#1505 Day 7 of getting there: Rebel-ing with doughnuts

Next on my support local list is a place I was absolutely stoked to find out was joining our town, and moving down the road, LITERALLY, back in early 2018.

Rebel Donuts. 

They, along with so many other businesses have been forced to get creative amongst decreasing customer volumes coming through their shop in response to the push for greater social isolation and essential travel only.

So when I saw their call out to spread the message far and wide on doughnut (yes, DOUGHNUT) delivery and pick-up, I was like OH YES.

More exciting was realising that they were also sending out decorating packs, much like the decorating baby girl did during the school holidays last year which I posted about here.

So, guess who got a surprise today, right before coffee/babycino time? Huh, huh?

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I got baby girl the Frozen decorating pack, which includes 2 plain doughhuts, a whole heap of decorations and icing, and instructions on how to make them…

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But we all know kids go and do their own thing anyway, right?

That’s right honey. Pour on ALL the sprinkles.

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I hope these guys get ALL the love and are able to keep doing this delivery thing, because I have an Easter surprise planned for baby girl in a couple of weeks…

Check out the Rebel Donuts facebook page for where they’re delivering to,

OR

their website: http://www.rebeldonuts.com.au

Note: Delivery needs a minimum spend of $20… which is so easy to achieve, to be honest. 😉

Nom nom nom nom nom.

#1479 The surprise DVD

I definitely wasn’t expecting it. As I wandered into Target this morning, shopping aimlessly like I have been doing since mid last year but with no $$$ (ha ha), thinking how days like this were limited in itself, I saw this huge Frozen 2 cardboard display.

I stopped.

WHAT? The DVD was out already?

I wasted no time in buying it. Surely baby girl would be as surprised as I was. She would be over-the-moon. I would even, tape it.

After school Hubbie turned on the camera on my phone to capture what would undoubtedly be a high-energy moment. Surely she would be ecstatic. Lose her mind. Go ape-shit.

“Baby girl,” I started. “What would be like, the best present ever?”

A huge smile spread across her face as she finished drinking her milk.

“Actually, get off the stool. I don’t want you falling off it when you hear this.”

She got off, and I spent a few moments asking her a series of really generic questions… but then it started to get specific.

“So, who are your favourite dolls to play with?”

“Anna and Elsa.”

SCORE. I knew she would say that.

“And, what’s your favourite Disney movie?”

PAUSE… “Ariel?”

WHAT?

“Ariel? Any others?”

“Cinderella.”

This was NOT going to plan.

“Okay, what about movies you’ve just seen… what was the last movie you saw at the cinemas?”

“Frozen 2.”

Without a word I pulled out the DVD from it’s hiding place and handed it to her. She took it and stared at it, looking it over.

“It’s the DVD! From the movie! Frozen 2!”

She smiled… faintly. I looked at my phone. “You can stop taping now!”

OMG. Her reaction was so underwhelming. I think it was the shock of having it suddenly… there.

But within no time over the course of the afternoon/night, I could hear her singing songs from the sequel with such heart, songs she had only been able to access through small snippets on youtube…

So we got there. Finally.

#1381 Frozen movie date

Tonight we watched Frozen.

Not the animated much-anticipated sequel of the year, silly. Nooo.

We watched the first Frozen movie. At home.

In the best place… from our couch.

We thought it might be a good idea, oh I don’t know, to revisit the first one seeing as we’ll be watching the second one very shortly? 😉

I have seen it loads of times… out of order. Scenes here and there. Sometimes the end, sometimes the beginning, sometimes the middle.

But never as one cohesive whole – start>middle>end.

Hubbie has seen it NO TIMES. He thinks the song ‘Let It Go’ is great (he really does) and he knows some characters names. That’s it.

It was therefore so satisfying to see him freak out when – spoiler alert! – a certain ‘someone’ turns and shows their ugly side. That is all I will say (you know who I’m talking about don’t you?)

It makes me all the more excited for our upcoming weekend viewing. So fine, I love Disney movies. Guilty as charged.

I’m as pumped as baby girl to see what they do with this next storyline. Can’t wait. ♥

 

#1239 Princess fun at Disney on Ice

Hubbie and I sat, giggling and sneaking looks to one another while also peeking beside us at baby girl.

She was singing, warbling… she was letting it rip.

“Let it go! Let it go! Don’t hold it back anymore!”

It had been a long 4 months that she had been waiting to see Disney on Ice. Even so, the trip in today seemed almost as long… trains, then disruptions to trains which meant replacement buses, and oh, the drama! The angst! The hell!

It really did feel like forever to get to that moment… and even then, at the start of the show…

“When are the princesses coming?”

“Where’s Ana?”

This girl was just not content with only Mickey Mouse, Dory and Nemo or Toy Story. She had come to see some freaking ice, and sparkle.

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So when the group of Disney princesses DID emerge, we were enthralled at their ice skating genius, and gasping out loud when Rapunzel did this number in the air with Eugene:

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Incredible! I think the parents were thinking as we were – “shit… Disney has upped their game!”

All of these air acrobatics definitely had her rapt, but nothing more so than when her favourite sisters FINALLY emerged from behind the big curtain.

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“Don’t hold it back anymore!”

