Saturday, November 29, 2008

Daniel's fifth birthday

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Daniel celebrated his fifth birthday last week.

He awoke to a balloon-filled bedroom!

The best part is watching their faces when they open their presents, right? So this one's for you, Nan. He loves his new watch!

Playing with his new Thomas Big Loader.

We had a little party in the afternoon with Alex, Kerri, Gwyneth and Ben, and Renee (and all the kids). It was very loud and very fun!

All ready for the party to start.

I love this photo!! Can you see the top of someone's head?

This was such a funny moment. Daniel and Cohen wanted to pop stabbing them with sharp objects! I suggested popping them with their bottoms as it was safer. Daniel was sitting on the balloon telling me it wouldn't pop that way when...

The cake was truly a team effort. Kayla made the two butter cakes, Michael trimmed them and shaped them into a five, and I decorated it. Daniel was very excited about the new cars on top!

With the money that all the rellies sent Daniel bought himself this crane. Which came in a set with 49 other pieces (Michael helped him choose can tell who doesn't have to pick up Daniel's toys all day long)!

But Daniel is rapt with it, so thanks everyone!


Kayla goes fishing almost every day. She's worked out how to catch carp now and can catch them anytime she feels like it. It's just a shame they aren't good eating!

Unfortunately she had some difficulties at school last week with some other girls. She held a meeting with the deputy principal and the girls and they sorted it all out. The deputy principal rang me and had nothing but praise for Kayla. She said she showed great maturity and was extremely intelligent. She told me she was a very clever operator and I just said "Don't I know it!".


Michael left for Katherine again today. It will be a very quiet Sunday night as Kayla is in Adelaide with Kerri and her kids. They went camping (in Kerri's new campervan) at West Beach on Friday night and are taking Kayla to a music festival today. Much more fun than hanging out with boring old mum!

Michael, Daniel and I went into Adelaide yesterday to buy a Christmas tree and have a look at Oasis Homes out at Smithfield. We're currently looking at building our own home in Victor Harbor next year. At least, that's the plan!

I bought myself a present.

We also bought a new tree. It was half price! Daniel helped me put it up today, but I can't find my Christmas decorations!

On the way home from Adelaide we dropped in to see Renee for her birthday. We were only going to stay for five minutes, but ended up staying for several hours! She was surrounded by friends and family and seemed to be enjoying herself a lot. I wished we could have stayed, but unfortunately Michael had to leave early this morning.

Renee bought me the most exquisite Buddha statue! I love it!


Mummy and Daniel had a special day together in late October, but I forgot to put the photos in my blog. We went to the park and then down to the wharf. We decided to take a look inside the Signal Point information centre (just before the bridge to the island) and were happy to find it was a free open day! They had a lot of really interesting stuff to look at and a really cool snakes and ladders type game that led us up a narrow spiralling staircase.

On the Hindmarsh Island bridge.


Our dishwasher has broken down. A man came to fix it last week, but he has to order in a new part. Here's hoping it's fixed before everyone arrives at Christmas!!! Argh!!

At least I have a good helper. Daniel keeps begging me to do the dishes! Weird kid.


I took some lovely photos of the kids to send out with Christmas cards. Don't worry, I got better ones than these!

This was the reaction I got when I suggested Kayla kiss Daniel on the cheek!

Hope all are well and happy. I can't sign off without the gratuitous cute kitty photo!

Kim xox

Sunday, November 16, 2008


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Last Saturday (also my 37th birthday) we picked up Benny and hit the Murray mouth. We drove along the beach at Goolwa to get there and I was amazed at how many other people had the same idea.

Driving along the beach.

The mouth.

A lot of people were cockling. Quite frankly I think they were bloody insane as it was truly freezing!! Some were up to their chests in the ocean while the freezing winds were howling!!!

We spent a couple of hours fishing, but unfortunately we caught nothing (except the one little fish that I caught).

Cheeky little crabs kept stealing our bait too!

Daniel really enjoyed making a sandcastle with Dad.

