Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas 2010

Front Door Wreath
(shame in Qld we need screens on our doors)

Christmas week started with two sightings of Santa
We were waiting first in line to have our santa photos when were heard......

Santas bell hearalding his arrival

Went home to make a gingerbread house

Master Js first one the last 2 years he has fallen asleep 
(this year I let go & let them both do it without any help from mummy)
I was very proud of them !

The same as the tree this year
(it took me a few days to let go of the decorations being unbalanced,
 but I did it !)

Around the home.....

Some present wrapping....

That night Santa arrived by boat at our friends annual Christmas party

All the kids waiting to greet Santa

At the end of the party all the guests go to the loungeroom to sing carols , this year our host offered
if any children would like to stand up & sing they could. To my amazement master J (who dosent like to draw attention to himself wanted to as long as big sister stood near him)
Children are always full of wonderful surprises  !

Making the shortbread with my little helpers

A Few Days Later......

A Very wet Christmas morning finally arrived

Much excitement in unwrapping gifts......

The Christmas Table centerpiece....

I forgot to take photos of the lunch but remembered at the 
last minute to get a pic of my pavlova.
We had a quieter day than usual couldnt help but miss loved ones who weren't here , 
but still blessed to have some family join us for wonderful lunch. 

Angel ornaments on my bedside table
I have had since I was 14 years old
Remind of the Christmas's when every one was together ,
happy & alive.
So much has changed the last few years ,
it is a blessing to have young children to keep the spirit going.

Karyn x

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas On The Sunny Side

Everyone is posting gorgeous winter scenes for Christmas
Thought I would show you a little of how it really looks for Aussies
at this time of the year.

This was only last week at Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays
Christmas Tree in the foyer

Attempt at creating a winter scene in the tropics

Last day by the water

Ahhh , back to rain , rain & more rain !

I am interested in knowing what blogger friends from the other side of the world think.
Could you imagine a hot Christmas  or one without snow ?
I would imagine it really woudnt be Christmas for you.
It is actually raining here tonight on Christmas Eve & a lot cooler than normal.
There will be no swimming tommorow,
I was going to have seafood this year but the cooler weather has changed that to a
lovely organic turkey roast,
I actually am enjoying Christmas preparations more , candles are lit , carols are playing , 
shortbread baking 
There is a cosiness about it.
Hope it stays like this tommorow.

Merry Christmas Everyone
Have A Happy & Safe Holiday
Extra Special Christmas Wishes To Our Blogger Friends
Who are experiencing difficult times at the moment
Love Karyn x

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Great Timing For A Oprah Moment

The moment a wish came true......

This is how the story goes.......
 I tried to get tickets to Oprahs shows in Sydney on the 14th Dec
 ( everyone I know applied so I had a greater chance of going)
Now if I got the tickets I was going to have to cancel our holiday on Hamilton Island
that I booked back in August (yes I was prepared to do this !)
 Sadly no one was successful in obtaining any.
Some friends asked on facebook if anyone had got tickets , it was a big NO from everyone ,
Except I added "I  know I am going to see her while she is here because I can feel it "

So we arrived at Hamilton Island on the 13th December
not knowing THIS.....

Oprah arrived the day after in a private jet.
The island was buzzing with gossip this morning , rumours Oprah was flying in. No one seemed to know what time , so how did I get this shot ?
Just a feeling , we were out in our buggy going to get some lunch when I said to hubby , just turn off to the airport & see if there is a private jet at the airport & we will know if she is here.
As we arrived in the carpark the Oprahs jet come into land (apparently it was 1 1/2 hours late )
 The universe was hearing my wish .
Standing at the gate trying to catch a glimpse , thinking they were going to come out of the gate we were at because there was a tv camera crew there , but no they turned off across the tarmac & left through a different exit.
 So the great buggy chase started......
Something overcame me we made it to the little roundabout before they got there
where I proceded to jump out & stand on the road jumping & waving wildly as they past , just hoping 
she would wind down the window & give a wave
but that was not to be.....

past the local school on the island 
 up & over hills following the silver vans with the blacked out windows , 
have you got any idea how slow a golf buggy goes up a hill ?
 You can run faster !!

Down the hill towards Qualia 
where Oprah was staying

They were already through the private gates
Oh why hadnt I booked the from $935 a night accomadation ?
(Probably because it wasnt in our budget )
It was so much fun to let go & be" silly" at my age .
Hubby was slightly bemused at my excitement.

We heard more rumours she would be going to whitehaven beach that afternoon
While we were relaxing by the pool , I was secretly putting it out to the universe I wanted to meet Oprah.
At 2pm we were in our room letting the kids chill out when I said ti hubby "Im just going to pop over to the Marina  , if Oprah is going to Whitehaven she would have to be leaving soon to get there.
On the way there were a couple of camera crews & handful of people standing outside the wildlife park.
I came to a scretching halt , parked the buggy to find out Oprah was arriving in about 10 minutes for a private visit.
My OMG moment had arrived
I have on video a lovely clear & unobstructed view of Oprah driving down the steep hill with Gayle by her side. Then it was running over to where she stopped to talk before driving in , where she had her photo with' Elvis the koala'.

I was very impressed she drove the buggy herself , shows her relaxed 
which us Aussies love !

I went up to a side entrance , we called out to her as she went through & she said I will come over 
after I go here.

About a dozen of us waited & true to her word , she did.
Thankyou Oprah for making my day !
 I am now going to pay it forward & do something for someone in need to make their day.
Its funny peoples reactions , it seems you either get what Oprah is about or you dont.
I am not going to apologise for admiring & respecting her or being a fan
(I have seen people roll there eyes at the very mention of her name & thats O.K we are all different)
Twice in my life I have dramatically changed things in my life due to watching her show , 
I will always be great full for this 

Karyn x

P.S Now I have to put it out to the universe to get tickets to the show in Chicago for the final season.
I am determined !