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Cheers my dears!  Oh my goodness!  You have absolutely no idea what a pleasure it is to actually be sitting at my desk, typing these words you’re reading.  Ah, the relief!

You may have noticed Kimba Likes had a little hiatus.  Believe me, it was not a deliberate choice.  More issues than Vogue!  To cut a long story short, I changed hosts and then realised how little tech knowledge I actually had as I completely stuffed up my own site migration.  Working with a dodgy backup file really didn’t help me either.

The holiday season, some inconsistent information and customer service, and time delays due to time zone vagaries just added to the whole delightful experience.  I put myself into a flapanic like no other.

FLAPANIC // a term from the Kimba Likes dictionary

In the end, the only solution was to start again from scratch and rebuild my site.  Here we are!  Phew!

Let’s catch up!  Firstly, how was your Christmas?  New Year?  Have you been on holiday?  What was your favourite Christmas present?  Set any New Year’s resolutions?  I’ll go first, shall I?

Kimba Likes // #boyostyle

My Christmas

The Christmas season really officially kicks off in our family when school is out.  Boyo and I had lots of fun hanging out together.  We had some of his mates over, we went to the movies (Alexander’s Craptacular Day – lots of fun.  Paddington – gorgeous!), we had a PJ Day, we did some last minute shopping, we went for a bike ride, he got a very smooth new ‘do and we just, you know, hung out.  It was awesome.

Kimba Likes Christmas // our 2014 tree

I just love our Xmess Tree.  It truly is a hot mess.  Like a drag queen ate a box of sparkly pom poms and burped on our tree. The decorations encompass Kiwiana, vintage, cross stitched (by me!), Boyo’s kid art (love the progression over the years), classic Pooh, Welsh dragons, Star Wars, sequinned birds, flocked reindeer, Granny-made decorations (so beautiful), hand blown glass baubles, Champagne corks, vintage Santa boots from my childhood, and, of course, bunnies!  I couldn’t love it more.

Kimba Likes family

The Welshman had Christmas Eve off, so we had all the wrapping and shopping and prep done quite early on in the day.  He’s an organiser.  After our traditional Champagne and oysters, we watched Love Actually.  Another lovely Christmas Eve tradition.  We had a romantic dance in our lounge room and drank too much Scotch.  A new Christmas Eve tradition … but one I’m keen to continue!

Our Christmas Day is just the three of us … and we love it!  We have smoked salmon scrambled eggs and Champagne for breakfast.  After we’ve opened the pressies, of course.  We have chocolate for morning tea and a late lunch (or early dinner if you will).  This year, the Welshman roasted cattleman steaks on the barbecue.  Boyo made pigs in blankets.  Christmas pudding for supper.  Boyo and I whipped up a pavlova.  OK, I lie.  We bought a Coles Finest Vanilla Bean pavlova.  But we did whip the cream and slice the strawberries ourselves!

On Boxing Day, we have our traditional late lunch with friends-who-are-family.  The kids are like cousins.  It’s so lovely!  We ate and drank and ate some more and maybe a bit more drinking too.  Then we danced.  The middle aged parents club is the lounge room.  Heckled by our children.  I had to pay Boyo $5 to bust a move with me.

The Welshman had planned to make a spiced gammon, but won a ginormous ham in a meat raffle so we ate that instead.  Delicious desserts.  Sublime salads.  Incredible cheeses.

Good gods, how big is a ham?!  It’s still going.  We’ve given away slabs of it. Eaten it for breakfast and lunch and even dinner.  We took it on holiday with us.  The remnants were carved off and are now in the freezer.  In case anyone possibly wants any more ham.  Ever.  Not me.

We backed it up with another Christmas late lunch with my BFF.  More ham.  Lamb lollipops.  Christmas cake.  More Champagne and wine than strictly necessary.  More mad dancing.  All good.

My favourite Christmas present?  Love my sterling silver heart earrings from Robert Young Sculpture.  Foo Fighter tickets are obviously awesome.  House of Cards boxset is a winner.  Bunny ice cube tray from Typo.  My Kikki K lavender leather phone wristlet.  My Seed leather-brimmed sunhat.  OK, no favourites.  I loved them all!

Kimba Likes New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s

So not a fan of New Year’s Eve.  Too many people.  Too many drunkenly annoying people.  This year, I also had a hideously sore blocked ear, so the thought appealed even less.

