Run away with me.

by Danielle on May 31, 2015

in Uncategorized

My wonderful husband works six days on, one day off. Four weeks on, one week off and we love him so very much for doing so but all of that solo parenting time sure does drive me a little crazy sometimes. In times of stress I bottle it all up and then I feel the need to escape. I pack my bags, throw the kids in the car and just want to run away from the stress of it all.

We had been planning to spend a few days in Litchfield for weeks during hubbies rnr but as the time got closer things kept pushing us back. Naplan, Luigi’s business, sports commits, you name it it all seemed to happen this week.

Eventually we managed to sort ourselves out and head down to Litchfield just for the night. We packed the tent, sleeping gear, camping essentials, enough foood for two days and left the rest at home. We were going minimalistic. Is that even possible you ask. It sure is.

Leaving town instantly make me feel better. I miss our road trips. After living in town for two years I kind of miss those 100km trips to town, I never thought those words would come out of my mouth. The trip was exactly what we needed. Time together as a family, time to breathe, time to find our centre and time to re-connect again. It won’t be too long until we escape again, I’ve already started planning the next one.

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Sung Choi Bao

by Danielle on May 19, 2015

in Uncategorized

food

I was just about to walk into the kitchen and make myself some vegemite toast for lunch when I remembered I had made some Sun Choi Bao for Luigi’s lunch last night. My mother in law cooks this all the time and I’ve always wanted to give it a go myself so I followed her recipe and it was a total success. Ok not a total success but that just means I have to make it again to get the recipe just right.

Prep time 15
Cook time 10

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of peanut oil
  • 300g pork mince
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tea spoons of ginger
  • 1 can of water chestnuts
  • 2 sprigs of green shallots
  • 60 grams of oyster sauce
  • 60 grams of soy sauce
  • Pinch of salt
    Ice berg lettuce

Cooking time:

  1. Heat oil in a fry pan and add mince slowly breaking up any chunky bits. Cook until meat has changed colour
  2. Add in garlic + ginger and cook for one minute
  3. Add water chest nuts + shallots and cook for one minute
  4. Stir in Oyster sauce + soy sauce and stir until mixed through
  5. Remove from heat and you are done!

 

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Twelve months

by Danielle on March 18, 2015

in darwin, family life, kids

I was going through my hard drive the other day and came across these photos taken twelve months ago. When I think about it, it seems like only yesterday I can still remember how hot it was and how we were looking for locations for an upcoming weddings and the kids whinged a little more with ever passing moment, I continued to bribe them with whatever I could which eventually resulted in ice cream. The kids have changed in so many ways and now even the building its self has transformed into a fabulous cafe that we visit regularly. Isn’t it amazing how things just change in a blink of an eye. Thank god for big bulky cameras and the memories.

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Growing up I remember all the adventures we use to have. A flying fox in the backyard, camping trips filled with motor bike rides, canoes, shot guns, snakes, walks through the paddocks chasing horses and building cubby houses. Days in the car to far off places exploring places all over the country, trips to the shops to buy ice creams or lollies. Family gatherings, dress ups and so much more.

Life looks a little different for us in many ways. As I stood there in our backyard this afternoon watching the kids play in our ever changing backyard I realised we might have our own hang outs and traditions but its not that different after all.

I hope my kids remember the adventure. The good, the crazy and all of the stuff in between.

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This morning while packing the kids into the car for school I had a moment of extreme insanity. I told myself that instead of going to the air conditioned gym {complete with fresh face towels and ice water} I would break the mould and run outside, spice things up a little and exercise outside. Outside in the hot, sticky, heat. Yep, totally crazy.

So that is exactly what I did. I dropped the kids at school, drove to the beach and pulled my pram out of the car and loaded it up with everything we could possibly need and hit the pavement. My aim was to get from the top of Dripstone to the second car park along chapman road over in Rapid Creek. Any easy 5.6km with a fair amount of shade.

I completed the first half in good time, following the prompts from my garmin using the 30/30 method and stopped to take a few photos and let Abigail rest in the shade. Abigail sat there happily munching on her sandwich, dripping in sweat and I felt guilty for dragging her out in the heat.

As I looked across the bridge I saw the tide had gone out a fair bit since we started so I decieded to spice things up and headed across the bridge and straight to the beach, it was a little boggy but as we turned around the corner it was smooth sailing and we found a little creek to splash around in. I ripped my shoes off, threw them in the back of the pram and sat down next to the water feeling 100% and losing any motivation to start up again.

After bribing the wild child back into the pram we walked back to the beach, packing all our crap into the car and promptly turned on the air con. I shall continue to stand by my statement made in an earlier post that running is a sign of madness or at least it is in Darwin. I think I will give the outside exercise a miss and go back to my fresh face towels and ice water at the gym until the dry season is upon us again.

 

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Tomorrow is the first day of February. Which means we have been living in 2015 for a whole 31 days, who knew! I always feel unsettled in January, not sure of the year ahead, tying up loose ends from the year before and carrying a big chunk of denial around on my shoulder that a new year is upon us with new adventures, new challenges and if all goes well a whole lot of fun. So heres to a crazy but productive twenty fifth teen.

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