Tuesday, 30 November 2010

99 Random Things

Time to get to know me a little bit more!

I stole this from my twitter and blog friend @boycrazedmomma who stole it from our other friend @cameron_crazy

here's what she wrote:
I’m pretty sure I stole this from my friend Laura’s blog...  A little get-to-know-me post. Feel free to lift this for your blog.  Laura won’t mind. Promise.
I hope you dont mind ladies but I did x

Basically its a list of  99 random things and you have to Bold the ones that you yourself have done.

1. Started your own blog (obviously)
2. Slept under the stars (one of my favourite things)

3. Played in a band 
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower 
6. Given more than you can afford to charity 
7. Been to Disney World (Cant wait to go again with my boys)

8. Climbed a mountain (a few and got stuck on one of them)
9. Held a praying mantis (with no future plans to)
10. Sang a solo 
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris 
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch  (Trying to teach my self to draw does that count?)
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight 
22. Hitch hiked 
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 
24. Built a snow fort (only every freaking time it snows!)
25. Held a Lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping 

27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (they were well expensive, I was there though)
29. Seen a total eclipse 
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (both)
 31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David (this is the one outside but I saw the real one too)
41. Sung karaoke (Natalie  Imbruglia: Torn 'oh the drunken shame')
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa 
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted 
48. Gone deep sea fishing 
49. (this was missing so made my own up) Visited the Colosseum


in Rome (after Gladiator how could I not?)
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (Snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (see if you can point out which one is me)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 
67. Bounced a check 
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 
71. Eaten Caviar (no but I ate and vomited Oysters which I feel deserves a mention)
72. Pieced a quilt 
73. Stood in Times Square 
74. Toured the Everglades 
75. Been fired from a job (oops)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle 
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 
80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican 
82. Bought a brand new car 
83. Walked in Jerusalem 
84. Had your picture in the newspaper 
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve (and a few on other days of the year too)
86. Visited the White House 
(Just from the outside) 
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury 
91. Met someone famous (William Fichtner &
Trev and Simon from Going Live)
92. Joined a book club 
93. Got a tattoo 
94. Had a baby (had 2!)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit 
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (squished it between my knees making my knees blow up like a balloon)

I like this list, it makes me remember some of the fun stuff I've done...

It also makes me think there still a lot to do!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Not so different after all

Now that Lucas is a year old I'm able look back and compare him with Isaac during his first year. I've always felt that although they were both boys they came out completely differently especially in personality. However when I went through my photos for this post I was shocked to see just how similar they look... 



                                                       Isaac                                                                              Lucas

Isaac                                                                          Lucas

Isaac                                                                          Lucas


Isaac -  nearly 3     
Lucas 1

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Second date with Jack Frost

After dragging my knackered self out of bed this morning I looked out of the window to find that Jack Frost come back for another go. No sore throat this time I raced out to take some more photos!! You know after feeding and dressing the kiddies...and drinking a cup of tea etc...

Guess what I saw? A freaking massive bird in our neighbours garden who was casually eyeing up the fish in the pond. I was pretty sure it was a Heron (hubby confirmed this later). Now Im not one for bird watching but this was impressive. Plus I thought my birding friend @KristaKay13 and my brother @blobbybirdman are going to wet themselves when they see this! Typically as it rose into the air in graceful flight I was looking the otherway. Oops...

One question people. Where the heck did the other leg go?!

Anyway back to frosty morning. 

It wasn't long before I started getting fancy with some leaves...

Some more frosty flowers and leaves. I think it looks like some coated them with sugar. However I can confirm they are nowhere near as tasty...

Isaac was once again loving the frost.

Isaac: What's that mummy?

Me: That's ice.

Isaac: I kiss it!

I shouldn't have been surprised it wasn't the first time Isaac had licked the ice this morning...
Even though I had already confirmed it definitely doesn't taste like sugar!

Anyway I think its time for another one of these, I hear there's snow on the way tomorrow...

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Deadly Engagement Story

Some of you may know that hubby is half Swiss so we go to Switzerland to stay at a family place on holiday from time to time. What you may not know is the story of how we got engaged....

When we went on this particular holiday I knew he was possibly going to pop the question for 3 reasons
1: We had been together for 5 years
2: I had pointed out the exact engagement ring I wanted several times 
3: I found the ring in his bag (by accident of course...)
So I was all whoo hoo any day now...
So it turns out Tim had decided to propose up a mountain. Impressive right? What we both didnt realise was the extent to which I was scared of heights. He thought he had no reason to worry I'd hiked up some mountains before with no real problems. But they were little ones with nice big paths... So we took the shaky death box *ahem* I mean cable car up some of the way.

This particular route Tim assured me was easy. In fact he himself first walked it as a child when he was 8 years old. But early on I was thinking 'holy crap this is steep'. Not wanting to come across as a pathetic I kept my thoughts to myself (mostly). Didn't want him rethinking his proposal plans now did I? As we walked further the ground started to look all wobbly and twirly. I couldn't see straight. The route just got worse and worse until I sat down and couldn't get up again. Tim was baffled as to what was going on...

He tried reasoning with me. He tried shouting 'GET UP!' in a loud commanding voice which just made me cry more (proposal day was going so well huh?) so then he tried begging. He coaxed me a long a little further until we got to a cross where someone had died and I was done being on that mountain! Thinking about the route he said its possible it gets worse. (oh really!) He said he had a vague memory of his sister crawling across a bridge on her hands and knees. So even though it would take hours we would have to turn back....

After several hours we made it back to the cable car only to find out it had closed for the evening. Tim said no worries since it was summer we could walk down the ski routes.  He claimed they weren't steep at all. You know those things people ski down really really fast. THEY WERE BLOODY STEEP!

Of course at that point a thunder storm rolled in. Perfect!

Overall it took us 11 hours of walking and eventually we got back to the chalet! Needless to say Tim didn't get to propose that day. But we laugh about our adventure now.

 The next evening he did propose on the balcony of the chalet and obviously I said yes...