Thursday, December 17, 2015

Beautiful mermaids

Love this pic we took recently...


Thursday, December 10, 2015

I'm a Masters Graduate!

The big day finally arrived, it was so exciting! I was graduating again, this time with a Masters! What a wonderful, crazy adventure studying is, I just love it :-) I now have a Masters of Training & Development with a specialty in Adult and Vocational Education.  My only regret at the graduation? Not wearing my hair down! I looked bald under that hat, haha!

This time I had not two, but three kids by my side, along with Juan who was proudly cheering me on the whole time. If it wasn't for him, I don't even know if I would have graduated at all. There were some nights where I was in tears and complaining to him "Maybe I should just quit and we can use the money and effort on something else", to which he would calmly remind me of my future goals, how far I had already come, and would provide me with words of encouagement until I replied "You're right", and turned around and began again. 

I studied for 18 months, sometimes doing two classes, sometimes three. At one point I was also working three days a week doing the FDC while doing two classes as well as looking after the kids and running the house; no small feat, but I actually found it to be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. By the end of it, I no longer ran the FDC, but was studying three classes and planning to start my own training business within the child care industry, a soft skills development business which, with the help of my mum, I named Essential Training Group (see www.essentialtraininggroup.com.au or www.ccretention.com.au) It has all been so exciting to see it all come together, I have felt positively 'led' the whole way. 

I was particularly excited when I received 98% followed by 96% for some of my assignments. I usually aim for the 85%, but seriously, by the end of it would have been happy with anything over a pass. So when I was continually receiving marks like that more and more as the course went on, it was a wonderful feeling. 

I'm really grateful that I live in a country where, as a woman, I can study what I want, when I want. My friends and family have also been a great support throughout the whole process, it was so encouraging to hear "I'm not surprised at all!" when I told them of a mark I received or they helped me overcome hurdles in my mind. But, I am especially grateful for a husband who loves and supports me no matter what I choose to do. Along with a merciful Heavenly Father who leads me along, Juan has been my rock and my advisor through it all, and still is. I also want my girls to know that they can accomplish anything they want to do in this life, and beyond; just let your thoughts be led by the Spirit, banish the fear, and strive forward with faith in God and in yourself. I hope you will. Much love and thanks to you all. xx


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Just Like Mike

I gave Juan the ultimate boys gift for father's day this year (even other dads were jealous, hehe) :) After a lot of thought, I decided on a great quality outdoor basketball, and an oversized poster of Michael Jordan. For those of you who don't know my husband, he loves two sports with an absolute passion - soccer, and the NBA. Since soccer season is winding down, his attention has again focused to the NBA, and this means he is catching up with the latest team goss online, as well as reminiscing and re-watching old school clips from his hero's of the 1990s, namely Michael Jordan, Sean Kemp, Kevin Durant, and the Chicago Bulls as a team in general. Try arguing with this guy that LeBron James is as good as Jordan and you will have a losing battle on your hands. I swear I know more about 90s NBA basketball now than I ever did watching it with my brother growing up -  and that was IN the 90s!! 

Since then Juan's been having a great time playing with his new ball and showing off all his old school moves. Check these out:

  


 

Not bad for a 35 year old dad of three, right?? :) 

Meanwhile, Vettoria gave him an awesome picture she drew of him, and honestly I still laugh every time I see it. Look at this:



Baha ha haaa still cracks me up. What's with the mustache?? LOL :) It kind of reminds me of the gorgeous mothers day present Eadith made me last year:


What a lovely couple we are, hahaa :-P  I'm holding on to these forever by the way! 

But get this - I gave the girls each $2 to spend at their school Father's Day stall. And you know what happened? Each got him the EXACT same gift! No joke. They each bought a small car key-ring, exact shape and model, just different colors. It was hilarious to see them all pull them out the morning of. Actually, Vettoria gave him TWO of them for some reason, so he actually has FOUR car key-rings to go with his portrait. Makes me laugh every time I think about it.. :) 

Happy Fathers Day daddy, you are the most wonderful father, husband, and man we know. I don't know what I did to deserve you but I'm grateful every day. Much love babe... xxx

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"The Call"

So, I got it. I got... "THE CALL!" 

What call, you ask?

The call that every mother must receive at some point during motherhood... the call from the school explaining that their child has "fallen off the monkey bars" and may have broken her arm. 

How. Exciting!! :-D

I of course, in all my dramatic mother glory, ran down to the school as quickly as I could, and breezed through the office doors declaring, "Is she ok? What happened?" as caring and yet, with just a hint of worried concern, as you do...

It was as I suspected... swinging from bar to bar, Tori accidentally slipped and down she fell, her wrist breaking her fall, and possibly her bones along with it... I held her tightly as we walked to the car to drive to the hospital, feeling very 'mummy-like' in this very 'mummy-moment'. 

Why on earth would I make such a big deal about this, you ask? Well, it's for this reason... I have never had a broken bone (unless you count the time while at university in Utah when I came off a longboard straight onto the asphalt with my face, which caused a hairline fracture down my nose... see? Not quite the same thing...). 

