Lily’s Poem


Hello Fellow Chimps! For today’s extra post, I am going to share with you the poem that I read to everyone yesterday at my Cousin Lily’s Christening Lunch. The christening was beautiful, and Lily was full of smiles! Now – no more chit-chat, this is the poem I wrote for Lily:

          

From graceful lilies pure and white,

God fashioned beautiful skin,

Forget-me-nots he chose for eyes;

Then formed your baby chin.

He took a tulip bright and red,

It was one that could not fade;

 And created a sweet little mouth,

That before was never made.

Another flower next was used,

A rosebud, pink and fair;

He touched it to your dimpled cheeks,

And made it blossom there.

And then with magic fingers he picked;

two morning glories – white,

He curled and shaped your little ears,

Soon they were fastened tight.

That crowning bit of golden down

Will soon become your hair;

He gathered pollen from the flowers,

And sprinkled it with care.

For dainty little fingers

And precious, tiny toes,

He used slender daisy frills;

And a snowdrop for your nose.

This world and everything in it,

It was created here for man;

But Lily was “God’s Little Artwork”

Since time and life began.

       

       

I hope you enjoyed her poem, she’s a very sweet baby and this poem really resembles her.

      

Until Next Time,

Be Free, Be Chimps!

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The Easter Tag


Hello Fellow Chimps! First of all – Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying your day and long weekend! For today’s post, I am going to be doing the Easter Tag. Of course, I’ll have to modify some questions to suit my age so without further ado, let’s get into the post!

     

    

            
1Q. Do you celebrate Easter?

1A. Yes, of course! We have Easter Lunch and go to Sunday Mass (well, this year we’re going to mass)!

       

2Q. What is your favourite thing about Easter?

2A. Other than the chocolate (😍), probably being with my family and celebrating Easter with everyone.

        

3Q. What are your plans for Easter this year?

3A. Well, we’re going to Easter Mass, and straight after that is my littlest cousin, Lily’s Christening. After that, we’re going to my Gran and Grandpa’s house for Easter Lunch (and dinner? I don’t really know). Then we can relax!!!

        

4Q. Do you colour eggs?

4A. My family doesn’t usually do it, but I think I remember doing it before – at like preschool or school I think.

         

5Q. How old were you when you stopped hunting eggs?

5A. I still hunt eggs! I remember last year we did it, we thought we found all the eggs and then one day my other cousin, Ella was in the garden and found heaps more!!! I can’t wait to see what happens this year!

          

6Q. Favourite Easter Treat?

6A. Probably those Chocolate bunnies that come with a bell on the wrapping – those things keep me occupied for ages! Come on, don’t pretend you don’t ever play with the bell – and if you seriously haven’t, that’s your challenge for Easter this year!

           

7Q. Best Easter Memory?

7A. Probably the one I told you before about the Easter Egg Hunt last year.

      

8Q. Do you get pictures with the Easter Bunny?

8A. I have never got a picture with the Easter Bunny – I didn’t know you could that, I thought you only got photos with the Santa that comes to the local mall…

      

9Q. What do you typically put in Easter Baskets?

9A. I have never actually filled Easter Baskets before, so I’d probably just put chocolate and stuff in it, maybe even like a special surprise or something???

      

10Q. What does the Easter Bunny typically leave your siblings (this was originally what does he leave your kids, but I’m not planning on having kids for at least 10-20 years)

10A. They usually get chocolate bunnies or flavoured eggs, I think it depends on their age – I mean they don’t get the same things they got when the were 3, that’s for sure. I remember when I was little, I got this ginormous (well, it seemed that big back then) chocolate face thing filled with smarties or something inside and I’ve wanted one every year since! Never got it though, probably because I got older…

     

That’s basically all for the Easter Tag, but before I go I’ll tell you what’s been happening lately. So when you’re reading this, I will be at my Cousin’s Christening as I am writing this post in advance. On Good Friday, my family, my gran, grandpa, and Aunt, Uncle, Cousin Ella and Little Cousin Lily had an enjoyable dinner and I got my very first hold of sweet little Lily! Holding Lily has been on my bucket list since I first saw her in the hospital, and I loved every moment of it. Surprisingly, she didn’t cry at all! Well – she was almost about to cry and I just lifted her up and sat her back down and she was fine. Lily is definitely a calm baby, except for when she needs a feed.

