Friday, June 26, 2009


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A couple of weekends ago the whole family went to the Bonsai display and the National Archives. What was the most fun? The leaf fight out the front of the National Archives, of course!

The Bonsai trees were spectacular.

How awesome is this forest? I wanted to be miniature and live in it!

I swear this tree had a face.


Kayla did an amazing job at her school concert the other night. Not only did she give a wonderful intro (and spoke clearly and loudly - mum was proud), but she absolutely rocked the drums!

Here is a short snippet of her excellent beats! Kayla is second to the left of the guy standing in the white. (Our left, not his.)

Unfortunately the photos were taken from a long way away so everyone looks a bit like red-eyed zombies.


As Phil (Karen's husband and my brother-in-law) was about to leave for the Solomon Islands for four months we all decided to spend his last Sunday at Questacon. It was a fantastic day and the time absolutely flew by!

I faced my fear, again...last time it was the guillotine, this time I did the free fall. It was terrifying, I didn't remember it being so bloody high up! It doesn't seem like much when you look at it, but when it comes your turn and you're hanging up there preparing to drop to what feels like your doom it is another story! Next time I'll face my fear of confined spaces and go on the roller-coaster simulator.

Here's the proof!!

Man, I love that place! We bought an annual membership because if we go even three times it will have more than paid for itself.

The animatronic dinosaurs were so AWESOME!

Kayla made a deal with me that if I went on the freefall she'd do the guillotine. She totally reneged! It is pretty scary though.

This was so much fun.

Daniel reckoned we needed Indy for this one!



Kitty loves when the dryer finishes drying the towels.

Since this photo was taken, Kitty managed to jump up and smash the glass on top so that it has fallen into the fish tank.


I got a craving for something with pasta, bacon and cream in it last week. The result...

Things that make me happy...

I just couldn't resist this stunningly illustrated book. It's one of my favourite stories too. Did you know that Lewis Carroll was a mathematician and logician? Curiouser and curiouser!

I want to live here.

We went to the markets out at Hall yesterday. I snagged this bargain for $65. We just have to stain it now.

While I was at the markets with Nan and Karen, Michael took the kids up Mount Franklin for more snow fun. They all had an absolute blast and even managed to get burnt!!


June has been a busy month. I am still really enjoying working at Prouds and am starting to think leaving might be harder than I thought. I work with such great people that I don't want to risk leaving in case I end up working with horrible people (and there are just so many of those). Karen (my boss and sister-in-law) has done a great job of hiring people who are genuine, funny and likeable. So, I'll have to think more on this one.

I've really been getting into my yoga. The latest one I'm doing is this one...

I just can't recommend yoga enough. Each time I do it I learn something about my body. I become stronger and more in tune with it. It's more than just a workout and it's the only exercise I do where I literally enjoy every single moment, no matter how strenuous it can be at times.

I think it takes practising yoga for several weeks (or months) before you can really understand its benefits, but I can assure you it is so worth it. I'm getting to a point now where I really trust my body, like I did back when I was a kid. I knew I could scale that fence or do that somersault. I lost that trust for many years and am so rapt to be slowly gaining it back again.

That's about all I have for now. Things are good.

As always, I must end on a cute note.

Kim xox

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Snow and fire

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We went to the top of Mount Franklin last Monday (as it was a public holiday) and I finally got to see snow. It was truly beautiful and at times I felt as though I was in another world, or at least in another country.

As someone who has only ever lived in either the desert or the tropics it was a real experience for me. I have to confess that I spent most of the time in the car with the heater on, but I did make sure to make and throw at least one snowball.

We had a few near misses with kangaroos.

It was amazing how quickly the landscape changed.


The inevitable.


We had a little get together last night, it was mostly just the people I work with; they're a great bunch. The fire bin made it possible for us to be outside and not die of cold. The police turned up at 11:30 to tell us to turn down our music. We offered them beer and they told us not to tempt them. Nice lads, they were.

It was the first time I've ever worn a mini skirt!

The cool kids.

There is just nothing better than a fire bin on a cold night.


Random stuff:

Daniel and I are reading...

I've been painting...

Kayla, chilling out...

Chicken cacciatore. Meat is sooo much better cooked on the bone. This was so delicious!

This is what I take to work for lunch most days.


Life is still good. We had the coldest maximum temperature in 43 years last week, and I survived it! At least it wasn't the coldest minimum.

Daniel has a little cold and a bit of an earache. He's just woken up from a lovely afternoon nap and is having tomato soup and toast for dinner. I'm about to tear up a barbecued chicken and cook it in cream and garlic or something and serve it with fettuccine. Mmmmmm.

I hope everyone is well,

Kim xox