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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.



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.

On the 27th December, we rtook a rendezvous out to the west, good Old Dubbo. I’ve only been there once before and that was to go see a Circus, I went up there in my gogo mobile, with my friend Julie. We didn’t get a chance to explore the town back then, so now seemed like as good as time as any. As I looked up what to do there, I wondered whether our 4 days would be enough time to explore in the end. I had considered doing Parkes as well, but decided not enough time! So I made a list and we did what we had time for.

The kids were a tad excited about staying in a hotel. Not that you can tell!!!


We booked into Tallarook Motor Inn. It was located in a good location for families. Right next to a park with a long bike path. We packed the bikes, as our big plan was to bike ride around the Dubbo Zoo. totally cool idea. Everyone I mentioned it too said its awesome who’d been there before, and they were right. It was fun biking around with the kids looking at all the animals. You get a 2 day pass, so the first day it was just our family, then on the second day my brother Edgar and 3 of his kids Jordan (11), Dakota (7) and Owen (5), joined us. It was so nice getting to do a fun activity with their cousins, since we hardly get to see them as they live so far away. They get on so well.

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Somehow a tyre pump didn’t come with us, but thankfully the neighbour of the Motor Inn we stayed in, offered to pump up all our tyres for us ready for our biking day at the Zoo. It was nice and hot so we thathered up with sunscreen, hats and water, and set off. The plan was to get there early spend the first part of the day there then do something else in the afternoon when it gets even hotter, see sites or go swimming at the Motel.

We got to the Zoo got our passes and set off riding our bikes. We decided not to cycle from the Hotel in case the kids burned out, and good thing too since William’s bike got a flat about 1/3 of the way through and then we all had to head back since we had no pump or repair kit.

My one suggestion I’d give the Zoo is, to have pump stations throughout the Zoo for some people like us who forgot, so they can get it fixed. And either a button for help to wizz the bike back for repairs to their bike hire shop, or have repair kits in 3 spots so as to fix such problems throughout the Zoo. However that wasn’t the case, so we had to go slowly and get ourselves back to the car and see about getting his tyre fixed for the next day with Uncle Edgar. It was hard yakka for William with a FLAT tyre but he cycled it all the way back to the car, it sure didn’t help he put on TJ’s shorts and couldn’t keep them up. His dear Dad made him take them off and William wasn’t too happy about cycling in his underwear most of the way back, I don’t blame him. Toby took him part of the way then, I stayed with William and he took the other two back to the car and waited for us to get there. When we got there there was no shorts. Toby lost them on the way back. So then he had to cycle back where he biked to find them. Thankfully he did, albeit HOT!

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We went and got some food and headed over to the Savannah Safari Park for the kids to play. Then after we then had to go about getting to a store to buy the goods needed to fix William’s bike so it was ready to go again. I will say overall he took it pretty good. The Zoo is a 5km straight trek through the the Zoo, we were taking all the detours so he probably had to cycle 2 kms with a flat tyre. Then headed back to the Motel and took a dip in the pool. Dinner and to bed.

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Day 2.


Edgar was camping in Bathurst, so he had a bit of a trek to drive. So he told us to get started, we made it all the way upto the Lions, when I finally realised that he had arrived. So we waited for them to catch up, which meant they missed several animals. So eventually we made out way back to them. A few were starting to fizzle and so we left them at the toilets why the gun ho ones came to see some more animals. Everyone had a favourite animal. Jordan were the Zebra’s, Owen the Giraffe’s and Dakota the Elephants, Rocky likes Tigers.

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Rocky crashed it, and was causing Toby some cycling issues as he was falling all over the place. We realised that he’s too heavy and big now for this seat, so we need to find a different solution after this to get Rocky about till he can keep up on his own bike. So Toby decided to head back to the car for the last part and we tropped on without him.

As we headed back it was a bit of a race. I managed to snap some shots whilst cycling :)


When we got back we headed to the park once more and chatted whilst the kids played, got some lunch and then headed back to the Motel for all of us to cool down in the pool. Edgar had forgotten their swimmers so he took Jordan to go buy them all a pair and headed back. We had lots of fun all playing in the pool, we brought water guns etc… with us. It was a good day.

Day 3.

We got some more things in today. We saw the Sustainability Garden, Sensory Garden and Japanese Garden. I loved the Japanese Garden. The kids enjoyed feeding the fish.

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Rocky was trying out throwing stone’s at fish to see if he could get one, grrr…. the poor fish thought he was trying to give him food. We then hit, Livvi’s Playground, it was lovely and big just a shame it was so darn tooting hot, everyone just wanted to stay in the shade, hardly anyone there, not surprising with all the heat and not enough shady places to be. Then we headed over to the OLD DUBBO GAOL. We picked the theatrical tour, it was a lot of fun and the actors/employees, need to be commended for their great work. We all had fun and laughed. Toby even got picked out as a potential “aiding and abetting” a slave to escape the gaol, too fun.

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We also got to see Alladin’s Cave, not as easy to find as I would have thought. A glass bottle mud hut, kinda cool. I haven’t found a picture of that yet. All in all we all had a nice time and were glad we got some family time away together over the holidays. Dubbo was a nice town, not sure I’d like that heat though constantly.

Then we took the long trek back to home sweet home.