Monday, February 23, 2009

The Hunt is On!!

Ooh look at this proud little boy!! We bought Owen this book for Christmas called The 39 Clues - The Maze of Bones. You read the book, follow the clues, collect the cards and play the games online. Owen loves this sort of thing so we thought it would be good for him. Each book has an Epsiode Contest and the first one closed 31 Dec. He was then invited to participate in the Tournament which was a series of 20 timed questions relating to the book, all on what he has learnt. Well he got through that one with 20/20 and then we were informed that he was one of the 39 Finalists and he had to compete in the Finalist Tournament. He got knocked out on the 16th question!! But he was a Runner Up!! Today his prize came. We thought his prize was a Lie Detector Watch and a Backpack, but he also received a T-Shirt and a book - The Joshua Files Invisible City. What a lucky little boy!

If you want to find out more about the books, click on the picture above and it should take you to the website. There are 10 Books over this year and next (the 3rd released March 2nd), and 10 competitions and a grand prize competition too!! Plus they are fun books to read!! I love my books!!

So once again!!

A Rotten Week and a Beautiful Surprise

Well we had a terrible week here in the Cassidy house last week. I had some weird turn/episode on Sunday night and come Monday morning couldn't talk!! Now anyone who knows me knows that that is like chopping off my right arm!! (lol - I gotta hit that word quota everyday!! Just ask anthony what it's like when he gets home from work!!). While it was amusing seeing me trying to stutter out my words, it was also rather frightening too! Me being as stubborn as I am just wanted to sleep and didn't let Anthony take me to the hospital on Sunday Night - "I'll be fine in the morning!" I mumbled. But when I couldn't get out what I wanted to say to the delivery guy at work the next morning, it sort of twigged that something might be wrong!! I spent Monday in the emergency room!! Yep Wendy finally got her way and got me to have a CT Scan!! (haha) But it isn't a joke, and it really hit home on how concerned my friends actually are about these stupid migraines that I get!! This was a real eye opener! I have been putting off, getting these headaches looked into, scared of what they might (or might not!!) find in my head!! But now the ball is rolling!! Slowly, but rolling. I am booked in for a MRI and have an appointment with a Neurologist who specialises in Migraines in May!! When I got home from work today, this beautiful bouquet of flowers was sitting at my door waiting for me. WOW, it was from all the staff at Orange Grove Primary School (where my boys go) I was truly touched. Our little school is truly a community of beautiful people! So a big thankyou to you all at OGPS.

I also received a gorgeous bouquet from my friends Deb & Asheley, I didn't think to take a pic, but they too, were gorgeous!! Thanks everyone for your care and concern this last week. And (yeah I know I shouldn't start a sentence with 'and' heads not right!!) A huge thankyou to Wendy and Trevor (if you read this) racing in to work, taking charge, giving me NO CHOICE!! talking to anthony and organinsing the boys!! Anthony and I both really appreciate everything you do. Thankyou.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Jenae!

A friend of ours daughter has just turned 16! WOW, it doesn't seem that long ago that I first met her, (and her Mum & Dad) when Anthony took me over to their house for the first time!! Meeting the new boyfriends best friends!! haha. Now Jenae is 16!! A big year of milestone birthdays this year! So, here's wishing you a very Happy Sweet 16 Jenae!

I have actually participated in the Mojo Monday 71 Sketch here too, this is the first time I have tried a Mojo sketch and it was fun, so I hope to give more a go more often! I have cut the flowers out of a patterned paper from the Gypsy range and used the background and plain sheets from the same set. I have also used a lovely red Rhinestone and some Glitter!! Gotta have the Kindy Glitz!! The two larger flowers have been raised up on Dimensionals.

Materials Used - Stampin Up - Stamp Set - Think Happy Thoughts. Accessories - Scallop Circle Punch. Cardstock - Real Red, Ink - Pretty in Pink. Other - Basic Grey DP - Gyspy Range.
Ribbon from my Stash.

The Victorian Bushfires

We have all been shocked, saddened, angered and touched by the Victorian Bushfires. So many emotions - shocked by the sheer magnitude of it all, saddened by the loss of life and property, angered at the fact that they are most likely lit by arsonists and touched by the generosity and support given by fellow man. To turn on the TV or open the paper and see how everyone just rallies to help, is truly a beautiful thing that will bring a tear to any eye!

At our schools' Monday Morning Meeting, the children decided to have a free dress day to support Animal Aid - to support the bushfire victims, and with one days notice the school community raised $281. What a wonderful effort! Also today a note came home asking for toys, games, books and stationery (new or near new) to go to the children who have lost everything due to the fires. So we have gone through our cupboards and pulled out Excercise books, Colouring in Books, pencils, some toys, some reading books to send on for the children. Most of the stuff was in my top cupboard, my little stash for birthday party prizes. If they put a smile on a child's face or give a child something to do that takes their mind of what they have been through, then we have made a difference, even though we are in WA

So I urge everyone, to give just a little, whether it be a donation of food, blankets, toys or money, every little thing does add up. Check in that top cupboard and see what you have, I am sure there is something little that will help alot.

On a final note, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been caught in this terrible tragedy, we are so far away from it all here in Perth, but hope that the little things that we are all doing make a big difference to everyone in the affected areas.

The Cassidy Family