Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jeremy's 23rd Birthday

A big HAPPY 23rd Birthday to my baby daddy & fiance.

This year, I didn't get what Jeremy wanted for his birthday but something he's always wanted to do. So I surprised him with Paintball and organised all his friends to be there.

We had an early wake up of 6:30am, but first Jaiden gave his birthday present to daddy (pictured below) together with my card and some hugs & kisses. Then followed with a 7am pick up from our brother in law Manuel to take us to Jeremy's part 2 surprise present.

We blind-folded Jeremy so he wouldn't know where we were going and did a couple of rounds around the round-about so he couldn't trace his way in his mind, which worked haha. Then made our way to the Paintball place which was only like 10m away from us. Jeremy's mates arrived one by one. The guy who worked there gave away the surprise though because he came up and spoke up the upgrade deals they had on during the day haha. But it was okay, Jeremy said he was surprised and more surprised that his friends were there.

I had to play because I already paid for someone but they couldn't come, so I had to take their place. But it was okay with me, I got to play and I'm sure that's what Jeremy would have wanted too. And I didn't get hit as much as I thought, though when I did it killed!

The main thing is, Jeremy had fun playing and now he has stories to share with his friends and look back on the memories.

We love you so much Daddy Jeremy. Jaiden and I are so blessed to have you in our lives and for everything you have done for us both.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Current Inspiration

to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”   -  Anatole France

With everything happening in the past couple of weeks and with me not going to have a job in the next coming week, all I can do is hold on, be strong and keep trying. I'm sure something great will come my way soon. I just hope I don't have to wait too long.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A quick family day out

Today we had a mini day out with sister-in-law, husband, daughter Trinity. We went and had a little walk around at Paddy's Markets, had brunch at the Spanish quarter in Sydney and dined at Casa Asturiana Restaurant, where we had some tapas and our Sangria fix.

Afterwards, we headed to Cold Rock to have some ice cream, even though it was a cold day, it's never too cold for ice-cream. We stopped off at the Darling Harbour playground so Jaiden could have a quick play with the water features/playground there. Then warmed ourselves up with some hot chocolates at Guylian's.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

New scooter and helmet!

This morning was a good morning. A little spontaneous, you can say.

I woke up with no motivation what-so-ever, I honestly did not want to get out of bed. Jeremy already bathed & dressed Jaiden and was in the middle of getting ready and asked if I was going to stay home. Jeremy said he was going to take Jaiden to the park and feed the ducks and so at the ast minute, I got up and got ready.

Since we were going to the park, we stopped off at K-Mart to purchase Jaiden a scooter and a helmet that he picked out by himself. He was so excited to play with it! He wanted to open it in the car haha. When we got to the park, we had to assemble the scooter, found a spot to settle and taught Jaiden how to ride his new scooter. We also took time off and swapped feeding the ducks and fish with Jaiden.

I'm glad I took the time to actually come out today and for Jeremy for taking initiative in going to the park. I know Jaiden had a great time today, he clonked out in the car straight away.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hunter Valley

Our mini family weekend getaway started on Friday night. The drive wasn't as long as we had thought it would have been. The 1 bedroom villa we hired was amazing; it had stairs leading to the main area from the front door, with a balcony and a spa in our ensuite. Since we arrived at night, we just settled in our place, had dinner and watched tv and planned for our next day.

Saturday morning welcomed us with sun rays seeping through our curtains, so I knew today would be a good day, blessed with amazing weather. We got ready up and early and made our way to the Hunter Valley Gardens where the Snow Time in the Garden and the Chocolate Festival was held. First we had brunch before heading off to the main area. Luckily we got there early because the line was incredibly long! We didn't know where to start once we got into the venue! We settled with just walking around with really no destination but to just see a bit of everything. I couldn't help but take photos of everything! The garden was amazing. They had a stall where there were several chefs making masterpieces out of chocolate! It was amazing! They all looked too good to eat, as you can imagine.

We found the main stall where they sold all kinds of cupcakes, chocolates and desserts in general and I didn't know where to start! Though the prices stopped and limited me on what to buy haha. Jeremy tried a chocolate beer they were selling and only drank half the cup because he didn't like it. As good as it sounds being 'Chocolate Beer', it didn't taste good. We didn't buy much from the place, we only bought wine, liqueur, chocolates and cupcakes for the kids. I was a little disappointed as I came in there to buy so much things. Once we finished our adventures in the garden, we headed back home for a little nap since we all needed it from the non-stop walking around.

For dinner, we went to sSs BBQ Barns in Cessnock which was 20 minutes away from the place we were staying at. Since we were a little too early for our reservations, we had to wait until our reservation time which was 40 minutes but once we got our table, we were served first since we waited so long. I had a steak, Jeremy had ribs and Jaiden just had some chips. We didn't do much after dinner, we just went home and watched some Titanic.

Sunday morning and our last day. We got up nice and early again, packed up and headed to the Hunter Valley Gardens again to have breakfast. Our plan for the day was to just stop off at the places where we wanted to go to and slowly make our way home.

We stopped off at The Hunter Valley Cheese Company for Jeremy where he had a bit of a taste session and took a quick geese at McGuigan Wines where we tasted some dessert wines and bought a bottle for the parents. There, we also had a quick photoshoot where the vineyards were. Too bad there weren't any that were blooming and growing. Afterwards, we visited The Hunter Valley Chocolate Company where I honestly thought was going to be like an actual Willy Wonka factory but unfortunately it wasn't. It was such a disappointment for me. We also visited Sabor in the Hunter where I bought an Ecuadorian Tres and some Macarons for the boys.

The drive back home wasn't as long as we thought it would've been. It actually felt shorter than the time we got there. I guess because it was during the day.

I loved this getaway of ours. I can't wait for the next one. It was so peaceful and we were open to do anything and everything.



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