Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year, New News!

Happy New Year, from our family to yours! We have some exciting news to share with you! I bet you can't wait to hear it!

We made a video to share the news! Enjoy!

That's right! We are having baby number 3! I have a doctor's appointment set up within the next couple weeks and will be finding out more official information on baby's arrival date then. Looking forward to keeping you all updated on our family adventures in 2012!

Happy New Year!

Enjoy today!

Friday, December 30, 2011

All Things Merry and Bright : Our Christmas in Pictures

Hello Friends and Family! What a great week! It was nice to have a little holiday from the bloggy, but I missed all of you like crazy! Here is what we have been up to:

A Picture with Santa ended up being a picture with the nativity (baby Jesus) for Addi. She wouldn't touch Santa with a 39 and a half foot pole!

A snack at the chocolate shop after pictures with Mr. Claus.

Baking cookies for Santa.

Instead of having a snowball fight and building snowmen, we jumped on our trampoline on Christmas Eve.

Cookies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph!

The Christmas Story.

The night before Christmas (followed by Addi hiding under her covers for hours in fear of Santa coming to our house.)

Although Addi does not like Santa, Santa loves Addi and brought her plenty of toys ;)

He ate up his cookies and even left a note for the girls!

Stocking time!

Addi thought the stockings would warm up her feet :)

Christmas at Matt's boss' house. The dogs lounging after their Christmas feast.

Beautiful Christmas table filled with amazing Christmas food and even better Christmas company. We are blessed to have such wonderful people surrounding us here in Oz.


crowns :)

On December 28th we celebrated Destiny's half birthday with cupcakes and...

She colored a picture for her dear friend as a gift to teach her the spirit of giving.

The following day brought a trip to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Walking with friends.

We even saw a platypus! It was so fun!

Mr. Platy is swimming right there, but difficult to see.

On our way out, we stopped to say bye-bye to a roo!

Special gifts from an extra special gal! (Thank you SO much, Jenae! The girls and dolls love the blankets you made!)

The girls were so blessed with many wonderful gifts from so many great people, we feel loved even though many miles separate us from our family.

We hope your Christmas was merry and that you have a very happy and blessed New Year!

We are off to Sydney to enjoy the fireworks tonight! Pictures to come soon!

Enjoy today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hello Friends!

How is your Holiday season starting out? White? Snowy? Being a North Dakota gal, my ideal Christmas always involves some powdery snow on the ground. While living in Australia, I really miss the snow for Christmas! Lucky for me, my sister sent some North Dakota snow our way!

It comes in a powder form and you just add some water and fluff it! Brilliant! When I told Destiny we were going to make some North Dakota snow, she got wide-eyed and said, "In the house?!?!"

She was completely giddy to make snow in the house. She emptied the flaky white granules into the big bowl.

Addi added the water.

A little bit of stirring and...we have a white Christmas at our house!

A couple of final touches; a snowman and Santa and we are all set!

I hope that no matter where you are, you have a bit of "white" for your Christmas too! (Maybe that means white sandy beaches to you?!)

Enjoy today!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

All Things Merry and Bright!

Hello Friends!

It may not look or feel like Christmas around here, but with all of the Christmas activities we have been attending it sure is that time of year! Do we miss the snow? Yes, of course! It just doesn't feel like Christmas without a mug of hot cocoa and a scarf wrapped tightly around my neck when I go outside. Here are some of the things that make it seem a bit more like Christmas time:

I decorated a gingerbread train at a Military Spouse's Christmas Afternoon Tea Party. We also had an ornament exchange!

We attended the Carols by Candlelight again this year. It was so much fun! We even met up with a few other families from the play group.

My candlelight.

The girls had "fake" candles that they danced with. They loved seeing Santa and Addi was so excited to see baby Jesus.

Toward the end of the night. It was so cold that we had to leave before Silent Night (my favorite carol).

Building with blocks at the last Science Time of the year at Questacon.

I hosted a cookie exchange and we watched a bit of Elf (that movie really does put me in the spirit!)

The goodies! It was so fun to have a cookie exchange with my friends. Such good cookies!

How are you preparing for Christmas?

What's your favorite Christmas Carol?

Whatever you are doing to prepare, I hope you are enjoying every second of it and taking time to appreciate your loved ones! What a special time of year!

Enjoy today!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's just never quite long enough

Vacation...that is! It's never quite long enough. However, on this particular vacation to the Sapphire Coast we had a fantastic combination of relaxing and getting outdoors to do things.

Matt and the girls playing at the playground right next to our cabin.

The whole "resort" was decorated with old tractors and farming equipment. This happened to be a Ford tractor.

A short hike from our cabin was Pooh Corner. This is where Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends lived. Destiny was sorely disappointed that there was no Christopher Robin.

However, they were happy to see Kanga and Roo, Piglet, Tigger, Owl and more.

Walking on a bridge with Daddy over to lake at the resort.

Our only breakie away from the cabin. Destiny trying my glasses out for size.

The lake at the resort with the bridges in the background. It was so beautiful and surrounded with water dragons and other fun lizards.

The girls played their first round of mini golf!

Daddy teaching Addi how to swing the club.

But she would rather hug all of the cement creatures on the coarse. Here she is hugging a sleeping wombat!

A wallaby visited our cabin each evening around dinner time. Matt was able to get quite close to him, however, he never took food from Matt's hand. (That was Matt's goal) One night he brought three friends along with him too. It was spectacular!

We spent a couple of days at the beach. Enjoying the waves and sun shine!

We all tried out the climbing wall.

Addi's first time holding a caterpillar.

Our first canoe ride as a family.

Mr. Wallaby snacking on an apple right by our porch.

A short walk to a beautiful view. The Pinnacles.

A trip to the aquarium. This cheeky octopus opens a jar in order to get his food out! It was so fun to watch him wiggle around! We went to the aquarium at feeding time and had a tour guide the entire time. It was a wonderful time.

Addi looking at some fish.

After the tour, we went upstairs and dined in their cafe. From the windows overlooking the ocean we saw 2 dolphins playing with a snorkeler!

I don't think I've told you all about the standard Aussie burger. Well here it is folks: meet patty, bun, lettuce, egg, tomato, and beetroot. Very different from an American burger!

After a nice lunch, we headed off to Magic Mountain to take in some of the rides. Addi enjoyed driving this car with the nice green fellow in it.

Matt loved that there weren't as many safety measures placed on the rides here as there are in the US. This ride had no seat belts and you controlled how fast you go. He said the water slides he went on were borderline scary! They go underground for most of the ride!

When I was growing up, my grandparents had a swing like this in their yard. I was so excited to get pictures of the girls in this swing because it's a fond memory I have of Summer time in Tioga, ND.

Daddy's birthday cake that was baked in an oven that was the home to a spider who's body was as big as the palm of my hand. It was the biggest spider I have ever seen in the wild.

Heading home, we stopped off at the Bega Cheese Factory to take a peek at their heritage center.

The girls thought that it was so cool that cheese comes from cows.

They also enjoyed some rainbow ice cream, that tasted very "rainbowy" the words of a 4 year old :)

With just an hour left to Canberra, we stopped at a little place called the Christmas Barn that is filled with ALL things Christmas. It was a wonderful display that reminded me of home!

As you can see, we had a lovely trip and Matt had a great birthday!

Enjoy today!