Friday, 23 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 22

Today after another two hour shop Uncle Al started a war which quickly escalated into a water war! Why is it that my kids always want to be on their Uncle Al's team is what I want to know?.. But there was a last minute change when Nevaeh thought my bucket on my head was a great idea to trade in uncle Al's cup for his bucket! Better late then never I guess..

As part of our advent today we were meant to go Chrissy Light looking but here in Victoria because of daylight savings it never gets dark until after 8pm. Jiedyn put himself to bed at around 7 after his Uncle left and Nevaeh went soon after. They were both so tired! 

Tonight/Early this morning I'm getting things prepared for a visit from the kids Grandparents. Cleaning and baking during the wee hours of the morning..
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 Singing..
"O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light"
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 20

Our Advent Calender for 2011 had us looking and Luke 2:22-32, but our activity was more specifically based on Leviticus 12 which talks about the purification after Childbirth. During the first week of December after creating our advent for this month I decided I was going to find a sheep, two doves and two pigeons to hang from our tree.. But.. in a small town like this it would have to have taken a small miricle.. So I had to think out side the box and while searching through Etsy and after buying this [Inspired by this post] for my son for Christmas..

I finally decided that feathers and wool would be more than perfect! They were delivered relatively quick from where I brought them from and in no time at all I was hot glue gunning fishing line to make loops for our tree..

So much more has happened today too.. Last night Jiedyn and I started our very first bible study together! Jie is so eagar to learn and was making sure I missed no words as we flicked through the books after Nevaeh went to bed. At the end of a few teachings Jiedyn was encouraged to learn a bible verse from this book..

and made no mistake as he woke up this morning excited that he remembered it:
video

I was so super proud, partly because he memorized it but more because he is just 6 years old and so full of joy to be learning the word of God!! He truly is inspiring!
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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 18

Today we have had a wonderful day filled with praise, prayer, worship and love. Not just any kind of love - Warm, fuzzy, generous and wholesome love! This morning we went to Church and it was awesome. I love how personal it is..
At our other church, I would be too afraid to ask for more guidance in areas I didn't understand but at The Living Word Church, I love that I can so freely ask for more information or just verify my interpretation of what has been said.
I couldn't believe my Jie today too.. He prayed for the very first time in a group, and was so natural at it. I struggle with prayer in a group but not my son.. he even prayed again before his lunch after we all said grace together. All in all it was exactly what we needed.

When we got home Nevaeh went down for a sleep while I started my first bible study in a long time. Jiedyn relaxed watching 321 Penguins before we got a message saying some really great boys had found some pine cones for today's advent. We felt so lucky and Jie was so excited that he finished his one before Nevaeh even got up [As seen in photo 1] Nevaeh ate more peanut butter than she put on her pine cone.. it was kind of gross but all part of the fun!

Tonight all of us were still so full from lunch, so we decided on a late quiche for tea after Christmas carols and our craft activity [As seen in photo 2] it's now 9pm and the kids are still up playing beautifully together. Our kittens where the muck makers today, they have ripped open 3 of Nevaeh's presents.. I have had to flip the holey presents and pile others on top as I have ran out of wrapping paper to re wrap them. My next idea is to just sticky tape the rips, which will make it hard for the kids to open them Christmas morning! Lets hope they survive just another 6 days..

I'm sorry that I haven't shared many of our advent.. I plan to do another post of everything you have missed but for now this has to do as it's thunder storming and Nevaeh is stressing a little over it so I better log off.. Just keep an eye out for it!

Please Note: To make a simple Bird Feeder you'll need a pinecone, peanut butter and Wild Bird Seed.. To view better pictures please click on them!!
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Friday, 16 December 2011

A day of scissors and styles..

Back in July we gave Nevaeh a fringe {Blog post here} but today Nevaeh has a new do..

I was fussy with what I wanted as I still wanted to keep her curl but wanted it off her neck.. I couldn't be happier, it must feel different for her too because she kept running her hand through the back of her hair this afternoon.. I just love it!



Jiedyn also got a new hair cut, but he choose it himself. He went for a more slick look with a bit of a comb over at the front. It's definately not something I'd pick but he is getting old enough to make his own decisions when it comes to self appearance so this was what he wanted..

I felt proud as punch with two neat looking kids at my side shopping today! It's amazing how something as simple as a hair cut can bring such joy and happiness to a family..
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Raising Kids..

This past year I have changed so much as a person. I have struggled more than I ever have as a single Mum but have also accomplished so much as well..

The power of prayer.. What a miraculous tool to transform lives..

