Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wedding to share......

We have finally got some wedding photo's to share from My Aunty Sam's wedding which was at the end of OCtober. I was the Matron of honour and Chels was a flowergirl. The photo's all turned out great........


Flowergirls_blog   4_generations_blog



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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Tout Family XMAS

Well Christmas is now offically over - we all had a happy time, the kids were up at 5.45am Xmas morning going through all the wonderful things that Santa had left, and of course he did not dissapoint.


Royce got a PSP and some clothes and a MP3 player and Chelsea got a computer and the PS Singstar, clothes and Heffalump, makeup etc etc........... I have never seen the them so excited. Every year we buy a family present and this year we decided on a Pool Table, well Royce was beside himself he just loves it and has not been of the table - he will be a real Pool shark by the time he is 18!!


This years Xmas as most of you all now was very hard as David's dad and my Nan passed away in October,  the morning started of very teary but we all pulled through and spent the day with all our family and enjoyed Xmas. Normally my Xmas is spent running all around the place but this year we stayed at home and all the family came for lunch and tea. My dad was the chef and a very good one at that he actually cooks for party's with camp ovens and spits and so on so he cooked all the meat and the vege's outside in the oven's and it was beautiful, we had over 30 for lunch and then again for tea. We just had cold salad and seafood tea and plenty of sweets.



The day was spent outside under a marquee, the kids swam and played pool and rode motorbikes all day. Actually my nephew who is 5 got a motorbike from santa and he had been riding all day long and had a few crashes only minor and THEN he crashed into our pool shed which is fibro and put a great big hole completley through the shed. Thankgoodness he was alright and needless to say he had spell from his bike - it was so funny!!!.


The girls spent the day on the singstar and of course all thought they could sing - NOT!!! Anyhow the day was great and the kids had a ball. And we are now getting ready for the New Year and hoping that it brings us plenty of happy times.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Shop and Crop Competiton!!!!

{Shop and Crop Competition}

All you Scrappers out there.........

Sasha at Shop and Crop  has just announced a really awesome competition for the New Year. The Design Team will scrap 6 people's Christmas Photos.

Here are all the details: S&C Design Team Scraps YOUR Christmas Photos Comp

Would you like your chrissy photos scrapped by our DT? Here's how the comp works:

To enter, check into this thread, stating your current number of posts made.

Post a minimum of 25 posts, INCLUDING 5 or more gallery posts.

When you have made your 25 posts, check in again and state the new number of posts eg. Sasha checking in, post number 664 Sasha checking in, post number 689

*Entries close 22 January 2006. *

6 winners will be announced on 25 January 2006.

Winners will be required to provide:

Good quality Christmas 2005 photos, express posted to S&C by 28 January.

some journaling for the layout The DT scrapped layouts will appear in the S&C newsletter in February and layouts will be posted to the winners.

Good luck!!!!

Well you have to be in it to win it.

So if you want a chance to have your page done by Evana, Jaimie, Maree, Sally, Sasha or me..... oooh I hope you like what I do LOG IN HERE!!!!!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

My wonderful Suprise today

This morning I did my trip into the Post to see what goodies I  had to pick up an today I had an extra special one.

The fabulously creative Jen Hall has sent me the most gorgeous Xmas decoration, check them all out at the link above. What a beautiful person to do such a kind thing. It is now hangy proudly on my Xmas tree THANK YOU JEN.

Jen and I have met up several times at crops and ISC's - her work is just amazing if you ever need some inspiration then you should take a peek at Jen's work she ROCKS!!!!

Here is my yummy Tag :

Xmas_tag Xmas_tag_2

Thanks again Jen - I love it :0)

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Okay so the dear Lee has tagged me as she thought it would be a good chance for me to update my blog :0) well it has worked Lee and here are my Xmas responses.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?....
Definetly Hot Chocoloate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?...
Well my children get their's under the tree and they also have sacks on the end of the beds and on the mantle bUT when I was a llittle one Santa left them on the end of my bed and I never ever figured out theat my parents did not give me gifts!!!!!

3.Colored lights on tree/house or white?...
Coloured lights on the tree .

4. Do you hang mistletoe?...

5. When do you put your decorations up?...
Always on the 1st of December

6. What is your favorite Christmas dish (not a dessert)
Traditonal Hot lunch, Pork and crackle and apple sauce gravy, all the vegetables mmmm my mouth is watering.