We had a New Year’s Eve Eve celebration with friends.  So lovely.  Until the teen girls decided to serenade us from the balcony with a karaoke machine.  Turned up to 11.  Talk about feedback.  My feedback was my blocked ear and I are going home for a Panadol.

The Blokefolk ventured into Pyrmont for the midnight shebang.  I dropped them off at the Light Rail station, and they had a short walk, a fab view and nabbed a cab to be home by 12.30.  Winning!

So not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I resolve to keep being awesome.  So much easier to maintain and you don’t beat yourself up when you don’t manage to leap out of bed at sparrow’s every morning to do a leisurely 5km run, yogalates class and inhale a green smoothie; don’t buy anything new for the rest of the year and get back into your high school jeans.  Luckily, mine don’t fit.

Thank the gods because they ranged from bubblegum stovepipes to stonewashed hideousness to customised 501s to denim overalls.  Actually, I loved the 501s.  I love them still.  And I recently bought myself a pair of short denim overalls.

Kimba Likes Public Dining Room, Balmoral // American Honey Sour cocktail.  Dear gods.  So good.

The Welshman’s Birthday

The Welshman and his twin brother arrived six weeks early.  They were due around Valentine’s Day but arrived very early in the New Year instead.  It’s often hard to organise a really awesome party.  People are partied out or away on holiday.  This year, he organised his own party, bless him.  I told you he was an organiser.

Public Dining Room at Balmoral Beach.  We started with cocktails and ended with the Welshman and the kids jumping off the pier into the ocean.  Followed by Champagne and bunny cuddles back at ours.

After our guests had departed (via Uber, I think I’ve converted them), we lit the firepit and made s’mores.  Enjoyed each other’s company.  Such a special family moment.

I love Public Dining Room.  I truly do.  That’s why I recommend it so often.  Unfortunately, the Recommendation Curse struck.  You know how you rave about your hairdresser and send your friend there and then ask why they got a mullet the next time you see them?  Uhoh.  It was your fabulous hairdresser.  Please note, this no longer happens to me since the gorgeous Christina from Hair Romance recommended Stevie English to me.  My local area is looking much better with all the new ‘dos from all my recommendations!

Well, the same thing happens with restaurants.  We had a rather brusque waitress who informed me that the kitchen was unable to substitute anything on the menu due to my allergy requirements (despite them doing this every single other time we’d visited.  D’oh, that’s why we keep returning) because, and I quote, “we are too busy”.  Colour me unimpressed.  Funnily enough, they didn’t offer a discount.

Despite this less than stellar service, the food was still delicious, the company was sublime and the Welshman had a fabulous birthday.  Love that man.  Man, I married well.

Kimba Likes Eaglereach Wilderness Resort

Summer Holiday

Just a little local break this year.  We’ve got overseas visitors coming this year, and a European holiday planned for the following year.

We headed up to Eaglereach Wilderness Resort.  It’s in Vacy, NSW.  A short hop from Morpeth or Dungog.

Lots of privately owned cabins and lodges available for short stays with a central restaurant and visitor centre area.  You can play tennis, have a game of pool or table tennis, go for a swim, utilise the playground, ride bikes, go offroad on the 4WD tracks, go kayaking, try your hand at fishing and yabbying, go bushwalking … you can even have a massage or a basic facial.  I’d go for the massage personally.  I do a better facial in my own bathroom.  Can’t massage my own hands though – now that was sublime.

Kimba Likes Eaglereach Wilderness Resort

Or you could just hang out in your lodge, admiring the gorgeous view over the valley to the Barrington Tops.  Enjoying it from the spa on the verandah is my personal recommendation.

Boyo recommends befriending the local wildlife.  By which he means handfeeding the kangaroos and wallabies, not the goannas.

Now it’s back to life, back to reality.  (Go on, you can sing the rest).  The Welshman’s back to work.  Boyo has activities and sports camp.  And you’ll find me here, hanging out on my blog.  Man, I’ve missed it.  Missed you ladybugs and gentleworms too!

It’s too late to wish you a Merry Christmas, but not too late for a very Happy New Year shoutout!  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to – tell me all about it!

