Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year.

I went through all the photos I have taken this year and uploaded all my favourites.


At the water tower on the first day of the school holidays.

Out for tea for my birthday.
Daniel, Amelia, Joseph, Abbey, Tom, Christopher.

At the pool.
Tom and Joseph.




Joseph

Brigette's confirmation.
Brigette with Bishop O'Kelly.


At home.
Brigette rocked Joseph off to sleep.


The first taste of spaghetti. YUM!!!!!!

Joseph eating the rosary. Maybe this year he will learn to pray it.


I really love this one of Joseph snuggled into Steve.


I choose this one for Abbey. She is a crows supporter. So are the rest of us except Daniel.

Thumb sucking is such a great pastime.


Joseph in his swing.

Home school. Everyone helping each other out.

Having fun with Lise.
Bottom: Brigette and Lise.
Middle: Tom
Top: Christopher.
Daniel and Abbey.

My mother.


Tom and Joseph.


messy chocolate face.


Joseph being bathed in the bathroom sink. He actually preferred the sink when he was smaller.


Christopher loved doing this jigsaw.
He became quite good at it and started asking us to time him doing it.
I really should have kept a record of the best time for him.

Joseph sleeping peacefully.
I hope 2011 is a great year for you all. Happy New Year.
Love Therese, Steve and family.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New years resolution.

I have been thinking about new years resolutions for a few days here. Being in holiday mode really doesn't help me feel too motivated to make one. I am just enjoying so much sitting around and doing what I want for a lot of the day. I love having the break from home school and just spending time with our children doing fun activities.

I was thinking the other day that there are many things I would like to happen in 2011 but there is nothing I can do to bring them about.

Things like a cure for type one diabetes. I would just love there to be a cure but it isn't something I can do myself. I can support research that looks promising and pray for one but the cure really is out of my hands.

Thinking along these lines, I decided that maybe instead of writing a list of things I want myself to do this year, maybe it would be good to have a list of what I hope will happen. So these are the things I hope for in 2011:

1) A cure for type 1 diabetes.

2) People that support abortion will see the evil that it is.

3) To become closer to God through prayer, reading the bible, attending mass and reconciliation.

4) To spend more time playing with my children.

Do you have any hopes for the new year?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Joseph in his walker.

video

This is the walker we gave Joseph for Christmas. He loves walking (or should I say crawling) with it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Break Through.

A while ago, Joseph went through a phase where he was not sleeping well at all. He was grumpy all day and just never seemed to get enough sleep.

I knew I had to bite a bullet and leave him a bit more to learn how to get to sleep on his own. I found the book Solve your childs sleep problem by Dr. Richard Ferber on Fishpond and bought it.

Dr. Ferber has an approach called progressive waiting. You put a child to bed and they cry. After 3 minutes or so, you go and and reassure them but leave them in their beds. You leave them for longer and longer periods until they put themselves to sleep. I started Dr. Ferber's system 3 weeks and 4 days ago. It has been a long 3 and a half weeks but today was our break through day. It is the first day that Joseph has been put into bed and not cried. He knows that he needs to put himself to sleep. I am still feeding him before each nap and before going to bed at night but he doesn't expect me to carry him around or rock him off to sleep anymore. Even though today was the first day that he didn't cry when I put him to bed, I had seen other improvements in him since starting it.

Firstly, he is a happier baby when he is awake. He use to be unhappy a lot and would cry a lot each day. I also decided right from the start that I wasn't going to feed him through the night anymore. He is over 10 months and doesn't need night time feeding. Since stopping the night time feed, his appetite has improved greatly and he wants to eat at meal times. There is also no more snacking at the breast. He feeds really well 4/5 times a day now.

Going through with leaving him was a hard thing to do but I am so glad we have a happier baby and that I don't feel so drained anymore.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Abba's Little Girl: When Catholics Come To Know Him

Last night I was looking through my google reader and had read everything that was new. I was looking at some of the other features of it and found that there was a place I could click on and see what posts I had shared with other bloggers. I don't remember actually sharing any posts but they were there so maybe I did it without even realising.

Anyway, one post that I had shared from back in 2009 grabbed my attention.

Here is a link to the post.

