Friday, 3 July 2015

Bits & Pieces (of Cake)

Needless to say it's been a busy week with the move from Mum's to Neutral Bay, but we made it and are settling in excellently to our new digs. Cal transitioned even more smoothly than us - as is the way with everything. He's the unflappable one in the family, but that could be down to the fact that his only current responsibilities are eating and relaxing. Whatever the case, I'm thankful he's so chill. He has one more week of Old Kindy before New Kindy in this area starts and he seems equally ok with the prospect of that.

David and I are a little bit exhausted from the move and the constant manoeuvring involved in establishing careers here. Mum has kindly taken Cal tonight so we have a night to ourselves in the new house which so far has involved sundowners on the balcony and a walk up to a cheap and cheerful Japanese canteen just off Military road that I think will become a new family favourite.

So all good. Sydney is treating us well this week. Here's a few snaps.
David's pancake game has gotten strong in the new kitchen
His first home with a bath. He's in it twice a day
A celebration for AnneMa's birthday 
Birthday cake is possibly his favourite thing in the universe
Cal with the birthday girl
He's getting along famously with uncle Alex these days

David and Cal walked to Balmoral for their day together on Thursday
Took them about 40 mins through the backstreets of Neutral Bay and Mosman
Working the windswept look
Balmoral Bathers - my dream restaurant
And my crazy, but even-keeled dream guy xx

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Sunday was nap-day for me and when asked where he wanted to go with Daddy Cal requested that he go back to "the rocky beach" (Long Reef) again. Same as yesterday.

When David came back he told me that he'd overheard Cal saying the funniest thing to himself. Standing by himself on the beach he said, "Hello I'm Cal and this is my friend David. And at home is Mummy and Sock Fishy." And then he repeated it a couple of times as though rehearsing. 

He's cracking us up on a daily basis with weird stuff and I must keep a better track of it. Here's a few pearls from Cal recently.

Mum! Let's count your boobies!

If you see a guy walking down the street with no hair - it could be Daddy.

When I grow big I'm gonna get boobies so I can feed all the babies.

Cal (pointing at his own nipples): What are these? I think they are tiny tiny balls of sand that crabs have eaten and spat out again.

Oh Barnacles!

Me (when getting into the car at the railway station): Hi Cal, did you have a nice day at kindy?
Cal: Yes thanks! (Pause) Did you have a nice day at um, um.. the station?"

Winter Solstice At Long Reef

The walk up and over Long Reef peninsula is one of my new favourite places
And Cal is *just* old enough for a bit of a hike without the stroller
And then Unci-Alex turned up to say hello
A freshly picked shell for my lovely friend's birthday
I'm happy David brought the better Nikon along for the ride

Long Reef was warm, sheltered and deserted - just the way I like it

Cal couldn't resist his Naturist urges as usual
Beach peeing is the best peeing
My kind of mid-winter

This guy.. getting so grown

And this guy and his beautiful pictures..

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

First Surf Lesson

Cal has very recently overcome his fear of "wapes" (waves) and is interested in surfing like Daddy, so on a cool Sunday morning David took him in for a go at Manly. The water was a bit chilly and he got washed off the board immediately by an ankle-deep pounder, but was brave enough to go back in for a swim when the sun came out later.

A Treat

I just found some photos on my phone of the fancy hotel night Cal and I had in the city before picking David up. We'd been on our own for the three weeks David was away and felt like we needed a treat. We stayed at the Sheraton on the Park, which was lovely apart from the really cold pool and the jacuzzi-induced rash that made Cal itch all night.
The pool was actually a bit cold for us, but the bath was just right
Night scooting through Hyde Park 
The only kid out on the city streets past bed time
Noodles on Oxford Street
Back to the room for jammies and mini-bar snacks
And selfies with Mum
When he came out of the lift into the dining room the next morning he exclaimed, "This is Wonderful!" (Note the broccoli I tried to sneak onto his plate :)
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