18 June 2012

Sunshine Blogger Award and a Some Big News!!

Hey there

So today I got a lovely comment from one of my lovely blogger friends, Alanna. You can visit her blog here. Alanna and I started blogging around the same time I think and were both newbies to the scrapping side of things around the same time. I know myself I'm amazed how far I've come in that time and she should be too with the beautiful work she creates. We both also have massive Kaisercraft addictions and could probably open our own Kaiser store with our stash combined hahaha So thanks Alanna for the lovely award!

Now for the rules of the award:
1. Include the award logo (above) in your post.

2. Answer 10 questions about yourself (self chosen... although I may steal some of Alanna's hehe).

3. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers, link them within your post, and comment on their blog to let them know about the award.

4. Link the person who gave you the award in your post.


10 Questions

1. When did you start scrapbooking?

Around 2007 or a bit earlier, AVON... yes AVON... had a few scrapbooking kits in their catalogues. Mum was a consultant for years and got me a massive stash of these album kits and a few other bits and pieces with a scrap trolley for a birthday around that time. I dabbled in a few basic pages around that time and then when we went to Europe for Christmas with my husband's family in 2008/09 I got  back and starte scrapping the trip. Slow progress.. I'd do a page or two here or there. Then we went to Europe again 2010 a few months before my wedding, followed by the fun of making my own wedding stationary and suddenly I wanted to learn more. I started looking online, discovered so much inspiration and have been completely and utterly addicted since around Nov/Dec 2010. So overall, still a newbie but my style has progressed so far in that time with plenty of learning left to do.

2. Where do you scrap?

All around my house, much to the horror of my husband. We have a computer room which I now call the scrap room that stores most of my supplies. I'm a bit of a clutterbug though so there is a lot in pizza boxes in piles on the floor haha But it's a work in progress. So I scrap in front of the computer sometimes. I also have a fold out table in the space between our dining room and kitchen where I do the messy stuff. And then if I want to watch TV while I scrap and I'm home alone, I scrap on the loungeroom floor haha There is also a  bit pile of boxes along the side of the loungeroom. So yes, I have a patient husband!

3. What do you get up to when you're not scrapping?

I am actually the senior psychologist of a male correctional centre and manager of a team of psychs/counsellors for the Throughcare department. Our department manages risk, runs programs to assist with rehabilitation and assists with release planning. Its a challenging job with no two days the same which I enjoy. I also love to travel and have plans to see a lot more countries. My hubby and I try to get overseas each year, however we've had to cancel our overseas trip this year and replaced it with Tassie. You'll see why when I get to that part later.

4. What is the last movie you watched?

We are currently on holidays and just got back from seeing What to Expect When You're Expecting. It was okay. Relevant... again... I'll get to that bit soon ;)

5. Do you have any pets?

Yep, 3 of the cutest cats ever. No, I'm not biased. They are cute haha Not everyone will agree. We have a siamese named Villain who is about 13 years old. She is a bit cranky in her older age but still loves a cuddle. She is not such a fan of our other two rat bags though so is currently having a break with mum and dad. Our other two are recent additions, Dexter, who was my christmas present from Simon is around 8 months old and is a Devon Rex. A total garbage guts, eating everything in sight with lots of naughty habits but full of love and cuddles too. Squeak is our newest baby, who was Simon's birthday present from me. He's about 3-4 months old and has doubled in size since we got him already. He is Dexter's full brother from a later litter and is totally adorable. He hasn't got much hair yet but its starting to appear so neither of our boys are bald devons. They have huge personalities and are great fun!

6. Family life/situation

My partner Simon and I have been together for just over 10 years now and got married in 2010... yep... took him a long time to propose haha But now we are well on our way to the next stage in our 'family' life. I have a brother and a sister, 9 niece and nephews and soon we will all be in the same state hopefully. My brother currently lives in Melbourne and the rest of us live in Queensland. I was born in Portland, Victoria, which is where most of my relatives are still. My husband is of Polish decent and his family also lives nearby.

7. What's your favourite food?

Hmm.. hard to narrow down. I love chocolate. And am a bit fan of Italian food. Garlic pizza bread is one of my loves. Actually I love a lot of food with garlic. Good thing I don't know any vampires lol Can't go past a good seafood marinara pasta either. Yum!

8. What's your favourite type of movie?
I am a fan of comedy, but I prefer American style comedy over British or Aussie. Yep, I know lots of people disagree. I also like a bit of horror sometimes although not as much as I did when I was younger. And a good action style movie is appreciated.

9. Who is your favourite author?

I love Jodi Picoult books. They always have such a big twist. I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and can re-read them over and over again. At the moment I am reading the True Blood series by Charlene Harris. Definitely not my favourite but its enjoyable trash haha

10. What kind of music do you like?

I am a bit of a metal head. My husband actually plays in a metal band so we kind of met through the music association. Kinda! I also really loved punk when I was younger and these days, as crazy as it seems, I don't mind a couple of pop related artists. My fave bands are Slipknot, Karnivool, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, All that Remains, Birds of Tokyo, The Beatles, and in relation to the pop.. as tragic as it is to admit it, yep, a bit of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Adele haha

Now onto the people I want to give this award to (even though I want to pick all my bloggy friends)...

Award Winners
Now onto my other news. To those of you who are on my facebook, you have probably already read this announcement today. After trying for a while and having our unfortunate setback early in the year, my husband and I are very happy to announce that we are expecting our first baby.
Our little miracle is due around 10 December so I am currently around 15 weeks. It has been a bumpy couple of months with morning sickness, fatigue and would you believe, quite a baby bump already... eeek! lol I think maybe I have just been eating too much because I sure have had a mega appetite since I've been pregnant. Oh well.. at least I have an excuse ;)
 Here are some pics from our 2nd scan, the 13 week ultrasound. Amazing how much you can already see. The technology is pretty insane these days. Our next scan is 14 July which is our 19-20 week one so we will hopefully be able to find out what we are having.
Anyway, that is my big news. It has been pretty hard keeping this secret for so long but we are happy that all is going well so expect some bump photos and future scan photos as things progress!
Holly x


Sandie Edwards said...

Oh my goodness Holly, I'm so excited for you and hubby on the upcoming birth of your first child. congratulations!!!! Brother or sister for the fur-babies.
We have just moved, settling in, so once more settled I will be back to do award...will post again. Thank you, and congratulations again...so looking forwards to following your pregnancy. x

Dale Tiernan said...

Congrats. They're very clear scans.
10 December is my nephew's and my late Grandfather's birth date. Best of luck with a successful and happy pregnancy.

Lizzyc said...

Oh a big congrats to you Holly! I have been a follower of your blog for a while now and I know you have been wanting this news for a long time.. so my best wishes to you that this pregnancy will all go smoothly and happily too.. and thank you for the blog award, I shall try and come back tomorrow and put it on my blog. thanks for thinking of me.. now you take care of yourself!!!

Belinda Scott said...

Wow congrats on your fab news!!!!!!! So happy for you and your hubby. Enjoy your preg and beofore you know it your budle of joy will be here :)

Alanna said...

Congratulations!!!!!! So excited for you and Simon! I hope your pregnancy goes nice and smoothly for you and I'm sure your precious little bub will be here before you know it!

I was only thinking as I read your Tasmania post earlier... I wonder if this is a last little getaway before kids come into the picture!

YAY!!!!! :) :)

Jasmine S said...

Oh wow. That is just the best news I have heard this week. Congrats. I am really excited for you and the pics of your bub are perfect. Make sure you take care of yourself and my advice, eat all you want....lol.
Thanks for my blog award. I hope to find time to get on to it and I really enjoyed reading about YOU. x