1st Day of Preschool


Dear Tala,

Today was your first day at preschool. You were a bit hesitant to go. You wanted to just stay home. But I convinced you I would start attending my own school as well and that no one would be home to take care of you so you hesitantly agreed to go. Yesterday, you were quite excited helping me out in labelling your stuff for preschool. We have been prepping you for a while now about going to preschool. We had practiced going to the toilet together, washing your hands, opening and closing you lunch box and water bottle, taking turns and asking help from your teacher.

I thought I would cry when I left you at KU. But I know you would have lots of fun once you get used to it and meet more friends. I was surprisingly calm and excited about having more time now to pursue and accomplish my goals.

You’re only going 3x a week so we still have lots of time to do things together. Have fun and see you later.


It a bit chilly today but you insisted on wearing a dress.

Daddy is helping you find your preschool hat.

Here you are practicing to wash your hands with another first-timer.

Teacher Heather is showing you the toilet.

Daddy is reading one story before saying our goodbyes.



Camping at Upper Colo River

Dear Tala, We celebrated our 2nd holiday in 2016 camping at Colo River during the long weekend coinciding with Australia Day. Australia Day was on Tuesday so Daddy had to take a leave of absence that Monday so we could camp for 3 nights. We had planned this ahead of time with Liv’s mum and dad.  I would say, it was one of our best camping experiences yet. Liv’s mum and dad love camping and the outdoors as much as we do. They are great friends to hang around with. But best of all, we were glad that you had a blast in this trip as well. Most probably because you had Liv to play with and Colo River has an amazing beachside and spacious campground for you to explore and roam around.

Day 1 – March 23, Saturday

After setting up the camp and an afternoon nap, off we went to the beach. You are getting more confident now in the water. You went charging towards the water without fear and hesitation. Trying out our trusted inflatable mattress in Colo River. Mum’s favourite time of the day. Beautiful afternoon light!

Swim buddies.

  It’s a wrap.

Day 2 

Despite of intermittent rain showers through out the day, we still went bushwalking this day. There wasn’t really an establish walking tracks around, so we traced the dirt road from our camp ground to the wooden bridge. You and Liv had a blast walking in the rain and jumping into big muddy puddles. Late in the afternoon, we went back to the riverside again.

Keeping yourselves busy.

Thank you Liv for sharing your painting materials.

Daddy’s favourite time of the day – morning coffee.

Chasing cockatoos.

Off we go.Finding a bush track.

You both look cute in your raincoats.

Yours is a hand-me-down one from Sienna.

Back to beachside in the arvo.

Sandcastle is serious business for Daddy.

All fresh and showered. Now watching Peppa Pig while the grown-ups are preparing dinner.

Wine-o-clock for the daddies.

Dinner time at last.

Day 3

It was another relaxing day for us. We all just chilled in the camp before heading out for a drive to the main town. There’s nothing much to see in the town except for a small church and a cemetery. You went up-close and personal with the cows and horses in the paddocks though and the countryside itself was quite idyllic. On the way back, we stopped near the wooden bridge to take some photos. Liv’s dad loves taking photos of bridges.

Photoshoot of Liv’s car crossing the bridge.

You gotta throw some pebbles just because…

Upper Colo River

Tala Turned 2

Dear Tala,

Today,  we celebrated your 2nd birthday in our new home. Ma baked again your birthday cake just as good as the one she baked for you on your first birthday. It was simple but it was delicious and made with lots of love. I thought it should become a tradition to have your birthday cake always made by the people who love you the most. Oh who knows, I might cave in someday and buy those fancy birthday cakes from the shops, But I reckon, nothing beats a homemade cake lovingly prepared by Ma and maybe by me someday.

We had some nibbles in the morning then had a delicious lunch prepared by Ma. We had the cake for dessert. You still didn’t like anything chocolate so you never tasted your cake.  It was fine with me though since I love every bit of Ma’s cake :)

No pictures mummy!


Opening of Pressies

A scooter from Mum and Dad

“Rumble in the Jungle” book from Ma and Pa

A lovely dress and another Peppa Pig book from Aunt Sue


Christmas 2014

Playtime with Pa

Some nibbles before our Christmas lunch.


 Thank you Aunt Sue for hosting the Christmas Lunch.

Our yearly exchange of gifts.

Opening of pressies time.

Reading “The Snail and the Whale” book from Ma and Pa.

Library Time

Your trusted mates

A few things you love doing with your friends in the library.

Run around and chase each other…

Play with all the books, dive into beanbags , and push the mini chairs…

Check out the stuff under your prams…

Climb, run and hide…

and of course read your favourite books

Dinner at the Thai Resto in Westfield

All the mums had fried crispy Tilapia with chilli and shallots

while you and your friends had your usual sushi for dinner