2015 Family Tree Thank you Facebook!

Last week one of my cousins add me and I have been chatting with her getting to know her. So today I was checking out family members on one side of the family that I have added on facebook to see how many more relatives I could find and see what they look like now.  To my surprise I have located nearly all but one Aunt and her children and one cousin not on facebook.

I started with had 2 aunts and 1 uncle and 4 cousins added, and 1 aunt and 2 uncles pending.  Now I have 2 aunts 1 uncle and 9 cousins added with 1 aunt, 2 uncles and 5 cousins pending. This happened in a day.

It doesn’t matter if they don’t all add me it is just amazing having the ability to find them and send them a message and or see what they look like. There are many I have never met so to see a photo was great. They all live all over the country so I would have no idea where to start to find them.  Using facebook was a great tool to find them other than relying on relatives to pass on a message.

Using facebook for good instead of evil lol.

So thank you facebook.


2015 Family Tree

Hi all, I am tracing our family heritage which is a work in progress.

We have a tree on my heritage website which you can get access to if I accept your request.

We are always looking for new family members but more importantly we are interested in any information re health, achievements, stories of you direct family or relatives as we are hoping to publish our trees in a book which my software has the ability to do. So please share as much as possible with us via email(see contact us) or phone as we are trying to also capture who we were(like a mini profile) and signs of the times as a historical record to leave for future family generations. I would like this to be something that each generation shares even if it is you crazy great great aunt Julie did the family tree and it kept blah or blah blah has a copy because you never know how this could help future generation with either medical history or any other tid bits we share.

I personally wish this was done for me to have access to(although am enjoying researching it too), it is a very interesting topic and seeing where families blend together to make a new branch is always interesting to merge their trees. For example bit of trivia Caitlin our daughter shares the same birthday her direct ancestors great grandfather Colin Rainbird on her mother Julie’s side and her Great x 2 Grandfather John Albert Kirkness on her father Matthew’s side. This date was also significant as it is the anniversary when her father Matthew joined the RAAF in 1990. If we didn’t start doing our tree we would never have realized this information. There are many other bits of trivia you can discover, for eg I not only found out my Great x 5 Grand father was a convict but through researching I found the ship he traveled here on, the ships log, the medical log when he was sick on his trip and the crime he was convicted of, how he left a wife and 2 children in England never to see again and I am a descendant of his new family after his time was served.

Although it not for everyone to research it, it is interesting to find out about some of the skeletons etc in our past. It has all played a part in molding who we are today by way of experiences in each generation and in how we parented and tweaked each generation to become who we are.

As i said its not for everyone but I find it fascinating. PS also need photo’s not only of people but houses, ships traveled on, Castles owned etc….

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.


2015 Billy’s 18th Toga Toga Toga!!!

Well another of our friends are also celebrating the ranks of their kiddies becoming adults.  Happy birthday to Billy!  Have to say was our first Toga Party for most of our family and my two adopted boys. We all had a great time unfortunately Justin was not available. Highlight would have to be dressing up Hayley’s nieces and nephew in toga’s and Thomas coming out from the games room to dazzle the kids (and adults) with his rubik’s cube skills. As always was great catching up and meeting Hayley’s family that attended.

Caity and Chloe
Caity and Chloe
Hayley, Lockie and Sean
Hayley, Lockie and Sean
Zane and Caity
Zane and Caity