2011 – Through the eyes of my iPhone

I feel l like all week I have been reminiscing and I guess it’s the right time of year to do for it, I mean with all the family times over Christmas and with the new looming around the corner, I think it’s a good idea to look back over all that has happened this year.

This year has been full on, part of me feels like it was only yesterday that I was reminiscing on all that had happened in 2010, yet another part of me feels like I have been married forever… It’s hard to even comprehend all that has happened this year, I was going to do a ‘Top 10 moments of 2011’ but I don’t even know where to I would start… I guess there are some obvious highlights, one being getting married and our awesome honeymoon to the states, but there are so many more little moments that I know I’d I miss something special if I started naming them… So instead I thought I would share my project 365 photos from the year and just one highlight… and one lowlight from each month… just to make sure it’s a little bit balanced… So here is 2011… wrapped up in a blog….



Highlight: Wedding Planning – Bridesmaid’s dresses, Making the wedding invitations and getting the perfect Cinderella wedding shoes.

Lowlight: Cutting my foot on the escalator at Doncaster… although swimming up the escalator trying to get back to the top was a very very very amusing.



Highlight: Hairspray… awesome

Lowlight: Working late…




Highlight: Mixed Nuts victory

Lowlight: Cutting my foot… again… and begining to think that perhaps Dave was right and my choice of footwear was to blame.



20111231-144712.jpgHighlight: My hen’s celebration… awesome meringues, a weekend at the beach and the royal wedding

Lowlight: Jarring my finger, so much so my ring wouldn’t fit



20111231-151807.jpgHighlight: Becoming Mrs George and going to New York and Disneyworld with my husband

Lowlight: Getting sick just before the wedding and the panic of being a Rudolph bride.



20111231-151816.jpgHighlight: Unpacking all our amazing gifts and setting up our home

Lowlight: Not being the Badminton Champion at SYG…. Again… my time will come.



20111231-151830.jpgHighlight: Making the best birthday cake ever

Lowlight: Losing my text messages, but its ok coz I got them back



20120101-112722.jpgHighlight: Listening to Davo preach up a storm

Lowlight: Back to full time work for more than a month… and becoming a teaching widow…



20120101-112728.jpgHighlight: Dusty and Jess got engaged… woo hoo, oh and a trip to Warrnambool

Lowlight: The phone and cd player that said no



20120101-112734.jpgHighlight: Dave’s School’s Star Trek play

Lowlight: Dave getting in the spa with a dead cooking birds.



20120101-112740.jpgHighlight: Awesome concerts… Farnsy and Dolly

Lowlight: Bad haircut



20120101-112745.jpgHighlight: Christmas… what could be better

Lowlight: The Birds that got stuck in the chimney on Christmas eve… way too much drama

So there you go… lets hope 2012 is just as fun

Happy Day after Christmas

Wow Christmas is really over, all the presents are unwrapped, the parties have finished and it’s almost time to start 2012… who would have thought. Some times I think I spend so long waiting for Christmas that it is all done and dusted way to quick. Unfortunately I have no abilities to slow down time so I just have to accept it and move on.

A little while ago I wrote a blog about really listening to the lyrics of carols, and songs in general I guess and I thought that today I might share another song that has really been making me think. This song is one that before this Christmas I had never heard, as it was on one of my 2011 Christmas cd purchases. It’s a song by a guy called Matthew West and its just a reminder that even though Christmas the even is over for another year, the reason, the story and the purpose are still here and so like the weary souls from ‘O Holy Night’ we should live differently because of what has happened, and not let our everything that Christmas means… love, hope, joy, salvation, just get put in a box until we need it in November 2012, yes November, 2012.

Anyway, I have said enough, the song says it all anyway, so here are the lyrics to Day After Christmas by Matthew West…

Here comes the let down, Christmas is over
Here comes the meltdown, there goes the cheer
But before we have a breakdown, let us remember
The Light of the world is still here.

Happy day after Christmas,
Merry rest of the year,
Even when Christmas is over
The light of the world is still here
The light of the world

Come January, I’m ready for summer
The Super Bowl’s over and I’ll settle for spring
Sometimes we all need a change in the weather
But it won’t change the reason we sing

Happy day after Christmas,
Merry rest of the year,
Even when Christmas is over
The light of the world is still here
The light of the world
The light of the world
The light of the world

So take down the stockings, take back the sweaters
Take down the lights and the star and the tree
But don’t let this world take your joy after Christmas
Take joy to the world and just sing

Happy day after Christmas,
Merry rest of the year,
Even when Christmas is over
The light of the world is still here
The light of the world is still here

Top 5 Christmas Moments

Whew, the last couple of days have been full on… fun, but full on and because they were awesome, but most of you couldn’t share them with me… I thought I would give you my pictorial Top 5 moments of Christmas 2011… in no particular order:

1. Carols

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3. Silly Christmas costumes20120101-112510.jpg

4. Christmas lights20120101-112636.jpg

5. Loved ones20120101-112535.jpg

King of Kings

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)
6For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mightly God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom

establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.


Luke 1:28-38 (NIV)
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.


Matthew 1:20, 24 (NIV)
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.


Luke 2:9-14 (NIV)
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not
be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”