My school week was fun as well, especially because it was a four-day week. We are designing a clock in Woodwork this term and I finished painting mine on Wednesday, but I don’t have it again until the coming Wednesday, which is a bit disappointing because to take my clock home and fully be finished I need to glue some wood together because it can apart (we’re using plywood, you see and my piece was a bit dodgy). 

Now I think we’re coming to the end of the post so I’ll wrap it up here. If you subscribed to my newsletter, get ready for that on Wednesday – otherwise, the next post will be on Thursday. Also, someone asked me why they weren’t getting the newsletter as they thought they’d signed up. It turns out, they’d only signed up for my blog updates, not the newsletter so I thought I would just put it out there, to get the newsletter you have to subscribe seperately by going to http://www.eepurl.com/bMOKeL/ and signing up there. Anyway,

Until Next Time,

Be Free, Be Chimps!

Unfortunate News, Everybody…


Hello Fellow Chimps. Today I have some sad news. I am discontinuing Full-On February. I know – I got everyone stirred up and I only posted three posts (4 if you include today). It’s just that with starting High School and everything it’s a bit harder than I thought it was going to be. Well, I’ve got quite a few posts in my draft section of WordPress, so I’ll finish those and post them when I can.

Until Next Time, 

Be Free, Be Chimps!

The Top 5 Best Ways to Celebrate Nutella Day!


Hello Fellow Chimps and In case you didn’t know, February 5 is Nutella Day! Three years ago, I actually hated Nutella, but now I can’t get enough of it so to celebrate, I’ve put together a list of the best ways to celebrate this special event! Also, I’m sorry for not posting yesterday (Nutella Day) or the day before, the challenge is to try to post everyday, not have to post everyday. On with the post:

  

  1. Blog about it!
  2. Have Nutella for breakfast, lunch and dinner (then again, that might be a bit gross…)
  3. Throw a Nutella party
  4. Use Nutella as a putty and see what you can build (if you do this, take a picture and send it to me at chimpingaround23@icloud.com – I’d love to see what you can make!)
  5. Make a recipe that uses Nutella (once again, if you do it take a photo and send it to me!)

How to Make Nutella Clusters (Very Easy):

Ingredients:

  • 90grams milk chocolate 
  • 120grams Nutella (1/2 Cup)
  • 40grams Cornflakes

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate and Nutella in a saucepan over a gentle heat. When they are melted, add the cornflakes. Mix together carefully.
  2. Put small mounds of the mixture on a sheet of baking parchment or in small paper cases. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

I hope you like this recipe, it came from a book I got for Christmas that has all sorts of Nutella recipes. You should look it up! Tomorrow, I will be posting my evening routine so be prepared for that! See you tomorrow!

Until then,

Be Free, Be Chimps! 

P.S. Ignore those letters and numbers and symbols below, WordPress mobile glitched and added it so I couldn’t delete it.

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    My Morning Routine (For School)


    Hello Fellow Chimps and I apologise for not posting on the 1st & 2nd of Feb, I had lots of organising to do. Today I’m going to post about my morning routine because I’ve was told that if you do it, it can help lots of people. Usually, girls would do this but being a Boy that’s starting High school as a student, this could be useful for anyone who’s in the same situation as myself. On with the post:

      
    6:20 – Radio turns on and I listen to it for ten or so minutes.

    6:30 – Radio turns off and buzzer sounds, telling me to get out of bed.

    6:35 – Take drink bottle of the freezer, fill it up with water and put it in my bag.

    6:40 – Make breakfast (Usually Cereal.)

    6:50 – Eating breakfast.

