Thursday, May 19, 2016

Camping {Wivenhoe Dam}

 ^^Our sweet set up

^^Canoeing all weekend

^^ We saw lots of kangaroo's and Pelicans

^^One of the mornings was really foggy. Couldn't see the other side at all.

^^My first time in a canoe in a LONG time. I think I have a fear of deep dark water.
I was scared when we got far out!

^^Heart Cloud. The clouds had been amazing for a few weeks April/May. White and fluffy and big.

We went to Captain Logan Campground Wivenhoe Dam for the May Day Long weekend.

We spent two and half days camping with about 30 people that we knew and about 90 in our group. We loved it. The kids had automatic friends to play with and it was nice to know that if you forgot something (inevitable) you could just ask the people in the tent next door or five up!

The campground is right on the water so it was perfect for the kids to go for a swim, or paddle and canoe. It made for lovely sunsets. There were no mosquitoes (could just be the time of year) and it was super peaceful and quiet (crazy animal noises at night can freak me out sometimes). We did see plenty of kangaroo's and pelicans and woken by kookaburras, but nothing nefarious :)

We packed for the cold but it was unseasonably warm. I was actually HOT in the tent! Crazy.

Showers were $1 for 3 mins which is surprisingly long enough. I pushed two kids in at a time.
Tent Sites were $25 night with $8 extra per child (a little $$ if you have a large family I felt)

The camp area is quite hilly so I was worried about sleeping downhill. A tent pad area is scraped back from the hills to give you a bit of flat area. I had put this campground off for this reason (thinking it was not flat enough for our big tent) but the one positive is that it means the tents are spread out and you arent in anyones pocket. The gentle hills give a good space between each allocated area (definitely needed with our loud family) so what I thought was a negative turned into a positive in the end.

It's been a long while since we've been camping for a few reasons so I was very happy to get the kids back out there. A whole weekend no electronic devices, kids amused and no grumbles or fighting?
Yes Please! Camping is hard hard work (thanks to the dear Mr who does the hard yards!) but worth it.

Other Camping Reviews of places we've beeen:

Neurum creek
Flanagans Reserve
Elanda Point

Somerset Park

Sharp Park Riverbend

Monday, May 16, 2016

FHE LESSON {Speak Kind Words}

We set a challenge for each of our kids to find a inspirational poster/saying/meme during the week in preparation for this FHE

Opening Song:  Let us Oft Speak Kind Words #232

Opening prayer:

We had each family member share their inspirational quotes/posters.

{you could print/display some. We had some from New Era magazine}

Discuss. Point out what you like about them.

Why can inspirational posters be motivating? Why do we feel good?

Is it much nicer to hear kind words than demeaning words?

For the Strength of Youth: {Under Language}

Good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith, hope, and charity.

Warning scripture against anger, contention, rumours, foolish and vain imaginings
3 Nephi 11:29-30
Proverbs 16:32
Helaman 16:22


We put a chair out in front and had each family member have a turn sitting in it.
As they sat their each person said "I love you...... {insert answer}

{For some reason this may feel uncomfortable and sometimes silly to me but it is always the sweetest game - and sometimes makes you think deeply for kind words and reasons why you love someone}

Closing Song:
Closing Prayer:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sunrise 2016

Each year we try to see the sunrise at least once 2010  2011 2012  2013 2014  (didn't blog 2015)

This year we decided Good Friday was the day.

And it was a good one!

^^ Leaving home 5am

 ^^ A plane flew over adding to the awesomeness. The trail stayed for ages.

^^ We took our own wood because having a fire in a wood bbq is the best. This weekend we were able to feel like camping without going camping which is great because we are unable to do so this year. It feels so good to get up to see the sunrise. It also felt good to have a nap at 10am cause I was tired!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter 2016

Each year I try to do a little Easter Craft. I was pretty excited to make these cute fella's this year.
These will serve as our Easter baskets this year. Each girl can put out the bunny pillow to be filled.
Pattern found via Willowday

Past Projects Here: We still have and display some of these
Fleece Bunnies  (gah how cute was Miss N!)

Easter Tree Decorating 2016

Because its a tradition for me to photograph it. They were so tiny once doing the same thing.




We made Onion Skin/ Serbian Eggs again! I love the process. Tutorial Here

We've also got our wheat grass tomb blooming.   Tutorial Here

And thats it for this year. I'll add more if anything special happens :)

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Some of our heart collection

Have a heart on display {paper heart, toy heart, drawn whatever}
What do you think of when you see a heart {LOVE!}

Find out how your child likes to feel loved by asking “How do you know when someone loves you?”  Think about your own answers to this question also
List ways mentioned. 
This will help us to remember how to show love to others too.
{Being hugged. Saying I love you. Showing Support. Being Kind. A kiss before bed etc}

Everyone should know that they are loved!

Sing As I Have loved you

Learn in sign language for extra fun

OR for a simple activity teach children sign language for I LOVE YOU

Jesus gave us the ultimate example.

John 13:34-35
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
He didn't suggest. It is a commandment to love others.
Just as we love to be loved, we should love others also.
See here for 3 Bible Stories that teach kids about love


Make Heart Maps - Lesson Here
{idea found here at Chocolate on my Cranium } to show all the things you love

Make some Random acts of kindness - write a sweet happy anonymous notes and put in your neighbours letterbox. We've also left happy notes on post its and left them in places around the neighbourhood {the public phone box, toilets, park, walkway, benches} 
You are LOVED would be a good one! I've also heard of people who like to slip upbeat notes into library books waiting for unsuspecting people to find.

