Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Iao Valley {Maui}

Although the main 'hike' here was a bit of a joke (cemented pathways up to a little lookout is not hiking), the Iao Valley was beautiful. It was the first time that I really felt like we were on the set of Lost - the big, lush mountains teemed with overcast skies were both forbidding and gorgeous.


It was only an hours drive from our resort on Kaanapali Beach, but it felt like a completely different world up in the mountains.














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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Our first taste of Hawaii - Maui!

Last week we had our first taste of Hawaii, spending 7 nights on the island of Maui.


It was our pre-summer, summer holiday for this year and it was paradise. It had been a toss up between Hawaii and the Caribbean and although the latter is still very high on our to see list (although unlikely now with our visa restrictions), I'm so glad we chose this pacific island destination.


The beaches here felt very familiar; just like that of where we grew up. Actually, I have to admit - Aussie beaches might even be a bit prettier ;-) Nonetheless, it was spectacular. At Maluaka beach (directly below) we even got to go swimming right off the shore with SEA TURTLES. That was pretty special!








We all loved hitting the beach every day, but I think the boys most of all. They played really well together, building sandcastles and chasing each other and just enjoying being outdoors.
















More to come... :-)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Life lately (hip hip hooray!)

April began with my 30th birthday. I  already had my big celebration a few weeks early & my actual birthday was pretty non eventful - my Mums group in the morning (complete with FAIRY BREAD! That made this Aussie mama happy), lunch with friends and dinner with my boys. A good friend of mine was super thoughtful and threw a lovely outdoor party to celebrate this past weekend. Good food, great wine, the best company, 90's music and a to-die-for chocolate mousse birthday cake - it was perfect!





Life lately has been busy, but quiet at the same time. We've been dealing with some pretty all consuming, stressful visa issues (until a week ago, there was a high chance we were going to have to leave the USA this month indefinitely until we could get our legal residency issues sorted out) and although (long story) now we are stuck here unless we go interview in Sydney, all has ended well: we got our approval just in the nick of time. After dealing with that, and sickness, poor sleep, a grumpy grumpy baby.... I am ready for a holiday. Thank goodness it's only 1 MORE SLEEP UNTIL HAWAII!!!

See you on the other side :-)

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beauty in the ordinary

It's really been on my heart these past months to simply our lifestyle. We live in Silicon Valley; a unique, extremely fast paced and high pressure area. I know we made the right decision for our family moving here three years ago, but this area gets to you after awhile. It's exhausting. Since having Austin, I keep finding myself craving a more laid back, plain way of life. I'm determined to stop glorifying busy and just take a step back and focus on the truly important things in my life. My faith. My boys. My family. My friends.

It's a journey, not an overnight fix that is naturally fraught with obstacles. Life as a stay at home Mum is anything but glamourous. The puddles of toddler vomit I've been mopping up for the past 2 nights can certainly attest to that. But we only get one chance at life, and when my boys are grown, I want them to look back and remember these seemingly ordinary moments with fondness. So, step by step, I can feel myself becoming more relaxed. My head feels less clouded and as I result, I feel like I've been able to enjoy the little things more...

... the beauty in the mundane, ordinary moments of life.











 
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