Monday, December 21, 2009
Here's to many more fun Christmases in the Keen household!
In place is the gate that we have been wanting all that time but waiting to get around to it - well I am happy to report it is now complete and we are happy with the outcome. OK there is still painting to go, but I love my new gate!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Yet French tennis player Richard Gasquet, who tested positive for cocaine earlier this year, was cleared of any offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport - his defence ........... he kissed someone the night before the test in a nightclub in Miami. Oh c'mon ............ seriously!
So people get jailed for possession, but someone who actually has drugs in his system gets off with the lamest excuse ever!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
A while later the man behind the desk realised the room was only $25, so he sent the bellboy to the three guys' room with $5.
On the way, the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split $5 evenly between the three men so he gave each man $1 and kept the other $2 for himself.
This meant that the three men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27, add the $2 that the bellboy kept = $29
Where is the other dollar?
Hmmm think my thoughts have now changed ...... but hey I have kids now to do all that with!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Apparently she is excited to "have a new toy". If you want a toy, go and play with a Barbie or something!
Problem solved - I now buy online. I came across this Australian website based in North Sydney, but they ship from Hong Kong. Not only are they a few $$ cheaper than buying in the shops here, but they also don't charge shipping. Bargain I say!
It also arrives within a couple of days!
They sell many other hair, skin and makeup needs with many top brands - worth checking out Skincare Direct.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
This is the reason for my slackness in October. I am going to be even worse for the next week as I soak up the sunshine in Noosa.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Now we just need to convince Madeline to sleep longer than three hours at a time to make it even more relaxing!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Anyway, thought I might get in before the labels are changed to the new name!
Verdict - not bad ...... although no replacement for the real Vegemite! But for those who find Vegemite too powerful, they might actually enjoy this.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
But I am excited to report that I have been busy surrounding myself with new technology, with the introduction of the iPhone and Austar into my little, but important world!
I now have an iPhone addiction ....... which also further feeds my Facebook addiction!
It is also great to have pay-TV back after 10 months of surviving on free to air. Boy was that doing my head in! But Austar is not close to being as good as Foxtel in terms of speed and its program guide, but it is all that is offered here so like it or lump it! Like it I say!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Don't mess with a national icon and if you do, do a bit more market research first!
This was always my favourite time of the year when I was a little kid with more time to spend running around outside, and many trips to the beach in summer for fish and chips for dinner.
It also heralds the fact that summer is on the way!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It did make for some spectacular photography though!
Whilst not as thick as Sydney, the Southern Highlands certainly didn't escape though. Dust covered cars (including ours) drove along the streets looking like we were somewhere in the desert. The hose came out this afternoon and washed down my car, as well as the house and driveway. There is still lots more to go!
Here is a pic taken from my friends front yard.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Thought I would share an interesting piece on ageing I found today.
"Do you realise that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
'How old are you?' I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
'How old are you?' I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed.
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50.
And your dreams are gone.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would.
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday.
You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.' I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!"
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Even though spring officially starts today, it started weeks ago with higher than expected temperatures for the last few weeks. I'm certainly not complaining. The blossums flowered far in advance of spring. We even had baby birds in a tree on our driveway a few weeks ago. Last week I was even wearing short sleeve t-shirts!
I am hoping that doesn't mean it will be a long hot summer, especially considering we decided not to put air con in when we put in our central heating. Either way, bring on the sunny days!!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Unless you have neighbours like ours! They know this farmer a few blocks from our house who likes the vegetation for his cows, lambs and goats to eat ....... and they have a trailer. So yesterday morning they just rocked up to our place and took a trailer load of our vegetation off to this guy ....... in the rain! Naturally half an hour later the sun came out. That is dedication for you!
Now that we have been introduced to this farmer, we can now go and "dump" at his house as well. Sweet! Now if you saw this guys house, "dump" is a pretty good description of it!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Come the next child, the poor thing misses out on everything!
I am determined not to be like that with Madeline, but can already see it happening. I don't want her in years to come to say to me "why are there so many photos of Jackson around but not me?", "why did you never do this with me?", etc. Unfortunately it just happens without you even thinking about it!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
To add insult to injury, I am married to a Pom who has nothing better to do than rub it in!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
He's moved on from using whatever he can as a mobile phone (door chocks, magnets, paint brushes, etc) and is now onto food.
Today he was pretending to eat his wooden shapes and offered me some "watermelon". It was the tastiest watermelon I have ever eaten!! ;0)
Yesterday his yellow play dough was turned into bananas!