Abba's Little Girl: When Catholics Come To Know Him

Jumping castle.

video

Daniel hired a jumping castle for everyone for Christmas. We have it here till Tuesday and the children have loved it.

We got a phone call on Friday telling us what time they would get here so I took all the children over to hungry jacks for an icecream. We came home and could see the castle from our driveway. The children all got very excited and jumped straight out of the car and ran through the gate. There have been a few accidents but overall it has been lots of fun.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Catholicism Project.

H/T to Esther.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

May the joy of the newborn Jesus be with everyone this Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Trip to Adelaide.

On Sunday we went to Adelaide to see our families and friends for Christmas. It was great to catch up with everyone. We had Tea on Sunday night with Steve's parents, brother in law and nephews.

On Monday we meet my mother, my brother, sister in law and their three daughters at a park for lunch. The children all had fun playing and we had plenty of good food and conversation.

Here is a video of our children playing on the roundabout before their cousins arived.

video

We are looking forward to our Christmas party this Saturday.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

4th Week of Advent.




Wish I had found it at the beginning of Advent. At least I have it for next year and we can do the prayers this week.


Enjoy the last week of Advent. Come Lord Jesus.

Friday, December 17, 2010

7 Quick Takes.


-1-
Presents.
We are getting lots of presents ready for family and friends. This year I feel more organised than I have most other years. I have a few more to get but have 95% organised. It feels great.
-2-
Movies.
Yesterday Steve took Tom and Amelia to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I would love to see this movie but after the disaster with Joseph at Toy Story 3, I just cannot go to the movies with him.
-3-
Megamind.
Christopher wanted to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader too but I had heard that it was a bit too scary for younger children and didn't want him to see it on the large screen. Instead, next week I will take him to Whyalla and Daniel is going to take him to see Megamind.
-4-
Christmas dinner.
This year for Christmas dinner we are going to have a roast pork cooked in the weber bbq. We will have roast potatoes, honey carrots and lots of salads with this. I am also going to buy a leg of ham.
For sweets we will have Christmas pudding with ice cream, cream or custard.
-5-
YCS.
This week Madeline and Brigette went to a YCS camp at Point Lowly. They were gone on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It sure was quiet here without them.
-6-
Joseph.
On Thursday morning I noticed Joseph crawling around the house going into each room and looking around. I think he was looking for his two big sisters that were on camp. I picked him up when he came out of Madeline's room and said, are you looking for your sisters? They will be back today.
-7-
Parcels.
I love getting parcels in the post. This week we have had a parcel nearly every day. There have been lots of presents and a few books for Steve. Most of the parcels are going straight into our store room to wait for wrapping.
Don't forget to pop over to Jen's for more 7 quick takes.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Little Star.

I bought this book a while ago when a couple of bloggers recommended it. I just found tonight Pat Boone reading the story. It is a wonderful story all about love for Jesus.

If you have the time, watch the video here:

Monday, December 13, 2010

The story of the Candy Cane.

I got this from GrandmaK blog, A Bit of the Blarney.

The Candy Cane Legend.

Enjoy. I really did enjoy this.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holidays.

We are all on holidays now. Steve finished work on Friday. He was the last one to finish for the year.

Now we have till the end of January to enjoy everyones company and refresh ourselves.

I have some curtains to sew and some summer clothes for the boys over the next few weeks. The girls will be going to a YCS camp this week so things will be a bit quieter without them here. I am hoping to get a lot of the sewing done while they are gone. I hope that Joseph will be settled and happily play while I sew.

I am hoping that Joseph will bond a bit more with Steve while he is on holidays. He only wants to be with me at the moment and his seperation anxiety is huge. It does tend to get a bit draining so hopefully by spending a bit more time with Steve he will give me a bit of a break.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Funnies.

After getting all of Pope Benedict's luggage loaded into the limo, (and he doesn't travel light), the driver notices the Pope is still standing on the curb.

'Excuse me, Your Holiness,' says the driver, 'Would you please take your seat so we can leave?'

'Well, to tell you the truth,' says the Pope, 'they never let me drive at the Vatican when I was a cardinal, and I'd really like to drive today.'

'I'm sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I'd lose my job! What if something should happen?' protests the driver, wishing he'd never gone to work that morning..

'Who's going to tell?' says the Pope with a smile.

Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 205 kms.. (Remember, the Pope is German..)

