Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend.
I’m going to be honest, this blog post started as a post about our weekend but then I realized it was pretty boring so I decided to just make an all encompassing life lately post since it is the end of the month anyway. I can’t believe Thursday is March (my birthday month!) and also the month I told myself I could start thinking about baby things. Without further ado, here is life with the Alkeks these days…
You can’t recap February without mentioning Valentine’s Day. It was too warm to keep this outfit on all day, but I couldn’t resist getting some pictures of her in the sweetest heart tutu that was a gift from a friend back home.
After an outfit change into a second heart dress (a gift from her great grandparents), we had a fun day splashing at the pool (picking up special treat at Doughnut Time) and going for a stroll in the neighborhood.
Wednesday night I was spoiled with chocolate covered strawberries from my friend Lindsay and the largest box of Ferrero Rochers I have ever seen from Trav. Leighton very quickly claimed a “treat” for herself the next day. Trav and I both also got each other books for Valentine’s Day, a wine guide for him and the third installment of the Me Before You books for me.
Sunday in Redcliffe
We are always up for checking out new parts of Brisbane as you can tell. A couple weekends ago, we ventured to the bayside suburb of Redcliffe about 40 minutes from us. Little known fact is that Redcliffe is home of the legendary 60’s group, The Beegees. It was a really hot day and they happened to have a swimming lagoon along the bay with a little kids splash area.
It was similar to the one in South Bank that Leighton and I go to with our friends, except that is much less crowded than that one gets on the weekends and we didn’t have to pay to park! I got zero pictures of the pool, but we had so much fun splashing around for a couple hours and staying cool.
After swimming, we took a stroll down Beegee Way, checked out the markets and had fish and chips at Yabbey Road (a Beatles themed restaurant). It’s always fun to check out somewhere new to us and especially when it is on the water.
The most exciting thing that happened all month is that we bought a new car! We weren’t planning on pulling the trigger so soon, but a really good deal came up that we couldn’t pass up. Our little car Allie (because she’s a Nissan Almera) served us well these past few years, but it was time for a more family friendly vehicle. Even better is that is an Aussie manufacturer, Holden.
I am absolutely loving all the features coming from our very basic, standard car and it is so fun to be in a big vehicle for a change.
I feel like she is growing up right before my eyes. She is starting to put words together more and her vocabulary expands everyday. She is wanting to be more independent and do things on her own, but is also is a lot more affectionate and cuddly than she has ever been.
She loves Elmo right now and insists on taking him on evening walks. She will load him up in the baby pram and wait by the door saying “Elmo Walk!” and she has to show him off to everyone we pass. I can’t believe that in a few months she won’t be my little baby anymore, but a big sister.
The Rainiest Weekend
Last weekend we headed to the coast for a little getaway. A friend had offered Travis the use of his vacation home a few months ago and we finally took him up on it. All week I kept checking the forecast and it wasn’t looking good. Where we live there’s pretty much a rain chance every day during summer and it could be a 5 minute shower or an all day storm, you never know. We decided to chance it and go anyway since it was only an hour from home.
Well it actually poured. In fact the news kept reporting that the Gold Coast (where we were) was getting a month’s worth of rain in one weekend.
The view of the beach from our apartment, that we never even went down to.
We tried to make the best of our time in one of our favorite beach suburbs, Burleigh Heads and checked out the shops and their cute cafes. Friday we went to Burleigh Social. It was super cute and pretty much an Instagrammer’s dream. Luckily their patio was covered, so we sat outside and enjoyed coffees and brekky.
We also checked out a local Brewery, Burleigh Brewing Company and Trav gave their beer a good review.
I thought this sign on the way in was too funny.
We ate dinner at The Fish House which was walking distance from the apartment. Everything was so good, even though I was a bit limited on the menu. Leighton was really good despite running on one, short nap. I’m so sad we forgot to get a picture, because it was a really nice family dinner.
Saturday we slept in and went to a Burleigh favorite, Commune, for brekky. We sat outside (under cover) and enjoyed a really yummy breakfast.
Leighton only looked that civilized for about five minutes before she wanted to stand and eat or walk around. Apparently she’s not ready to have the freedom of no high chair. Since the weather was still really rainy and not looking much better, we decided to hang out in Burleigh until Leighton’s nap and just head home. We did make a mid downpour stop for another coffee and babychino before packing up.
We told her to smile and this is what we got. Luckily the weather has seemed to clear up and Sunday was sunny again for Trav’s fishing trip.
That’s all for today’s update! We have a few things going on pregnancy related this week and then hopefully heading back to the coast for a redo this weekend. Have a great rest of the week!