#1334 The write quote

I was leafing through a writing book while at the library with baby girl today.

We’d had our obligatory coffee/babycino hit, and she had gone off to, I later found out, find up to 10 dvds to borrow, while I just kept on leafing.

I was looking at something to grab my attention, and then something DID.

A quote at the top of the page. Regarding rejection:


“As the inventor Thomas Edison said, ‘Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.’ So, don’t give up too early. In fact, don’t give up at all. You may just be about to succeed.”

At a time when I’m deeply evaluating and questioning so much, in regards to writingย  and other parts of my life, this quote literally jumped out at me, from the most random yet perfect of pages.

So I closed it. And then I took it home. โคโœ๐Ÿ“–

#1308 Balcony Bliss

I call this, simply…

Balcony Bliss.


Baby girl and I are having our coffee breaks outside again. I bring up coffee for me, babycino for her, some sweet things for both…

We can’t be bothered fussing with bringing out the table, nor is it appropriate to only sit on chairs with nothing to put our stuff on in front of us…

So we sit on the wooden-planked floor of the balcony.

And I caught the above shot when we were almost done, and she was looking out at the view before us…

Being a silent rebel in front of me. Look at that right foot. Inching over the edge.

Tsk tsk tsk. ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŒ…

#1286 Friday fun day

First on the agenda for mine and baby girl’s day off together?

Cuddle in bed under the covers. Ahhh. Because with all our early school starts we haven’t done that in ages.

After lots of laughter together, breakfast and brushing of teeth, it was time to…

Build LEGO.

It was this 6+ marine biology type set she got for her birthday, and she had been wanting to build it all week, and had waited pretty patiently all week… ’til today.

It took 1 and a half hours to build 3 of the 5 sections… and it still wasn’t done. We had an impromptu interval where we got up and danced to the ipod music, the sun streaming through the windows, encouraging Mister F near us and our bird outside, we’ll call him Orange-cheeks, to dance along. Mister F stared wide-eyed while Orange-cheeks did a kind of bob, and we just laughed.

The bigger fun came in the afternoon. After a quick coffee and babycino stop, dressed as Snow White as per her Book Week character from the day before, we went to the park.

Now it was sunny, but it was also, breezy. So cold, I ran to get our jackets from the car as she headed toward the monkey bars. Nice move Melbourne. Nice move.

Despite the cold, it was so good to be out. So close to the water. Amongst the grand old trees. Just reminded that soon, the weather will shift, adjust, and these park days will be more frequent and enjoyable.



As she lay in bed tonight baby girl said “Mama, I had the best day ever with you.”

I smiled. “Me too honey.”


#1103 After school book break

It’s exciting for your child to have something to look forward to after school.

“See you later!”

Hell, even I get excited, and I have free time ALL DAY.

The library is definitely my happy place. Baby has inherited this love, largely because of the abundance of Wiggles and kids DVDs that she collects in a pile up to her chin to borrow, and also because of the fact that our local library, has a cafรฉ.



The routine?

Return books.

Order coffee and babycino (and treats!)

Read something.


Go home high on books and coffee.

A pretty great after-school session if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰

#1078 Best way to end the night

What do you do with your kids at the end of the night?

At the end of a long day?

At the end of a long night?

At the end of a long day and night where you have had friends come over with their kids?

At the end of a long day and night whereย you have had friends come over with their kids and have left at 11pm?

Why, I personally… make coffee.

And a babycino ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ™ฅ


You see, I don’t have much else to showcase the wonderful day and night that it was. Catching up with old friends who we don’t see nowhere near often enough, yet somehow the conversation never ends, is plenty reason to be grateful.

And then our kids, who have seen each other only once their whole lives… well they all gelled together, really, really well.

And you know what I always say…

Happy kids… HAPPY PARENTS.


I didn’t grab a photo of the 4 of them playing, but I did snap the babycino shot, because it is so representative of the fun had today.

And it’s still school holidays, so why the hell not???

#1054 Iced coffee and babycino break

You know what is hilarious about the photos I take when out with baby girl? There I’ll be, trying to strategically aim my phone to make the scene before me ultra Insta-worthy, and she will start piling EVERYTHING on the table into shot, water glasses, napkins and ALL.


I have to laugh, and then snap! to make her happy.

What was great about our coffee date today, was not just the little time out we had in the late afternoon together, but that it wasn’t exactly a ‘coffee date’…

it was an ‘iced coffee’ date.


There. Photo done to the most of my baby-girl-is-present abilities.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And though it is hot, and it will continue to be… still I prefer it that way.

For the “iced iced coffee…”


(Ok tacky, shoot me now…)

#789 Shopping with my girl no.7

There were some pearlers said today by baby girl. Absolute GOLD. You will have to go over to my SmikG page for the one that made me burst out into laughter though…

But this post, which reads like a cross between ‘shopping with my girl’ posts and ‘what she said’ ones, will have the above title instead, only because, well…


Where there is a coffee and cake setting like this, you know we are out and about, and there are shopping bags in hand ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Mama, you have nice cappuccino?”

I smiled. Sure we weren’t talking philosophy, the meaning of life, and the things that have changed us just yet, but this was a beautiful start.

“Yes honey it’s good.”

“Mama,” she whispered. “You ask me how my babycino is.”

LOL on the inside.

“Baby girl,” I started. “How is your babycino?”

“Yes, good.” Big beaming smile.

Ahh. It’s the little things… always.