Happy Christmas

Christmas has been. Boxing Day is here. What a great season this is.

Christmas to me > Jesus’s Birthday. Retelling of the birth of Jesus. Celebration. Family. Friends. Love. Church. Food. More Food. Leftover Food. Laughs. Happiness. Giving. Gratefulness. Shopping. Craft. Food.

What a great Christmas this was. I hope that all my family who are interstate had a very blessed Christmas and I thank everyone for their company, laughs, gifts and happiness we shared over the last couple days. I may have put on five kilos, but it was worth it!

Happy Birthday Jesus! 

“Today is the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah the Lord.” – Luke 2:11

What did your Christmas look like?


The Surprise Date

I Love You Everyday Mr J!

Yesterday, the 2nd of December, Mr J and I celebrated three years together.

For two weeks I had been looking forward to our anniversary eve. Mr J had informed me he was taking me to a surprise destination, I was to wear formal and be ready by 7:30pm. At that time, Mr J drove in the driveway in his new outfit and looking very swish. I was trusted to close my eyes from the bottom of the freeway for the final ten minute drive. I tried to guess where we were heading but with my directional skills, no luck! The car was parked and I opened my eyes to this incredible and impressive restaurant. Wow! We were seated at a window seat where we had a prime view of Adelaide’s lights, & the best seat for some fireworks in the distance and plane landings. The food was incredible and the experience was even better. Mr J and I shared so many laughs and conversation. I was spoilt.

Our Adelaide Vire

Our Menu
Organic Sourdough Bread
Spencer Gulf king Prawn Tail on a barramundi and pecorino crepe
palette cleanser
mandarin and watermelon sorbet
Flinders Ranges’ Orrorroo Kangaroo Saddle
Chocolate Melange for Two
(including Mocha Panna Cotta, White Chocolate Cheesecake, Hazlenut chocolate pallet, Chocolate Mousse Cornetto, White Chocolate and Butterscotch Creme Brulee and a Glace Cherry and Chocolate Parfait)

I was super impressed. This man is a keeper.

I can’t thank God enough for blessing me with a man who I can call my true love, partner in crime, best friend, support, inspiration and personal comedian. We have shared so many amazing and difficult times together which have got us to where we are now and I wouldn’t change a thing! Mr J, thank you for being you and wanting to get to know me back in 2009.Happy Anniversary Mr J!


My Past Couple Weeks

Wow, I can’t believe I have not caught up with you all for two weeks. My apologies! Life has been hectic…

Working as an apple packer isn’t that bad. It’s physically challenging and quite draining. However, I have felt very welcome and shared many laughs with the ladies. It a very convenient drive and I get FREE apples {always a bonus!}.

Dance lessons with Mr J have been fun. We have learnt the rumba, cha cha, tango and a progressive jive.

Adelaide witnessed part of the eclipse that was happening around our country. Dad brought out his welding mask to view this amazing event. He slightly resembled Ned Kelly.

Netball and tennis are providing a regular social life and exercise for me. I love the people who I see weekly at mixed netball, summer netball and tennis.

Mr J and I have made the most of our quality time together. Last Sunday we drove to Harbour town, followed by Glenelg. Here we shared a pizza, ate two yummy desserts and talked in front of the sunset. Lovely!

I’m super excited to have my bestie on uni holidays, meaning she is back to being a local for the next three months. We have already had a yummy dinner date, organising car pulls and participated in this this morning. I’ve missed her!

Mr J has got new glasses! They are very funky.

The other Tuesday I met with some lovely people to start organising this. Excitement has arrived and motivation is at a high!

Adelaide is starting to prepare us for summer. The weather has been above thirty degrees numerous times. We have been able to enjoy our late barbeques and salads, wear dresses and shorts, go to the beach, watch cricket and have 10pm swims.

Oh, and did I mention… I got into uni!! After expecting to find out early next year, I received a letter a number of Fridays ago informing me I will be studying Primary & Middle School Teaching. I’m a tad excited.

Until next time, keep sending those smiles around.

My Friday has been great!

Great way to start my weekend. Knocked off work five hours early {still leaving me with 32 hours of work this week}. Ate leftovers for lunch and was ready to enjoy some things I love…

Baked some Chocolate Cookies, using only the ingredients in the cupboard. Had to add some 100s & 1000s to make them look fun!

Painted my nails in these gorgeous colours!

Went for my second walk for the day in the beautiful sunshine! I encountered a koala along the way (that black spot on the left side).

I’m now going to freshen up, make a mini-picnic-like dinner and trek over to pick Mr J up from work. & then it’s dance time!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope it’s been good for you too.




