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Marysville Mini-Break

The Davies' ClanEvery year we have a Davies’ Long Weekend either in Tasmania or Victoria.  In previous years we have been to Phillip Island in Victoria in 2012 and Stewarts Bay on the Tasman Peninsula in 2013.  This year we went to Marysville in Victoria and rented a fabulous holiday house from Stayz.com.

Looking back over the photos from previous years there have been notable changes – pregnancies, new babies and growing toddlers!  There are now 6 beautiful children – 4 girls and 2 boys ranging in ages from 5 years to 4 months.

It is so wonderful seeing Poppy play with her cousins that she only sees a couple of times of year and this time was no exception.  They bounced, bounced, bounced on the in-ground trampoline; coloured in face masks; plaited their hair; rode their scooters; played in the playground;  dressed up as fairies, nurses and superheros;  went fishing;  splashed in the bath;  slept in bunk beds and had the odd little spat!  I just love seeing them play with each other.

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We ate beautiful food (thanks Tup), had many conversations, read magazines, had afternoon naps and just enjoyed each others company for three beautiful days.  Very special times.  Xx

Brothers and their little gems

Frizzy colouring-in

Yum

James getting into the Grand Final

Watching the ducklings

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Until Tomorrow …

We have just had a wonderful trip away to Marysville in Victoria for four days and I had hoped to share our trip with you tonight, but it is now past my bedtime and I am sleepy.  Yawn!

So until tomorrow night, here is a little glimpse of us ‘on the road’ in Healesville:

Healsville

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PJ ♥

Masini & Chern

Today I am sharing a little PJ love!  My range of sleepwear leaves a lot to be desired as I have never successfully found a pair of ‘jammies’ that are stylish, yet comfy at the same time.

My sleep attire can range from a long-sleeved t-shirt adorned with Nick’s boxer shorts or other random pants.  Being a reptile – I always feel the cold and so I prefer long sleeves and pants (sorry Nick, I’m not one to slip on a slinky number unless it is over 30ºc at night, which is rare in Hobart)!

I recently came across Masini & Chern and like their founders, I have definitely been frustrated with the lack of stylish product available:

Masini & Chern is a luxury sleepwear line providing stylish and comfortable designs for both men and women. Based on the traditional pyjama with a contemporary twist, each season Masini & Chern provides an edited selection of chic and fashion forward prints. Perfect for situations like breakfast with house guests, pre wedding prep and new mothers in hospital.

Masini & Chern

Masini & Chern

Masini & Chern

Masini & Chern

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Picnic with the Peeps

Picnic with the PeepsSuch stunning weather deserves a picnic on the newly manicured lawn … so that’s just what we did yesterday, fairy wings and all!

It is so lovely to get those toes back out in the sunshine again. Xx

Summer loving

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The Water Police

I’m the self-proclaimed ‘Water Police’ in our household – always making sure my peeps are well hydrated as I truly believe that drinking water is one of the keys to good health.

I have been lugging around my favourite Nalgene Water Bottle for over 10 years – it has had many adventures with me, but I often find it on the bulky side:

Nalgene Bottle

Nalgene Bottle

I recently came across the memobottle – a slimline bottle that is the shape of a piece of paper – now you’re talking:1408280582

Ever looked at your carry bag to realize that your water bottle is not worth the squeeze?  Resembling the shape of a piece of paper, the memobottle is a slimline, premium designed reusable water bottle which suitably slides into your favorite carry bag alongside your computer, books and valuables. The memobottle brings leak-proof hydration to a new level of style and efficiency.

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Boyhood

Boyhood

My sister and I went to see this film on Tuesday night and it definitely struck a chord with me:

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this film is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. This drama charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. The film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

And that is exactly what I did!  I couldn’t help but think about the many amazing days ahead with both Poppy and James and to experience their constant change, their learning, their discovery and frustrations through every stage.

Boyhood

Seeing Mason navigate his way through the tumultuous teenage years made me appreciate our little James just as he is now.  I know where he is each night – safe and snuggly in his cot, sleeping soundly!

Oh how I love going into his room each morning and seeing that big smile, those sparkling eyes with his arms up, ready for collection.  Xx

Boyhood Collage

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A Green Thumb

Green Thumb

I come from a long line of gardeners.  They are all tinged with that wonderful colour green, right down to their thumbs.  I like to think that I am also a gardener – where I am one with the earth and love getting my hands dirty amongst the worms and compost.  But to be honest, I just wasn’t blessed with a green thumb.  I have had numerous attempts over the years trying to beat the odds but alas, I have left a trail of abandoned lots, only growing weeds successfully.

