Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lovely Lucy is her name

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Lucy is just delightful. One of the most delightful kids I've ever know - and the cutest name. And her parents are just the same. Delightful, and wise. We are so blessed to have families like this is our lives that we can look up to, and get advice from. It's especially helpful that her mum is also a naturopath! They make me more excited about our family of two soon becoming a three.

Happy Birthday Miss Catherine

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A favourite lady of mine turned twenty-five this week, and to celebrate we had a lovely picnic at Roma Street Parklands. I'm proud to be able to say that I've know Catherine since the day I was born. She is an old and special friend, and I'm so glad she is still in my life.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

State of Origin Vs Warm Outdoor Fire

The State of Origin football game is usually a pretty big deal in our house. Jamie loves watching it with a group of friends, eating pizza and cheering far too loudly. Football doesn't really appeal to me at all (or some of our other friends), so this year we found a great compromise. Football on the big tv inside, and marshmallows and a warm fire outside. This kept the serious football fans happy - no distractions from bored people like me chatting away in the background. There is something so lovely about sitting around a fire and chatting, enjoying the cold winter air and clear night sky. Even the dogs liked it. I think this will be a new tradition.

baby-moon food diary

As I said, our baby-moon holiday had a major food theme. I recently heard about a girl who started drawing everything that she purchased as a way of keeping track of her spending (and limiting it). I thought I'd try and do something similar to keep a track of our food adventures during our week in Melbourne, as we had a list of recommended cafes and restaurants to find.

The best cafe/bar find was a place called Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, which was about a 10 minute walk from our apartment in the city. It was opened in 1954, and it still looked like it was 1954 inside. The staff were all old Italian men, the mains menu was made up of some brass plaques on the wall (no prices anywhere to be found) and the only drinks they served were Frozen Granita Juice (kind of like a frappe) or amazing Coffee. It was simple and classic! The food was so fresh and authentic. And so cheap! We ate dinner there twice during our week. Definitely worth a visit if your in Melbourne.

Our baby-moon holiday

Jamie and I took two weeks off work for a bit of a baby-moon (our last holiday as just the two of us). It was the best holiday we've ever had which was a lovely surprise. I was a little unsure of how I would go traveling, as up until now (25 weeks pregnant) I've been quite unwell. But it seemed this was perfect timing - and exactly what I needed to break the somewhat unwell routine I was in.

We spent one week in Christchurch, New Zealand visiting my family and being tourists, and then one week in Melbourne, Australia on our own. It was a holiday marked mostly by delicious food (more than I've been able to eat in the past few months of morning sickness!), amazing coffee (also the first I've been able to stomach in months), and lots of time together being silly and enjoying each other. I'm so blessed to be married to my best friend, who for some reason never gets bored or sick of spending with me, and vice versa. it's wonderful.

Growing up

Boniver is growing up. She is a lovely thing. Hard to photograph with her deep black coat, so it's nice to get a shot of her cute pink tongue.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

We've been puzzling

Puzzles and board-games are always such a drag at the start, but before long they are addictive and enjoyable, and addictive. We've spent most of our evenings this week drinking tea, listening to music and puzzling away. I'm thinking of starting a puzzle club to swap good ones.

happy birthday dad

My lovely Dad turned 59 yesterday. We had a lovely morning on their deck, with close friends and plenty of delicious food. Their are so many things that I love and appreciate about Dad, he is so generous and soft in spirit, and so wise in his own funny ways. Love you Dad.