7. Favorite Christmas memory as a child?...
Would have to be the year my younger brother and I went looking on the dirt road near my house for the reinedeer's hooves prints and we found them :0)

8.When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?...
DITTO TO LEE HERE : What.... what truth about Santa? ;o) He IS real! In the hearts and minds of every little boy and girl. (mmm havent I heard that somewhere before?) Honestly I can't really remember.

9.Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?...
Always Xmas Morning.

10.What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?...
Scotch finger and some milk. Also a carrot for the reindeers.

11.Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving?...
Giving of course!!! I love to shop at the best of times all though sometimes I like what I have purchased for a gift and really wish I could keep it.

12. What tops your tree?...
A star....

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?...
My cabbage patch doll "Candice Wanda" still have her to this day jey they are back in now too!!!

14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?...
Ffamily and friends, seeing how excited and happy the kids are.

15. What is your favorite Christmas Dessert?...

My nan Dowell's Plum pudding (cins included) with custard, sadly last year was the last time as my nan passed away in October, I will have to keep the tradiotions going.

16. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?...
I do LOVE putting up the tree and our family drives around the streets to see everyone's house's lit up and decorated.

Thanks Lee I enjoyed this one!! Okay now I have tagged Nic, lets see what you have to say girl :0)!!!!

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Weekend Update

Well after a very busy school week, the weekend arrived and here is what we have been up to.........Saturday morning Royce played his last game of Cricket before the holidays he had a great game scoring 3 4's and a 6 and he took 2 wickets Yah Royce!!!!

Then the kids and I and Nan Tout went to Wagga, we did a bit of Xmas shopping and stayed the night as Royvc was competing at The ZONE Athletics Carnival today. We had a nice tea and then took the kids to Gloria Jeans for a hot Chocolate we don't get that at GUndagai lol.

The carnival today was very very windy and cold. Royce had did extremely well getting a GOLD medal in the Discus, a SILVER in the longjump and a BRONZE in the 70m, we were all pleased to get home though.

On Friday night Shop and Crop had a online crop night - it was fantastic had a great chat to the girls and saw some very funny chrissy shots :0), on sad note though my scanner is playing up, hope it is nothing serious.

Here is a LO I did for Friday night's crop and another I finally finished from a kit I had from ISC Gold Coast I know that is bad bad bad.

Not sure what is going on re the photo's from the last post??????Love_each_other


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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

2005 School Presentation Night

Last night was our School's Annual Presentaion night - it is held at the local High School's Multi Purpose centre. We have 180 children in our School so the hall haas much more room and has air con.

The children sing and each Class student receives a completion certificate, with another two students from each year receiving an award for Academic and one for Class Citzenship.

OMG I am crying still my little man Royce receivd the Award for Excellent application, attitude and Academic development DUX of his class we are all so very very proud of him. For Royce to receive this award this year also as special meaning to us. His Pop Tout who has just recently passed away would have been so proud of him, he loved to listen to Royce read and see the results of his spelling tests he really pushed him to succed at School, we are just so sad that he his not here to see what Royce has achieved.

I am sure that Royce has not stopped smiling :0). Chelsea also completed her first year at School and received a special Certificate and a book she is also very proud of herself as are we of her.

                                                      Well done Royce and Chelsea

Royce_dux Kindy Awards_day

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Our weekend of Dance

Tonight Chelsea has her annual Ballet Concert - for weeks they have been perfecting all their dances and Chelse is so excited after dress rehersal this morning........

Chelsea is dancing 7 dances.

3 Jazz which are the Can Can, a dance number to the Carwash theme from Shark Tale and Hilary Duff's our lips are sealed.

She is also doing a Tap Number and and two Ballet dances, so today was mad day changing costumes etc etc.......

Here are some photo's must admit they are not that great in a dark hall.

Car_wash Our_lips_are_sealed_2 

Can_can Can_can_2

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Thursday, December 1, 2005

My big NEWS!!!!

Well it is offical today - Now I can tell everyone that I am a very proud Design Team member at the online store Shop and Crop online store. I am so excited to be working with the other DT girls  Sally Donovan, Evana Willis, Jaimie Emmerton, Maree Clout and of course Sasha. Yo can check out some of the girls handy work here Shop and

This is my introduction Layout - this LO had to be about me and include Chatterbox Papers.


