Hi everyone :)
I’m a couple of days late with this blog update but it ended up in the ‘I’m just too tired to do it’ basket! I’ve had a hugely eventful weekend at Creative Escape Downunder and it was totally awesome! Of course I will show you all the project… but not today… and I’ve got an insert as well… but not today LOL
I’m a big fan of Masterchef Masterclass and I like to pretend I’m right there with the contestants… I’m sure I’m not the only one… although the little voice in my head says I might be one of the few to admit it!
Last weekend Josh showed everyone how to make a very decadent and grown up bread and butter pudding and I decided to give it a go. I did make a couple of changes like adding cranberries instead of raisins and changing the alcohol to white chocolate syrup but the final pudding was pretty delicious!
We’re right into the whole cooking thing at school now too and on Monday we made hokey pokey in class which the kids thought was pretty awesome!
I finally got all my preparations done for my big weekend. I ended up making 18 swap pins which I was pretty pleased with and then I decided to make some large tags to label all my stuff. I totally love how they turned out… and then I got a bit carried away because I had just a little more paper scraps so I made two smaller tags as well. I have now used all the Graphic 45 paper that I had for this project but still loving the collection!
I also realised that my old jeans just weren’t going to stand up to another wash so it was time to get a new pair. While I was trying them on I spotted some cool socks so I got them too because Mr Toby has a tendency to ‘borrow’ aka STEAL socks!!
On Thursday morning I got the car all packed and ready to go and to be honest I was pretty impressed with myself. I also had a list of what I needed to take and managed to have everything on the list labelled and packed and just for once I didn’t forget anything!
Since it was raining on Thursday afternoon we couldn’t do our senior school sports so the kids and I opened up the gingerbeer we made the week before and they LOVED it! They actually drank every last drop of the 5 bottles we made. It was super fizzy and had a great flavour too :)
I did a quick trip to see my chiropractor on Thursday since I’d woken up with a ‘kink’ in my neck and then I was off to Auckland for three days of creativity!
I’m not going to put too many details here because I’ve got an insert with photos to share later on in the week but I will say it was absolutely fantastic!
Mum came with me and we met up at the hotel. Registration closed at 7pm and she knew I wouldn’t get there before then so she registered me and the goodie bag was pretty cool… lots of neat things to use over the weekend and beyond.
Our first class was with Donna Downey and she is hilarious! We laughed all through the class which lasted from 9am until afternoon tea. She also gave my Mum a nickname which ended up sticking for the whole weekend… I’ll tell you more about that with the insert.
We did two classes each with Teresa Collins and Heidi Swapp and these women are both hugely inspiring story tellers as well as being humble and generous women.
It was a huge event and one that I’m so pleased to have taken part in… and I honestly do promise to share lots of photos and details with you later in the week.
And now for a MAJOR event… I’m such a proud Mumma today… and to be honest I’m also a little bit teary about it… but today my ‘big girl’ is 21!
I don’t know where the years have gone… I still have such vivid memories of the day she was born but 21 years have flown by and now my precious newborn baby is a woman in her own right.
Happy 21st birthday Krystal… you are beautiful on the inside as well as the outside, super talented, kind, generous and totally unique. I’m so proud to be your Mum and I love you very much xx
So before I need another pack of tissues I’ll wish you all a great week xx