Monday, 1 October 2007


It's about time I updated hey!!! LOL

We've had a busy fun time! Last week on friday it was Allan's 50th!! Yes the big one. He was so NOT looking forward to it. I had a few surprises planned for him but I really found it hard not to let anything slip... but I did it!!

So on friday morning we gave him some pressies.. I gave him the album I made for him, he loved it.. phew!! Then a bit later we had a lemon meringue pie that I made the night before, was so yum!

I told Al that we would go out together for a little while, have lunch together and go to Floriade. We dropped of the kids at Michelle and went to town. After Floriade (fantastic!!) and had some lunch at a club (hey it was his birthday.. not mine!!) I said that we could go to our next destination. He said: "Isn't it a little bit early for that... (he thought we were having dinner with a group of people)". I told him that it was fine so we left. He was driving (he doesn't like it when I drive.. thinks I drive too fast.. I don't!!) I told him to go to Bungendore and also told him that we were NOT going to the coast, to prevent disappointment.

He was totally puzzled.. didn't know what was going on. For a little while he was still thinking that people would meet us there. But he soon figured out that that was not the case. He then thought we were going to have a look at something, that I wanted to show him something (still don't know what LOL).

When we arrived in Bungendore we went to "The Carrington" where I said I needed to do something. I got the key to our room and took him there. He was so surprised and thought it was a fantastic idea!! So then I told him that there was a nice spa and that we were going to have a lovely dinner there too, and stay the night of course!

I also said that I had tried to organise a dinner but that not many people could make it and that I thought that going to Bungendore was a nice thing to do instead of the dinner. He totally bought it (man it was hard to keep a straight face!).

So after enjoying the spa we went to play some pool in a pub and then went to the restaurant to have a gorgeous dinner.

Al had Crispy Duck salad and I had oysters for entree, I then had a lambrack with kumara mash and he had a eye fillet steak with yum things, for dessert we had ice cream with lovely sauce and creme caramel.
Was really a fantastic dinner in a lovely place, I can really recommend it!!

Next day we went back home and I took Chris and the girls to Chris's school where they had an art expo. We bought a lovely painting made by a student for only $30. It'll look great in the girls bedroom. Then we had to get the balloons and the cake. In the mean time Allan and his friend Darrin went to the pub "to watch the footy". The kids and I got ready and went to Turk Oz to get everything ready for his b'day dinner. We had one table for all the 10 kids and 1 big table for all the adults. I got every child a pack with texta's and paper and stickers so they had something to do. Soon everyone arrived and when everyone was there Darrin brought Allan over to have some dinner. He told him that he used to go to this restaurant with his footy mates after a game. Allan didn't think anything of it so he was totally shocked when he came into the restaurant and we all started singing.

It was a great night! There were some friends that he hadn't seen in a while so he got a chance to catch up with them as well.

I am so happy that I could keep everything a surprise for him, I really loved seeing the surprise and joy on his face, awesome!!

Here are some impressions of it all.

On Saturday it was Chris's 14th birthday. He didn't really want a big party so he invited his best friend over and they went to the movies and had lunch in town together. Afterwards they came home, played the playstation and we ordered pizza for dinner (his fav). He had a great day so that's what counts.

I went to ACTSA again in the afternoon with Margaret. We had a great time, love the demonstrations they do. We both haven't been stamping for that long so the "Back to Basics" ones are very good for us :)

There's a birthday celebration goin on at Crafting in Style, heaps of fun with loads of fun games, workshops and classes. The even better thing is that they are free!! On the weekend there will be a fantastic sale, 30% of everything in store!!! And guess what, I won the first game, it was on tonight!!

I've been working on the challenges for the DT comp at Crafty Collages. Heaps of fun!! Am still working on my OTP project but can already show you the card (with a quote) and the 8.5 x 11" LO. For the LO we had to work mono chromatic, so one colour in different shades. I made a LO for my BOM about Ruby, about what a kind person she is.

The card has the quote: "live the life you dream of" on it. Love that one!!

The CC was also on this weekend at Crafty Collages. I only got to do 1 challenge as I was busy with the kiddies and the DT comp work. The challenge was to use 3 colours only, yellow, white and pink. Use a chipboard shape and have yourself in the picture. I thought I might as well make the frontpage for my book of me, so here it is.

I'll leave you guys for today with this piccie that I took today with my little digi camera. Never thought I could take a pic like this, just love it.

Oh that's right, Lucrecia and I are going to kiwiscraps!! Woooooohoooooooooooooo

Happy scrapping!!!


Anonymous said...

Lieve Manon,

Wat een mooi verhaal,ik heb er van genoten wat een mooie verrassingen voor Allans verjaardag en leuke foto's en natuurlijk prachtige L.O.'s die foto van de vlieg op de bloem heel scherp,heb je een nieuwe camera?

Liefs mama

Margaret Wilkinson said...

Looking forward to Friday Manon! Hope you are better.
Love the card - handy little gadget that sewing template isn't it!

Dee said...

LOVE that quote Manon. And that pic is just heavenly; nice work.

Nae said...

hey manon thanks for the comment. Love that card and your BOM page is just so bright and beautiful great stuff

Trudi said...

Manon, lovin your work!!! You certainly are one talented chickie!!

Sending 50 (belated) big birthday wishes to your DH. Sounds like you had a great day

KarenB said...

Love that card Manon, such beautiful attention to detail. Well done on keeping the party a surprise for Al too... I doubt I'd ever manage to arrange something like that for my DH.

Margaret Wilkinson said...

hey Manon,
thanks for a great night friday - i've nearly finished my tag album. Shall we make a date for the calendar session - we must do it you know!