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