This year I really wanted to do something fun with the kids and so, I decided to make it green day. We invited a couple from Church to come for dinner Josie and Lachie Mackie, Josie being a fellow American, so she grasped doing something fun. They came all dressed up in green, nice job I thought I didn’t even have enough green to cover my whole self with green, my top was even mint green, sad really.

In the morning I started off by getting up early and making everyone green pancakes and green milk for Breakfast. Toby gladly ate the pancakes obviously not the milk :)

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I packed their lunches with all green food. Green apples, green cucumber, green pikelets and so forth. I even had Leprechaun juice for them, for when I picked them up from school.

Then for dinner we had green mashed potatoes, zucchini, green salad and pesto chicken. It came up quite delicious, if I do say so myself (ok I was pleasantly surprised). It wasn’t that easy finding something green for dinner to keep it all green, and something the kids would eat.


The lemon/lime drink wasn’t that green, so we even added food colouring to fix that problem. Some weren’t as willing as others. Gigi and I were in!


After dinner we played games. First was an easy one where you have to roll the dice for gold coins. Once you filled the clover then you won. I didn’t win. I can’t remember who won now, one of the kids.

Then it was search for shamrocks in the back yard. I stuck shamrocks on clothing pegs for that game so we could put them cool places. First we had the adults hiding them for the kids, then the one who found the most got Lepricorn gold (gold chocolate covered coins) and then the kids hide them for us adults. Lachie won that game for the adults.

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Then I made up a bowl of lime shaving cream, and put gold coins in it, the kids each had a turn in pulling them out when they thought they’d found all the coins, they’d guess how many coins were in it. No one got it right. Gigi especially loved the goey sensation of that game. Rocky didn’t like it at all.

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You’ll also notice that there are pictures up on the wall, that was from the afternoon, I had the kids do a colouring in of a Leprechaun and then Josie and Lachie said who won, for another gold coin.

I had a man game, called Glob Shots. The boys had 5 shot cups of green jelly. The one that got them all down first only using there mouth and tongue got a No 1. trophy. Lachie finished first but he also broke one of the cups and so didn’t eat that one as it shattered. Toby got all 5 down. We were all suitably impressed.


Then after we all sat down yapping with dessert and making pots of gold, when they were finished we put them all up on the frangipani tree outside.


I tried out a recipe called Leprechaun Bark. It was quite tasty, rich though so you don’t eat lots of it. I also did an adjustment to a treat with pretzels. I dipped 1/2 the pretzel in white chocolate, then I had a crushed up pepermint crisp bar, and then dipped it in there. It came out a real treat and was Josie’s favourite. Below is a shot of my version of Leprechaun Bark. We also had mint covered chocolate balls and spearmint leaves, both green also.


My Leprechaun bark was milk chocolate melted on the bottom and refridgerated, then I melted white chocolate  and added green flavouring to turn it green and poured it on top. Then I had picked out green m&m’s (smashed them up) and the rest of the crushed up peppermint crisp and sprinkled it over it, and refridgerated, once all hard you break it up to serve.

So it was a totally Green Day for us O’Hara’s.



Toby’s cake

Posted: 12/04/2014 by Toby in Events, Pictures
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Hey everyone, Sharole did a great job on my birthday cake this year, and double points, she did it all by herself! We have usually done cakes as a team, but she went ahead and got it all decorated while I was at work. It really came up good! Take a look.

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And in case you’re wondering, YES these pictures were taken with my new 600D.


James and Courtney our friends both have birthdays in Feburary, so they decided to throw a party at their house to celebrate those events through a Velentine”s Party for couples only.

They themed it: Famous Couples Through Time.