Oh the innocence of it all .......... and I love it!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
But I have turned into a bargain online shopper and have been impressed with some of my recent purchases. I just bought Madeline's summer wardrobe on the Pumpkin Patch esale, with some gorgeous dresses and tops at a fraction of the retail price, with dresses reduced from $32 to $12 ............. bargain!
Next stop was the Britt sale on the Ozsale website. Britt stuff is gorgeous, but I certainly wouldn't pay retail for it! So I stocked up on gorgeous Britt bears for new babies on the way and jackets for Madeline for next winter. I paid $15 for the jacket, which I saw in a shop the other day for $80! Now I call that a bargain!
Yes I may be a bit slow of the mark as I have always liked going to the shops and seeing what I buy, but where there is a bargain to be had, I am there!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But what we can't ignore when it comes to this terrible disease is its global plight. So many sufferers around the world it's scary!
Whether a man flu sufferer, someone who has to put up with an infected one, or just simply who likes a good chuckle, you must read the Manflu UK website. You won't be disappointed!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Not a wooly jumper, glove or beenie in sight! Of course that hasn't been the case all winter, but I am not complaining at all. A trip to the park has never been so enjoyable!
Bring it on I say!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
But I am pleased to report my brain is functioning again and ready to release more crap from the depths of the core!
Since I shut down for duties so much has happened. A dog rocking up at home with a human leg, lots of plane crashes, more Kyle Sandilands trashing, Woodstock 40th anniversary and summer weather taking over winter!!
One of the biggest disappointments of the week is news that Judith Lucy has replaced Hughesy on Rove. If there is one comedian (if you can call her that!) who I can't stand, it is Judith Lucy. The loathing goes back to The Late Show days ........ 16 years of hatred. What was Rove thinking?! The woman doesn't have a funny bone in her body. Sigh!
Anyway, that's a wrap from me. Catch you next time.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The first part couldn't be more true with any and every bug finding their way home! Can you tell that I got struck down with another bug this morning ........ so needed an opportunity to whinge!!
17 months on I'm still waiting for the last part to happen. Just as one bug goes another lands and spreads around the family! It wasn't so bad until we added another little Keen to the family, who picks up these bugs. Her first was at four weeks, which turned into bronchitus. It isn't nice having one so young sick!
Whinging aside, what is interesting though is that there were reports that came out just a few weeks after Jackson started daycare, which suggested that kids attending day care or playgroups are at a lower risk of developing leukaemia.
Good or bad I just wish these damn bugs would go away!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
When we had Jackson, we faced the dilemma on what pram to get but opted for the Mountain Buggy (no toddler seat) over the Phil & Ted's (toddler seat option) as we liked the Mountain Buggy so much more. We thought when the time came for number 2, we would assess the situation and sell the MB if needs be.
So when Madeline arrived, we decided to see how we went without getting a double pram and we have survived over four months now without needing as Jackson likes to walk everywhere! But there are just times when I would like to get places a little faster! So out I went this week and bought a Buggy Board - a toddler skateboard that connects to the back of the pram! It also doubles as a little seat if Jackson wants to sit for a minute.
Jackson loves it.......and mummy loves it even more!! I can now go for walks with the two kids, get around shopping centres much quicker and I didn't have to spent lots of money on getting another pram! Very happy indeed - well worth every cent I paid for it!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
That is until recently. The battery is running very low on the mat and for some reason no longer plays those same three songs that it has so tirelessly played. Instead it now plays three new entirely different classical songs.......songs that have never, ever, ever blasted out of the mat before. The old songs have just disappeared!
Added to the music, the lights now decide to come on when the music is turned off and don't work when the music is turned on.
Now I hear you saying, "are you sure it isn't the same songs just playing really, really slow." Oh no, no, no - completely new songs!!
It is actually refreshing to have new songs after hearing the other ones so many times.
Either someone thought they would play a lovely practical joke on me when they manufactured the mat, or maybe the mat is supposed to play different songs and just hasn't until now, or the devil is out to get me! Who knows?? I could just change the batteries as well and see what happens!
Either way, this is a mystery that is perplexing me at the moment!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
So three months passes by with adoration growing everyday, putting that theory to bed. Until four months heralds itself. Master 2 suddenly turns into a roaring monster!
He goes around making tiger sounds, which scares Madeline. He waits for her reaction and then makes the noises even louder! Cheeky tiger!
