• Friday, December 29, 2006

    { A Christmas Birthday }

    As a kid, having a birthday on Christmas Day really, well there's no other way to say it, sucked. Big Time. I only ever remember having one party. And while my parents tried to separate it, Christmas in the morning, Birthday in the evening, there really is no getting away from the fact that you share your special day with everyone else's special Christmas Day.
    The last two years there has been a bit of a turn around though, and while it has been a long time coming, I have noticed a benefit. Mostly, when people find out when my birthday is, they groan and say "Oh no, I suppose you get combined presents?". Well as a rule I usually didn't, but the past two years I have and they have both been the BEST presents EVER!
    If you are a regular reader of my blog (all 10 of you ;) ), you will know that last year I got a Nikon D70s Digital SLR, no complaining about that! Woohoo, I just love it!

    Anyway, this year I got.....

    A 30gb VIDEO iPOD!!! Yay. And I am loving it! I have already filled 10gb with music and a good handful of Photoshop TV Video Podcasts, so I can watch them when I do school pick up or take the kids to Tennis Lessons etc etc.

    I am already almost half way through my first Audible Book, called Water for Elephants which I am just loving. I thought my mind would wander while listening but I just get lost in a new world! It's great.

    We had a lovely, but very hectic Christmas Day, having both lunch and dinner here. The morning started early, which was OK, because for a change, we weren't up until 3am wrapping presents. Brian and I have both decided that Christmas should be on a Monday every year. Girls came hurtling down the hallway at 6am, but were coaxed back into bed with us for another half an hour. They got stuck into there presents as soon as we said OK... they had a good day, present wise, a little too good, we think! Both getting, from us, MP3 players, iDogs, Doona Covers, gorgeous Clocks which I bought at Southbank while on the MAC conference, a portable DVD, with two separate screens for the car ( I like this one, because they can't nag us to watch it, I don't like them watching too much TV and they can't really use it unless we go on long trips, sneaky I now), they also got a Netball Ring, a ridiculous amount of clothes from Pumpkin Patch.

    From Santa they got an array of things, mostly from the Australian Geographic Shop I think, the elves must pick up stuff from there too...) from, Spyrograph Machine, Kaleidoscope Makings Kits, Fibre Optic Torches, a watch, booklights, even a pedestal fan each for their rooms (Santa obviously likes to keep them cool, fun and practical! LOL), also Squiggle notepads (they are great, think Mr Squiggle), and Nipple Balls The family got a MP3/Stereo radio for the family room, and a Stunt Kite. Brian got an MP3 player and Travel Scrabble too.

    So we are a very happy little household here!

    As the year ends, and a new one is about to begin, I realise what a big year this has been for us.
    I started teaching Digital Scrapbooking classes and had the great pleasure of meeting some fabulous people through that, who have become very good friends.
    I started a new and very rewarding job and look forward to developing that in the future as the girls get older.
    We moved into our new home, which we just love, and I don't believe there is a day goes by that we don't thank our lucky stars for it.
    I got to meet the BEST bunch of MAC girls ever, these girls have made me laugh, given me cyber hugs when I needed them and have just been there always, and make they make their presence felt in sometimes copious amounts of emails, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I have felt fierce support and friendship and getting to meet them was a privilege and one that I hope will happen again next year, but this time with the lovely Karen also!
    I have met some lovely new cyber friends, especially at Pickleberrypop and via blogs too. This Art that is digiscrapping is a great one and I am glad that I do it, along with all these talented girls, I look forward to continuing these friendships and making more.

    Lastly is a list of Movies that Suzy and I saw this year. I know I have missed a few and in 2007 I intend to keep a proper list. Can't say that any of them was bad, in fact, I really loved them all, in varying degrees. If I had to pick from the list though, I would say that "The Departed" and "Little Miss Sunshine" were the standouts. Although I could barely pick between the two, you could not get two more different movies.

    Before I list them, I am putting a layout here so that the big white space is filled LOL.
    This layout was done from pics I have wanted to use for ages of Quinn trying to help Bronte climb a tree. Background by me, flower brush, Rhonna Farrer.
    Journaling Reads: If at first you don't succeed, then try, try again. Click on the image for a larger view.

