Archive | January, 2015
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Daily Pics: Tonight We Are Enemies

Much sporting excitement tonight with Murray playing Krygios in the quarter finals of the Australian Open. Crazy Daisy is worth her weight in gold, especially when she turned to English Hubby and declares, “tonight are enemies”! Unfortunately there are no remaining Aussies in the competition, and mum has also lost her lover boy, Federer, so the field is wide open for her vocal support. 

 

Grandpa pushing stroller along street

Off to see the ducks (part 2)

 

Father and son in carrier infront of Main Street cafe

Brunch at Main Street with my boys

 

Baby with cap and bib

Noshing on roast beef and vegetable purée with Turkish bread

 

Beach on a cloudy day

Off to the beach

 

Man and laughing baby on the beach

For a wind swept walk…

 

Family selfie on mordialloc beach

…and family selfie

 

Man and baby on beach with segues in the background

Chasing seagulls

 

Baby with food all over

C’mon gimme a hug!

 

Man in car holding bags of chips

Pre game dash for munchies

 

Murray v Krygios tennis match on tv

England v Australia

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Daily Pics: Relativity

In a blink of an eye 20 years flies by. Cousins grow up, new families are created, and conversations move from Barbies and Lego to house prices, grandsons and worldly travels. They say it’s always about journey, but when you’re on that path every day it is hard to notice the gradual change. Then all of a sudden over afternoon tea the passing of time becomes evident and more memories are made.

 

Grandma lying on play mat with baby

The look of pure joy

 

Baby with bug toy

Love bug

 

Family at table having afternoon tea

Catching up over a cosmopolitan afternoon tea

 

Aunty carrying baby holding plastic duck

Playing duck with Grand Aunty S

 

Baby rolling on play mat

This is how we roll

 

Baby and uncle looking at cuckoo clock

Captivated by the cuckoo

 

Extended family

Theory of relativity…Energy = Memories and Cousins Squared

 

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Daily Pics: Muffins And Cupcakes

I’m reminded of why Melbourne is known to have ‘four seasons in one day’. It has threatened to rain since the morning, with intermittent sprinklings under an ominous looking sky. Nevertheless we pushed on and managed to fit in a walk to the local coffee shop this morning, muffins and coffee on a park bench, lunch and cupcakes at Soniana’s place, zoo dancing, the case of a missing trailer, and a walk to the park to play. It has been a wonderful day with wonderful friends. This is what make it feel like home. 

 

Grandma walking with stroller

Braving the weather

 

Cookie jars and New Years resolution

One cappuccino with two sugars and a decaf soy latte please

 

Mum and me eating muffins

Muffin break

 

Baby in stroller smiling

Baby Boy O gets his little super puff snacks

 

Aunty and baby

Coffee break and cuddle with Smelly

 

Woman making cupcakes with kids looking on

Making butterfly cupcakes from scratch

 

Girl asking for cupcake

I want…

 

Tray of cupcakes

…CUPCAKE!

 

Man reading book

English Hubby doing some light reading and seeing the error of his ways

 

Little girl cutting cucumber

Making lunch, with olives too!

 

Baby with kiddies

Loving the attention

 

People walking to the park

Off to the park

 

Three best friends

The most amazing women in the world, reunited

 

Two boys and two girls

Cheeky bunnies – one hard head, one dibber dobber, one five year old going on fifteen and one smiley olive eating princess

 

Four kids jumping

This picture says it all

 

Best friend holding my baby

Soniana always knew this day would come

 

Chicken parmigiana

Capping off a perfect day with dinner at The Local with Scoobes and Fatty Patty

 

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Daily Pics: Bali R&R

Enjoying some much needed R&R at our lovely villa. So very glad we chose to stay here. Thank you to all our Facebook friends who gave us advice on whether an open swimming pool would be a hazard for an eight month old baby. The wonders of technology, allowing us to crowdsource an answer. 

