#1914 The Leotard

Bright, pretty, girly things.

You can’t deny, they make you smile.

Baby girl and I were both rapt, when upon getting to her gymnastics class this evening, she had waiting for her, her own leotard!

They get made to size, and you can pick the front and back design. No surprises at all that baby girl last week chose this bright swirl of colours, with a bright pink back… and when we tried it on today before her class started?

SQUEALING! And from baby girl too!

🤣🤣

She didn’t even want to take it off when she came home, wearing it all through dinner.

💖💖💖💖

#1909 Luck in 4s

We had a beautiful pre-Mother’s Day catch-up tonight with my parents, sister and family.

We went out for dinner, and there was a kids play area in one corner of the restaurant that baby girl was rapt to spend a good half of the night in.

Aside from the usual good humour, happiness and laughter that spreads across the table when we all meet up, we took pleasure in watching baby girl try to achieve something.

Or rather, watch baby girl convince OTHERS to help her achieve something.

She was after ALL THE COINS. The reason being, she wanted to get a toy from within that claw machine game.

You know the one.

You put in a coin.

Position the claw over toy of choice.

Hit the button and down the claw-hand goes, seeming to clutch around the object of your fluffy affection… only for it to slide out of its claw-grip as it begins its ascent.

And you think, damn.

So close.

Well, luck was on ALL our sides tonight.

First, my nephew won baby girl her first toy, a white bear with a red heart on the front. He did so easily, to the point where I seriously wondered if he’d caught hundreds like it before.

The second one, she worked for. Many more coins went in, and she had her heart set on a My Little Pony toy, Twilight Sparkle, to be precise.

And then finally, he got it for her again.

But like an addict, baby girl wanted more. She had one, then she wanted two, and now she kept saying, just one more game, just one more game…

I was out of coins. But Baka heard.

My Mum was like, here’s some coins.

Back she went, alone this time.

And we watched through the windows, as the claw came up with a toy, and dropped it down the chute.

We couldn’t believe it.

Not one, not two, but she had gotten three toys, the last one herself!

This one another pony, Applejack. 🤦‍♀️

OMG. This does not happen. And it does not happen so easily either. I have never seen so many of these toys come out of one of these machines in my whole life, let alone in ONE SITTING.

Wow. 3. The lucky 3, the lucky number.

We were marvelling at the incredible luck she had this evening, when some older guys, perhaps in their 20s, walked by.

Holding a toy.

They said “do you want this?”

To baby girl.

She said “YES!”

And suddenly, there were 4! 4 toys!

The first one came fairly easy. The second one had to be worked for. Third was a stroke of chance, coupled with determination… and then the fourth just fell out of the sky.

Forget about lucky 3… the lucky 4 is in town.

💖💖💖💖

#1907 Jumping gym

Every so often your child grows up that bit more, and you hit another, really pleasant milestone.

Recently we’ve reached the ‘drop-off-and-drive-away-for-an-extracurricular-activity’ milestone.

This happens when you take your child to an after-school activity… but instead of staying there, like I do for swimming, I DRIVE AWAY.

Now, there are two reasons for the ‘drive away.’

1, she is old enough so I can leave her.

2, the session is too long to wait for her!

Hence why I hang around for swimming. Swimming is only half an hour. I check my phone, go on social media, make calls and send messages, as well as chat to a fellow parent. 30 minutes flies by.

90 minutes though? Today was her second gymnastics class after her trial last week, and I drove home, started prepping dinner, paid a bill, and rocked out to the entire A Night at the Opera Queen album, totally head-banging when ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ came on.

You know, the usual. 🤣🤷‍♀️

She is loving it though. She is an active girl, so she loves jumping about with the other girls, learning to do cartwheels and flips and all other cool stuff that I could never ever do, but hell I can live vicariously through her right? I mean isn’t that what ALL of parenting is anyway?

Totally joshing you there, you know it too.

But I love it as well. She’s already made a good friend, and even though she’s said both times “Stay!” as soon as they begin their stretch-ups and warm-ups, 5 minutes later she motions to me through the window “You can go!”

So I go, to do really important stuff like make dinner… and head-bang.

#1905 Present, dinner

We had a meaningful and present dinner tonight.

It was nice to go out on a Tuesday night, when we usually don’t. It’s midweek, and tonight it was cold…

But despite baby girl having school tomorrow, Hubbie and I don’t have work, hence why we chose to go out tonight for our anniversary dinner.

We were there just over an hour, tops. Not many people around.

We had drinks. We toasted. And then we sat and really listened to each other… baby girl with what she did at school today… Hubbie and I shared anecdotes… and as I ate my meal, I really took the time to be present, engage with what was happening then, NOW, with my family who I love so much.

It was simple, but so, so beautiful.

I understand why they call it the present. If you take the time to stop and appreciate, it’s honestly the greatest gift in the world. 💖💖💖

#1902 3 dinner stops

So many threes lately.

You know there are heaps of things to look forward to when you have kids.

Slow walks as they grasp your hand and look up to you in admiration.

Running on the grass, squealing with laughter.

Watching them slurp ice cream.

Their sweet face as they fall asleep.

Deep hugs that tell you how much love they feel.

Then there are, the other things.

Like, trying to decide dinner on a Saturday night, and EVERYONE WANTS SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

Like, tonight.

