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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Great Day with the Girls

We had the best day at the Better Homes and Gardens show. Just me and the girls. It was sprinkling outside and hubby dropped us off. We were a bit late for the Masterclass but when we got there it was so much fun. There were two spots in the second row that Fast Ed pointed out to us and so my eldest girl got to cook too. I spent some time helping her out while the youngest ate the chocolate on the table.

It was a bit hard to whisk the icing and actually it didn't taste that great at the end but we're fussy like that. I prefer the ganache type. We even cooked our own little cakes in the small ovens they put on the tables.

Here is my cake. I was rushed at the end because I was helping Miss 9 and when Fast Ed came around to check our cakes, he looked at her lop-sided, half crushed cake and said "...Wo-ow" with a big surprised smile on his face. I think we may just stick to my favourite cake mixes like the Betty Crocker Irresistables.

Here is the lovely Corrie from Retromummy at the Brother stall. I was too shy to tell her that I followed her but I said hello and she asked if the girls had made Christmas cards yet and I said "Yes, they had." She looked really relaxed and so lovely and looking way too young to have 6 children, lol. 

We walked around l a bit and had some lunch before we had to go back to do the Ryobi Masterclass with Jason Hodges. It was actually the Ryobi guys who were showing us how to use the drills and make our planter boxes. Jason hung around and just presented at the end when we were planting our herbs. Miss 9 also had a chance to make her own box while her younger sister pranced around and wore the glasses. One of the Ryobi helpers came over each time to help her use the drills which were kinda heavy for her but I helped her too. It was the most fun we've had together. We took a photo with Jason at the end and that's her herb planter box. She said it was the best part of the show.

Watch out. A woman and her power tool! The youngest girl took this photo of me and I like it alot.

We went to the Food Stage again to watch Fast Ed cook for dinner guests. Man this guy loves to cook and he had so much energy. He'd been cooking so much and he makes it look easy! Plus he's funny and we enjoyed watching him live. 

Finally we got home and we took a few more pics of our planter boxes. We ate some cake and read our BHG magazines and just enjoyed reminiscing our wonderful day. 

I think we will definately go again next year and maybe bring one of the boys with us to enjoy the powertools. Ryobi had some free sessions where you can make a tool box but you must book in early for a session. The food was a bit expensive so if you want, bring your own sandwiches and snacks.

Now, time to think about Christmas and holiday planning!!!