Thursday, 17 September 2015

#highlightsreel // a 'fancy' high tea with my little lady

I am still in catch up mode and yes, these photos are harking back to around July!!! Oopsies ;) 

And so...

Lily's 7th birthday and our special birthday outing.

Milkshakes and grocery shopping.
Family fun and child's play.

Simple moments of love and joy and healing within our everyday....we count our blessings, we count them one by one. We count our blessings and see what God has done....

UNO is the favourite after-dinner family game these days... we just love it, and the kids are turning into card-sharks, haha! 

Our girl turned seven. Seven!!!!! Seven?? Somehow it's true.

We had a simple birthday dinner with the family. This year Lily requested pavlova for her birthday cake. This kinda socked me in the guts for two reasons. Firstly, because it was her first time asking for a cake that wasn't a butterfly or ballerina, etc (sniff! so grown up!) and also because pavlovas are what her Papa was absolutely renowned for. Knowing Lily, this is probably why she requested it. She misses her Papa so much. Oh, and he made the best pavlovas!!! Light as air, crunchy as all get out. Made with so much love and generosity. It was bittersweet to attempt one in his absence, knowing he would have loved to make one for her, wishing I had asked him for more tips (pavlovas are so tricky!!!!), and simply thankful to have a special memory of Papa represented at her birthday dinner. Oh, these days are a muddle of emotion, to be sure....

I am soooo not crafty but thanks to encouragement, help and ideas from my crafty friends (Jess! Kate! Amber!), I made this little softie cat for Lily for her birthday :) It feels freakishly good to actually make something for your kid's birthday. Who am I again?!!! ;)
Happy to report she loved it!! It was so cute - a few nights later she told me at bedtime 'Mummy, I just love my cat so much I try to hold it in my arms all night while I am sleeping so you will see how much I love it, but then when I wake up I accidentally have let go!!'. Aw, sweetie pie, I think I already get the drift!!
Not much gets between me and a good chocolate milkshake!! Not even a three hour wait
just to sample the famous Freakshake at Patissez here in Canberra. Oh yes, it was worth
the wait!!!! Deeelish, and so fun to finally get in and check out this cult following!
This is the shake your dreams are made of....
Yes, it's as insanely delicious as it looks. Mmmmmm!!!
I think I need to go back already!
This little guy tagged along, showing utmost patience. I let him share a little bit of my shake
and as you can see from that intense stare, he is hoping I don't attempt to take it off him
anytime soon!!
The kids found a special viewing platform for their Lottie dolls, heehee! What can't Ikea spice racks be used for?! ;)
Who is watching who?!
One evening I discovered Lily snuggled up in her little nest on the top bunk, reading through her animal encyclopaedia and taking careful notes in her exercise book about the things she was reading. Most precious sight everrrrrrrr :) Pretty sure this kid could just homeschool herself ;) 

It was time to celebrate this little seven year old! It wasn't Lily's year for a party and we prefer to focus more on 'experiences' rather than 'stuff' for birthday gifts, so we decided to have a special day out for this year's experience! After some brainstorming with my girl, we came up with a fantastic day of fun together (Mark took Eli out for his birthday, so it was my turn to do this birthday outing). As a verrrrrry special treat, we decided to go to a fancy High Tea together, followed by ice skating in the city on the temporary outdoor rink. Quality time with this kiddo, it just doesn't get better than that. She is growing up so fast, I want to soak up these moments and treasure them in my heart forever. Loved making memories with her, and enjoying her absolute glee at such a la-dee-da day out on the town :)

A little mother-daughter magic ahead....

Very proud of her own purse, lol...
I heart this face. So much spunk, so much sweet joy!

She wanted to dress matching, and so (knowing how fleeting this stage will surely be!) 
I got on board and we tried our best, under her creative direction of course!
Blue jeans, black boots, green tops. cardigans, beads and top knots. Matchy matchy :)

So blessed to have a daughter - this one in particular!
Sometimes we just need a little girl time :)

Soaking up the atmosphere at the very swish hotel we went to for high tea - The Burbury. Stunning views, modern fit-out and beautifully attentive service! Lily was in awe, she just sat there for a few minutes, quietly taking it all in...
The happy face of a girl who just saw three tiers of yummy treats arrive!
They know how to do High Tea right!! A layer of sweet treats, a layer of scones with
jam and cream, and then some savoury mini sandwiches! Tick, tick, tick!
Don't mind if I do!! We declared the creme brulee and the vanilla pannacotta the best of the bunch. The pots of tea were sooo
lovely and high quality too. Lily was beyond thrilled to get her very own pot of rooibos (naturally caffeine-free) tea... a real life tea party!! They also had sugar bowls with proper lumps of sugar in them. The cutest moment of the day was when Lily used the mini tongs to pick up a lump, then dropped it straight into the pot, rather than the cup! Heehee :)
Slamming down the pannacotta - her fave. From here, I put down the camera because we had lots of delicious goodies to gobble, chatter to partake in and delightful togetherness to enjoy. Afterwards we skipped off to ice skating and had a grand old time slicing up that ice! And she mastered skating in proper grown up skates - she was mega proud of herself :) Thank you, my little lovely, for a sweet day in your company xx
Seriously, grocery shopping with my little buddy just became even more of a breeze, thanks to these awesome Trolley Bags! They are seriously soooooooooo handy and helpful, gets me through the check out in no time with no repacking required. I love how they fill the whole trolley, and are so quick and easy to rack up at the register too. Clever or what!!?? Miles approves! #gifted
He is brave and true, my little man rockin' out his new PJs!
I am such a huge fan of open-ended construction toys and so we were thrilled when we were sent these awesome top quality Geomags! I remember toys like these from when I was a kid and have been wanting some for my kiddos too. They are even cooler now with colours and panels to make building even better! The kids have been loving playing with these as they offer so many ways to build and create and explore.  Open ended toys put the kids in charge, and it's always inspiring to see what they come up with! #gifted

Magnetism is so magnetising! :) So much fun to explore...I can't help but play too ;)
'We made an owl!'
Love the sturdy steel rods and inviting colours!
'Play is the work of childhood...'

Till next time, folks, take care and... just by the way, thanks so much for checking in on this little space! xx


  1. Such a beautiful family! Mom and daugher so alike! I wish you all the best!

  2. What a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday! So very special. I really like the idea of an experience as the gift like that. I can imagine doing something like that with my daughter when she is a little older. And your cat is so sweet!

    1. thanks yes it was so special! yes its a lovely excuse to have a really fun experience together, making a memory that lasts a lifetime - rather than moreeeee plastic lol x

  3. You have a beautiful relationship with your daughter. May both of you have many more happy memories to last through several lifetimes :)


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