2015 National Tree Day Lockyer Valley


Bridget (Justin’s girlfriend) is the Junior Area Coordinator for National Tree Day Lockyer. Justin also has signed on with NTDL. They all attended the Australia Day Award ceremony where they announced the young citizen of the year and recognised other members of the community who were in the running for the award. Stella from NTDL won the Young Citizen of the Year Award.


They also did Clean Up Australia collection at Robinsons’ Bridge and Caitlin and Matthew have also joined the ranks.

April – update April 14 2015

NTDL Camp- I will let Matthew update this post but here are some photo’s so far.

May –

Peter’s Birthday at a Turkish Restaurant in Brisbane.

June – School Holidays

July – Tree Planting

Tree planting on the 21st with Bridget and Justin at local primary schools.

Tree planting on the 27th with Caity at local primary schools.

31st Planting Trees at Lake Clarenden with Justin and Bridget.

2015 Dating your spouse…. Update

So we are 8 months into dating. 4 months in Matthew re proposed. We have pretended to in together which could be said happened when I returned from a week in Newcastle LOL. Which brings us to 2015. So far 2015 has bought on lots of changes and busy lifestyle. We  have found ourselves caught up in life and drifting back to some old habits we aren’t perfect lol. We started to go to Rockabilly lessons which is something we enjoyed but finding the time is not all that easy some weeks. We have had a chat recently about managing our stress as this was one of the things we felt was a contributing factor to why we were creeping back and being slack. Working out how to manage our stress before we became short fused was a wise choice in hind sight. We also have individually taken time whether it was deliberate or not to remember how things were in the beginning of our relationship to try to work on ensuring we stay on track and to re ignite some of those old feeling we know are still there but get masked from lifestyle and stress.  What we have found so far is they weren’t too far from the surface which was a pleasant surprise.  As I have said before we don’t have all the answers but even if one thing we have done can help the ones we love and care about I am happy to share. Naturally there are things we won’t be putting in this post but happy to talk about if asked :-).  Looking forward to whats in store for us this year cause its nearly Easter.

Well Easter in over and a trip away for two days was just what we needed to re focus and de stress a little. One thing is clear the more effort you both put it the more rewarding and closer your connection is. So it’s always a work in progress LOL. Naturally this also depends where your relationship is at as to how much work it would require to get to this point. very happy with our progress although slowed and at times feels like set backs its finding a balance with life and love too much of either and the other suffers.

Love life balance and communication I think are the keys to keeping a good relationship going. If only we could work out a how to get the perfect work life balance that is a whole nother subject but one we are also working on. Maybe I should write about that next.


2014 School Reunion! Julie’s KGSHS

Well I have not seen a lot of my school friends in close to 20 years so was very excited to have the reunion coming up. Have added a few on facebook but was very excited to catch up.  Was a great night really enjoyed catching up with everyone. Look forward to the next one.

Tanya, and the boys
Tanya, and the boys
Julie, Sharon, Katherine and Kellie
Julie, Sharon, Katherine and Kellie
Tanya, Julie and Ann
Tanya, Julie and Ann
Matthew, Jason and Dion
Matthew, Jason and Dion

2014 Matthew’s 30 Day Nutritional Cleanse

Well I finished without too much hassle.  30 days without caffeine, 30 days without alcohol, 30 days without eating whatever I want whenever I want.  Julie and I completed a nutritional cleanse designed to remove the toxins and “reset” your body so it can do what it needs to do on its own, I was not looking to lose much weight, just get healthier and tidy up the loose bits live the love handles.  It involved replacing two meals a day with shakes (mine were vanilla with fruit and stuff in them sometimes to mix it up) taking some natural supplements and doing a couple of deep cleanses during the month.  The deep cleanses involve having basically liquid for the two days using the berry flavoured powder four times a day.  Not really that hard. The benefit is gaining a better understanding of what I should be eating to be healthier, including my portion sizes, and the cleanse somehow makes you feel so alive with energy.

During this time I was also just getting to the finals series with AFLQ in Brisbane.  I was very worried doing this cleanse that it would affect my performance on the field but the result was quite the opposite finding I had more than enough energy to handle what I needed to.  I even got selected to umpire the Grand Final for the QFA (South) Reserves.  I did put in everything I had throughout the year to get selected for as much as possible but the Grand Final was by far my most favourite game ever to  umpire, and in my first year umpiring in Brisbane, I am very chuffed to have been a part of it.  The Grand Final went well with me emptying all my takns of energy by the end of the game and once the adrenaline started to wane I had to sit down or I was gonna be on my arse anyway!  The best feeling ever when two teams put everything in and you are able to keep up and manage it well, in my opinion.

