Friday, September 22, 2006

And still more layouts...

I told you I'd been scrapping :)

And she said to me “I can remember what I was wearing on the day you were born. It was my favourite green summer shift and cardigan. The same dress I’m wearing here.” What a memory!

And this one's a "just because" page. Loved the photo. The design was another that was inspired by a Pumpkin Patch bib that Jamie has.

And this is one that I've been meaning to create for ages. It's the story of the day Jamie was born. The file folder booklet on the right has the entire story. I wrote it in hospital after he was born!

The scan's pretty crap, but you get the idea.

So, what's everyone up to for the weekend? We don't have much planned. Oops, gotta go, Jamie just found the old Yellow Pages on the floor and is proceeding to try and eat it!


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Layouts to share

Jamie seems to have settled into nice long naps during the days now. Which is leaving me with some time to myself. Yay! That, along with the fact that Phil has been away so much for work lately, has meant that I've actually gotten a few scrapping pages done lately. Here are some of them:

Journaling: Every day on our walk, we walk along the train track near our house. And hyesterday, as a train rattled past, I found myself wondering “when did I get so into trains?”. Because every time we saw one, I’d carry on like an idiot: “Look Jamie, a traaaaain!!!!!!! Wow!!!! Look at that traaaaain!!!! Did you see it???? Did you see the big train???? Gee wiz!!!!!” And there I’d be jigging around on the street corner like it was the best thing that had ever happened to us. So, this is the start of stereotyping…

Our new house. We’ve only just bought it and won’t be moving in for a while. First we have to finish renovating our current home. It takes so long. There’s too many things to do: painting, finish the kitchen, a new bathroom, new carport, new fence, paint the outside, landscaping, the outdoor entertainment area. I just want it to be finished and to have moved. But it will be at least another six months. So for now I just dream.

You were sitting outside on the lawn at Grandma’s house when a car went up the road. Look at how it caught your attention and you’re only 7 months old! You’re such a little boy already!

Jamie, this is the last photo I have of your great grandmother. You see, she died yesterday and today I am feeling sad. I want to tell you stories about her but you’re still too little to understand. I want to tell you how wonderful she was; what a loving grandma she was. I want to share with you all the fantastic memories I have of growing up and spending holidays at her house. Her name was Lola and she grew up in Wallaroo Mines with her brother, Morris. She liked to play the piano and her favourite colour was any shade of pink. I wish you could have known her. Oh, she would have had some wonderful stories to tell you! But she was 97 and had a good life. You were her last great grandchild and she loved you very much.

LOL, Mardi asked me if beta blogger is any better than blogger. I have to admit that I've been so frustrated with all the bugs that I haven't even had a look at what it can do.

That's all for today. I have a baby crying. He's supposed to be sleeping. I think I jinxed us. He's coming down with a cold. Just in time to go away. Grrr.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Crossing my fingers

that I'm back in action. This was posted on blogger help today (it starts with a pirate theme if you're wondering ;). I've snipped bits for brevity.):

"...Yar. Now, had Teach written this on a blog, his crew may have wanted to comment on it (“Pass me th’ bottle,” “when can we go back to Port Royal?,” “why’s the rum gone?,” &c.). Until today, they may have had a great deal of trouble, above and beyond the significant scarcity of reliable Internet access in 1718 colonial America. A pair of issues have plagued Blogger and the Blogger beta: Blogger users unable to comment on beta blogs, and beta users unable to comment on Blogger blogs.

For the benefit of time traveling pirates with hypothetical weblogs everywhere, these issues have been well and truly keelhauled. Get thee to commenting, w’ abandon! "

So I hope, hope, hope that if you're still perservering with me that you can now talk to me again.
Jamie's sitting in his highchair finishing off tea. Man! He eats so much! Tonight he had pasta, carrots, zucchini and peas; followed by pears in cereal; and now he's scoffing down four huge pieces of rockmelon. Accompanied by much banging of spoons, giggling at his plate and generally yelling the house down. :D Love it!

OK, off to do the bathtime, sleeptime ritual.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ten months

Dear Jamie

This month you have been on a voyage of discovery. You point to everything, enquiring "err, err?". When I carry you around, you have your arm outstretched, exclaiming at everything you see and asking for us to go closer so you can have a good examination. You touch everything. When you have something, you hold it out for me to see. "Err", you say.

You have also been discovering that you can move around. You're not quite crawling, but you are giving it a good try. you lean forward from a sitting position until you're leaning over one of your legs. You haven't worked out how to get the other leg up underneath you yet. It still sticks straight out to the side. Eventually you end up on your tummy and then you can whirl yourself all over the floorboards. The other night Daddy and I were watching TV and you were on the rug in front of us when you decided that you wanted to read the TV guide which was on the floor at my feet. Out of reach. Or so I thought. You wriggled around a full 360 degrees and made your way to it, inch by inch. I was amazed.

