So, January

Is it bad that it’s the second day of the year and I’m already exhausted? Technically, I’ve been exhausted since the last day of last year, which by the way, was splendid because taking into account my current state of being, we decided to spend new year’s eve having the best kind of party…

A pyjama party – wherein we filled the living room with all manner of soft objects and hung out in our jim jams playing Disney Infinity and watching Monsters Inc until we all got too pooped. Which, if you must know, happened at like about 10.25.

I like to at least be awake to welcome in the new year but the time check was 10.28 and I thought I’d just have a quick lie down next to baby Finn and then I figured I’d maybe close my eyes a little bit. Let’s just say that I didn’t make it very far past that time.

The benefit of that was being up bright and early(ish) on new year’s morning so went to check out PasarBella for the first time with the whole tribe.

pasarbella So, January

Is it just me or does this place feel like New York’s Chelsea Market? We walked in past the rows of Maine Lobsters sitting on ice and I had a major flashback of the steamed lobster we had at the Lobster Place in NYC; I could taste the juicy, succulent lobster in my mouth. Then I looked at the price and wow, ok, moving on. For $110 a kg, I’d be having 3 of those babies at Chelsea Market.

Overpriced frozen lobster aside, the place is quite a gem. It’s beautifully themed, the food’s decent (hello crackling roast pork), plus there’s good coffee and some ice cream, what more could a girl ask for?

How about pretty toilets? Uh huh. It was pretty enough for the kids to make themselves feel very comfortable in the toilet, among other strategically placed rest areas.

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finn So, January

Post lunch, we all came home and I took a delicious long nap.

January is looking good, y’all!

2013 in a few words and pictures

At the end of every year, I sit down and do this post, to remember the very best parts of the year gone by. Even if the year wasn’t stellar or filled with moments I’d rather not relive, it’s cathartic to sort of acknowledge the not-so-good parts, feeling glad that perhaps the worst is over.

But mostly to find and celebrate the good parts.

2013 has been one of the good ones.

As far as years go, it was overwhelming. Present throughout the year was a feeling that I was barely catching up with everything I wanted to do. All the balls I had up in the air each felt like they were threatening to fall just out of my reach the moment I took my glance off it and onto something else. Sometimes I think maybe we should slow down and take our feet off the pedal just a little but the husband and I have a condition of being chronically restless and a smidge masochistic so we’re constantly flinging up new balls into the air just because.

But on the bright side, I dare say that we’ve gotten a lot done this year. A lot to celebrate and thankful for.

Adjusting to 3 kids has been exciting but it’s also been the year we’ve had the most fun with the three of them. There’s never been more adventures in the park or giant bear hugs (especially from baby Finn, who spends his day randomly doling out tummy squeezes to his siblings) or pre-bedtime tumbles or synchronised battle cries as they charged around the house, roaring in unison. Good times.

Ok, enough words. My 2013 in pictures.

1. Is this the raddest baby of the year or what? My heart can’t even, urgh, he’s too cute is what. 

finn 3 2013 in a few words and pictures

baby finn 2013 in a few words and pictures

finn 2 2013 in a few words and pictures

2. So Bali was breathtaking and loads of fun, if not for the lizards and occasional uhm, FROG.

bali 2013 in a few words and pictures

bali kids 2013 in a few words and pictures

3. Truett turned 5?!! and I made an angry birds cake for his party – achievement unlocked. 

Angry birds cake 2013 in a few words and pictures

Angry birds birthday cake 2013 in a few words and pictures

4. Sydney and Melbourne were awesome as always. 

follow the leader 2013 in a few words and pictures

i heart koalas 2013 in a few words and pictures

photo 1024x1024 2013 in a few words and pictures

5. My baby girl turned 4 in style. This girl is the beat of my heart. 

kirsten 4 2013 in a few words and pictures

6. And then there was that time I tried to change a dollar coin with a stranger and she thought I was begging for money. There will be no pictures for that. 

7. New York, oh, New York, how you’ve stolen my heart. I’ll be back for you. 

Daphne 2 2013 in a few words and pictures

kirsten ice cream 2013 in a few words and pictures

tru fao schwartz 2013 in a few words and pictures

me with the kids 2013 in a few words and pictures

8. Disney! Disney does not require words. 

castle in christmas lights 2013 in a few words and pictures

magic kingdom 2013 in a few words and pictures

dug and russell 2013 in a few words and pictures

9. We also witnessed the evolution of The Hair.  

From this:

finn 4 2013 in a few words and pictures

To this:

finns man clip 2013 in a few words and pictures

To this:

the hair 4 2013 in a few words and pictures

And finally to this:

the hair 2013 in a few words and pictures

10. Of all the great things that happened this year, watching my babies loving on each other is the very best one of all.

Truett Finn best bros 2013 in a few words and pictures

kids3 2013 in a few words and pictures

all 3 kids 2013 in a few words and pictures

However your year went, I hope the year ahead is better than ever. See you guys in the new year!

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