Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Birthdays and stuff

Well, the big news is...I quit my job. It may seem like a crazy thing to do considering the high cost of living, but I believe it's the right decision. We'll just have to watch our pennies a bit more.

The great news is I'm collaborating on a children's book with my very talented sister and couldn't be more excited about it. I am determined to make this dream into a reality and am spending almost all of my time on it.

Currently I am learning to use Illustrator. Thanks to the many talented artists who post online tutorials I have been able to come a long way in just a few days.

I was able to complete this last night in under two hours.


If you wish to view the original and the tutorial to see the process, visit here http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/illustrator-tutorial-create-a-blissful-vector-scene

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In other news Michael turned 40, Daniel has lost his two front teeth (and now has an adorable lisp), and Kayla has been getting into photography and has produced some lovely images. (I must get her to start her own Website and start putting her photographs up.)

Tomorrow Kayla turns 14 and I couldn't be more proud of the way she's turning out. She's intelligent, beautiful, extremely funny, a dedicated student (even though she does really hate that one science teacher), and overall a caring and responsible person with more insight than I had at the age of 25! I love you, Kayla!

Aside from teaching myself how to use Adobe Illustrator I have been throwing myself back into cooking. In fact I just finished baking a big batch of chocolate chip biscuits and loaded them up with Kit Kat chunks for good measure.

Banana cake



Lasagne



Chicken meatballs



Red currant and rosemary shanks



Milo slice (Daniel was very unimpressed with these but everyone else absolutely loved them!)



Rice paper rolls (We had so much fun making these together)





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Photos from Michael's 40th birthday bash

Kayla and I decided that the cake should have a layer of Smarties mixed with chocolate icing. Kayla cooked the three cakes and I iced it. I trust Kayla with cake baking more than I do myself!























Nothing like a good fire to stand around.



Pinata fun.





This was a bloody close call!











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Mother's Day at Nan's. We all had a lovely time playing pool, soaking up the sunlight and enjoying the quiches that Pa cooked. My lovely family spoiled me by buying me comic books, doing all of the housework and cooking me breakfast and dinner. A really nice day all around.

Aunty Janet arrived just before Michael's birthday to live in Canberra permanently.








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Random stuff

The outdoor kitty from next door visited my indoor kitty this morning. It was love at first sight.





"Leaf me alown. Carnt u see ahm on mah compooter?"



Take care, all

Kim xox

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

April already?

So much has happened since January. How on Earth did we get to April so bloody quickly?!

Anyhoo, to sum up the last few months... Mum and Dad came to visit in February and we celebrated Mum's birthday while they were here. Michael rolled over on his ankle and tore a tendon. I'm seeing a physio for my bad knee and was told to stop jogging (but I haven't). Kayla is getting really stuck into her school work and recently enjoyed doing a big project on Obama. Daniel finally learned to ride a bike in. Grandma and Pa gave us a bit a scare with poor health, but are both doing much better now. I've just sent out invitations to Michael's 40th birthday party in April. The weather is getting cooler and Easter is knocking on the door!

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We went to the Australia Day concert at Parliament House.
We really just went to see Bertie Blackman, Michael's favourite singer of the moment.

"Blah blah blah"







Daniel was so good that the lady behind us commented and gave him lollipops!







We thought this was funny, until Daniel tried to run up and get a free hug!!!



I could not WAIT for the air show to be over. Terrifying.







Bertie...



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We dropped in on Ally, Joe, Dante and new bub. Had a lovely meal with them as the boys played happily together.







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Michael and Nan took Daniel to see the hot air balloons. They were cancelled due to bad weather unfortunately. I was still in bed as they left at some ungodly hour!!







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Mum and Dad came to stay in February which was lovely. We had a nice time with them and caught up with Alison and Joe again.




This was a particularly fun night. All three of us were sore for days from hard-core living room dancing!





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RANDOM!

Kayla bought me this gorgeous kitschy old painting from a junk shop. I love it!



I painted a scene from the rare book that I spent months trying to find for a reasonable price.



The original.



We finally got a decent vacuum cleaner! The amount of pet hair we sucked up on the first vacuum was horrifying.



We scored Nan and Pa's beautiful old table. Thankfully it fit in our small dining room quite nicely.



So now I'm just getting ready for the Easter break. Things are great at work, we're about to get busy again for Mother's Day. It's almost 12 months since we moved here and since I started working at Prouds. Hard to believe we ever went to Hindmarsh Island at all!

Miss all of you. Take care and stay in touch!

Kim xoxox