Monday, November 29, 2010

Week-a-Boo

I can't believe another weekend has passed! Time is flying by so fast I just can not keep up with it! Can you believe this is the last weekend of November! Hello December...you are just around the corner. This weekend was wonderful. On Saturday I had a special day with my mummy! We went into the city and had a shopping day! it was so lovely just to chill out and spend some girl time with each other. No husbands or work or doggies - which our lives are full of - just mum, myself and the endless shops in the city. We were only going to spend the morning but by the time we stopped for lunch it was 1 oclock and we had only gotten through one street of shops. So we stayed for a few more hours - while we were there :-P I really loved spending this special day with my mum!

~ This beautiful turkey and bacon sandwich restored my energy and got me through our day of shopping! Shopping is such hard work ~

Today we had a lot of fun! It was one of my favourite days of being a 'puppy mummy' My puppies are my babies. I celebrate all of their birthdays and give them cakes and presents. I talk to them, discipline them and love them like they were my babies. and today was no different. Today we were off to visit SANTA PAWS. Rspca put on this event every year where you can go and take your pooches to the store and get their picture taken with SANTA PAWS. A Christmas highlight for our puppy babies. 

We got up nice and early and had a special bath just for Santa!
~ Then we were all set and ready to go ~
 ~ So we waited... ~




 ... and waited

          
 ... and waited
... and waited
... and then 2 hours later it was time to go in...and of course my babies were too scared of Santa and wouldn't sit with him hahah they were just like kids! Blaze just froze and wouldn't move! I told them that we had waited 2 hours for them to see Santa so they were getting a dam photo haha so mummy and daddy had to sit with them with the dogs on our laps hahah sound familiar 'real mummies' out there??? God help us when we have kids hehe but at least we got a family photo with Santa! We get the pic in a few weeks! 

Every Sunday night we have family dinner at my mum and dads. In our busy lives it allows us to all get together and talk about our weeks and we end up just laughing the whole entire time.  Mum cooks a meal and we just chill out and relax. This Sunday was very special as we celebrated the first weekend of Christmas - in our family anyway. Mum had put up their Christmas tree and had completely decorated the house! We had dinner by candle light, sparklers after dinner and then a walk up the street to see our first Christmas lights. A perfect night to celebrate the beginning of Christmas! 

 ~ My mums Christmas tree and our table decoration ~

 ~ Candle lit dinner ~


~ This house was so beautiful and the couple had made sure every little detail was perfect! It is a Christmas wonderland! ~

Did you have a fabulous weekend? Why not share it with us all over at Scissors Paper Rock

x S.K.K x

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree You fill all hearts with gaiety!!!
  
Putting up the Christmas Tree is my favourite part of Christmas!  As soon as I moved in with Rob and I had my first home of my own our Christmas Tree was the only thing on my mind! Mum knew how important this was to me so her and dad bought us our very own Christmas tree back in 2007! We searched and searched for the perfect one until finally finding 'Our Tree' The decorations are just as important! I am not a tinsel girl and you will not see tinsel anywhere near my tree! I am more of a traditional decorator and every single decoration has been chosen with a lot of thought and care! Each year I add more to our collection so hopefully in a few years it will be complete! I have all of my Christmas decorations that I made or received in my past...even a decoration my year 1 teacher gave to me! My dad has made me a decoration for each year I have had my own tree and has put the year on it! These 3 are very special to me and I hope to collect them for a lifetime!

I love traditions! My Christmas traditions are very important to me! Thankfully Rob loves and supports this. Even though I can be very extremely crazy with it at times. He just smiles and nods and goes along with it all because he knows how much it means to me! This year I wanted to start our own tradition. It is our first Christmas as a married couple which is so very special to me! I suggested to Rob that we put the Christmas tree up on the 25th of November...that way the tree is up for a month before Christmas! Adding on a little extra week just to enjoy the beauty and magic of our tree. You know that loving supporting husband I described above....GONE! He put his foot down and said that it was tradition to put it up on the 1st! I want tradition...that's the tradition. We put our cases to each other for a few days after this argument words until I gave in and didn't push any further. After all what was a week anyway? Putting it up on the 1st will be fine!!!

