Friday, 29 July 2011

Spring cleaning

Hi followers!  How was your week?  I had a busy week with afew things on.  Besides normal commitments, I had two scrap meets and one sports day to watch.  Both of these have been mentioned in separate blogs.

I finally got myself motivated and started on spring cleaning downstairs on Monday and I am just about to head down again shortly to do some more, sorting out more boxes. Consider I don't do this daily, I think it will be quite a long time before I go through everything.  It's amazing on how much we have collected over the years since we got married and had children.  Some things might be donated to charity or to the spring school fair to sell if I can complete my sorting out on time.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Bowling weekend

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  Like I said in my sporting report blog I was practically living at the bowling alley as Monique had her tournament to be played today.  For further details you will have to simply read that blog.

Besides bowling I did call into Spotlight on Saturday afternoon to purchase some sewing essentials as I have two school items that needs mending which I should do tomorrow.  I can't believe one of Moni's skirts is already ripped after six months.  I think it might of been a poor quality zip at right at the beginning.  Instead of buying a new skirt, it's cheaper to just buy a new zipper.  Thank goodness I know how to sew as I had learnt it in high school when I studied Home Economics.

On Saturday morning Frank had an appointment to see his tax accountant to get his income tax return completed and education tax refund done.  I am alittle cheezed off to find out uniforms are included in next year's refund.  Why couldn't they done it for this year because I spent enough on Moni's uniforms?  To other Aussie parents who needs to get their education refund sent, don't expect alot in return. You might only receive half of what you spent in one year.  You will be surprise on what you can claim on but just be careful on what you can claim on and don't overdo it on more popular uses of products.  If you are not sure, it might be best to see a tax accountant or contact your local tax office.

Have a good week! 

Friday, 22 July 2011

Wrist injury

Hi there!  How was your week?  For me, it was more a quieter week because I suffered a mild wrist injury on Monday morning, just before we headed out the door to send the girls to school.  I am not really 100% sure what happened.  Last thing I can remember I was too busy thinking on what I was planning on doing that day and the next I was on the bedroom floor with some pain from my hand.  I taken I either tripped over a floor mat or the bed covering.  One thing I learnt our laminated floors and floor mats (without any grip on the bottom) aren't the right ingredients.  Guess it is time to do some shopping for the right floor mats then as I nearly did the same thing twice in one week.

Good news!  Monique received her report card in the mail this week.  I was so over the moon after I viewed it.  She's seems to be going great so far in high school as her acheivements showed it.  Science, Art and Literacy Support were the best subjects with Triple As for achievement, effort and behaviour. 

At the back of her report card it lists some graphs of each subject in her year level. They call this the Distribution of Acheivement Codes. It provides information to show where students stand in their achievements.  Out of 130 students in year 8, there wasn't too many students acheived an "A" acheivement (under ten in most subjects) so I was over the moon after I viewed the graph to see Monique was the top student for three subjects.  Only eight students (and Monique was one of them) were the successful applicants to get to the top.  Out of 40 students who studied Art, there were only two students who received an "A".  Out of 27 students who require Literacy Support there were only Monique and other student who achieved an "A".

The primary school can offer the same graph, just most parents don't request them.  But I am going into the school this afternoon to see the school's HOC person to view the graph.  I am just a curious person to see the comparison with Rachel and other students in her year level.

What's on your agenda for this weekend?  We will practically be living at the bowling alley as Monique has her tournament to play on Sunday.  I will send a report in my sporting blog after the weekend.

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Interesting weekend

How was your weekend?  I hope you had a good one. For us parts of it were busy and it was nice to have a quiet time too.

On Saturday it was a busy one for us.  The girls had a busy morning at bowling.  After they played league they had their prize presentation from season one.  A full report has bee posted under the sporting report blog.

In the afternoon I had my scrapbooking workshop at my consultant's home.  It was a four hour workshop to do a couple of love theme pages.  Love must is be the air because yesterday it was a love theme songs for a particular group on facebook.  I joined this group on the school holidays.

Also my MIL's niece found us on facebook.  She's the only one I know of can speak and write English as the others only speak German still.  She and I had a nice chat on Friday night.  She would be around mid 20s (her age that is) and works as a nurse but right now she's on a working visa elsewhere.  She's hoping to come down to Australia next year for abit of a holiday to meet us (Frank came to Australia long before she was born) and spend some time with her auntie and uncle in Hervey Bay.

It was nice to have abit of a relax time on Sunday before Monique and I went to bowling last night.  After a nice sleep in until almost 10am on Sunday morning, I spent about three to four hours straight on facebook.  I was busy seeking some love songs for the song group that I mentioned about in paragraph three.

Whatever plans you might have for this week, I hope it will be a good week for you.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Back to School

The first week of semester two is now over and what a week it was.  Unforunately a couple of dramas happened and I don't really wish to discuss about it anymore. 

But today was the best day of the week.  This morning the girls bowled in their teen league and then afterwards they had their prize presentation for season one.  A full report has been posted in my sporting report blog.

This afternoon I had my scrap workshop.  Full report about this event has been posted in my craft diary.  But I forgot to add my consultant gave us a workshop program for August.  As long she doesn't change the dates, one of the four hour workshops will happen on my birthday!  Besides three workshops, we will have an all day workshop for the Make a Wish foundation.  It's now an annual event for CM! 