I wanted noodles and dumplings.

Hubbie wanted a steak sandwich from the fish and chip shop.

Baby girl wanted a Happy Meal.

We debated for half an hour. Do we just get a pizza, stuff the running around?

But I really wanted the noodles!

So out we went.

To get the steak sanga.

Then the noodles and dumplings.

Then the happy meal.

This took us over 40 minutes. And we were local, but it was that busy out, it was crazy! We swore we wouldn’t do it again, but then I had my meal…

And it was so delicious. Sure I probably won’t make three stops again, I’ll just make them have dumplings with me. 😂

I’m grateful for dumplings, and these crazy nights where we’re driving around town together. 💖💖💖

#1851 Sunshine on the water

We sat down to dinner tonight, and I happened to look out, beyond baby girl, to the waters behind her.

I loved what I saw.

A halo of light, the sun breaking through the clouds, illuminating the beautiful Bay below it.

It made me feel like God was there, parting the sky to speak down and tell us some extraordinary truth…

Leaving a beautiful glow in His wake. 💖🙏

#1841 Mummy-daughter dinner date

It was Monday evening, therefore Hubbie was off to his basketball game.

It left baby girl and me alone. I had made her fave… who am I kidding, OUR fave, spaghetti bolognaise.

We sat across from each other and ate, slurped, and talked.

The dynamic was completely different. And by no means do I mean it’s because Hubbie was gone. Rather, because it was 2.

Us two.

I have no doubt the same would have occurred had I been out, and Hubbie had been home with her.

But we really talked. I asked her about school.

“What’s your favourite part of school?”

“Snack time and lunch.”

🤣🤣

Well OF COURSE. It was always going to be play time. But I prodded some more. Learnt some things about their class. Their teachers. Her friends. And when I asked her to pick her favourite classes, she replied ‘art’ and ‘French.’

Awww. She’s already a young creative. I love it. 😍😍

I told Hubbie about it when he got home. I hope you too, can take something away from this.

Because it’s all well and good when you’re a family unit, together… but something changes when it’s just you and them. Maybe they feel more heard? Maybe they feel they can open up more? Whatever it is, I strongly encourage you to have a little dinner date, whenever it may be… with your littlie. 💖💖

#1795 Stuck in San Remo

There are worse places to be stuck, surely.

And I was only saying the other day, “next time we should stay here for a couple more nights…”

Well I got my extra night alright.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

So, how to spend the day when you have no place to go, but the apartment, facility and greenery that surrounds you?

If you’re Hubbie, you play basketball on the courts.

If you’re baby girl, you swim in the indoor swimming pools, jump on the jumping pillow, and make friends in the playground.

If you’re me, you take photos. 😍

And then as a family, you end the day with a feast, because let’s make the most of it shall we?

Things are starting to look up… despite this paradise, let’s hope we can get on the road tomorrow 🤞🙏

#1791 Thank God it’s Sunday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday.

Or for us, it could read like this:

Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday.

Because we’re on holiday time baby!

😁😁😁😁

We finally got back to one of our fave family places, where we dine, and play.

Southland. The places in question? TGI Fridays and Totally Games.

I had this delicious cocktail with my dinner, because of course that is the ultimate way to start a holiday break now isn’t it?

And then we went on to the most anticipated part of the evening (according to baby girl) where we played a crap load of games at Totally Games.

You know what was the best? Even better than baby girl squealing at each game we played, or getting the crappy little presents for all the money we poured into them?

It was Hubbie letting her win the Mario driving game.

I found it so weird that during the game she got to the lead, because well frankly, Hubbie used to live and breathe these kinds of games growing up, and still has a strong knack for them. As she screamed with delight when she crossed the video finishing line, I looked at Hubbie who gave me a wink.

“Shhh.”

Awww. And that’s a really simply way, to make everyone happy. 😍😍🥰🥰

#1784 Foodie day

I put a dress on tonight, and screwed my face up.

Hmmm…

In the past, I may have said “I’m not happy, that’s not sitting right.”

But instead I said “My BODY looks happy!”

😉😉🤣🤣

Yep. Happy. Relaxed. Probably not cover girl form, but I actually don’t mind that it’s NOT.

It is holiday time, and I am just going with the flow.

Doing what I like, eating what I like… take today for example.

Coffee with baby girl at a cafe this morning.

Making sweet potato gnocchi this afternoon to freeze for later, just because I had sage in my fridge… because I’d decided I must spend 3 hours making home-made gnocchi to use up herbs for an accompanying sauce that cost a few dollars. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

Dinner tonight! Mmmm, our fave, at The Royal Hotel…

AND dessert!

So of course my body is happy! Look at all of that! 🤣

You know, all jokes aside, a happy body doesn’t necessarily mean a body that has seen indulgence after indulgence, all day every day. Rather I am talking about enjoying the moment, and listening to what your body wants and needs, like really listening…

For example this morning, my body really wanted fruit on my cereal.

Other times I’m just craving the sweet summery taste of mangos, just roughly chopped up to simply enjoy.

And then weirdly on Friday nights, I end up devouring a bowl of Doritos, only to follow it with an even bigger serve of pistachios…? 😜

It’s been a hard past few months. Let’s try enjoy this holiday season doing what we love, whatever that may be. 🙏💖