This year I have prayed more than any other too.. How great is our God, always listening and knowing what your about to say before it leaves your mouth. Always hearing and giving in his time - not yours..

Since April I have constantly prayed about Jiedyns education. Should I home-school or put him into the public school here in Bacchus Marsh? I thought my mind was made up when I saw the neighbours kids [students of the primary school] on bikes and scooters cussing and bullying other kids in the street in September. I then thought my mind was made up when I went for my first interview with the School Principle, Ian Wren and on the subject of religion he laughed it off quite offensively saying that the last R.E (religious education) teacher moved on quite quickly a few years ago.. I wasn't at all amused.

Last night I scribbled in the boxes of the enrollment forms for Jiedyn to attend Bacchus Marsh Primary School in 2012.. I did it feeling like I was signing my sons spiritual life away, feeling like I was only going to see my son before and after school each day with him resembling the reckless kids I see at the local skate parks or the brats I see throwing tantrums in the shopping centre's at his age. I did it feeling I would no longer be in control of my son and what he is exposed to..

Today I attended a meeting with Jiedyn's new school Principle, Mr Wren, his year co-ordinator, Mrs Hookie and his very first school teacher, Mrs Newton.

Mrs Newton showed Jiedyn around his new Class room, how to use the bubble taps and the outside grade Prep area. Jiedyn was so excited! After talking to his teacher for some time I realized where I had seen her before - Church! A piece of me got excited too.. What were the odds of my son having a Christian teacher teaching him his very first year of School? Yipee....

So today I am thankful! Thankful that God is alive in our lives, thankful that he listens to our prayers and that he knows my our needs and gives us the tools we need to live the best possible "Earthling" life we can!

Thank You Lord!
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

One For Us & One For 10 Of You..


Who loves getting rewards?
Me & Kelly!
Who loves giving rewards?
Me & Kelly!

On the 11th, I received the Kreativ Blogger award from Miss Kelly-Marie via her post here.. As part of this award, I must reveal 7 things about myself so here we go..

  1. My nickname is Balissa
  2. I counted to 100 yesterday with my son
  3. I want to go to the Plaza Hotel in NYC before I die
  4. I love D'Arcy Doyle paintings
  5. For the past 6 years I have been pushing a pram
  6. I am afraid to get my licence
  7. I made my first purchase on Etsy last week


and now, without further ado.. to mention 10 of my most favorite bloggers to pass the reward onto..
From the bottom of my heart - Thank You All 
xoxo
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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Days 10 & 11

We're Cancelled..

But we did go out for tea last night and watch carols by candle light at the Bacchus Marsh Village. Here are some of my favorite shots I snapped up tonight..
Jiedyn showing Nevaeh something

A kind lady stepped forward to help an elder of the community 

Beautiful bright eyes

My son on my lap singing with me

My two blessings from the lord
and Jie wearing some pretty cool glasses from his showbag on the way home..
It was another fabulous night which we all enjoyed together, and the best part was that the whole night was based around Jesus and not santa! Bible readings, prayer and hymns.. It was great!!
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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 9

Today as part of our advent activities we had to make angel notes, things we love about each other, sealed with a kiss. After dinner we read out our angel notes to each other.. Mine from Jiedyn read "I love you because your always happy and dance with us, and because we both love God" Jiedyn's to Nevaeh read "I love you because you love me and you always make me smile, and sometimes laugh too.." Mine to Jiedyn read "I love you because your always keen to have a go, you have a kind heart and your always eager to help me and your sister with odd jobs around the house" Mine to Nevaeh said "I love you because you challange Mum everyday, you give the bestest cuddles and your stubborn personality reflects your Mummies at your age" They were each so special and unique..

Our Family activity was cancelled, It was hot again today and we weren't all that keen on sitting down for a movie in a hot house. I'm looking into buying an air conditioner but after finding out that its going to cost me over $350 to get both the kittens desexed, vaccinated and registered and Jiedyns new school uniforms are going to set me back $28 for a polo Shirt and $32 for a pair of cargo shorts and $38 for a school jacket I don't think it will happen this summer.. 

Another event that happened today was that Matthias and Altius had they're first bath. I know, everyone keeps telling me that cats clean themselves but today we had a bit of a sticky situation.. two words: Nevaeh and a Candy Cane.. Need I say more?


Do/did you ever clean your kittens/cats?
Matthias not at all enjoying his bath
Altius was a good boy for his and loved being hand dried

Nice and clean kitties!
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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 8

Write encouraging things with Chalk on the footpath [in 10 different locations]..?

