Saturday, September 29, 2012

she's walking!!!

a few weeks ago (right around 14 months...) our little girl took a few hestitant steps on her own, shuffling forward from her daddy's hands to mine. since then, she's had a few more tries and now is getting the hang of it - so it's time for you all to see. it's so freaking adorable. i love watching her taking those baby steps - it's so exciting.
she'll be running before we know it.
in other news... tooth number 7 also made an appearance.
yikes - this kid will be going to school before i know it.
some one make time stop please! she's growing up way too fast!! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

for the money??

it's true. it's not for the money. not for a minute.
it's because we care for the families, or we wouldn't be here.
i love my job and wouldn't change it for the world

Saturday, September 22, 2012

there is sunshine in my soul today...

which is most likely assisted by these gorgeous butter yellow plates i scored this morning at st. vinnies! at 50c a piece i couldn't resist. so so cute!

Friday, September 14, 2012

hot laps!

for dad's 60th birthday, us four kids went in together to buy him some hot laps at barbagallo raceway in a v8 supercar. i have to admit, he did look a little horrified, but excited at the prospect. so the day finally arrived almost a year later that he was booked in and ready to go... and off he went.

isn't he cute!?
upon hearing of his adventure, my first question was, of course, how fast did you go? his answer was 145km/ph. hilarious. i've gone faster than that on the freeway. oops. that is a long straight though, and the raceway doesn't really allow for that kind of thing, unless of course you are a professional. ehrm, not yet.

dad in action!

Monday, September 10, 2012

new camera!!!

mine mine mine mine mine mine!!!! i am so excited! after wanting a new "good" camera for quite some time, i went to jbhifi and bought this canon d3100 twin lens kit last weekend! cannot wait to give it a try. :) there is so much fun to be had!!!!

chicken soup

so - my house has just been thrashed by the flu.
i was so sick that i had no voice for nearly the entire week and work was just a disaster because i am meant to be on the phone all freaking day. doug has been barking away with a terrible cough, and even poor maddie has had a runny nose and a little cough. ugh. disease has taken over at the kendalls. i have always heard that chicken soup is meant to help when you're sick so i thought i would give it a whack. i found this recipe on pinterest: and got it brewing, just changing a few little things, basically due to lack of the correct ingredients in my kitchen...
recipe said/ i did
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast/ 2 chicken breasts
1/2 cup matchstick carrots/ 1 & 1/2 carrots
1 small yellow onion, sliced/ 1 small brown onion
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels/ 1 can corn kernels
2 garlic cloves, crushed/ 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
2 oz whole wheat pasta/ 1 pkt mi goreng noodles haha!
1 tbsp olive oil/ dash olive oil
salt + pepper/ teaspoon chicken salt + cracked pepper
1 tsp garlic powder/ 1 tsp onion powder
the juice of 1 lime/ all the mi goreng sachets except the soy sauce
4 cups water/ 8 cups water

whack everything in the pot, and allow to simmer away for 30-40 mins, to ensure that cut up chicken is cooked through... easy as!
it was very good, and hopefully helped, but i must admit that i added a lot more water and some chicken stock to make it go further! give it a go, i am honestly convinced that there's not a great of deal of talent involved in making soup, as long as there's water and ingredients, you can't really go wrong! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

doug's birthday

it was doug's birthday yesterday! we had a nice low key celebration at home, cause we are all full of the flu... booooo. it was nice though, nando's for dinner, mudcake and icecream for dessert and presents!
mads had a great old time with the wrapping...
happy birthday babe! x

mat is 30

mat and i have been friends since i was in pre-school and last week he turned 30. crazy. makes me feel so old! he's now married to my best friend too, who made this amazing cake for him (same cakemaker from miss madeline's first birthday) complete with toy fire engine on the top - and fire coloured cupcakes with black glitter "ash" on top.
so clever!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

monet in the making

it makes to so happy to know how much fun madeline is having while i am at work each day. especially when i see snippets like these beautiful photos that niques took last week while she and maddie were painting in the laundry. maddie, like any baby loves to make mess and i can see that she was having the time of her life!!


miss ella and miss madeline at church last sunday
i know these two will grow up to be friends (someday when teleporting from place to place is an option of course...), and i know i am going to be devastated when they move back to america. such a gorgeous little family! ♥

sunday dinner

every sunday night we have dinner with our friends from nz that moved to australia a few months ago. from one invite we have become firm friends and now it seems as though they are stuck with us!! we always look forward to our time with them, and last week we had a fabulous time with viv's ipad taking photos on the thermal mode. so cute, maddie was loving it!

john forrest photo shoot

niques is a-freakin-mazing with a camera and really, really, likes to play. a couple of weeks ago, we went for a field trip to the john forrest national park in swan view and took some snaps. after she dressed us up and marched us into the forrest up to the old train tunnel, these were the results.
she's just too talented for words!


p.s. if you've made it all the way to the bottom... we totally got attacked by ants during the shoot. way to make an uncomfortable end to the day!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

dia dos pais

this little girl worships her daddy. her first word was dad dad dadddd, and she's been calling it out ever since... seeing them together makes me so happy and i just love this picture of them together! she cuddled up to daddy this morning at my parents house and gave her daddy his presents and a multitude of kisses and cuddles... sweet little munchkin...
and i swear that all they did then was spend the day sleeping! i caught them napping at church and then again in the afternoon on the couch. so so sweet.
i am so grateful that my husband is such a good daddy
and that my dad is such a good dad to me! x