#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. 🤨😄🌅

#1281 Down time after the birthday weekend

Tonight, there is no writing.

Tonight, there is no reading.

There isn’t even a pre-emptive to-do list for the week ahead.

I think I will work it out. I always have.

Tonight, I do nothing. After the birthday weekend we’ve just had, I am spent.

I am satisfied.

I am exhausted.

I will sit here on the couch and smile as I go through photo after photo, and snuggle in closer to the cushion as I hear the wind howling outside, all while giving thanks for yesterday’s sunshine.

Tonight, I take a break. ❤

#1259 Tipsy, relaxed and chilled

I’ve been focused and preparing and go-go-go for days now.

Sometimes we get ourselves overly worked up.

I am guilty as charged.

We had some people over tonight who have never visited our place… a little group of them too, not just, like two.

And despite my craziness and the frenzy leading up to it, I discovered the insanity was all for nothing.

The stress. The nerves. The ‘what ifs’ on every possible scenario.

Why do we do this?

I realised early on it was…

ALL GOOD.

And though now I am relaxed, chilled, and yeah, a little affected after a couple glasses of wine, happy the night is over…

I realise with happiness, I was also content during the night.

Don’t wish for it to be over. Enjoy every moment to the full. Don’t live a life of halves, pushing away emotions and experiences.

Live through all of it, entirely with all of your being. Don’t live a half life. Make it FULL.

#1231 Besties, burgers, baby girl and boys

Not only was it a night of the first two…

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With our nearest and dearest, catching up and chill-axing with some nice red on a cold and Wintery Saturday night…

But I was privy to witnessing some precious moments between baby girl, and our friends boys.

A group of 3 who do their fair share of wrestling, rugby tackles, and flying leaps as they careen out of control from one side of the room to the other, they were so incredibly sweet and appreciative with her… as she handed them all personalised hand-drawn pictures she did today at home… including her in their games as they hid, and then seeked, throughout the house… and later while tired and sugared out from ice cream and self-made candied sundaes, they all squashed together on the couch, snuggling into and leaning on each other, for friendship, and in baby girl’s case, pillow support. 😆

But nothing could be more beautiful 😍

#1230 Last day of term bliss

So many wonderful things marked this fabulous end of term 2 for school.

(All I can see before me, are sleep-ins and lazy mornings… 😉 )

Firstly, it was a stunningly bright day for Winter. So warm in fact, I didn’t need to wear my jacket during the day! Shock horror.

Secondly, it was crazy hair day at baby girl’s school. And though we didn’t do anything extreme like stick a coca cola bottle to her head (yep I saw it) we sprayed some pink and attached a huge bow, and she was pretty rapt with that.

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The effort of the kids today, was superb. Kudos to them all for making the last day so bloody colourful and bright, almost as bright as the shining sun from above.

And lastly, what baby girl and I had been looking forward to for a few days now…

The library visit.

You are clearly new to this blog if you don’t know why we were looking forward to it.

What makes the library visit so damn exciting? (Well other than books galore, duh).

The corner café in there…and THAT hedgehog.

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This hedgehog slice is so amazing, every time we pay a visit I MUST have one. With baby girl and her ginger meg, me with my slice, along with our respective babycino and cappuccino, we sat and slurped and nibbled, appreciating every little morsel and the firm knowledge that now it was HOLIDAYS.

Mwa ha ha.

And after rushing about all day, it was so nice to end the afternoon with a book, drinking some coffee, and watching baby girl choose books from afar.

Ahhh. Welcome July school holidays, I am so glad you are here. 🙂

#1224 Saturday Night In no. 7

The best nights in aren’t necessarily when you are home alone with your family…

But when you are home alone, with company.

So actually, far from being alone. 😆

But it was grand. Therapeutic. Chillax-ing. Just what the doctor ordered.

Sis, bro-in-law and my nephew came over for a long overdue catch up… I say that like we haven’t seen each other in yonks, and yet we’ve seen each other 3 Saturdays in a row. 

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But we haven’t caught up quite like we did tonight. Just our own little private party. Quiet… then loud music. Slow… then running around.

A little bit of everything. Just like this picture:

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Drinks and chocolate mousse and colouring in… all the things that make a Saturday night so happy and freeing.

And sooo much more.

Most importantly, great company. The most essential ingredient of all. 💗

#1218 Sunday Our Day no. 3

After waking this morning so tired and sore, we had to head out into the sunshine, and replenish ourselves by nature’s hand…

We walked down a nearby street towards the beach later in the afternoon. There is a café on that path (how awfully convenient) and we sat amidst it’s large and looming trees (above) as we all shared in some Sunday arvo coffee and treats…

Before stopping by at the nearby park (awfully convenient for baby girl) where we sat in the blinding sunlight and watched her play

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(that’s her singing Jasmine doll also watching her play)

And then we took the most curious and leisurely of strolls down a street we had never been in. We observed the tall and overgrown trees lining the street, the immaculate beach houses, and pictured us maybe one day, FAR in the future, in a kind of house like that…

You can dream. ♥ (You all know what happens when I dream…)

It just shows that you can explore and find adventure in your day, within your own backyard… and often all you have to do is turn a different corner…