Posted in Parenthood, Personal Development, Positivity, This is MY YEAR

When you start to feel all grown up

It’s such a loaded heading but it’s something I’ve been deliberating on a fair bit.

The past year has brought on an era of change.

We have become a family of four and recently we relinquished our cherished apartment to another loving owner. Realistically it’s an investor who doesn’t give two hoots so that makes me a bit sad.

I met Dan when I was twenty two, just a baby and we committed right from the get go. When he left after our first date I knew I wanted him in my life. Later that year we moved in to our apartment and that was us for the next eight years.

It was little but it was ours and it’s where our love grew, where we challenged each other everyday, drank far too much wine and where I proposed.

We came home on our wedding night figuring why would we want to be anywhere else but our own little place where we grew as us.

One single, one double and a Masters degree were celebrated in Simpson Manor. Many late nights celebrating life, cementing forever friendships over just one more drink, long walks and bike rides followed by coffee and brunch.

Then our first pregnancy was confirmed.

Simpson Manor you will be our gem  forever.

Where to now? We have become grown up with two beings relying on us. If I focus on what made us happy it might help to work out what happens next.

To be continued….

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What are school holidays? Really??…

I’ve shied away from doing the whole what to do on the school holidays list. It is a goodie but Matisse isn’t at school so thought it may sound a little ridiculous.

Life has changed. Now we have all these activities that take holidays with the school calendar. The days between work quickly filled with catch ups and play dates (code for coffee and relaxation according to my husband). This time round winter has hit and the playground isn’t cutting it.

What to do??

First up we took off to warmer climates. Don’t get too excited, Adelaide is only a few degrees warmer and in the hills it’s colder than home. We spent five wonderful days playing with cousins and welcoming Nanna and Pa back from their European holiday. Yeah, we were jealous too! The pictures were amazing. We will get back there¬†eventually.


I decided we’d mix it up a bit and do a bit of exploring when we got back to Melbourne. Scienceworks was our target. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Spotswood and it sounded like a faraway place but it’s right near Docklands. When Matisse saw the Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel she started yelling out Moomba, every ride reminds her of that one day we went to the festival. If we had time we would have stopped there too.

Well, me and every other parent thought it would be a good idea to go today. I aimed for a 10am arrival and got there 10:45. All the paid parking was taken but there was sneaky free parking up the back, lucky find.

The stress of getting lost many times was slowly fading as the excitement poured from the lady.


I was worried she was going to be too young but my fears dissipated quickly as she ran crazily around the Alice in Wonderland exhibit interacting and taking in all of the excitement.

We ventured upstairs to the Nitty Gritty Super City which provided an interactive space for kids to uncover city living. Matisse’s favourite part, driving the ship and looking at the ‘sleeping butterflies’. I shouldn’t forget the pretend cafe.


We left without too much drama and I scored a decent nap from her. Happy days.