Friday, July 26, 2013

water baby.

This, right here, is one of the best parts of going back to Florida for a visit in June...

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While we were away, we got to escape five whole weeks of Brisbane winter and soak up the Florida sunshine instead! Since Lachlan was only a little baby last Australian summer, we never really had a chance to take him swimming. So while we were in Florida we took full advantage of the summer heat and bathwater warm pools by swimming every chance we were given!

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["swimming" in the baby pool at Mimi and King's house]
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We also took advantage of the pool at my parent's old house (the house where I grew up) before the new owners moved in.

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I know selling this house has been bitter sweet for my parents, as this was the place we lived for some many years, but the time had come for all of us to move on...

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As kids, we literally spent hours and hours in this very pool. Learning to swim, making up shows, having diving competitions, celebrating countless birthdays. This pool (and house) was so good to our family!

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 And even though it may sound silly, I'm glad I had the chance to say goodbye to it.

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Another pool we took advantage of while we were in Florida were some of the hotel pools out on the beach.

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Even though we weren't technically guests, we had stayed at this particular hotel many times before and thought a quick splash in the baby pool wouldn't really hurt anyone.

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Naturally, Lachlan loved it!

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We even attended our first ever baby pool party at Lachlan's friend, Stone's house where we hung out with other class of 2002 babies!
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My memories of hot Florida summers were relived through the eyes of my sweet baby boy and it seems we might have a water baby on our hands!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

so long sweet summer.

This is it. Our last few hours in Florida. It's a funny feeling, this I feel like I have two homes thing. It's like I don't want to leave yet I can't wait to get back... For the first time in a long time, I have no specific date planned for our next venture home. And for the first time, that doesn't really scare me...

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My camera is exploding with so many amazing pictures that I can't wait to share. Pictures of Lachlan with every single one if his great grandparents. Pictures of our little family of four. Pictures of swimming and eating and playing. Pictures of lakes and beaches and pool parties.

Worth every penny and all the stresses it took us to get here!

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Life here has been amazing. Sunshine. Friends. Family. But while we've here soaking up the sunshine, life is Brisbane has been carrying on without us. I am excited to get back and spend time with my friends I have missed. Give a very special new baby lots of kisses and cuddles, congratulate friends on finding out they are having a little girl and marvel at how much the kids in our play group have grown!

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Happy thoughts and prayers for safe and uneventful travels would be very much appreciated. For now, I have some serious packing to do. There is a Daddy waiting for us on the other end of this crazy flight schedule and we CAN'T WAIT to see him!

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And if you are looking for something to read while we are flying through the air, check out this guest post I wrote over at Confessions of a Young Married Couple on my top 10 baby must haves.

xoxo,
Michelle

Friday, July 12, 2013

stranded in sydney.

Well hello there!

Yes, I know you were worried. Wondering where in the world I have been. Losing sleep over the fear I had fallen into a black hole. never. to. return. again.... Okay, maybe not?.

The truth is, as most of you know, we have been on a rather large overseas family vacation. I had grand plans to write up a few blog posts before I left. One with tips on how to travel alone with an infant. One with an update on our house renovation. One to, you know, at least let you know I would be MIA for the next month or so while I was away on our family vacation. But life got crazy busy and none of those words or thoughts got any further than a blep in my brain. Oops!

The week/weeks leading up to our trip ended up being absolutely jam packed. My in-laws came for a visit. Lachlan had a major change in his eating routine. We had to completely move out of our house and into our friend's place in preparation for the renovation. I had to finalise all of the reno details like the taps, tile, roof colour, etc . Oh- and prepare our entire family for a trip across the globe. Yeah, it was pretty darn busy! In the end, everything ended up getting done except the ol' blog updates, which quickly fell to the very bottom of the to-do-list as I realised I wasn't, infact, Super Mom.

Little did I know, when I arrived at the airport that Wednesday morning I would be faced with a much bigger dilemma that involved a missing infant plane ticket and an unexpected overnight stay in the Sydney Rydges- good times, good times!

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We were scheduled to fly from Brisbane to Sydney to Dallas to Pensacola, but when we checked in at the Brisbane airport it looked as if Lachlan's ticket from Sydney to Dallas was missing (yes, we I have to pay for the international part of his ticket :( and no, he doesn't even get his own seat on the flight :( :( ) After a long conversation and some looking around, they convinced me to go ahead and fly to Sydney where they would be able to better address the issues (LIARS!)

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We arrived in Sydney late with just enough time to be told there was no chance we would be put on our flight to Dallas, I needed buy Lachlan ANOTHER TICKET and we would have to find somewhere to stay that night.

As a strong sense of panic took over my body, my mind quickly replayed the one piece of advice my dad gave me before flying alone with an infant- "Just remember, if everything turns to shit, just start crying. There will be someone, somewhere who will feel bad and help a crying mom traveling alone with a baby." So right there, in front of the Qantas special assistance counter, with a 7 month old baby attached to my front and carryon baggage strung across my body, silent tears began to run down my face.

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As if traveling alone with an infant for over 24 hours straight wasn't hard enough, my trip had now been doubled and my credit card charged an extra $1000. I only had enough diapers and baby food for one day and I was already tired and hungry. Tears were warranted.

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It turns out my dad's advice worked and an incredibly nice Qantas woman (hi Kylie!) spent 3 hours of her evening helping this poor momma and her baby sort out their flight issues, find a hotel, loan us a little red stroller and recommend the best place to eat dinner in the Sydney airport.

(Our thank you card and flowers for Kylie and her team!)
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And as you know, we eventually arrived in Florida. We might have been a day later than expected. My credit card might have been a little worn out from all of the unexpected costs. My child may have had his bath in the hotel sink... But we made it. We were safe. We were taken care of. We were home. Phew!!
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