    7:00 – Wash up my dishes, and go and my brush my teeth and put deodorant on.

    7:15 – Get clothes out of wardrobe and put them on.

    7:20 – Help mum pack the lunch boxes.

    7:30 – Do my hair

    7:40 Put my lunchbox in my bag and make sure I have everything I need for the day.

    7:45 to 7:55 – Relax, watch TV, practice piano or go on my iPad and check emails, etc.

    8:00 – Check again to make sure I have everything, say goodbye to everybody and walk out the door and down the street to the bus stop.

    8:15 – Catch the bus to school!

    That was about it!

    I like doing this, I might do an evening routine tomorrow. If you are a student, try what I do or tell me in the comments if you have a different routine! The image that I used in this post belongs to http://www.heartsbeautyblog.wordpress.com I did not make the image, and I didn’t intend for copyright, for all of you wondering. πŸ™‚

    Until Tomorrow,

    Be Free, Be Chimps!

    -Thomas.

    Australia Day Special: The Australian Tag!


    Hello Fellow Chimps and I’d like to say a special “Happy Australia Day!” To all my Australian readers and – even if you’re not Australian! Today, I am going to do an Australia Day special post – the Australian Tag! Now, I’ve never done a tag before but if I like it and you like it, I’ll do more! Right, let’s do it:

    P.S. I updated this post. Scroll down to see what I wrote about the history of Australia Day and what it’s like for some of Australia’s original inhabitants. Disclaimer: I do not mean for this in any way to be disrespectful however, if you or someone you know finds it disrespectful please contact me at chimpingaround23@icloud.com or comment on this post and I will change it to your needs. Thanks!


    1. What state do you live in?

    A: I live in NSW!

    2. Which states have you visited in Australia?

    A: I have visited ACT (Canberra) and that’s about it. The closest I’ve been to leaving NSW is when we went up the central coast for holidays.

    3. What do you order at Boost Juice?

    A: I usually order “Berry Crush” which is basically a bunch of berries and ice and juice crushed up.

    4. Who is your favourite Australian Music Artist?

    A: Guy Sebastian! That or Samantha Jade – They both have really catchy songs!

    5. Who is your favourite Australian Actor/Actress?

    A: Hugh Jackman. He’s done really well in his career!

    6. Choose one: Target, Myer or Westfield

    A: I’ve never actually been to Westfield, but we went past it when we were in Sydney. So, probably Myer. Target was renovated where I live and I hope it’s not like it is now anywhere else.

    7. Do you like vegemite? How do you eat it?

    A: I love vegemite! There is a rule though: only spread a little though. Vegemite is really good when your sick!

    8. Have you ever seen or petted a kangaroo?

    A: We see kangaroos hopping down the road all the time!

    9. Have you seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

    A: Yes, and I’m planning on climbing it one day.

    10. Do you say Mate or G’Day?

    A: I say both, but not very often.

    11. Thongs or Sandals?

    A: I haven’t wore Sandals since I was like 5 so probably thongs.

    12. Jumper or Sweater?

    A: I’d probably have a sweater but jumpers will do.

    13. Overall, what do you think of Australia?

    A: Australia is amazing! I don’t think Australian’s know how lucky we are to be in a country like this – I mean – we are the only country in the world that is also a continent. Overall, I’m ecstatic to live in Australia!
    I hope you enjoyed this special post! And I’ll see you next Sunday! I apologise for the newsletter not being sent out, I had scheduled it but it never came out. I am working on fixing it so do not despair!

