Celebrations, childcare and Craziness

More celebrations continued on our arrival home from holidays. My father’s birthday is 2 days after Bella’s so we shared a meal and cake with them both. Several days later Bella was also fortunate enough to have 2 friends over for a play and”afternoon tea”. Not a party this time but tea. In particular the much talked about and celebrated “kinder” friend Daniel. We made necklaces with fruit loop – I swear the best spent $3!
This week has been a bit crazy with A back at work and the roller coaster of medicine and effectively running your own business. This has coincided with me returning to work and the logistics of childcare and leaving my “baby”. Lily cried for a tiny bit, but was fine. When I arrived to pick her up she was painting!
On a sad note Heath Ledger died and the stock markets around the globe are going crazy with major falls. One must trust God in all this craziness.

Bella turns 6

I must remember to bring cake tins and ingredients on family holidays. This is the second chocolate ripple cake Isabella has had – this time a butterfly. Without an electric beater in the holiday house I chose to try that truly awful cream in a can…….it loses its fluff in minutes. So here it is…..nothing a few lollies cannot hide!
Isabella has loved her presents. Note AA the fabulous Charlie and Lola book which has been a hit with the whole family. Lily recognised it from the spine as Bella unwrapped it. Thanks for all the love from the family/friends and Uncles and Aunts.

Holiday in Robe, SA

We have had 10 whole days away from work, people, demands, chores, stresses……well we have had each other. And you know what? It has been brilliant to have time together. Oh it is such a simple truth and idea really – the whole notion of a holiday and time together as a family. But this is the first time we have had so long in….I don’t know how long. We had 2 weeks in France in 2003 during our year away and that was not solid R&R but escape and adventure.
Robe is in South Australia on the Limestone Coast. Beautiful coast, surrounded by wineries…and plenty to keep us all occupied. We hired a house from this wonderful group http://www.robelifetsyleproperties.com.au/ We had a shack this time but it was moments from the beach and when you are trying to get 6 of us there and back quickly being close is really, really important. But due to the enormous amounts of sand and sunscreen I did not take the camera very often, so we have not captured much of the trip for you. But here goes….a few snaps of some fun times – here and home.

Hangin’ out with friends….

We have known these guys for many years….pre-children in fact. We managed to swim lots and eat out too. We visited the much publicised The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld. Good food and particularly great kid’s meals.

This is A taking a much needed rest in a local park after lunch. And below is a photo Maddy took of Lily and me.

We now have 2 days alone before we take off to the beach for a much needed rest.