Archive for June, 2010

Jun 30 2010

No Housework.

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So, I’m not getting any house work done, but Camden and Alycia are having a great time at Kids club. It’s a first time for “them” to be the centre of attention, as the older children are often the focus. Here they are singing the final song.

Camden was pulled up the front yesterday to sing with the two leaders, it was so funny! He really loved the lime light, in fact today I noticed that he snuck up to the front hoping to be “discovered” again.Look what I found in Eastland yesterday, a tissue box, that looks a little like Cadbury chocolate. Cassandra was very excited when I brought it out of my shopping bag, and somewhat disappointed to discover that it was not all that she had  hoped it would be. It was $5.Do you like Cassandra’s hair do, Stephy did it.

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Jun 29 2010

Four Eyes..

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I heard my minister ask for prescription glasses to send off to Africa this week, so I started on a mission. I went into an opshop and found a couple of pairs, and only 50c a pair. Evidently the Drs will match up the prescription to those who have similar problems. So if you have any hanging around in a draw, or some other dark place, please forward them on to me. My email is cassie@hoodfamily.org.au , so drop me a line and I’ll let you know where you can drop them off. Ta. Here is Lachlan giving you a demo of the ones that we found.andwhat about another one?

ok, so they are a little 70ish, but they could make a real differance to someone who can’t see well (and who knows, someone is Africa might love vintage).

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Jun 28 2010

I Have Him Back!

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Jared has now stopped going to Hume for the Mission Week so now we have him home, that’s a “good thing” as Martha would say. The children hardly saw him, so they were very excited to find him home late Friday night. We spent the day with him at Hume, it was a big day. We took two cars, and after the morning service I took Camden and Cassandra home. I didn’t have any directions to get home, so I was very proud of myself  getting home. The Church was next to some horses, this one had character, he was biting through the fence.

Today Camden and Alycia went to Holiday Club at Donvale Presbyterian Church. The club is on everyday from 9.30-12. So far, so good.I wonder if Giraffes eat chocolate too?

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Jun 28 2010

Drum Roll Please…..

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And the winner of the giveaway is ……Joy! I will contact you Joy, and ask for your details, and the book will be in the post asap.

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Jun 27 2010

Last Opportunity..

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Last opportunity to leave a comment to possibly win the craft book “Stitched in Time”. I will draw your name out of a hat on Monday, stay tuned 😀

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Jun 25 2010

Parcel recieved.

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Today I recieved my favourite things post, I had to have a little laugh, because it was kind of the opposite of what I sent her. I think we have different tastes. I did take a photo, but somehow it has been deleated, go figure! There were a couple of books that I liked, one about how to make something from nothing, and this book.This one made me laugh.On another note, I have done an average of 4hrs a day, driving this whole week. I am rather tired. I am not use to peek hour traffic, and tram lines etc, and to make it worse, it rained today. But I have survived, and I am thankful.

All of the children were getting into the car to pick Lachlan up this afternoon, but two belts in the car wouldn’t work, so I asked Steph and Alycia to stay home. Knowing that Alycia is competant in the kitchen these days, I asked her to prepare tea, and this is what I arrived home to.I felt so blessed, that my girl did this. What an amazing help she is to me.

I took Cassandra to the eye Dr again this week, she now only has to wear her eye patch for two hours a day instead of four. Her eye sight is improving, yay!

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Jun 25 2010

It Made Me Cry.

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Have you seen this? It made me cry.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM Have a looksie, and remeber always wear your seat belt.

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Jun 24 2010

Driving Miss Daisy (not)

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No, I’m not driving Miss Daisy, but Lachlan. Jared has been invovled in a mission week, so he hasn’t been around, so I have to drop Lachlan off to school and pick him up everyday. It takes me about 1 1/2-2hrs to get him there (on the Monash) or 50 min a back way, and then of course I have to come home, and do it again not many hours later. Of course all the other children have places to go too. I can’t wait until the holidays!

