Sunday, December 20, 2009

'twas the week before Christmas and summer holidays have begun!

The Christmas season is truly upon us for Hugh is now on his summer break and I could not be happier! Combine that with we had a really good trip to the Cabrini Hospital on Thursday and Hugh walked out stating, "I think this might work" so we are feeling really optomistic.
Now let's see ... big movie weekend! For my boys LOL! Well Katie got to watch one of the Santa Clause movies and giggled all through that. Den got his Terminator fix and Hugh is now a GI Joe fanatic!

Can you believe how full Santa's beard is now! LOL! Do you remember the photo of Katie putting on the first cotton wool! Now we are down to his hat. It's exciting - FIVE sleeps to go!

Katie and I have been doing heaps of colouring in. She got this massive colouring kit for her birthday - kindly she let me do the leaves!

The kids are into lego (again!) big time at the moment, building forts and the like. I am not quite sure that these are the guards Hugh had in mind but at least he is letting Katie get involved. I think Barbie and the Pocket Polly's do a great job guarding the fort!

Den finishes on Wednesday lunch time and does not go back until the new year. Woohoo! Can't wait to have all my family around. I just intend to laze around, have the odd adventure day out, do loads of reading and be with the ones I love while listening to my awesome ipod.
Today - Sunday - we decided to go into the city as the weather this weekend has been wonderful! A walk along the river was wonderful and scenes like the one below just melt my heart as I am always running to catch up having to stop to take photos.
This is probably my fave shot of the day - Katie was having a blast on the swing.

And what should one do when they see a big hill but want to roll down it! Oh to be a kid again - NOT! LOL!

I have decided to delete my photo blog, centralise everything and make life simpler. Therefore you will see my weekly entry for the photo challenge group. This week Leah set the challenge of "holiday decorations" - I was rather pleased with this shot given my mediocre lens.
Now to this week's scrap pages: Lorriane (aka "neat freak") is in the spotlight at Oscraps. She has an incredible style and it was wonderful to lift her.

My wonderful friend Val is in the spotlight over at digitalscrapcafe - she has an incredible FREEBIE up for grabs, so drop by her blog to get all the details. Here are a couple of pages I did.

My friend Nini has this wonderful template up for FREE on her blog. Drop by and get that one too!

A few scrap pages from Katie's birthday:

Finally, Ange has some new designs out also. Stop by her blog to find out all the latest on her wonderful style. Here are some pages I did.

So this is my last blog entry before Christmas. Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! See you all when the eating and unwrapping is done. Me .... I just long to be with the three special people that make my life complete.

Season's Greetings!


katell said...

wow!!!!!!! beautiful LO's!! what inspiration!!!
I hope you good holidays!

Nancy said...

girl, your photography and scrapbooking are out of this world! that "bloom" page is freakin gorgeous!

MariaT said...

Love all the photos and pages of course. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

Leah. said...

I'm loving all those Xmas layouts! and your photos are just stunning. They capture so much of your life! Love the Barbie's and Polly Pockets guarding the fort. It totally cracks me up.

If we don't get a chance to talk, Merry Christmas chicky! You ARE the best!


BearFamily said...

Oh how wonderful to see some summerphoto's, it's -10 here and still snowing, brrrrrr.

margote05 said...

Your photos of your stroll are magnificent Helen! And your pages are it just as much! I like coming here! And that makes for me quite funny see you in pair of shorts and in T-shirt! Here this morning, there was 15cm of snow! Everything is white and it is very very cold!!!! Pass of very good holidays with your family! Big kisses

Val said...

helen, my dear,

You are such an awesome person.
I am so glad we got to share time, and fun via the web, the scrap the photo...
I am so glad to know you, and god, you are such inspired, inspiring and true friend.

hope santa will be nice and surprising for you

seasons greetings! Love U

Jodie Redman said...

Amazing pages Helen!! Love the photos of your day in the city too looks like a lot of fun! Glad to hear things are going well with Hugh too. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break together.

Kami said...

Seasons greetings to you and your family as well, Helen!! You are so blessed, it truly shows in your photos!!!

Annika said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year my friend! I am sooo blessed to have a new wonderful friend like you in my life and I am happy that we got to know each other this year!

Geez...look at all of those pages, truly amazing! And the photos...OMG, you ROCK!

Love ya hun!
Princess A

Amy said...

Beautiful work here Helen!
I have to say I get a giggle everytime I see your kids in shorts at Christmas. My kids always say "Where are those people?!" whn they're looking over my shoulder!
Merry Christmas!

Yummers! said...

I'd give you the Photographer-of-the-year award!! Fantastic photos!! I love the shots on the hill!! I'm hoping to get some photo time in when the girls are home! Opening presents is usually a good photo op!

Love you guys!!
Grammy J

Jane said...

Have a Very Merry Christmas Helen!!!

Valé said...

Wowwwww !!! wonderfula layouts !!! Happy christmas Helen to you and your family !!!

Jacqueline said...

It's about 5 am Christmas Morning your time - and I'm sitting here with a second coffee on 24th Christmas Eve - always amazes me

A Blessed Christmas Helen, to you and all your lovely family!

Your layouts and photos are stunning - still hope to borrow a few!
lots of hugs

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