasant little day out and hopefully one to always remember.







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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

You Missed This: Nevaehs Birthday

On the 26th of April we celebrated every little thing about Nevaeh.

I gave her the day off and ventured out that morning into our community to meet some local horses. 

The night before I posted this post onto the Bacchus Marsh Residents Page and got a huge response. 

Hi guys 👋🏾 My daughter is turning 8 tomorrow and I was wanting to get her up close and personal with a horse 🐴 She has never been around horses so I was hoping to surprise her. If anyone knows anyone who knows anyone with a horse she can just pat, maybe brush and feed an Apple 🍎 or two tomorrow morning before 12pm if really love to surprise her. Thank-you! — feeling hopeful.

One beautiful lady came forward and allowed us to visit her farm that morning to meet, feed and brush her horse Jaxon!


She loved Jazons tricks and how he showed off for her and has asked since to go back and see him. But after meeting Jaxon we went to another farm this time with a horse and chickens. Nevaeh enjoyed feeding the chickens and finding an egg which she got to take home. 



From my Facebook post Nevaeh was also offered to ride a horse by a very generous community member which we had to politely decline due to miserable weather. 

So after a busy morning Nevaeh met up with her father at a park for a few moments. 


She hadn't seen him in months so it was a nice surprise for her to know he was in town on her birthday. 

And the celebrations didn't stop there..

We went birthday shopping where Nevaeh spent her birthday money $120 in a few of her favourite shops with her favourite buy of the day being a fluffy diary from Smiggle. 

From memory she also bought a horse and stable set, a big box of dinosaurs, a new book from the discount book store, a milkshake, a bouncy ball, a photo Props set and a new fluffy puppy toy! 


From there we picked the kids up from school and went to Meaghan's after chores were done. Nevaeh played with her friends before we met more friends at Mc Donald's for Dinner and ice cream cake!! 

Her birthday gifts included kids body and bath set, a diy bracelet set, a bottle of perfume and $20 of her Dad! 

I think it's safe to say that I nailed it this year! I was quite proud of me!
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

You Missed This: Summer At The Pool







 

The summer just gone had us down at the pool socialising with friends, learning to swim and dropping our school bags at the door and grabbing a towel. It was so refreshing and a memory I'd love to have here on the blog forever.. 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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