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Accepting the days

Another year older and I'm beginning to think that with old(er) age comes injuries. I happen to be cleaning all day when my neck started to hurt. I thought it was only mild and could be massaged away but it got progressively worse and the gp said it was a common neck strain. I don't recall doing anything in particular but I bought my pain medication and stayed home. That night was rather uncomfortable and turning in bed was painful. I foolishly went to work the next day thinking that I could bear the pain and discovered that taking codeine during work hours makes for a terribly sleepy experience. Anyway, it seems to be getting better day by day as last night's sleep wasn't as bad and I rode the bike in. I got sick of the stress of having to drop off the kids and then trying to get to the car park only to find out that there are no spots left. 
At least the sun is out and it's not raining. Winter has set in but it's actually not bad... yet.
Over the weekend we …
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Post Easter

Happy Easter everyone and especially the Orthodox who will be celebrating it this weekend! Wow, it always goes so quickly but it's always the best time of the year. We had a really nice Easter and I even got to do a reading at church for Palm Sunday. At least I fit into a nice 'church' dress that I hardly ever wear. I don't have any pictures of it though. It was from Target. 

This year I really was thinking about donuts and got the recipe ready but come Saturday I was like, I have no time or energy for this. I must have done about 4 loads of washing and was exhausted. So I was like, let's just make brownies. So I cheated and got two boxes of triple-choc brownie mix from Aldi and wow, they got eaten up within 5 minutes when dessert was ready. They were really good!!!

On Monday, as hubby was working, I had a swim day with my sisters and the kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The weather was so warm and by afternoon quite hot. We washed up and headed out to a cafe f…

Living the dream

I'm so grateful for everything in my life. I try not to take anything for granted. I keep these things in my mind as I focus on staying alive when riding to work. I drop off the kids and jump on my hubby's (now mine) mountain bike and head down towards the riverside where there is a lovely bike path towards work. It's stress-busting and it's always been my dream to ride to work. People should do it more often, but we need more bike-friendly paths.
I like to think cyclists are generous beings. There is a type of camaraderie among us and we say hello to each other and help each other. I am lucky to have a bike shed, a locker and showers to use in my building. All these things I am eternally grateful for.
I am also grateful for love. We went to a wedding recently and I took home a few macarons from this ombre tower. So pretty. So pink. So not a fan of macarons. Too sugary. Everyone seems to be catching onto this Instagrammers cake designs (#adikosh123) with the biscuit a…

The Gold Coast Holiday

Let me tell you that this was the first family holiday we have had which included hubby. He normally stays behind (by choice) when I holiday with my sisters and mum. However, this family holiday was so different because we were in another state and he was with us. Plus, it was the first time the kids were on a plane. Yipppeee! I was a bit nervous about all my plans but in the end they worked out perfectly. 
Above is the glorious Surfers Paradise. The tallest building in this pic would be Peppers Resort. We did not stay there. We stayed in Hope Island. It was only 7 mins drive to the theme parks and Coles was just a heartbeat away so we loved the location. The 3 bedroom apartment I chose at Azzura Greens was fabulous.! Two bedrooms with ensuites, one master bathroom, one single toilet, lovely clean laundry and huge balconies. Air-conditioning! Loved the lay out of the kitchen and lounge area. For six nights it cost us $2,200. I book through I always do. This …

Happy New Year 2018

I may have to span our holidays over to another post but here are some pics so far. Oh and Happy New Year to all! It's been a fantastic break if I must say so myself! Above is the cake I put together during Christmas as my son celebrated his birthday. It's actually a very lazy way to prepare a cake. I bought some Woolworth's cake, smooshed icing all around it with choc sprinkles and added these Star Wars figures on top. It was a bit fancy in real life, lol.

 My sister made these dessert cups for mums place for Christmas dinner. Yummo! In my tummy!

 My sister's infamous salmon avocado bites, now into cups. So delish. I'll share the recipe soon!

Christmas Day also saw this awesome arrival of this jumping castle. Much fun was had by all ages including getting grandmother on it (however she did not jump). Kids had a blast and well worth the money spent on entertainment. We were off to the Gold Coast last week and had the best family holiday. I had booked this a few mo…

That time of the year!

It's that time of year when there are concerts and parties. This year was the first time I had the girls doing dancing so there was plenty happening and it was new territory for me. At least the costumes were already purchased and all I needed to do was hair and makeup and of course, the drop-offs. Yesterday was concert day and it was a busy day for us. I had to drop them off after church, but not until I got another hair donut as the sock one was not working at all. Then I came back to have lunch at the in-laws. Then after the break, I had to pick them up at 2:15pm and I was already running late. I missed a phone call from the parent helper, who was minding the children, at 2:27pm and I had just made it from the car park upstairs in the club. Apparently, I was the last parent to pick up their kid my girl tells me. Then it was a line up to order pizza and the essential "afternoon coffee" and whilst I was there I could see other mums putting on their girls make-up. I fel…

What to do when you are disappointed

Hello everyone. This week's been going pretty good. I think I need to remember to focus on the positive things instead of thinking about the negative stuff. I'm loving this painting and I have it on my mobile as my background wallpaper. It was originally painted by Roberto Ferruzzi and called "Madonnina" in 1897. It was somehow re-painted but I think it's really lovely. My friend has the same in a huge frame at her place. It reminds me that we are all like Mary and that our children will always need us. It is a unique relationship that cannot be replicated by a father figure and the opposite is the same. The mother cannot be the 'father'.  So I go about my day trying to behave just as caring and kind as I can to everyone. It's not easy and I was disappointed a few times this week. 
A school who would normally provide my St Vincent de Paul Conference Christmas Hampers have decided to raise funds for another charity that they work with. I don't hav…