Hello From CHD land!

Seems only fitting that we are sitting in a hotel in Cairns waiting to see Katie’s cardiologist, being that it’s CHD awareness week!
Miss Katie’s symptoms have got worse this week, headaches, left arm pain, racing heart, vision issues.
A visit to ER on the Cape, this week just confirmed what we already knew. She had to fly to the city for more tests.
So we find ourselves sitting here waiting to see the Dr Monday next week.
It’s raining and the CHD get together planned for tomorrow (day of hearts) has been cancelled and replaced with flood warnings.
Miss Katie is bored and worried…..can’t blame her even shopping for some new clothes proved too much.
Please keep us in your prayers and share Katies story, CHD needs a cure and only awareness & research is going to achieve that!

Keep safe and remember life is precious, Nicki.

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My Little Blog

Yeap I am neglecting this little blog again and really have no excuses.
Recently I have recently found out that a few people have learn’t alot about Cape York though this blog and even followed us before they moved here. I have to admit I was kinda excited to know anyone is following here on my Little Blog…….let alone that I helped in some small way to make their transition easier.

So because of that I thought I would try my hardest to update here on a more regular basis. I really had no idea people would want to hear about our everyday.

Also if there is anything you would like to know about, PLEASE let me know by sending me email or go over to the facebook page and I will to my best to do a blog post about it.

Keep Safe and Love every day
Nicki

Life with a Human and Furry Toddler!

Life here is a dirt loving kids paradise……not to mention a puppies paradise.
SO I shouldn’t of been surprised when I found Miss Boo and Miss Macy doing something that I am sure all toddlers like to do…..dig in dirt,

That grin says it all

Yes Miss Boo your sprung……

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And Miss Macy you can just stop looking so innocent

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Just another day in our life with a human & Furry toddler! hehehehe!

Life really is amazing…….enjoy every moment of it.
Hugs Nicki….

Project Life!

I love to scrapbook and over the past year or so I have been drooling over the amazing everyday life scrapbooking process called Project Life.

Project Life is the brain child of Becky Higgins, a well know Scrapbooking designer who is a household name in the Scrapbooking world.
Becky like many of us who have been Scrapbooking for years discovered once she had kids the conventional style Scrapbooking of focusing on special events lost its shine and was replaced with the everyday of raising a family. Trying to keep up was hard work, the more kids you get the harder it gets, She like many of us also realised once she was a mother that it wasn’t just the birthdays and trips to the Zoo etc that made up life it was the everyday things, the everyday laughs, cute sayings, the routine of life, the special, the sad, the cute and even sometimes the ugly that makes us who we are and this is the stuff we sometimes forget to record. Becky designed project life to help us all record everyday life. It’s simple, it’s fast and you can adapt it to your own style.
I decided it was time to get going since we have finally got into a groove here, and I can feel my Scrapbooking mojo returning.
I have not recorded one moment fro Bella’s pregnancy and birth so I decided to start with that…..and yesterday the core kit and papers arrived to a loud squeal from me 😉
Now to get started…..,

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How are you settling?

I think the number one question I get asked these days is “how are you settling?” the second would be “how are you coping?”

We I am doing fine…life here is obviously very different. I am not going to lie about it; we lived in a comfy large urban house and neighborhood close to great shops, cheap transport and any choice of schools, Dr and Specialists. Now I live in a comfy remote rural small town at the very tip of Cape York or Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) as the Local people call it. LIFE is of course Different…

Some people have asked me “so how different is it?” well in many ways its VERY different but so many things are the same here too.

Let me explain – Our everyday family life here is very similar (albeit slower) to our life in Brisbane. We do allot of the same and some different things that we did in Brisbane, so when people ask me how its different of course there’s the obvious that we live in a Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal community in remote Cape York, but allot is the same too so its hard to explain that.

The main difference I guess is the people here can speak up to 3-4 different languages, Creole is the standard language that unites the 5 local communities, but allot of people also have a traditional Language too sometimes if a person has married outside of their Language group then they may have 2 traditional languages, this can ad up to 3-4 languages if you also add English.

I can go on and on about other things like the delays in getting food if items are love in stock in Cairns or if they miss the Barges from Cairns, or I can tell you that we all here have a love hate relationship with Australia post. But really its hard to describe to people that life is Just a new normal, we work, we play and we join in to our community as much as possible and we really enjoy living here.

Is all rosy here? No, I am not going to sugar coat it, some things bother me here…Life for remote Indigenous Australians is not easy and that sometimes plays out in how the community runs here. Just living in a remote location causes issues that City people have NO clue about, not being able to go to a local craft or scrapbooking shop drives me INSANE some days. I still have issues with Australia Post LOL and the Local store still doesn’t stock my Fave Chocolates, Peanut Butter M & M’s that I fell in love with on our trip to the US in 2011. Life is a NEW normal and we are learning to adjust, view things from a different standpoint and most of all we are learning to RELAX………..

I guess what I am getting at is Life is life………Life is what you make it, its how you view it and its sometime fun, sometimes shitty and sometimes its pretty awesome. Its no different here, I guess we have a few added extra “stresses” but for the most part we are settling slowly but surely.

How we get things we need.

Getting food and Groceries in Remote communities is sometimes complicated and is just about always subject to weather, road conditions and in our case sea conditions.

Most of the Groceries for the community comes by sea, via a small Containership owned by the Sea Swift company.

The Sea Swift Company services most of Far North Queensland via Sea, as the roads are often effected by weather conditions and Big Rigs can’t be carried across the Jardine River Ferry.

Many communities including here rely on the Sea Swift to bring everything from car’s to furniture to food to parcels and Mail.

Our Furniture and 4WD arrived via the Seaswift and our monthly Groceries from Coles online and Grocery Run come via the seaswift either as Cargo or Mail.

Here is a little peak at the unloading process.

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The Containership that brings the Supplies for the community every week.
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The packing is in full swing

Packing is in full swing around here, with all the culling that had to be done I had to start now so when the movers arrive on the 2nd of January we don’t have chaos.
I also set myself a challenge to cull my scrapbooking to one tote and one box, as you can see I failed lol.

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I also needed to work out what I needed to still keep my little sewing business going once we move, I successfully culled it to what you see below, of course I still have my machines and the new seasons materials.
I have a lot if sewing to do in the next few weeks so packing isn’t a option with this yet, plus if we pack it it’s not covered by our movers insurance.
The rest of the house is slowly being culled and sorted, my mum is looking after our very large photo album and older scrapbooking albums, I don’t have the room for them, and it makes sense to leave them in safe hands rather than risk the getting moister damage in storage etc.
I am going to stop and put up our tree for the kids and some of the Christmas decorations as the kids really love this part of the year.
We are getting more and more excited with only 5 weeks till Pack out day 😉

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