Friday, 24 April 2015

australia day 2015

Opps - this post is a touch late! Just stumbled across these pics from earlier in the year.
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The Australia day tradition continues, albeit a little cooler than precious years.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

your first easter

We were so spoilt this Easter. We got to hang out with the Donnelly's in the most thoughtfully constructed little stone cottage that I've ever laid eyes on. A cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere, a toasty fire place, oh and three incredibly energetic little ones - what more do you need for a memorable weekend away!

"Come on Uncle Jono...just let me have a sip"
Oh how you loved that stair case and pretty much any stair case!
 Your Dad will do just about anything anywhere and anytime to make you smile - melts my heart!
 Bath time with your little lady...
 ...although you were also pretty pleased to have the bathtub all to yourself...woohoo!
There you are again on the stair case. This happened several times a day. I mean several times an hour.
 The Easter egg hunt begins...first Easter egg found! In the gum boot where else :)
You found your first Easter egg...with a bit of help from Dad.
Clearly I get a little excited about the sight of a chocolate egg!
 ...opp...you spotted it too and your off!! That's my boy!
 You look so much like your Dad in this pic (when he was your age that is).
 
You and Emma with your loot.
 You were really persistent and actually managed to unwrap the egg...
 ...yeah you weren't so happy when I took it away. 

Thank you for having us and for hosting such a precious first Easter for our little guy.

We love you four so much!

xx

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

missing you


[photo by Joyess Images]

I missed you lots this afternoon.

I took Lucas to playgroup and realised I won't see your face at church again, which hurt because your smile always made me and about a thousand or so other people feel so loved and welcomed.

As the days roll by we're having to discover what life without you will look like and it stings and makes our hearts ache as we trudge through and form new family traditions. 

We celebrated Pop's birthday without you on Sunday. I don't think my head and heart could really comprehend that you weren't there. I kept thinking you were upstairs having a nap and that you'd come down when you were feeling a bit better. We did our best to smile and make sure Brad had a great day. I missed you so much, especially when he opened his birthday presents. You always spoilt us so much and made such a fuss about the gifts. 

I pulled my phone out to take a photo of Lucas this afternoon. I quickly put it back when I realised I couldn't text you the photo.

Time aye - apparently it's meant to make it better. 

I'm thankful for the way my heart aches for you. Makes me realise how loved I was by you and how much I love you.

xx

Saturday, 11 April 2015

8 months

Lucas: "You talking to me?"

Opps...I completely forgot to do your 8 month post. You turn 9 months in 11 days time so I figure I may as well sneak this post in before then.

A few things you're now doing.
  • Clapping! You started clapping the day before we flew out for Bali. You clapped for the first time after I fed you couscous. You'd been having the same dinner a few nights in a row, so I feel you were simply encouraging me to give you more variety in your diet :P
  • Saying "mum mum" you've been saying this for over a month now but I've always just assumed it was just a noise you were making, but of recent you seem to say it when you want me or more to the point when you want me to give you milk or put you to sleep. The first couple of time you said it was at night and your teeth were really hurting you and you screamed it out.
  • You are desperately trying to walk. You are pulling yourself up on everything and using whatever you can as a walker. We were at a Japanese restaurant having lunch and you noticed some little girls at the other end of the restaurant, you crawled over to some stools and started pushing one in front of you so you could walk up to them. You got half way and they started walking out, so you turned the stool around and started following them out. We just sat at our table with our jaws on the floor...you're growing up way too fast!
  • Some days you like your food other days not so much. But when you do, you like stuff with LOTS of flavor and preferably stuff we're eating. You ate soo much nasi goreng in Bali.
  • You like waving hi and by to people...or just waving in general.
  • You're really starting to enjoy your toys. You've started moving the beads on your puzzle , I'm so amazed at how patient you are with yourself.
  •  Pop and Nana tought you how to move your little hands when we sing Twinkel, Twinkel. It's about the only song that stops you when your crying.
  • Nana also taught you how to give kisses, although you're very particular with who you give those too. Nana and I pretty much get them every time we ask for one, Dad not so much.
  • You love the swing Dad set up for you in the front courtyard. If you're not into your food we put you in the swing and all of a sudden you're having so much fun you forget you didn't want the food. Ahh cheeky parents we are!
  • You love being in the water. While we were on holiday you kept jumping in whever we'd sit you up on the edge of a pool.
  • If there is music playing you love to be held so you can flap your little arm around, you look like a tiny tiny bad ass rapper when you do it.
  • You now point with your little index finger ALL the time! To everything. You sometimes even fall asleep pointing.
  • Oh and you've started scrunching your nose and doing this little fake smile. It's hilarious. Anyone who sees you doing it instantly smiles or laughs!
  • You now have 4 teeth. 3 down the bottom and one that just cut through up the top two days ago.
  • Oh and you travel really well...your dad and I were so impressed with you while were in Bali. You absolutely love being out and about and meeting new people and you were a really great little sleeper in the pram. Now if only we could convince you that it's really cool to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time at night :P
Love you little man.
xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

bali times

Bali Times...
[Flying over Darwin. We need to visit this place sometime!]
 [Waking up in Ubud surrounded by rice fields and roosters that like to tell you the sun is rising at 3am? Really guys? 3am?]
 [Breakfast with the big boys]
  [aka: mummy time]
 [Travelling Bali style - safety first...clearly?]
[We had lunch while you made new friends]
 [So nice to have someone greeting us at the entrance of the monkey temple]
[Lucas vs Monkey staring competition]
 [Walking to dinner through the rice fields -nice!]
[So apparently dogs are scary but iguana's are ok by you. What's that about?!?]
 [Us at the spring water temple. So awkward we both wore sarongs that day!]
 [When you can't find a gym...50 reps of this]
 [Nusa Lembongan - oh my. This place - sooo beautiful!]
 [This dinner was something else - that setting, that sunset. Awesome place for a 40th birthday bash...hint hint ;)]
[Yes before breakfast I like to swim with Giant Trevally - you?]
[Nusa Lembongan's underground house. Affectionately and more accurately renamed by the Piltz crew as "The Hole"]
 [Yes that's you entertaining about 25 locals on the other side of the road from the back of a truck]
[My boys chilling on the words most picturesque swing set]
 [You, making friends and entertaining the people having lunch next to us. This happened pretty much everywhere we stopped.]
[Lucas: "Mum, that's it I've had it! I've told you a thousand times - we need to stop walking out of the house in matching outfits, it's embarrassing!] 
[You cruising the streets of Seminyak]
[Lucas: "Alright!! Let's do this dinner thing!"]
[A-mazing Amed]
[These two love birds...in a nest of cushions, perched on a roof top bar in Amed, ready to watch yet another an amazing sunset together!] 
[Below: The toughest part of every day in Amed. Looking through cook books to work out what we wanted to have on the menu for the next day. Life was so hard for those 4 days.]
Thanks for the incredible memories amigos...so where are we off to next!!