17 November 2015

Memories of Paris

Nine years ago my Husband and I spent three wonderful weeks in Paris for our 10th wedding anniversary. We loved every minute of our time there, and didn't want to leave.

Paris is one of our favourite cities. We have been lucky to go there on 3 occasions, twice on our first overseas holiday (back in 1998), then again in 2006 for our anniversary.

Watching the atrocities of last Friday's terrorist attack unfold on the TV these past couple of nights has really disturbed me. Like so many other people, I am in complete shock. I can't help but feel for those poor people who lost their lives while enjoying their Friday night. Those people who were attending a soccer match, dining out, or listening to a concert.

I have seen enough of the grim photos from last week, and instead want to pay homage to this beautiful city by sharing some of my favourite photos and memories (I have many many photos of Paris so had to restrain myself by not sharing all of them!)....and yes we did take a lot of photos of the Eiffel Tour!

I am linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

10 November 2015

Feeling grateful

Its been a while since I have written a gratitude post, so I thought it was timely with so much that's happened over the past week or so. I know I can focus too much on the negative at times, so I find redirecting my thoughts back to what I am feeling grateful for reminds me that not everything that happens to us has been bad, and that there has been some good stuff.

So without any further ado, here are my reasons for feeling grateful:

* Last week we received Cherub's MRI results, which have come back all clear. The Dr thinks she's just a little slow in the development stakes, and said nothing nasty was found. Hooray!

* Recently I got to spend a lovely long weekend away with a good friend of mine to the beautiful Snowy Mountains region. The weekend was originally intended for me to attend an interment service for my late Uncle and Aunt, but turned into a girls weekend away. It was so nice to relax (although I was feeling a little anxious being away from my girls for the first time!) and not have to worry about anybody else except myself.

L to R: Boloco countryside, Celebrating 19 years together, Our wedding day, view from our hotel at Jindabyne

* My Mum offered to look after the girls last night, so my Husband and I could go out for dinner in celebration of our wedding anniversary.

* Celebrating 19 years of marriage - even though it doesn't feel like it! I am grateful that we have a good, loving relationship and are there for each other through the good and the bad, we can talk about anything and everything, and have lasted this long.

* For my husband - he is such a sweet, caring, generous, thoughtful person and I am so grateful to have him as my husband and to share our life together.

* A few weeks ago a huge branch fell on the roof of our car, and smashed the back windscreen, left lots of dents and scratches, and a broken tail light. We are currently having discussions with the smash repairer on whether the car can be saved (from the sounds of it, it may be written off!), while it upsets us that we may have to buy a new car, I am so grateful that Cherub and I weren't hurt, or in the car when it happened.

* Getting together with friends - while everyone has busy lives, its so nice to spend time catching up with good friends and enjoy those type of conversations you wouldn't have over social media over food and wine.

What's been happening at your place?
What are you feeling grateful for?

I am joining Essentially Jess for IBOT.