Saturday, October 22, 2016

Re-charging the batteries in NYC

Hi everyone. Sorry I've been away for a while. In New York City sans kids!!! I met up with hubby in San Francisco and we then went to the eastside. I can't tell you how jet-lagged I was by the end of this trip. Anyway, two more aeroplanes (and a half hour midnight delay in Chicago) later, we finally made it to New York. I'm liking all the new automated ticketing kiosks they are using these days though. I was a bit anxious about LAX but it wasn't as bad this time around. Plus, I was messaging hubby as to where I should be going. My luggage went straight through to NYC so I didn't need to pick it up and walked all the way out to Terminal 7. But I'll leave that drama for another time.

I can't remember much about Saturday (the day we landed) but I can tell you that Sunday morning we headed to church at St Patricks Cathedral. It's only a 7min or so walk from our hotel. New York is pretty easy to get around by foot. So wear comfy shoes. The Cathedral was spectacular. There were security personnel inside so it was very different to attending mass at home. Nevertheless there was a lot to see and the Bishop joined us at the end. There was a mass for the Polish community and a few of their dignitries and youth groups who attended. There were big screens all around so you couldn't miss what was happening on the altar. We loved it.

We took the subway down to the Twin Tower pools. They are in the place of where the Twin Towers use to be and the names of the fallen are engraved all around the pools. It was very sad and I felt so sad looking at the names and the names of Fire Brigades and Police departments who lost their lives in this terrible act of terror.

This was the other pool not far from the North Pool. Needless to say the South Pool is identical if not for the names engraved here. The water flows right into the middle and there's lots of tourists around. There was a memorial but I felt too sad to go inside. I would have just cried looking at it all.

This is m inside the Westfield that they built in the same area. It's right outside the subway entrance. You can get lost trying to find which exit to take to the pools or to see the World Tower which is taller than the Twin Tower buildings. The shops are expensive here so we didn't shop. The architecture was amazing though and very impressive. It was kind of like stepping into a space ship.

On our last day we squeezed in Central Park. I would have liked to do the carriage ride but it doesn't open until 10am. I was really disappointed because we had to check out of the hotel by 11am and we had to leave to get our flight back to LAX. We should have done it the day before when we were at Barney's (big mistake, just go to Macy's instead). Anyway it was cold like most of the days spent in NYC and here I am at some fountain.

This was taken from Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Centre). We didn't realise there are three levels. Everyone is crammed into the first observation deck but we saw people above us and kept finding stairs to the top two levels where it was less crowded. It was sprinkling on us at first but it stopped and we enjoyed the views although not particularly clear.

This was Times Square. It's normally packed with tourists and guys selling tickets for the buses. We didn't feel the need to get on the tourist buses. We just walked everywhere or took the subway. All in all we enjoyed our week there. I wish we could have stayed longer but the kids were home with limited sitters so we had to make do with what we could get.

I came back to birthdays, a wedding and work. I do feel better having a little break. Reviving our marriage and remembering what it means to be able to communicate our thoughts, feelings and needs had made a big difference to the way I live my life. Sure there are ups and downs but if I focus on making more ups happening and getting through the downs together I think we'll be fine. I'll be fine and that means the kids will benefit.

Next post.. my day back in San Francisco.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Happy Father's Day! Happy Birthday!

Most things with me are last minute. So for this Father's Day I didn't pick up anything until the day before the actual day. I actually wanted to pick this up last year but had that crazy idea that "hey, I could sew up one of these myself!" excuses and didn't end up buying him one. You sewists know that one!

So this year I went with the realisation that  "I've got no time to sew let alone do anything for myself" so I went with the wise choice of buying this little Lynx toiletries bag. It's a nice colour and size, comes with a body wash and body spray. He can use it when he goes off again to San Francisco at the end of this month.

No, it ain't Christmas, it's the rest of his Father's Day pressies (include the Lynx bag at the back) Can you guess that triangular shaped one in the middle? These are gifts the kids bought from school.

This is how you wrap a little bracelet. I call it the accidental fussy-cut package!
Make a rectangular pocket, tape it up and admire your handiwork.
I think it's pretty cute if I don't say do myself. He probably had no idea.

 He got this for me from one of the guys at work. It's very cute.
Can't wear it I'm afraid. It's only for tape.

My favourite person turned 10. I can't believe it. Double digits. We went out and watched a movie, ate dinner at restaurant with my sisters and her cousins and my mum. Then did a bit of shopping when we got home. She reckons the best part was the shopping! She is definitely her mother's daughter! Lol. She drives me crazy but I love her to bits. I got her icecream cake this time.

 It's gelato icecream and it was delicious. Great choice for all kids young and old.
There wasn't much left by the time I started cutting it.
We also had a fruit platter, just to be healthy. It was good too and the weather was nice and sunny. I can't believe it's week 8 already!! Arhhhhhh but closer to my trip to New York! More on that later.

I hope you had a great Sunday too!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Long time no sew!

Seriously, I'm making something. It's an act of charity. A little hooded top which is part of a religious thing. I'll explain more later. But good news is I actually cut out a pattern!

Trying to eat well to fit into a dress in three weeks. Eeeck. Have you been through the 'gotta wear a dress' diet. Well it ain't working here!!! Lol.

Sunday bbq's. Need I say more?

Lamb for dinner. You can't go wrong.

I'll be back soon. You know what it's like... Hectic!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hello there!!

Google remembered my birthday! Haa ha. I'm feeling older. You know that feeling. You kinda feel like something should be different and it is... just not what you were expecting. I recently took a week off because I required a hospital visit to emergency and a few blood tests. All is well though. Thank GOD for that. I am very thankful for all the good things and now even for the bad things.