Poor Madeline's head has also been subjected to thumps by various objects, including a wooden helicopter and a hard cover book. A few whacks by hand come her way every now, disguised by a tickle! Hmmmmm.
Despite all of this, she still looks at Master 2 with starry eyes! She loves her big brother.
Don't get me wrong, the kisses and cuddles from Master 2 far outweigh the taunts and thumps, but the monster within needs to toddle off until she can stand up for herself!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Ben Harper ........ sigh! Oh and another ....... sigh! Anyone that knows me knows my love for Ben Harper. I have seen him many times in concert and he never disappoints. If only Jack Johnson was touring as well and then I'd be a very happy woman!
It is an interesting combination of acts, with the rocking sound of Pearl Jam and the soulful voice of Ben Harper. Such a shame it is at the Sydney Football Stadium though - not sure it will work for Ben Harper as he's not a big venue kinda guy. Either way I am sure it will still be fab and would love to be there.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I have caught him breastfeeding his teddy twice - but added to that he actually lifted his shirt and also burped him afterwards. Far too funny!
He also tried changing the nappy on Madeline's doll (not that one exists!), as she had apparently done a poopy! (see the video below)
I also caught him out of bed one night, but found it very hard to get angry at him as he was talking into his door chalk, which he was using as a phone.
Oh the imagination of a two year old! I am sure this won't be the last of these funny moments either.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Let me take a step back - long-term causes death in lab animals! Thankfully I'm not a lab animal otherwise I would have been dead a long time ago!!
I better hurry Madeline along then in case it also works on humans!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
As a mother, it makes me sick to think that people can actually carry out these crimes on such innocent and unknowing children. Actually, whether a mother or not I would still be just as horrified. These gorgeous beings have done nothing wrong other than simply been born. Let these parents rot in jail and throw away the key!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A woman in the US was involved in carjacking, with no weapons in sight and all while wearing a bikini. Amazingly the victim gave up the car without a fight - hmmmmm. I wonder what the threat was to give up her car so easily - "Give up your car or I'll flash my boobies!"
What is this world coming to - guns and knives must be hard to come by these days!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Imagine being the celebrant having to talk seriously after this.............
Thanks Jill and Kev for the laugh!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
But I have discovered an alternative. Since Master 2 wouldn't sleep the other day I thought we may as well make the most of the day. As soon as we started driving, sure enough he was sound asleep. So now around 1-2ish every day we go for a daily drive around the area and as soon as he nods off, I return home and resume whatever it is that I do.
How long will this last for I wonder!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Me: Are you tired?
Master 2: Yes
Me: Are you really tired?
Master 2: Yes
Me: Do you want to go to bed?
Master 2: NO mummy!
Oh the joys! Mummy could do with some sleep though! ;0)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thankfully the judge saw sense and has locked him up for 30 years with an additional 10 years of supervised release after his prison term. If I had my way, he would never be let out ....... or thrown into a mental institution for the rest of his life.
The girl's mother is also serving a 20 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of selling a child.
If frustrates me so much when there are so many people out there that desperately want children and can't have them. Then there are people like this couple in the world who should never have been given this fantastic gift of life.
What gives me some light relief when thinking about this is that hopefully the little girl will now be in much better care with lots of love poured on her. Added to this is the hope that this couple will have a pretty rough time in jail as people like that are targeted by other inmates for the terrible crime they committed against such innocent little beings.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This blog is a personal blog to ramble about my life and thoughts, but I created a new blog last week with an actual purpose - to show off the wonderful Southern Highlands to Sydneysiders. Makes me think there might be a calling for me in tourism..........who knows!! Visit: Sydneysiders Guide to the Southern Highlands.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here's the furry variety................
The ever loving and never obedient Marley & Mia
The tubby tabby - Hugo
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Central Coast, Southern Highlands, Wollongong and QLD seem to be calling people at the moment.
Many more have said to me that they would love to live out of Sydney - I say do it! Apart from the long commute Paul has to make working in the heart of Sydney, we love it. The air, the people and lifestyle are massive draw cards! You only live once - you may as well enjoy it!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
One thing that perplexes me is the role that fathers think they play vs the role that is part and parcel of fatherhood.
Why is it when fathers look after their kids for an hour or two to let the mother go off and have some downtime, it is a favour to the mother rather than part of their obligation as a father. Like they signed up for babysitting duties instead .......... OK where credit is due, without the $10 per hour!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Here are some special moments of my two munchkins captured!
