Looking at the dollars

Posted: 07/09/2015 by Toby in Informative
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This is the world we live in. Take a look at this article from Wired Magazine. Occasionally you’ll see whispers like this reminding the powerless just how powerless they are.

The tweet from @climatecouncil that included that article, also had this infographic:


I’m sure the picture in Australia is even worse – the current government and PM are completely anti climate and pro foreign investment. They literally cannot get enough investors to rip out the natural resources fast enough. Oil is purchased from oversease AND sold overseas, with Aussies losing out both ways. Of the applications for mining and drilling received over the last 10 years 98% were approved, no problem.

4th July Fun

Posted: 30/07/2015 by Sharole in Events, Family, Pictures
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Happy 4th of July!


I try to create some fun in our family so I decided to organise a party for American Independence since I’ve got 4 naturally born Americans in my home and 2 naturizations ;).

We have several Americans in our ward so I invited them also. And we had ourselves some fun. It was a beautiful day, absolutely perfect!

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Toby made a delicious Texan rack of pork. We had yummy buffalo wings, T-bone steaks. Some yummy fruit as you can see above, brownies and star bangled cookies! Toby made an American twanged potato salad and it was delicious!Not to forget our Root Beer floats!

We played games like couples egg tossing, donut eating, coin swapping, color naming (name something red then white then blue) elimination, candy guessing game. Here are some of the winners. I had American candy as prizes t0 give out.

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And some good old fashioned dress up. Thanks TJ.


Great Day, great company~!

Painting Project

Posted: 30/07/2015 by Sharole in Events, News, Pictures
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Well the lovely fence my man made for me, needed a little TLC after weather and time. So I thought great, time to show TJ and Gigi how to paint.
I put TJ on the fence.

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And Gigi on the metal fence, brushing and cleaning, then painting on, the undercoat/rust protection.

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Then the Elders came and painted it black and the front railing. Thank you Elder Osmeni and Elder F. I love it :)

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Bottle Holder Bags

Posted: 29/07/2015 by Sharole in Family, News, Pictures
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One of the projects the kids and I did in the January holidays was to make water bottle holders. This is to encourage them to bring there own water and stop drinking mine all the time.
1. We went to the shop and the kids got to pick their own fabric
2. I made a prototype, making sure it worked perfectly
3. I worked with each child to cut their fabric
4. I worked with each child to sew there own bag up. The strap is longer on the inside so as they grow, we can let out the strap more, to cater for their growth :)

This was the result.



TJ – picked an army print fabric, Gigi – Asian silk styled fabric, William – picked  a checkered fabric, and Rocky – batman print (leftover from his bedspread).

Now when we go out, I say get your water bottles and they are fully capable of carrying their own water and know not to try to put all their bottles in my handbag, anymore! Makes it so much better for hikes, trips, outings, you name it, I expect they are bringing there own water to it.

That said when we go out and they forget, I say well you should of remembered your water bottle + bag.

They are all proud of their achievement.

Pathway Project

Posted: 24/04/2015 by Sharole in Uncategorized

We had gathered a collection of bricks and bits from around the place over time. The section under the new fence Toby built for me last year always gets soggy and isn’t smooth to get into the side of the house to mow. So it’s been on my mind for a while now to get that sorted.

When I hurt my back a few weeks back the Elders asked if they could do something for us and they needed to get some service up. I said well if you want to help me get my pathway at the side done, that would be grand! They were excited to get some physical work.

So said “sure” so when they could slot me in they came over and did the grunt work and we knocked it over in one morning. Talk about many hands make for light work!

All we paid for was the sand :)

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I laid the bricks, which my back didn’t like the next day :(

No more soggy area, and we took a weather beating the last few days, Down Under and it still looks grand, yay!

And the front on view, looks like this.


Thank you Elder Laitenin, and Elder Osmeni, you Elders rock!

Easter Hat Parade and Easter

Posted: 24/04/2015 by Sharole in Uncategorized

Each year they combine the Easter Hat Parade with Grandparents Day. Granddad came, he had a sleepover (which the children love) this year.

Like usual it was extremely hard to get a decent picture of the kids for some reason, they feel no obligation to crack a smile for their dear mother, when I want a photo, sigh…. Granddad calling out and still no turn in my direction. That said after they did better at letting mum document the occasion.

TJ had a cracked egg with a chick popping out!

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Gigi, got her creative on and put a chick in her hat also it seems!

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William had big bird and decorative eggs and feathers in matching shades!

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Granddad got to star as it was Grandparents Day and then we got a surprise visit from Toby and Rocky as Toby was off work but had to take Rocky to swim lesson so I could be there for the parade.

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Easter the kids were lucky because  Uncle George and Aunty Dawn (dad’s best friends) sent over bunnies for each of the kids, they were so excited. they also got a bunny each. We played hot and cold for each kid to locate there special treat for Easter.

IMG_2496After church we had an Easter egg hunt after they decorated their cardboard box to place their loot in, and a craft of decorating an egg each. They found the eggs about the house and then we all sat down and watched The Lamb of God together, Williams favourite video, then they got to do sparklers at night time!

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Fun Family Time

Toby’s Birthday

Posted: 24/04/2015 by Sharole in Uncategorized

I decided that I’d take Toby to he city for a night for his birthday. We went out to a fancy dinner, that I got a scoopon for ;) and then we stayed at The Menzies, named after one of our prior Prime Minister’s of Australia. It’s always so nice to get time together and hear some silence in our lives.

Thanks dad for watching the kids for us.

When we arrived home, that kids were waiting to give him their cards they had made. And have his birthday pie. Lemon Meringue.

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Having some fun at the table.

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Another year older and wiser ;)