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Now that I have a little one, I can finally try out some Christmas ideas which I've saved over the years. In the past, I'd often read about fun family Christmas traditions on blogs and I'd file them away in a box marked "for when I have kids".

One tradition I've decided to start is to make or buy a Christmas ornament for Evie each year. After seeing a super cute matryoshka doll ornament on Pinterest, I decided to make one of these for Evie's ornament this year. I embroidered Evie's name and the year on the back too, so that we can keep track. It was so cute that I decided to make one for Audrey too. Awww, two little dolls for our two little dolls.
Evie's Christmas ornament Evie's Christmas ornament Audrey's Christmas Ornament

BFFs


jess - 15th Dec 2011, 10:48 tags: christmas christmas11 craft evie audrey


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So maybe I had a little bit of blogging burnout after the madness of November. But I'm back now. (Not posting everyday. That was craaaaaaaaazy.)

On the weekend we had our extended family Christmas celebration. This year we remembered to take a group photo. The last time we remembered to do that was in 2008.

There have been a few changes since then. Now Evie, Audrey, Amelie and Chloe have joined our family. The gender balance is finally even. We have 7 boys - Oscar, Leo, Damian, Spencer, Jack, Henry and Jack - and 7 girls - Evie, Audrey, Sarah, Chloe, Kyla, Amelie and Emily.

Daley Family Christmas
2011

Family Christmas
2008

Of course when trying to take a group photo of so many people you're never going to get everyone smiling at the camera. We took about 20 photos and I may have a combined a few photos to get this one. Bonus points if you can tell who has been photoshopped.



jess - 12th Dec 2011, 13:05 tags: christmas christmas11 kids


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You may have noticed that I've been rather prolific lately. I managed to post everyday for the last month. That's because I've been participating in NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month. (It should be Global Blog Posting Month to reflect the global nature of the event... typical Americans.) The challenge is to post on your website every day for the month of November.

It's been a couple of years since I've joined in with NaBloPoMo. The last two years I've just been too busy. It's a lot of work, so I think I was a little crazy when I signed up this year. It's not like I don't have a lot on my plate at the moment. I gave myself an out by not declaring publicly that I was doing NaBloPoMo, and I figured that if I stuffed up it wouldn't be a big deal.

But no failures here. I managed thirty posts in thirty days. Hurrah! Thanks to Andrew for being my editor (as he always is). Thanks to you guys for all the lovely comments. It's nice to know that people are actually reading.

Now I think that I (and you) deserve a bit of a fushmush break. If you're in desperate need of some reading material you can amuse yourself by browsing NaBloPoMo posts of years past: 2008, 2007 and 2006.

jess - 30th Nov 2011, 20:31 tags: nablopomo nablopomo11


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Our road trip to Adelaide also let me check stuff off another to do list. We squeezed in a visit to a couple of Australia's Big Things! Andrew and I love to see the wacky big things that Australia has to offer.

On our journey from Ballarat to the Coonawarra, on Tash's recommendation, we stopped at the Giant Koala in Dadswell. We took a few photos (cause there isn't much else to do there.) Cheeeeeeeeeeese!
Jess and the Giant Koala

We detoured especially to the tiny town of Gumeracha in South Australia to see the Big Rocking Horse. There is a funny sign at the Big Rocking Horse warning you not to look up when standing under the horse's rear end. It hasn't happened yet, but you never know.

This is just a slightly bigger than normal rocking horse.
yehaw!

Now, this is a BIG rocking horse.
Jess and the big rocking horse


More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

We visited the Giant Koala and the Big Rocking Horse on our way to watch the 2nd Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval. On our trip we also visited Ballarat, Naracoorte Caves, the Coonawarra, Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. Other entries from this trip include: Adelaide Oval.



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One of my goals in life is to watch a first-class cricket game at each of the main ovals in Australia (dream big, jess! dream big!). So far, I've managed to watch a game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Bellerive Oval and Adelaide Oval.

It was about this time last year that I checked Adelaide Oval off the list. Andrew and I road-tripped down to Adelaide especially to watch the 2nd Ashes Test. We spent days 3 and 4 of the match on the hill in front of the Clem Hill stand. That's where all the hardcore cricket fans hang out.
Jess

You actually do have to pretty tough to sit there. There isn't much in the way of shade and with temperatures in the mid 30s both days we were in serious danger of overheating. I was pregnant with Evie at the time so I often retreated to the shady area out the back to watch the game on the big screen and to reduce my core body temperature. Luckily, it rained a bit on both days. Play was stopped but it did cool us all down.

In the end it was actually a pretty depressing match to watch. Australia ended up losing by an innings and 71 runs. We had the option to go to the 5th and final day but decided instead to do the tour at Coopers Brewery. We figured it was a much better option than witnessing such a humiliating defeat.
Adelaide Oval

Making our loss even more distressing were the taunts of the English fans at the game. Day 4 was a Monday and so was attended mostly by English supporters. It was so bad that it felt like we were at a game in England. They cheered when they did well and jeered when we didn't (which was pretty much all day). The Barmy Army were also in full voice over on the hill.
Australia vs England

Tash was the one who convinced us to join her for an Ashes test. She was also there for days 3 and 4 (and like a true supporter she also turned up for day 5). Tash had a seat in the members stand but she did join us on the hill for a bit. On Day 4 her time with us included a little bit of a nap. She'd hosted a blender party at her accommodation the night before and was a little bit under the weather.
Tash needs a nap

Tash and I were reminiscing about our Adelaide fun just recently and now have hatched plans for the Ashes Series in 2013 / 2014. Tash and I are thinking the WACA should be the next oval on the Wilson agenda. If I write about it on here, will that make it more likely to happen? We shall see.
Selfie: Tash, Jess and Andrew

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

Andrew and I travelled to Adelaide especially to watch the 2nd Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval. On our trip we also visited Ballarat, Naracoorte Caves, the Coonawarra, Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. This is the first entry from this trip.

jess - 28th Nov 2011, 21:57 tags: travel pensieve adelaide ashes cricket nablopomo nablopomo11


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