We sure did!
  1. Love who you are!
  2. Merry Christmas!
  3. Sing with joy in your heart!
  4. Merry Christmas!
  5. Open your bible!
  6. Merry Christmas!
  7. Jesus loves you!
  8. Merry Christmas!
  9. You were made with a purpose!
  10. Merry Christmas!
Have you seen any of our artwork around today?

Tonight we also played hopscotch and created a rainbow serpent because it was too hot to go to bed early.. Our house is an oven after a hot day, and to make things worst I made a cottage pie for tea.. silly me!

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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Jiedyn's Pirate Hat Picnic Party..






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Friday, 2 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 2

Because we did all our shopping yesterday there was no need to go down again so today we enjoyed our day at home building a gingerbread train. It was a new experience for us all and the kids had a great time sneaking [yes, Mum knew you were eating some] fingers full of frosting and the odd bite of yummy candy balls.

The kids had a great time decorating our "J Train"
I think it looks fabulous and Nevaeh's finger texture on the front adds an extra pa-zazz to it don't you think?


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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Family Christmas Advent Activities: Day 1

Please excuse Nevaeh's Face, we were running behind schedule today - all day since Jie decided that 12:45pm would be a grand time to wake up this fine 1st of December. We had one million and one things to get done today and.. well.. surprisingly we got them all done! Sending Christmas cards/postcards, we printed out our advents for December at the library, did shopping for Jiedyn's pirate hat birthday picnic on Saturday,  brought everything on our list we need for our advent activities this year, we brought our kittens food and kitty litter to last them the next three months and did our grocery shopping. All of which took 4 hours.. we had to wait over an hour for a taxi on top of that and I don't think I have ever been happier to lay down at last.. the trolley was so heavy!

So finally after dinner the kids got to finally enjoy they're first craft advent activity this year..

They made colorful, glittering Angels!

How did you and your family spend your 1st of December?
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Friday, 25 November 2011

Family Christmas Advent is Finalized..


Please click these images to take a peep!



I was up until 4am this morning working on this years advent calender! Last year we did not emphasize enough on God and the greatest gift to all mankind. Yeah we listened to a few hymes, did a few good deeds but there was no real meaning and we were counting down to Santa - Not Jesus.

In my post "A Jesus Day" I explained to my son that Santa died just as Jesus did.. But when Jesus died God was really giving us the greatest gift of all.. LIFE!

So this year our Christmas Advent Calender Activities are based on the verses we'll be reading from the bible each day in December, if you have a bible.. open it up and check out some of the verses I've listed this year.. Get lost in the word of God just as I did last night and if your struggling to understand, pray about it.. God will guide your hearts!!

Will you be doing an Advent Calender this year?
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Sunday, 13 November 2011

We have Twins!

Today we got the opportunity to meet our newest members of our family for the first time. It was a new experience for all of us as I have always been a 'dog' person and not really into cats..

Please let me introduce you to little Matthias..


Matthias was born along with 6 brothers and 1 sister on the 26th of October which just so happens to be my brothers birthday also. Matthias and his brother whom we have named Altius will be joining our family this Christmas. 
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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Mum's Easy Egg & Bacon Pizza

Here is the finished product of my first ever time making mini pizzas..
Both the kids licked their fingers clean and ate two each without tomato.. I couldn't even get through one! This quick and easy recipe is nice and cheap and would make a great hit on fathers day!

Pizza Base
Sundried tomato pesto
Half cooked bacon
Sliced Tomato
an egg and
cheese!

Cook in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees until egg is cooked just the way you like it.. and enjoy!
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Back In Time (Thursday)

Now onto some funny memories..

This first one is of the kids bathing together, almost looks innocent enough.. oh, but whats Jiedyn holding? A water gun! Really good for shooting at Mum if she tries to get Nevaeh out of the bath..haha! I even walked past the bathroom door to go toilet and the little rascal got me!!
2010


 Okay, because I'm embarrassing my kids and I'm such a good Mummy, I had to also let you have a laugh at me.. Here I am in my favorite bright purple, orange and green bathers on a holiday at Lakes Entrance. I walked around in these through the caravan park and while boating and fishing.. HEY! I thought I was cool!! Sure to catch me in something like that now haha..
1999

 Now to something a little more cuter.. Little Nevaeh Baker, covered in chocolate from a Billabong Icecream.. Never stopped her from being so cute though!! She ate the lot, and must have thrown the stick once she was finished because we never found it. Once her father cleaned her up she had a great afternoon sleep too!
2010
Chubby Chops! I don't need words for this next one..
2010

 Like father like son went out the window once Jie's father left me, it's now like mother like son..
2009
And here is the last one..
2010

Okay, and one to make you grow..
2010

Okay, and one to make you grow..
2010

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Short Bread Biscuits

This is an extra special recipe' because my Nana taught me how to make these only two weeks before she passed in '09

Easy, simple and when made from the heart.. delicious!

