Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Life Lately

David is in Amsterdam this week where he sends pictures he's taken of ballerinas dressed in couture standing on restaurant tables. But our life couldn't be more different.

We are all about pushing the pram to Woolies in the hot sun and having arguments over silly things like not eating ice-blocks and whole blocks of Parmesan cheese for breakfast.

We discovered the Cook and Philip pool beneath the square in front of St Mary's. It's warm and great with a fun slide that Cal goes down head first in his goggles like a luge. But the pool charges for 3 year olds - so 12 bucks for both of us - which I thought was a bit steep.

Cal's favourite word game is "matches up with". He proudly tells people on the street that Cal matches up with cow. 

The jasmine is out, its pushy fragrance an olfactory precursor to sunscreen and surf wax, which can only be days away with 28 degrees predicted for this weekend.

The epic hunt for a babysitter continues. I finally found one only to have her quit by text message before starting her first shift this week. 

Out the front window we can see a family of Kookaburras and a possum that makes his way lazily home on the power lines in the morning.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Darling Harbour

This Quiet Time

There's a part of me that's propelled towards adventures and there's a good part of me that likes it straight quiet. That's my personal yin and yang. And after a good bit of moving country adventures (and intense stress) I think we're levelling off, our ships are coming back to shore if you will.

Cal has settled beautifully into his new kindy, has made friends, and isn't at the hot centre of every ruckus anymore for which we're really grateful. I'm making my way with a few new clients and figuring out the constant juggle of what's enough work, what's too much. And David continues his life as an international man of photography with trips back and forth to A'dam and great work in both places. (Long commute).

So today I'm happy for the routine creeping in and must remind myself to linger here a little, before the wanting mind casts us off on another adventure.
Balmoral and a hand-made catamaran that the boys found in the trash and have claimed as their own

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Wise Guy

This morning at breakfast with David and Cal I was moaning about the cost of haircuts when David suggested he cut my hair. He seemed confident so I thought we'd give it a go and save 60 dollars on a tiny trim. 

As David started chopping I said to Cal, "Oh, I hope this works out and Daddy can always cut my hair." 

Cal, the monkey, said "And if it doesn't work out, you'll have hair like Daddy's."
Balmoral with Daddy, July 2015

Balmoral, We Love You

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cal's Very Exciting Week

1. New kindy, new friends. Playdates are go!
2. A week with Dad and AnneMa while "Meetings-Mum" was at work. (That's actually what he's started calling me, the cheeky rascal).
3. Mini-sized torches ordered off the internet that arrived by post whilst he was standing next to the post box waiting for them. Timing is everything.
4. Night-time adventure to test the torches out. What a week!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Boat

Growing up we were lucky to have parents with a boat. Of course we didn't appreciate it as much as we should have at the time, but I guess that's the job of children, to be thoroughly unappreciative.

Anyways, being on a boat on Pittwater and having a beach like Portuguese Bay all to yourself is bloody heaven - so thanks Dad for today and all the beautiful boat days from our childhood.

Cal took to the boat like any water activity, with aplomb. There's very little about a potentially dangerous situation that scares Cal and today was no different. He was scooting round the deck like he was born on it and had two good long swims in the 15 degree water.

David joined him on one and even swam right out to the boat, climbed up onto the top deck and did an excellent "bombetje" as the Dutch say.

There were chicken bread rolls, lemon tea cake, lots of cups of tea and a couple of head bumps on low ceilings - just like old times. Another Aussie dream fulfilled, being able to take David and Cal to this special place with the family.

Also, it's been so long since I've been on the water that I'm swaying while writing this. 

A million photos coming up..

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