June 24, 2012

in which I celebrate my birthday...

Today is my 16th birthday...so exciting! More to come on that in another post.... Anyway, for many confusing reasons, I had to have my party a few weeks early. So Monday last week, we had a big party to celebrate! It was the best party I have ever had.
For weeks, I spent so much time and energy planning everything from location and food to games and teams. There was one thing I didn't count on though, after planning an outdoor party, and that was rain. Yes, it poured that day so we had to change everything. Yet, it still went really well and I had so much fun!

Originally, we were spending the day at the park and I had a photo scavenger hunt written as well as a few other activities. Then on the morning of the party, we had to change. Frantically, we wrote a new photo scavenger hunt that could be done at the local shopping center. We were going to do that, then ferry everyone back to our house for the rest of the time.

The scavenger hunt was so fun. Divided into four teams, we had a list of photos and had to do as many as we could in an hour. We took the most hilarious photos ever! There were so many challenges or poses to photograph and some included asking strangers to join in...

 The Teams:

Maheem Team
Their team name was all their initials put together.

The A Team

Team Awesome

Team Blue Clouds
For once the team with the birthday girl won!! 

 Here's just a taste of the fun and craziness involved...

all doing the can-can

One photo was all your team in the air at once...Toyota Jump! It's actually a lot harder than it sounds...

whole team on one bench

YMCA in the food court. That was rather embarrassing...

I guess you  more call this one ACMY :)

team posing as buskers

team with a mannequin wearing hot pink

whole team on an escalator

 One challenge was re-enacting a famous painting, with extra points if the judges could guess what painting it was. Any ideas what these two are??

 This challenge was to act out a scene from Shakespeare... such fun!

from Romeo and Juliet
from Hamlet

The last challenge was to take the craziest photo you could. Several teams tried...

But this one won...bet you can guess why. Crazy or what?!?!

And here's my awesome cake. It says 'Happy Birthday India'.

I had such fun and am so grateful to all my friends for coming, especially those who came all the way from Brisbane. This is a party I will remember forever!

May 9, 2012

in which you discover random things about me I wouldn't normally share...

I know this has been going around for a while...but hey, I still thought it would be fun to do.

48 questions

1. What time did you get up this morning? 4:46 am! I had to do an online class, but boy was it hard to get out of bed...

2. How do you like your steak? When I actually have steak (which is very rarely) I like it medium rare.

3. What was the last movie you saw? Princess Diaries 2

4. What is your favorite TV show? This is a really hard one... It is old, but my favourite is Little House on the Prairie. If I had to pick a show that is running nowadays though, I'd go for Masterchef Australia.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?  I would love to live in Brisbane, because I miss my friends from there so much. But Toowoomba is pretty cool too.

6. What did you have for breakfast? A boiled egg with toast :)

7. What is your favorite food? I have to say chocolate. I know it sounds like a childish answer, but seriously, I LOVE it!

8. Foods you dislike? Bananas and tomato sauce...

9. Favorite place to eat? Home? Or perhaps some nice cafe...not sure.

10. Favorite dressing? I'm not keen on dressing at all.

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? I can't drive, so none. I am able to get my learners in 46 days though...scary thought!

12. What are your favorite clothes? It totally depends, I adore dresses and skirts, but jeans are awesome too.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Italy, mainly Rome and Venice. I'd also love to go to London and Paris.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Completely full, only one half is air :)

15. Where would you want to retire? Hmm. I really don't know. Somewhere pretty.

16. Favorite time of day? Night, even though I am a morning person...

17. Where were you born? Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Earth

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Gymnastics or diving

19. What is your favorite fragrance? I really don't know.

20. What is your favorite face cream? Again, don't know.

21. Favorite baby/kids products? Umm...I'll come back to this...when I have kids :)

22. People watcher? I guess...

23. Are you a morning or night person? Morning!

24. Do you have any pets? No, our guinea pigs died...

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? Um....not really!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A princess.

27. What are some of your favorite memories? Fun times with my best friends.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Neither. I have to admit, I am not an animal person.