Ingredients
150g Plain Flour
50g Caster sugar
100g butter (softened)

Method
1. Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius
2. Grease a baking tray
3. Put the plain flour, caster sugar and butter ingredients together in a large bowl and rub the mixture together between your thumbs and fingertips until the texture becomes moist like play doh. If you are adding any other ingredients do this now, if the mixture feels a little dry, simply add a spoon of warm water.
4. Take a small handful of dough and roll in your palm until you have a ball of dough.
5. Put the ball of dough onto the greased baking tray and press flat with a fork (the mixture will be gooey and try to fall apart, if it's too dry add two teaspoons of water.)
6. Once all the mixture is divided into cookies, bake for 20-25 minutes.
7. Add decorations when the cookies are still warm and soft!

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Brushie Brushie Brushie

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Jiedyn last night was teaching Nevaeh how to brush her teeth properly in the bath. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get videos/photos as I'm lending my brothers camera and the battery died, so I have to grab the charger next time I see him. The photo's above were taken in February this year when I was teaching Jie how to brush and the things he was saying to Nevaeh last night were similar to the instructions gave him at this time! It was a precious moment I'd love to always remember! Kids are such precious jewels, as are they're teeth!
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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Poppies Famous Meatlof

You need:
X1 Large Bowl
X1 Roasting tray
x1 Grater

Ingredients:
X1 chopped onion
X1 egg
X1 handful of grated carrot
500g of beef mince
500g of sausage mince
125g bread crumbs


For best results sprinkle some steak pepper over the top (Don't tell Dad/Pop, seems I beat him at his own recipe) I only put this on half, as my kids like it the way Poppy makes it.




Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Using your hands mush together the sausage and beef mince.
  3. Add the egg and mush some more
  4. Add in the onion and any other veggies still mush mush mushing
  5. Once all the ingredients are evenly combined gradually add the bread crumbs until the mix is less gooey
  6. Make a ball using the whole mix and put it onto the oiled roasting tray
  7. Add roasting veggies and roast for an hour and a half
  8. Leave for a further few minutes, slice and serve!
  9. Whatever doesn't get eaten wrap up to put on sandwiches for lunch. (I think this is secretly why my Dad used to make it) 
  10.  
    Want to see what the outcome is? Try it!  
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Friday, 30 September 2011

Fridays Photo Edit

Proudly brought to you by Kelly over at Our Footprints on the world

This is how I am spending my Friday night, and what is a reading session without yummy smelly candles?


A book read in candle light and in peace is my ideal night!
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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thursday Theme Challenge: Golden

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes 12

Ingredients
2 cups self raising flour
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 medium zucchini, trimmed and grated
100g sliced ham, finely chopped
1 1/3 cups grated tasty cheese
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
60g butter, melted

Method
1. Preheat oven 200 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Celsius fan forced) and grease a 12 - hole (1/3 cup) muffin pan with cooking spray.
2. Place flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in grated vegetables, meat and cheese; mix well.
3. Whisk milk and eggs together and add cooled melted butter; mix well. Pour into the flour mixture and fold gently with a metal spoon until just incorporated. Divide evenly amongst muffin pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
4. Cool and wrap individually. Freeze in a sealed container until required.

Dah Dahhhh..

And yes guys, they taste as good at they look!!
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Monday, 13 June 2011

85 Facts About the Queen



Early years

1. The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London

2. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

3. At the time she stood third in line of succession to the throne after Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, The Duke of York. But it was not expected that her father would become King, or that she would become Queen

4. The Princess was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace. She was named after her mother, while her two middle names are those of her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and paterna grandmother, Queen Mary.

5. The Princess's early years were spent at 145 Piccadilly, the London house taken by her parents shortly after her birth, and at White Lodge in Richmond Park

6. When she was six years old, her parents took over Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home

7. Princess Elizabeth was educated at home with Princess Margaret, her younger sister.

8. She received tuition from her father, as well as sessions with Henry Marten, the Vice-Provost of Eton. She was also nstructed in religion by the Archbishop of Canterbury

9. Princess Elizabeth also learned French from a number of French and Belgian governesses. It is a skill which has stood The Queen in good stead, as she often has cause to use it when speaking to ambassadors and heads of state from French-speaking countries, and when visiting French-speaking areas of Canada

10. Princess Elizabeth enrolled as a Girl Guide when she was eleven, and later became a Sea Ranger.

11. In 1940, at the height of the Blitz, the young Princesses were moved for their safety to Windsor Castle, where they spent most of the war years

A Royal romance

12. The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

13.Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met when they attended the wedding of Prince Philip's cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of Princess Elizabeth, in 1934.

