Thursday, December 04, 2008

camera fiddling

After spending the morning at a friends house and talking a bit about photography, I thought I would play with my GOOD camera that I have had for awhile now.. teach myself some techniques.

so i went and took some pics in the yard... these are my fav ones :)

yes the last one is a striped ladybeetle..
All the kids here are keen on finding ladybeetles lol

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Playgroup Xmas Party

today we had the playgroup xmas party.. kids had so much fun.. there was a jumping castle, and Santa arrived on the firetruck.. sirens and all. he gave each of the kids a present, then we had a potluck feast for morning tea. was a great time. even tho my kids wanted nothing to do with santa up close lol
this is just one of the photos I got today.. its my fav!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I finished the grocery shopping.. was travelling home on the F3 freeway and suddenly an explosion.. the steering wheel was shaking so bad I could barely hold it. slowed down and pulled over to the side.. look in the mirror and my tire, the rear tire on the right was flat.. I limped the car into the emergancy stop and look at the tire...

I rang Glenn to let him know what happened, then tried to get the nuts off, they were too tight. Called NRMA (Racq/roadside assistance) up to 60mins waiting time. . .

40mins later the guy turned up to help me.. he was done in 5 mins

I then drove to the tire place, had to get a new tire @ over $100. and then eventually got home.

At least, nothing major happened. I mean it was bad enough, but it could have been far worse. Accidents happen because of these things.. if it had been a front tire, I could have rolled the car.. I Was going just over 110kms/hr (the speed limit)


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Apologies for being a bad blogger......

Big Apologies for those who read our blog.. I have been a bad bad but busy blogger.

Its October already.. Breast cancer Month!!
Ok so catch up here....

  • July - we had a quick trip to Qld for David & Adele's wedding. Glenn's brother was remarried on July 13 in Toowoomba. Glenn had come down from townsville with his Parents and Randall and Mel & Nat met them up there as they went with Uncle Jeffrey. around 630pm the saturday night before hand I chose to drive up there with the little ones. Left about 815pm and got to toowoomba (in Qld) about 730.. just as I was coming into town we ran out of fuel... ugh.. 750kms after I filled up down here LOL Lovely Wedding. the Monday morning we got up and went to Movie World on the gold coast. left there, and chose to drive home.. After of course visiting with Rosemarie & Andrew and the boys. Got to Grafton and got a motel.. it was only midnight. then travelled the rest of the way home the following day.
  • My birthday of course was at the end of the month.. and we had a lovely time.
  • August - not too much happened. Keeping up with the kids.. figuring out where exactly I want to be in life.. and thats still a work in progress lol
  • September.. wow... september already. Yep we've been married 11 yrs now. And this year it fell on Father's day. My Inlaws came over for a BBQ after being away for about 4mo. they were only home a few weeks then off to travel for a few more weeks.
  • September I also decided to take on being a tupperware demonstrator. Its fun, I am with a great team and am really making progress :)
  • October.. the school holidays are here.. its a long weekend time and also a camping time :) we went to Allyn River, and had a fantastic time. Kids didn't want to go home, Nat jumped off cliffs and our old puppy dog came. he was worn out. And now the kids are begging to go again.
  • School holidays we haven't done too much. its been warm. We have made a sandpit for the kids, got a rooster & 3 hens (still too young to lay) and spent heaps of time as a family.
  • Glenn is still out of work, he's had a little work, but only 10days worth. Hopefully we will know something more in the next couple of weeks.
  • Kids go back to school tomorrow YAY they are excited as they have been getting bored at home. And then there is missing their friends. Summer uniform yay.
  • we have also had the twins assessment for school and its all a go ahead for next year.. its scary to think my babies are about to start school even worse when miss Kaitlyn tried on her uniform *sob sob*
  • Ben is finally looking ready enough to potty train, so the potty is out and ready to use this week woohoo

Well its dinner time, I promise to be a better blogger ;)


OOPS forgot the pics.. check out my facebook albums...




Thursday, June 12, 2008

Finally some answers - I hope

Ok, a little background..
When I was pregnant with Natalie, I said I was having a boy or a problem girl.. well I got the latter. hopefully I didn't jinx myself.. Natalie has been a difficult child. And until the last 18mo I just thought it was her being a P.I.T.A. but i questioned it. Toward the end of last year I requested that Nat be assessed, for what I didn't know. probably ADD. Until recently a friends daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers. I went through the check list, and a heap of other information and Nat displays alot of the signs of aspergers. so... Once again I headed to my GP and now have a referral to a child psychologist. Aug5.. I should know more. so wish me luck.

its a relief to think that maybe she isn't doing it on purpose.. and I can look at her in a different light reminding myself that she can't help the way she is..