    Update: I have fixed the newsletter! It should have been sent out earlier today. I just wanted to update this post and talk a bit more about Australia Day but first – the idea for this post was inspired by a YouTube video I watched this morning. The link is:Β https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSZPD1cHk0

    Yes, I had to change some of the questions so they were more for me. Now – I wanted to talk more about Australia Day so here we go:

    Australia Day is held on January 26 each year to commemorate the “founding” of Australia. Australia was populated by the British Colonisation on January 26, 1788. There were many stories of the Indigenous trying to attack the English, but there were many more stories of the English attacking the Indigenous. There are people in Indigenous people in Australia that have been through a lot and yet celebrate Australia Day and for those people – I commend your courage! Though there and Indigenous people who have suffered and do not participate in Australia Day. I would just like to say I understand why you do not celebrate, however I do not fully understand as I have never been through something like this. So for my final words for this post, Australia Day is a day for celebration – but to other people, it is a day of mourning and loss. Australia Day is a respected yet controversial day. Like Australia’s Google Doodle for today, it is also respected yet very controversial. In case you haven’t seen it, this is it:

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    You can read more about it by visiting this link:Β https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjM2pCy8sbKAhVFX5QKHYLND1QQqQIIHDAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewmatilda.com%2F2016%2F01%2F26%2Fthe-worlds-most-popular-website-just-ripped-the-rug-out-from-under-australia-day%2F&usg=AFQjCNFEclu_WJF-MkdR2BZJV9d_m5Ln5A

    Right – this is the proper end of my post so:

    Until next time,

    Be Free, Be Chimps!

     

    2016 – Ready or Not, Here We Come!


    Like I said in my 2015 in review post, 2015 was an amazing year with many achievements and new-found things but like every year, 2016 is going to be better! I would like to start by announcing my blog’s new logo/sign:

        

     So, do you like it?! I made it with an app called LogoMaker (https://appsto.re/au/P_LYC.i

    2016 is going to be a year of fun things and I’ve got lots of little plans for this year like contests, post ideas, etc.

    Let’s start with my New Year Resolutions!

    1. More Confidence/Courage – This has been one of my New Year Resolutions for a couple of years now, and I’ve definitely improved since 2012, when I decided that was something I should probably start working on.
    2. Friends – I’m starting high school this year, I don’t have very many friends so it would be nice to have some more – but that should come all in good time.
    3. Strength – Most of my friends would know that I’m not the strongest kid there is, so I’d like to be a bit stronger.

    There’s many more but I can only think of so many for this post. Now for some “Blogging Resolutions” for 2016:

    • Working on my “niche” – writing, sometimes humorous, others serious or just plain corny. This year my blogging schedule will,stay the same as much as possible and I will write my posts in advance, do serious editing, apply more tags and give you guys only the best effort!
    • Followers – let’s aim for 80 followers?
    • Comments – in the past, comments were a rare thing. They got a tad more common last year and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2016!

    Once again, there are probably more but there are only so many I can post. What about last year’s blogging new year resolutions? Let’s get out what I said last year:

    • Go from 20 or so followers to 40 or so followers – Tick. I’ve actually got over sixty followers now!
    • Get more comments – Tick. People had commented on all sorts of posts this year.
    • get more likes πŸ˜‰ – Tick. I broke my record thrice for likes at the end of this year!
    • Get more reblogs – Cross. But, how many people reblog nowadays?
    • Come out of my shell more and meet more people as it’s my last year of primary school – Tick. I made so many friends I couldn’t believe it!

    That was copied exactly from last year’s post, except for the ticks and crosses.

    I hope you enjoyed this post, let’s get ready for a good year!

      
    The regular posting schedule will resume back on Sunday. Also, I saw that lots of blogs that only post once or twice a week have a word “describing” their day. For example, iisuperwomanii has Super Monday, A blog that I read sometimes, unusallymodestmermaid.blogspot.com has Mermaid Monday, etc. I looked online for some Monkey words that begin with S because, S for Sunday. So, I decided to choose Simian. Please welcome… Drum roll, please… Simian Sunday! A simian is a type of monkey so, doesn’t it suit my blogging day?

        My Holidays So Far…


        My holidays have been amazingly crazy! I’ve heard silly stories of people wanting to attach a boat motor to their bottom and setting off down the beach, I’ve been fishing, I went to Erina Fair and I’ve been to some lovely restaurants.

