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And then we snapped – 24/8 to 30/8

These weeks go so fast. It feels like I’ve just gotten one post up when it’s time to write another. And sometimes I miss the deadline completely.

As we creep closer to Christmas, the weeks are becoming busier. It feels like the kids only started the school year yesterday, and yet here we are in the final weeks of Term 3. In just over 2 weeks, they will be on school break and then go back into their final term for the year. Another year down! And my baby starts school in January. Whatever will I do with myself once they are all at school? I think I’ll cry to begin with. After more than 10 years of being a SAHM, I don’t know what it feels like to have a full week to myself whilst the kids are at school. It will be interesting, to say the least.

Anyway, with another week gone there’s another “And then we snapped” blog circle. So check out what we have been up to, and then follow the link at the end.

 Day 236 – This is a typical winter’s day on the Gold Coast. It’s my favourite time of the year.

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Day 237 – Luna is getting bigger by the day. And faster.365-237 blog


Day 238 – That saying “white men can’t jump” obviously doesn’t apply to little girls.365-238 blog

Day 239 – I only have 21 more wednesdays with Paddy until he starts Prep. I’m going to miss our Wednesday adventures.

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Day 240 – We don’t get to the beach often as a family. It’s just way too hard for James. But for two days in a row, we visited the beach. And he had a blast. So much fun, in fact, that I have included a couple of pics from this particular day.

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Day 241 – One of our favourite treats to bake. My kids love this. Sharing my secret recipe with all of you.


1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1 cup (90g) fine desiccated coconut
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
125g butter, melted
2 x 400g can sweetened condensed milk
60g butter
1/4 cup golden syrup (or pale treacle, for my American friends)
125g dark or milk chocolate, chopped
30g butter


1. Lightly grease 20cm x 30cm lamington pan.

2. Combine sifted flour, coconut and sugar in bow[; add butter, stir until combined.

3. Press mixture over base of prepared pan. Bake in moderate oven 15 minutes.

4. Pour hot fitting over hot base, return to oven 10 minutes; cool.

5. Spread warm topping over filling, stand at room temperature until set.

Filling: Combine milk, butter and golden syrup in pan; stir over Low heat, without boiling, about 15 minutes or until mixture is golden brown.

Topping: Combine chocolate and butter in pan; stir over tow heat until smooth.

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Day 242 – Enjoying our final days of winter before it starts heating up, and the humidity sets in.

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And that’s me for another week. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Please make sure you follow my friend Melissa’s link and see what she (and the rest of my exceptionally talented circle friends) have been up to.

  • Nadeen - Love your compositions, Sharyn. I’m in such trouble with that recipe! Looks so very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Such a gorgeous week – love seeing all your kids looking happy on the beach!ReplyCancel

  • Kim De Araujo - what a colorful week! I always love seeing blue hues in your work. I love the one of Luna and those caramel slices look delish!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Sharyn, every single one of these photos are stunning!! I can see why this is your favorite time of year. (I’m dying to visit Australia). I absolutely love all of the photos at the beach- especially the ones with the blanket!ReplyCancel

  • Mel Karlberg - EEEK! Those beach photos are phenomenal!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Cavanagh - Gorgeous beach images, and the one with them all together needs to be in a big frame.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - stunning beach images! and your dessert not only looks divine, but the photo is fantastic. just noticed your time stamps on your photos-great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lynzi - I love seeing all the kiddos together on the beach! Your composition is so lovely. Beautiful week!ReplyCancel

  • mary slone - Oh, your use of color is to die for. I’m super jealous — I struggle with color so much. Startlingly beautiful week. My favorite? Either the first or the last… I simply cannot choose.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Moses - That blue sky and the red and white shirt!! Simplicity at it’s finest!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Your images are absolutely stunning . The sky in that first one. The motion the light and the color. You are a favorite of mine!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer nobriga - i just love how you capture your children sharyn. there’s this honesty and emotion to your images that i adore. <3ReplyCancel

  • Annie Otzen - I love that last photo!! I wish I could spend as much time at the beach as you!! So Fun:)ReplyCancel

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