Friday, May 31, 2013

Flashback Friday ~ CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER 2013

Back in March Woodi and I went to our 2nd CMC Rocks the Hunter, we had such a blast the year before and booked my parents in to have the kids again straight away! This year we had our friends Kim and James join the four of us (Stacey, Aaron, Woodi and I) that went last year.

Two days before we left Stacey found out that she had won 2 VIP passes to the CMC Music Awards held the first night and she asked me to join her..... Drinks, Canap├ęs, Mingling with the Artists and watching the awards....WOW.... Yeah ok, I guess ;)

We dropped the kids at my parents on Thursday night, and were all packed up for the 6am meet at house the next morning. Without the kids there and no real close neighbours we put CMC on TV and were all pumped getting ready and waiting for our friends to join us.

We got to Hope Estate pretty early, beating the mad rush we experienced the year before, picked the ideal camp spot (knowing the lay of the land from the year before) and set up what we think was the best site there :)  After a bite to eat we grabbed some drinks and headed on down to the festival grounds and marked our spot for the weekend.

Stacey and I went to the awards night later that afternoon, enjoyed the wine and nibbles and were a bit awe struck by all the artists right there in the room with us... Just casually standing around, drinking, chatting, getting photos with people... It was amazing. We decided to get in on the photo action and then stood right up front to watch the music Awards.

After the Awards we went back down the hill to join our group on the grass watching the performances on the Main and OzArtist stages. It is wonderful sitting/standing amongst a massive crowd of laid back people all there to listen to and enjoy the same music as you, while the artists are up on stage playing their hearts out to the masses spread out on the hill of Hope Estate. Their music travelling across the wide expanse of land, and fading into the surrounding mountains as the sun goes down behind them and the stars start to dot and dazzle the sky.....Beautiful, my kind of festival :)

We had an amazing weekend, Monday came around and whilst we were all looking forward to seeing our kidlets again decided that we were on again for next year and it couldn't come around soon enough. Can't wait for CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER 2014, my parents are already booked :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Flashback Friday ~ Birthday Sunset 01/05/2013

On my Birthday just gone, Woodi was on afternoon shift, I was in the kitchen cooking and waiting for my Mum, Brother Franky, SIL J and Nephew Lil D to come join the girls and I for a Birthday dinner.... Boo thought she heard a car and asked to go look. "Mum!!! You're gonna want to see this.... Bring a Camera!", well naturally I ran outside before hearing the camera comment thinking something was wrong. Instead I was blessed with this beautiful sunset, ran back inside to grab the camera and call Moo and Loo out to see it too.

It was a beautiful Birthday gift, as was having my family over for dinner to share my special day :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I am joining six by the bay for Thankful Thursday :)

Today I am thankful for:

  • Finding my way back to blogging
  • My amazing friends and the wonderful day we shared together today
  • Well behaved and beautiful children... Loo was dragged out shopping and made to sit for a long lunch in a restaurant and was so well behaved, like she always is.....proud Mumma
  • Having my husband home for the afternoon/evening after 3 days of double shifts where Woodi was gone from 5:30 am until anywhere up to 10:30pm
  • Feeling better after 2 weeks of the most dreadful flu
  • Being able to spend a little on myself today and treating Loo and I to a yummy lunch
  • The beautiful smiles, big hugs and kisses all of my girls always bless me with after a day spent apart :)
  • Woodi being such a wonderful husband and always helping out around the home when he can
My list could honestly go on and on right now, which is a really nice treat for someone who has spent years seeking the light in dark tunnels.

What are you thankful for today?

Magical skies.....

I have always loved the sky, I am mesmerised by it. Whether it be the sun coming up from behind the mountains (a rare thing for me to be awake to see it).... or going down behind them, I am in awe of the beautiful display of colours that constantly change the sky and make it look like a different picture from one minute to the next. The sky doesn't just capture my rapt attention during sunsets and sunrises though! It can be a miserable day with the storm clouds rolling in, a spectacular rainbow once the rains have cleared, the moon in any of her phases, clouds that look like they have been painted in the sky by angels. I love the magical skies and love when I am lucky enough to be near a camera or phone to take a shot. My girls know my fascination of our colourful skies and I'll often here "Mum! You're gonna want to see this! Bring a camera!". I am tickled pink that my love of the skies are passing down to my children and they too can appreciate the beauty of her ever changing picture.

Here are some pictures from when the sky was layered in pastel purples, pinks and blues..... all my favourite hues :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday (Kinda) ~ Backyard Boganism

A few weeks ago the cold was just starting to kick in, we were supposed to be away camping but our plans fell through..... so I decided not to waste the opportunity....

Marshmallows, sparklers and fun were had by all.... except the chickens and dog :)

Linking up today with Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Monday, May 20, 2013

Celebrating 8 years of Marriage....

This weekend gone by we celebrated our upcoming anniversary (21/5) by having a romantic getaway to Cadair Cottage in the Hunter Valley. My parents had the kidlets so that Woodi and I could have a weekend away.

If I were a cottage, I would be Cadair! From the picturesque bush scenery, wildlife, the picket fence and welcoming verandah to the classic cottage feel with a modern palate of purple hues, slate greys and fresh white, the cozy fire, comfy couches and heated spa.....I loved it all, especially sharing it with Woodi.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Family Camping trip for Easter

For Easter we organised a camping trip with our family on my husbands side. We picked out a little place that is located 3.5 - 4 hours travel for our family in QLD and roughly 6 hours for us. Unfortunately my MIL and FIL had to work and my BIL and his partner couldn't make it either, but we had my two Sister-In-Law and families join us.

We chose our camping spot from a camping website and had never been there before. We were a little concerned that we would get there and everyone would be disappointed, but we needn't have worried because it was a magical little spot. We were off the beaten track with beautiful bush scenery, right on the beachside!

The cousins all had fun with fishing, body boarding, bush walks, shell and creature collecting, totem tennis, collecting fire wood and roasting marshmallows. The adults relaxed amongst the beautiful scenery, did some adventuring and enjoyed watching the kids and taking photos of the amazing surrounds.

He are some of the photos taken by both my SIL's and my eldest nephew.....

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