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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Let’s play ball

by Danielle on January 24, 2015

in family life, kids

Josceline is still moving through the motions where she refuses to have her photo taken, Josceline is still moving through the motions where she refuses to have her photo taken, it has been going on for over a year now and has been a constant battle of bribery and negotiations and nothing ever works. All I want to do is document her life, just a few simple photos. So as a distraction we play, we play, we laugh and I try my best to press the button on my camera but still be there with them in the moment because fussy children and all, the only thing we can do is try.

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Crocosaurus Cove

by Danielle on January 16, 2015

in darwin, family life, kids

One of the benefits of being a local up here is that once you have one to the major tourist attractions once most of them have will give you a locals pass for free or a very minimal cost so you can come back time and time again through out the year.

Earlier in the week we ventured into the city for some lunch and the over to Crocosaurus Cove for a wander. We ditched our pram at the door and the kids ran off to explore and burn off a bit of energy. It’s not as big as some of the other attractions in Darwin but it was enough to keep the kids entertained for an hour before heading home to reunite the big kids with their iPads again.

With only a few weeks left of holidays we have found ourselves smack bang in the middle of a mine craft addiction and I do not see the end in sight any time soon so any excuse to get out of the house is a good one.

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Re-focusing

by Danielle on January 13, 2015

in family life

My aim for 2015 is to re-focus and find some balance. Part of this whole re-focusing thing is to pick up my camera and find my mojo again I seem to have left it back in July 2014 when our mini break turned into me being on permanent vacation.

So I’m starting from scratch, experimenting with my images and having some fun along the way. If somebody asked me to describe my photography I would have to say spastic. Totally spastic.

I don’t care about rule of thirds or getting the right picture, I hold my camera on my hip or above my head, I roll around on the ground/the trampoline or wherever the kids roam. I’m all about taking risks and having fun and somehow in my own quirky way it works.

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In 2014 I felt like I spent a large part of the year trying to de-clutter our lives with very little success. Renovating inside your house and building a shed will do that to you I guess but for most of the year I felt consumed by the mess, the chaos, the slack tradesmen and juggling all of the kids and their commitments outside of school as well. It just wasn’t working.

With christmas getting closer by the day and the thought of spending christmas overseas my mind was at risk of exploding with the thought of bringing more toys into our house or taking them back between Australia/Singapore/Manilla. The simple solution of course was not to buy a thing.

Ok that’s kind of a lie. We didn’t buy nothing..I spent $3000 pesos ($81 AUS) on things to amuse them while we were on location and believe me $3000 brought a whole lot of crap we didn’t bring home.

But when we came home we wanted to buy the kids something that would push the kids out of the house and give them something active to get them out of the house and keep them busy and make them play together instead of having their noses buried in their iPads .

So we went out and we brought a basketball hoop and the kids loved it and they played together and they spent less time on their iPads {when the weather agreed} and it was so awesome we went out and brought a smaller one for the little girls and they loved it too.

Even Luigi joined in on the fun and Violet declared it the best present ever. Look at those happy faces, I totally have to agree with the kid on this one.

Christmas isn’t about presents but sometimes the memories they bring are all sorts of wonderful.

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