From the very beginning in hospital......
To the first moments at home.....
The loves continues........
The new play thing!
And the one that melts me the most.....
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I moved to the beautiful Southern Highlands from Sydney in January 2009. Since we moved we have a lot of guests from Sydney coming to visit us, as well as people who come down to see the region. I am asked frequently where people should visit, where they should stay, good places to eat and so on.
So this is a guide to help them enjoy some of the fine features the Southern Highlands has to offer! Of course everything published is based on my personal opinion and others may not agree, but this is an opportunity for me to share and boast about what there is on offer here!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
From what started out as a normal Friday of play dates, tantrums and caffeine, turned into a day of elation and shock.
I became an auntie for the third time to little Oliver Andrew Keen - a gorgeous little baby boy for Paul's brother Martin and his wife Donna. The little man must have been in a rush and decided to come a few days early. Another little Keen boy! Congrats guys!
A little after I found out about the baby, I also found out my dad had been rushed to hospital after having a heart attack. He is doing much better thankfully, but he is still in a critical phase in intensive care. He has to go and have an angiogram, which will determine the next course of action. It has certainly given us a great scare. No doubt it has shaken dad up a lot – time for him to slow down and take better care of himself!
Any positive thoughts are appreciated for a speedy recovery!
Friday, July 10, 2009
I know commenting on someone's misfortunate passing isn't really the politically correct thing to do, but this one certainly caught my eye yesterday.......or should I say taste buds. Death by chocolate - what a way to go! If only it was Lindt!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The question is - how long will it last. Taking bets!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
2) The Woolworths checkout guy offers to help you to your car with the shopping (OK I was 8 months pregnant, but still!!)....and there were at least three people waiting in queue behind me!
3) You go to buy a ticket in the biggest lottery in Australian history ($106 million) and there is no queue at all!
4) The only way to get seafood is to buy it off the back of a truck......literally!! Fresh from the coast!
5) You get stressed if you can't get a parking spot right outside your destination.
6) You have to have a five minute conversation with anyone and everyone.
7) You meet someone at the park, who just happens to know the person you met a month ago at the play centre, who knows another person you met at the park about three months ago.....and so on!
8) Dogs have two heads...OK maybe not, but you never know around here!!
9) You can park your car at the station all night without being stolen, keyed or broken into.
10) You can take your car to get something fixed and it only takes an hour, rather than a whole freakin day!
11) They will also drop you off at the shopping centre while you wait and then pick you up!! Now that's service!!
12) NRMA comes in five minutes!
13) The most amazing array of birds hangout in your backyard and no magpies or mynor birds in sight!!
14) You can still buy golliwogs!!
I could go on......but my brain has gone to sleep and I think you've probably read enough by now!
There are some things that never change though........
1) Old people still give you the death stare when your toddler chucks a tantrum in the shopping centre!
2) Maccas is always packed
3) Blokes that drive SS Holden Utes are still idiots!
4) Coffee is just as great!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Drunken, debaucherous nights = bad hangover, which doesn't match screaming children, pooey nappies and 6am wake up calls............................sigh! I must be growing up if that is possible!
(ok this was only last year......but go with my flow anyway!)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Normally upon reflection I'd be saying "gee that's gone quick and I have no idea what I've done or achieved!" But no not this time!!
What an action packed year it has been so far with buying our first house, the big move out of Sydney to the Southern Highlands, making new friends, Jackson starting to walk, welcoming my beautiful baby girl Madeline into the world, chasing around my two year old toddler, Paul's brother's wedding in North Carolina (unfortunately I couldn't make it in the end), cranking up business again and generally trooping through the days.
What can the next half throw at me I wonder?
First home for the Keens............
The beautiful Southern Highlands
Madeline Lucy Keen - born 28 March
Monday, February 23, 2009
We recently relocated out of Sydney. Thinking I would be very organised a week before the move and arrange for our phone and internet to be connected by the time we moved in to our new house was very wishful and so far from reality. Whoever thought that relocating phone/internet could be so difficult.
Well it was and took weeks to sort out, countless hours on the phone, several very heated phone calls, tears, telco sackings, more tears, wasted time without internet, more heated phone calls and utter disbelief at the lack of cohesion within an organisation and the incompetent people within them.
I won't bore you with the details at it would take too long to write, but suffice to say don't ever deal with Primus or Telstra!!