Friday, December 31, 2010

Last post of 2010

As I sit here on the final countdown to 2011 I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe start to the New Year... May 2011 be a year of good health, happiness, love and good fortune for you and may you achieve your dreams come true.

Who knows what the New Year truly has in store... but at this stage we know that :

2011 is a year in which our twin sons will start BIG SCHOOL.  I have mixed feelings about January 24 as it is the day when my lil men will take that further step towards independence.  Twin 1 is happy and excited about his new journey but Twin 2 is rather anxious about this new adventure.  We live directly across the road from the school and I can see the "prep" playground and I am worried that they may just decide to climb the fence and come home...  ? The littlest princess will be devastated that her big brothers will be at school and she has to stay home even if this means she will get 3 days of one on one with me.  We have secured her a childcare place for Thursdays and Fridays. 

In February I  will celebrate my 40th birthday.  We are heading to the Whitsundays for a whole week... child free to celebrate and selfishly I look forward to this *us* time :)  My father in law and his girlfriend  kindly volunteered to come visit, live in our house and look after our children for the week.

Lets hope that the weather co-operates?

Upon my return from the Whitsundays... I will be starting my new University degree... Environmental Health at Central Queensland University.  Mostly its done externally but I will have to attend the odd residential school in Rockhampton for some subjects.

Who knows what the rest of the year has in store for us... ???


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How did I go with my 2010 resolutions?

January 1st I made the following resolutions - I am about to go through one by one and address how I went :)
  • Get my physical health under control. Inclusive to lose weight to take some of the pressure off my body...which at this stage is protesting loudly!!!
Weight-wise I have probably lost 5-10kg.  I have fittened up a lot which is great :)
  • Be a better home-maker. Inclusive of housework, home decorating, mother etc
I think I am achieving this....  :)
  • Do crafts everyday and not feel guilty about it.
Not achieving this but I am doing more than I was so its a step in the right direction?
  • Focus on the important things in my life and not dwell on the past, or what could have been? 
This year has been a hard one for this... especially when some important anniversaries passed.
  • Do some form of "mental stimulation" each day to keep my brain active. Even if this is something as simple as doing the puzzles in the weekly magazines THAT'S LIFE and TAKE 5 which have puzzles for prizes....
not every week but I do do them occassionally
  • Do some soul searching and find the true person within? Look at my faults and weakness's and accept them.
I'm achieving this :) and proud of it...
    On a Craft level
    • Start the "Aurora Cabin" cross-stitch kit that I received as a present from my family for mothers day 2009. I know that I will achieve this first goal as I have joined a weekly SAL here and Aurora Cabin is my nominated piece to stitch on each week. I hope to do at least 100 stitches on this each week... Last night after gridding I roughly calculated that there is over 46800 stitches in this piece. (this was calculated on the whole 10x10 squares in the piece but not counting the squares that had only a few stitches - does that make sense?)
    Well - its started and I have quite a few stitches in ... but I have *misplaced it * oops
    • Work on my other UFO's or WIP's not sure what to call them... Started I have "Friendship" , "Seaside Treasures", "Teddy Bear House Rules" and "House Mouse Sew busy" 
    nope, nope, nope and nope :(

    I did have a new start of Geisha Promise
    • Crochet some things for the house. Many years ago I was in conversation with a penpal whom I had never met and she made this comment " I can't wait to come visit you and see all the wonderful things that you have made" Sadly when I look around my house I see little evidence of my crochet. I have either always sold it or given it away. Right this second I can see a coaster... NO not a set - just one lonely coaster!! Sad :(
    I have crocheted a few more coasters and some dishcloths....

    I guess I didn't do too badly?

      Sunday, December 26, 2010

      missing in action?

      Alot of you have emailed me as you have been concerned due to the fact that I have not posted on my blog in between my button post and my quick Christmas message last night.  Purely and simply life here has been BUSY with a CAPITAL B*U*S*Y!

      About 4-5 weeks ago I started working nights doing nightfill at our local supermarket Woolworths. At first it was just a couple of shifts a week but in this last week in the lead up to Christmas I worked 28hours.  Most nights I finish at 12am... but one night I worked until 1am.  Its not overly hard work brain strain wise but it is physically hard and repetitive when you are stacking some things and sometimes you need to lift 10-16kg boxes repetitively for hours on end.  So I have been coming home physically exhausted!

      Add to this the fact that our daughter caught hand, foot and mouth disease... then whilst she was still sick our other little girl got admitted to hospital with cellulitus and a uti... they both recovered nicely only for Andre to catch the h,f and m disease.  The cycle of illness in our house has been going on for 2-3 weeks now.

      Little to no crafting has been happening :(  I didn't manage to get my best friends Christmas present completed so I will now aim to get it done for her Birthday in February.

      I've had a couple of new starts on the knitting front - I needed something that I could take to the hospital with me.  I will share pictures with you and enlighten you on my new projects when I get half a chance to take photos and write a blog post.

      Sometime between now and the end of the year I would like to look at my 2010 resolutions that I blogged about at the beginning of this year and see how I went with them?  Thinking back I can not really remember what they are so it will be an interesting excercise?

      Saturday, December 25, 2010

      Merry Christmas

      It's Christmas night here in Australia (10:20pm) and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very safe, happy and healthy 2011!

      love and hugs from my family to yours

      Char xxx