Friday, 24 July 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday is only three days away and this year I'm doing things a little differently. I'm asking all my near and dear friends to not spend money on gifts or dinner and drinks. I'm asking you guys to spend what you would if we were to catch up to help my buy myself a car for my birthday! It's easy! Click here - I have my heart set on a nice little car which will cost me $2,700 and if I can come up with the money it's all mine! Please help me buy my first car for my birthday <3

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

A day in the life of Mel..

7.15am - My alarm goes off. I snooze it and go back to sleep.

7.30am - My alarm goes off again and so I drag my butt out of bed waking Nevaeh.

8.00am - I'm arguing with the kids who can't find their Myki cards. They've all had breakfast, the school kids are dressed, have their lunchboxes in their bags and are now putting their shoes and socks on. I'm still in the process of finding the hair brush.

8.20am - We're all at the bus stop playing Ispy as we wait for the bus.

9.00am - I have gotten through half of a coffee, folded a load of washing, put another load on, and am about to jump in the shower while Justine is busy watching peppa pig and playing trains.

10.00am - Justine and I are at the library for Story Time a half an hour early so we're doing a puzzle.

10.30am - Story time starts and let's just say it's not what it used to be when my kids were little. Justine loses interest and asks to leave 10 minutes in.

11.05am - Justine is getting her hair cut at the hairdresser

11.30am -  We're at the fish 'n chip shop (finally). Justine has been asking to go to the fish shop every day since she has been here.

11.50am - We're sitting in the beautiful sunshine, not a cloud in the sky eating our lunch together.

12.20pm - We're browsing Bargains on Parade for a few new coloring books and pick up a few bargains including three dot to dot books.

12.45pm - We're leaving the salvos store with a new doll and three movies (for $5)

1.07pm - I message this photos to my sister of a very excited little girl opening her mail..

1.52pm - Justine is watching Play school on her new tablet.

2.22pm - Matt is mowing the lawns as I hose down our outdoor dining furniture.

3.08pm - Justine and I are watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and she is finally dosing off.

3.47pm - Kids are rushing through the door with so much to tell me. Two have misplaced their myki cards. I try not to get too angry.

4.00pm - Hiram and Jie are checking out the games on Hirams new touch tablet. Justine is still asleep and Nevaeh and I are outside doing some water painting.

4.30pm - Jie is on the computer, Justine is playing a game on her tablet, Hiram and Nevaeh are on the trampoline and I am hanging out washing.

4.47pm - I'm doing dishes, girls are playing dogs and cats, boys are watching shark attacks on youtube.

6.08pm - Kids are eating fish and chips for dinner and Matt has popped in to buy them ice-cream for dessert.

6.42pm - Girls are in the bath and the boys are reading their readers to me.

7.20pm - Kids are talking to Kristal on the phone.

7.40pm - Boys watching spider-man on YouTube and girls are playing Mum's and babies.

8.15pm - Tucking kids in bed, offering hugs and kisses and lights out.

8.30pm - Make a cuppa and sit down to watch a movie.

8.40pm - Remove Justine from the room and together we watch The Brady Bunch while the big school kids start dozing off into dreamland.

9.06pm  - Tuck Justine into bed beside her big brother.

9.30pm - Turn the TV off and reheat that untouched cuppa, grab a muffin and started writing this post.

Life has become very busy in our home with my beautiful niece and hunky nephew staying with us for a while. There is no time for the little things I used to take for granted such as finishing a coffee or afternoon naps before my children got home from school but while life is busier it's also a lot more fun! The kids play really well together and my niece and nephew are a joy to have around. I've really enjoyed this time with them both.. Seeing their little personalities come out and letting my love shine on them. I'm such a proud Aunty..
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Be in a Newspaper - CHECK!

My first debut in a newspaper was when I was just a few days old. In the loving arms of my doting Mum with a smile so big it could rule the world.. A photographer visited the Moe hospital to take my photo to publish in the local paper. The message beneath my photo read
FLETCHER (Nawie) - Melissa Anne, born on July 27 at Moe to Margaret and David of Moe. Sister for Kristal. Weight 3.34 kg."
I know all this because the newspaper clipping now sits in my family's photo album.

Since then I haven't been very famous or appeared in many newspapers apart from when I was a preteen and played Netball. Not as amazing as being born but my name appeared in the local sports section when I'd get best on court or did well in Little Athletics.

So last year I added "Be in a Newspaper" to my bucket list here on our blog.

And since then I haven't just been in one newspaper, the kids and I have been in many..

The Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly

The Bacchus Marsh Scoop - Edition 4

Torres News - Thursday Island
The Moorabool News 

Bacchus Marsh Scoop - Edition 7
How amazing is that! We are the only Torres Strait Islander family here in Bacchus Marsh (apart from my brother) and in the last few months I have been getting actively involved with the indigenous group here in our community. While our indigenous people here were not recognized for Reconciliation week the Aboriginal (and TSI) parents group made damn sure we were able to celebrate NIADOC week. I was a part of that too.

NAIDOC week went amazingly well and was a great success.

I'm looking forward to continually working with the indigenous community here in our hometown to ensure our voices are heard, opportunities are there for our young people and our people can be respected and thrive in such an old set community.

I want to send the message that we can feel proud of who we are and should!

We are Australia's 1st people and while we are a minority, we matter.

Black Lives Matter!

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Friday, 17 July 2015

We Were Featured in Briggs New Music Video Earlier this Month..

As I mentioned in this post last month we were invited to be a part of a music video. That music video has since been published and has over 30,000 views already. Here it is..

The song was released over NAIDOC Week this and was inspired by this song by Archie Roach..

For more information about how this song came about please click here..

What an absolute honor it was to be a part of such a powerful song and video clip. Well done to all who worked endlessly to get this video out for NAIDOC Week and for inviting us to be a part of it.

Much love and all the best with the NIMA nominations Briggs, you have our vote! xx
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