Monday, September 15, 2008

keeping it fresh!

so I took a risk + changed the blog!
I call it a risk as I'm such a techno dork + KNOW nothing about being flash on the comp - I use basic editing for my pics...............photoshop scares me + changing my blog did too!!
The only thing I lost was my counter...............but does that really matter eh!! So I think I did alright!!
But WOW how much has blogger improved with lots of easy new features...............(didn't go there yet........just looked). :)

So I also want to share with you this amazing new kit site.............filled amazing goodness...........some new + some *sigh* .........(be still heart) vintage goodness. Stuff that is so hard to find here!! Yeah ppl its a cool kit from the US!!! Its being put together by this amazing BIG hearted woman Kerry Lynn. She is just oozing with creative ideas + as well she has a awesome team behind springs to mind esp Gigi. Now she is another beautiful soul. She was/is a amazing friend when mum was sick + died + blew me away with another beauitful gal from the good old US, along with a super kind hearted + cute Aussie!! OK I'm digressing badly!!
So if you have a spare 5 mins on your hands GO + check out KL's fab new site + I just LOVE the name Kenner Road. It was the Road she grew up on. So on KL's blog she is giving away a RAK - something from her new site + all you have to do is tell the story behind the street, road or avenue you grew up on.

My story
I grew up on Mission St, Lower Hutt, Wellington for 23 yrs until my parents sold it.
I loved that house with all my heart........not because of what it looked like but the memories I made there. The friends I made in the street..............all the ball games we played on the road, tag, hide + seek, all the bush walks (treks) up in the hills, bike rides, eeling at night in the creeks + games at the local park down the road.

My house was always filled with home baking as my Grandma lived with us. And it was only in my early adult years I really appreciated how lucky I was to have a Grandparent live with us.
Sunday roast were always a have for my Pop (dad's dad)...............(so disliked this on a hot stinkin summers day)!!

I also grew up with having lots of my cousins around me - lots of fun sunday potluck dinners + games played into the dark of the summer nights. Also having lots of friends around to play.

You would never know that there was trouble behind closed doors. My parents did a wonderful job at keeping my childhood filled with happy + wonderful times while they struggled with a teenage son who developed a drinking problem at a early age + broke the law. But my other brother Tim + I were best of friends. I miss him dearly.

OK its time I stopped as the tears are flowing!!
I so need to scrap this now!!

Oh when my parents sold the house I was broke my heart to leave there............see I LOVED that house, that street, that neighbourhood!!

Thanks KL for this!!
And all the best on new creative adventure!

And look a new LO of my water baby Ruby when she was 18mths, back in 2003. Its funny to look at these pics + see how much our property has changed. The clothes line has moved + there is a garage there now + the grass is gone + in its place is concrete. And I used purple!!!.........but it was perfect for these pics!!

in Finn's word

Peace Out!!

watch out for the Peace Out LO!! :)
and it was 8 years today that Finn was due - the opening of the Sydney Olympics. I waited all day + nothing happened!! And the next day.......instead I got my bundle 4 days later. So Friday we will celebrate a 8th birthday + how we wish Poppins could be here to sing Happy Birthday with us + bring her delish home baking!!


Gigi said...

oh rach!!! how amazing a story!! such great memories, you probably even recall the scent of that baking...
& were extremely lucky to have grown up w/ a grandparent so grandmom didn't live with us, but i did spend every friday & saturday with her & we did so many things together...we had such a great friendship, i was so I'M getting teary! need to scrap those stories...even use purple!

Chris Millar said...

Love your new banner Rach! What a view you guys have. Congrats to Ruby and Finn for their great running! Hope to see your childhood memories on a layout soon!

Lissy said...

Great story Rach....and yes I agree you do need to scrap them! Blog is looking good too :)

Lara said...

if I've left two comments delete one... the last one disappeared LOL. loved reading your street story Rach.

enjoy the birthday.

Unknown said...

Hi Rach :)
Just wanted to give ya a big hug :)