Mar 27, 2009

Me through the eyes of Mop

Righto, I've finally got Mop home to do this! So here we go... I've been tagged...


1. What is something mum always says to you?
"I'm not happy"

(Hmm.... I thought it would be STOP FIGHTING WITH YOUR BROTHER!)

2. What makes mum happy?
"When I obey you or when I help you cook dinner"

3. What makes mum sad?
"When I disobey you"

4. How does your mum make you laugh?
"Telling jokes to me... *chuckle*"

5. What did your mum like to do as a child?
"um.. well I don't know anything!"

6. How old is your mum?
"31 or 30 maybe" (30 is correct.)

7. How tall is your mum?
"Taller than this *holds her hand up above her head*"

8. What is her favourite thing to watch on TV?
"Ummm videos"

(you got that right. I don't own Pride and Prejudice on DVD yet!)

9. What does your mum do when you're not around?
"Umm... do some sewing!"

(That's right - the house cleans itself.....:) ) - as I wrote that Mop asked "How does the house clean itself?"

10. If your mum becomes famous, what will it be for?
"Because of your fancy dresses"

(okkaaaay then...I think she means I'll wear them when I am famous)

We asked again and I explained it...


11. What is your mum really good at?
"Sewing! Or.. umm... writing on the computer"

12. What is your mum not very good at?
"Not good at drawing people."

13. What does your mum do for her job?
"Load the dishwasher, ummm... I think... I don't remember."

14. What is your mum's favorite food?

(uhhhh pass the chocolate!)

15. What makes you proud of your mum?
"When she doesn't boss me."

(ohher spot the rebellious little feistball!)

16. If your mum were a cartoon character, who would she be?
"Ummm... The March Hare. *Giggle*"

(Thanks babe! LOL)

17. What do you and your mum do together?
"We cook together and take pictures when we want to."

18. How are you and your mum the same?
"Cos we both have brown hair!"

19. How are you and your mum different?
"you have brown pupils... and I have blue."

(I think she means irises and they are green!)

20. How do you know your mum loves you?
"Because we hug each other.*hugs me*"

21. What does your mum like most about your dad?
"Don't remember"

22. Where is your mum's favourite place to go?
"I think it's Aunty Becky's house"

Mar 25, 2009

Go on, have a cluck!!

Mar 23, 2009

Watch out... Skip's having a brag!

I just had a very head swelling and heart soaring moment.

I went to pick up Mop from school and Mrs N (her teacher) asked me if she could have a word to me about Mop. My heart sunk - what on earth has she done now?? Mrs N cleared the room, kicking all the kids out onto the playground and asked me to sit down.
"What has she done??" I asked
"Oh nothing bad!" Mrs N said... somehow that didn't reassure me.
"I want to talk to you about how impressed I am with Mop's work. She is .... unbeliveable!"
I let the breath I had been holding out and my body slumped with relief.
Mrs N then went on to tell me that she has been giving Mop year 1 work more and more this term. Not only does she understand it and is capable of doing it, she does far and beyond what it asked. She showed me some examples. Her sentence formation is good. Her writing, spelling and reading is brilliant. She is in the words of Mrs N "A whizz and that girl is going places!! She is incredibly intelligent, and I believe she has a photographic memory. She really retains alot of information, and she doesn't just parrot it, she understands it!"
Mrs N then said that in all her years of teaching (all 7 of them! LOL) that she has never skipped a child forward, but she wants to move Mop forward. So she will be in year 1 next term and will go to year 2 with all the rest of the year 1's next year. Mrs N. will work with the Reception teacher to work out a program so that Mop will still graduate from Reception, even though she hasn't completed the work and graduate from year 1 at the end of this year.

I'm so proud of my girl!! She really is a smart little thing, and I am so glad that she will be challenged mentally and that she is succeeding in her work.

Daz and I have decided that this is the best course of action and of course we are very proud of her. So year 1 here we come!!


PS: This is the same daughter who was born in a very bad way, and the doctor said it was possible she would be brain damaged. :)

Such an awesome testimony to the power of prayer and God.

Mar 17, 2009


Last weekend, we spent a few days in Renmark with some friends. We had a really lovely relaxing time. The Big4 Renmark Carvan park is amazing and has the most lovely pool, jumping pillow for the kids and great grounds! We really loved it there. They even play boppy music in the toilet. :)
The first night was a bit rough, I had to walk the grounds with Milly, who didn't want to sleep. I got 4 hours sleep that night. Yuck!!
Saturday we visited a few of the wineries, went swimming, went 10-pin bowling and had an awesome day. Sunday we went to Monash playground and let the kids run themselves ragged for a few hours.