Inspite another miserable day forecast for tomorrow no clue what I plan on doing during the day.  Guess it all depends on how I feel when I wake up.  Just hope I will sleep in as it is the only day of the week I can have one.

Have a nice Sunday!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

New semester starts

School holidays are now over for state schools!  The girls went back to school yesterday.  They had abit of a late arrival because of all dramas on Loganlea Road.  Honestly I will be glad when this project ends as I am tired of getting stop by the lollypop people nearly every trip to/from school.

Back to school week meant back to casual scraps and Wednesday's bowling meet resumed.  Yesterday I was at the craft store casually scrappin' away to my heart's content for five hours.  I was the only one in my little group showed up as the other ladies had other commitments on.  Was it the cold weather that caused people to stay rugged up at home yesterday??  The store was fairly quiet with shoppers and only one person or two came in for their weekly workshop to do for two hours in the morning.

Today I had my bowling social league.  I will post how I went in my sporting report blog. It was nice to catch up with the ladies as we haven't bowled in two weeks.  I found out they are going to the same John Farnham as us on the same night.  The only difference is we are one balcony up from them. 

Saturday, 9 July 2011

A busy Saturday

How's the start of your weekend been going?  We had a busy one here today.  The day started with the girls going to their junior league.  They have a new team member who joined them for this season.

In the afternoon we went to the Logan Hyperdome to see a movie, do abit of shopping at Big W and had a late lunch.  The girls need new shoes for school, Frank needed some new clothes and I got myself a new Floorfillers CD.  It's a 5 CD set from hits from the 60's to this century.

At the movies we did see Kung Fu Panda 2.  If you are into marital arts, this animated movie is ideal!  It has no real connection with the first one but we think there might be a number 3 out in the near future.  But there was one part I found abit emotional.  I think because it might have a connection related to my past family history. 

Enjoy your Sunday!  We will have a busy day with visitors over during the day then bowling in my league that night.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

More movies

Well... it is coming to a close that our winter school holidays will end in four days.  I am now over the worse of my flu virus but I did caught a stomach bug for 24 hours this week.  Guess I am thankful my viruses happened on the school holidays.

This week I decided to make it more a movie week by going to the cinema to watch the movies we wanted to see.  Last weekend the girls went to see Transformers with their Dad.  On Tuesday we went and saw Cars 2 and today we went to see Mr Popper's Penguins.  We love it!  If you love penguins this movie is ideal for you.  It's a 95 minute PG movie that shows afew laughs and one sad moment. 

We only got to see Kung Fu Panda 2 and that will be it for these holidays.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011


Today would of been the most popular day to go to the cinema. For one it is now the second week of school holidays for our Queensland students and two its abit cheaper to buy tickets on Tuesdays.

After reading on the cinema's facebook wall this morning about their first session was sold out, I was expecting the shopping centre was going to be packed out. It did take me 10-15 mins to find a car parking spot. 

The girls and I hoped to watch Mr Popper's Penguins today but guess was a full house for sessions up to and including 2:30pm. While we waited in line, it was abit a surprise when I saw the time schedule that three movies (Mr Poppler's Penguins, Transformers 3 and Kung Fu Panda 2)were still sold out at 1:30pm.  We decided to see Cars 2 at 2:10pm instead which we were lucky to get tickets because it looked nearly a full house too.  It was worth going to see it as I feel it is better then the first one. 

If you are thinking of seeing movies this week, it might be best to wait until school resumes next week or buy your tickets online to avoid disappointment at time of your arrival. But you wish to take the risk like we did, try for after 4pm sessions because once we walked out after 4pm today, the cinema sure had quieten down.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

A restful weekend

To my followers!!  How was your weekend?  I hope your weekend was alot better then mine. I have been off the planet for a couple of days as I have came with this nasty little flu virus with the works.  Only now I am starting to reappear out of my shell.  All I did was alot of rest with afew forty winks of sleep here and there but I managed to read two short novels instead.  Both of them were about dogs been rescued with happy endings.

My kids still have another week of school holidays left and nothing has been planned officially.  It all just depends on this flu of it progresses!! 

Friday, 1 July 2011

My highlighted month

Goodbye June!  Where did this month go? This is the first month of winter which meant shorter daytime hours and rugging up to keep warm. I will be glad when winter ends as we had quite afew cold nights with temps in the single digits overnight.    

This was the final month to visit Dreamworld as our annual world passes expired at the end of the month.  We managed to visit the theme park once to visit the animals and went on a couple of rides.  My dream had finally came true….getting up close and personal with a tiger cub. 

I had a busy month with normal commitments and I decided to try out some new things.   Created my four blogs here, started to do digital scrapbooking and I discover a couple of new games on facebook.  

Nine weeks of term two at QLD schools sure came up very fast.  School holidays started from 27th June until 11th July.  In the first week of the holidays Rachel went to her sports program at a local high school. She played many different indoor and outdoor sports for six hours each day. While Monique enjoyed her time at home with me.  Actually she wasn’t home much either as I got her involved in a holiday program.  For three days she completed a movie making workshop in Logan.  She said she enjoyed it and hopes to do another workshop in the near future.

Until next month, enjoy on whatever plans you might have for July.  And best wishes for a Happy Independence Day to people who live in USA.