27 Apr 2015

Three years with this delightful girl. She is full of words and funny phrases, is thoughtful and so very inquisitive. I receive daily lectures on the evolution of caterpillars, and constant reminders that "the plant grows up, up, up into a beautiful flower!" 
She tells stories that almost always include a "but there was a pwoblem", and the subject of mixing colours can keep her occupied for hours. 
She loves to talk. My goodness does she love to talk. If I need a few moments to get something done, I just dial a relative, hand her the phone and off she goes for 30 minutes non-stop. They'll be lucky to get a word in before she finishes talking and hangs up.  
She's like a sponge, absorbing every detail and conversation. I am so aware that now is the time to really teach and share and show.  
You keep me on my toes Nancy-noo, and remind me daily to see the wonder in things. 
I love you.


28 Jan 2015

So it happened (4 months ago). This gorgeous little man joined the world. We named him George. I thought it was pretty cute and so is George Weasley and Ty's great grandfather's? name was Alfred George, so it worked for us. It was either that or Fred (I know what you are thinking and you would be absolutely right). His middle name is Scott, after my dad.


29 Aug 2014

For a long time I'd been on the lookout for really nice temple drawings that were pretty and kinda suited my style... but found nothing. Mostly because I was looking for the Melbourne, Australia temple and the choice just seemed to be really limited (read: non-existent). So I decided to draw my own! Bit silly that I spent ages looking for one when the best person to draw one in my own style is me. So I did and I loved it! I've already used it for a few different church handouts and I'm getting it printed for our home. It prints pretty big! If you want it too, you can download the file free by clicking here or below. 
My goal is to draw lots (if not all) of the temples throughout the world and have them available here for free download. 
So if Melbourne isn't your temple, but you would like one then leave a comment on which you'd like to be drawn next. I'm planning on doing Sydney Australia, Salt Lake, and Provo but after that I'm open to suggestions. 


I'm more than happy to have you use these for whatever personal/church projects you may wish, but please, they are not be resold, used for profit without permission or claimed as your own. x


28 Aug 2014

About 4 weeks to go (but probably 5) and I'm feeling pretty positive. We are much more prepared this time round, both mentally and physically so we are mostly all excitement. Though, once the labour starts for real I may well cry my eyes out. Please, oh please little boy, get one up on your sister early and come much faster and easier into this world. Please, your mumma is begging. If you do, I'll give you some chocolate when you are old enough to eat it.
Kidding aside (only not really) I'm actually looking forward in a way to the experience. I'm determined to do better, be more relaxed, let my body do what it knows to do and just trust and hope that second time round will be a breeze compared to the first. And if anyone suggests that I should walk for an entire day as soon as I feel my first contraction to help "speed things up", I will laugh and laugh and laugh and climb into bed and sleep.
Seriously, don't do it. Worst decision ever.


...says the girl with the nappy hat and paint moustache.

It is a delight and a privilege to raise this sweet daughter of God. It can be so easy to be overwhelmed when I think of the next 16 years and the worries and busyness and heartaches that no doubt will come. But little moments - painting together or sharing honey yoghurt or talking about how green (and every colour under the sun) is so lovely and her favourite, or her sitting on my lap and pushing away my hair, saying "you sooo bootiful, mummy" - these moments remind me that it will always be worth it, and that this is the greatest thing I will ever do.

"There is no role more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood" 


8 Oct 2013

the slab has been poured! i'm so excited! i feel like the house is finally at the stage now where others can join in on the excitement as well. before, when it was just a few trenches dug into a plot of land, most people weren't doing the same nervous, happy jig i was when we showed them (totally understandable). but now, it's more real and much easier to visualize. here on in it really gets exciting (the frame will go up soon! eeek!) 

kitchen and dining

bedrooms, bathrooms and garage on the far side
kitchen, dining and living room

 this empty space (below) is the living room, which will be built on a timber frame instead of a concrete slab since it is pretty high of the ground. i think that's one of the things happening next. 

i've just realised that i always take pictures on the same side of the house, facing our next door neighbours. i should take more pictures on the opposite side because that faces out to our garden and a pretty clump of trees, which are so much nicer to look at. 

so there it is. the most beautiful chunk of concrete i've ever laid eyes on. hope you had a great weekend!