All up, it was good fun playing with the kids and spending time with our friends.

Mar 15, 2009

My very first award!!

WOW! I'm honored! I would like to thank my Mum, my Dad, my husband, my kids, my dog, my cats, my friends, my family....


I was awarded this by Mousey over at


"The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."

“Premio Dardos” means “prize darts” in Italian. This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.

The Rules:

1. Accept the award, post it in your blog together with the name of person granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Past the award to 15 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement. Remember to contact them to let them know they have been chosen for this award'

1. Gail
2. LWD
3. Donna
4. Brazen
5. Carrose
6. Renata
7. Mel
8. Little Blossom's designs

Ok I am going to have to do the remaining 7 later on, when I can think of more. :)

Mar 10, 2009

Common have a bawl with me...

Seriously, I've been watching these and howling my eyes out!!!

Can't blame hormones either!!

I think I'm scared now....

Ok, it's only been 4 weeks, but I am scared. I am doing my readings for uni, and seriously, I had to look up about 10 words per page in the dictionary!!

Do you know what ennui means? What about cabals? Oh you would have to know what rubric means!! And what about maladroit?

Now can you see why I am scared. This dude is tossing about words like this in his paper. And this is supposed to be an easy subject!!!

*crawls into a corner to cry*

Well... I guess I'll have an awesome vocab when I graduate. My words will be multiudionous.

And if you want to know what those words mean, is your friend - like it is mine!!!

Mar 8, 2009

The good times keep rolling...


Hope you are enjoying the long weekend - if you have one that is! We are doing alot of things that we have been putting off for a while. This is good, because we can get a few things done before we go away to QLD next month. I've been cleaning inside, and Daz doing the outside.

We are just about to sand back and paint our side tables that we got from Dunstone Grove Jumble Sale. I was so proud, I got both of them for $15. They are in awesome condition, just the wrong color. They are sturdy, steady and going to look great in our room!

It's been a nice weekend. We had a picnic yesterday in the park with the kids, and both my brother's and their wives rocked up, so we got to catch up with them.
I preached yesterday, and I totally sucked. I just didn't have the stuff in my head enough, and I fumbled and kept losing my place because I relied on my notes so much. Never mind... I'll be better next time. I guess I didn't have enough time to focus on it as I would have liked.

I'm stoked because yesterday I scored LOTS of fabric for free from Freecycle. Two ladies are cleaning out their stash and getting rid of it, and I am the happy recipient. I'll be able to sew and quilt up a storm! :) I'm planning to divy it up with Gail, since she is into sewing and perhaps quilting too... and she doesn't have money to blow on fabric.

Anyway... that's all. Nothing exciting.

Big week ahead filled with lectures, and assignment.

xx Skip

Mar 3, 2009

Crikey! It's started....

Mop: Mummy?
Me: Mmmm?
Mop: Talisha loves Ethan.
Me: Does she?
Mop: Yes. They are going to get married.
Me: Uh huh....
Mop: And I love Aaron.
Me: *astonished* Do you?
Mop: yes.
Me: why do you love him?
Mop: Because he takes care of me.
Me: *stunned silence*.........
Mop: He takes me to the office when I am hurt.


Mop: I know you can't marry your family, but can I marry someone from school?
Me: *gulp* uh.. yes.

SHEESH!! She's 5!!! My little girls first crush... yikes!

1 month today...

.... and we are taking off to QLD. Bec and Nick will be invaded by the Skipper Mob.

We can't wait.

Mop is hanging out to go to the Ginger Factory again so we can buy gingerbread.
Daz and I just can't wait to spend time with our dear friends and relax a bit.

While we are away, an old school friend of mine is housesitting for us. She lives in Darwin usually, but she is coming down to have her baby and needs a place to rest and relax after the event, and for her family to stay. Our place is perfect. It's got lots of baby stuff all ready for her to use. This is an awesome arrangement!

I guess I better start booking places to stay soon for on the way up and way home again and reviewing the packing lists - since Milly is no longer a baby and we don't need to take all that baby "stuff".

We are going away next weekend with friends to Renmark. Looking forward to that too. It will be nice to chillax and do nothing but make sure the kids have an awesome time. I hope to squeeze in a trip to the markets for me - but other than that... eh... it's about the kiddies.

Life is crazy busy lately, but I am just so content and happy with it. I love my course, I love creating stuff - it's actually becoming a bit of an addiction. I love my family and love my kids. They are all such treasures. Life is going well.