A Weekend in Noosa

Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a magical holiday season. We are about to head off to Texas for two whole months, so I figured I should share about our recent weekend getaway to Noosa before it’s too late.

Travis and I spent a weekend in Noosa one million years ago (almost four, super old posts here) and we have been saying for ages we needed to go back. It’s an easy almost two hour drive from Brisbane and absolutely stunning, so it seems crazy we haven’t been lately.

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Family Friendly Fun in Brisbane

Hi friends! As you know, once you have kids your weekend activities tend to change quite a bit. Gone are the sleep ins and long brunches and in are the early mornings and planning the day around nap times and playground access.

As you might have gathered, Travis and I aren’t really the types to just hang around the house all weekend. We have spent the past two years finding things to do around Brisbane that please both the little one and us.

Today I am partnering with Expedia.com.au to share a few of our favorite spots that are fun for the whole family.

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Life Lately: 2 Under 2

Hi friends! As expected things are a bit slow on the blog front right now, but I thought I would pop in to share a bit of life lately.We are a month into having two kids under two. How is that possible?

My parents were in town for the first three weeks of Houston’s life and that was such a blessing. My mom cooked, cleaned and gave Leighton her undivided attention. She is super woman. My dad got to be fun Pops with Leighton, the baby whisperer (seriously Houston would calm down the minute he held him) and even got to squeeze in some golf games across the street.

When they left I was so sad, but it’s nice getting back into the swing of things and figuring out life as a family of four though.

Here are some highlights from their visit…

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Weekending: Family Date Night Edition

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m a day late and a dollar short with this recap. But hey, it’s the the thought that counts right?

It’s already Tuesday over here and we are back into the swing of things (YMCA, playdates, toddler time…). The weekend started a little early for me last week because I celebrated my 31st birthday on Thursday. Travis surprised me with breakfast in bed, and pulled out all of the stops with this spread. It was absolutely delicious.

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Our Family Photos 2017

I haven’t been too shy sharing many of our family photos we took back in November. For obvious reasons, I was quite selective on which ones I was showing for a while. Now I assume that you all want to see all 90+ pictures from the day, right?

Just kidding, but I did want to share my favorites. I had such a hard time choosing, so there are quite a few.

 

I met our photographer, Jana, through my friend Lindsay. They are friends from church and she has taken all of their family and newborn photos. Jana and her husband, Matt, both have full time careers outside of photography and photograph weddings and families on the side.

Our shoot was originally scheduled for the previous Saturday, but a torrential downpour changed our plans. I am so glad it did because the following Sunday afternoon was absolutely gorgeous.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too optimistic at first. Leighton decided she didn’t want to have her afternoon nap (after a busy day) and my allergies were killing me, so I was moments away from a breakdown thinking our photos would be ruined. When we got to the parkland to meet Jana and Matt, I immediately felt more at ease. They were the sweetest couple ever and they had Leighton smiling and laughing right away.

Looking for her raisins we were hiding in Trav’s pocket.

It was such a comfortable session and I feel like you can tell that by looking at the pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Also, I still need to choose which ones to print, so tell me your favorites!

Leighton wanted to crash the bump pictures. Pretty sure it is just the beginning of her being jealous of her future sibling.

After almost an hour, Leighton kept saying “sleepy” and rubbing our eyes for us. She isn’t normally too affectionate, but she was wanting all of the cuddles and we weren’t complaining.

But seriously, how cute is my husband?

And that’s a wrap! I can’t believe the next time we have photos taken there will be a fourth subject!

Life Lately

Hi friends!

Hope you enjoyed Alex’s guest post earlier this week. It’s been a little while since I have done an update on what is going on around here, so I figured today would be a good day for that.

Riverfire 2017

Two weeks ago we celebrated our 4th Riverfire in Brisbane. Every year at the end of September to cap off the month long Brisbane Festival, the city puts on a massive fireworks show in two spots over the river. One of the spots in over the Story Bridge. The show starts off with different fighter pilots doing tricks and then continues on with the biggest display of fireworks I have ever seen. The trick every year is finding the best vantage point. People pay top dollar to book in at riverside restaurants or even take party boats down the river to get a good view. This year we got really lucky and one of my friends just moved into a house right by the Story Bridge. We went over that afternoon and enjoyed food and drinks in their backyard before watching the show.

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Life Lately/Christmas 2016

Welp I have been a little MIA from blogging world, but for good reason- we have been gallivanting all over Texas the past two and a half weeks. I am back online this week with two posts, although I can’t promise how much more you are going to hear from me until I am back in Australia in February. We are busy soaking up all our family and friend time!

We flew into Houston on the 8th and immediately headed out to Trav’s hometown of Victoria for his sister’s wedding. Travis walked his sister down the aisle and I was a bridesmaid, so it was a special weekend for all of us. It was extra special since it was his family’s first time to meet Leighton.