5 Sep 2013

so, if you were to drive past our land, this is what you'd currently see. fun stuff! i'm amazed by how much has already happened in just a few days.  sorry about the grainy photos, i took these on the iphone at dusk, so they're not the clearest.

anyway, you can see from the photo below that we're building on a slight hill. our living areas are at the front of the house to take full advantage of the sun, so since the front part of the house will be elevated we still have a great amount of privacy which is super. just below that horizontal beam is where the living room floor will be. by the time you reach the back of the house, the rooms will be sitting on the ground again.

the land is a funny shape, narrow at the front and wide at the back, like a triangle. here's a sketch to give you an idea of where the house will sit.

the backyard is going to be so big and pretty in the summer. and the big deck at the front of the house will get sun all day long. we'll be spending more time outside than in i reckon!
our house is a nice comfy size. definitely all we need at the moment with just us and noo. here's a sketch of the floor plan...

the design is relatively open. i'm not a major fan of living/kitchen/dining all in the same room. i like this layout because while i can watch what nancy's doing while i'm cooking, they still feel like separate zones. as soon as you walk through the front door, you look straight into the dining room, so i really want that area to have a big impact. i've got lots of ideas that i'll talk about another day!
the wall of windows in the living room is going to capture the sun all day long. it will be heavenly! we're seriously considering building a window seat along that entire wall. against the opposite wall is our little study nook which i'm going to make so pretty :).
the bedrooms are cosy sizes. no major architectural features, but i've got plans to make them really fun and exciting nonetheless. also, i'm a big fan of having laundries in garages. it free's up valuable space and it's the second last room on my list of "spaces to make beautiful" (garage is last).

so there you have it! i'll post about the exterior tomorrow if i get round to it. we're leaving tonight for a weekend getaway to sydney to catch up with family (and maybe do some house shopping.)

have a great night!


4 Sep 2013

it's official. we're building a house and we are sooo excited! ty and i have been in the process of purchasing land for months, and on friday last week the last papers were signed and the land officially ours. even though those months of waiting might seem like a bother, it turned out to be perfect timing for when our builder was available. so with only a few days of owning the land the groundwork has already started!
it still doesn't quite seem real to me though, and it probably won't until we're moved in and unpacked. designing my own home is a major dream come true. my head has been full of colours and door fittings for ages!  

more details about the house tomorrow!


6 Jul 2013

we went to cradle mountain today. snow was everywhere! noo had so much fun, we all did. we don't get to experience much snow here in australia unless you go to the mountains in winter. it was the nicest way to spend the day with family, and even nicer knowing that we are blessed to have a safe and warm home to return to.


in my internet browsing tonight, i stumbled across another blog that i have fallen madly in love with. (my list of favourite blogs grows weekly). there's not much i enjoy more then a good before and after, combine this with emily henderson's amazing style and you have a blog made in heaven. i'll be back-reading her blog for the next couple of days i think.


10 Jun 2013

have you been watching the block? i have. it's one of the only tv shows i've ever really got hooked on, though i'll admit i am getting a bit tired of the "drama". but it's worth watching for all the good design ideas. for this last week's guest bedroom and ensuite, madi and jarrod used the most amazing chartreuse/yellow wall paint. i fell in love! i would never have considered that colour for walls, but i totally want to try it now! these pictures below in no way do the colour justice. the walls here look a bit custard-y. if you want to see the colour a little better, watch the room tour here.

and then trix and johnno used some beautiful white tiles in their ensuite. it looked like crinkled paper/origami. so so pretty!