14.The engagement between Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten RN was announced on the 9th July, 1947. Prince Philip was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. He joined the Royal Navy in 1939 and after the war, in February 1947, became a naturalised British subject. Prince Philip was required to choose a surname in order to continue his career in the Royal Navy, and adopted Mountbatten, the name of his mother's British relatives. He was created "Duke of Edinburgh" by King George VI on marriage.

15.The platinum and diamond engagement ring was made by the jewellers, Philip Antrobus Ltd, using diamonds from a tiara belonging to Prince Philip's mother

16 .Prince Philip had two stag parties the night before the wedding - the first at the Dorchester to which the press were invited and the second with his closest friends at the Belfry Club

17.The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were married in Westminster Abbey on the 20th November, 1947 at 11.30am with 2000 invited guests.

18..The eight bridesmaids were: HRH The Princess Margaret, HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas- Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, Lady Elizabeth Lambart, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone, The Hon Diana Bowes-Lyon.

19.There were two pages: HRH Prince William of Gloucester (aged 5) and HRH Prince Michael of Kent (aged 5)

20.The Queen's wedding dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell. Norman Hartnell submitted designs for the dress in August 1947.

21.The fabric for the dress was woven at Winterthur Silks Limited, Dunfermline, in the Canmore factory, using silk that had come from Chinese silkworms at Lullingstone Castle.

22..The Queen's Bridal Veil was made of tulle and held by a tiara of diamonds. This tiara (which can also be worn as a necklace) was made for Queen Mary in 1919. It is made from re-used diamonds taken from a necklace/tiara purchased by Queen Victoria from Collingwood and Co and a wedding present for Queen Mary in 1893. In August, 1936, Queen Mary gave the tiara to Queen Elizabeth from whom it was borrowed by Princess Elizabeth for her wedding in 1947.

23.The grave of the Unknown Warrior was the only stone that was not covered by the special carpet in the Abbey. The day after the wedding, Princess Elizabeth followed a Royal tradition started by her mother, of sending her wedding bouquet back to the Abbey to be laid on this grave.

24.The bride's wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold which came from the Clogau St David's mine near Dolgellau.

25..Around 10,000 telegrams of congratulations were received at Buckingham Palace and the Royal couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from well-wishers around the world.

26..As well as jewellery from their close relatives, including the King and Queen, the couple received many useful items for the kitchen and home, including salt cellars from the Queen, a bookcase from Queen Mary, and a picnic case from Princess Margaret.

27.The "wedding breakfast" (lunch) was held after the marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey in the Ball Supper-room at Buckingham Palace. The menu was Filet de Sole Mountbatten, Perdreau en Casserole, Bombe Glacee Princess Elizabeth.

28.The couple departed Waterloo station with the Princess's corgi, Susan, for their honeymoon

29.The newlyweds spent their wedding night at Broadlands in Hampshire, home of Prince Philip's uncle Earl Mountbatten. The second part of the honeymoon was spent at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.

30.Early in 1948 the couple leased their first marital home, Windlesham Moor, in Surrey, near Windsor Castle, where they stayed until they moved to Clarence House on 4th July 1949.

31.After marrying Princess Elizabeth, The Duke of Edinburgh continued his naval career, reaching the rank of Lieutenant- Commander in command of the frigate HMS Magpie.

32.Although he was The Queen's husband, The Duke of Edinburgh was not crowned or anointed at the Coronation ceremony in 1953. He was the first subject to pay Homage to Her Majesty, and kiss the newly crowned Queen by stating "I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God."

33.Prince Philip has accompanied The Queen on all her Commonwealth tours and State visits, as well as on public engagements in all parts of the UK. The first of these was the Coronation tour of the Commonwealth from November 1953 to May 1954, when the couple visited Bermuda, Jamaica, Panama, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Cocos Islands, Ceylon, Aden Uganda, Libya, Malta and Gibraltar, travelling a distance of 43,618 miles

34. The Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. It was a solemn ceremony conducted by Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury

35. The Coronation was followed by drives through every part of London, a review of the fleet at Spithead, and visits to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

36.The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have four children: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b. 1948), Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b. 1950), Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (b. 1960), and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (b. 1964).

