|a pretty a day is here and away|

Documenting life's beauty, as seen through the eyes of a lady blessed with everything a girl could dream of, and more: five gorgeous kids, patient and providing husband, an adorable dog, a very cheeky frog, and still time enough to get crafty and creative in the kitchen or with my trusty needles, thread and yarn!
The joys of being Queen of the household! Rejoice, and the world joins in!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Kids, Skype me soonest!

So much to talk about, so little time!

Also, so much to explore!!!


P.S. Keep your noses clean, and always do your laundry... Nick. ;)'

Friday, December 25, 2009

A journey of a thousand miles...

A journey of a thousand miles ... ends when Mimi shouts "LET'S TURN BACK!"

And so began the amusing story, as told by very animated Kim, Nick and Mel, relaying their annoyance at Mimi's initial huff.

"She insisted we should turn back once she laid EYES on the path!"
"She's so ANNOYING, mom!" (I think only moms can identify when the word 'annoying' is used in the same sentence as your name a billion times, and none referring to you.)

I laughed at the very typical Mimi behaviour. She had, in her defence, insisted that it wouldn't be safe to walk the path of an UNFENCED cliff without any of the bushwalking emergency flares from the police post (which they happened to have the fortune to be living right next to).

But then I recalled my own heart thumping furiously when, upon completing their cliff walk, Mel telephoned in glee, announcing that they were at the peak of a cliff, before passing the phone to everyone else in their happy little group. PEAK OF A CLIFF, you say?! I was baffled. I hadn't expected this, and felt every bit the irresponsible mother. Which mom lets her kids, 4000 miles away from home, scale an UNFENCED cliff, while she sips tea at her mother's house. (Yes, this was what I was doing, today being Christmas and all.)

I did think they were having me on for awhile, but they sent this photo as proof, together with a video of them dramatically completing the last few steps of the walk in slow-motion, whilst singing 'Kumbaya'.

Champions of the world!


UNFENCED?! So much for "safety first", kiddos! Hahahahaha!

Some of the lookout points had to be fenced, like this one. Good. Can't imagine what stunts might ensue if not!

They had to cross a stream on this little bridge - I'm surprised Kimmy didn't protest! Well, they were probably halfway through it all by then! No one gets left behind, after all!

Nick, upon his successful "loss of a good number of kilos", promptly stripped and streaked. (Yes, he ran about naked in public while his sisters attempted to get him clothed enough for the cold cold walk home.) The silly boy even got his whole t-shirt wet in preparation for aforementioned "cold walk". Brr. Good thing they'd borrowed rain jackets, because the weather in Katoomba wasn't the most pleasant, and it was a misty, cold Christmas!

The gang, back in the civilised part of this sleepy lil' countrytown!

Heard the weather was so cold, Mel's camera screen frosted up! Wowza.

Kids, if you're reading this before bedtime, I do hope you're warm and toasty!

Hugs and kisses and Christmas dreams galore,
Your Momma Yol

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve, and kindness abounds!

The three graceful sisters on a clear day. Katoomba, Australia (as pictured by MY own three gals). What a sight to behold! Legend has it that three sisters were turned into stone by a sorcerer who intended to protect them from being harmed in war (it's a very complicated story not unlike Romeo and Juliet, you see, just thrice over!) So there were three sisters whose father refused to let them marry three (brave and I imagine, handsome to boot, as stories mostly go) men from their rival clan. Their father kept the three sisters in hiding, and the men came to demand their hand in marriage when they stopped hearing from the sisters. War broke out!

A sorcerer turned the girls into stone to protect them. Alas, he was killed in the crossfire, and noone else could turn the girls back into their human form. So they stand till this day!

There's another version, where it was their DAD who turned them into stone, but that's another story ;)'

Awed by our beautiful world,

P.S. Guess what! The kids emailed to say that a kind man at the Opal store gave Mel a boulder opal! How's that for some ol' time Christmas spirit? :) It's kind strangers like these who will really make their holiday a trip to remember. To experience the kindness of strangers is like no other experience.

For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Who could ask for more!

Half the little critters have taken flight and left the safety of this Nest for the Great Outside World! It's a wild world, as they say, and boy do I have the jitters!

They made sure I was duly hooked up to the Great Internet, and I'm fully equipped with the Essentials, as they put it: Gmail account, MSN account, Facebook, Skype account, the works, so they aren't that far away from home - just a click away!!!

Now all I need is someone to do the clicking and navigating for me, and I'll be on a rampage ;) watch out, Internet, I'm gonna "pwn" your teenytiny WWW. Haha! (Rather, "LOL", or ... as I've gathered from Facebook, "ROFLMAO" is the norm now. Go figure. Damn, this worldwideweb is growing fast!)

Anyway, the shiniest new badge I've been invested with on my Internet Journey would be this very Blog! Came with instructions in an email this morning, fresh from Sydney, where the kiddos have settled in (and very nicely, too, I might add!)

I've reproduced their (very tongue-in-cheek) email instructions below, for your amusement (and for my memory's sake!!!)!

This is the sight that surprised me in my inbox this morning:

Instructions (to be followed exactly, no questions asked, momma!)
If you've managed to retrieve this email, give yourself a pat on the back! Really! You've progressed to Internet Explorer Level 2 (haha pun on explorer!) You will be duly rewarded with an Anniversary Surprise! (If you've managed to retrieve this email BEFORE 23 December - your Anniversary, we applaud you. But no, that's not possible since we've only just sent it today. We are 3 hours ahead of you, though. Do the math, Momsie!)

1. Go to this address: www.blogspot.com
2. Type your Gmail email address in the Username column, with the password we all know too well.
3. Click 'log in'.
4. Wait for page to load.
5. Click on "A Pretty A Day", and Create New Post.

We've run out of steam for creating instructions, and it's pretty foolproof from there, so we'll meet you on Skype to complete an online Crash Course on Blogging just for you.
The layout and design is all complete, we've even taken the liberty to create links to our own wonderful blogspaces, and all you have to do is click a button to POST POST POST! So talk about us lots, Mom! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Your Lil Kiddos
(Shoutouts to BJ and Dad at home!!)

Always the entertainers, kids, always the funny ones ;)'

Love ya kids! I will enjoy my blog! Thank you so much for creating this little space in the web for me ;)

Simple post this time, but I'll catch up!

Momma Yol
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