Saturday, October 11, 2008

School Holiday Fun

Hi Folks,

well it's a blustery, windy Sunday today. Thankfully it's a warm wind, but it truly feels like a tornado is brewing!

Michael has taken the kids for a drive and I have a little time to myself. So I thought I'd use it to catch up on my blog.

We finally met up with Ben and Gwyneth (old buddies from Tennant Creek). I ran into Gwyneth at the markets last weekend. They have four gorgeous girls aged 2, 4, 6 and 8! We went out to dinner with them last night (and Alex and Trewin from Adelaide came too) and then took the kids down to the wharf to run around. We were promptly attacked by ravenous mozzies so we bailed out and came home!

Everyone came back to our place too and the girls got comfortable on the couch with the kitty (while we solved the problems of the world).



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Here are some photos from the markets last Sunday. They closed off the main street and it was a pretty big deal as there were hundreds of people. They had bands, jumping castles and lots of interesting stalls. Daniel had a horse ride and sat in a fire truck and Kayla got a caricature drawn of herself.

Don't be fooled, Kayla is really enjoying herself.















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I took the kids fishing while Michael was away. We didn't get so much as a nibble which caused Daniel to yell in despair "That's it, I give up!!"

We went to the boat ramp at Coorong National Park. It was fun watching all the boats come and go anyway. Although we were constantly wishing we were on them!



We didn't see a lot of wildlife, but we did find some dead stuff laying around.



Puffer fish.









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Yesterday we went to the Port Elliot show. It was much smaller than the Katherine show, but was still a great day out.

They had lots of animals to look at and interact with.









Again, Kayla was having a fabulous time!



Daniel went on the tea cup ride with me.



Then he got really brave and went on the Skydiver with Kayla and Michael.







Then he wanted to go on this!!! Obviously he wasn't allowed to! But what a thrill seeker!



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I just had to include this photo of the yummiest breakfast I've ever had. Bacon, eggs, tomato, cheese on a toasted wholemeal muffin with Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard! OMG!



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I love how much there is to do around here. There's just no excuse for ever being bored! The night life is lacking, but I'm not overly concerned about that (after all, Adelaide is just up the road). The lifestyle here is just perfect for raising kids and that makes me happy.

It was really great to catch up with Gwyneth and Ben. It made me feel so much less isolated and it was fun talking about the Territory with them. Daniel had an absolute ball playing with the girls too.

It's back to school next week. They both start on Tuesday and I think they are secretly looking forward to it. They've both been craving the company of kids their own age and rightly so.

That's all for now, I hope all are well. A special shout out to Nan, we're all thinking of you and hoping your health is on the improve real fast!! *hugs*

Kim xxx

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Cockle Train and more.

It's school holidays for two weeks and there's so much to do! What a lovely change.

Today we rode an old steam engine (see below), tomorrow we're going fishing, Friday we're visiting Kerri in Victor Harbor, Saturday we'll hit the beach, and we'll go to the local markets in Goolwa on Sunday.

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We've had a pretty busy week.

Last Saturday we had some special visitors.





Some of us were not so welcoming!



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We bought a new (used) car. It's a 2001 Mistubishi Magna. I love it because it's automatic and so easy to drive!





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Michael and I got our "bro tatts". We love them so much!



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The weather is just perfect for curries. We've been eating rather well lately; just really enjoying our tucker!





Kayla helps too.



Mmmm, cream and honey added to the mix!



The finished result; Kenyan Chicken Curry. Yum!



We've eaten far too many creamy curries over the last few weeks and need to work them off!! So we bought a new treadmill and some gym equipment last week. We've started weight training and jogging again and it feels great!

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I won a whole truckload of Incredible Hulk stuff last week. I put most of it away for Christmas, but I couldn't resist giving this to Daniel now.



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I love our bedroom so much. It's huge!



I love the walk-in robe!



I will take pics of the kids' rooms the next time they are tidy. ;)

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Last night I had Renee and Kerri over for butter chicken. They both brought me the most beautiful flowers as a housewarming gift.

I have such amazing friends.




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We had the most wonderful experience today (Thursday, 2nd October). We caught the steam train this morning from Goolwa into Victor Harbor. It was really exciting, with all the steam and the very loud tooting.







The view was just spectacular the entire way.

Shetland ponies.







At Victor Harbor.

We only had time to run into the sweets shop and buy some goodies before the train left again.





It was such a beautiful morning out with the kids. We were only sad that Michael was in Katherine, working, and couldn't be with us. But it certainly won't be the last time we take the train, so next time, Daddy!

When we arrived home from the train ride we found an extra special guest waiting for us!



Kayla tells me it's a Shingleback lizard. She learned about them from a school excursion to the beach and has been dying to find one ever since. She couldn't wait to pick it up and hold it!



Kayla (Bindi Irwin) and lizard.






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I am still suffering from awful foot cramps. Go away cold weather!




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Life is good. We're really looking forward to Daddy getting home safely though. We miss you, Michael (and the rest of you too).