You sit forwards in the car now, so you've also been discovering more of the world as we drive around town. I feel like I have a driving companion now because you talk to me from the back seat. "Err, err, err!". When I turn around (which I do a bit too much, I think - I should be concentrating on driving!) you're looking at me with a big smile on your face. I don't know what you're trying to tell me - probably that a big truck drove past, or something.

You've discovered your nose and your mouth. You stick your fingers in your mouth when you're eating. I guess you're learning about what's happening in there. You have also made the connection between the food on the spoon and what you eat. You like to have your own spoon. We alternate. You also enjoy scooping the food off the spoon and playing with it on the tray of your high-chair. You cahse it around the trayand try to pick it up and put it in your mouth. I give you lots of finger foods - bread, rockmelon, raisins. It occupies you for ages. Especially raisins. They are so fiddly. And chewy. I hear you: "chew, chew, chew, chew". Yum!

You can now drink from your sippy cup all by yourself. That's very clever. When you're thirsty you just help yourself. You are also very good at telling us when you don't want any more to eat or drink. You firmly push the spoon or cup away with a frown on your face. You are getting to know your own mind.

This month Mummy was sad because your great grandma died. Daddy was away but I'm so glad I had you. You were a great comfort to me. You gave me lots of hugs and kisses and sat patiently by my side while I cried. You are good at giving affection. You love it when I pick you up. You exclaim with delight and kick your feet around. You throw your arms around my neck and stroke the hair at the nape of my neck. Lately, because you've been teething again you've been giving kisses with slightly more bite than usual. We have to put a stop to that, Rabbit!

Yes, you heard me, you have two new teeth. That's eight in total. Quite a mouthful. And these two came through with very little fuss. How wonderful. You started sleeping through the night again towards the end of this month. I'm very happy about that. I'm also happy that you seem to have settled into having a 1.5 hour nap in the morning and the afternoon. This is much better than forty minute naps. I can see the difference. You are much happier.
You love a good game and giggle at everything. Whether it be splashing in the bath, jiggling on my knee or blowing raspberries at each other. Gravity is a source of fascination to you, as you drop everything off the side of your high-chair. When I put you in your chair, anything on the tray goes straight onto the floor. Even before I have you strapped in. You anticipate the sound they'll make as they hit the floor and I see you waiting for the noise as you release them, wincing in anticipation.

You still love Jak. If you're sitting near him, you launch yourself at him with a gleeful shriek and try to pull his ears or the tags on his collar. We are very lucky that he is a patient little dog. He just sits there resignedly and tries to lick your face. However, we do have to see if we can get some behaviour modification happening. Yesterday at our Mums group, you tried to do the same thing to the little girl sitting next to you. You were sitting on the mat with her when you suddenly flung yourself sidwards at her with a gleeful cry and outstretched arms. The next thing, you were pulling her cheeks delightedly. Totally understandably, she was less than impressed. I know that you're just showing love, but you do hurt when you pull on our cheeks. We have nicknamed you "The Brute".

Ahhh, I do love you!

Saturday, September 16, 2006


A few random things in our house at the moment:

1. I have a cold. *sniff* Another one.

2. We're going on a holiday! Yippy! We're off to Perth for a couple of weeks to visit my sister. Phil has to go there for work. I think he's feeling a bit bad because he's travelling soooo much at the moment, so this time Jamie and I get to go too :)

3. It's 25 degrees here today. Almost summer :). Our house is so cold though, so I'm still in a jumper and ugg boots. Can't wait to move to our new house. The moving date seems to be getting put back further and further though. I wonder if we'll ever move?

4. Phil's been offered a job in Perth! While we're there we're going to look at houses and start to make our decision. It would be great to be near my sister :). It would be bad to be so far away from my parents.

5. Jamie is pointing. I think. He holds his little hand out and says "err". With his little arm outstretched. It's just too cute.

6. He tried to beat the other kids up at Mums' group on Thursday. He gets so excited and wants to play with them that he launches himself at them with a gleeful cry and grabs handfuls of their skin. Like he does with the dog's fur. He has to learn to be gentle. My son the brute :0

7. I am feeling a bit isolated again. Most of my good friends have grown up children or no children and work all day. They all socialise in the evenings and we can't. I know that it's just a phase that we have to go through, but sometimes I feel like I'm just drifting away from them all. It makes me sad.

8. Speaking of working, I am procrastinating big time about seeking out a childcare centre for Jamie next year. It's called burying my head in the sand and hoping like hell that I don't have to go back to work. *sigh* It's also complicated because we plan on moving a couple of months after I go back to work and will be living over the other side of town. So, I really need to find a centre over that side of the city. And then I'll have to drive all the way over there in the mornings and evenings for the first couple of months of work. Ah, it all gets too hard.