Click HERE for more information on Aspergers.

take care

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Smiley Saturday

I have to start doing this... thanks to GEMISHT and LIGHTENING for this wonderful Idea..
smiley saturday.. what today to I have to smile about...
  • I should really be thankful for the rain... it means that we have never been on water restrictions like half the other country.
  • The kids are home on holidays, this first week has gone by quite fast.. they are being good so far, have been helping out.
  • I am thankful that tonight when I called into Bilo, my window wasn't smashed in like a few others.
  • I am in love with my new fridge!! and the money we saved when I talked to guy down :)
  • I have made contact with a very good friend over seas, through the marvelous site Facebook
  • And last but not least, I am grateful for a wonderful husband who has been a huge help this last week at home when he hasn't been able to work because of the rain.\

I hope this post finds you all well!!!


PreSchool Pics are back....

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Whats in a name............ my Names Meaning

What Chandelle Means

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Leaving On a Jet Plane.......

........ I will be back on Sunday Night LOL

Glenn decided that since I was alone for the time I was... I deserve a break. So i am off to Brissy on thursday Morning to spend the weekend with a great friend of mine.
Now I get to pack.. and leave the kids, the house & all that up to Glenn... Ahhhh lovely :)

Bear being a Loving Daddy & more

Our kittens....

Misty & Dynamite
3 Kitties... nanny, smokey & ginger

like mother like daughter

Monday, April 07, 2008

Adventurer Camp

Adventurer Camp was held at Crosslands this year. Its not that far to go.. and a fairly easy drive if you avoid the galston gorge.
We took off around 445.. got there, set up.. The big girls set up their tent and we set up the camper.. ok, so i had to help them just a little LOL
Friday night we had nice warm pumpkin soup for dinner. Natalie on the other hand ate when she turned up.. we barely saw her. Although she did let us know where she was going and with who. She had an absolute ball!!!
Melanie was still in recovery mode from her Year5 camp to Crusaders.. so her plans were to veg out. that she did to a fine art... must get it from her mum ;)
The little 3 ran wild!! they had heaps of room to run... they couldn't go too far, so that was good. Benjamin had fun kicking the ball around. he is a champ at soccer.. it must be a boy thing... lol
the program that was planned kept the kids busy.. lots of worships, and activities. learning about their surroundings to get their habitat award. they had challenges to make them think.. Absolutely Awesome.
Saturday night consisted of red faces.. as the camp had their color bands on..(we were in the red team this year) we separated into our groups and came up with an act... Mel & Nat had a lead role in one.. and they did a great job! I had kaitlyn & Rachel on my lap which meant i couldn't actually video it.. hopefully i can get a copy.. and everyone got a lollypop for participating.
Each Adventurer was given a bag, with things in it, including texta's and a torch.. there was a comp about who could decorate their bag the best.. and Nat won in her group..
Sunday, they had heaps to do including the pool activities ( I swear it was freezing, but the kids disagreed lol) capture the flag, orienteering (learnt from Phil how to use a compas, and get clues to finish their activity sheet)
It was finished up with a game of tug-of-war. boys against girls, red & blue against green & Yellow, then adults v's kids.. was heaps of fun :)
Now to be home and recover LOL
Finish unpacking, catch up on washing... and all that good stuff!!!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

bad blogger (yet again)

oh wow... where does the time go. I apologise for the time gap in my posts.. must be better blogger.

ok whats been happening?

  • Jameeka turned 2, which required a birthday party.. Kids had heaps of fun and crashed when we got home.
  • Our Bear got the snip, was told that he would be quiet... HA yeah right. he was tearing around the house that night as if nothing had happened.
  • Swimming carnival... Mel kicked BUTT! she won 2 events, and came places in all the other races.
  • Stuka puppy also turned 8!!!
  • Benjamin got croup :(
  • Mel was supposed to have her first Pathfinder's campout but was cancelled due to bad weather :( bummer
  • its MARCH!!!
  • Its Erins Birthday (Nat's bestie) and since our families are close like family, we kinda celebrated most of the weekend LOL We went bowling on saturday night after they had adventurers. had heaps of fun bowling. Kaitlyn & Rachel enjoyed their first time too..
  • Friday the 14th, Glenn flew in.. and when we went to pick up the 3 little ones from preschool Benjamin saw him and laughed, and laughed and laughed!!! was so funny.
  • The saturday was Nat's 9th birthday!!! we went to church, and had a BBQ tea with family.. was lovely!
  • The sunday was Nat's party @ Mingara.. was a fun day of swimming.. and it was lovely to have P and her kids join us as well.. 2 hrs of water activities.. and I made a butterfly cake for her..
  • Glenn flew back to townsville :(
  • The 3 little ones had their preschool photos.. that was interesting.. they will be back in a bit. can't wait to see them
  • then it was Katya's (our triplet) birthday. oh Man can D throw a 4yo's birthday party. Water fights, food, mayhem... great time (Thanks d xoxox)
  • 22nd was Glenn's birthday. we had celebrated the week before.
  • it was also Easter.. and we are chocolated out. Our neighbor had an egg hunt in their yard for all the kids. Lovely gesture. chocolate chocolate everywhere!!!
  • 28th was Tala's birthday (ben's girl) and she is a big 2 now!! yipee!!!
  • I had the dentist, and dr that day.. as well as fridge shopping.. have decided on the fridge.. now just to make sure it fits in the gap we have...
  • saturday we vegged out in the morning, and in the afternoon we headed out to dad's place. where they decided to shout us Macca's... oh they learnt a lesson with taking 5 kids to macca's lmao!!!
  • Kittens - one has gone to its new home :( the other are going soon. they are 8 wks tomorrow. as much as i love them, i can't keep up with them.
  • And now its official... We are not going to move anywhere near townsville.. Work hasn't worked out up there. the company is disorganised and no one wants to work for them... Glenn is flying home on thursday.. and Has work lined up.. looks like it will be a good job down here.

