#1807 Restless day

Today I was incredibly restless.

It was grey, there was wispy rain. Some of it may have had to do with the interrupted night – a man actually died in a horrible crash outside our home last night. There were emergency services everywhere past midnight.

The low mood carried into the day.

We didn’t want to do anything… yet being free, off work, together, we felt we HAD to do something.

Yet we couldn’t be bothered.

Look at this precious life we are granted! And to waste it away on days, doing nothing, lounging around, yawning, and crying “bored,” when we have just been privy to another life being snatched away?

But that’s assuming life is meant to be busy. Full of stuff. Running around.

Life can be just as beautiful, and just as meaningful, by enjoying the things around you. Taking a pause. Breathing in deeply. And respecting our earth.

So we took a walk. To clear our heads, process our thoughts, and connect ourselves to the ground on which we walk on every day.

The water was there too. We may not have touched it, but we felt the force of the wind as it rippled across it, smelt the sea air, and knew that no matter how beautiful it looked, those waters were merciless.

The danger is so far, but a wrong step from the lookout, and it can come running up to our faces with a loud smack.

Life can change so easily my friends. Take care out there, and enjoy whatever it is that makes you happy… yes, even if it means lying on the couch.

Sometimes we need that too… only as long as we get back up again. 💪

#1806 Easing back into work

Today Hubbie and I went back to work.

You know what the best part of it was though?

Knowing I have the next 2 days off!

1 day on, 2 days off…

Tee hee hee.

But, wait for it, you know what’s even better?

Finding out today that Hubbie also has the next 2 days off!

1 day on, 2 days off!

And baby girl’s not back ’til Thursday!

But hold on, she’s been on holiday for 5 weeks now… 🤔

Never mind. Mini family time again… holidays aren’t over, not quite yet. 😁😁❤❤

#1805 Reasons why I love living near the beach no. 3

I feel like all my ‘reasons why I love the beach’ posts have to do with the same thing – convenience.

But it is soooo true.

Today, after the Saturday we’d had, we all kinda couldn’t be stuffed doing anything. Even baby girl didn’t jump when immediately presented with the beach idea.

But realistically, with work and school starting this week, as well as that highly predictable unpredictable Melbourne weather, today was the only good day we could go.

We said an hour, tops.

The water was so nice. The air was still, and so the refreshing water was a beautiful contrast to the warm, humid atmosphere.

It may have even been 50 minutes… and then we were home again. 💖💖

#1804 The overdue catch up

Today was a freaking great day.

It was a well, long, severely overdue day… because we hadn’t seen some of our besties, Best Man and Fam, for a whole year.

You all know why. Hey, the whole world knows why.

What made it even better? Well, my sis and bro-in-law were invited too ❤❤

Other things that made it beautiful?

The perfect blue sky…

The sunny weather…

The amazing food…

The special cocktails…

The diverse music…

But most of all? The best company 😍😍

#1803 The overdue playdate

How is it nearly back to school time ALREADY?

So I worked leading up to Christmas… then there was Christmas…

Worked some more… then New Year…

A playdate here and there, an outing, bit more work…

Then HOLIDAYS! Getaway, wedding, day trips, go go go!

And here we are!

A week away from starting back… 🤔

I wanted to have baby girl’s school friend over way earlier in the holidays, but alas all of the above, so she came over today, finally.

I think it’s really beautiful to see her find and make friends that she genuinely enjoys spending time with, and more important is for me as a parent, nurturing that connection, and creating opportunities outside of the home for them to bond.

Which is what they did today.

But everything was like, a 10-15 minute activity, so excited they were to just be having fun together in a place other than school.

Checking out our house and all the rooms… 10 minutes.

Jumping on the trampoline… 10 minutes.

Playing dress ups… 15 minutes.

Watching Frozen 2…. 10 minutes.

Playing with dolls… 10 minutes.

Playing with shopkins… 10 minutes.

Writing each other notes… 10 minutes.

Sitting down on the couch to watch something on youtube… 25 minutes, but hey it was the end of the playdate and they were pooped. 😂

Then the Mum came over for a coffee, and the kids got their second wind, making lego tracks all over the floor, doing a speed-run of dress-ups again, eating cupcakes galore, and just screaming and piercing our ear drums.