37.With the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960, The Queen became the first reigning Sovereign to give birth to a child since Queen Victoria, whose youngest child, Princess Beatrice, was born in 1857.

38.The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have eight grandchildren - Peter Phillips (b. 1977), Zara Phillips (b. 1981) Prince William (b. 1982), Prince Harry (b. 1984), Princess Beatrice (b. 1988), Princess Eugenie (b. 1990), Lady Louise Windsor (b. 2003) and James, Viscount Severns (b. 2007) She has one great-grandchild Savannah (b. 2011)

Queen's speeches

39. The Queen has delivered a Christmas message every year except in 1969, when she decided the royals had been on TV enough after an unprecedented family documentary. Her greeting took the form of a written address. 40. In her 1991 message, the Queen silenced rumours of abdication as she pledged to continue to serve

41. The Queen issued a writ against The Sun newspaper after it published the full text of her 1992 broadcast two days before transmission. She later accepted an apology and a £200,000 donation to charity

42. The Queen's grandfather, King George V, delivered the first royal Christmas broadcast live on the radio from Sandringham n 1932.

43. George V was at first unsure about using the relatively untried medium of the wireless, but eventually agreed.

44. There was no Christmas broadcast in 1936 or 1938, and it was the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 that firmly established the tradition

45. Last year the Queen delivered her address from Hampton Court Palace - the first time the historic building had been used

46 The speech is written by the Queen and each has a strong religious framework, reflects current issues and often draws on her own experiences.

Interest and hobbies

48. An animal lover since childhood, The Queen takes a keen and highly knowledgeable interest in horses. As an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, she often visits other race meetings to watch her horses run, and also frequently attends equestrian events.

49. She attends the Derby at Epsom, one of the classic flat races in Britain, and the Summer Race Meeting at Ascot, which has been a Royal occasion since 1911.

50. The Queen's horses won races at Royal Ascot on a number of occasions. There was a notable double on 18 June 1954 when Landau won the Rous Memorial Stakes and a stallion called Aureole won the Hardwicke Stakes, and in 1957 The Queen had four winners during Ascot week

51. Other interests include walking in the countryside and working her Labradors, which were bred at Sandringham

52. A lesser known interest is Scottish country dancing. Each year during her stay at Balmoral Castle, The Queen gives dances known as Gillies' Balls, for neighbours, estate and Castle staff and members of the local community.

53. The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a licence or a registration number on her car. And she doesn't have a passport.

54. The Queen is patron to more than 600 charities.

55. To formally greet the Queen men should perform a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is 'Your Majesty' and subsequently 'Ma'am'

Fashion

56. Norman Hartnell, who first worked for the then Princess Elizabeth in the 1940s, produced many of the finest evening dresses in Her Majesty’s wardrobe. His signature style of the 1940s and 1950s was full-skirted dresses in sumptuous silks and duchesse satins

57. Hardy Amies began designing clothes for The Queen in the early 1950s and established his name with the deceptive simplicity of his accomplished tailoring. The portraits by Cecil Beaton released to mark Her Majesty’s birthday in 1969 the are amongst the most memorable designs by Hardy Amies

58. n the 1970s The Queen awarded her patronage to Ian Thomas, who was an assistant designer to Norman Hartnell before setting up his own salon. Thomas’s flowing chiffon dresses from the 1970s reflect the relaxed style of the decade. Maureen Rose of the same house continued to design for Her Majesty after Ian’s death until the late 80’s

59. Between 1988 and 1996, Her Majesty’s dresses were designed by John Anderson. His business partner Karl Ludwig Rehse took over the mantle after his death in 1988 and the Queen still wears his designs today

60. Stewart Parvin, the youngest of Her Majesty’s designers, trained at Edinburgh College of Art. He began to design for The Queen in 2000 and continues to do so.

61. Angela Kelly is Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to The Queen. Her role includes designing for The Queen, which she has done since 2002. Angela and her team try and use both old and new fabrics when designing. Some of the material they ncorporate has been given to Her Majesty many years ago, some dates from when she was Princess Elizabeth.

Birthdays

62. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.

63. The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in centra London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London

64. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers

65. On her official birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.

And the rest...