29. Are you married? No...not yet!

30. Always wear your seat belt? Well of course!

31. Been in a car accident? A couple but only really minor, thank goodness.

32. Any pet peeves? Laziness and bad grammar

33. Favorite pizza toppings? Cheese!

34. Favorite flower? Poppy

35. Favorite ice cream? Chocolate chocolate chocolate!

36. Favorite fast food restaurants?Nando's (does that count?) 

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? None. Haven't taken it yet. :)

38. From whom did you get your last email? My best friend, Imogen

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Book Depository

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Umm...this questionnaire?

41. Like your job? Not particularly

42. Broccoli? Don't mind it.

43. What was your favorite vacation? Probably going to England with Mum.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My whole family!

45. What are you listening to right now? My brother's watching Tintin.

46. What is your favorite color? green, blue, pink, brown, black...most colours, just not yellow!

47. How many tattoos do you have? Haha..none!

48. Coffee drinker? No, not really

Well, that was fun. Do you and I have anything in common?
Have a nice day!

April 21, 2012

you might be a homeschooler if...

It's official. I am definitely a homeschooler.

This video is pretty cool. Enjoy.

April 1, 2012

"That is mahogany!"

oh Effie, you're awesome!


Dear Suzanne Collins,
You are amazing, coming up with this story. I love it to pieces and the movie was just as wonderful. Thank you.
Sincerely, me.

Dear Imogen, Anwyn and Lara,
Thanks for the fun times, going together to the movie we all loved. And thanks for the wonderful discussions afterward about every little detail. :)
Sincerely, me.

Dear Katniss,
You were perfect. Absolutely perfect. Just how I imagined you'd be. 
Everything, from the look on your face as you sung to Rue and picked flowers to cover her, to the way you shot Cato's hand was wonderful.  I love you, girl on fire!
Sincerely, me.


Dear Peeta,
You are such a great character. I loved your interview with Caesar so much, and your camouflage was incredible. The way you always protect Katniss is so beautiful. I loved you!
Sincerely, me.


Dear Gale,
I nearly cried for you, as you watched Katniss and Peeta together.  I'm sorry for you, but remember, it saved Catnip's life. Please know though, you were always my favourite out of you and Peeta.
Sincerely, me.


Dear Effie,
You. Are. Amazing. So sorry you missed out on this line though.

Sincerely, me.

Dear Haymitch,
You didn't get to fall off the stage, but I still thought you were awesome. Really loved you!
Sincerely, me.

Dear Cinna,
Only you could pull off gold eyeliner so well. Your designs for Katniss's dresses were clever and gorgeous. You are so good!
Sincerely, me.

Dear Rue,
Oh, I think your death was the saddest scene of the whole movie. Thank you for helping Katniss and for being just so wonderful. You were my favourite tribute not from district twelve.
Sincerely, me.


Dear other tributes,
I know you are the enemy, but I couldn't help loving you all too. Glimmer, Cato, Foxface, Marvel, Thresh, Clove and all those of you that I don't know your name, I'm sorry you had to die.
Sincerely, me.

Dear Seneca Crane,
Your beard = awesome. That's all.
Sincerely, me.

Dear other people at the movie theatre,
Why were we the only ones left at the end of the credits? Didn't you want to see that amazing movie to the very end? Plus, poor you, you missed Safe and Sound. :(
Sincerely, me.

Dear people who have bothered to read all of this post,
As you have probably realised, I saw The Hunger Games and loved it. Thanks for bearing with me as I share just how much.
Sincerely, me.

P.S. Major giveaway over at Lucia Etc. that you really need to check out!

March 10, 2012

things to do....

1. Send  giveaway prizes...don't worry guys, they're coming! Just sorting out a few issues...

2. Enter Briahna's giveaway. You really should too! With twelve wonderful prizes, there's nothing to lose. How would you like to win these?


or this?


3. Practise for choir. We have a musical coming up and there is quite a bit of dancing. It is sooooo fun but I sure could use some practise...

4. Squeal because The Hunger Games is coming out in only 13 days!

Just had to add a photo of Effie. (and Katniss, of course)

5. Enter this giveaway at Diary of a Beautiful Soul...

Signature Green and Mint Dreamcatcher Earrings

To win a pair of earrings like these? Oh yes please! Interested? Go HERE.

Have you got any plans for the near future?