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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sabbath


And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God ~ Matthew 19:24


* I LOVE camels. Took this photo yesterday at the Local Fair. I am always drawn to the camels, they look funny, strong, regal, cute, hilarious all rolled into one :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Love is a Lollipop

I tricked Daddy into buying me a lollipop as big as my head (something Mum would never do! *shudder* stickiness!!)


Mmmmmmm....... (look at her tongue down the bottom - getting ready for a big lick)


Sooooo good :)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Rigging???

I have allowed more than one vote per person on my little poll on the side there... now... strangely The MR's choice of name seems to be winning....... hmmmmmmmm

I personally dont think Esther matches our last name.. and of course Australians dont pronouce ER... all I can think of is Festa Esta... lol.. but that is my humble opinion :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Its all going a bit pear shaped


Along with a bunch of girlfriends we all put in some money and buy fruit and veg from a Wholesale Market. Upside.. lots of fruit and vege's VERY CHEAP... downside... time and effort in buying, lugging, distributing 20kg bags of pototoes, pumpkins, carrots, apples, pears, banana's etc... Hey we work hard for the money!!

And there is of course the now weekly challenge of thinking of things to do with the food.. last fortnight it was carrots and avocados... hmm what to do with 3 kg of carrots...the week before that sweet potato.... this week it is zucchini and pears.

So the pears all ripened at the same time... 20 'starting to bruise badly' pears staring at me...

So I made poached pears for the first time.. all a bit fancy for me :)

Peel pears leaving stalks intact

slowly heat
2 cups of water
1/2 cup sugar
cinnamon

to dissolve sugar

once dissolve place pears in water and slowly bring to boil

and that is it.. since I had so many pears I added extra water and then extra sugar as I wanted it to make a syrup.... but boy was that stuff SWEET!!! but served with non sweetened cream.. it was PERFECT

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sabbath


Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God: and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God ~ 1 John 4:7

(Our family with The MR's mother at her recent 60th birthday bash (great food, big band.. the works :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

rewards

Last week Miss K as a grade 3er had to do the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) testing. 3 days of tests for kids across Australia. She was a little nervous. I kept telling her that really the tests were to test if the teachers are teaching well.... not testing her persay.

Anyway she is a smart cookie and I know she did just fine... so as a reward we went to get a little treat after school, after the last day of testing. I rarely do this so it was fun.

I read somewhere out in the blogosphere about someone who takes her children out to a nice cafe at the end of each school term for a little celebration.. I think that is totally sweet and might have to do that myself

Relief.. Testing is OVER! Pass me the desserts!


What do you mean I have to share?


Someone forgot their cafe manners... we were meant to share this cake with 2 forks.. she just picked up the whole piece and went for it

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Names PLEASE


Now that everyone knows we are having ANOTHER girl... everyone wants to know names!! We could barely come up with a name for the third girl let alone a fourth.. so I am completely NAMELESS at the moment.

Please leave YOUR suggestions of baby names and I will choose the ones I like the best and maybe next week we shall have a little poll on the right column and you can all vote for the one you like the best.

Note.. I like unusual/not so common names... but nothing too weird that the child would be teased about. For those who know my kids names makes it easy... if you are a bloggy friend I will email them to you,if you are interested.. I am just not putting them up on the blog for the world to see.

Also I tend to LIKE many names.. I have a huge list.. but very rarely come across names that I LOVE.. so that is why I need help.. my other problem is that I have come across quite a few names that I like.. but they are unfortuneately too similar to the names the girls already have.. I already get my kids confused, I dont need to make it worse by having rhyming, same letter, similar type names, I want them all to have individual non similar names.

WANT To HELP NAME MY BABY :) LEAVE A COMMENT :)

some ideas I have so far, but none I love

Liliana
Luciana
Maybel/ Mabel
Celeste
Eve
Eden
Marissa
Kiara
Sasha
Makenna
Kenley
Zarah

Monday, May 11, 2009

MDAY roundup

The Annual Mothers Day Photo (lucky Mothers day is a Sunday :) and we are already in our church clothes


Can't get more love than this :)
(upside of attending church 5 metres from the Temple - beautiful gardens.. downside... spending each week preventing kids from picking said flowers ;)

Earlier that morning (too early...)
Breakfast made by the MR and the girls and opening my gifts (Roses chocolates, Tulips, and a Toaster, socks and slippers) The girls were so proud they kept the toaster a secret - their idea to buy it as ours was kinda broken. State of the art 4 slicer, extra lift, fit all types of bread :)

mmmm.. the slippers were so nice I almost forgot to take them off when I left the house !!
(for my Northern Hemisphere readers... socks, slippers,dressing gowns, flannel pjs are all popular mothers day gifts here as it is starting TO GET COLD!! Winter is coming :)

And Carli was right "And if it was up to me, all mothers of the world would wake up to tulips. Elegant and beautiful in their cooler-weathered simplicity"

My family knows I LOVE TULIPS!!


Hope your Mothers Day was lovely too.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Model Mother

... oh did you think you were gonna get a blog post about me as the model mother... bah ha hahahha.... you all already know I am perfect right ;)

After seeing this idea for a Mothers day gift, featured on The Crafty Crow I thought it would be fun for the girls to paint me :) We grabbed some canvases and for their first attempts at portraiture I think they did pretty good

Miss 8 even used some gold paint for my hair highlights :)


Miss 6 gave me 'kissing lips' - I like em :)


They are taking Pride of Place on our Mothers Day themed Mantle this week.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother Messages

“Be kind to the women. They constitute half the population and are mothers to the other half.”
A lovely friend sent me an email this week with quotes about motherhood she had found. It made my day. As Mother's Day approaches, I want to share them with you and some of the wonderful women in my life. (My girls are lucky enough to have 2 grandma's and 2 great grandma's.. its a busy weekend here :)

"More than half a century ago, the First Presidency proclaimed, "Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels" (CR, October 1942, 12–13).

4 direct generations of girls :)

A mother's nurturing love arouses in children, from their earliest days on earth, an awakening of the memories of love and goodness they experienced in their premortal existence. Because our mothers love us, we learn, or, more accurately, remember, that God also loves us.

President Thomas S. Monson said, "One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one"
("Behold Thy Mother," Ensign, April 1998, 6)."



femininity “is the divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your … capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength. It is manifest differently in each girl or woman, but each … possesses it. Femininity is part of your inner beauty” (Ensign, May 2000, 96).



Happy Mothers Day to you all.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I blame the possums


Remember those passionfruit flowers? Well now I have gorgeous passionfruits everywhere.... so I am thinking is it bad to take said Passionfruit to the Church Stake gardening competition (I think you have to enter something you grew)

because technically... I didn't plant them, though they are growing in my garden... I didn't plant them, or tend them, or grow them with my love and devotion.... Personally I blame the possums... Last year there were half eaten passionfruit shells left around by the possums and maybe seeds in their poop??

Why is it that the food I don't plant grows the best... we had awesome tomatoes sprout from compost and now passionfruit... but anything I actually plant and try to grow dies :)

So if I win best passionfruit ... don't tell anyone my secret :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What you've been waiting for..

Some people have questioned if I have a growing belly or not.. since it hasn't be seen on this blog :) Well here it is people.. Shadow Stylz...


*note this is early morning long distorted shadow.. I am not that tall... nor that large around the belly :)...yet.....

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