I used to watch kid after kid go through primary and highschool with broken arms in casts, broken legs with crutches, broken fingers without pens, and broken toes without shoes. And oh how I longed for my own broken bone... but it never came. 

Well, at last it did! Even though it's not my own bone, I am now amidst the mothers who can haphazardly say "Oh, I know what you mean... my daughter also broke her wrist of the monkey-bars", shaking my head with that knowing smile only a mother who's child has broken a bone can give... 

Yep, thanks for Vettoria, I've made it. Meanwhile, she's loving all the attention at school, AND she gets to do most of her class work on the computer, which is a dream come true for her. High fives all around! Well... you know what I mean... ;) 
 


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Day at the Ballet

The girls were invited to Olivia's 5th birthday party held at a local ballet studio. It's a great idea for a little girl party, as the girls get their hair and makeup done, they put on a tutu and they are instructed in the art of ballet. It was a dream come true for my three :) 

I have always said that if the girls want to do ballet then I am perfectly fine with it and I'm happy to support, it however, if they watch a movie or attend a ballet party and walk away asking to do it, but then don't ask again within a 6 month period of time, I assume it was a temporary fad and they have no 'real' desire to do it. And so it has been since the girls were born. Although they love the idea of it, they ask about it only when they are reminded, and hence I haven't gone to the effort to book three little girls in (and pay for it) for weekly ballet lessons when they aren't begging for it in the first place. But hey, ready and waiting for when the real interest shines through :) 

Meanwhile, they loved this party, and I loved watching them in their little outfits parading and prancing and pointing their toes. Sooo cute. Check it out:








Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday Anabel!

I can't believe my baby is four! She is getting so big, so fast... Ahh... melancholy moment..... :-(
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*insert sigh here*

ANYWAY, her party went beautifully. This year she was old enough to look through the internet herself and pick out a cake she wanted me to make. She knew she wanted a Peppa Pig theme, so I ran with it and found one that she loved. It looked doable, so I gave it a go and was happy with how it came out, and she was ecstatic which was my main goal :)

She had a great party filled with lots of cousins and friends. We made marshmallow piggies and had the traditional pinata.We are now fully stocked with Peppa Pig toys galore, and she couldn't be more excited about them all! She sleeps at night surrounded by a truck load of soft toys, including ones from her birth, and all birthdays until now, and now we have added three soft Peppa pigs to the collection. Very cute :)

UNFORTUNATELY we can't seem to locate all the pics we took of the happy day, so I only have a couple of the cake from my phone.. I'll keep looking for them, but until then, I've added some pics of Anabel during this year to enjoy :)

Happy birthday to our sweet little big four year old baby girl, we love you! xxx





The finished result
Getting the preparations ready
Not a bad replica of the cake chosen by Bel online
One of our cute little marshmallow piggies. As yummy as it was cute!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Car Snaps

Anabel and I arrived at Costco too early one day and we had some fun taking snaps in the car while we waited. They actually came out pretty good, so I thought I'd add them to our family journal :) 





Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!!

So, I am officially 34... that's crazy! It makes me think of this funny quote, which fits my feelings exactly:


My birthday came and went in a flurry of fun and gifts. I spent it mostly with the girls and Juan and to my delight he once again surprised me with a day off work, and an awesome electronic gift! This year it was a new mobile phone which I'm still wrapping my head around... I feel myself getting to 'that age' where it takes me ages to figure out what all the 'new fandangle' buttons and devices are for, haha. But I love it nevertheless. I also received many adorable hand-drawn gifts from the kids, as well as some gorgeous new clothes and of course, breakfast in bed. I have been VERY spoiled :) Juan gets better and better with age at gift giving, it great! :) 

The girls decorated a beautiful pavlova for me - all by themselves! They were very proud and it tasted delicious. I'm excited to see what this 34th year of life brings me. Life is very full between family life and doing my masters, but I'm thoroughly enjoying both at the moment, and I consider myself one of the most blessed people on the planet. Much love to  you all, thank you for being a part of my life :) 





Friday, February 27, 2015

School Disco - Term 1

So the first term disco is on, and as it's Eadith's first ever, she is absolutely stoked to go! Vettoria has never been a huge fan of dancing, but rather she's more excited to go and see her friends, and ends up dancing with them later in the night (and by night I mean between the hours of 4pm-6pm, haha). 

Eadith however, she can't wait to go and shake her little tail feather. It's a part of who she is. She constantly walks around the house dancing and twirling. Even when she's not walking, her arms are lifting in poses and stretches. I call her a 'free spirit', and that she is... often off with the 'fairies', doing her own thing, thinking her own thoughts... Such a sweetheart. Of course, when we arrive at school and she doesn't have her shoes on nor her bag with her, despite telling everyone three times to do it, yah, the word 'free spirit' is not going through my mind... :-/

Meanwhile, it's off, off to the disco we go! 





