Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Farewell 2012, What a year!

Happy New Year my friends!!!
I cant believe 2012 is coming to a close already.
Its been such an incredible year full of ups & downs, I would even say life changing in our household.
For 2012 I set myself a few goals, I wanted to be
I wanted to get myself into some sort of consistent routine with my fitness training, I wanted to be a yummy mummy!!
Well I did get it all together for a while there & I was feeling pretty good about myself, BUT & theres always a BUT,
I got a full time job & haven't managed to be organised to exercise much since, so, as you can imagine this one is back on the goal list for 2013

I also wanted to be
This I did do, I got more creative with my photography & I did a fair bit of sewing & some great party styling, right down to making a fantastic prop box for a photo booth at parties, which has been a real hit & left us with some fun memories.
My last goal for 2012 was to show
when I communicate
My marriage was going through some pretty tough times & I was desperately unhappy in life, so I had 2 choices.
I could throw it all away
speak up & fight for what I felt was right & change it!
Well finding the courage to speak up brought about some pretty awful days, followed by lots of change & I have to say, this is the happiest my life has been for a VERY long time.
So it turns out that 2012 has been a very tough year but well worth the fight.

I'm hoping 2013 might go a little slower as we have so many big & exciting things happening in life this year, it would be great to take the time to notice them & live in the moment a little!!
I have been working full time(45hr week) for 2 months now & I have so much to learn in my job its not funny, but I really am enjoying the challenge.
It feels good to know I am building myself a new career. I turn 42 this year & really felt that this was my last opportunity to have a big career change.
Dream child No1 starts her studies in fashion design at Billie Blue design college in Sydney & has just moved into her first apartment, all by herself. She is so grown up & mature, I'm so proud & excited for her!!!
Dream child No2 did 10 months as a hairdressing apprentice this year, but due to a not so pleasant work environment decided it wasn't the career for her & has since quit & gotten a traineeship in Business Admin which starts if feb2013.
Dream child No3 has really come a long way, its safe to say we have this ADHD under wraps with diet & homeopathic treatments, NO drugs. He has lots of lovely friends these days, not just the other naughty kids. He goes into Yr5 this year & has also been elected as sports captain for his house at school.
Dream child No4 has graduated from kindergarten & is now a big Yr1 kid in school, she has had a great year & learnt so much it blows my mind, she also caught every cold, flu virus & bug including  head lice so I think she should have a good immune system for the year ahead!!!
There are some intersting things occuring on the dream house front as well, which I will save for another post.
So I'm expecting
to be a fabulous year full of rewards from lots of hard work.
My goals are to be
Organised, Efficient & Consistent.
I want to be organised enough that I can exercise consistently & be efficient enough that my house stays tidy & organised while I fit in this busy work schedule around my mummy duties. I also want to ensure I keep communicating with the dream guy so our relationship stays positive.
Any tips GREATLY appreciated!!!
What are your goals for 2013, I would love to hear them, they keep me inspired.
Trish xx

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A christmas catch up!

A little late I know, but
Merry Christmas everyone!!!
This year we decorated our tree in multi colours, which was fun. I really need a new tree for next year as ours is a little old & kind of gappy, which is why there is no pics of the full tree, its not worthy of beautiful blog land!!!!
Im hoping I can talk the dream guy into letting me buy one from .Balsam hill whilst they have a 50% off sale so that next year I experience no christmas tree shame, he he he!!!

We took a trip out to Hunter Valley Gardens for their "Lights Spectacular" & it certainly lived up to its name

The displays are incredible & well worth the visit!

I want a snowman like this for my garden!!!

We only have one little one left that still believes in santa which is kind of sad, but it was fun watching the older kids play along with the game.
Santa was good to us all this year. My kids had ipods on the top of their wish lists this year which turned out to be a good thing, seen as though we experienced torrential rain for 90% of the day. It would have been a shame if we had done outdoors gifts!
 We hosted Christmas lunch at our house with family & neighbors which made for a really great day & as usual, we all ate far to much food.
I hope everyone had a safe & happy Christmas & I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to 2013
How did you spend your Christmas day?
Trish xx

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Best wedding ever!

My sister Erin & her partner Adam got married a couple of weekends ago & I have to say,
it was the BEST wedding ever!!!
You may already know Ez from her blog
She had mum & dad walk her down the aisle/beach which was really beautiful
The lovely groom shed a tear or 2 when he saw her walking down the beach &.....
so did I!!!!
She was certainly a stunning bride, don't you think!!
I got to do all of the hair, with the help of my gorgeous dream  child no2 as my assistant, she did a lifetimes worth of GHD curls for me to pin up.
Our mum created all of the stunning bouquets, a friend Bree did the make up & a very
clever friend Meagan has taken the most incredible photo's.
This is how big our family has grown so far, mum & dad started with us 4 kids, now there are 4 partners & 7 grandchildren & no doubt there will be more of those to come!!
Its so nice to have a decent photo together, Meagan has taken some family pics for us, I can't wait to see them!
This is my aunt with my 2 beautiful daughters.
The reception was planned to perfection & ran perfectly, not a single hic cup all night. 
All in all it was a great day & a fantastic family get together for a beautiful couple.
 Its a real pleasure to call Adam my new little brother & I know he & Ez will have a great life together!!!
What do you think, is this the most gorgeous wedding ever?

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