'Please slow down, Your Holiness!' pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.

'Oh, dear God, I'm going to lose my license -- and my job!' moans the driver.

The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.

'I need to talk to the Chief,' he says to the dispatcher.

The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he's stopped a limo going 155 kph.

'So bust him,' says the Chief.

'I don't think we want to do that, he's really important,' said the cop.

The Chief exclaimed,' All the more reason!'

'No, I mean really important,' said the cop with a bit of persistence.

The Chief then asked, 'Who do you have there, the mayor?'
Cop: 'Bigger.'

Chief: ' A senator?'
Cop: 'Bigger.'

Chief: 'The Prime Minister?'
Cop: 'Bigger.'

'Well,' said the Chief, 'who is it?'

Cop: 'I think it's God!'

The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, 'What makes you think it's God?'

Cop: 'His chauffeur is the Pope!'

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Our gifts.


Here are the pictures of the gifts we got from Honey.
Amelia has named all the dolls. I will have to post names tomorrow though since I cannot remember which ones has which name.
These two dolls are both very beautiful. They are handmade and have the finest clothes.

Beautiful red haired doll.

The little boy.


The lovely girl.


The three dolls all together.



God bless our Home.
Peace to All who Enter.


St. Joseph holding the infant Jesus.


St. Joseph.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Some special gifts.

I have a great internet friend. Her name is Honey and she has been a great encouragement to me and my children.

I love reading Honey's blog. It is about a death in her family so it isn't a happy blog but it is a blog full of hope. I feel that hope everytime I visit it.

Honey read on my blog about my gift from Shelly and offered to send me her daughters statues.

Today we received the statues. Two statues of St. Joseph. St. Joseph has been such a special friend to us. We asked him to pray for us when Steve was at a crossroads with his job and when we were looking to buy a house here.

Both times our prayers were answered beyond our wildest dreams. Steve has a job that is well paid and has fantastic hours. Our house has been made perfect with all the renovations we have done over the last few years.

As well as the two statues, we also received three beautiful dolls for Amelia with a high chair for two of them to sit on. They have taken up residence in our home school room.

I wanted to post some photos of all the gifts but at the moment, my upload cord seems to have gone for a walk. Hopefully I will find it soon and upload them all.

Thanks so much Honey for your generosity.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Test Strips for Rwanda



I would be so lost if I couldn't test Tom and Christopher's bsl every day. The children in Rwanda do not have this luxury. They only test once a week. That would just frighten me a lot. Please share this video. Roche will donate a strip for every view up to 1000 views.

Do they know it is Christmas?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A giveaway.

My friend Kelly from The Handmaden is having a Christmas giveaway.

You can go and enter here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Anniversary.

Last year on the 30th of November, my mother rang me and told me my father had passed away. I was really stunned. I remember I was sitting at the computer updating my blog. I cannot remember what I was writing but I remember deleting it all and telling everyone that my father had died.

A few days later I wrote about what a wonderful example he was to us. My father had a very strong faith in God and his actions spoke of this all the time. I can see now what a good influence he was in my life and in raising me to care for others and to live our Catholic faith to the full. I am ever so grateful to both my mother and my father for the values they have instilled in me.




Tonight Steve and I will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for my father.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our Week.

Last week was our last week of formal home school for the year. We will still be doing some maths and reading but our main focus will be on advent and preparing for Christmas.



For advent, we are having an advent wreath. I was a bit late ordering the candles for it so we havn't made it yet but I am hoping they will arrive this week and between now and then we will do the prayers each day without the wreath.



We are also making a Jesse Tree. I have downloaded the symbols from Our Sunday Visitor. There are all kinds of links for advent activities for everyone to do with their family at Catholic mom.

My other goal for Advent is to take Tom, Amelia and Christopher to mass each day.

What are your plans for advent?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

20 Questions.

I got this list from Jeanne's blog:

  1. Sweet or Savoury?
  2. Dresses or Jeans?
  3. House or Apartment?
  4. Shop Online or Offline?
  5. DVDs or Downloads?
  6. Cocktails or Juice?
  7. Chocolate or Strawberry?
  8. Laptop or PC?
  9. Magazines or Newspapers?
  10. Facebook or Twitter?
  11. CDs or MP3s?
  12. Kids or Pets?
  13. Macaron or Cupcakes?
  14. Walk or Run?
  15. Breakfast in Bed or Breakfast Out?
  16. Market or Supermarket?
  17. Sourdough or Grainy?
  18. Heels or Flats?
  19. Late nights or Not?
  20. Coffee or Tea?
Sweet or Savoury: Depends. I mostly like savoury though.