On a brighter note, I sent off my favourite things swap. This is what I sent Holly.Of course there is some Cadbury! Can you see the book? It is one of my treasures. I have had one for about 15 years, and I recently found two others in an op shop, so I included one. They have little christian sayings from people like Moody, Spurgeon etc. The sayings are very uplifting. Of course there is some stationary, a strawberry bag, some lovely sounding bells, a dolphine that lights up when put into a bath, some Cath Kidston hand cream, and a photo mug. There are some other bits and pieces too, see if you can spot them. Enjoy Holly!

This week I also sent off my 10 handmade things. Oh man, that was a lot of work. They get sent to Suzy who will sort all the items, and then each person will get back 10 things that someone else made. I’m not expecting great things here, but I have hope.:D You have seen the Gratitude Wrap, the wrist pincushion, let me show you some other things.a drink bottle holder.

a tea towel.A bow holder with two hair clips.an apron, yes I know, it’s in the bag already. Trust me, it was nice. What else…two beeswax candles (which I made in the Keepers at Home course), a tissue holder with two snack bags for lunches.a bag like I made Litsa, but it’s a lot brighter in colour. (yes, that’s in a plastic bag too!). That’s it I think.

let me show you one of my treasures, my Above Rubies magazines. I don’t agree with all the theology in them, but I find the magazine very uplifting, and it encourges me to be a better mum. I have just heard that Nancy Campbell will be in Australia in September so I am hoping that I can attend the day seminar in Gisborn. My daughter Stephanie laughs when she watches the video that I have of Nancy, it is more because of her “out there” personality. Humph!Look what the children found on our back fence yesterday.How nice is she? Meryl owns the book shop in The Basin, called http://www.rainydaybooks.com.au/, she has a website too. So now we have a complete set of great encyclopedias, how cool is that hey?

Well, that’s it for now. I could talk about how we have the first female PrimeMinister in Australia, but you have probably heard that by now, am I right?  So sweet dreams everyone, try not to have nightmares.

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Jun 20 2010

Bonding with Grandpa.

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This is Camden with G’pa (my dad), ready to head off to Boys Brigade camp. Because Camden is in Anchor boys he has to have an adult accompany him. Jared hated it two years ago, so we asked G’pa to take him. Dad was very brave since he didn’t know anyone, but thankfully he is a friendly fellow, and fit in well. They had fun building cubby houses, but unfortunately they destroy them by burning them afterwards.What a waste!I could tell when Camden hugged his G’pa that they had bonded for life, what a special time for them both. Thank you Dad, for taking Camden, he really felt loved to go with you.

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Jun 18 2010

Fun and Games!

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A new trampoline is so much fun!Yesterday I went to a meeting in the city with Steph and Alycia. We heard from some missionaries who work in India. Jared had dropped us off at Lachlan’s school, and then we caught a couple of trams. It was a big adventure for me, as I haven’t caught a tram for a very long time. I was nervous, which is quite silly, as it was, I had nothing to worry about. After Lachlan’s sport we all walked to the tram stop and traveled to the end of the tram line where Jared picked us up. I don’t enjoy the city, too many people!Do you like Flinders Street Station? I think that it looks pretty cute. This is Melbourne, Australia, in case  you were wondering. The city now have bikes that you can rent, just like in Paris!

and us on a tram.

Lachlan brought home a huge poster of his school yesterday with a note saying that if we don’t return it in a week, we will be charge $60 for it. It has everyone who attends Scotch College in it. Try spotting Lachlan, its like spotting “Where’s Wally”

Last night we discovered that Stephanie got an “A” for her grade 5 piano exam.Today we visited my mum, and went to the Homeschooling sports day. The older children went for a walk up the 1000 steps (in the Dandenongs) tonight. They had fun despite the cold and rain.

REMEMBER TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOLKS.

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Jun 14 2010

Giveaway!

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Up for grabs is this lovely book full of delightful things to make. If you want an opportunity to win this book, all you have to do is leave a comment. If I know you don’t be shy, put your name down too! I will post internationally.Here is a sneek peek of some of the items featured in the book.andand

Today I sewed a bottle holder, well, actually two. Here is one of them.I also made a reversible headband for Cassandra.

the other side.

Stephanie and Ellie (our neighbour) made this today, how cute is this? I was impressed, a beautiful low calorie cake.