Anyway, still having loads of energy it is time to find a mountain bike and hit the trails, hopefully with the kids as well.  If you want to know more about what Julie have done with our cleanse just get in touch with us through Facebook.

Measurements too (the difference is listed):

Neck .4cm

Upper arms L .1cm /R .2cm

Chest 2cm

Diaphragm 2.5cm

Waist 14.3cm

Abdomen 6.6cm

Buttocks 4.1cm

Upper Thigh L 3.1cm/R 3.5cm

Calf L .9cm/R 1.2cm

Upper Knee L 2.5cm/R .9cm

Here are a couple of photos of my cleanse progress.  I didn’t think I had much weight to lose, until I saw the photo’s.

2014 Caribou Reunion!

Anniversary of 50 years was a great weekend away in Newcastle. Friday was meet and greet BBQ. Saturday was a dinner and Sunday was farewell Breakfast.  Had a great time travelled there with Tammy. Meet up with a few ex 38 members Strikey and Karen, Pete, BO, and met new 38 Squadron  members Luke, Ben and Chris and many oldies from the beginnings of 35 and 38 Squadrons.

Matt, Tammy and Julie
Matt, Tammy and Julie

2014 Dating, Double Life, and Role Playing – Double thumbs up if its with your partner!!

I have decided to write a post about our little trial as it is helping us tremendously and if anything I share reaches a cord with you and can help where your at them I’m happy to pay it forward.

So a little bit of back ground leading up to the dating without going into too much detail.   We have been married a long time (19yrs), not happy with where we are at, need to get some direction in life and our relationship.  Feel we are in a rut, too familiar, complacent and take each other for granted, which is very common in relationships, but what you do about it is not so common as we are all different. We are very happy with our kids and their education, our choice to move here for the serenity and buying 5 acres as a trial for rural lifestyle. So to sum up in essence we have achieved our goals here and need to get ready for the next phase of our lives. But due to how we were feeling such as being in a rut, bogged down financially and emotionally from bills, tired, cranky and over it. This prompted a discussion that lead to us not being happy in generally with where we were at. We knew we still loved each other and still wanted to be together but we also knew something had to change to get the ball rolling to improve our communication.  Communication has always been one of our strong points however with health issues and stress this has faulted some what over the last 2 years.

A discussion about feeling unhappy unfolded one night and I asked what we had in common? What will we do when we don’t have kids to look after and its just us? We didn’t know… which led me to suggested why don’t we start dating to get to know each other again, cause life had us so busy we starting forgetting the small stuff that held the big stuff together.  We discussed how we could go about doing this and decided we would have to pretend we have just met or at least try to, this way we could separate ourselves from our stresses and respond as a friend and not so familiar.  Which when you think about it you don’t speak to your friends the same way you speak with the one you love. We started with a candle lit dinner at home and sat away from the kids.  They were very supportive and liked the idea, which took me by surprise as I thought they would think we were silly.  So it became quite exciting. My date offered to help me with a few odd jobs around the house as like most people we will happily help others but we put our own stuff on hold. So this was great, in doing this we started to think about how we talk to each other and having to think before speaking so we were responding as a friend to a friend shed a whole new light on our communication and with this little effort how different we were starting to feel and how we responded naturally this was made easier as we were trying to pretend we weren’t married.  It was a little nerve racking and awkward at dinner, not knowing what to talk about.  It did get easier, we had to correct each other a few times where we answered to familiarly and had to change our response by the end of the night that was referred to as in a past life together, which became quite funny by the end.

July 2014

Our First Date Candle lit dinner with Matthew (my builder boyfriend) and wine in front of the fire…. first “date” in 19 years. Our kids liked each other so much they are almost the same person LMAO. Love my kids they surprise me with their thoughtfulness and humor when I least expect it. Would love to see more of it “Just saying” lol. Huge thank you to Caitlin for being our waitress last night you are gorgeous xo 

Had a second dinner date with Matthew tonight late night coffee due to umpire training but none the less our second date.

We have seen each other every day whether it be for coffee or dinner, as a date trying to keep our two lives separate for now.  It is very tricky and we are fumbling through it, but with a bit of effort and encouragement it is also alot of fun and very exciting to get to know each other again.

Aug 2014

Matthew wrote – Well, last night was my fourth date with a beautiful woman that I am getting to know better, Julie. I surprised her and took her to coffee and to watch Mrs Browns Boys D’ Movie at Indooroopilly. I had a great night chatting and seeing the movie, which was fine, but the company and conversation was better than the movie.

Quiet casual dinners planned this week with the kids getting to know my new boyfriend Matthew. xo

We have officially decided to take the next step and move from dating to girlfriend and boyfriend but taking things very slowly.  It is helping us work through topics that used to angst us and it is slowly slowly and gently discussing them but so far we have made a lot of progress and I would highly recommend anyone to give it a go if their relationship is a little stale or having trouble talking about stuff.