Have a toy heart and when children do a kindness or love one another they can keep the heart {or leave it at the spot of the good deed} have the children use the heart all week to show love around the house. Alternatively you put the heart around the house during the week in spots you've seen lov

10 ways to teach children about love

Closing Song:  Where Love Is #138

Closing Prayer:

Treat: Heart chocolates

Sunday, January 31, 2016

FHE Lesson {Pacific Area Goals 2016}

We are encourage by the Pacific Area Presidency to Hold a Family Home Evening on the 1st of February to discuss how each family can come up with a 'tailored to them' list to complement the Pacific Area Goals.

2016 Goals are:
Honour the Sabbath day at Home and Church
Increase Spiritual and Temporal Self Reliance
Hasten the Work of Salvation
Seek the Blessings of the Temple

Find four pictures to match the Goals.
{We will probably draw ours on our whiteboard}
eg Draw a house/church, praying arms, a picture of scriptures and a temple.

Think of ONE or Several goals your family could make under each heading.

Some examples:

ONE thing we will do different on a Sunday. One new activity you will do.

Make an educational goal for individuals
learn spell words, improve maths, set alarm to make it to school on time every day,

Make a spiritual goal.
Read the Book of Mormon.
Assist seminary aged kids in learning scripture mastery
Ponderise a scripture each week/month
Hold family prayer at a set time daily

Think of someone who you can help/befriend at church this year

Hold FHE about the temple. Take small children to visit the outside of the Temple
Complete 15 in 15 Family History. Show pictures of relatives. Teach children about their ancestors.

Copy and make this Sabbath Day Plan  from lds.org

To keep kids busy if need use old church magazines, print things online have them cut out pictures that will match your goals, even draw to make a collage of all your ideas.

Find pictures that represent a goal in each category. Stick these pictures on a chart with the four headings. Use it to play a matching game with kids.

Set achievable and measurable goals for your family. Pray that the outcome will be the area of vision To strengthen families and individuals by increasing faith and trust in Heavenly Father and in Jesus Christ and in the Atonement.

Closing Song:

Closing Prayer:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


I would never thought that I would have two holidays within a month of each other.

Never happened ever!

I was super excited when all the stars aligned
{no work commitments, babysitting sorted, OUR birthdays, flights on points, work hotel}
Like ALL the stars aligned.
Unheard of ;) and I was able to go to Melbourne for my birthday!
I talk {beg} of joining The Mr on work trips ALL THE TIME {poor guy} so its nice to really happen

 ^^ Novotel was great! Large rooms, good breakfast. Pillows and sheets are amazing.
I googled to see if you could buy them - MyBed (Yikes!) 

 ^^Hosier Lane

 ^^ Late sunsets are so weird to me. Kept thinking it was early. Was shocked when Lindt wasn't almost going to let us sit and eat cake for The Mr's birthday on a friday night as it was almost 'closing time' pfftt. Then we felt we had to rush.

 ^^ Cause I love Advent Calendars. The city horses are adorable but I hope they are treated nice I feel a bit sorry for them always around exhaust fumes and cars - but gave a magical touch to the city.

 ^^ Birthday. I bought the candles all the way from home. I arrived after a long week at work.

 ^^ My birthday breakfast The Hardware Societe trendy little cafe.

 ^^ Duck and Hollandaise eggs on brioche bun.
Yoghurt, musli, croissant,  the vanilla peaches and raspberry were yum

 ^^ Hopetoun Tea Rooms. SO MUCH FOOD in Melbourne. It's a shame there isn't time to eat it all.

 ^^ NGV National Gallery of Victoria.

 ^^ Interactive installment at NGV. Running in the mist was fun. It kept disappearing while we were trying to get photo's of us  though :(  There was a model doing a shoot in the mist by the trees.

 ^^ Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol installments on at the moment.

^^ Trying to capture the rainbow. NGV has waterfall glass.

 ^^ My Birthday 'Cake'(s)

 ^^ Luna Park Just because.

 ^^ Botanic Gardens

 ^^ War Memorial. Shrine of Remembrance. It was really moving on a Sunday morning.

 ^^ The view of Melbourne from on top the War Memorial is the Best!

^^ Hard to see but the tiny white building middle of photo has a 'face on it' someone pointed it out while we were up the top.   See Here for close up - pretty neat if you ask me!

 ^^ Love the trees in Melbourne.

 ^^ Bye Bye. Hard to see but there were beautiful air balloons and sunrise view from the taxi as we left. It was gorgeous. I felt like I was in a movie. Very sad to leave. I didn't get to eat all things yet!

 ^^ Home again Home again.

^^ My darlings met me with the amazing cake for my belated birthday. Miss them but the weekend away was sooo good!

See my last Trip to Melbourne here.

This time:
Eat Eat Eat - Italian and Greek food this time.
We walked every street of the city.
National Gallery of Victoria
Botanic Gardens
St Kilda - Beach, Bakery Row, Luna Park
Train out to 'almost' Geelong :)

Sadly I had the same problem again. Didn't buy anything! Nothing! {other than food of course}
Why am I so fail at buying something to remember a trip by/ or splurging a gift????

I dream of a jet setting life with plenty of money to spend on hotel rooms and food and entertainment! oh well.  Where to next?

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