Remember, don’t forget to leave a comment. I’ll draw a name out of a hat in two weeks, 28th June.

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Jun 13 2010

They Keep You Young!

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Who knows what a child will do, or what they will say at any given time?  Today at church in the middle of the sermon, I looked down at Cassandra to see her holding a toy gun! Perhaps I should check her handbag in the future?  Just as we were singing the last hymn, I thought ‘Whats that sound” Yes, you guessed it, it was Cassandra, playing a harmonica! Jared and I tried very hard to hold back our laughter as I quickly shoved into my hand bag. My little Cassandra gives us so many opportunities to have a laugh, to keep us thinking, to keep us young.

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Jun 12 2010

I’m So Excited!

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Why am I excited? I made something! Isn’t that always a good reason to be excited. Once again I found a cute pattern in a magazine, so I thought that I would give it a go. I love it. At the moment I have it hanging on a door knob, so that I can say “wow, I made that”. Cassandra was so cute, she said “Wow mum, it’s beautiful, good job” How sweet is that. This bag will go toward the swap.

and inside.

Today our neighbours gave us their trampoline, how nice is that? Cassandra has been exhausting herself by bouncing away. I love watching the children jump, twirl and bounce.

Isn’t this carving cute? They have a few of them outside our local library. Unfortunatly because the wood is not treated, they will eventually rot, so I have taken a picture for prosperity.

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Jun 12 2010

Time to Work.

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Isn’t it always time to work? It’s a good thing though right? I have started on my planning for Dayspring Day. Although it is in the last week of Septmeber, it takes me a while to plan everything. I have stayed up tonight to design a little bookmark. I normally make a poster to encourage the children to read through the bible in a year. Using the poster encouraged me to do so last year, and Steph, and Camden (although he listened to the Bible on tape), and Lachlan and Alycia read through a big chunk. I have heard recently that some little children that I know are marking off their poster too, and they are only 8 and 6. Now if they can do it, you can too! Tick off the books as you go!

At the moment I am sewing another bag, but with very bright Amy Butler fabric. I’ll show you when I am done, it will go toward my handmade swap.

Look at these lovely little pinnafores! I saw these at Spotlight, the ladies have made them to donate to the orphanges in Africa. I thought they are simple and sweet, and something that I could probably make, but alas, they don’t have the pattern in the Bayswater store, or the Fountain Gate one. Perhaps I could try my hand at making a pattern, or is that too adventerous for me?I’ve been shopping! On line of course! My postie has knocked on my door three mornings in a row, I should be embarrassed right? I said to him today that he must know our address by heart, he said that he has driven into our drive way by habit before, when he didn’t even have a parcel, opps! I will show you tommorow what I bought. I might even have a giveway soon, so stay tuned.

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Jun 10 2010

New Beginings.