Friday, February 20, 2015

Battle of Wills

So Anabel is still choosing to dislike kindy. I say 'choosing' because that's how she works. She makes a choice about whether she wants to enjoy something, and then she stubbornly sticks to it at all costs. I am sure, for example, if I bribed her with a lollie every time she went, then she would choose to enjoy going to kindy and that would be the end of it. It's the same with eating her dinner. She one day decided she didn't like spaghetti bolognaise, and refused to eat it until the day I said "you wont get any garlic bread until you eat your bolognaise", at which she considered the option, weighed up the pros and cons, and then proceeded to put the spaghetti in her mouth and saying the word "Yum! I love this now. This is sooo yummy!" not realising I could see her gag reflex monitoring she thought otherwise...  But still, she now claims to love spag bog because she made the choice she does. 

And so it is with kindy. Despite having a fine time once she is there, she has decided that she doesn't like it and would rather not go. I am just so over the constant arguing and debating every single morning trying to get her ready, and then every single night before bed. She only goes three days a week, but she is just miserable. So, today we tried a different technique. 

"OK Anabel", I said "You don't have to go to kindy today, but you will have to stay in your bed all day long. No playing, no fun, no toys. Just laying in your bed and that is all. How do you feel about that?"
"That's ok, I'll do that". :-S And so it began. I had the plan that she would get so bored after about an hour of doing absolutely nothing, that I was convinced she would be at kindy by 10am. 

I was wrong. Anabel stayed in that bed ALL. DAY. LONG.

She just layed there, cute as could be, staring at nothing. 

At one point I came in and she was tossing a book up in the air and catching it - while laying down. Of course, I took the book away and reminded her that there was 'no fun playing with books either', and she continued to lay there, just looking and entertaining herself. She would occasionally have a rest and then wake up and entertain herself again. 

Stubborn. Little. Cutie!! 

There was one hour when an old FDC friend came around with her son on a spur of the moment visit, and I let Bel come out and play during that time, mostly out of pity for little Lucas who wanted some entertainment, but apart from that, and eating her lunch, she stayed in that bed the entire time. I'm not sure what will come of this kindy debacle, but one thing I do know, we have one stubborn little girl on our hands.

Juan thinks she gets it from me, but I absolutely refuse to believe that..  ;-) 


Friday, February 13, 2015

Look what I got!!!

Look what I got in the mail.... my new business cards!! Very exciting! Even though I'm still in the ground phase of the business I, of course, got a little ahead of myself and  went ahead and designed my business cards and logo. 

After going through a truck load of logo designs, getting opinions from everyone, and researching effective layouts and psychological corporate color preferences, I chose my own theme and, with the help of a graphic designer, I gave him my idea and we just ran with it. I'm absolutely stoked with the design and quality, and I couldn't be happier with the result. 

Its feeling more and more exciting now that I have a physical element to show off of all the hard work I'm putting in, in my brain and on the computer. I still plan on finishing my masters before I start working, or at least before I implement a marketing campaign, so there's a lot of work to go yet, but I'm definitely on my way. How exciting!!! :-D


Monday, January 26, 2015

It's back to school we go!!!

It's back to school time already! The holidays have been awesome this year, and I can honestly say the time has flown by and went way too fast. We have had so much fun just hanging out, mucking around, and enjoying being around eachother. The girls have all played so well together, I have been so proud of them. But, it's time...

This year Tori has moved up to year two and Eadith, I can't believe it, is in year one! They both look so cute in their uniforms, I just want to eat them up. And Anabel, well, since we started her a week early, it was just enough time for her to decide she hates kindy and doesn't want to ever go back again.... Yep! Our stubborn little girl has decided to put up a fight every time its a kindy day, and then, on the other days, she complains about the next day being a kindy day... The days - and nights - are getting longer and longer with this little girl, I'm sorry to say... time will tell; I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, check out these cute-as pics of my babes on their way to the first day of school, 2015. These are the pics we will love looking back on... and I'm already feeling sentimental about them... *insert sigh here* ...  :(







Splashing Good Times!

After a heavy rain the girls and I love nothing better than hitting the bike reserve and splashing in the awesome puddles. Check out these cute pics:





Sunday, January 25, 2015

Loving Our Little Piggies

The girls are still obsessed with their adorable little guinea pigs, Cutie and Diego, who are now one year old. They treat them like their children, and the pigs just squeak away in delight as they are cuddled and carried around the house or pushed in the toy pram. To this day, Juan still has not touched or patted them, true to his word. The pigs are to him what a snake would be to me.... so I am very grateful that, despite his dislike for rodents of any kind, he appreciates the value they add to the kids lives and allows the kids and I to continue loving them as we do. I'm still the one who feeds and bathes them, but I don't mind, I'm a 'pet person' so I'm happy to do it. And the girls play with the pigs every single day, so I don't have to worry about them lacking in attention. I took some snaps of the girls with their babies so we don't forget how cute they are. Check out the one of Eadie rubbing Cutie's tummy. Cutie just lays back and lets her scratch away with a big grin on his face as he squeaks in delight and satisfaction, totally still for ages. She carries that pig everywhere, they just adore eachother. Overall, they have been wonderful first pets, and  I highly recommend them :)  Enjoy these cute pics!