Sunday, April 29, 2012

Back At It

 Hey Friends!  How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty good.  Filled with some really nice family time :)  You may have noticed my blog had a little break this weekend too.  The truth is, nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary happened so I didn't take my camera out much. 
This morning, Destiny is all set to go to school in her new winter uniform!  She loves it!  She opted for the button down collared shirt over the turtle neck and she refuses to wear the tights.  (The uniform practically covers her legs anyways!)  She was a bit slow moving when we first got into her classroom, but I believe that is because the assistant teacher is gone so she was missing her.  I got her interested in some blocks and then she built me a large tower before I left.  I think she'll have a fantastic day! 
 One of our weekend pics: Matt being a "coat" for Addi because she was cold!  It became a really fun game :)
Here is my 28 week picture!  The boy is taking up quite a bit of room in there.  I feel many jabs to the ribs these days!  Everything with the pregnancy seems to be going wonderfully and moving right along!  We can't wait to meet our little peanut!

Enjoy today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's Bugging You?

 Hey Friends!  Destiny has been studying insects in school during her first term.  She came home with a bit of homework to do over the school holiday.  (homework is optional, but SO much fun!)  Above, she drew a spider!  That's a lot of legs!
 A spider made out of pipe cleaners.
 A button lady bug!
 Pipe cleaner butterfly.
 Little fuzzy caterpillar :)  We had so much fun creating insects out of art supplies!
 We also took a walk around the block looking for insects.  Here is a butterfly.
This little guy we found in our garden! 

Destiny loves school so it has been so fun to do homework through out her weeks off.  What a blast!

Enjoy today!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Australian New Zealand Army Corps

 Hello Friends!  Happy Anzac Day!  If you are unaware of what Anzac Day is I will explain in the next paragraph.  This is the Requiem that was read by Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN at the ceremony this morning:

"On the morning of 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand troops landed under fire at Gallipoli.  It was then and in the battles which followed that the ANZAC tradition was formed.
On this day, above all days, we remember all those who served our nation in times of war.
We remember with pride their courage, their compassion and their comradeship.  We remember what they accomplished for Australia, and indeed for the freedom of mankind.
We honour those who died or were disabled in the tragedy of war.  They adorn our nation's history.
We remember those who feel amidst the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, on the terraced hills of Palestine, in France and Belgium, on the sands on North African desert, amidst the mountains and olive groves of Greece, Crete and Syria, in the skies over Europe, in Singapore, in the jungles of Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, in Korea and Vietnam, in later conflicts and in peacekeeping, in the skies and seas in many parts of the world and on our own soil and in our sea lanes.
We remember those who suffered as prisoners of war, and those who died in captivity.  We remember staunch friends and allies, especially those who fought alongside us on that first day on Gallipoli in 1915. 
Our servicemen and women have left us a splendid heritage.  May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice."

It is a "Memorial Day" of sorts.  As a special little touch, I made some ANZAC biscuits to bring along to the ceremony.  These biscuits were made of such pantry items that have a long shelf life.  Sugar, syrup, flour, oats, and coconut are a few of the ingredients.  They are extra crunchy and quite delicious.  They were a treat that was sent to the service troops from home. 

Below are some pictures of the events:
 Australian Troops marching in.

 The girls eating their ANZAC biscuits.
 The Australian Submarine Association.
 Here come the Americans!  Matt put on his uniform and marched in the freezing cold weather today.
 I liked this picture because it has both the American flag and the Australian flag.
 Matt is on the end of the third row from the right. 

 The Laying of the Wreaths in front of the War Memorial.
 The Aussie Troops during the National Anthem.
The ceremony ended with a spectacular fly over! 

What a special event to be a part of.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures!  Lest we forget.

Enjoy today!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bottles and Booties, Diapers and Pins, This is where the FUN begins!

 Hello Friends!  We partied it up on Saturday, baby shower style!  I had a joint baby shower with two of my gal pals here in Oz.  One is due next week and the other had her baby a few weeks ago (and boy is he a charmer!).  In the photo above is the three of us!
 The decorations were simply beautiful!
 Baby boy was kicking and jumping for joy! {27 weeks}
 The food was no less than amazing!
 There were gifts galore!
 There was even time to get crafty and create onsies for one another!
 It was a delightful morning and I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends!  A special thanks to my friend, Sadie for opening up her house and hosting.  Thanks to those who helped her out too!  It was a wonderful baby shower and I so appreciate it!
 Here are a couple of the bubs that attended!  (The stander and the sitter!)  Aren't they cute?
The onesies that friends made for my baby boy! 

Baby boy is now completely spoilt!  He has everything a baby could ever dream of.  Lucky him!  We can't wait to meet you, baby!

Enjoy today!

P.S. Today Destiny put her baby Lucy under her shirt and said she's going to have a baby too! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

National Carrilon Open Day

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!  I hope you don't have a case of the Mondays...I know a little 4 year old girl that does.  Hopefully the day will start looking "up" for her!  We have a FULL PLATE today!
Last weekend we went on a little adventure (actually quite a long one; walking about 9 miles total) to the National Carrilon open day.  The National Carrilon is located on an island within Lake Burley Griffin. 
There were so many fun activities: live music, balloon animals, face painting, crafts, etc.!  The girls had a blast!

We ended our time at the Carrilon with a parachute game and someone playing the Carrilon live.  It was beautiful!

Come visit us, and you could see the National Carrilon too!  :) 
Enjoy today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Story Time at the War Memorial

Hello! Happy Friday! One week ago, Destiny put on her fancy hat {knit by her Grandma Sue} and off we went to the Museum at the War Memorial here in Canberra. They were hosting a story time. I was a bit skeptical as sometimes museums are not very child friendly, however, this story time/museum blew me away!
Addi posed for a pic too! It's beautiful Autumn weather and the girls are absolutely enjoying it!
Inside the museum there was a children's area complete with a real life sized helicopter! The kids had so much fun "driving" it!
There was also a mock submarine! I think those racks look pretty spacious compared to the ones that Matt slept on in the Seawolf!
In another area, there was a trench. The kids had fun trying on the different styles of military hats and clothing.

The story time included stories about animals who helped out in the effort of the military. They provided hats made out of news paper for each child. Destiny learned how to salute!

After story time, the kids ran back to the submarine to play some more!
What a fun time! We will definitely be back!
What are you weekend plans? In a few minutes the girls and I are going to do a painting project. Then it will for sure be bath time :) I am so excited for tomorrow; a friend of mine is hosting a baby shower for me and a couple of other ladies who are expecting or have recently had a baby! It's going to be so fun!
Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a blast!
Enjoy today!