2018 – A year in review

This year, we actually were awake at midnight on New Year’s Eve. We had spent the afternoon at our friends’ place swimming in their pool and watching all the kids have a ball. Champagne was drunk, great food was eaten and many laughs were had.

But for me the evening wasn’t just about celebrating the start of a new year, but also about remembering what a wonderful year we had just had. For while many people seemed to be wishing away the year that was, on reflection, we had a pretty amazing year. Sure – there were the usual ‘stresses’ associated with a busy work and home life, a seemingly never-ending Winter and lots of other little challenges thrown in along the way, but for the most part we had a lot of fun. Good health, lots of adventures and so many wonderful memories made. Not to mention a little baby that turned into a toddler before our very eyes!

In January we had found ourselves with a little extra time before I headed back to work and the kids headed back to school. So we headed off on a “girls” road trip to Melbourne to catch up with my family and share cuddles with my newest niece.

February was all about Miss J – who turned 3! We celebrated with a Fairy themed party and a lot of fun was had by all. Then Miss C started grade 1 the following week and I returned to work part time.

March was all about Miss C who turned 6 (how did that happen?). We planned on throwing her a small afternoon tea with a couple of friends, but this somehow turned into a larger gathering with 12 energetic and spirited 6 year old girls bouncing around our house! We finished off the month with a less loud, but definitely delicious, annual Good Friday seafood feast.

April started with a “bang” as we had 4 extra adults and 2 extra kids staying with us for Easter. Yes my family arrived into town – and the cousins had an absolute ball. Easter Sunday was filled with egg hunts, a hearty roast lunch and the Inaugural Easter Olympics! We finished off the month by heading to Thredbo with friends for a late-season mountain bike weekend – where lots of biking, chairlift rides and hot chocolates ensued.

May proved to be a busy month too. I headed to Sydney for a work conference, then headed down to Narooma for a weekend at the beach with my Dad. Mother’s Day was celebrated somewhere in there too!

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In June we opted to escape the Canberra cold and tagged along with the hubs to his work conference on the Gold Coast. While he did his work ‘thing’, the girls and I explored the theme parks – loving the warmer weather. We also had a lot of fun throwing a rainbow themed baby shower for my niece when we returned!

And just like that, we found ourselves in July and little Miss M turned ONE!! We celebrated with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic – and the cake smash was a hit. We again escaped the Canberra cold shortly thereafter, heading to Fiji for a family vacation.

Our August was a little more low-key, as we returned from our trip away and settled back in to the work / school routine. I did, however, sneak a few outings with my Mum (who came to live with us for 5 months) – including a wine tasting afternoon and a trip to the Theatre.

In September we celebrated our ‘main men’ for Father’s Day. The girls loved making cards and a special breakfast in bed – after which we got together with family for an Island-inspired lunch.

In October I headed down to Melbourne (sans kids) for a 20-year reunion with my friends from high school (surely I am not that old, right?!). The girls and I also had a great time at Floriade – taking a ride on the ferris wheel and running amok amongst the gorgeous blooms. We finished the month with a Halloween party with friends, and had a lot of fun picking our costumes for the occasion and making some ‘spooky’ treats.

In November we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary – with a lovely degustation dinner at Aubergine. We then threw our parents a surprise gold wedding anniversary lunch – at the beautiful Piallago Estate. Miss C also had her ballet concert – and simply shone on stage!

December was, as is to be expected, all about Christmas!! There were carols, Christmas parties, tree decorating and carols of repeat. All leading up to the big day that was filled with great company and great food. It really is a magical time of year when kids are involved!

So, yes, 2018 was rather wonderful indeed! And here’s to an even bigger, brighter and better 2019!!

2016 – A Year in Review

I’ve heard a lot of people lamenting 2016 – and bidding it a quick and eager farewell. For us, though, 2016 was a good year. Sure, there were some less than stellar moments dotted throughout (but that’s generally the case isn’t it?) but for the most part, we finally managed to strike an ok work / life balance. We also made it through the year with good health and in good spirits, such that we enter 2017 with a sense of anticipation for what the new year might bring.

But before I turn to our hopes and aims for the year to come, it seems only fair to recap the year that was. 

