Saturday, November 29, 2008

Daniel's fifth birthday

*Please note: if you click on the photos, you can view them in their true resolution; they're not really that blurry. Right click on the photo and open in a new page, that way you won't have to return to the blog each time.*


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 balloons...by 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 it...you can tell who doesn't have to pick up Daniel's toys all day long)!

But Daniel is rapt with it, so thanks everyone!





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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!".

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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!



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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.



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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.



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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

6 comments:

Rowena said...

Oooh, I can comment now! WOOHOO!!!

What a great birthday time for Daniel - the colours in all of those photos are amazing. And the cake! Lucky boy! :)

I just posted some photos of my New Orleans leg of the US trip with the girls on Facebook, so please have a look. There's only a couple - heaps more to come...

Hope you are well! xx Rowena.

Bev said...

Fantastic photos and lovely to catch up on all the latest news from Hindmarsh Island. We can't wait to visit soon and enjoy Christmas with you all in your new surroundings.
Love Bev & Keith xxxx

Sturre Family said...

Yay, finally! You did have a lot to blog about though, love it, I needed a fix of my gorgeous N&N!3 weeks to go! xx

Anonymous said...

You have such a great family and home. I always love your photographs.

We have a rule on dishwashers at our house. If it needs to be fixed a second time, we buy a new one. It's actually cheaper.

Baldy

SockPuppet said...

Nice pics. I particularly like the balloon-killing arse photo :P

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness! Kayla is so grown-up looking and Daniel is so adorable and kind looking. And I love that you go all out for your kids. It warms my heart.


Building your own house! Woohoo! Thats' exciting stuff!


~Apryl