Saturday, January 24, 2009

January

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The school holidays are finally at an end (excuse me while I quietly jump for joy) and Daniel begins school on Tuesday. He's so excited and very eager to get stuck in. His teacher seems really nice and even sent him a letter in the mail saying how excited she is to be teaching him and how she can't wait until Tuesday! How cute! I'm only sad that he'll have to leave and change schools again in a month or so. He is extremely excited at the thought of going back to Katherine though and asks me nearly every day when we're leaving!

Kayla is less enthusiastic about starting high school, mostly because she knows we're moving soon and she doesn't want to have to start high school at two different schools. I really feel for her, but hopefully it won't be as bad as she thinks. Things usually aren't.

I'm not sure how long it's going to take to get back to the Territory. I imagine it will be at least a month though. The more I think about it the more excited I get. It still feels like Katherine is my home and I'm really okay with that. I always felt that I was missing out on everything by living there, but I realise now that I wasn't missing out on a bloody thing! If it took moving here to realise that, then it's been worth it. I know now that when we go back I'm not going to feel restless like I used to. I know exactly what I'm going back to...and I can't wait!

Michael had a day off on Friday and we went into Victor for the morning. They had a mini show ground by the beach, so Daniel got to jump on the bouncy castle and I almost threw my neck out on the dodgems.

We've been invited to an Australia Day BBQ next door tomorrow. They're going to have a raising of the flag ceremony and everything, should be fun! Unfortunately Michael's in Darwin right now (so it will just be me and the kids going). He'll be in Katherine the rest of the week and back here on Saturday.

It looks like there might be a few people there as they're setting up marquees.




Alex came for a visit last night after Michael left for Adelaide and we took the kids out for dinner. We went to a local Irish restaurant that had a lovely atmosphere and a real Irishman running it. I had a delicious steak, Kayla had a chicken pie and Daniel had...chips. What else?

My old friend, Ken is coming to visit this week. He's always got something up his sleeve so I'm curious to find out what the latest is with him. Renee will be keeping me company on Thursday night too, so I shouldn't get too lonely while Michael's away.

We sold the quad and have my car advertised for sale as well. Haven't had any nibbles yet, but hopefully it will sell before we move.

The weather is slightly less awful than before. Although it's really just the wind that ruins everything. It's nice and sunny today, but there's still a chilly breeze. Some days the wind comes from the north and is hot like a wind sent straight from hell itself. Early last week the wind was so strong that I could barely even open my car door. I went grocery shopping with the kids and Daniel was screaming because of all the muck flying into his eyes. It just put us all in a filthy mood! I honestly cannot wait to leave and quite frankly, my whingeing about the weather is even starting to annoy me! Sometimes I wish I'd just shut up about it already!

The spiders here are kind of horrific, but ever fascinating! I never see any cute insects, it's always a huge centipede (like the one I found in our bedroom the other morning) or big, ugly spiders! I honestly don't mind the spiders too much, as long as they're not in my house. We've had so many spiders in the house lately that I've started having nightmares about them!





Michael also found this in the garden...yay?



Things never get boring with (almost) teenagers around. I found this note attached to a focaccia bun in the fridge.



Take care everyone!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas with Cousins

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This time I've made the photos larger...just for you, Mat!!

Our Christmas holiday was very loud, very colourful and lots of fun. Unfortunately my sister, Christie, was suffering from morning sickness (which appeared every evening) and found it difficult to stay up with us party animals. ;)

It was fabulous to see all the cousins together and I still can't believe there's going to be another addition this year!

I loved it when they all just chilled together. (This didn't happen too often.)



Daniel and Oliver are great mates. A little bit of fighting, but mostly they got along great.



Watching Uncle Mat try to kill the carp that he and Kayla caught was probably the most traumatic, yet hilarious thing I've ever witnessed. Just when we finally thought it was dead it would start flailing about again! We named it "Zombie Carp from Hell".

The carp are an introduced fish and threaten the habitat of the native fish in the Murray River. Although they don't eat native fish, the native fish have to compete with them for food. It is actually illegal to put them back into the river if you catch one. You have to kill them.



Pretending to be dead, but not actually dead.



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This year we decided to open presents one at a time. It was a much nicer way of doing it as we all got to see what everyone got from Santa. Present opening also lasted more than three minutes for a change!

The before shot.



The after shot















Oliver and I spent some of Christmas morning building this (with Daniel overseeing the project).



Noice!



It just wouldn't be my blog if I didn't have photos of delicious food!

Christmas lunch...





















I love that the boys (all except Michael - yes, I'm naming names) washed up afterwards!



My favourite part of the day was just sitting on the jetty and watching the carp and the crabs go by; feeding the ducks and watching Michael drink his gigantic beer (whilst not doing dishes).









This is how kitty spent the day. She did get a little bit of turkey for lunch and was extremely happy about that.



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Nothing is certain as yet, but we might be heading back to the Territory. I know, I know!! But I think sometimes you have to get away from a place to see it better...does that make sense? We can think of a million reasons to go back, but very few to stay.

We live in an extremely isolated area, there's no work, and even less amenities than Katherine. There aren't many families around; most people living here are over 50 and retired. If we'd moved to Adelaide or Victor Harbor initially we may not be feeling this way, who knows? But as it stands, moving back to Katherine seems like a pretty tasty idea to all of us right now.

I don't feel as though we've lost anything or failed in any way. We've had a really fun time the last few months. We've seen a lot of the area, enjoyed the beach, gone fishing, and caught up with old and new friends. We've been able to get a lot of things into perspective and see things much more clearly. We just have to do what feels right.

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We caved in and bought a wii after playing with Kerri's on New Year's Day. The kids are loving it and Kayla has never done so much exercise in her life! She's all sore and sorry today, but as I write this she's playing the rhythm boxing game and getting an aerobic workout. What an ingenius toy! It really is one of the best investments for our family's health we've ever made. My friend, Alex, and her son came down for a visit yesterday and now they're buying a wii next week!



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Well, that's about all that's going on at the moment. I hope you are all healthy and happy and have a fantastic 2009!