Monday, June 30, 2008

I walked into Ashleigh's room this morning after dropping her off at school to find this .....

Notice what Lauren's wearing today ......

She often wants to match Lauren. It's funny. I'm sure one day she will grow out of it and may even be appalled at the thought of wearing the same clothes as her little sister!!


Have a great day!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Birthday Party!

Lauren was invited to a PINK birthday party on the weekend!

I just had to post some photos.
It was a fairytale birthday party.

How cute are these pics. Every little girls dream come true:

Even the food was cute!!

Happy Birthday Layne!

P.S - I hope you don't mind me "borrowing" some of your pics S.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Lauren is sick.

No sleep.

No chocolate.

Very tired.

All in all, everything's just dandy! hmmmmmm :(

Here's optimism for you ...

Lauren thought she'd be able to reach the Chuppa Chups easy ......

Monday, June 23, 2008

There's something wrong with this picture - can you tell what it is??!!

I like it!!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

We just got back from a night in Wollongong at our friend's house.

We had a great day at the beach today. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera so I was unable to take photos of the girls chasing the seagulls and having fun.

Lauren had a nasty tumble down the stairs at our friend's house only 5 minutes after we arrived there yesterday.

It has left a horrible bruise and cut on her chin. I think it may leave a scar. Needless to say she screamed crying and took a good hour to calm down after it.

Well that's it for now. I've had a migraine for 3 days now and still have a bit of a headache so I'm off to bed early tonight.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Family Photo

I was sent this photo today from an uncle.

It's a picture of my grandfather (Mum's Dad) Eric Bailey as best man (I assume) and his brother Walter Bailey Jnr as the groom and his wife Ina Tarbert on their wedding day - 24 April 1937. Not sure who the bridesmaid is (looks like a man in drag if you ask me).

My grandfather almost looks like a vampire! Or does it just look that way to me because I'm currently reading a book about vampires and I have vampires on the mind!?

I just LOVE old photos. I've been wanting to put a whole bunch of photos into frames and hang them on a wall somewhere. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I think I need some inspiration on how to do it.

I was talking to a friend today and we were talking about how
Ignorance is Bliss

Gone are the days when I can do 4 loads of washing and wash the car on the same day
and not have to worry about water restrictions.

Gone are the days when I can have all the lights on in the house and not have to
worry about the consequences it has on the environment.

Gone are the days when I can just throw something in the bin and not have to worry about
the impact every little piece of rubbish is having on land fill.

I almost feel guilty every time I clean up - and I used to love cleaning up so much.

It's no wonder we're a stressed out bunch of people!

Well that's it for now peeps.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It Makes You Wonder ...

I'm so happy!

We FINALLY got broadband internet access at home on Thursday this week. I wonder how we ever survived without it!

We've been on wireless for about 6 months and it was nothing but trouble. It was slow, EXPENSIVE and would often cut out halfway through my internet browsing!

It drove me nuts. I guess the biggest thing was the expense! Wireless is expensive!!

So now our internet is fast, cheap(er) and I will never take it for granted ever again!

Our weekend was a bit of a non-event. We didn't do much. There's not much you can do these days that doesn't cost a lot of money. We can't even go for drives to the Mountains because of the cost of petrol!

So we just hung around the house.

Aaron did a FANTASTIC job of vacuuming and mopping the floors (he always does a much better job than I do - probably because he doesn't have to do it as often as I do) while I took the girls shopping.

The only way it should be, am I right!???!

Not much planned for this week.

I'm going painting at a friend's house on Wednesday - to finish a canvas I'm painting for my good friend of mine. It's her birthday on Friday so I decided to paint her a canvas for her birthday.

We're off to Wollongong on Friday night for her birthday which will be great. I'm looking forward to getting away again!

Yesterday Lauren was bugging me to help her with something she was doing. I was in the middle of making a cake so I said to her "Wait a minute, I'm busy".

She replied .....

"I'm busy too!"

