Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New House!

This post is actually a long-time coming as we moved in about seven weeks ago! We're now living in a cute three-bedroom house with a huge backyard for the dogs. After some intense moving pains, it's all coming together finally!

Large backyard - the pooches love it.

From midway up the yard to the back of the house.

Midget Buffy loves her new house - and the new cat she has to harass now.

Interior - living room and dining area.

Kitchen. We have a dishwasher - yay!

Kahlua loves the wooden floorboards. She struggles to grip the floor with her furry feet.

Poor Beans was much happier before the dogs moved in. Disapproving cat is disapproving.

My dressing room.

Badly made bedroom with balcony.

The study (AKA Alec's cave)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

NSW Corporate Games

The NSW Corporate Games were on today. Our netball team went in expecting to to better than last year (we came fourth in 2009).

We played three awesome games in the round robin comp and won our pool, but fell completely apart in the qualifying match for the semi-finals. We lost by one point after playing a truly terrible game (we were down 10 - 1 in the first 10 minutes but clawed our way back to even). We ended up coming 5/6, not sure which. Truly, incredibly disappointing result. I really enjoyed the fisth three games when we were playing well though, so best to dwell on that instead.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Menagerie

The animals are totally nuts. Some days it feels like I'm living in a bad Cesar Milan episode. If only he would come and sort out the craziness for us ... Still, they are super cute.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Taste of Sydney Food Festival

Today I went to the Taste of Sydney food festival in Centennial Park. Beck and I decorated cupcakes at the Planet Cake stand. Read my blog post on the whole day on my food blog here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Pooches Are Here!

The doggies moved in on the weekend - cue sleepless nights and animal chaos!

The girls went a bit nuts for a few hours, then Kahlua settled down, and Buffy continued to go nuts. Once she discovered the cat, she wouldn't settle. She was determined that they would be BFFs. Xenia however is completely traumatised and wants nothing to do with the dogs. Hopefully they will eventually sort it out among themselves. The good thing is none of them want to hurt each other, so that gives me hope for a successful animal integration.

Kahlua snoozes through our West Wing marathon.

Oh hai, Dad!

Buffers on her pillow mountain.

Trying to slurp the cat to death.

Xenia finds a perch the dogs where the dogs can't reach her.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March Update

I can't believe it's already into the first week of March. The year so far has been consumed with wedding - post-wedding - moving house. We're close to being settled in the new place, with the exception of a few little things, and finalising everything for the arrival of the pooches. I'm hoping they can move in this weekend if everything goes to plan. Last weekend we put up a pergola-type thing and a fence to dog proof off an area. This weekend is constructing the dog kennel, setting up their area, getting the lawn mown (it's a jungle out there!) and a few little other things. I'll be so glad when it's all done and we are settled with the dogs (and cat!). It's been a busy, stressful start to the year.

The rest of the year is already looking busy, with some travel locked in; Hawaii in April for our belated honeymoon, an undecided location in Asia in June for a work offsite and possibly a North America trip around the end of the year for another work offsite.

I've also signed up for Saturday netball comp with the Chatswood Rangers. I played in the winter night comp and thought that this year I would commit to playing Saturdays to give it a go. I love playing in a proper league and have seen the benefits to my skills already from playing with a new group of people who are all really dedicated to the sport, not just doing it occasionally for a social thing.

My work netball team will be competing in the NSW corporate games in a few weeks - we came fourth last year with an average team, so with our stronger team this year I'm hoping we will medal if not win.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wedding Part 5: Reception

With the official part out of the way, it was time for the party to begin. Neither Alec or I are really party-party people, so we wanted a reception that would be like an elegant dinner party. Choosing the Gunners' Barracks meant that we could have this, plus a lovely 1920s theme to the evening.

That's right, booked out ... for us!

Programs I made with mum, Alec and my friend Sally, and fans. We thought it might be hot so ordered fans for guests. It was not hot at all, but the fans still vanished like hotcakes.

Menus - image design by my friend Fadhila, created on the computer by Alec and assembled by Sally. Tea cups organised and assembled by my mum. Chocolates by Belle Fleur, organised by our friend Greg. Thank you everyone for your help!

Flowers in teapots. Gorgeous blooms by Petals and Leaves, teapots collected by my mum from Victoria's Basement and Peter's of Kensington.

Butterfly name cards from Etsy seller Timeless Paper.

Cupcakes by my amazing friend Julia. Stand made by her dad .

Penguin cake toppers by Etsy seller RedLightStudio.

The dining room all set up for guests.

Making our grand entrance. Having everyone stand up and look at us - freaky! Having my new husband by my side is the best thing ever.

We had our bridal party plus partners at our table.

Emcee and dear friend Beverly makes the opening speech. No Bev, we don't work for Yahoo ... :)

Guest book by Etsy seller Just Write Boutique.

Engagement photos featuring the dogs on the mantle piece. Unity candles by Pink Frosting.

During the evening, my sister-in-law Michele accompanied her cousin Liz in a rendition of our of our favourite songs - "Bubbly". She sang her own version of the song, which I think was more beautiful than the original. Liz has a stunning voice - people were asking for an encore.

Liz on vocals, Michele on the organ.

Watching and listening to the song.

After dinner came the speeches. I had been feeling a bit queasy so we changed the arrangements (thanks Bev!) and had the speeches on the balcony. It turned out a great idea as we all got some fresh air and to look at the stunning view over the harbour.

Both my dad and Alec's dad gave speeches, followed by Alec and myself. Our dads did a fantastic job, saying some really thoughtful, heartfelt and funny words. Alec and I had a long speech, thanking our army of helpers without whom our wedding wouldn't have taken place or been so unique and personal.

My distinguished dad reading his speech. He was so nervous beforehand, but his speech was so wonderful, he had no need to be.

Alec's dad gave a fabulous speech. He is so like Alec with his wry sense of humour.

Laughing at our dads' speeches.

On the podium. Hope I didn't bore people with my long-winded speech.

True love :)

We followed up the speeches with the rest of the official events - the toasting, cake cutting and bridal waltz.

To us - yay, we're married!

I love this rare photo of my dad smiling. He and my mum had such a wonderful time. It made me so happy to see them enjoy the wedding.
Cutting the amazing giant cupcake. It is currently cut into chunks, frozen, waiting for our first wedding anniversary to thaw it out.



At the end of the night with my amazing girls, Bev and Lisa. Thank you both so much for basically running the day for us. You did a fabulous job.

Goodbye time. Yay sparklers!

Heading home in the Chrysler. Thanks for coming everyone!

Before we knew it, the night was over and we were shepherded off into the car for our ride home. Completely exhausted, I have never been so happy to be in my own bed, with my husband by my side. Totally, blissfully, happily married.

Photography by the excellent Vincent Lai.