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Thursday, March 26

Learned something today...

That I should NEVER leave Daisy the Dog unattended in the house, even for a few minutes. I went out to take the garbage down to the end of the driveway, and by the time I got back, Daisy had jumped up onto the kitchen bench, grabbed the bag of half frozen chicken thighs and was just preparing to tear the bag open and have a feast when I returned. Naughty puppy!!!!!!
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Monday, March 23

Has it really been ten days???

Over a week since my last post!! I simply do not know where the time is going at the moment. Life is certainly keeping me busy, yet there is nothing of great interest to say!!! Here are a couple of photos of Alice and her Big Brother for you to have a peek at. Yes, she has teary eyes from a threatened tantrum, but the tantrum was averted when BB agreed to read 'Where is the Green Sheep?' to her!! Oh, if you were wondering, it is beetroot all down the front of BB's t-shirt....

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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-22

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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-22

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Friday, March 13

And just a couple from the garden.

I only have one rose bush in my (mostly) native Australian garden, and I am always keen to capture it in it's glory. It is called 'Rhapsody in Blue' and is very special to me as the grade 3/4 class gave it to me when I finished up my teacher's aide work before travelling to China to meet Alice. I particularly like the shot in which you can see the iridescent snail slime on the petals!!

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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-12

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Alice Goes to PlayGroup

Since the beginning of the new school year, Alice and I have been attending a play group at the school which she will be going to when she is 'a big girl'!! Her big brother is in grade four at this school, and big sister was there until this year, but is now at a different school, being as though she is now a high schooler. Anyway, Alice just loves play group, and one of the best things about it is that she is mixing with kids whom she will be starting school with in a few years time, and hanging out in the classroom where she will be a big kinder girl in 2012. So here are a few pics of her having a ball at play group - I particularly like the one of her doing her special camera smile (ie: eyes squeezed tightly shut!!)

eeeow, sand on my arm!!!

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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-12

AND on my hands....

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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-12

Making a sand castle

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Being in the sandpit is VERY serious business!!

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Driving her car..

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and again...

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Her 'special' smile!!

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The royal wave as she passes by in her motorcade!

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Tuesday, March 10

Photography Blog

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By cristinafairley at 2009-03-10

Got this idea from my friend Shelle over at Blue Mountain Beauty and thought I may as well give it a go!! Check out the other entries here Hope you like my 'crop job'!!!

Before cropping:
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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-10

And after!!!

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Friday, March 6

Still Breathing!

It has been such a long time since I have posted that I thought I had better let you all know that I was still in the land of the living. All is well, just frantically busy!! Alice has started going to daycare for one (short) day a week with a friend of mine who cares for children in her home, and she just LOVES it. She spends the six hours going flat out with the two other kids, comes home exhausted and sleeps like the dead for the night. We have also started going to playgroup together at the school she will be going to when she starts kindergarten in 2012. This is great as she is mixing with the kids who will be her classmates. Once again, anything that involves play dough, sandpits, trikes and games is a winner in Alice's books!! The other big thing which has been keeping me busy is having my latest new toy installed. After five years of suffering through very cold winters with a pathetic excuse for an electric heater, I finally convinced DH that a wood heater would be a valid and prudent investment.It was installed on Wednesday and on that day summer apparently came to an end - it was COLD!!! Needless to say it has been going ever since and I adore it. The house is now toasty and warm, and as everyone knows, a warm wife is a happy wife!! Must go as I can hear Madame stirring from her nap, and it is time to go pick up the big kids from school in time for golf lessons. Enjoy the photos - the birds are a male and female red robin who like to play our birdbath. They are exceedingly cute! Will try to upload some more pics of Alice soon.

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By cristinafairley, shot with E-520 at 2009-03-05
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