This is a great online store so check it out and see what you can find, the girls have uploaded some great xmas BTP items. I really look forward to working with the girls they are all great scrappers and beautiful people.

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Just when I tought I had it........

Bloomin Blog Banner - just when I thought I had the photo filling the whole banner, check it out did not work. I can nornally get my way round computers but this blog thing is driving me INSANE.

Well back to the drawing board :0)

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Rainbow Circle Journals

Today I caught up on my entries for the Rainbow Circle Journal group that I am so lucky to be a part of.  I completed Amy's Green Pages and Jane's Violet pages. I hope the girls like what I have done :0).



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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thankyou everyone

I wouuld just like to dedicate this post to all those beautiful people who have been reading my blog and checking in on my over the last few months, your comments and thought have really cheered me up - so again THANKYOU all.

This is a family portrait photo taken of me and my hubby David, we do not like many photo's of ourselves but this one we both liked :0).


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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

That Grant girl TAGGED ME!! :0)

I have been {Tagged} by Michelle so here it goes:


Kyl ,Kylie Maree and Mum (but in the whiney children way) he he


Irish and Scottish


Death/Dying and seeing my kids in pain


Chocolate and Coke Fix


Cargo Pants and singlet top


Roger Whitakker and the Dixie Chicks


Voodoo Child - Rogue Traders (Brings back memories of ISC) LOL - Ditto Michelle
For I loved You - Roger Whitakker

2 THINGS I WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP (other than real love)




I don't scrap enough (really I don't :0) )

I obsessed with Vacuming

2 PHYSICAL THINGS THAT APPEAL TO ME (in the opposite sex)





Playing Sport


To see my kids enjoy life and become parents



America - Scrapbooking

Greece oh and China for the Olympics


Travel Overseas

Become a grandparent


I have way way too many pairs of shoes and handbags

Shopping, Shopping & more Shopping!!!!!


My garden - I have the Open Garden Scheme coming to look at it

Bookwork - I am always late


That's cruel how can I list 2 :0) mmmmm Sportsgirl and my local Garden shop


Kerrin and Amy

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and the winner is.........

Just a quick post did not do any scrapping tonight as I was watching Idol.

Well Australian Idol is over for another year and the verdict is - Yeah way to go Kate ......... the girls both were amazing but sadly only one can win although I am sure Emily will do very well also. Can't wait to get the song which is out on the 27th oh and Madagascar is out that day also another chrissy present.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

A bit of an Update

Well it has been a busy weekend in November Gundagai has a huge weekend which includes the Snake Gully Cup Race meeting which is held on a Friday. Thousands go from all over the place and it is a fantastic day, plenty of fashions,plenty of drinks and a great day is had by all, afterwards everyone heads up town to the pubs and it turns into a huge night and then a huge headache the next morning lol. Then on the Saturday a second race day is on which is again great but more of a family day the kids have a ball and wel lif you are Chelsea eat around 4 Mr Whippy ice creams :0). The weekend is topped of my markets etc on the Sunday. Needless to say had a great weekend, a house full of guests and a rest day today, I will post photo's a bit later on.

I checked out some of my daily blog readings today and came across Michelle Grant and her Blog, this girl is an incredible scrapper and makes the most fabulous tags at ISC, just love your work Michelle can't wait to see what you get up to next.

I also checked out theHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I can't wait to take Royce to see it on Dec 1, I think I am more excited than he is to go, I just love these movies.

Well I am totally buggered after my big weekend!!!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Well I have had a busy few days catching up on Circle Journals and bookwork and other bits and pieces here are my efforts - I am finding it very difficult to scrap at the moment :0( so I hope all of the girls involved in the CJ groups are happy with my pages.

Jaimie's - Things you like about YOU

Kylies_page_1_13 Kylies_page_2_4   


Cheryl's CJ - Special Moments not caught on Film





Julie's -  My Hometown


Sues' CJ - My Scrap Space

Kylies_page_1_15 Kylies_page_2_6


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Wednesday, November 9, 2005


Well I am still recovering from my fantastic time at ISC in Penerith. I had a ball catching up with all my scrapping buddies. My roomies Lee and Robyn thanks for a great weekend, Lee you made me laugh so much and I truly needed that so thanks so much.