66. Queen Elizabeth II is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror.

67. She has visited Australia 15 times, Canada 23 times, Jamaica six times and New Zealand ten times

68. She has sent around 100,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and the Commonwealth

69. The Queen has launched 23 ships and met five astronauts at Buckingham Palace

70. She first flew in an aeroplane in July 1945

71. She is the only British monarch in history properly trained to change a spark plug

72. On VE Day she and her sister slipped into the crowd to celebrate

73. She collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress

74. The Queen has a bank account at Coutts & Co. There is a Coutts cash-dispensing machine in Buckingham Palace

75. The Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002, including visiting 70 cities and towns around the UK

76. Tony Blair was the first prime minister to be born during her reign, which has already seen nine prime ministers

77. The Queen has sat through 91 state banquets and posed for 139 official portraits

78. Technically The Queen still owns the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters around the UK which are recognised as'Fishes Royal'. She also owns all wild 'mute' swans living in open water.

79. The Queen introduced a new breed of dog known as the "dorgi", when one of the corgis mated with a dachshund named Pipkin

80. The Queen is the first British monarch to see three of her children divorce

81. She demoted a footman for feeding her corgis whisky

82. The Queen has nine Royal thrones - One at the House of Lords, two at Westminster Abbey, and six in the throne room at Buckingham Palace

83. She is a Patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. One of the Queen's birds is called Sandringham Lightning.

84. There have been six Archbishops of Canterbury during the Queen's reign

85. The Queen is 5ft 4 inches or 160cm tall.

Source: The Telegraph
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Friday, 15 April 2011

Why i stay at home..

• No one to answer to
• I can control my kids [well most of the time]
• I can relax
• I don't have people bitching about me

I went to do my weekly shop, ran into a few friends, and a few not-so-friends. I even tried to break up a fight/try to calm down one of the girls, which caused the cleaner lady of the shopping complex to lable me as a bad mother " Move on Melissa, those kids shouldn't be seeing this" I felt like saying "its better than standing here watching pretty much waiting for the worst to happen" and my old self would of, But I just walked on.. everywhere I go I always have people judging the way I parent.. I figure it isn't going to stop so I may as well just keep myself and my kids happy and let them bicker.. it still hurts because they have had their families to teach them right from wrong.. I had to figure things out for myself and it frusterates me!! If only they knew..
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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Meet our little Artist

Born in the small town of Bacchus Marsh, Victoria in 2009 this little artist was first discovered by her fabulous Mum who decided it would be fun to cover her daughters hands with different coloured paint. We have decided to call this painting the latest phase to come from this little angel's sweet lips.
tricked ya - By ɹǝʞɐq ɥǝɐʌǝu
Not only is this young lady fantastic at creating hand paintings, but she is also talented at creating other things too.. 

Such as the art of making a mess. You name it - she's messed with it. Everything from toothpaste to hair gel, books to dvd's, saucepans to the utensil's drawer. Actually today she got an egg out of the fridge.. oh yes.. she is always creating something!!

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Nurse on Call

We had a shocker of a night last night. Both the kids went to bed early as uʎpǝıſ is still sick and Nevaeh was just so tired. By 3am uʎpǝıſ woke up and threw up the tiny bit of dinner he had in him and we ended up having to give him a shower. He was so sick but still managed to smile and not cry. Matt offered to sleep on the couch so he could sleep in our bed after we heard him making weazing sounds in his sleep.. It sounded like he couldn't breath. Jie turned us down of the offer (which was very unlike him) and went back to sleep in his bed. Again once he was asleep he made this unbearable noise. I did get a video of it but it won't upload. I ended up calling Nurse On Call. She listened to his breathing before having me wake him up and check to see if he could breath okay while he was awake. She was so helpful telling me to prop him up on a pillow and have him sleep sitting up because he had mucus on his chest which was making him make that horrible noise. She also told me if it got any worst to take him to the hospital and to put his vaporiser on to keep the mucus moist. She was lovely and very helpful.. I have called them in the past and they always have such great advise.. Beats sitting around in a hospital waiting room for hours with littlies that's for sure!! I'd recommend them to anyone!!

Update: We took Jie doctors this morning and found out he is on the mend. The worst is gone and although he isn't eating much I am happy to say he has not thrown up since 3am so that's a good sign! He has been so brave.. 
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Phone Home!

Before dinner tonight I called my Dad. I love calling him because in a way he eases my separation anxiety. I have nothing to do with anyone else in my family so just hearing his familiar voice gives me a well.. sense of belonging.

It was a quick chat, a hello, hows things, a few giggles and a touch of serious encouragement from a father to his daughter finished with a talk to you soon and never a good-bye.

I wouldn't have it any other way.. 5 minutes is all it takes once a week to let your parents know you love them.

It's Kind of hard to explain how I feel about my Dad.. I miss him with all my heart and want to make up for lost time although I know I can't. He is my rock in life and I know whenever I need anyone I'll always have him. I honestly couldn't imagine my life without him.

