#1347 Birds at brekkie

After school drop off this morning, Hubbie and I made some new friends.

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As I enjoyed a delicious cherry pie with my coffee, a couple of cute someones popped on over…

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They wanted some leftovers.

Aren’t they cute? I positioned my plate closer to the edge just so the birds could grab it easier from their landing post on a nearby chair. And then as I was snapping away trying to get a good shot, I caught one of them, in mid flight…

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How cool is that? Well that’s one way to make new friends πŸ˜‰

#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:

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“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 writingΒ  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. β€βœπŸ“–

#1327 Strawberry dreams and Pier walks

Another fun-field day (see what I did there?) of the school holidays.

It was a day of strawberries… painting, potting, and then… EATING.

And then a gentle stroll on the pier at Flinders jetty, watching kids in swim suits bomb into the water off the pier, having dogs fly past us excited to be off the leash, and then having our own run and play along the greenery… it was superb. β™₯

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The days are full, and we come home tired, yet satisfied.

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#1323 Finding joy in Dora

Official day 1 of our holidays together.

We watched a movie. Granted it was a kids movie… but as we do when we go out, we try to make the damn most of it.

Coffee, followed by shopping, followed by movie… in the Vjunior theatre. We love it because for baby girl, sure she is 6, but she is that restless 6. That restless 6 that would rather jump and dance around than sit for hours at a time watching something. Even when she prompts it at home and chooses a DVD to watch, an hour in and she’ll be walking off, without a care in the world as to seeing it through. Meanwhile the OCD switch in me is turned on and flashing a warning red – “YOU CAN’T NOT HAVE CLOSURE!”

Of course she knows what happens in all her animated films. But still, how does she do it???

The Vjunior cinema is great because before entering kids have access to a whole lot of drawing, lego building and racing car facilities, and that’s before they’ve stepped into the theatre. Then inside, before the movie begins, and then at the forced intermission, they can go down a long slide that run downs the length of the theatre, and also jump around on a light-up mat at the bottom of the cinema floor. All this running and jumping we noted, is A GREAT IDEA… before the movie started baby girl was pooped, truly ready for resting and watching a movie.

High Five guys. High Five.

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And then again, I like movies. I love stories… adventure, escaping into another world. Whether that world is in the form of a book or a movie, same same. I love going to another place, and even if it is a kids movie, you can be sure I will be reflecting with my inner child and laughing along, in conjunction with that other side of me that is always analysing ‘why does this work?’

Anyway, we watched Dora and the Lost City of Gold. It was great. I enjoyed it, and the references to the cartoon were funny and clever. It did feel a bit long, even though it was a mere 100 minutes, and baby girl, though she had the best time making friends as she ran up and then slid down the slide, and jumping along on the light-up mat, she sighed exaggeratedly to me at the end as she turned and said “please can we not go to another movie again… it was too long.”

Oh God that girl. I’ll have to wait a few more years until we can go off together and do Mummy-daughter movie dates. She still has ants in her pants.

We followed our movie sesh with a great TGIs dinner, and then a smashing round of games at Totally Games…

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I love when we pick games that we can all participate in, and we’re there throwing discs wildly at some bunch of scary clown faces that we want to belt into oblivion all for the sake of some tickets… ahh bliss.

It was a long day and a fun one at that, and I just can’t wait for more πŸ™‚

#1308 Balcony Bliss

I call this, simply…

Balcony Bliss.

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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. πŸ€¨πŸ˜„πŸŒ…

#1305 Walk to cafΓ©, walk to beach

Hubbie and I had the BEST Wednesday today.

It was productive, fun, and we did sooo much. But the best way to start this sunshine-y day, was not just with our usual –

“But first, coffee.”

It was a modified “But first, coffee… after a lovely walk.”

We walked to our local cafΓ©.

It was so much more rewarding. So much more fun. The sun shining down on us, made it all the more pleasurable to be out and about, even more so with a loved one.

MY loved one. β™₯

It was a different coffee walk on this Wednesday post redundancy… and this one ended with a view. Because we upped the ante by also walking to…

THE BEACH.

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It was only the beginning of what ended up being such a fruitful, fun and busy day… and to be honest, we can’t go back… I can never work a Wednesday again!

Or rather, I seriously need to find a way to work from home…

Oh, hang on… writing?! :);):);)

#1291 Wednesdays times 2

Watch out Wednesdays… Hubbie and I are here.

And when the child is away (at school)…

The parents, will play.

On my first Wednesday where the alarm DIDN’T wake me at 5am, well Hubbie and I dropped off baby girl at school, and then…

We went and got TWO coffees –

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We walked up and down the Main street.

Laughed our arses off at a giant gorilla statue in Bunnings (i.e. “majmun” πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†) and how if we actually got the $700 thing to deter Mister F from going near our bird, it would in fact give our bird Orange-cheeks a heart attack. πŸ€”πŸ˜† (p.s. we DIDN’T get the majmun πŸ΅πŸ΅πŸ΅πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²)

We bought like 6 POTS… because.

We looked at doors.

Then we had 2 SOUPS.

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AHH.

Pampering, productive, bonding time. It went too quick for sure, but there is always next Wednesday, and we are making up for lost time…

So there will be plenty more coffee. πŸ˜‰