Since I had a costume for Maid Marian we decided to just work on a costume for Toby and pulled together a Robin Hood Costume. I wanted to try Popeye and Olive Oyl, but Toby said I wasn’t tall enough to pull that one off, nothing about his muscles, wink! Actually he does have nice muscles. I realised you are stuck somewhat into couples that your figures work with.  So Batman and Catwoman were out :(

When we arrived we were great by:

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Sumo Wrestler, sadly he was all air and there wasn’t another suit for some serious fun ;)

Next we were to arrive.

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Robin Hood and Maid Marian. I was a tad nervious that noone else was going to make effort, that always bothers me about dress ups when people show up not having made a decent effort. And I will say Aussies can be quite good at doing it bad. But alas we can always rely on The Tuckers always making a fantastic effort, as they were next of the people we knew anyway to show up in:

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Wow! It took Jared weeks to make all the armour/fighting equipment and it took 2.5hours to dress themselves, yep even down to the colour of their eyes! Totally impressed.

Then came:


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The hosts were:


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So pretty much our gang were the ones that made the most effort. It was a good night and later there was a game where one spouse answered a bunch of questions and then the other spouse in front on the group had to guess the correct answers. Toby and I won that. Toby had to guess my answers. We were accused of cheating since he got them all right.

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Another game that was played was a dating scenario from our past, with our spouse, was to be written down and then the other couples had to narrow it down, as to who was who’s until all were accounted for. Ours was guessed last. Tobes write that one up.

All in all a nice time.

Gigi’s 7th Birthday

Posted: 01/04/2014 by Sharole in Events, Gigi, News, Pictures
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This year should work out much better, as in Gigi is turning 7 so not a big birthday and William had a party last year with Rocky, so hopefully we get through this year with less expenditure :) They each get to pick what they want for dinner. And we’ve carried on a tradition from my upbringing, which is they get a special drink and a chocolate. And our own tradition in that they pick what cake they want and we make it happen.

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Last year we gave Gigi the option of going to see a play for her birthday gift, so we made sure to tell her no sleepovers, no party just an outing with either mum or dad, she said can I have both of you, we said sure, so she said fine. We purchased tickets to go see “Annie the Musical” closeby in Parramatta, lovely and close and they did a really good job. She loved it and she felt very special getting both parents to herself.

She got a special dress that she chose, which I would have loved at that age also and the fabric is divine and the colours are fantastic on Gigi, I was also glad it wasn’t expensive, and will last her for some time, since the straps are adjustable. She wore it to Annie, it worked out well being on the exact night of her birthday. Granddad came over and was able to celebrate with us and then watched the boys whilst we took Gigi out. Thanks Granddad, the boys were very happy with that arrangement!


She picked for her cake this year, a chocolate cake with pink swirls on it, sounds easy enough, right, we thought great! Then Toby started to decorate it and it wasn’t looking great, then after some tweeking from Toby he turned it into a lovely looking cake. It said “Gigi 7 Happy Birthday”. Gigi loved it and so voila, one happy girl.

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Thank you to those that sent her a card or gave a gift. Gift giving is definitely her love language at present. She had a great day and loved her gifts and getting to have a day dedicated to her, minus school of course. Thought she asked me to make Rocky Road for her to take to school for each of her classmates.

She starts the countdown to her birthday after TJ’s birthday, every year.

Gigi is a great help around the house, she likes to help mother and is very can do, about the house. She can fry her own egg and toast, she hangs out the washing (albeit needing some finessing), does dishes, vacuums, sweeps, does gardening, can vacuum the car and clean the wheels on the car, she can put the washing on and get it out. Her most disliked jobs are dishes and cleaning her room because she says it’s always Rocky’s mess not hers, a lot is, his but she is certainly good at making a mess also.

We are very grateful to have a princess in our home, and that she is our daughter.





Nude Food Day Last Friday students in all classes, K-6 were introduced to the concept of Nude Food Day by presenters from 4/5B. Students will develop an awareness of how unreusable waste is damaging to the environment and realise that they can take small steps to reduce waste.

