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Just before the school holidays, Annalise’s school had an Easter Bonnet Parade.  The usual Hot Cross Buns and Here comes Peter Cottontale songs were sung, the Easter Bunny visited secretly throughout the garden and the children all decorated their own Easter Bonnets and had  a parade.  I found these bunny ears for $1.50 at an OP shop (thrift store) and then we had the idea to collect flowers and make her a laie and put flowers in her hair.  She wanted to wear her beautiful dress that was handed down to her from a friend.  She was soooo excited the day before coming out multiple times at bedtime to discuss just how she wanted her hair done etc.  She was going to be the flower-bunny-fairy-princess….I thought she looked gorgeous.  But then the day came…she was still excited during the parade, but that night there were many tears as she didn’t think that her Bonnet was the most beautiful ever.  Lots of children had hats bought at the store and gobbed with all kinds of Easter themed arts and crafts supplies.  Oh the perils have already started with comparing oneself to others.  The lifelong journey has begun for my little girl to learn that true beauty comes from within; having a kind heart; compassion and a lovely heart for God.  All the other stuff is just like the gobbbed on Easter Craft…not the real deal. She will cry and the enemy will vie for her soul, but I hope and pray that she can also know the depth of which she is loved…just as she is.

I find myself attracted to recipes that mum didn’t make when we were kids, but I always wanted them as kids…no offence to mum, just now I get to try them myself…you know like those puffed wheat squares and gingersnap cookies…though I have yet to try those peanut butter marshmallow squares that were always at church potlucks.  Anyhow, I found a great recipe for ginersnap cookies that are super yummy and really quick and easy to make.

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Here’s the recipe…try them today.  Makes about 4 dozen which is a bonus for the freezer.

Ginger Snaps

2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup butter

2 eggs

7/8 cups molasses (don’t skimp on this one)

2 tsp soda

4 1/2 cups flour

3 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp salt

Combine first 4 ingredients Blend

Add flour

Roll into small balls

Dip into sugar

place on cookie sheet (I have come to LOVE baking paper)

bake for 8 minutes for chewy cookies in a 350 oven

Enjoy :) !

 

oh ya, pictured with the cookies is a ‘sugar spoon’ that we had made as a craft at MOPS last time.  I made mine to match with my pottery in Canada as I do not have a sugar bowl here because of the army of ants that would soon overtake said bowl. I don’t anticipate the same problem in the tundra.  over n out.

Timothy is a thumb sucker, actually he can do both; he’s an ambi-sucker.  Don’t know which I prefer, or which will be easier to wean from.  I just found out that James too was a thumb sucker, and did so until he was 5…but shhh, I didn’t tell you that.  I guess it’s the little things that you don’t talk about on your first date, or the first 7 years of your marriage.  IMG_1211

Okay, so it’s been awhile…like a year and a half while.  SOOO much has happened!  I want to be more diligent at recording life here…not only in pics, but in stories, anecdotal reports of Scott life.  Especially since we only have 8 or so months remaining of this Australian Adventure.  For now, I’ll leave it at that….a promise to be more diligent and record more.

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Annalise at Kindy…painting a fish? oh well…must be a pattern unit, poor fish.

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As most of you already know, we went to Maggie Island for 3 nights a few weeks ago on James’ uni break. It was great to get away, door to door was only an hour. We took the bus to the ferry and of course the ferry to the island. It does seem like a different world over there. We saw a kola and her baby joey in a tree (but of course didn’t have a camera then), had ice cream and pizza on the beach, swam in the ocean, did night swims in the enormous hot tub pool (first one I’ve come across since being in Oz), and generally had a great time.
Enjoy the pics :)

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I’ve had a birthday, and we went on a Teddy Bear Picnic today.  James is in exams for the next two weeks.  Pretty much sums up life here lately :)

We had a really great time in Cairns, busy but good.  New things to see and do. It is a beautiful city…lush and very tropical.  It is also a very touristy city with a huge Asian influence.  We didn’t get a chance to get any sushi, but if we go back again, we’ll definately dabble in the international cuisine a bit more :) Lots of picnics and bbq suppers after we picked up James from work.  We took the train up the mountains to the rainforest village of Kuranda.  It was beautiful.  We also took a trip up to Port Douglas on a sunday for the markets.  Enjoy the pics.

Baron Gorge waterfalls on trainride

enjoying some afternoon tea

the house we rented...cottage style, no screens, lots of geckos! :)

trying to look at the shark we saw a few feet off shore

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we played at some pretty great parks

 

beautiful Palm Cove (the view from the playground!!!)

 

 

again, more great parks

 

 

 

Eli is funny.  I bet he’ll do this his whole life.  Once he gets his cake (the first one to get a piece) he goes off by himself to enjoy it.

Eli at his second birthday

Enjoying the cake at his third birthday (I think the chair is the same one...my friend Kelly's!)

Not sure, but I was only allowed to post a few pics for the first entry.  Here’s some more pics of his birthday.  Enjoy :)

Enjoying the cake

Uncle Dave

Some of the party tucker

Little miss sunshine on a rainy day

The troops dancing in the rain

Eli's present from G3 (Grandma and Grandpa Graff)

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