I had to laugh. For those of you who know Lauren - she is a girl of few words so I was actually quite surprised to get a response from her - let alone a cheeky one!!

On a side note ...... I went to see Sex And The City this week - and LOVED it! There were a few "iffy" scenes in it, but in general a good chick flick! Of course I saw it with a bunch of girl friends and not Aaron.

Well that's it from me for now.

Hope you all have a great week.

P.S - I lay-by'd a new camera this week. shhhhhhh. It's a secret - don't tell Aaron!!

P.P.S - I'm VERY excited!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I'm not feeling great today. I couldn't escape the dreaded cold after all. Just when I was beginning to think I'd dodged it this time around!

Oh well, at least we're a sharing family.

Since I'm feeling pretty miserable I just thought I'd post some more photos from Ash's birthday.

Ash's new bed spread. Notice the mermaid theme. She's obssessed with mermaids!

All of us on our way back to the starting point of our horse riding journey.

Ashleigh with all of her pressies this year. She can't wait to go shopping with her gift cards!

Monday, June 09, 2008

"Best Birthday Ever!!"

Well it's official, Ashleigh had "The Best Birthday Ever!!" this year.

Yesterday we had all the family over for a night of games (thanks to Georgia), food and CAKE!!!

And of course OPENING PRESENTS ......

And then today, the ultimate (at least for Ashleigh and the other kids) - HORSE RIDING!!!

Ashleigh was so excited we got to go horse riding today. The rain held off all day for us which was great.

Olivia preferred not to be in the photo.

Luckily I got to lead Lauren on her shetland pony "Snowy" - he was easy to manage.

Ashleigh rode "Mikey". She was sooooo excited. She nearly peed her pants with excitement!!"

Georgia wasn't too sure at first but by the end of it she didn't want to get off!

Olivia was a complete natural!

Taylor was very comfortable on her horse!

I didn't get a photo of Harrison but he seemed to really enjoy himself too!!

As for me, I'm NOT a horse person so I preferred to go via two legs and not four!

As you can see, all the adults took the kids for an hour long horse ride through the bush.

The kids had fun while the adults got a great workout!!!

So another birthday for Ash is over and although she didn't get her NINTENDO DS, the horses were a great substitute!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

What Happened to May????

I can't believe it's June already! What happened to May? This year is just flying by!

I've been busy this week trying to organise Ashleigh's birthday. I've booked her in to go
horse riding with her cousins on Monday and she CAN'T WAIT!! I just hope the weather
holds out. It's done nothing but rain here the last week so I hope it clears up for Monday.
If it doesn't then we will have to take her to the movies to see Narnia instead.

At least I have a back up plan!

We went to Wollongong on the weekend for a baby blessing. It's always great to go down to
Wollongong. It's so pretty down there. I should have taken my camera with me but I really
hate my camera - every second photo is out of focus and since it's been dropped a couple of times
it hasn't been the same. I am dying to get a new one. I'll have to start saving my pennies!!

Ashleigh had a play at her friend's house after school yesterday and when they dropped her
back home she turned to the mother and said "Thank you for having me Mrs Arraiza".

You could have knocked me over with a feather!! I tell her all the time to say thank you for
having me but I always have to prompt her to say it and this time she said it on her own. I was
so proud of her! Maybe I'm not such a bad mother after all.

She's growing up so fast. I look at her in amazement - it feels like only yesterday she was a
baby in my arms.

I must confess, I did a bad thing this morning .....

This morning Lauren screamed out "stop kicking me Ashleigh". So I turned to Ashleigh and
asked her if she'd kicked Lauren.

"Ashleigh, did you kick Lauren?"

"Are you sure you didn't kick her?"
"I'm sure"


So then I said "You know, Heavenly Father knows if you're lying and all I have to do is pray to him and ask him if you're telling me the truth".

With that she confsessed that she had kicked Lauren and that she was sorry.

Now I'm not sure if should have abused her innocence like that but I have to tell ya It Worked!

At least she has faith that there is a God and that he answers prayers.