Finding friends is kinda easy… keeping them is super hard. As I say to baby girl all the time, finding a good, true friend, is so so rare…

Look after your friends, your friendships. The true ones are like diamonds in the rough.

I should know. 💖💖💖💖💖

#1802 A surf beach

You’d think living within a 5 minute drive of one of our most fave beaches, that we wouldn’t need to go anywhere else, right?

The grass is always greener, anyone?

Our beach is family friendly. Kiosk and toilets, right there.

Did I mention 5 minutes from home?

But it’s a bay beach, not a surf beach.

And herein lies our grass greener conundrum.

Which is why we went to a surf beach today.

The funny thing is, there wasn’t even much surf. But that didn’t stop hubbie and baby girl.

We’d bought a family boogie board last week, intending to use it during our getaway when my car spectacularly broke down in the middle of a busy road, with water birds adding to the chaos multiple times as they crossed the two-laned busy tourist road.

So the boogie board didn’t happen there, which is why we were so keen as to use it at a beach on our side of the bay.

Hubbie and baby girl made the most out of the waves they got.

And me? I found the greatest pleasure in sitting on the wet sand, watching the waves pull in closer and closer, watching the two of them catch wave after wave, and then suddenly –

WHOOSH! 💦💦💦💦

The water had reached me on the sand and enveloped my butt. 🤣

We’ll definitely go there again… but still, there’s no place like home-beach. 🌅❤

#1801 Point Nepean adventures

We didn’t get to Point Nepean National Park as early as we should have today. We had just walked about 30 minutes or so through bushland, stopping at a beautifully rugged and raw lookout point, when we realised we should really jump on the shuttle bus that took us to the point of the land that no vehicles were allowed to go…

But we only realised this, after the last bus of the day drove off at 4:02pm.

But it was 4:12pm.

🤦‍♀️

Nevermind. It will be a greater adventure for another day.

In the meantime… here are some photos that capture our time there… including, an echidna! For real! best sighting EVER!

#1800 Burritos

I had the most delicious chicken burrito tonight.

There’s this shop called Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! in Mornington. It doesn’t lie on the main street, instead sitting parallel to it a few streets back.

They are a small business that strive to keep their ingredients as organic and free-range as possible. And with non-GMO gluten-free Australian corn tortillas, and salsas made from scratch, you can be sure the difference in taste would be evident…

And it WAS. It was so yummy, something I can’t wait to have again. And unlike other takeaway, I wasn’t left with that heavy, bloated, sick feeling afterwards that happens so much with junk food.

This is the real deal! Woo hoo!

#1799 Bedtime conversations

How does the conversation turn to deep and meaningfuls as I’m trying to put baby girl to sleep?

I don’t even think it’s intentional on her part. She’ll just start asking me something, so curious, and most of the time I have to explain, or set it straight… and soon we’re having a full blown discussion about when people stop growing.

🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

So tonight, she posed the thought “I wonder if, when I’m 20, if I’ll be as high as the roof!”

So this is where I told her, that people usually stopped growing around their teen years.

Her expression was amazement/shocked/scared all in one.

“So when I’m 13, I’ll just…”

“No no no,” I quickly assured her. “For Mummy, it was like, 16, 17?”

She was thinking hard, her expression growing even more curious, urgent.

“So you’re 37, does that mean you won’t grow anymore?”

“Mummy will get older… but I won’t grow any taller! We would all hit the sky if we kept growing.”

Finally, she seemed assured. I gave her some comparisons of people in our life, their heights, who was still growing, and who wasn’t.

Then…

“Mum, my eyebrows are so soft. Are your eyebrows soft? Touch your eyebrows.”

From growing up, literally, to eyebrows. We cover ALL the important topics in our household.

😉😉

#1798 The wedding day after

It was such a beautiful day to be out in the sun. On greenery. Amongst family.

And I got all three today. I sat for a little while when I went to see baby girl on the grass, and when she got up to play with some girls, I decided to stay on.

It was so quiet. Blissful. Music wafting over from the family in the other corner. Soft shade from the fruit tree cooling me from the sun’s rays.

It was the day after the wedding, the fam were together, and the good vibes were flowing… not just in the weather, but in the love too.

💖💖