        I’m staying at Umina Beach, Ettalong. The waves have been good and I’ve caught quite a few, however the sand (that I think is meant to keep you warm after you get out from the water), was cold. Coincidentally, we saw our friends from back home on the first day and if they happen to read this, then hi! 

        Now let me tell you the story of fishing… On the first day I went fishing (about 4 days ago), it took a lot of patience, but after a while I caught a very small whiting. My dad and I were watching the reel very closely and when the line came in close enough we saw lots of small, and I mean small fish attacking the line, but no matter how fast we reeled the line in we still couldn’t get them! On the next day, we went down to a different spot on the beach to fish. Guess what?! First go – fish! Second go – fish! Third go – big big of seaweed that looked like I had caught a shark! Fourth go – It got stuck at the bottom of the ocean and the rod almost snapped! I’ve had a very interested fishing experience this year, especially with my little brother catching a puffer fish!

        Yesterday, I went on a 90 minute walk around the place, and ended up nearly exploring Blackwall Mountain! In other words, we got lost.

        I’ve also been to “The Copperpot” which is Indian, and the “Ocean Beach Hotel” which is a pub. I’m currently at “Margarita Daze” which is Mexican. They all tasted great and if you visit or live in Umina Beach, I highly recommend those. I also can’t wait to visit “The Treble Cleff Cafe” and “Barrenjoey House” which is over in Sydney which we can catch the ferry to. Oh! Also, Barrenjoey House has free Wifi as well! Yippeeeeeeeee!!!

        I also ventured down to Erina Fair, near Gosford. We got down there and bought some lunch. I had a Hawaiian Crepe, which was delicious! After that I took off with my Grandma and Grandpa to all sorts of shops. While my grandma tried on a shirt, my grandpa and I took a look at a surf shop and looked at watches and funny hats. Then we went to Athlete’s Foot and bought my grandparents new joggers. I was quite intrigued by the machine that told you what type of shoe you needed. After some time, we visited Myer to buy some perfume. Then we visited the chemist, but you don’t want to here about that so after that we went to the Bookshop and I bought Spook’s Apprentice. I can’t wait to read it because it sounds really interesting. Then we went to Sit & Chat and I had a Chocolate Milkshake and a Poppyseed and Orange cake slice. Then we basically got in the car and went home.

        Soooo, yeah! My holidays have been good so far and I can’t wait to see what else is in store! Mary’s been a big help posting for me and although from the coming Monday, she won’t be posting but I’m sure she’ll be guest posting sooner than you think once she stops, if that makes sense…

        Anyway, I’ll see you very soon with my next post. I’ve got big plans for 2016, and I can’t wait to see what you think about them!

        My Year in Review


        The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

        Here’s an excerpt:

        A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

        Click here to see the complete report.

        Hello! I’m at a restaurant for the night and have free wifi! Click on the link to view the whole report and see what Chimping Around achieved in 2015!

        This year has been a good one (better than last year, don’t you think?) with more follows, comments and likes and I’ve loved every bit of it. I started a blogging schedule, which definitely helped with my traffic. I also really defined my blog’s niche, well – sort of, you can choose between humour/comedy or writing. Which one do you choose? Please, comment on how many “achievements” we got in 2015, and what were they?

        Meet Kanaeandmary


        As many of my readers would know, today I’m going on holidays! Here are some photos of the house we’ve seen online:

        This is the view from the balcony

           
        Look at the lounge Room!

         
        This is what the house looks like outside, amazing isn’t it?!

          
        Anyway, while I’m away I have asked one of my dearest blogger friends, Kanaeandmary to guest post for a little while. She has amazing stories to share (even one about my new series, Mildred’s Adventures!) and I’m sure you’ll love them. For you guys to get to know her better, I interviewed here. See what she said about the questions!

        Interview

        Q1. What’s your name and which blog do you come from?

        A1. That’s a good question. My name is Mary!! And I come from Movies and Music.

        Q2. What’s your dream job?

        A2. Well my dream job, that’s a difficult question. (I don’t know) what my dream job is yet, there’s just so much to choose from!