 

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  • Sonia Bavistock - 13 January 2015 - 3.26 am

    Welcome back lovely! You have been missed. Looking forward to reading all of your fabulous posts in 2015. Here’s to an amazing year. xReplyCancel

  • HootinTootin - 11 January 2015 - 11.36 am

    I wondered what had happened to you. I’m really pleased to see your blog back! I’ve missed my read 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 January 2015 - 2.28 pm

      Yep, hadn’t run away from home! Thanks and welcome back! xReplyCancel

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life - 11 January 2015 - 9.09 am

    Welcome back Kimba! It’s so nice to be reading your blog again! I’m so glad your tech issues have now been resolved! Yay!ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 January 2015 - 2.29 pm

      It was a total drama llama and I’m so glad it’s over1 Thank you! xxReplyCancel

  • merilyn - 11 January 2015 - 8.00 am

    happy new year and glad to see you back kim! … love m:)XReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 January 2015 - 2.29 pm

      Happy New Year, and thank you! Love Kimba xReplyCancel

  • Bev Williams-Krause - 11 January 2015 - 5.22 am

    So fabulous to have you back darling – you’ve been missed! Site is looking amazing & it’s wonderf to hear you’re on fine form – such an excellent combo!
    xxReplyCancel

  • Glamour on the Go - 11 January 2015 - 2.01 am

    Welcome back! We’ve missed you! xxxReplyCancel

  • Kate Mac - 10 January 2015 - 10.08 pm

    Welcome back lovely sounds like the perfect summer break (minus the tech issues!). Looking forward to more frivolity this year xxReplyCancel

  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages - 10 January 2015 - 9.31 pm

    You’re back!!!!!!!!!!! YAY! Screw you tech gremlins.ReplyCancel

  • Bec @ Styled by Bec - 10 January 2015 - 9.06 pm

    yay! You’re back! Loved reading about your Christmas and New Years. I hope 2015 is an awesome year for you. XxReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 January 2015 - 2.31 pm

      And for you too, with your gorgeous family xxReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Life at Number Five - 10 January 2015 - 3.31 pm

    Welcome back online! It sounds like you enjoyed the forced break despite all the tech issues!
    Here’s to a smooth ride from here on out! I’ve got a good feeling about 2015.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 January 2015 - 2.33 pm

      Yep, I would have had a break anyway, but I could have done that without the stress! 2015 is going to be awesome, because we say so! xReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 10 January 2015 - 3.25 pm

    Welcome back Kimba your Christmas and new year and holiday all looks fab xxReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 11 January 2015 - 2.47 pm

      Oh thanks Lisa. It was really lovely xxReplyCancel

  • Georgia - 10 January 2015 - 2.56 pm

    Welcome back online. I’m not tech savvy either, so I can imagine the flapanic. So glad you made it back though. It sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas and start to the new year – apart from the sore ear and the less than super table service for the Welshman’s birthday. I hope the rest of your year is just as wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - 10 January 2015 - 12.32 pm

    so nice to see you back and glad you’ve had what sounds like a fab holiday season!ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 10 January 2015 - 12.34 pm

      Thank you lovely! It was just delightful xxReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Rice - 10 January 2015 - 10.49 am

    Lovely to see you back xxxReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 10 January 2015 - 12.34 pm

      Thank you, gorgeous! It’s GREAT to be back! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah Bluett - 10 January 2015 - 3.38 am

    Sounds like the perfect break, and I love how close the three of you are! Makes me smile a happy smile xoReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Rowse - 10 January 2015 - 1.27 am

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you. Lovely to catch up on all your Christmas and NY frivolity too. xReplyCancel

  • Kim Abbate - 10 January 2015 - 1.16 am

    Welcome back lovely xxReplyCancel

  • Vicki Wallis - 9 January 2015 - 11.31 pm

    So happy to see you back and I love the new style and your profile photo. Looking forward to reading more in 2015. V xReplyCancel

  • Vicki Thompson - 9 January 2015 - 10.51 pm

    Welcome back!!ReplyCancel

  • Raychael Case - 9 January 2015 - 10.45 pm

    Welcome back. That last photo is rather amazing. We use to live in Morpeth. It’s a wonderful area and that resort would be one of my favourites.ReplyCancel

  • Baubles, Bubbles & Bags - 9 January 2015 - 10.33 pm

    Welcome back Kimba Likes!!! I can imagine the flapanic that you had – totally! I would’ve felt the same way too. My Christmas nearly didn’t happen but it did, thank goodness for “magic” thawing slabs! Did a spot of post Christmas sales shopping – why not eh? But mostly, I’ve been chilling out at home, getting back into my fitness regime (at home) and at the beach; although we’ve had silly weather the last few days, so no beach walks/runs, meaning…no ogling at shirtless men running while I try to run 😉 But overall, I’m enjoying my holidays!ReplyCancel

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