Tonight I came out of the living room and found AAALLLLLL of the Christmas decorations, lights and tree out of the roof and spread out on the floor. Ummmmmmm the 1st is another week away! "Yes but the 25th is tomorrow so we better get organised" he said! All I could do was give him the BIGGEST hug I could with a few tears in my eyes! He said that tomorrow we have been married 7 months so what a perfect way to celebrate! Did I mention what an amazing, thoughtful, loving, supportive husband I have??? Oh I love him!!

So tomorrow we are putting our tree up! We have our new K family tradition where our tree goes up on November 25. I can't wait to put on Mariah Carey's Christmas album (another tradition Rob suffers through :-P ) and put up our gorgeous tree!

 Our Tree

~ Our first year 2007 ~ 

~ 2008~


~ 2009 ~

When do you put your Christmas Tree up?? Are you a traditional decorator (Who set these traditions anyway?) and put it up on December 1? Do you put it up earlier? Do you have any family traditions of your own? Do you make it a big deal? A family event? Do you have an angel or a star? Who puts this on top of the tree? 

x S.K.K x

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Christmas with a Special Difference

Christmas Christmas Christmas - The shop decorations are out, those 'rebels' have put their Christmas tree up, house lights are slowly starting to appear, the season is literally just around the corner.

~ Rob and I have decided to do Christmas a little different this year ~ 

Each year we make our lists with our families and friends name on it and brainstorm the perfect gift for each of them. Some are easy, some are hard. By the end of it we find ourselves racing the aisles of the shops desperately searching for SOMETHING to wrap for under the Christmas tree.  This shouldn't be what Christmas is about. Yes, it is the time for giving but I really don't believe in buying a random useless present just so we can 'give'. Here I am trying to find a photo album or necklace for a friend that they will probably hate and never use when there are beautiful innocent children all around the world who have very different wishes on their Christmas list. Food, a roof, over their head, a warm bath, a teddy to cuddle at night. The little things that we take for granted every day. Someone once said "you must be the change you want to see in the world" I live my life by this motto every day. I know I don't have the money or power to change the world but I believe by being the best possible person I can be each day and make at least one person smile then I have done my part, my purpose. By being positive, loving, caring and seeing the beauty in everything in this gorgeous world we live in I know that I will make someone happy and bring them peace. 

So this year Rob and I will be donating a present for each family member and friend we normally buy for to a child in need. Instead of spending $20-$30 on each person we will use that money to buy a cuddly teddy or a red car or a yellow truck or a pretty doll for a beautiful little soul. Each year Christmas comes and goes for these children and unfortunately they do not get to experience the beauty and magic. By sacrificing one year of presents, our family and friends will make a beautiful innocent child's day, year, even lifetime. To receive a special gift from a 'secret Santa' will hopefully bring a smile to their precious faces and spark the joy, the magic, the love inside them and they, for one year, get to experience the true meaning Christmas.

As a little thank you for our family and friends we will be giving them a small Christmas decoration that we will make and small card that will read...

A Gift for Giving
On your behalf Rob and I have donated 
a present to a child in need.
May this Christmas decoration always
remind you that in 2010 you sacrificed a present
and allowed a beautiful soul to experience 
the joy, love and magic of Christmas.
You helped put a smile on their face and
made their Christmas very special.
~ Thank You ~



So this is our little way, for our first Christmas as husband and wife, to make a difference.

x S.K.K x

Monday, November 22, 2010

Breast Check

Last night I was watching a news show and it had a report about a singer with breast cancer. We see this terrible disease effecting gorgeous women every single day. Beautiful and healthy women falling victim to this viscous cancer. We don't know why and we don't know how, it's just one of those heart breaking things in life that leaves us with all the questions in the world and no answers. Unfortunately it saddens my heart that there is no cure for this cancer.  Every day we see advertisements, news reports and billboards reminding us to check our breasts. I used to see these, hear these, think for a few moments and then go along with my daily routine, go along with my life. I know we are drilled by doctors, society, mums, nurses and celebrities to check our selves but for some reason I just never took notice. I am 24 years old and I am not naive enough to know that it couldn't happen to me but stupidly I haven't taken action.  Every 2 years when I get my pap smear my doctor checks my breast but a lot can happen in 2 years and a cancer can grow aggressively in 2 years.

