Friday, 31 December 2010

December at a glance...

The last month has gone by so incredibly fast. Since school broke up, we have been going at 100 miles an hour. We've had so much fun with family and friends and even just by ourselves at times. The weather has finally come around and we have had an absolutely gorgeous Christmas break. The pics below show 'our December'.
The night of the Lunar Eclipse. I was putting the kids to bed and only just saw the end of it, it was a beautiful evening. My little camera took this lovely shot.

Everyday we walk to the end of our street for a swim at the beach. This day, Remi was tuckered out and decided to have a little nap after his big swim.

Me enjoying the sun, watching Luca and Uncle Ben brave the chilly water.

Christmas Day up at the cousins country house.

Christmas tree and gifts

The Christmas Pudding I made. It was my first effort and it turned out lovely (for a last minute job).

Uncle Paul made the kids a slip n' slide, they all had so much fun!

The country 'estate'!

The kids absolutely LOVE the swings, oh, ok so do I!

Me and my big Sister

Boxing Day Pavlova - made by my Sister and always YUM!

Christmas cake made by my lovely friend Gina, also really yum, the kids ask for a piece daily. It's lasting quite a while.

A surprise present for me when we arrived home.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A quick trip...

With Aunty's Gabby and Gill visiting for a few days, we thought it would be nice to make a trip into the city yesterday with the kids to see the Chinese Entombed Warriors Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

It was a really windy day which I think made the kids a little crazy! They were pretty good considering how quiet and still they had to be. Luca loved every minute of it, and had his little booklet where he checked off the things he found in the exhibit. He was excited to find almost everything before we had to walk a lot quicker than everyone else out of there because Remi was sick of being in his stroller and started screeching. I think the slow speed of the stroller was a bit much to handle for a little hurricane like Remi. We walked through a few of the other permanent collections which the kids loved looking at. Then they were let loose in the Domain, the huge parkland areas around the AGNSW. A really lovely day, with a little bit of culture for all of us!

There is no photography allowed inside the Art Gallery, so these were taken outside.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Our new favourite...

Sshh, we have found our new favourite cafe. Don't tell anyone, it's small and lovely, and has really yummy treats. It's also a little bit of a homewares emporium on a small scale. It's called "Favourite Things" and is in Dee Why, on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

I managed to snap a few pics of loveliness with my phone. Luca says "I want to live in that shop Mummy". I am sure it's because of the jars of lollies they have lining the front counter - Giant Jaffas, Giant Freckles, chocolate covered snakes and lots more... go and see for yourself!
Some sherbet lollies
A giant Jaffa

A kids milkshake

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Commission Finished

I whipped through this in about 4 hours yesterday morning. I'm happy to have it finished on time, it will be delivered as scheduled on Monday. I had fun painting, the kids stayed upstairs while I just got stuck into it. It's amazing what you can do in complete silence. I tried to make it a little different to the last 2 I did for this client. I think it is a little more quirky this time. I want to continue to paint again... I am missing it.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Painting madly...

It is so nice not to have to rush out of the house today. I have one last commissioned work to finish before Monday. It's a kids "My name is..." painting. I have done quite a few of these, so I like to change it up a little each time, you know, make them one of a kind. This is the 4th one of these for this client, for her new little one, Henry. She says she is stopping at baby no. 4. I guess this will be her last commission request. 

The kids are on school summer holidays now, so that may make it a little challenging to paint. I'll have to do it in bits and spurts. I'm enjoying painting again, it has been a while, it may even be my new years resolution - to start painting more. I'll post a pic of it next week once it is finished. Until then, back to painting...(and the kids).