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A hot day on a public holiday led to a spontaneous trip down the coast to Kingscliff. Eva collected seashells, Owen napped under the beach tent, we picnicked and played with the kids along the shore line. 

Although this wasn’t Owen’s first trip to the beach, it was his first time to experience dipping his toes in the water. Curious, timid and then a wave hit. Eva and I squealed in reaction to the cold water and Owen freaked out. His arms flailed out, ready to be picked out and comforted. 

Despite the initial shock, as the weather warms, Owen will grow to love the beach. And we’re already planning more trips out of the city and down the coast. 

Last weekend we spent the day exploring our local street festival — jumbo slide races on Hessian sacks, a jumping castles, a baby animal farm, face painting and street food. The weather was beautiful, we soaked up a little sun, ate a little too much and left exhausted. 

Side note: Eva is now officially obsessed with having her face painted — there were tears before bedtime when we had to wipe it off! 

Exploring the City


A mid-week trip into the city was made easier with two parents. I used to take Eva into the city regularly before I became a mother of two, I haven’t had the courage to make such a big outing. But since Johnny took the day off work in lieu of a public holiday, we avoided the crowds and explored the museum, State Library and GoMA. 

Eva had a blast — she ran, played, created, discovered and squealed. Owen napped and fed and then napped some more. 

At the museum, she had to know the name of every animal on exhibit. The State Library always has a wonderful play area, and the theme this time was music. At GoMA, Eva wandered through an exhibit of modern Australian Aboriginal art, naming and admiring all the colours. She and Johnny the made kangaroo masks and hopped around together.

Everyone went home worn out but content. 

Byron Bay

I guess after 10 years away I am really no longer a local, but going down to Byron still feels like a homecoming. 

Eva played along the shoreline, then in the shallows, and finally splashing through the waves. Owen slept on the sand. We had a greasy pub meal at the Beach Hotel, and then Johnny and Eva split an ice cream.

We would only be there for three and a half hours, but it was still a perfect day. 

Family of Four


Since we have become a family of four we don’t get out as much as we use to, but a quick coffee and some pastries while exploring a new cafe helps to keep us a little more sane. 

* On a side note, isn’t that vertical garden amazing?! 

Earlier in the week we introduced Owen to one of our favourite things to do—brunch. Crammed into our favourite little cafe in New Farm, Owen slept through the whole meal.

But, even at this tender age, he will have to learn how seriously this family takes its breakfasts and its coffees. So seriously that we have to be escorted by an entourage of a dragon, a sheep, a cat, and rabbits.  

Summertime

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Summertime. 

Growing up by the beach, these are the types of childhood memories I have of summertime in Australia: splashing on the shore line, chasing the waves back and forth, giggling in the surf. 

And although I loved my childhood growing up in a small coastal town, I could never move back. I thrive in the city. I need the hustle and bustle. I need to stay busy. But every now and then it is refreshing to go back, to see the roads and the coastline and beaches that I have memorized. 

Last Friday we took an unplanned trip to day trip Byron Bay, and spent the afternoon playing in the sea as the sun went down. 

A little timid at first, Eva clutched my hand as she tiptoed her way to the water’s edge. And although she never let go, I had never heard such loud screams and giggles from her as she played chasey with each new set of waves. 

I guess it’s only through seeing the joy and happiness of such a simple thing that it makes you realise how beautiful life can be. I just wish we took the time more often to stop and breathe it all in. 

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A Day at the Beach

The school holidays have ended, I’m back at work and we’re all trying to adjust into our old routine. For the first time in a long time we stayed home these holidays. Both our plans to go to Sydney and Byron Bay fell through at the last minute, which meant that I was back in my old routine of stay-at-home mum — playdates, day trips to the city etc. 

However, on the last day of the holidays, on an unseasonably hot Spring day, we made a spur of the moment decision to go to the beach. Packing up the car, we drove an hour north to the Sunshine Coast and spent the day at the beach. We ate a picnic lunch in the shade, collected seashells, walked along the sand, built sandcastles, and of course, there was lots of splashing. 

Maybe because I group up in a beach town, I have always taken wonderful beaches for granted. But Eva is already such a city girl. So with many picture perfect beaches within just an hour’s drive, we are going to have to make more of an effort to visit them this summer.

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September 28 — 7:04pm
"I No Like it"
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The annual Brisbane River Festival just finished and we took Eva to see the last night of the laser light show. We battled the crowds, paid too much for parking, and fought for a space on the riverfront. Eva was excited about everything. She pointed out  all the bats flying around. She engaged us in a semantic debate over whether we were looking at “the sea” or the river (Eva initially argued for the former but confused halfway through the debate). And then the show started. The music over the loudspeakers was loud and dramatic, and that was enough for Eva: “I no like it.” So we wandered over to check out the Chinese lanterns instead.

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September 28 — 7:04pm

"I No Like it"

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The annual Brisbane River Festival just finished and we took Eva to see the last night of the laser light show. We battled the crowds, paid too much for parking, and fought for a space on the riverfront. Eva was excited about everything. She pointed out  all the bats flying around. She engaged us in a semantic debate over whether we were looking at “the sea” or the river (Eva initially argued for the former but confused halfway through the debate). And then the show started. The music over the loudspeakers was loud and dramatic, and that was enough for Eva: “I no like it.” So we wandered over to check out the Chinese lanterns instead.

Sunday Festivities

Sunday was busy. Eva’s grandma arrived from the States early that morning and we spent the rest of the day split between a local street festival and a 1-year-old’s birthday party! 

The street festival was fantastic —we should have just skipped the Ekka. There was a petting zoo, crafts, great rides, better food, and a fantastic neighbourly atmosphere. Eva rode the big, yellow slide with Johnny twice — excitedly yelling “again!” at the end of each turn. And despite what the pictures might portray, Eva was rather wary of the baby animals and seemed more interested in playing with the gate! We spent several hours just wandering around and enjoying the gorgeous weather.

Home for an hour, and then we were off to my cousin’s daughter’s first birthday. And as I checked the photo below, I realised that for Eva’s piñata at her birthday party, she was wearing the same dress —only then it was at least several centimetres longer!

This time however things did not go so well with the piñata. The savage beating given to this one upset Eva. She broke down into inconsolable tears, and it took us several minutes before we realised she was sobbing “donkey bad” over and over. Eva attempted to save the donkey from the other kids and Johnny had to hide the remains after they had ripped it apart. It was heartbreaking and gave me a new empathy for piñatas.

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