Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A Day Out (with Friends)

I have never seen Bondi Beach so deserted! I drove to Bondi this morning, it was beautiful, peaceful and quiet. I don't think I've been there on a weekday in Wintertime - It's so much better than seeing thousands of people laying around hungover on the weekend, wondering if you are going to have your bag/wallet pinched! I much prefer our beaches on the North side, but I am biased.

My friends from San Francisco are visiting for a few days, I have only seen them twice since we moved back here from NY all those years ago. It is so wonderful to have them staying with us, they make me remember back to the days without children, and responsibilities. We've had so much fun reminiscing, eating good food and drinking lovely wines. Too bad their time with us is so short.

After the morning in Bondi, we drove into the City and met Nick for lunch at the Australian Hotel at The Rocks. We ate Kangaroo Pizza, Crocodile Pizza and had a few Aussie Beers. The weather turned sour and we headed for home. It was a really lovely day, no kids, no real plans, just wandering around our beautiful city.
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach
Backpackers Rip - Bondi

Bondi Icebergs
Bondi Icebergs

Bondi Beach
Bondi Shops

Bondi Graffiti
Bondi Graffiti Wall

Bondi graffiti
Bondi Graffiti Wall

Graffiti at Bondi
Bondi Graffiti Wall
Australian Hotel - The Rocks, Sydney
Tanner and Monique
My lovely friend Tanner and I at The Australian Hotel

Sunday, 22 May 2011


I don't know if it is because we went on a little holiday, or the change in the weather, but I feel a little spacey lately. Just after Remi's 3rd Birthday, we took a weeks vacation to the Gold Coast in Queensland. We visited the theme parks, beaches and shops. It was exhausting with our kids in tow. They are so full of beans and wanted to go a million miles an hour every day. We just wanted to have a little relaxation but there was no time for that. We will have to wait for Fiji again, later in the year. It seems to be the only place we can truly relax.

When we came back from the Gold Coast, we had a family weekend planned a few days later. On the Saturday we had High Tea planned at Butler & Cook in Newport, with my Mum, Sister, Aunty and 2 Cousins. It was for Mum and her twin Sister's 65th birthday. After a few hiccups, only 4 of us ended up going. We ate lovely sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes. A few glasses of bubbly and lovely tea were had as well. A lovely day, except for the missing company.
High Tea
Me and Mum

High Tea
Leanne and Elise

High Tea
Yummy treats.

High Tea
Delicious Scones

High Tea
And Tea of course!

The next day, we all gathered at the Dingle for our annual May babies combo birthday BBQ. I flaked a bit on the cake for Remi this year. I was feeling a little exhausted after the no holiday- holiday.
Thomas's 3rd Birthday Cake
Thomas' Cake

Layla's 2nd Birthday Cake
Layla's Cake

Luca and Remi
Remi's (sad, no effort) cake

My lovely cousins put in way more effort than me, I felt a little guilty. I'll try harder next year little guy, I promise.

We had a lovely, very busy, weekend.

Since then, we have had non-stop sickness at our house. Things are now looking up, it's the start of a new week and I am more motivated. I am starting to paint for two upcoming exhibitions, I am hoping to get chosen for both this year. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Superhero Party

Remi's 3rd Birthday

Remi's 3rd Birthday
We celebrated with a few of Remi's little friends and their Mums yesterday. My lovely friend Gina made the Superhero Cupcakes, they turned out A M A Z I N G ! ! ! Thank you Gina! We celebrated with Luca and Daddy in the evening. A busy day, full of presents, food and tons of FUN!

Remi and Luca
Remi and Luca

Monday, 2 May 2011


Easter 2011

Little Remi is 3 today!
He still has that same gorgeous smile and dimples. 
He loves his yayyay*, lollipops and pink milk most of all. 
He is a little crazy and likes to run away. 
He doesn't like to be told off by anyone but Mum and Dad.
He is always cuddling us and loves a good tickle.
He's a sweet boy our Remi, and now he is 3.

Happy Birthday little guy.
I love your guts!

 *His cloth nappy he cuddles and chews, that he has had from birth.