A word to live by…

A few gorgeous bloggers I follow have set themselves a “word” for the year.

I think this is an awesome idea, but I had to think about it for a while to settle on what I want to focus on.

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There are so many things I need to let go of in my life and this is going to be the year to do it.

Let go… of expectations.

Let go… of the past.

Let go… of stress.

Let go… of clutter.

Let go… of self-doubt.

Let go… of anxiety.

Let go… of anything I no longer need around me.

Let go.. of anything that holds me back.

Let go… and be true to myself.

Let go… and follow my heart.

Let go… and enjoy the ride.

Let go… and embrace life.

Let go… and live in the moment.

Let go… and be happy.

 

As I work on letting go in different areas of my life, I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going.

Feel free to leave a comment about what you’d like to let go of this year, or if you have any tips for me πŸ™‚

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A Very Buggy Birthday

Both our little munchkins have January birthdays so this year we decided to throw them a combined “Bugs in the Garden” birthday party.

I don’t usually do huge birthday parties for the kids, but after the year we’ve had, I really wanted to do something special to celebrate getting through it all.

Here are a few pics of the day:

Party Yumminess

Party Yumminess

 

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The birthday boy... already a hit with the ladies ;)

The birthday boy… already a hit with the ladies πŸ˜‰

Sharing his cake with Mummy

Sharing his cake with Mummy

 

And of course, the cake ;)

And of course, the cake πŸ˜‰

 

Of course I turned to Pinterest for inspiration, and got the ideas to make these:


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IMG_7503It was a hot and sunny day, plenty of cold drinks were had, the kids had a great water-fight (led by the biggest kid of them all, my darling Hubby)

I was absolutely thrilled to see ALL of the kids playing fantastically together, ages ranging from my itty-bitty 1 year old, to a couple of gorgeous boys who started high school this year.Β The big ones play so well with the little ones and they all get along wonderfully. It’s really lovely to see.

A fantastic day was had by all, and my little bugs had a very happy birthday.

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Road trip, part 2

Ok so we made it to Warnambool.

We checked in to our room for the night, got settled in and had a glass of bubbly to celebrate our trip, then decided to go exploring.

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We walked down the main st, checking out some cute shops and sussing out our dinner options for later. Then we took a drive around the foreshore and river district and had a little walk around, we even found a few twilight markets on, and enjoying some time to actually talk, to each other, without any little munchkins demanding attention!

With such a perfect sunny day, it seemed a waste to go sit inside somewhere for dinner, and then we remembered the cute little courtyard at the back of Fishtales Cafe, so off we went for dinner.
Salt & pepper squid to share, an then a burger each, Zorba for Kane and tandoori chicken for me, and of course a couple of pale ales. Yummo!

Super cute Fishie made from old bottle tops @ Fish Tales Cafe

Super cute Fishie made from old bottle tops @ Fish Tales Cafe

After dinner back to the room to enjoy a night of (kid-free) relaxation and check out the great corner spa.

Next morning we went to Koroit Pet Resort to pick up our long-awaited puppy.

(by the way Victorian people, if you’re ever looking for somewhere for your pets to go stay while you’re on holidays, the lovely Josee @ Koroit Pet Resort is wonderful with animals.)

Polly and siblings giving Josee lots of kisses

Polly and siblings giving Josee lots of kisses

Polly is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog (or Great Pyrenees as they’re known in the U.S.) She is absolutely gorgeous, we are all completely in love with this new addition to our family. Kane came up with the name “Polly-Bear” because when we first saw her, she looked just like a little white polar bear.

After we got our little Polly-bear, we started on the long journey home.

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We decided to stop off at Timboon for a bit of exploring and lunch.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! We had lunch at the distillery, WOW, yummy.

Lots of lovely local beers to choose from and some fabulous wood-fired pizzas (Kane had something yummy with pumpkin and goat’s cheese and rocket. Β I had a slow-roasted pork with apple and fennel and home made relish…omg, if we lived closer, I would be going there every week!)

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The distillery offers tasting of their whiskey and liquers and they also have a huge range of locally made produce, including the wonderful Timboon ice cream, just perfect for dessert. (Also really lovely was that they are pet- friendly, not only was Polly allowed to come sit with us in the deck, but all the staff were coming to give her cuddles because she was just so cute!)

