About Me

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Where do I begin? I guess At the beginning! I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my wonderful hubby, Matthew and our four angels (part time devils) Isaac, Reuben, Isabella, and Charlotte. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely love that. Nothing else compares. I'm also studying the Master of Teaching part-time and I'm serving as the relief society president of our ward. I love being outside, especially in summer. I love big windows & lots of light. I love swimming, running and mowing the lawn! my favourite vegetable is carrots (or potatoes if mum's baked them) and I love fresh fruit salad. My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my precious family.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


These gorgeous little bundles are one of the reasons why I haven't been blogging.  Rosie had her puppies on Jan
 2nd between 6 -9pm.  This was great tim
ing because it meant that the kids could watch them being born.  It was so amazing.  I have seen babies of many varieties being born but it never gets any less special.  It is such a wonderful thing.  Rosie is a fabulous mum, I didn't have to do anything, she did it all.  

All of the puppies were given names
 by us - Ollie, Edd, Spike, Buddy, Tom, Daisy, Maisy & Meg (who died at 1 day,  horrible day).  They all have new homes except for Edd.  
I think we are going to keep him.  
He's so keepable!

Edd then

Edd Now

Breeding puppies is a very involved business - and expensive!  But it has been so much fun.  It's such a nice feeling being able to place a beautiful puppy with a family who are desperate for a pet.  Labradoodles are the best family dog.  They don't shed, they're smart, they are very social and extremely gentle, and they are absolutely gorgeous to boot!
That's it for us though, no more breeding.  Rosie has had her 'operation' and is getting her sutures out today.


Well it's official....I'M OLD!

Isaac turned 13 this month.  12th March was the day.  It has been a very busy month in our house.  March is the busiest as far as birthdays go - we have 7 of them, plus a special teenage birthday and a baptism this time around.  It has all been so exciting and really special but at the same time I am really happy for a new month to start.  

Isaac invited some new (and old) high school friends for a sleepover.  Bella, Charli and Reubs went to 'The Farm' (my mum & dad's) so they wouldn't cramp the 'big' boys style.  Matt and I took the boys to Pizza Hut for all you can eat where one of the boys decided to test out just how much was 'all you can eat'.  I guess he found out after a quick trip to the loos to spew back out the portion he couldn't eat!!! Better there than in my house I reckon!!!  They had a night of games and movies and talking.  It was really nice to get to know Isaac's friends a little better.  I slept really well that night knowing that he had made some great choices in the friend department.  He's a good boy, my Isaac.


This is the question one of Bella's school friends asked her one
 day.  Bella invited four of her girlfriends to her baptism.  The invites sparked many questions, not only from her
 friends but also from their mothers.  It was wonderful to be able to share parts of the gospel with our friends be
cause of Bella's choice to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptised.
I love these photos.  The first one is my favourite.
  I love that Matt is in the background and you can see the font.  It captures so many elements of what baptism is.

Bella with her friends (and two of the mums)

It was a beautiful Baptism for a beautiful girl.

Bella's Big Day

On Monday 23rd March Bella turned 8!!
In the morning Bella excitedly opened her pressies and received phone calls from absent family.   She took yummy cupcakes to share with her friends from school and in the evening Bella chose where went for dinner - Hogsbreath!!  You just can't beat those curly fries.

I can't believe how quickly times goes by.  It just seems like such a short time ago I said "Don't go to work today Matt,  I think I'm gonna have the baby!"  and now she's 8!!
Bella is growing into such a beautiful girl,  she's so helpful and kind and full of life. 
I Love You Bella x

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I have been unbelievably slack.

Actually,  prior to Christmas I was feeling very much like I needed some change so... I quit my job!  It felt so good.  Little did I know that wasn't the end of the change.   I was released from my beloved Stake YW calling :(   and called to serve as 2nd counselor in RS.  I am responsible for Enrichment.  Funny thing is that Bridey was called to the same calling in her ward on the same day !!  Great,  now I will have someone to steal ideas from, ya.  Anyway because I have had a bit more time on my hands I made a loooooong list of things to do:
  • more play time with Charlotte (every day)
  • go to story time at the library each week
  • spend some more time in the kids' classrooms
  • start playing netball again
  • start swimming again ( I miss it so much)
  • get into my garden
  • finish my two new vegie patches
  • finish painting the kitchen
  • do some sewing
  • etc
  • etc
somewhere at the bottom of the list was:
  • update my blog!!
So...over the next week I am going to attempt to make time to begin the update (see, even the way I wrote that is giving myself an 'out' if I need it...I think I have blog committment issues)

Tomorrow Isabella turns 8 and on Saturday she is getting baptised!! So I will have some exciting things to blog about.

Till then..................