9. I have nothing planned for the weekend. How delicious.

Well, that's enough for today. Actually, that was quite indulgent and fun. Good on you for still reading!

And thanks to everyone who is leaving comments. I can appreciate that it's a bit more difficult at the moment. Hopefully the blogger people will fix the interaction problems between blogger and beta blogger. What an idiot I was to move across!

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bundle of Joy

Yay! I can upload photos.

This layout is in the Scrapbooking Memories issue just out. It's one of my favourites :). The green border actually goes all around the page IRL. My scanner always likes to eat a couple of edges of my layouts!

The design was inspired by one of Jamie's little onesies. They're so cute. They've inspired quite a number of pages.

Thanks to everyone that emailed me to say you can't leave comments. It seems that the comment issue is something to do with this version of blogger. Apparently you can leave comments if you sign in as anonymous or other, instead of blogger? I hope that it all gets sorted.

But I've had a good week for scrapping. I've done three layouts already. Wooohooo! And I've had so many acceptances! 2 for SC, 2 for SM, 1 for CK and 1 for a new book. I'm stoked! So, I've now definitely decided not to enter the For Keeps Elite Team competition again this year. At the moment I'm just enjoying being able to submit to all the magazines again :).

Have a great Wednesday! We're off to the library for Babies Session tomorrow morning. I thought I'd check it out. Jamie loves books :). And then Kate and her girls are coming over in the afternoon. Can't wait. I've had to go around and baby-proof the living room. Little Georgia is on the move nowadays.

Jamie's still trying to crawl. And getting frustrated that he can't. Poor little rabbit. Jeeesh, he seems to have a temper when things don't do what he wants, lol! And he has two new teeth as of today. That's eight now. And I didn't even know these two were coming through. Mum noticed them today.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Double grrr

And now I hear that many of you can't leave me comments either? If you *can* leave a comment, please say hi. That way I can see if anyone's getting through. If there's a deathly silence, I don't know what I'll do! I may have to make a new blog. Double grrr.

Hope you're all having a great day!

Then sunshine's beautiful today. Jamie's waking up early now, because the sun's getting up earlier. And so are we :)

See you

Sunday, September 10, 2006

And it gets worse!

So, last post I said that I'd moved to beta blogger, in the vain hope that it would let me upload images? Well, not only is it no better at images, but now I can't leave comments to most blogger blogs. If you don't allow anonymous comments (most of you!), I'm sorry but I seem to no longer have a "blogger" account and so I can't leave you comments anymore. Grrrr!!! I guess I'll just have to create another blogger account. When I have more than five minutes to myself. In the meantime, I'm not ignoring you. Promise. I've just been muzzled. "mmmmph mmmph mmmmph".

See ya

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


What the? I just upgraded to Beta Blogger and I *still* can't upload photos. What gives? This is driving me insane!

OK, well a boring post tonight. I'm sorry once again. I have been tagged by Mardi. OK, here goes:

Fist tag:

The rules are : List 5 weird things about yourself or your pets. Tag 5 friends and list them. Then, those people need to write on their blogs about 5 weird things, and state the rules, and tag 5 more people. Dont forget to let the people you tag know by posting a comment on their blog!

First I will Tag: MelD, Nicnac, Michelle, Britta, Kate

I took a close look at the rules and realised I could write about my dog instead of about me, lol!

Weird things about Jak (our Maltese):

1. He hates bowls. He’ll back away from you if you hold a bowl out to him. When he was little he’d stand as far away from his food bowl as possible and then do this hand stand sort of manouvre to get close enough to eat. I swear, his back legs used to come off the ground!

2. He howls when the ‘phone rings. At first we thought it was just the mobile, but now its any ‘phone.

3. He watches intently when there’s another dog on the TV

4. He won’t walk on the grass when it’s wet.

5. I can’t take him to dog obedience classes. He becomes obsessed with the other dogs and won’t listen to any command. Even his most favourite treats fail to interest him.

And the second tag is a bit more serious. Or supposed to be serious. Most other people seem to have taken it seriously. I'm sorry, it's late. And I just can't be serious. Especially when I'm grumpy because blogger still won't let me put photos up.

1. Which famous person would you most like to learn that you are descended from?

Angelina Jole. Oh to discover that I’d inherited that bone structure, that figure, that feistiness… And of course, in my dream, it would also mean that I was descended from Brad Pitt :)

2. Which famous person would you hate to learn that you are descended from?

Tom Cruise. What a silly, ignorant man. Enough said.

3. If you could be ancestor to any living famous person, who would it be and why?

Haley Joel Osment. We watched Pay it Forward on the weekend and that kid just makes me want to wrap him in the biggest hug. I get these flash forwards that that’s how my little boy will be in a a few years.

4. If you could go back in time and meet any known ancestor(s) of yours, who would it be?

I would like to see my Grandfather again. He died when I was young. I’d like to see him one more time and have a good chat.