So tonight after a lot of research (thank you google) I did my first breast check! It hurt so much. Maybe I'm pressing too hard but I am sure that over time the muscles in my breasts will get used to the pushing and prodding and it will become a monthly routine. At the moment I am feeling and learning about how they feel and the normal bits and bobs inside the muscles so that i know what is normal. This way if ever (god forbid) I feel an abnormal bump I will know straight away.

We are told every day and by so many different people to know our bodies and listen to our bodies and I feel this is a big step in getting to know your body.

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 When was the last time you checked your breasts??? Get onto google or ask you doctor and get feeling, learning and checking! It could save your life!!!

x S.K.K x

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week-a-Boo

Home Sweet Home

This weekend was a lovely change to our usual go go go weekends. We had a wonderful balance of home and family time with a few outings here and there. Even though I LOVE all of our adventures and trips we go on I am so happy as I sit here on a Sunday night looking back on a beautiful weekend. 

 ~ Happy 30th to my amazing cousin ~

Last week my cousin turned the big 3 0. Unfortunately because of work commitments I could not make her birthday lunch or cake on her actual birthday so on Friday night her husband and 2 children and Rob and I went out for dinner to celebrate. Cassi and I have always been close and when we young EVERYONE used to ask if we were sisters . Over the past few years Cass and I have become extremely close and I am very lucky because she lives 5 houses down from us. She is always there for me when I need her help, advice or just a shoulder to cry on. I am so lucky to have a beautiful person in my life and I love growing up with a beautiful family. 

Saturday morning was spent cleaning and working around the house. Normally I would mumble and grown about this job however on Saturday I loved just working away with the music up loud and taking pride in our beautiful little home. I love it so much! I'm so lucky. While I was cleaning Rob was outside working on our green house. He was putting on the finishing touches and making the gate. 




After getting the house back into order I had a date with our couch and our Wedding photos. I got all of our photos printed out on Friday - all 600 of them - I didn't really think and realise how many 600 photos were but let me tell you IT'S A LOT. So I spent the afternoon sorting, reminiscing, categorising and placing all the photos into our new album. I only got though 10 pages....50 to go hahah

 ~ so many photos ~

Rob and I spent some special time together on Saturday afternoon and then we went out to dinner with our friends. It was Emily's birthday so we went out for dinner and had a dance after. There was an amazing band playing and I enjoyed letting loose and dancing up a storm. Even if I was the only one on the dance floor!

Sunday we relaxed!!!

We didn't wake up untill 11am  which was a lovely sleep in and then we hung out with our puppies in the yard and chilled out in front of a movie. 




 Sunday night I ran myself a relaxing bath and enjoyed a sneaky pop tart and my favourite book!
 
~ A beautiful ending to a beautiful weekend ~

How was your weekend? Head over to Claire's Gorgeous Blog and share your adventures

x S.K.K x

I am grateful for...


3.30pm -> 6.00pm

Today I am grateful for the 2 and half hours of pure bliss that occurred between 3.30pm and 6.00pm on Saturday afternoon. In these few hours we had no friends over, no family calling, no texting, no computers, no worries. Rob and I sat on our couch and had a hot chocolate and a gluten free macadamia nut and white chocolate cookie talking, laughing, watching ice age 3 and eventually falling asleep in each others arms. 

In our crazy world of long hours at totally clashing times during the week we are like ships passing through the night. On the weekends we have been so busy playing and working. I love the fun weekends we have been having. The special moments and memories we are making with our friends and the fun adventures we have been having together. However the time between 3.30pm and 6.00pm made me just as happy, if not more, than all of this fun put together. 