Dress or Jeans: Love wearing dresses but wear jeans more especially in winter.

House or Apartment: House definitely.

Shop online or offline: Online much more but only because shopping in our town can be limiting.

Downloads or DVD? DVD's mostly.

Cocktails or juice: Cocktails.

Chocolate or Strawberry: Strawberry for milkshakes but chocolate for bars, sauces or puddings.

Laptop or PC: PC

Magazines or Newspapers: I suppose magazines but rarely read them. I am interested in Better home and garden magazine and wish we had a bit more money for crafty magazines.

Facebook or Twitter: I am on facebook every day but only go to my twitter account once a week or so.

CD's or MP3? CD's.

Kids or Pets? both.

Macaron or Cupcakes? Cupcakes.

Walk or Run? Walk. I am lazy.

Breakfast in Bed or Breakfast Out? Love the occasional breakfast in bed but couldn't do it regularly.

Market or Supermarket? I use a supermarket but would use a local market if there was one here.

Sourdough or Grainy? Grainy.

Heels or Flats? Flats. I remember the shoes I bought for our wedding my mother thought were too flat but I just don't like heels.

Late nights or Not? Night owl here.

Coffee or Tea? Coffee thanks.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anti discrimination laws.

Steve found a link at the salt shakers site stating that the Australian Human Rights Commission is doing a consultation to find if people can be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

Anyone can take part in the consultation.

Here are the questions that are asked and what Steve has written. We encourage many Australians to go and comment at the consultation and have your say.


1. What benefit would there be in federal anti-discrimination laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity?

There would be of no benefit to the majority of Australians. It would complicate the legal system even further and would all be based on something so trivial as sexual orientation. How does one even prove a persons sexual orientation? Does this mean that I can now take legal action if I don't get that job because of my sexual orientation?


2. What benefit would there be in federal law prohibiting vilification and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity?

There would be no benefit. We already have laws which protect and provide compensation for those who are harassed or abused in any way. A person's sexual orinetation is generally an unknown quantity and can not be proven. If we create laws based on sexual orientation, why not create laws prohibiting harassment of those who are orientated towards a particular football team?

3. Can you provide examples of situations where federal protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sex and/or gender identity are needed because state and territory laws do not provide adequate protections?

No, but society needs to be protected from sexual orientation laws. Lets imagine two men wanted to rent a single room together for the night but the hotel owner thought this was inappropriate since the room only had one double bed. Could the owner of the hotel be sued because he refused to rent the room to these two men? Anti discrimination laws based on sexual orientation would force the owner to either go against his conscience or be faced with court procedings.

4. Have you experienced discrimination because of your sexual orientation or sex and/or gender identity for which there is no legal protection?

No. How would people even know what my sexual orientation is unless I told them.

5. Have you experienced vilification or harassment because of your sexual orientation or sex and/or gender identity for which there is no legal protection?

No. How would people even know what my sexual orientation is unless I told them.

6. What terminology should be used in federal anti-discrimination legislation if protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is to be included?

Just as some people talk about people having a sex change we should also mention those who want to have a sexual orientation change. There are many who are same sex attracted but would like to have a sexual orientation change back to a heterosexual orientation.

7. What terminology should be used in federal anti-discrimination legislation if protection from discrimination on the basis of sex and/or gender identity is to be included?

Gender confusion is a term which comes to my mind.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of the terms used in state and territory laws, including: gender identity; chosen gender; gender history; a gender reassigned person; or a recognised transgender person; or transexuality?

Bodily compatibility is a term I'm thinking. A man and a woman's body is designed for sexual intimacy.


Should protection from discrimination be provided if a person has or appears to have the characteristics of any gender?

No.

8. What terminology should be used to ensure that people who identify as intersex are protected from discrimination in federal law? Should the term ‘intersex’ be used? Should protection from discrimination on the basis of ‘sex’ include people who are of ‘indeterminate sex’?