So, that’s about it. Came home to collect the kids and introduce them to Polly, they became instant best friends. Now I am busily puppy-proofing the shed and constantly rescuing the kids toys from our fluffy little terror.

1 year on…

Exactly one year ago today, I married my soulmate.
Did my dream wedding go exactly as planned? Nope.
Did we let the pouring rain dampen our spirits? Nope.
Was there a single thing that went wrong that actually matters now, one year on? Nope.

We might not have done things “traditionally” but I’m glad we did it our way.
I love that our (one year old, at the time) daughter got to be a part of our wedding. As our gorgeous celebrant said “She has no idea what’s going on right now but one day soon she will, and she’ll be happy that her parents decided to get married today and that she was part of it.”
Our celebrant was the fantastic 3TripleR radio personality Jon Von Goes. Kane said if he was ever to get married JVG had to be the one to do it. He was worth every penny, he made everyone laugh and made us forget how nervous we were!
I’m also glad we kept the guest list pretty small. There’s a few friends I felt really bad about not inviting but we wanted to keep it small and intimate and it was just that.

Mostly though, I’m just glad we did it.
We’re two people who, earlier in life, said we’d never get married. But then we met each other.
Even then, we said, “it’s only a piece of paper, it doesn’t change anything.”
We already had a beautiful daughter and had bought a property together, what difference could a wedding possibly make?
But we decided to do it anyway.
We were both surprised to find that, somehow, it did feel different.
Somehow, it strengthened what we already felt and made it feel more… I don’t know, more real.

Our Wedding.

Our Wedding.

The one year anniversary traditionally means a “paper” gift, so the paper I got for Kane is two tickets to the Neil Young (his favourite artist) gig in a couple of weeks.
We’re not really doing anything special today for our anniversary, which I’ve been a bit sulky about today, but writing this has reminded me that getting married isn’t just about the “big day,” it’s about what you do every day after that.
Just like an anniversary really is just another day, it marks a year of days spent together and memories being made. This year, there’s been plenty of those!
It’s not about fancy restaurants, presents or holidays.(although I wouldn’t say no to any of those….)

So right now, I’m going to go do some more painting on the house, then I’m going to go put a bottle of bubbly in the fridge and go pick up some take away and celebrate making it through another year together.

Happy Anniversary Honey.

Happily Ever After....

Happily Ever After….

Till next time,
Beck xoxo

List 3: Crushes, now and then

OK, #listmania 3. I was super excited when I saw this weeks topic, I mean what a great excuse to spend a few hours googling pics of some of my favorite crushes over the years.

First, the past crushes:
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Oh, where to start! There were so many names scrawled over my high school notebooks, some of the usual heart-throbs, a few more unusual choices and a few names of boys in our class that my friends and I were secretly in love with but far too shy to actually speak to them.
*Johnny Depp,
*Keanu Reeves,
*Brad Pitt,
*Bruce Willis,
*Brandon Lee,
*Steven Segal
(what can I say, I have a thing for action heroes)
* Tim Curry, (but only in fishnets, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my all-time favourite movies)
*Prince
*Iggy Pop (old and wrinkly but still awesome)
*John Corbett (before S&tC made him famous, he was the hunky DJ Chris on Northern Exposure)
*Daniel Johns (silverchair)

Now for the current crushes:

The list is a whole lot smaller these days, I still like a lot of my old favourites and there’s lots of hotties on tv, but serious crushes? (I must be getting pickier as I get older.)
The only real celebrity crush I can think of would still have to be Johnny Depp, from the early days in 21 Jump St, right through to the most recent movies, he’s still a hottie, no matter how bizarre some of his movies might be.

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The only other crush I’ve had in recent years is a real life one. A friends brother I met at a kids birthday party and thought he was a bit cute, a few months later we met again and he asked for my phone number. Long story short – I ended up marrying him! Yep, my most recent crush was and still is my adorable hubby. ❀️❀️❀️

Great husband, great dad, what more can a girl ask for?

Great husband, great dad, what more can a girl ask for?

Till next time,
Beck xxx