Friday, January 30, 2015

PL2014 December

Holidays give plenty of time to do some scrapbooking so this month I finished December 2014. I didn't have a lot of photos, so i've ended up with 2 double page layouts and a single layout to finish. The first page has photos from putting up the tree followed by a layout for The Boy's birthday party.


Christmas day. The photo I took to include in our annual Christmas slideshow greeting, The Boy washing the car, the Rip View Swim Classic and one of our few trips to the beach.

Our New Year's cake covered in sparklers. Credits here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

This week's links ...


So after a grand total of four decent beach days in the three-and-a-bit weeks we were down at Pt. Lonsdale we came home and have had five hot days in a row. The timing could have been better but we needed to be home for The Little Girl's orthodontic appointment on Wednesday and she also has a swim meet this afternoon. The kids have been using the pool, so there's that and we were also able to go fridge shopping, so that is good, especially considering we wanted a left hinge door which is a special order and won't be delivered for another week. I would not like to be without a fridge once we are back to school and busy again. Right now we're walking around the old fridge which is perched in between it's old hole and the island bench and collecting our cold stuff from the fridge in the garage. At least I am getting a lot more steps going to and fro.

We also have a guest this week ... the sister-in-law's dog Barney so we've enjoyed some walks and the kids have been practicing looking after a dog again. This weekend is our Australia Day long weekend which is a lovely bonus to have Hubby home on Monday and get a little more family time before we launch into the back to school frenzy. The Boy has gone off to MSAC with Hubby and The Little Girl this afternoon so he can go on the Flowrider while The Little Girl does her warmup. The Big Girl and I are waiting for Barney to be picked up then we are going to shop and cook for dinner. She's cooking Chocolate Malt Ice-cream Sandwiches, I'm making Korean BBQ chicken. The rest of the weekend is wide open for all sorts of possibilities but first here's some links ...

1. 18 Mason Jar Salad Recipes.

2. Suggested Reading for Middle Schoolers.

3. Free printable for project brainstorming.

4. DIY seedbed from an up cycled shoe box. Currently my seed packets are shoved willy nilly into the post envelope they arrived in and every time I want to do some planting I have to pull them all out and see what I've got.

5. 24 Children's and YA books every one should read or re-read.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Riding to Drysdale on the Bellarine Rail Trail

The conversation ...

Me: I'd like to ride the Bellarine Rail trail sometime.
Him: Why don't we do it Saturday?
Me: You don't think we should just ride to Queenscliff first?
Him: It's only 17km.

Yeah ... 17km uphill most the way ... plus I'd run 13km on Friday. Knees, legs and butt were screaming by the 11km mark. The Big Girl was not feeling well and The Little Girl had bike issues so they stayed home. Hubby, The Boy and I made it though, The Boy on a bike with no gears.


A stop in Drysdale for an iced chocolate and we were back on the bikes and headed back downhill. The 17km home was much easier, apart from the last big hill on Fellows Rd.



I'm counting that as #28 on the list as complete. If we do the ride again we'll put our bikes on the train and ride downhill!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Album: Week 2

Three weeks in and I'm managing to keep to my plan. When I laid out my plan I neglected to specify that this year I am keeping to the 12x12 square format for my book because it allows for lots of photos at a decent size to be included. I have made a few changes to my workflow to streamline the process of making pages. Previously I have kept my photos in monthly folders but after the first week I realised weekly folders are much easier to work with. So all photos and the completed pages are going in weekly albums in iPhoto. I also keep a note on my iPad for each week where I jot down anything that has happened in pretty much the exact format that I am using on my page. All I have to do when making the page is copy this text. So onto week 2 ...

What we did: The Boy had his final week on Nippers, including back beach day. The back beach at Pt. Lonsdale is the 4th most dangerous patrolled beach in Australia, and this year The Boy completed his first run-swim-run there with flying colours. Water events at the Nipper Championship on Saturday were cancelled because of  contaminants in the water due to the heavy runoff from the previous days. The Boy was very disappointed because he had been finishing 2nd or 3rd in boards this year and had decided to enter the IronNipper this year as well. The Little Girl went to a 4 night swim camp at Geelong Grammar. The Big Girl and The Cousin organised a trivia night. We went to see Night at the Museum 3.

The pages: I made three pages this week. The first highlights the dlsr photo that I picked as the photo of the week. The Boy was very excited to finally get his hands on his Nipper instructor's hat. Also includes the week # and dates.
PL 2015 Week 2 pg1

The second page includes the week summary. Photos from Nippers sessions including back beach day and the kids in the pool.
PL 2015 Week 2 pg 2
Third page includes a photo of the girls trivia questions and The Boy's Nipper certificate. As well as a photo of the kids using their Christmas present from the grandparents and a group of photos from Nipper Championship Day.
PL 2015 Week 2 pg3

Saturday, January 17, 2015

This week's links ...

1. Books to read before the movie comes out in 2015.

2. Free printable calendar.

3. Last year I improved my breakfasts, this year it will be my lunches. Weekly Salad Prep may come in handy.

4. A Melbourne Bucket List.

5. Top 20 books of the last 10 years. I've read and loved a few of these, so I'll probably enjoy some of the others.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A list for 2015

If you've been round here for any length of time you may have realised that I make lists. Many times these lists don't get completed, but there's always some things crossed off and at the end I've always accomplished more than I would have if I hadn't have made the list in the first place.

  1. Read 2 classics.
  2. Drive to Alice Springs.
  3. Finish a mini photo book and try a new printer.
  4. Take the kids geocaching. Find 5 caches.
  5. Make naan bread.
  6. Get a dog.
  7. Compete in a 10K run.
  8. Read 2 book prize winners.
  9. Walk King's Canyon.
  10. Complete our 2014 album.
  11. Make Iced Vovo Cupcakes with the kids.
  12. Make pain au chocolate.
  13. Put in a fish pond.
  14. Complete 2 units towards my MA.
  15. Read a science themed non-fiction book.
  16. See Uluru at sunrise and sunset.
  17. Make a photo book of our Kakadu holiday.
  18. Be tourists in our home town.
  19. Try some homemade Kitchen Hand Scrub.
  20. Make Japanese food.
  21. Put together a photo gallery on our family room wall.
  22. Read a biography.
  23. Make a photo book of our trip to Lord howe Island.
  24. Make homemade baked beans.
  25. Do something with the blank wall above my desk.
  26. Try a new restaurant with Hubby.
  27. Make a terrarium.
  28. Ride our bikes from Queenscliff to Drysdale.
  29. Bottle up some pasta sauce.
  30. Try making liquid hand soap.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Beach Day


An absolutely glorious beach day. They have been, and look continue to be, few and far between these summer holidays.