It's hard to take this question seriously.

9. What special measures designed to benefit specific groups based on sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity should be allowed by federal anti-discrimination law?

I think those who do suffer from a same sex orientation should be offered help and programs developed to re assign their orientation to a heterosexual orientation if they so wish.

10. What other actions would you like to see the Australian Government take to better protect and promote the rights of LGBTI people in Australia?

All Australians have the same rights regardless of how they label themselves. Keep in mind that even those with a same sex orientation can get married they just can't marry someone of the same sex.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sew Serendipity.


I bought this sewing book a while ago, after reading about it at Michelle's blog.

Since getting it, I have wanted to write about what a great book this is. It has endless fashionable skirts, tops, dresses and coats. I don't think there is any pattern that I didn't like when looking through.

There are full size patterns at the back and really great instructions all the way through. Totally recommend this sewing book for those that sew and those that want a few tips to start sewing.

In Australia it is available from Fishpond.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A special gift.

A very long time ago, I received a package in the post from a blogging friend in the USA.

Here is what was in the package:


Inside the box was a blessed rosary which I would show you but I left it in Adelaide last time we were there.

I am going to put this little box on our storage unit that Steve made and put our children's bible, some other little prayer cards and some other things that are to do with the liturgical year. I really want to get a few statues that can go on top of the box too. Then we will have a little family devotion area in our house.

Thanks so much Shelly for sending me the little box. I am so sorry it took me so long to write about your generosity.

Therese.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sacrament of confession.

We have a new priest in our parish. Today he started a new Saturday devotion. Each Saturday he is going to offer mass and then have adoration and benediction straight after. Steve and I went and it was wonderful to be in the presence of God and praise him for all he has done for us.

Straight after, we went to confession. I just love the sacrament of confession. We confess our sins and receive forgiveness from God for them. The best thing about confession is it is a chance to turn out lives around. I have seen God's grace at work in my life because of confession. I remember when I first came back to the church, there was one particular area of sin that I really struggled to overcome. At first I was frightened to tell the priest. It probably took me a couple of confessions to have the courage to say it to the priest. This confession was very freeing for me. Because this sin was one that I had trouble with, I still had times when I did it after the confession but I kept on taking it back and asking God to help me overcome this area of sin. After a while, I realised that this sin was one of the past. I had overcome it with God's grace.

I find prayer every day and examining my conscious regularly, makes it easier to see the areas I need God's help in. Fr. Corapi has a great examination of conscious online. Go here to read it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A giveaway.

My friend Mel from Homestead and Bread is having a give away.

She is giving away a book called Little Star. What a great story is sounds like so go over and enter.

Recipe Swap.

I have been invited to a recipe swap.

When the email arrives, you have two people on a list. The idea is you send a recipe to the first person on the list, move the second person to first place and put your name in second place.

Then you send this email to 20 people.

I have done all this but 4 emails bounced back to me and another friend is too busy to do it so I have 5 more people to send the email too. I thought I would see if anyone who reads here is interested in being a part of this

If you are interested, my email is on my profile page.

Send me an email and I will forward the details to you. For your hard work in sending out the 20 emails, you should get 36 recipes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday.




Joseph was 9 months old on Sunday. Only 3 months till his first birthday. It has gone way too fast.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Swimming!!!!!

video

The weather down under has really warmed up the last couple of days so today when all the school work had been done, we went to the pool for a cool down. Joseph is a real water baby. He really loves being in the water.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Friday funnies

It is a while since I did a Friday funny. I decided yesterday when I saw this you tube that it was time for another one.



Wouldn't you love to have a chair like this? I could just see my children fighting over it.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Some changes.

I have completed 4 covers for our lounge to go in the family room. Steve has also rubbed down the pine, stained it and varnished it. It has come up really well:

I want to do the back cushions again. They are just a bit too small. I measured the covers off the foam and they are about 2cm too small. I started them tonight and should finish them off tomorrow.

We also got our new pigeon pair of lounges for the lounge/dining room. Here they are:


Once I do the curtains, I will take another shot. I am really happy with our new lounges and the make over we gave our old lounge.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A story about life.

A while ago, I came across this young girl speaking out against abortion.