        Q3. What do you think makes a good blogger/blog and why?

        A3. Funny stories and topics definitely. That’s something I really enjoy.

        Q4. What do you think about kids and social media?

        A4. Well, social media isn’t the best thing for a kid. I mean, there’s so much more out there, don’t always live your life on the internet, be face-to-face social with other people. Meet new people is what I would say.

        Q5. What niche would you classify your blog as?

        A5. Um, probably my daily life stuffies, so my blog is more like my journal.

        Q6. Why do you think the sky is blue?

        A6. That’s a strange question but still really interesting. Um, yeah, (I don’t know) how to answer that.

        Q7. What do you think is the best quality of a human being and why?

        A7. Sense of humour, I love hilarious people, they’re just fun to be around. Also weirdness but the good kind, I like being with people I can relate to and be weird with. If that makes sense.

        Q8. What’s the most recent thing/decoration in your house now?

        A8. Um..idk, Christmas baubles that my sister bought a few days ago.

        Q9. If you had to tell people about my blog in 3 sentences, what would you say?

        A9. Chimping Around is extremely funny, the posts just make me laugh, especially the Banana Sandwich. There’s a few daily journal posts I see, which is pretty cool, because it makes me think more clearly about that specific topic, for example the lottery post. What I recognise is not every post has the same idea, there is some about the blog owners life, like what happened on the weekend or what his siblings did, yeah I like that.

        Q10. On a scale of 1 to 10, what would you rate this interview?

        A10. On a scale of 1-10, I rate 7.3.

        Anyway, thanks for that Mary! You guys will enjoy her posts. If you would like to be interviewed or guest post on Chimping Around please comment and tell me on my about page and I will reply sometime earlier next year. I just need to get my blog email address back on track. Due to me moving to high school, the blog email may be getting terminated.

        So, like I’ve said about three times now, enjoy Mary’s posts and I’ll see you when I get back!

        Road Trip Games!


        From tomorrow, I’m going on holidays for two weeks so some posts may be delayed. For today’s post, I was going to start the Mildred’s Adventure series off but, I’m still writing it. Then I thought of doing a story from my school journal book but considering I’m going on holidays tomorrow, I figured I would make a post about some of the best games to play in the car on the way to somewhere far away (or not so far away, you can choose) so sit back, and enjoy these ten best games to play on a road trip! The link is on another blog that my mum found and I’ll definitely use some of these tomorrow.

        http://www.essentialkids.com.au/life/road-trips/10-best-car-games-for-kids-20151226-glv9yo

        All Christmas Photos for 2015!


        Enjoy all the photos that I’ve taken from Christmas in 2015:

           
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
         

        Late Night Christmas Eve Photos!


        I promised to take some photos once the lights looked better and the Stars had come out. So, here they are: 

        My Giant Inflatable Santa

          

            

        Lachlan’s Butter Gumballs (I think I will be posting the recipe soon…)
          

        The little Santa decorations and Julia’s “lolly puddings”

          

        The lights on the roof and the wreath
          

         Our inflatable Santa and reindeer and the lights on the fence

          

        The Spiky looking meteor light, the lights on the fence (again) and the bug zapper πŸ˜‰
         
        I enjoyed all the food, it was so delicious! Tomorrow I’ll try and take more photos and in the end I’ll post all of my photos from Christmas! Sounds good!

        Christmas Eve Photos!


        Today my brother, dad and I were busy setting up the Christmas lights for our Christmas Eve dinner party tonight. I took some once the lights were activated, but I’ll take some more during the night when you can see them better and post them on a new post as well.

           
            
            

           

        Christmas Eve Photos!


        Today my brother, dad and I were busy setting up the Christmas lights for our Christmas Eve dinner party tonight. I took some once the lights were activated, but I’ll take some more during the night when you can see them better and post them on a new post as well.

           
            
            

           

        Getting into the Christmas Spirit!