Oh no, baby girl held NONE of it back. We just let her be and tried to not let her, you know, catch us giggling at her, being all 5 going onto 16 and all 😉

 

 

#917 Another year, another birthday/s

Well, whoops. Here I was talking abut being soooo party ready yesterday, that after writing last night’s post, I totally forgot to hit ‘post.’ I have now posted very fashionably, late, AFTER the party fact.

The face paint was fun. The hand paint was fun too. There was cake and food, drink and coffee… Kids were everywhere, “the air was like ice” (in true Frozen-themed form) but inside we were warm, and honestly as the kids went bezerko for a little while after the hail decided to grant us some respite, they didn’t even notice.

The happiest part for me? Baby girl is a very friendly and happy child, but even so the thought of entering rooms where there are a lot of people, even if they are family and friends, well it terrifies her at the moment. And though she had moments like that today, where she shied away from happy birthday greetings and photo ops of people that decided to just GRAB her (like seriously, what the actual F*&K, I would run away from them too!) she was absolutely amazing during the official happy birthday song.

In last year’s post I wrote about the birthday song NOT going down so well, to put it mildly…

And this year? She said we could make it a little noisy 🙂 And then proceeded to smile happily as everyone sang to her.

It made my heart explode with happiness.

A cold day, but a warm one that was filled with love, bees and butterflies. ♥♥♥
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#903 Westfield Doncaster shopping day no. 4

Sometimes you just need to go back to your old hood to get any shit done.

That was my intention and thoughts as we headed to Doncaster this morning.

Chaddy last week? Yeah, it had been seriously so-so. I know I know. First World Problems.

The plan was to get all of this stuff for baby girl’s and mine upcoming birthdays.

The day was NOT as expected.

I unexpectedly got avocado in my brown rice and spicy prawn sushi rolls, and that is a big NO-NO for me as it usually ends in me being sick for a good while after. It’s my stomach’s choice, not mine that I can’t eat avocado. I picked it out as best I could, but was still feeling all tummy topsy-turvy for hours later.

I deliberately held off on the coffee to counter this fact, but even so, when I did have my cappuccino, once again my tummy did a little backflip and belly dance as it mixed up the coffee with any ill-feeling avo pieces that were left.

Great.

This lasted the entire visit.

Add to that feeling achy, and then there’s this cough I’ve had for a week now, which I’m sure wants to CHOKE ME TO DEATH at the most inopportune time.

But there was some good. (I mean I am writing this post, right?) We got baby girl a very cute outfit for her birthday, and she loved it so much she carried the shopping bag around the centre for almost the whole time.

That is HUGE for a 4 year-old who was adamant she was going to hold her Elsa doll the whole day, and then as we got out of the car when we arrived, was already handing her to me to put in my bag.

And the slime. She loves slime. Slime makes her happy.

Dear-y me.

Doncaster Shopping day fun and games.

#875 Sunday funday BIG day

Today’s super BIG day started at the super wee early hour of 5am.

And it wasn’t accidental or by unwanted force – no, the wake up call was all instigated by ME.

Crazy huh? Yeah, I know. I even set the alarm and EVERYTHING.

If it hadn’t been for the mammoth day ahead, my wake up call would have been an hour earlier… but alas, I needed some sleep. I knew what was ahead of us, and yet I also knew that I couldn’t miss out on possible celebrations…

So I left my phone on silent on the bedside table as I went to bed on Saturday night, the FIFA schedule and results up on my internet browser, so that when the alarm did wake me at 5am, I would see the half-time scores of the FIFA game playing right then.

I figured if my team were losing by a big margin, I would keep on sleeping.. anything close in competition, and it meant wakey wakey for me.

It read Croatia – 1: Russia – 1

Damn. Kind of. RIP sleep. It would have to come another day.

So my first gratitude of the day came after several dozen heart attacks through the roller coaster of a match, where FINALLY Croatia won in yet another penalty shoot-out!

Guys! What are you doing to me?!?! :):):)

There was no point in going back to bed. Because there were places to be.

The first show of the day brought with it my second gratitude.

Lah Lah’s Big Live Band 10th Birthday show. Can I just reiterate how amazing they are? It certainly isn’t the first time we have seen them or been up close and personal… but not only did Tom Tom the drummer willingly and of his own accord sign all of the to drums before the show, but Lah Lah added to it with her own signature, on the drum and on the mini doll.
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My third gratitude of the day came with the realisation of an exhibition I have been longing to see. The thought of works from New York being shown outside of the States and in Australia was reason enough on its own, but knowing I could see up close and personal some incredible and influential art, one of which is a favourite of mine in both artist and painting, was an opportunity I couldn’t ignore.

My favourite, (top right) ‘The Persistence of Memory,’ by Salvador Dali. Did you know Dali used the hypnagogic method in helping to inspire his artwork, whereby he would take his daily siesta holding a spoon above a plate… and when it fell, it woke him, taking him from the grey area between awake and sleeping, this pre-sleep stage that provided him with the most fantastical images of the unconscious world.

Crazy. My kind of crazy though. 😉

And last but not sleep… the final gratitude of the day. From merely a decade of Lah Lah, to a century of Disney on Ice!

 

The best parts? Discovering our seats were THE BOMB, along with watching baby girl act out with absolute glee all of the Frozen scenes, pure joy for her since she was dressed as the Ice Queen herself 🙂

And right now, I am pooped. It was an amazing day, a BIG day, but I need balance.

Tomorrow, I might have to do BIG NOTHING.

And I will be BIG grateful for it 🙂