Those special moments of just stopping and appreciating each other and forgetting the world and just being us! 

 ~ We then got to witness the most beautiful sunset~
~ A beautiful ending to a beautiful 2.5 hours ;) ~

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x S.K.K x

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Memo from Your Child

Dear Mum and Dad

Please help me to love myself.

Don't spoil me. I know quite well that I shouldn't have all that I ask for. Im only testing you - but please give me the discipline I need!

I need my sense of dignity, so please don't belittle me in front of people. I'll take more notice if you talk to me with as much repect as you give to your best grown up friends.

Don't ridicule me or imply that my inappropriate behavious means that I am bad. It erodes my sense of worthiness.

Dont be too upset when sometimes I say 'I hate you' It isnt you I hate but your power over me.

Please be patient with me, I may be a late bloomer.

When you have a bad day, please don't take your fristrations out on me.

Please don't shout or nag. If you do I shall have to protect myself by appearing to be deaf.

Please help me feel good about myelf by telling me of the good things about myself more often than you tell me of the things you don't like.

Don't bride me or make rash promises. Remember that I feel badly let down when promises are broken.

Dont be inconsistent. That completly confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.

The more you give me the safety to expose my true feelings, the more of my inner beauty I will risk showing. 

Don't tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand. 

Don't ever think that it is beneath your dignity to apologise to me. An honest apology makes me feel suprisingly warm towards you.

Please praise and acknowledge me for who I am and not for the things I do, for then I will grow up without the stress of camparing and competing.

Please keep reminding me that I am basically good and capable and worthwhile, so I can grow up loving and accepting myself.

Don't forget that I can't thrive without a lot of love and understanding...

Love me x

P.s I love you and I don't expect you to be perfect either.

~ Something for us all to keep in the backs of our minds ~

x S.K.K x

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Week-a-Boo

Once again I had a truly beautiful weekend that was filled with lots of fun and laughter. 
~Many memories were created and special moments were cherished~

 
On Saturday morning I went to work with Rob. I got to spend most of the day relaxing, sleeping, swimming and photographing on the beach. I hadn’t been to the beach on my own (without the kids I look after) all year so it was beautiful to just sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of the beach. The highlight was swimming on my own – not racing after an over enthusiastic toddler or excited 6 year olds – just me and the waves and the sweet salt air. 



Rob picked these flowers for me and left them beside my beach towel as I slept. 
~ Who said romance is dead ~


My Wildlife lover husband saw this little guy while working and was so excited to show me - I was totally excited until it jumped at me then ran away haha


We then headed home for some family time in the backyard cleaning up and gardening. It was so nice after the day in the sun to hang out in our backyard with the beautiful breeze blowing. Dogs, cats and chickens all playing together!


Saturday night we decided to go out for a romantic night out at the golden arches ;) It was McHappy Day on Saturday so we decided to do our part and go down and buy a Big Mac for the kids



Sunday was a lovely and special day. 2 of my beautiful friends (who are also my brother in laws step children therefore making them our ‘nieces’) came over with their families. Emily and her fiancĂ© Guy have a beautiful baby girl called Chloe and Jessica and her boyfriend Brook brought over their little brother (Nathan and Cass’s son – my nephew) Oliver. We put on a BBQ and spent the day swimming and hanging out and spending some gorgeous quality time together. We always see each other at family events but Sunday was just a day for us 6 to hang out and have some fun! The babies had a ball in the pool and I was so excited to spend some time with these gorgeous babies. Now that summer is only around the corner and the weather is heating up I cant wait for more of these days. There is nothing better then relaxing by the pool with your loved ones. I am so lucky to have these amazing people in my life and I have truly found gorgeous friends. 



 ~ Our neighbours stopped by with their bird which is EXACTLY the same as our bird - super cute ~

And that was my weekend - head over to Claire at Scissors Paper Rock for more Week-a-Boo's

x S.K.K x