My motto moving forward is going to be "What ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." It's true.

So things are moving along. Kids are well and mostly doing good in school. I'm doing well both at work and at home. Not great but everyone says "How do you do it?"
We answer "We don't. We just get by." Lol. Seriously we just do the basics. Even those we don't always get right.

I've been itching to get back into sewing. I really want to do more than just sew up holes and tears. I was thinking of this pattern below:

It looks really plain and simple. It's the first day of Winter down here and boy are we feeling it. I've been wearing pants and scarves and jackets. It's a bit fun but not really. I don't have many long sleeve shirts to wear to work. I'd like to start sewing some up instead of buying them.

If you have any suggestions please do let me know. It kind of means I do need to fabric shop though and I've not done that in a year or so. Wow, has it been that long?

Yeah, way too long. I must break the drought.

Peace out,

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Busy busy busy.

Hi there. My name's Kim and I've been so busy you may have thought that I've dropped off the planet. However, I am still here and still busy as always. 

I made the insane decision the other day to take all the kids with me after school to the store to pick up groceries so they would have food for school. They seem to eat out the pantry quicker than I stock it. It was a bit chaotic but I managed to get what we wanted and the kids were happy. I tell you, having three in school and working 4 days a week plus charity work tires me out but I'm praying and taking these as they come. I need to plan/organise more often.

Summer has ended down here but we've enjoyed some gloriously hot weekends so we made the most of them and went to Wet N Wild cos we have season passes. I get to remove some tan lines while hubby takes the older two on rides. They really enjoy it and I enjoy it too. The weather is getting cooler though heading into Autumn/Winter.

So, School Holidays are coming up and I am wondering if I'll make any insane decisions to take the kids out to the city. I haven't done that since they were little and I only had the two of them. Now there's four I need to think about the hassle, stress and possibly drama that comes with an outing of this sort. Do you have any tips? See below on some ideas:

Do you have upcoming plans for Easter? It's early this year so we'll just do the usual Passion Week and then kids head back to school for two weeks until term ends. I might visit a museum or something. Depends on my energy levels.

Hope you all have been well. Send me your holiday ideas!!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sweet 16

Happy 2016. I hope it's a Sweet 16 for you all. NYE was spent eating more seafood at mums. It was fun. We danced the night away. In the dark. It was good times.

Yeah. That's me. Maybe it was the Moscato but it's yum and sweet and not like wine.

I drove up to Salamander Bay for our annual holiday but it happened to rain. Like torrential rain. I was scared while I was driving and doing about 100kms on the freeway. Barely able to see the road. But we made it and there were huge puddles everywhere. We had a big ankle deep one right in front of our apartment/townhouse. I was just glad to arrive. One of my sisters made banana fritters. I tell you they.are.the.bomb. I could eat them everyday. We pretty much sat and ate most of the time or did short trips to the shopping centre.

This was the townhouse at Oaks Pacific Blue Resort. Plenty of room for us to sit and play inside. I only wish it hadn't we were there except the day we left of course.
But rain didn't hold us back and we stayed in the warm spa outside. Oh man that was goooood. I wasn't brave enough to go in the cold water that surrounds the inside apartments but my sister said you get use to it. I'll just take her word for it.

The sun came out the day we left and we're left with scorching weather back home this week. Gee, thanks. So we made the most of the sunshine at Wet N Wild instead and made up enough vitamin D to last til next summer. This day was good too.

I'm back at work. Can you hear the excitement in my voice. No, yeah. Cos there is none. So disappointed with the rain. We will probably book again for next year. Same place. Same time. But it may be more expensive. We shall see. Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Belated Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year. If you were like me, you were flat out with holiday things and leaving everything last minute. We had a half day Christmas Eve so Missy came with me to work and enjoyed meeting my workmates.

The kids enjoyed Christmas at their grandparents and we had a good old Aussie bbq on the day. It was the first time that it hadn't rained for a few years so we really enjoyed it.

I made some brownies and that was about it. I left my Christmas shopping for the last few days and went shopping practically every day to pick up bits and pieces. I don't recommend this method but hey, it worked for me. I avoided traffic and shopping queues by either going early in the morning or parking close-by and walking the rest of the way to the shops. Funny enough, I bought things for myself rather than for other people, lol. A bit of retail therapy goes a long way.

You can't live down here without feeling the heat and boy we had a few days of hot weather. I made use of our Wet n Wild passes for this season and the kids got to hang out with their cousins and have fun in the sun.

Christmas dinner is always at my mums and my sister made her scrumptious salmon bites again. Yummy!!! I got the recipe this year so I plan to make this on special occasions. There is always lots of food and too many sweets. It means that New Year Resolutions always includes "eat better"

I squeezed in sewing up a skirt for my eldest. She seems to have grown in many directions so she lacked shorts and skirts. I finally cut up my Flea Market Fancy fabric and just copied one skirt I picked up from Target. This even has pockets!!! It seemed to turn out pretty much the same size as the Target branded one which surprised me since I made-up the whole thing.

Spent New Years Eve at mums again and we danced the night away. Just the medicine I need for bouts of moodiness I've been getting lately. I must be getting old. Ha ha. We're heading up to Salamander Bay this week. The weather forecast seems to be pretty cool with some rain just to put a damper on things but we'll enjoy the time relaxing which is much needed. I do hope 2016 brings you much happiness and good things. Sweet 16 so they say!

Catch you later... I can think about school supplies in a weeks time.