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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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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