It is with great excitement that we share our new car with you. Andrew and I haven’t owned a car since mid 2006 so this is a real treat. Now we are the proud owners of a Renault Scenic, a real family car. We have been admiring the Scenic for a while. We love that the seats are at hip height so no climbing up or down to seats. Also the rear seats are all removable so it is a very flexible vehicle. The colour is Lunar Grey which is metallic and has a gold hue in the sunlight. There is loads of storage compartments everywhere which is very exciting.
We are very proud of our new investment.
Eva and I returned to Melbourne to join Andrew a little over a week ago. It is strange to think that this is where we live now. I have been here frequently but not actually lived here yet. It was lovely to rejoin Andrew at the end of his second week of work. Poor thing was very tired with travel to Perth in the middle and concentrating on a new job. He was relieved to have us back with him. For a few hours we saw Aunty Beth and Caroline who kindly cooked us dinner before they headed back to Bangkok.
Last weekend we had a flurry of activity shopping for appliances, bedroom suites and a car! What fun to buy all these things I thought until we tried shopping with Eva. Of course she didn’t think that spending that much time in the car and shops was actually fun at all! She seems to be better in the car seat as the week has progressed but it is a big change for her seeing as we haven’t driven much at all in her life.
We found a gorgeous bed and bedsides made locally by Nick from recycled timber and a very comfortable latex and coconut coir mattress that should last us 25 years. A very successful shop that one. The furniture is made just for us so will take 6-8 weeks.
On Sunday we visited our house after the tenants had left. How strange to walk through and think that soon our furniture and belongings will be here and it will be our home? How exciting to think of starting this new phase in our lives! Our house is a 1960’s 3 bedroom orange brick veneer with all original features except an updated kitchen. It is in a quiet cul-de-sac with a big front and backyard (with dead grass for lawn). Our belongings won’t arrive in Melbourne on the ship until February 11th then have to clear customs. This gives us time to do a few things like a coat of paint and some tidying of the yard. We both soon realised that a house of our own requires more work than a rented flat!
We spent Saturday evening with Lauren, Scott, Ashlea and Sophie who have since driven 3 days to begin a new life in Toowoomba, Queensland. It is a bit sad that they are leaving as we arrive but we will try not to take it personally.
We are very blessed to be staying with Andrew’s parents until we move into our house. Eva is really enjoying getting to know Rosie the dog who happy accepts kisses and cuddles. Eva thinks that Rosie is fantastic. I guess she is like a moving toy. I have personally been very excited by the Hills Hoist washing line, the washing basket and pegs. Living without these things in the UK has really made me appreciate them. Of course the amazingly fast drying time also helps. Eva’s nappies can be in the machine, dryed and back on her in 4 hours! Eva also loves the pegs and the basket so that she can tip them up and put them back in.
Of course most exciting of developments has been Eva beginning to crawl and two teeth arriving. Amazing that this has all happened in the one week. I can’t believe that she is growing up now. I wished for both of these milestones but now that they are here she is not my little baby anymore.
I feel much happier now that I am up to date with the blog and look forward to sharing our journey of this new phase of our lives with you.
Our timing for our return to Australia was perfect because we were able to spend Christmas and New Year with our family and also it gave us the opportunity to celebrate the wedding of Emma and Luke in Perth on January 9th. Emma is my cousin and was my lovely bridesmaid in red (at my request I will add).
Eva and I spent a week in Perth while Andrew was only able to fly in for the weekend given that he had just started his new job. Poor Eva had to adjust to a new time zone (a three hour time difference). Luckily this really worked to our advantage for the first 3 days where I left her on NSW time which meant that she was in bed by 5pm also meant that she thought that 4 was the new 7 in the mornings! We stayed with friends Catherine and Glenn who have Felicity who is 8 months old. They were happy to look after Eva in the evenings which meant that I didn’t have a grumpy girl with me during socialising or the wedding reception, yeah!
Emma and Luke’s wedding was an amazing celebration of their love for each other. The ceremony was just beautiful and tailored just for them. Their very special dog Sophie was the ring bearer and did a great job. The bridesmaids wore 3 different colours and had very twirly dresses. The reception was fantastic with amazing food and wine. Lots of dancing and joy shared and wonderful speeches throughout the night. More than half of the guests had traveled from either interstate or overseas.
It was great to be in Perth to catch up with family and for a few more people to meet Eva for the first time. Eva spent time with her second cousin Cerise who is 18 months and running around. Eva mostly like playing with a new range of toys. They were really cute and shared their lunch when sitting in high chairs next to each other. In the car with Eva facing rearwards and Cerise forwards they seemed to be chatting a little.
We had a fun time staying with Catherine and Glenn and getting to know Felicity to whom Andrew and I are Godparents. Felicity and Eva learnt about the sharing of toys with Eva clearly being the more brutish and frequently removing the toy from Felicity’s hands! Both girls were doing crawling practice. Eva loved to watch and touch their cat Timmy. Felicity eats wonderfully and really inspired me to move Eva along with finger foods. Hopefully Eva will take Felicity’s lead with food. Catherine and I took several opportunities to enjoy coffee and cake at the local shopping centres. It was great to have the opportunity to have long conversations not just via email!