Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play Ever! 

Protected from the rain, Eva carried her Charlie and Lola umbrella along with her Lola doll as we walked to QPAC. Charlie and Lola has been a long-held obsession of Eva’s, and this year she was old enough to see and understand the Charlie and Lola play.

Bubble filled the auditorium during the bath scene. Paper butterflies flew down from the ceiling. The whole of the set was lit with twinkling fairy lights, and there were ogre shadow puppets. Throughout it all, Eva and Ruby watched intently, while other kids around us fidgeted or had tantrums. At the most intense scenes, Eva hid behind her Lola doll.

But when it was all over, it truly was the bestest play ever!

The best thing about summer? Getting to see Owen’s little baby rolls on display! 

GoMA & QAG

Sunday morning we spent a couple of hours exploring Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery. We visited Cai Guo-Qiang’s exhibits again and went to the California Design 1930-1965 exhibition, both were fantastic. I went home researching Eames and desperately want to purchase a piece! 

The kids on the other hand had a blast staring at the replica animals and then playing with the air vents! 

These two. Words can never describe how full my heart feels. 

Owen Henry — 8 Months Old

Owen is developing such a sweet temperament. He is full of cuddles and slobbery kisses. He waves and is constantly smiling! Owen is now crawling faster, navigating slight inclines, pulling up on furniture. With every day he seems to have more balance and control enabling him to move with greater agility. In fact, this morning he managed to climb up the first step of the staircase! 

Loves:

Books — especially lift the flap or pop-up ones. Dear Zoo and Peek-a-Who? are his favourites. 

Water — bath time, the shower, running water, the hose, buckets, cups. He loves it all, although he is not so keen on the waves of the ocean…

Food — surprisingly Owen is still not a fan of banana, but loves pretty much anything and everything he tries. Although he seems particularly excited about eating watermelon and blueberries.

Toys — Eva’s toys and figurines! He also loves these Kid O stacking and nesting cups.

Eva — Owen is fascinated by his sister. He will try to chase her down while she runs circles around him. If she is crying, he will go looking for her. And he wants to be doing whatever she is doing. For her part, Eva is a loving sister (within reason—after all, know right-minded person would be willing to share their favourite toys with anyone). But every morning, they both have big smiles and cuddles for each other.

Hates:

Sleeping alone — although he naps in his cot during the day, at night we have resorted to co-sleeping just so we can all get a little more sleep! 

Here is a little peak at our month long vacation in America — Disneyland, Christmas and many milestones along the way! 

Song: Errol Flynn by Jinja Safari

Byron Bay.

Back to the familiar. Back home. I don’t go back often enough and it’s only now that I’m older and it has been so many years since I lived there, that I realise just how beautiful it is. 

We spent the day exploring the lighthouse, escaping the heat by eating gelato, building sandcastles, Owen ate the sand and Eva squealed while being chased by the incoming waves. It was short and sweet, but a perfect day spent at the beach. 

Post-nap bed hair.

Rugged Up  

Although we are now back in the heat and height of Summer in Australia, I have to admit, I miss seeing the kids all rugged up, but I’m definitely not missing the cold! 

Three years ago I posted a picture of Eva at the same age in the same cradle. The cradle is almost 100 years’ old and has been through five generation.
I wonder if it will still be there for Eva or Owen to put their children in.

Three years ago I posted a picture of Eva at the same age in the same cradle. The cradle is almost 100 years’ old and has been through five generation.

I wonder if it will still be there for Eva or Owen to put their children in.

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