        This afternoon my family and I set up the Christmas Tree (the branches are starting to get a little bit crowded, mind you). It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in just 6 days! Honestly, I didn’t feel very Christmassy but maybe the tree and decorations will get me more into the swing of things! I’ll keep posting pictures of my Christmas decorations for a while, but here’s some that I took just now:

        My Christmas Tree Decorating Outfit

           
        The white thing is my door stop (Yes, I have two) and the green thing – well – I think you know what it is.

         
        My Christmas Tree. Like I said before, it’s getting a bit crowded…..

           
        Singing Chipmunks! How much does this remind you of Alvin and the Chipmunks? So cute!

         
        Again, another cute toy. This adorable bear tells the tale of The Night Before Christmas.

         

        That’s all for now, but look out for more photos and stuff in the next six days or so. 

        Winner, Winner!


        Yesterday was the last day of school and I was in my school’s Talent Show, twice. The first time I played ‘Demons’ by Imagine Dragons and by the end, my stage was singing the song. Then, I got changed into my “Taylor Swift” outfit. When it was my group’s turn, there was a bit of a scramble. The curtains were closed and I walked on. Once the curtains opened, everyone saw me and laughed. My group did a Lip Sync Battle Act and people just kept on laughing. It was then time for the judges to make their decision on who would get places. Third was announced, then second and finally – first. MY GROUP CAME FIRST!!! We found out that the winner gets a $15 Myer Gift voucher so that was nice! Then, we went to the pool. We had to get out of the pool twice because of the lightning, and I left my money in my bag at school so I didn’t get to buy anything for lunch 😦 .

        So I enjoyed my last day of school, and my last Talent Quest. Also, I have got a bunch of Sunday posts ready for you as I got my school books back and their chock-full of stories to post! I hope all of my friends that read my blog enjoy their holidays and I hope to see you in the very near future!

        Jack & Julia’s Birthday


        Yesterday was Jack and Julia’s Birthday (if you don’t know them, they’re my brother and sister) so I thought it would be nice if I posted about that for today. The day went a little bit like this:

        I woke up and just lay in bed for a while – thinking what I was going to do for the day. I didn’t remember that it was their birthday, so I was just thinking about a normal Saturday – until Jack ran in and told me to come in to Mum’s room, so they could open their presents. I went in, said happy birthday to the pair and sat on the end of the bed. We started with Jack’s first present – some nice clothes. Then Julia opened hers – lovely jewelry. We went back to Jack again for him to open his last present from us, Lego. Still going in that pattern, we went to Julia for her final present from us – A Sylvanian Families doll house. Then they opened their other presents which included Money and Clothes/Swimmers.

        After breakfast, Jack’s friend came over and they played together for a while. Then we went to pick up Julia’s friend. We were going to the movies to see Hotel Transylvania 2. Personally, there weren’t as many jokes in the movie as I wanted there to be 😦 . After the movie, we went to McDonald’s for lunch. Julia’s friend had to go though, so it was just Jack and his friend.Β  Whenever I go to Maccas, I usually have a Big Mac, but I’m starting to think I should change it up a bit. I mean, I have had a Big Mac every-time I go to McDonald’s for 2 and a half years now, so maybe I could do with a change…

        Anyway, After Maccas, we travelled home and Jack and his friend played together for a while and then he left. Jack and Julia had a little rest and played with their new toys for a little bit and then people started arriving for Dinner. We had Tacos for dinner, and the twins got a bunch of toys and clothes! They were very thankful for everything, and after cake they went to bed and people started to leave.

        To finish the post up, I thought I would get a few words from the Birthday Girl and Boy, themselves.

        Julia:

        I thought it was great because I got a lot of presents. I felt very happy because it was an exciting day and I loved it. Goodbye!

        Jack:

        It was good because it was a fantastic birthday to me. I felt happy because it was exciting.

        They didn’t want to say much.

