Thursday, January 31, 2013

We made it...

We made it to Whyalla!
This time I actually got to see this sign and take a photo of it in the flesh!
We got here on Monday late afternoon. We have been busy unpacking and taking drives and walks around the place. Tim has worked out the internet now which is good, because I was starting to get withdrawals from Instagram ;)

Monday, January 28, 2013

#52 lists Favourite tv shows as a kid

What a fun list! I took a couple of days thinking about it and then wrote it down! It's fun sharing it on instagram because it got other people reminiscing about their favourite shows...
I did miss one though
to see some other lists head here! to Pip's place!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Craig Emerson sings 'no Whyalla wipe-out'

bit of fun for your Tuesday morning...this was on the ABC news a few months ago :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

old friends

Just before the new year something really cool happened...
but first I need to back track a bit back to late 2003...or so when I was at uni.
I had been living with some old family friends in Brisbane while I studied social work at the University of QLD, I'd just broken up with my boyfriend of about 5 months...not the longest relationship known to man kind, but I had fallen hard and was really struggling to make sense of life and feel happy in myself and I guess had fallen into a bit of a dark time.
While I was working through this time, feeling pretty lonely and average, I was invited to a small group that was just starting out with a bunch of people I had a sort of met at church. Most of us were newish to Brisbane and most of us had migrated from different areas around Australia and were making that church our home. The first time I remember meeting all together with the group was at Brad and Di's place, we broke off and got to know each other a bit, over the coming months and years we hung out regularly and those people became a really important part of my spiritual, mental and social development, moving from a teenager to a young adult. I was the "baby" of the group and really felt looked after. I felt like I had a few older sisters and brothers looking out for me...without the sibling rivalry and bickering! Many of them travelled to Bundy to come to my 21st and it was a real hoot. (And if I'm ever speaking about these people with my parents, I often refer to what they were dressed as at my 21st!) 2006 I moved from Brisbane back to Adelaide, and over the next few years most of the group left that church. A couple moved to Darwin (they have since moved to NSW), one guy moved to Albury (as a single guy, he's now married with a little boy and one on the way), Kylie moved back to Melbourne, Fiona moved back to about 2009, one couple moved to far north QLD, another one of girls went to Mackay, one guy went to Canada for a holiday...met his wife there and has been there ever since... and a few of the group stayed in the Wolloongabba area.
Over the last 7 years I have had the pleasure of seeing these wonderful friends on pilgrimages back to Brisbane. OR lucky for me some of the extended families (mums and dads, sisters) live in Adelaide, so often over Christmas they would be here seeing them and then we'd get to say a special hello.
This year it turned out 7 (plus two husbands who have joined since the time in Brisbane!) of us were going to be in Adelaide over the Christmas/New Year time and we caught up for a picnic in the park (along with some other friends of one couple who were visiting) but then we went out for tea the same night. It was so special.Since the "Gabba" days 2 couples have 3 little cuties between them. We are all in slightly different life stages now but we had such a wonderful time catching up. They're the sorts of friends that you just take off from where you left off, inquiring what we have been doing in the last months, how the bambinos are going? How is work, what project are you working on, how's your solar panels!?, where will you be travelling to next? 
I think they are going to be the types of friends I will have for the rest of my life. I hope they are. They have been such a big part of supporting me (back in a dark time...and most of them would not realise the impact they had on my life)
But it was a nourishing time to be with them again, to be catch up with them and to be in each others company. I'm looking forward to when I see them next...whenever that may be!

(unfortunately for some reason I am unable to upload new photos..mum and dad's computer isn't for now only a couple of older ones) 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

52 Lists (Project 11/28)

A fun project for the New Year. Pip is full of fun and good ideas! She's started a 52 lists project and has invited people to join in. SO I though I would...I love writing lists. There is something cathartic about it! The lists I usually write are the ones of the "to do" kind but I have a feeling these lists will be more reflective. 
List 1 "Suburbs I've lived in" 
That was cool to think about. To think about the houses me and my family lived in, then me and my housemates...and then me and Tim! We are about to move to a brand new place so I added that one too...cause I can!
 List 2
I almost forgot to put Post Office laccy and the chocolate cafe down and they were two of the coolest jobs I ever had!
If you want to join in or just follow the lists head over to Pip's Blog to check it out!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Summer holiday

    It's safe to say we are having a pretty lovely and relaxing time!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

project 10/28...A BABY!!! late October on a Friday evening I took one of these tests...and what do you know it came back positive!
So I'm claiming it as a project...cause HECK it's taking me 9 months to create it!
tee hee hee
Little Spilsbury Bambino is due late June and we've pretty excited.
I've just gone 15 weeks (although that "bump" photo was taken around 13.5 weeks) and I am feeling much better, a little less tired and enjoying holidays where we don't have to do much!
AND because I'll be almost half way through when we get to Whyalla...I am going to be a lady of leisure, setting up house...until June that is...
And there is just one in there...the reoccurring dream did not come true...this time ;)
SO I MAY ACTUALLY be able to get some of these 18 other projects done before my birthday...well before June anyway! :)

Thursday, January 03, 2013


Last Sunday Mum, Dad, Tim, my littlest sister Courtney and my Aunty and Uncle (who are visiting from Perth WA) went and visited Maggie Beer's farm house. 
It was such a glorious day and it was sooo busy, but we managed to find a table outside under an umbrella and enjoy the view of the lake. There were many turtles bobbing around in there enjoying the day! 
I took some other photos on my camera...but alas can not locate the cord to connect it to the computer! 
It's probably in Adelaide (we are on the Gold Coast...we flew here Tuesday!)
But there was some really cute pheasants and a rooster with REALLY big spurs...I started quoting Napoleon Dynamite which Courtney started rolling her eyes about...but heck I gotta take the chances to quote that movie when I can :)
If you're ever in the Barossa area check it out it's a lovely way to spend an afternoon

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Thanks 2012...and see you later!

What a blessed year 2012 was.
Many friends welcomed very cute babes into the world. 
I worked a new job and was challenged by it and grew. 
I got to hang out with our nieces a few times
I got to meet and hang out with our nephew every week!
Time spent with special friends, crafting and going to crafty markets
A lot of sweat, tears and joy to finish a long haul at study for my beloved 
Good food shared with family and friends, funny cards, cute rabbits and fun days at work in between the challenging ones! 
All in all many highs and lows
and really a bit of a blur! We had some sad news and some very good news.
I think 2013 is definitely going to be a year of change, challenge, growth, fun and joy.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what it brings!
Happy New Year!