Thursday, 24 July 2008

Who needs a trampoline???

So I got some new goodies for my camera and wanted to play - but when I want to learn how to use something or get used to a piece of new equipment...I need to concentrate...that means that I can't multi-task and entertain at the same this is my answer... indoor trampoline...

...this will keep her occupied for at least 1/2 an hour...

...then we might swap beds because it's always more interesting jumping on someone else's bed! will also notice she now has some leggings/tights on - I kept getting underpant was a bit scary!

...and after I am satisfied...and only then does she get to take a rest!...

Monday, 21 July 2008

Sleeping in...

About a week ago on a Sunday morning...Mike & I slept in...yep...we were awoken only by the doorbell ringing at 9:45am...Mike got up to answer it...and guess who decided to visit us???
Our 5 yr old son and 4 yr old daughter! Sometime after they had woken up they had somehow managed to unlock doors and get their bikes out of the garage and were riding around out on the street! They thought it would be funny to 'surprise' us by ringing the doorbell.

Soon after Layne came in I noticed a nice giant sized egg in the middle of her forehead...I asked her what happened and got some story about riding Jake's bike etc. Needless to say she went to church looking like a 'Clingon' from Star Trek!
These photos were taken a couple of days later when the bruising had really started to show up...

Monday, 14 July 2008

Something different...

Ok so my friend Kym has tagged here goes....

10 Years Ago...I was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was companions with 'Kiahna' - I remember at that time thinking that it was a difficult companionship (I say 'difficult' companionship - but it was more likely that it was what I was dealing with that was difficult and not the actual companionship)...yet knowing that if circumstances were different we'd probably have gotten along great (and even as I say that I still remember us laughing alot???)...I was 3 mths off going home and was having a melt down of gigantic proportions and most likely taking it all out on her!...I'm sure she thought I was a freak - now 10yrs later (- she adamantly declares that 'freak' never entered her head (but I don't believe her! :) Kiahna moved to Australia last year with her work...either I'm not a freak anymore or she's adjusted...because we get along great and now that she has gone back home I miss hearing her and my husband debate about U.S politics...!
5 Years Ago... My in-laws moved to Hong Kong and they asked us to move into their house...'supposedly' so that Mike's brothers would have somewhere/someone to live with...since they were staying behind. But secretly I'm guessing it had more to do with protecting the HOUSE from the wild YA-ADHD parties that Glen(da) would surely try to have and Justin(e) would surely 'pretend' to have nothing to do with. I believe the experience was one of those 'unforgettable' experiences for matter how much they'd like to forget it...they learnt about babies crying in the middle of the night, they learnt that 2 yrs olds don't always do their business in their nappy...sometimes it's all over the carpet and walls. They learnt that a pregnant woman can cry at anything...and will...they learnt that pregnant women can go into labour in the middle of the night and no its not funny to stand there and laugh at her when she's on all fours having a contraction and YES a woman in labour WILL certainly disturb you if you're up at 3am studying for an exam the next day!
5 Months Ago... I turned 32...I got a new camera...I was busy throwing out stuff and getting our house organised for a move overseas...was researching international schools in Singapore and looking at housing etc...Jake started Kindergarten...oh and the kids & I were going swimming nearly every day after school because it was HOT!!!!...
5 Things on my List of Things to do tomorrow...
1. Process some photos for a client
2. Take Layne to Pre-school
3. Take Jake to swimming lessons
4. Go bike riding with Jake's school friends
5. Do some laundry
5 Bad Habits... do you really want to know these???
1. Talking excessively
2. Interrupting people
3. Forgetting to ask my husband how his day was
4. Making dinner only 4 nights a week instead of the required 7 days a week
5. I hate dishes....(is that a bad habit??? or more of an attitude problem?)
5 Places I've lived...
1. Camden, NSW, Australia
2. Cessnock, NSW, Australia
3. Newcastle, NSW, Australia
4. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
5. Sydney, NSW, Australia
5 Things People May not know about me...since I talk excessively...there probably isn't anything...but I'll try.
1. I HATE public speaking (or standing up in front of a crowd etc)...I know I can do it, I just don't like to...still have no idea how I got through my mission!
2. I played for my school soccer & hockey teams
3. I was school captain at my high school
4. I used to ride horses - dressage, barrel racing, jumping and do endurance rides but refused to enter any competitions - see no. 1 (please note: soccer & hockey are TEAM sports therefore the attention was not soley on me...therefore entering competition was ok....Horse riding events...were SOLE events therefore entering competitions was NOT ok!)
5. I've never broken any bones
5 People I tag....
1. Nichole
2. Sarah
3. Ashlee
4. Melissa
5. Kristy
(all family this time...sorry guys :)

Friday, 11 July 2008


I have many...but the one I'm talking about now is...I've been reading your blogs and been trying to leave comments but my web browser is having some issues and just plain won't allow me to...and yes I hear husband is an IT nerd...and logically that should be the answer...but it's not always the case! If you're not getting my point...think of it this way: IF your husband was a you think that -
1. He would WANT to come home and make dinner for you (especially after cooking all day)
2. EVEN if he was tired and agreed to cook you dinner...there's no promise that dinner would be served within the usual time frame...

Speaking of kids don't tend to pose for photos like this very often...that might be a problem for others - I know when taking photos for people alot of them tend to like their kids looking at the camera and smiling nicely...and they are nice, but I like letting my kids go a little wild...because I always end up with some photos that will make me laugh every time I look at them....because that's what they're really like...WILD!
This is posey one...I can still see the cheeky little look in Jake's eyes.

And then you get them doing something like this because they think it's SOOO funny...

...notice how big Layne's mouth is??? that mouth is constanly filled with as much food as she can possibly fit in it - and yes she chokes often...but it must go in, just in case Jake steals it!

This is Layne looking like cousin 'it'!...Her hair is all over the place!

...totally random - Layne's legs...

This is Jake going crazy...on the full size photo you can see his facial expressions...such a boy!

Jakes face in this one totally cracks me up!

...and I love how Layne is levitating in this one!

but this is my favourite...Layne looks like a puppet! :)