    Anyway, here goes.
    *Beyond The Sea
    The Lakehouse
    *Walk The Line
    *Capote
    Failure To Launch
    *Inside Man
    Poseidon
    *Brokeback Mountain
    Kokoda
    *Little Fish
    Pride and Prejudice
    Proof
    Pirates of The Carribean 2
    The Da Vinci Code
    Seperate Lies
    *Wah Wah
    *The Departed
    *Little Miss Sunshine
    Thank you for Smoking

    OK as I typed, I realised there were some "must sees" in there, I have put an asterick next to them, so try and see them if you can!

    I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a New Year filled with love, laughter and happiness!

    Happy New Year!
    Edited to add: As you can see, I have done yet another makeover on my blog, the credits are in the side panel! Feedback welcome.

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    10 Comments:

    Anonymous Jen_A said...

    Happy belated birthday!!! I knew it was coming up, but forgot that it was on Christmas Day. I love combined birthday/Christmas presents now too...hated them as a child :) What was really funny was the year my parents tried celebrating my brother's & my Dec b-days in the summer...ended up with double presents that year b/c she wasn't able to let our actual b-days go by w/o getting us something - lol.

    LOVE your LO - as usual. And the blog redesign looks good.

    December 29, 2006 4:30 pm  
    Blogger Jude said...

    The Blog looks wonderful Lee! I can see what you mean about having your birthday on such a day but how much better to have those combined pressies. what great pressies too... so glad you love audible - it is just great isn't it... actually makes walking and housework just about bearable! I see you haven't been to see the latest 007 Bond movie - it is a lot of fun. Loved meeting you and all the girls too and am looking forward to the next Mac get together too. Wishing you and those you love a wonderful, exciting, happy New Year.

    December 29, 2006 6:01 pm  
    Anonymous miyon said...

    Happy Belated Birthday, Lee! Both my brother and daughter have birthdays near Christmas so I know all about the 'combined gifts'.

    Sounds like you're having a blast with your gift already! Yay! :D

    Love the LO. Awesome photos, as always!

    Oh, and the new blog design is great! That header is fabulous!

    December 30, 2006 5:43 am  
    Blogger Angela said...

    Hey! How'd you get the little cross thing to work on your rollovers? You are one clever chicky :D
    Great to hear that you had a great bday and Christmas.. and those combined presses rock! I sometimes get them too, but no ipod yet ;).. I guess I'll have to make do with my flash and lightshere ;).
    Love the layout too.. your girls deserver to be a little spoilt... lol, says she that now has more stuff of Julieannes to clean up!
    Anyway, hope that you have a fantastic new years, and can't wait to see some more of the fabulous art you create!

    December 30, 2006 2:06 pm  
    Blogger Lis said...

    New blog looks great...when you get a minute, you and Angela can play with mine ;-)

    Glad you had a great Christmas and Birthday. Hope this year is filled with more wonderful things for you and your family.

    January 01, 2007 1:04 pm  
    Anonymous fazzbech said...

    Where to begin? Hmmmm, I'll begin at the end...LOVE the new look blog! Moving backwards, those photos of the girls in the layout are soooo funny! Love it!

    I'm also thankful to have met you and quite a few other fantastic girls in 2006, it really is a sociable art this digi scrapping, which is great!

    And wow, what an amazing array of presents you guys got! Lucky ducks! Sharing your birthday on Christmas day must be hard, but I personally think it makes you all the more special! ;) Happy Birthday Lee! And Happy New Year too!

    January 01, 2007 2:24 pm  
    Blogger shezann said...

    Your new blog is amazing !

    Glad to hear you've had a wonderful xmas and your birthday present sounds fantastic, the audible books are a fab idea.

    The movie list is wonderful, I too loved Brokeback Mountain.

    I feel very blessed the day I was asked to join your digital class and joining this wonderful group of ladies and can't wait to meet up again, thanks for believing in me.

    Your layout of the girls is really beautiful and I look forward to seeing more of your work this year and enjoying your friendship.

    Thanks for everything.

    January 01, 2007 8:25 pm  
    Blogger katef said...

    Oh a very late Happy birthday!

    Loving the new blog look.. you do such funky blog headers!

    January 04, 2007 6:02 pm  
    Blogger Mel said...

    The bew blog looks awesome! What a cool present you got too!

    January 06, 2007 11:31 am  
    Blogger Mel said...

    The bew blog looks awesome! What a cool present you got too!

    January 06, 2007 11:31 am  

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