        Also, guess what?! Today is my cousin’s (the one that I talked about here and all over the place. Just do a search for cousin and Ella on my blog to see some more posts about her) birthday! She definitely enjoyed her day today. I think one of her top presents was a fake First Aid Kit that included a needle medicine injector thing that she had a 2 in 1 purpose for – A dummy/pacifier and something to put medicine into people with. Oh! One more thing – I don’t I’ve told you yet – My aunt had another baby! Her name is Lily and she is so cute! Can’t wait to see what she looks like when she gets older!

        Okay, that’s today’s post. Lots of news!

        I Won An Award!


        Last night was my school’s presentation night, and me being in year 6 (my final year), it was pretty special. 

        The band started the night off, welcoming people to the venue, and playing the national anthem at the start of the night. We then had the class awards for math, English, etc. and I got one for Progress in English!

        After that, we started with the Major Sport Awards. One girl I know, got heaps of sporting awards (I have to admit, she’s better that I ever will be!). Then we moved on to the major awards. I was interested and willing to receive any, trust me. The awards went by, with some of my friends getting awards that they really did deserve, and the award description suited them all. They then announced the L.H Ford Award for Citizenship. My description was: 

        This award is in memory of Lesley Hunter Ford who displayed civic pride in and contribution toward the City of Dubbo. L.H. Ford was an alderman and mayor of the city of Dubbo and later the State member of parliament. This award is the longest continually presented award at this school, being first awarded in 1967. Fittingly, the L.H. Ford Award  for Citizenship will be presented this evening by Member for Dubbo and NSW Deputy Premier, the Honourable Mr Troy Grant. The recipient of this award displays a responsible attitude, a polite and friendly nature, positive interaction with staff, peers and members of the wider school community. They must also be an excellent role model for younger students, be reliable and be able to carry out tasks without hesitation. They should display kindness and care for those around them, have given time to volunteer duties and respected the rights of others. The 2015 recipient of the L.H. Ford Award for Citizenship is Thomas.

        Yay! I have a feeling I’ll be using some of those characteristics in a few job interviews in years to come.

         My dad posted it on Facebook and he received all sorts of comments. From his old music teacher: “He takes after his father.”

        to a teacher from my school that works with my mum: “He takes after his mother.” 

        She was apparently trying to stir my dad up. πŸ˜‚
        After that, the Year 6 graduation certificates were handed out and the band played our school song to “farewell” them.

        Post Update


        Yes, I’m now posting only on Sundays. Why? Let me explain…

        Before I was posting twice a week, both on school days. Tuesday was just generally too hard a day to post on because it’s in the middle of the day and Friday, even though it’s the end of the week, it’s too hard because it’s the start of the weekend and I need my rest (it also had to fit within my Friday afternoon schedule – get changed, go swimming, pickup “Takeaway Friday” dinner, go home and eat dinner, go to bed)

        Now I’m posting once a week and on Sundays! This gives me a whole week to prepare a post (or many) and then once it’s posted on Sunday people in my Time Zone get to read on a weekend and people over on the other side of the world in what I call the “yesterday time zone” they too get to read it on a weekend. Fun for everyone!

        Doing this will also not only take up less space on my blog but gives me more opportunities to have different/more things to post about. For example, before when I did two posts per week, that’s two ideas checked off the list. Now, I post once a week and it’s less stressful and it’s only one idea checked off the list.

        So now, get ready for Sunday’s post which should be posted in about two days!

        New Record for Likes!


        Just then I got about five emails from WordPress saying that the same user had liked some of my posts. Because of that, my record of likes for a day went up! The record used to be 5… Send me a comment and tell me what you think the new record is, I’ll tell you when you get close! I’d also like to give a shout out to MarysImagination, a loyal follower and school-friend who helped me break this record. Thank you. πŸ˜€

        Also, I’m starting to use tags, so you guys can find my content easier! Yay!!!

        The Posts Have Been Updated!


        I just wanted to let you know that I have now finished updating both the Matilda post and the Minecraft Exhibition post with my experiences. I encourage you all to go and check them out!

         This is a photo that I haven’t posted on the Minecraft post so, I decided to put a picture on this post as well as the others πŸ™‚