Well there you are folks.. the last month's run down. I will add some photos of the last month very shortly!!

Love to all


Monday, February 18, 2008

Eye Opening.. - Kittens

Blackie was the first to have his eyes open... most of the others have their's open now. but they are just SO gorgeous!


He's Gone!

yesterday we left at 4am to take Glenn to the airport. his flight was delayed half hour cause of engine problems.. but he is now in townsville. he will come back in a month to visit the kids.

he was going to drive.. but well the roads are all flooded.. so he had to fly.

Back to being a single mum.. now to get over that part, and get myself into a functioning routine :)


missing kittens

Saturday Night... Nat says to me, mum where's the other ginger kitten.. they are always hiding underneath one another.. so we started digging.. discovering that TWO weren't in the box.. I was devastated.. we searched the house, all over. nothing.... i was so upset.. i even searched her hidey holes outside (yes at 11pm in the rain)

The next day (yesterday) Misty went missing.. i thought maybe i could follow her and if she had hidden the others, i could get them... all the kids were looking for her, but i went back in to check the box and there she was feeding. but i could still hear a meow.

I moved the box, and the meows got louder. there were 2 very distressed kittens at the back of my shoes..

what i think happened.. is they went climbing.. just crawling as they do.. and climbed up but couldn't get back.

Anyway all ends well... mummy & babies were reunited and are all fine now.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


our girls are now 4.. i can't believe how time flies.. it doesn't seem that long ago that they were born.. i know we all say that..

Sunday we went to taronga zoo for their birthday. it was a fantastic day. we all had fun :)

monday we had cupcakes at Katya's house.. went to target, came home and got dinner ready to take to nann

y & poppy's. where they both got a new bike with trainer wheels, helmet, and an outfit for winter :) very lucky girls.

we have kittens :D 06.02.08

WOOHOO the much awaited delivery of our kittens is finally here.. Misty had 8 kittens this morning wednesday 06.02.08, they are all healthy and beautiful!!!

Monday, February 04, 2008


we have had a lovely few days with Lisa coming to stay.

she flew into sydney on wednesday and left on saturday. we went shopping, stayed at home and met up with some lovely ladies in sydney.. And went to ikea...

here is a photo at the airport as we were saying good bye :(

First day of School :)

The kids all started school together.. Mel yr5, Nat yr4, Kaitlyn & Rachel & Benjamin all went to preschool.... ahhh perfect.. 830 i loaded everyone in the car, and oops battery is flat.. sigh. Everyone around had already just left. so called NRMA with up to 60mins to wait.. they came in 15.. Kids were only 5 mins late to school which wasn't bad. twins & Benjamin to preschool.

Came home for only a few mins before i had to leave for the airport.

kids had a good day. Benjamin didn't cry too much. and settled quickly.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


New Years Resolutions..

Ok who makes them? we all do!!!
And how many times do we not stick to them? me? almost never!
so this year I have made a goal, of improvement... not a change.
* get ahead financially. . I have made steps already, Then I can start saving.. And all of this is done on no major income from my hubby.

* be healthier.. Eat better, exercise more. (wouldn't be hard) and hopefully I will lose some weight. I am not setting an end goal.. Any is better than nothing.

* be a better mum.. Learn more patience. Teach the girls more about the house hold and how to take care of it.

* improve my marriage any way possible. I want to find my dh appealing. And want him physically.. And ATM I don't at all.. I know this is with in me.. Not him.

* and then FLY better :)


WELCOME IN 2008!!!!!

not really alot to say, we stayed home.. there were 8 kids here. so mayhem all around LOL
the little ones went to sleep, and the big ones had sparklers, and glow sticks in which they threw them in the air, and looked pretty cool..

unfortunately, being hormonal/emotional didn't help to make it an enjoyable night.. but today,
A special friend was in Sydney, and I went down and met Inger. have talked to her for awhile now, and it was lovely to finally meet her :)

I have very tired kids today.. so hopefully an early night all around. I was up most of the night tending to each of the kids.. thats what also happens when there are 8 in the house LOL

have a great 1st day :)