January 

Summer holidays continued in full swing. We celebrated a late Christmas linner, devoured a 8-course Australia Day ‘tasting menu‘, and spent time playing tourist in our home town.

February

Josie turned ONE(!), Charlotte started Pre-School(!) and we took a week-long cruise around New Caledonia (see here, here, here and here).

March

Charlotte turned FOUR, we celebrated Easter and took lots of family hikes.

April

We took more family hikes, cheered on the Brumbies, went camping and got all dressed up for a costume party!

May

We celebrated Mother’s Day, took more hikes,  and had lots of little adventures – both indoors and out.

June

With the Canberra Winter having arrived, we had lots of fun indoors. We also took a girl’s road trip down to Melbourne to catch up with family and visit the zoo!

July

We had dance classes, visitors in town and lots of good food.

August

We celebrated Book Week, took a quick trip to Melbourne and then a family holiday to Fiji!

September

We celebrated Father’s Day – Italian Style, painted, created a fairy garden and flew a kite.

October

We took another trip to Melbourne, the girls dressed up for Halloween and the husband and I went on a “Bloody Long Walk” for charity.

November

We baked, we went to the Circus, we visited the Show and we celebrated our dear friends’ wedding in Thredbo (where we played in snow!).  

December

We ate, we drank, we partied.  We took a quick trip to Melbourne to celebrate my nephew’s 1st birthday. Then we had lots of family arrive into town, and celebrated Christmas accordingly.

And so our 2016 came to a close. Filled to the brim with new memories, time spent with family and a seemingly better balance between work and play (well better than in previous years, that’s for sure!!).

Here’s to an even bigger and better 2017!

2015 – A Year in Review

Why hello there!

We’ve had a rather busy Christmas / New Year period – filled with family and friends – and not to mention working on getting the blog back. I finally made the switch to WordPress (why did I wait so long!) and although there is still a fair bit of work to do to get things just ‘right’, I couldn’t wait to get back to blogging ‘live’.

But before we get into all the happenings of late, I thought that taking a brief trip down memory lane would be nice. To reflect on the year that was.

Well a small snapshot of that year, at least.

January 

We started the year with a trip to the Coast – camping at the Farm and spending our days on the beach. Very aware that this would be our last holiday as a family of three.

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February

Well this was a rather splendid and special month, as we welcomed little Josephine into our lives. The month was then lost in endless snuggles and cuddles, and soaking up that precious newborn smell.

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March

This month we celebrated all things “Charlotte” – with our spirited girl turning 3! Lots of fun was had at her Enchanted Forest birthday party.
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April

April saw temperatures start to drop, but we had a wonderful time at our annual family Easter brunch. We also took a train ride, searched for eggs in the garden and even visited the Circus!

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May

This month saw us take lots of family hikes and bush walks, despite the freezing temperatures outside. We also headed to Beechworth to catch up with my family, and had a great time exploring the local area.

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June

We took a roadtrip to Melbourne this month, to celebrate my little brother’s 30th Birthday! We survived the trip down the Hume with both girls in tow, and had a wonderful time introducing Josie to friends and family. We also finished Charlotte’s bedroom.

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July

July was all about staying warm, for Winter had well and truly taken hold. We hosted a “4th of July” Party (an excuse to cook up some great American dishes), and continued to watch the relationship between our girls blossom.

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August

This month we continued to take lots of family hikes, and explore the local area in more depth. There was also a lot of rugby watching!

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September

We spent a weekend at Bundanoon this month, for a big family reunion. We also held a “Mexican” inspired Father’s Day Brunch, and I completed my first post-partum 10km race!

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October

I took my first ‘solo’ roadtrip to Melbourne with the girls this month, to visit family and to throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law. We also attended our first Halloween party – dressing up as pirates for the occasion.

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November

This month Charlotte danced in her first concert – and our hearts swelled with pride to see her confidently take the stage. We also spent time with friends, celebrating Thanksgiving and birthdays!

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December

December was, as expected, about all things festive. From party to party, our social calendar was quite full, and we finished the year off with a trip to Melbourne to celebrate Christmas. We also met the newest addition to the family, my little nephew.

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So there it is! A very brief glimpse into the year that was.

Here’s hoping for a 2016 that is filled even more with family, friends and adventure!