Had a great time catching up with Nat and Julie, Jody, Kate, Max (we love you) Jo, Debbie and the very funny Sally D and Maree. Also caught up with Jen and Janine as they came in for a one day session. I met lots of new girls and swapped over 60 tags and they were all so fantastic.

All in all I had great weekend the classes were fantastic, the USA girls did not dissapoint, the class were fab!!! The Butterfly ball was a great night and the costumes were unreal by two travel buddies and Virgin's to ISC Mia and Vicky won the best dressed couple as the Fire Fly's (Way to go girls). OF course a big Ongratulations to the very talented NIc Wright and Jaimie Emmerton on their wins you both so totally deserve it.

Oh there is so much to tell here are so pics see for yourself :0).


Kyliekate Natlee Anita_us The_girls Butterfly_ball

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Challenge from ROZ

Okay Roz I have taken up your challenge and Googled Kylie "needs" here is the results:

  1. Kylie needs a Year off.

  2. Kylie needs luck in love ( already found that one)

  3. Kylie needs her time and privacy

  4. Kylie needs something fresh to focus on

  5. Kylie needs FUMIGATING ( now that is a WHAT THE???)

As you could probally tell most of these needs are linked with Kylie Minogue :0)

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005


I would just like to thank everyone who has posted on my blog over the last week or so. It has been a very tough time but I have taken comfort in reading everyone's thoughts and comments so thanks very very much.

Okay I decided to post one of my childhood photo's for Lee's challenge - so here it is Lee :0)

This is my first portrait


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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Trying to get Motivated

Well I have been trying to get motivated, which is quite hard at the moment. At the moment I have 5 CJ's in my scrap room and other deadlines that I need to meet. So tonight I gave it a start and have now completed two, thought I better get them finished before I head of the ISC :0). I also have a wedding next week, I am a bridesmaid and Chels is flowergirl so this week will be hectic also THANKGOODNESS I had already made my tags for the Convention oooh I do love to tag swap.

Not sure if my scrapping is up to scratch but I tried :0(.

This CJ is Jodi's from the KSK CJ Group I am a part of - The CJ title is Poems and Quotes, I just added my favourite quotes, because of the way I have added my pages it was very hard to scan.


This CJ is Debbie's and this is the very first CJ group that I started - the girls are very very talented and I am inspired each month by them all.



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Sunday, October 9, 2005

Broken hearted

Hi to everyone,

Just letting you all know that I will not be posted for while to this blog.

Our family has suffered a huge loss this week with the death of my husband father. We are all totally devasted and my children are broken hearted. Ted was a fit and healthy 68 year old man, who was a brillant father and grandfather. Our life has been totally turned upside down. Three days after Ted's death I also lost my grandmother, the children's great mother, again we are all still in shock. She was a beautiful lady and we will miss her dearly. My nan suffered a stroke, I was able to get to the hospital before she was sent to Wagga and had time with her before she passed away.

Thankgoodness for my mother she is my angel I could not have coped without out - so thanks mum I love you.

I just can't seem to focus on too much at the moment as time with my family is the most important at this stage.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005


Today Royce also had his Football presentation Day, today was like a summers day very warm. The boys had a good run around and received their Under 8's Trophy.


Royce receives his Under's 8's Trophy from his Coach David

All the boys line up for a photo


The boys had a great season and GOODLUCK tommorrow in Sydney playing at the Finals at Telstra Stadium..........

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The EXCITEMENT of it ALL......

Well today Chelsea played in her very first Hockey Grandfinal, oooh I was so proud of her. I have been playing Hockey since I was 6 years old so to see Chelsea in her Uniform lets say I was very proud. Because our town does not have a junior side she plays with the Strykers, Chelsea and Tate another little boy are the yougest in the side and lets say very very much smaller. Although the kids are quite bigger they play very well and there stick and control skills are getting better each game.

Today they WON 6-0 against the Batlow Dreamers and to top the day of Chelsea was awarded the Encouragement Trophy for the Year    YEAH CHELSEA!!!!!   Here are some shots of the day


The C Grade Adelong Strykers

Chelsea and her coach Vanessa




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