My bum got wet so I had to shove a towel down my pants! Even though I was wearing two jackets (Kayla gave me hers) I was still freezing!!


I know I've been kinda missing Katherine a lot lately and it shows in my blogs. So I'm trying to just focus on appreciating my local area. It's really not hard to do, it is pretty fantastic!

These birds (I haven't yet identified them) often gather on the rocks out the back. Click for a better look!

Kayla and me at a beach near Middleton a couple of weekends ago.


The biggest news of the week is that Kayla finally caught her fish!! We were sitting on the jetty yesterday afternoon just chatting, absent-mindedly feeding the ducks and throwing crumbs into the water. When all of a sudden the most enormous carp swam right up to the rocks!!! Well, it was on!!

Kayla ran and got her fishing gear, whacked a chunk of bread on the hook and lowered it in the water. The great fish immediately took it and she managed to get it up out of the water...using a hand reel!! It was so hilarious!

You have to understand how much this girl has wanted to catch a fish ever since we first arrived. She's spent hours on that jetty to no avail and begs us at every opportunity to take her fishing. The fish let go as Kayla was screaming at it "Come here!!!" and it was just too much - Daniel and I were rolling around on the jetty in absolute hysterics! I've never seen anybody so obsessed with wanting to catch a fish!

After that Michael came out and we all threw a line in. About twenty minutes later I got a bite and handed it over to Kayla to bring in (this was her fish - she'd made it quite clear that my life wouldn't be worth living if I brought that fish in).

The result...

Of course, we threw it back. But Kayla was one very happy girl last night.


Today I bought myself a birthday present with the money that Nan and Grandma Strand sent me. I found this huge fish bowl and was going to just put fish in it, but when I went to the pet shop I saw this cute yabby and I couldn't resist!


Sometimes it's just all too much and you need a cuddle.


I love the simple pleasures. This was my favourite book as a child. Daniel is well and truly reading now and he hasn't even started school yet!! It came easily to him, as it did with his Dad and me. I'm so pleased about that as it's just one less thing to struggle with at school. He's started his orientation at Goolwa Primary School now and is quite excited about it I think! (If only Kayla was excited about going to high school!)


Michael and I left the kids with Kerri on Saturday night while we stayed in Victor to have a night out. We grabbed a bite to eat, but after that I just couldn't be bothered going out. So I bought the SATC movie and some Turkish Delight and went back to Kerri's. I'd much rather spend my birthday relaxing with friends than at the pub. Mum, what's happening to me??? ;)

We went into Adelaide again on Sunday. It's so great being so close to the city. We met up with Alex and Trewin, walked around Rundle Mall and did a little Christmas shopping. I could spend all day there, but Daniel ran out of steam and went on strike - he refused to walk anymore! He slept all the way home.

That's all the news for now. I hope you all are well, stay in touch!

Love Kim xox

Monday, November 10, 2008

Katherine Flood (2006)

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The 2006 flood was an exciting time. It's one of those events that makes people act differently. There's the fear of the unknown, the loss of control, the frustration, and the interruption to our normal lives. But there are also the good parts...strangers talk to each other, people donate their time, energy and money to help others, and people bond over their losses and find laughter in the chaos.

Of course, none of this happened to me. I was on high ground. :D

But you know what I mean! We drove around town a lot during the flood and the above was simply what I observed. There was this great atmosphere and although I know it was a pain in the arse for so many (again, not me...we didn't even lose power) I really enjoyed it. Obviously if I had been there for the flood of '98 I might have had a very different outlook!!

I know I can't be alone in this apparent weirdness of mine (Ugol's Law)! Anyway, enjoy my favourite photos of the flood.


This was the first house we lived in after moving to Katherine.

The Katherine River.

The main street

This isn't a real crocodile, it's the big fake one that sits outside Rod and Rifle.

Michael and Kayla couldn't resist riding into town to check out the damage.

The thermal springs.

This is the top of the steps you walk down to get to the springs. I just couldn't believe the water was this high!

King Brown!

He didn't last long.

The End.