Orange Freshness


It’s predicted to get to 31 degrees today. I would say it is very close to that. Couldn’t find a better day to make homemade orange juice! Before my grandparents left for their holiday, they gave me a bag of South Australian oranges. My body wouldn’t cope with me eating that many oranges on my own, however drinking that many in juice is another story. I was surprised how much juice these fruit produce. I have a supply for a week or more! Not only do I have a lot, they are super tasty. No sugar needed, all natural and still sweet enough. Yum. Got to love your natural source of Vitamin C. Can’t wait to share it.

To make Orange Juice, all you need is a juicer {electric or not}, oranges and something to store the juice in.
Simply, squeeze the juice and pour into your juice storer and hey presto! Easy.


Last night I had some sibling bonding time with my brother. He picked me up from work, we went to the house watched movies, cooked dinner and talked. It was great. He left this afternoon after another movie, a trip to the shops and some lollies. Thanks brother!

Night shift tonight.

Picnicing it up with Mr J-amazing

Sunday was glorious! There aren’t enough words to explain how beautiful it was. The day started with church where we witnessed four people dedicate their lives to God and get baptised, we also listened to a great friend’s message. The rest of the day was ‘date day’ for Mr J and I. We drove to this place & picnic time! {Picnics are fabulous.} The next four hours flew by. We ate nice food, drank yummier orange juice and burnt it all off laughing. We talked and learnt more about each other. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. God blessed us with wonderful weather and He has blessed me with an amazing man in my life. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Successful and Socialble Weekend

This weekend a friend and I coached the winning team of the Under 15 division 3 netball grand final. Intense. Minutes to go in the last quarter it was goal for goal, fortunately we were ahead by two when the final whistle blew. No voice left but the biggest smile on my face. Our girls fought until the end and are ready to celebrate at presentations next weekend. Mr J shouted Dad and I dinner that night where I demolished a gourmet pizza. We then ended the night playing board games and eating show bag goodies which my brother brought home from here.

Today {Sunday} began with a great church service, followed by lunch and the afternoon with Mr J’s family and close friends and ended with dinner and dessert at home, with my parents and brother. Once again, the weekend has flown, I’ve eaten way to much food but had a great time.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Sandwich Artist – That’s me!

You can say I haven’t done that for a while! Work. Yesterday and today I did five hours of paid training to work here as a ‘sandwich artist’. I’m tired. I’ll have a part time job at Subway, who are willing to work around any uni commitments I may have next year. Thankyou Lord {His plans always come together!}. One more day of training and I begin for real, in my home store. There is still lots to learn which I’m excited about. I’m especially looking forward to having an income again!

The weather wasn’t too bad in the city today, however as soon as I hit the hills I encountered rain, wind and cold. Not ideal for coaching a grand final netball training tonight but i’m thankful that I will be playing mixed netball afterwards INDOORS. I hope that everyone in Adelaide has company of a heater, warm meal, hot drink or blanket at the moment.

Have a funky Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Inspire #4

Success can be created from the assistance of a super attitude. & from experience. Sometimes the little things in our life can be just as important than the big things! These quotes cover that pretty well.

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swarni Sivananda

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things ~ Robert Brault

Check out some more quotes here, here and here.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY! Today I enjoyed the little and big things. Mr J and I attended church in the morning  which was followed by a beautiful spring drive to a castle for lunch. Here we celebrated my grandmas 80th and were thankful for our fathers. My brother and I gave dad some of his favourite nuts which were almost gone by the evening {with something else on it’s way}. The night finished with Mr J’s relatives. Today taught me that I could fit in a weeks worth of food into my stomach in one day… it was good! Before bed I was inspired by this on tv. Tonight I had to hang one leg out of the covers due to warmth. Spring is here!

Fun throughout

Today started with a lovely walk and chat with a long-time friend. We strolled past the beautiful green paddocks and animals the Hills have to offer. As I got dropped off home, I gained a gorgeous cardigan and top which was handed down from my friend. Privileged! This afternoon I spent hanging up a load of washing in the fresh, slightly warmer than usual air, cooking dinner, writing in my new journal and surfing the net for nice dining in Adelaide. Tonight, I decided it was my turn to spoil Mr J. Wearing my new cardigan, we went here and I ate a delicious chicken schnitty {which I couldn’t find anywhere in the States!}, we shared cheesecake for dessert and spent the next hour and more playing pool. I won one, I helped Mr J win another and Mr J won two on his own. It was fun. I came home to find my brother packing for his 4 day rock climbing camp, lollies on the table and an electric blanket heated bed. Life’s good –  God has given me a lot to be thankful for.