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Friday Favorites: October Edition

Happy Friday everyone! We are spending the day packing for our week long trip to Tasmania. I can’t wait to go back!

Speaking of fun things, here are this week’s favorites…

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My mother-in-law came in to town last Saturday morning to come spend time with us (ok, mostly Leighton). We are loving having her around and it is so nice to have an extra set of hands during the day. Leighton is pretty lucky in the grandparents department. Continue reading

Friday Favorites and an Update or Two

Happy Friday 🙂

Before I share a few of my weeks favorites I figured I should provide a few little updates on our life (outside of recent travel updates etc.)

  • I got a job! Well kind of… I am officially a certified teacher in the state of Queensland and am registered to substitute (or relief) teach in Brisbane. Unfortunately today is the last day of the school year. They run on a calendar year schedule so they will start back up again at the end of January. Good news is that my friend, Emily Anne, has been subbing the past couple of months and was offered a full time teaching job on Monday. It is pretty crazy because she wasn’t even looking and actually already had six weeks of travel booked for the upcoming months, so she told them about me and recommended that I take her class for those six weeks. We went and met with the director at the school on Wednesday and they added me to their preferred sub list. Hopefully all will go well and I will already have a substantial number of jobs lined up for next year.  I’m really excited to help her get all set up and ready for her little 1st grade babies and we have already started on projects for teachers pay teachers. It does make me miss the classroom some but it’s nice to have the flexibility of relief teaching right now.
  • Travis is getting scuba certified this weekend! He’s following in his parents footsteps and becoming a diver, just in time for Fiji in two weeks. I was planning on getting certified with him but due to my previous ear problems (I have an artificial ear drum in my right ear) I had to get a dive medical before signing up for the course. When I saw the doctor she said it was too risky to my hearing (I also wasn’t able to pop my ears on demand) and said she wouldn’t clear me. She also said I shouldn’t do any sky diving or bungee jumping (I assured her those were not in my plans anyway) because of the pressure on my ears. I did tear up a little when I realized how serious the doctor was and then I made her put it in writing so that Travis wouldn’t think I was just chickening out. I am glad that I was able to go diving once when we were in the Great Barrier Reef (here) even though I couldn’t go very far down but also so thankful that I didn’t do any damage to my ear drums then.  It’s scary to have to be worrying about my hearing at 27 years old but now I know I need to be extra cautious (not that this scardy cat has ever been reckless).
  • I will be home for the holidays! Well kind of… We are celebrating Christmas in Fiji this year just the two of us because a) it’s close  b) who knows when we will get that opportunity again and  c) we had already planned to go back to Texas in January. Travis had a class for work that had been rescheduled from October in Texas the last week of January so his ticket/time away was taken care of through work, so I went ahead and booked my flights to go up a couple weeks earlier to see family. Well, once again his class got rescheduled, this time to March! Hopefully he will still be able to get away from work and get to Texas at some point in January too. Fingers crossed that it all works out!

I can’t think of anymore news I haven’t shared already, so here goes the typical Friday post…

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Nothing makes me happier than a calendar/planner and I have been in a slight panic as I have been making plans for 2015 without having a place to write them down (I refuse to use my phone, I’m stubborn like that). So I finally found one I liked that was simple and cute at the cutest Swedish stationary store, Kikki K. I can’t wait to fill it up!

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My sweet family (one hipster brother not photographed) are always my favorite but I am feeling especially grateful today after getting to spend the past week with them! Nothing makes me happier this time of year than bundling up on the couch with them and watching Christmas movies. I can’t wait to share our trip to Belgium with them on the blog next week.

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But seriously, how cute is this little guy?! He’s a “smoker” that I bought at a Christmas shop in Brugge, you put lit incense in the bottom of him and then it comes out of his pipe (and smells like Christmas). My Christmas decor is pretty sparse this year but he is definitely my favorite. My mom also gave us some Christmas lights that run on 240v while we were visiting. I was elegantly wrapping them around our banister when Travis said “You might want to come down and look at that before you do anymore work.” At this point I was halfway through the tedious chore of wrapping the whole long string through each tiny gap so I told him I didn’t care how ugly it was, I was going to finish. Probably in a really nice tone too. It definitely is not gorgeous, which is why I am not showing you a picture. But whatever. When I turn off all the lights in the room and crank the air conditioner down it kinda feels Christmas. And I am way too stubborn to take them down.

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My mom gave us this “a” last week when we were staying with them. She found it at one of the antique markets she frequents regularly. It used to hang on the sign of a pub in England a long time ago! She’s so good at finding hidden treasures that also have history behind them. One year for Christmas she gave me an antique teacher bell from a schoolhouse from the early 1900’s.

See you next week 🙂

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