Sunday, April 27, 2014


Linking up with Emma at The Beetle Shack for a round up our life this week with our Weekly Stills.

Cross Country this week with all the teams.

James was born in November 2003 so he has to run with all the 2003 people rather than his grade.  Because he was born in November, 2003 and not anytime in 2004 he had to run 2.4 kms rather than the 1.6 km.  He came 13th which was great given we had done no training.

My smiley little face Sienna at the Oval.

And off they went, Sienna is in the green and yellow with pig tales at the first yellow marker on the left.  Poor little thing her skirt is a little big and she had to hang on to it as she ran.  I should have put a safety pin in it as with all that running she could have ended up at the finish line in her undies.

And coming towards the finish line only a few metres to go.

Some Easter pics which didn't get posted as I had lots of camping photos last week to show.

The Easter Egg Hunt in the back yard.

Found them she says with pride.

And James is already into eating his.

And a cuddly one of James and Sienna together, something which 10 year old brothers aren't fond of.

James and Sienna sitting on the trampoline practising card shuffle tricks.  James was teaching Sienna how to do it and I was thrilled at his willingness to do this.

A bit of backyard ping pong on Anzac Day.  Our backyard is perfect as it gets the morning sun and by 2 pm or so half of it is in mostly filtered shade and makes playing in the yard perfect.

Easter Monday "Chilli Fish" at Granny's place (my Mum).  This dish has been tradition in our family for Easter Monday for years now and we all look forward to our once a year Chilli Fish.  

Family dinner by candle light and I was taking the photo but my dinner was ready and waiting.

We didn't do any early morning Anzac Service and instead opted to go down to the local memorial in the afternoon to pay our respects.

And a closer look at all the flowers.

Anzac Day 2014

At the local Anzac Memorial

Some Poppy Wreaths at the Memorial.

And of course Sienna and I made some Anzac Biscuits.

Our first ALF match of the season yesterday and you can see James was thrilled for it to start.

17/52 - "The 52 Project"

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity to take a portrait of your child every week for 52 weeks. 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

James :   Playing some ping pong on Anzac Day in the backyard.
Sienna :   Making some big bubbles with a soap mixture which is meant for the bath.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Linking up with Em at The Beetle Shack for this weeks stills.  We went camping to Neurum Creek Bush Retreat which was fantastic.  NCBR is very family friendly and great for kids and we had a wonderful time even though it rained the first day and night and then it fined up after that.  I took along our camp oven and did some camp oven cooking and made scones and roast chicken and veggies which were very tasty.

James and Sienna getting the fire ready for the evening.

It's so nice to sit around a camp fire chatting and watching the flames.

Just coming back from a visit to the creek.

Donna and Sienna at the creek.

The billy on the boil for our morning cuppa.

James and Sienna going for a paddle in the creek with the boats.  The creek is only about a metre deep.

Cooking scones in the camp oven and we had them with butter on golden syrup which were fantastic.

This was the evening dinner of Maple Syrup and Soy Chicken with roast potato, carrots and corn.

Donna relaxing by the fire.

James playing at the creek.

Early morning visit to the creek still in her pj's.

Cooking some popcorn over the fire.

Breakfast of Nutra Grain which is our "camping breakfast" by the fire.

Packing up the tent we found this little fellow on top.

Family photo by the fire making popcorn.

 Some silly photo by Platypus Pond.

Sienna enjoying a paddle in our boat.

More boating up the creek.

James and Sienna going for a paddle in the creek.

James at the bike track.

Sienna heading off to the bike track.

Marshmallows over the fire.

Cuddles by the fire while the chicken and roast veggies cook.  Loving the outdoor kitchen.

Donna at our camp site enjoying the sunny weather and blue skies after the day of rain.

On the way back from Platypus Pond.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

16/52 - "The 52 Project"

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity to take a portrait of your child every week for 52 weeks. 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

James :   Starting the camp fire while it was still raining.
Sienna :  My little nature lover found this big Earth Worm on the road.
Family :  I took the opportunity while we were camping to get a few photos of the 3 of us below.

Waiting for the scones to cook in the camp oven.

Cooking some popcorn over the camp fire.

Platypus Pond at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat

Morning coffee and cuddles with James and Sienna.