All of our friends have been hugely supportive and have praised us for doing this.  Which is also a relief as there are always boo hoo er’s.  I didn’t get married to live with a stranger so a relationship is always a work in progress no matter how good it is.  One of our friends pointed out it is basically role playing and in a sense it is I guess we just hadn’t thought of it that way.  If it is going to re light the embers and keep things interesting and fun for another 20 years its well worth hopping on the circus train and giving it a go.  The key is that both parties are prepared to give it a genuine go.

We are totally enjoying this journey!

Sept 2014

Having and owl moment – So excited that we are making positive improvements in our life and our relationship… and of course our family. Life is many things good and bad but it is a journey that creates so many memories but most of all it is an adventure that you are supposed to adapt to the changes that’s how we grow. We have started a new chapter in our life which will get a little crazy in the coming months (with my boyfriend and his kids moving in LOL) but can not wait so impatient!! 

Now to get organised for my hot date with my boyfriend. Out to umpire dinner.

Things are moving along great have had to make time to be dating which is a challenge some weeks when life takes over but so worth the effort. We went away for our anniversary (19th) only the second time we have left the kids on their own for the weekend.

Oct 2014

Went away to Caloundra for our Anniversary. Great food for lunch. Then a proposal was made. She said YES! 

We are starting a new life (stage) together and can’t wait. So happy with our life right now. Love you forever and 5 days Matthew xo.

Matthew re proposed to re new our vows in some description next year for our 20th Wedding Anniversary and as a commitment to spending another 20+ years together. Four months ago Matthew and I committed to a transformation of our relationship and our health. We were in a what some would term a “RUT”. Sick of our lifestyle, feeling like we were just going through the motions in life, stressed out and tired, doing the best we could. As allot of you can probably relate to when your stressed you often take it out on the ones you love and the niceties that we use with our friends or strangers we get complacent with and don’t take the time to use with our loved ones. We were no different and this just added to the situation. With Lockie turning 18 this year really highlighted that to us that in a few years it was going to be just us our kids are getting older and would start their own lives. We didn’t want to get to that stage in our life and discover we were living with a stranger. We have changed over the last 19 years so the decision to start dating to get to know each other again although was a little silly at times and awkward to start with taught us so much about each other and helped us find a way forward (especially from a communication level) in all aspects of our life. The cleanse was amazing and complimented this transition in every aspect. Feeling fitter, more energetic and getting that zest for life back truly provided a great foundation for us as well. Without both of us making the effort “and I don’t say that lightly” it was difficult at times to keep up the act in dating and pretending we were getting to know each other for the first time and finding a balance with our real married life and our new relationship (which at times meant putting dating on hold to deal with life and then trying to get our momentum back), coupled with that a nutritional cleanse like nothing we had ever tried before. We had always hoped to renew our vows for our 20th Anniversary it is a milestone that deserves noting, but 4 months ago our hearts were not in it and we would have simply been going through the motions and its meaning would have been lost. We both wanted it to mean something, the knowing that we still want to grow old with our best friend and that our love for each other is stronger than ever. I feel truly blessed and so grateful to have my best friend back (whom I lost for a quite a few years). We are ready to celebrate for the right reasons and sign up for at least another 20.

Nov 2014

Since getting to know my Fiancee (again lol) from July what a whirlwind of ups, downs and busy, busy, busy. If this is any indication of 2015 Bring it! Loving getting out more and spending time together Matthew! Can’t wait to celebrate next October. Here’s to new beginnings ! 

We can’t afford to do allot most weeks and some of you may be wondering how we can afford all the dates lol Well let me share our secret. I bought scoupon and groupon vouchers for us to use leading up to Christmas so when we have a bad fortnight we can still have a nice date out and it only costs petrol and maybe drinks. They have some awesome deals so check them out.

Funny how things happen – When we went to Caloundra and Matthew proposed, on our way home we went to Brisbane for an appointment and decided to use another of our voucher for a grazing platter at Moo Moo’s Restaurant which was lovely. But before going I needed the toilet and went to the first pub be could find I quickly discover that by chance we ended up at The Victory which is where we first met 20 years earlier. Went for our appointment only to discover that they were closed due to unexpected surgery so on the way back to the car we decided to have one drink at the Vic for old time sake which was great reminiscing. Well that and with getting re engaged was a highlight for this year for me but it doesn’t stop there lol. Our recent dinner date at the Indian Restaurant at Booval when leaving was still early and whilst in the car park Matt suggest we go for a drink and I said sure. Pull up at the lights to work out whether we were heading right or left and looked up again by chance to see the Bowls Club (Swifts) which happens to be where we had our wedding reception lol so we went straight through and dropped in.

Bring on 2015!

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