Saturday, December 13, 2008

Absolutely the last blog before Christmas!

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I wasn't going to do another blog update before Christmas, but I've got lots of photos and news!

On Thursday night Kayla had her graduation ceremony. She'd already graduated from Primary School in the Northern Territory last year, but it was still exciting for her. After doing her hair and makeup I almost decided not to let her leave the house, ever! She looked stunning!



The rest of us scrubbed up alright too.







Receiving her certificate. Nan, that's Julie Kelly on the right!





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My pet yabby hadn't eaten for a few days and I thought he must be near death's door. We came home from Noarlunga on Saturday afternoon and found him in a real state!!! I took one look and started to feel ill, "Oh god, he's dead and he's BROKEN INTO TWO PIECES!" I shouted as I tried not to vomit!

Kayla just rolled her eyes at me and said "Nooo, mum. He's just shed his shell!"

Duh! Who knew they did that??

The old shell.



He was quite pink afterwards. They become very sensitive to the water conditions for a couple of days after they shed.



So, not only is he not dead or dying, but he's a picture of health! Shedding means they are growing bigger - it must be the two fish he ate from the pet shop. The other two fish that Kayla caught from the river and put in there mustn't have a flavour he likes because they're still alive and well.

I read up on the whole shedding thing and it said to leave the old shell in the tank for a few days as they like to eat it and get the nutrients from it. Sure enough, I found him devouring his old shell.



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Mum, does Kayla remind you of someone (someone who refused to smile for photos - yes, yes, it's biting me on the arse)?





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I can't wait to cook for everyone over Christmas.

Rogan Josh...



...with minted yoghurt, saffron rice and papadums.







I also made the yummiest stir fry the other night!



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Last night (Sunday) we went to the Christmas Pageant in Goolwa. It was FREEZING! The sun was out for about five minutes when we first got there, but then it went behind some clouds and the famous Arctic winds started blowing!

Even so, we really enjoyed the parade.







This is the float for Daniel's old school.





How cute is this?



I thought this was just so gorgeous. This little girl was crying her heart out for some reason, but kept on waving! What a trooper! You absolutely HAVE to right click on this photo and have a closer look!!





































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Aunty Daphne and Uncle Lindsay popped in for a visit this morning. They were on their way to visit Aunty Janet in Adelaide and would then be making a few more stops on the way to Balaclava. It was lovely to see them and the kids took to them straight away. Daniel especially seemed to like Aunty Daphne (even if he wouldn't cuddle her, we could tell).





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Kayla doing what she does best this morning. She can't wait for Grandad to get here so they can catch and eat a carp together!







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Don't forget to bring your winter woollies Mum and Christie! See you in a week!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

A bit of this and that.

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I don't really have a lot to blog about at the moment. So this is just a "bits and pieces" blog to tide me over until Christmas. Unless something really exciting happens between now and then that is!

Speaking of Christmas...I'm not sure how long these canes will last on the tree.



I love Christmas. I'm so happy that this year I get to spend it with my family. Last year was incredibly depressing. I was sad all day long. We spent the morning with friends, which was great, but I really missed having family around. It's just not the same.



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Michael has a cold at the moment. My immune system seems to be kicking arse lately, thank goodness. I think it's all the trips back to Katherine that are making him sick. I cooked a meal last night that should scare away any cold!

A T-bone steak, packed with red chillies and fresh garlic! It came with a large serving of onion as well. God, it was so good!!



Plus a serving of fried red capsicum (loaded with Vitamin C). Cooked in my new heavy duty frying pan, which I LOVE! Finally I can fry a steak instead of broiling it!



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I went for a walk around the garden today to see if I could find something interesting to photograph.

The flowers are starting to bloom.







This is my HUGE herb garden.









There aren't as many bugs around as I'd like, but I did manage to find this guy.



My first butterfly! Actually, I think it's really a moth. It's the first moth I've seen come to think of it. What's up with that? Where are the moths?



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I'm currently reading...



I bought this with birthday money. So pretty!



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Still not impressed about being inside all the time. Kitty has managed to escape several times now, but we've been able to catch her before she did any damage to the local wildlife. She almost gave herself concussion the other day when a friendly duck waddled near the back sliding door for an hour (waiting for bread).



Mr. Yabby is doing fine. Although we are down two fish...hmmmm.



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Our tree looks lovely. We turn the lights on each night and hope that the star won't eventually make our tree topple over.



Look what's under the tree, kids!



Dad, Christie...we are watching this one night when you're here! Zombiieeessss!



Mum, you will be pleased to know that Michael hooked our dishwasher up yesterday. Unfortunately I don't think the spa is going to be fixed in time.

I am starting to get really excited about Christmas now. I've been wrapping presents and getting into the spirit of it all. Can't wait!!

Kim xox