18 October 2016

We are going on an adventure

Next month Hubby and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! Twenty years!! It really doesn't feel like we've been married that long, I guess that's a good thing. Hubby and I have been contemplating for a while about what we'd like to do to celebrate our anniversary.

We thought of going overseas and taking the kids to somewhere like Disneyland or Fiji. We had celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in Paris, and thought of taking the girls there (we could visit Disneyland Paris too!), but the prices of travelling overseas, accommodation, passports etc, becomes quite expensive on a single salary. We are also concerned of the terrorist acts that have been happening around the world, so we decided it might be nice to explore our own country.

In a couple weeks time we are heading on a road trip! We've decided to go on a camping holiday around South Australia and the outskirts of Victoria.

Hubby and I used to camp quite a bit before we had the girls, and loved it. The girls have had a small introduction to camping last Christmas holidays, which involved sleeping in our old tent in my brother's backyard. My brother lives on the mid Central Coast so I guess it's a little bit like having a holiday, but it was good to give the girls an idea of what it's like. They loved it!

Cherub sound asleep in her sleeping bag

As someone who has softened over the years, I'm become used to my cozy bed, so not sure how I'll go in my sleeping bag for all that time. But we've booked a B&B for our anniversary, so at least I get a cozy bed for a couple nights.

We are all getting very excited about our trip. I have been stressing about things to take, and the flooding and blackouts that have been happening throughout the South Australian and Victoria towns. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather sorts itself out soon, and the flood waters will eventually dry up.

We have bought ourselves a new 10 person instant tent (nice and roomy, and gives us and the girls our own rooms), which says it should only take us 3 minutes to get the tent up, and another 10 minutes or so, then to get the fly on and have it all pegged in. Hubby and I have done a couple of practice runs, and its taken us 15-20 minutes which was great, considering our old dome tent took about an hour to get up. If you happen to see a couple struggling to put up their 3 minute tent, its probably us...I'd be grateful if you came & helped us :)

See it says 3 minutes!!

Our new tent....looking big!
Hubby and I have been planning our itinerary, and booked a couple places we don't want to miss, like the ferry to Kangaroo Island which we are planning to visit for a few days.

What I am most looking forward to is the four of us spending (nearly) 4 whole weeks together!

As well as exploring and discovering new places together, enjoying each others company and not having to worry about school or work schedules, relaxing under the stars, playing many board & card games while having a much needed break from screen time (no TV in a tent!) and making some wonderful memories as a family.

I'll probably update Instagram with pics of places we've been to, but won't get a chance to write anything until I get back. So this will be my last post for a while.

Have you been on a family adventure? Do you like camping? 

12 October 2016

Mums need BFFs too

I'm feeling a little flat today. Maybe its because school has gone back and for the first 2 days I was home alone and missing my girls.

Maybe its because I sometimes feel 'invisible' to other Mums in the school ground, when I don't get a 'Hello' from anyone or have someone come and talk to me.

Or maybe it's because when I don't hear from anyone for a long time, it upsets me and I feel all alone.

This week I had some friendly chats with some Mums at the preschool gate. Nothing serious. It was the usual "How have you been?", "Did you have a nice break" banter.

It can be lonely being a stay-at-home Mum. While I adore spending time with my girls or catching up with my Mum and Hubby. I miss having a friend who wants to catch up over a coffee (or it could be a glass of wine!) and chat about things other then kids, housework, and truckloads of laundry that needs washing.

I miss having a friend that supports me throughout whatever crap I am going through, and who cheers when something good has happened.

I am very fortunate to have a loving hubby, who is my BMF, but its not the same as having a BFF.

When I was in my teens I had a BFF who I would sit up with and talk all night (occasionally I would fall asleep while she was talking to me, hahaha) We could talk about anything with each other. Sadly we lost contact with each other, and she passed away a few years ago. I never got to tell her how much I loved that time we shared together.

People seem so busy nowadays that there's no time to just sit and talk.

Do you know what I mean?