In 2008, Victoria passed a new abortion law. This abortion law allowed:

  • Abortion allowed right up to birth.
  • Partial birth abortion allowed
  • doctors freedom of conscious denied.
  • no independent counselling provided.
  • Pain relief not required.

Many Victorians don't realise just how horrific this bill is.





Please pass the message out. We need to let people know just how horrific this bill is.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

HOPE: preventing euthanasia and assisted suicide

HOPE: preventing euthanasia and assisted suicide

Hope is a group to try and stop Euthanasia from becoming legal. Please go and subscribe to keep updated with what is going on in the Federal campaign and the South Australian campaign.

Monday, November 01, 2010

All Saints Day.

I went into my archives tonight to see what I have shared in the past about All Saints.

I was surprised to find that I haven't done a post on All Saints. Our parish in Port Augusta is All Saints parish and since it is our feast day, I thought I would have posted on this before.

For our parish celebration tonight, we had mass followed by benediction with the litany of the saints.

After we shared Coffee and Cake.

Our Catholic faith is so full of good things. There is so much to learn from the Saints that have been here before us and when we celebrate their lives, we give glory to God for the work he has done in them.

All through the month of November, we will be praying for all the souls of the faithful departed. If there are any people in particular you would like us to pray for this month. let me know in the comment box.

All Holy Men and Women,

Pray for us.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sam's birthday cake.



Sam had trick candles on his birthday cake. He kept trying to blow them out and they kept relighting.

Therese.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Deluge in Port Augusta



Tonight I was taking the girls to mass and Brigette recorded this on the way. Water was all over the road. I haven't ever seen it so flooded here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

It is almost like winter.

This weekends forecast is for cold wet weather.

It is going to be a good weekend to sit and do some sewing.

First, we have bought some new lounges for our lounge/dining room. I will be making some curtains to match it. This is the fabric I have chosen for it. The roses match our lounges perfectly.


Next, we are recovering the lounge chair cushions and moving one of the old lounges into the family/home school room. I measured up the covers today and made the pattern. This is the fabric I will be using for it:


Finally, if I get sick of sewing or want to have a break, I also have recently bought some cotton ease to make a wrap for Joseph. I am going to use this pattern.

This is the wool I have. It is a lighter colour than I thought it was on the website but it should look nice.

Hope you all have a good weekend and keep warm.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sammy Joe.

17 years ago today I gave birth to Sam, our second child.

You can read about Sam's
14th Birthday,
15th birthday and
16 birthday.

Here is Sam on his 14th birthday.


Here he is today, 17 years old.

Happy Birthday Sam.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Home made mayonnaise.


I think one of the delights of summer is having salad with mayonnaise. I love mayonnaise on salad rolls, chicken schnitzels and just to make some lettuce more appetizing.

I decided this weekend to try and make some myself. I looked for a recipe on the net and found this one.

I got all my ingredients out and realised we had no vegetable oil. I decided to use all olive oil. What a big mistake. The mayonnaise was awful. It had such a strong oil taste that I was gagging as I was eating it.

I then went surfing the net and found this little video:



I decided that I couldn't make myself or the children eat it so the chickens had a big feed of the olive oil mayonnaise.
I bought some vegetable oil last night. I haven't tried the recipe yet but I think I will try it tomorrow and see what it tastes like. Maybe Tom and Amelia will have a lesson on emulsifying.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Little Athletics.

I have signed Tom, Amelia and Christopher up for Little Athletics for summer.

They go each Sunday morning at 8.30. It is hard to get them all up, organised and to the oval by that time but I think when we get really hot days, we will be glad it is over so early.

Here are some photos I took of them all yesterday at the end of some of their races.


Christopher finishing off the 70 m.

And the 300 metre.

Amelia finishing the 100 metre.

Tom finishing 100 metre.

]Joseph cheering everyone on. Well, he was suppose to but spent more time looking in the grass and looking after my handbag.


Please pray for a cure for Type One Diabetes

Please pray for a cure for Type One Diabetes
Our sons Tom and Christopher and our daughter Amelia are type one diabetics. We pray everyday for a cure. We do not want one by illicit means though so don't support any organisation that contributes to Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Click on the photo of Tom and Christopher to read about why I am against using Embryonic Stem cells for a cure.

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New book: Faith Quilt.

New book: Faith Quilt.
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