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As you can see I have a new blog! Good ole WordPress wouldn’t let me upload any more photos for free, so I have changed because hubby didn’t want them to have our money when we can get it for free! Are we cheap, or frugal? Anyways…hopefully I can make my blog look pretty in a few days. I will search out a tutorial, and try my hand at designing (with Jared’s help of course).
Since I have not blogged for the last week, I have so much to show you. Now let me think, what have I been up to? Um..Sport last Sat for Lachlan, and then a 50th Birthday Party for a friend at night.I was racking my brain over getting her a nice gift, but what do you get someone?? I saw this magazine in the op shop, and my little brain started ticking. You can see why I would like it right? Well, I started a little bag  straight away, and this is how it turned out.It’s a special little bag to put a teacup into when you go to a craft group etc. Jared said “huh?”, but I thought she can use it for whatever she deems necessary. In the back is a pocket for a spoon etc. I had a cheap spoon engraved with her name on it.I was so excited to give this present to my friend, I suppose I was like a little girl giving an egg carton caterpillar to her mother…I hoped she liked it. Why does it feel like you are giving away your baby when you make something and give it away? Just as well I like her eh? On a side note, it was a “Mocktail” party, so everyone was dressed up, very dressed up. I realised that I need something nice to wear, because I don’t have a lot of clothes. I was nearly embarrased, but hey, they are a nice group of girls, so I didn’t get any side glances or anything.
On Sunday Jared went off to Morwell, to conduct communion, he took Camden and Alycia with him. I had Steph, Lachlan and Cassandra and we went to a local church. We heard a great sermon, and they had communion too. When we were told to come up to the front seats, I hesitated and wondered whether it would be a sin not to take communion, at the last minute I got up leaving the children and sat in the fourth row, behind the regulars. I nearly died when the minister called out my name and pointed to the first seat at the front. During this time, I was trying to focus, but not having had communion there before I didn’t know how they did things. I copied the person after me. Then we had to sing a Psalm, I left my book behind, doh! So I took the Elder’s who was facing me and about 100cm away from me. Ok, so he looked awkward, but hey, he covered well. The drama of it all.
The reason for staying local is that Stephanie had to perform at her teacher’s house for some experience before her first exam. There were about 10 students there with their parents. Steph was the only one who didn’t make a mistake. She had to play three songs, and announce them. I seriously thought that she was going to vomit, then and there, but she pulled herself together, and did well. Meanwhile unbeknown to me, empty lolly wrappers were falling out of my pockets, adding a colourful array of rubbish on the spotless tan carpet, doh, and double doh!
Yesterday Steph had her exam. 5th Grade piano, she came out smiling, she survived, in fact, she said that enjoyed it. I am proud of my girl, and Jared too, afterall he taught her right up until this year, and gave her a love for good music. After the exam, we filled in four hours at Ikea, had luch, and did some other shopping, the we picked up Lachlan from school I hate driving in the rain in peak hour. I become evil goofy behind the wheel, calling people all manner of names (clean names of course, just creative ones). This is a photo of relief, relief after an exam.Oh, an this is Cassandra, who would have thought that those roll up crayons for $2 at the reject shop could be used for eye shadow, just so you can look like Cinerella!

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Jun 07 2010

Argh!

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Argh, Worpress, what have you done to me? You will not let me upload any more photos? What is a blog without photos? It is like Romeo without Juliet, or Bacon without eggs! I will now have to see how I can upgrade, for I have many photos to show you. Oh, WordPress, you are a bother at times!

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Jun 01 2010

Little (or not so little) Miss Grumpy Pants.

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What is wrong with me today, I feel like ripping everyone’s head off! Yesterday I was feeling very peaceful, I even sorted through the piles of paper lying around the house, but the day ended in disaster, I had crossed the safety zone. I honestly didn’t see any system to all the piles, so I placed all the similar papers together. I even put them in nice new clear folders. Well, now all those folders are lying lonely and empty on the floor, and I have learn’t a lesson “don’t touch your husband’s papers”. Tommorow might look better. Seriously, how do we all fight over such things, what a waste of energy.

I have tried my hand at selling some items on ebay, I sold 2 items.  It’s pocket money, nothing to swing a stick at (that’s the right saying isn’t it?). I have made another Gratitude Wrap to go toward my 10 handmade things swap.

This is what my house looked like yesterday morning, how disqusting is this! There was left over bread from the bread run (no-one would take it), things for the op shop, books, shoes, horrible. With a little TLC, it became.. Ok, so it isn’t perfect, I could work on the bookcases, but you have to admit, it looks better than before. And remember I was busy sorting papers!! Do you like this cartoon? It always makes me laugh, but seriously, if I saw a pile like this in someone’s house, I would probably be disqusted. But hey, we all have days like this don’t we? Remember you saw my entry way. These books are my most treasured material possesions. These are my memory books, one for each child. When I was pregnant with my first child, a friend called Lea, suggested that I have a book to write in, to eventually give to my child when they are an adult. So I ran with it. If I am in a fire , after you have saved me and my family, please grab these too. They are by my bed. Here is a snap shot of Steph’s. The best thing about this, is that they will have my thoughts once I have died to be with my Lord. They will know that they are loved, that I tried my best, and that what I want most for them is to know that Christ died for them, and that they should follow Him, and live for Him. Blogs are good for that too right?

I had better go now, and change from Miss Grumpy pants to Little Miss Humble.

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