 

Happy baby

Hello sunshine

 

Napping baby

Nap time now

 

Man selling sweet potato

Sweet potato for my sweet boy

 

Woman crossing street in Bali

Bringing home the goodies

 

Mangosteen and rambutan

More snacks

 

Baby napping with book

More napping

 

Man getting hot stone massage on table

Hot stone rub down

 

Man and baby in pool

And a delicious dip

 

Man having dinner

Followed by a yummy (dark) dinner at the Bvlgari Resort

 

Baby and mum at dinner

With my fabulous boys

 

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Daily Pics: Love And Marriage

I have known my Dear Kinder Friend since I was three. It has been a connection that spans continents, schools, companies and the passing of time. He played the song that I walked down the aisle to, and today I feel so blessed to share another milestone with him. His marriage to his soul mate. To my Dear Kinder Friend and his Missus, may the stars in the heavens shine upon you and happiness touch every day. 

 

Baby in stripped outfit sitting on a couch

Just chillin’

 

Swimming pool in villa

Enjoying the villa

 

Babysitter carrying baby

Hello Babysitter Jawick

 

Dad carrying baby and babysitter walking

Off to breakfast

 

Man eating breakfast with babysitter carrying baby

So nice to have an extra pair of hands (thx for the recommendation Party Marty)

 

Local kids

Greeted by devilish smiles

 

Baby carried by babysitter

So happy to be carried

 

Cows in paddock

Just over the back fence

 

Baby swinging on legs of lady

Playing with Gong Gong’s girlfriend

 

Baby and mum playing with water in pots

Learning about hydrology

 

Baby holding two pots in swimming pool with dad and friend

Mastering the two handed maneuver

 

Four people and baby in the pool

Pool time pre wedding fun

 

Baby in carrier looking at mans necklace

Checking out Uncle Nik’s man jewelry

 

Baby and dad with friends

Waiting for the bus

 

Beautiful family in Bali

The dress fits!…just

 

Bali traffic

Enroute in traffic

 

Entrance with wedding sign

Finally made it

 

Baby reaching for dad's drink

Daddy please…

 

Baby with grimace on face

Hmmm!

 

Wedding dinner table setting

Last minute prep

 

Man at alter waiting for his bride

The longest wait

 

Bride and groom standing at the altar

For his perfect soulmate

 

Wedding party tent

Lighting up the night

 

Suckling roast pig

Local delicacies

 

Two merry people

A few drinks down the line

 

Wedding favors with message

Wedding favors…

 

Wedding favors with message

…with sagely advice

 

Baby sitting on woman

Second wind for the party boy

 

Mum and baby at wedding

About to turn into late night pumpkins

 

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Daily Pics: Bali High

Bali was never on my list of places to go. Growing up in Australia, Bali was where the lager louts and bogans went for their corn roll braid holidays. Sort of like what the trashy Ibiza party crowd is to the English. But as I’ve learned over the last year to never say never. We are here for my Dear Kinder Friend’s wedding and I’m loving being in the heat and mess and smell of Indonesia. Having crowd sourced the decision to stay in a gorgeous villa with a private pool, we find ourselves amongst old friends. Over 25 years and still recognizable. Connections renewed, it is now time to play. 

 

View of green fields

A view from the top

 

Baby in stroller outside villa

Heading off to explore

 

Man pushing stroller down lane in Bali

Loving the sights and smells

 

Busy road with motorcycles

And sounds and the craziness

 

Killer Mexican food in Bali

May be a killer in more ways than one

 

Bali fried chicken stand

What would Kentucky think?   

 

Nasi goreng breakfast

Traditional breakfast with an old family friend

 

Man in supermarket in Bali

Love checking out the local supermarket

 

London biscuits

You never know what you will find

 

Small side road to villa in Bali

Not surprising we got lost finding the villa last night

 

Baby and dad in red tops

Going for the mini me camouflage look

 

Man carrying baby in car seat

Meeting up at Finns Bar

 

Finns bar beach front

A long way down for a cocktail on the beach

 

Vernacular to Finns bar

Thank goodness for the mechanical intervention

 

Me and husband

Quick selfie plus one

 

Storm approaching beach

Perfectly timed around the torrential storm

 

Crab on beach

Maybe the crab ran off with English Hubby’s fitbit

 

Big hugs

Big hugs from a Starr

 

Bonfire on the beach

Not your average night in Bali

 

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