A colouring competition was held to promote this concept, and two children from each stage won a healthy fruit salad snack in a reusable container. Congratulations to: Renee (Kindy), William (Kindy), Reuben (Year 1), Gigi (Year2), Clare (Year 3), Brendan (Year 4), Masson (Year 5) and Jordan (Year 5). Starting next term, every Thursday will be Nude Food Day at school.

Students need to bring healthy lunches and snacks in reusable packaging. There will be bins for compost, however, any packaging that is not reusable needs to go home with the child as no rubbish bins will be available.











Toby and I are proud that 2 of our kids won. They are both very creative and it was nice to see others can see it also. :)

It’s taken some time to get to writing this. Our son is now 8 years old, seems strange to think, of him that old before we know it he’ll be in double digits. We always start out with the kids opening their gifts, they have to wait till we are all there so we can watch. The below gifts pictured are from Grandmama and G’dad, a tie and tie pin. TJ was happy with his gifts, his large gift from us was a set of scriptures. He likes them alot so we’ll start reading them together this year.


It sure takes time to get things organised for parties, or maybe I should say a decent party! I tried to simplify it as much as I could. His event was his Baptism, and somehow the timing worked out that his birthday fell right on a Sunday and it worked out that he could get Baptised that same day. Making it easy to remember, for the future.

We went to morning church and then got last minute things organised ready for his baptism. Toby had prepared a song in sign language for him and his great Aunt Helen and his primary teacher Sister Frost spoke at his baptism.

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The Baptism ran smoothly and afterwards we had some food. My friends were very supportive and helped with bringing a plate and keeping the tables sorted and food flowing, which we were very grateful for. Also my mother made the punch which was a hit. TJ choose a rainbow ice cream cake for this year and I was surprised it went as far as it did, everyone who wanted a piece got one and there were even 2 slices left over, which TJ’s cousins managed to polish off for us. TJ ate up the chocolate “Happy Birthday”, no problem! You’ll notice he lost his first tooth just a few days before his birthday.


I tried to keep the table simple as our Bishop doesn’t like the fanfare that can take place at Baptisms nowadays and so here are some shots of what we did.

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I made up some cards for the young kids, saying “chews the right” and stuck a packet of chewing gum on it and, some chocolate for TJ wrapped with messages to remind him about this day and the promises he made. I also made some cookies into number 8′s, boy they went quick!

All in all everything went well and it was nice to get home and relax and know our first baptism among our children is over with, and for the kids to enjoy playing with TJ’s new things all together. The Baptism Bag was fantastic from Grandmama. He’s already gone through it at least 4 times that I’ve seen. They are a great way for the kids to remember the importance of why we all need to be Baptised.

We love TJ so much and are so proud to be his parents. He does provide us with challenges, but what little spirit doesn’t. We love his soft heart and how his countenance shine’s forth.

Happy 8th Birthday and Batpism TJ.

Having the right Tool

Posted: 25/02/2014 by Toby in Informative
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So hey, just a quick anecdote from me about having the right tool (and knowing what you’re doing).

On the minivan, the back brakes started getting squeaky, and so it was time to change the brake pads. I’d done similar jobs before, and I thought to myself, how hard can it be? So I pulled the wheel off, loosened up some nuts and tried to put it all back together with new pads. There was only one big problem, however, and that was, the piston simply would not budge!

I finally used internet university to find out what I was supposed to be doing. I found this very helpful: and in there it says I need to wind back the piston using a special tool. I went to the local car parts shop, and they had one! But it didn’t fit. I went to a bunch more shops, and all they carried was the little thingy that didn’t fit. I finally went to Chrysler and asked them what they use. The mechanic showed me a very professional looking kit, and I thought wow that must be quite expensive. I looked it up on eBay and it wasn’t too bad. Probably overkill to get a special tool for one job, but I figured I’ll probably use it again on the other brakes, so why not.

With that tool, the job was literally done in less than an hour, piece of cake. Looks like this:
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