That's all for tonight, thanks for reading..
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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Is there such thing as praying too much?

Lately uʎpǝıſ has been praying a lot.. and when I say a lot I mean A-lot!! He prays about every little thing. For example today Jie woke up sick, he couldn't stop throwing up and just couldn't stop. He asked me to pray to help him feel better so I did. Within half an hour he was fine jumping around and playing hide and seek.

Then later he got the hiccups, I told him to hold his breath.. when they didn't go away he had another one of his brilliant ideas and asked his almighty God to take them away.. and straight after the prayer we waited for a hiccup together but they were gone!! I was gob smacked!! uʎpǝıſ just smiled at me then said "I told you God listens to me Mum"

Before dinner ɥǝɐʌǝᴎ was playing in his room with him today when next minute I hear. "Dear God, can you please tell Vaya to stop touching my good cars because I gave her my old ones but she still keeps touching these ones and when I tell her to stop she just gets angry at me and I don't want her to be angry - Amen"

Today alone Jie prayed around 6 times!! Is this normal and should I limiting his prayer times?

Thanks in advance
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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Preschool for Sonzie!


uʎpǝıſ and I had a great conversation while walking to preschool today! One how he would miss me, I would miss him and how he wanted me to stay with him or otherwise he would cry.

As I put his bag in his rack and told him not to forget his hat when he goes outside I turn around and he is gone!

Peeping through the class room window I catch a glimpse of him showing off his Ben 10 t-shirt to his teacher Liz. I walk in the class and just watch for a moment. "Ben 10 has to twist his watch to turn into all different aliens" he was explaining to her. I whispered that Mum was going and expected him to beg me not to. I slowly walk away when I hear him say "Mum, you forgot to give me a kiss" I turned around and leant down to kiss him, he turned his head last second and I planted it on his cheeky cheek.

Bye son I say as I leave the room.. I'll miss you!

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Not Again..


I have chosen to keep uʎpǝıſ back in kinder this year. It was a joint decision between me and his preschool but after the decision was made I had a lot of people looking down on me. I had protective services asking questions, his Grandparents thinking I made the wrong decision and when his Father found out lets just say he wasn't happy. Matt even second questioned me.

I went to the preschool a few times and I always saw the same thing. uʎpǝıſ would be sitting by himself playing. Happily may I add. But I never seen him playing with others. One day I went early to pick him up just to watch him playing and he was in the sandpit with others.. but still playing by himself.

I found it weird because he always come home talking about little kids in his group. I started to question myself about pushing him into school the following year. After talking to his teacher she said that he finds it hard to make friends and that she didn't think he was socially ready for grade Prep.

I had an inkling he wasn't ready.. a mothers instinct if you like! Although he knows his numbers, shapes, colours, opposites, alphabet etc. another important element for school and in life in general is communication. People look down on me for holding Jie back and I have stopped explaining and just smile because I know I am making the right decision for my son.
Fact is - I would rather my son be ready for school then to be pushed into it  because his age says he should me in grade prep. I'd rather him go to school a year later so he can actually enjoy it and build life long friends who he can sit alongside his whole school years. and finally I'd rather that either people in our lives support my decision or keep their opinions to themselves.

Sorry for the random rant..

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Friday, 28 January 2011

Mum & Son


Today Jiedyn and I watched movies in bed pretty much all day. I had no energy after pulling an all nighter on here last night. I learnt alot too. Blogger is more active when I'm sleeping. But I won't be doing that again any time soon. I felt like a zombie all day. It was good to just relax and spend time with my not-so-little boy. Jie is a talker.. he never stops.. I never get to watch a whole movie when he is beside me because he talks my ear off. But I wouldn't change a thing! One of the things we've loved to do together ever since he was 3 is story telling. We both lay together, pick a topic for each others story then make it up. Jie's are always about Ben 10, Power Rangers or The Ninja Turtles [[although all his fighting movies have been put away]] and mine are always about our family, his teddies or animals. I know not as imaginative as his stories about saving the universe but he still sits through them. This is another moment I hope he looks back on and shares with his kids one day! That is pretty much all from my end tonight, I'm off to read some more of my book.. night..
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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Blogging in 2011

I love blogging, its a great release, a great way to meet new people and a wonderful way to look back on lessons learned throughout life.

This year I plan 3 things..

  1. More fun and family time!
  2. Less facebook!
  3. More blogging!
I designed my own background & layout to vamp up my new blog, it wasn't easy either, it took a week just to figure out html codes etc. But the finish product was well worth it! It's great don't you think?

Looking forward to getting to know you all

Melissa

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