When we moved into our home nearly 7 years ago we were blessed with a beautiful established garden that had been lovingly tended to by Nick’s grandparents.  A big oak tree providing shade on those hot Hobart days; fruit trees bearing apricots, pears and apples; evergreens, deciduous trees and blossoms – all bordered by beautiful sandstone paths, laid by hand.

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

I tried, I really tried to keep up with it – even getting out there when James and Poppy were babes and propping them next to me in their capsule whilst I snipped away.  Nick even gave me the nick-name “Mrs Snippy“!  Mrs Snippy used to love ‘snipping’ but not necessarily cleaning away her cuttings!

It was time to call in the big guns and we now have a GARDENER!  Richie has come to save the day … and our garden!  He has spent four massive days bringing this beautiful garden back to its former glory and it now looks as though someone does live here.

I still like to think I have a green thumb somewhere deep inside me that will ‘flourish’ when I am not so consumed with young children, but who knows.  I will concentrate on my other strengths until then and hope that it skips a generation and Poppy and James learn all the wonders of gardens from their Grandmothers!  Xx

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

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Doctors & Deadlines

I have had a mad week and I am really glad it is Friday today.  Nothing like a little bit of pressure to add to the mix!

Firstly, our team at work decided to enter our Tour Guide Training Program into the 2014 Tourism Awards in the Education and Training Category.  This submission – a mere 5 questions totaling 30 pages in length was due in at 3pm on Wednesday.  I had been working on it for the past three weeks in between my teaching commitments and part-time capacity, but we had left it rather late due to our team’s existing work demands.

On Tuesday morning, James woke up very upset and was too unwell to go to daycare.  Off we went to the doctors in South Hobart … might I add to the best designed doctors I have ever seen!  The General Practice Plus Mountain Retreat surgery has even won a National Award for Commercial Architecture.

Mountain Retreat

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Mountain Retreat

Unfortunately James was deemed unfit to go to care for the week as he had conjunctivitis.  I was quickly seeing our submission unraveling – ah the juggles of being a parent.  I stayed with him at home all morning with numerous phone calls bouncing between Nick, my sister, a babysitting agency and our godsend – Barb, James’ Grandmother.  She travelled down from Launceston to look after him for the next two days.

I whizzed into work and was overwhelmed by how much we still had to get done in less than 24 hours (and feeling guilty about leaving James).  My colleagues and I worked late on Tuesday night and then I continued at home until 11pm.  Wednesday was a very stressful day as I collated all the information received from our team – trying to get the formatting ‘just right’!  It was certainly down to the wire but we got it in … with 10 minutes to spare!  I don’t enjoy working under that amount of pressure – my perfectionist nature felt very compromised!  Ha ha!

Submission

James is now on the mend and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home, enjoying spring flowers and wine!  X

Flowers and Wine

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Dad ♥

Fathers Day

Hobart’s weather certainly turned it on for Father’s Day yesterday – it was such a beautiful day.  We went for a spin in the Speedy Boat with my sister Cath and the crew, where we stopped into Kings Pier Marina for takeaway coffee from T42.  We sat in the sun basking in the glory of these Tasmanian spring days and true to form, Jamesy Boy fell asleep in my arms for his morning nap – bless!

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Sleeping Beauty

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

On Saturday night, Nick and I went to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Blue Water Ball.  It was fun to don the high heels, my Alannah Hill ‘bunny’ bolero which I wore to my wedding and enjoy bubbles, conversations and a boogy.

Poppy told me I looked like a ‘Super Beautiful Cinderella‘!  I would have turned into a pumpkin because we didn’t get home until 1:30am – 4 hours past my bedtime!!

Blue Water Ball

Blue Water Ball

Blue Water Ball - Amanda, Larni & Leesa

We also enjoyed a breakfast cook up of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon over the weekend.  On Friday we popped into town where Poppy enjoyed a baby chino at Villino Cafe, and James destroyed some takeaway Sushi – a very messy affair!

Mmmm ... Breakfast

Breakfast

Villino Cafe

Villino Cafe

Villino Cafe

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Miele ♥

Miele

Miele

Ah – my life has changed forever!  Last month we bought a Miele Dishwasher and I cannot believe that I went for so long without one!  Ah ignorance is bliss I guess, but I definitely had dish pan hands!

We now have the dishwasher and the washing machine in our pantry for all my washing needs!  Ha ha … how the simple things in life really do bring a lot of pleasure.

James loves the dishwasher so much, he keeps climbing on in!  I am sure he is just trying to help, which is a good thing because he is a messy little tyke!!

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Messy Tyke

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Miele

Meile

Washing Wonders

Finally, I was given the best Pancake recipe from my friend Jo:

Banana Pancakes

2 Eggs

1 Mashed Banana

Mix up and cook – serve with fruit, yoghurt, maple syrup or Pomegranate Molasses.   YUM!

Banana and Egg Pancakes

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