Monday, April 21, 2014


"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014"
Luke & I have been feeling quite nostalgic this week & have been looking back at every single photo we have taken of Romy since her first day. And it is extremely hard to believe that it has been an entire year since this amazing little girl has come into our lives. 

Our Easter Long Weekend

On Good Friday we took Romy to the park
My parents, sister Ashleigh & brother-in-law Allan all came over for morning tea on Saturday, & Luke & I baked a fresh batch of scones for our family catch up. My parents just got back from an anniversary holiday to Thailand, so it was nice to hear all about their adventures.
On Sunday morning we met up with Ash & Al at the farmers market for a little morning market date. It was Luke's first time at the Newcastle farmers market, & he loved it!
And to finish our Easter long weekend off we celebrated Romy's very first birthday! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Daily Adventures On A Good Friday

Things have been a little quiet around here because I still haven't got around to fixing our slow internet connection (guys, it's crazy slow), and Luke has officially finished up at his old job on the coast & is back with us full time. So we've been making the most of his spare time together before he starts at his new job next week. And for the first time in a good couple of years Luke actually has the Easter break off work, so we will be getting to spend a good couple of days together.

Today my sister Ashleigh was finally able to come visit again after being sick for a week, so we spent most of the morning with her while Romy was crawling around the place like a crazy nut. And when she went down for her nap & my sister left we made a cheese plate & had afternoon drinks while we watched the new episodes of The Mindy Project (I hate you Danny Costellano!), & then took Romy to the park after her nap. Normally as soon as we're outside at the park she wants to get amongst it as quick as she can, but today it took her a little longer to warm up to it all. She didn't crack a smile for the first half an hour we were there, and it wasn't until she saw a dog that she let her guard down & let some joy into her little soul! We took some of her toys with us so she could play with them, but our little darling doesn't seem to enjoy children's toys too much as she would much prefer to go through my bag & look at boring things like chewing gum & flybuys cards. It is little wonder though, she will be turning one in a couple of days after all! Happy Good Friday!

Monday, April 14, 2014


"a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014"
This isn't so much of a portrait of Romy, but this picture really sums up her spirit this week. She has been into everything! We have the stairs barricaded off so she can't climb them, so she found another way to get onto the stairs through the sides. And she loves putting her head into the washing machine to either scream really loudly, or bang her xylophone stick on the inside because it makes a much louder noise than the xylophone keys!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pizza Sunday

Balsamic mushrooms, spinach, sundried tomato & avocado
Pizza Sunday almost didn't happen tonight, I was so close to just ordering pizza and letting that be it but as a last minute decision I decided to not be lazy and just make something. I also took the opportunity to use a bbq sauce base as Luke isn't a fan of the bbq base and I do prefer it.
I kept it simple tonight, I just sautéed a couple of mushrooms in a pan with brown sugar & balsamic, sprinkled two handfuls of baby spinach, sun dried tomatoes & avocado slivers and put that bad boy in the oven! 
It was a quick & tasty Pizza Sunday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Single Parents Are Amazing

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Luke & I moved back to Newcastle from the Central Coast two weeks ago, & for the majority of that time Luke has still been staying at the Coast finishing up at his old work. I've mentioned before that our move was sudden because finding a house was quite difficult at this time of year because there are lots of people relocating for school & work, so the rental market gets quite competitive. So we didn't have a moving date set in stone for Luke to give his notice, so he handed it in when we moved and agreed to stay an extra week so the head chef could take his holidays. Which was nice for his head chef, but extremely annoying for me! I wasn't too worried about being by myself for two weeks with Romy, I spend the majority of my time with her alone while Luke is at work anyway. However, Luke does the morning bath routine while I get ready for the day, & then in the afternoons I get an hour to catch up on some stuff during his afternoon break. Which make my days run smoothly, and now that our routine has changed significantly and I am doing everything by myself, it is dawning on me just how amazing single parents are!

I don't want to offend anyone reading this and compare our situations, because they are completely different, but this time by myself has been an inspiring, personal challenge. Those single parents that do this day in and day out are just amazing! It can be extremely challenging raising a baby on the best of days, even when I have Luke to come home and relieve me of my parental responsibilities so I can run some errands in the afternoon. But to not have that, & then to be solely responsible 100% of the time for your child's every waking need, making meals, looking after yourself and maintaining a household - I don't know how you guys do it! I am normally a bit of a night owl & use my evenings to do things like drawing, making things, blogging, reading & watching box sets, but the past week or so I've been calling it a day not long after Romy goes to sleep. Aside from my week in hospital last year, I can't even remember a time where I consecutively went to bed earlier than 9 pm. 

I really shouldn't complain too much though, because while this time alone has been a challenge, & it has also been a much needed personal challenge. Before we moved I rarely made meals because I'm not too sharp in the kitchen & Luke is a chef, so if I wanted to try something Luke would happily make it for me. This was something I wanted to work on post-move & I definitely have made a start on my culinary skills & feel confident to try our new things with an open mind rather than chalking it down to 'I can't cook!'. On Luke's rostered days off he has been coming to Newcastle & this week I even made him dinner for a change without any of his help & it felt really good to be able to put together a proper meal that I used a recipe for. A couple of years ago I read somewhere that you should always try & take something from each situation you find yourself in, & I definitely feel that these past couple of weeks have been a reminder that I need to stop relying on other people so much & work on becoming more independent.